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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 Golden Harvest Park, Northgate. The course is run on a mixture of paved drive, sand roads, grass and sand . 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 Golden Harvest 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 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.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Golden Harvest 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

This is a single lap course. Start from the parking lot and head up the hill towards the guard house. Turn right brhind the centre and meet up with the road. Turn right on the rd and head down the hill. Turn left at the swings, go around the island, turn left onto the access rd. go towards the gate and turn right onto the path. Follow the path till it meets up with the rd. Turn right and go up the hill. Turn left at the concrete post and head down the hill towards the river. Go around the tree and run with the river on the righ hand side. Turn right over the bridge and head up towards the dam wall. Run along the edge of the dam. Cross the woodden bridge.After the bridge turn left onto the path.When you reach the sand rd, turn left and follow the rd all the way to the boundry fence. Turn right at the fence and follow the path. Keep an eye out for the path that turns right down to the river. Follow. Cross the river and head up the hill. Turn right onto the path at the tree line. Follow path to the rd, turn right. Run down the rd about 200m and turn left onto the path for the finish.

Facilities

Plenty of parking, paly areas for kids.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts from the parking lot.

Getting there by public transport

Take a taxi the Banbury cross, walk through the centre into the park.

Getting there on foot

From Banbury cross centre, walk through to the park entrance.

Getting there by road

GPS coordinates: -26.069119; 27.953565

Access via Maple Drive off Olievenhout

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at Doppio Zero at Bellaire’s Mall, Corner Bellaire’s drive and Malibongwe - please come and join us!