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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 Champagne Valley Rd, Winterton. The course is run on a mixture of 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

Winterton 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 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 Winterton 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 start will be in the parking area of the Waffle Hut, going right onto the side of the R600 for +- 800m, turning right into Dankbaar Farm. Running on a grass path with crop lands on your right for another 1km turning right onto a farm road. Running towards the first dam wall to cross. At about 1.5km into the track you will cross over the first dam wall with the beautiful dam to your right and pictures crops surrounding you. On the other side of the dam you will be halfway. Slight incline towards the silo in front of you. Going around the silo on your right now running towards the 2nd dam wall. You can now see the pictures Champagne Castle mountain. Running over the dam wall, with the dam to your left. Towards the R600. At the road you will turn left, keeping on the grass, beautiful view of the mountains you will run back to the starting point at the Waffle Hut where you will enjoy a cold glass of water, relaxing in a beautiful garden.


Restaurant, put put, nursery,free parking, toilets, gift shop.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts in the parking area of the Waffle Hut.

Getting there by public transport


Getting there on foot


Getting there by road

From JHB. 379km Follow N3 to Harrismith. Follow directions to Durban. Take the N11 to Bergville. 5kmTurn left to Ladysmith. Turn right to Winterton. Follow 40 km to Winterton. Turn Left into Winterton. At robot turn right on R600. Follow 9km to destination.
From DBN 215km. Follow N3 to R74. Take exit 194 (Bergville) keep left. Travel to Winterton 20km. At robot turn left on R600. Travel 9km to destintion.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Waffle Hut - please come and join us!