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The course is at Thames Side, Laleham. The course is 2000m (2K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is run entirely on 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
Laleham 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.
Please consider helping the event by volunteering - this event survives only because of your generosity. Please visit the volunteer page for more information.
Course descriptionThis a 2 lap clockwise course which starts behind the brick building behind to the carpark. The course heads diagonally left to the large tree and then up to the tree in the top left corner of the park. After going round this tree you head straight along the top perimeter to the far end (keeping left of the marker pole) until you round another marker pole at the far end. Keeping the trees to your left head straight across the park to the first tree to start the second lap. Repeat the course until you round the last marker pole and run parallel to the trees again. Instead of continuing straight on, turn left after the trees into the finish straight.
FacilitiesThere are limited male toilet facilities. There is a large car park at the start which is 50p for an hour. Volunteers will park for free. There is also a carpark on the far side of the park on Abbey Drive.
There is a children's play area next to the car park at the start.
Location of startThe run starts behind the brick building behind to the carpark.
Getting there by public transportNearest bus stop is in Laleham village. Alight opposite All Saints Church and follow the driving directions to walk to the carpark. There is a path along the riverbank. Bus route is 458 from Staines bus station which has limited service on a Sunday.
Nearest train station is Staines station which is 2.7 miles away. Check South West Trains website for train times.
Getting there on footFrom Laleham village follow Getting there by road below.
Getting there by roadFrom central Staines take Laleham road into Laleham village. Turn right onto Ferry Lane just before the Three Horseshoes pub. Follow Ferry Lane as it becomes Thames Side along the river, past the Rowing Club. The car park entrance is on your left just past the caravan park.
From Cherstey, cross Chertsey Bridge and take the first left at the Kingfisher pub onto Thames Side. Continue under the motorway bridge for 0.8 mile and the carpark is on your right, just before the caravan park.