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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Jersey Farm Woodland Park, St Albans. The course is run on a mixture of bridleway 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 Jersey Farm 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.
  • 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 Jersey Farm 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

Jersey Farm parkrun is a gently undulating, clockwise, two-lap course run on a mixture of grass and bridleway. The first lap follows the bridleway around the outer perimeter of the park. Please give way and slow down for horses. The second lap follows the outer-most grass path. Parts of the route can get very muddy at times, and therefore the route is subject to change during very wet weather. There is a winter route in use which follows two laps of the bridleway.


There are no facilities at Jersey Farm Woodland Park. The nearest public toilets are located at Sandridge High Street car park. There is a gate near the parkrun start/finish that bicycles can be chained to.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts at Jersey Farm Woodland Park.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Routes 304/305 and 657 provide a regular bus service from St. Albans City station.

Train: The nearest rail services are at St Albans City (Thameslink) 2 miles away, St Albans Abbey (Midland Main Line) 3 miles away and Hatfield railway station (Great Northern) 6 miles away.

Getting there on foot

There are five main entrances into the park, including one which can be accessed from Jersey Lane that is a cycleway which runs between Sandridge Village and Marshalswick.

From Sandridge Village enter the park from the north via Highfield Road, or from the west via St Helier Road.

From Marshalswick enter the park from the south via one of the two Sandringham Crescent entrances, and from Jersey Farm or St Albans, enter the park from the south or the east via the Sandringham Crescent entrances or via Jersey Lane.

The parkrun start is located between the Sandringham Crescent entrance and Woodland House.

Getting there by road

If using SATNAV the nearest postcode for Jersey Farm is AL4 9RG, and for Sandridge Village is AL4 9DD.

Jersey Farm Woodland Park is situated a short way off the B651 St. Albans to Wheathampstead Road, just south of Sandridge Village. Please note that there is NO CAR ACCESS to the park via St Helier Road or Jersey Lane.

Jersey Farm Woodland Park doesn’t have car parking facilities. Please arrive on foot, bicycle, or by public transport. If unavoidable and you need to travel by car, there is a public car park in Sandridge Village. There is also limited street parking at the westerly end of Sandringham Crescent. There is strictly NO PARKING on St Helier Road. Do not park on grass verges.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Heartwood Tearooms or The Potting Shed - please come and join us!