The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Canons Park, Middlesex. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, gravel paths, dirt 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 Canons Park 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 Canons Park 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 course begins with a 100 meter stretch along a grass patch adjacent to the Good Friends Café. Running anticlockwise, runners then merge left onto a tarmac path heading toward the children’s playground. Runners turn left after the playground and follow the paths along the perimeter of the park and then onto the gravel path leading into the Spinney woodland. Shortly before the end of the Spinney woodland runners turn left onto a dirt path then across grass, leading them back onto the tarmac path behind the back of the Memorial Garden. At the end of the path, near the starting position, runners turn left and repeat the route - until they have completed three anti-clockwise laps. At the end of the third lap, runners instead turn right at this point, onto the grass to the finish.
The path through the Spinney woodland contains a gradual ascent which is not too demanding.

Facilities

The park has a disabled toilet near the start location.
Please note that some roads near the park have restricted parking hours. There is a station car park in Donnefield Avenue and a number of spaces at the top of Canons Drive, including two for disabled drivers.
Canons Park has a large children’s play area.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts adjacent to the Good Friends Café.

Getting there by public transport

Situated very close to Canons Park underground station on the Jubilee Line, or 15 minute walk from Edgware station on the Northern Line, the park is well served by public transport. Enter from Whitchurch Lane (buses 79, 186 and 340 drop you right by the entrance), or walk from the underground station along Donnefield Avenue to the park entrance at the end.

Getting there on foot

The park can be accessed on foot via Donnefield Avenue, Canons Drive and Howberry Road.

Getting there by road

There are entrances at the top end of Canons Drive, and on Howberry Road.
Please note that some roads near the park have restricted parking hours. There is a station car park in Donnefield Avenue and a number of spaces at the top of Canons Drive, including two for disabled drivers.
The Sat Nav postcode close to the Donnefield Avenue entrance is HA8 6RH.
The park is about five minutes’ drive from the M1 Edgware exit, driving north to south.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Good Friends Café (adjacent to the start area). You can find us there every week from early April to the last week of September - please come and join us!