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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 Hermanus Forest, Camphill Road, Hemel en Aaarde Valley, Hermanus. The course is run on a mixture of gravel paths, tar paths and forest 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.

Course Safety

The Hermanus 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 Hermanus 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

Start in the beautiful forest area of the Hemel & Aarde Valley in a northerly direction; pass the entrance of the Bona Dea estate to enter the Camphill school after at the top of a small hill, on a gravel road, you will be greeted with amazing views of the mountains. Continue around the school clockwise and exit at the gate onto the gravel road for 150m before re-entering the forest on the left hand side. Winding through the forest route, then crossing gravel back into the forest you arrive at a sneaky uphill climb which allows for a lovely decent to the finish at the Forest Adventure Centre.

Facilities

Toilet and shower facilities at the start with a disabled toilet. Children’s Play Area; Diner serving coffee, tea and light breakfasts. Tables and benches. Family adventure centre.
Free parking at start.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts in the beautiful forest area of the Hemel & Aarde Valley.

Getting there by public transport

Unfortunately no public transport.

Getting there on foot

Follow the main road into Hermanus from Cape Town passing Vermont and Onrus. At the 4 way traffic light next to the Sandbaai turn off, turn left passing the Hemel en Aarde Village on your left. This road is the R320 to Caledon. Follow this road for about 2 mins, you will see the Camphill turn off on your left (one of the Hermanus Forest Adventure signs with a red flag should be visible), take this and follow the gravel road until you see the Paintball sign on your left, approx 2 mins after the turn off.

Getting there by road

Follow the main road into Hermanus from Cape Town passing Vermont and Onrus. At the 4 way traffic light next to the Sandbaai turn off, turn left passing the Hemel en Aarde Village on your left. This road is the R320 to Caledon. Follow this road for about 2 mins, you will see the Camphill turn off on your left (one of the Hermanus Forest Adventure signs with a red flag should be visible), take this and follow the gravel road until you see the Paintball sign on your left, approx 2 mins after the turn off.

GPS Co-Ordinates 34° 23’54.29”S 19° 12’54.27”E
If using SATNAV the nearest postcode is 7200.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Bush Diner - please come and join us!