have fun, it's just a run!
This week, like each Saturday we saw first timers, experienced runners and seasoned parkrunners across all our events. First time parkrunner Jay headed to Chelsea Bicentennial parkrun. Can you recall having thoughts similar to hers, running through your mind at your first parkrun?
Driving to the event I honestly had no idea what to expect, my thoughts started running wild.
What if there are all marathon runners? What if I am the only one to show up? What if I can't find the starting and finishing line? What if I get lost on the course?
Pleasantly surprised my expectations were exceeded; the parkrun community were easily identified with lots of marketing signage and volunteers easy to find in their orange high vision vests. A crowd of people dressed in their fitness wear, gathered together at the starting line. Again I am so surprised at how many people knew about this event, and I had never heard of it before. I join the others at the starting line. The air horn goes off, and people start running. I look around me and am excited to see the diverse range of people taking part; from experienced runners, people walking their dogs, people like myself pushing their young ones in a pram, and young kids just wanting to get out and have a run with mum or dad. It was so refreshing to see people of all age groups and backgrounds getting together to take part in this run in the park, each person completing it for their own reasons.
At the other end of Australia, on the Sunshine Coast, a seasoned parkrunner showed his persistence.
"persistence; the continued or prolonged existence of something."
In 2013, Barry Ball began walking the Kawana parkrun course with his wife Helen, finishing in the respectable time of 46 minutes and 44 seconds. The couple have been dedicated participants at the event ever since, and ran their 100th parkruns together in January this year. For some time now, Barry, who is in the VM75-79 age group, has had a different parkrun milestone in mind: to complete the entire course without walking a single step. And on Saturday, his 126th parkrun, Barry achieved this goal. Fantastic effort Barry!
A parkrun goal three years in the making and your persistence got you there. I'm sure the entire parkrun community joins me in congratulating you on achieving your goal!
National Operations Manager
Western Sydney Marathon
Fast approaching is the Western Sydney Marathon to be held on Saturday 1st October at the spectacular Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith Lakes.
The scenic views of Penrith Lakes, Lower Blue Mountains and surrounding parkland make this event the perfect setting to run in one of our four events, 42.2km, 21.1km, 10km Lap the Lake or the 5km Family Fun Run.
The Western Sydney Marathon are offering a 10% discount on entry fees for the first 250 parkrunners who register, so get it quick! Register now and when prompted use the promo code "WSMPARKRUN2016" to redeem your discount in the race of your choice!
upcoming special events
17/09 – New Farm (Qld) 5th, Pakenham (Vic) 2nd,
24/09 – Ashgrove (Qld) 1st, Bowral (NSW) 2nd, Merimbula (NSW) 3rd, Tamworth (NSW) 2nd, Toowoomba (Qld) 3rd,
01/10 - Champion Lakes (WA) 1st, Hamilton Island (Qld) 1st, Petrie (Qld) 1st,
08/10 – Berwick Springs (Vic) 3rd, Hamilton (Vic) 1st, Kalgoorlie-Boulder (WA) 3rd,
15/10 - Brightwater (Qld) 2nd, Grafton (NSW) 1st, Gungahlin (ACT) 3rd, Kingscliff (NSW) 4th, Mosman (NSW) 3rd, North Lakes (Qld) 4th, Paradise Point (Qld) 1st,
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 started parkrun (Ballarat) a few months ago after seeing it pop up on my Facebook feed. I was feeling a bit sluggish after a long recovery after my second baby and needed some motivation.
Well parkrun certainly gave me that motivation. I made a couple of PBs in my first few weeks - this really pushed me. Then my husband started to get interested in parkrun after seeing how much I was enjoying it.
My husband, the anti-exerciser, was going to get up early on a Saturday morning with two kids in tow, to go for a run! I was gob smacked!
Well since then hubby and I have tried hard to get to parkrun every week, most of the time with our two little rug rats (almost 3 and almost 1). parkrun has helped motivate both of us to do local charity runs.
Our next one is 12km Run Ballarat which we are both looking forward to. Neither of us would be where we are without parkrun!
Daisy and Sue-Ellen have been at Lismore parkrun for five events now. I first noticed Daisy at our first timers briefing (I love dogs) I could see she was a little unsure and held her tail between her legs (Daisy was adopted).
When we commenced parkrun, Daisy was looking behind her and was a little nervous with people running behind and around her. Over the past few parkruns I have noticed Daisy become more at ease and even smile as she ran / galloped down towards the finish line with Sue-Ellen.
I commented to Sue-Ellen on how far Daisy has come and she is becoming more confident, comfortable and even enjoys her free timed weekly run / walk with Sue-Ellen and many Lismore parkrunners and dogs too!! Sue-Ellen loves parkrun and say “it’s something we can both do together and it is great that parkrun is inclusive of our four legged friends”.
parkrun changes not only human's lives, but animal's lives too! And it has been absolutely remarkable the change in Daisy over the past few months!! parkrun has been life changing for Daisy and Sue-Ellen and it is always wonderful to see them both at parkrun on a Saturday morning!
Event Director, Lismore parkrun
parkdog of the week
My name is Sadie, I’m a 5 year old Cavalier King Charles.
I started coming to Chermside parkrun a few months ago with my Mum (aka Melissa) to walk as she is currently pregnant and wanted a walking companion.
As soon as she starts getting ready each Saturday morning I bark with excitement!
I love coming along each week. I let her think it’s to keep her company... but really it’s to get pats from all the people!
People know me so well now that I get to sprint to the finish line with them all calling my name!
Name: Belinda Mikaelian
Running Club: (none- I’m not a runner. I just run!)
Home parkrun: Raymond Terrace
Occupation: Clinical Nurse Specialist
Number of runs: 12
Number of times volunteered: 4
Favourite volunteer role: Handing out tokens. I love to see the relief and happiness on the face of those that have given it their all and finished. I enjoy being the person to congratulate them on their efforts at the end.
What do you like about volunteering at parkrun? I love the community feel. I love the smiles you get when you are there cheering people on. I have met some truly amazing souls and enjoy having a chat on a Saturday morning. I feel part of the parkrun team when I volunteer and that’s a great feeling, as parkrun is giving so much to our community.