After a drizzly start, our first parkrun for the year turned into a great morning. It was fantastic to see so many parkrunners come out during the holiday period, with 75 people joining us. 9 recorded new Personal Bests. We welcomed 23 first-timers and parkrun tourists who came from other parts of Melbourne, interstate (SA) and overseas (UK). We hope to see you again and maybe we can visit your home parkruns one day! Well done, everybody.
Thanks again to our volunteers who made the event possible and thanks to the many parkrunners who put their names down to help out over the next few weeks. For those that couldn't, please check your diaries and let us know. Remember we don't run from a pool of volunteers - you must let us know each time you can help.
Wishing you all a safe, happy and healthy 2016 and we hope parkrun is part of your resolutions!
Altona Beach parkrun is currently taking expressions of interest for new run directors to join our event team. If you would like further information or are interested in getting involved, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or speak to the friendly run director at your next visit to Altona Beach parkrun.
We had an amazing team of volunteers who kindly donated their time to ensure Altona Beach parkrun #35 went ahead:
Philippa MCKIERNAN (Run Director) • Brian HAMER • Brydie ABRAM • Emma STODDARD • Kerry CASTREE • Maree GIBSON • Peter GAUCI • Tess PARDY
Thank you for your assistance - we really appreciate it!
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 email@example.com with your preferred date and position. Thank you in advance.
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Upcoming special dates
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).
Nathan TUMARU (SM25-29) (Unattached) was first over the line in 18:08 - first time in 17 appearances.
Ashley JENKINS (VM40-44) (Unattached) was second over the line in 19:14.
Pierre GOUWS (SM25-29) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:37.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Damian PAYNTER (Unattached) 2331 pts.
Glenn ROWLANDS (Point Cook Runners) 2234 pts.
David AQUILINA (Point Cook Runners) 2200 pts.
Janae MACKRELL (JW11-14) of Altona Little Athletics Centre, was first (6th overall) over the line in 22:05 - 8th time in 16 appearances.
Deanna PENNA (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (10th overall) over the line in 22:35 - has been first to finish on 6 previous occasions.
Jane GIBBONS (VW55-59) (Unattached) was third (18th overall) over the line in 24:10.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Jane GIBBONS (Unattached) 2263 pts.
Fiona KEAN (Salvos Striders) 2030 pts.
Samantha ST LEON (Unattached) 2002 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Jane GIBBONS (VW55-59) was graded 74.90% for the time 24:10 (18th overall).
Ann GIRVIN (VW55-59) was graded 74.13% for the time 25:27 (23rd overall).
Janae MACKRELL (JW11-14) was graded 72.30% for the time 22:05 (6th overall).
This week there were 75 runners, of whom 23 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 8 different athletics clubs took part.
Altona Beach parkrun started on 9 May 2015, and since then 658 different runners, including participants from 40 athletics clubs, have completed 2,250 runs covering a total distance of 11,250 km, and there have been 576 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.
Two Bays Trail Run
Date: Sun 17 Jan
Distances: 28km and 56km ultramarathon
Date: Wed 3 Feb
Location: Melbourne Zoo
Distances: 7.2km or 3.6km
Flying Brick Bellarine Sunset Run
Date: Sat 13 Feb
Distances: 21km or 10km
Gameshow Style Obstacle Course
Date: Sat 13 Feb and Sun 14 Feb
Location: Flemington Racecourse
MDA Run For Strength
Date: Sun 14 Feb
Location: Albert Park Lake
Distances: 5km or 10km
Date: Wed 17 Feb
Location: Princes Park
Distances: 8km or 4km
Run for Hope
Date: Sun 21 Feb
Distances: 8.5km or 4.25km
Date: Sat 27 Feb
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
See you this Saturday for Altona Beach parkrun #36, 7:45am run briefing, 8:00am run start.