Please do not attend parkrun if you display any COVID-19 symptoms

The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Pearlman Street, Weston. The course is run on a mixture of gravel paths, trail 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 Coombs 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 Coombs 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

Coombs parkrun is an out-and-back course that offers scenic views of the Molonglo River Corridor and the National Arboretum.

From the starting location on Pearlman Street, Coombs, participants follow Weston Creek before joining the Molonglo River Corridor to the turnaround point and returning to the finish. The course includes some small hills and features a mix of paved and unpaved surfaces - care and consideration should be given to other users, including walkers, cyclists and equestrians.

Facilities

There are currently NO toilet or playground facilities at the start/finish area.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts on the grassland bordered by Pearlman Street and Noffs Crescent in Coombs.

Getting there by public transport

The Route 7 and Route 10 bus from the City Interchange, or the Route 66 bus from Woden Interchange both operate on Saturday morning. Visit the Transport Canberra website for times.

Getting there on foot

The start/finish area is easily accessible from Pearlman Street or Noffs Crescent, Coombs.

Getting there by road

Turn west off the Tuggeranong Parkway onto Cotter Road and follow signage to Coombs and the Molonglo Valley.

Limited parking is available at the ACT Parks and Conservation Depot (on Cotter Road), Stromlo Cottage (on Noffs Crescent) and Pearlman Avenue, with additional parking available on Kirkpatrick Street (750m walk to start/finish area).

Local residents are advised to walk or car pool if possible.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at McCafe Coombs - please come and join us!