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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. Enter through any of the park entrances and head for the lake (very visible) the start is on the north side of the lake. and is slightly undulating, entirely on tarmac footpath. 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 Grovelands parkrun, Enfield 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 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 Grovelands parkrun, Enfield 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

Our course is 2 3/4 (two and three-quarters) laps running anti-clockwise around the tarmac path of the park. We start under the trees at the north corner of the lake by the cobbled area. We run down to the tennis courts, then turn left into gradual climb up the hill. The course flattens out along the top path of the park, turns left and begins a gradual descent to pass The Priory Hospital. When we reach the pitch and putt golf course we turn a sharp left down to the lake and run alongside the west-side of it to the start again. The finish funnel is a left turn part way alongside the lake, up to a mini-roundabout, which can be seen as we run around the course.


Toilets are located by the playground area, (not always open before the run).

Street parking is free along Broad Walk. For satnav users, enter the postcode N21 3BU if parking on Broad Walk.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts under the trees at the north corner of the lake by the cobbled area.

Getting there by public transport

Grovelands Park is situated in Winchmore Hill, with the main entrance to the park in The Bourne. There is good public transport access from Southgate Circus and you can get there by buses 298, 121, 299, 611 and W6. The nearest train stations are Southgate Underground or Winchmore Hill (British Rail) Stations.

Getting there on foot

Enter through any of the park entrances and head for the lake (very visible) the start is on the north side of the lake.

Getting there by road

Grovelands Park is situated in Winchmore Hill, the main entrances to the park are on Broad Walk or The Bourne. There is good public transport from the British Rail station (Winchmore Hill) or the underground station (Southgate). Buses from Southgate: 298, 121, 299, 611 and W6.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at a local café - please come and join us.