The route lies within splashing distance of the Lee Valley White Water Centre, near Broxbourne, Cheshunt and Waltham Cross stations.
The course map is available here(click on map to enlarge):
It follows wide, flat paths, circles lakes, crosses streams and passes a series of imposing sculptures made of wood, limestone or metal.
There are benches and the ‘Giant’s Chair’, which is not so huge that you can’t have a quick sit down.
Several other carvings celebrate the park’s wildlife, and close to the course finish is a stunning depiction of a Viking ship. It honours legendary King Alfred the Great who in the late ninth century diverted the river Lea to scupper a Viking raid.
There were no such strandings at the White Water Centre in the London Olympics where 12,000 people roared Brits Etienne Stott and Tim Baillie to slalom gold.
The duo pipped teammates David Florence and Richard Hounslow by an agonising 0.3 seconds. The contest was one of the many highlights of the Games.
5k entrants will enjoy just as much fun as Stott and Baillie. Runners, joggers and walkers, or those opting for a bit of all three, can enter here.
Free parking is available within the showground at event HQ. However, for obvious reasons we encourage participants to make use of public transport.