The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Swanley Park, Swanley. The course is run on a combination of grass, permanent paths and trail 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

Swanley 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 Swanley 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 on a tree-lined tarmac path by the top car park heading downhill before turning left and along the out and back section towards the old rugby pitches and then returning back along the same track (keeping left) and carrying on until the miniature train level crossing, at which point turning sharp left for an inner loop inside the field enclosed by the mini railway. As participants complete this loop they head back out over the level crossing (keeping left) and then slightly right into the field behind the children’s playground before bearing left and then going straight across to the far side of the boating lake and picking up the boundary path which runs back up hill towards the top car park. By the top car park they turn right back down the hill (parallel with the start/finish path) and then left at the bottom to start a second lap headed back out towards the rugby pitches again.
The second lap is identical with the exception that after completing the circuit of the field by the playground/lake, past the top car park and coming down the hill,participants will turn sharply left back up the paved start/finish straight to the finish.

We would advise trail shoes in the winter months.


Within the park there are toilets (by the cafe), a children’s adventure playground, paddling pool and miniature railway that open seasonally.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts on a tree-lined tarmac path by the top car park.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Bus routes 233 and 477 serve the park.

Train: The nearest train station is Swanley which is approx 1.4 miles from the park.

Getting there on foot

There are multiple entrances points to the park from surrounding roads. Please check the map to find the most convenient to your starting point.

Getting there by road

For the main car park use SATNAV postcode BR8 7PW.

From Swanley town centre follow Swanley Lane towards Hextable before turning left in the New Barn Road. The entrance to the car park is approx 1mile on the left.

Parking: There are two car parks at the park. The main “bottom” car park is accessed from New Barn Road and the smaller second one from The Birches. £1 for 1 hour or whole day is £3.
The car park off The Birches (tip car park) is app payments only.
The bottom car park off New Barn Road is cash and app payments.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at Swanley Park Café which is located alongside the boating lake - please come and join us!