The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Wootton Avenue, Botha’s Hill. The course is run entirely on trail 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

Thousand Hills parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the event as safe as possible, so participants, 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.
  • 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.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Thousand Hills 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

One lap 5km Trail Course. Mostly wide cut paths through bushy and forested areas with various up and down hills, hence the name 1000 Hills parkrun. A few sections along jeep trails with several bridge crossings over small river. There are at least two crossings over natural rock too.
Situated in the valley of1000 Hills where views of the paths can be seen across all sides of the valley. Not technical at all, but watch out for the usual tree roots and or small stumps in some areas. A very picturesque walk or run.

Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at this event. Parts of the course may be unsuitable for prams and buggies. Please contact the team in advance by email so they can give you further information.

Facilities

Toilet facilities are NOT available.

Getting There

Location of start

The runs starts at Wootton Avenue, Botha’s Hill.

Getting there by public transport

N/A

Getting there on foot

N/A

Getting there by road

Travel along Kassier Road. Pass Hillcrest Private Hospital, until you get to a T-junction Robots.
At the Robots turn Left into Old Main Road.
Continue Straight up Botha’s Hill, you will pass Kearsney College, Total Garage, 1000 Hills Spar and then The Pot and Kettle Restaurant.
About 50 metres after The Pot and Kettle Restaurant, turn Right into Wootton Avenue.
Follow the tar road past the Chef School. The Roads winds to the left and not long afterwards bends to a Very sharp right. Continue straight ahead as this tar road soon becomes a gravel road. Parking is available on the side of the road after the entrance to Infinite Adventures. Parking is NOT AVAILABLE with the grounds of Infinite Adventures.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in a local café - please come and join us!