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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Seaton Esplanade, Seaton. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and sand . Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain. Dependent on availability, marshals will be at key sections of the course, or signs will be in place.

Please remember that the parkrun uses shared paths. For the continued success of the event, please give way to other park users. This won't hurt your time, it won't stop you from getting a PB and it will make sure everyone continues to enjoy the event.

Please, wherever possible walk, jog, cycle or use public transport when attending the event. If you do have to drive, please consider car-sharing to reduce our impact on both the environment and other park users. Please also watch out for other park users when arriving and leaving. Parking may be limited so try to arrive early.

Course Safety

The Seaton parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the run as safe as possible, so runners, spectators and helpers are asked to take care about the following:

  • Please be considerate to the park and other park users at all times.
  • Children under the age of eleven must be accompanied (within arm's reach) throughout the run by a parent, guardian or appropriate adult of the parent's choice.
  • Please arrive by foot, by pedal-power or by public transport if you can - your efforts help to reduce our impact on the park and the planet.
  • Please consider volunteering to help occasionally - this event survives only because of your generosity - please visit the volunteer page for more information.
  • Take care near roads and car parks - some vehicles drive very quickly. Please congregate away from the cars and be careful in particular if you have children. If you’re driving to the run, please drive carefully even if you’re late!
  • When running, take care on uneven surfaces - whether on grass or on tarmac. Watch out for cyclists, other runners, pedestrians, children, dogs, wildlife, park animals, vehicles, park maintenance work, falling branches, bollards, posts and other obstacles around the course.
  • Please ensure that you are fit enough to walk, jog, run 5k (3.1 miles) with us. Health advice about running can be found at the excellent Runners' Medical Resource website (although this external website focuses on preparation for a race and does not describe parkrun events).
  • Remember to warm up before the run.
  • If you see a runner with a serious problem, please stop to help them out and get help as soon as possible.
  • If you’re watching, keep clear of runners on the course, and look after any children and dogs you may have with you.
  • Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection spread to humans by infected ticks. Consider protecting yourself by wearing repellent when at parkrun events in grassy or wooded areas. See for further details.
  • Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at this event.
  • Unfortunately due to the pebble beach, the course is unsuitable for buggies and wheelchairs.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Seaton parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.

Age Grading

All parkrun events use Age Grading to help parkrunners compare results.

Age Grading takes your time and uses the world record time for your sex and age group to produce a score (a percentage). This score allows you to compare your personal performance against other people's performances even though they might be a different age and a different sex to you - the higher the score the better the performance. The scores can also be compared across different race distances - to allow you to, for example, compare a 5km time against a marathon.

For more information, please see our Support page.

Course Map

Course Description

Just over two flat loops of the seafront. Starting on pavement between Castle Hill and the South West Coastal Path (“SWCP”) just along from Fisherman’s Gap, run in a westerly direction to the lamppost at the Chine, turn, and run along the SWCP on the beach side of the Esplanade to Axe Yacht Club at the Easterly end of the beach. Run onto the beach for approximately 75 metres before turning and running in a westerly direction back along the SWCP to Fisherman’s Gap. This covers a distance of 2.5 km thus there will be 2 loops of the course. At the end of the second loop, runners will run past the start line at Fisherman’s Gap and down a ramp to finish on the beach.
Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at this event.
Unfortunately due to the pebble beach, the course is unsuitable for buggies and wheelchairs.


Toilets are available at Thury Harcourt Place, adjacent to Tesco’s and on The Esplanade, adjacent to the start.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts on pavement between Castle Hill and the South West Coastal Path (“SWCP”) just along from Fisherman’s Gap.

Getting there by public transport

Bus 9A
Exeter Bus Station dep 0735,
Newton Poppleford dep 0802a
Sidmouth Triangle dep 0819
Arr Seaton Marine Place (opposite Fisherman’s Gap) 0852

Timetable from
Nearest station: Axminster (7 miles to Seaton)

Getting there on foot

Start is at Fisherman’s Gap, The Esplanade, Seaton EX12 2LN adjacent to “The Waves”

Getting there by road

The nearest post code is EX12 2LL Seaton Esplanade. Take the B3172 Harbour Rd to Esplanade
During winter months (October to April) there is free car parking on the seafront at the Axmouth Harbour end. The nearest pay and display is Orchard Short Stay car park, Old Beer Road, Seaton, EX12 2PX. See the East Devon District Council website for details.
From car park: turn left and immediately right onto Sea Hill, walk down the hill with the bowling green on your right until you come to the sea front? Fisherman’s Gap is opposite between “The Waves” (large metal artwork).

Two hours free parking at Tesco’s and Co-Op, both in Harbour Road, Seaton
From Tesco’s ? turn right onto Harbour Road (past Co-Op), walk to end and left onto Marine Place ? Fisherman’s Gap is opposite between “The Waves” (large metal artwork).

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Pebbles, Marine Place, Seaton EX12 2LL - please come and join us!