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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 Pyramid Centre, Chadwell St Mary. The course is run entirely on 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 Thurrock parkrun, Orsett Heath 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 Thurrock parkrun, Orsett Heath 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

Thurrock parkrun is a 2-lap course all on grass. The course starts adjacent to the Pyramid. Running out from the start the course turns left and follows open grassland across the Heath. Turning sharp left at the hut into Chadwell St Mary recreation ground. Turning right across the Rec adjacent to a bus stop then turning back toward the heath. At the top of the Rec the course turns right and follows the fence line behind bushes and scrubland before rounding Football pitches and back to the start for the second lap. At the end of the second lap the course finishes on the run in towards the car park.

Facilities

Toilets, free car parking and a "pop-up café" on site.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts adjacent to the Pyramid.

Getting there by public transport

From Grays bus station take the No. 83 bus to Chadwell St Mary. Request stop in Heath Road. Walk north 200m to the start area.
From Basildon bus station take the No.100 or 200 bus towards Grays. Request stop on A1013 at northern end of Heath Road. Walk south half a mile to the start area.

Getting there on foot

The Walking route from Grays Railway Station to the Pyramid centre is 2.6 miles. Please see the Walk4Life website for a map.

Getting there by road

If using sat nav, the nearest postcode is RM16 4XH.
From the A13 east or west bound exit at A128 Orsett Cock junction. At the roundabout take the A1013 to Grays. After 1 mile turn left into Heath Road and car park is half a mile on the right.
Limited car parking is available at Orsett Heath. Additional parking is available in Defoe Parade park (RM16 4QR) or Library (RM16 4JP). Both are a 15 mnute walk from the start.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at a “pop-up café” at the start/finish line - please come and join us!