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The course

The course is at Upton Country Park, Poole. The course is 2000m (2K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is run entirely on 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

Upton House 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. Due to COVID-19 restrictions only those aged 4 to 10 years old may take part until further notice.
  • 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.

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 is a two lapped route run anti-clockwise on mud and gravel paths within tranquil Upton Country Park. After attending the pre event briefing on the large open fields by Spurrier's Play Park, participants will make their way to the start at the most northerly part of the course.

Heading south through the woods a quick left-right brings you out of the trees with amazing views over Upton Country Park's fields to Holes Bay beyond. A short stretch of gravel path leads on to a sweeping downhill section to the left, with a second tight left at the bottom of the hill approximately halfway round the lap. A sweeping gravel path then snakes through parkland toward the gentle uphill section of the route past Spurrier's Play Park, and through what will be the finish on the second lap. The route then levels off at the top of the hill and a short dash through the halfway point on the course leads to a tight lefthand bend where you started and the second lap begins.

Facilities

Toilets, café, children's play areas and play fountains.

Location of start

The event starts at Upton Country Park.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: The Morebus circular services 8 & 9 to and from Poole bus station stop at both the main park entrance and the Blandford Road entrance. Timetables are available at morebus.co.uk

Train: The closest train station is Hamworthy and the nearest park entrance from there is at Blandford Road (BH16 5BL).

Getting there on foot

The start is a few minutes walk from the bus stop at the main park entrance or a 10/15 minute walk from the Blandford Road entrance.

Getting there by road

Upton Country Park is three miles northwest of Poole town centre, clearly signposted with brown tourist signs from the A35 and A350. The postcode for satnav is BH17 7BJ.

There is Pay and Display parking for up to 250 cars, with an early bird weekend charge of £1.00 till 10:30 am. Press the yellow button on the ticket machine to take advantage of the reduced rate.

Post run coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Upton Country Park Tea Rooms - please come and join us!