It was a beautiful Spring morning for the 452 parkrunners and 23 volunteers who took part in Albert Melbourne event #359. Saturday morning was tinged with sadness for one of the swans and her cygnets that were mauled by a dog that clearly was not under control of its owner on Thursday. A vet later put down the swan and cygnets.
The big turnout was in large part due to the number of participants looking for a final run or walk before the big Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival the following day. It was noticeable that there were more parkrunners from interstate and overseas than usual.
In parkrun, volunteers play a vital role and form an instant community each Saturday. Martin van Run, who volunteered on Saturday, reflects:
In an operation as tightly coordinated and reminiscent of the old 60s TV series, The Time Tunnel, I was doing my volunteer stint today as a Marshal in The Time Funnel team, consisting of the funnel manager Beatrice, two timekeepers, Paula & Jane, Debbie (handing out the Finish Tokens) and Nick (handing batches of Finish Tokens to Debbie), and other marshals Barry, Jenny, Ed, Chantelle and Beri). The timekeepers were using the new smartphone app and that seemed to work well. Meanwhile, it was the responsibility of the Marshals, stationed along the funnel between timekeeping and token distribution, to make sure that the finishers actually came in through the official finish flags and kept moving in finish order through the funnel to collect their tokens, without escaping from the funnel or, in some cases, keeling over from exhaustion or distress. Fortunately, everyone recovered fairly quickly, and it was soon smiles all round as people went to have their tokens and barcodes scanned before heading off to coffee or breakfast, and thinking about the rest of their weekend.
And then, do it all again next Saturday morning.
The Volunteer Roster has several gaps in coming weeks so if you would like to volunteer, please e-mail the date you can help and any preference for volunteer role to email@example.com
Thank you to this week's volunteers
Thank you to Run Director Matthew RICHARDSON and a terrific group of volunteers including Vin MARTIN, Dani ELLE, Joanne WATKINS, Jane BARKMAN, Beatrice ROBERTS, Barry TOLL, Chris LONG, Paula HARRIS, Ed CHAN, Monica WONG, Alan MACDONALD, Dianne CHESTER, Rohan NORTHROP, Benjamin CROWLEY, Cathy BERNEY, Darrell HUTCHINSON, Nick COULL, Martin VAN RUN, Debbie PHILLIPS, Chantelle JACKSON, Jenny HAWKINS and Beri SLAVA.
Milestones, PBs and Best Wishes
Congratulations to Brett Cowley (Mount Barker home parkrun) and Sarah Ferreira (Woodbridge Riverside home parkrun) who each ran their 50th parkrun on their first appearance at Albert Melbourne.
Congratulations to Brayden McKenzie, a junior male parkrunner on reaching his 10th parkrun - a great milestone for a junior parkrunner.
Congratulations to all 45 parkrunners who ran personal bests.
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 148 first timers to Albert Melbourne, including 17 doing their first ever parkrun and 131 visiting from elsewhere. We hope you all come again.
Thank you to Danielle 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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.
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).
• 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.
parkrun On-line Merchandise
For parkrun-themed activewear check out Wiggle, parkrun's global partner for parkrun branded items. Proceeds from all parkrun merchandise sold through Wiggle are re-invested in parkrun, as the organisation is not-for-profit. Check out the store
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
Date: Sunday, 11 November 2018
Location: Marysville, Yarra Ranges
Distances: 50km, 42.2km, 21.1km, 10km, 4.5km
Carman's Women's Fun Run 2018
Date: Sunday 2 December 2018
Location: Catani Gardens, St Kilda
Distances: 5km, 10km, Half Marathon and Girls Mini Run
This parkrun report was written by Vin Martin and Martin van Run and published by Scott Watkins.
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See you on Saturday 20 October for Albert Melbourne parkrun #360.
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.