Run Report #286 – 22 April 2017

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A lovely cooler morning and a great way to run off those left over Easter Eggs. We had 395 runners this morning and as always we would like to thank the enthusiastic and dedicated group of volunteers.

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Congratulations to Max Le Marchand who completed his 50th parkrun today and our junior parkrunner Rossi B who completed his 10th run last week and was presented with his certificate this morning.

Our photos can be viewed in our facebook album.

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Volunteers

A big thank you to our volunteers: Barbara Absolon, Michael Anderton, Tanya Bromilow, John Carran, Kiet Chueamrasri, Bonita Cory, Hilary Cory, Mike Delisser, Greg Hutley, Benjamin Lemberg, Liz McGuigan, Michele Meredith, Connor Ryan, Ana Santos, Susan Tessmann, Lisa Todd, Allison Wilton, Wendy Crompton and Robyn Innes.

To volunteer, email us with your name or athlete ID, preferred date and task. Groups of friends, first-timers and juniors are always welcome!

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Juniors

Well done to all the juniors who scored PBs today: Rossi B (2nd week in a row), Finnlay C, Hudson R, Patrick G, Lawrence C, Cameron O’B and Mackenzie S.

Welcome to our junior first timers: Nicholas H, Georgia S and Amelie J. We hope to see you again soon.

Parents, please remember our Under 11 rule which states all children aged 10 and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times while running.

Also a reminder that scooters and bicycles are not permitted at parkrun, due to the safety risks to both children and parkrunners.

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Competition time

Last day to enter the Medibank competition to win a trip to any parkrun in Australia.

 

Defibrillator

Please take some time to watchthis video, as we’d like everyone to know where our defibrillator is kept and the basics of its use.

If you’d like more detailed information, check out this longer video or read the full instruction manual. You could also remind yourself of CPR.

The defib is stored in the blue plastic gear box between parkruns, and moved to the finish line for easy access once the run has started each week. It will stay there until the tailrunner crosses the line.

You can still donate to help all our Australian parkrun events get their own defibrillators. Donations are tax deductible.

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Coming up

Sunday 23 April Gallipoli Run (Brisbane), 5km, 10km walk/run
Sunday 23 April Gold Coast Bulletin Fun Run, 2.5km, 5km, 10km, half marathon, 1km junior event
Sunday 30 April Pinnacles Classic, 18km trail run
Sunday 30 April Gallipoli Run (Ipswich), 5km, 10km walk/run
Sunday 30 April Hamilton Island Hilly Half Marathon
Sunday 30 April – earlybird entries close for theGold Coast Airport Marathon
Wed-Thurs, 3-4 May Darkness to Daylight Run (110km relay, 10km run or 3km walk)
Sunday 7 May
QUT Classic
Saturday 13 May – our next Pacer Day at New Farm parkrun. Be a pacer or request a time to be paced.
Saturday 13 May Byron Bay Triathlon
Sunday 14 May Mothers’ Day Classic, 4.5km, 8km run/walk
Sat-Sun 20-21 May Warwick Pentath, 5 races over 2 days totalling 42.2km
Saturday 20 May Straddie Salute, 8km run/walk
Sat/Sun 20-21 May
Tough Mudder, Woodford
Sunday 21 May Rotary Fun Run, 5km walk/run and 10km run at Rocks Riverside Park
Saturday 27 May
Noosa Multisports Festival, 5km, 10km, 21.1km, swim, cycle
Sunday 28 MayBrisbane Trail Marathon, marathon and half marathon events
Sunday 4 June Brisbane Times City2 South, 14km and 5km events

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This week’s stats

This week 397 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 37 were first timers and 64 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the New Farm parkrun Results Page.

Male placings:
John POLSON (SM30-34) (Unattached) was first over the line in 16:37 - second time in 2 appearances.
Justin WHITLEY (VM35-39) (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:19 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Daniel WRIGHT (SM30-34) (Unattached) was third over the line in 17:33 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

Female placings:
Amanda DARBISHIRE (SW30-34) (Unattached) was first (15th overall) over the line in 19:55 - 24th time in 49 appearances.
Sheila CLOWES (VW40-44) (Unattached) was second (39th overall) over the line in 21:43 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Katherine PEMBERTON (VW35-39) of Intraining, was third (47th overall) over the line in 22:03 - was first to finish once before.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
John POLSON (SM30-34) – 77.83% for the time 16:37 (first overall).
Tony KEAN (VM75-79) – 77.34% for the time 25:58 (140th overall).
Justin WHITLEY (VM35-39) – 77.09% for the time 17:19 (second overall).

The female record is held by Clare GERAGHTY who recorded a time of 00:17:13 on 17th March 2012 (event number 27).
The male record is held by Jackson ELLIOTT who recorded a time of 00:15:15 on 14th December 2013 (event number 118).
The Age Grade course record is held by Bernie PORTENSKI who recorded 97.51% (20:47) on 19th April 2014 (event number 136).

New Farm parkrun started on 17th September 2011. Since then 11,941 participants have completed 77,575 parkruns covering a total distance of 387,875 km, including 13,557 new Personal Bests.

 

Run Report #285 – 15 April 2017

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It was awesome to see so many chickies, bunnies and smiling faces enjoying the Easter weather. We had 314 parkrunners, and 63 PBs were claimed today. Thanks to all the volunteers – love your work! We couldn’t do it without you. IMG_0585

Congratulations to Bec Berglund who clocked up her 100th parkrun and Lauren Berecry and Glenn Bulloch who completed their 50ths today. Well done! Rossi B ran his 10th parkrun with a new PB too.

Our photos can be viewed in our facebook album. New Farm parkrun, 15 april 2017

Volunteers

A big thank you to our volunteers, and thanks to those who dressed up especially for Easter: Stuart Austin, Elsa Barrand-Lee, Janice Burnham, Lucy Burnham, Tracey Chappell, Jack Coates, Henry Coates, Peter Cochrane, Lawrie Conroy, Vance Hetariki, Allison Ingham, Michael Magner, Liz McGuigan, Pauline McLaren, Andrew McLaren, Ana Santos, Wendy Crompton and Rhondda Wetton. To volunteer, email us with your name or athlete ID, preferred date and task. Groups of friends, first-timers and juniors are always welcome!

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Juniors

Congratulations to Rossi B ran his 10th parkrun with a new PB to boot!

Well done to all the juniors who scored PBs today: Annabelle D, Annie L, Beate B, Charlee R, Kara B, Lily O’C, Lydia H, Cooper R, Harrison C, Max R, Patrick G, Rossi B, Whitlam B and Will D.

Welcome to our junior first timers: April B, Caitlyn Z, Josephine M, Katie B, Milla DB, Sascha B, Hudson S, Liam B and Noah T. We hope to see you again soon.

Parents, please remember our Under 11 rule which states all children aged 10 and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times while running.

Also a reminder that scooters and bicycles are not permitted at parkrun, due to the safety risks to both children and parkrunners.

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Competition time

Don’t forget to enter the Medibank competition to win a trip to any parkrun in Australia. IMG_0592

Defibrillator

Please take some time to watch this video, as we’d like everyone to know where our defibrillator is kept and the basics of its use. If you’d like more detailed information, check out this longer video or read the full instruction manual. You could also remind yourself of CPR.

The defib is stored in the blue plastic gear box between parkruns, and moved to the finish line for easy access once the run has started each week. It will stay there until the tailrunner crosses the line.

You can still donate to help all our Australian parkrun events get their own defibrillators. Donations are tax deductible.

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Coming up

Sunday 23 April Gallipoli Run (Brisbane), 5km, 10km walk/run
Sunday 23 April Gold Coast Bulletin Fun Run, 2.5km, 5km, 10km, half marathon, 1km junior event
Sunday 30 April Pinnacles Classic, 18km trail run
Sunday 30 April Gallipoli Run (Ipswich), 5km, 10km walk/run
Sunday 30 April Hamilton Island Hilly Half Marathon
Sunday 30 April – earlybird entries close for theGold Coast Airport Marathon
Wed-Thurs, 3-4 May Darkness to Daylight Run (110km relay, 10km run or 3km walk)
Sunday 7 May
QUT Classic
Saturday 13 May – our next Pacer Day at New Farm parkrun. Be a pacer or request a time to be paced.
Saturday 13 May Byron Bay Triathlon
Sunday 14 May Mothers’ Day Classic, 4.5km, 8km run/walk
Sat-Sun 20-21 May Warwick Pentath, 5 races over 2 days totalling 42.2km
Saturday 20 May Straddie Salute, 8km run/walk
Sat/Sun 20-21 May
Tough Mudder, Woodford
Sunday 21 May Rotary Fun Run, 5km walk/run and 10km run at Rocks Riverside Park
Saturday 27 May
Noosa Multisports Festival, 5km, 10km, 21.1km, swim, cycle
Sunday 28 MayBrisbane Trail Marathon

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This week’s stats

This week 314 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 56 were first timers and 63 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part. The event was made possible by 18 volunteers.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the New Farm parkrun Results Page.

Male placings: John POLSON (SM25-29) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:10 - first appearance. Derrick LEAHY (VM35-39) of Daily Runner, was second over the line in 17:48. Seunggil HONG (VM35-39) of Pat Carroll Running Group, was third over the line in 18:19 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

Female placings: Melissa WATSON (SW30-34) (Unattached) was first (9th overall) over the line in 19:33 - 46th time in 110 appearances. Jessica SAMMON (SW20-24) (Unattached) was second (23rd overall) over the line in 20:49. Carys HODGSON (SW18-19) (Unattached) was third (24th overall) over the line in 20:53 - was first to finish once before.

The three highest age grades were recorded by: Colin BRAY (VM60-64) – 79.17% for the time 20:48 (22nd overall). Barbara ABSOLON (VW65-69) – 77.14% for the time 26:41 (124th overall). Derrick LEAHY (VM35-39) – 76.12% for the time 17:48 (second overall).

The female record is held by Clare GERAGHTY who recorded a time of 00:17:13 on 17th March 2012 (event number 27). The male record is held by Jackson ELLIOTT who recorded a time of 00:15:15 on 14th December 2013 (event number 118). The Age Grade course record is held by Bernie PORTENSKI who recorded 97.51% (20:47) on 19th April 2014 (event number 136).

New Farm parkrun started on 17th September 2011. Since then 11,904 participants have completed 77,178 parkruns covering a total distance of 385,890 km, including 13,493 new Personal Bests. IMG_0594

 

Liz McGuigan – 200 parkruns just in time

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We're continuing to profile parkrunners who have completed their 200thparkruns (unofficial milestone).

Liz McGuigan completed her 200th parkrun on 18 March, and was anxious to get that milestone in before the birth of her new baby. Since then, she has managed a couple more parkruns and a volunteering stint.

We wish her well and we're sure we'll see her at New Farm parkrun very soon with the family in tow.

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Your first parkrun was at the very first New Farm in July 2012. Why did you start parkrunning?

I had just returned to Brisbane after living in London for a couple of years.  Surprisingly, I never heard of parkrun during my time there. I have always had a passion for running and enjoyed participating in running events, so when a friend of mine suggested I join her on a Saturday at a free timed 5km run along the water front at New Farm, I decided to give it a go!  I was instantly hooked!!!

You've done 202 parkruns (178 at New Farm). What's kept you coming back to parkrun?

I keep coming back to parkrun for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the amazing community that is formed by this event. I absolutely love being part of the New Farm parkrun community. I have met so many wonderful people from many different walks of life and with many and varying running abilities. I love that as a community, we encourage and challenge each other to achieve a new PB or just keep running when we are finding it tough going.

Secondly, the friendships I have formed. I have made lifelong, amazing friends all through turning up to parkrun every Saturday.  We have made parkrun our Saturday ritual.  We love to run, chat, have coffee and relax.  I look forward to spending this time with my friends every week and I love that we all make the time and effort to do it! Certainly says a lot about how amazing parkrun is!!!

Finally, I have kept coming back to parkrun to be a role model to my students (I'm a primary school PE teacher) and my son (soon to be 2 sons!!!). I want to show them that exercise can be fun and social while still achieving goals.  I think it is so important to encourage children to live a healthy, active lifestyle and make a commitment to exercise on a regular basis.

Why New Farm parkrun?

New Farm parkrun has it all: amazing people, a flat and scenic course and markets close by for the all important post run coffee and refuel! Since I have started parkrun, other parkruns have been established closer to where I live.

I have been a tourist at these parkruns but wouldn't swap them for the awesome New Farm community!

What's your favourite volunteer role and why?

Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love to chat!!! I really enjoy barcode scanning as I get to talk to people and ask them how they went.  Even though it's just a brief conversation, I love hearing everyone's running story from that particular parkrun!

Where's your favourite parkrun tourism spot and why?

I absolutely love being a parkrun tourist at Kirra-gorgeous beach scenery and the best part is, you can go for a swim at the beach straight after to cool off! Win win!!

Any funny parkrun stories or memories?

At one of my earliest parkruns, my hair tie broke at the turnaround point. At the time, my hair was very long and frizzy. Unfortunately, it was also a very windy day that day.  By the time I got back to the finish line, I had the most mad, crazy hair.  Then I saw the parkrun photos on facebook and nearly died of embarrassment!!!  I looked ridiculously funny, somewhat of a crazy lion!!

It has taught me a valuable lesson though-always carry a spare hair tie when you run, you never know when you might need it!!!

Your proudest sporting or other achievement/s to date?

I was really proud of completing the Gold Coast half marathon last year in 1.37.20.  It was the first time I had to manage work, being a mum, having a shift-working husband and training. It was not easy and a few times I really questioned why I was doing it.  My training wasn't consistent and I really just had to train when I could.  However, when I got to the finish line after being cheered on by my beautiful family and friends, I couldn't believe what I'd achieved and was so happy that I commited to do it!

What are your running/sporting goals for this year? Other goals (non-sport)?

This year my running goals will be taking a back seat as we wait for the arrival of our second child.  I have been fortunate enough to run parkrun up to 35 weeks pregnant this time around.

My goal for running this year is to forget PBs, listen to my body and enjoy my running.  I am hoping to enter the 10km run at the Brisbane Running Festival and the Bridge to Brisbane but I won't be pushing myself or committing unless my body is absolutely 100% ready to go!!! 

Once I'm able to, I will keep running and volunteering at New Farm parkrun !! Life is about having balance-I'm hoping I can keep this up too!!!

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

I think parkrun is such an amazing concept.  It has become part of my weekly ritual as well as my family's ritual.  You become part of an amazing community where lifelong friendships are made. 

I can't wait to reach my next milestone of 250 runs!!! Happy running!

 

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Wendy Crompton – 200 parkruns

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We're continuing to profile parkrunners who have completed their 200thparkruns (unofficial milestone).

New Farm parkrun run director Wendy Crompton has completed 200 parkruns, volunteered a massive 77 times and visited 38 different parkrun locations. She was one of the 42 parkrunners who attended the inaugural New Farm parkrun in September 2011.

We think you'll love Wendy's story. Wanting to keep it low-key, she completed her 200th parkrun at Sandgate today.

Your first parkrun was at the very first New Farm in September 2011. Why did you start parkrunning?

I never really enjoyed running but the concept appealed to me and I thought it could be something I could commit to once a week and hopefully go from walk/running to actually running the full distance.

You've done 200 parkruns (142 at New Farm). What's kept you coming back to parkrun?

I met some lovely people on the first day at New Farm and this encouraged me to return the following week. I then started seeing little improvements in my time each week and my fitness level increase, now I can't imagine starting Saturday any other way than at a parkrun somewhere, whether I'm running, walking or volunteering.

Where's your favourite parkrun tourism spot and why?

It would probably be Kirra, it's flat, fast and has great views of the coast for the whole run.

You are a valued member of the New Farm parkrun event team. Why do you enjoy that role?

I love the opportunity to give back to the parkrun community and the members of the event team at New Farm ( past and present) make it enjoyable.

Any funny parkrun stories or memories?

I suppose my favourite memory would be that Rhondda and I showed up for what we had hoped was the very first New Farm parkrun about five months too early, there were a few delays and New Farm didn't get started quite as early as the event director at the time, Gareth Saunders had hoped.

Your proudest sporting or other achievement/s to date?

Being anything but sporty spice I am pleased to have improved my running ability & fitness enough to have completed several half marathons and 2 full marathons and other events like Stadium Stomp and Miss Muddy.

What are your running/sporting goals for this year? Other goals (non-sport)?

I'm enjoying trail running at the moment and hope to complete the Surf Coast Century relay with girlfriends in September.

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

I would like to thank Gareth Saunders & Karen McLeod for bringing parkrun to New Farm and our Event Director and Run Directors and all the volunteers who give up their runs to assist us each week and make this event possible.

 

 

Run Report #284 – 8 April 2017

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Congrats to the 382 runners today enjoying the beautiful conditions. Welcome to our first timers!

Congratulations to Stephen Stathis for reaching his 50 milestone, to our run director Wendy Crompton who ran her 200th parkrun at Sandgate, and to the 52 parkrnners who scored a PB today with the help of or volunteer pacers: Michael Coe (26), Jeff Dunbar (23), Ben Paskins (25), Kiarne Pham (24), Hung Pham (28) and Stephen Roberts (24.30).

Check out Wendy’s feature in our blog.

Our photos can be viewed in our facebook album.

Volunteers

A big thank you to our volunteers.

We couldn’t do it without you: Elsa Barrand-Lee, Colin Buckley, Ian Caudwell, Kiet Chueamrasri, Michael Coe, Bonita Cory, Hilary Cory, Nic Davies, Jeff Dunbar, Louise Hogg, Liz McGuigan, Greg McSwiggan, Ben Paskins, Kiarne Pham, Hung Pham, Alyse Pollitt, Stephen Roberts, Marlon Whitely, Winn Winn, Amanda Woolnough, Pip Stewart and Sherman Simpson.

To volunteer, email us with your name or athlete ID, preferred date and task.

Groups of friends, first-timers and juniors are always welcome!

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Juniors

Well done to the juniors who scored PBs today: Kara B and Evan V.

Welcome to our junior first timers: Jasmin C, Amelia R, Cooper R, Harrison B, Will C, Patrick G, Zane and Harry G. We hope to see you again soon.

Parents, please remember our Under 11 rule which states all children aged 10 and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times while running.

Also a reminder that scooters and bicycles are not permitted at parkrun, due to the safety risks to both children and parkrunners.

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Competition time

Don’t forget to enter the Medibank competition to win a trip to any parkrun in Australia.

Defibrillator

Please take some time to watch this video, as we’d like everyone to know where our defibrillator is kept and the basics of its use.

If you’d like more detailed information, check out this longer video or read the full instruction manual. You could also remind yourself of CPR.

The defib is stored in the blue plastic gear box between parkruns, and moved to the finish line for easy access once the run has started each week. It will stay there until the tailrunner crosses the line.

You can still donate to help all our Australian parkrun events get their own defibrillators. Donations are tax deductible.

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Coming up

Sunday 9 April – Brisbane's Great South Run, 5km, 10km, 21.1km, kids 2.6km
Sunday 9 April Sunshine Coast Run Series (La Balsa Park, Point Cartwright, Buddina), 2km, 5km, 10km, off road 15km
Sunday 23 April Gallipoli Run (Brisbane), 5km, 10km walk/run
Sunday 23 April Gold Coast Bulletin Fun Run, 2.5km, 5km, 10km, half marathon, 1km junior event
Sunday 30 April Pinnacles Classic, 18km trail run
Sunday 30 April Gallipoli Run (Ipswich), 5km, 10km walk/run
Sunday 30 April Hamilton Island Hilly Half Marathon
Sunday 7 May QUT Classic
Saturday 13 May – our next Pacer Day at New Farm parkrun. Be a pacer or request a time to be paced.
Saturday 13 MayByron Bay Triathlon
Sunday 14 MayMothers’ Day Classic, 4.5km, 8km run/walk
Sunday 21 May Rotary Fun Run, 5km walk/run and 10km run at Rocks Riverside Park
20-21 May Warwick Pentath, 5 races over 2 days totalling 42.2km
Saturday 27 MayNoosa Multisports Festival, 5km, 10km, 21.1km, swim, cycle
Sunday 28 MayBrisbane Trail Marathon, marathon and half marathon events

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This week’s stats

This week 382 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 59 were first timers and 52 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part. The event was made possible by 22 volunteers.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the New Farm parkrun Results Page.

Male placings: Ian CAMERON (VM60-64) of BERT Squad, was first over the line in 18:18 - 9th time in 59 appearances. Andy THOMAS (SM25-29) of Sunny Coast darkrunners, was second over the line in 18:38. John BOURNE (SM30-34) (Unattached) was third over the line in 18:45.

Female placings: Peita HYNES (VW35-39) of Pat Carroll Running Group, was first (7th overall) over the line in 19:31 - second time in 2 appearances. Melissa WATSON (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (14th overall) over the line in 20:12 - has been first to finish on 45 previous occasions. Amanda DARBISHIRE (SW30-34) (Unattached) was third (18th overall) over the line in 20:24 - has been first to finish on 23 previous occasions. The three highest age grades were recorded by: Ian CAMERON (VM60-64) – 89.98% for the time 18:18 (first overall). Peita HYNES (VW35-39) – 76.86% for the time 19:31 (7th overall). Barbara ABSOLON (VW65-69) – 75.03% for the time 27:26 (177th overall).

The female record is held by Clare GERAGHTY who recorded a time of 00:17:13 on 17th March 2012 (event number 27). The male record is held by Jackson ELLIOTT who recorded a time of 00:15:15 on 14th December 2013 (event number 118). The Age Grade course record is held by Bernie PORTENSKI who recorded 97.51% (20:47) on 19th April 2014 (event number 136).

New Farm parkrun started on 17th September 2011. Since then 11,848 participants have completed 76,864 parkruns covering a total distance of 384,320 km, including 13,430 new Personal Bests.

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