Stanthorpe parkrun report 14 July 18

Stanthorpe parkrun Gears Up for Christmas in July Celebrations

On Saturday a freezing -6 degree start to the day deterred all but 27 parkrunners, one third of whom were visitors from Brisbane and the Coast. Cameras and selfies were the order of the day as parkrun tourists took to social media to share photos of the thick frost that covered the ground. The weather really boosted the excitement for the Christmas in July celebration this coming Saturday 21 July.  The annual event, now in its fourth year, attracts tourists from all over Queensland and interstate who come to run our parkrun and then spend the weekend touring the Granite Belt.

Expect to see a sea of red and green along the Quart Pot Creek as parkrunners swap their usual running attire for their most festive outfits. parkrun is free and everyone is invited and encouraged to pull out their Christmas costumes five months early to help build the fun atmosphere. First timers can register at and be at the Talc Street Gazebo ready for a 7.00 start. Santa will arrive at 6.45 am.


Stanthorpe parkrun Report #187

The school holidays brought 10 visitors to Stanthorpe parkrun this week, hailing from Brisbane, the coast and Victoria. On Saturday Henry Morgan became the 10 000th recorded participant to finish a parkrun in Stanthorpe. This milestone marks 50 000 km of recorded runs since the local event began in December 2014. Only two new PBs were achieved on Saturday - well done Greg and Ian. Congratulations Will for completing your 10th parkrun. Thanks Bec, Sharyn, Jamie, Scott, Nicole, Shyla and Ursula for giving up you time to volunteer so that 51 people could enjoy a run. See you all again Saturday 7am at the gazebo in Talc Street.

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Stanthorpe parkrun #186 30 June 2018

Stanthorpe Run Report #186

Stanthorpe lived up to the expectations of parkrun tourists as an unexpected frost settled on the ground on Saturday. Locals warmly welcomed visitors from Brisbane - Sue, Zelgar, Amanda, James and Ian. Amanda Carpenter completed her first ever parkrun, and Viv Short returned to parkrun after a 179 event break. Welcome Amanda and Viv – we look forward to you both becoming regular parkrunners.

A smaller than usual field of 38 runners and walkers completed the 5 km event, with Ian Jackson recording a personal best time.   Next week Stanthorpe parkrun will notch up 50 000 km travelled, with one person set to become the local event’s 10 000th finisher – this is a great reason to come down and join in the fun these school holidays. New members can register at and bring their printed barcode to the Talc Street gazebo every Saturday at 6.50 am for a 7.00 start.

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Stanthorpe parkrun report #185

Stanthorpe parkrun #185

Despite the sub-zero temperatures, Stanthorpe parkrun continues to attract solid numbers of runners and volunteers to the creek on Saturday mornings. Each week the local group relies on about seven volunteers, and most people enjoy taking their turn at volunteering. Amanda Watts, a regular at Stanthorpe parkrun, states that one of her “favourite roles at parkrun is to be timekeeper and getting to watch parkrunners at all fitness levels come up the home straight to the completion of their 5 km”.

For many people, it’s more than just the fitness that keeps them turning up each week – it’s the weekly social engagement with regular parkrunners as well as the opportunity to meet new people. This week saw visitors from Armidale, Gatton, Sirromet and Berrinda brave the cold to experience Stanthorpe parkrun. Local runner Hayden completed his 50th run, and six people recorded new personal best times – well done Mark, Maree, David, Olivia, Katherine and Tony.

There are just a few weeks until the Christmas in July celebration at parkrun on 21 July. This annual event attracts many locals and visitors, many of whom come dressed in their best Christmas attire. To join in this fun event or any of the weekly parkruns, new members can register at



Stanthorpe parkrun #184

Parkrun #184

A fantastic chilly morning filled with fun and PBs was enjoyed by locals and visitors from Yatala, Jindalee and Maleny. It was pacer day, to help those who want to go a bit faster. Congratulations to Ian, Tara, Debbie, Jenna, Kirsty, Teresa, Patricia and Lucy who made the most of this to achieve PBs, and also Lily who worked with a pacer to achieve her fastest time of the year. Congratulations also to Marina and James who each completed their 100th parkrun.

To stay motivated in the cooler weather, some of our parkrunners are in training to participate in longer distance running events in the next month. Their extra mid-week training is really paying off as they smash out some PBs – an amazing effort this week by Kirsty and especially Tara, who took a massive two minutes of her time - both in training to run 10 km at the Gold Coast.

New runners and walkers are always welcome at parkrun, which commences at 7am every Saturday at the rotunda in Talc Street. Visit to register.

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