The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is in Wardown Park, Luton. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac 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

Luton Wardown parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the event as safe as possible, so participants, 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.
  • 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 one dog by your side, within reach at all times, on a short, handheld, non-extendable lead. Please also see this Support Site entry for further details about parkrunning with dogs.
  • Runners pushing buggies are welcome, but please take care of others around you and do your best to start at an appropriate place in the field for your pace.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Luton Wardown parkrun 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

The course is a “three and a bit” clockwise loop of Wardown Park, run almost completely on tarmac paths, with a short section on grass. Meeting at the bandstand on the western side of the lake the start is a short walk towards the 1919 Drinking Fountain roundabout. The course follows the western side of Wardown Lake, up the slope and to the side and back of the museum, past the tennis courts, returning to the eastern side of the lake. Once across the bridge and roundabout it turns right then right again towards the Boathouse and the lake. After the third lap, the run finishes at the Summer House behind the museum.


Toilets will be available at Luton Town and Indians Cricket Club behind the museum.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts on the path between the Boathouse and the 1919 Drinking Fountain roundabout on the western side of the lake.

Getting there by public transport

The park is well served by several local bus routes. Arriva No 24 and 25 (see the Arriva website for timetables) and Centrebus No 231 (see the Centrebus website for timetable).

The nearest national rail station is Luton, on the East Midlands line that runs between St Pancras International and Nottingham via Bedford. Wardown Park is 1km (15 min walk) from the station.

Getting there on foot

The park is a short walk from Luton town centre. It is 1km (15 min walk) from the train station. There are several bus routes that stop outside the entrances to the park on Old Bedford Road and New Bedford Road, all of which are less than a five-minute walk from the start and finish lines.

Getting there by road

The Museum has a small car park with 40 spaces, so runners are strongly encouraged to travel to the event by foot, bike or public transport. If travelling by car, please consider car sharing. The park is located on the A6, which connects Bedford in the north. If travelling via the M1, take the junction for Luton Airport, join the A505 and then follow the A6.
The post code for the park is LU2 7HA.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Luton Town and Indians Cricket Club - please come and join us!