The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Grange Recreation Ground, Letchworth. The course is run entirely on trail paths. Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain. Dependent on availability, marshals will be at key sections of the course, or signs will be in place.

Please remember that the parkrun uses shared paths. For the continued success of the event, please give way to other park users. This won't hurt your time, it won't stop you from getting a PB and it will make sure everyone continues to enjoy 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.

Course Safety

The Letchworth parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the run as safe as possible, so runners, spectators and helpers are asked to take care about the following:

  • Please be considerate to the park and other park users at all times.
  • Children under the age of eleven must be accompanied (within arm's reach) throughout the run by a parent, guardian or appropriate adult of the parent's choice.
  • Please arrive by foot, by pedal-power or by public transport if you can - your efforts help to reduce our impact on the park and the planet.
  • Please consider volunteering to help occasionally - this event survives only because of your generosity - please visit the volunteer page for more information.
  • Take care near roads and car parks - some vehicles drive very quickly. Please congregate away from the cars and be careful in particular if you have children. If you’re driving to the run, please drive carefully even if you’re late!
  • When running, take care on uneven surfaces - whether on grass or on tarmac. Watch out for cyclists, other runners, pedestrians, children, dogs, wildlife, park animals, vehicles, park maintenance work, falling branches, bollards, posts and other obstacles around the course.
  • Please ensure that you are fit enough to walk, jog, run 5k (3.1 miles) with us. 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).
  • Remember to warm up before the run.
  • If you see a runner with a serious problem, please stop to help them out and get help as soon as possible.
  • If you’re watching, keep clear of runners on the course, and look after any children and dogs you may have with you.
  • It is not permitted to run with a pushchair and a dog at the same time.
  • Runners wishing to run with a dog are welcome, but please keep the dog on a short lead or harness and under control throughout the event. Please also review the parkrun support page article about running with a dog at parkrun events.
  • Runners pushing buggies are also welcome, but please take extreme care of other runners around you. If possible start from the back of the field and try to keep to one side of the main body of runners.
  • While rare, Lyme Disease is present in areas where deer live, and occasionally passed to human's through infected ticks. See NHS Choices website for more about Lyme Disease, and how to deal with ticks.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Letchworth parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.

Age Grading

All parkrun events use Age Grading to help athletes compare results.

Age Grading takes your time and uses the world record time for your sex and age group to produce a score (a percentage). This score allows you to compare your personal performance against other people's performances even though they might be a different age and a different sex to you - the higher the score the better the performance. The scores can also be compared across different race distances - to allow you to, for example, compare a 5km time against a marathon.

For more information, please see our Support page.

Course Map

Course Description

The course is 5000m (5K) long and starts at Grange Recreation Ground, Letchworth. The first 500m are on gravel/earth bridleway which forms part of the Greenway, a 13 mile circuit around Letchworth. This has a gentle downward gradient, but then we then turn uphill into grassy farmland with a short, sharp climb and then a much more imperceptible ascent for a 1km. Then we rejoin a gravel path where some speed can be picked up with the easier terrain and slight downward gradient. At the 2km mark we enter the recreation ground, and skirt around the edge with a smile-inducing run through a tree-lined avenue. On your first lap you'll run the length of the rec through these trees and return to the start for another lap, but on the second lap you'll emerge from the trees half-way and make for the finish line!

The course is a fairly even split of gravel paths, grass and bare earth. For that reason, in wet weather sections of it can get very muddy. Trail shoes are recommended if you have them, and do listen to the run director's briefing to learn about the course conditions each week. Marshals are placed at key points on the course and will also warn of any hazards. It's still fun even in the wet, and an absolute joy in the sun when it's dry.

Facilities

Cycle racks, childrens playground

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts on the beautiful Greenway looking down over Radwell Meadows.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: The nearest bus stop is Kimberley, which is on the Grange Estate in Letchworth. The number 55 bus (Arriva) from Stevenage to Letchworth stops here approximately every 20 minutes. It is then just under half a mile from the bus stop to the Recreational Ground.

Train: The nearest train station is Letchworth Train station, which is just over 1.5 miles from the Grange Recreational Ground.

Getting there on foot

From train station: It is just over 1.5 miles from Letchworth Train station. AS you exit the station turn left to go down Station Road. At the bottom of the hill you will come to a roundabout. Take the first exit onto Norton Wat North and then follow the directions given above from Letchworth Town Centre.

From bus stop location: The nearest bus stop is Kimberley on the Grange Estate. From the bus stop carry on walking up Northfields and take the first left on Burley. Walk to the end of Burley and turn right on to Gaunts Way. The entrance to the Grange Recreational ground is just a short way along Gaunts Way on the left.

Getting there by road

If using SATNAV, the nearest postcode is SG6 4PN.

From Letchworth town centre: Head north on Norton Way North towards Norton. At the Norton Road roundabout go straight over the roundabout to continue on to Eastholm and then Eastern Way. Continue on Eastern Way as it changes to Gaunts Way and the Grange Recreational Ground will be just on the right hand side.

From the A1 major motorway: Come off at Junction 9 on the A1 and follow signs for Letchworth town centre along the Letchworth Gate. You will come to a roundabout with a church directly opposite, at which point you go straight over the roundabout on to Pixmore Way. At the next roundabout take the 3rd exit onto Norton Way North and follow the directions above from Letchworth Town Centre.

There is a small public car park for use at the Grange Recreation Ground, or nearby residential roads - please park considerately.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the Cafe 2U red van - please come and join us!