The course

The course is at Melton Country Park, Melton Mowbray. 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

Melton Mowbray 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 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

This is a two lap course running clockwise around the outskirts of the park. Starting near the large bench at the North of the park, runners head south and take the right fork where the path splits. The course continues along this path for approx. 500m before taking a sharp right turn at the South end of the park. Now heading North around the opposite side of the park, runners continue past the Willow Drive car park and head towards the wooded area. Halfway through this tree-lined section runners take a 90º right turn to head back towards Scalford Brook, turning tight again to start their second lap. Having completed a second circuit runners now turn left at this point and head towards the finish line.


Local Visitors Centre has toilets and a café.

Location of start

The run starts near the large bench at the North of the park.

Getting there by public transport

From the train station, make your way up Burton Street, onto Sherrard Street and on to Norman Way where you will find the bottom of Snow Hill (by Halfords). From here, follow the directions as on foot.

There are no local bus services on Sundays but out of town buses do drop off at various locations in the town centre. From here, follow the directions on foot.

Getting there on foot

From the town centre, enter the Country Park from the top of Snow Hill and bear right around the football pitches. Keep following this path around until you see the start line towards the far end.

From the Visitor Centre take the path at the right end of the car park and head towards the dam. Follow the path to the right around the top of the dam and then head down the hill towards the smaller overflow reservoir. Continue past the allotments and pass through the small allotment car park to enter the football pitch area. The start line is at the large bench on the left hand side - approx. 60m into the park.

Getting there by road

From town centre, head out towards Scalford and turn Right onto Wymondham Way. Follow this to the end and you will enter the main car-park at the Country Park.
Please do NOT park on the nearby estate.

The start line is approx. 700m walk from the Visitor Centre. Take the path at the right end of the Visitor Centre car park heading towards the dam. Follow the path to the right around the top of the dam and then head down the hill towards the smaller overflow reservoir. Continue past the allotments and pass through the small allotment car park to enter the football pitch area. The start line is at the large bench on the left hand side - approx. 60m into the park.

Post run coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Melton Mowbray Visitors Centre Café - please come and join us!