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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Oak Hill Park, London. The course is run entirely on tarmac paths. 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 Oak Hill 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 Oak Hill 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 course consists of two and three quarter anti-clockwise laps. The start is on the path next to the Pavilion. Runners head north through the park, take a left over the bridge, then the right hand path and continue to the bottom end of the park. Turn left along the path parallel to the road and head down towards the tennis courts and bowls club and turn left back onto the start straight. On the third lap the finish is next to the tennis courts.



Getting There

Location of start

We meet by the tennis courts / bowls club close to the car park for the briefing and then walk to the start together.

Getting there by public transport

Train: The park is 10 minutes walk from Oakleigh Park Station which is served by regular trains from Finsbury Park and Moogate in London, and Welwyn Garden City to the North.

Tube: Nearest tube stations are Totteridge & Whetstone (Northern Line) and Southgate (Piccadilly Line). Both are about 30 minutes walk.

Bus: The park is also served by bus routes 184, 382 and 307.

Getting there on foot

On exiting Oakleigh Park Station turn right onto Alverstone Avenue, left down Cedar Avenue and follow the road down until you reach the park. When you reach the park turn right and walk towards the tennis courts and bowls club (about 1.3km in total).

Getting there by road

Limited parking (including two disabled spaces) is available in the car park at Parkside Gardens, East Barnet, London, EN4 8JS, which is a 1 minute walk from the start.
As parking is very limited, if at all possible please consider walking, jogging, cycling or using public transport to arrive at the park. If you must come by car then please share lifts to reduce the number of cars needing to park.
Please do not park on the street on Parkside Gardens.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Oak Hill Park Cafe - please come and join us!