The course

The course is in Riverside Park, Southampton. 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, gravel 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

Southampton 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

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Course description

The course consists of one long lap and one short lap.
The start is adjacent to the tennis courts. Begin in a north-westerly direction past the skateboard park until you reach a fork in the path where you follow the path around to the left. Follow the path south until you reach the gravel path where you will turn left. Follow the gravel path towards the childrens' play area. At the play area, turn left onto the tarmac path, past the sports pavilion towards the skateboard park. Just before reaching the skateboard park take the left hand fork to follow the route of the first lap until you reach the T-junction where you head left. Follow the tarmac path and then go left towards the skateboard park. Just before the skateboard park, follow the right hand fork back to the start/finish area.

Location of start

The run starts adjacent to the tennis court which is next to the main car park on Manor Farm Road.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Riverside Park is well served from central Southampton with regular bus services operated by Bluestar (route 16), First (routes 7 and 12) and Unilink (routes U1 and U6) all having stops within 10 minutes walk of the Park.

Getting there on foot

Riverside Park is located alongside the River Itchen and is within 3 miles of Central Southampton. It is easily accessible by foot or bike from Portswood, Highfield, Swaythling and Bitterne Park.

Getting there by road

The park is accessible from the west by travelling along Burgess Road, Langhorn Road and then Woodmill Lane. From the east, the park is accessible from Woodmill Lane. Ample car parking is available at the car parks either adjacent to the Pitch and Putt at Woodmill or at the car park on Manor Farm Road.
Please do not park in the car park behind the Pavilion as this is for exclusive use by those participating in football.

Post run coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in a local café - please come and join us!