Parkruns are a fantastic way to get fit, make friends and challenge yourself. The 5km timed runs take place every week on Saturdays in beautiful parklands. What’s more, they’re FREE! Find a Parkrun, then find your pace!

Recently, even journalist and author Peter Fitzsimons got in on the Parkrun action in beautiful Mosman. ‘I googled it, joined, and last Saturday turned up 7am – my local parkrun is an hour earlier – at that park next to the Spit Bridge. Sure enough, there were 60 local people of all stripes and ages. I ran, and finished in 28 minutes and 52 seconds, which was 90 seconds faster than at Lane Cove, and fastest of my 55+ age group,’ he recalls.

Parkrun is for those serious about beating their personal best time, but it’s also for general fitness, so you can choose how fast you want to run … or even walk the whole way. We’ve also seen people pushing prams and running with dogs, and loads of kids running with their parents.

So, where will you do your five k’s? Here is the list so you can find a Parkrun near you, from Gosford in the north all the way down to Wollongong in the south…

Don’t forget to register before you do your first run, as you will receive a printed barcode that you use to record your time.

1. Mt Penang

When: Every Saturday at 8am.

Where: Mt Penang Parklands, 16 The Avenue, Kariong.

More info: visit the website.

2. Galston

When: Every Saturday at 8am.

Where: Fagan Park, 38-48 Arcadia Road, Galston.

More info: visit the website.

Galston parkrun

Galston Parkrun

3. The Ponds

When: Every Saturday at 8am.

Where: The Ponds Community Hub (The Hub), Riverbank Drive, The Ponds.

More info: visit the website.

4. Penrith Lakes

When: Every Saturday at 8am.

Where: Sydney International Regatta Centre (Entry via Gate A), Old Castlereagh Road, Castlereagh.

More info: visit the website.

5. Curl Curl

When: Every Saturday at 7am.

Where: John Fisher Park, Harbord Road, Curl Curl.

More info: visit the website.

6. Mosman 

When: Every Saturday at 8am.

Where: Spit West Reserve, Spit Road, Mosman.

More info: visit the website. (Also, see main photo above.)

7. Parramatta

When: Every Saturday at 8am.

Where: George Kendell Riverside Park, 38 Spofforth Street, Ermington.

More info: visit the website.

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Parramatta Parkrun

8. Rhodes

When: Every Saturday at 8am.

Where: Victoria Ave, West Concord.

More info: visit the website.

9. St Peters

When: Every Saturday at 8am.

Where: Sydney Park, Sydney Park Road, St Peters.

More info: visit the website.

10. Cooks River

When: Every Saturday at 8am.

Where: Saint Mary Mackillop Reserve, Cnr Canterbury Road and Berna Street, Canterbury.

More info: visit the website.

11. Panania

When: Every Saturday at 8am.

Where: Deep Water Reserve, Off Henry Lawson Drive (access on Webster Street), Milperra.

More info: visit the website.

12. Menai

When: Every Saturday at 8am.

Where: Parc Menai, Menai Road, Menai.

More info: visit the website. Also, check out the Sydney Sport event pages

13. Campbelltown

When: Every Saturday at 7am.

Where: Hurricane Drive, Raby.

More info: visit the website.

14. Cronulla

When: Every Saturday at 7am.

Where: Don Lucas Reserve, 1R Mitchell Road, Cronulla.

More info: visit the website.

Cronulla parkrun

Cronulla Parkrun

15. Sandon Point

When: Every Saturday at 8am.

Where: Bulli Surf Life Saving Club, Trinity Row, Bulli.

More info: visit the website.

Have you joined the Parkrun fun yet? Where do you go? Tell us about your experience in the comments section below.

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