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:
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.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 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.
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.
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)
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.
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
This parkrun report was written by Vin Martin and published by Scott Watkins.
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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.