The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Three Lakes Campsite, Westmill Farm, Ware. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, 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 Westmill 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 Westmill 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 2-lap course starts at Three Lakes Campsite and heads downhill for a short stretch before going diagonally across the field, running along the right-hand field edge and out into the small car park area. You will then be directed onto the edge of Millenium Lake, running though a yard, then along the bottom field at Edge Outdoor Activities. You will continue along this field until the bottom corner, turning left at the dog agility, then left again to run diagonally towards the top of the hill. You'll then be directed onto the grass edge of the upper lake, running along the edge of the gold course, then taking a sharp left hand turn towards the Three Lakes Restaurant. You'll be guided through narrow path into the campsite area, to repeat the loop again. The run will finish at the Three Lakes Restaurant.

Facilities

Toilets, restaurant, free parking on-site.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts at Three Lakes Campsite.

Getting there by public transport

Nearest bus stops: Ware Road, Tonwell (opposite Robin Hood Pub) - approx. 20 min walk (no recognised footpath)
Richmond Close, Watton Road - approx. 20 min walk (no recognised footpath)

Nearest train station: Ware station - approx. 35 mins (second half of route has no recognised footpath)

Getting there on foot

It's possible to access Westmill Farm from Westmill village crossing the A602 and using the farm gate at the western end of the site. Please note that this is an informal path.

Getting there by road

If using a Sat Nav, the post code is SG12 0ES. This will bring you to the entrance of Westmill Farm. Take the second right turn toward Top Pots garden centre. At the bottom of the track drive through the left gate, then follow track downhill, staying left of the trees, and turn left again into a field. We have space for 100+ cars.

If coming from the A10, take the exit for Stevenage / Ware, and head towards Stevenage. You will find the entrance on the left approximately half a mile up from the roundabout.

If coming from Stevenage along the A602, head towards the A10, and you will pass the Cemex Westmill Quarry, and the Ware Household Waste Recycling Centre on your left, and Westmill Farm will be immediately on your right.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Three Lakes Restaurant - please come and join us!