The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Jack Muller – Danie Uys Park, Bellville. The course is run on a mixture of paved paths and dirt roads. 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 Bellville 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.
  • Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at this event.
  • 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 Bellville 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 course is between 2,3 laps and 3,5 laps depending on whether there is an upgrade or alteration in the park which takes place from time to time. We will mostly be running 2.3 laps but when pathways (where we run or walk) are upgraded the lap will be shortened as we cannot use the full normal path. This will result in more laps to complete the full 5km.
Please consult our news items on the website or the facebook.com/bellvilleparkrun for any changes in the number of laps.
PLEASE NOTE dogs are not allowed at this event.

Facilities

Toilet close to the start; parking for about 150 cars close to the start and another 300 cars across the road from the park next to the school; play facilities for children; outside gym equipment; big pieces of grass; many park benches and tables; ideal for picnic with family after the event.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts in Jack Muller – Danie Uys Park, close to clubhouse Bellville Athletics.

Getting there by public transport

From Bellville Station/Taxi Rank take any taxi or bus going to Tygervalley. Get off at closest stop to Frans Conradie or Carl Cronje. Walk to the park entrance direction Cape Town.
From Durbanville Taxi Rank find transport going to Bellville and get off at closest point to Frans Conradie or Carl Cronje. Walk to park entrance direction Cape Town.

Timetables for trains can be found on the Go Metro or the Cape Town Train Times websites.
Timetables for busses can be found on the My Citi and the Golden Arrow Bus Services websites.

Getting there on foot

From Bellville Station, get to Durban Road. Walk direction Durbanville for about 1.6 km until you get to Frans Conradie. Turn left at this traffic light and walk about 250 m to the park entrance.

Getting there by road

From the N1 you take the Bellville off ramp (Willie van Schoor). You turn towards Bellville (South) and after about 700 m you turn right into Frans Conradie. About 60 meters later you drive past Carl Cronje on your right and will find the entrance to the park about 200 meters past Carl Cronje on your right hand side. The park is opposite DF Malan High School.

Post Run Coffee

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