The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at the Ballast Ground near Stockton Ferry Wharf, Stockton. The course is run entirely on cerment 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 Stockton 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.
  • Runners wishing to run with a dog are welcome, but please keep the dog on a short lead or 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 also welcome, but please take extreme care of other runners around you. If possible start from the back of the field and try to keep to one side of the main body of runners.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Stockton parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.

Age Grading

All parkrun events use Age Grading to help athletes 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

This is a flat 5km loop course that follows the Stockton foreshore walking track taking in views of the Hunter River, Newcastle Harbour, Nobbys Lighthouse,and Stockton Beach.
The course begins to the east of the iconic Stockton Ferry at the end of Mitchell St. The run begins following the foreshore walking track eastwards along Newcastle Harbour past the Lions Park and playground with views of Nobbys Headland and Lighthouse. The course loops back eastwards at the Stockton Breakwall and travels back towards the ferry. The course continues along the Harbour along the along the Ballast ground and Hunter River towards the Stockton boat ramp and Sailing Club with its many resident pelicans. The track continues along the Hunter River to the turnaround point at the Stcokton Scout Hall.


There are a number of public toilets and drinking fountains along the course. There are two public toilets, one just past the boat ramp and one near the Stockton ferry wharf. Two water fountains are positioned along the course before the ferry wharf. There are two playgrounds along the course at the Stockton Sailing Club and the Lions Park past the Stockton ferry wharf.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts at the first picnic hut on the ballast ground near Stockton Ferry Wharf.

Getting there by public transport

The Stockton parkrun can be accessed by public transport using Newcastle Ferries that depart from Queens Wharf at 7:35 am and return 8:50 and 9:15am.
Buses to Stockton are available from Newcastle which stop in Fern Bay on the way and stop at the ferry. Public transport information can be accessed on the Transport Buses website.

Getting there on foot

From the ferry terminal in Stockton turn right and the run start line is at the first picnic hut on the ballast ground.

Getting there by road

When entering Stockton follow Fullerton St to the end of the peninsula to the Ferry Wharf. There is plenty of off road parking available near the ferry wharf.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the local coffee van - please come and join us!