newsletter 10th July 2012

Welcome to this week's newsletter

The stats are in for 7th July.


  • Ginninderra - 46 runners | 19 first timers | 16 PBs;
  • Kirra - 57 runners | 10 first timers | 10 PBs;
  • Albert - 59 runners | 18 first timers | 16 PBs;
  • Newy - 97 runners | 41 first timers | 42 PBs;
  • St Peters - 122 runners;
  • Main Beach - 172 runners | 29 first timers | 55 PBs;
  • New Farm - 233 runners | 48 first timers | 62 PBs.

Were you a first timer last weekend, or did you run a personal best? I would love to hear about your experience on


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Last week I attended a breakfast ‘think tank’ where we were told in no uncertain terms that the future of ‘online’ is video content. I have heard this many times before but on this occasion I made a promise to myself to do something about it. So on Saturday I made my way to Main Beach parkrun with video camera in hand to see what content I could come up with. The result can be found here. As you can see I am a bit of an amateur when it comes to video editing but none the less some fun was had by all involved. This has since given me an idea for our next parkrun competition, a little something that I am calling ‘My parkrun’, see below for details.

It has been really fantastic to receive a number of emails over the last few weeks from people requesting we launch a parkrun event in their area. Unfortunately however it isn’t as simple as that as we actually need that special someone from the local community to ‘step up’ as the inaugural Event Director. So if you want a parkrun closer to where you live or work and are happy to commit to help get it up and running, then please do get in touch.

Tim from parkrun Australia

Event launches

Registrations are now live for upcoming event launches in the Gold Coast, Perth and Geelong:

Competition - My parkrun

Even though I’m a bit of a mug with a video camera, I’m sure many of you are not. Thus, I’m hoping that our new ‘My parkrun’ competition will prove exciting. So what is it? In a nutshell, I want you to put together a short video, no more than 5 minutes in length, that shows your typical parkrun day. It must be uploaded to YouTube and include pre-event (waking up at home, transport etc), during the run (run with the camera or get a mate to record you) and of course the post-run coffee or breakfast. The more fun you can make it the better! Two lucky winners will receive an adidas running pack (shoes, shorts, shirt) to the value of $300! Entries close July 31 so that leaves only 3 more opportunities to film your entry.

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Feedback from the field

Nick La Porta (age 14) – I have been going to Albert parkrun in Melbourne for 18 weeks and this is my parkrun story. In January of this year you would more likely have found me in front of my Xbox than outside running. But that January everything changed. My brother, who is my running inspiration, has completed 9 marathons and over 50 parkruns. He came to Australia and inspired me and coached me to run. I have to admit the first weeks of training were pretty hard in very tough conditions but after a few weeks of training I went to my first parkrun. I couldn't believe how many people came to Albert Park to run but after clocking my first time of 27:24 I was addicted! Since then I have been driven to nearly every parkrun by my mum who has supported me every step of the way. After 4 weeks I achieved my first PB and two weeks later another PB. I continue to strive for a PB every week and I’m now proud to say I have my time down to 23:27! Every parkrun I try my hardest to push myself past my limits to achieve new records. I would really like to thank the volunteers of Albert parkrun and my friends and family. And that is my parkrun story, thanks!
Rachel Schnitzerling - When adidas visited New Farm parkrun in early June I was lucky enough to be one of the random winners... apparently 195 is a lucky number! I was at parkrun that Saturday morning with my training partner, Penny my ever energetic dog. We started at the back of probably one of New Farm parkrun's biggest turnouts (over 260 people that Saturday), and enjoyed our run along the Brisbane river from the Powerhouse. The weather had gotten cooler for Brisbane and perfect for running. I am by no means a good runner (at 37 I only started loving running about 3 years ago) and last weekend completed my first half marathon on the Gold Coast. About 4 weeks before the half marathon I went into adidas' Queen Street store in Brisbane to claim my prize - $300 worth of adidas gear. There Kirein, one of the adidas sales staff, talked me through the different running shoes and helped fit me with the right shoe for my foot and the amount of running I was doing. Kirein and the other staff at the store were really fantastic, very friendly with good product knowledge to help a layperson like myself choose the right shoes. I also picked up a pair of compression pants and endurance running socks, all with Kirein's help and advice. So thank you adidas and parkrun... the shoes helped my poor feet keep going the 21km, and I enjoyed the experience enough to be signing up for the Brisbane half marathon in August!
Lucy Whittle - I really enjoyed my first New Farm parkrun last Saturday. It was really well organised and everyone was very friendly. I’ll definitely be back, and with some friends! P.S. Your volunteers were so helpful – I had a couple of questions at the beginning and a lovely lady helped me out. Well done.

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Drop me an email if you have an interesting parkrun related fact, happening or comment that you would like to share with all parkrunners.

parkrunner of the week

parkrunner of the week
Name:   Oyiela Litaba
Club:   None
Age:   49
Home parkrun:   Albert parkrun in Melbourne
Occupation:   Lecturer
Number of runs:   16
Number of times volunteered:   4
What do you do at parkruns:   I run most weeks and when volunteering I take photos for the Melbourne parkrun facebook page.
How has parkrun changed your running:   Running has started to become a real habit. I now run regularly whether I have a specific event to train for or not. My main aim is to turn up and run each Saturday free of injury - but I do hope to reduce my PB by the end of the year.
What do you like about parkrun:   I like the social aspect and the way that it caters for runners of all ages and abilities.
Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:   My most memorable runs are the two where I picked up an ‘entourage’ while out on the course - the tailrunner and safety bike rider in their fluorescent vests. I had the chance to chat with these very supportive volunteers, hear about their running experiences and pick up some tips (thank you George and Eusebeia, Danny and Troy). I was also amused by the puzzled looks on the faces of some other park users who seemed to be wondering how I had gained these fit companions. I imagined them asking themselves whether there was an unrecognised celebrity running by!
How can we improve parkrun:   From the runners’ point of view it all seems to go very smoothly - but I’m sure we could make life easier for Carol and her team by filling up the volunteer roster a bit further in advance.


Barcode reminder

Barcodes are used at all our events to record your result. No barcode, No result!

All questions answered

Do you have a question about parkrun? How do I get my barcode? All your questions are answered here.

Volunteering at parkrun

We ask every parkrunner to volunteer 3 times a year. When volunteering you receive the maximum number of points towards the yearly competition.

Children at parkrun

All children under 11 must be supervised by a parent or guardian. Guardians must ensure that children place themselves appropriately so as to prevent a situation where they are being repeatedly overtaken at the start. This is to ensure the safety of your child.

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The parkrun show

You can download your copy of the parkrun show here. (iTunes)

The parkrun show is the audible roundup of the "goings on" of everything that caught the teams eye from the weekend in parkrunworld.

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