The course

The course is at Old Heath Recreation Ground, Old Heath Road, Colchester. The course is 2000m (2K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is run entirely on tarmac paths. 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

Colchester 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.
  • 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

The course starts at the junction of the main path opposite the Pavilion Café and the path parallel to Recreation Road and runs in an anti-clockwise direction around the perimeter path of the park and is almost completely flat. After passing the play area on the left for a second time, runners turn sharp right to finish opposite the first yellow gate into the Play area along the path to the Old Heath Road entrance beside the pavilion.

Facilities

There is parking for 40 cars in the car park in Port Lane. Cost is 50p for 2 hours. Turn left off Old Heath Road (coming from the Town Centre, left again into Recreation Road, following the perimeter of the Park and left again into Port Lane.
We adjourn to the Pavilion Café afterwards for coffee, tea etc.
Toilets are available at the Café.

Location of start

The run starts at the junction of the main path opposite the Pavilion Café and the path parallel to Recreation Road.

Getting there by public transport

The 66A bus goes from the Town Centre to Old Heath. The nearest train Station is Colchester Hythe, about 14 minutes walk.

Getting there on foot

From Hythe Station, turn right into Hawkins Road, and up Hythe Hill before turning left into Port Lane. Walk along Port Lane until you come to the Park. There are a number of entrances to the Park from all surrounding roads.

Getting there by road

If coming from the North on the A12, take the A1232 (junction 28) down towards the Town Centre. After crossing the River Colne, turn left up Brook Street and continue into Wimpole Road, Turn left at the traffic lights - the park is on your left.
If from the South, take junction 27 of the A12 onto the A133 and follow the signs for the Town Centre. Then follow the A134 before turning right into Wimpole Road. Then as above.
Sat nav: CO1 2ER

Post run coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Pavilion Café adjacent to the Finish Line - please come and join us!