The course

The course is at Royal Victoria Country Park, Netley. 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 gravel 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

Netley Abbey 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

This is a 2km flat course mainly on grass with a short gravel footpath through a wooded copse. It is a two-lap clockwise course that starts on the footpath and loops around the cricket and football fields. There is a slight downhill slope towards the second corner and another small decline at the third corner (and a subsequent small incline at the fourth corner). Runners continue straight on over the start line after their first lap and then turn into the field towards the finishing funnel after their second lap.


The country park has toilets next to the cafe, a large play area for children, a miniature railway, an historic chapel (currently being renovated), a shingle beach, scenic walking routes, a gift shop and plenty of parking. You could quite easily spend a whole day here!

Location of start

The run starts in Royal Victoria Country Park.

Getting there by public transport

If arriving by train from Netley Station (not the Royal Victoria Train which only loops around the park) you can either walk down Station Road and turn left onto Victoria Road or turn left out of the main car park and walk down The Badgers, turning right on to Hound Road and into the park and follow the paths to the cricket field.

If arriving by bus you will need to jump on the number 6 (operated by First) and stop at the Post Office (by the Co-op).

Getting there on foot

The easiest way to find us for the first time is to walk via the beautiful seafront via Victoria Road through the village, past Netley Cliff sailing club and Sophie's Pond before going through the main gates. The cricket field will be the first thing you see.

Getting there by road

There is plenty of parking in the country park. We actively encourage parents to use the parking facilities within Royal Victoria Country Park as it is going to be a self-funded park in the near future. Without the financial support of the public we would not be able to hold either parkrun events.

Parking costs £1.80 for an hour, however, if you put a parkrun barcode next to your ticket you are allowed up to 3 hours parking time. Annual parking permits are available from the park office and cost £49.

Please note that access to the car parks is only via the main entrance on Victoria Road, Netley SO31 5DR. Drive through the main gates and continue driving straight up towards the cricket pavilion, veering left. There is a car park on your right, another 100 metres up on your left, and more parking towards the cafe. Please remember to display your ticket and barcode!

Post run coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the Park Café, Royal Victoria Country Park - please come and join us!