welcome to this week's newsletter
In this week’s newsletter we celebrate a double-launch Saturday, welcome our first member in the 100-Club, and prepare for Newy parkruns 1st Anniversary.
Last Saturday was a big one for parkrun Australia and an equally significant one for myself. As many of you are aware we had a double-launch Saturday with Sandon Point parkrun commencing in Wollongong and Canning River parkrun in Perth. Having two launches in a single weekend is certainly reason enough to celebrate but what made it even better was that I didn’t go to either. “Why is this good?” I hear you ask.
Since we launched parkrun Australia in April 2011 either myself or National Operations Manager Gareth Saunders have made a point of attending (almost) every launch, and we have loved every minute doing so. However the increased growth of parkrun in recent months has meant that, moving forward, it simply won’t be possible for us to continue to do this. Thankfully I am now in a position where I am able to delegate these duties to our team of experienced local Event Directors who can represent parkrun Australia at selected launch events in my absence, so a special shout out must go to Paul Wilcock and Jon Storey who flew the flag for on Saturday. Well done gents!
Several months back I highlighted the importance of taking care of the natural environment we use for our parkrun courses. Well on Sunday June 30 I am going to put my money where my mouth is by volunteering at a community planting day on the Main Beach parkrun course, hosted by the Friends of Federation Walk. The planting activity will be for about 2 hours, from 8am to 10am, with a sausage sizzle and refreshments afterwards. Sounds like a great deal to me! For more information please visit the Federation Walk website.
Finally, I can’t let this week go by without welcoming Brian Peters to the illustrious 100-Club. Brian is our first true blue, Aussie, 100-Club member and has completed all of his runs at Main Beach parkrun. What a legend!
Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)
Newy turns 1
This Saturday Newy parkrun in Newcastle celebrates its first anniversary and it is set to be a morning to remember! Event Director Dave Robertson has his army of volunteers working overtime this week organizing numerous VIP's, post-run pancakes, a BBQ lunch at the Carrington Bowling Club, and perhaps even a visit from Lizzie herself to commemorate the Queen's Birthday Long Weekend. It is safe to predict that all records will be broken this Saturday so if you haven’t already done so, book your flights and accommodation now. See you there!
When to pack your thermals…
On Facebook during the week Scott Marshall asked Professor Alan from Wynnum parkrun what was the coldest parkrun in Australia? Using Bureau of Meteorology Minimum Temperature Data for the 24 hour period including the parkrun period and closest location to each parkrun we can officially confirm that Ginninderra parkrun in Canberra is the coldest, Tuggeranong is next and Rockingham is the warmest. Alan’s event in Wynnum sits right in the middle in 15th place!
Winery Running Festival
For those of you looking for something a bit different, a large group of parkrun Event Directors and families will be converging on the beautiful Hunter Valley for the Coal & Allied Winery Running Festival on Sunday, July 21. The organizers of this event have been kind enough to give the Event Directors complimentary admission into the race of their choice in recognition of the hard work they put in bringing you parkrun every week, and we encourage as many of you from the broader parkrun family to come and run with us in what will no doubt be an amazing event. I am running the 10km and Russ Jefferies from Ginninderra parkrun tells me that he is hoping to come top 3 in the half marathon, go you good thing Russ!!!
Upcoming Event Launches, Anniversaries & Cancellations
Our lucky 13th launch for the year is coming up on Saturday, June 8, at Mitchelton in Brisbane. Other confirmed launch dates include: June 15 for North Shore in Townsville; June 22 for Gladstone; June 29 for Logan River south of Brisbane; July 6 for Aveley in Perth; and July 13 for Gatton in Queensland’s Lockyer Valley.
Newy parkrun celebrates its 1st anniversary this Saturday, June 8, whilst Coomera & Claisebrook Cove turn 1 on August 3.
Feedback from the field
John Day - Sincere thanks to Olivia Coop and her team at Cleveland parkrun for the opportunity to join the runners for the first 4 weekly runs in that new location. At 80 plus years and 25 years since my last run I really thought that was it but the friendly, encouraging crew at Cleveland parkrun have changed my ideas on that. My wife and I really appreciate the opportunity that parkrun has provided. Thanks again.
Will - Hey parkrun, I had a great time at Cleveland parkrun on Saturday. Lovely course, will definitely be back. Thanks guys!
Sue Galletti - I love your newsletter nearly as much as I love the parkrun! I feel part of a community now. I’ve done nine parkruns up to now, I started walking and now, very proudly, running, trying for a PB every week. I have registered to do the Creek 2 Creek run for Elisha on Sunday 16th June, which I hope will raise a good amount of money for her treatment. I have volunteered for the marathon for both days but would love to help on the Saturday morning with our parkrun team. Let me know if I can assist.
Scott Marshall - I was excited to read that the Tuggeranong parkrun holds the outright Australian record, go Marty! Saddened to read that through the magic of mathematics we disappear from sight by averaging finish times. But am now wondering, after the last couple of brisk Saturdays, whether Tuggeranong and/or Ginninderra can get back into the records with the coldest parkrun in the land. From memory I think we were sitting on minus 3 last Saturday morning at 8am. Is the Professor able to source these sort of stats?
Scott Bunny - Although the temperature was a little below where I like it, it was still an excellent morning at Canning River parkrun. It's great to kick off another parkrun event in Perth, with some old faces and some new ones too. Thanks to all the volunteers who shivered whilst we kept ourselves warm by running / walking / funning. Well done to Jez and AK et al for getting the whole thing off the ground. It was great to see the City of Canning reps getting involved this morning too. I'm already looking forward to next week’s parkrunday.
Peter Conroy - Fantastic inaugural Canning River parkrun this morning. Well done and thank you to everyone involved in the organisation and running of this event. It is a fantastic course. I will be back
Perth Runners - Fantastic first Canning River parkirun this morning, well done runners and volunteers who guided us through the course!
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: Lynne Crook
Club: I’m not a runner, I don’t think any self-respecting running club would have me as a member. ☺ I run to be able to do triathlon. I started parkrun as part of my triathlon training at the beginning of 2013.
Age: Old enough to know better, but growing older as disgracefully as possible!
Home parkrun: Claisebrook Cove
Occupation: CSO at WA Police Communications. Yep, I’m one of those anonymous voices you get when you need police to answer your questions, send out the guys, help you complete a report, or even talk you off the ledge.
Number of runs: 6
PB: 32 something
Number of times volunteered: 13. The first couple of times I volunteered as I had triathlon events the following days and was having easy days leading up. I figured this was a good time to take my turn as a volunteer. Then I injured my knee and had surgery. So, apart from the Saturday after the op, I’ve been a volunteer every week bar one since then. Being a volunteer has really helped me stay positive and kept me motivated during recovery.
Favourite volunteer role: Lead bike. Put me on lead bike and I’m a happy, happy woman. Not so crash hot on the tokens (oops, sorry guys :p).
What do like about volunteering at parkrun: Being a volunteer allows you to get to know your fellow runners in a way that just isn’t possible when you are part of the pack. You get to indulge in a bit of “run envy” seeing those fast runners cross the line in what looks like effortless style. Hearing the feedback from first timers and PBers, and bringing up the rear for the strugglers and stragglers and seeing the smiles as they get across that line! It’s all relaxed and pleasant.
Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment: At the Last parkrunner Standing a couple of weeks ago, a lady came out of an apartment building on the Cove. She was walking in between two groups of runners and positive words and applause was flying. She turned to me and said “I’ve never had so much encouragement to go and get my morning coffee before. This is awesome! Thankyou!”
How can we improve parkrun: Just a small thing, really. A bottle of hand sanitiser on the scanner desk would be terrific, for our volunteers handling all those sweaty tokens.