The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Blue Gum Hills Regional Park, Minmi Road, Minmi. 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

The Blue Gum Hills 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.
  • Runners wishing to run with a dog are welcome, but please keep the dog on a short lead or harness and under control throughout the event. Please also review the parkrun support page article about running with a dog at parkrun events.
  • A sturdy cross-country style pram would be suitable for walking this course but not for running it, 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 Blue Gum Hills 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 the Running For Fitness website.

Course Map


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Course Description

This is essentially an out-and-back course. It starts at Blue Gum Hills Regional Park on the sloping section of paddock immediately below the Back Creek shelter picnic table (approximately 100m to the right of the maze when you are looking at it from the amenities block). It heads around the perimeter of the large sloping paddock, heading along the newly created paths and boardwalk towards a large white tyre that marks the beginning of the Loop Trail (to the left) and Bluegum Road (to the right). At the white tyre, the course follows the Blue Gum Rd turn-off to the right and continues several hundred metres along the stone and pebble track. It takes in stunning views of the Minmi Back Creek on the left hand side of the trail, passes the historic air vent on the right hand side of the trail and turns left onto the Loop Trail. This is a bumpy, undulating track that allows parkrunners to take in bushland views and listen to multiple bird choruses. The occasional wallaby and goanna can sometimes be seen spying on you from the bushland. After several hundred metres, the course loops back on itself at the white tyre and back to the T-intersection where the Loop Trail meets Blue Gum Rd. The course takes a left hand turn onto Blue Gum Rd for about 150 metres turning around at the witches hat and back down Blue Gum Rd, with the historic air vent now on the left-hand side, re-tracing your steps back to the start.

Facilities

There is limited free car parking for approximately 80 vehicles at Blue Gum Hills Regional Park and Minmi cemetery. Toilets are located close to the start of the parkrun, adjacent to the car park.
While visiting Blue Gum Hills Regional Park, why not stay for a picnic breakfast, allow the kids to roam in the lovely kids play area, kick a ball or get lost in the maze? Blue Gum Hills Regional Park is also the home to Treetops Adventure Park. Check out what they have to offer or maybe even book your next birthday/work party there while visiting!

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts at Blue Gum Hills Regional Park on the sloping section of paddock immediately below the Back Creek shelter picnic table (approximately 100m to the right of the maze when you are looking at it from the amenities block).

Getting there by public transport

Hunter Valley Buses offers a 260 service leaving Bunn Street, Wallsend at 7:36am. However, this is the earliest Saturday morning bus from Wallsend and does not arrive at Minmi shops until right on 8:00am.
The closest train station is at Cardiff. There are no buses from Cardiff station that would allow commuters to arrive in time for Blue Gum Hills parkrun.
Hence, transport by car (or on foot from Minmi) are the best options for getting to Blue Gum Hills Regional Park.

Getting there on foot

Running/walking along Minmi Road is not recommended as the pedestrian paths only go as far as the Sanctuary Estate. Visitors to Blue Gum Hills Regional Park should either park in the car park located in Blue Gum Hills Regional park or the Minmi cemetery. Alternatively, visitors could park on Woodford Street and walk 500m down the pedestrian path to the Minmi cemetery entrance to Blue Gum Hills Regional Park.

Getting there by road

From Newcastle, travel towards Wallsend, past Maryland and Fletcher, following Minmi Road to Minmi village. The park entry gates will be on your left, approximately 500m before the village.

To access the park from the F3, take the Newcastle Link road exit and turn left onto Woodford Street. Turn right into Minmi Road at the lights and you'll see the park entry gates on the right about 500m along Minmi Road.

Minmi residents are encouraged to take the pedestrian path from Woodford Street to the Blue Gum Hills Regional Park, entering from the cemetery car park. Visitors to the area are reminded that parking on Minmi Rd close to Blue Gum Hills Regional Park is dangerous and not permitted.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Minmi Hotel, 156 Woodford St, Minmi, Newcastle, NSW, 2287 - please come and join us!