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The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. Mardalup Park, Claisebrook Cove, East Perth and run on a concrete footpath. 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 Claisebrook Cove 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 Claisebrook Cove 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 course can roughly be described as an out and back course, with an extension to the back section around a beautiful man-made inlet. The course takes in grass, boardwalk, concrete and asphalt sections. The course starts on the grass at the far end of Mardalup Park from the Brown Street car park. The first section is on the grass running towards the car park before turning left and left again on to the bike path along the Swan River. Continue on the bike path for about 2.1km through Banks Reserve, past the disused and listed old East Perth power station, until you reach the turnaround point in Bardon Park. At this point you proceed back towards the start. Once you reach Mardalup park, turn left to stay by the river and continue across the boardwalk and cycle paths around the perimeter of Claisebrook Cove. At the far side of Claisebrook Cove proceed up 'heartbreak hill' to the finish line in Victoria Gardens. Whilst you're running lookout for the dolphins, black swans and cormorants which can frequently be seen along the Swan River and in Claisebrook Cove.

Please note that as the start and finish locations are in different places, personal belongings should not be left at the start. If you choose to leave personal items at the finish area, this is at your own risk and parkrun cannot be responsible for security of personal items.


Getting There

Location of start

We start at the far end of the grassy area, behind the children's playground in Mardalup Park. Mardalup Park can be found at the river end of Brown Street in East Perth

Getting there by public transport

The closest railway station is 1.5km away at Claisebrook.

Getting there on foot

The parkrun start is situated just off Brown St. in East Perth

Getting there by road

From the Graham Farmer Freeway, head South along East Parade. Turn left at Brown Street. At the end of Brown Street is a free car park with limited parking, close to the start line. Alternatively there is plenty of free parking in nearby streets.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at Kinky Lizard Espresso Bar on Royal Street - please come and join us!