The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. 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

Southwark 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 one dog by your side, within reach at all times, on a short, handheld, non-extendable lead. Please also see this Support Site entry for further details about parkrunning with dogs.
  • 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 Southwark 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

Southwark parkrun is a flat 3-lap course taking place in the southern half of Southwark Park. The start and finish are on grass but 95% of the course takes place on tarmac. We recommend any participants who require an accessible start that’s not on grass to get in touch with the event team ( so we can direct you to our accessible start point.

We meet under trees on the edge of the playing fields near the Gallery and head to the cricket nets for the pre-run briefing and start line. After three laps, the finish line and finish funnel is off the path on grass. The 3 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 participants to keep right where possible on our course and to overtake on the left when there is enough room to do so safely.


The Southwark Park café has public toilets, baby changing facilities and disabled toilets. The café is open from 9am serving hot and cold food and drink with a water fountain available outside too. Additionally, there are toilet facilities at the Seven Islands Leisure Centre, open from 8am, and located just outside the park at the end of Gomm Road.

Getting There

Location of start

On arrival volunteers and parkrunners should assemble near to the finish area by the sports fields. The first-timers’ brief will take place in this vicinity from 8:45 after which parkrunners will be led to the start line for the main pre-run brief and begin the run.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Buses 1, 199, 225 and 381 stop directly outside the park entrance on Lower Road. Buses 47, 188 and P12 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 a 10-minute 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 and the entrance to the park will be on your right.

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). Please refer to signage for possible parking charges.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Southwark Park Café - please come and join us!