385 runners and walkers gathered to circumnavigate Lake Albert Park on a hot and humid morning. Perspiration and inspiration!
A reminder that we have two exciting events coming up, a special event at 9am on Christmas Day and another special event at 8am on New Year's Day. All other Saturdays as normal (8am). New Years day is the only day of the year where you can be recorded at two parkruns on the one day. We've coordinated our start with Maribyrnong parkrun such that you can do our event at 8am and then drive over the rivers to do Maribyrnong parkrun at 9.30am. There is no obligation to do both parkruns on New Years Day, the opportunity is there if you want it.
Thank you to this week's volunteers
Paula Harris organised us with the help of: John ANDREW, Andrew BARLOW, Daniel BARLOW, Peter BEARSLEY, Jackie CANT, Teresa & Ian CHONG, Sarah FLYNN, Tony GUTTMANN, Nisha KHOT, Janice MERRETT, Matthew RICHARDSON, Janet ROBINSON, Adrian SHIEL, Susan SLY, Caroline SUDER, David SUDER, Gabriele SUDER, Clinton SWEET, Joanne WATKINS and Monica WONG. Love your work, orange peeps!
Milestones, PBs and Best Wishes
Congratulations to Janet Robinson who has volunteered 25 times. For Janet that is about once for every 7 parkruns finished – a terrific average. Janet volunteers often as a barcode scanner. Thank you Janet for valuable contribution to Albert Melbourne parkrun.
Congratulations to Hayley Nicholls on her 100th run. We are honoured to host your hundredth, Hayley, because you run all over the country! And you always put in a top effort: your times have a 4 minute range! We wish you many more running adventures around the countryside
Congratulations Matthew Tonini on completing 50 parkruns. Matthew only began in February 2017 and run 43 times here at Albert Melbourne. Matthew has volunteered 6 times as well which is terrific. Well done Matthew on your allround involvement in parkrun.
Congratulations to Poornima Premaratna on completing 50 parkruns. Poornima began parkrun back in 2015 and volunteered once. Well done Poornima on your parkrun journey to date.
There were 31 PBs this week.
Well done to our post-100 PBs.
First, Sally Morgan on her 117th run came in at 26:42. Cool running on a sweaty day!
Second, Matt Thomsen on his 107th at 26:59. Hurrah!
Welcome First Timers
There were 73 newcomers on the first of summer visited with us. 23 were parkrun first timers, 50 were parkrun tourists. Do come again!
Photos from this week: 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.
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
Two Bays Trail Run
Date: Sunday, 13 January, 2019
Location: Dromana to Cape Schanck (and back?)
Distances: 28km or 56km
Website: <a href="http://www.twobaystrailrun.com/"
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
See you on Saturday 15 December 2018 for Albert Melbourne parkrun #368.
Please gather by 7.45 am for the first timers briefing ahead of the general pre-event briefing and milestone celebrations at 7.50 am.