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The course is 5000m (5K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is in Alexandra Park, London. The course is run on a mixture of gravel 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.
The Ally Pally 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.
- 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.
- You are welcome to take part with a dog, but please keep the dog on a short lead or short 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 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.
We hope these tips help to ensure that Ally Pally parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.
All parkrun events use Age Grading to help parkrunners 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 DescriptionThe course is an anti-clockwise 2-lap course (with and out and back section on the main path). The course starts on the big avenue across the park and then goes down on the bottom path along the cricket pitch before going up onto the upper path of the park. This big loop is done a twice. The route then goes back on the wide avenue by the finish.
There are no public toilets on the course. However, there are several coffee shops in the area and, while we do not have a relationship with any of them, their facilities should be available to members of the public when a purchase has been made.
Location of startThe start is situated by the second white gate when walking on the main path from east side of the Park. See the green start point on the map above.
Getting there by public transport
By rail or underground:Alexandra Palace has its own rail station, called Alexandra Palace Station. It is on the Great Northern Route that forms part of the East Coast Main Line. The station is about seven minutes walk from the start/finish line. Exit the station by taking the bridge crossing over the train tracks, you should find yourself on a road called South Terrace. If you look to your left you will see a small lay-by and just beyond that a vehicular entrance to the park. Walk directly through that entrance and continue for about 150 metres and you will find another small lay-by type area. This is the start/finish line.
The nearest tube station is Wood Green. Please allow about 25 to 30 minutes to walk to the start line. Leave the station and cross the road to find yourself on Station Road. Follow Station Road until you come to a small roundabout and continue straight through it. You should now have a small park on your left and St Paul's church on your right. You should see another small roundabout in the distance and should continue straight on until you see Alexandra Palace Station. Just beyond the station you will find a bridge that crosses over the railway tracks. Use the bridge and you will find yourself on a road called South Terrace. If you look to your left you will see a small lay-by and just beyond that a vehicular entrance to the park. Walk directly through that entrance and continue for about 150 metres and you will find another small lay-by type area. This is the start/ finish line.
Getting there on foot
Like most large parks there are many pedestrian entrances, the easiest way to find us is to look for the Football and Cricket club, postcode N22 7AX and the start line is not too far away. Alternatively, look for the bottom of South Terrace and refer to the "By rail" directions above.
Getting there by road
Satnav users enter the postcode N22 7AX, please note this post code will bring you to the Football and Cricket Club car park however we DO NOT use this car park. Please do not drive into the vehicular entrance to the park, you should be able to park on South Terrace which is free.