The course

The course is at Ten Acre Field, Bury St Edmunds. The course is 2000m (2K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is run entirely on 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

Bury St Edmunds 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 run will consist of 2 & 1/3 anti-clockwise perimeter loops fully on grassland. Congregating next to the Symonds Road entrance gate on the South side of the park, we will complete a runners briefing and a warm-up before heading to the start line at the bottom of the long hedge that runs along the western side of the park. The run immediately curves to the left, taking the park perimeter back past the entrance gate and left again up a gentle incline. At the top, there will be a fork where a ‘high five’ marshal will be positioned directing runners on laps 1 and 2 to take a right turn. The route will circumnavigate the football pitch at the park perimeter edge before reaching the top of the long hedge. A marshal will direct runners to the right hand side of the hedge, which forms a natural tunnel down a gradual descent before passing the start line. The route is repeated for lap 2 and then on the 3rd lap at the fork at the top of the incline, runners will veer left towards the finish funnel and the spectator and barcode scanning area.

Facilities

The nearest toilets are located at the Moreton Hall Community Centre and at the Moreton Hall Health Club, both of which we have permission to use if really required.

Ample free car parking spaces are free at the Community Centre or Lawson Place car parks and it is a short 3-5 minute walk from there to the park. We also have permission to use a section of the Moreton Hall Health Club car park up until 10am on Sunday mornings. We recommend that the residential roads opposite Ten Acre Field are not used so as not to annoy our neighbours.

After-run refreshments or takeaway teas and coffees are available from either The Coffee House at 5 Lawson Place or Moreton Hall Health Club. Feel free to join us for a post-run coffee.

Location of start

Congregating next to the Symonds Road entrance gate on the South side of the park, we will complete a runners briefing and a warm-up before heading to the start line at the bottom of the long hedge that runs along the western side of the park.

Getting there by public transport

Unfortunately there are no bus services for Moreton Hall on Sundays prior to 9.00am. Another option is cycling, the park runs along a clearly marked out cycle path on Symonds Road.

Getting there on foot

The park is 1.5-2 miles from the centre of Bury St Edmunds depending on your route. It is based on the residential Moreton Hall Estate. Please consult local maps to plan your route.

Getting there by road

We recommend to park at the Moreton Hall Community Centre Car park. There is additional parking just further along at the Lawson Place car park opposite Tesco’s, also close to the post-run coffee location. If using SATNAV, the best postcode for the car park is IP32 7EE. An alternative car park is the Moreton Hall Health Club off Mount Road with postcode IP32 7BL.

From the A14, take junction 44 (the Moreton Hall Interchange, signposted Bury St Edmunds East) and take the exit towards the Moreton Hall estate (opposite to the town centre). At the Sainsburys roundabout, take the first exit left into Symonds Road. Follow this road around a sharp bend right and continue along this road over the mini roundabout and take a left into the car park that is clearly signposted. Note that you will pass the junior parkrun location around 300m before the car park entrance. Simply take the pedestrian path back along Symonds road to the park entrance, opposite Raedwald drive.

Alternatively for Moreton Hall Health Club, continue on past the Community Centre along Symonds Road until you reach Orttewell Road. Take a left, then when you reach the next roundabout take a left onto Mount Road. The Health Club is the 2nd road on the left and shares the same entrance as the Prep School. Follow the road around to the right and park on the closest side to Ten Acre Field. There is a short cut-through here to the park.

Post run coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in The Coffee House, 5 Lawson Place, Moreton Hall, Bury St Edmunds. For Takeaway Tea and coffee, also please feel free to use Moreton Hall Health Club - please come and join us!