The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is in Bothamley Park, Porirua. The course is run entirely on compacted and smoothed gravel 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

Porirua parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the event as safe as possible, so participants, 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.
  • 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 one dog by your side, within reach at all times, on a short, handheld, non-extendable lead. Please also see this Support Site entry for further details about parkrunning with dogs.
  • 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 Porirua 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 is an out and back course along a graded, smoothed, compacted, gravel track. The track winds its way through a gulley, surrounded by pines and native bush. A creek runs along most of the track. The track is very sheltered, even on stormy days there is hardly any wind so you’ll love running here!
The course rises 40 meters in two 20 meter sections on the way out. The return run is downhill all the way.
Normal running shoes work perfectly here. Elite runners may want to experiment with short spikes


As the course is so sheltered, the local weather on the course will be better than it is at your house. So come on down and enjoy the fresh air in the park.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts at the corner of Windley and Champion Streets, Porirua.

Getting there by public transport

Bus route 226, stop number 2302. Please check timetable before leaving home.

Catch the train to Porirua railway station on the Waikanae line and walk 1.5km via Mepham Place and Champion Street to the start.

Getting there on foot

Bothamley Park has many entrances and is friendly for walkers. Just follow the stream to the parkrun start.

Getting there by road

From SH1, turn off at the Mungavin Interchange and head to Porirua East on Mungavin Avenue. At the Z Petrol Station turn left into Champion Street. Follow Champion Street until the junction with Windley Street. Park on Champion Street inside the white line and walk the short distance from Champion Street to Bothamley Park (signposted).

Please park your car along Champion Street and be responsible about safety and security. Do not leave your keys on, in, or near your vehicle.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Porirua McCafe @ McDonalds on Lyttelton Avenue - please come and join us!