The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at the Aerodrome (Airfield), Aliwal North. The course is run on a mixture of gravel paths, tar paths and 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 Aliwal North 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 Aliwal North 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

Starting at the Aliwal North Airfield, runners will run down a gravel road, approximately 500m, which will follow into an open field where they will do a 3/4 loop which will then exit left onto a shoulder which will take them towards the Orange River. Turing right, runners will run alongside the riverbanks up to Conville Farm B&B, which is an historic guest house, an old Sir Herbet Baker styled home, more famously known for the buildings such as the Grote Schuur Hospital. Turning right onto the gravel, the runners will see the old irrigation furrows used in the past, until they reach the gate on their left which will take them back up to the Airfield where they will finish.

Facilities

Parking and toilets facilities at the Airfield.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts at the Aliwal North Airfield.

Getting there by public transport

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Getting there on foot

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Getting there by road

From Free State: After crossing the Orange River Bridge turn left after the Shell Garage into Queens Terrace Drive and carry on straight along this road. After crossing over the 4-way stop take the second street right (Naude Street). Then turn left at the second street (Queen Mary Street), proceed and the take the second street right (Jansen Street) and proceed straight onto the gravel road taking you up to the Airfield.

From Jamestown, Lady Grey, Burgersdorp: Proceed down Somerset Street, cross over the robots at Lewis Store until you reach the T-Junction (Queens Terrace Drive). Turn right and proceed along this road. After crossing over the 4-way stop take the second street right (Naude Street). Then turn left at the second street (Queen Mary Street), proceed and then take the second street right (Jansen Street) and proceed straight onto the gravel road taking you up to the Airfield.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in The Stables, N6 just over the Aliwal North Bridge - please come and join us!