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The course

The course is in Rushcliffe Country Park, Nottingham. 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 trail 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

Rushcliffe 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 for further details.

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

Rushcliffe junior parkrun is a 2 lap course run on flat park paths in an anti-clockwise direction.
The start and finish are both located in the large field just to the west of the lake, near the Memorial Wood.
From the start the route heads south along Memorial Avenue for approximately 300m before turning left at a fork in the path. Follow this path for approximately 200m before turning left again at another fork in the path and heading back towards the lake with the wild flower meadow on your left hand side. After 250m turn left at a T-Junction in the path. Follow the lakeside path through the trees for 200m and then turn left again, back on to the path along the large field near the start/finish. Only one more lap to go!


  • The main toilet block is located next to the Education Centre near the entrance to the park. There are also toilets located inside the Education Centre itself and a block of composting toilets adjacent to the children’s play area. All toilets have wheelchair accessible facilities.
  • Baby changing facilities are available in the main toilet block and also in the Education Centre.
  • Rushcliffe Country Park has an extensive children’s play area, which has around 20 pieces of modern equipment for children up to the age of 12. The play area includes equipment which is accessible to wheelchair users.
  • For older children there is a skateboard park, and a BMX cycle track situated near the children’s play area.

Location of start

The start and finish are both located in the large field just to the west of the lake, near the Memorial Wood.

Getting there by public transport

The Trent Barton ‘Ruddington Connection’ service operates on a Sunday from the Broadmarsh Bus Station in Nottingham City Centre via Nottingham Train Station, Trent Bridge, Wilford Lane, West Bridgford and Compton Acres to Ruddington Business Park. Exit the bus at Mere Way in Ruddington Business Park by Welcome Financial Services. Cross the road and follow the path behind the bus shelter which will lead you to the pedestrian access to Rushcliffe Country Park near to the Education Centre. For up to date timetables and information see the ruddington connection website.

The Nottingham City Transport ‘Green Line’ No. 10 service operates on a Sunday from Nottingham Victoria Centre via Nottingham Train Station, Trent Bridge and Loughborough Road, West Bridgford to Ruddington Village. Exit the bus at Church Lane in Ruddington and walk along Asher Lane which leads you to pedestrian access to Rushcliffe Country Park. Once in the Park cross the railway bridge and follow the park paths towards the lake which is near the start. For up to date timetables and information see the Nottingham City Transport website.

Getting there on foot

The park is situated approximately 6.5 miles south of Nottingham City Centre and approximately 4.5 miles from West Bridgford. Access to the park is on Mere Way which is off the A60 Loughborough Road on the outskirts of Ruddington.
Access to the park is also available by foot and bike from Asher Lane in the village of Ruddington.

Getting there by road

Sat Nav users enter: NG11 6JS

From Nottingham City Centre, follow the signs to A52 South (Clifton Boulevard) towards Grantham. On reaching the ‘Nottingham Knight’ roundabout with the Premier Inn (Nottingham South) on the left hand side, turn right to take the A60 towards Loughborough. Drive for approximately 1.5 miles and turn right at a small roundabout onto Mere Way. At the next roundabout turn right and Rushcliffe Country Park will be on your left.

There is a large car parking area available in the park.
Access to the park is free, however a £1 voluntary car parking charge is now in operation. Please pay via the machines situated in the main car park.
For our regular visitors an annual pass is available for £20. Please see the park rangers or a member of the core event team for more information.
The income received from parking charges helps to maintain the park's excellent standards.

Post run coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in The Education Centre in Rushcliffe Country Park - please come and join us!