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The course is in Stoke Park, Guildford. 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
Guildford 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 descriptionMeet at the start for the briefing and warm-up - you will find us on the grass, just above the ornamental gardens.
The course consists of 2 clockwise laps: from the start you head north-east on grass past the bowling greens, towards Peacock Wood. You then turn right and pick up the tarmac path up through the centre of the park towards the greenhouses, where you head downhill on grass to the big oak tree and start the next lap. The course is undulating.
FacilitiesThere are public toilets located next to the children’s playground in the park (near to the College car park).
Location of startMeet at the start for the briefing and warm-up - you will find us on the grass, just above the ornamental gardens.
Getting there by public transport
Train: Trains from Guildford are run by South West Trains. Visit their website for more information on timetables.
From London Road Station (10 minute walk):
- Take the small exit on opposite platform from the ticket office (up the steps) and out onto London Road
- Walk left and then turn immediately left into Nightingale Road
- Walk about 200m down Nightingale Road and enter the park using the gate on right hand side
- Walk down the tree-lined tarmac path until you reach the gate at the bottom which enters the ornamental gardens
- Bear right towards the pond, and the paddling pool is right next door
Bus: Unfortunately, at the time of writing, the bus link does not start early enough in the day for the journey to the park. However, the number 100 Arriva link bus may be an option for your return journey - please consult timetables for current information.
Getting there on footOn foot you can enter the park from Nightingale Road, Stoke Road, London Road or Parkway.
Getting there by roadIf using SATNAV, the nearest postcode is GU1 1EZ
From M25 (allow 20 minutes) and A3 Southbound:
- Exit the M25 at junction 10 onto A3 (signposted as London SW/Guildford/Kingston) and follow A3 (S)
- Continue on the A3 for approximately 7 miles
- Leave the A3 at the A322 Guildford / Horsham / Bagshot / Aldershot exit
- At the end of the slip road turn left towards Guildford and straight across the traffic lights onto A320 (Stoke Road) - parking is available at Guildford College car park, left at the second roundabout on Stoke Road; park in the top righthand corner. Walk through the path past the playground and with the toilets to your left; immediately past the toilets, turn left and walk up through the gardens onto the park.
From A3 Northbound & Portsmouth (allow 10 minutes):
- Follow the A3 until the Guildford (A322) exit. At the roundabout take the 2nd exit (A25)
- Remain on the A25 for approximately one mile
- At Stoke Junction (by fire station) turn right onto A320 (Stoke Road) - parking is available at Guildford College car park, left at the second roundabout on Stoke Road; park in the top righthand corner. Walk through the path past the playground and with the toilets to your left; immediately past the toilets, turn left and walk up through the gardens onto the park.
From Dorking (allow 30 minutes):
- Follow the A25 towards Guildford
- At Newlands Corner turn left signposted to Guildford
- Turn left at next roundabout, continue to the junction of Epsom Road and Boxgrove Road (about a mile)
- Turn right at the traffic lights to remain on the A25 - Boxgrove Road
- At the roundabout take the second exit onto A25 Parkway
- Follow Parkway with Stoke Park on your left until next major junction
- Turn left onto A320 (Stoke Road) - parking is available at Guildford College car park, left at the second roundabout on Stoke Road; park in the top righthand corner. Walk through the path past the playground and with the toilets to your left; immediately past the toilets, turn left and walk up through the gardens onto the park.