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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 Whittlesea Public Gardens, Lalor. The course is run on a mixture of concrete paths and trail 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 Lalor 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 Lalor 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

Starting just near the rotunda, the course will take you south on the path, enjoying views of the wetlands and complete loop around the Gardens before joining the Craigieburn Bypass shared path where you will head over the High 5 Bridge. After crossing the bridge, turn around back over the bridge then take a right turn heading south to the turn around point and back to the garden path (watch the dip). Enter the Gardens and follow the path back to Rotunda following the path next to the ‘lake’ in an anti clockwise direction.


Rotunda, playground, barbecue, basketball ring, public toilets with accessible toilets, plenty of car parking, lake and wetlands.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts just near the rotunda.

Getting there by public transport

  • train from South Morang or City to Thomastown Station
  • from Thomastown Station take the 554 bus (37 minutes), bus 357 (35 mins) or bus 557 (41 mins)
  • train from South Morang or City to Lalor Station
  • from Lalor Station take 557 bus (45 mins)

Getting there on foot

54mins walk from Thomastown Station (4.4klm)
50mins walk from Lalor Station (4.1klm)

Getting there by road

Enter Edgars Rd from either Cooper Street or Mahoneys Rd. Turn onto Barry Rd and follow to the end which will take you into Whittlesea Public Gardens.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at Hexx Cafe 82 Gateway Blvd, Epping VIC 3076 - please come and join us!