The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. It's run in Gunners Park, off New Barge Pier Rd, Shoebury, Southend, Essex on tarmac and concrete paths, although some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain.. 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 Southend 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.
  • Runners pushing buggies are also welcome, but please take extreme care of other runners around you. If possible start from the back of the field and try to keep to one side of the main body of runners.
  • 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 lymediseaseuk.com for further details.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Southend 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


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Course Description

The course is a flat 3 lap anticlockwise course on well maintained tarmac and concrete paths. The lap heads west from the start before quickly heading towards the sea, continuing east between the sea wall and the lake before looping back towards the start and finish line.

Facilities

Getting There

Location of start

Immediately south of car park, approx 50 metres

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Routes 9 and 4A both stop on Ness Rd, a few minutes walk from the car park and start Train: Shoeburyness Train station is a 10 minute walk to the North, serving stations through to London Fenchurch St.

Getting there on foot

Gunners Park is an easy 4 mile cycle from the centre of Southend along the segregated cycle path along the seafront. As the cycle path ends at Ness Rd, turn right into New Barge Pier Rd and follow the road around the corner and take the first right into the car park below the height restriction barrier.

Getting there by road

From the seafront head east along the B1016. After turning North into Ness Rd, take the first right into New Barge Pier Rd. Follow the road around the corner and take the first right into the car park below the height restriction barrier From the North, follow the A13 until it turns into Ness Rd at the junction with Campfield Rd. Carry on across this junction and continue approximately 1km until turning left into New Barge Pier Rd. Follow the road around the corner and take the first right into the car park below the height restriction barrier. Parking is free.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at The Shorehouse Harvester on Ness Rd - please come and join us.