The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Rickmansworth Aquadrome, Rickmansworth. 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. 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 Rickmansworth 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.
  • 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.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Rickmansworth 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

Rickmansworth parkrun is a flat, clockwise 2 lap course run entirely on a combination of tarmac and footpaths within Rickmansworth Aquadrome. Runners and volunteers should assemble at the start line next to The Cafe in the Park. The first 400 metres is a straight stretch on a wide tarmacked path between Bury and Batchworth Lakes. You then follow Bury Lake around to the left, before taking a right turn onto a footpath running alongside the River Colne. This footpath loops you back around Batchworth Lake, bringing you back to the start line and completing your first lap. A second, identical lap follows, after which you peel off onto a flat, fast straight taking you past the café to the finish line.

Facilities

400 free car spaces
Toilets, including disabled toilets

Getting There

Location of start

Runners and volunteers should assemble at the start line next to The Cafe in the Park.

Getting there by public transport

Underground/Overground: Rickmansworth Station is served by both underground and overground services. On Saturday mornings, underground trains on the Metropolitan Line leave from Baker Street station (not Aldgate) for Rickmansworth every 15 minutes. Rickmansworth Station is served by Chiltern Railways services running between London Marylebone and Aylesbury, again with services running every 15 minutes. To get from the station to the Aquadrome, head down the hill from the station and cross the Ebury Roundabout. The walk is around 500 metres.

Bus: The Rickmansworth train station bus stop is served by the following bus services on a Saturday:
320 from Watford to Rickmansworth via Watford Junction, Watford Town Centre and Croxley Green.
352 from Meriden to Maple Cross via Garston, Watford, Croxley Green and Rickmansworth.

Getting there on foot

Rickmansworth Aquadrome can be accessed from Frogmoor Lane, Riverside Drive and Uxbridge Road. The Cafe in the Park is no more than 500 metres from any of these entrances.

Rickmansworth Aquadrome is situated next to both the Grand Union Canal and Ebury Way and so can easily be reached traffic free by bike or on foot along the Canal Towpath. There are bike racks available at The Cafe in the Park.

Getting there by road

Rickmansworth Aquadrome is situated just outside the town centre, close to junction 17 of the M25. Despite there being free parking available in the Aquadrome car park, we would strongly suggest travelling by foot, bike or public transport. Should you drive to the event, the car park is accessed from Frogmoor Lane and is situated just a few yards from The Cafe in the Park and the start area. The post code is WD3 1NF.

Post Run Coffee

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