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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden, St Ives. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and 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 Wildflower 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.
  • Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at this event.
  • 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 Wildflower 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

Paved course through Ku-ring-gai bushland, flowers and trees. This is an out and back course with a start and finish loop. Follow white line from picnic area, starting clockwise. Circle up to car park, turn round, and go back through start line. Then branch left following path/white line, initially down then steeply uphill turning right into sensory garden just pass Info Office/Kiosk. Keep left going clockwise around gardens. Turn left on leaving gardens, following white line and retracing outward course. Bear left to repeat initial circuit up to car park. Turn around and back to start/finish line. Unfortunately as the Sensory Gardens Loop is uneven and narrow it is therefore unsuitable for wheelchair users and participants with buggies may find the course challenging.

As there are native animals and delicate habitats, unfortunately no dogs are allowed at this event.

Facilities

Parking on site (over-spill if required on approach roads). There are toilets, drinking taps, picnic tables, playground and BBQ facilities at the start/finish and elsewhere in the park.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts at the picnic area.

Getting there by public transport

Forest Coach Lines Service 196 services Mona Vale Road, 10 minutes walk from the start/finish from Gordon railway station & St Ives. (Check the timetable forestcoachlines.com.au)

Getting there on foot

Take Richmond Avenue off Mona Vale Road (3km north of St Ives Shopping Village), the Gardens are clearly signed branching right downhill, follow car park signs.

Getting there by road

From Sydney/Upper North Shore - The gardens are “brown” signed along Mona Vale Road in the north bound direction from the Pacific Highway and St Ives Shopping Centre.
From Terry Hills/Northern Beaches - On Mona Vale Road pass exit to St Ives Showground then turn right at the slip lane provide at the top of the hill and the apex of the left hand bend.
Main car park is 200m from start/finish. Overflow car park is mid way between entrance and main car park.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Gardens Information Centre - please come and join us!