The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Gleeson Park, Stanthorpe. The course is run on a mixture of paved 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 Stanthorpe 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 Stanthorpe 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

Welcome to Stanthorpe, the coolest place in Queensland! Noted for apples and grapes, and beautiful frosty mornings viewed from a chair in front of a roaring open fireplace. We challenge you to a winter parkrun, when it is cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey!
Our course runs along the Quart Pot Creek, in Gleeson Park. The start and finish are at the Rotunda opposite the council pool and YMCA gym in Talc Street. It is a 2 loop course, where you run to the other side of the creek, complete 2 loops, then return back to the start/finish area.
The start line is slightly north of the rotunda near the skate park, and the first 200m of the track runs south along the creek on grass towards Lock St. Please stay between the cones and the creek for this section, and we ask spectators to stand to the road side of the cones.
At Lock street turn right across the bridge. Please ensure you stay on the footpath between the pedestrian safety rails, and do not run on the road.
After the bridge, turn right and head into the park again. The track is a paved footpath, with very gentle undulations. Follow this path and continue to travel along the south side of the creek.
At Brittania St, you will cross the creek again using a bridge, and start to head back again. Please ensure you stay on the footpath between the safety rails, and do not run on the road.
You then run back along the north side of the Quart Pot Creek, staying on the footpath until a small bridge. Just after the bridge a sign will indicate you turn left off the track, and follow cones across the grass in a loop towards Connor St. We call this our brass monkey loop, and in winter will be crunchy underfoot due to frost.
This loop then returns to the paved footpath on Connor St, and you will turn right at a marked tree and head back towards the Creek. At the creek you will cross via a foot bridge - careful as there are no side rails! There is most likely to be a family of ducks in the water underneath you.
Just after the bridge, the track divides. At this point you will turn right to complete a second loop exactly as the first loop - along the southern side of the creek, cross at the Brittania St bridge, back along the northern side of the creek, and complete the Brass Monkey loop.
After your second crossing of the foot bridge (and saying ‘Hi” to the ducks again), you will turn left and start re-tracing your steps back to the finish line following the paved footpath. Turn left at Lock St and ensure you stay on the footpath between the pedestrian barriers, not on the road. Then turn left into Talc St and follow between the cones and the creek along the grass to the finish line.

Facilities

Public toilets are available by following a laneway just to the south of the YMCA gym. During summer there may also be access to toilet and change facilities in the YMCA and the council pool area. Please ask the run director on the morning.
Parking is available in the YMCA council carpark opposite the start and finish line rotunda in Gleeson Park

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts at the Rotunda opposite the council pool and YMCA gym in Talc Street.

Getting there by public transport

Crisps Coaches runs a bus service to Stanthorpe. For services please visit their website.

Getting there on foot

From the bus stop on the corner of Folkestone St and Maryland St, walk north along the main street (Maryland St). Continue past the post office, then turn left into Victoria St. Use the zebra crossings to cross over Lock St and Victoria St, then continue down Lock St past the library and art gallery. Turn right into Talc Street and continue to the Rotunda on the left to find us!

Getting there by road

If travelling from Warwick side of Stanthorpe, exit the New England Highway towards the city centre. Turn right into Connor St, which is the Texas turn off. Continue along Connor St past the primary school, then turn left into Talc St.
From the post office in the town centre, head west along Railway St. Before the bridge, turn right into Creek St. Follow to the end, turn left into Lock St, and then right into Talc St.
The start and finish line is opposite the council pool and the YMCA in Gleeson Park. Parking is available at the YMCA

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Fork and Cork Cafe and Restaurant, 18 Maryland St, Stanthorpe - please come and join us!