Run Report #37, 16 January 2016

Not only did 93 parkrunners participate at Altona Beach parkrun this morning, but 24 were first-timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests! Wow! Fantastic effort, parkrunners!! It was a perfect morning for a run or walk and we love seeing your smiley, happy faces out on course each week, enjoying parkrun. We're looking forward to next week already!


Thank you to our awesome team of volunteers today, without them, parkrun would not have been able to happen:

David AQUILINA (Run Director) • Andrew MERCIECA • Ashleigh STEPHENSON • Ben AQUILINA • Brydie ABRAM • Fiona KEAN • Glenn ROWLANDS • Joyleen STEWART • Kerry CASTREE

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.


Welcome back, Andrew MERCIECA! It was great to see Andrew again, taking magnificent shots of our parkun. You can view Andrew's photos on our Facebook page.

Upcoming special dates

23 January - Australia Day themed run

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).

#37 Stats

Male placings:

Tim HALES (VM45-49) of Hobson's Bay Running Club, was first over the line in 18:14 - first time in 3 appearances.
Nathan TUMARU (SM25-29) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:21 - was first to finish once before.
An unknown runner was third.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:

Damian PAYNTER (Unattached) 2519 pts.
Glenn ROWLANDS (Point Cook Runners) 2299 pts.
David AQUILINA (Point Cook Runners) 2292 pts.

Female placings:

Deanna PENNA (SW30-34) (Unattached) was first (24th overall) over the line in 23:09 - 7th time in 13 appearances.
Jane GIBBONS (VW55-59) (Unattached) was second (27th overall) over the line in 23:54.
Danielle SCHUBACH (SW25-29) (Unattached) was third (30th overall) over the line in 24:54 - was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:

Jane GIBBONS (Unattached) 2461 pts.
Samantha ST LEON (Unattached) 2099 pts.
Claire RIPPON (Unattached) 2086 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

Tim HALES (VM45-49) was graded 78.98% for the time 18:14 (first overall).
Jane GIBBONS (VW55-59) was graded 75.73% for the time 23:54 (27th overall).
Adam CLARK (VM40-44) was graded 70.75% for the time 19:26 (5th overall).

This week there were 93 runners, of whom 24 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 6 different athletics clubs took part.

Altona Beach parkrun started on 9 May 2015, and since then 699 different runners, including participants from 45 athletics clubs, have completed 2,428 runs covering a total distance of 12,140 km, and there have been 615 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).

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 #38, 7:50am run briefing, 8:00am run start.