We take the safety of all our runners very seriously, but this is particularly true of our younger runners. Parents and guardians should make sure they have read the following and explained the contents where necessary to the runner:

It is the choice of the runner to run. If any runner has a current injury or illness then they are advised to seek professional advice prior to deciding to participate.

All junior runners must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. If the junior runner may deviate from the course then a parent or guardian is advised to accompany them during the run. It is advised that prior the start and on completion of the course the marshals are under no obligation to attend to junior runners, as this is the responsibility of the accompanying adult.

All caution is taken to ensure that the course is clear of debris and of park wildlife. However, the juniors will need to cross tarmac paths en route and they are advised to make observations before crossing the paths to ensure that they do not cause any hazard to the public. These will have marshals to act as spotters to inform the public and runners of any hazards whenever possible. Please ensure that if you are responsible for a runner that they are wearing appropriate shoes and clothing for the conditions. It is also advised that in winter or wet weather a change of clothing is available after the runner has completed the course, and fluids to hydrate are available in hot weather conditions.

For every event there will be an organiser who is at least level 2 UKA accredited coach with an appropriate CRB checked.

This event is run in line with the parkrun insurance guidelines.

The Course

The course is 2000m (2K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is in Central Park, Dagenham. The course is run entirely on grass. 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 Barking and Dagenham junior 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.
  • 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 make sure you’re fit enough to run 5k (3.1 miles). Health advice about running can be found at the excellent Runners' Medical Resource website.
  • 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.
  • While rare, Lyme Disease is present in areas with deer, and occasionally passed to human’s through infected ticks. See NHS Choices website for more about Lyme Disease, and how to deal with ticks.
  • This is a free training event, so all run and attend at their own risk.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Barking and Dagenham junior parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.

Course Map

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Course Description

A two lap 2km course, flat, all on grass.



Free parking and children’s play area.

Getting There



Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in at a local café - please come and join us!