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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 Toolern Creek Park, Melton South. The course is run entirely on concrete 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 Toolern Creek 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 Toolern Creek 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

This is an out and back course starting and finishing at the Toolern Creek Park, Bridge Rd Athletics & Hockey Facility.
The course starts on the footpath to the left of the car park and follows around a right corner, and then past the hockey field (be careful to run around the bollards). Continue down the incline and make a sharp left turn at the T intersection. Continue along this path until the turn around flag, then make your way back along the same path, making a sharp right corner to head back up toward the hockey field. Run straight past the hockey field toward the car park, making a left turn where you continue past the start line. Be careful of some more bollards, then make a sharp left turn to now be running straight toward the hockey field, then a sharp right toward the finish line flag which is at the club house. Although the course has undulations along the full length there is only a an 10m 18m rise over 5km.


There are toilets at the athletics & hockey facility, as well as at the Bridge Road Community Centre approximately 200 metres away.
Immediately opposite the athletics track close to Bridge Rd, is a large children's playground.

Getting There

Location of start

The meeting / starting location is at Toolern Creek Park located behind the athletics facility. We all walk together from the meeting location to the start line which is located along the footpath just past the car park.

Getting there by public transport

The closest train station to the Toolern Creek parkrun is Melton, which is on the Ballarat Line. From the Melton train station you would need to walk South down Exford Road before turning left into Bridge Road. This would take approximately 30 minutes from the Melton train station.
For a full timetable of public transport visit the Public Transport Victoria Website and search for Bridge Road, Melton South.

Getting there on foot

From the Melton train station you would need to walk South down Exford Road before turning left into Bridge Road. This would take approximately 30 minutes from the Melton train station.

Getting there by road

The best address to use for the navigation is 82 Bridge Rd, Melton South.

If travelling by car from either Melbourne or Ballarat take the Ferris Road exit from the Western Freeway. After exiting from the freeway head south on Ferris Road past Tabcorp Park. After crossing the train lines take the second right into Bridge Road. Proceed through two roundabouts on Bridge Road and you will see the Bridge Road athletics facility on your left hand side (just before the next roundabout).

Parking: At the sports facility there are approximately 100 car spaces that participants can use and there are no restrictions to parking in the surrounding residential streets. Disabled car spaces are also available.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at Urban 35, 1/222 Ferris Rd, Melton South. There is seating inside and outside - please come and join us!