The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Victoria Dock, London. The course is run entirely on dockide 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.
The Victoria Dock 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.
- Runners wishing to run with a dog are welcome, but please keep the dog on a short lead or 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 also 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.
- 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.
We hope these tips help to ensure that Victoria Dock 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 a horseshoe around Victoria Dock, entirely on the dockide path. Starting near the community hut in the Crystal gardens, proceed along the north side of Victoria Dock. When you reach the far (east) end of the ExCeL, turn around. Come back past the Crystal, then along the south side of the dock to the SS Robin. Turn around here and head back to the Crystal to finish.
There is free tea and coffee at the end of each run in the Crystal Community Hut. If you’d like something more special, the Crystal café opens at 10:00 and sells a variety of speciality coffees and pastries. The Community Hut has a disabled toilet.
Location of startThe event starts near the community hut in the Crystal gardens.
Getting there by public transportBus route 474 (Charington Steps) is 0.2miles away (3 minute walk).
Bus route 147, 241 (Munday Road Royal Victora DLR) is 0.4miles away (6 minute walk).
Getting there on footFrom Royal Victoria DLR: Exit the DLR station on Seagull Lane (follow signs for the Emirates Airline). Walk up Seagull Lane, then cross over Western Gateway at the pedestrian crossing. Take a slight right and walk along the side of the dock past the Crystal (Siemens centre) until you have gone past the main building. Turn right into the gardens and you will see the community hut.
Getting there by roadWe encourage people to walk, cycle or take public transport to our event, to help our carbon footprint and because street parking is permit holders only.
The multi-storey car park on Seagull Lane (E16 1AL) is 0.2miles from the start. The street parking around Victoria Dock is permit holders only, Monday-Sunday 8:00-6:30. There are car parks on Seagull Lane, within 5 minutes of the start, but these charge up to £10 per hour.
Post Run Coffee
Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Crystal Community Hut - please come and join us!