The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Phoenix Park, Vanderbijlpark. The course is run on a mixture of trail paths and 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.
The Phoenix Park 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 Phoenix Park parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.
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
A lovely green, trim park with a duck pond in the centre, the course is two laps of 2.5km. Starting on the outer ring of the park and spiralling inwards towards the finish. Unfortunately this course is not suitable for buggies.
Besides for the parks swings, playground and chairs, no other facilities are available.
Location of startThe event starts on the outer ring of the park.
Getting there by public transportFrikkie Meyer Blvd next to Riverside Shopping Centre.
Getting there on footIn Frikkie Meyer Blvd, turn into onto Melt Brink St, find start in Phoenix Park
Getting there by roadFrom R59 South take R42 West, turn left onto Frikkie Meyer Blvd. Turn left onto Melt Brink St, find parking on left of Phoenix Park or continue on Frikkie Meyer Blvd to Riverside Shopping Centre.
From N1 take R57 turn left onto R42 East, turn right onto Frikkie Meyer Blvd. Turn left onto Melt Brink St, find parking on left of Phoenix Park or continue on Frikkie Meyer Blvd to Riverside Shopping Centre.
GPS coordinates 26.73146, 27.83974. Parking available in a neighboring part of the park has spaces for approx. 50 cars and there is a shopping centre across the road has spaces for approx 200 cars.
Post Run Coffee
Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Phoenix Cafe - please come and join us!