The course

The course is in Carmarthen Park, Carmarthen. The course is 2000m (2K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and grass. 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

Carmarthen 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.
  • While rare, Lyme Disease is present in areas with deer, and occasionally passed to humans through infected ticks. See NHS Choices website for more about Lyme Disease, and how to deal with ticks.
  • 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

The course starts on the far side of the velodrome track by the viewing stand and heads north towards Picton Terrace for about 200 metres before turning right towards Morfa Lane. At the end of this path by the Tea Shop you double back towards the velodrome and do half a lap of this before dropping down onto the rugby pitch and running anticlockwise around the perimeter to the viewing stand, back up to the tarmac path, turn right and round the other end of the velodrome to finish the lap near the start line. This is the 1km mark and then the course is completed again in the same direction.

Facilities

Car parking is available at Tesco Extra. From the car park, walk past the petrol station and follow the high wall towards the traffic lights. There is a gated entrance to the park in the wall, where you go up the steps and turn left at the top to the start line.

Toilets and café facilities are available in the park itself.

Location of start

The run starts on the far side of the velodrome track by the viewing stand.

Getting there by public transport

Carmarthen train station is approx 1km from the course. from the train station head left and cross the River Towy. Cross the road at the traffic lights, turn left and follow the road for 500m before turning right onto Morfa Lane. Continue for another 200m to access the park on the left hand side.

Getting there on foot

From the train station head left and cross the river Towy. Cross the road at the traffic lights, turn left and follow the road for 500m before turning right onto Morfa Lane. Continue for another 200m to access the park on the left hand side.

From the bus station turn right down Blue Street and then right at the bottom, follow the road for 500m before turning right onto Morfa Lane. Continue for another 200m to access the park on the left hand side.

Getting there by road

The event is near both the Carmarthen Tesco Extra and the Carmarthen Quins RFC, in Carmarthen Park. From the A40 take the A4242 towards the town centre.

At the roundabout take the 1st exit onto Morfa Lane (A4312) and then the first left onto Brickyard Lane. Ample parking is available in the Tesco Extra car park. Alternative parking is available in St Peter’s car park off King Street in Carmarthen. Carmarthen Bowling Club is on the far right of this car park and there is a gate entrance to the park from there.

Post run coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in The Tea Shop / Y Siop de, located inside the park gates - please come and join us!