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The course

The course is in Hardwick Park, Sedgefield. 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, gravel paths and trail 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

Sedgefield 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

Start at the path by the Visitors Centre, head towards and cross the Serpentine bridge. Follow the right hand path towards low level / pipe bridge. Keep on left hand side of Serpentine river/lake. Go across Rubble bridge and turn left on path at junction and head along Grand Terrace. Go clockwise around circular pond and back the same way to the Visitors Centre. Here turn right and then turn left at the little white hut. Go past the play area and the finish will be at the wooden sign where the path splits near the time trail on left. Start and finish are either side of the Visitors Centre and near to the car park.

Facilities

The visitor centre has full toilet facilities. Next to the visitor centre is, an all weather children’s play area and picnic tables. Hardwick Park is a Visit England accredited attraction featuring historic parkland with a lake, woodland and wildlife.

Location of start

The event starts at the path by the Visitors Centre. We meet at 8.50am for first timers' brief, run brief and warm up.

Getting there by public transport

The nearest bus stop is at Sedgefield High Street. From there it is a half mile walk following a sign-posted footpath through the arch of the Hardwick Arms Hotel.
Up-to-date bus timetables are available from Traveline on 0871 200 2233 or through the Durham County Council journey planning web page.

Getting there on foot

Hardwick Park is on the west side of Sedgefield, in County Durham. Grid Reference: NZ 346 288 (Ordnance Survey map Explorer 305). To access from Sedgefield either go through the archway of the Hardwick Arms Pub and continue across East Field and into the park via the underpass, or go up Station Road in Sedgefield, turn right at the roundabout. Hardwick Park is well signposted for walking routes on blue signs from the middle of Sedgefield.

Getting there by road

Hardwick Park is on the A177 Durham to Stockton Road on the west side of Sedgefield, two and a half miles from A1(M) junction 60, at Bradbury, via the A689 (well sign-posted).

There is a charge for parking in Hardwick Park, but the County Council has kindly agreed that if parkrunners and volunteers display a spare copy of their barcode in their windscreen then parking will be free until 11am on a Sunday.
This really is a very generous offer, from the council, and we appreciate their support. It also allows for plenty of time to enjoy a post run coffee in the Tower Café.

Please do not park cars in the large areas reserved for coaches and motor homes. You will get a parking fine ticket even if you display your barcode ID.

Post run coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Tower Café, Hardwick Park - please come and join us!