The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Jells Park, Wheelers Hill. The course is run entirely on bitument 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 Jells 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.
  • While rare, Lyme Disease is present in areas where deer live, and occasionally passed to human’s through infected ticks. See NHS Choices website for more about Lyme Disease, and how to deal with ticks.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Jells 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

Starting below The Ponds picnic pavilion, follow the path left around to Scotchman's Creek Trail turning left at bottom as directed by a Marshall onto Dandenong Creek Trail. Follow right turn directions towards lake past the jetty then turn left at the Oak lined central path heading up towards Madeline’s café. Turn left at this T intersection. On the downhill turn right towards Yabbie Hill indicated with bollards and cross 2 timber bridges in the bush section. Second loop is a repeat loop of the first. Finish past the pavilion around the bend, merging off onto the grass at finish line as marked with cones/bollards.

Facilities

  • Dusk till dawn bathroom with disabled facility.
  • 500 car spaces scattered throughout Jells Park with 2 disabled car spaces 20m from meeting point.
  • Additional parking on Waverley Rd on left hand side
  • Water tap 10m from start line and also on course.
  • Covered pavilion with tables and chairs.
  • Madeline’s café a short 40m walk from finish.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts below The Ponds picnic pavilion.

Getting there by public transport

From Glen Waverley Station take the 754 bus to Rowville at 7.22am arrives at Waverley Rd 7.32am at stop nearest exit driveway, 500m walk toward parkrun.

Getting there on foot

  • Entrance via Ferntree Gully Road follow Dandenong Creek bike path 1k along to Madeline’s café, turn left along driveway, 40m to Jells parkrun.
  • Entrance via pedestrian crossing Waverley Rd onto Scotchman’s Creek Bike Path follow for 300m, turn left before power lines 30m towards Yabbie Hill and Jells parkrun.
  • Entrance via Waverley Rd main entrance, follow pedestrian footpath along right hand side of driveway 700m, turn right towards Madeline’s café aft 700m, turn left immediately above Madeline’s café and follow driveway 40m around to right to Jells parkrun.

Getting there by road

Main entry from Waverley Rd Wheelers Hill driveway, turn right at signage towards Madeline’s café past carparks on right, turn next left and follow road around to right towards Yabbie Hill playground and facilities. Limited parking on right along driveway with larger carpark further along on left hand side.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Madeline’s at Jell’s - please come and join us!