Please do not attend parkrun if you display any COVID-19 symptoms.

The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Warringal Parklands, Heidelberg. The course is run on a mixture of permanent paths and 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 Warringal Parklands 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 Warringal Parklands 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

Out and back course on open winding parkland. Start and finish at Possum Hollow Playground. Participants head east along the Main Yarra Trail passing the 100 year old Banyule Cattleyards, around the Banyule wetlands turning at the southern end at Banyule Flats. As participants return towards Possum Hollow, look west over the wetlands you can see the 170 year old Banyule Homstead.

Facilities

Toilets, children’s play area, BBQ.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts at Possum Hollow Playground.

Getting there by public transport

Train: Take the train from Flinders Street on the Hurstbridge Line and get off at Heidelberg station. It is a 10 minute walk down Burgundy Street to the start.

Getting there on foot

1.6km walk from Heidelberg train station straight down Burgundy Street turning left at Beverley Rd into Heidelberg Park, crossing Beverley Road into Possum Hollow Playground.

Getting there by road

Take the Eastern Freeway out of Melbourne. Then the Bourke Road exit, turn left onto Bourke Road. Then take a right hand turn at the roundabout onto Lower Heidelberg Road. Take a right hand turn onto Burgundy Street and then left onto Beverley Road. Possum Hollow Playground is located at Warringal Park.

Parking is available at Possum Hollow Playground. Additional parking is also available at Heidelberg Park located across the road from Possum Hollow Playground.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at Chancez Cafe at Possum Hollow which is open from 7am and is located less than 50 meters from our finish line. It's the perfect place for post parkrun debrief and to chat with our amazing volunteer crew - please come and join us!