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The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Bicentennial Park, Bathurst. The course is run on a mixture of concrete 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 Bathurst 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.
  • 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.
  • You are welcome to take part with a dog, but please keep the dog on a short lead or short 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 welcome, but please take care of others around you and do your best to start at an appropriate place in the field for your pace.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Bathurst parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.

Age Grading

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 Map

Course Description

The route is two laps of the Macquarie River. First lap is run anti-clockwise, second lap clockwise.

Start adjacent to BBQ hut 50m north of playground (towards river) on river side of hut. Run NW (parallel to river) to left side of Peace Garden. Use Peace Garden as U turn down to path joining path heading east (towards the high Denison Bridge) and follow path to Denison Bridge. Path curves to right up to path over Denison Bridge, cross high bridge exiting to right, down and looping under bridge. Take left hand path immediately after coming out from under high bridge (down towards river). Continue on path (parallel to river), keeping left until you approach the Hereford St carpark, where you continue following the path to the left. Left over low level Esrom Bridge,u p short incline and left onto first path into parkland. Peace Garden comes up on right. Continue along path, taking left fork towards high bridge (as per start). About 60m along before pump station is U turn (2.5k).

U turn and retrace exactly the same course and keeping left, being aware of oncoming participants.

The finish is between the two trees to the right (town side) of the BBQ hut.


Toilets. Children’s playground. BBQs. Picnic tables, coffee shop 200m. A couple of toilet blocks, and public swimming pool with showers (costs) is 200m away. Parking is on the streets or in the parking lots shoen on the map, all within 200m walk.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts adjacent to BBQ hut 50m north of playground (towards river) on river side of hut.

Getting there by public transport

No public transport. 500m from Bathurst city centre.

Getting there on foot

From the centre of Bathurst walk downhill, towards the river. The nearest major amenity is the swimming pool, just around the corner.

Getting there by road

Cnr William and Stanley Sts Bathurst. Parking on street, or large public carparks in Stanley St (100m) and Elizabeth St (200m).

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in The Brew, Charlotte St, Bathurst (200m walk) - please come and join us!