The course

The course is at Llandaff Fields, Cardiff. The course is 2000m (2K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is run entirely on tarmac paths. Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain. Marshals will be located along the course.

The course will be marshalled so that juniors will be in sight of a marshal at all times.

Please remember that the parkrun uses shared paths. Please give way to other park users. This won't slow you down and will help ensure the overall success of 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.

junior parkrun rules and guidelines

Cardiff junior parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. To make the event as safe as possible, participants, spectators and volunteers are asked to take note of the following rules and guidelines:

  • Whilst parkrun fully accepts its duty of care and will do everything it can to minimise risk of injury and harm to all participants whilst at parkrun events, it is parent/guardians who ultimately have responsibility for the welfare of their children.
  • It is not mandatory for a parent/guardian to participate in junior parkruns, but children under the age of 11 must be accompanied to/from the event by a responsible adult, and the responsible adult must remain in attendance for the duration of the event.
  • Junior events are open and inclusive. Disabled people may participate wherever it is safe for them to do so. The event team can provide disabled participants with course information in order that the participant (or their parent/guardian) can make an informed decision about their safe participation.
  • Whilst more competitive children can use junior parkruns to test themselves against their own time, and against others, participation should ultimately be for fun, and we urge all parents/guardians/volunteers not to put children under undue pressure to perform.
  • Participants should be able to complete (run, jog, walk) 2km. 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).
  • junior parkruns are running, jogging and walking events, and the use of children’s scooters, balance bikes, trikes or cycles is prohibited.
  • Slower runners are encouraged to seed themselves, by starting towards the back of the group especially if an adult is accompanying them.
  • junior parkruns are timed events. Only those aged between 4-14 years old and on foot (eg not those in a buggy or on the shoulders of an adult) can cross the finish line and be recorded in the results list.
  • Exceptions to this rule are subject to the discretion of the Event and/or Run Director. Examples include those over 14 with special educational needs (SEN) or those with a registered disability, for whom social interaction and physical activity may be difficult but important.
  • A strict ‘no barcode no result’ policy will be enforced.
  • Buggies are allowed, subject to course conditions, but only if the adult pushing the buggy is accompanying a junior runner. Adults with buggies are urged to position themselves appropriately for the safety and enjoyment of all.
  • Dogs or other pets are not allowed to take part in junior parkruns.
  • When running, take care should be taken on uneven surfaces and participants should watch out for other park users, animals, vehicles, park maintenance work, trees, posts and other obstacles around the course. All parkrunners should be considerate to the park and all other park users at all times.
  • Spectators should keep clear of participants on the course and keep control of any children and dogs.
  • Participants should take care near roads and car parks, congregate away from the cars and be careful if driving to/from the event.
  • Photography or filming is likely to take place at junior parkrun events. Please see our photos page for more details.
  • 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.
  • This is a free event and all participants attend and run at their own risk.

Please consider helping the event by volunteering - this event survives only because of your generosity. Please visit the volunteer page for more information.

Course map

Course description

Cardiff Juniors parkrun is a single lap, out and back style 2km run set in Llandaff Fields park in central Cardiff.
The course is set entirely on the tarmac paths within the park.
Runners start at the Cathedral Road end of the park near to Café Castan and run straight down the spine path within the park.
At the end of the spine path runners turn 180 degrees around a cone and head back the way they came. At the T-Junction runners turn left and head towards the park. At a second cone runners again turn 180 degrees and head back to the T-Junction.
At the T-Junction runners turn left and head to the finish which is located in the same place as the start of the run to complete the 2km lap.

Facilities

There is a small café on site that also has 2 unisex toilets. Parking is Pay and Display on site and is enforced by the Council. There is also a playground on site.

Location of start

The run starts at the Cathedral Road end of the park near to Café Castan.

Getting there by public transport

Llandaff Fields is regularly serviced by buses but it will be a Sunday Service. Please see the Cardiff Bus website for details of the services.

Getting there on foot

Llandaff Fields is about 1 mile from Cardiff City Centre. You can walk down Cathedral Road as per the driving instructions.
Access from Western Avenue is also available through a gate opposite Llandaff RFC or from Cardiff Road via another gate.

Getting there by road

Llandaff Fields is located close to the centre of Cardiff. For sat navs please use postcode CF11 9HZ.

For access from the City Centre head past Cardiff Castle on Castle Street towards Cowbridge Road East for approximately 0.4 miles and then turn right onto Cathedral Road. Llandaff Fields is located 0.8 miles down Cathedral Road on the right had side.

From Gabalfa Interchange take Western Avenue (A48) for 1 mile towards Llandaff RFC. Stay in the left hand lane and take a slight left onto Mill Lane (opposite Llandaff RFC). Take the 1st left onto Cardiff Rd (A4119). At the traffic lights at the end of the road turn left onto Penhill Rd. Take the first left into Llandaff Fields.

Llandaff Fields does have parking but it is Pay and Display.

Post run coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Cafe Castan which is located onsite very near the start of our parkrun event - please come and join us!