The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Whitley Bay Links Common, Whitley Bay. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and gravel 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

Whitley Bay 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 lymediseaseuk.com 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 Whitley Bay 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

This is a two lap course containing a few short inclines. The course begins and ends on a large tarmac ‘helipad’ close to the War Memorial/Links bus stops facing the Spanish City Dome and immediately in front of Eastbourne House Care Home.

The course follows the public footpath around the war memorial, and then follows the path closest to the sea along to the skate park. At the approach to the skate park, participants will bear right dropping onto the lower prom, where you head towards the lighthouse. Just before the Rendezvous café participants take a sharp left up a short flight of 11 steps and follow the incline. Head back along towards the skate park, and back up towards the helipad/start point. Approach the war memorial again, this time heading down to cross Watt’s Slope. After crossing the slope participants run in front of the sandcastles avoiding the steps and using only the ramps. participants then head along the wide prom, keeping to the right. They then take a left turn (marshalled) and drop down to the promenade before heading back up the ramp (avoiding the mast) heading back over Watt’s Slope to the war memorial.

Lap two is exactly the same, however on return the war memorial for the final time participants will follow the middle path (again marshalled and signposted) before completing a small loop back to the helipad and the finish line.

Parts of the course, in particular the flight of steps, may make it harder for people with buggies & pushchairs - please contact the team in advance for further information.

Facilities

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts on a large tarmac ‘helipad’ close to the War Memorial.

Getting there by public transport

Tyneside Metro system is a very efficient transport system that reaches from Sunderland in the south, Newcastle Airport in the West down to the East coast. The nearest Metro stop is Minkseaton station around ten minutes easy walk to the seafront. Bicycles are not allowed on the Metro.
There are numerous bus routes which pass through Whitley Bay.

Getting there on foot

The Links is only a short walk from Whitley Bay town Centre. The Spanish City dome is clearly visible from all directions at the sea front, with the Links Common highly visible as a large open space next to the North Sea.

Getting there by road

The Links Common is easily accessible from all directions on either the A193, or the A1058 from Newcastle City Centre. At present car parking is available adjacent to the start at either Eastbourne Gardens or Brairdene car parks at an hourly rate.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Di Meo's Cafe at 9 Marine Avenue, close to the War Memorial and public toilets on Watts Slope, in front of the Spanish City Dome. Come and join us on the first floor of this award winning ice cream cafe for either a hot drink and bacon sandwiches at a special rate for parkrunners presenting their barcode - please come and join us!