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!
Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)