The course

The course is in Hilly Fields park, off Adelaide Avenue, Ladywell / Brockley, London. 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

Hilly Fields 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.
  • While rare, Lyme Disease is present in areas with deer, and occasionally passed to human’s through infected ticks. See NHS Choices website for more about Lyme Disease, and how to deal with ticks.
  • 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

This is a two lap clockwise course starting on the flat tarmac section behind the cafe and heading straight ahead along the path past the tennis courts and playground towards Montague Avenue. The route turns right, continuing along the path towards the junction with Hilly Fields Crescent where it takes a right turn onto the grass and runs near the perimeter of the park along Hilly Fields Crescent. At the end of this grassy section, the route goes back onto tarmac paths, turning right, passing the bowling green and heading along the path up the hill and around the back of the cafe. After the second lap runners head towards the finish funnel near the stone circle.

Facilities

  • Cafe
  • Toilets (located at the back of the cafe, close to the start and finish areas)
  • Free parking areas in the roads surrounding the park
  • Children’s playground
  • In case of medical emergencies, there is a defibrillator located in the cafe.

Location of start

The run starts on the flat tarmac section behind the café.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Hilly Fields is accessible by the 122 or 484 buses which pass along Adelaide Avenue and Hilly Fields Crescent respectively. The P4 and 284 buses stop in Ladywell Village, close to the train station (follow directions from the train station in Ladywell as above). The 171 and 172 buses also run close to the park, the closest stop is Braxfield Road and it is a short walk to the park from here via Adelaide Avenue. See the Transport for London website for more information.

Train: The closest station is Ladywell (approx 10 minutes walk). From the station cross Ladywell Road and walk up Vicars Hill. Enter the park at the top of the hill and follow the path to the start. From Brockley Station walk up Coulgate Street and cross over Brockley Road to walk up Harefield Road. At the junction of Tressillian Road turn right until you reach the park at the junction of Hilly Fields Crescent and Montague Avenue (approx 10-15 minutes walk). Lewisham Station is about a 20 minute walk via Elmira Street, Ellerdale Street and then Vicars Hill

Getting there on foot

Follow any of the paths in the park to the top of the hill. The start and finish areas are located close to the back of the cafe near the stone circle.

Getting there by road

From East or West, follow the A20 and turn onto Tressillian Road at the top of Loampit Hill. Hilly Fields is at the end of Tressillian Road.
From the South (A21), turn left onto Ladywell Road then right onto Vicars Hill after the railway bridge.
Parking is available on the streets around the park (Vicars Hill, Hilly Fields Crescent or Montague Avenue).

The closest postcode to the start area is Eastern Road, off Adelaide Avenue: SE4 1LD.

Post run coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Pistachios In The Park - please come and join us!