weekly newsletter 18th August 2015

welcome to the newsletter

We all know that parkrun is a run, not a race. And that we have no winners and no losers, just participants. However for once I actually want to talk about a parkrunner winning… and winning big time.

Lillydale Lake parkrunner Lavinia Petrie (pictured above) has just wiped the floor at the 2015 World Masters Athletics Championships in Lyon, France. How is this for a set of results?

W70 1500m – 1st place 6:13.95 (23 seconds ahead of 2nd place)
W70 5000m run – 1st place 22:01.27 (1:49 ahead of 2nd place)
W70 8000m run – 1st place 36:57 (2:17 ahead of 2nd place)
W70 10000m run – 1st place 45:02.26 (4:33 ahead of 2nd place)


Lavinia, if you’re reading this whilst sipping champagne in St Tropez, you are an inspiration to all parkrunners, young and old. Thank you for honoring us at parkrun with your presence.

I think the rest of us have got some work to do…

Happy running,

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

Were you a first timer last weekend, did you run a personal best or do you have any other feedback? We would love to hear from you on email, Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

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Essential Stats for Australia & Singapore – 15/08/2015:

Number of locations – 131
Number of runners – 14,619
Number of PBs – 3,116
Number of first timers – 2,272
Number of volunteers – 1,222
Number of members – 227,088

Director - Voluntary Role

From quiet beginnings, parkrun Australia has grown to be a major force for grassroots athletic participation and community engagement. To reflect this rapid development, we are seeking nominations for a Director to join our Board and help guide us through our next phase.

Looking to the future, our challenge is to continue to thrive and expand in a sustainable manner, making the most of the opportunities offered to us and seeking new opportunities. With over 200,000 people registered with us in Australia, our aims are to encourage them to continue to participate, welcome new people and work with our volunteer teams and participants to provide fun and friendly weekly events.

The role

We are looking for Directors who possesses the skills and experience to make a significant contribution to the governance of parkrun Australia.

Together with other Board members, the successful applicant will be involved in shaping the strategic aims of the organisation. This is an opportunity to provide creative, informed and constructive input to the objectives and plans submitted by the Chief Executive Officer.

The position will be confirmed at the parkrun Australia AGM on 10th October 2015 and the post holder will be required to commit several hours per month, which includes board meeting teleconferences every six weeks in addition to attending the Annual General Meeting in 2016. Reasonable out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed.


We are seeking individuals who are or have been a board member (or equivalent) in the public, private or voluntary sector, or a trustee of a charity. Individuals with expert knowledge, skills and professional experience in the areas of sponsorship, marketing, communications, corporations law, finance, risk management or human resources would complement the skills set of our current Board members.

If you are interested, please email a short CV (no longer than three pages) outlining your past achievements, plus a one page statement setting out what you think you can bring to the role. Send via email to gareth@parkrun.com.

parkrun Australia is an equal opportunities employer. Applications are welcomed from all sectors of society and all appointments are made on merit alone.

The closing date for applications is 5pm, Friday 28/08/2015.

Greater Raymond Terrace Fun Run

Here’s a great event to help you keep up your running through these winter months - the Greater Raymond Terrace Fun Run held on the first Sunday in Spring - 6 September. The run is held in the picturesque settings of Raymond Terrace, a historic river town located on the banks of the Hunter River and features 8km, 4km and 2km events. Something for all parkrunners. Register now, and we highly recommend anyone wanting a weekend away to take advantage of the Hunter Valley and tie it in with this run.

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parkdog of the week

My name is Maggie and I am a black labrador. I started doing parkrun a few months ago when I was 35kg… when it was more of a 'parkwalk'! I have now lost almost 10kg and have dropped my PB to 27.33. There is nothing I love more than getting up early on a Saturday with the sun shining ready for a scenic run adjacent to the river at Parramatta parkrun. Ruff Ruff!

Upcoming Special Events

22/08 – Chermside (Qld)
05/09 – Warner Lakes (Qld), Lochiel (SA)
12/09 – Bega (NSW)
26/09 – Ashgrove (Qld)
03/10 – Hamilton Island (Qld)
10/10 – Hamilton (Vic)
31/10 – Port Macquarie (NSW)

22/08 – Hervey Bay (Qld) 1st, Singleton (NSW) 1st, Balyang Sanctuary (Vic) 3rd, Maribyrnong (Vic) 1st, Mt Clarence (WA) 1st
29/08 – Cairns (Qld) 2nd, Capalaba (Qld) 1st, Lake Joondalup (WA) 1st
05/09 – Blue Gum Hills (NSW) 1st, Broadbeach Waters (Qld) 1st, Heirisson Island (WA) 1st, Warwick (Qld) 2nd
12/09 – Inverloch (Vic) 1st, Wynnum (Qld) 3rd
19/09 – New Farm (Qld) 4th, Pakenham (Vic) 1st
26/09 – Bowral (NSW) 1st, Merimbula (NSW) 2nd, Tamworth (NSW) 1st, Toowoomba (Qld) 2nd

Until further notice – Heirisson Island (WA)
12/09 – Chermside (Qld), Penrith Lakes (NSW), Diamond Creek (Vic)
19/09 – Penrith Lakes (NSW)
26/09 – Penrith Lakes (NSW)
03/10 – Penrith Lakes (NSW)
10/10 – Geographe Bay (WA)
24/10 – Chermside (Qld)
31/10 – Wangaratta (Vic), Penrith Lakes (NSW)
14/11 – Tamborine Mountain (Qld)
28/11 – Penrith Lakes (NSW)
13/02 – Geographe Bay (WA)

03/10 – International parkrun Day

Feedback from the field

Sandra Lamari - I was so glad when I got my 50 shirt, but I wasn't going to be able to wear it that weekend as I was hiking up Mount Bartle Frere instead! That is when I knew I had to take it with me and wear it to the top of the tallest mountain in Queensland, 1622 metres. It was freezing at the summit so I only took my jacket off briefly for this pic. It was a very comfortable shirt for hiking in. I am sure it is a great shirt for running in as well.

Liz Jones - I just wanted to say thanks for the amazing and inspirational job you are doing, with a friendly movement of grassroots community fitness!! It's been 12 weeks since we moved to our new home city, Toowoomba, and it's been hectic, with a toddler, and both my husband and I still commuting back to Brisbane for work. So, it took a while, but we finally pulled ourselves out of bed last Saturday to join the friendly crew at Toowoomba parkrun, just in time for a -3 degrees morning! We had to drive there with our windows down, as we couldn't see out of our frost-covered windscreen! However, once we started jogging with a small crowd, with the energy of complete strangers all braving the beautiful but chilly morning together, I felt a surge of happiness course through me: we were joining the community! Even as our little boy's cheeks grew pink in the cold, and I struggled up that looooong hill for the second lap, the calls of encouragement were propelling me to my first ever parkrun finish. I love the concept, the experience, the energy and happiness of parkrun! We will be back, and will be doing our best to bring our new friends with us. Thanks again.

David D'Alessio - I have been running at St Peters parkrun since October 2014 and have absolutely loved it. My wife Jenny on the other hand spent the equivalent Saturday 8am morning in bed. I had always asked for her to come and join me and she always had the same response, "I can't run". Finally two months ago, she signed up and joined me for her first run in around 15 years. Running to a shopping sale was no problem, but a 5K parkrun was another story to her. I said I would run and walk with her for first run. Well bugger me she ran the 5K straight off the bat even up the famous hill at St Peters. Her time was 32.26. She was elated with it. The burning desire kicked in and she was determined to beat it the following week, and low and behold, she beat her time, then the same the following week, the same after that. Four straight weeks of PBs and now the topic of household always has parkrun mentioned in it. 9 runs later and her current personal best is 28.00 flat. To say I am proud of her is an understatement and I am so thankful for parkrun for the ability to get her out of bed at 7am on a Saturday morning to get to St Peters to see her fall in love with running. Thank you parkrun.

Matthew Finnigan - I have lived a few hundred metres away from the Westerfolds parkrun for over five years and finally got the motivation to go down on a Saturday morning to grind my way around the 5km track. I haven't been able to make it around without stopping yet but I can feel my body coming alive again and am really enjoying the challenge. A great motivator so far is that every week I am get a new PB. Not sure how long that will last! The fellow runners have been so welcoming and only wish I had gone down earlier.

Jolene Robins - I completed my first parkrun this Saturday just gone and felt absolutely fantastic! Thank you so much to those who have put this amazing event together. At our weekly morning tea group at work I was talking about how desperate I was to improve my health & fitness. One of my work colleagues suggested the parkrun in our area which is Singleton. I am so grateful to him for pointing me in the right direction. Registering and turning up on the morning was a huge achievement for me. I totally sucked on the day but I feel quite confident that each week I will suck a little less and hopefully I will find my way and be able to run the full 5km and start thinking about achieving PBs. It also has encouraged me to continue exercising during the week. The volunteers on the day were fabulous I am sorry I did not remember their names or else I would have mentioned each one of them. You can count on it that they are doing the parkrun name very proud. They were so helpful and made me feel welcome so thank you to them too.

Steve Harris - Reported recently was a volunteer who was surprised that people had their barcodes on their phones and thought we could scan it from there "like the airlines have do". Now for anyone who has NOT been stuck in the queue behind some Gen Y at the airport boarding gate let me tell you that it does not always work smoothly for the airlines. And unfortunately it does not work AT ALL for parkrun so please bring a hard copy of your barcode to parkrun. SUGGESTION - keep on of your copies in your phone case - behind your phone.
Remember no barcode… sadly… no time.

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:  Robert Prentice

Age:  60

Home parkrun:  Campbelltown NSW

Occupation:  Retired

Number of runs:  77

Number of times volunteered:  80+

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  I was looking for some 5kms to run after I decided I didn't want to run serious anymore. St Peters parkrun came up on the radar and I had a go (31:26). Paul Wilcock took my photo and made me feel welcome straight away. 18 months later I needed to start Campbelltown parkrun as I was hooked. I do miss St Peters, but we have a great group of parkrunners at Campbelltown.

Why do you volunteer?:  I volunteer because - I have had a great time running in the last 40 years and I like the way parkrun works. I needed to be a part of it.

One thing I love about parkrun?:  That everyone is just as important as the next. I like the way someone who runs a PB is the big 'winner' not necessarily the one who crosses the line first.


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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 laser engraved silicone wristband 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

Children under the age of eleven must be accompanied at all times by a parent, guardian or other designated adult of the parent's choice. It must also be ensured that children place themselves appropriately at the start so as to prevent a situation where they are being repeatedly overtaken. This is to ensure the safety of your child.

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