The course

The course is in Lloyd Park, Croydon. 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

Lloyd 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

  • The course is a 2km route all on grass and made up of two clockwise laps of the games field of Lloyd Park.
  • The run starts on the lower side of the Bowling Green adjacent to Lloyd Park Avenue.
  • It follows the perimeter of the games field climbing to the tree line (north) and running parallel along the edge of the field to the far right corner (north east).
  • Then, the course turns right down to the edge of the rugby pitch (south east) before it curves upwards (north) and back down again between the football and rugby pitches (south west).
  • Turn right after the rugby pitch.
  • Near the end of the second lap runners bear left to reach the finish towards the bowling green.
  • The course includes an uphill section from the start, returning downhill between the rugby pitches.

Facilities

The pavilion area includes a café, toilets (including disabled) - if locked contact the Run Director who holds the key.
There are two car parks (2 hours free with ticket from machine) which are not large.
There are cycle racks, children’s play area; with an adjacent tram station (recommended).

Location of start

The run starts on the lower side of the Bowling Green adjacent to Lloyd Park Avenue (see course map).

Getting there by public transport

Tram: Lloyd Park Tram stop

Bus: Services 64 and 433 stop near Lloyd Park (available from East Croydon Railway station or from Selsdon (south of the park).
Park Hill Road bus stop is 0.4 miles and 7 mins to Lloyd Park Tram Link. South Park Hill Road bus stop is 0.5 miles and 10 mins to Lloyd Park Tram Link.

Train: The nearest station to the Park is East Croydon Station which is serviced by trains from London Waterloo and Clapham Junction. The Park is a 39 minute walk - see below for walking route from the station. See above for public transport links from the station.

Getting there on foot

Lloyd Park is about a 39 minute walk from East Croydon Station: Addiscombe Grove, turn left onto Barclay Road, Right onto park Hill Road, Left onto Coombe Road (39 mins).
There are cycle racks available within the car park

Getting there by road

Lloyd Park is situated on Coombe Road (A212), Croydon, CR0 5RB
If using SATNAV the nearest postcode is CR0 5RB
The park is located to the east of Croydon.
Croydon is located in South London.
The park has a car park, free for 2 hours with ticket from machine.

Post run coffee

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