The Course

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.

Course Safety

Wellington 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.
  • 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 one dog by your side, within reach at all times, on a short, handheld, non-extendable lead. Please also see this Support Site entry for further details about parkrunning with dogs.
  • 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.

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

Warm 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 irrigation dams.
The start line faces you towards the spectacular Hawekwas mountain range. After about 100m parkrunners will turn right as the route take you between 2 vineyard blocks, turn right at the big Black Wattle (Acasia mearnsii) and proceed to the green water tanks. At the water tanks turn left and go straight up to the T-junction at the olive trees, where you must turn left again. The hill part is not over yet as you have to go straight until the end of the vineyard blocks. Here you turn left again and go straight down hill working those upper leg muscles. Just before you leave the vineyard block, you turn left and head through the block of vines to the natural island. Go left around the island and out of the block before turning right and go straight to the end of the block. Here you turn right and follow the road between olives trees and the vines. At the end you turn right and right again on the main dirt road.
After a couple of meters you turn right next to another vineyard block and go down to the dam where you turn left. At the end of this block you turn right. Before you know it, you descend 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.
When exiting the smallest dam you go up hill, turn right at the vineyard block before you, go around it to the dirt road, over the dirt road between the olive trees and turn right. Now the finish line is in front of you and if there is still energy left, you can sprint to the finish line for an excellent PB.

Facilities

Toilets, free parking at the venue, children’s play area, wine tasting and breakfast available.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts at Imbuko Estate, facing towards the spectacular Hawekwas mountain range.

Getting there by public transport

Getting there on foot

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.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at Uni-Q Coffee - please come and join us!