The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Missingham Park, Ballina. The course is run on a mixture of concrete paths, asphalt 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 Ballina Coast 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 Ballina Coast 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

Ballina Coast parkrun is a beautiful one lap course run in a clockwise direction following the Richmond River shoreline. Starting in the south eastern corner of Missingham Park. From the starting point participants run west along the path towards the Ballina Swimming Pool reaching the turnaround point and continuing back along the course, veering to the left along the path as you approach the start/finish line behind the skate park and over Missingham Bridge. Veering right at the second pathway over the bridge and continuing out to the marine watchtower turnaround point. Retracing your steps down toward Missingham Bridge. After crossing the bridge follow the pathway past the skate park and turn left back across the finish line

Facilities

Toilets (disabled toilets), undercover areas, bubblers, playground, skate park. Parking is available at Missingham Park and along Bentinck Street, along the Serpentines or in car parking down Park street.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts in the south eastern corner of Missingham Park.

Getting there by public transport

Public buses are unavailable at this time.

Getting there on foot

From the city centre head south towards the Richmond River upon reaching the walkway follow East along the river bank onto the Kerry Saxby walkway to Missingham Park.

Getting there by road

Travelling from town centre, follow River street east and onto Kingsford smith drive to Missingham Park on your right. Parking is available at Missingham Park or alternatively along Bentinck street.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in a local café - please come and join us!