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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 Blacktown Football Park, Rooty Hill. The course is run entirely on asphalt 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 Rooty Hill 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.
  • 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 Rooty Hill 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

Course consists of flat wide path. Start will be 150 metres along track from Rear Carpark Blacktown Football Park, (entry to WSP dual walkway/cycleway to GWH). Head along the path towards the Great Western Highway where you will be directed to make a turn to head on back home, keep heading back to the start and just around the 4km mark you will be directed to turn to your right, which we call the dog leg. You will follow the path until you reach a bollard just before crossing the bridge and turn around and then proceed to head back to T intersection and head on to the finish line.

Facilities

Black town City Council has provided Amenities at the Pavilion from 7am which is 150 metres from start and finish line and main carpark.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts 150 metres along track from Rear Carpark Blacktown Football Park.

Getting there by public transport

Rooty Hill train station is approximately 21 minutes’ walk from the Blacktown Football Park via M7 walkway. Trains run regularly every 20 minutes, Western line from Central, Granville, Parramatta.

Getting there on foot

M7 walkway.

Getting there by road

Eastern Road accessible from Doonside road and also intersection of Knox road, M7, M4. Also Entry from west by Francis Street, and Rooty Hill road South.
Sat NAV instructions, Go to Blacktown Football park, Eastern road, Rooty Hill.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in a variety of cafes in Rooty Hill; Bello 96 at 92-96 North Parade or Jas My Waffles at 6 Rooty Hill Road North - please come and join us!