Please do not attend parkrun if you display any COVID-19 symptoms
The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Mt Penang Parklands, Kariong. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, grass and dirt road. 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.
The Mt Penang 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 Mt Penang parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.
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 DescriptionMt Penang parkrun is a 2 and a half lap course. Starting in Mt Penang Gardens on the bridge you will head out into the gardens which showcases native plants surrounded by an environment teeming with wildlife and waterfowl. You will veer right onto the path which takes you downhill under the bridge. Take your first left and head down the path with a nice lake to your left. Go around a small cul-de-sac, then head back to the main path and turn left back up towards the event park. Follow the paths and you will leave the gardens through a gate where you will follow the marked path through another gate and towards a turnaround point. You will reach a closed gate with a witches hat in front of it, indicating to turn around here and head back to the gardens. Lap 1 is complete when you pass back through the first gate and turn left to start lap 2. Lap 2 is the same as lap 1.
At the end of lap 2 you will turn left again for one last loop of the gardens under the bridge, this time not taking path to the cul-de-sac, instead heading straight up the path and turning right to head back to the bridge and finish line.
Free access to Mt Penang Gardens and toilet facilities located in the event park/Gardens and garden entry.
Location of startThe event starts in Mt Penang Gardens on the bridge.
Getting there by public transportTake the train to Gosford Station. Outside the station there is a bus exchange. The bus that you ned to is the ‘Somersby’ bus. Ask the bus driver to let you at the service station near Mt Penang Gardens. The walk to the Garden entry is about 8 minutes, with seats, level footpaths and pedestrian crossings along the way.
Getting there on footPlease see by road or Public Transport.
Getting there by roadMt Penang Gardens is located at Kariong, just 2 minutes from the M1 Motorway, Gosford Exit. From Gosford station head north along Central Coast Highway to Kariong, turning right onto The Avenue, Kariong.
Plenty of free parking with up to 1900 car spaces available on site