The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Queens Park, Invercargill. The course is run on a mixture of sealed walkways and trail 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.
The Invercargill 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.
- While rare, Lyme Disease is present in areas where deer live, and occasionally passed to human's through infected ticks. See NHS Choices website for more about Lyme Disease, and how to deal with ticks.
We hope these tips help to ensure that Invercargill parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.
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
One lap through Queens Park. Start and finish line is in Queens Park on the St Andrew Street track behind the Southland Cricket Club, Queens Park. A mixture of sealed walkways and trail paths taking you through the western side of the park. The start / finish is a short walk from the main car park on Gala Street, behind the Gala Street reserve with the water fountain.
Two 24-hour Exeloos are available along the route. Toilet facilities also available at start/finish line at Southland Cricket Association.
Along the Route near the band rotunda is a water fountain.
Water taps are available at the Southland Cricket Association.
The route is pram and wheelchair friendly.
The park has a children’s play area, but it is not immediately adjacent to the route.
Location of startThe event starts a short walk from the main Car Park on Gala Street, behind the Gala Street reserve with the Water Fountain.
Getting there by public transportNo public transport available at this time of day.
Getting there on footThe cricket Club is based at 150 Gala Street, access to this is through their gate behind the Gala Street Reserve, on the right hand side of the Fountains.
Getting there by roadIf you are using SATNAV the address is 150 Gala Street, Invercargill.
Long term parking is available on Gala Street, and behind the Gala Street Reserve outside of the main cricket club gates to the left and the right of the Club.
Post Run Coffee
Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Cheeky Llama cafe - please come and join us!