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The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at the RCL Grounds, Ntonga Club, Pongola. The course is run on a mixture of tar roads and gravel 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 Pongola 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.
  • You are welcome to take part with a dog, but please keep the dog on a short lead or short 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 welcome, but please take care of others around you and do your best to start at an appropriate place in the field for your pace.

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

Age Grading

All parkrun events use Age Grading to help parkrunners 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

This is a flat route. Starting from Ntonga Club going clockwise around the suburb to finish at Ntonga Club again. There are small sections on dirt road, the rest on tar road. Residents and visitors are using the same roads and runners should therefore keep to the side of the road.

Facilities

Toilet facilities of Bowling Club will be open for use by runners. Please note this is a unisex facility.
Free parking available in the area surrounding Ntonga Club.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts from Ntonga Club.

Getting there by public transport

No busses or trains close to the parkrun.

Getting there on foot

When entering TSB grounds, continue straight on Jones Street and turn right at sign for Ntonga Club (Camden-Smith Avenue). Cross Peddie Ave. Turn left at Ntonga Club sign and follow the road to the main club building

Getting there by road

From the Engen - Pongola 1 Stop (51 Piet Retief Road, Pongola), Head east on Piet Retief Rd/N2 towards Empangeni. Continue to follow N2 for 4.7 km. Turn right at the Sugar Mill signpost into road D1935. Continue for 1.3km on this road. Enter TSB grounds at the security gates (Jones Street). Continue straight and turn right at sign for Ntonga Club (Camden-Smith Avenue). Cross Peddie Ave. At next stop sign, turn left into Reynolds Ave. Turn left into Lawson Ave. Parking on left and right side of Lawson Ave.
Distance 6.4km, 8 min drive
GPS Coordinates: Latitude -27.39467° Longitude 31.65550°

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the park. Bring a picnic basket or coffee to enjoy and Ntonga Club opens at 10:00am - please come and join us!