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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 in Anderson Park, Napier. The course is run entirely on concrete paths except for a few metres on grass to the finish chute. 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 Anderson 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.
  • Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection spread to humans by infected ticks. Consider protecting yourself by wearing repellent when at parkrun events in grassy or wooded areas. See for further details.
  • 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 Anderson 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

This course runs along flat ground and does two clockwise laps on concrete paths around the perimeter of Anderson Park, followed by one small inside lap which crosses a small stream via two footbridges. The finish chute leaves the path for the last few metres across grass. The start line is near the skate park, and the finish line is 200 metres to the south at the grassed barbecue area next to the Auckland Road car park.


A toilet block is close to the car park at corner Auckland Road and Kennedy Road, a children’s playground is in the same vicinity. Two further car parks are along Kennedy Road and some roadside parking is available too.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts near the skate park.

Getting there by public transport

Currently, there is no public transport available that arrives early enough for the 8am run start.

Getting there on foot

Starting at the Napier supermarkets follow Kennedy Road towards Taradale for approximately 5.5km. Starting at McDonald’s Taradale follow Gloucester Street towards Napier for approximately 2km.

Getting there by road

Anderson Park’s central location within Napier makes it easy to find. Drive from the Napier inner city towards Taradale on Kennedy Road. Drive from Taradale towards Napier on Gloucester Street, which turns seamlessly into Kennedy Road. Drive from Hastings to Napier on the Expressway using the Napier inner city exit turning left into Kennedy Road. The car park at the corner Auckland Road/Kennedy Road is the closest car park to the finish line.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Cafe Florian located in the Greenmeadows New World supermarket - please come and join us!