The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. It's run in John Knight Memorial Park, Lake Ginninderra, Belconnen, ACT on mostly tarmaced bike paths and soe concrete pavement. 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 Ginninderra 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.
  • Runners wishing to run with a dog are welcome, but please keep the dog on a short lead or 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 also welcome, but please take extreme care of other runners around you. If possible start from the back of the field and try to keep to one side of the main body of runners.

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

Age Grading

All parkrun events use Age Grading to help athletes 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

From the start/finish line in John Knight Memorial Park, the course twists and turns northwards along the bike path, as we keep Lake Ginninderra to our left. After about 1km, the route takes a left under Ginninderra Drive and then up a gradual ramp on to the far side of Ginninderra Drive, where we cross the bridge over Lake Ginninderra. We take a right turn down the ramp on the other side of the lake, where the route carries on straight and follows the bike path along parallel to William Slim Drive, with the lake to our right. We turn around at the marker and head back the way we came. When we reach the path to the bridge, we veer left along the water’s edge, still on the bike path, and back under Ginninderra Drive and then take a hard right up onto the other side of Ginninderra Drive. We cross Lake Ginninderra (on the other side of the bridge to the outward route) and head back to the start/finish line in John Knight Memorial Park.

Facilities

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts in John Knight Memorial Park.

Getting there by public transport

Buses to/from Belconnen Bus Depot leave a short walk down Benjamin Way on to Emu Bank by Lake Ginninderra.

Getting there on foot

Once you reach Lake Ginninderra, turn right and follow the path along the lake side, past the row of restaurants and bars. Cross the pedestrian bridge by Lighthouse Bar and the skate park to John Knight Memorial Park. Turn left and follow the lake path through the park and around a number of further bends. The start/finish line is approx 400 metres from the pedestrian bridge.

Getting there by road

There are car parks all around Lake Ginninderra from which you can access the parkrun. For ease of access, the best option is to park is in Townsend Place, off Aikman Drive. There are limited parks, so get in early! Alternate parking can be found at Lake Ginninderra College, after parking, walk along the lake with the water on your left, continue through to John Knight Memorial Park until you see all the commotion.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at Birrigai Cafe, 2 Joy Cummins Place, Belconnen. A short walk from the finish line - please come and join us.