weekly newsletter 6th May 2014

welcome to the newsletter

In this week’s newsletter we remind you of the importance of volunteering, share the first of our user generated course videos and hear about a great primary school initiative to get their students up and running.

If you read this newsletter regularly you would be well accustomed to me talking about the great achievements of events and individuals within our parkrun family across the country. We often talk with pride about attendance records, age grade percentages and personal best times, amongst other things. Well last Saturday we had another ‘first’ within parkrun Australia… it was the first time that an event has had to cancel due to a lack of volunteers. And in a strange way, I’m glad it happened.

I know this might sounds like a strange thing to say but sometimes I think we all need to remember that parkrun doesn’t just happen each week automatically. It takes a lot of work behind the scenes Sunday to Friday for your local Event Director and their teams to bring you parkrun each and every Saturday morning: results need to be processed; photos need to be edited; equipment needs to be sorted and cleaned; volunteer rosters must be published; run reports must be written; social media posts happen almost every day… the list goes on. And so if an event having to cancel due to a lack of volunteers is the jolt we all need to put your hand up to volunteer at your event soon then so be it, and we will be all the better for it.

And please don’t think that by volunteering you are ‘sacrificing’ your run for something laborious or difficult. A quick read of the post by Belinda Jones in ‘Feedback from the Field’ below tells us that volunteering at parkrun is as much fun, if not more so, than actually running! So please consider volunteering at your local parkrun soon. Your parkrun needs you, just as much as you need your parkrun.

On a brighter note, on Saturday I attended the 1st anniversary of Cleveland parkrun and wow was it a wonderful occasion. Event Director Olivia Coop, now a minor celebrity after being on the front page of her local paper during the week, did an amazing job with both event organizing and cake making, although it’s a shame the giant barcode didn’t actually scan! Well done to everyone involved at Cleveland parkrun for a great morning and a fantastic first 12 months.

Happy running,

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

p.s. Only 151 days until International parkrun Day 2014

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.

Professor Alan’s Essential Stats

Number of runners – 8,076
Number of volunteers – 579
Number of new registrations – 1,368
Total number of registered parkrunners – 106,234

Course videos

The first of our user generated course videos was submitted last week by Paul van der Mey from Claisebrook Cove parkrun. Click here to have a watch. What do you think?

SMH winners

Last week adidas invited parkrunners to win 1 of 5 places at the upcoming Sydney Half Marathon on May 18. Congratulations to the five winners: David Ryan, Susan Ryan, Lisa Hennell, Michael Fitzsimmons and Colin Stanyer. Thanks to adidas, you have won yourself an entry into the event and will shortly receive an email with the registration details. #Boost your run

St Finbarr’s Catholic School joins parkrun by Martyn Hancock

As a way of raising much needed funds for the school and to encourage children to undertake regular physical activity as part of a lifestyle choice, the St Finbarr’s Catholic School in Ashgrove, Brisbane recently launched their inaugural Run and Walkathon. To help launch the initiative Tim Oberg visited the school and spoke about the joys of participating in parkruns and highlighted the benefits of regular physical activity. Children are encouraged to run and walk as far as they can throughout Term 2 while receiving pledges for every kilometre they complete. Children who complete at least 25km or raise $25 then qualify to enter in the random draw to win some fantastic prizes!

What is unique about this fantastic initiative is the inclusion of seven weekend activities where both the children and the parents of the school are encouraged to run and walk together. The aim of these activities is to make exercise fun and enjoyable for everyone with the hope of encouraging more people into including exercise into their regular routines.

On Saturday 26 April the first of the weekend activities were held where both students and parents participated in the South Bank parkrun. For the majority of the school community this was their first taste of parkrun. Everyone who participated had loads of fun and some budding future running champions were discovered. Everyone is now looking forward to participating in the Mitchelton parkrun on 21 June where we are sure many PBs will be set!

Signs you may be over training by Trish from Enrich Health & Nutrition

Exercise is an important part of life. It keeps our body fit healthy and strong. While not everyone enjoys it while they are in the midst of it, the feeling that you get when it is finished and the endorphins have kicked in is an exercise junkies drug….Which then leads us to a very common syndrome. Like any drug you can become addicted. Addicted to the feeling you get, the results you are achieving and the structure and routine that training brings. But what many of us know yet fail to do is give the body the rest it needs to allow it to repair and regenerate in which it returns the favour by allowing you to perform better and stronger.

In today’s world we view rest as lazy and non-productive, but this is an important time for the mind body and soul, not to mention your fitness results. So how do you determine whether you may be at risk of over training or whether you have worked too hard? Here are a few signs to look for that may hint you are starting to over train:

Click here to learn more.

Upcoming Special Events

10 - Yarrabilba (Qld) launch, Curl Curl (NSW) 1st anniversary
17 - Roma (Qld) launch, Varsity Lakes (Qld) 1st anniversary
24 - Pittsworth (Qld) launch, Penrith Lakes (NSW) launch, Highlands (Vic) 1st anniversary, Warwick (Qld) cancelled
31 – Mt Penang (NSW) launch

7 - Sandon Point (NSW) 1st anniversary, Canning River (WA) 1st anniversary
14 - Mitchelton (Qld) 1st anniversary, Newy (NSW) 2nd anniversary, Frog Hollow (Vic) launch
21 - North Shore (Qld) 1st anniversary, Gladstone (Qld) 1st anniversary
28 - Logan River (Qld) 1st anniversary

Feedback from the field

Steve Bennett & Tanya Barfoot - We recently attended the spiritual home of parkrun at Bushy Park, London. It was amazing and everything we thought it would be. As Run Directors at South Bank parkrun in Brisbane we noted a few things you don't often see at Aussie parkruns: 1) puddles, 2) 30+ volunteers, 3) 250 club t-shirts, 4) wild deer (lots of them!), 4) runners thanking the marshals as they run by, 5) 1000+ runners! Bushy Park is absolutely beautiful and huge. It is not hard to see why it was the birthplace of parkrun. Pretty much all flat and a big circuit and very green. We thanked some of the volunteers afterwards, including the guy who was writing the run report, who took our details - so we might make an appearance there. Overall it was a great experience and one we would certainly recommend to all parkrun tourists.

Emily Bugg – Hello, I'm Emily Bugg and I'm 9 and I did my first ever 5km run at New Farm parkrun on Saturday. I am training for cross country with my school, Somerville House in Brisbane. I usually only do 2km races, so a 5km run was pretty different for me. I ran at race pace from New Farm to Teneriffe and back some way. Mum met me then as she couldn't keep up. I was pretty tired by then so I did have to walk. Then we ran more and I sprinted to the finish. My overall time wasn't great but I think my run to Teneriffe was one of my best. And I came first in my age group (who cares if I was the only one)! My big cross country race is on 8 May against other schools if I make the team, but I think I'll keep running to get better. Plus Mum promised me raspberries at the market after if I tried hard.

Glenn Moffat - Well done and congratulations to Thomas Do Canto who ran 14mins 40 and set a new course record at Parramatta on 26/4/14. Well done to everyone else who ran / walked / volunteered on the day. See you all again next week.

Katharine Jones - How do you celebrate a 9th birthday? By getting up early and running your 30th parkrun! Eliana braved icy winds at Warwick parkrun this morning! No PBs due to strong headwinds - but a much needed hot chocolate at the finish line to thaw out!

Belinda Jones - As I was driving to my home parkrun at North Lakes this morning to volunteer as photographer I felt grateful. Grateful that every Saturday morning I get to start out my weekend surrounded by fabulous, friendly, like minded people. It made me think back to a year ago when I hesitantly turned up for my first parkrun. I didn't know anybody, I was nervous and it had taken me a month of procrastinating before I even turned up. Now one year later I have made a whole new group of friends and parkrun is a weekly part of my life that I look forward to all week. The first time I volunteered I was scared. What if I didn't know what to do??? What if I mucked it up??? Then I thought about how wonderful it is to have this opportunity to have a free timed run every week and that it’s not possible without people volunteering. When you volunteer someone is always there to explain what to do and answer any questions you have. I like that it gives me a chance to see those fast finishers too instead of them lapping me! This morning I volunteered for the third time and I got just as much enjoyment taking photos of all those smiling faces. When I got home and was editing the pictures it made me so happy to see all of the different shapes and sizes and ages and abilities - all smiling and starting their day off in the very best way! I love parkrun and it wouldn't be possible with volunteers!

Drop me an email if you have an interesting parkrun related fact, happening or comment that you would like to share with all parkrunners.

Volunteer Profile

Name:  Karyn Whybrow

Club:  Southport Runners and Walkers & Rungirlz.

Age:  48

Home parkrun:  Main Beach parkrun

Number of runs:  52

PB:  26.54

Number of times volunteered:  7

Favourite volunteer role:  Barcode scanning as I get to interact with all the runners as they come in.

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  Meeting people, making new parkrun friends and giving back to parkrun.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  I find all volunteering moments at parkrun memorable. I love the friendly, inclusive, community atmosphere, seeing people do their absolute best of themselves to achieve their personal goals and meeting new people. I recommend volunteering to anyone who has not yet tried it.

How can we improve parkrun:  Tell some of the male runners that no, it’s not cool to pull a sweaty, soggy barcode from down the front of your pants for me to scan. Other than that I think it’s organised pretty well. Everyone knows what they have to do and has fun with it.


Barcode reminder


Printed barcodes are used at all our events to record your result. Please click here to collect and print your barcode. No barcode = No result = No exceptions. To order your barcode on a durable plastic key tag as shown above please click here. #dfyb (don't forget your barcode).
No printed 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 accompanied 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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