The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Southwark Park, SE16, London. The course is run on a mixture of concrete 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 Southwark 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 lymediseaseuk.com 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 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.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Southwark 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

Southwark parkrun is a flat 3-lap course taking place in the southern half of Southwark Park. It is entirely on tarmac up until the finish line which is on grass. We meet under trees on the edge of the playing fields near the Gallery and after the pre-run briefing we make our way to the start near the China Hall Gate. After just over three laps, the finish line is back at the meeting point. The laps are not all identical - at the fork near the end of each lap, the course takes the longer right-hand route on the first lap and the shorter left-hand route on laps 2 and 3. We encourage runners to keep right where possible on our course and to overtake on the left.

Facilities

There is a café in Southwark Park with toilets, baby changing facilities and disabled access. The café is open from 9am and serves hot and cold food and drinks. Additionally, there are toilet facilities at the Seven Islands Leisure Centre, open from 8am, and located around the corner from the café, at the end of Gomm Road.

Getting There

Location of start

On arrival volunteers and parkrunners should assemble at the finish area by the Gallery adjacent to the lake. Pre-run briefs will take place in this vicinity from 8:50 after which parkrunners will be led to the start line to begin the event.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Buses 1, 199, 225 and 381 stop directly outside the park entrance on Lower Road. Buses 47 and 188 also stop very close to the park entrance.

Overground: The entrance to Southwark Park is a one minute walk from Surrey Quays Overground station. On leaving the station head towards the Yellow House restaurant on the opposite side of the road. Continue past the restaurant and the entrance to Southwark Park will be on the left.

Tube: The nearest tube station to Southwark Park is Canada Water on the Jubilee line. The park is approximately 10 minutes' walk from the station. Head right out of the bus station and south down Surrey Quays Road. At the end of the road cross over to Seven Islands Leisure Centre then head left, turning right almost immediately into Gomm Road. On entering the park bear left to find the meeting point.

Getting there on foot

The park is a short walk from Surrey Quays and Canada Water Station. The Surrey Quays entrance is located on Lower Road, one minute from Surrey Quays overground station.

Getting there by road

The south entrance to the park can be accessed by car from Southwark Park Road, where on-street parking is available.
There is also a car park available by the Hawkstone Road entrance to the park (SE16 2PE for GPS devices). Parking charges in the area are typically £2 per hour and payable via the PayByPhone app.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Surrey Docks pub. You can find this 5 minutes from the finish line on the opposite side of Surrey Quays Overground station - please come and join us!