The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. It's run in Delta Park, Victory Park, Johannesburg and run mostly on grass with some rutted sand and gravel tracks, and it crosses a small tarred road surface. 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.
The Delta 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.
- You are welcome to take part with a dog, but please keep the dog on a short lead or short 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 welcome, but please take care of others around you and do your best to start at an appropriate place in the field for your pace.
We hope these tips help to ensure that Delta parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.
All parkrun events use Age Grading to help parkrunners 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 DescriptionStarting at the environmental centre, heading in a northerly direction and following the path, make a right just before the perimiter of the park. Stay adjacent to the perimiter down the hill and through the boggy area. After the bog, follow the path to the right up the shallow hill staying close to the fence. Make a right into the rutted lane with the paddock on your left. On exiting the lane,cross over to the grass and make a sharp left keeping the barriers on your left. Make your way up the hill following until you join a path to the right taking you across the field towards the childrens play area. Cross the service road between the two breaks in the barriers. Follow the path towards the right and make your way to the pond keeping the pond on your right. The path veers to the left and up a hill (Polly Shorts). At the crest of the hill, follow the path to the right and across a small bridge. Follow the path across the west side of the park keeping the perimiter on your left. When you reach the car park on the left, proceed to the left of the the small solitary tree and take the obvious path towards the Oak trees. The path becomes a double track under the trees. Keep to the perimeter. Follow the path to the adjacent perimeter keeping the trees to your left. Make a right turn onto the original path where you will see the start/finish area in the distance. Its now time to speed up!
Location of startOn the grass, adjacent to the environmental center car park. The start is aligned with the large palm tree.
Getting there by public transportComing soon
Getting there on footEnter the park from any of the entrances and make your way to the environmental center.
Getting there by roadGPS co-ords (intersection of #20 Rd No 5 & # 431 Rd No 3 at entrance to park): S 26 07.676 E 28 00.615
From William Nicol Drive (from the north)
- Turn into Republic Road (M13) and left (south) into Jan Smuts Ave, right into Gordon Rd.
- Turn right into Jan Smuts (M27). Feed left into Conrad Drive.
- Turn left into Standard Drive.
- Follow and do the dog’s leg (left into Dalmeny, right into Penelope) until you reach traffic lights at 1st Avenue (M71)
- Turn left into 1st Avenue.
- Turn left into Road No.3 (at traffic lights at Engen Garage/Chuckleberrys)
From South or Central Johannesburg
- From South:
- Take N1 North
- Take Empire Rd offramp
- Head north on Jan Smuts (M27).
- Slip left onto Empire Road (M71), towards the west.
- Keep left.
- Left onto Emmarentia off-ramp
- Follow Barry Hertzog (M71), which becomes Rustenburg Rd, & then 1st Avenue.
- Pass The Terrace Shopping Centre (robots)
- Turn Right into Rd No 3 (4th robot ? Engen Garage).
- Continue 1,3km into Delta Park
- Turn Left at T-junction in Delta Park and Left again into parking area.
From Florida or Roodepoort
- Head towards Johannesburg on Ontdekkers.
- Take M30 (William Nicol North) into 14th Ave. Becomes Weltevreden (M8).
- Cross Beyers Naude at Cresta, into Judges.
- At Malibongwe, cross diagonally left & then 1st right into South Rd (M8).
- Turn Left into 1st Street at T-junction.
- Turn Right into 1st Avenue (Linden)
- Turn Left into Road No. 3, (4th robot ? Engen Garage/Chuckleberrys)
- Turn Left at T-junction in Delta Park and Left again into Parking area.
Parking is available at the environmental centre, close to which is the Water Wise Sensory Garden and also on the streets just off Standard Drive, close to Delta Park School.