This week we met visiting volunteer Bronwyn who may become eligible in September to purchase a parkrun T-shirt for volunteering 50 times and before she qualifies for a red T-shirt for 50 finishes. How cool is that! Check out the News section for details.
In Albert Melbourne parkrun no. 455, 318 people ran, jogged and walked the course. There were 60 first timers, comprising 29 visitors from other events and 31 running their first ever parkrun. We hope you enjoyed the event and return. 46 parkrunners recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part, including 15 Crosbie Crew, 6 Purple Pacers and 3 Kathmandu Trail Club members.
The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:
Scott WATKINS (Run Director) • Vin MARTIN • Joanne WATKINS • Robert (Rob) FALLOON • John ANDREW • Jane BARKMAN • Ramana THIRUMOORTHY • Nick PAINE • Monica WONG • Roy GROOM • Rick DRURY • Erica AULD • Ruth-Mary FAULCONBRIDGE • Fiona YOUNG • Olga MIRENSKY • Debbie PHILLIPS • Winson TAN • Sarah MIKOLAS • Stuart TENNANT • Bronwyn ROWLESON • Ruchi S • Roy WIEDEMEYER • Gin MASTERS • Ben TAYLOR • Andres CICHERO • Tessa SALMONS • Jenny ANDERSON • Sara B
Volunteering Opportunities in Coming Weeks
To make parkrun happen at Albert Melbourne, around 25 volunteers are required each week in a variety of essential roles.
Please consider placing your name on the Volunteer Roster for the coming week or one of the weeks ahead. No qualifications are required - we provide simple, clear instructions on how to perform your role. Volunteering is fun and a great way to meet new people.
There are two ways to add your name to the Volunteer Roster:
• Place your name on the volunteers’ clipboard at parkrun; or
• E-mail the date you can help and any preference for a volunteer role to email@example.com
At Albert Melbourne, volunteers are always welcome whether they are regulars to the venue or visitors from overseas or interstate.
To remove your name from the volunteer roster, e-mail your non-attendance to firstname.lastname@example.org or message the Run Director for that event.
Bronwyn Rowleson participates often at Altona and Newport parkruns including lots of volunteering. So much volunteering (39 times) that she volunteers once for every run or walk. There is a chance that Bronwyn will make the V50 club before she finishes 50 parkruns. Thank you Bronwyn for joining the Albert Melbourne volunteer team this week.
From 1 September, parkrunners will be eligible to purchase T-shirts to celebrate volunteering at 50, 100 and 250 events.
Young first timer Tom Davoren must think parkrun is a doddle. Not only was Tom 3rd finisher in this event, but he became the third fastest JM11-14 finisher (17:11) ever at Albert Melbourne. South Melbourne AC’s Bart Leeton was right on Tom’s heels and his big PB of 17:36 makes him the 8th fastest JM11-14 finisher at Albert Melbourne.
Hats off to Alf Ippolito who ran the highest age grading in this event (83.70%). Alf’s time of 18:12 was a PB not only at Albert Melbourne, but across 170 finishes at several venues.
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Congratulations to Rachael Tobin and Josh Hoffman on completing 50 parkruns.
Staying COVID-19 Safe
For contact tracing purposes every Victorian parkrun displays a unique QR code each Saturday morning, at various locations at the event. The QR code is also available on each event’s social media channels and website so you can check in before leaving home, in your car, at or after the event. We ask that all volunteers and participants check in each week. If entering the QR code manually with the Service Victoria Ap, the password for Albert Melbourne parkrun is MPEETH. The Department knows that parkrun operates about 8-9 am on Saturday, so it is OK for you to check-in before or after the event. You do not need to bring a phone to parkrun.
As the COVID-19 Framework guidelines apply to all events in Victoria, it is important that the parkrun community are aware of the implications.
We'd also ask all participants to review the codes below for runners, walkers and volunteers. The most important part of these codes is that if you are unwell, please stay at home, do not attend parkrun.
If you are new to parkrun, welcome. We are a free, community wellbeing event. We are not a race. We welcome everyone. After a year when we had to stay in our homes and avoid connections, we hope that parkrun offers a safe way for our community so start coming together again.
Our implementation of the code at Albert Melbourne parkrun includes the following:
* We will conduct a first-timer briefing at the usual meeting place (Coot Picnic area) at 7.45am.
* We will not be providing a key bucket or bringing our selfie frame. Albert, the stuffed swan, will stay home for a while. We have committed to sanitising and cleaning all shared equipment, so we need to keep things to a minimum.
* We will conduct a short, main briefing at the normal start line (Palms Lawn). This will contain safety information only and we urge all participants to be present and attentive.
* The main briefing will be delivered by a number of people in parallel to help people spread out.
* We will not be celebrating milestones, visitors or making any other announcements during the briefing. This is to minimise the time that people are in close contact. We know these are important parts of our community and will do our best to acknowledge these on social media and in our run report.
* We will be expanding the start area and encouraging people to spread out. We will also be actively suggesting that people position themselves by starting time. This may mean that you take a few extra seconds to cross the start line.
* During the event it is understood that people may come in close proximity to others for short periods of time. This is OK. Please respect others, be kind and please, no spitting or high-fiving.
* At the finish line we will be significantly expanding our finish funnels to provide space for participants to stay apart.
* We will be using our double funnel. For those who don't remember, your time is recorded when you pass between the flags. After that, you need to stay in order and move along the funnel to collect your finish token. It is really important that people move steadily along that line to enable a steady flow of people.
* Most importantly, we still want parkrun to be a fun, happy environment.
* Finally, all of these additional measures will require extra volunteers. Volunteering is a great way to meet people and feel part of the event. All roles are easy and come with fun training. Please let us know if you are interested.
The parkrun COVID framework is here:
All of this information, including the QR code, is on the news section of our website:
Illness and Injury
There are always some parkrunners who cannot participate due to illness or injury to themselves or a loved one. Best wishes to you. We look forward to seeing you participating in parkrun again when you are able. As you recover from illness or injury, please be cautious in selecting when and how fast you attempt to participate. Be guided by your medical advisers. No-one wants re-injury or the need for medical assistance at a parkrun.
Check out all the photos on the
Albert Melbourne parkrun Facebook page.
Registration, Barcodes and Finishing Tokens
You obtain a personal barcode upon registration for parkrun. If you are not registered for parkrun, we strongly recommend that you do register and print off your barcode. The link to registration can be found on our Home page.
Volunteer timekeepers record your time when you finish between the two tall parkrun flags. After you finish, stay in order through the finish funnel and will be given a finish token. You then take that and your personal barcode to the volunteer scanners on the other side of the BBQ shed.
After the barcode and finish token are scanned, always hand in the plastic finishing token. If you forget your barcode or are not registered and don't have a barcode, you MUST still hand in the finish token!!
Volunteers have no authority to record a time from a mobile phone or computer screen. And they have no authority to record a time without a valid barcode.
For a more detailed guide on how parkrun works check out "How parkrun works"
Barcodes can be validly scanned from one of:
* paper copies printed from your parkrun registration;
* laminated barcode;
* durable plastic key tag or elastomeric wristband - order from
Safety is a primary concern for everybody
For your safety and the safety of others:
• Self-seed at the start of the event, faster runners towards the front.
• KEEP TO THE LEFT on the path around the lake;
• GIVE WAY AND BE COURTEOUS TO ONCOMING PEDESTRIANS, RUNNERS, ROWERS AND OTHER PARK USERS;
• Take particular care around Albert Park lake's famous swans, their young chicks and all birdlife.
• If running with ONE dog on a SHORT lead, make sure that your dog or the dog's lead do not touch or tangle other runners, walkers, cyclists, park users and swans. Parks Victoria regulations stipulate that near the lake, dogs MUST be on a lead at all times.
• If running or walking with a baby pusher, you are solely responsible for making sure that the pusher does not touch other parkrunners. A child in a pusher cannot have their time recorded.
• Running or walking with both a dog AND a pusher is NOT allowed.
Post-run coffee / breakfast:
After parkrun you'll generally find some people at all of these venues:
Nine Yards (228 Dorcas St, South Melbourne)
James (323 Clarendon St, South Melbourne)
Carousel Cafe (beside the lake, close to the 1km mark)
Boatshed (beside the lake, close to the 4.5km mark)
Jack the Geezer (99 Canterbury Rd, Middle Park)
Please come and join us!
• Free parking in Canterbury Road, Albert Road, Clarendon St and Moray St (but read parking signs carefully).
• Car park adjacent to lake: flat fee of $5.40, payable by credit card.
Albert Melbourne parkrun on Social Media
* Facebook page: Albert Melbourne parkrun
* Twitter: @albertparkrunau
* Instagram: @albertmelbourneparkrun
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the
Albert parkrun, Melbourne Results Page.
The female record is held by Sinead DIVER who recorded a time of 16:14 on 11th February 2017 (event number 273).
The male record is held by Luke MATHEWS who recorded a time of 14:39 on 25th December 2018 (event number 370).
The Age Grade course record is held by Lavinia PETRIE who recorded 102.80% (22:01) on 7th February 2015 (event number 167).
Albert parkrun, Melbourne started on 19th November 2011. Since then, 26,864 participants have completed 127,050 parkruns covering a total distance of 635,250 km, including 19,226 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,684 individuals have volunteered 8,184 times.
Written by Vin Martin
Published by Scott Watkins