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The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Campsdrift / Cricket Oval, Pietermaritzburg with a portion run alongside the picturesque Msunduzi river. The course is run entirely on track. 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 Dusi 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.
  • 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 Dusi parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.

Age Grading

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 Map

Course Description

Starting at the Natal Canoe Club, the route heads off around the sports fields behind the NCC Club House and then to the left of the French Road bridge. Continue on the path to Topham Rd and return, passing the rowing club clubhouses. Continue on a path close to the Msunduzi river to the turnaround point about 50m before College Rd; having reached the turnaround point, the route returns on the paths to the finish point.



Getting There

Location of start

The run starts at the Natal Canoe Club.

Getting there by public transport

By taxi or mini-bus follow the road directions. Travel time is approximately 10 minutes by car from the city centre.

Getting there on foot

Heading towards Durban from the center of PMB, along Chief Albert Luthuli Street. Kershaw Park on the right, then next turning right at the Alexandra Park pool, through the park towards the cricket grounds. Continue past the cricket oval, around the traffic circle and straight on to the stop sign. Turn left at the stop sign into College Road and travel approximately 400m and take the first turn to your right (at the end of the school cricket fields). This road takes you down to the Dusi River, continue approximately 500m to the Natal Canoe Club club house where you will find the start for Dusi parkrun.

Getting there by road

From the Pietermaritzburg City Hall, travel along Chief Albert Luthuli Street in the direction of Durban. After approximately 2.5 km, and after crossing the Msunduzir river bridge, turn right into Park Drive (swimming pool on your left hand side) and travel for approximately 600 metres until you reach the Pmb Cricket Oval on your right hand side. Continue past the cricket oval, around the traffic circle and straight on to the stop sign. Turn left at the stop sign into College Road and travel approximately 400m and take the first turn to your right (at the end of the school cricket fields). This road takes you down to the Msunduzi river, continue approximately 500m to the Natal Canoe Club clubhouse; parkrun starts on the fields across the driveway from the clubhouse.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Coffee Shop at the Oval - please come and join us!