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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at St Leonards Park, North Sydney. The course is run entirely on tarmac 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 North Sydney 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 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 North Sydney 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

Starting at the junction of two paths near Bon Andrews Oval, the course runs South-West until a u-turn at Tunks water fountain. Running North alongside the North Sydney oval, the course turns sharply left at the playground, heading towards Carlow Street & Miller Street. Turning right at a distinct tree, the course heads North joining the footpath on Miller street before turning East along Falcon Street. At the next junction opposite a hedge, the course follows the outside of a small playground before returning back to Falcon Street. As Falcon street ends, the course turns south up a small hill before returning past the start location. This course is repeated three times. Finally the course will turn to the West past a small shelter to the finish line.

Facilities

There is an undercover picnic area at the start/finish line. There are toilet facilities, including a disabled toilet in the Bon Andrews Oval pavilion.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts at the junction of two paths near Bon Andrews Oval.

Getting there by public transport

St Leonards Park is 1.2km from North Sydney train station (walk up Walker Street until you reach the park and see the war memorial). It is also 800m from the Watson Street, Neutral Bay bus interchange. Most buses to and from the northern beaches and Wynyard stop here. The closest bus stop is on Miller Street, near the main entrance to North Sydney Oval. There are various bus routes from Wynyard and North Sydney stations that service this stop. The most frequent are the 200-210 services.

Getting there on foot

Enter the park from either Falcon Street, Miller Street or Ridge Street. If you walk towards the top of the park, you’ll see Bon Andrews Oval (aka North Sydney Oval No 2). Near the pavilion is an undercover picnic area where we gather for the course briefing just prior to 7:50am.

Getting there by road

Ridge, Miller and Falcon Streets and the M1 surround St Leonards Park. If you are coming from the northern beaches, you will come along Military Road, across the freeway onto Falcon Street, you then turn left onto Miller Street, where there is on-street parking (or alternatively on Ridge Street). If you are coming from the north, you should exit the M1 at the Miller Street exit, continuing through the intersection with Falcon Street, until reach North Sydney Oval. If you are coming from the south (across the Harbour Bridge or Harbour Tunnel), you should exit at the Falcon Street on-ramp (you’ll see St Leonard’s Park on your left when you reach the traffic lights). There is free on-street parking along Ridge Street and Miller Street. The paid parking meters commence operation at 8.30am. There is also a multi-storey council carpark on Ridge Street, near the Stanton Library, which is free and open 24/7.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Jagos Cafe, 232 Miller Street, North Sydney - please come and join us!