The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at The Beach, Walmer, Deal. The course is run entirely on tarmac 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

The Walmer and Deal Seafront 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 Walmer and Deal Seafront parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.

Age Grading

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 page.

Course Map

Course Description

Out and back course on a flat tarmac path. It runs along the prom to Deal Pier then turns back towards Walmer Castle, before turns back again to the start point. The start and finish area are about a 7 minute walk from the main car park.

Facilities

Public toilets are situated at Kingsdown Road car park and at Marine Road, both within a 10 minute walk from the start/finish. Both are open from 7am.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts on the prom, just north of the hedged gardens.

Getting there by public transport

Train: From Deal station (19-minute walk): Walk from station car park towards Queen Street, follow Queen Street towards the sea. Turn right onto the prom and walk until you reach Walmer Green.

From Walmer station (24-minute walk): Walk from Station Road towards Mayer Road, then turn left on to Dover Road, turn right onto Cambridge Road then left onto The Beach towards Walmer Green. The start/finish is on your right.

Buses: Numbers 12, 80-82, 90 and 93 stop at Archery Square, three minutes walk from the start. From Archery Square, walk towards the sea and you'll see the start just north of the hedged gardens.

Getting there on foot

The start/finish of Deal and Walmer parkrun is situated on Walmer Green adjacent to a road called The Beach. There are many access points from The Strand and the Prom in Walmer.

From Kingsdown Road car park you will need to walk up the slope onto the prom then turn left, continue walking towards Deal. Follow the path to the right then continue past the hedged gardens on your left, the start/finish is located just north of the gardens.

Getting there by road

With Satnav the postcode for Kingsdown Road car park (and toilets) is CT14 7LJ. Walk north along the seafront, and the start is at CT14 7HJ.

Coming from the A2: Exit at the Duke of York roundabout, take the A258 towards Deal, following the A258 for 5 miles. Turn right onto Granville Road then turn right onto Kingsdown Road. The car park will be on your left.

From Sandwich: Take the A258 towards Deal. Continue on the A258, at the roundabout continue straight on to Manor Road/B2056, turn left onto Mill Road, turn right onto Hamilton Road (becomes Cornwall Road) (B2056). At the end cross Dover Road onto Archery Square/Clarence Road, turn right onto The Beach, Kingsdown Road car park is on the left.

Free parking is at Kingsdown Road Car Park, Walmer. It near to toilets and approximately 7 minutes walk to the start. As the surrounding roads are all residential it is preferred that runners only use the car parks

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Sea Café at Walmer Green - please come and join us!