The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Tring Park, Hertfordshire. The course is run on a mixture of dirt trail paths and 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 Tring 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 Tring 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 winter course is an out and back route on grass and dirt trails. Runners are asked to run on the left. Starting in the valley on the north side of the park next to the A41, the course heads into the NE corner of the grassy part of the park. Passing through a marshalled gate, shortly after turn right and climb a steep leafy path to the obelisk. Turn left here and carry on up to the Summer House where the path loops 180 degrees right to the top of the ridge. Follow this path south-west for 1.5 kilometres until the turnaround point just before Hastoe Lane and then returning along the same route. The finish is 200m beyond the start point. Trail shoes are recommended in winter.

Facilities

The Hastoe Lane Car Park has several metal bike racks.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts in the valley on the north side of the park next to the A41.

Getting there by public transport

Train: Tring has a National Rail station that is served by London Midland trains from London Euston and Northampton, with various station stops in between.
From Tring train station, exit to the left and walk along Station Road for 1.8 miles. Turn left onto Akeman Street. At the end of the road, a public footpath continues straight ahead. Follow this to the end, then cross the A41 on the pedestrian footpath to reach the start line (Total distance 2.4 miles).

Bus: The 500 Arriva bus service runs between Watford and Aylesbury on a Saturday morning, via Kings Langley, Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted and Tring.
Alight at the Christchurch Road stop in Tring, and walk 150 metres east. Turn right onto Akeman Street. At the end of the road, a public footpath continues straight ahead. Follow this to the end, then cross the A41 on the pedestrian footpath to reach the start line. Runners are advised to check the bus timetable before travelling as local services are often subject to change.
Please see the arriva website for details.

Getting there on foot

Hastoe Lane is joined by Akeman Street and Park Road. From the top of Akeman Street, follow the public footpath straight ahead and over the pedestrian bridge to the start line.

Getting there by road

The car park is on Hastoe Lane, which is free to use. Sat Nav coordinates are HP23 6AP. The car park will be open from 8.30am.
If travelling along the A41 from either direction, take the B4635 exit towards Tring. Follow the B4635 (also known as London Road initially, before becoming High Street). Turn left into Akeman Street, then at the T-junction turn right, and then immediately left into Hastoe Lane. The car park is on the left after about 100 metres. Walk to the back of the car park, pass through the gate and turn right onto the public footpath. The path leads into a pedestrian bridge the crosses the A41. The start line is partway up the tree-lined avenue beyond the end of the footbridge.

Please do not block the local streets. If the above parking is full, please use the following 3 town centre carparks. These can be found at
  • The Old School Yard (next to the library), High Street, HP23 5AA
  • Frogmore Street HP23 5AZ
  • The Forge, High Street, HP23 5AG
These are all free for 1 hour and £1 for 2 hours parking and are situated 0.6 miles from the startline.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in The Akeman, 9 Akeman Street, HP23 6AA - please come and join us!