The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Pretoria Botanical Garden, Pretoria. The course is run on a mixture of paved road and grass. 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 Botanical Garden 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 NOTE that dogs are not allowed at this event.
  • Runners pushing buggies are 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 Botanical Garden 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 our Support page.

Course Map

Course Description

It is a double lap course, quite flat and fast. One hill near the end of every lap.
The starting point is on the open grass in front of the duck pond, running in a westerly direction. The course then turns north and forks left.
Please follow the path and indicators on the route. The path then runs close to the northern border of the gardens and slowly turns right up toward the hill.
At the top, runners will be directed to go right and straight ahead.
The last bit of the first lap runs along the walkways and then runners will cross the grass, passing the finish point, over the bridge and pass the starting point where the second lap commences.

PLEASE NOTE that dogs are not allowed at this event.

Facilities

Parking inside the Botanical garden. Limited parking available.
Toilet facilities are inside the Botanical garden, as soon as you entered the gates on your left.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts on the open grass in front of the duck pond in Pretoria Botanical Garden.

Getting there by public transport

You can get off at the Gautrain station in Hatfield, use a taxi to travel via Duncan toward Stanza Bopape St (Old church street) and then in an easterly direction toward Silverton. At a traffic light, the road will fork, take the road to the right which becomes Cussonia. The Botanical garden entrance will shortly be on your left.

Getting there on foot

You can get off at the Gautrain station in Hatfield, travel via Duncan Street toward Stanza Bopape St (Old church street) and then in an easterly direction toward Silverton. At a traffic light, the road will fork, take the road to the right which becomes Cussonia. The Botanical garden entrance will shortly be on your left.

Getting there by road

GPS Co-ordinates: 28°16'19.8"E 25°44'18.2"S, Long 28.27218 Lat -25.73838
Traveling from the South on the N1, you can Lynnwood off-ramp and immediately left on Meiring Naude Road. This road will cross with Cussonia Road at a traffic light. There you turn left. The Botanical Garden will shortly be on your right.
Traveling east or West on the N4, take Watermeyer off ramp. Turn left into Cussonia Road and travel in a westerly direction until the Botanical garden is on your right.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the MilkPlum café inside the Botanical Garden grounds (this is not free) - please come and join us!