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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 in John Fisher Park, Curl Curl . The course is run on a mixture of paved 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 Curl Curl 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 Curl Curl 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 mainly runs along a flat concrete path, with a few small sections of grass. It starts off at the cricket/hockey changing rooms at Frank Gray Oval and your then run through shaded trees towards Curl Curl beach, before crossing the lagoon bridge for a nice view, then past the soccer, netball, rugby fields before doing a loop around the softball field where there is a small rise/hill just past the 3km point. After this you will cross back on your path back to cross the wooden bridge in the middle park, before turning back to finish where you started.
It is a quick course, many people have their parkrun PBs with us.


Bike lock up area in the Freshwater Senior Campus car park. Toilets at the start/finish area. Multiple carparks are close by the main one being opposite Miles St off Harbord Road.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts outside the Frank Gray Cricket/Hockey Field change rooms, which is a short walk across Mike Pawley oval from the Harbord Road/Miles St Carpark at the entrance to the Freshwater Campus.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: E65 stops at Freshwater Campus on corner of Harbord Road and Brighton St which is 200m from the car park. 159, 176, E77 and E76 stop on Abbott Road, walk up to Harbord Road with the park on your left, and turn left and 200m on your left is Freshwater Senior Campus car park.

Getting there on foot

Directions from North (Palm Beach): From Pittwater Road turn left onto Harbord Road for 1km then turn left into Freshwater Senior Campus car park (opposite Miles Street)

Directions from South (Manly): From Pittwater Road turn right Harbord Road for 1km then turn left into Freshwater Senior Campus car park (opposite Miles Street)

Getting there by road

Directions from North (Palm Beach): From Pittwater Road turn left onto Harbord Road for 1km then turn left into Freshwater Senior Campus car park (opposite Miles Street)

Directions from South (Manly): From Pittwater Road turn right Harbord Road for 1km then turn left into Freshwater Senior Campus car park (opposite Miles Street)

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at Curly's on the Corner (77 Pitt Rd, North Curl Curl) corner of Ross St - please come and join us!