The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. It's run in Verulamium Park, St Albans predominately 85% on paths, and is generally suitable for either road trainers or trail shoes, depending on conditions. 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

St Albans 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 lymediseaseuk.com 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 St Albans 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, broadly speaking, three anti-clockwise laps. Start at the tree line opposite the Verulamium Museum car park. First 500 metres is on grass along the treeline, between the football pitches towards London Gate, then down to the path at the crossroads and along the causeway behind the toilet block before turning left at the Fighting Cocks corner of the lake. Proceed round the lake and when you get round the top of the lake, proceed up the slope towards the Inn on the Park, where you turn left and zig zag across a little field, through the large gap in the hedge and left on to the main path back towards the crossroads and onto your next two laps. When you emerge from the hedge onto the path for a third time, you will have nearly finished. Turn left as usual before turning right onto the path to the hypocaust and right again at the treeline to take you back to the finish.

Facilities

There are public toilets right by the Verulamium Museum car park.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts at the tree line opposite the Verulamium Museum car park.

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 basketball court where the parkrun 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 £1.70. There is an alternative, larger car park at Westminster Lodge (AL1 2DL), at the other end of the park - free for 2 hours.

Post Run Coffee

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