This junior event is currently open to children aged 4 to 10. More information here.
Please do not attend parkrun if you display any COVID-19 symptoms.

The course

The course is at Durham Racecourse, Durham. 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, gravel paths and paved 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

Durham City 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 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

The course is in the centre of Durham, along the River Wear and around the old Racecourse and cricket grounds.
The course is a flat loop followed by an out and back section with a small rise. The start is on the riverside path near the bandstand. The route runs along the path towards the city around the back of St Cuthbert’s boathouse, along the edge of the cricket field, back onto the path and around the bandstand. It then heads back towards the city, left on to the tarmac footpath and along the top of the racecourse. At the gate it double backs along the grass and re-joins the tarmac path, it turns right back onto the river footpath and finishes at the Dun Cow statue.


Durham Amateur Rowing Club has full toilet facilities including accessible toilets and baby change. The café is also available serving hot and cold drinks and snacks.

Location of start

The run starts on the riverside path near the bandstand.

Getting there by public transport

Please check bus and train times before setting off as services are limited on a Sunday morning.
Take a bus to Durham bus station and follow directions on foot.
The nearest train station is Durham which is on the East Coast mainline. The start of the course is about a 20 minute walk from the station. Exit from the southbound platform and go down the first set of steps on the left of station approach. Cross the road and walk alongside the A690 over the river. Cross over Claypath and walk down the foot/cycle path opposite, take the underpass under the Leazes bowl roundabout, turn left onto the river footpath, cross over Baths bridge and turn left towards the bandstand.

Getting there on foot

From the north of the city see directions above from the station. From the city centre: Leave the market place via Saddler St and at the fork turn left onto Old Elvet. Before you cross the river take the steps on the left down to the riverside path, head past The Boat House and Whiskey River bars. When you get to Baths bridge, cross and head towards the bandstand.
To avoid the steps, stay on Old Elvet to cross the river, go straight across New Elvet at the traffic lights and turn left onto Territorial Lane. At the end turn right onto Elvet Waterside and join the riverside path towards the bandstand. The bandstand is less than a mile from the Market Square in Durham.

Getting there by road

Please do not go down the lane to Durham Amateur Rowing Club or park in the club car park.
You can park in the overflow car park off Green Lane. This is on Durham University property which is subject to permit parking however parking between 8am and 11am on Sunday for parkrun users is free ? please ensure you place a parkrun barcode on your windscreen.
In addition, on Sundays you can also park for free along Green Lane and various other roads in the area. Prince Bishops’ car park and other town centre car parks are less than 1 mile from the course.
From A1 (M): Leave the A1 at junction 62 and take the A690 towards the centre of Durham. At Leazes Bowl roundabout take the first exit onto New Elvet and cross the river. At the first traffic lights take a left onto Old Elvet. At the fork in the road, near the prison, turn on to Green Lane on the left.
From A167 (south): At the Cock o’ the North roundabout, turn right onto the A177, turn right at the New Inn traffic lights to stay on the A177, at the roundabout take the 2nd exit and immediately turn left onto Whinney Hill. At the bottom of Whinney Hill after passing the prison turn sharp right onto Green Lane.
From A167 (north): Follow signs to University Hospital of North Durham and turn onto the A691 (Southfield Way) past the hospital, go straight over the small roundabout and right at the County Hall roundabout to stay on A691. At the traffic lights turn left onto the A690, and then right at the Leazes bowl roundabout onto New Elvet and follow directions from A1(M).

Post run coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Durham Amateur Rowing Club (DARC), City Boathouse - please come and join us!