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The course

The course is at Lower Fitz Park, Keswick. 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

Keswick 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 to 14 years old completing the course themselves will be given a result. ​
  • 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.

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

Two laps on a tarmac path round the perimeter of the park in an anti-clockwise direction. The start and finish is outside Café West, next to the Station Road entrance to the park.

Facilities

The nearest toilets to the start of parkrun are at the side of Bell Close Car Park, in Keswick town centre. From Fitz Park, please go down Station Street to Penrith Road, where you should turn right, and go down the hill. You will see the car park on your left, with the toilets at the far end on the left. Please note that this is a few minutes’ walk away.

Children’s Play Area in Fitz Park.

Location of start

The event starts outside Café West, next to the Station Road entrance to the park.

Getting there by public transport

Buses to Keswick from Workington, Penrith and Cockermouth run by Stagecoach. The nearest bus stop for the Leisure Centre is at County Corner on Penrith Road.
From Lancaster, Kendal and Ambleside, the 555 service comes to Keswick via Penrith Road, but the first bus arrives in Keswick at 09:19.
From the West, the X4 service leaves Workington at 07:50 and arrives in Keswick at 08:47 which would involve some pacey running to the start! The 06:50 arrives at 07:47.
From the East the X5 service departs Penrith Bus Station at 07:00 to arrive in Keswick at 07:45.

Bus timetables can be found at https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/roads-transport/public-transport-road-safety/transport/publictransport/busserv/timetables/allerdale.asp

Our nearest train stations are in Penrith, Keswick and Carlisle.

Getting there on foot

Lower Fitz Park is on the right hand side of Station Road. About a five minute walk from the Moot Hall in the centre of town.

Getting there by road

The post code of Lower Fitz Park is CA12 4NF; Cumbria disc parking operates on Station Road. There are car parks in the town centre which are all a short jog to the start.

From the West (Workington and Cockermouth) take the A66 Keswick exit. Follow the road through the town centre. The road bends sharp left at a set of traffic lights, then sharply right before a short rise in the road. At the top of this rise (County Corner), turn left into Station Road. There is disc parking along Station Road, otherwise, follow the road round to the Leisure Centre for Pay and Display parking.
From the East (Penrith), follow the A66 to the first junction for Keswick. Turn left at the first junction (which would otherwise cause you to re-join the A66) and then right for Keswick at the T junction. Follow Penrith Road, alongside the river to the right turn into Station Road, just before the County Corner traffic lights.

Cumbria disc parking scheme operates on Station Road. Discs are free from street dispensers and allow two hours of free parking.

Post run coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Café West, Keswick Museum, Station Road, Keswick CA12 4NF - please come and join us!