The Course

The course is at Riverside Leisure Area, Gravesend. 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

Gravesend 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 made up of two laps, running clockwise around the Riverside Leisure Area. The start is by the side of the café/toilets and heads down the incline away from the River Thames. Run to the bottom of the tarmac path, turning right through the big wrought iron gate, continue along the path to the next gate and turn right keeping to the footpath. Follow the path round taking the left hand path at the first and second junctions until you come to the main path. Turn left, followed by a right turn towards the rivers edge. Turn right again, running along the river path, before taking the 4th right turn, follow the path around to the right and back to the main footpath, before arriving back at the start line. One more lap the same, and you are finished!


Toilets, café, free car parking on Sundays.

Location of start

The run starts by the side of the café/toilets.

Getting there by public transport

For information on bus services go to the Arriva Bus website.

For train information go to the National Rail website.

Getting there on foot

To walk from the station, exit the station from platform 2 onto Clive Road. Cross at the traffic lights to your left next to the taxi office and head into town past the bus stops along Garrick Street. With Tesco on your right turn right onto New Road (pedestrianised shopping area) and follow this up the hill past the Clock Tower and on to the traffic lights at the junction of Milton Place and Milton Road. Turn left into Milton Place and Riverside Leisure Area is on your right hand side.

The main bus stops are on Milton Road, between the Gravesend Clock Tower and the junction with Ordnance Road & Milton Place, walk away from the Clock Tower, and as above, take either left turn directly after the traffic lights.

Getting there by road

From the A2, take the exit for the A227 heading towards Gravesend town centre on Wrotham Road. Riverside Leisure Area is shown on the brown tourist information sign. Continue on the A227 until it turns into the A226, at which point you have joined the one way system. Follow the one way system turning left onto Clive Road, before right onto Bath Street. Go straight on at the lights and down the hill to a large roundabout, where you turn right onto West Street. Continue along this road as it changes to Crooked Lane and then The Terrace, before turning right onto Hamer Street (all this time you are still on the A226 & the one way system). As you head up Hamer Street, the road forks in front of the Gravesend Clock Tower, take the left-hand road (now leaving the one way system) joining Milton Road and continue to the traffic lights. Take the second turning on the left, immediately after the lights, onto Ordnance Road, and then the next left for the entrance to the carpark (free parking on a Sunday). The Riverside Leisure Area is next to the carpark.
If using SATNAV, the nearest postcode is DA12 2BT.

Post Run Coffee

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