welcome to this week's newsletter
In this week’s newsletter we launch a new event at Curl Curl, say hello to the Entertainment Book, and hear from one of Australia’s fastest female runners.
On Saturday I attended the launch of Curl Curl parkrun in Sydney’s magical Northern Beaches, not far from Palm Beach aka Summer Bay. This event was over 1.5 years in the making as it took the local event team, headed by Kim Joss, many many months to agree on a suitable location with Warringah Council. Well, it was worth the wait, as 98 eager parkrunners, many from our existing events at St Peters and Parramatta, were in attendance to get things off and running. Well done to Kim, Darren, and the rest of the team who made it all finally come together!
May 13-19 is National Volunteer Week (NVW2013), Australia’s largest celebration of volunteers and volunteerism. Did you know that today there are over 6 million people volunteering annually in Australia, representing 36% of the adult population. Obviously parkrun could not exist without the valuable contribution of our 1000s of volunteers who provide their time, skills and passion week in week out, and for that we salute them! To celebrate we have decided that this Saturday, May 18, will be our first national 'Last parkrunner Standing' day. What does this mean? Last parkrunner Standing simply means that once you have completed your run and had your barcode scanned we ask you to line up along the last 50-100 metres of the course and cheer on the remaining runners until you have to leave. Ideally this will mean that there is a loud and encouraging atmosphere until the ‘last parkrunner standing’ has crossed the finish line. Many events have already trailed this concept to great success so let’s see it happen across the country this Saturday!
Lastly, there is now only 8 days until team registrations for the Gold Coast Airport Marathon close (Wednesday 22 May). For those of you who still want to join the parkrun Australia team at this year’s GCAM the password you need is 'park2013'.
Tim from parkrun Australia
Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)
The Entertainment Book has arrived so please support parkrun by ordering yours online now. The Entertainment Book is filled with hundreds of valuable 2-for-1 and up to 50% offers from many of the best restaurants, arts, attractions, hotel accommodation, travel and much more! 20% of the cost will go directly to helping your home parkrun event purchase new equipment and also help us launch new events across the country. Books can be collected on the first Saturday of the month at parkrun events across the country or you can have it delivered to your door for a small fee. Thanks in advance for your support! Visit their website to learn more and order yours.
all in for Sydney
Good luck to the parkrunners competing in the Sydney Half Marathon over the weekend.
Make sure you visit adidas at the expo to try out the incredible new BOOST™ technology. Specialist staff will be on hand to fit you out and enable you to try the shoes, and you will also be able to purchase the latest gear for your next run.
adidas also invites all competitors wearing adidas footwear or running gear into their VIP chillout area at the finish line. Here you can relax after the event, put your feet up and have your photo taken with adidas athletes and ambassadors. Don’t forget to wear adidas on event day for VIP access.
Bridge To Brisbane
Entries to the Sunday Mail Suncorp Bank Bridge to Brisbane have now opened and we have set up a parkrun team for you to join. In order to join the team you will need to enter our Team Name (parkrun) and Team Number (58568).
Early bird entries close midnight 8 June 2013.
RUN BETTER Road Show
Dave Robbo from Newy parkrun is taking his RUN BETTER course on the road during May – June and will be holding sessions in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Geelong, Port Macquarie and, of course, Newcastle. RUN BETTER is designed to correct technique, reduce pain, and make your running more enjoyable. Participants will learn new skills in a fun and welcoming atmosphere so that they can run long and strong for the rest of their lives. Visit the website for more info.
Upcoming Event Launches, Anniversaries & Cancellations
Our 9th launch for the year is coming up this Saturday, May 18, at Varsity Lakes in the Gold Coast. Other confirmed launch dates include: May 25 for Highlands in Melbourne; June 1 for Sandon Point in Wollongong & Canning River in Perth; June 8 for Mitchelton in Brisbane; June 15 for North Shore in Townsville; June 22 for Gladstone; June 29 in Logan River south of Brisbane; and July 6 for Aveley in Perth.
Newy parkrun celebrates its 1st anniversary on June 8 whilst Coomera & Claisebrook Cove turn 1 on August 3.
The Pointy End
Who are you? Newy parkrun female course record holder (17:04) Celia Sullohern.
How the hell do you run so fast? The faster you go, the shorter the time you are in pain! I think it's a cross between wanting to surprise yourself, and not wanting to disappoint yourself. Oh, and a bit of training thrown in!
How many km do you run in an average training week? About 120 plus swimming, cycling and core work.
What type of training do you typically do? 2 speed sessions of reps on grass track or trail, fartlek or hills session, Sunday long run, easy runs on the other days.
How long have you been running and have you always been so damn good? I’ve been running for as long as I can remember, but it didn't really become a major focus until late high school. Before that it was just about getting involved in any sport on offer...soccer, touch football, swimming, triathlon, netball.
What is you favourite distance? 8km cross country. Every course is different!
Do you have a coach and do you train with a squad? I train with a squad in Newcastle coached by Newy parkrun male course record holder Scott Westcott.
How much faster would you like to go? How long is a piece of string?
What big events do you want to run? In the near future... City2Surf and National Cross Country. Sometime... a few of the major world marathons and world cross country again.
Feedback from the field
Jason Hodge - Last Saturday was my 10th Kirra parkrun and it’s great to see the improvements I’ve made in the last 6 months. I heard about parkrun in November last year and thought I needed something like this to motivate me to get fitter and healthier, so my 1st parkrun experience was the last weekend of November 2012. Having done very little running for the last couple of years I discovered 5kms was so much further than I remembered it to be! Since that time I have run a PB on every subsequent parkrun event with the only exception being the 1st run this year just after my Christmas break, perhaps I did overindulge a bit. So in 6months I’ve done 10 parkruns, achieved 8 PBs and have improved my time by 6min 26sec! More importantly I feel healthier, have found 5kms is actually not so far anymore and actually look forward to just running! My goal is to improve another 1-2mins before the Gold Coast marathon in a couple of months and tackle the 10km event with confidence I can post a good time. Thanks to all the organisers and volunteers who make this event possible.
Allan Smith - Thanks Alli, Adam, and Gavin from Coomera parkrun. So much easier to judge my pace with you guys on the course.
Louise Howard - Thanks to the pace runner at Wynnum parkrun I ran a PB of 27:47 by sticking with him most of the way!
Drop me an email if you have an interesting parkrun related fact, happening or comment that you would like to share with all parkrunners.
Name: Steve Bennett aka Magnum, due to there being at least 100 other Steves at SBp at last count!
Age: That’s classified
Home parkrun: South Bank parkrun
Occupation: Private Investigator (Hence the Magnum moniker)
Number of runs: 41
Number of times volunteered: 7
Favourite volunteer role: Probably Funnel Nazi. I like watching people’s faces as they get close to the finish line – so many different emotions… elation, frustration, relief…
What do like about volunteering at parkrun: I love running at parkrun, so anything I can do to keep that going, I will do willingly. Plus we are blessed with an awesome event crew at SBp, so as a bonus I have made some great new friends. It's very sociable and we have lots of laughs.
Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment: A few weeks ago when a lady who was obviously struggling, came in close to last, but was still running. She was quite emotional when she finished and her friend told me it was the first time she’d ever run 5k’s non-stop in her life. I love stories like that. Inspirational.
How can we improve parkrun: Good question. Volunteers already get a nice orange vest to wear, lots of adulation from the runners and a free coffee afterwards – what more could we want?