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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 Waikanae Beach Playground, Gisborne. The course is run entirely on tarmac 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 Gisborne 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 Gisborne 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

Starting at the Waikanae Beach Playground, an out and back route along the city riverbank walkway parallel to the beach heading into town to the turn-around cone situated approximately 25m past the northern end of Grey Street. Returning back along the walkway past the Waikanae Beach Playground using the ramp at Roberts Road to turn around again and returning back to Waikanae Beach Playground for the finish.


There are toilets, outdoor showers, a playground and benches at the Waikanae Beach Playground start area. There is a grassy area where children can play at the start/finish.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts at the Waikanae Beach Playground.

Getting there by public transport

There is no weekend public transport service in Gisborne.

Getting there on foot

From Gladstone Rd/Roebuck Rd roundabout:
Head southeast on Gladstone Rd toward Carnarvon St. Go through 2 roundabouts before turning right onto Reads Quay. Continue along the riverside walkway for 800m.
From Balance Street Village:
Head southwest on Balance St toward Stout St. Turn left onto Stout St, then turn right onto Fitzherbert St. Continue onto Peel St. Turn left onto Reads Quay then continue along the riverside walkway for 800m.
From Kaiti Mall:
Head northwest on State Hwy 35, toward Craig Rd. Turn left onto Reads Quay, continue along the riverside walkway for 800m.

Getting there by road

Enter Waikanae Beach Playground, Gisborne 4010 into SATNAV or google maps.
From the Gisborne i-site:
Head south on Grey St. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and continue along Grey St.
From Wainui (North of Gisborne):
Head southwest on State Hwy 35 toward Oneroa Rd. Turn left to stay on State Hwy 35. At the roundabout take the 2nd exit and continue along State Hwy 35. At the second roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Grey Street.
From Hexton:
Head southeast on Back Ormond Rd toward Glenelg Rd. Continue onto Ormond Rd. Turn right onto Lytton Rd. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Gladstone Rd. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Stanley Rd. At the roundabout take the 1st exit onto Childers Rd. Continue along Childers Rd to Grey St. At the roundabout take the third exit onto Grey St. Continue along Grey St.
From Makaraka (State Hwy 2):
Head northeast on Main Rd, continue onto Gladstone Rd, at the roundabout take the 3rd exit onto Stanley Rd. At the roundabout take the 1st exit onto Childers Rd. Continue along Childers Rd to Grey St. At the roundabout take the third exit onto Grey St. Continue along Grey St.
The southern end of Grey Street has parking spaces for 64 vehicles. Parking is free. Caution required around children in the car park. There are 24 parking spots next to the tennis courts on the other side of the Waikanae Beach Playground which can be accessed via Awapuni Road

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Just Good Juice - please come and join us!