The course

The course is in Milton Keynes Rugby Union Football Club, Emerson Valley Sports Pavilion, Milton Keynes. 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 paved paths and 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

Milton Keynes 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.
  • While rare, Lyme Disease is present in areas with deer, and occasionally passed to human’s through infected ticks. See NHS Choices website for more about Lyme Disease, and how to deal with ticks.
  • 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 two identical laps and starts on the footpath leading from Bowland Drive, just past the covered pagola. It runs along the path and turns left between the rugby pitches. The route then turns right to go around the 'thumb' with a short section across the grass before returning to the centre of the fields, and turning right under the trees to start the lap of the northern rugby pitches, staying on the footpath and running alongside Wenning Lane before turning right back to the start and begin the second lap.

After two laps the finish is on the footpath just before it enters the hedged football practice field. Some paths are slightly uneven and require caution. The rugby club fields allow good views of the course at all points.

Facilities

There is plenty of free parking. Unfortunately we do not have use of the rugby club car park. junior parkrunners should use the car parks up by the mound (top right-hand corner of the course) on Wenning Lane, from here it is only a short walk to the start and finish area. There is also additional parking near the local shops on Winfold Lane and on Howe Rock Place. To get to Howe Rock Place continue on Winfold Land under the underpass, and straight over at the first roundabout onto Howe Rock Place, the car park is by the woods. Howe Rock Place car park is a five-minute walk away from the start. Please do not park on the street on Bowland Drive or Wenning Lane.

Toilets and café are located in the rubgy club clubhouse, and there is a small play park adjacent to the rugby club fields.

We meet on the grass area adjacent to the Northern playing field and the hedged football area.

Wherever possible we encourage participants to walk, bike or scoot to junior parkrun. There are bike racks that bikes and scooters can be locked to by the rugby clubhouse but these are left at the owners own risk.

Location of start

The run starts on the footpath leading from Bowman Drive, along the tree lined path.

Getting there by public transport

Unfortunately bus services do not run early enough on a Sunday to attend this venue by bus. Milton Keynes junior parkrun is about 5 miles to the South West of Milton Keynes train station.

Getting there on foot

The venue can be accessed on foot from Wenning Lane and Bowland Drive. There are also a number of public footpaths leading from Emerson Valley and Tattenhoe Valley Park, which are about a 10 minute walk away from the rugby club.

Getting there by road

Emerson Valley is just off the A421, in the South West of Milton Keynes. Postcode for sat nav is: MK4 2DN.

From Buckingham: Take the A421 to Milton Keynes, and once in Milton Keynes continue on the A421 (Standing Way (H8)). At the Windmill Hill Roundabout take the 1st exit (left turn) onto Tattenhoe Street (V2), and then take your 2nd right onto Bowland Drive. Continue straight on and Bowland Drive turns into Wenning Lane - see Facilities section for details on where to park.

From M1, junction 13: Leave the M1 at junction 13, then at roundabout take the 4th exit, then at roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A421. Continue along the A421 (H8) following signs for Milton Keynes (South, West, Central) and then signs for Buckingham. At the Windmill Hill Roundabout take the 3rd exit (right turn) onto Tattenhoe Street (V2), and then take your 2nd right onto Bowland Drive. Continue straight on and Bowland Drive turns into Wenning Lane - see Facilities section for details on where to park.

From M1, junction 13: Leave the M1 at junction 14, then at the roundabout take the exit onto the A509 signposted Central Milton Keynes. At the Northfield Roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A4146 (Childs Way (H6)) and is signposted Milton Keynes South, Aylesbury. At the Fox Milne roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A4146 (Tongwell Street (V11)) and signposted Aylesbury, Dunstable. Continue along Tongwell Street ti Brinklow Roundabout, and take the 3rd exit (right turn) onto the A421 (Standing Way (H8)). Continue along the A421 (H8) following signs for Milton Keynes (South, West, Central) and then signs for Buckingham. At the Windmill Hill Roundabout take the 3rd exit (right turn) onto Tattenhoe Street (V2), and then take your 2nd right onto Bowland Drive. Continue straight on and Bowland Drive turns into Wenning Lane - see Facilities section for details on where to park.

Post run coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Costa Coffee shop at Westcroft - please come and join us!