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The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is in Panshanger Park, Hertford. The course is run on a mixture of dirt paths, gravel paths, forest trail 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

The Panshanger 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 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 Panshanger 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 new course starts at the western (Welwyn Garden City) side of Panshanger Park and is a 1 lap 5km course over a mixture of grass, dirt, gravel and forest tracks.
The course starts near the parking area and follows the river Mimram towards Riverside cottage; turns left at Kings Lake and climbs up the hill; turn right and left and further up the hill to around the halfway point. Turn left and follow the path around Evergreen Wood until the access track. Turn right, then left through the Phoenix gate and then right on to the Western Approach path and a great downhill towards the finish.


Disabled parking can be provided near the start point in Panshanger Lane.
There are no toilets.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts at the western (Welwyn Garden City) side of Panshanger Park.

Getting there by public transport

Hertford North Station 3km
Hertford East Station 4.6km
Welwyn Garden City Station 5km

Panshanger Lane is serviced by the Arriva 401 bus service. The nearest stops are Leys Down or Russett Wood. From the bus stops, walk through Moneyhole Park and through the woods to arrive at the Panshanger Lane parking entrance (around 1km).

Thieves Lane is serviced by the Intalink local bus service, with the nearest bus stop (routes 388 and 641) on Thieves Lane opposite Ladywood Road. From the bus stop, walk south along Thieves Lane for about 200 metres, then turn right onto the gravel access road that leads to the car park. The start area is 2.5km from this car park - see course description.

Getting there on foot

The start line can be accessed on foot at the western (Welwyn Garden City) end of Panshanger Park from Panshanger Lane. It can also be accessed on foot from the Thieves Lane park entrance and is around a 2.5km walk to the start. For further details visit

Getting there by road

There is extremely limited parking near the start area off Panshanger Lane. This can be accessed from the A414 heading east towards Hertford or from the B1000. parkunners and volunteers will be instructed where to park by parking marshals if space is available. It is up to a 10 minute walk to the start. Vehicles must be removed by 10:20am as the access gates will be locked after the event.
Other possible parking areas are Moneyhole Park (1km to start) and the Old Coach Road (1km to start).
Please try and walk, jog, cycle, use public transport or car share when attending this event.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the little red van of Cafe2U - please come and join us!