The course is in Monkton Park, Chippenham. 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
Chippenham 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 to 14 years old completing the course themselves will be given a result. Due to COVID-19 restrictions only those aged 4 to 10 years old may take part until further notice.
- 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.
Please consider helping the event by volunteering - this event survives only because of your generosity. Please visit the volunteer page for more information.
Course descriptionWe have our pre-run briefing at 8.50am near the Tenth Hole Tea Rooms, we then walk down to the start, close to the children's play area, for a quick warm-up. The event then starts at 9am. The course is two-and-a-half clockwise laps of Monkton Park, finishing beside the Tea Rooms. The course is undulating with an uphill section through the trees on each lap. The course is on tarmac paths except for the start and finish which is on grass.
Unfortunately buggies are not allowed on this course due to the narrow paths and the two-and-a-half loops - as lapping or trying to overtake buggies on the narrow paths can be hazardous.
FacilitiesThe nearest toilets are behind the Tenth Hole Tea Rooms (you’ll need a 20p), additional toilets are located in the Olympiad Sports Centre and in Emery Gate Shopping Centre.
There is free parking on Sundays at the Olympiad Leisure Centre as well as Emery Gate, Bath Road and Borough Parade car parks.
Location of startThe event starts close to the children's play area but please come to the pre-run briefing at 8.50am near the Tenth Hole Tea Rooms for news and course conditions.
Getting there by public transportBus: Buses stop outside Chippenham Station, served by routes X31 and 231 from Bath via Box and Corsham; 92 from Malmesbury; 55 from Swindon via Wootton Bassett and Calne; 33 from Devizes via Calne; 234 from Trowbridge via Melksham.
Train: Chippenham Station is on the mainline between London and Bristol with trains approximately every 30 minutes from each direction. There is also a service from Trowbridge. In case of engineering work please check the National Rail website.
Getting there on footFrom Chippenham Station: Exit by the ticket office, turn left on Cocklebury Road and then first right on Sadlers Mead. After approx 100 metres enter the car park, walk straight ahead towards the park. Walk either along the top or bottom path towards the Tenth Hole Tearoom, where there is also miniature golf.
From the town centre: Either take the river path from the Bridge/New Street mini roundabout, or take the river path from the Emery Gate Shopping Centre and cross the pedestrian bridge. Pass the Olympiad on your left and walk straight along the path parallel to the river.
Getting there by roadFrom the M4: Exit at J17, follow the A350 towards Chippenham. At Malmesbury Road Roundabout take the 1st exit onto Malmesbury Road (B4158). At next roundabout take the 3rd exit for town centre (A420). Bear left under railway bridge onto New Road and at the mini-roundabout take the 1st exit onto Station Hill. Continue onto Cockleburs Road, and after the station turn right onto Sadlers Mead.
From Trowbridge/Melksham: Follow A350. At the Lackham roundabout take the second exit towards Chippenham. After approx 1 mile continue through lights to the Rowden mini-roundabout and take the 3rd exit (A4 signposted town centre). At the Bridge Centre roundabout take the 4th exit following the signs for the railway station, after the station turn right onto Sadlers Mead.
From Corsham: Follow the A4 to the Bridge Centre roundabout, take the 4th exit following the signs for the railway station, after the station turn right onto Sadlers Mead.
From Calne/Devizes: Follow the A4 onto Avenue la Fleche. At the Bridge Centre roundabout take the 5th exit following the signs for the railway station, after the station turn right onto Sadlers Mead.
From Bridge Centre roundabout: Exit onto Bath Road, at the mini-roundabout take the 1st exit onto The Bridge / New Road, at the mini-roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Station Hill. After the train station turn right onto Sadlers Mead.
Parking: The Olympiad car park is closed for all of 2020. There is paid and free parking situated around the train station and along Cocklebury Road. There is also a small car park at Brakes Mead but this can get busy as it is quite small. Please plan ahead if you are driving.