Weekly newsletter 28 August 2012

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Welcome to this week's newsletter

In this week’s newsletter we review the launches of Claisebrook Cove and Balyang Sanctuary parkruns, learn the results of our recent parkrunner survey and get ready to run the ‘Magic Mile’!

As per usual, the stats are in for last weekend, July 28:

  • Claisebrook Cove - 22 runners | 6 first timers | 9 PBs
  • Coomera - 29 runners | 3 first timers | 13 PBs
  • Ginninderra - 36 runners | 6 first timers | 16 PBs
  • Kirra - 50 runners | 14 first timers | 11 PBs
  • Balyang Sanctuary - 67 runners | 65 first timers | 67 PBs
  • Albert Melbourne - 71 runners | 16 first timers | 23 PBs
  • St Peters - 96 runners | 12 first timers | 28 PBs
  • Newy - 11 runners | 33 first timers | 36 PBs;
  • Main Beach - 146 runners | 15 first timers | 57 PBs;
  • New Farm - 307 runners | 57 first timers | 77 PBs.

Thanks to our amazing Event Directors, Run Directors, volunteers, adidas and Suncorp Bank for your continued support!

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

On August 4 I ventured across the country for the launch of our first Western Australian parkrun at Claisebrook Cove. This event has been established by Jon Storey who has the claim to fame of being the only Australian based parkrunner to currently appear on the ‘Runners who have attended most different events' page of the parkrun Australia website. Jon is originally from the UK but moved his family to Perth earlier this year in search of warmer weather and a better all round quality of life. He had found all of that but the one thing he didn’t have was his weekly parkrun, thus Claisebrook Cove was born! Set along the banks of the Swan River, the launch event was a great success with 44 runners including, most importantly, 42 first time parkrunners. For a short video account of the day click here.


This past weekend saw me travel south to Geelong for the launch of Balyang Sanctuary parkrun. Geelong has a great history and culture of running with the legendary John Landy, Australia’s first ‘4-minute miler’, calling the city home. This event is co-Directed by Adam Hunter and Grieg Sutton, both active members of the local running community, so I knew we would be guaranteed a good turnout for the launch. I wasn’t disappointed when an eager 67 runners, including 65 first time parkrunners, turned up on a beautiful autumn morning. Special thanks to Olympian Georgie Clark who came down to show her support. Again, for a short video account of the day click here.


A couple of milestones reached by parkrun in the last few days:

- We have now cracked 1,000 ‘likes’ on the parkrun Australia Facebook page . Please continue to share this with your friends as it is the easiest and fastest way for us to communicate with you on a daily basis.

- New Farm parkrun has broken the Australian attendance record 2 weeks in a row with 301 and 307 consecutively. It will be interesting to see how many people turn up for their 1st anniversary event on September 15!

Don’t forget our next parkrun launch will be on September 8 in Wynnum on the bayside of Brisbane. The Facebook page is already live and registrations will commence later this week.

Happy Running!

Tim from parkrun Australia

Canberra Callings…

- Ginninderra parkrun and the Indigenous Marathon Project have organised a screening of the documentary movie Town of Runners. Tickets are on sale for $8 for the showing on the 5th September, 6pm, Maribyrnong Primary School in Kaleen. Please feel free to share the link with friends and colleagues who you think may be interested.

- To show our support to one of Canberra's longest running events we have agreed to try and organise a volunteer team for the Canberra Times Fun Run on Sunday 9th September. Please let us know if you are interested in helping out on ginninderrahelpers@parkrun.com. If you're planning on running and haven't registered yet don't forget to put down parkrun as your team!

Survey Results

Thanks to those of you who recently completed our short online survey. The results have now been processed and are available to you here. It certainly makes for interesting reading.

We Have A New Record

In June 2006 Aussie Craig Mottram turned up at the home of parkrun, Bushy Park in Teddington, and stopped the clock at 14:00. This mark had stood for over 6 years, through the creation of over 100 other parkruns around the world and the efforts of almost 200,000 athletes - until this month!!! On August 11, fresh from his run in the 1,500m at the London Olympics, Team GB’s Andy Baddeley scorched around the Bushy parkrun course in 13:48 – 12 seconds faster than anyone has ever run a parkrun anywhere in the world! As he crossed the line to the cheers of the volunteers and watching crowd, Andy was heard to the magic words…

‘Don’t worry, I have remembered my barcode’

Congratulations of course must go to Andy for this remarkable feat however the next question is obviously “Will Craig attempt to get his record back?”

Stay tuned for more on this in upcoming newsletters!


Running, Not Racing

I recently posted the question on Facebook – “parkrun is a 'run' not a 'race'. Do you all understand the difference?”

It drew some interesting responses -

Trevor Graham Marsh - every run is a race :)

Ben Powell - The two wonderful parkrunners (one a first timer, and sadly neither of whose names I know) who abandoned their run when another parkrunner tripped and dislocated their knee cap at New Farm today do!

Aroha Wezner - The only thing I'm racing against is the clock and my PB.

Alex Hempel - Didn't get a new PB today, but also hadn't run in a while. It's good to be back on the track.

Kathy Rae - I read this today from my favourite running book 'Running Within' "Many runners focused solely on PBs, place, time and ranking lose sight of their journey and suffocate the joy of running by overemphasizing the importance of these outcomes" I am not the winner in my runs I am often last, have been lost twice and had the clock turned off twice (not at parkrun) but I enjoy my runs, seeing friends, being in different locations and participating. If I get a PB it is a great day, if I don’t there are still positives and it is a great day. I am enjoying my running journey and the achievements which are my own

Garry Wells – A run is caring more about the volunteers that have given up their time than staying tucked up on a cold and raining morning - participation and cheering on others. By the way, I missed a PB by 3 seconds on a difficult day.

Steve Chilcott - Start line, finish line, stop watch and at least 1 other person running = RACE TIME! :-)

Congratulations to our 2012 Australian Olympic Team

The London Olympics was an exciting time for adidas, watching their athletes take the stage and do Australia proud. A huge congratulations to their stellar line-up of athletes, including gold medallist 100m hurdler Sally Pearson, gold medallist 100m relay swimmer Cate Campbell and silver medallist Long Jumper Mitchell Watt. Stay tuned now the athletes have returned to Australia… you never know, they may even pop up at a parkrun near you!


The Magic Mile

The chaps at popular podcast Marathon Talk in the UK have challenged the rest of the world to a good old fashioned 1 mile race to decide once and for all – who owns the mile?

The mile, or 1609 metres in modern metric measurements, was once the holy grail of running races, with legends like Roger Bannister and John Landy battling it out to be the first person to run it in under 4 minutes. History of course tells us that Bannister was first, on May 6, 1954.


Several ‘Magic Mile’ events are being held here in Australia: Byron Bay on September 4; Gold Coast, Mackay & Narrabeen on September 9; and Newcastle on September 10. For further details visit the Marathon Talk website.

Run Director of the week

parkrunner of the week
Name:   Paul Walker
Age:   33
Home parkrun:   Albert Melbourne parkrun
Occupation:   Paper boy
Number of runs:   8
Number of times volunteered:   17
What do you do at parkruns:   Whatever Carol tells me to :)
How has parkrun changed your running:   Improved my speed, having a few wagers with fellow parkrunners also helps the motivation.
What do you like about parkrun:   That people can rock up and feel warm and fuzzy and welcome.
Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:   My first time being a Run Director was memorable in a kind of bad way as I thought I’d buggered it all up. Luckily with the help of some lovely people it went off ok.
How can we improve parkrun:   A cup of tea and a chocolate hob nob at the end wouldn't go a miss.


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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