Please do not attend parkrun if you display any COVID-19 symptoms.
The course is 5000m (5K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at SportUNE, SportUNE Drive, Madgwick (Armidale). The course is run on a mixture of grass and bitumen/concrete/gravel sealed 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.
The Armidale 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.
- Runners pushing buggies are 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.
- Please note it is a condition of UNE that no dogs be allowed on the course, except for sight impaired participants.
We hope these tips help to ensure that Armidale parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.
All parkrun events use Age Grading to help parkrunners 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 DescriptionThe course commences on the playing fields in front of SportUNE and heads south before turning right at the end of the hockey fields across a grassy area, up a short incline and along the edge of Lake Zot. The course then turns left towards Dumaresq Creek, and left again through a lovely tree-lined section that follows the creek, behind the baseball nets. Participants then turn right across a concrete causeway, then left to head north on the grassed parklands on the opposite side of the creek. Keeping Dumaresq Creek on the left-hand side participants will cross a bitumen path to follow a loop through the beautiful park-like grounds of UNE including through an avenue of poplars. The course then follows a bitumen path before moving onto a grassy section beside the road. Participants then turn left onto another bitumen path that follows the footbridge over Dumaresq Creek and climbs a hill (17m gain over 380m) up to the turnaround, located near the corner of Trevenna Rd and SportUNE Drive. Participants then travel back down the hill crossing over to another concrete footpath adjacent to Elm Avenue. Participants then retrace their steps across parklands, down the path and through the loop of trees once more before crossing another footbridge over Dumaresq Creek onto the playing fields. This will be at the opposite end to where participants started. The course takes them along the north end of the sports fields, turning left back to the finish which is where participants started the run in front of SportUNE.
Please note it is a condition of UNE that no dogs be allowed on the course, except for sight impaired participants.
SportUNE is considered one of the finest university precincts in Australia. It has first class facilities and is open to the whole community. Free car parking and toilets are available. The SportUNE coffee lounge is a great place to enjoy a post-parkrun coffee and healthy snack.
Location of startThe run starts on the playing fields in front of SportUNE.
Getting there by public transportThere is no public transport to the University of New England before 08:00am on Saturdays. Buses from UNE to Armidale CBD depart the northern car park (Northern Ring Road) 08:50am (485) and 10:00am (481).
Getting there on footFrom Armidale Post Office, walk north on Faulkner Street and turn left into Dumaresq Street. From one of the parks (Curtis, Civic or Harris) adjacent to Dumaresq Street, walk on shared path in a westerly direction, crossing Markham & Niagara Streets and Elm Avenue to SportUNE. Distance approx. 5kms.
Getting there by roadArmidale parkrun is located in the grounds of the University of New England.
From Armidale Post Office, travel north on Faulkner Street and turn left into Dumaresq Street and travel west. Turn right into Niagara Street and at the roundabout, turn left into Queen Elizabeth Drive. Continue across the New England Highway overpass, straight at the roundabout then turn right into Elm Avenue. Travel north on Elm Avenue, turn left into Trevenna Road then left into SportUNE Drive to the bottom of the hill where several car parks are located. Distance 4.8km.
Travelling from the south on the New England Highway (A15), take the Armidale bypass (A15 Glen Innes) and after approx. 4km, turn left into Queen Elizabeth Drive (University of New England). Turn left at the roundabout towards the University then turn right into Elm Avenue. Travel north on Elm Avenue, turn left into Trevenna Road then left into SportUNE Drive to the bottom of the hill where several car parks are located. Distance 2.0km.
Travelling from the north on the New England Highway (A15), take the Armidale bypass (A15 Tamworth) and after approx. 3km turn right into Queen Elizabeth Drive (University of New England). Turn left at the roundabout towards the University then turn right into Elm Avenue. Travel north on Elm Avenue, turn left into Trevenna Road then left into SportUNE Drive to the bottom of the hill where several car parks are located. Distance 2.0km.