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The course

The course is in Priory Park, Chichester. 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

Chichester 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 course is 3 identical laps of Priory Park in an anti-clockwise direction. It is flat with a mixture of grass and tarmac.

Starting on the tarmac at the south east corner of the bowling green (marked by the green pin) participants follow the path, turning left at the first corner. Turn left onto the grass to run to the north side of the Guildhall. Turn right at the east end of the Guildhall and follow the path running around the edge of the cricket pitch. Complete a lap of the cricket field to complete one lap. At the end of the third lap enter the finish stretch on the left and head into the finish funnel.

Facilities

Please come and join us for post parkrun refreshments at Fenwicks Café, located within the park itself near the start and finish areas.
There are toilets available within Priory Park next to the café.
There is a children's play area located inside the park grounds at the north end.
Please note dogs are not allowed inside Priory Park.

Location of start

The event starts on the tarmac path to the south east corner of the bowling green, near the mound in Priory Park.

Getting there by public transport

From Chichester railway station, Priory Park is approximately a 15 minute walk. Head out of the main entrance and with The Foundry pub on your left walk straight into South Street towards The Cross. Continue straight into North Street, until turning into Guildhall Street on your right. The main entrance to Priory Park is directly in front of you.

The main terminal for Chichester bus station is opposite the railway station. The nearest local bus stops are next to Chichester market (Route 51), in Orchard Avenue (Route 60), or Franklin Place (Route 60). See the Stagecoach website for timetables etc.

Getting there on foot

From the south (e.g. bus and railway stations), walk along South Street, then North Street and turn right into Guildhall Street. The main entrance to Priory Park is directly in front of you.

From the north (e.g. from Northgate car park), cross the Northgate gyratory using the subway then walk along North Street and turn left into Guildhall Street. The main entrance to Priory Park is directly in front of you.

Getting there by road

Priory Park is situated on the north side of Chichester.

There is some very limited off road parking near Priory Park which is free on a Sunday. Alternatively parking is available at the Northgate car park (postcode for satnav is PO19 6BB). This is a long stay pay and display car park and is free on Sundays until 10am. £1.00 for a further 3 hours (information correct January 2019). The start is approximately a 5 minute walk away.

Post run coffee

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