weekly newsletter 23 August 2016


Personal Better Day

Hi there!

parkrun isn’t just about running… it’s about running, jogging, walking and everything in between. It doesn’t matter what age or speed you are, it’s about getting out and joining in.

During the week personal stories pile into HQ by email, many stories of PBs, parkrun tourism and also first timers, here is one I’d like to share:

“Last weekend was my first parkrun. It was also about the most miserable and coldest day of the week. It was very tempting to sleep in. However, if that was going to be my excuse, I could see that I'd never make a start. So, rugged up in woollen leggings, gloves, a scarf and hat, off I went to be greeted on arriving at Vic Park by some of the friendliest volunteers I have ever encountered.

The course was a saturated swampland in parts and my hitherto clean shoes were sodden and covered in mud by the time I'd finished. By then I'd well and truly warmed up. I'll be back next week encouraged mostly by the friendly welcome and the encouragement of so many people. It's a great community and I only wish I'd known about it sooner.”

My parkrun day was opposite with gorgeous weather, and a change of pace as I enjoyed walking my local parkrun with my husband & friends. I also took the opportunity to spend time with a friends 4-month old baby, so while her Mum was the 2nd female over the line in just over 20min, we were about 5th last females over the line in just over 50min. Regardless of placing, we both enjoyed the same magic that is parkun. 

If you are thinking about walking parkrun, but worried you’ll be last, or you are not sure about running a whole 5km, there is no better time to join in! Mark your dairies for September 3rd as we are teaming up with Medibank to present Personal Better Day 2016, we invite you and your family and friends along, think of someone who needs encouragement to set their own ‘Personal Better’.

What does your personal better look like? 

Happy parkrunning,

Renee Gimbert
National Operations Manager

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Blackmores Sydney Running Festival

On Sunday the 18th of September over 32,000 people will pound the pavement through the streets of Australia’s most populous city in the annual Blackmores Sydney Running Festival. 

With four events on offer, ranging from 4km through to a 42.2km Marathon, there really is something for everyone. Best of all, everyone gets to walk or run across the world-famous Sydney Harbour Bridge – traffic free! 

Changes to both the Blackmores Sydney Marathon and Blackmores Half Marathon have made both courses flatter, faster and even more beautiful.

The Blackmores Sydney Running Festival are excited to announce a partnership with parkrun by offering a 10% discount on entry fees to the first 200 parkrunners who register, so get it quick! Note, the code below is for registered parkrunners ONLY and entrants will be cross-referenced to ensure validity.

Click here to register and when prompted use the promo code ‘10%parkrun-r5c16ts32v5’ to redeem your discount in the run that’s FUN for everyone!

Also, there will be a designated meeting area for parkrunners located in the Blackmores Recovery Village post-event. This area can be found at the northern end of Tarpeian Way, close to Tarpeian Gate. We look forward to seeing you there!


TomTom Competition Winner

Last week we asked you, "What is your favourite song to train to and why?" The winner is… Rachel Joseph.

“That would be Guns N Roses 'You could be mine'. A great energizing track, that lifts & increases my stride & I feel myself power along. Top band, top song!”


upcoming special events

27/08 - Wilson Botanic (Vic)
17/09 – Palmerston (NT)You Yangs (Vic)Moree (NSW)
8/10 - Galston (NSW)
22/10 - Orange (NSW)

27/08 – Balyang Sanctuary (Vic) 4th, Cairns (Qld) 3rd, Capalaba (Qld) 2nd, Chermside (Qld) 1st, Hervey Bay (Qld) 2nd, Lake Joondalup (WA) 2nd, Maribyrnong (Vic) 2nd, Mt Clarence (WA) 2nd, Singleton (NSW) 2nd
03/09 – Blue Gum Hills (NSW) 2nd, Broadbeach Waters (Qld) 2nd, Lochiel (SA) 1st, Warner Lakers (Qld) 1st, Warwick (Qld) 3rd

10/09 – Mt Penang, Penrith Lakes (NSW), Diamond Creek (Vic)
17/09 - Penrith Lakes (NSW)
01/10 – Penrith Lakes (NSW)
15/10 – Launceston (Tas), Clare Valley (SA)
12/11 – Mt Penang (NSW)
19/11 – Tamborine Mountain (Qld)


feedback from the field

I was never able to run the length of my street without stopping until my Aunty taught me a simple trick. My aunt and uncle also told me about a free 5k timed run, I initially did my first parkrun, then it was nearly a full year later before I started to really participate.

While my husband has been on long service leave I was able to start to regularly run on Saturday mornings and even brought my 7 year old twins once. It wasn't really for my daughter, but my son loved all the attention and praise he received for his lightning speed of under 28mins! He had never ran more than a km before this.

We have since run 7 parkruns and planned our school holiday Saturday's around parkrun locations while visiting family in northern NSW. We have run Bendigo parkrun which was so cold I ran with my scarf wrapped around my hands, next we ran at Dubbo which was a great track easy to run with lots of friendly people. This was our best time of the trip.

The following week we drove 6.5hrs in rain and flooded roads to get to Cobram for their second ever parkrun. A very muddy, but lovely course. Cooper nearly couldn't finish as he was so exhausted from running all over the place following kangaroo prints and exciting noises in the bush hunting for the koalas that sometimes walk the track. The fog was so thick that I wasn't sure where I was going in a number of places and just hoped for the best.

The best part about parkrun is just how welcoming and friendly it always is. To the point where I would be at one of the non home town locations and wonder 'do I know these people already?' 

I feel so grateful to have been able to regularly parkrun with my son the last few months and hope to do many more in the future. 


parkdog of the week


It's 5:30 Saturday morning and time for my favourite thing in the world parkrun! Wake up humans...Wake up!


I am Roxy the Foxy, some parkrunners know me as 'Rocket'. I love to run and I love pats so parkrun is perfect for people (dogs) like me.


I get very excited when we're lining up at the start-line and I sprint as fast as I can to be first around the corner. I get to show off my speed and am always 'first dog' when Dad (aka Robert) comes with me.


Mum (aka Kate) is quite a lot slower so I have to take it easy when she comes with me...I pull her along. I am only 4 kilos but I am quick, my PB is 21.39. Dad and I are working on a sub-20 minute run this year.


We've been to a few different parkruns (Sandgate, Southbank, Jindalee and Bunya) but New Farm is our favourite because it's a beautiful run along the river and then we go to the Markets afterward (aka treats and more pats).


We have volunteered a few times which is exciting as long as I get my run in first, otherwise I complain bitterly about missing out.


Everyone thought I was too little to run 5km but I showed them. It's what's in the heart that counts. ...if only I could take my ball with me and we could play fetch afterward. My run-buddies say they're too tired.


Are you a parkrun-loving dog, aka a parkdog? If so, and you’re clever enough to read this newsletter, we’d love to hear from you. Please send your profile to helloAU@parkrun.com with the subject ‘parkdog of the week’.


And remember, don’t forget your bark-code.




foreign correspondent

Name: Phil Cairnduff

Club: Lagan Valley AC

Age: 30

Home parkrun: Stormont

Occupation: Manager

Number of parkruns: 20

Favourite volunteer role: Scanning

What do you do at parkruns: I enjoy visiting different parkrun courses for the novelty of running somewhere completely new. When I can't run, I volunteer and have done so at my home run, Stormont, three times this year and also at Princes in Liverpool, where I recently visited for the British Transplant Games. I find parkrun is useful for training while keeping the atmosphere relaxed.

How has parkrun changed your running: parkrun has made running more enjoyable. I train all the time for different runs and events and never miss an opportunity to build a parkrun into my training schedule. You get to run alongside other people without the pressure of trying to beat them for an overall result or prize. It has also given me a desire to encourage other people to take up running. The diversity of age and skill shown at just about every parkrun highlights that the sport is for everyone.

What do you like about parkrun: You can run anywhere you please and even decide on the morning where you want to go. At every parkrun I've been to, I've been made extremely welcome and have run some great courses that have obviously had a lot of thought put into them. Most parkruns have a diverse crowd, from serious competitive athletes to recreational runners, and there are few other places where you'll see such a range of abilities. In addition, I love the appreciation of volunteers and the key role they play.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment?: Getting lost at Colin Glen parkrun and asking a dog walker for directions. A volunteer did show us the route before we started, I just wasn't paying attention!