The course

The course is at Great Cornard Sports Centre, Great Cornard. The course is 2000m (2K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is run entirely on 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

Great Cornard 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.
  • 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 lymediseaseuk.com for further details.
  • 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 two laps of the Sports Field running in a clockwise direction and is entirely flat and all on grass. The start is accessed through the Sports Centre reception and onto the sports field, beyond the all-weather pitch. The start is clearly marked and visible as soon as you come onto the field and is close to the hedge and opposite the long jump pit. A marshal will be based in the reception area between 0845-0900 to give directions if needed.

The course closely follows the perimeter of the field and after two laps finishes adjacent to the long jump pit.

Important note: As this is primarily a school facility, dogs are not allowed onto the field so we regret that no dogs are permitted to attend Great Cornard junior parkrun.

On occasions we may share the school sports field with other users such as football or rugby teams. Please give way to other users

Facilities

The sports centre offers toilets, showers and a café as well as opportunities to join in other sports activities and clubs. At 10:00 the village library opens on the same site.
At the end of your run please join us in the café for coffee and a chat!
There is a large cycle rack for storage of bikes near the front entrance; remember to bring a lock.
Important note: The Sports Centre front entrance opens at 08:45 unless you are volunteering when we have earlier access from 08:00.

Location of start

The start is clearly marked and visible as soon as you come onto the field and is close to the hedge and opposite the long jump pit. A marshal will be based in the reception area between 0845-0900 to give directions if needed

Getting there by public transport

There are no bus services in Sudbury and Great Cornard on a Sunday.
There is a train station in Sudbury with services from Colchester, Marks Tey, Chappell & Wakes Colne and Bures. Trains are operated by Abellio Greater Anglia and are currently scheduled to arrive into Sudbury at 35 minutes past the hour throughout the day on Sundays and depart at 42 minutes past the hour for the return journey.
Great Cornard Sports Centre is 1.5 miles away from the station. From the station walk to road junction with Kingfisher Leisure Centre on your left and Roys supermarket on right. Turn Right.
Follow the road for 200 m and turn right at mini-roundabout, follow road for approx. 1 mile passing Ernest Doe, Sainsbury, the church and Five Bells and then Kings Head pubs. At the mini roundabout past the Kings Head turn left into Head Lane. The sports centre entrance is 300m on the right.

Getting there on foot

You must use the front entrance through the Sports Centre café to access the playing field so should arrive via Head Lane as the side gates will be locked and closed.

Getting there by road

Great Cornard Sports Centre can be found on Head Lane, Great Cornard, just off the B1508 Bures Road which runs between Sudbury and Bures.
Arriving from Colchester and Ipswich on the A134, at the first main roundabout take the 1st exit left onto Shawlands Avenue. Follow the road for approximately 0.8 mile then turn right into Canhams Road, which becomes Head Lane approximately half way along. Continue for another half a mile; Great Cornard Sports Centre can be found on the right hand side.
From Bury St Edmunds follow the A134 into Sudbury and across the Chilton Industrial Estate. At the final roundabout where the A134 turns left, go straight across onto Shawlands Avenue. Follow the road for approximately 0.8 mile then turn right into Canhams Road, which becomes Head Lane approximately half way along. Drive for half a mile where Great Cornard Sports Centre can be found on the right hand side.
If using SatNav, the Great Cornard Sports Centre postcode is CO10 0JU.
There is a large, free car park at the front entrance to the sports centre but wherever possible walk, jog, cycle or use public transport to arrive.

Post run coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Sports Centre Café - please come and join us!