Run Report #44, 5 March 2016

It was the perfect morning to tie up those laces and get out onto the beautiful Altona Beach parkrun course with a run or walk to start the weekend. 77 parkrunners did just that, with 16 achieving personal bests and 12 visiting Altona Beach parkrun for the first time, including visitors from Hastings and Lalor. Well done to everybody on their fantastic efforts.

We would like to wish our dear parkrun friends, Maree GIBSON and Kim GIBSON, a very happy 33rd wedding anniversary. Best wishes for the years ahead.

This week, we had a family affair with parkrunner of the month. Huge congratulations to:

Male parkrunner of the Month: Christian HYDE (JM10), with a phenomenal time improvement of 15:14
Female parkrunner of the Month: Elyssia HYDE (JW11-14), awesome time improvement of 4:56
Most Improved parkrunner of the Month: Dimmy HYDE (VW45-49), super time improvement of 4:07

What an extraordinary effort by the HYDE family, well done and keep it up!


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

Quintin STEPHENSON (Run Director) • Alan PRITCHARD • Alexandra MORA • Andrew HARDIE • Domenico MARTELLETTO • Glenn ROWLANDS • Laura SMETHURST • Maree GIBSON

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.


You can view Altona Beach parkrun'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.

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).

#44 Stats

Male placings:

Nick MORRISON-STORY (SM25-29) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:16 - first appearance.
Daniel ROBERTS (JM15-17) (Unattached) was second over the line in 19:18 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.
Joel GAUCI (SM18-19) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:59 - has been first to finish on 9 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:

Damian PAYNTER (Unattached) 2999 pts.
Joel GAUCI (Unattached) 2856 pts.
David AQUILINA (Point Cook Runners) 2776 pts.

Female placings:

Val B (VW40-44) (Unattached) was first (16th overall) over the line in 24:15 - first time in 16 appearances.
Samantha ST LEON (VW40-44) (Unattached) was second (21st overall) over the line in 24:48.
Claire RIPPON (VW35-39) (Unattached) was third (24th overall) over the line in 25:11.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:

Jane GIBBONS (Unattached) 3104 pts.
Samantha ST LEON (Unattached) 2581 pts.
Claire RIPPON (Unattached) 2530 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

Nick MORRISON-STORY (SM25-29) was graded 74.81% for the time 17:16 (first overall).
John GRAY (VM50-54) was graded 72.56% for the time 20:39 (5th overall).
Daniel ROBERTS (JM15-17) was graded 72.11% for the time 19:18 (second overall).

This week there were 77 runners, of whom 12 were first timers and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 9 different athletics clubs took part.

Altona Beach parkrun started on 9 May 2015, and since then 787 different runners, including participants from 45 athletics clubs, have completed 3,007 runs covering a total distance of 15,035 km, and there have been 765 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

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

Geelong Half Marathon
Date: Sun 3 Apr
Location: James Harrison Bridge, Geelong
Distances: 21km, 7km

Oxfam Trailwalker
Date: Fri 8 Apr
Location: Jells Park to Wesburn Oval, Melbourne, VIC
Distance: 100km, 4 person team event

Run the Rock
Date: Sat 16 Apr
Location: Hanging Rock Racecource
Distances: 5km run or walk, 12km run, 20km run and the 2km kids run

The Color Run Night Run
Date: Sat 16 Apr
Location: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 5km

Werribee Mansion Run
Date: Sun 24 Apr
Location: Werribee Mansion
Distances: 21km, 10km, 5.5km, 3.5km, Kids 1.2km

Sri Chinmoy Princes Park Run
Date: Sun 24 Apr
Location: Princes Park
Distances: 15km, 10km and 5km

Puffing Billy's Great Train Race
Date: Sun 1 May
Location: Belgrave
Distance: 13.5km

Wings for Life World Run
Date: Sun 8 May
Location: Elwood Park, Melbourne, VIC
Distance: Run as far as you want

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See you this Saturday for Altona Beach parkrun #45, 7:50am run briefing, 8:00am run start.