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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 Kidspace Playground, 7th Brigade Park, Chermside. The course is run entirely on concrete 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.

Course Safety

The Chermside 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.
  • 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 Chermside 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

This is an out-and-back course that starts and finishes at Kidspace Playground and follows the Downfall Creek bikeway.

Starting at Kidspace, follow the bikeway east with Downfall Creek on your right. At about 700m make a right turn and follow the bikeway over a wooden bridge crossing the creek. On the other side, make a left turn and continue to follow the bikeway east, with the creek now on your left. At about 1.5k, follow the bikeway down and under the Newman Rd bridge. Continue to follow the bikeway east for about another 1km to the turnaround point. From the turnaround, follow the same route back to the finish.


  • Toilets (3 incl disabled)
  • Water bubblers
  • Children’s playground
  • Electric BBQs
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking at Kidspace carpark is limited (50 places incl. disabled). There is more parking on the gravel alongside Murphy Rd (100+ places) and heaps of parking at Chermside shopping centre (free for the first 3 hours).

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts at Kidspace Playground.

Getting there by public transport

Some options include:
  • Catch a bus to Chermside shopping centre bus station and then walk north for about 1km to Kidspace.
  • Catch a train to Zillmere Station, walk to Handford Rd and catch an inbound 330 bus to Ellison Rd stop 41, then walk south about 500m to Kidspace.
  • Catch a train to Virginia Station and walk west along Downfall Creek bikeway for about 3.5km to Kidspace.

Getting there on foot

From the northern end of Chermside shopping centre, cross Kittyhawk Drive and walk north about 200m to Kidspace.

Getting there by road

From Gympie Rd, turn into Murphy Rd, then after about 500m turn right into Kidspace carpark, or park on the gravel alongside Murphy Rd.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Scuzi, Chermside shopping centre - please come and join us!