The course

The course is in Victoria Park, Bristol. 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 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

Windmill Hill 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

Course description

The course consists of two anticlockwise loops, the first of approximately 750m and the second of approximately 1.25k. It is mostly flat with two short steady inclines.

It starts on the path opposite Stanbury Road and follows the park perimeter before climbing gently to the centre of the park and turning left to return to the start area. The second loop follows more of the perimeter path before turning left at the maze and returning across the centre of the park. It finishes on the grass just before the start area.

Facilities

Toilets, children’s play area, café.

Location of start

The run starts on the path opposite Stanbury Road.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: 90 (Broadmead - Hengrove) alight at St John’s Lane / Wedmore Vale (5 minute walk from Victoria Park)
2 (Cribbs Causeway - Centre - Stockwood) alight at Highgrove Street (a 15 minute walk from Victoria Park)

Train: Bedminster Station (a 5 minute walk from Victoria Park)
Temple Meads Station (a 15 minute walk from Victoria Park)

Getting there on foot

From Bedminster Station: Turn left along Fraser St, after 50m bear left to follow the footpath into Victoria Park and up the hill to Mrs. Brown's Café.

From Temple Meads Station: Take main station exit, turn left on Temple Gate, cross over and take Bath Bridge Roundabout across the River Avon, turn right along York Road, then first left on St Luke’s Road. After the railway bridge turn right into Victoria Park and follow the footpath up the hill to Mrs. Brown’s Café.

From St John’s Lane: Take Park Avenue, cross Hill Avenue, enter the park and walk up the hill to Mrs. Brown’s Café.

From Windmill City Farm: Take the Windmill Close entrance to the park, walk up the hill to Mrs Brown’s Café.

Getting there by road

The meeting point is in the park at Mrs. Brown’s café by Nutgrove Avenue and Somerset Terrace, Bristol, BS3 4QF.
There is limited street parking on this side of the park. We encourage drivers to park in the roads around:
  • St Mary Redcliffe Primary School, Windmill Close, Bristol, BS3 4DP
  • Windmill Hill City Farm, Philip Street, Bristol, BS3 4EA

Post run coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Mrs. Brown's Café - please come and join us!