The course

The course is at Newcastle Town Moor, Newcastle Upon Tyne. 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

Town Moor 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

2¼ loops anticlockwise on a flat tarmac path.
The start is in the south of the park on the path nearest to the central motorway and vehicle entrance gates (Great North Run start). Start next to the hedges on path heading anticlockwise towards Exhibition Park, follow path and turn 90 degree left towards the finish area, continue to corner, turn left again, run through new gates up to sharp corner at point, left again and head towards the big blue metal gates.
Another sharp left turn, follow the curve of the path back to start, continue for second lap. Then on finish straight, smile and take finish funnel to the right hand side, barcode scanners on right-hand path towards exhibition park gates.

Facilities

Newly redeveloped Children’s play area in Exhibition park as well as walks and a pond to feed the swans, a post parkrun tea/coffee or even an ice cream available at the Cafe in the Park, Exhibition Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PZ.

Location of start

The run starts in the south of the park on the path nearest to the central motorway and vehicle entrance gates (Great North Run start).

Getting there by public transport

Metro to Jesmond Metro station then walk from the station out to the right hand side and up Eskdale Terrace, past the Royal Grammar School. Turn left onto Lambton Road, and follow this until you reach Brandling Park, and the subway to Exhibition Park.
Bus to Great North Road (Exhibition Park lay by bus stop). Walk under the subway and out to the bandstand. Follow the path to the left and around the tennis courts to the meeting point.

Getting there on foot

Accessible from Claremont Road, near to RVI hospital in city centre. From Claremont Road, walk under blue Exhibition Park archway and past the skate park on the right hand side. Walk under the subway and follow the path up to the left. Assemble on the grass near to the gate boundary with the Town Moor. Also accessible via Brandling Park, off Clayton Road, in Jesmond. From Brandling Park walk under the subway and up the incline to the bandstand. Walk past the bandstand to the left hand side and keep tight to the tennis courts and basketball courts. Assemble on the grass near to the gate boundary with the Town Moor.

Getting there by road

From the south take the exit from Central Motorway A167 signposted RVI. At the mini roundabout take the left onto Claremont Road. There is a large pay and display car park to the left.
Travel towards Newcastle City Centre on the Great North Road and take the exit signposted Jesmond, onto Clayton Road. Take the first right onto Brandling Park. There are limited pay and display parking spaces here.

Post run coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Café in the Park, Exhibition Park - please come and join us!