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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 Sawyer Park, Horsham. The course is run entirely on sealed 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 Wimmera River parkrun, Horsham 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 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 Wimmera River parkrun, Horsham 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

A flat out and back course along the banks of the Wimmera River. The course starts adjacent to the Horsham War Memorial before crossing the river using the Centenary Bridge. After the river crossing, turn left along the sealed path towards and under the Western Highway Bridge to the turn-around point. Then return to the start/finish area using the same paths. The track is a mixture of sealed surfaces.


The closest toilets are behind the Sound-Shell. It is a 300 metre walk from the start/finish area.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts adjacent to the Horsham War Memorial.

Getting there by public transport

The nearest railway station is Horsham, which is a 25 minute walk to the start/finish area.
Bus services are available.
Please check the timetables for availability.

Getting there on foot

The parkrun is an easy walk from either side of the Wimmera River. If walking from the city use Firebrace St or the Botanical Gardens. Use either the Centenary Bridge or the Western Highway Bridge from the opposite side of the river.

Getting there by road

The parkrun can be accessed using Firebrace St and Hocking St from the city centre or O’Callaghans Parade and Hocking St from the Highway. Parking is available at the Horsham Botanic Gardens and the surrounding streets, which are an easy walking distance to the start/finish area.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in a local café (the venue is on a rotation basis and will be announced each week on Facebook and at the run briefing) - please come and join us!