Run Report #46, 19 March 2016

Well done to the 67 parkrunners who braved the drizzle and cold to come along to Altona Beach parkrun this week. It was another great run, with 13 first-timers participating (welcome to you all), and 17 recording new Personal Bests. Representatives of 7 different athletics clubs took part. Our visitor from Armidale, NSW, was first over the line this week - congratulations Jeroen VAN LOON.

Best wishes to everybody participating in Run for the Kids on Sunday, a great run for a great cause.


Altona Beach parkrun #46 was brought to us by this awesome bunch of volunteers:

Rebecca PANTALLERESCO (Run Director) • Alisha VELLA • Angelina DI MARCO • Claire RIPPON • Glenn ROWLANDS • John GRAY • Laura GRECH-BUGEJA • Maree GIBSON • Philippa MCKIERNAN

It wouldn't have happened without them so a huge thank you to all for their help. A special mention to Alisha VELLA who this week volunteered for the 25th time at parkrun - congratulations Alisha and thank you for your contribution.

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

7 May 2016 - Altona Beach parkrun's 1st birthday

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).

#46 Stats

Male placings:

Jeroen VAN LOON (VM40-44) (Unattached) was first over the line in 18:04 - first appearance.
Andrew HARDIE (VM35-39) (Unattached) was second over the line in 19:28 - was first to finish once before.
Joel GAUCI (SM18-19) (Unattached) was third over the line in 20:20 - has been first to finish on 9 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:

Damian PAYNTER (Unattached) 3095 pts.
Joel GAUCI (Unattached) 3051 pts.
David AQUILINA (Point Cook Runners) 2932 pts.

Female placings:

Fiona KEAN (VW35-39) of Salvos Striders, was first (17th overall) over the line in 24:11 - second time in 27 appearances.
Natasha WELLS (VW35-39) of Hobson's Bay Running Club, was second (26th overall) over the line in 26:14.
Laura SMETHURST (SW30-34) of Hobson's Bay Running Club, was third (27th overall) over the line in 26:15 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:

Jane GIBBONS (Unattached) 3280 pts.
Claire RIPPON (Unattached) 2697 pts.
Fiona KEAN (Salvos Striders) 2680 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

Jeroen VAN LOON (VM40-44) was graded 75.55% for the time 18:04 (first overall).
Mark CALDECOURT (VM45-49) was graded 69.45% for the time 20:34 (4th overall).
Charles GAUCI (VM45-49) was graded 68.49% for the time 21:22 (6th overall).

Altona Beach parkrun started on 9 May 2015, and since then 817 different runners, including participants from 46 athletics clubs, have completed 3,161 runs covering a total distance of 15,805 km, and there have been 799 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

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

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 #47, 7:50am run briefing, 8:00am run start.