The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at The Jock Trail, Graskop Horse Stables, Graskop. 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.

Course Safety

The Jock Trail 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.
  • Runners wishing to run with a dog are welcome, but please keep the dog on a short lead or harness and under control throughout the event. Please also review the parkrun support page article about running with a dog at parkrun events.
  • Unfortunately this course is not suitable for buggies.
  • Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection spread to humans by infected ticks. Consider protecting yourself by wearing repellent when at parkrun events in grassy or wooded areas. See lymediseaseuk.com for further details.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Jock Trail parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.

Age Grading

All parkrun events use Age Grading to help athletes 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

The course is an out and back route. The whole route is off road and for most part follows the Jock Trail. Start and finish close to parking. Unfortunately this course is not suitable for buggies.

Facilities

No toilets at parkrun venue but there is a Total Garage + 200m from the start which has a café and toilets.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts close to the parking area at the horse stables.

Getting there by public transport

N/A

Getting there on foot

If approaching from Pilgrims, then at 4way stop in town turn right down Hoof Str. Then left down Bloedrivier Ave to start at horse stables.

If approaching from Hazyview, turn right at 1st stop street down Bloedrivier Ave to start at horse stables.

If approaching from Blyde Canyon, then turn right at 1st stop down Louis Trichardt then left down Oorwinning Road to the start at horse stables.

Getting there by road

If approaching from Pilgrims, then at 4way stop in town turn right down Hoof Str. Then left down Bloedrivier Ave to start at horse stables.

If approaching from Hazyview, turn right at 1st stop street down Bloedrivier Ave to start at horse stables.

If approaching from Blyde Canyon, then turn right at 1st stop down Louis Trichardt then left down Oorwinning Road to the start at horse stables.

GPS coordinates Lat: -24.935652° Long: 30.842775°. Parking is available next to the start and finish.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Silverspoon Restaurant which is situated in the centre of town on Louis Trichardt Avenue - please come and join us!