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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 Sale Botanic Gardens, Sale. The course is run on a mixture of concrete paths and 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

Sale 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.
  • 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 Sale 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 course commences on the path at the ‘Leaf’ Soundshell in the Botanic Gardens. Keeping Lake Guthridge on your right, the course heads west, turning left to head around Lake Guyatt. Stay on the high path and continue around the lake before turning right just prior to the carpark. Go across the small wooden bridge before continuing around Lake Guthridge. Please exert caution through the two sets of wooden bollards and on the approach and exit of the wooden bridge. The 2500m turnaround point can be found at the fixed ‘2000m marker’ on Foster Street. The course then tracks back in an anti-clockwise direction, retracing the first half


Toilets can be found approximately 100m from the start area.
Free parking is available off Montgomery Street in the carpark areas or McMahon Drive adjacent to the swimming pool complex. Childrens playground facilities can be found 100m from the start area in the Fauna Park.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts on the path at the ‘Leaf’ Soundshell in the Botanic Gardens.

Getting there by public transport

From the train station (3.2kms away), follow the signs to the town centre and then follow the directions on foot (below). Alternatively take the bus to the Gippsland Centre Sale and then progress through the mall to the Clocktower and follow the directions on foot.

Getting there on foot

From the town centre follow the signs from the Clocktower to the Lake Guthridge precinct, continuing south down Raymond Street to Foster Street. Turn left and head east down Foster Street before turning right at the pool down McMahon Drive. The start is approximately 200m from the corner.

Getting there by road

If heading from the Stratford side of town, head south on the Princes Hwy until the roundabout at Foster Street where you need to turn left. Heading from the western side of town, continue along Foster Street on the Princes Hwy, through the roundabout.
Continue alongside Lake Guthridge until you reach the roundabout on Guthridge Parade. Turn right and then take the next right into Montgomery Street.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in a local café - please come and join us!