Please do not attend parkrun if you display any COVID-19 symptoms.
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 run on grass, 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.
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.
- 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 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 St Albans parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.
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 DescriptionThe start is on the grass near the basketball court which can be found just off the straight path through the park. Run up the hill with the hedgerow directly behind you, up to a turning point at the top. Keep this and the next turning point on your left as you come back down the hill towards the hedgerow, before turning left to head back towards the start/finish area. From this point you will then run/walk three anticlockwise full laps as follows: go along the tree line, keeping the trees on your left, then at the end turn left to run round the football pitches with the hypocaust just to your right. At the end of this straight you will turn right to rejoin the original route up and down the hill and back to the start area. Once you have completed the initial section followed by three full laps, you will enter the finish funnel near the basketball court.
There are public toilets right by the Verulamium Museum car park.
Location of startThe event starts on the grass near the basketball court, opposite the children's play area.
Getting there by public transportThere 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 footThe 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 roadThe 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.