Run Report #41, 13 February 2016

Another fantastic event hosted by fantastic volunteers! 73 parkrunners crossed the line this week, an awesome 16 achieving PBs. All parkrunners are winners for coming along and participating - great job, everyone! Welcome and well done to our never-done-parkrun-before first-timers, we hope you had fun, and great to have visitors from Lillydale Lake, Maribyrnong and the UK join us.

Thank you very much to Kerry CASTREE and Brydie ABRAM who regularly volunteered for us over many recent weeks in preparation for the new Wyndham Vale parkrun. We thank you for your enthusiasm, dedication, and awesome assistance, Kerry and Brydie. You should be well-prepared for Wyndham Vale! Wishing you all the best with it.

Huge happy 18th birthday to Joel GAUCI, who celebrated by crossing first over the line - congratulations and well done, Joel.


Thank you to this week's dedicated team of volunteers, without whom parkrun would not have happened:

Rebecca PANTALLERESCO (Run Director) • Aileen MARTIN • Andrew MERCIECA • Elizabeth BELL • Frith LITTLEFORD • Glenn ROWLANDS • Joyleen STEWART • Kay COLLINS • Stuart ROWLINSON • 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.


Many thanks to Andrew MERCIECA and Zack ROWLANDS for capturing our wonderful event so fantastically yet again. You can view their 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.

Especially in summer, 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).

#41 Stats

Male placings:

Joel GAUCI (SM18-19) (Unattached) was first over the line in 19:54 - 9th time in 25 appearances.
Jason BEECROFT (VM40-44) (Unattached) was second over the line in 20:01.
Damian PAYNTER (VM40-44) (Unattached) was third over the line in 20:56.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:

Damian PAYNTER (Unattached) 2902 pts.
David AQUILINA (Point Cook Runners) 2607 pts.
Joel GAUCI (Unattached) 2559 pts.

Female placings:

Fiona KEAN (VW35-39) of Salvos Striders, was first (18th overall) over the line in 24:24 - first time in 24 appearances.
Sue HASTINGS (VW50-54) (Unattached) was second (19th overall) over the line in 24:32.
Samantha ST LEON (VW40-44) (Unattached) was third (24th overall) over the line in 25:05.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:

Jane GIBBONS (Unattached) 2819 pts.
Samantha ST LEON (Unattached) 2386 pts.
Fiona KEAN (Salvos Striders) 2386 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

Sue HASTINGS (VW50-54) was graded 71.88% for the time 24:32 (19th overall).
Jason BEECROFT (VM40-44) was graded 69.78% for the time 20:01 (second overall).
Ned CONWAY (JM11-14) was graded 67.70% for the time 22:36 (12th overall).

This week there were 73 runners, of whom 8 were first timers and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different athletics clubs took part.

Altona Beach parkrun started on 9 May 2015, and since then 749 different runners, including participants from 46 athletics clubs, have completed 2,796 runs covering a total distance of 13,980 km, and there have been 713 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 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

Sunset Series
Date: Wed 2 Mar
Location: The Tan, Melbourne
Distances: 8km and 4km run

The Royal Walk and Fun Run
Date: Sun 6 Mar
Location: Carlton
Distances: 9km, 4.5km

Run for the Kids
Date: Sun 20 Mar
Location: Melbourne
Distances: 15km, 5km

Sri Chinmoy Williamstown Foreshore Run
Date: Mon 28 Mar
Location: Williamstown
Distances: 15km, 10km, 5km

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 #42, 7:50am run briefing, 8:00am run start.