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The course

The course is at Longrun Meadow, Taunton (situated between The Castle School and French Weir Park). 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 gravel paths and footpath. 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

Longrun Meadow 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

Longrun Meadow junior parkrun is an attractive flat two lap course, run on gravel paths. It starts on the cycle path beside the Oak Barn, heading west towards the dog agility area. After about 300m there is a sharp right turn after the bridge to cross the meadow to the bridge by the River Tone where you turn sharp right following the path back to the barn. Continue to the entrance sign where you turn right to the barn and commence the second lap. As you approach the barn for the for the final lap turn right and continue to the finish line.

Facilities

There are toilet facilities and a children’s play park available in French Weir Park, which is next to the meadow.

Location of start

The event starts on the cycle path beside the Oak Barn.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Regular buses stop outside Somerset College. From here it is a short 5 minute walk to the meadow.

Train: Taunton train station is about 3?4 of a mile away from the meadow.

Getting there on foot

Coming from the centre of town the course can be accessed by foot or on bike from three directions

From the West: entering the meadow from Silk Mills Road.

From the East: via French Weir Park and Freize Hill.

From the South: via pedestrian/cycle path running between the Castle School / Somerset College entrance off Wellington Road (A38) and Tesco

Getting there by road

By car the meadow is best accessed from the Wellington Road (A38).

From the South: exit the M5 at J26 at Wellington, follow the signs to Taunton, to Wellington Road From the Minehead direction: take Silk Mills Road and turn left onto Wellington Road. Somerset College will be on your left at traffic lights signposted “Castle Sports Centre?

From the North or across Taunton: exit the M5 at J25, follow the A38 to Wellington Road. Somerset College will be on your right at traffic lights signposted ?Castle Sports Centre?

Once you turn off Wellington Road, follow the road round to left to Castle School and Sports Centre where there is plenty of parking.

Post run coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the finish, Paul from Bishop's Lydeard Scout Group will provide teas & coffees at a very reasonable price with all proceeds going to the scout group - please come and join us!