The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at South Oxhey Playing Fields, Watford. The course is run entirely on grass. 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 South Oxhey 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 South Oxhey 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 3 clockwise laps of the eastern section of the park, starting and finishing at the back of the Pavillion pub and restaurant.
The route is entirely on grass, but there is a 150m stretch on each lap where runners can choose to remain on the grass or run on a paved path. The run starts alongside the rugby field, with runners turning right when they reach the playground and following a steady incline to the top of the hill. The course then crosses the top of the hill, with runners then turning right to descend a long hill and then running adjacent to the football pitches to complete the lap. After the third lap, runners will branch off into the finishing funnel.

Facilities

There is a children’s play area and picnic tables at the back of the Pavillion Pub.
There is free car parking for around 60 cars at the front of the Pavillion.
There is a disabled toilet available to use. It can be found on your left as you walk from the car park to the start line.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts at South Oxhey Playing Fields.

Getting there by public transport

Overground: Carpenders Park is the nearest overground station, a 1km (15 min) walk from the Pavillion. It is 8 minutes by overground to Watford Junction station, or 23 minutes from Willesden Junction if travelling from the south. Up to date travel information can be found on the Tansport for London website.
To walk from Carpenders Park station to the parkrun venue, exit onto Station Approach, then turn right onto Prestwick Road. After 200m, turn left onto Hayling Road. After 400m, with Colnbrook School on your left, turn right onto a small path that runs adjacent to the playing fields on your left. After 350m you will see a small metal gateway on your left, which leads onto the playing fields at the back of the Pavillion Pub, where runners will assemble and finish each week.

Bus: The number 8 bus that runs between Abbots Langley and Mount Vernon Hospital, via Watford Junction train station, stops at Carpenders Park Overground Station, Prestwick Road, and Hayling Road (opposite Colnbrook School) which is the closest to the start line. To get to the start, follow the walking directions above. The bus journey from Watford Junction is around 30 minutes, but please check the timetable before planning your journey.

Getting there on foot

The park can be accessed on foot from several entrances. The main paths run from Green Lane and Hayling Road (east side of the park) and from Bramshot Way and Hampermill Lane if coming from the west side of the park.

Getting there by road

A car park is situated at the Pavillion pub and restaurant on Green Lane, postcode WD19 4LT. Green Lane is just off the B4542, which can be accessed via the A4125 (from the north or west) and the A4008 if travelling from the south or east.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at our Cafe2U van at the finish line - please come and join us!