The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Imbuko Estate, Bo Dal Rd, Wellington. The course is run entirely on gravel road. 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 Wellington 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 Wellington parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.
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 DescriptionWarm up those legs properly, because you in for a real scenic route.
From the start at Imbuko Estate, you are guided through stunning vineyards and taken around some spectacular Farm watering holes.
The start line faces you towards the spectacular Hawekwas mountain range and parkrunners face this magnificent view for the first one and a half kilometre. You are then guided through a tranquil setting of wondrous forestry that opens up to the first of three Farm watering holes, an arrange of wild geese and peacocks makes the route ever so more spectacular before guided through young vines over the smaller of the three Farm dams. You are then taken through a plantation of Bugu, with spectacular views of the farm and it’s vineyards to your left.
Before you know it, you decent onto the biggest of the three dams. As you follow the path around the dam, you get to see the whole Wellington parkrun setting from its lowest point and head back facing the Hawekwas mountain range. A flat and winding route in some shade, brings you to the bottom of the Bugu plantation and the route takes you around the bottom part of the smallest dam.
Again guided through some vineyards, you start your climb with a couple of small hills until you are guided towards the pivot of Wellington parkrun called Pomula hill, a steady, yet pace able climb to the top, gives the runner/walker the most breath-taking view of the whole route.
You are then gradually descended towards the finish line, be careful, the downhill tends to bring out the competitor in all of us for that all important PB.
Toilets, free parking at the venue, children’s play area, wine tasting and breakfast available.
Location of startThe run starts at Imbuko Estate, facing towards the spectacular Hawekwas mountain range.
Getting there by public transportDIRECTIONSBYPUBLICTRANSPORT
Getting there on footDIRECTIONSONFOOT
Getting there by road
From Cape Town N1: From the N1 motorway, take the R44 Wellington turn-off. Follow the road to the four-way crossing. Over the four-way crossing, following the road into Wellington. Carry on with the road which has now become Champagne street. Follow Champagne street to the top where it crosses with Piet Retief street. Right into Piet Retief street, and follow the road until you reach a set of traffic lights.
At the lights turn left into Bo-Dal Rd. Continue on Bo-Dal Rd for approximately 1.2 km and turn left onto the gravel road. Continue straight for 950 m and follow the markers. You will find the parking on the left.
From Stellenbosch: Continue on the R44 Wellington road. Follow the road to the four-way crossing. Over the four-way crossing, following the road into Wellington. Carry on with the road which has now become Champagne street. Follow Champagne street to the top where it crosses with Piet Retief street. Right into Piet Retief street, and follow the road until you reach a set of traffic lights. At the lights turn left into Bo-Dal Rd. Continue on Bo-Dal Rd for approximately 1.2 km and turn left onto the gravel road. Continue straight for 950 m and follow the markers. You will find the parking on the left.
From Paarl / Franschoek: Get onto Jan van Riebeeck Dr and follow the road into Newton. Over the traffic lights, past Newtons Rugby Fields, the road becomes Piet Retief Street. At the next traffic lights turn right into Bo-Dal Rd. Continue on Bo-Dal Rd for approximately 1.2 km and turn left onto the gravel road. Continue straight for 950 m and follow the markers. You will find the parking on the left.