welcome to this week's newsletter
In this week’s newsletter we launch a new event at Cleveland, remember Joe Kelly at Kingscliff, and gain some nutritional wisdom.
On Saturday I attended the launch of Cleveland parkrun in Redland City, approximately 25km south-east of Brisbane. This event was thrown together in a matter of weeks as an emergency response to the huge growth of Wynnum parkrun over the last few months. Event Director Olivia Coop was already an experienced volunteer at Wynnum and it really showed on the day as she ran things with military like precision and even adopted a few new innovations of her own, such as colour coded finishing tokens (genius). Although I didn’t get to run the course myself, from all reports it is stunning, potentially one of our most beautiful courses in Australia, as you can see from the photo above. Well done to Olivia and her team for hosting such a wonderful launch and special thanks to Professor Alan and Roisin from Wynnum parkrun for supporting her so well during this process.
At Kingscliff parkrun on Saturday a record 85 runners, including 40 first time parkrunners, gathered to commemorate the life of local Canadian ex-pat resident Joe Kelly was tragically killed during the Brisbane Twilight Run last month. Many of his clubmates from the Twin Towns Triathlon Club were in attendance and, as per usual, Event Director Dawn Courage and her team layed on the post-parkrun cake for all to enjoy.
On Friday before the run Dawn received the following message of support from Joe’s widow Laura –
“Joe would be so honored that you are doing this run in his memory. He has not done a parkrun in Kingscliff but last year he did compete in the Kirra parkrun a few times. A few on our Canadian friends will be running a 1/2 marathon and a full marathon on May 5 (which will be May 4 in Australia) at The Vancouver Marathon which was his first marathon about 20 years ago! They will have running Bibs for the back of their shirts made by my daughter. Thank you for all your support :)”
As you can see running can really help people get through the tough times. My mate Sarah Joyce from Women’s Running magazine is actually writing a story about women who have used running as therapy to help get through a trauma or loss and is looking for some case studies. If this is you and you would be willing to be interviewed please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Lastly, this Saturday we have a changing of the guard at Torrens parkrun in Adelaide with founding Event Director Brian Wyld handing the reigns over to a new team led by Joe Stevens and Eleanor Tobe. Brian, who is in his 70s, has been an absolute pleasure to have on the team, and teaching him to use our online results processing system is one of my proudest achievements! Brian, thanks so much for your efforts and I look forward to seeing you when you pass through the Gold Coast during your next adventure.
Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)
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.
Over the last few months we have seen a dramatic increase in the amount of you joining our illustrious 10- and 50-Clubs and as such we have struggled to keep up with the supply of these shirts. I’m pleased to say that we are expecting a large delivery of these shirts in the next couple of weeks so we hope to have all outstanding shirts delivered by the end of the month. In the meantime we thank you for your patience.
Eating Before Competing?
To allow the body to work and perform as you need it to it must be fuelled. But the how, when and what of fuelling is where it can all get a bit tricky. A poorly timed meal before your race can leave you feeling flat, tired, nauseous and with stomach cramps, creating less than ideal PB running conditions.
What and when you eat will depend on the time of your run or activity, the intensity at which you will perform it and the length of time your event will take. How you fuel to get a PB at park run will be different to how you fuel before your long run.
If you have less than an hour (ie- 30-40 minutes before your event) you want to keep your pre exercise meal high carbohydrate and easy to digest. Good options can include
- Fresh fruit such as apples, bananas, watermelon, grapes, strawberries (be careful with pears as they can increase bowel movements)
- You can have an energy gel (20-30 minutes prior to your event)
- You can have 250-300 ml of an energy drink
If you have between 1-2 hours before your event your fuel could include
- An English muffin with honey
- A tub of yoghurt
- A muesli bar
- A bowl of cereal with low fat milk (high fat milk is longer to digest)
- Smoothie (try berries, low fat milk/ or milk alternative, drizzle of honey, dollop of yoghurt)
Whilst a cup of coffee for some people is the perfect kick start to their day and gives them the energy boost they need, for some caffeine can be less than helpful. If you are sensitive to caffeine (read the information panel on energy gels as well as some of these also contain caffeine) it can cause headaches, tremors and have you running to the bathroom faster than the finish line.
Trish Russell from Enrich Health & Nutrition
Upcoming Event Launches, Anniversaries & Cancellations
Our 8th launch for the year is coming up this Saturday, May 11, at Curl Curl in Sydney. Other confirmed launch dates include: May 18 for Varsity Lakes in the Gold Coast; 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; and June 22 for Gladstone.
Newy parkrun celebrates its 1st anniversary on June 8 whilst Coomera & Claisebrook Cove turn 1 on August 3.
Feedback from the field
Rob Branham - Our daughter Katie has been doing Newy parkrun for a few weeks now... she loves running mainly because her brothers are elite cross country runners. This week she smashed her PB by one minute going from 26:20 to 25:20. What great event they are and Newy gets over 400 each week. She could not have done this well without the help of the pacers!
Helen Lewsam - Thanks for such a wonderful event. My husband & I have never been into running, (plenty of other sports, athletics touch, soccer, netball, hockey) but our eldest son (Anthony, 10) got into Albert Melbourne parkrun whilst holidaying in Melbourne & convinced us to sign up. Saturday (27/4) was our second son's (Nathan, 6) first run. Lake Mac put on a lovely morning & we had a great time running ‘with’ my cousins Jo & Scott Watkins who up from Melbourne (in their parkrun shirts)! I love the concept, it's a fabulous event that we can all do as a family (our 3yr old Patrick loves riding in the pram & can't wait to run all the way himself)! I also love the news & stats each week, it all keeps me motivated to keep running, something I'm learning to enjoy!
Tom James - While on a long weekend break my wife and I ran Kingscliff parkun. It's a great fast, flat, out and back course (great for PBs!) and we really enjoyed it. Thanks to Dawn and the volunteer team for a well run event, and the delicious chocolate cake! Would recommend parkrun tourists / holidaymakers to check it out (Kingscliff is beautiful!) and would encourage people to volunteer to help the small and committed local team there.
Adrian Sell - Flying the Australian parkrun flag at the Gdynia parkrun in Poland!
Trent Aldous - Just moved to Brisbane from Melbourne and joined Wynnum parkrun today. Enjoyed the run and look forward to doing it again. Thanks to all the volunteers.
Gary Bowen - Big CONGRATS to Ben and Joe Ford. Could they be the fastest father and son team in Australia?
[Note: Son Ben finished first at Wynnum in 17:09, Father Joe was third in 18:19 - his age grade is 81.16%]
Emma Nicholson - Thank you so much for a great Kingscliff parkrun this morning! Great flat course, friendly volunteers and fellow runners, and gorgeous weather - I'll have to visit more often.
Kym Wilkinson - I'm living BOB. A new PB today. It's faster than my no pram time.
Roisin Burrell - A very happy memorable day at Cleveland parkrun. We are pleased you enjoyed it Olivia, despite all the unseen hard work that you have done and will continue to do. We wish you and your team of Run Directors every success and fun in your latest adventure.
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: Michael Miriklis
Club: Victorian Road Runners
Age: Over 40 below 80
Home parkrun: Albert Melbourne parkrun
Occupation: Chartered Accountant
Number of runs: 59
Number of times volunteered: 8
What do you do at parkruns: Run it as a time trial, whilst in training for marathons & similar. Catch up with friends & running acquaintances.
How has parkrun changed your running: I get to wear a flouro jacket when I volunteer. Not a hard job – it’s like labourers leaning on spades, or holding cars up with stop signs, in their yellow-green tops. Truck drivers even wear them inside trucks and I still can’t work out why. No one could see the truck at all that day, but they could see me inside it driving to Albert Park. I hired a three ton truck that day, picking up unknowns along the way, to run or volunteer. Like a prophet leading the followers - the seekers of asylum - from the couch of slackdom to the lake of Albert Park. I’m serious about parkrun. One day I’ll cross the lake without shoes.
What do you like about parkrun: It’s for everyone. You can run it as a serious time trial, or you can have an easy day, or just run for fun on a dress-up theme day. Caters for all levels and many of us do laps before or after depending on what we are training for. Melbourne has a great mix of people for the “newbies” to learn from – with serious club athletes, veterans, marathoners and ultra runners to chat to at coffee time. Albert parkrun is like an Earls Court for our visiting British & Irish runners but everyone feels at home. That’s what counts.
Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment: Last year’s Albert Park themed runs were some of the best fun runs I’ve been to, over many years. 2 stand out for me: Liked Olympic day the most when people came dressed in patriotic Olympic gear, e.g. a Sebastian Coe lookalike turned up from the UK (& he now calls Melbourne home). The superheroes birthday run with all the parents & kiddies dressed up & support from adidas was a really excellent day.
How can we improve parkrun: People spreading the word via social media & emails and even links on sports stores sites. Additional points for volunteering. Say 6 times. A 10km option. A Tea & Coffee urn at the end so new people will stick around, if the cafe is full!