The course

The course is in Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham. 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, gravel 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

Cannon Hill junior parkrun, Birmingham 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

Almost two full laps of a rectangular course commencing 150 metres clockwise of bandstand and finishing up the small hill be the car park and turning right on to the path behind the bandstand.

Facilities

Ample toilet facilities near bandstand.

Location of start

The run starts in Canon Hill Park.

Getting there by public transport

No 1: From Five Ways, Edgbaston, Moseley and Acocks Green. The no 1 stops right outside the park pedestrian entrance on Edgbaston Road.

No 35: From City Centre, Balsall Heath, Moseley and Kings Heath. The no 35 stops on Willow Road just around the corner from the pedestrain entrance on Edgbaston Road.

No 45/No 47: From City Centre (Corporation Street, Stephenson Street, Smallbrook Queensway), Selly Park, Stirchley, Cotteridge and Kings Norton. The buses stop on Pershore Road, five minutes walk from the park.

No 62/No 63: From City Centre (Corporation Street, Suffolk Street Queensway), Rubery, Rednal, Gannow, Northfield and Selly Oak. All three buses stop ten minutes walk from the park on the Bristol Road, near the Priory Road/Bristol Road traffic lights.

Getting there on foot

The park is in the middle of National Cycle Route 5 and is readily accessible by bike from Birmingham City Centre and further afield. There are bike racks available in the main car park and also just outside the Garden Tea Rooms.

Getting there by road

If using Sat Nav the post code that will take you to the main car park opposite the Edgbaston Cricket Ground is B5 7QU

M5: From junction 4 of the M5 motorway, take the A38 towards the centre of Birmingham. Approximately one mile past Birmingham University (on Bristol Road) turn right into Priory Road. Cross the next set of traffic lights, which takes you into Edgbaston Road, turn right at the traffic lights into the car park

M6: Take junction 6 off the M6 motorway and the A38M (Aston Expressway) all the way through Birmingham City Centre. This will take you through the Queensway Tunnel and along Bristol Street, with Bristol Street Motors on the left hand side. Carry on straight through the traffic lights until the next set and turn left into Priory Road. Go through the next set of traffic lights into Edgbaston Road and you will see the signs for Cannon Hill Park and mac approximately 150 metres ahead.

M40/M42: At the junction of the M42 take the right hand lanes marked M5 (South and West), Birmingham (S&W). Leave the M42 at junction 3 and take the A435, Birmingham South. Stay on the A435 through two shopping centres on Alcester Road South. After passing through the second shopping centre (Kings Heath) take the first exit at the traffic lights, following B4217, Edgbaston, Ladywood. Follow the road and go straight over at the small traffic island and carry on until you approach another traffic island, take the first exit. You will see the entrance for the park approximately 150 metres on the left.

City Centre: From Birmingham City Centre, take the A441 to Redditch. Approximately 2 miles from the centre of Birmingham, turn left into Edgbaston Road. You will see the entrance for the park on the right approximately 150 metres ahead after the traffic lights.

Post run coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Garden Tea Rooms or in MAC Café, Cannon Hill Park - please come and join us!