Run Report #40, 6 February 2016

Perfect conditions greeted the 90 runners and walkers who attended Altona Beach parkrun this week. A massive thank you to the Wyndham Vale parkrun team for hosting this week's event - you did a terrific job and you take with you our very best wishes for your new parkrun.

Welcome to our first-timers and visitors from other parkruns, we hope you enjoyed yourselves at Altona Beach parkrun and we see you again very soon.

Congratulations to our parkrunner of the month award winners:

Male parkrunner of the Month - Lucas BECK
Female parkrunner of the Month - Rebekah TOWNSEND
Most Improved parkrunner of the Month - Michelle SUMMERFIELD


Thank you to this week's awesome team of volunteers, without them, parkrun would not have been able to happen:

Andrew PRICE (Run Director) • Brydie ABRAM • Joyleen STEWART • Kerry CASTREE • Marie-Claire MCKIERNAN • Maria LODOLA-PRICE • Sean ROW • Veronica HEWITT

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.


Huge thanks to Maria LODOLA-PRICE for not only Marshaling this week but for also taking some fantastic pics! You can view Maria'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).

#40 Stats

Male placings:

Joel GAUCI (JM15-17) (Unattached) was first over the line in 19:08 - 8th time in 24 appearances.
Andrew HARDIE (VM35-39) (Unattached) was second over the line in 19:09.
John GRAY (VM50-54) of Hobson's Bay Running Club, was third over the line in 20:27.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:

Damian PAYNTER (Unattached) 2804 pts.
David AQUILINA (Point Cook Runners) 2515 pts.
Joel GAUCI (Unattached) 2459 pts.

Female placings:

Janae MACKRELL (JW11-14) of Altona Little Athletics Centre, was first (6th overall) over the line in 21:11 - 12th time in 20 appearances.
Alisha GALEA (SW18-19) (Unattached) was second (17th overall) over the line in 23:53.
Jane GIBBONS (VW55-59) (Unattached) was third (22nd overall) over the line in 24:32.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:

Jane GIBBONS (Unattached) 2729 pts.
Claire RIPPON (Unattached) 2360 pts.
Samantha ST LEON (Unattached) 2288 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

Janae MACKRELL (JW11-14) was graded 75.37% for the time 21:11 (6th overall).
Jane GIBBONS (VW55-59) was graded 73.78% for the time 24:32 (22nd overall).
John GRAY (VM50-54) was graded 73.27% for the time 20:27 (third overall).

This week there were 90 runners, of whom 8 were first timers and 23 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 10 different athletics clubs took part.

Altona Beach parkrun started on 9 May 2015, and since then 741 different runners, including participants from 45 athletics clubs, have completed 2,723 runs covering a total distance of 13,615 km, and there have been 697 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

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 #41, 7:50am run briefing, 8:00am run start.