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The course

The course is at The Waterside Cafe, Rutland Water Reservoir. The course is 2000m (2K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is run entirely on tarmac 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

Rutland Water 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 to 14 years old completing the course themselves will be given a result. ​
  • 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

The course starts on the tarmac path beside the church, after the set of gates and by the marker post. The start can be reached by walking 500 metres beyond the car park in the direction of Normanton church and the dam. It is a out and back course, around a cone at the 1km marker. Parkrunners start by heading east on the left-hand side of the path towards the dam. At the 1km marker, the turn point, they retrace (keeping to the left) the path back towards the start area. The finish is at the same point as the start, in front of the stunning Normanton church on the edge of the reservoir.


Public toilets adjacent to main carpark. Please note: it’s a 500m walk to start/finish area, use on arrival!

Location of start

The event starts on the tarmac path beside the church, after the set of gates.

Getting there by public transport

Information on public transport is available via the Discover Rutland website.

Getting there on foot

Five minute walk from the nearest bus stop in Normanton Village.

Getting there by road

Please consider car sharing where possible. If using a sat nav the postcode is LE15 8HD and there is plenty of car parking which is approx 500m from the start/finish, at a £1 flat fee for parkrunners. Take a ticket at the barrier on entry, and exchange this for a £1 exit pass at the fishing tackle shop after the run on sight of your parkrun barcode. However, there is a smaller carpark slightly closer to start/finish area, please turn right when entering the main carpark and follow sign for Normanton Church.

Follow signs for Rutland Water 'South Shore'.
From the A1 then A606 to Normanton Park Rd.
From A47 & A6003 then Lyndon Road towards Normanton.
From Melton Mowbray - A606 & A6003 then Lyndon Road towards Normanton.

Post run coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in The Waterside Café, adjacent to the Normanton carpark - please come and join us!