run report #379, 16.01.2019

Please note that for the next 3 weeks we will be running a slightly modified course (same start and finish) to accomodate the construction works for the Grand Prix. We will operate every Saturday except March 16 when we are cancelled

In event #379, 502 finishers and 32 volunteers enjoyed a beautiful, sunny morning for a parkrun.

Thank you to Wonderful Volunteers
Thank you to Run Director Joanne WATKINS and a terrific group of volunteers including Adam PAUL, Adrienne KNELL, Alexandra MERRETT, Anne BROWNE, Beatrice ROBERTS, Caitlin EWING, Darrell HUTCHINSON, George FORNALSKI, Glenn CREMIN, Gordon EWING, Grischelle JAMISAL, Jean HOBDAY, Jo BUCKLE, Julie BOYD, Julie HUTCHINSON, Kelly RICHARDSON, Lee ANDERSON, Martin VAN RUN, Matthew LEWSAM, Melissa ALDERTON, Monica WONG, Nigel RICHARDSON, Paula HARRIS, Peter BEARSLEY, Peter LOGAN, Samantha JAYNE-COUPE, Samuel RICHARDSON, Stephanie ARMSTRONG, Toby RICHARDSON, Vin MARTIN and Yazmin HIGHAM.

Stay well-hydrated in hot weather and stay safe around Victorian beaches

On warm days, make sure you are well-hydrated before your parkrun, and don't hesitate to have a drink at one of many water fountains around the course. Parents, take particular note if your child is thirsty or gets distressed.
Remember parkrun is a run not a race, and we want everyone to finish safely.

For our visitors from interstate and overseas, please be very careful if you visit the beach or other waterways. Only swim at beaches patrolled by life savers. Detailed guidance can be found at:

https://www.watersafety.vic.gov.au/

Milestones, PBs and Best Wishes

Congratulations to Christopher Kyndt on completing 100 parkruns and, when next Saturday comes around, on volunteering for a 25th time. Chris began parkrun in December 2013 and has run 65 times at Albert and at 15 other venues. Christopher has volunteered in 24 roles and will qualify for the '25 club" when he volunteers next Saturday. That is once for every 4 completed parkruns. Well done, Christopher for your valuable contribution to parkrun.

Congratulations to Nick Coull who chalked up his 50th parkrun. Nick has run 38 times at Albert Melbourne after starting parkrun back in 2017. Nick has volunteered twice. Well done, Nick on your parkrun journey.

Congratulations to 77 PB achievers including Elizabeth Ross who sensationally lowered her PB by 39 seconds in her 60th parkrun around the lake.

Welcome First Timers
For all visitors - thank you for coming! It is terrific to share Albert Melbourne parkrun with parkrunners from other states, other countries and other parts of Victoria.

There were 103 first timers to Albert Melbourne, including 37 doing their first ever parkrun and 66 visiting from elsewhere.

Photos
Thank you Grischelle Jamisal for the excellent photos which you can view on our Facebook page.

Volunteers needed in coming weeks

Volunteers make parkrun happen. To volunteer:

• Add your name to the volunteer roster at Future Roster or

• E-mail the date you can help and any preference for volunteer role to albertmelbourneoffice@parkrun.com or

• Place your name on the clipboard at parkrun on Saturday. The clipboard will be located either near the barcode scanners or with a volunteer gathering names.

If you need to withdraw your name from the volunteer roster, PLEASE e-mail your non-attendance to albertmelbourneoffice@parkrun.com . Steps can then be made to find a replacement volunteer.

As a guide, aim to volunteer once for every 8-10 parkruns you run or walk.

Aim to arrive by 7.45 for critical pre-event briefings

At 7.45, parkrunners new to parkrun or to Albert Melbourne receive a special 'first timers' briefing on the layout of the course and the way your time is recorded.

At 7.50, everyone receives a general briefing covering any changes to course or conditions, gentle reminders to self-seed, stay left and be courteous to other lake users and celebrations of parkrun milestones (e.g. 50, 100 or 250 parkruns, 25 volunteering efforts).

No printed barcode = No result = No exceptions

PRINTED barcodes are used at all our events to record your result. You can print paper barcodes after your once-off registration; you can preserve barcodes by laminating them. Durable plastic keytags and elastometric wristbands are also available (see below for links).

DO NOT request a scan of your barcode from your phone because the scanners do not read mobile phones or other screens.

Please DO NOT ASK for an exception to the printed barcode rule. Our volunteers have no authority to record your time without a barcode.

No-one leaves the parkrun precinct with a plastic finishing token

Always hand in the token when your barcode is scanned. Always hand in the token if you do not have a barcode. Always hand in the token !!

Safety first for runners and all park users: parkrun is a run or walk, not a race

Safety is a primary consideration and expectation of all park users, be they runners, walkers, dogs, rowers or swans.

For your safety and the safety of others:

• TURN UP ON TIME and SELF-SEED at the start of the event: sub-20 minute runners in the front row; walkers to the rear; everyone else sensibly arranged in between;

• KEEP TO THE LEFT ALWAYS;

• GIVE WAY TO ONCOMING PEDESTRIANS, RUNNERS AND OTHER PARK USERS;

• AVOID OVERTAKING near the Carousel, (1km), just past halfway (2.6km), at the northern end of the lake (around 4 km) and in front of the rowing sheds at halfway and near the finish; and

• running with ONE dog is allowed (but not two or more). Keep the dog on a SHORT leash. You are solely responsible for making sure that your dog or the dog's lead does not touch or tangle other other runners, walkers, swans or park users.

CAN I RUN WITH A PUSHER OR BUGGY AT ALBERT MELBOURNE parkrun? Yes, but please take care of other runners around you. If running or walking with a baby pusher, you are solely responsible for making sure that the pusher does not touch or impede other parkrunners, walkers or park users. If possible, start from the back of the field and try to keep to one side of the main body of runners. Do not attempt to overtake on narrow parts of the course. Only the runner pushing, not the seated child, can register as a finisher. Please note that in parkrun you are allowed to run or walk with a dog or a pusher, but not both at the same time.

At all times, be courteous to rowers moving their boats near the edge of the lake or rowing sheds.

Peak breeding season for black swans extends from June to December. Runners and walkers, particularly those who have dogs, please be careful of our feathered friends and their young chicks.

Post-run coffee

Join us for a coffee or breakfast after parkrun at Carousel (the cafe we run past beside the lake, near the 1km mark) or Emerald Hill Cafe (189 Bank Street).

Parking

• Free parking within a 5 - 10 minute walk from parkrun in Canterbury Road, Albert Road, Clarendon St and Moray St (but read parking signs carefully).
• Car park adjacent to lake: flat fee of $5.20, payable by credit card.

Preserve your barcode

Preserve your barcode by:
* Laminating a barcode to keep it sturdy; OR
* Ordering a durable plastic key tag; OR
* Ordering a elastomeric wristband from Bentlogic.

Twitter - You can also follow us on Twitter. @albertparkrunau
Instagram - You can also follow us on Instagram. @albertmelbourneparkrun

What's coming up? Join the parkrun team in these events

Launch of The Swim Project
The Swim Project is a social enterprise which empowers, educates and supports young adults from diverse backgrounds to learn to swim. They value building community through swimming so it is as much what they do out of the water as in the water. There have been 99 drownings recorded nationally this Summer since 1st December 2018 and young adults between 18 and 34 years make up 34% of this statistic.

The official launch for The Swim Project will be held in Brunswick on Saturday 2 March and the special guest speaker will be Australian Paralympic Swimmer and World Record Holder, Order of Australia Medal recipient Matt Levy. This is a unique opportunity to gain leadership insights and learn how to building high performance teams and a growth mindset in the face of insurmountable challenges.

Launch: Saturday March 2nd
Facebook page: The Swim Project

Herald Sun/Transurban Run for the Kids
Date: Sunday 7 April 2019
Location: Marvel Stadium, Harbour Esplanade, Docklands
Distances: 12.9 km (9:00 a m) & 5.6km (10:15 a m)
Website: http://www.vrr.org.au/event/new-years-eve-run-breakfast-2018/

Geelong Half Marathon
Date: Sunday, 14 April 2019
Distances - 21.1km (7:30 a m start) and 7km (8:00 a m)
Location - James Harrison Bridge, on the south side of Barwon River.
Website:http://www.gccc.asn.au/index.php/geelong-half-marathon/event-details/
Half marathon participant limit: 1,000.

Great Ocean Road Running Festival
Date: 18-19 May 2019
Location: Great Ocean Road,
Distances: 60, 44, 23, 14, 6km
Website: http://greatoceanroadrunfest.com.au/

This parkrun report was written by Vin Martin and published by Scott Watkins.

Please let us know if there is anything you would like us to include in the run reports (announcements, special shout outs, birthdays etc
etc) - email
albertmelbourneoffice@parkrun.com.

See you at 8 a m on Saturday 23 February for Albert Melbourne parkrun #380.

Please gather by 7.45 a m for the first timers briefing ahead of the general pre-event briefing and milestone celebrations at 7.50 a m.

 

run report #378, 09.01.2019

In event #378, 499 finishers and 25 volunteers enjoyed a cracker of a day for a parkrun. Cool, slight breeze, great scenery.

Congratulations to Shane Thiele whose first finish in 16:30 broke the event's VM40-44 age record that had stood for over 4 years.

Thank you to Wonderful Volunteers
Thank you to Run Director Scott WATKINS and a terrific group of volunteers including Alix MATTHEWS, Ann SOUTHERINGTON, Chris LONG, Daniel BARLOW, Daniel USSHER, David PARKIN, Ed CHAN, Gail KING, James THAI, Janardhan Reddy YARRAMADDU, Jean HOBDAY, Joanna MARKWICK, Joanne WATKINS, Jusuf AGIL, Kate VELLA, Kirstin BULL, Lauren COCKERELL, Nick HALES, Paul TAIT, Samantha JAYNE-COUPE, Sarah BARLOW, Sean HELMOT, Tim CROSBIE and Vin MARTIN.

The CROSBIE CREW provided many volunteers in this parkrun. The Crosbie Crew is a Melbourne based running group that provides training opportunities for runners of any ability across a range of events and distances. Check them out at:

http://crosbiecrew.org.au/Home.html .

Stay well-hydrated in hot weather and stay safe around Victorian beaches

On warm days, make sure you are well-hydrated before your parkrun, and don't hesitate to have a drink at one of many water fountains around the course. Parents, take particular note if your child is thirsty or gets distressed.
Remember parkrun is a run not a race, and we want everyone to finish safely.

For our visitors from interstate and overseas, please be very careful if you visit the beach or other waterways. Only swim at beaches patrolled by life savers. Detailed guidance can be found at:

https://www.watersafety.vic.gov.au/

Milestones, PBs and Best Wishes

Congratulations to Ann Southerington on volunteering 25 times. Ann joined parkrun back in 2015, and volunteers once on average for every 4 parkruns she finishes (and every 5 breakfasts she enjoys at Emerald Hill cafe). In this event, Ann introduced her sister, Kay, to parkrun. Thank you Ann for your great contribution to parkrun.

Congratulations to Marianne Hutchinson who chalked up her 50th parkrun. Marianne has run 42 times at Albert Melbourne after starting parkrun back in February 2012. She has volunteered 15 times, or once for every three completed parkruns. Well done Marianne on your terrific contribution to parkrun.

Congratulations to Rebecca Lyness who chalked up her 50th parkrun today. And what better to mark the occasion than to run a "Southern Hemisphere PB". Rebecca, who lives in the UK, has run 16 times at Coventry and only run 6 times at Albert Melbourne. She is a sister to Richard Lyness, a sister-in-law to Sue and auntie to Rosie – all 100 club members. Well done, Rebecca.

Congratulations to Jamie Kleiber on completing 10 parkruns - a great achievement for a junior parkrunner.
Congratulations to 74 PB achievers including Jacqueline and Adrian Shiel, who both set out in this event to run PBs and break 25 minutes for the first time. And they achieved their goals with 14 seconds to spare.

Welcome First Timers
For all visitors - thank you for coming! It is terrific to share Albert Melbourne parkrun with parkrunners from other states, other countries and other parts of Victoria.

There were 96 first timers to Albert Melbourne, including 38 doing their first ever parkrun and 58 visiting from elsewhere.

Photos
Thank you Jusuf AGIL, Albert Melbourne regular and member of the Crosbie Crew, for excellent photos which you can view on our Facebook page.

Volunteers needed in coming weeks

Volunteers make parkrun happen. To volunteer:

• Add your name to the volunteer roster at Future Roster or

• E-mail the date you can help and any preference for volunteer role to albertmelbourneoffice@parkrun.com or

• Place your name on the clipboard at parkrun on Saturday. The clipboard will be located either near the barcode scanners or with a volunteer gathering names.

If you need to withdraw your name from the volunteer roster, PLEASE e-mail your non-attendance to albertmelbourneoffice@parkrun.com . Steps can then be made to find a replacement volunteer.

As a guide, aim to volunteer once for every 8-10 parkruns you run or walk.

Aim to arrive by 7.45 for critical pre-event briefings

At 7.45, parkrunners new to parkrun or to Albert Melbourne receive a special 'first timers' briefing on the layout of the course and the way your time is recorded.

At 7.50, everyone receives a general briefing covering any changes to course or conditions, gentle reminders to self-seed, stay left and be courteous to other lake users and celebrations of parkrun milestones (e.g. 50, 100 or 250 parkruns, 25 volunteering efforts).

No printed barcode = No result = No exceptions

PRINTED barcodes are used at all our events to record your result. You can print paper barcodes after your once-off registration; you can preserve barcodes by laminating them. Durable plastic keytags and elastometric wristbands are also available (see below for links).

DO NOT request a scan of your barcode from your phone because the scanners do not read mobile phones or other screens.

Please DO NOT ASK for an exception to the printed barcode rule. Our volunteers have no authority to record your time without a barcode.

No-one leaves the parkrun precinct with a plastic finishing token

Always hand in the token when your barcode is scanned. Always hand in the token if you do not have a barcode. Always hand in the token !!

Safety first for runners and all park users: parkrun is a run or walk, not a race

Safety is a primary consideration and expectation of all park users, be they runners, walkers, dogs, rowers or swans.

For your safety and the safety of others:

• TURN UP ON TIME and SELF-SEED at the start of the event: sub-20 minute runners in the front row; walkers to the rear; everyone else sensibly arranged in between;

• KEEP TO THE LEFT ALWAYS;

• GIVE WAY TO ONCOMING PEDESTRIANS, RUNNERS AND OTHER PARK USERS;

• AVOID OVERTAKING near the Carousel, (1km), just past halfway (2.6km), at the northern end of the lake (around 4 km) and in front of the rowing sheds at halfway and near the finish; and

• running with ONE dog is allowed (but not two or more). Keep the dog on a SHORT leash. You are solely responsible for making sure that your dog or the dog's lead does not touch or tangle other other runners, walkers, swans or park users.

CAN I RUN WITH A PUSHER OR BUGGY AT ALBERT MELBOURNE parkrun? Yes, but please take care of other runners around you. If running or walking with a baby pusher, you are solely responsible for making sure that the pusher does not touch or impede other parkrunners, walkers or park users. If possible, start from the back of the field and try to keep to one side of the main body of runners. Do not attempt to overtake on narrow parts of the course. Only the runner pushing, not the seated child, can register as a finisher. Please note that in parkrun you are allowed to run or walk with a dog or a pusher, but not both at the same time.

At all times, be courteous to rowers moving their boats near the edge of the lake or rowing sheds.

Peak breeding season for black swans extends from June to December. Runners and walkers, particularly those who have dogs, please be careful of our feathered friends and their young chicks.

Post-run coffee

Join us for a coffee or breakfast after parkrun at Carousel (the cafe we run past beside the lake, near the 1km mark) or Emerald Hill Cafe (189 Bank Street).

Parking

• Free parking within a 5 - 10 minute walk from parkrun in Canterbury Road, Albert Road, Clarendon St and Moray St (but read parking signs carefully).
• Car park adjacent to lake: flat fee of $5.20, payable by credit card.

Preserve your barcode

Preserve your barcode by:
* Laminating a barcode to keep it sturdy; OR
* Ordering a durable plastic key tag; OR
* Ordering a elastomeric wristband from Bentlogic.

Twitter - You can also follow us on Twitter. @albertparkrunau
Instagram - You can also follow us on Instagram. @albertmelbourneparkrun

What's coming up? Join the parkrun team in these events

Herald Sun/Transurban Run for the Kids
Date: Sunday 7 April 2019
Location: Marvel Stadium, Harbour Esplanade, Docklands
Distances: 12.9 km (9:00 a m) & 5.6km (10:15 a m)
Website: http://www.vrr.org.au/event/new-years-eve-run-breakfast-2018/
Geelong Half Marathon
Date: Sunday, 14 April 2019
Distances - 21.1km (7:30 a m start) and 7km (8:00 a m)
Location - James Harrison Bridge, on the south side of Barwon River.
Website:http://www.gccc.asn.au/index.php/geelong-half-marathon/event-details/
Half marathon participant limit: 1,000.

This parkrun report was written by Vin Martin and published by Scott Watkins.

Please let us know if there is anything you would like us to include in the run reports (announcements, special shout outs, birthdays etc
etc) - email
albertmelbourneoffice@parkrun.com.

See you at 8 a m on Saturday 16 February for Albert Melbourne parkrun #379.

Please gather by 7.45 a m for the first timers briefing ahead of the general pre-event briefing and milestone celebrations at 7.50 a m.

 

run report #377, 02.01.2019

In event #377 on 2 February, 533 finishers and 26 volunteers showed their true colours and enjoyed near perfect weather for parkrunning. Just another day in paradise.

Some of us have Phil Collins on the brain at present.
Here is a song a 'parkrunning Phil' might have written:
Did you feel it running round the course today? parkrun
And I've been waiting for this moment to run 5k. parkrun
Will you feel it running on the course next week? parkrun, parkrun.

Thank you to Wonderful Volunteers
Thank you to Run Director Joanne WATKINS and a terrific group of volunteers including Adrian SHIEL, Alana BRENNAN, Ashne MILLIS, Barry TOLL, Belinda EMERY, Daniel NYE, Fiona YOUNG, Glenn SELLMAN, Grischelle JAMISAL, Hannah COX, Jo BUCKLE, John WARBURTON, Julie HUTCHINSON, Kai OOI, Lauren STOOT, Leor KARP, Lucy TAYLER, Nigel FANNING, Paula HARRIS, Sandra MURPHY, Scott WATKINS, Shannon CRANE, Tony GUTTMANN, Vin MARTIN, Joan LOGAN and Warrick BURGESS.

Stay well-hydrated in hot weather and stay safe around Victorian beaches

With heatwaves predicted in coming weeks, make sure you are well-hydrated before your parkrun, and don't hesitate to have a drink at one of many water fountains around the course. Parents, take particular note if your child is thirsty or gets distressed.
Remember parkrun is a run not a race, and we want everyone to finish safely.

For our visitors from interstate and overseas, please be very careful if you visit the beach or other waterways. Only swim at beaches patrolled by life savers. Detailed guidance can be found at:

https://www.watersafety.vic.gov.au/

Milestones, PBs and Best Wishes

Congratulations to Sandra MURPHY on joining the purple club, volunteering 25 times. She has volunteered in 9 different roles – we love people who are flexible. Sandra volunteers once on average for every 4 completed parkruns – an amazing average. Thank you Sandra for your invaluable contribution to the parkrun community.

Congratulations to Nicole Schroen, David Burns, Martin Jagusch and Jean Hobday on completing their 50th parkrun.

Congratulations to Noah Ockwell on completing 10 parkruns - a great achievement for a junior parkrunner.

Thank you to Lucy Tayler. She was our wonderful timekeeper in this event and has volunteered more than 70 times at Albert Melbourne including 10 times as Run Director. Lucy has been an invaluable contributor at Albert Melbourne, and an amazing friend to many. We wish Lucy safe travels as she returns to New Zealand.

Congratulations to 83 PB achievers including Ashne Millis, our parkrun ambassador, who ran her fastest parkrun time ever - in her 174th parkun across 34 parkrun venues. So what is Ashne's secret? Perhaps it is the fact that Ashne has volunteered a whopping 66 times at Albert and elsewhere along the way. Well done Ashne.

Welcome First Timers
For all visitors - thank you for coming! It is terrific to share Albert Melbourne parkrun with parkrunners from other states, other countries and other parts of Victoria.

There were 109 first timers to Albert Melbourne, including 41 doing their first ever parkrun and 68 visiting from elsewhere.

Photos
Thank you Shannon CRANE for the excellent photos which you can view at photos here

Volunteers needed in coming weeks

Volunteers make parkrun happen. To volunteer:

• Add your name to the volunteer roster at Future Roster or

• E-mail the date you can help and any preference for volunteer role to albertmelbourneoffice@parkrun.com or

• Place your name on the clipboard at parkrun on Saturday. The clipboard will be located either near the barcode scanners or with a volunteer gathering names.

If you need to withdraw your name from the volunteer roster, PLEASE e-mail your non-attendance to albertmelbourneoffice@parkrun.com . Steps can then be made to find a replacement volunteer.

As a guide, aim to volunteer once for every 8-10 parkruns you run or walk.

Aim to arrive by 7.45 for critical pre-event briefings

At 7.45, parkrunners new to parkrun or to Albert Melbourne receive a special 'first timers' briefing on the layout of the course and the way your time is recorded.

At 7.50, everyone receives a general briefing covering any changes to course or conditions, gentle reminders to self-seed, stay left and be courteous to other lake users and celebrations of parkrun milestones (e.g. 50, 100 or 250 parkruns, 25 volunteering efforts).

No printed barcode = No result = No exceptions

PRINTED barcodes are used at all our events to record your result. You can print paper barcodes after your once-off registration; you can preserve barcodes by laminating them. Durable plastic keytags and elastometric wristbands are also available (see below for links).

DO NOT request a scan of your barcode from your phone because the scanners do not read mobile phones or other screens.

Please DO NOT ASK for an exception to the printed barcode rule. Our volunteers have no authority to record your time without a barcode.

No-one leaves the parkrun precinct with a plastic finishing token

Always hand in the token when your barcode is scanned. Always hand in the token if you do not have a barcode. Always hand in the token !!

Safety first for runners and all park users: parkrun is a run or walk, not a race

Safety is a primary consideration and expectation of all park users, be they runners, walkers, dogs, rowers or swans.

For your safety and the safety of others:

• TURN UP ON TIME and SELF-SEED at the start of the event: sub-20 minute runners in the front row; walkers to the rear; everyone else sensibly arranged in between;

• KEEP TO THE LEFT ALWAYS;

• GIVE WAY TO ONCOMING PEDESTRIANS, RUNNERS AND OTHER PARK USERS;

• AVOID OVERTAKING near the Carousel, (1km), just past halfway (2.6km), at the northern end of the lake (around 4 km) and in front of the rowing sheds at halfway and near the finish; and

• running with ONE dog is allowed (but not two or more). Keep the dog on a SHORT leash. You are solely responsible for making sure that your dog or the dog's lead does not touch or tangle other other runners, walkers, swans or park users.

CAN I RUN WITH A PUSHER OR BUGGY AT ALBERT MELBOURNE parkrun? Yes, but please take care of other runners around you. If running or walking with a baby pusher, you are solely responsible for making sure that the pusher does not touch or impede other parkrunners, walkers or park users. If possible, start from the back of the field and try to keep to one side of the main body of runners. Do not attempt to overtake on narrow parts of the course. Only the runner pushing, not the seated child, can register as a finisher. Please note that in parkrun you are allowed to run or walk with a dog or a pusher, but not both at the same time.

At all times, be courteous to rowers moving their boats near the edge of the lake or rowing sheds.

Peak breeding season for black swans extends from June to December. Runners and walkers, particularly those who have dogs, please be careful of our feathered friends and their young chicks.

Post-run coffee

Join us for a coffee or breakfast after parkrun at Carousel (the cafe we run past beside the lake, near the 1km mark) or Emerald Hill Cafe (189 Bank Street).

Parking

• Free parking within a 5 - 10 minute walk from parkrun in Canterbury Road, Albert Road, Clarendon St and Moray St (but read parking signs carefully).
• Car park adjacent to lake: flat fee of $5.20, payable by credit card.

Preserve your barcode

Preserve your barcode by:
* Laminating a barcode to keep it sturdy; OR
* Ordering a durable plastic key tag; OR
* Ordering a elastomeric wristband from Bentlogic.

Twitter - You can also follow us on Twitter. @albertparkrunau
Instagram - You can also follow us on Instagram. @albertmelbourneparkrun

What's coming up? Join the parkrun team in these events

Herald Sun/Transurban Run for the Kids
Date: Sunday 7 April 2019
Location: Marvel Stadium, Harbour Esplanade, Docklands
Distances: 12.9 km (9:00 a m) & 5.6km (10:15 a m)
Website: http://www.vrr.org.au/event/new-years-eve-run-breakfast-2018/
Geelong Half Marathon
Date: Sunday, 14 April 2019
Distances - 21.1km (7:30 a m start) and 7km (8:00 a m)
Location - James Harrison Bridge, on the south side of Barwon River.
Website:http://www.gccc.asn.au/index.php/geelong-half-marathon/event-details/
Half marathon participant limit: 1,000.

This parkrun report was written by Vin Martin and published by Scott Watkins.

Please let us know if there is anything you would like us to include in the run reports (announcements, special shout outs, birthdays etc
etc) - email
albertmelbourne@parkrun.com.

See you at 8 a m on Saturday 9 February for Albert Melbourne parkrun #378.

Please gather by 7.45 a m for the first timers briefing ahead of the general pre-event briefing and milestone celebrations at 7.50 a m.

 

run report #376, 26.01.2019

Calling out to all readers - please tell us the story of someone you have met at Albert Melbourne! We try to be a friendly community, as well as a big one, and we would love to hear of connections made.

Thank you to Wonderful Volunteers
Thank you to Run Director Lucy TAYLER for leading volunteers and running our event. Lucy, we will miss you as you return across the ditch to Kiwiland. Thank you for ALL your help and support in its many forms - it was so lovely to work with you. All the best for settling back in and enjoy living in that beautiful country. You may have a whole lot of visitors to your local!

Thanks also to her team who made parkrun happen for hundreds of others - your efforts are appreciated and will inspire others to help too! The team was:

Pablo ALMENDRAS, John ANDREW, Stephanie ARMSTRONG, Kane BIGNELL, Alana BRENNAN, Katie BURROWS, Mark CHAMPION, Nigel FANNING, Rebecca FOWLDS, Grischelle JAMISAL, Felicity JENKINS, Louise KEENAN, Neel KHOT, Nisha KHOT, Adrienne KNELL, Dana MA, Diana MUENZBERG, Cayla OWINS, Beatrice ROBERTS, Janet ROBINSON, Neil SCOTT, Adrian SHIEL, Gabriele SUDER, Lucy TAYLER, Matthew TONINI, Ryo TSUKUI, Jackson VILIC, Joanne WATKINS and Linfeng WEI.

Stay well-hydrated in hot weather and stay safe around Victorian beaches

With the heatwave that Melbourne is experiencing, make sure you are well-hydrated before your parkrun, and don't hesitate to have a drink at one of many water fountains around the course. It is better to make it across the line 30 seconds slower than to...not. Parents, take particular note if your child is thirsty or gets distressed.

Remember parkrun is a run not a race, and we want everyone to finish safely.

For our visitors from interstate and overseas, please be very careful if you visit the beach or other waterways. Only swim at beaches patrolled by life savers. Detailed guidance can be found at:

https://www.watersafety.vic.gov.au/

Milestones, PBs and Best Wishes

Congratulations to Andrea Lung on completing 100 parkruns on Saturday. Andrea began parkrun in April 2014 and has run 72 times at Albert. Andrea has volunteered 12 times – or once for every 6 completed parkruns at Albert. Andrea is always pacing other parkrunners and encouraging their aspirations as much as pursuing her own, such as international marathons and the Two Bays trail run. Thank you Andrea for your amazing contribution to Albert Melbourne parkrun.

Congratulations to Stephanie Armstrong on volunteering 25 times. Stephanie joined parkrun back in September 2012. She has run 114 times here. Stephanie has volunteered in 7 different roles – often at times when she has been injured. Stephanie volunteers once on average for every 4 completed parkruns – an amazing average. Thank you Stephanie for your invaluable contribution to the parkrun community.

Welcome First Timers
There were 141 first timers to Albert Melbourne of 539 participants, including 38 doing their first ever parkrun and 103 visiting from elsewhere. We love visitors at Albert Melbourne - please return, we'd love to see you back.

Photos
What did our event look like? See the photos here

Volunteers needed in coming weeks

Volunteers make parkrun happen. It's easy, it's short and it's fun! To volunteer:

• Add your name to the volunteer roster at Future Roster or

• E-mail the date you can help and any preference for volunteer role to albertmelbourneoffice@parkrun.com or

• Place your name on the clipboard at parkrun on Saturday. The clipboard will be located either near the barcode scanners or with a volunteer gathering names.

If you need to withdraw your name from the volunteer roster, PLEASE e-mail your non-attendance to albertmelbourneoffice@parkrun.com . Steps can then be made to find a replacement volunteer.

As a guide, aim to volunteer once for every 8-10 parkruns you run or walk.

Aim to arrive by 7.45 for critical pre-event briefings

At 7.45, parkrunners new to parkrun or to Albert Melbourne receive a special 'first timers' briefing on the layout of the course and the way your time is recorded.

At 7.50, everyone receives a general briefing covering any changes to course or conditions, gentle reminders to self-seed, stay left and be courteous to other lake users and celebrations of parkrun milestones (e.g. 50, 100 or 250 parkruns, 25 volunteering efforts).

No printed barcode = No result = No exceptions

PRINTED barcodes are used at all our events to record your result. You can print paper barcodes after your once-off registration; you can preserve barcodes by laminating them. Durable plastic keytags and elastometric wristbands are also available (see below for links).

DO NOT request a scan of your barcode from your phone because the scanners do not read mobile phones or other screens.

Please DO NOT ASK for an exception to the printed barcode rule. Our volunteers have no authority to record your time without a barcode.

No-one leaves the parkrun precinct with a plastic finishing token

Always hand in the token when your barcode is scanned. Always hand in the token if you do not have a barcode. Always hand in the token !!

Safety first for runners and all park users: parkrun is a run or walk, not a race

Safety is a primary consideration and expectation of all park users, be they runners, walkers, dogs, rowers or swans.

For your safety and the safety of others:

• TURN UP ON TIME and SELF-SEED at the start of the event: sub-20 minute runners in the front row; walkers to the rear; everyone else sensibly arranged in between;

• KEEP TO THE LEFT ALWAYS;

• GIVE WAY TO ONCOMING PEDESTRIANS, RUNNERS AND OTHER PARK USERS;

• AVOID OVERTAKING near the Carousel, (1km), just past halfway (2.6km), at the northern end of the lake (around 4 km) and in front of the rowing sheds at halfway and near the finish; and

• running with ONE dog is allowed (but not two or more). Keep the dog on a SHORT leash. You are solely responsible for making sure that your dog or the dog's lead does not touch or tangle other other runners, walkers, swans or park users.

CAN I RUN WITH A PUSHER OR BUGGY AT ALBERT MELBOURNE parkrun? Yes, but please take care of other runners around you. If running or walking with a baby pusher, you are solely responsible for making sure that the pusher does not touch or impede other parkrunners, walkers or park users. If possible, start from the back of the field and try to keep to one side of the main body of runners. Do not attempt to overtake on narrow parts of the course. Only the runner pushing, not the seated child, can register as a finisher. Please note that in parkrun you are allowed to run or walk with a dog or a pusher, but not both at the same time.

At all times, be courteous to rowers moving their boats near the edge of the lake or rowing sheds.

Peak breeding season for black swans extends from June to December. Runners and walkers, particularly those who have dogs, please be careful of our feathered friends and their young chicks.

Post-run coffee

Join us for a coffee or breakfast after parkrun at Carousel (the cafe we run past beside the lake, near the 1km mark) or Emerald Hill Cafe (189 Bank Street).

Parking

• Free parking within a 5 - 10 minute walk from parkrun in Canterbury Road, Albert Road, Clarendon St and Moray St (but read parking signs carefully).
• Car park adjacent to lake: flat fee of $5.20, payable by credit card.

Preserve your barcode

Preserve your barcode by:
* Laminating a barcode to keep it sturdy; OR
* Ordering a durable plastic key tag; OR
* Ordering a elastomeric wristband from Bentlogic.

Twitter - You can also follow us on Twitter. @albertparkrunau
Instagram - You can also follow us on Instagram. @albertmelbourneparkrun

What's coming up? Join the parkrun team in these events

Herald Sun/Transurban Run for the Kids
Date: Sunday 7 April 2019
Location: Marvel Stadium, Harbour Esplanade, Docklands
Distances: 12.9 km (9:00 a m) & 5.6km (10:15 a m)
Entries open on 7 January
Website: http://www.vrr.org.au/event/new-years-eve-run-breakfast-2018/

Geelong Half Marathon
Date: Sunday, 14 April 2019
Distances - 21.1km (7:30 a m start) and 7km (8:00 a m)
Location - James Harrison Bridge, on the south side of Barwon River.
Website:http://www.gccc.asn.au/index.php/geelong-half-marathon/event-details/
Half marathon participant limit: 1,000.

This parkrun report was written by Felicity Jenkins and published by Scott Watkins.

Please let us know if there is anything you would like us to include in the run reports (announcements, special shout outs, events etc
etc) - email
albertmelbourneoffice@parkrun.com.

See you at 8 a m on Saturday 2 February (how did February happen?) for Albert Melbourne parkrun #377.

Please gather by 7.45 a m for the first timers briefing ahead of the general pre-event briefing and milestone celebrations at 7.50 a m.

 

run report #375, 19.01.2019

Albert Melbourne parkrun is growing apace!! Not since the Nitro Athletics parkrun, which nearly 1,000 people attended, has there ever been so many of us. At event #375 on 19 January, we had 640 finishers - over 100 more than the previous week. Two special visitors on Saturday were Heather and Martin Pearson who are two of the very small number of people in the world to have done more than 500 parkruns. What makes Heather and Martin even more special is the fact that their home parkrun is Albert parkrun in Middlesborough, England. Heather and Martin's daughter, Erin, now calls Melbourne home and we were thrilled to welcome them all to parkrun on Saturday.

We heart Volunteers

Thank you to Run Director Joanne Watkins and the special group of people who make parkrun happen for others: Stephanie BETHENCOURT, Alana BRENNAN, Jo BUCKLE, Warrick BURGESS, Emily COUPAR, Larissa ELLIOTT, Lizzi ELTON-WALTERS, Belinda EMERY, Jesse GERNER, Ceinwen GOULD, Tracy GROVES, Estelle HAMSON, Christine HENDERSON, Katie HOAD, Carl JACOBSON, Grischelle JAMISAL, Kevin JOYCE, Christopher KYNDT, Thomas LUMB, Roxy LUMB, Mary-Ann MCCLARAN, Alexandra MERRETT, Sonia O'SULLIVAN, Urs OTT, Yvette RADAS, Matthew RICHARDSON, Janet ROBINSON, Alexandra SION, Susan SLY, Lyn TREWENACK, Martin VAN RUN and Fiona YOUNG.

Stay well-hydrated in hot weather and stay safe around Victorian beaches

With heatwaves predicted in coming months, make sure you are well-hydrated before your parkrun, and don't hesitate to have a drink at one of many water fountains around the course. Parents, take particular note if your child is thirsty or gets distressed.
Remember parkrun is a run not a race, and we want everyone to finish safely.

For our visitors from interstate and overseas, please be very careful if you visit the beach or other waterways. Only swim at beaches patrolled by life savers. Detailed guidance can be found at:

https://www.watersafety.vic.gov.au/

Milestones, PBs and Best Wishes

Congratulations to Ceinwen Gould on being an absolute star and volunteering 25 times. Ceinwen joined parkrun back in January 2015. She has run over 60 times here and several times at Gardiners Creek. Ceinwen has volunteered in 7 different roles. She volunteers once on average for every 3 completed parkruns – an amazing average. Thank you Ceinwen for your invaluable contribution to the parkrun community.

Congratulations to Georgina Tiller on completing 100 parkruns today. Georgie began parkrun in March 2016 and has run 78 times at Albert and 12 times at Richmond Olympic parkrun in Vancouver. Georgina has volunteered 11 times – or once for every 9 completed parkruns. She no doubt celebrated with smashed avocado at Emerald Hill café after parkrun. Thank you Georgina for being a kind and happy life force at Albert Melbourne parkrun.

Congratulations to Kevin Murfitt on completing 50 parkruns today. Kevin has run 18 times at this venue and run at 10 different venues. Kevin has volunteered once. Well done Kevin.

Congratulations to Amy Johns on completing 50 parkruns today. Amy has run 44 times at Albert Melbourne after beginning parkrun in early 2017. Well done, Amy.

Welcome First Timers
Today, there were 223 newcomers to Albert Park Lake - anyone for tennis? 69 were parkrun ingenues and 154 visiting from other parkruns. It was a delight to have you with us and hope you enjoyed yourselves.

Photos
You can view just how many people came today here

Volunteers needed in coming weeks

If there were no volunteers, parkrun would not happen. Volunteering is easy and fun and does not lock you into any commitment other than turning up when you say you will or messaging if you can't.

To volunteer:

• Add your name to the volunteer roster at Future Roster or

• E-mail the date you can help and any preference for volunteer role to albertmelbourneoffice@parkrun.com or

• Place your name on the clipboard at parkrun on Saturday. The clipboard will be located either near the barcode scanners or with a volunteer gathering names.

If you need to withdraw your name from the volunteer roster, PLEASE e-mail your non-attendance to albertmelbourneoffice@parkrun.com . Steps can then be made to find a replacement volunteer.

As a guide, aim to volunteer once for every 8-10 parkruns you run or walk.

Aim to arrive by 7.45 for critical pre-event briefings

At 7.45, parkrunners new to parkrun or to Albert Melbourne receive a special 'first timers' briefing on the layout of the course and the way your time is recorded.

At 7.50, everyone receives a general briefing covering any changes to course or conditions, gentle reminders to self-seed, stay left and be courteous to other lake users and celebrations of parkrun milestones (e.g. 50, 100 or 250 parkruns, 25 volunteering efforts).

No printed barcode = No result = No exceptions

PRINTED barcodes are used at all our events to record your result. You can print paper barcodes after your once-off registration; you can preserve barcodes by laminating them. Durable plastic keytags and elastometric wristbands are also available (see below for links).

DO NOT request a scan of your barcode from your phone because the scanners do not read mobile phones or other screens.

Please DO NOT ASK for an exception to the printed barcode rule. Our volunteers have no authority to record your time without a barcode.

No-one leaves the parkrun precinct with a plastic finishing token

Always hand in the token when your barcode is scanned. Always hand in the token if you do not have a barcode. Always hand in the token !!

Safety first for runners and all park users: parkrun is a run or walk, not a race

Safety is a primary consideration and expectation of all park users, be they runners, walkers, dogs, rowers or swans.

For your safety and the safety of others:

• TURN UP ON TIME and SELF-SEED at the start of the event: sub-20 minute runners in the front row; walkers to the rear; everyone else sensibly arranged in between;

• KEEP TO THE LEFT ALWAYS;

• GIVE WAY TO ONCOMING PEDESTRIANS, RUNNERS AND OTHER PARK USERS;

• AVOID OVERTAKING near the Carousel, (1km), just past halfway (2.6km), at the northern end of the lake (around 4 km) and in front of the rowing sheds at halfway and near the finish; and

• running with ONE dog is allowed (but not two or more). Keep the dog on a SHORT leash. You are solely responsible for making sure that your dog or the dog's lead does not touch or tangle other other runners, walkers, swans or park users.

CAN I RUN WITH A PUSHER OR BUGGY AT ALBERT MELBOURNE parkrun? Yes, but please take care of other runners around you. If running or walking with a baby pusher, you are solely responsible for making sure that the pusher does not touch or impede other parkrunners, walkers or park users. If possible, start from the back of the field and try to keep to one side of the main body of runners. Do not attempt to overtake on narrow parts of the course. Only the runner pushing, not the seated child, can register as a finisher. Please note that in parkrun you are allowed to run or walk with a dog or a pusher, but not both at the same time.

At all times, be courteous to rowers moving their boats near the edge of the lake or rowing sheds.

Peak breeding season for black swans extends from June to December. Runners and walkers, particularly those who have dogs, please be careful of our feathered friends and their young chicks.

Post-run coffee

Join us for a coffee or breakfast after parkrun at Carousel (the cafe we run past beside the lake, near the 1km mark) or Emerald Hill Cafe (189 Bank Street).

Parking

• Free parking within a 5 - 10 minute walk from parkrun in Canterbury Road, Albert Road, Clarendon St and Moray St (but read parking signs carefully).
• Car park adjacent to lake: flat fee of $5.20, payable by credit card.

Preserve your barcode

Preserve your barcode by:
* Laminating a barcode to keep it sturdy; OR
* Ordering a durable plastic key tag; OR
* Ordering a elastomeric wristband from Bentlogic.

Twitter - You can also follow us on Twitter. @albertparkrunau
Instagram - You can also follow us on Instagram. @albertmelbourneparkrun

What's coming up? Join the parkrun team in these events

Melbourne Frontrunners Pride Run & Walk
Date: Sunday 27 January 2019
Time: 8.30am
Location: The Tan
Website: https://melbournefrontrunners.tidyhq.com/public/schedule/events/21359-pride-run-walk-2019

Herald Sun/Transurban Run for the Kids
Date: Sunday 7 April 2019
Location: Marvel Stadium, Harbour Esplanade, Docklands
Distances: 12.9 km (9:00 a m) & 5.6km (10:15 a m)
Entries open on 7 January
Website: http://www.vrr.org.au/event/new-years-eve-run-breakfast-2018/
Geelong Half Marathon
Date: Sunday, 14 April 2019
Distances - 21.1km (7:30 a m start) and 7km (8:00 a m)
Location - James Harrison Bridge, on the south side of Barwon River.
Website:http://www.gccc.asn.au/index.php/geelong-half-marathon/event-details/
Half marathon participant limit: 1,000.

This parkrun report was written by Felicity Jenkins and published by Scott Watkins.

Please let us know if there is anything you would like us to include in the run reports (announcements, special shout outs, birthdays etc
etc) - email
albertmelbourneoffice@parkrun.com.

See you at 8 a m for the bonza Australia Day edition of Albert Melbourne parkrun, #376. Hoo roo!

Please gather by 7.45 a m for the first timers briefing ahead of the general pre-event briefing and milestone celebrations at 7.50

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