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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 Southsea Esplanade, Southsea. The course is run entirely on paved esplanade . 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 Southsea 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.
  • 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 Southsea 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 starts at Speaker's Corner, behind the Briny Restaurant and heads east along the esplanade, passing under the canopy of South Parade Pier, turning shortly after the Royal Marine Barracks and returning via the same route.


Getting There

Location of start

The course starts at Speaker's Corner, behind the Briny Restaurant, Southsea, PO5 3PG.

Getting there by public transport

Portsmouth is a small city with a big population, we would actively encourage those coming from outside to not use their cars.

Train: Portsmouth is served by four train stations, three of which are within easy cycle of the route (Portsmouth Harbour, Portsmouth and Southsea and Fratton). Fratton is closest to the site, however, if you are unfamiliar with the city, get off at Portsmouth Harbour and follow the cycle routes to Southsea Castle it is approximately 15 minutes along this seafront route.

From Portsmouth Harbour: From Portsmouth and Southsea: From Fratton:

Bus: The number one bus calls at all the main train stations as well as Gun Wharf and Commercial Road (where other buses interconnect), a full Saturday timetable is available here from the first group website.

Getting there on foot

There is a dual pedestrian and cycle route along the seafront which will lead you to South Parade Pier. The start line is located behind Rocksby’s Cafe at Speakers’ Corner. For the more enthusiastic and distant amongst our followers there are a number of distance cycle tracks coming into the city from Emsworth and Fareham as well as Lee on Solent (via the Gosport Ferry).

Getting there by road

Should you need to travel by car, there is ample parking along the seafront, you will need to pay and in peak summer season traffic can be heavy coming into and leaving the city, particularly when the sun shines.
Come into the city via the M275, follow signs for the seafront and Royal Marines Museum. We are located adjacent to South Parade Pier.

Post Run Coffee

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