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The course

The course is in Christchurch Park, Ipswich. 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

Ipswich 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 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

This is a 2 lap clockwise course starting and finishing in close proximity to the Cabman’s Shelter. From the start runners head down towards the Mansion. At the first junction runners take the path towards the children’s playground. At the next junction runners turn right and head towards the crossroads where they take a left turn. Approx 150m aong this path runners turn right onto a short grass section before rejoining the main path that leads from Park Road. Runners then turn right and head back to the crossroads. Take a left and then head back to the Cabman’s shelter for the start of the second lap/finishing funnel.


There are toilets located throughout the park with the closest one nearest to the start/finish area at the top of the hill heading towards Christchurch Mansion.

Location of start

The run starts close to the Cabman’s Shelter.

Getting there by public transport

All Ipswich Buses terminate at Tower Ramparts Bus Station which is less than 5 minutes walk from the park via St Margarets Road and Fonnereau Road.
First Buses 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 75, 76, 77, 87, 88 also serve the park; alight at Majors Corner, walk along St Margarets Road until you reach Soane Street. Through both park entrances you will see Christchurch Mansion, Head towards the Mansion and then proceed up the hill to the start line at the Cabman’s Shelter Buses from outside of Ipswich stop at the Old Cattle Market Bus Station which is 10 minutes away (Turn right onto Falcon Street, and then left into Upper Brook Street, this becomes Northgate Street and you continue along here until you turn right at St. Margaret’s Street. You will find entrances to the park in Fonnerau Road, Soane Street and Bolton Lane.

Ipswich rail station is approximately 1 mile from Christchurch Park; walk via Princes Street, King Street, Tavern Street, Tower Street and Fonnereau Road.

Getting there on foot

Ramparts on Crown Street, cross towards Crown Pools leisure centre heading towards St. Margaret’s Street and Woodbridge Road. You will find entrances to the park in Fonnerau Road, Soane Street and Bolton Lane, all within a short walk from Tower Ramparts.
Head towards Christchurch Mansion and then proceed up the hill to the start line at the Cabman’s Shelter.

Getting there by road

From the A12 (Copdock interchange)/A14 (Junction 55): Follow the roundabout until you see the sign for Ipswich A1214 (also says Hadleigh, Football Ground and Park and Ride) and turn off. Take the second exit at the next roundabout (Ipswich West A1214). Continue straight over at the next set of lights (Holiday Inn on your left). Follow London Road (A1214) straight on through 4 major sets of junction traffic lights on to Handford Road (A1071). At the next roundabout, turn left onto Civic Drive. At the next roundabout, turn right on to St Matthews Street, Crown Street, St Margarets Street (A1156). Just after the Baptist Church, turn left into Soane Street, then left on to Bolton Lane (B1077). At the fork junction, turn left onto Westerfield Road. There is parking along this road and also in the surrounding roads off Gainsborough Road.

From A12 Woodbridge/Martlesham: From the roundabout with the Martlesham Park and Ride entrance, follow the signs into Ipswich using the A1214. Go straight over at 2 roundabouts. The third is a double roundabout (Ipswich Hospital), follow the A1214 signs towards Bury St Edmunds. Take the second exit at the next 3 roundabouts (straight across). At the 4th roundabout, take the first exit (left) on to Westerfield Road. Follow the road until you reach Christchurch Park on your right. There is parking along this road and also in the surrounding roads off Gainsborough Road.

Postcode for satnav: IP4 2BE
There is some limited street parking on Westerfield Rd, and Park Rd and some of the roads off Westerfield Rd.

A list of Ipswich car parks can be found on the Ipswich Borough Council website.
The closest car park is Crown Car Park in Charles Street. Fees are up to 1 hour £1.00, up to 2 hours £2.00 and up to 3 hours £3.00

Post run coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in a local café - please come and join us!