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The course

The course is at the Millennium Field, Kesgrave, Ipswich. The course is 2000m (2K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is run entirely on trail 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

Kesgrave 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

It is a 2K 2 lap course for 4-14 year olds. The course starts at the corner of the green metal fence to the RHS of the Millennium Hall and runs in an anticlockwise direction towards the car park. At the 7th post in from the car park, turn left and follow the car park around the waste bin and dog bin to the perimeter path. Follow this until you reach the large Oak Tree in the centre of the green sward. Cross in front of the tree to the opposite path and return along this path. On reaching directly opposite the black bin at the LHS of the Millennium Hall, turn toward the hall (Blue line on the course map) until reaching the original route. Turn left and do a further lap. On the second time around, continue along the path (Yellow maker on the course map) until opposite the Left hand edge of the second house (the right hand one!) on the estate behind the opposite fence, then turn left and run straight toward the finishing line.

Facilities

Some toilets will be available in the Millennium Hall and refreshments after the run next to the Hall in the courtyard.

Location of start

The run starts at the corner of the green metal fence to the RHS of the Millennium Hall.

Getting there by public transport

Bus Routes are all run by First Group buses. Two bus routes travel through Grange Farm.
Bus no.66 travels around Century Drive, and you should alight from the bus at the stop next to Battles Lane. You can then walk down Century Drive to Millennium Field.
Bus route no.64 takes you to within a mile of the start. Alight at the stop nearest Stewart Young Grove, travel round Ropes Drive to Century Drive and towards Millennium Field.

Getting there on foot

You can walk to Kesgrave using the extensive cycle/footpath network within the town. Walking or cycling down Century Drive will take you to Millennium Field. There are also many bridle paths leading from Martlesham that will bring you on a more scenic route.

Getting there by road

If driving from Ipswich town centre, drive along the A1214 signposted towards Woodbridge. Pass Kesgrave High School on your left, then at the next roundabout take 3rd exit signposted Ropes Drive East.

If driving from Woodbridge, from the A12, take the A1214 signposted Grange Farm/Kesgrave/Ipswich. At the first roundabout, take first exit, signposted Grange Farm and Ropes Drive East. Continue to next roundabout. Take 4th exit for Car Park 2 (Saint Isodores) at the Farmhouse pub, this is half mile from the start. Take 3rd exit at the roundabout, then 2nd left on to Century Drive. Take 2nd left on to Millennium Way and Car Park 1 is in front of you.

Please be considerate with parking. This is a community event and we don’t want to cause any issues with the local residents that may prevent the run taking place.

Post run coffee

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