Weekly newsletter – 4th December 2012

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Welcome to this week's newsletter

In this week’s newsletter we launch a new event in Adelaide, update our policy on dogs at parkrun events, and celebrate some ‘Summer Fun’ at Main Beach.

As per usual, the stats are in for last Saturday, December 1:

Albert Melbourne - 85 runners | 15 first timers | 13 PBs;
Balyang Sanctuary - 91 runners | 20 first timers | 17 PBs;
Claisebrook Cove - 71 runners | 12 first timers | 28 PBs;
Coomera - 53 runners | 7 first timers | 9 PBs;
Ginninderra - 57 runners | 12 first timers | 5 PBs;
Kawana - 37 runners | 13 first timers | 7 PBs;
Kingscliff - 20 runners | 8 first timers | 5 PBs;
Kirra - 53 runners | 10 first timers | 6 PBs;
Launceston - 91 runners | 28 first timers | tbc PBs;
Main Beach - 167 runners | 22 first timers | 13 PBs;
New Farm - 192 runners | 26 first timers | 16 PBs;
Newy - 227 runners | 47 first timers | 49 PBs;
North Lakes - 36 runners | 11 first timers | 6 PBs;
Sandgate - 104 runners | 59 first timers | 35 PBs;
South Bank - 109 runners | 42 first timers | 28 PBs;
St Peters - 112 runners | 21 first timers | 9 PBs;
Torrens - 44 runners | 39 first timers;
Wynnum - 83 runners | 30 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.


Saturday just passed was a big one for parkrun Australia with the launch of Torrens parkrun. This is our first event in South Australia which means we now have a presence in every Australian state. Torrens was remarkably our 15th launch for 2012, taking us to 18 events overall. To put this in perspective, our plan for the first 3 years of parkrun Australia was for 15 events in total, 5 every year, so we have well and truly blown that out of the ballpark!


The Torrens launch was a wonderful occasion. Event Director Brian Wyld is a well known identity amongst the Adelaide running community, in fact it is 50 years since he joined his first running club, and he was able to call on the support of his trustee mates John Hore and Deryk Skinner from South Australian Masters Athletics to assist him. We also had great support by Matt and Stacey from Adelaide City Council and promotional assistance by South Australian Road Runners. Thanks to all of the 44 runners who participated, including 39 first time parkrunners, and a special mention must go to Alison McLean who completed her first ever 5km event as part of the Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation. As mentioned on Saturday, Brian needs more volunteers to keep the event sustainable so please contact him if you are available to assist.

Another exciting development last week was the news that Newy parkrun Event Director, Dave 'Robbo' Robertson, has been nominated for the parkrun Personality of the Year (pPOTY) 2012. He is the sole Australian nominee so it is a must that we all get behind him. All I ask is that you click here and 'like' his photo. Let's help Robbo win this for Australia!!!


Lastly, happy birthday to our Ops Manager Gareth who turned 21(???) on Saturday. Below is the card his event team presented him at South Bank parkrun on Saturday morning, hilarious!


Happy Running!

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

This Saturday -
International Volunteer Day

International Volunteer Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1985 and is now celebrated worldwide on December 5 with thousands of volunteers involved in initiatives including clean-up campaigns, conferences, exhibitions, morning teas and other activities that highlight the role of volunteers in their communities.


As we all know parkrun relies of the generosity of volunteers who make our events happen week in week out so we would like to recognise our volunteers on the Saturday nearest to International Volunteer Day which is of course this Saturday, December 8. All we ask is that you do something small to show your local Event Director and volunteers that you appreciate them; I suggest a handshake or hug, but I’m sure chocolates and flowers will not be turned away.


Please post a photo of yourself with a volunteer on the parkrun Australia Facebook page so I can share them in next week’s newsletter.

Dogs @ parkrun

In last week’s newsletter I mentioned that a new parkrun Global female record had been set in the UK by Sandra Bowers in a time of 15:48. Since then I have found out that Sandra actually achieved this time with the assistance of two huskies strapped to her by a running belt! Sandra is a good friend of parkrun and, to her credit, has acknowledged the huge benefit she gets running with her dogs (her non-assisted PB is 18:30). As a result we have decided that any runner who participates with assistance will not have their time count towards course records, thus the parkrun Global female record has reverted back to Justina Heslop’s 15:58.

For those who are interested, Sandra has a wonderful blog abour running with her dogs that you can read here

Summer Fun @ Main Beach parkrun

On Saturday we had 167 participants complete the 5km at Main Beach parkrun. The run was in support of the Black Dog Institute, raising funds and awareness for depression and mood disorders. Click here to watch a video providing more information about the institute.


Thanks again to all our sponsors and to Larissa Wilson for her massive contribution

Brendan from Main Beach parkrun

Longest parkrun…………

The longest parkrun idea was started by some lunatics in the UK in the summer of 2010. The idea is simple – parkrunners 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.

Australia’s inaugural ‘Longest parkrun’ will take place at 5am on Sunday 16th December with the route taking in North Lakes – Sandgate – New Farm – South Bank – Wynnum – Coomera – Main Beach. Click here for further information or to register your interest in attending.


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.

Feedback from the field

Karren Scholz - Thanks for a great run this morning at North Lakes parkrun! Appreciate all the volunteers and your hard work and great attitude!

Dave Marriott – I really enjoyed the inaugural Torrens parkrun. Thanks to everyone who organised it, I will be back next week.

Ruth Tooth – I enjoyed this morning's Torrens parkrun and will share it with all of my running friends!

Scott Heidrich – I just finished the very first Torrens parkrun. It was a great morning and well organised.

Tina Nilsson – We had a great turnout for the first Torrens parkrun, I'm sure numbers will grow each week.

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:   Nigel Janson
Club:   Unattached
Age:   38
Home parkrun:   St Peters parkrun
Occupation:   Financial Adviser
Number of runs:   35
Number of times volunteered:   2
What do you do at parkruns:   Most weeks I listen to my special parkrun playlist on my MP3 player, time myself with my GPS watch and try to beat my PB. Sometimes I run with friends chatting along the way. Afterwards I like to stay for coffee and chat with other parkrunners.
How has parkrun changed your running:   St Peters parkrun is locked in my schedule and I do most of my running in the mornings now. I don't sleep in on weekends anymore and I train a lot more seriously. My time has improved steadily since I started. I have run 2 half-marathons this year and improved my time in the City2Surf by nearly 5 minutes over last year. I have done 1 parkrun in Melbourne and want to go back there and set a new PB. I want to visit some of the other parkruns as well if I can.
What do you like about parkrun:   It's a great place to meet new people because there are so many nice friendly people. I have made a lot of new friends here, we go to other fun runs and on training runs together. I enjoy checking out the photos on Facebook and I also like the online results, it is very professional.
Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:   Paul, our Run Director, beat me by 3 seconds in the City2Surf so now we have this little rivalry going on. I am hoping to beat him soon....
How can we improve parkrun:   Make sure you continue to look after the Run Directors because they do such a great job and devote a huge amount of time to it.


Barcode reminder

Barcodes are used at all our events to record your result. Please collect and print your barcode here. No barcode, No result!

All questions answered

Do you have a question about parkrun? How do I collect my club T-shirt? How do I get my barcode? All your questions are answered on our brand new support site

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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