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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 Pioneer Park, Gosnells. The course is run on a mixture of concrete paths, wooden boardwalk 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 Pioneer 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 Pioneer 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

You start out next to the stage in the Apex amphitheatre. You run towards the playground and along the path up the hill to the left of the playground. You will come across a T junction and turn left up the sharp incline to the roadside path. You run past the top of the treetop walk and the top of the Apex amphitheatre then down the hill, turning a sharp left onto the hidden boardwalk. Run along the shady boardwalk, following it out to the bottom of the amphitheatre. You run past the amphitheatre and the children's playground over the hill and down to a clearing where you turn right to run over the orange bridge. Once over the bridge you head left to run over a small concrete bridge and follow the path around to the right along the shoreline of the lake (mind the ducks!).

Past the lake you run on the grass up to and over the land bridge, turn right and head back to and over the orange bridge. You turn left to leave the clearing and head back over the hill towards the children's playground. Run past the children's playground and left onto the boardwalk that wraps around the play area. You then run along the boardwalk and up the treetop walkway to the roadside path at the top of the amphitheatre. Run down the path to the hidden boardwalk and pop out again at the bottom of the amphitheatre and then head out to do that last lap one more time. You will finish the other side of the amphitheatre stage that you started from.

Facilities

There is ample free car parking, public toilets, children play equipment and BBQs located adjacent to the finish point.
The café is also very close by.
The course is located a few hundred meters from the main business district of Gosnells offering plenty of shops and food options.

Getting There

Location of start

The starts starts next to the stage in the Apex amphitheatre.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Transperth bus services stop at various points along Albany highway. For more information, please check transperth.wa.gov.au

Train: Take the Armadale train line, to the Gosnells station. Head north east along Main St and then into Federation Parade. The finish point is approximately 500 metres from the Gosnells station.

Getting there on foot

The finish is just to the west of the Addie Mills Centre on Federation Parade Gosnells. Walk to the finish point and meeting point in the amphitheatre where bags / bicycles and personal belongings can be left. Then follow the marshals instructions to get to the start.

Getting there by road

Heading south east from the Perth CBD, turn left off Albany highway into Main St Gosnells (6110), and then turn into Federation Parade. Park in the street car parking or in the car park on the corner of Federation Pde and Astley St. Then walk to the finishing area and follow the volunteer’s instructions to get to the start.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Lanes Lunch Bar, the other side of Albany Highway - please come and join us!