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The course

The course is at Northala Fields, Northolt. 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 tarmac paths 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

Northala Fields 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 almost two laps of Northala Fields.

Facilities

Toilets at rear of San Remo café building. Disabled access/facilities. There are two well-equipped playgrounds for the under-14s: one in the centre of the park near the café, with wooden style play equipment and a large slide; another near the Kensington Road car park. Model boating lake, six fishing lakes, and three wildlife ponds. A colourful mosaic and a range of interesting wooden sculptures.

Location of start

The event starts at Nortala Fields.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: E10 stops on Kensington Rd; routes 90, 120, 140 and 282 to the Target Roundabout; routes E9, E7, 120, 282, 90 & 140 Church Road/White Hart roundabout enter through Rectory Park. Find full details on the Transport for London website.

Tube: Northolt (Central Line) on Mandeville Rd, approximately 800m walk.

Cycling: Open 24 hours to cyclists and pedestrians. There are a number of bicycle locking stands located throughout the park.

Getting there on foot

From Kensington Road car park: take the main path towards the San Remo café, with the play area to your left and the grassy mounds to your right.

From A40 slip road car park: head between the grassy mounds on the path which bears right, which leads to the San Remo café.

From the Target Roundabout: take the footpath heading south-east into the park towards the four grassy mounds. Keeping the mounds to your left, head towards the San Remo café.

From Rectory Park or Bengarth Road: head towards the grassy mounds. The San Remo café is just before the mounds and just after the lake area.

Getting there by road

Both car parks can be accessed:
  • Via the Target Roundabout on the A40: exit the roundabout in the direction of the eastbound A40 (into London) but stay in the left hand lane, taking the slip road rather than the A40. At the T-junction at the foot of the slip road, turn right to head under the A40. Turn right again for the car park on the A40 slip road, or carry straight on for the Kensington Road car park.
  • Via the Ruislip Road/Lady Margaret Road roundabout taking the Kensington Road exit.


Parking: There are two car parks which are free to use: a small one on the A40 slip road (closest to the start) and a larger one on Kensington Road (300m jog to the start, nearest postcode UB5 6AH).

Post run coffee

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