Monday, 24 February 2014

The Kent parkrun venues

The county of Kent is made up of Kent County Council and the unitary authority of Medway Council. The pins on the map mark the locations of parkruns within the county.

The pins on the map mark the locations of parkruns within the county. The green pins show the venues I have officially visited while the red pins are venues that I still need to visit. The list below covers 5k events only, not junior parkruns.





Ashford - Victoria Park, Ashford, Kent.
Course: 2 laps
Underfoot: Tarmac
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
Underfoot; tarmac
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
Profile: Hilly
Notes: Beautiful
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
Profile: Flat
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
Profile: Flat
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)
Profile: undulating
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
Profile: Flat
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



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