The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Gadebridge Park, Hemel Hempstead. The course is run on a mixture of grass and pavement . 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 Gadebridge 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 Gadebridge 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 run starts in the south-east corner of the park, on the path that runs alongside both bowling greens. After a 400m opening stretch along the path, the course then consists of two anti-clockwise loops of a section of Gadebridge Park.

After the initial 400m section (which ends adjacent to the Piccotts End Road entrance) runners continue straight onto the grass and complete a loop of the field before crossing the River Gade and running through the underpass. Runners turn right and complete an anti-clockwise loop of the west section of the park before returning through the underpass and back to the Piccotts End Road entrance. A second loop is then completed. Runners are reminded to be particularly mindful of other park users who may also be using the underpass, by only running in the segregated ‘running lanes’ and abiding by the instructions of marshals at all times.

Facilities

There are toilets near the Piccotts End Road entrance to the park, but we cannot always guarantee these will be open at 9am on a Saturday.
The park has a children’s play area and picnic tables on the grass.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts in the south-east corner of the park, on the path that runs alongside both bowling greens.

Getting there by public transport

Hemel Hempstead is the nearest train station and is served by both London Midland and Southern trains. The timetable can be found on the National Rail website. It is a 2.5km (35 min walk) from the station to Gadebridge Park. Exit the station and walk along Fishery Road, then cross the roundabout and continue down Green End Road for about one kilometre. Turn right onto Grave Hill Terrace and then left at the end of the road. Follow Glenville Road around to the right, then turn left onto Lockers Park Lane and right onto Bury Hill. At the end of the road turn right, then left at the roundabout. After about 450m, the park can be accessed through the underpass.

There is a bus station in Hemel Hempstead on Waterhouse Street, next to the market. For information about bus services from this station, visit the Arriva website.

Getting there on foot

Gadebridge Park is 1.5km (20 min walk) from the town centre. It can be accessed on foot via Leighton Buzzard Road (A4146), Piccotts End Road, High Street and Queensway.

Getting there by road

The park is located on the Leighton Buzzard Road (A4146). A free car park can be accessed off Gadebridge Lane, next to the junction with Leighton Buzzard Road. From the M1, take Junction 8. Follow the A414 and turn right onto the A4146 at the Plough Roundabout. The park will be on your right after about one mile.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in HIVE Coffee Shop, 17 High Street, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 3AA - please come and join us!