The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Modderfontein Reserve, Modderfontein, Lethabong. The course is run on a mixture of grass, sand and tarmac 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 Modderfontein Reserve 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.
  • Unfortunately NO DOGS allowed in the Modderfontein Nature Reserve.
  • The rough, uneven tracks used for the course mean that this event is unsuitable for buggies.
  • 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 Modderfontein Reserve 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

Modderfontein Reserve parkrun is a FREE weekly 5km event for runners of all standards, which takes place every Saturday at 8:00am in Isidleke, Modderfontein Reserve. It is not a race against other runners, but a 5k timed run and it can really be whatever you want it to be, whether that's for fun or as part of a training plan.

It offers an opportunity for all the local community, male or female, young or old, to come together on a regular basis to enjoy this beautiful park and get physically active into the bargain. We want to encourage people to jog or run together irrespective of their ability ? this event is truly open to all and best of all it really is FREE!

Taking part is easy ? just register before your first ever parkrun. The great thing is that you only ever need to do this once! Then just set your alarm for Saturday morning and get yourself there!

The route runs clockwise starting next to one of the many old abandoned dynamite bunkers within the Modderfontein Reserve. The route takes parkrunners through four of the bunkers before turning uphill for the first major climb of the run; roughly 700m. The route then turns downhill and has mostly short uphill / downhill sections for the remainder of the run, turning through another four of the abandoned bunkers with beautiful landscapes in every direction. With one nice downhill stretch and a finish inside one of the bunkers, this is a route not to be missed.

The route is clearly sign-posted along the way with a mix of running surfaces including gravel, grass and tar.

So whether you are a complete novice looking to get yourself started on your own "running journey" or a seasoned athlete wanting to use this as a part of your training schedule, you’re welcome to come along and join us.

Please Note: NO dogs allowed in the Modderfontein Nature Reserve.

Facilities

Parking & Toilets

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts next to one of the many old abandoned dynamite bunkers within the Modderfontein Reserve.

Getting there by public transport

N/A

Getting there on foot

N/A

Getting there by road

PLEASE NOTE: The entrance gate to the Modderfontein Reserve parkrun closes at 07H45 - This is NOT a parkrun rule, but a Reserve Management rule and has been enforced for the safety of Cyclists and animals in the Reserve. The Security Guards have been given strict instructions to obey these instructions by the Reserve.
There is about a 10 minute drive @30km p/h from the entrance gate to parking area, so please arrive early at the gate because there is also often a backup of vehicles.
Please do NOT phone the Reserve Manager, or any other parkrun volunteer if you do not make it through the gates on time.

Directions from Edenvale:
  • Head east on Modderfontein Road
  • Take the left split into Valley Road
  • Follow the road straight around the traffic circles to a T-Junction
  • Turn right at the T-Junction and the take the first left after that
  • Continue underneath the Gautrain Railway line
  • Cross over the 4 way stop
  • Take the dirt road just before the entrance to AEL
  • You’ll meet up with a tarred road again
  • Follow the tarred road keeping left at 2 Y-Junctions in the road
  • Take the 2nd left after the 2nd Y-Junction across the river
  • At the T-Junction turn left and look out for the parking


Directions from Kempton Park
  • Head west on Modderfontein Road
  • Turn right into Centenary Street
  • Cross over the first 4 way stop
  • Take the 3rd right underneath the Gautrain Railway line
  • Cross over the 4 way stop
  • Take the dirt road just before the entrance to AEL
  • You’ll meet up with a tarred road again
  • Follow the tarred road keeping left at 2 Y-Junctions in the road
  • Take the 2nd left after the 2nd Y-Junction across the river
  • At the T-Junction turn left and look out for the parking

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at Val Bonne Country Estate - please come and join us!