The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Pirates Lifesaving Club, Durban and is ran on brick path. 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.
North Beach 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.
- 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 North Beach 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 DescriptionThe North Beach parkrun is a flat scenic loop along the beach front from Pirates Lifesaving Club towards uShaka Marine World. Participants can enjoy the wide path, viby atmosphere and coast line views along Durban's Golden Mile.
The GPS coordinates for North Beach parkrun are S 29° 50' 12.84" E 31° 2' 2.76".
Location of startThe event will start outside Pirates Lifesaving Club on the sea facing side of the promendade and continue south along the promenade towards Ushaka and back. Pirates Lifesaving Club, Battery Beach Rd, 4052.
Getting there by public transport
Getting there on footTravel to Suncoast Casino. Enter the Casino from the main pedestrian entrance situated in Suncoast Boulevard. Walk south 150m to Pirates Lifesaving Club.
Getting there by roadFrom the N3:
Take all signs to 'Beaches'. Once you reach the beachfront, take all signs to North Coast/Battery Beach & SUNCOAST.
From the North Coast / N4:
Take the off-ramp to Blue Lagoon, and then follow all signs to Battery Beach/SUNCOAST Boulevard/SUNCOAST.
From the South:
Take the off-ramp to the Victoria Embankment. Follow this road until you reach the signs to the North Coast. Turn left into Stanger Street until you reach the exit to Argyle Road. Turn right and follow signs to SUNCOAST Boulevard.