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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 South Norwood Country Park, South Norwood. The course is run on a mixture of 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

South Norwood parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the event as safe as possible, so participants, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • You are welcome to take part with a dog, but please keep the dog on a short lead or short 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 welcome, but please take care of others around you and do your best to start at an appropriate place in the field for your pace.

We hope these tips help to ensure that South Norwood 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

The course consists of 2 clockwise laps starting and finishing by the totem pole outside the visitors centre in South Norwood Country Park. The route is partially on trail paths and partially on grass.


South Norwood Country Park offers

  • Wild flower meadows
  • Wet land and lake
  • Viewing mound
  • Children's playground
  • Pitch and putt
  • Visitors centre with cycle parking
  • Toilets including facilities for Radar keyholders are available either at the Country Park or the Croydon Arena

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts by the totem pole outside the visitors centre in South Norwood Country Park.

Getting there by public transport

Travel by Tram is the best option. Alight at either Arena or Harrington Road tram stops for a short walk to the Country Park.

Getting there on foot

There are a number of foot access only entrances to the Country Park making it more accessible to local residents than visitors.
The main access points are from Albert Road and Elmers End Road.
Access from Croydon Arena is a short walk to the Country Park as is access from the Tram stops (Arena and Harrington Road).

Getting there by road

The entrance to the Country Park is off Albert Road, South Norwood. The postcode for use with Satnav is SE25 4QL.

The Country Park is set in a residential area and can only be accessed following local roads.

The A215 (Portland Road) runs parallel to Albert Road and is accessible from the A213 and A222.

Parking will be available in the Country Park car park or at the Croydon Arena; take care when crossing the tramline into the park if using the Arena car park. Please note that there is no parking available on adjacent residential roads.

Post Run Coffee

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