The course

The course is at Rock Park, Barnstaple. 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

Barnstaple 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

Rock Park is mostly flat but has small undulating slopes. The course consists of 1 anti clockwise lap around the playground and then 2 anti clockwise laps of the outer perimeter of the monument section of the park. The course starts & finishes on a grass runway close to the children's play area and follows a tarmac path around the park.

Facilities

Ample free parking, children’s play area, outdoor gym, football pitches, refreshment kiosk & toilets.

Location of start

The event starts close to the children's play area.

Getting there by public transport

Train: From Barnstaple train station follow signs to the Tarka Tennis Centre and follow the instructions below.
Bus: From the bus station head south towards the river and look for signs to the park.

Getting there on foot

By foot from the Tarka Tennis Centre: From the Tarka Tennis Centre walk towards the river Taw (following the path to the left of the main entrance with the outdoor courts to your right) and turn right leaving the leisure centre and car park behind you and the Tarka Tennis Centre to your right. Follow this path until you are able to cross the river on the old Iron Bridge then turn left towards the park. Keep following the path with the river to your left past the sports field to your right and continue through a path fenced off from the road. Once through this you will see a play park, outside area and green space ahead of you. Our meeting point is to the right of this green space. Please allow 15 minutes to walk form the Tarka Tennis Centre to our meeting point in Rock Park.

By foot from Park & Ride: Please follow the footpath, at the far end of the car park. As you reach the end of this short path (perhaps 2 minutes stroll) you will come to a road with a field to your right on the other side of this road. Please cross in to this sports field and walk along the single track path, turning right, with the sports field and river (on the other side of the field) to your left and continue through a path fenced off from the road. Once through this you will see a play park, outside area and green space ahead of you. Our meeting point is to the right of this green space. Please allow approximately 10 minutes to walk form the park and ride to our meeting point in Rock Park

Getting there by road

If using SATNAV, the nearest postcode is EX32 9AJ, which brings you to Ladies Mile, the road that runs alongside Rock Park. There is limited parking at Rock Park and so we ask you use Barnstaple Park and Ride (EX32 9AX) wherever possible.

Post run coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Bike Shed (700 yards down the road) - please come and join us!