In worthy competition to the parkruns in the area, the North Herts First Saturday 5km run is a local institution and now (from May) is free. Taking place on Norton common this run is well attended and is a park run on a mix of paths and grass with some small hilly sections. It might not be a pb course due to the hills but it is fun for all ages and abilities. There are more details on the NHRR website.
From the site:
“The run is a two lap course on Norton Common, an area of natural beauty. The course is footpaths, tracks and grassland and is described as undulating. Normal running shoes can be worn for most of the year. If the weather has been particularly wet, runners may wish to wear studs. Spikes are not advisable. This event has an ARC permit.
Car parking is available close to the start in the outdoor swimming pool car park and bowls club car park, both off Icknield Way, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 4UF. However, runners are encouraged to walk or cycle to the event. There are cycle racks in front of the swimming pool. Alternatively, public transport facilities are very good. The start is a short walk from the main line railway station. There are no toilets or changing facilities. There will be an area to store bags safely at the finish. Water and coffee will be available for all runners at the finish.”