The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Six Hills Way, Stevenage. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and dirt track . 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 Stevenage 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 Stevenage 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 is two clockwise loops of Fairlands Valley Park, starting at the path cross roads between the 2 large lakes and finishing on the grassy bank at the north side of the boating house.

The route follows the western side of the lake before descending through the trees, with runners turning right onto the cycle path and then right again to re-enter the park. From here the course bears slightly left and leaves the tarmac path to follow a dirt path between rows of trees for approx 150m before it rejoins the tarmac path again on the approach to the swing park area. The run then follows the natural perimeter of the path to the northern end of the park, and then loops around the two smaller lakes to return to the start. The lap is then repeated until the runners start on the approach back from the northern end where they will be directed on a pathway with a small incline leading towards a small crop of trees where the finish will be.

Facilities

There are toilets and a café close to the start and finish area on the east side of the boating lake. The toilets are now usually available around 8:30 am or shortly after. The normal opening time for the café is 9:30 am for food and refreshments after the run. There are also two children’s play areas and various other activities that take place in the park.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts at the path cross roads between the 2 large lakes.
The meeting point is the bandstand area to the west of the start point, this is a large open area where the course brief will also take place

Getting there by public transport

The park is served by Arriva buses. We would recommend checking the latest timetable information on the Arriva Bus website.

Getting there on foot

There are a number of pedestrian access points into the park off Six Hills Way, Shephall View, Fairlands Valley Way and Bedwell Crescent.

Getting there by road

The park is located two miles from Junction 7 of the A1(M) and can be accessed from both Six Hills Way and Fairlands Way.
The nearest car parks are both free. The closest is located on a lane leading off Six Hills Way, just east of the junction with Valley Way. Postcode SG2 0BL. There is also a car park on the west side of the park off Shephall View (postcode SG1 1LQ) and a further car park on Fairlands Valley Way, postcode SG1 5HJ, which is about a 10 minute walk from the start.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Costello Café - please come and join us!