The course

The course is in Harrow Lodge Park, Hornchurch, London Borough of Havering. 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 grass and 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

Harrow Lodge 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


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Course description

A one-lap course starting on grass from beside the Warren Drive car park. Runners run up to the playground, along the fence line. They turn right in front of the playground and then towards a wooded area where they will be guided by marshals until they reach a clear path.
Runners then turn right onto the path and follow it for its length where the course turns left and back along the fence line to the finish.
Please wear running shoes with some grip on the sole.

Facilities

The nearest toilets are a 5-10 minute walk away from the start at the Hornchurch Sports Centre.

Location of start

The run starts on grass from beside the Warren Drive car park.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: The 252 from Romford stops just before the roundabout, near Sainsbury’s Local on the corner of St Nicholas Ave where you can alight and follow the "On Foot" directions. Coming from Hornchurch on the same bus there is a stop opposite the Elm Park Hotel. Ring the bell for the driver to stop as you approach the roundabout.

Underground: The nearest underground station is Elm Park.

Getting there on foot

From Elm Park underground station: Turn left out of the station and proceed down the hill to the roundabout. Go directly over the roundabout on to St Nicholas Avenue and follow it to the end where your need to turn right on to Warren Drive. Walk down Warren Drive until you reach the car entrance to the car park on your left.

From 252 bus stop: Follow St Nicholas Avenue to the end. Turn right on to Warren Drive. Walk down Warren Drive until you reach the car park entrance on your left.

The meeting point for the start is next to the Warren Drive car park in Harrow Lodge Park. The car park is accessible from Warren Drive.

Getting there by road

Coming from Elm Park: From the station, proceed down the hill to the roundabout. Go directly over the roundabout on to St Nicholas’ Avenue and follow it to the end where you need to turn right on to Warren Drive. Proceed down Warren Drive until you reach the car entrance to the car park on your left.

If coming from Hornchurch: Turn right onto Warren Drive from Abbs Cross Lane. The car park entrance is on your right, opposite Eyehurst Avenue.

Post run coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Café by the lake - please come and join us!