The course is 5000m (5K) long. It's run in Tilgate Park, Crawley, West Sussex and run on solid paths with a small amount of gravel and uneven ground. 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.
The Tilgate 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 Tilgate parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.
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
The course is like a figure of 8 consisting of a lap of the lake (approx 1500m), followed by a lap of the park (approx 2000m) before finishing with another full lap of the lake (approx 1500m).
Heading north past the boathouse, you run clockwise around the lake on a solid path with a few gravel areas taking the high path over the dam continuing around Tilgate lake. After passing between the 2 lakes turn right to continue around Tilgate lake, after approx 100m turn left up the middle path, at the top of this path turn right towards the Smith and Western Restaurant. Go up the ramp, rather than the steps and onto Tilgate Drive. Head down the service road between the bollards, turning left at the bottom onto a short off road section past Titmus lake. From here you head up the chevron path towards the Walled Garden. It is a short, sharp incline. Please keep to the right if you need to walk. Take care at the top as you cross the service road and follow the path taking you around the front of the Walled Garden. From here the path takes you down Azalea hill, back to the path between the lakes, turn left going past the finish and complete 1 further lap of Tilgate lake and then on to the finish on the left.
During the winter (normally beginning of October), our start and finish line moves to the Boathouse, to compensate an adjustment is made around the Walled garden where we take the midway path along the outerwall of the Walled Garden to return back to the lake.
We may make use of some alternative routes if our standard route is not possible, details of any route changes will be posted on our news page, facebook and twitter feeds, so check there before setting off for parkrun on a Saturday.
NEW CHARGES EFFECTIVE FROM SATURDAY 19 JULY 2014
- Main car park; car park charges effective from 9am at £1 per hour.
- Fisherman's car park; turn left at the mini round about towards the golf course, as you drive into Tilgate park. Free parking until 11am.
Location of start
We have a separate summer & winter start.
Our summer start is on the main lawn by Tilgate lake. From the main car park (approx 250m) by the Smith & Western, follow the path down towards Tilgate lake, our start is near the big tree in the middle of the main lawn. From the Fisherman's car park (approx 500m) walk up the ramp or
steps towards Tilgate lake and then travel around the lake in an anti clockwise direction towards the Boathouse and then on to the main lawn.
Our winter start is approx 100m further along our route by the boathouse; when we operate our winter start (normally from end of November to early March), the boathouse area also serves as our finish area too, with a small adjustment to the route at the Walled Garden.
Toilet facilities are available at the main car park opened by our volunteers from approx 8:15am.
Getting there by public transport
Getting there on foot
Tilgate Park can be accessed from either Tilgate Drive or K2 Crawley leisure centre which is located on the A23 Brighton Rd. Roughly 2 miles from Crawley town centre. Head towards the North West side of Lake.
Getting there by road
From M23/A23 northbound, take Pease Pottage J11 exit.
Travelling southbound exit at J10. Follow signs towards Crawley, then follow brown tourist signs to Tilgate Park, (which also direct visitors entering Crawley from other directions)
Postcode for GPS: RH10 5PQ
Post Run Coffee
Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Tilgate Forest Golf Centre, just past the Fisherman’s car park. They serve an excellent breakfast and also do refillable tea/coffee - please come and join us.