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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 Victory Heights Recreational Trails, Gympie. The course is run entirely on trail 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 Victory Heights Trail 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.
  • Due to the terrain parts of the course may make it harder for people with buggies & pushchairs - please contact the team in advance for further information.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Victory Heights Trail 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

100% trail run with a mix of fireroad and single trail going primarily in a clockwise direction. Follow all directional posts that are signed 5km with the arrow showing which direction to go. Victory Heights Recreational Trails is a shared multi-use facility, frequented by mountain bike riders and walkers. All directional signs MUST be followed and there are many trails where participants are not to enter. The start line is approximately 250 metres from the finish area.

Due to the terrain parts of the course may make it harder for people with buggies & pushchairs - please contact the team in advance for further information.

Dogs are prohibited within the facility except when securely restrained on a lead and in the company of their owner. Owners are responsible for collecting and disposing of their dog’s faeces by bin disposal or burial in a location where it will not come into contact with trail users. Dogs that are not well socialised or that have the potential to act aggressively towards other animals or people must not be brought onto the facility. Under no circumstances are dogs to be allowed onto any mountain bike specific trail within the facility.

Facilities

There is a large undercover shelter with tables and chairs where the finish line is, there is access to water as well and out the front of the facility is a toilet block that is opened at 6am every day. Victory Store is also across the road for food and drinks.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts at Victory Heights Recreational Trails.

Getting there by public transport

There is no public transport available on Saturdays.
Gympie North train station is 2.2km away. From the train station, walk north 30m towards Station Access, turn right onto Station Access for 600m, turn right onto Sandy Ck Road for 1.3km, continue onto Old Wolvi Rd for 30m, slight right onto Wolvi Rd for 190m, continue onto Bath Terrace for 30m and destination is on the right.

Getting there on foot

From the 5 ways roundabout at the end of Mary Street, continue onto Mellor Street for 650m, turn left onto Chapple Street for 600m, turn left onto Stewart Terrace for 800m, slight right to stay on Stewart Terrace for 100m, continue onto Bath Tce for 400 metres and Victory Heights Trails will be on the left.

Getting there by road

Using Maps/Sat Nav, enter Victory Heights Recreational Trails on Bath Terrace, Gympie, 4570.

From the south of Gympie - Follow Bruce Hwy/A1 and State Route 15 to Bath Terrace in Gympie.

From the north of Gympie - Turn left off Bruce Hwy onto Fraser Rd and take Old Maryborough Rd to Bath Terrace in Gympie.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in All in the Cup Cafe and Roastery - please come and join us!