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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 on Whitstable Promenade and run on a paved surface. 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 Whitstable 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 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.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Whitstable 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

The course consists of 2 laps along the promenade, taking the slope after the Tankerton Bay Sailing Club, turn right along the Tankerton Slopes to the summer kiosk. Take the slope downwards to the Lifeguard Hut, turn right along the promenade for the second lap. The finish is just in front of the kiosk.

On occasions we use an alternative course which meets at the kiosk on Tankerton Slopes, opposite the Marine Hotel, for the pre-run briefing, before walking the short distance west to beach hut 11. The route goes easterly along the promenade until the end when you run across a 400m muddy patch, over the wooden bridge and onto the concrete plinth. Turn right and follow this around until it meets the promenade again. Continue back along the prom until you reach the yellow and red lifeguard hut where you turn left up the hill to the finish at the kiosk.

Both the one lap, Lollipop, and the two lap courses are UKA measured.


Getting There

Location of start

We meet at the shelter just up from the finish on the slopes. Toilets are opposite St. Annes Road. The start is on the promonade right below the summer kiosk on Tankerton Slopes by the sea wall.

Getting there by public transport

The Triangle or the Canterbury buses stop at St. Annes Road 50m from the start.

Getting there on foot


Getting there by road

For sat nav use CT5 2BE.
There is limited free parking along the seafront in Marine Terrace. There is a large carpark (Gorrell Tank) across the road from the harbour, about 5 minutes walk from the meeting place. Cross road to harbour and turn right and walk up tower parade to the left of the Castle. Just over the hill is the meeting place.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the Lounge or the Marine Hotel. Please come and join us.