The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. It's run in Verulamium Park, St Albans predominately run on pathways and is most suitable for road trainers; offroad shoes are not appropriate. 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 St Albans 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.
  • Runners wishing to run with a dog are welcome, but please keep the dog on a short lead or 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 also 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.
  • While rare, Lyme Disease is present in areas where deer live, and occasionally passed to human's through infected ticks. See NHS Choices website for more about Lyme Disease, and how to deal with ticks.

We hope these tips help to ensure that St Albans 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


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Course Description

Start at the basketball court next to children's play area. Run straight along the central path with the hedgerow on your left. After approximately 400 metres turn left at the crossroads and then take the right fork to remain on the raised path above the lake (which will be on your left hand side). Turn left at the end of this path to join the lake and run once around the lake keeping the lake on your left. Exit the lake up the slope and turn right at the junction to run back past the start, continuing past the basketball court along the central path with the hedgerow on your right. At the end of the path by the museum carpark turn left. When reaching the line of trees on your left, turn left to run along the rear of the tree line and continue in a straight line. There will be a very minor deviation as you reach the play park to avoid disruption to other park users. Continue straight and, at the end of the last football pitch on your left turn left to rejoin the path and continue on the raised path behind the lake as per lap 1. Complete a second lap of the lake exiting up the hill and back along the central path, finishing near to the museum car park

Facilities

There are public toilets right by the car park next to the start.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts at the basketball court next to children's play area. Full address as follows:
Verulamium Museum, St Michael's Street, St Albans, AL3 4SW
Car parking is available for a small charge (c.£1.50)

Getting there by public transport

There are mainline train services to St. Albans Thameslink, from where a bus service then goes to St Michaels. The start is approximately 400 yards from the St Michaels stop. There is also a trainline from Watford (The Abbey Flyer) that stops at the bottom of Holleywell Hill; the start is straight through to the far end of the park, approximately 1 mile.

Getting there on foot

The park can be accessed on foot from all directions. Simply enter the park and head for the museum where the run start will be apparent.

Getting there by road

The run start is in the St Michaels area of St Albans and is approximately 2 miles from the M1 or M25 (W) or 3 miles from M25 (E). St. Michaels Street sits off Bluehouse Hill and is accessible via Bluehouse Hill, Fishpool Street or Branch Road. St. Albans town centre is best avoided as it can become congested. Car parking is available in the car park for £1.60.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at The Inn on the Park - please come and join us.