The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Lake Hamilton, Rippon Road, Hamilton. The course is run entirely on sealed gravel 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 Hamilton 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.
  • 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 Hamilton 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

Hamilton parkrun starts at the Lakes Edge Adventure Playground, an all abilities playground located on the east side of the lake (Rippon road entry off Ballarat Road). parkrunners will begin by running or walking for approx 400 meters in a counterclockwise direction to our turnaround point, before turning around and heading in a clockwise direction around the lake for 4.6kms to complete the Hamilton parkrun course.

Facilities

Lake Hamilton has many facilities for users. There are toilets and showers for male, female, ambulant, and baby change facilities - located in 3 locations, including the finish location for the parkrun event (at the Adventure Playground). Car parking is free, includes disabled parking and is located around the lake in designated parking zones, as well as residential street parking. There are also 3 children’s play areas, including the Lake’s Edge Adventure Playground, the Skatepark, boat ramp, and a rowing club house. The Adventure Playground area also includes 2 BBQ facilities, a drinking fountain and water bottle refill station, shelter, table and seating.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts from the Lakes Edge Adventure Playground, an all abilities playground located on the east side of the lake (Rippon road entry off Ballarat Road).

Getting there by public transport

No public transport available on Saturday morning.

Getting there on foot

To access the start of Hamilton parkrun, walk east along Ballarat road and turn left into Rippon Road. Walk north along Rippon road and the start of parkrun is at the Lakes Edge Adventure Playground. Meet at the BBQ shelter located on the lakeside of the playground.

Getting there by road

To access the start of Hamilton parkrun, drive east along Ballarat road and turn left into Rippon Road. Drive north along Rippon road until you can’t go any further. This is where you will see the Lakes Edge Adventure Playground. The start of parkrun is under the BBQ shelter on the lakeside of the playground.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in a local cafe (the cafe will be advised via our Facebook page each week) - please come and join us!