The course

The course is in Queen's Park, Kilburn, London. 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 trail. 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

Queen’s Park junior parkrun, London 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

This is a 2 lap, clockwise course. The route starts in the park next to the children’s play area, and is run clockwise on the main path inside the park, past the petting zoo, up the gentle slope past the bandstand before turning left towards the woodland walk. The course goes through the woodland walk, which is the only section of the course run on a gravel surface rather than on a tarmac path.
Exiting the woodland walk there is a fairly sharp left turn down the hill. On the second lap the course turns left after the tennis courts and finishes on the grass next to the outdoor table tennis tables and close to the café.
Queens park is set on a slight slope so the course is undulating with an uphill section between the petting zoo and the woodland walk, flat sections at either end and an exhilarating downhill section at both halfway and again on the last stretch to the finish line.
Runners should beware of leaves and /or some possible muddy areas in autumn / winter in both the woodland walk area and over the last few meters to the finish.
The course may change slightly if for any reason these areas are deemed to be problematic.

Facilities

Toilets, Café, Children’s play area, parking is on the neighbouring streets, there is no dedicated car park in Queen’s Park. Please be respectful of residents in regard to noise (shouting / slamming car doors etc) if parking in residential streets.

Location of start

The run starts in the park next to the children’s play area.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: The nearest bus routes stop near Queens Park Station or on Chamberlayne Road near Kensal Rise Station: 28, 452, 52, 6, 302, 316, 187, 206
See the Transport for London website for Buses from Queen’s Park and Buses from Kensal Rise and Kensal Green.

Train: The nearest London Underground stations are: Queen’s Park & Kensal Green (Bakerloo line ? Queen’s Park is slightly closer).
The nearest stations on the London Overground are: Kensal Rise & Brondesbury Park.

Getting there on foot

From Salusbury Road (Queen’s Park / Brondesbury Park stations): walk west on any street between & including Harvist Road & Chevening Road to reach the park. The start is located in the sout west corner near to the children’s play area.

From Chamberlayne Road (Kensal Rise / Kensal Green stations): walk east on any street between & including Harvist Road & Chevening Road to reach the park. The start is located in the sout west corner near to the children’s play area.

Getting there by road

If using SATNAV, the nearest postcode is NW6 6SG
From central London take the A5 (Edgeware Road) north through Maida Vale to Brondesbury Park (at the south end of Kilburn HighRoad (A5). Turn Left into Brondesbury Park and drive west, straight across the junction with Salusbury Road into what becomes Harvist Road. Queens park is around 200m further on the left hand side.

From M1 / Staples Corner take the A5 south through Cricklewood, continuing south as it becomes Shoot Up Hill and then Kilburn High Road. Drive past Kilburn Station on the right, carry on for 100m before turning right at the lights into Cavendish Road (next to Sainsbury’s local). Continue west along Cavendish Road crossing Willesden Lane (where it becomes The Avenue) and Brondesbury Park. When you reach the mini roundabout, turn left into Tiverton Road to the next mini Roundabout where you will see the park entrance in front and to the left.

From West (A40): Travelling west into London on the A40, take the A219 exit for Harlesden / White City. Turn left (north) onto Wood Lane continuing as it becomes Scrubs Lane. Follow Scrubs lane until the T junction with Harrow Road. Turn right onto Harrow Road travelling towards Kensal Green & Paddington. Passing the Cemetery & the Mason’s Arms pub on the right, turn Left at the lights (immediately after the Mason’s Arms) into College Road. Pass Kensal Green Station and bear right into Mortimer Road. Continue on Mortimer Road and across Chamberlayne Road & onto Harvist Road. After 200m, Queen’s Park is on the left.

There is parking in the streets around the park, but we do ask that runners are considerate of the local residents and avoid shouting or slamming doors when parking in these areas.

Post run coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Queen’s Park Cafe (in the middle of the park) - please come and join us!