The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at SportUNE, SportUNE Drive, Madgwick (Armidale). The course is run on a mixture of grass and bitumen/concrete/gravel sealed 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

The Armidale 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.
  • Please note it is a condition of UNE that no dogs be allowed on the course, except for sight impaired participants.
  • Runners pushing buggies are also welcome, but please take extreme care of other runners around you. If possible start from the back of the field and try to keep to one side of the main body of runners.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Armidale parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.

Age Grading

All parkrun events use Age Grading to help athletes 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


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Course Description

The course commences on the playing fields in front of SportUNE and heads south adjacent to Dumaresq Creek for several hundred metres before crossing a concrete causeway and heading back north on grass parklands. Keeping Dumaresq Creek on your left-hand side you will be treated to beautiful views of the creek before traversing a loop through magnificent colourful trees including an avenue of poplars. You then join up with a sealed path and traverse a small incline onto more grass parkland before turning left onto another sealed path where you cross Dumaresq Creek on a bridge then traverse a hill (17m gain over 380m) up to Trevenna Road where you turn around and travel back down the hill crossing over to another sealed path adjacent to Elm Avenue. You then retrace your steps across parklands, down the path and through the loop of trees once more before crossing Dumaresq Creek again onto the playing fields back to the starting location where you finish in front of SportUNE.
Please note it is a condition of UNE that no dogs be allowed on the course, except for sight impaired participants.

Facilities

SportUNE is considered one of the finest university precincts in Australia. It has first class facilities and is open to the whole community. Free car parking and toilets are available. The SportUNE coffee lounge is a great place to enjoy a post-parkrun coffee and healthy snack.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts on the playing fields in front of SportUNE.

Getting there by public transport

There is no public transport to the University of New England before 08:00am on Saturdays. Buses from UNE to Armidale CBD depart the northern car park (Northern Ring Road) 08:50am (485) and 10:00am (481).

Getting there on foot

From Armidale Post Office, walk north on Faulkner Street and turn left into Dumaresq Street. From one of the parks (Curtis, Civic or Harris) adjacent to Dumaresq Street, walk on shared path in a westerly direction, crossing Markham & Niagara Streets and Elm Avenue to SportUNE. Distance approx. 5kms.

Getting there by road

Armidale parkrun is located in the grounds of the University of New England.

From Armidale Post Office, travel north on Faulkner Street and turn left into Dumaresq Street and travel west. Turn right into Niagara Street and at the roundabout, turn left into Queen Elizabeth Drive. Continue across the New England Highway overpass, straight at the roundabout then turn right into Elm Avenue. Travel north on Elm Avenue, turn left into Trevenna Road then left into SportUNE Drive to the bottom of the hill where several car parks are located. Distance 4.8km.

Travelling from the south on the New England Highway (A15), take the Armidale bypass (A15 Glen Innes) and after approx. 4km, turn left into Queen Elizabeth Drive (University of New England). Turn left at the roundabout towards the University then turn right into Elm Avenue. Travel north on Elm Avenue, turn left into Trevenna Road then left into SportUNE Drive to the bottom of the hill where several car parks are located. Distance 2.0km.

Travelling from the north on the New England Highway (A15), take the Armidale bypass (A15 Tamworth) and after approx. 3km turn right into Queen Elizabeth Drive (University of New England). Turn left at the roundabout towards the University then turn right into Elm Avenue. Travel north on Elm Avenue, turn left into Trevenna Road then left into SportUNE Drive to the bottom of the hill where several car parks are located. Distance 2.0km.

Post Run Coffee

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