The course

The course is at North Walls Recreation Ground, Winchester (near River Park Leisure Centre). 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 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

Winchester 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.
  • While rare, Lyme Disease is present in areas with deer, and occasionally passed to human's through infected ticks. See NHS Choices website for more about Lyme Disease, and how to deal with ticks.
  • 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

This is a flat, two lap course starting behind the cricket pavilion on North Walls Recreation Ground. Participants will head south-east along the tarmac, turning right onto the field before the bridge over the river. They will proceed clockwise around the perimeter of the field, before turning 180 degrees onto the tarmac path and running back towards the start. Near the start, they will turn right and then run clockwise around that field. When they reach the bridge over the river, they will run straight into the other field and then continue as before until they reach the finish funnel.

Facilities

  • Several car parks are available in the area, with the closest being the River Park Leisure Centre car park. Overflow car parking is available at St Peter's. Parking is free in all Winchester city car parks on Sundays. Visit https://www.winchester.gov.uk/parking/parking-and-car-parks for details of all public car parks in the area.
  • Toilets, changing rooms, lockers and a café are available at River Park Leisure Centre.

Location of start

The event starts on the tarmac path behind the cricket pavilion on North Walls Recreation Ground, close to the Nuns Walk entrance to the rec.

Getting there by public transport

Train: The nearest train station is Winchester train station, which is approximately 1.2 miles away.
Bus: The main Winchester bus station is approximately 0.6 miles away.

Getting there on foot

North Walls Recreation Ground is located less than 0.4 miles from the centre of Winchester and is easily accessible by foot (approximately 6-7 minutes’ walk) or bike. Follow signs to River Park Leisure Centre.

Getting there by road

North Walls Recreation Ground is located close to the centre of Winchester and is easily accessible by car from outside the city from the M3.
If using sat nav, the nearest postcode is SO23 7DD.

Post run coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in The King Alfred on Saxon Road - please come and join us!