The Course

The course is in Graves Park, Sheffield. 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

Graves 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.
  • 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 parkrunner. 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 on uneven surfaces – whether on grass or on tarmac. Watch out for cyclists, other runners, pedestrians, children, dogs, wildlife, park animals, vehicles, park maintenance work, falling branches, bollards, posts and other obstacles around the course.
  • 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 2000m (2k) long. It's run in Graves Park, Sheffield, and run entirely on tarmac paths. In wet/winter conditions paths may accumulate mud/leaves. The one-lap course starts on the main downhill path near the Rose Garden Cafe and playground (What3words ///they.waddled.necks).

The course will be clearly marshalled with cones where needed to help guide runners.

From the start run down between the two lakes and straight up the hill. At the top turn right and carry on for 550m. At the end of the path turn sharply right and continue straight for 850m, bearing right on to the higher path mid-way and continuing straight until you reach the lower entrance to the farm. At the farm entrance turn left, running around the edge of the lake until you take a sharp right with a short uphill sprint to finish.

Whilst all animals on the grounds of Graves Park are fenced off, normal public health warnings and information about animal dangers are clearly signed and must be adhered to.


Graves Park is located three miles south of Sheffield city centre, and at 87 hectares, it is the city's largest public park and contains:
Animal farm
Two Children's playgrounds
Public toilets
Sheffield Round Walk
Nature trail

Location of start

The run starts in the field, by the car park (beside the animal farm, off Hemsworth Road).

Getting there by public transport

Buses number 20 and 20A provide a service every 10 minutes along Derbyshire Lane and Hemsworth Road; these will provide easy access to the start at the animal farm.

Public transport details are available from Travel South Yorkshire.

Sheffield railway station connects the city to most other major UK cities. The station is a 20-30 minute bus journey away or a 10-15 minute taxi ride. For train times contact National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950 or visit the National Rail website.

Getting there on foot

Access to the start from the south west can be obtained by walking or cycling through the park from the Meadowhead entrance on the west side of the park. Head towards the Rose Garden Café, and onto the car park beside the Animal Farm.

Access from the south is either via the Graves Park entrance off Norton Park View, again follow tracks north towards Rose Garden Café as above. Alternatively by foot / bicycle from the south end of Bunting Nook (no car access) brings you to the entrance to the car park.

Getting there by road

Postal Code for satnav: S8 8LJ

From Sheffield City Centre (and the north): Follow the A61 towards Chesterfield. At the traffic lights just after Homebase (which you will pass on the left) turn left onto Scarsdale Road. Follow Scarsdale Road into Derbyshire Lane and continue for about three quarters of a mile. The park will now be on your right, continue along Hemsworth Road until you reach some traffic lights, the entrance to the park is on the right just before Bunting Nook. The main entrances is from Hemsworth Road (S8 8LJ), where a public car park is located (please note that parking charges apply).

From Chesterfield (and the south): Follow the A61 towards Sheffield, when you reach the A61/B6054 (Meadowhead) roundabout take the third exit onto Bochum Parkway (B6054). Follow the parkway for half a mile until you will reach a roundabout. Take the first exit into Norton. Continue through Norton until you reach a mini roundabout turn left onto Hemsworth Road. Follow Hemsworth Road for half a mile until you reach some traffic lights the entrance to the park is on the left next to Bunting Nook. The main entrances is from Hemsworth Road (S8 8LJ), where public car park is located (please note that parking charges apply).

Post Run Coffee

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