The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Beach Rd, Amanzimtoti. The course is run on a mixture of paving, grass and sand . 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 Amanzimtoti 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.
  • Please remember to stick to the course, if however you stray down to the water's edge please run on the compacted sand and be mindful of fishing lines and run BEHIND the fishermen.
  • Please note that unfortunately there is a No Dogs Allowed rule on the Amanzimtoti Beachfront.
  • 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 Amanzimtoti 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 the Running For Fitness website.

Course Map


View Amanzimtoti parkrun in a larger map

Course Description

Starting and finishing in front of restaurants and a water theme park on the promenade on Amanzimtoti’s main beach, the course heads south towards the lagoon and loops back, from the furthest point of the promenade, passing the starting point and continuing north. At the 3km point the course veers onto the beach, affording participants the opportunity to enjoy sea, sky and sand dunes for the remaining 2 kms.

Please remember to stick to the course, if however you stray down to the water's edge please run on the compacted sand and be mindful of fishing lines and run BEHIND the fishermen.

Facilities

Public Toilets, Public Beach Pool, Ample Parking, Outdoor Showers.
Please note that unfortunately there is a No Dogs Allowed rule on the Amanzimtoti Beachfront.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts in front of restaurants and a water theme park on the promenade on Amanzimtoti’s main beach.

Getting there by public transport

N/A

Getting there on foot

N/A

Getting there by road

From the South
  • Take Exit 138, to Adams Rd
  • Turn left at the traffic lights
  • Turn left again at T junction and traffic lights into Kingsway Rd
  • Take first right into Jacobs Ladder
  • Left at the T junction into Beach Rd
  • Continue along Beach Rd until main beach parking on the right
From the North
  • Heading South on the N2, take Exit 141, to Moss Kolnik Drive / KwaMakhutha (keep right)
  • Turn right onto Kingsway Rd, continue along Kingsway
  • Take third left into Beach Rd
  • Continue to the T Junction and turn left
  • Parking immediately to the right and all along Beach Rd

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in a local café - please come and join us!