We won't be having a parkrun on Christmas Day, but there will be a New Year's Day parkrun at 10:30am.
Here's a film, directions and map to show you the route:
• Start at the basketball court next to children's play area
• Run straight along the central path with the hedgerow on your left
1. After approximately 400 metres turn left at the crossroads and then take the right fork to remain on the raised path above the lake (the causeway). The lake will be on your left hand side.
2. Turn left at the end of this path to join the lake and run once around the lake keeping the lake on your left
3. Exit the lake up the slope and turn right at the junction to run back past the start, continuing past the basketball court along the central path with the hedgerow on your right
4. At the end of the path by the museum carpark turn left
5. When reaching the line of trees on your left, turn left to run along the rear of the tree line and continue in a straight line
6. There will be a very minor deviation as you reach the play park to avoid disruption to other park users
7. Continue straight and, at the end of the last football pitch on your left turn left to rejoin the path and continue on the raised path behind the lake as per lap 1
8. Complete a second lap of the lake exiting up the hill and back along the central path
• Finish near to the museum car park.
We are getting closer to the end of our trial routes with another different one for this week (24th March 2018). We are doing these trials to future proof against our continuing growth and the congestion that this can cause on the narrow section of the lake when overtaking is in full swing in the mid part of the run. We had lots of positive feedback about the trial route last week although the two way congestion up the hill to King Harry Lane and our domination of the four way junction could prove to be a sticking point!
This week we will do another adaptation of the original lake course.
We will gather in and around the basketball court just beyond the playground for the start. Marshals will usher you there from the normal starting point so don't worry! From there, we will head to the junction and round the lake once anti-clockwise as normal, before coming back up from the lake and back up the yellow brick road to the old start/finish. Then you'll head left and left again, following the tree line and staying off the football pitches before rejoining the path and heading back to the lake via the carriage way behind the toilets, then round the lake anti-clockwise again before heading back to the hold finish near the Museum car park.
We hope you like it. Be sure to thank all the volunteers, particularly those who've spent a while staking out another potential route, and we look forward to your feedback!
We are getting to the end of our trial routes with another different one for this week (17th March 2018). We are doing these trials to future proof against our continuing growth and the congestion that this can cause on the narrow section of the lake when overtaking is in full swing in the mid part of the run. We had lots of positive feedback about the trial route last week although the grass took a bit of a hammering near the cafe.
This week we will stay on the tarmac the whole way except for the last 100 metres to the finish.
Start at the usual starting point, head along the path and down to the lake as usual. Complete one lap of the lake in the usual anti clockwise direction. After completing the first lap exit the lake and head up the Causeway on the right hand side towards King Harry Lane. At the top of the causeway, complete a U turn around the bollard (and Marshall!) and head back down, again staying in your right. At the bottom of the hill you will be directed right towards Westminster Lodge and then very soon back towards the lake. You will then join the bottom section of the Causeway running behind the toilets towards the Fighting Cock and will rejoin the lake. Complete a second and final lap of the lake exiting in the usual way back towards the start. Run behind the start and up the far path towards the tree line and you will see the finish.
Remember ..... it might be a long uphill towards King Harry Lane but .... what goes up also comes down!!
Please, as ever, give us your feedback after this trial. We will soon be in a position to make a decision about whether there is a more suitable route or whether we stay as we have been and accept the congestion.
Enjoy the change of scenery and remember .... pedestrians on the Causeway will not be expecting us so please be considerate as they have as much right to be there as us.
ANNOUNCEMENT: The highly trained St Albans parkrun canine course inspectors have been out this afternoon and have pronounced that, subject to an 8am inspection, we will be going ahead 3/3/18. We'll be on the off-road course, which starts in the normal place. Bring trail shoes if you have them. It's at your own risk of course, and BE CAREFUL, but the hounds tell us that it's more snowy than icy at present.