Weekly newsletter – 27th December 2012

Welcome to this week's newsletter

Tim Oberg

In this week’s newsletter we wish you a Merry Christmas, we wish you a Merry Christmas, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy parkrun New Year!

As per usual, the stats are in for last Saturday, December 22:

Albert Melbourne - 110 runners | 26 first timers | 20 PBs;
Balyang Sanctuary - 99 runners | 16 first timers | 28 PBs;
Claisebrook Cove - 123 runners | 50 first timers | 14 PBs;
Coomera - 25 runners | 1 first timers | 4 PBs;
Ginninderra - 46 runners | 8 first timers | 9 PBs;
Kawana - 85 runners | 32 first timers | 11 PBs;
Kingscliff - 12 runners | 6 first timers | 3 PBs;
Kirra - 65 runners | 7 first timers | 8 PBs;
Launceston - 78 runners | 22 first timers | 40 PBs;
Main Beach - 125 runners | 24 first timers | 8 PBs;
New Farm - 186 runners | 49 first timers | 23 PBs;
Newy - 252 runners | 37 first timers | 57 PBs;
North Lakes - 30 runners | 5 first timers | 4 PBs;
Sandgate - 79 runners | 23 first timers | 28 PBs;
South Bank - 84 runners | 25 first timers | 16 PBs;
St Peters - 126 runners | 25 first timers | 19 PBs;
Torrens - 55 runners | 19 first timers | 17 PBs;
Wynnum - 81 runners | 20 first timers | 16 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.

Today’s newsletter is short, sweet and all about Christmas so I want to share with you the hilarious eCard that was put together by Mel Sanders, wife of our Operations Manager Gareth.

Most of our events had a Christmas theme last Saturday so I have included below a selection of some of the best photos from the day. Special shout out to Jon and his team at Claisebrook Cove and Kelly and her team at Kawana who put in a load of effort and were rewarded with huge attendance records.

For you keen Sydneysiders out there St Peters will be parkrunning on Christmas Day at 8am as an untimed / no barcode necessary affair, for the rest of us North Lakes (7am), Newy (8am) and Kirra (8am) will be running on New Year’s Day.

Happy Christmas everyone,

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

R4YL Subscription offer

As we announces last week our friends from Run For Your Life (R4YL) have agreed to become the official magazine partner of parkrun Australia. To celebrate this exciting partnership, R4YL would like to offer all parkrunners a massive 55% discount off a 12-month R4YL magazine subscription. That's right, a one-year subscription can be yours for only $20 (normally $45). This would make the perfect late-Christmas present for your parkrun loving family member, friend, even colleague!

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Feedback from the field

Kitty Drok – As a Claisebrook Cove parkrun blow-in this morning, I just wanted to say thank you for a great event. I know it wasn't your ‘standard’ morning, with the bubbly and bangers afterwards pre-Christmas, but I was really impressed at how well organised it was, and how friendly and welcoming the general vibe was. I'm glad I contributed to your new attendance record! Just want to say thank you to all involved. Your efforts were really appreciated, and it's obviously a great (and successful) concept.

Tony Smith - As always a slick event at Claisebrook Cove parkrun which is only possible because of the fantastic volunteers... Thank you. What's the next target attendance..... 150?

Robyn Dunlop - A big thank you to the volunteers and the organisers of Claisebrook Cove parkrun. Lovely atmosphere today, well done everyone and I hope the Perth Crew girls will revisit soon.

Jacqui Weir Snelgar - Thanks for this morning at Claisebrook Cove parkrun, it's such a well organised and friendly great. I had a great time once I could breath again. Thanks for hosting the 12WBT team. I think a few of us will be back.

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:  Emily Moore

Club:  Intraining

Age:  19

Home parkrun:  Southbank parkrun

Occupation:  Student (The best kind of occupation :))

Number of runs:  4

Number of times volunteered:  2

What do you do at parkruns:  Have an awesome start to the weekend! Whether I am running or volunteering I always have a great time. I love pushing myself just a little bit more in an attempt to set a new PB.

How has parkrun changed your running:  I am fairly new to the parkrun community, coming on board with the launch of Southbank parkrun. parkrun gives me a sense of achievement, showing my little improvements over the runs. I have also picked up some great tips from very kind, far more experienced runners.

What do you like about parkrun:  I love the community. I love that people, week in week out, freely give up their Saturday morning sleep in to either volunteer or run. There’s a true spirit at parkrun.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  The Christmas parkrun that has just passed – it was awesome to see so many runners sporting Santa hats and tinsel!

How can we improve parkrun:  Everything is fantastic. Just keep networking and fostering the love of running.


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