The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Westridge Gardens, Mitchells Plain, Cape Town. The course is run on a mixture of paved paths, grass, gravel 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 Mitchells Plain 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.
  • Runners pushing buggies are also 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.
  • While rare, Lyme Disease is present in areas where deer live, and occasionally passed to human's through infected ticks. See NHS Choices website for more about Lyme Disease, and how to deal with ticks.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Mitchells Plain 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 starts inside Westridge Gardens on the grass patch next to the main entrance in Morgenster Road. This is a 3 lap course.

Lap: Starts on grass at white rock number 6. Goes south along the park wall until you hit the paved path. Stay on the paved path. Swimming pool and toilet will be on your right.
Take right fork and head up “playground hill”. Run around the playground equipment. Say hello to the dinosaur!
Exit the hill and run past the skateboard park to join the paved path.
Stay on the paved path. Toilet and rose garden will be on your right.
Take a left fork onto the gravel hill under the trees (“tree hill”).
Path becomes gravel then sand, then grass. Follow path downhill. Follow cones on grass until you hit the paved path.
Run straight along the sandy path back to the grass start at white rock number 6.

After three laps, at the start turn left to the finish under the trees.

Notes: there are two hills: “playground hill” and “tree hill”. You must do three laps. You must wave hello to the dinosaur three times.

Facilities

Public toilets are available.
Free parking available in Morgenster Road.
Children’s play area available.
Skateboard park available.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts inside Westridge Gardens on the grass patch next to the main entrance in Morgenster Road (white rock number 6).

Getting there by public transport

Golden Arrow Bus
Board Rocklands bus to Mitchells Plain. Get off at Mitchells Plain Fire Station (in Dagbreek Avenue). Walk north towards Morgenster Road. Turn right into Morgenster Road. Continue for approximately 500m. Westridge Gardens will be on your right hand side.

Getting there on foot

From Mitchells Plain Fire Station (Dagbreek Avenue):
Walk north towards Morgenster Road. Turn right into Morgenster Road. Continue for approximately 500m. Westridge Gardens will be on your right hand side.

From Westgate Mall (Morgenster Road):
Walk east along Morgenster Road (approximately 2km). Westridge Gardens will be on your right hand side.

Getting there by road

Using N2:
Take exit 14 for M7/Jakes Gerwel Dr
Use any lane to turn right onto Jakes Gerwel Dr/M7
Continue for 11km
Turn left onto Morgenster Rd
Continue for approximately 1.2km.
Westridge Gardens will be on your right hand side

Using N1:
Head northeast on N1
Use the left 2 lanes to take exit 27 toward R300/Mitchells Plain (Approximately 1.2 km)
Continue onto R300 (Approximately 17.7 km)
Take exit 12 for M36 toward Stock Road (Approximately 500 m)
Use any lane to turn left onto A Z Berman Dr/M36 (Approximately 2.2 km)
Turn right onto Morgenster Rd (Approximately 2.4 km)
Westridge Gardens will be on your left hand side

Using Baden Powell (from Stellenbosch/Somerset West):
Head west on Baden Powell Dr/R310 toward Eisleben Rd/M22
Turn right onto Eisleben Rd/M22 (Approximately 3.6km)
Turn left onto Morgenster Rd (Approximately 650m)
Westridge Gardens will be on your left hand side

Using Baden Powell (from Muizenberg):
Head east on Baden Powell Dr/R310 toward Eisleben Rd/M22
Turn left onto Eisleben Rd/M22 (Approximately 3.6km)
Turn left onto Morgenster Rd (Approximately 650m)
Westridge Gardens will be on your left hand side

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in a local café - please come and join us!