Our 5th anniversary celebrations

We hope you can join us for our 5th anniversary celebrations on 22nd February. Please encourage your friends and family, club-mates or colleagues, to come too, especially if they've not been for a while, or have never been before. There is no particular kit theme this year, but costumes or fancy dress are welcomed if you fancy it, or wear your shiniest parkrun t-shirt or Contra gear … or whatever makes you happy to run in!

A few fun happenings for the day:

  • Spot prizes for position tokens ending in 05 - i.e. if you are handed token number 005, 105, 205, 305, 405, 505, 555, 605, or 705 at the finish line. Please claim your prize before you get scanned and hand in your token! If you receive a prize, we’d like to get a pic of you for the Run Report, if you don’t mind (not obligatory!).
  • Volunteers only – guess the attendance figure! When you check in, register your guess … there’s a prize for the volunteer who guesses nearest to the final token handed out on the day.
  • One-off anniversary special – barcode lamination! We have received a very generous donation of a laminator, and we invite you to bring a credit-card-sized paper barcode to leave for us to laminate. Barcode collection on 22nd and 29th February only – they will be returned on 7th March and must be retrieved by the end of March. Please print your barcode on the highest print settings, cut it to size, and drop it in the box. It is your responsibility to collect it between 7th and 28th March. Bear in mind that official parkrun barcodes – on wristbands, tags, or cards – can be purchased here, if you’re after something more durable.
  • Call-out for anyone who attended our very first run! If you were present at Cassiobury’s inaugural run on 28th February 2015 and will also be with us this Saturday, please get in touch for our Run Report Writer, Susan! (cassiobury@parkrun.com)

Happy anniversary to all our parkrunners and parkvolunteers … the 11,905 athletes who have run and the 984 people who have volunteered. See you on Saturday!




Please be aware that there will be parking restrictions on the roads surrounding the park this Saturday 2nd November 2019 from 7am to 11pm, so parkrunners are advised to park in one of the public car parks in the town centre or use alternative means of transport (walk, run, cycle, or car share!). Please allow extra time for your journey if necessary. Thank you for parking considerately and responsibly.

Please help spread the word to your fellow parkrunners so that everyone can make it to the start line in time!

More information about the fireworks display can be found here.



Watford Memory Walk 14th September 2019

parkrunners should be aware of the Watford 3.5km and 9km memory walks talking place in Cassiobury park on 14th September 2019. The memory walk starts at 11am so you have opportunity to partake in both parkrun and the memory walk in aid of the Alzheimer's Society. They are also in need of marshals if you wanted to volunteer at both events.

Key Information about Watford Memory Walk 2019

Location: Cassiobury Park
Date: Saturday 14th September
Registration Fee: £10 registration fee (under 16’s free)
Timings: Walkers arrive from 10am (walk starts at 11am)
Routes: 3.5km (wheelchair accessible) or 9km
Further info: https://www.memorywalk.org.uk/find-a-walk/watford-2019/
To volunteer: Amy.Salmon@alzheimers.org.uk

What is Memory Walk?

Memory Walk is a traditional style, sponsored walk that is for the whole family, including dogs. Take in the views of Cassiobury Park in Watford and walk for future without dementia. In Cassiobury Park last year over 1,500 people walked to defeat dementia. Don’t miss out this autumn.

The difference you will make.

Every 3 minutes someone in the UK develops dementia, there is currently no cure. But you can change this, walk to defeat dementia. We raised over £8 million from last year's Memory Walks which took place across the country in 44 different locations, and we hope to raise even more this year! By taking part in Memory Walk you will make a massive difference in the funding of vital dementia research, campaigns, and support services.


On the eve of our 200th run …

On the eve of our 200th event, here are some facts and figures relating to “200” at Cassiobury parkrun.

The first person to be handed the 200 token was Vanessa Hodgson, at Event #26, on 22-08-15. She finished in a time of 45:50, and to date this was her one and only parkrun. On that day, a total of 203 people ran.

On only one occasion have we had precisely 200 finishers (Event #29, on 12-09-15) – picking up the 200 token then was the tail walker, Sue Defoe.

On only 3 occasions have we recorded more than 200 female finishers: Event #119 (06-05-17), Event #121 (20-05-17 – this was (and still is) our record attendance day, with a total of 527 finishers), and Event #163 (on 24-02-18 – this was our 3rd anniversary). On those occasions the 200th ladies to finish were Catherine Agnihotri (in 212th place overall; 43:34), Sarah Downing (230th place overall; 39:14), and Nicola Price (202nd place overall; 55:06).

All week we have been encouraging female parkrunners to come along for our 200th event and try to break the record … at least, we hope to have more than 200 female finishers on this occasion!

The clubs whose members have run more than 200 runs at Cassiobury are:

  • Watford Joggers, Dacorum & Tring AC, Watford Harriers AC, Watford Grammar School for Boys, Vegan Runners, Chiltern Harriers AC, St Albans Striders, Gade Valley Harriers, Metros RC, and Ricky Running Sisters.

No one club has had 200 of its members run at Cassiobury over the years … Watford Joggers comes closest with 172 individual runners having recorded runs here.

The runner currently in the 200th position in the “Fastest 500” table is Stuart Douglas with his time of 18:24.

The runner currently in the 200th position in the “Age Graded League” table is Oliver Hill with his grading of 77.56%. Ollie’s next run will be his milestone 50th - we look forward to seeing him back to form before long, and we appreciate his volunteering contributions in the meantime.

While we’re talking of 200 landmarks … did you know ….? There is a tree in Cassiobury Park commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar – go in the Stratford Way/Parkside Drive entrance, along the footpath to the third lamp-post and look 12m to your left – plaque is slightly hidden (info gleaned from the Cassiobury Park Gates group).

The average finish time of the 200th finisher is 30:26. The most commonly-occurring times (3 or more) for a 200th-placed finisher are 28:44 (x3) – 29:03 (x4) – 29:14 (x3) – 29:16 (x3) – 29:43 (x3) – 29:51 (x4).

Finish times in position 200 range from 26:00 (by Gerry O’Beirne, Event #174, on 19-05-18) to 45:50 (by Vanessa Hodgson, Event #26, on 22-08-15).

8 people have finished TWICE in 200th place:

  • Lindsay Turner (at Events #28 and #151) – Hudson Herring (Events #47 and #57) – Alex Szymaniak (Events #76 and #83) – Linsey Maynard (Events #80 and #166) – Sara Kendal (adjacent weeks – Events #103 and #104) – Shauni Plank (Events #122 and #130) – Robert Cooper (Events #124 and #196) - Jim Mortimer (Events #187 and #199)

200th-placed finishers with the same surnames are:

  • Sally Savage and Rachel Savage (Events #60 and #90) – Megan Finch and Alan Finch (Events #102 and #107) – Paul Biswell and Jason Biswell (adjacent weeks – Events #175 and #176).

On 12 occasions an “unknown” runner has finished in 200th place (don’t forget your barcode!!).

Finally, a mention to every other runner who has ever received the 200 token!

  • Vanessa Hodgson - Susan Defoe - Susan Oppenheimer - Shirley Farthing - Roseanne Rumley - Suma Ward - John Gray - Katie Crawford - Alice Shepherd - Ian Prior - Safiya Virji - Imelda Aspinall - Ilga Nielsen - Jake Bone - Kate Wainstein - Angela Pargetor - Owais Mawjee - Michael Nobbs - Lucie Watts - Esther Emmanuel - Helen Wolstenholme - Steven Wheatley - Hester Eccles - Andrew Royle - Emily Arnold - Joshua Low - Anna Denham - Jamie McWilliam - Z Li - Nadine Dolente - Munawer Kassam - Jill Hollingsworth - Sharon Freeman - Ivan Rodrigues - Nina Raheru - Jon Bird - Liz Beekman - Andy Button - Satish Kadimi - Austin Mitchell - Ellen Atkins - Paul Langston - Isabel Martin - Thomas Balderson - Hugh Slater - Charlotte Ashton - Anne Gruner - Kim Waddup - Kenny Hadden - Zoe Forsey  - Andy Rosamond - Esther Luxton - Jackie Armstrong - Sajjad Tejani - Dominique Ryan - Erikson Reci - Penny Wilkinson - Suzanne Higgs - Henry Cameron - Benjamin Burch - Joanne Baxter - Marie Heraty - Oswald Fernandes - Richard Lester - Sean O'Sullivan - Betty-Louise Coste - Rita Field - Stacey Gonzalez - Clare Hearnshaw - Paul Wood - Ru Merritt - Esin Mustafa - Stella Baddeley - Katherine Lacy - Alistair Russell - Nicola Green - Michael Senior - Esther Laxenaire - Anders Krogh - Daniel Pitt - Gary Hilton - Rachel Gribben - Simone Pomerantz - Tanzil-Ur Rehman - Paul Baker - Martin Kearns - Tehseen Mustafa - Mark Nicholls - Phil H Davies - Dani Kirwan - Tarcisio Ramalhao - Derek Franklin - Antony Barton - Paul Freeman - Clare Bryant - Ian Fellows - Anders Noren - Fiona Hughes - Marion Lloyd-Jones - Chloe Warne - Fabrizio Conti - Dylan Dyson-Diaz - Mel Underwood - Loredana Pace - Abbie Guest - Kika Watford - Gerry O'Beirne - Ru Merritt - Noelle Parsons - Alexander Brown - Danny Wells - Katherine Cox - Jim McKillop - Neil Hallahan - Linda Walke - Chris Jewell - Rachel Reynolds - Jim Mortimer - Tin Gill - Ali Khimji - Tony Fernandopulle - Angela Keogh - Stephen Stirrup - Chris Denton – Jim Mortimer

Who will it be this week?! The 200th finisher at our 200th event will receive a spot prize of box of chocolates. We look forward to seeing you all for some fun and a run!


Pretty Muddy and Race For Life in Cassiobury Park on 9th June 2018

parkrunners should be aware that Pretty Muddy and Race For Life will be taking place in Cassiobury Park this weekend. The organisers will be setting up their course on Saturday morning, and there might be vehicles coming and going, so please be aware of your surroundings and follow marshals' instructions.

You might see a few more signs than usual on or around the parkrun course - these will NOT be parkrun's signs, so please don't follow them! The parkrun course will be as it always is, with all our usual minimal signage, and marshals will also be on the lookout for anyone tempted to stray towards the mudbaths and inflatable slides!


Good luck to any of our parkrunners who are going on to do Pretty Muddy and/or Race For Life :-)

And if anyone taking part or marshalling at parkrun fancies popping down to the race site afterwards and helping with some marshalling, please let us know and we will pair you up with Wai Meng, who will be joining the Pretty Muddy crew afterwards – they'd love some extra pairs of helping hands!



Upcoming local events – Spring/Summer 2018

Some upcoming events of which we are aware:

Watford Harriers' Junior Challenge - Saturday 24th March 2018 - Cassiobury Park

Gade Valley Harriers' 20-Mile Marathon Training Run - Sunday 25th March 2018 - Boxmoor Cricket Club, Hemel Hempstead

Leighton 10k - Sunday 8th April 2018 - Leighton Buzzard

Grand Union Canal Half Marathon - Sunday 8th April 2018 - Cowley (Uxbridge) to Cassiobury Park

Watford 10k - Bank Holiday Monday 7th May 2018 - Cassiobury Park

Jetstream Triathlon Club's Hatch End Triathlon -Sunday 13th May 2018 - Harrow

Stockley Park 10k - Sunday 20th May 2018 - Uxbridge

Westminster Mile (parkrun wave) - Bank Holiday Sunday 27th May 2018 - London

Bushey 10k and 5k - Sunday 1st July 2018 - Queen's School, Bushey

Merry Mill Challenge (6-hour timed event) - Saturday 28th July 2018 - Bushey

Race organisers: please get in touch if you would like your event to be listed here.

The not-so-small print: We don't provide any recommendations for any of these links. Content on these sites is the responsibility of their respective owners


Christmas Day and New Year’s Day 2017/18


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Get 2018 off to a great start with a brisk 5k or two!

We are delighted to announce that we will be holding extra runs on Christmas Day and New Year's Day, as we have done for the past two years. Both extra runs will be at 09:00.

It goes without saying that we need volunteers to make these runs happen, and we have confidence that members of our fantastic parkrun community will do their bit and volunteer at the earliest opportunity! Please email cassioburyhelpers@parkrun.com.

We are also happy to say that our neighbours at Rickmansworth parkrun will be holding an extra run on New Year's Day at 10:30 - this is the only day of the year on which parkrunners can record TWO runs! If you intend to run at both venues, please plan your journey in advance and do not take any risks when travelling between the two. Why not run at one and volunteer at the other on NYD?

To confirm ...

Sat 23/12/17 = Cassiobury parkrun as usual at 09:00
Mon 25/12/17 = extra Cassiobury parkrun at 09:00
Sat 30/12/17 = Cassiobury parkrun as usual at 09:00
Mon 01/01/18 = extra Cassiobury parkrun at 09:00
Mon 01/01/18 = extra Rickmansworth parkrun at 10:30
Sat 06/01/18 = back to normal, with Cassiobury parkrun at 09:00

Other seasonal runs are available - check out the entire UK Christmas Compendium here and international runs here.

We understand that the Cha Cafe will be open until after the 23rd December run but will then be closed until 2nd January. Please check their Facebook page nearer the time for confirmation.

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Festive dress optional but welcomed!


Parking around Cassiobury Park on 4th November 2017

Due to Cassiobury Fireworks in the park on the evening of 4th November, there will be parking restrictions on surrounding roads to the park from 7am to 11pm. Please take this into account when planning your journey to Cassiobury parkrun this Saturday and allow extra time to park further away if necessary. Alternatively, why not walk, jog, or cycle to the park, or take public transport, to help reduce our impact on both the environment and other park users? Watford tube station is less than half a kilometre from the parkrun meeting point, and Watford Junction overground station is about a mile from the start line. More information about the fireworks event can be seen here.


Everyone invited to grand opening of Cassiobury Park hub and paddling pools

Everyone is invited to the grand public opening of the new Cassiobury Park hub and paddling pools. Click here to read the full story, and to see pictures of the hub as it looks now and during an earlier stage of development.

From Watford Borough Council's website, 01/06/17:

Come and experience this fantastic visitor attraction during a special event from 11am to 2pm on Saturday 1 July. Enjoy the thrilling water splash fountains and find out about all the fabulous activities that are available in Cassiobury Park. There’ll be lots of things to see and do and, of course, music on our glorious, award-nominated bandstand.

We’re just putting the finishing touches to the pools and the neighbouring Cassiobury Park hub, which we’ve redeveloped at a cost of £2.8m. They’re part of a wider £6.6m regeneration of Cassiobury Park – funded by us, and the Heritage Lottery and Big Lottery funds.

Elected Mayor of Watford, Dorothy Thornhill, said: “The new pools and hub will be absolutely amazing, they’ll be free for everyone to use and fully accessible. Watford’s paddling pools are one of our iconic features that generations of people who have grown up here know and love. Our investment, along with the Heritage Lottery and Big Lottery funding, has transformed them into an exciting water play and splash area for families to enjoy for years to come. Our new hub will provide a meeting place for the whole community – and Daisy’s in the Park café will have lots of tasty treats. You couldn’t ask for a better day out.”

A water play park with 30 state-of-the-art splash pads, water jets and fountains, will be next to the two new paddling pools. There will be raised “push buttons” for children of all abilities to control the water flow and flat surfaces so children with disabilities can enjoy a paddle.

The new hub will include toilets, changing rooms, a community and exhibition room, education space, the Daisy’s in the Park cafe and more. There will also be Changing Places facilities for disabled users, so that everyone can enjoy this wonderful waterpark and community meeting place.

Visitors will be able to use the car park in Gade Avenue for up to six hours. Just make sure you pick up a ticket at the newly installed machine. For the opening day, the car park will be busy. However, there are many car parks close to the Town Hall that visitors can use before walking to the park. For the full list, visit our car parks web page.


Upcoming local events – Jun-Sep 2017

parkrun can be the start of a running journey for some people, and indeed one of the aims of the parkrun charter is “We want more people to enter paid running events”. Fortunately there are plenty of opportunities in Watford and the surrounding areas in the coming months! If you know of any events that you would like to see included here, please email us at cassioburyoffice@parkrun.com. If are looking for a coach or running club to help you train for an event, or a physio if you are injured or out of action, please see our links page.

Many events rely on volunteers for marshals and crew, and we are sure they would love to hear from you if you are able to help out, or if you have family or friends coming along to support you who can offer a few hours of their time. Many organisers offer incentives to marshals. Please contact events directly if you can help.

Volunteers required:



Please click on the event name for more information; and contact events directly if you have any questions.

Weekend Training Camp (Chesham, HP5 1UG)
Friday 02/06/17 @ 16:00 to Sunday 04/06/17 @ 15:00

Barclay parkrun’s 2nd anniversary (EN11 8PY)
Sat 03-06-17 @ 09:00

Pretty Muddy 5k (Cassiobury Park, WD18 7LG)
Sat 10-06-17 from 11:15

Bedford parkrun’s 6th anniversary (MK41 7SS)
Sat 10-06-17 @ 09:00

Wormwood Scrubs parkrun’s 6th anniversary (Shepherd’s Bush, London)
Sat 10-06-17 @ 09:00

Heyford Park Airbase Races – HM, 10k, 5k, junior races (OX25 8HD)
Sun 11-06-17 from 09:30

Cedar Park Super 5k XC (Hazlemere, HP15 7EF)
Sun 11-06-17 @ 10:00

St Albans Half Marathon – includes HM, walking HM, wheelchair HM, 5k, 1.5k junior fun run (AL1 2DL)
Sun 11-06-17 @ 10:00

Concorde 5m (TW5 9PD)
Sun 11-06-17 @ 10:30

Race For Life 5k (Cassiobury Park, WD18 7LG)
Sun 11-06-17 @ 11:00

Marston Forest 5k (MK43 0PR )
Friday 16-06-17 @ 19:30

Aldenham parkrun’s 2nd anniversary (WD6 3BA)
Saturday 17-06-17 @ 09:00

Northala Fields parkrun’s 3rd anniversary (UB5 6UR)
Saturday 17-06-17 @ 09:00

Osterley Park Summer 10k (Isleworth, TW7 4RB)
Saturday 17-06-17 @ 10:30
(summer event is sold out; enter early for the winter version in December!)

Kings Langley Puffaten 10k (WD4 8DQ)
Sunday 18-06-17 @ 10:00

Penn 7m (HP10 8LA)
Sun 18-06-17 @ 11:00

Penn Super Fun Run (a little over 3m) (HP10 8LA)
Sun 18-06-17 @ 14:30

Tring Midsummer 6k (Tring Park Cricket Club)
Wed 21-06-17 @ 19:30

Gladstone parkrun’s 6th anniversary (NW10 1JH)
Saturday 24-06-17 @ 09:00

Hitchin Hard Half Marathon, Tough 10k, & Fun 5k (SG5 2DL)
Sunday 25-06-17 @ 09:30

Beat The Boat 10k (SL4 6BW)
Sun 25-06-17 @ 09:30

Welwyn 10k (AL6 9NE)
Sunday 25-06-17 @ 11:00

The Josh Hanson Trust 5k Fun Run (EN5 2DA)
Sunday 25-06-17 @ 13:00

Misbourne 5k Trail Race (HP16 0BN)
Sat 01-07-17 @ 11:00

Bushey 10k – includes 5k & junior races (WD23 2TY)
Sunday 02-07-17 @ 10:00

Hemel 10k & 1.5k Superhero Fun Run (HP2 7HL)
Sun 09-07-17 @ 10:00

Black Park parkrun’s 8th anniversary (SL3 6DS)
Saturday 15-07-17 @ 09:00

Wycombe Half Marathon & 10k (Adams Park football ground, High Wycombe)
Sun 16-07-17 @ 09:30

Black Park 10k (SL3 6DS)
Sun 16-07-17 @ 11:00

Gunnersbury Park 10k (W3)
Sun 23-07-17 @ 10:00

Down Tow Up Flow Half Marathon (point-to-point, from Marlow SL7 1QU to Windsor SL4 5JB)
Sun 23-07-17 @ 10:00

Round Reading Ultra Marathon 50km or 100km (RG6 1PQ)
Sat 05-08-17 from 06:00

Bearbrook 10k (HP22 5RN)
Sun 06-08-17 @ 09:30

Thames Meander Marathon & Half Marathon (KT2 5BH)
Sat 12-08-17 @ 10:00

Merry Hill Challenge - 6hr timed event, run as many or few laps as you wish within the time limit (WD32)
Sat 12-08-17 @ 11:00 (perfectly timed if you want to do Aldenham or South Oxhey parkrun beforehand!)

Burnham Half Marathon & 10k (SL2 3SL)
Sun 13-08-17 @ 09:30

Oak Hill parkrun’s 6th anniversary (EN4 8JS)
Sat 26-08-17 @ 09:00

Ridgeway Challenge 86m (from Ivinghoe Beacon to Avebury Stone Circle)
Sat 26-08-17 @ 10:00

Hatfield 5k Series 1/3 (AL10 9EZ)
Wed 30-08-17 @ 19:00(tbc)

Dunstable Downs Challenge Events – Marathon, 20m, Half Marathon (LU6 1BB)
Sun 03-09-17 @ 09:00

Maidenhead Half Marathon & Family Fun Run (SL6 1RF)
Sun 03-09-17 @ 09:30

Hatfield 5k Series 2/3 (AL10 9EZ)
Wed 13-09-17 @ 19:00(tbc)

Black Legend Sportive (cycling) – 80m, 65m, 45m (RG17 0AN)
Sun 17-09-17 from 08:00

Trail of Herts Ultra 100k (Berkhamsted to central London)
Sat 23-09-17 @ tbc

Push It For Peace (Cassiobury Park, WD18 7LB)
Sat 23-09-17 @ 10:00

Ealing Half Marathon & Mini Mile (W5 5JH)
Sun 24-09-17 @ 09:00

Windsor Half Marathon (Windsor Great Park, SL4)
Sun 24-09-17 @ 10:00

Hatfield 5k Series 3/3 (AL10 9EZ)
Wed 27-09-17 @ 19:00(tbc)


Ongoing monthly series:

Street & Park Orienteering For Runners
Various evening events in Hertfordshire on Tuesday evenings at 19:00 from 02/05/17 to 05/09/17

Ealing Mile (Lammas Park, Ealing)
First Friday of each month

Brooks Last Friday Of The Month 5k (Hyde Park, London)
Last Friday of each month

Regents Park 10k - Summer Series & Winter Series (NW1 4NR)
First Sunday of each month

Watford Open Graded Meetings 2017:
Variety of track and field events and distances held fortnightly at Woodside Stadium on Wednesday evenings from 5th April to 6th September. Qualification standards apply to some events. Please check website for details.


The not-so-small print:
• This page is intended simply as a guide - please check details such as closing dates, start times, venues, and so on for yourself as occasionally these can change.
• We don't provide any recommendations for any of these links. Content on these sites is the responsibility of their respective owners.

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