Waterloo Parks Race, Tuesday 29 May

The first race of the 2018 London Park Race series takes place on Tuesday 29 May 2018 in Waterloo’s Parks. Like all races in the series, the race is suitable for beginners. Full leg cover is not necessary, running in a T-shirt, shorts and trainers will be fine – see below for more details.

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Event Centre

The event centre at The Tankard on Kennington Road. It’s a seven minute walk from Lambeth North station on the Bakerloo line.

LocationWaterloo Parks
AddressThe Tankard
Latitude/longitude51.4953, -0.1108
OS grid referenceTQ312790
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap


RegistrationBetween 1800 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1800 and 1930

Entry on the day only, and we may be able to take contactless credit card payments. Your entry fee includes a full colour map printed on waterproof paper, which you can keep as a souvenir after your run, and a printout of your race time and splits at the end of the race.

BOF members £4
All others £5

Electronic timing will be used. If you do not have your own SI card, then you can hire one for the event at no charge. A penalty of £60 will be charged for hired SIACs that are lost or not returned, and such cards will be blacklisted.


Course name Optimal route distance
Long 5.7km
Short 2.6km

Normally courses are quoted as straight line distance, but straight lines are not possible here, so the optimal route better reflects the distance that runners will cover.

The short course is suitable for juniors; under-16s on the long course must be accompanied by an adult.

The whole of the short course and the start of the long course will be in Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park. The long course then goes on to Archbishop’s Park with some interesting urban to link the parks and to finish back near the pub. There will be two timed out major road crossings on the Long course.

The terrain will be 70% hard surfaces with the rest mown grass so shorts will be fine; high-viz clothing is recommended on the long course as 25% of it will be on streets linking the two parks.

Further Information

If you have any questions not addressed above, please email the organiser Don McKerrow at .

Competitors take part in this race at their own risk. Entries and results will be processed by computer, your entry will be taken as agreement to this. The competition is run under the rules and guidelines of, and sanctioned by, British Orienteering.

Photo of Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park courtesy of Alan Stanton on Flickr.