We’re really excited about holding the Vitality London 10,000 at Hatfield Park and celebrating running together again. We will be updating this page with further information as we approach Event Day – in the meantime you can find out more about the venue and our plans below.
About Hatfield Park
Just 21 miles north of central London in the Hertfordshire countryside, Hatfield Park is part of the 207-acre Hatfield House estate – a haven of peace and calm encompassing pasture, woodland, wildflower meadows and landscaped gardens that are sure to be in full bloom come July!
The house itself is a prime example of Jacobean architecture – it even includes Tudor Old Palace, the childhood home of Elizabeth I, on site. Both Hatfield House and its grounds have also been used as film and TV locations in productions including Netflix’s Bridgerton and The Crown, and films such as The Favourite (2018), All the Money in the World (2017) and Wonder Woman (2017) – so if they look familiar, that’s probably why!
And if you like what you see of the gardens while you’re there for the event, you’ll be able to make a return visit later in the summer at a discounted priced, as Hatfield House is offering all Vitality London 10,000 at Hatfield Park participants 50 per cent off a park and garden ticket, valid until the end of September.
The Vitality London 10,000 at Hatfield House course
Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Hatfield Park gives you the chance to experience the freedom of running on tracks and trails in a tranquil setting. The terrain is varied and undulating – with some stretches on tree-lined road – passing grassland, ancient oaks and the banks of the River Lea. While it may not be fast and flat, it’s never boring!
Please note that the off-road elements of the course mean it is unsuitable for wheelchair users. Wheelchair users are very welcome to take part in the Vitality Mile, which takes place on the afternoon of Sunday 11 July.
Relaxing after the event
Once you’ve finished your 10K, you and your family or friends are welcome to stay and explore the park – perhaps you’ll find the perfect spot for a post-event picnic! – or enjoy our family fun area, which will be open from 12:30. Watch this space for more details of the entertainment that will be on offer as we get closer to Event Day.
Getting to Hatfield Park
By public transport
Hatfield railway station is served by fast trains from London’s Kings Cross (20 minutes) and a stopping service from Moorgate. In the other direction, trains go to Cambridge (fast service) and Welwyn Garden City (stopping service).
Bus routes 301 and 302 to St Albans and Hemel Hempstead and the 724 to St Albans, Watford and Heathrow Airport also stop at Hatfield Station.
When you arrive at Hatfield Station, you’ll see our signs directing you to the main gates opposite the station – we’ll also have marshals standing by to guide you.
If you’d prefer to get to the event by car, Hatfield House is seven miles north of the M25 (junction 23) and two miles east of the A1(M) (junction 4).
Car parking for the Hatfield House 10K will be split between two car parks: Blue and Red. The Blue car park is situated at the estate’s Sawmill entrance, off the A414 Hertford Road, westbound. The Red car park (which includes the visitor car park) is situated off the A1000.
Please ignore the brown Hatfield House tourist signs – instead, look out for our traffic signs directing you to your car park, we will let you know which car park you have been allocated via email in the run-up to the event.
Thinking about cycling to the event? While you’re welcome to get to the Hatfield area by bike, please be aware that there won’t be a secure bike park at the event, and the venue does not allow cycling in some areas of its grounds. The good news is there’s a dedicated bike park at the Hatfield Station (which is near the pedestrian entrance to the event), as well as cycle racks in the town centre, so you can secure your bike and complete your journey on foot.