The course

The course is in Gedling Country Park, Gedling. 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 (with gravel) 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

Gedling 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 is an undulating single lap with one “out and back” section, set in the grounds of Gedling Country Park. The course is clearly marked with directional arrows.

The start is located close to the children’s play park, near the Spring Lane car park and cafe. From the start, parkrunners head west for approximately 600 metres, past the café, car park and along the path to a clearly marked and marshalled turning point (please keep to the right of the path). Turn back on the same path for approx. 300 metres until you reach the down hill zig zag section on their right. After going downhill along the zig zag path, keep to the path, turning left to come back up across the park. At the top of the hill, turn sharp left, up towards the play park, keeping to the right-hand fork to finish in front of the containers.

Facilities

There are toilets located within the visitor centre which are open from approx 08:30. There is also a cafe within the visitor centre which opens from 09:00.

Parking is limited (for further details see 'Getting there by road'), so if possible, please consider car sharing, public transport, cycling, walking or even running to the event!

Location of start

The run starts close to the children’s play park, near the Spring Lane car park and cafe.

Getting there by public transport

Spring Lane Entrance: the Nottingham City Transport bus services 47, 47A and 47B all run along Spring Lane from where you can enter either the main car park, the North Western Entrance from Mapperley or the North Eastern Entrance from Lambley. These bus services run from Nottingham city centre to either Lowdham or Calverton. Plesse see the Nottingham City Transport website for details.

Arnold Lane Entrance: the Nottingham City Transport bus services 44 and 44A run along Arnold Lane alongside the junction with Lambley Lane from where you can enter the Lambley Lane Recreation Ground fields and then the southern entrance to the country park. These bus services run from Nottingham city centre to Gedling. Please see the Nottingham City Transport website for details.

Getting there on foot

North Eastern Entrance (Lambley): on Spring Lane near to the junction with Lambley Lane.

North Western Entrance (Mapperley): on Spring Lane near to the Lime Tree Gardens housing estate (approximately 300 yards further along after Axmouth Drive towards Lambley).

Southern Entrance (Gedling): located at the far end of the Lambley Lane Recreation Ground fields.

Getting there by road

There are two car parks available at Gedling Country Park.

The main car park has space for 40 vehicles and the entrance is accessed via Spring Lane, Mapperley, NG4 4PE. This car park is located within the country park and has dedicated disabled parking.

You can also park at the Lambley Lane Recreation Ground, Gedling (located near to the junction with Arnold Lane). You then need to walk across the recreation ground fields and enter the park through the Southern Entrance. This path into the park from the recreation ground involves crossing stiles so people with mobility problems should use the Spring Lane car park. This car park is approximately 20 minutes’ walk from the start.

Post run coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the 1889 café at Gedling Country Park - please come and join us!