weekly report #440, 27.02.2021

This week 375 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 57 were first timers and 68 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 40 different clubs took part.

 

Last week’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 25,944 participants have completed 122,040 parkruns covering a total distance of 610,200 km, including 18,521 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,625 individuals have volunteered 7,770 times.

Volunteers:

The event was made possible by 32 volunteers:

Scott WATKINS • Joanne WATKINS • Alexandra MERRETT • Chris LONG • Ramana THIRUMOORTHY • Kellie HARMER • Catherine BEARSLEY • Monica WONG • Felix HARVEY • Scott VANCE • Erica AULD • Fiona YOUNG • Allan CHITTY • Daniel ISCHIA • Ruth BYRNE • Sarah MIKOLAS • Megan MANDER • Sophie ELSWORTH • Jennifer O'KANE • Lily AJAIMI • Joshua SEE • Jacqueline SHIEL • Ismail QESHTA • Shenelle PIMM • Sergio QUINTERO • Elsie HOWE • Tim RYAN • Amanda ALIZZI • Taylar REGISTRO • Carly SMITH • Madeleine BUCHNER • Daniel CLOHESY

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 albertmelbourne@parkrun.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 albertmelbourne@parkrun.com or message the Run Director for that event

News

Jonny Earl’s finishing time of 16.13 was the fastest time at our event this year. Well done.

Milestones

A reminder that if you have a story to share, please let us know.

Amazingly there were no official milestones this week so we’ll note some arbitrary 200s. Both Gabriele Suder and John Andrew reached their 200th run while Scott Watkins notched up his 200th Saturday of volunteering at Albert Melbourne parkrun. Congratulations.

Staying COVID-19 Safe

For contact tracing purposes every Victorian parkrun will display a unique QR code each Saturday morning, at various locations at the event. The QR code will also be 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. 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 will include 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:

https://volunteer.parkrun.com/.../open-with-covid-19...

All of this information, including the QR code, is on the news section of our website:

https://www.parkrun.com.au/.../01/11/restarting-parkrun/

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.

Photos
Check out all the photos of 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 Bentlogic (Bentlogic weblink)

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 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:
Ginger and White (342 Clarendon 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 4km mark)
Jack the Geezer (99 Canterbury Rd, Middle Park)
Please come and join us!

Parking
• 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

Written by Scott Watkins
Published by Scott Watkins

 

 

weekly report #439, 20.02.2021

After a week off due to a snap, 5-day COVID lockdown, we again restarted for event #439

This week 301 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

This week'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 25,887 participants have completed 121,665 parkruns covering a total distance of 608,325 km, including 18,453 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,615 individuals have volunteered 7,738 times.

Volunteers:

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Scott WATKINS • Joanne WATKINS • Grant PADULA • Andy HOLMES • Lucy CUDDIHY • Alex STRAUBE • Catherine BEARSLEY • Samantha STRAUBE • Janet ROBINSON • John DANIELL • Lisa MILLAR • Erica AULD • George FORNALSKI • Janine LIVERSAGE • Lauren MASEROW • Joshua SEE • Jamie KLEIBER • Grischelle JAMISAL • Ismail QESHTA • Longfei WANG • Han LIU • Michelle CUNNINGTON • Casey LAWSON • Jane NA • Sergio QUINTERO

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 albertmelbourne@parkrun.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 albertmelbourne@parkrun.com or message the Run Director for that event

News

Tim White from Germany has spotted a few more interesting statistics this week:

Ammar AMIR 3PBs out of 5 runs this year. Knocked off almost 5 minutes in total.
Deirbhile TUITE 2PBs this year, last PB 2019. Knocked off almost 5 minutes since last year
Daniel ISCHIA 4PBs out of 4 runs in 2021
William BUTCHER 5 runs this year. PB every run

Milestones

A reminder that if you have a story to share, please let us know.

Celebrating 50 parkruns was Brent CHAPMAN (27 runs at Albert Melbourne) and Dominic QUINLAN (all 50 at Albert Melbourne). Congratulations!

Staying COVID-19 Safe

For contact tracing purposes every Victorian parkrun will display a unique QR code each Saturday morning, at various locations at the event. The QR code will also be 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. 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 will include 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:

https://volunteer.parkrun.com/.../open-with-covid-19...

All of this information, including the QR code, is on the news section of our website:

https://www.parkrun.com.au/.../01/11/restarting-parkrun/

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.

Photos
Check out all the photos of 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 Bentlogic (Bentlogic weblink)

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 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:
Ginger and White (342 Clarendon 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 4km mark)
Jack the Geezer (99 Canterbury Rd, Middle Park)
Please come and join us!

Parking
• 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

Written by Scott Watkins with contributions by Tim White
Published by Scott Watkins

 

 

weekly report #438, 06.02.2021

This week 387 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 51 were first timers and 64 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 39 different clubs took part.

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 25,855 participants have completed 121,364 parkruns covering a total distance of 606,820 km, including 18,416 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,612 individuals have volunteered 7,713 times.

Volunteers:

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Dani ELLE • Scott WATKINS • Joanne WATKINS • Alexandra MERRETT • Catriona HAMER • Beatrice ROBERTS • Gregory PATTON • Felix HARVEY • Erica AULD • Georgina PREWER • Abhay KHOT • Sarah MIKOLAS • Rosalyn MUIR • Izzy WARBURG • Lauren MASEROW • Joshua SEE • Jamie KLEIBER • Adrian SHIEL • Jacqueline SHIEL • Oliver SHEARER • Romain-Pierre CACHEUX • Ismail QESHTA • Heather BRAND-WILLIAMSON • Daniel MCKENZIE • Allison VAN BEERS • Casey LAWSON • Sergio QUINTERO • David BEDER

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 albertmelbourne@parkrun.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 albertmelbourne@parkrun.com or message the Run Director for that event

News

Tim White from Germany has spotted a few more interesting statistics this week:

Congratulations to Andrea Hosey for setting 5 PBs in her past 6 runs at Albert Melbourne parkrun including 3 in a row since our restart.

Pip Gale has shown remarkable consistency since our restart, 4 runs spread over 21 seconds gap: 20:20, 20:29, 20:41, 20:31

Fiona Samuel again scored a PB, well done!

Ben Hamer and Liz Ahern both participated in events #438 and #436 at Albert Melbourne. Both were 1 second faster at #436.

Sarah Mikolas set an Albert Melbourne parkrun PB on Saturday, clearly the result of a lot of lockdown hard work.

Peter Cox returned to parkrun for the first time since the break and set a PB, his first since 2019.

William Butcher only started parkrun this year, after the break and has set a PB every week, lowering his time from 29:58 to 29:14.

Clare Wood visited from the UK and celebrated her 200th run.

Finally, Lisa Millar celebrated an all-time parkrun PB of 34:00, her fastest time since October 2015. Congratulations!

Milestones

A reminder that if you have a story to share, please let us know.

Mark Champion, a long time participant and true champion of parkrun, celebrated his 250th parkrun. Mark has done 229 runs at Albert Melbourne with a PB of 21:22.

Celebrating 100 parkruns was David Parkin and Sam Song. Sam’s friend Sun-jun Lee wrote the following:

"Saturday was Sam Song’s 100th parkrun event! He has been a dedicated parkrun runner at numerous locations, majority of it at Albert Park, as well as an enthusiastic volunteer especially during Christmas with his yearly Santa costume! When he is not at parkrun, he is running off to interstate and globally, participating in various marathon events. You may have seen him every Saturday, being almost as loud as Joanne to greet everyone he runs alongside. Sam has inspired me to join parkrun and I thank him greatly for it. So, if you see him this parkrun please congratulate him and chat with him because he has amazing stories to share!"

Celebrating 50 parkruns was Andrew Duff and Riley-Jane Dickie. Riley’s run was extra special as she set a new PB of 25:48

Staying COVID-19 Safe

For contact tracing purposes every Victorian parkrun will display a unique QR code each Saturday morning, at various locations at the event. The QR code will also be 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. 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 will include 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:

https://volunteer.parkrun.com/.../open-with-covid-19...

All of this information, including the QR code, is on the news section of our website:

https://www.parkrun.com.au/.../01/11/restarting-parkrun/

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.

Photos
Check out all the photos of 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 Bentlogic (Bentlogic weblink)

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 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:
Ginger and White (342 Clarendon 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 4km mark)
Jack the Geezer (99 Canterbury Rd, Middle Park)
Please come and join us!

Parking
• 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

Written by Scott Watkins with contributions by Tim White
Published by Scott Watkins

 

weekly report #437, 30.01.2021

parkrun at Albert Melbourne returned for our third week post-lockdowns and again over 400 people participated. This week 421 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 79 were first timers and 58 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

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 25,804 participants have completed 120,977 parkruns covering a total distance of 604,885 km, including 18,352 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,601 individuals have volunteered 7,685 times.

Volunteers:

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Scott WATKINS • Joanne WATKINS • Ben LEVY • Beatrice ROBERTS • Chris DUGGAN • Ramana THIRUMOORTHY • M SMITH • Fiona TRACEY • Nigel FANNING • Troy STASINOWSKY • Julie HUTCHINSON • Darrell HUTCHINSON • Debbie PHILLIPS • Robyn MCCAUSLAND • Daniel ISCHIA • Sarah MIKOLAS • Helen KLEIBER • Janine LIVERSAGE • Sophie ELSWORTH • Joshua SEE • Jamie KLEIBER • Jack KLEIBER • Romain-Pierre CACHEUX • Selby COXON • Ismail QESHTA • Virginia SINGH • Anna TOWNSHEND • John STELLING • Sergio QUINTERO

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 albertmelbourne@parkrun.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 albertmelbourne@parkrun.com or message the Run Director for that event

News

With help from Tim White, from Melbourne but currently in Germany where parkrun is paused, we’ve put together a few notable statistics from our parkrun.

Peter Taylor, who ran at Albert Melbourne on the weekend, is an interesting story. Peter made his parkrun debut in October 2013 set a PB in his second parkrun (the following week). 8 years later (this week) Peter came back for his 3rd parkrun and knocked a further 17 seconds off his PB. His times? 21:19, 20:24 and (8 years later) 20:07.

William Clark seemingly used the lockdowns well, he recorded a big jump in times from a year ago lowering his PB from 21:07 down to 18:46. As an added quirk, William ran the exact same time, 18:46 in both of his 2021 parkruns.

Fiona Samuel, a very regular Albert Melbourne parkrunner, also came out of lockdown with a bang. A few years ago Fiona set a goal of going under 23 minutes on her 100th parkrun. She ran exactly 23:00, no thanks to one of our Event Directors…. In 2019, Fiona had lowered her PB to 22:26. Post-lockdown, Fiona beat that, knocking it down to 22:21.

Heather Brand-Williamson had managed 3 PBs in her last 4 events pre-lockdown. Post-lockdown, Heather has continued her form recording another 2 PBs, lowering her time to 26:29, over 3 minutes faster than the same time last year.

We had a special visitor at Albert Melbourne parkrun on Saturday - Keiko Sunaba. Keiko is from Main Beach parkrun in Queensland but, during our lockdown, was a regular attendee at Joanne’s weekly parkrun Facebook bakeoffs. This was the first time Keiko and Joanne had ever met!

Milestones

A reminder that if you have a story to share, please let us know.

This week, Mario CHRISANTHOU, Yannis BECKER and Graham PILKINGTON all celebrated their 50th events. Well done!

Grant Padula celebrated his 100th parkrun. Here is his story:

“My parkrun journey started way back at the beginning in 2011 when I think I went to the first or second ever Albert Melbourne parkrun (Editor it was actually #19). I enjoyed the experience so much I kept coming back until I went overseas to work in Macau China for 3 years from 2012 to 2015. There was no parkrun in Macau but I managed to keep running regularly and even did 2 marathons while I was there - Hong Kong in 2014 and Macau in 2015. Also I am now a Melbourne Marathon spartan having done 12 Melbourne Marathons, an achievement I am very proud of.
Since returning in 2016 from overseas I came back to parkrun at Albert Park and after almost 10 years from my first parkrun I have finally done my 100th, so averaging around 10 parkruns per year! Of course COVID hasn’t helped this past year but we are back now and let’s hope we are able to continue in 2021 and beyond.
I have also brought along my family at times to parkrun - my wife Christie and my two kids Tom and Lucy who are also now part of the Albert Melbourne parkrun community.
Parkrun is such a great activity and very inclusive and provides our running community with enormous fitness and social benefits. I look forward to keep parkrunning with my family and being a regular at Albert Park into the future.”

Staying COVID-19 Safe

For contact tracing purposes every Victorian parkrun will display a unique QR code each Saturday morning, at various locations at the event. The QR code will also be 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. 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 will include 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:

https://volunteer.parkrun.com/.../open-with-covid-19...

All of this information, including the QR code, is on the news section of our website:

https://www.parkrun.com.au/.../01/11/restarting-parkrun/

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.

Photos
Check out all the photos of 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 Bentlogic (Bentlogic weblink)

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 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:
Ginger and White (342 Clarendon 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 4km mark)
Jack the Geezer (99 Canterbury Rd, Middle Park)
Please come and join us!

Parking
• 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

Written by Scott Watkins with contributions by Tim White
Published by Scott Watkins

 

weekly report #436, 23.01.2021

parkrun at Albert Melbourne returned for our second week post-lockdowns and again over 400 people participated. This week 389 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 77 were first timers and 52 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

Volunteers:

A big thank you to the 23 volunteers, without whom, parkrun would not have gone so smoothly, if at all:

Scott WATKINS • Joanne WATKINS • Alexandra MERRETT • Lucy CUDDIHY • Paula HARRIS • Debbie COLLINS • Ashne LAMB • Sandra MURPHY • Monica WONG • Felix HARVEY • Janet ROBINSON • Sarah MIKOLAS • Helen KLEIBER • Janine LIVERSAGE • Lauren MASEROW • Jamie KLEIBER • Romain-Pierre CACHEUX • Tanya CANFIELD • Rachael TOBIN • Bobby MACINDOE • John STELLING • Yao ZHANG • Michelle CUNNINGTON

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 albertmelbourne@parkrun.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 albertmelbourne@parkrun.com or message the Run Director for that event

Milestones

A huge round of applause for Ramana THIRUMOORTHY who completed his 100th parkrun. Ramana began his parkrun journey at Mile End parkrun London way back in may 2013 and was sitting on 99 parkruns all through our lockdowns in Melbourne. Congratulations!

We also had 4 people join the 50 club: Damjan VUKCEVIC, Michael O'BRIEN, Lee MORONY and Rob SMAKMAN. Congratulations!

We also congratulate Katherine Hargest, a junior parkrun participant who has now completed 12 events. Katherine has completed all of her parkruns at Albert Melbourne and has a PB of 23:03! Katherine ran her 10th parkrun the week before we shutdown but happily received her prized "junior 10" shirt while we were paused. Unfortunately we can't do in-person acknowledgements at present so we asked Katherine to tell us her story.

My name is Katherine and I am 12. I became involved in the parkrun because of my love of running. The feeling of knowing you are pushing yourself. Hearing and feeling the wind whoosh by you. Panting with a smile on your face. It's such a great feeling. Running helps me to meet many friends and learn more about sport. As I meet friends I encourage them and they encourage me too, such as my best running friends Ruby, Poppy, Jessica and Charlotte. I hope my friend Chris is having fun and enjoying himself because when I hear him call 'I'm catching you' or 'come on kid, keep running' it gives me more energy. I have done 10 park runs and am now working my way up to 25. Keep running everyone and enjoy yourself! 

Staying COVID-19 Safe

For contact tracing purposes every Victorian parkrun will display a unique QR code each Saturday morning, at various locations at the event. The QR code will also be 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. 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 will include 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:

https://volunteer.parkrun.com/.../open-with-covid-19...

All of this information, including the QR code, is on the news section of our website:

https://www.parkrun.com.au/.../01/11/restarting-parkrun/

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.

Photos
Check out all the photos of 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 Bentlogic (Bentlogic weblink)

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 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:
Ginger and White (342 Clarendon 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 4km mark)
Jack the Geezer (99 Canterbury Rd, Middle Park)
Please come and join us!

Parking
• 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

Written by Scott Watkins
Published by Scott Watkins

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