Weekly newsletter – 11th December 2012

<br /> parkrun Australia newsletter 11th December 2012 WEB VERSION<br />

Welcome to this week's newsletter

In this week’s newsletter we celebrate International Volunteer Day, prepare for our inaugural Longest parkrun and call for nominations for Gold Coast Runner of the Year.

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!


Happy Running!

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

Longest parkrun is this Sunday!

After months of anticipation, the wait is nearly over. This Sunday we are holding our inaugural ‘Longest parkrun’ across 7 parkrun courses in South East Queensland.

The Longest parkrun idea was started by some lunatics in the UK in the summer of 2010. The idea is simple – we will meet on the Sunday closest to the longest day of the year to visit 7 different parkruns. But while the potential total distance is quite large (35km), this isn't a heavy duty running event. It is first and foremost a social day - there's no official timing, runners can turn up at as many (or as few) of the runs as they want, and do as much of the courses as they want. According to the Facebook page for this event it is going to be a big one, with 95 ‘going’ and 61 ‘maybe’.


Participants are to meet at the North Lakes parkrun course at 5am on Sunday and the proposed schedule is:

05:00 North Lakes (finish by 5:45)
06:10 Sandgate (finish by 6:55)
07:35 New Farm (finish by 8:20)
08:40 Southbank (finish by 9:25)
10:00 Wynnum (finish by 10:45)
11:50 Coomera (finish by 12:35)
1:15 Main Beach

Professor Alan from Wynnum parkrun has decided to run an extra 1.44 parkruns at Kirra and Kingscliff later that day to accumulate the equivalent of a full 42.2km marathon. If you wish to join him please click here

Alan has also generously offered to capture the statistics from the day and come up with a few graphs and tables about the longest parkrun and the +1.44 extension. So any of you who complete ANY of the 7 longest + 1.44 parkrun courses on Sunday please go to fill your times into this webpage. It does not matter of you ran 1, 2, 7, 8 or 8.44 parkruns - we would appreciate capturing your times and getting your feedback by the end of Saturday December 22 so we will be able to get the stats ready for the next newsletter.

NB none of the longest runs will be timed. So please do not forget to time yourself on each run (to the nearest second) and write your times down - so you can send them to the Prof using the above form - thank you.

Gold Coast Runner of the Year award

Gold Coasters, do you know someone who runs regularly and has shown consistent improvement throughout 2012? They don’t have to be an Olympian to be considered a top performer in 2012!

Do you know someone who has displayed community spirit by fundraising for a charity, volunteering at an event such as parkrun or supporting their local running club? This is arguably just as important, if not more so, than their running performance.

The judging panel for the inaugural Gold Coast Runner of the Year award is:

- Former Gold Coast Mayor and running legend Ron Clarke MBE;
- Editor of Women’s Running Australia magazine Sarah Joyce; and
- General Manager of parkrun Australia Tim Oberg.


“I am delighted to have been asked to be a judge in the inaugural year of this award,” said Mr. Clarke. “I’m particularly pleased that it recognises community service as throughout my life I have witnessed innumerable examples of how running has had a positive impact on people’s lives.”

Ms Joyce, who is also a Sport Scientist at Griffith University, is equally passionate about the award. “Participation in running has been proven time and time again to have a positive impact on health and wellbeing. I look forward to reviewing the nomination forms and helping GCRC recognise Gold Coasters of all ages and abilities who have used running as a force for good in 2012,” said Ms Joyce.

Nominations for Gold Coast Runner of the Year close on December 16 and the winner will be announced on December 21.

Click here to nominate.


Feedback from the field

Garry Wells - Five30runners are getting into the festive spirit at parkruns in December. Three of us ran in full suits at Newy parkrun on the 1st to kick it off.

Aaron Hockey – I was so proud of Trista at parkrun on Saturday morning. She ran a non-stop 5km without one complaint in an official time of 29:59, beating her time from last week by over a minute.

Davina Harvey - I would like to thank everyone that is involved in the Coomera parkrun. Their words of encouragement inspire me to try harder each and every week. The volunteers do an exceptional job, it wouldn't happen without them. Thank you!!

Daniel Hartwig - Thanks to the volunteers at Torrens parkrun once again. Another well run event and it is free! How could it be any better???

Amy McDonald - Thanks guys, I was a first timer at Torrens parkrun this morning and had a blast. I'm 14 weeks pregnant and have been struggling for motivation (and wellness) to continue running but parkrun might just be the ticket to keep me going. Of course 5km in 20 minutes is a distant memory but hopefully I can maintain some sort of fitness (and when I'm too big to roll around the course I'm happy to put my hand up as a volunteer!)

Pat O'Connor - We might not have the most people at Kawana parkrun but we have the nicest which makes me look forward to next week.

Kathryn Alley – Main Beach parkrun PB and first female across the line. Nice start to my Saturday :-)

Leah - parkrun is one of the best things to happen in the world.

Sarah McWatt - Well done Anirudh Manoj Kumar and Grant Lowe for your PB's at New Farm parkrun yesterday!

Chris Reid - This week was my final week as Run Director at New Farm parkrun. I would just like thank everyone for making New Farm the benchmark for parkrun in Australia. The past 15 months have been great and I made many new friends in our running community. I would also like to make special mention of all the volunteers and the New Farm event team, especially Karen McLeod, Richard Hudson, Gareth Saunders and the wonderful Lorna Davin.

Luke Brophy - Hello to all the gang at Albert Melbourne parkrun. I am missing my home run every Saturday morning but managed to get down to the Kawana parkrun on the Sunshine Coast on Saturday, my first since October. Kawana is tough with plenty of hills compared to the Albert Park course, but on the plus side you can fall straight into the surf after crossing the line! Also managed to finish first which was a thrill, was still half-expecting all the way to the line that Arthur Karanasios would glide past me to take it ;)

Jon Lim - My first parkrun yesterday! Loved it... going to bring more friends down. :)

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:   Julie Rey
Club:   Unattached
Age:   39
Home parkrun:   Coomera
Occupation:   Teacher
Number of runs:   9 (7 at Coomera)
Number of times volunteered:   5
What do you do at parkruns:   Enjoy myself. I enjoy the challenge of aiming for a PB on the run, enjoy my rest weeks when I volunteer and enjoy being part of the parkrun community.
How has parkrun changed your running:   parkrun has given me a goal to aim for when I run. I have been thrilled with my quicker times over 5km and look forward to my next PB!
What do you like about parkrun:   I like the running community that parkrun attracts. Having a parkrun local event means that I get to be a part of, and help build, the community near me. That’s what keeps me coming back every week, either to run or as a volunteer.
Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:   Every run I have done has been memorable - most because I have managed a PB and my last one because I ran with my daughter for her first parkrun event.
How can we improve parkrun:   Nothing comes to mind! It is not only wonderful as it is but I love the evolving community nature and events that the local runs develop.


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Volunteering at parkrun

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