The course

The course is at Leavesden Country Park, Abbots Langley. 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 grass and 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

Leavesden 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

Participants and volunteers meet by the playground for the pre-event brief and warm-up before making their way to the start in the middle of the field. The course goes round the first field before heading towards the trees and turning right onto the tarmac path. The path takes you to the football pitch which you go round twice in an anti-clockwise direction. You then turn right off the football pitch and retrace your steps back along the path, left onto the first field, round the field then a straight line to the finish.

The course is flat and approximately 90% grass and 10% tarmac. Leavesden Country Park covers an area of over 27 hectares and consists of walking/biking paths, a football pitch, wildlife areas, tennis courts, a children’s play area and an outdoor gym for adults. Public footpaths surround the park and lead on to such communities as Abbots Langley, Bedmond, Garston and Kings Langley.
Toilets are only available from 0900 inside the YMCA.

Location of start

Volunteers and participants meet by the playground on the north side of Leavesden Country Park. Participants then make their way to the start which is in the middle of the field.

Getting there by public transport

The 320 bus goes from Maple Cross through Mill End, Rickmansworth, Croxley Green, Watford, Garston and Woodside to Abbots Langley. Ask the driver to get off at College Road, just after Tesco Metro.

Getting there on foot

On entering Leavesden Country Park walk through the car park (taking care of the traffic) until you come to the children’s playground. The briefing and warmup will be on the field adjacent to the playground, with the start line a few metres down the field.

Getting there by road

From the M25 exit at junction 19. Take the first exit (A41) signposted Hemel Hempstead. At the traffic lights turn right on to Bridge Road and continue on until it becomes Hunton Bridge Road and eventually Southway. At the roundabout take the first exit on to Langley Lane. At the next roundabout take the second exit on to College Road and the park entrance is on your left. Car parking is available next to Woodlands YMCA.
The nearest postcode to the car park is WD5 0NX.

Post run coffee

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