The course

The course is at Nuttall Park, Ramsbottom. The course is 2000m (2K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is run entirely on concrete 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

Ramsbottom 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

Two laps on concrete paths round the perimeter of the park. The start and finish is close to the bandstand, between the children's play area and the railway line.

There are toilets and a children's play area. Refreshments are available at the Base (adjacent to the finish) in return for donations to Friends of Nuttall Park. There is limited (free) parking available within Nuttall Park. There is also plenty of free parking in Ramsbottom town centre which is a short walk away. If parking in Ramsbottom town centre, walk to Aldi on Railway Street (please be aware that supermarkets in the town centre have cameras monitoring their carparks and can penalise non-shoppers) and as Kay Brow rises steeply to the right, keep left on Railway Street, walking along the side of the TNT depot. At the end of this path keep left and cross the river and walk underneath the small railway bridge (mind your head!) As you enter the park, the start area is straight ahead to your left.

Location of start

The event starts at the bandstand, between the children's play area and the railway line.

Getting there by public transport

The 472 bus, operated by First (departing Bury interchange at 0755) stops on Eliza Street, from where it is a five minute walk to Nuttall Park. Cross Bury New Road and take the first left onto Nuttall Hall Lane. The park is at the end of this road.

Ramsbottom has its own station on the volunteer-run East Lancashire Railway, but services do not run sufficiently early to allow for travel to Ramsbottom junior parkrun.

Getting there on foot

Getting there by road

If using sat nav, the nearest postcode is BL0 9LU.

From Ramsbottom town centre follow Bridge Street over the level crossing heading out of town. Keep right on Peel Brow and take the first turning on the right hand side onto Nuttall Hall Road. The carpark is at the bottom of this road.

From the South, exit the M66 Northbound at junction three (Ramsbottom) and turn right at the end of the motorway slip road. Follow the A56 Walmersley Road past the dairy farm and turn left at the traffic lights. Take the fourth left onto Nuttall Hall Road. The carpark is at the bottom of this road.

From the North join the A56 (M65 J8) in the direction of Manchester. Just before the road turns into the M66 take the exit marked A676 and Non Motorway Traffic. At the roundabout take the third exit (right) onto Bolton Road North. Follow the road under the railway bridge into the centre of Ramsbottom. At the traffic lights turn left onto Bridge Street and after the level crossing follow the first instructions above.

Post run coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Nuttall Park Base - please come and join us!