The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at the Cnr Landdros Mare St and Potgieter St (across from Tom Naude School), Polokwane. The course is run on a mixture of sand paths, gravel paths 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 Polokwane 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 Polokwane 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

Course Description

The course starts from the lapa near the car park on the corner of Landdros Mare and Potgieter streets. The course continues along bottom of the dam before turning left and following the course for several hundred metres towards the woods. You will cross a stream using a bridge, after which the course keeps right through the woods. Keeping along the path until 2 sharp and sudden turns to the left and then past the resident friendly furniture sellers. The course then follows parallel to Potgieter street for several hundred metres, and then another turn to the left, running through the trees and back toward the dam. Here you will cross another bridge and follow the course up and along the dam wall. Keep an eye out for some early morning fisherman and the birdlife. Continuing down the wall toward another sharp left. Follow the course to where it re-joins Loop 1. Only one more to go!
Complete your second loop and then veer right back toward the Lapa and starting point. You have reached the end! Well Done!

Facilities

Parking, Childrens play area, benches and picnic seating.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts from the lapa near the car park on the corner of Landdros Mare and Potgieter streets.

Getting there by public transport

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Getting there on foot

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Getting there by road

From Mall of The North: drive toward Polokwane CBD via Munnik rd; turn right into Veldspaat st; turn left into Landdros Mare st and continue to the corner of Potgieter. Turn left into Potgieter and parking will be immediately on your right.

From Savannah Mall: Turn left at the 1st cross street onto Thabo Mbeki St; Turn right onto Webster St; Continue onto Potgieter Ave, almost until the end of the road. Parking will be on your left.

Post Run Coffee

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