The course

The course is in Central Park, Dartford. 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

Dartford 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 2km course consists of 2 anticlockwise laps. The start is on the tarmac path outside the café, and approximately 50 metres after the start you turn right continuing on the path around the outside of the bandstand. Runners will then be clearly guided off the path, across a grass area through a small number of trees. They then return to a tarmac path and head towards the Dartford Harriers Athletics track. Prior to reaching the track, they are taken over grass (to avoid the car-park entrance) at the top of the field, joining the path just after the trees. The path is followed round to the left, passing the bridge and skate-park. At the end of the 2nd lap, runners take the left path to the finish funnel.

Facilities

The course starts in front of The Café in the Park, which opens from 08:00, serving refreshments and has toilets (accessible from outside the café). There is a playground in the same area of the park as well as a skate park near by. Alternative toilets are available near the Cranford Road entrance to the park.

Location of start

The run starts on the tarmac path outside the café.

Getting there by public transport

Train: The nearest main line train station is Dartford - please visit the National Rail website for timetables. The run venue is approximately 15 minutes’ walk from the station, through the town centre.
Bus: Many local bus routes stop nearby in Market Street and Home Gardens. Local buses are mainly run by Arriva. Check the Arriva website for timetables.
A few local buses (96, 428 & 492) are run on behalf of Transport for London. For timetables visit the Transport for London website.

Getting there on foot

There are entrances into Central Park in Market Street, Cranford Road, Lowfield Street and Darenth Road. You can also access the Park from Princes Road and the Princes Tunnels. The nearest entrance to the start is next to the library in Market Street.

Getting there by road

If using SATNAV, the nearest postcode is DA1 1EU.
From the M25 at the Dartford Crossing approach: Exit M25 at Junction 2; take the A225 towards Dartford, at the roundabout take the third exit to Park Road. At the end, turn left at the roundabout, down East Hill towards Dartford town centre. At the bottom of the hill at the traffic lights, keep left and follow the road round past the church and library. The pedestrian entrance to the park is on the left next to the library. Please find free car parking in both car parks at Market Square

Post run coffee

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