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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 Barry Curtis Park, Flat Bush. The course is run on a mixture of sealed paths, unsealed track and 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 Barry Curtis 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 Barry Curtis 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

A 2.5km loop with a bit of everything. Starting on the grass adjacent to the playground off Stancombe Road, the route begins by running parallel to Stancombe Road following the John Walker Promenade. At the corner of Stancombe and Chapel Roads the track heads up towards the Barry Curtis stage area past park benches and Petanque pitches. Once past the stage area the course rejoins an unsealed path which leads past the church and graveyard before dipping down to run along the bush line. The course continues winding around hugging the bush line before joining the John Walker promenade. The route then heads past the storm water ponds before returning to the playground area and the start line. Having enjoyed the first loop so much, its now time to do it all again!


Toilets, a children's playground and water (drinking) fountains are available.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts opposite the Wetland playground off Stancombe Road.

Getting there by public transport

A number of bus stops traveling in all directions can be found on Stancombe Road and Chapel Road.

Getting there on foot

Barry Curtis Park is a large welcoming park located in the middle of the Flat Bush Region. It is easily accessible by foot from a number of points.

Getting there by road

Stancombe Road can be reached from the North off Chapel Road or by Murphy road by the South. Both East Tamaki Drive and Te Irirangi Drive off ramps can be used if coming off State highway 1.
There is lots of car parking situated off Stancombe Road.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at Sequel Café, 16J Bishop Dunn Place - please come and join us!