course | Woodley junior parkrun

The course

The course is in Woodford Park, Woodley, East Reading. 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

Woodley 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 human’s 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

Starting near the war memorial just inside the park entrance on Headley Road, run across the grass towards the path that leads from Coronation Hall to the pond. Join the path and follow it for an anti-clockwise lap of the bottom field. On reaching the pond for the second time, follow the path to the top field, keeping the pond on your right. Complete one clockwise lap of the top field, before turning left at the pond, and heading back down to the bottom field, again with the pond on your right. As you leave the pond, cross the path, and head straight across the path to the finish.

Location of start

The run starts near the war memorial just inside the park entrance on Headley Road.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: - The park is serviced by number 13 & 14 buses from Reading Town Centre. They stop at Woodley Shopping Centre which is a 2 minute walk away. See timetables for more information.

Train: The nearest train station is Earley approx. 1.6 miles away.

Getting there on foot

On foot you can enter the park at the Oakwood Centre which is opposite the public car park next to Woodley Library and shopping centre. Alternative entrances can be found at Halstead Close, Haddon Drive, Western Avenue & Eynsham Close.

Getting there by road

If you are travelling by car the nearest public car park to the parkrun start is on Headley Road, Woodley. Postcode for satnav: RG5 4JA Directions from Woodley Town Councils website: The Oakwood Centre is situated south of the A4, between Reading to the West and Maidenhead to the East.

From the West:

  • M4 to Junc 10.
  • Left onto the A329M.
  • Proceed to A4 turning right.
  • Approx 2 miles to the roundabout, turn left into Woodley (Pound Lane).
  • Keep straight on along Butts Hill Road.
  • At the "Just Tiles" roundabout, take the third exit onto Headley Road.
  • Proceed for approx half a mile.
  • The Oakwood Centre is situated on the right, opposite the pay and display car park.
From the South:
  • M3 to Junc 6.
  • Left onto A33.
  • Proceed to M4 Junction 11.
  • Turn right to Junc 10, left onto A329M joining A4 - then follow the directions above.
From the East:
  • M4 to Junc 10
  • Right onto A329M.
  • Proceed to A4 turning right as above.
From the North:
  • M40 to Junc 4.
  • Right onto A404.
  • Join A4, turn right towards Reading for 71/2 mi.
  • After dual carriageway, take left turn into Woodley along Pound Lane, keeping straight along Butts Hill Road as before.

Post run coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Brown Bag at the Oakwood Centre - please come and join us!