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The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course starts from George Kendell Riverside Park, Ermington. The course is run on a mixture of concrete 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.
The Parramatta 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 Parramatta parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.
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.
The course starts in George Kendell Riverside Park on a grassed area off Gregory St, Ermington in the north-east corner of the Park. The run proceeds around this grassed area before moving onto the combined walking track and cycleway, heading south and then west along the Parramatta River. It then heads under the Silverwater bridge and continues until it circles a garden just before the children’s playground in Eric Primrose Reserve. Having completed the turn around, the run returns to the start along the same route.
- Toilets: The nearest public toilets are located at the shopping village on the corner of Spurway Street and Victoria Road. Toilets in the Park are located near the western end of Gregory Street and may be open when the sporting fields are in operation.
- Parking: There is a car park located at the end of Trumper Street.
Location of startThe run starts on the grassed area off Gregory St, Ermington.
Getting there by public transport
Train / Ferry / Bus: Catch a train, ferry, or bus to Parramatta Station.
Bus: From Parramatta Station, change to the M52 bus. Exit the bus on Victoria Roadd near Barton Street. Cross Victoria Rd and walk south on Trumper Street to the Park entrance.
Getting there on footWalk or cycle along the Parramatta Valley Cycleway from the East or the West and then head to the north-eastern corner of the Park. Alternatively, travel along Trumper Street and enter the Park at the southern end of this road.
Getting there by road
From the east: For those coming from further afield, use Victoria Roadd from the east, then turn into Trumper Street heading south.
From the west: Take the M4, Silverwater Road, and Victoria Road from the west. Turn into Trumper Street heading south.
There is a car park located at the end of Trumper Street.
Post Run Coffee
Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the coffee van at the end of the run - please come and join us!