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The course

The course is at Birches Valley, Rugeley. 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 gravel paths and trail 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

Birches Valley 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

A figure of 8 loop course on a mixture of gravelled forest tracks and trails. The course starts and continues on the Ladyhill trail before turning off to follow the trails around the concert field. Participants will then go downhill followed by a short uphill. From here they will then re-join the Ladyhill trail, following this around a small block of pine trees through the forest passing by the Gruffalo, Fairy Trees before finishing by the shelter building area.

Facilities

Toilets are available next to the café on site. The site also includes onsite parking (parking charges do apply), children’s play area, orienteering, walking, running & cycling trails (cycle hire is also available from the onsite cycle shop).

Location of start

The event starts on the concert field, up past Go Ape. Participants meet at the crossroads of the Ladyhill trail, by den building. Volunteers, participants and spectators then walk over to the start line for a run briefing and warm up starting at approximately 08:50.

Getting there by public transport

Train: The nearest train station is Rugeley Town which is just over 2 miles away.

Getting there on foot

Birches Valley can be accessed from the Heritage trail which is a 10-mile route linking the towns of Cannock, Hednesford and Rugeley.

Getting there by road

If using a Satnav follow WS15 2UQ.

Please ensure you use the customer car park & not the staff/delivery service road. There is parking available at Cannock Chase Forest Birches Valley and if you are arriving by car please use the top car park. Please note parking charges do apply:
  • Up to 1 hour - £2
  • Up to 2 hours - £4
  • All day - £6
Alternatively visitors can become a member of Cannock Chase Forest and support your local forest by joining today. Get free parking for a year, plus a range of other great benefits and discounts - all for just £50! More information can be found by visiting https://www.forestryengland.uk/cannock-chase-forest/cannock-chase-forest-membership

Post run coffee

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