Stanthorpe parkrun #209 – 4th Birthday! 8 December 2018

Stanthorpe parkrun celebrated their 4th birthday last Saturday in blustery conditions. 77 parkrunners and walkers from all over including Stanthorpe, Highfields, Warwick, Brisbane and the coast turned up to join in celebrations. Special guests included Ian Wickham, parkrun Event Ambassador, along with the Warwick parkrun event team who offered their time to volunteer, and also Kirsten Ellis who set up Stanthorpe parkrun 4 years ago.

parkrun has changed the lives of many people across Australia and in Stanthorpe it’s no different. Over the past 12 months participants have collectively completed the course 3291 at the local event and each week about a third of our parkrunners actually park walk, and are every bit as valued as faster runners.

Each month Stanthorpe parkrun awards a parkrunner of the month to acknowledge someone’s dedication and commitment not just to their own parkrunning, but also to the local event. Kirsty Irwin was presented with the November award, and was acknowledged for attending all the November events, volunteering once and achieving a personal best time. She was also recognised for achieving the most personal best times out of anybody at Stanthorpe parkrun in the last year, with 13! Well done Kirsty.

There were 4 personal best times on Saturday from Charlie, Jackie, Ray and Nigel - well done guys. After the run participants enjoyed some delicious birthday cake donated by Vixens Bakery Café along with great coffee from the Piccolo Coffee Van.

Stanthorpe parkrun happens at Talc Street every Saturday at 7am and anybody who would like to give parkrun a go can register at or contact the local team on


Stanthorpe parkrun Report #208

Stanthorpe parkrun Report #208 1 December 2018

It was the first summer parkrun event for this year and it certainly didn't disappoint with a beautiful warm morning to greet 60 runners and walkers. Peter Patti took the reins for the first time as Run Director for the day, and Jodie Harvey achieved a personal best time. Regular parkrunners welcomed eleven first timers including an enthusiastic group from Zonta who participated dressed in orange to show their support for the International campaign to eliminate violence against women. A huge thanks goes to our volunteers for the day Gidge, Karen, Ursula, Peter, Brock, Michael and Amanda.

Next Saturday 8 December is Stanthorpe parkrun's 4th Birthday and everybody is invited to join in the fun by walking or running 5 km and then stay for some coffee and birthday cake. We would especially like to see some new faces as well as people who have not been for a while to join us at this special event. People participating for the first time should register at and print their unique barcode to bring along. Stanthorpe parkrun is free and takes place every Saturday morning at 7am, now at a slightly different location closer to the skate park in Talc Street. This week the run brief will commence at 6.50 am so come on down and experience the joy of parkrun.


Stanthorpe parkrun report #207 24 November 18

Stanthorpe parkrun report #207 24 November 18

Windy conditions on Saturday didn’t deter 54 keen parkrunners from turning up for their weekly five km fix, 8 of whom achieved a personal best time – congratulations Kristie, Priya, Jesscinta, Leanne, Eva, Daniel, Michael and Angela! Locals welcomed visitors from Bunyaville and Wishart, as well as Stanthorpe first timers Charlie and Nigel. Peter Patti was recognised for achieving 50 parkruns and next week will take on the role of Run Director for the first time. Event Director Glen Brunckhorst opted for some parkrun tourism on Saturday and visited Cormorant Bay to run his 100th parkrun. He will celebrate this milestone at the local event next week.

On 8 December Stanthorpe will celebrate four years of weekly parkrunning. It is hoped that many Stanthorpe locals will see this as an opportunity to come along and join in. Runners and walkers of all levels of fitness are encouraged to attend – each week about one quarter of participants walk some or all of the course. First timers can register at and bring along a printed barcode to the Talc Street gazebo any Saturday at 6.50 am for a 7.00 start. People who’d like more information can email the local team at


Stanthorpe parkrun report #206

Stanthorpe parkrun Report #206

76 keen runners and walkers turned up for their weekly parkrun fix, including visitors from Geelong, Dalby, Ipswich, Manly and the Sunshine Coast. Congratulations to the thirteen people who recorded new personal best times, and also to Leanne Haynes who was awarded parkrunner of the month for October, and Bec Telfer who was recognised for volunteering 25 volunteer times.

On 8 October Stanthorpe parkrun will celebrate its 4th Birthday. Since then, 1733 different people have completed the course, both locals and visitors from around Australia and overseas. Everyone is encouraged to come along and join in the birthday celebrations. We would especially like to see past parkrunners who haven’t been for a while, so if you are one of these people, mark it in the calendar, dust off your running shoes ready to make a comeback!

Stanthorpe parkrun is free and takes place every Saturday of the year at 7am, starting and finishing at the gazebo in Talc Street. Runners and walkers and people of any age are welcome (children under 11 must stay close to an adult). First timers are encouraged to register at, and print their barcode to bring each week.


Stanthorpe parkrun #205

Stanthorpe parkrun Report #205 10/11/18

Numerous visitors flocked to Stanthorpe parkrun on the weekend from as far away as Indonesia and Adelaide, with many staying for several days on the Granite Belt.  Nicky Davison and her partner were visiting from Brisbane, spending four days on the granite belt to attend the 50 Years of Shiraz celebrations at Ballandean Estate. She said that despite the horrible headwind she thoroughly enjoyed Stanthorpe parkrun. She always enjoys running near water, and found the flat course with its mix of concrete and grass paths very interesting. She commented that the Stanthorpe parkrun community is very friendly and hopes to return for the fourth birthday celebrations in December. Ian Richardson was also on the Granite Belt for the Ballandean Estate celebrations, and was enjoying a weekend of wine tasting. This was his second time at Stanthorpe parkrun, and although he didn’t enjoy the headwind, he enjoyed the friendly atmosphere. Wendy Egan from St Leonards is visiting family in Stanthorpe, and commented that Stanthorpe is her favourite place to visit to do parkrun because of the “lovely people, great course and a fabulous breakfast at Vixens afterwards”.

Three people completed their first ever parkruns on Saturday – welcome Braylen, Joanne and Angela. Locals continue to take advantage of the spring conditions and improve their personal best times – congratulations to Daniel, Sam, Olivia, Janice, Tricia, James, Kristie and Adrian, who all achieved new fastest times. A special congratulations must be made to our fastest local runner Adrian Jannenga, who has improved his time two weeks in a row, completing the 5km course in an incredible 17.31 minutes!

New members are always welcome at parkrun – register online at and bring your printed barcode to the gazebo in Talc Street 6.50 am for a 7 am start any Saturday of the year.

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