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The course is at King George V Memorial Playing Fields, Walsall. 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 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
Bloxwich 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 descriptionStart on the path near the car park and head north following the perimeter path anti-clockwise around the playing fields. When you reach the triangle, complete an out and back section via the circle, then continue round perimeter path turning left onto the grass into the finish.
FacilitiesThere are toilets are available in the park and a children’s play area close to the start and finish lines.
Location of startThe runs tarts on the path near the car park.
Getting there by public transportBloxwich train station is less than one mile away.
Getting there on footKing George V Memorial Playing Fields is just ½ mile walk from Bloxwich High Street. Head North on High Street until you reach The Bell Inn and head straight across the junction onto Stafford Road. After ¼ mile turn left onto William Wiggin Avenue and into the park.
From the train station, turn left onto Croxdene Avenue and left again onto Elmore Green Road. Turn right onto Bell Lane then turn left into the park just after Bealeys Lane. Head towards the children’s play area and the start line is just beyond the car park.
Getting there by roadIf using a SATNAV follow WS3 3NT.
From Bloxwich Town Centre, Head north on High Street and continue onto A34 Stafford Road, after ¼ mile turn left onto William Wiggin Avenue and into the park.
If approaching from the North, take Exit 11 off the M6 and follow signs for A460/Wolverhampton/Cannock. At the first roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Warstone Road/A462
After 1.7 miles turn left onto Broad Lane/B4210 and follow for a further 2 miles before turning left onto Bell Lane/A4124.
Turn left onto Stafford Rd/A34 and after a ¼ mile turn onto William Wiggin Avenue and into the park.
If approaching from the South, take Exit 10 off the M6 and take the A454 exit to Walsall/Wolverhampton (Central & East). At the first roundabout, take the 4th exit onto Wolverhampton Road/A454 then follow Bloxwich Lane and Reedswood Way to Green Lane/A34. Turn left onto Green Lane/A34 then turn left onto William Wiggin Avenue and into the park.
Car parking is available within the park for up to 40 vehicles. On road parking is also available on the roads surrounding the park.