As per usual, the stats are in for last Saturday, December 8:
Albert Melbourne - 101 runners | 20 first timers | 8 PBs;
Balyang Sanctuary - 89 runners | 15 first timers | 16 PBs;
Claisebrook Cove - 72 runners | 10 first timers | 19 PBs;
Coomera - 38 runners | 5 first timers | 10 PBs;
Ginninderra - 45 runners | 9 first timers | 15 PBs;
Kawana - 49 runners | 17 first timers | 20 PBs;
Kingscliff - 14 runners | 3 first timers | 4 PBs;
Kirra - 43 runners | 2 first timers | 11 PBs;
Launceston - 76 runners | 21 first timers | 32 PBs;
Main Beach - 121 runners | 12 first timers | 21 PBs;
New Farm - 158 runners | 19 first timers | 37 PBs;
Newy - 265 runners | 54 first timers | 65 PBs;
North Lakes - 46 runners | 13 first timers | 16 PBs;
Sandgate - 80 runners | 31 first timers | 20 PBs;
South Bank - 101 runners | 28 first timers | 39 PBs;
St Peters - 131 runners | 26 first timers | 21 PBs;
Torrens - 36 runners | 18 first timers | 14 PBs;
Wynnum - 73 runners | 13 first timers | 24 PBs.
Thanks to our amazing Event Directors, Run Directors, volunteers and sponsors for your continued support!
Were you a first timer last weekend, or did you run a personal best? We would love to hear about your experience on email, @parkrun_au or on Facebook
On Saturday at all parkruns across the country we celebrated International Volunteer Day. As we all know parkrun relies of the generosity of volunteers who make our events happen week in week out and it was very pleasing to see and hear about the acts of support and appreciation that were shown to our volunteers on Saturday. For example –
“A big thanks to Alan and Roisin for what they have done at Wynnum parkrun. I don’t think the runners (most of them in any case) know what you guys put into it to make it happen every Saturday. I also salute you guys for what you have done for me as a runner and I’m now glad to be part of the volunteer team now to try and make your workload less so. For me to be part of it is just such a blessing as I love running and everything to do with it. I would love to give something back even if I don’t run that often it would still be enjoyable.” - Hennie Coetzer
The team at Newy parkrun had a great article written about them in their local paper and even went so far as to create a special film called ‘Helping Hand' as a dedication to their volunteer group. And on that note, congrats to Newy parkrun Event Director Dave Roberston who has officially been crowned pPOTY 2012 – parkrun Personality of the Year! Just remember Dave, I knew you before you were famous!!!
This Saturday I will be attending the Coomera parkrun Christmas Party and I’m pleased to announce that our friends from Stockland will be providing, drum roll please, a free coffee van! They know how to keep the masses happy! Then on Sunday I will be joining in our inaugural ‘Longest parkrun’ (see below) which will no doubt prove to be a great morning.
Coomera isn’t the only event celebrating Christmas so keep an eye out on your local Facebook page for information. I see Claisebrook Cove will be serving their own branded champagne for their breakfast BBQ on December 22, nice work Jon Storey!
Lastly, we have a new parkrun Australia female record of 16:47 set by first time parkrunner Susan Kuijken at Albert Melbourne parkrun. Well done Susan, that’s an incredible time!
Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)