The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Bryanston, Johannesburg. The course is run on a mixture of gravel paths and grass trail paths. 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 Bryanston 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.
  • Runners wishing to run with a dog are welcome, but please keep the dog on a short lead or harness and under control throughout the event. Please also review the parkrun support page article about running with a dog at parkrun events.
  • 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 Bryanston 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

The start is at Riverside Park opposite the Riverside Shopping Centre at the corner of Bryanston Drive and River road. parkrunners will run in a northerly direction from the park and go down a narrow embankment to join the Braamfontein Spruit Trail.

The first 1.5 kilometers are relatively flat double jeep track with the grass edges cut back. The pathways have occasional rocks and runners should be careful not to trip on the uneven surfaces.

At approximately the 1.5Km distance, near an electricity pylon, there is a bottleneck on the route where outgoing and incoming runners meet. Outgoing runners should stay left and will go up a slight hill for about 200m. At the top part of the hill the course turns right and goes across to the other side of this park area bordered by Hamilton road. Runners now head in a down ward direction following the road and turn left where the road turns into Devonshire road. At the end of Devonshire road where it meets with 12th Avenue, runners will turn around a large tree and head back on the inward loop of their run.

They will cross a wooden pedestrian and cyclist bridge and continue along the pathway back toward the pylon and bottleneck point where outgoing runners come through. At this point incoming runners must take a left turn and follow the path that runs next to the river so they avoid any slower outgoing runners.

This pathway, follows the course of the river and eventually emerges and joins the outgoing main trail about 1km from the end. Runners will now approach the embankment that they came down at the start but will stay left below the park for a short distance before they come to a short steep paved path leading up to the park.

Once they have reached the upper park, they will follow the twisty paved path along the park edge for approximately 100 metres before passing the time keeper and entering the finish tunnel.

Facilities

Riverside shopping centre parking is closed from 7 to 8.30 am to runners.
Some parking is available along the River Road parallel to the parkrun route for the early arrivers. On the south side of the park over the traffic circle there is a large open space in the greenbelt area where people can park.

The two shopping centres on the traffic circle have many shops and restaurants together with toilet facilities.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts at Riverside Park opposite the Riverside Shopping Centre at the corner of Bryanston Drive and River road.

Getting there by public transport

Gautrain Bus Route / Taxi Route: The Gautrain Bus Route to Fourways makes a stop at the corner of Ballyclare Drive and William Nicol Drive (near the Bryanston Shopping Centre). This stop is located approximately 2.5km from the start of the Bryanston parkrun. Follow the directions above from Sandton. Public Taxi Transport is also available to this point.

Getting there on foot

Getting there by road

From Fourways: At the intersection of William Nicol Drive and Main Road, head toward Sandton on William Nicol Drive, turning left at the first robot into Grosvenor Road. Follow Grosvenor Road past the Hobart Shopping Centre all the way down the hill where Grosvenor Road will hang left and become Belgrave Street. Follow Belgrave Street toward the Braamfontein Spruit until Belgrave Street intersects with The River Road at the T-Junction. Turn left along the River Road until it meets St James Crescent. Turn right into St James Crescent, immediately entering the traffic circle along Bryanston Drive. Take your second exit to continue along The River Road and park along the River Road, north and south of the circle and along the Cambridge road, cul de sac.

From Sandton: Travel along William Nicol toward Fourways. Turn right into Ballyclare Drive at the Bryanston Shopping Centre. Follow Ballyclare Drive down the hill and past Bryneven Primary School (on your left), turning left into St Audley Road at the second robot. Approximately 200m along St Audley Road, take your second right into Westherford Road which follows the Braamfontein Spruit. Westherford Road becomes The River Road after the Bryaston Scout Club (on your right). Follow The River Road along the Spruit until it meets St James Crescent. Turn right into St James Crescent, immediately entering the traffic circle along Bryanston Drive. Take your second exit to continue along The River Road and park along the River Road, north and south of the circle and along the Cambridge road, cul de sac.

Riverside shopping centre parking will be closed off from 7 to 8.30 am for runners.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Chateau Gateaux Patisserie - please come and join us!