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The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at The Ponds Community Hub (The Hub), The Ponds. The course is run on a mixture of concrete paths and grass. 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.
The The Ponds 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 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 The Ponds parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.
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.
The course starts on Riverbank Drive near the corner of Pebble Crescent on a grassed area at the back of The Ponds Community Hub (The Hub). It heads onto the combined walking track and cycleway, at southern side of the Second Ponds Creek. Turn left heading to Levy Cr to cross over the Stanhope Parkway Bridge, then take a sharp right U-turn onto the ramp heading under Stanhope Parkway Bridge. Turn right and proceed up to Mallard Drive, turn right at Mallard Drive pathway, turn right at the footbridge all the way to Paterson Reserve Quakers Hill up to the grassed area (turn around point) parallel to Torbert Avenue. Return via the same route. The course is relatively flat.
- Toilets and parking:The Ponds Shopping Centre.
- Play area: With children's play ground near the start/finish line.
- Drinking water fountain : available along the course
Location of startThe event starts on Riverbank Drive near the corner of Pebble Crescent on a grassed area at the back of The Ponds Community Hub (The Hub).
Getting there by public transport
From Blacktown: Catch a T74 Busways transit and get off at the Riverbank Drive (before Second Ponds Creek Bridge).
From Rouse Hill Town Center: Catch a T71 Busways transit or T63 Hillsbus transit and get off at Conrad Rd (before Keirle Rd). Walk towards Keirle Road turn right and straight to Riverbank Drive towards The Hub.
Getting there on footClose from bus stops.
Getting there by roadThe Ponds Community Hub (The Hub) , Riverbank Drive, The Ponds, NSW 2769
Post Run Coffee
Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in a local café - please come and join us!