The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Riverside Park, Raymond Terrace. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, cerment 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 The Terrace 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.
  • Due to Council Regulations this is a dog free course.
  • 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 The Terrace 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

Course Description

This is a two-lap course. From the end of the tarmac area, south of the Gazebo, head North along the grass, between the trees and the river. Continue past the wharf where there is a natural choke point. Continue along the river (which is an uneven surface), until the loose gravel rise knows as “Worimi Climb”. Here you join the cement path winding North. Stay left on this path until the turn around point under and past the bridge. Turn around, staying left on the cement path until reaching the brick wall. Here descend to the right where you return to the grass. Run back past the wharf and through the choke point. Here you then veer left to join the paved path that snakes past the play-equipment either side of the path. Continue past the Gazebo on your right, to the Southern turn-around point through the bollards. Here you transition from the paved path to tarmac, past the fishing trawlers. Repeat the course North and return South. On the second return South, once past the bollards for the second time, instead of staying left, veer right on the tarmac and head through the conned funnel to the finish line. This course is mostly flat with changes in surface type, which include paved path, tarmac, uneven grass, loose gravel and cement. There is a narrow section at the wharf where we encourage people to be considerate of other runners and the general public.

Once a month, we do share the park with Markets, and on these occasions we veer off the paved path just before the Gazebo and run through the trees heading South, then re-join and continue towards the bollards.

This is a course where stollers/prams are welcome, however it can be tough. Not impossible, just tough. We do have people quite happily push their strollers and prams.

Please note that due to Council Regulations, this is a dog free course.

Facilities

Council Toilets. There is a children’s play area which shoulders either side of the southern course route. There is a busy CDB quite close.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts at Riverside Park.

Getting there by public transport

Buses can be caught to the centre of Raymond Terrace shopping precinct at Sturgeon Street. Hunter Valley Buses run the services as following: From Newcastle and Greenhills use the 145. The 140 from the local suburb Lakeside and from Newcastle. The 136 comes from the Hunter suburb of Stockton via Medowie. There is the 137 from Lemon Tree Passage. Finally the local suburb of Riverview Ridge provides the 141. Hunter Valley Buses can be contacted on 4935 7200.

Getting there on foot

If walking to the park from the city centre, walk towards the river and turn left.

Getting there by road

If using GPS, the postcode is 2324. From the centre of Raymond Terrace, head towards the river, and turn left parking alongside Riverside Park in Hunter Street or in the surrounding streets.

If coming from the south, head over the Hexham Bridge and continue north until you hit the major round-a-bout at Heatherbrae and turn left in to Raymond Terrace, and then simply turn left at Raymond Terrace Public School and follow the road until you come to Riverside Park.

If coming from the North, simply follow the freeway in to the 70km zone and then turn right in to Raymond Terrace.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Cups N Saucers Shop, 5/43 William Street, The Gazebo Centre - please come and join us!