The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is in Sutcliffe Park Nature Reserve, London. The course is run on a mixture of gravel paths and permanent paths. 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

Sutcliffe 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.
  • 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 Sutcliffe 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

Three laps on a mixture of tarmac and gravel round the perimeter of the Nature Reserve. The start and finish are close to the entrance to the Sports Centre and the main car park.


Accessible toilets are available within the Sports Centre.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts close to the entrance to the Sports Centre and the main car park.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Bus routes include:
B16: Bexleyheath Bus Garage to Cedarhurst Drive (For Sutcliffe Park) -
122: Plumstead Road to Eltham Road/Kidbrooke Park Road (For Sutcliffe Park)
178: Lewisham Station to Eltham Road/Kidbrooke Park Road (For Sutcliffe Park)
321: New Cross Sainsbury's to Eltham Road/Kidbrooke Park Road (For Sutcliffe Park)
335: North Greenwich to Gerrard Way (For Sutcliffe Park).

Train: The nearest train station is Kidbrooke, a 10 to 15 minute walk through Cator and Sutcliffe park (or via Park Terrace and Tudway Road).

Getting there on foot

The start of the parkrun is in the south east corner of Sutcliffe Park. The park has entrances on all sides of the park.
20 minutes from Eltham High Street
10-15 minutes from Kidbrooke train station
15-20 minutes from Lee Green

Getting there by road

If using SATNAV, the nearest postcode is: SE9 5LW.

There is parking for 32 cars, plus 5 disabled spaces. This is paid parking (£1 per hour). Bicycle racks are available between the car park and Sports Centre entrance.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at Better Coffee Corner, inside Sutcliffe Park Sports Centre - please come and join us!