The course

The course is in The Glebe Field, Goudhurst. 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 trail 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

Goudhurst 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


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Course description

The run starts half way along the edge of The Glebe Field next to the Church Rooms. The course then takes in exactly 4 x 500m, flat, anti clockwise laps of the field with the finish funnel alongside the start.

Facilities

Toilets are available in the Church Rooms next to the Glebe Field.
Main parking is behind Goudhurst Village Hall, Balcombes Lane, TN17 1AT, or at Goudhurst Primary School, Beamans Close, Goudhurst, TN17 1DZ. Please allow 5 minutes walk to the Glebe Field from both locations.

Location of start

The run starts half way along the edge of The Glebe Field next to the Church Rooms.

Getting there by public transport

There are no buses that run through Goudhurst on Sundays!
The nearest railway station is Marden, this is 5.2 miles to Goudhurst.

Getting there on foot

From the centre of Goudhurst continue up the hill and through St Mary’s Churchyard, follow the path keeping the church to your right, exit through gate at the end, turn right into Back Lane and the entrance to the Glebe Field is on the left hand side, just as the lane takes a sharp right bend.

Getting there by road

The Glebe Field is located on the A262 in the village of Goudhurst. If you are coming from the East (Ashford direction) the field is on the left hand side as you enter the village, just before St Mary’s Church. If you are coming from the West (Tunbridge Wells), come up the hill through the village, St Mary’s Church is on the right hand side, then the Glebe Field is directly after the church. The entrance to the field is down Back Lane which is between St Mary’s Church and the Glebe Field. There is also limited parking on Back Lane.

Post run coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Goudhurst Church Rooms - please come and join us!