The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Lions Park, Railton. The course is run entirely on trail 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

Railton parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the event as safe as possible, so participants, 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.
  • 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 one dog by your side, within reach at all times, on a short, handheld, non-extendable lead. Please also see this Support Site entry for further details about parkrunning with dogs.
  • 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 Railton 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

Follow the Tasmanian Trail from Kimberley Road for about 1.5kms, then turn back. After 300 metres turn left into Sykes Reserve. Veer left and follow the trail in a loop through the Reserve then back out onto the Tasmanian Trail. Turn right and after 60 metres turn right again for a second loop of the Reserve before returning to the Tasmanian Trail. Turn right and continue for 360 metres to the turn back point. Turn back and return to the start point.


Lions Park has toilets, water, free bbq and picnic rotunda. Sykes Reserve has picnic tables and interpretation panels.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts on the Tasmanian Trail from Kimberley Road.

Getting there by public transport

Public transport is not available.

Getting there on foot

Lions Park is centrally located within the shopping precinct.
Keen walkers / runners and cyclists may wish to use the Tasmanian Trail as part of a longer activity.

Getting there by road

Lions Park is on the main cross-roads in Railton where the B13 (Kimberley/Railton Road) and B14 (Sheffield Main Road) intersect. From Launceston take the Bass Highway to Elizabeth Town, turn left onto the Railton Road B13 and follow this route through to Railton.
From Devonport / Latrobe follow Mersey Main Road B19 to Frogmore then turn onto the Railton Road B13 and follow through to Railton.
From Sheffield take Sheffield Main Road B14 towards the east and follow through to Railton.

Free kerbside parking is available on Kimberley Road and on Foster Street.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Limestone Bakery Café, located diagonally across the intersection from Lions Park - please come and join us!