The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Milton Creek Country Park, Sittingbourne. The course is run on a mixture of gravel paths, trail paths and grass. 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 Sittingbourne 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.
  • It is not permitted to run with a pushchair and a dog at the same time.
  • Runners wishing to run with a dog are welcome, but please keep the dog on a short lead or harness and under control throughout the event. Please also review the parkrun support page article about running with a dog at parkrun events.
  • The course is suitable for buggies but the area can be very boggy after heavy rain.
  • While rare, Lyme Disease is present in areas where deer live, and occasionally passed to human's through infected ticks. See NHS Choices website for more about Lyme Disease, and how to deal with ticks.

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

Age Grading

All parkrun events use Age Grading to help athletes 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

The course starts on a gravel path alongside the church inside Milton Creek Country Park.
Follow the path to the end and take the left hand fork onto a trail which skirts the housing estate. After 440 metres take a right hand turn (third path) then bear right. Go straight ahead at the crossroads then turn right at the junction. Continue straight across at the junction then take the second left turn and across again at the next junction. Keep left on the trail path until indicated to turn left to run though the inner car - parking area, then on to the to the gravel path and follow the bowl shape round to the start. Repeat for the second lap.

Facilities

There are NO TOILETS at the Country Park. There is no specific parking area but there is street parking within the local residential streets however please park sensibly and do not block residents driveways. The course is suitable for buggies but the area can be very boggy after heavy rain.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts on a gravel path alongside the church inside Milton Creek Country Park.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: The 344 and 347 stop nearby at Asda. Please see the Arriva website for details.

Train: The train station is 1.1m from the park. Head west and take 2nd exit at the roundabout into Milton Road. Turn left into Mill Way after 0.2m and at the roundabout 2nd exit into Mill Way/B2005. Pass Asda on your right and the park is on your right.

Getting there on foot

Continue from Sittingbourne High Street in NE direction. Turn right into Trinity Road and left into Langley Road. At the roundabout take the lane to the church and the start of the parkrun is on your right inside the park.

Getting there by road

From the M2 leave at junction 5 and follow the signs to Sittingbourne. Follow A249 and then B2005, Iwade/Kemsley/Grovehurst, The Country Park is on your left just past the church in Grovehurst Road. Go to the next tarmac track on the left and drive through gates to the car park where there is limited parking for parkrunners only. Show your barcode.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in a local café - please come and join us!