The course

The course is in Helix Park, Falkirk. 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

Helix 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


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Course description

The course is set in the Helix Park. Starting adjacent to the Café Plaza (next to the big bumble bee flag) heading in an anti clockwise direction past the lagoon, round the poppy spiral round the outer edge of the lagoon area, then following the paths on a clockwise direction round the great lawn, then returning clockwise round the lagoon round the poppy spiral back to finish at the Café Plaza.

Facilities

  • Toilets at Plaza Café (start/finish point)
  • Disabled access to the whole park and disabled toilets at Plaza café.
  • Network of paths suitable for walking, cycling, running skates and lots more!
  • Kelpies experience is within a short distance of the start point.
  • Childrens Play park will be opening in the late spring
  • Free parking at Falkirk Stadium

Location of start

The runs starts adjacent to the Café Plaza (next to the big bumble bee flag).

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Buses no. X37, X19 and F16 all go past the entrance to Helix Park, Bus stop on Grangemouth Road ( next to Falkirk Stadium).

Getting there on foot

Helix park is very accessible either on foot or cycle through its expanse of surrounding paths.
From Falkirk Stadium (car park as well as bus stops) use the crossing point on Grangemouth Road and enter the south entrance to helix path, following the signs for the Plaza Café.

Getting there by road

Due to its central location, Helix Park can be easily reached using the motorway network.

Stirling and the North: Use the M9 south and leave at junction 6. Turn right past the Honda garage then take the 3rd exit from Earls Gate roundabout towards Falkirk. At Falkirk stadium roundabout turn left and park within the stadium car park. The park is well sign posted from the motorway junction via the brown information signs.

Glasgow and the West: Use the A80/M80 past Cumbernauld then join the M876 following signs for Falkirk at Haggs then continue on M876 until merging with the M9 southbound. Follow directions as per Stirling and the North.

Edinburgh and the East: Leave the M9 at junction 5 and take the 1st exit off Inchyra roundabout and follow signs for A9 Falkirk. Follow signs for falkirk Satdium on the A9.



Cars should be parked at Falkirk Stadium and use the crossing point on Grangemouth Road to access the park on foot.

Post run coffee

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