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The course is at Tolson Memorial Museum, Ravensknowle Park, Huddersfield. 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 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
Tolson 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 descriptionThis is a 2 and a half lap course.
The start and finish line are in front of the Tolson Memorial Museum Entrance. From the start line, facing the direction of the Clock Tower, start with an anti-clockwise lap of the front field and go back past the museum to start 2 larger anti-clockwise laps. Pass the stables building on the left and into the rear field, head up the path to the tree at the end, turn left and continue over the grass section behind the football pitch, through the gate onto the fitness area, around the red track (enjoy the bouncy surface!) and out the gate on the opposite corner.
Follow the path turning left to go around 3 sides of the basketball court, and exit through the gap to the left towards the memorial gardens. Follow the pathway around the front bowling green, reaching the front field and heading straight down and anti-clockwise around the field until you reach the museum.
Carry on and complete a second large lap.
FacilitiesToilets are available at the Stables block by the start and finish area.
The Friends of Tolson and Ravensknowle Park will serve refreshments after the event from the Clock Tower or the Bowling Green hut depending on the weather. Check out the recently completed Memorial Garden at the rear of the museum.
There is a well-equipped children’s playground and skate park in the rear field. The park is the starting point for a 3 mile circular Pathways Wellbeing walking route up through the historic village of Almondbury, with information boards along the route.
Location of startThe run starts in front of the Tolson Memorial Museum Entrance.
Getting there by public transportThe park is on the main Wakefield Road heading to/from Huddersfield Town Centre and is served by regular buses. Use the Metro website for bus routes and timetables.
Getting there on footThe park is a 30 minute walk from Huddersfield Town Centre, following Wakefield Road from the large roundabout by the University.
Getting there by roadIf using sat nav, the nearest postcode is HD5 8DJ.
From Huddersfield Town Centre: Follow the signs for Wakefield and M1 from the Ring Road. Ravensknowle Park is approximately 1 mile along Wakefield Road on your right.
From M62 (all junctions): Head towards Huddersfield Town Centre, reaching the ring road, and follow the directions as above.
There is a good size car park at the park, with additional free parking around the perimeter of the park and surrounding residential streets.