The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at O'Callaghan Park, Zillmere. The course is run entirely on grass. 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 Zillmere 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.
  • Runners wishing to run with a dog are welcome, but please keep the dog on a short lead or 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 also 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 Zillmere 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

We meet at the back of the North Star Soccer club for a briefing at 06:45. We then move to the start line adjacent to the soccer fields.

The course then follows the fence line including turning right until you reach the creek where you turn left and follow along the creek to where you cross the bridge and turn right following along the opposite side creek to the white pole then turn left up to the fence along the train line.

Follow along the fence until you reach a marshal who will direct you along the other creek. When you reach the causeway across the creek run to the fence along the trainline where there will be a turnaround and turn back following the fence line all the way to the creek.

Turn left and follow the creek all the way back to the causeway where you cross and turn right following the creek again to the next turnaround then back and cross back over the first bridge.

Turn left and do two laps of the ovals and cross the finish line.

The course is flat on grass with two dry creek crossings. In the event of heavy rain and flooding, the event will be cancelled.


The North Star Soccer Club has kindly allowed parkrunners to use the facilities in its clubhouse right behind the start/finish area.

Getting There

Location of start

We meet at the back of the North Star Soccer club for a briefing at 06:45. We then move to the start line adjacent to the soccer fields.

Getting there by public transport

The closest railway station is Zillmere Station.

Getting there on foot

The start/finish area is about 600 meters from the station. Head east along Zillmere Road and turn right into Jennings street. The event is on the left.

Getting there by road

Zillmere parkrun is located on Jennings Road Zillmere and the start finish is behind the North Star Soccer Club. Simply turn south into Jennings Road from Zillmere road and the event is about 1200 metres on your left.

Parking is available at North Star Soccer Club and some of the surrounding grounds as well in Jennings Street.

Please note that under the terms of our approval to use the park, parkrunners are not permitted to use the carpark at the AFL Club.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at North Star Soccer Club Kiosk - please come and join us!