2017 Greater Bank Northparkes Rotary Fun Run

21 May 2017

2KM | 5KM | 10KM

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9:00am Northparkes 10km & Greater Bank 5km Fun Run
10:10am 2km 4 Kids

The 5th annual Greater Bank Northparkes Rotary Fun Run shall be held on Sunday 21st of May 2017!

The event is run on semi rural roads on the outer limits of the Parkes township. The roads are entirely sealed and the late Autumn weather making for ideal running conditions. Now in its fourth year, the event attracts runners from all around the region and provides the perfect opportunity to visit and explore Parkes.

The Northparkes Rotary Fun Run: Run the heart of the Central West!

The  Northparkes Rotary Fun Run is now in it’s third year and the first regional event of the expanding Greater Bank RunNSW series which features iconic Fun Runs across NSW. This year’s event will be the 5th edition of the fun run and welcomes Parkes Rotary are the hosts of the fun run and will also be donating funds raised from the run to local projects.

Greater Bank 5km Course

Starts on Nash Street adjacent Harrison Park and completes a simple yet scenic 2.5km out and back loop (where you turnaround at turnaround 2 on the map).

There will be 2 drink stops along the way.

Northparkes 10km Course

Completes the same first 2.5km as the Greater Bank 5km Fun Run then continues along Nash Street then Back Yamma Road.

There is a turnaround at the 3.5km mark (turn around 1) on Back Yamma Road. From there competitors make their way back along Back Yamma Rd turning right onto Field Road at approximately 5.4km.

After running downhill along Field Road, turn right onto Nash Street and run out to the 5km turnaround (Turnaround 2).

Complete the turnaround and the 2.5km back to the finish. Always remember to run on the right hand side of the road.

For more details view the Northparkes course video on You Tube.

2km 4 Kids Course

The kids 2km will be an out and back section of the 5km/10km course. Kids will run 1km out on the right hand side of the road before turning around and returning the same way.

Event Timetable

7:30am – Registrations open at Harrison Park
8:50am – Final call for all 5km and 10km competitors to go to the start
8:55am – Welcome by the Mayor
9:00am – Event start: 10km and Greater Bank 5km
10:00am – Event start: 2km
10:30am – Presentations commence

We’ve allowed enough time between the Greater Bank 5km and 10km races for participants to cheer on or run with their children in the 2km event.

Runners are to assemble on the start line 10 minutes before the start time.

Entry Details

Entries are online. Select the registration button above to be taken to a secure registration portal. In here you will select your event, create or join a team if you wish and pay for your entry.

5:00pm Thursday 18 May: Early bird entries close. A late fee of $5-$10 applies.
10am – 1pm Saturday 20 May: Bib collection and late entries received
7:30am Sunday 21 May: On the day entries received at Harrison Park

Event Check In and Race Bib/Timing Tag Collection

Once you have entered, you will receive a confirmation invoice email. Please retain this for your event collection and check in. You can check in on either the Saturday or the Sunday.

1. Early check in:
We will be providing an early check in option on Saturday 20th May between 10.00am and 1:00pm at Greenparkes Nursery, Forbes Rd Parkes. This is NOT essential and is only as a service so runners can simply be more organised on race day.
Participants not able to check in on the Saturday, can collect their race bib and timing tag on race day at Harrison Park from 7:30am.

2. Race day check in from 7:30am:
Please allow time to check in on the day if you do not collect on Saturday afternoon. You will pick up an athlete pack at the event ’check in’ tent. This pack will include your Race Bib and your Timing Chip. The Race Bib is to be pinned on the front of your running outfit while the Timing Chip is to be laced into one of your running shoes.

Do I need a timing tag and event bib?
Yes. All runners will be issued with a timing chip for the 10km , Greater Bank 5k and 2.5km 4 kids. You will be required to lace this into your shoe and return the chip after you finish. Runners who do not hand in their chip may be asked to replace it at a cost of $20.

All runners must wear a chest bib which is issued at check in. This needs to be pinned on the chest in clear view of race organisers and volunteers.

RunNSW Membership

Get FREE Entry into all RunNSW Events with the ’2017 RunNSW Membership’ from Athletics NSW. This membership bundles all RunNSW events as well as Traditional Athletics NSW and Athletics Australia events into the one package for a more convenient and cheaper experience. All for only $80 (additional club fee may apply).

Once registered, simply use the ’discount code’ at the bottom of your signup email for FREE entry into all the RunNSW and TrackRUN Events.

Click Here to find out more about the RunNSW Memberships for 2017.

How do I enter for the 2017 RunNSW Northparkes Fun Run?

1. Go to the Register Now button displayed at the top of this page
2. Select your ANSW or Little A’s club or social running team from the team drop down menu. If you are not in a team or club just select Continue.
3. Enter your details, including contact details and you will need a VISA or MasterCard to pay for your entry fee online.
4. Please note the transaction fee is for the online portal supplier active Network. Your statement will also show ’Active Network’ as the payment description.
5. You will receive an email verifying your entry, please keep this email.
6. We will also subscribe you to our Athletics NSW emails including emails regarding the Northparkes Rotary Fun Run and other events within the RunNSW series.

Event Entry Fees

Please note the following entries fees below. The entry fees cover the cost of running the event and for 10km runners also include the cool-dry shirt. Parkes Rotary return any profits from the run back to the Parkes Community.

Northparkes 10km 2017 Entry Fees
Early entry $30
Late entry $40 (after Thursday 18th May)

Greater Bank 5km 2017 Entry Fees
Early entry $20
Late entry $30 (after Thursday 18th May)

2km for kids Entry Fees
Early entry $10
Late entry $15 (After Thursday 18th May)

Below is an interactive map of the Greater Bank Northparkes Rotary Fun Run course. Make sure your browser ‘allows’ the map to be viewed.

Create Maps or find more routes in Parkes from millions at MapMyRun

  • 4 Week Training Program starting on April 25!

    Training program created by Scott Westcott to give you some tips to complete the 5k at the 2017 Greater Bank Northparkes Rotary Fun Run.General Training Tips

    1. ALWAYS stretch after a session and recover properly eat some food including protein within 15 minutes after your
    2. LISTEN to your body. If you are sore or tired, modify the workout or have a rest
    3. ALTER the training days to suit your week swap the days in the program around but keep to the principle of ’hard/easy’ – do not do 2 hard days in a row!
    4. MIX up the terrain you run on; use grass, gravel roads, bush trails and bitumen. Try and avoid concrete.


    Week 1  25 – 30 April
    MondayWalk/jog20 minutes of walking with several 30 second jogs throughout
    TuesdayRest dayStretch you major running muscles (hips, thighs, calves, back and feet)
    WednesdayWalk jog20 minutes of walking with 5 x 1minute jogs throughout
    ThursdayRest day
    FridayJogRun continuous for 3 minutes, walk for 5 minutes. Complete THREE times
    SaturdayWalk/jogWalk/jog for 40min. Try and maintain good pace. Include hilly terrain. Run at a comfortable pace for at least 1min in every 5minutes.
    SundayRest day


    Week 2: 1-7 May
    MondayWalk/jog25 minutes of 3 minutes walking / 2 minutes jogging
    TuesdayCross train10min of stretching major running muscles + a few gentle step ups
    WednesdayLight jogWalk for 10 minutes to warm up. Run for 7min continuously. 5min walk.
    ThursdayRest day
    FridayIntervalsRun continuous for 3 minutes, have 3 minutes rest. Complete 4 times.
    SaturdayWalk/jogWalk for 45min including a 2min jog every 5 minutes.
    SundayRest day


    Week 4: 8-14 May
    MondayWalk/jog24 minutes of 2 minutes walking / 4 minutes jogging
    TuesdayCross train10min of stretching + a few gentle step ups + few push ups
    WednesdayLight jogWalk for 5 minutes to warm up. 10 minute run. 5min walk.
    ThursdayRest day
    FridayIntervals10 min walk to warm up. Complete THREE sets of; 2 minute ’moderate’ run, 2 minute rest, 3 minute ’moderate’ run, 2 minute rest.
    SaturdayWalk/jogWalk/jog for 50min including a 3min jog every 5 minutes. Include hilly terrain
    SundayRest day


    Week 5: 15-21 May  (RACE WEEK!)
    MondayWalk/jog25 minutes of 2 minutes walking / 1 minute jogging
    TuesdayCross train10 min of stretching only
    WednesdayLight jog5 minute warm up walk. 12 minute run rolling along at race intensity for the last 6 minutes. 5 min walk cool down.
    ThursdayRest day
    FridayIntervals8 min VERY slow jog. 5 x relaxed 100m strides at ’moderate’ pace only. Walk back to the start. 5 min walk cool down. Stretch.
    SaturdayRest day
    SundayRace dayArrive at least 30 minutes before the start. Allow for a gentle 5 minute jog to warm up along with some gentle stretches. Control your pace for the first half of the run. Keep your breathing in check as going out too hard is a common mistake. Enjoy yourself and remember to smile when you cross the finish line!

The Heart of the Central West

Parkes NSW is a town with energy and strong rural roots. It is not just a service town to the farming activity that surrounds it but processes a ‘go forward’ community who love to host visitors from out of town! To plan your visit to Parkes check out the Parkes Shire Visitor Guide, a terrific online magazine highlighting the best bits of the Parkes Shire.

Quick Facts

Population: around 10000
Elevation: 330m
Location: Not quite the geographical centre of the state, 4hrs drive west of Sydney, halfway between Melbourne & Brisbane on the Newell Highway.
Transport: Direct flights from Sydney, Newell Hwy runs North/South which is the main arterial road from Melbourne to Brisbane.

What to do in Parkes?

The Dish Cafe – everyone knows the dish but now you can have your cake as well!
Henry Parkes Centre – a Visitors Centre alongside Henry Parkes Museum, Parkes Motor Museum and Antique Machinery Museum. Click here
The King’s Castle – a collection of Elvis artefacts. Click here
The Elvis Festival – held in the heat of January each year, visitors to Parkes in May will have gorgeous autumn conditions.


Hotel Gracelands is our official event partner. Conveniently located in a quiet setting, this beautifully renovated AAA 4 Star Boutique Hotel features high quality accommodation with an amazing Restaurant & Wine Bar. Click here to be taken to their website and to make a booking.

A full accommodation listing can be found on page 32 of the Parkes Shire Visitor Guide.

Area Map


Do I need a timing tag and event bib?

Yes. All runners will be issued with a timing chip for the 10km , Greater 5k and 2.5km 4 kids. You will be required to lace this into your shoe and return the chip after you finish. Runners who do not hand in their chip may be asked to replace it at a cost of $20.

All runners must wear a chest bib which is issued at check in. This needs to be pinned on the chest in clear view of race organisers and volunteers.

What happens at the Start?

The start line will be on Nash St just ahead of the railway line adjacent to Harrison Park.  Runners will be asked to assemble on Harrison Park and then will move to the start line as a group.  Runners need to report to be ready to go around 10 minutes before their race. There will be NO SEEDING groups on the start line so we ask that all runners use common sense to SELF SEED themselves. This means faster runners start at the front, moderate runners in the middle and slower runners/walkers at the back. Any prams should also start at the back. There will be a few brief words and a nice little gee up from the Mayor before we send you on your way.

Where are the drink stations?

There will be TWO drink stations on the 5km course (approx. 2k and 4k) and THREE drink stations on the 10km course (approx. 2k, 4k, 6k, 8k). At the finish you will be provided with a final drink station which will have water and cordial.

Are there km distance markers?

Every km will be marked accurately and identified as either 5k or 10k distance markers.

Where are the toilets?

A men’s and women’s toilet block will be available. Extra toilets will be brought in should numbers require it.

Is there parking?

Plenty of Parking will be available surrounding Harrison Park. Parking attendants will not allow parking on the course however so please allow parking attendants to direct you on the day.

Can my club or school set up a tent?

Yes! Clubs/schools are invited to set up their club tents on Harrison Park. Please email benstlawrence@nswathletics.org.au to book a position for your tent.

What happens at the Finish Line?

The finish is quite exciting for both participants and spectators. Both the 5k and the 10k will share the same finish line. Smile and enjoy your moment as you cross the finish line! You must also ensure that you cross the BLUE FINISH MATS with your timing chip attached to your shoes! Do not slow down until after you cross the mats.

After the finish volunteers will direct you to the post event recovery area where water, sports drink and fruit will be available. Your timing chip will also be collected in this area and placed in the buckets provided. Do not leave with your timing chip!

How can I view my official result?

Runners will be able to see their result on the main score board as soon as they cross the finish line! Live results will also be found via the ANSW live results page; http://www.nswathletics.info/liveresults/  This link will also be active on this website.

Team reults will be listed as cumulative times for the fastest 4 runners in your team. Compiled team results shall appear on the website in the above link.

What Presentations will be held on the day?

Medal presentations will happen as per timetable below:
10:40am 10km winners
10:50am: Greater 5km winners
10:55am: 2km4kids winners
11:00am: Lucky draw prizes

What are the prizes and prize categories?

RunNSW Medals
These will be awarded to the top three runners in each age category
1. Open 10km male/female
2. 40+yrs Masters 10km categories male/female
4. Open 5km male/female (winner receives Greater Building Society Bank Account)
5. Junior U/16 5km male/female
6. U/12 2km male/female
7. 2km team of 4 winners (receive a team trophy)

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