Please do not attend parkrun if you display any COVID-19 symptoms
The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Groeneweide Farm, Franskraal. The course is run entirely on 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.
The Groeneweide 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 Groeneweide 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 DescriptionThe route starts next to the tortoise sanctuary on Groeneweide farm. The first kilometre is a gentle climb to the classic Overberg styled Brunia House and then around “Orrelkop”. The path then takes the participants deep into the Four-Waterfalls Amphitheatre that is guarded by Aasvoelkop. The panoramic view over the Uilenskraal Estuary and the Atlantic Ocean with Dyer Island in Shark Bay is the perfect backdrop while following the path in the fynbos, at times covered by a cool canopy of exotic trees. The path then meanders beneath Tafelkop, the higest peak of the Franskraal montains and down to the bottom of the farm and back towards the farm buildings.
Toilets are available. Children’s play area.
Location of startThe event starts next to the tortoise sanctuary on Groeneweide farm.
Getting there by public transportN/A
Getting there on footIf going on foot from Gansbaai, follow the road to Pearly Beach, after approx. 6km turn left where there is a sign Groeneweide. Follow the signs to Groeneweide.
Getting there by roadTravel west from Cape Town on the N2 and take the R43 exit which takes you through Gansbaai. Follow the road to Pearly Beach, after approx. 6km turn left where there is a sign Groeneweide. Follow the signs to Groeneweide. GPS coordinates 19.404 Longetude 34.5905 Lattitude.
Secure parking available at Groeneweide farm.