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In this week’s edition of the newsletter we play mind games on the long run, Robbo goes for Gold in Glasgow and a Kawana parkrunner proves life really begins at 50.
I’m in the midst of training for the Sydney Marathon and this afternoon (Monday) completed a 34km run, the 2nd longest I have planned for this block of training (37km next Sunday). As many of you would know these long runs give you plenty of time to think and my mind cast back to the feedback from Stacy Edwards we published on July 8
New international unit of measurement... a 'parkrun'. Loved hearing it whilst moving around the GCAM precinct yesterday. e.g. #1 in reference to the half marathon from a group of men walking behind me - "It's really only four parkruns". e.g. #2 that I was screaming at one of my parkrun friends at the 32km mark of the marathon yesterday - "It's only two more parkruns to go!" Love this community!
I found myself doing exactly this, as well as trying to trick myself into ‘not’ thinking about the actual running by counting the distance until my next gel and even the percentage distance of the run I still had to go! So a printer read out from my brain would have looked something like this –
5km – 1 parkrun done… 8.5km – a quarter done… 10km – 2 parkruns done, time for first gel… 15km – 3 parkruns done… 17km – half way there… 19km – 3 parkruns to go… 20km – time for second gel… 24km – 2 parkruns to go… 25.5km – three quarters done… 29km – 1 parkrun to go… 30km – time for third gel… 34km – all done in 2:40.43!
So once again this proves that your 5km parkrun really is the perfect distance!
I’m going to be at Mosman parkrun this Saturday (my first time) with parkrun South Africa Country Managers Bruce & Gill Fordyce. For those of you new to parkrun, Bruce (pictured below) is running royalty having won the 90km Comrades Marathon a record nine times, of which eight wins were consecutive. He also won the London to Brighton Marathon three years in a row and is still the world record holder over 50 miles. We would love to see a good turnout of Sydney based parkrunners (and tourists of course) at Mosman so please pencil this date into your parkrunning calendar.
Elsewhere this weekend is a huge one for parkrun, in fact one might call it ‘Super Saturday’, as we have no less than 4 new events joining the parkrun family: Hervey Bay in Queensland, Singleton in New South Wales, Maribyrnong in Victoria and Mt Clarence in Western Australia! Wow! Good luck to all of the new event teams and to all of our first time runners, don’t forget your barcode!
Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)
p.s. Only 52 days until International parkrun Day 2014
Essential Stats for Australia & Singapore
Number of locations – 83
Number of runners – 8,264
Number of PBs – 1,892
Number of first timers – 1,314
Number of volunteers – 729
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We’re lucky to call glorious Brighton, Queensland home. It’s just a couple of minutes to the waterfront and of course Sandgate parkrun. We’re both keen CrossFitters and were looking to improve our running. Then we discovered Sandgate parkrun – what an incredible event! The Event Directors, Dean and Vanessa Gibson and their volunteers are so welcoming and encouraging, and the whole thing feels like a fun run with a huge bunch of mates. Staggering over the finish line that first time was such an achievement and we haven’t looked back! We loved the community feel of parkrun and wanted to get involved to show our support for such an amazing event.
Next thing we knew, we were speaking with the wonderful and enthusiastic Tim Oberg and now we’re on board as the Official Medal Supplier to parkrun Australia and we couldn’t be more proud. Some of you may have already seen our feather flags flying at your local run, or even received one of our medals. Well done!
If you have a great photo of yourself, or someone you know wearing one of our medals – we’d love to see it! Post it to our Facebook page. While you’re there, give us the big thumbs up, and check out our website. And if we can assist with any queries about trophies for your sports team, company or club, we’d love to hear from you!
‘Going for Gold in Glasgow’ by Dave Robertson
Following our involvement with the Australian Athletics Tour earlier in the year, providing live stream commentary from the 'Tartan Couch', my mate Mossy (Silas Moss) and I, successfully led a crowd-funding campaign to raise money for a trip to Glasgow to cover the Commonwealth Games. Each day of the Games we recorded a daily, light-hearted, video wrap-up show called 'Glasgow Gold'. Think Roy & HG but with more redheads and headbands.
Its fair to say it ended up being the trip of a lifetime with countless highlights including hanging out with the Royal Family at the Hockey, singing along to '500 Miles' with 20,000 Scots at the Rugby 7s, cheering Aussie Marathoners Michael Shelley & Jess Trengove on to unexpected Gold & Bronze medals respectively, and helping the Aussie Lawn Bowlers beat the English while rubbing shoulders with Lawn Bowling royalty, Kelvin Kerkow.
The final few sessions at Hampden Park to watch the Athletics were definitely the climax however, cheering our Aussie runners, jumpers and throwers onto many more medals and PBs. Being in the right place at the right time, I was lucky enough to give Sally Pearson her first congratulatory hug after she won a tense 100m Hurdles Final, a moment I'm sure the champion hurdler will never forget!
Obviously you can't travel all that way to the UK and not fit in a couple of parkruns.
From our initial base in Newcastle (North-East England), where we conducted a number of pre-Games interviews with the Aussie Athletics Team, we had the pleasure of attending Newcastle parkrun.
This was a particular thrill for myself having long held the goal of running at both Newcastle parkrun events. I managed to tick this box running both events in consecutive weeks, in almost identical finish times! Pacing Aussie Commonwealth Games Marathoners Marty Dent (Ginninderra parkrunner) & Mel Panayiotou (Kawana parkrunner) for the first 100m was also good fun, but didn't do much for my supply of oxygen (see picture below)!
Our 2nd parkrun experience was at the original Glasgow parkrun in beautiful Pollock Park where part of the Commonwealth Games marathon course went through, the weekend earlier. We managed to convince a few more of the Aussie Marathon Team to join us & it was fantastic to share an 'easy' run with Bronze Medalist Jess Trengove (Torrens parkrunner), Marty Dent (Ginninderra parkrunner), Sarah Klein (parkrun debutant from Mornington Peninsula, VIC) & Coach Adam Didyk (Torrens parkrunner).
Even more impressive was the way these elite athletes hung around after the event, in the rain, chatting & getting photos with the local parkrunners, soaking up & contributing to what was, across the entire Games, one of the friendliest and warmest vibes I'd ever experienced at a major sporting event.
We are currently putting the finishing touches on our 'Glasgow Gold: Best Bits' video so keep an eye out for the link in an upcoming newsletter.
‘The Why FIVE-0 Challenge’ by Rob Cross
When on my 49th birthday last year I mentioned to someone I'd like to complete a marathon to celebrate my 50th someone quipped 'You're too old to be doing that'. I responded we are never too old to do anything we set our mind to. In October 2013 we started a Facebook page dedicated to the amazing middle aged population of Australia who still kick arse. The reason - to show at any age we are - Never 2 Old 2.
All this was inspired by the fit men and women who we have met on the Sunshine Coast who are still taking part in Kawana parkrun. My new role models are now Graham Rose 71, John Taylor 81 (with me in the picture below) and Norman Phillips 90 who is an unsung legend, who I see every weekend running in the Kawana parkrun.
As the fastest growing demographic we are the 'NO FEAR' generation who still want to get involved. The overall aim is to get our growing, ageing adult generation motivated to 'enjoy' challenging themselves and believe they can do fun fit events like parkrun, Tough Mudder, surfing, triathlon, MTB, Ironman or just go walking along the many beautiful esplanades on the Sunshine Coast.
Since the inception of Never 2 Old 2 on Facebook we have been inundated with supporting parties including the Healthy Ageing Partnership - Sunshine Coast, the Sunshine Coast Regional Council and most recently Exercise Is Medicine (part of ESSA – Exercise Sports Science Australia). I was also had a chat with parkrun's Tim Oberg who offered his support and advice. I shared my vision and mission –
“To create a society no longer be defined by age but by fitness and ability. To generate a culture of empowerment for the growing 'ageing' population through fun, social, development activities that enhance well-being. To encourage belief in oneself and the community at large that we are all - Never 2 Old 2.”
All this from just a bit of fun and an idea. And where better to start than Kawana parkrun? As we get fitter, we will get healthier and have less need for drugs, medicine, procedures, suffer less falls, stay mobile and save the country $billions in healthcare whilst improving the quality of life for millions. parkrun is one part of a greater possibility - to bring free or affordable fitness events to everyone and, through events and activities, start a prevention program for the largest segment of our population, the growing 'maturing' middle aged majority.
The plan to promote the program is through the series of events, 5 over 5 weeks to celebrate my 50th birthday in August - The ‘Why FIVE-0 Challenge’. The events started where it began, at Kawana parkrun on the 16th August where I was able to celebrate with John Taylor, who turned 81. I was joined by my daughter, Maya who ran a PB of 37mins. Not bad for a 6 year old. Lead by example; Fit parents lead to Fit kids. The four other events are Tough Mudder, The Sunshine Coast Marathon, Ironman 70.3 and possibly a Skydive from 15,000ft. What better way to celebrate life. And it all started with parkrun.
parkrunners registered to run B2B can still runPositive
If you’ve signed up to run alongside 40,000 other runners at The Sunday Mail Suncorp Bank Bridge to Brisbane on 7 September, will you be wearing your free personalised runPositive singlet or blending in to the crowd?
Celebrate your participation in Queensland’s largest fun run with the Suncorp Bank runPositive program and you could secure your very own runPositive singlet, with your reason to run printed across the front*.
Whether you’re taking part on behalf of a loved one; raising funds for a charity; or just showing your kids you can do it, runPositive is a program designed to support your run.
While the parkrun Australia singlets have been fully exhausted, you can still join runPositive via the Bridge to Brisbane bespoke entry form to gain a personalised singlet to wear on event day. Hurry though as once all singlets are gone, that’s all folks!
Click here to find out more and join the passionate runPositive crew at Bridge to Brisbane.
*Terms and conditions apply. The opportunity to receive a runPositive singlet for Bridge to Brisbane closes Friday 22 August 2014.
The Promoter is Suncorp-Metway Ltd ABN 66 010 831 722 ("Suncorp Bank"). Terms and conditions apply to the runPositive promotion. NSW Permit Number 14/03612, LTPS/14/03625.
B2B volunteers required
A few more parkrun volunteers (who aren’t running on the day) are required to assist at the finish line of Bridge to Brisbane on September 7. It’s a fun job as you share the joy as exhausted runners finish, and you help keep them safe as they cross the line. If you are able to volunteer please contact Hap Happy on 0402 088 099 any day after 6pm or just go to the Bridge to Brisbane website and register as a volunteer for ‘Finish Line Duties Only’.
Inaugural parkrun annual lunch
As announced recently, we will be holding our first ever 'parkrun annual lunch' in Perth on August 30. The goal of the 'parkrun annual lunch' is to create an annual focal point for all parkrun communities in the state to gather socially outside of the usual Saturday morning parkrun environment. All proceeds from this event will go towards launching further parkrun events in the state. We aim to hold similar events in key parkrun cities across the country on an annual basis but have chosen Perth as the host city for this inaugural event. And to top things off cricket legend and Suncorp Bank Ambassador Adam Gilchrist is confirmed as guest speaker, it is sure to be a day to remember!
Click here for more info.
Upcoming Special Events
23 - Singleton (NSW) launch, Mt Clarence (WA) launch, Hervey Bay (Qld) launch, Maribyrnong (Vic) launch
30 - Cairns 1st anniversary (Qld), Capalaba (Qld) launch, Lake Joondalup (WA) launch, Balyang Sanctuary (Vic) 2nd anniversary, Riverway (Qld) cancelled
6 - Warwick (Qld) 1st anniversary, Broadbeach Waters (Qld) launch, Blue Gum Hills (NSW) launch, Heirisson Island (WA) launch
13 - Wynnum (Qld) 2nd anniversary, Inverloch (Vic) launch, Diamond Creek (Vic) cancelled
20 - New Farm (Qld) 3rd anniversary, Pakenham (Vic) launch, Penrith Lakes (NSW) cancelled
27 – Merimbula (NSW) 1st anniversary, Toowoomba (Qld) 1st anniversary, Tamworth (NSW) launch, Bowral (NSW) launch
Feedback from the field
Cassie Saville - Just some feedback from another happy runner. I completed my first Albert Melbourne parkrun on Saturday and it has kick started my motivation for running. I have been an avid crossfitter for the past 3 years putting my fun running on hold and parkrun has helped rekindle my love for running. What a great idea and wished I had of joined earlier. Love the newsletters and receiving my results online. I haven’t stopped talking about it to my colleagues and friends and will hopefully motivate a few more to join. My new goal is to run sub 20 by December 31!!! Wish me luck!
Peter Daly - My wife Elizabeth and I are regular runners at Tuggeranong parkrun. Having travelled to Northern Ireland for a couple of weddings for nephews of ours, we decided to take in as many parkruns as possible. First up was Bangor parkrun, County Down, Northern Ireland where my wife grew up. It consists of 3 laps through the very green and leafy Ward Park. On August 2nd, we woke to the sound of rain on the roof, and by 9:30 it was bucketing down. 159 runners ran, and received the free shower on offer. Afterwards we went and had coffee in the bowling club and got to meet some of the people there. We had a great day. Next stop, Wallace parkrun, on August 9th at Lisburn, about 13 miles from Belfast. Unlike the week before it was bright and sunny. 145 runners took part in this very leafy park. No PB’s, but a good way to start our Saturday. August 16th we returned to Bangor parkrun, where 213 turned out on a very overcast day. Luckily the rain held off and we both did PBs there. That was the last of our runs in Northern Ireland. Next week we aim to do the Irvine parkrun in Ayrshire, Scotland. That will bring to a close our overseas run and we look forward to doing Tuggeranong parkrun on September 6th.
Barney Henry - 1 year ago today, after a 23 year break from any form of running, I found the Couch to 5k program, using some free podcasts I discovered on the internet. There was a LOT of huffing and puffing and shin splints and frustration in those early months I can tell ya! Along the way, in January, I happened across Westerfolds parkrun. GOLD. I've won (and lost!) several battles and achieved various milestones over the last year of running. Discovering parkrun though, and the Westerfolds parkrun community specifically, has been the highlight for me. THANK YOU Scott and Iwona Trickett for starting Westerfolds parkrun, and thank you to ALL of the rest of you who continue to inspire with your participation and determination, EVERY SINGLE WEEK! Love parkrun
Leah Rosevear - I was in Melbourne recently with former Main Beach parkrun Run Director Mark Gilbert and whilst we were there we thought we should do Albert Melbourne parkrun. I have not done a parkrun for 7 months due to injury so I was super slow but we ran into 3 Gold Coasters in Melbourne to watch their beloved Suns AFL team play! It was a windy cold day (I don’t mind the cold) and a large field of participants but it was super organized with about 10 volunteers or more – Joanne Watkins is just the most awesome parkrun Event Director! She has a warm, funny personality but ‘runs a tight ship’ so no hassles. She even has people lining up in order of barcode (placing) with no-one bothered at all. Results were available within less than 2 hours! She was also very welcoming to new, interstate and even an overseas participant.
Nadine Morrison - Whilst visiting family in Melbourne, I participated in the Frog Hollow parkrun. It was a lovely scenic course with friendly volunteers and runners. Thanks guys!
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: Ross Pentland
Club: Crosbie Crew
Home parkrun: Albert Melbourne
Occupation: Engineering QA Officer
Number of runs: 43
Number of times volunteered: 17
Favourite volunteer role: Timekeeper
What do like about volunteering at parkrun: The general camaraderie that you get from parkrun, plus getting involved with my passion of running by making an event happen through different ways whether by answering questions about the event, cheering people on or just getting up early to help get the event up and running and seeing the success play out.
Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment: Seeing parkrun regular Rob Del Ponte outsprint Martin Dent at the start of Albert Melbourne parkrun's 2nd Anniversary in a gorilla suit - would've been something if he'd gone the whole course like that!
How can we improve parkrun: Offering special parkrun shirts from volunteering 25/50/100 times would provide incentive to volunteer!