Map: The green pins show the venues I have officially visited while the red pins are venues that I still need to visit.
Ashford - Victoria Park, Ashford, Kent.
Course: 2 laps
Profile: Flat with one short sharp incline towards the end of each lap
Notes: A fast course but not the fastest due to the short incline
Further reading: My Ashford parkrun blog entry
Bedgebury Pinetum - Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest, Bedgebury Road, Goudhurst
Course: 1 lap
Underfoot: Gravelly and stony paths
Profile: Hilly but with a great 2km downhill section in the middle
Notes: The Pinetum is a great place to visit
Further reading: My Bedgebury Pinetum parkrun blog post.
Canterbury - University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent.
Course: A double out-and-back plus a couple of laps of playing fields
Underfoot: Tarmac/hard surfaces and Grass
Profile: Initially it looks flat but the Crab and Winkle Way takes you through a valley resulting in four inclines/declines to negotiate.
Notes: One of the more challenging parkruns in Kent.
Further reading: My Canterbury parkrun blog entry and also my blog entry from the Canterbury parkrun test event.
Dartford - Central Park, Dartford, Kent (London+)
Course: 1 small lap followed by two large laps (new course as of July 2016)
Underfoot: Tarmac and grass / dirt
Profile: Mostly flat but with a slight incline during the dirt trail section
Elevation gain: 26m
GPS data: Dartford parkrun (new standard course)
Notes: I am a member of the core volunteer team
Further reading: My 'I wish there was such a thing as Dartford parkrun' blog entry. As this is a venue that I am based at, there are likely to be a lot of blog posts as time goes on - My main course description (route now changed) post may be of interest to any tourists planning a visit. We also have a 'b' course - it is described in the entry for event 24 and there is a course map within the blog for event 31. Other than that, this link will take you to all my Dartford parkrun blog entries.
Video: Dartford parkrun (freedom run) (the original course - not the current course, but quite similar)
Folkestone - Leas Cliff, Folkestone, Kent.
Course: A double oab course with the first one run twice
Profile: slightly uphill whilst running west
Elevation gain: 133m (need to check this)
GPS data: Folkestone parkrun
Notes: takes place on the cliff top so can be quite windy
Further reading: My Folkestone parkrun freedom run blog entry and also my Folkestone parkrun official event 94 blog post.
Great Lines - Great Lines Heritage Park, Gillingham, Kent.
Course: 2 out-and-back laps with a loop at each end
Underfoot: Mostly gravel paths but there is also some grass
Profile: Long and gentle uphill on the way out and long fast gentle downhill on the way back
Notes: The long, fast downhill makes for some great finishes!
Further reading: My Great Lines blog entry and another with the running buggy on Christmas Day.
Video: Great Lines parkrun (freedom run)
Lullingstone - Lullingstone Country Park, Castle Road, Eynsford, Kent (starts april 2015)
Course: 2 laps
Underfoot: Grass / trail
Further reading: My Lullingstone parkrun blog entry
Maidstone - Kent Life, Maidstone, Kent.
Course: Out and back along the river Medway with a bridge and a loop at the far end
Underfoot: Canal towpath / gravelly
Profile: Flat except for the bridge crossing and the last dash to the finish line
Notes: Fast course, but not the fastest due to the inclines. Towpath is narrow so overtaking can be tricky.
Further reading: My Maidstone parkrun blog entry
Malling - Leybourne Lakes Country Park, Malling Road, Larkfield
Course: Two laps around the main lake
Underfoot: Stony / gravelly path
Notes: Fast course / car park fills up
Further Reading: My Malling parkrun blog entry
Margate - Palm Bay Seafront, Margate, Thanet, Kent.
Course: 2 different out-and-backs, the first short, the second long with a loop at each end.
Underfoot: Mostly tarmac but there is a short section at the far end on dirt/grass
Profile: There are a couple of undulations to negotiate during the second out-and-back section
Notes: Fast course but slowed down by the undulations
Further reading: My Margate parkrun blog entry
Pegwell Bay - Pegwell Bay Country Park, Thanet, Kent.
Course: 2-and-a-bit laps
Underfoot: Compact gravel paths
Notes: The paths are narrow and overtaking not always easy - a good start essential. Probably the quickest Kent venue to date.
Further reading: My Pegwell Bay parkrun blog entry
Royal Tunbridge Wells - Dunorlan Park, Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
Course: 2 laps
Underfoot: tarmac/grass (dirt/mud/puddles)
Notes: Very nice park with an uphill finish.
Further reading: My Royal Tunbridge Wells blog entry
Shorne Woods - Shorne Woods Country Park, Gravesend, Kent.
Course: Varies depending on seasonal conditions (but usually 3 laps)
Underfoot: Compact gravel easy-access paths
Profile: Flat (not pancake flat, but close)
Notes: A fun course with some twists and turns
Further reading: My Shorne Woods blog entry and also my New Years Day 2015 blog entry
Sittingbourne - Milton Creek Country Park, Sittingbourne, Kent
Course: Two-and-a-bit laps
Underfoot: gravelly paths plus some grassy sections
Profile: pretty much flat
Notes: Nice course - lots of turns. The marshals are crucial to keeping runners on course.
Further reading: My Sittingbourne parkrun blog entry
Tonbridge - Tonbridge Racecourse Park, Tonbridge, Kent.
Course: Out and back with a loop around Barden Lake at the far end
Underfoot: A mixture of grass, tarmac, dirt, gravel and bridges
Notes: Flat and fast but does have sections on grass and trail which make it a little slower in the winter.
Further reading: My Tonbridge parkrun blog entry or my freedom run before the venue went live.
Video: Tonbridge parkrun (freedom run)
Whitstable - Marine Drive, Tankerton-on-sea, Kent.
Course: 2 laps along the lower and upper levels of the promenade
Underfoot: Tarmac and Grass
Profile: Flat apart from the slopes between the levels
Notes: A pretty seafront location. The first Kent parkrun venue.
Further reading: My Whitstable parkrun blog entry