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The course

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

Wakefield Thornes 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 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 contained within Thornes Park and Clarence Park and is an out and back route with a ‘keep left’ rule. Starting by the play area near the athletics stadium, the route turns right up the trim trail to Chestnut walk. Running along and down Chestnut walk, where they turn left at the bottom and run along the path to the shelter to the first turn around point, keeping left running to the second turnaround point and then run back, again turning left and running up Chestnut walk and back towards the play area to the start/finish line. Please keep to the left and give way to other park users.


There are toilets at the sports centre close to the start/finish line and a play area adjacent to the start line.

Location of start

The event starts by the play area near the athletics stadium.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: 119/120 Wakefield-Thornes-Horbury-Ossett-Batley, every hour. 126/127 Wakefield-Horbury-Ossett-Dewsbury, every 10 minutes. 128 Dewsbury-Thornhill-Horbury-Wakefield, hourly. 231/232 Wakefield-Horbury-Netherton (231)-Overton (232)-Flockton-Lepton-Huddersfield, every 30 minutes. 265 Netherton-Horbury-Wakefield, one journey. 443/444 Hall Green-Wakefield, every 30 minutes. Wakefield Free City Bus links the city’s Westgate and Kirkgate train and bus stations. Buses run every ten minutes from 8:30am to 5:00pm on Saturdays. Stops 9 (Westgate Retail Park) and 10 (Westgate Station) are the closest to Thornes Park Campus. Visit the Metro website for the very latest public transport updates and news including timetables, tickets and journey planner.

Getting there on foot

15 minute walk or short taxi journey south-west from both Westgate and Kirkgate stations.

Getting there by road

If using SATNAV, the nearest postcode is WF2 8TY
From M1 Northbound: Leave the M1 at junction 39 and join the A636 towards Wakefield. Turn left after the second roundabout onto the B6475, Thornes Road and then turn right into Gill Sike Road. Turn right onto the A642, Horbury Road and then take the first right onto the access drive to Thornes Park Campus.
From M1 Southbound: Leave the M1 at junction 40 and join the A638 towards Wakefield. Turn right onto the B6475, George-a-Green Road and at the A642, Horbury Road, turn left towards the town centre. The access drive to the Thornes Park Campus is the second on the right.

Free car parking is available at all three entrances. The preferred car park to be used is at Wakefield College Thornes Park Campus which is located in the centre of Thornes Park. Direct access to the campus and the free campus car parking is only possible from the Horbury Road side of the park, but some satellite navigation systems will try to direct you to the campus via one of the other park access points. Use the postcode WF2 8TY to be directed to the correct entrance to Thornes Park.

Post run coffee

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