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The course

The course is in Dock Park, Dumfries. 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

Dumfries 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. ​
  • 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 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 map

Course description

This is a flat 2 lap anti-clockwise course run entirely on tarmac paths in the revitalised Dock Park. Starting opposite the bandstand on the riverside path head towards the Kingholm park entrance and follow the path around the perimeter of the park up to the edge of the Peter Pan play park which marks the halfway point. Continue sweeping round onto the riverside path to begin lap 2. When approaching the finish take the gentle left turn opposite the lane leading to the garage and finish at the bandstand


Toilets (including disabled facilities) are available within the putting and bowling pavilion. There is a large children’s play area within the park. The ‘café in the park’ is located at the park entrance and offers takeaway facilities with outside seating. During the Easter nd summer periods there are outdoor trampolines and putting / bowling & crazy golf available.
Free parking is available on site.

Location of start

The run starts opposite the bandstand on the riverside path.

Getting there by public transport

Dumfries train station is approximately 15 minutes from Dock Park. Whitesands bus depot is 10 minutes from Dock Park walking along the riverside path towards Kingholm Quay (past the metal footbridge).

Getting there on foot

Dock Park is approximately a 15 minute walk from Dumfries Train Station and a 10 minute walk from the bus depot. If coming by bike there are bike racks at the park.

Getting there by road

For satnav use: DG1 2RY
Dock Park is located on the banks of the River Nith which runs through the town centre. A dedicated car park is provided at the park entrance off St Michaels Bridge Road and further parking is available at Dock Head Car Park on the other side of St Michaels Bridge Road. All parking is free and short term.

Post run coffee

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