The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Mimosa Gardens, Parys. The course is run entirely on grass. 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 Parys 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.
  • The course is grass along the river. Unfortunately it is not suitable for wheelchairs or 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 Parys 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 a flat, out-and-back along the Vaal River - with a loop on the far end to make up the course distance. From the start, run through the Mimosa Gate with the Vaal River on your right. Keep on the track past the campsites to pass under the main bridge. Run across the lush grass of the Egweni property. Run through their gate and continue straight ON THE GRASS with the river nearby. You'll pass our turnaround marshal and head over three small cement bridges. Stay on the dirt track and keep going until you reach at palisade fence and our sign that reads, "Turn around". Head back the way you came on the right-hand ('higher') track to keep out of the way of oncoming parkrunners. This dirt track exits onto the tar road. After 50m get back onto the grass as you approach the turnaround sign and marshal. Turn and repeat. After completing the loop again, run past the marshal and head for the finish exactly the way you came - with the river on your left. As you pass through the Mimosa entrance gate - with the finish in sight - keep to the parking are and run/walk as fast as you can for the finish

Facilities

There are toilets in Mimosa Gardens.
There is parking at the entrance to Mimosa Gardens. You can also park along Kruis Street and Boom Street.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts in Mimosa Gardens near the road bridge.

Getting there by public transport

The taxi terminus is located on Kruis Street, 5 blocks away. 5 to 10 minute walk. Head towards the river from the terminus

Getting there on foot

The entrance to Mimosa Gardens is at the corner of Kruis and Boom St.

Getting there by road

From Johannesburg/Sasolburg (R59). After entering Parys, the main road halts at a stop street. Turn right. This is still the main road (R59). You'll pass stores on either side and the road will bend to the left (you cannot go straight). Turn right at the 3rd intersection into Kruis Str. Continue straight. Kruis Street will take you into Mimosa Gardens. Our start is right here.

From Potchefstroom/Fochville (R53). Cross the bridge over the Vaal River and turn first left into Boom Street. You'll go down the dip, over a small bridge and then uphill. Watch out for the potholes. At the top of the rise, turn left at the stop street into Mimosa Gardens.

From Vredefort (R59). Turn left at the traffic lights at Van Coller Str. Take the first road right (before the bridge over the Vaal river) into Boom Street. You'll go down the dip, over a small bridge and then uphill. Watch out for the potholes. At the top of the rise, turn left at the stop street into Mimosa Gardens.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at a local café and on the first Saturday of the month for the monthly Hartelus Market at Egweni. Enjoy the market and the lovely lawns on the riverbank from 09h00 - please come and join us!