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The course

The course is at The Amphitheatre, Skelmersdale. 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

Skelmersdale 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

An out and back course in the shape of an extended 'y'. Starting close to The Amphitheatre head up the hill, following the path before turning left to join the new Tawd Valley pathway. After crossing the first bridge turn right at the split in the path (participants must stay to the right of the path from this point onwards) and head downhill to Troll Bridge. Cross the bridge and head up across the field (staying on the pathway) until you’re nearly at the woods where you will turn around and head back the way you have just come. Go back over the bridge and up the hill then take a right turn at the crossover to head out on the spur. After about 250 metres you’ll get to the underpass where you’ll turn around and head back towards the finish. Turn right off the Tawd Valley pathway and head down the hill to finish just after The Amphitheatre bridge.


Toilets are located in the Nye Bevan Swimming Pool which is next to the Yeadon car park. The centre is open from 8am on Sunday mornings which also has a community swimming pool available for public use.

There are several free car parks with plenty of parking surrounding the start including the Yeadon car park (recommended) and the Swimming Pool car park (currently shut due to Town Centre construction work).

Location of start

The event starts close to The Amphitheatre, Skelmersdale Town Centre.

Getting there by public transport

The 375 from Southport/Ormskirk and the 395 from Wigan should get you to Skem in time for our 9am start. See Arriva website for further details.

Getting there on foot

The start is a no more than a 5 minute walk from the Library (Yeadon car park), Nye Bevan Swimming Pool and Concourse Shopping Centre in the centre of Skelmersdale.

Getting there by road

Skelmersdale junior parkrun takes place in the centre of Skelmersdale. From the M58 take junction 4. Continue on Glenburn Rd/A5068. Take Grimshaw Rd/B5312 past Yewdale to Yeadon where recommended parking is available. Further parking is available at The Concourse or Asda - after Yeadon continue on Southway and follow the signs for Town Centre.

Post run coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in McDonalds - please come and join us!