Please do not attend parkrun if you display any COVID-19 symptoms

The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is in Barclay Park, Hoddesdon. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac 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

Barclay parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the event as safe as possible, so participants, 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.
  • 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 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 care of others around you and do your best to start at an appropriate place in the field for your pace.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Barclay parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.

Age Grading

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 Map

Course Description

Participants should currently meet (as of 24/07/21) in Barclay Park on the northern side of the lake. The first-timers and pre-run briefing will take place in the park at the start. The usual course is three anti-clockwise loops of Barclay Park and is run on a combination of grass and tarmac paths. The run starts on the grass slope on the northern side of the lake. At the top of the slope, runners will turn left and continue along the grass/path and then turn left onto a downhill paved path. At the bottom of the downhill section, participants bear left to drop down to the lake, turning left to complete a clockwise loop of the lake. The course then turns sharp left to follow to go through a back field before turning sharp left through the play area and up to reach the tarmac again. After the third lap, the finishing funnel will be at the top of the grass slope near the starting point.

In winter months we change to a four lap course which is all on tarmac. During the summer months we start at the cricket club and complete two laps of the park and finish in the cricket club. (not summer 2021).


Toilets will be available on most Saturday mornings at the Hoddesdon Football and Cricket Club.

Getting There

Location of start

Participants should meet in the park near the lake (normal course). This is where the pre-run briefing will take place. When the back field is too slippery we then change to the winter course - meet by the basketball court at the junction of Cock Lane / Park View. During a non-covid summer we operate a summer course which starts and finishes in Hoddesdon cricket club.

Getting there by public transport

Broxbourne National Rail station is one mile from Barclay Park. After exiting the station, take the stairs to your right. At the top, turn right and follow the canal towpath for 800 metres (to the third bridge). Turn left onto Upper Marsh Lane to cross the canal, then turn right onto the High Street at the T-junction. At the roundabout turn left onto cock lane, then right onto Park View. Walk past the park, until you see Park Road on the right. A few metres on, you will see the entrance to the cricket club on your left, which is where we will meet before the run each week. Please see the National Rail journey planner website.

Hoddesdon High Street is serviced by Arriva buses. Timetables can be found on the Arriva Bus website.

Getting there on foot

Barclay Park can be accessed on foot from Lord Street, Park View and Cock Lane.

Getting there by road

Barclay Park is located next to the A10, and just south of the A414. If travelling by car, please be aware that the park is in a residential area and there is no street parking available around the park, so we encourage all runners to find an alternative method of travelling to the venue. The nearest car park is at Broxbourne Spotlight, Cock Lane, Hoddesdon, EN11 8JY, which is about a five-minute walk from the football and cricket club. Parking is free.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Hoddesdon, either at The Star (Wetherspoons) or at the Deer Café Bistro - please come and join us!