Run Report #36, 9 January 2016

A perfect morning for a run or walk, with 85 parkrunners joining us this week. 17 achieved PBs - excellent stuff! Welcome to the 17 first-timers who came along. We were pleased to have visitors from Canberra, and Christine TIMMS, Territory Director for Tasmania and Event Director for Launceston, visited us for a run along our lovely course. Also joining us was Caroline MACDONALD all the way from Bristol in the UK. We hope all our first-timers enjoyed their first parkrun at Altona Beach, or their first parkrun ever! And that we see you again very soon.

Congratulations to the winners of our parkrunner of the Month awards:

Male parkrunner of the Month = Brian HAMER - In December, Brian participated in 4 parkruns and achieved 1 PB. We would also like to acknowledge Brian's fantastic commitment to our parkrun, not only as a participant but also as a volunteer. Thank you, Brian, we very much appreciate and value your contribution.

Female parkrunner of the Month = Lauren BURNS - In December, Lauren participated in 3 parkruns, achieved 1 PB, and her time improved by a whopping 12 minutes 33 seconds.

Most Improved parkrunner of the Month = Bryce HAMER - In a month, Bryce's time improved by 2 minutes 16 seconds.

Well done to each of you on your achievements.

The Altona Beach event team would like to acknowledge the one and only Maree GIBSON, volunteer extraordinaire, who completed her 50th parkrun volunteer role at Altona Beach this week. We are so grateful for Maree's continued support of our parkrun and congratulate her on her exceptional achievement.

We would also like to extend a special mention to Kay COLLINS, who embodied the true spirit of parkrun on Saturday. After seeing a fellow parkrunner needing assistance out on course, Kay stopped her run to ensure they were ok and stuck with them, walking alongside them until they were ready to proceed with their run. Thank you, Kay, for setting a fantastic example and reminding us that it’s not always about the PB but that all parkrunners enjoy parkrun and finish safely.


We had an amazing team of volunteers who kindly donated their time to ensure Altona Beach parkrun #36 went ahead:

Rebecca PANTALLERESCO (Run Director) • Ben AQUILINA • Brydie ABRAM • Elva ZHAO • Kerry CASTREE • Maree GIBSON • Terry BORAM • Zack ROWLANDS

Thank you for your assistance - we really appreciate it!

We all love to run parkrun but remember that Altona Beach parkrun can only continue if we have enough volunteers. We ask that each parkrunner volunteers 3-4 times a year. Please see our Future Roster at this link and contact with your preferred date and position. Thank you in advance.


Thank you once again to Zack ROWLANDS who took amazing shots of us all enjoying parkrun this week. You can view Zack's photos on our Facebook page.

Upcoming special dates

Barcode reminder

Printed barcodes are used at all our events to record your result. Remember: No barcode = No result

Finish line and finish tokens

We remind parkrunners to please cross the finish line only once – please don’t come through twice as it can cause problems with the results later. Please also be reminded that your finish token must be handed back to our volunteers after it has been scanned. Please do not take it home as a souvenir!

Safety on the course

Children under the age of 11 must be accompanied at all times by a parent, guardian, or other designated adult of the parent’s choice. It must also be ensured that children place themselves appropriately at the start so as to prevent a situation where they are being repeatedly overtaken. This is to ensure the safety of your child.

The path can get congested with runners, walkers, and cyclists, so please be mindful of other path users and keep to the left. Dogs should be kept on a short lead.

With summer now here, we encourage all parkrunners to bring water and keep well-hydrated. Please also remember that snakes love the warmer weather so please be aware of the potential for them to be out and about.


Altona Beach parkrun would not be possible or FREE without the generous support from our sponsors, Stockland, Suncorp Bank, Hobsons Bay City Council, and Vic Health – thank you for your contribution to Altona Beach parkrun and ensuring the success of our event.

Milestone Club T-shirts

parkrunners are able to order milestone t-shirts when they have completed 10 (Juniors only), 50, 100, 250, and 500 parkruns.

For those working towards a milestone, your profile page will show how many events you’ve completed and how many more you need to complete before you reach the next milestone.

If you are a parkrunner due a milestone, check your profile (accessible through the link in your weekly newsletter email or results email) for a message informing you that you are now entitled to claim your milestone t-shirt. A personalised link will then take you to the appropriate page on parkrun's Wiggle-powered online store where you'll be able to order your t-shirt(s).

#36 Stats

Male placings:

Chris ESLER (SM25-29) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:05 - first time in 3 appearances.
Joel GAUCI (JM15-17) (Unattached) was second over the line in 20:21 - has been first to finish on 7 previous occasions.
Greg TAYLOR (SM25-29) (Unattached) was third over the line in 20:39.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:

Damian PAYNTER (Unattached) 2427 pts.
Glenn ROWLANDS (Point Cook Runners) 2299 pts.
David AQUILINA (Point Cook Runners) 2292 pts.

Female placings:

Janae MACKRELL (JW11-14) of Altona Little Athletics Centre, was first (10th overall) over the line in 21:17 - 9th time in 17 appearances.
Jane GIBBONS (VW55-59) (Unattached) was second (26th overall) over the line in 24:09.
Sonja JENKINSON (VW45-49) (Unattached) was third (31st overall) over the line in 25:24.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:

Jane GIBBONS (Unattached) 2362 pts.
Samantha ST LEON (Unattached) 2099 pts.
Fiona KEAN (Salvos Striders) 2030 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

Sean HILL (VM60-64) was graded 77.99% for the time 20:45 (4th overall).
Chris ESLER (SM25-29) was graded 75.51% for the time 17:05 (first overall).
Janae MACKRELL (JW11-14) was graded 75.02% for the time 21:17 (10th overall).

This week there were 85 runners, of whom 17 were first timers and 17 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 9 different athletics clubs took part.

Altona Beach parkrun started on 9 May 2015, and since then 675 different runners, including participants from 42 athletics clubs, have completed 2,335 runs covering a total distance of 11,675 km, and there have been 593 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Nardine BAINBRIDGE who ran in a time of 00:18:34 on 2015-08-22 (event number 16).
The male record is held by Shane THIELE who ran in a time of 00:16:26 on 2015-11-14 (event number 28).
The Age Grade course record is held by Terry PEARCE who recorded a 85.74% run (18:42) on 16th May 2015 (event number 2).

This week's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Altona Beach parkrun Results Page.

Upcoming Events

Sunset Series
Date: Wed 3 Feb
Location: Melbourne Zoo
Distances: 7.2km or 3.6km

Flying Brick Bellarine Sunset Run
Date: Sat 13 Feb
Location: Portarlington
Distances: 21km or 10km

ROC Race
Gameshow Style Obstacle Course
Date: Sat 13 Feb and Sun 14 Feb
Location: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 5km

MDA Run For Strength
Date: Sun 14 Feb
Location: Albert Park Lake
Distances: 5km or 10km

Sunset Series
Date: Wed 17 Feb
Location: Princes Park
Distances: 8km or 4km

Run for Hope
Date: Sun 21 Feb
Location: Maribyrnong
Distances: 8.5km or 4.25km

Illumi Run
Date: Sat 27 Feb
Location: MCG
Distance: 5km neon run

Wyndham Rotary Fun Run
Date: Sun 28 Feb
Location: Chirnside Park, Werribee
Distances: 10km run, 8K walk, 5K run, 4K walk

Please let us know if there is anything you would like us to include in our run reports - email:

See you this Saturday for Altona Beach parkrun #37, 7:50am run briefing, 8:00am run start.