The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Cleland Conservation Park, Crafers. The course is run entirely on trail 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 Cleland 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.
  • Dogs are not permitted within Cleland Conservation Park.
  • Due to the variable nature of the trail surface, and inclines on the trail, wheelchair and pram use is not recommended.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Cleland 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

Course Description

An out-and back course, following the well-defined dirt/stony trail along the ridge line below Mt Lofty, flanked with Eucalypts, to the lookout above Adelaide and the St Vincent Gulf. From the lookout, retrace your steps back to the start. The start/finish is a short walk (~1min) along the track from the carpark.

NOTE: Due to the variable nature of the trail surface, and inclines on the trail, wheelchair and pram use is not recommended.

NOTE: Dogs are not permitted within Cleland Conservation Park.

Facilities

Toilets, BBQs and seating are available within the carparking area.

Getting There

Location of start

The start is a short walk (~1min) along the track from the carpark.

Getting there by public transport

Unfortunately, Adelaide Metro services are unavailable at a suitable time for parkrun.

Getting there on foot

Cleland has a large trail network, with a variety of options to get to the starting point. Please check the Parks SA website for trail map availability if you wish to explore these options. Starting point is on Long Ridge Track, close to the Wildlife Park carparking area.

Getting there by road

From the SE Freeway: use the Crafers exit, and follow the signage for Cleland Wildlife park along Mt Lofty Summit Road. The signposted entry gates will be on your left. Look for the parkrun flag.

From Greenhill Road: Turn onto Mt Lofty Summit Road, following the signage for Cleland Wildlife park. The signposted entry gates will be on your right. Look for the parkrun flag.

From park gates: Follow the road through the gates and down to the wildlife park. Please take care and observe the speed limit ? native animals such as kangaroos are not an uncommon encounter in the early morning. Follow the road to the furthest, Northern corner of the carpark.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in The Crafers Hotel - please come and join us!