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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 Sunrise-on-sea, East London. The course is run on a mixture of gravel paths, 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.

Course Safety

The Sunrise-on-Sea 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.
  • Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at this event.
  • 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 Sunrise-on-Sea 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

The course starts at the Murambi Rose Café. Enters the farm access road, through two gates. Left at second gate past at bamboo bush. Short uphill towards the Sunrise-on-Sea boundary. Then leads downhill to cross the first dam wall. Around the farmhouse at big fig tree left down two spoor track to the dune bush. You then take a right turn and head towards the old Gulley exit. Straight past the old 3km mark towards Rainbow Valley. Turn right up a short hill onto the old airfield at Rainbow Seedlings. Turn at the far end of the airfield, head back towards the top dam. Before the dam make a left turn through the Mini Gulley. Follow the waters edge to the top dam wall. Right turn and cross the dam wall and continue up the hill towards the fence between farms. Right turn towards the bottom gate, left turn through the gate to the finish at Murambi Rose Café. All major points will be marshalled and clearly marked.


This is one of South Africa’s most pristine coastal venues and is situated on the Jikileza Route, home to many superb resorts. Flanked by the Kwelera Forest Reserve and the Kwelera Botanical Garden. As mentioned the route runs parallel to a section of the famous Surfers Challenge.
The GPS coordinates for Sunriseonsea parkrun are 32 deg 54 mins 54 secs SOUTH and 28 deg 2 mins 20 secs EAST.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts at the Murambi Rose Café.

Getting there by public transport

Unfortunately there are no trains or buses to Sunrise-on-sea. Taxi is the only public transport options.

Getting there on foot

From Crossways Centre on Schafli Road take Kwelra Mouth turn-off then right fork to Sunrise-on-Sea. Follow tar road to entrance at Murambi Kitchen.

Getting there by road

From the South:
  • Take N2 towards Mthatha / Brakfontein.
  • Turn off at East Coast Resorts off-ramp {route R102} to Schafli Road, Crossways Centre on the Jikeleza Route.
  • At the Crossways Centre, take Kwelra Mouth turn-off then right fork to Sunrise-on-Sea.
  • Follow tar road to entrance at Murambi Kitchen.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Murambi Rose Cafe - please come and join us!