Run Report #38, 23 January 2016

Well done to the 90 runners and walkers who came along to Altona Beach parkrun this morning. The temperature was ideal for running and the rain stayed off for the event. Welcome to our 14 first-timers and congratulations to the 21 parkrunners who achieved personal bests.

Thanks to all our wonderful volunteers who helped out today, without your support, we would find it hard to run events each week. And to everyone who put their names forward for next week's event.

Congratulations to Ben AQUILINA on his 14 birthday, and to John GRAY and David WELLS who reached their 50th parkruns - keep up the fantastic effort, guys.

From all the Altona Beach parkrun event team, we wish you a HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY.


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

Glenn ROWLANDS (Run Director) • Andrew MERCIECA • Ben AQUILINA • Brydie ABRAM • John GRAY • Kerry CASTREE • Maree GIBSON • Nathan TUMARU • Russell JOHNSON • Zack ROWLANDS

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.


Thanks to our fantastic photographers, Andrew MERCIECA and Zack ROWLANDS, on capturing today's event. You can view Andrew and 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).

#38 Stats

Male placings:

Cameron MENADUE (SM25-29) of Western Athletics, was first over the line in 18:11 - 5th time in 7 appearances.
Terry PEARCE (VM60-64) of Hobson's Bay Running Club, was second over the line in 18:54.
Joel GAUCI (JM15-17) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:32 - has been first to finish on 7 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:

Damian PAYNTER (Unattached) 2614 pts.
David AQUILINA (Point Cook Runners) 2377 pts.
Glenn ROWLANDS (Point Cook Runners) 2299 pts.

Female placings:

Janae MACKRELL (JW11-14) of Altona Little Athletics Centre, was first (15th overall) over the line in 21:29 - 10th time in 18 appearances.
Deanna PENNA (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (25th overall) over the line in 22:34 - has been first to finish on 7 previous occasions.
Danielle SCHUBACH (SW25-29) (Unattached) was third (34th overall) over the line in 24:24 - was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:

Jane GIBBONS (Unattached) 2539 pts.
Claire RIPPON (Unattached) 2181 pts.
Fiona KEAN (Salvos Striders) 2101 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

Terry PEARCE (VM60-64) was graded 84.83% for the time 18:54 (second overall).
Peter RISK (VM55-59) was graded 74.47% for the time 21:21 (13th overall).
Janae MACKRELL (JW11-14) was graded 74.32% for the time 21:29 (15th overall).

This week, there were 90 runners, of whom 14 were first timers and 21 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different athletics clubs took part.

Altona Beach parkrun started on 9 May 2015, and since then 713 different runners, including participants from 45 athletics clubs, have completed 2,518 runs covering a total distance of 12,590 km, and there have been 636 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).

Today'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 #39, 7:50am run briefing, 8:00am run start.