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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 Walka Recreation & Wildlife Reserve (Walka Water Works), Oakhampton Heights. The course is run on a mixture of gravel paths, dirt 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 Maitland 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.
  • 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.
  • Please Note that dogs are not allowed at Walka Water Works.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Maitland 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 will start at the picnic area and follow the lake wall towards Rutherford. At the end of the wall (just over the bridge) runners will turn right. Runners will then travel along the gravel track along the western side of the lake. Where the track crosses the railway, runners will turn right and head towards the “Snake Gully” train station, continuing along the track to the locked gate. At the locked gate, runners will turn and retrace their steps back to the finish.
The course is flat, with some small rises and is suitable for walkers, runners and parents with prams.


  • Please Note that dogs are not allowed at Walka Water Works.
  • Toilets are available at Walka Water Works.
  • Maitland parkrun is "all inclusive". Everyone is welcome to participate and exercise at a level you are comfortable with. Come and join us for a friendly, community orientated activity.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts at the Picnic Area, near start of lake wall.

Getting there by public transport

The closest public transport is Telarah Railway Station, followed by then a walk of approximately 2.3km or 30 minutes via Rutherford.
There are no bus services to Walka.

Getting there on foot

Access is from Scobies Lane (off Oakhampton Road), which is approximately 3km from Maitland town centre. Walka is also accessible on foot/bike from Waterworks Road, Rutherford by the footbridge over the railway.

Getting there by road

From High Street in Maitland, follow the signs to Sempill Street which becomes Oakhampton Road. Travel along Oakhampton Road for 1.5km before turning left into Scobbies Lane. Travel for a further 500m before turning left again to enter the park gates.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at a mobile coffee van at Walka Water Works. If the coffee van is not available, everyone is welcome to join us in town (only 4km) where there are many great cafes - please come and join us!