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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 at Fawthrop Lagoon, Portland. The course is run on a mixture of bitumen paths and hard packed gravel 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 Portland 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 Portland 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 Portland parkrun course is an out and back course that involves 2 laps of the beautiful Fawthrop lagoon as well as a short section of the canal.

Starting from the Fawthrop Lagoon BBQ area at the end of Hood St, the course heads west in an anticlockwise direction around the Fawthrop Lagoon, following the path. After going over the bridge near the Start/Finish, participants will then turn right and follow the canal in an easterly direction on the north side of the canal. The turnaround point is at the rear of the Portland Grass tennis courts and there will be a parkrun flag to show participants where to turnaround.

On the return, participants will cross the bridge and then complete one further lap of Fawthrop lagoon in a clockwise direction, finishing at the BBQ area at the end of Hood street.


Male and Female toilets available at the soccer club rooms approx 150m from Start / Finish area.
There is also a children’s play area and BBQ facilities near the Start / Finish line.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts from the Fawthrop Lagoon BBQ area at the end of Hood St.

Getting there by public transport

No public transport is available to the event at this time.

Getting there on foot

Access to the start area is available via the Fawthrop Lagoon track from south Portland at the end of Fawthrop St, from West track can be accessed from the end of Gawler St, from Percy St, walk south past soccer club and power house museum to lagoon area.
Please use all marked crossings when making your way to and from the event.

Getting there by road

If using Sat Nav search "Hood Street, Portland Victoria 3305.
From Bentinick St, head south from roundabout at Gawler St take second exit - Cape Nelson Road to roundabout at Glenelg St take second exit - Cape Nelson Rd approx 300m turn right into Hood St.
From South Portland head North down Cape Nelson Rd over Ring Rd overpass - turn left into Hood St.
Limited car parking is available at the end of Hood Street, parking also available on Glenelg St and Cape Nelson Road.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in a nominated café which will be announced at the end of the pre run briefing - please come and join us!