Hey, what’s cooler than being cool? Ice cold! While Saturday morning didn’t quite freeze over, we should recognise the group of stalwarts who turned out for the 280th edition of Coburg Parkrun. Many people waited in their cars with the heater on until the last moment, and who could blame them? But for those who dared - and there were just over 100 of them - it was a beautiful and clear morning at Coburg Lake with just a few puddles to remind everyone about the rain from the evening before.
Mark Bretherton made his debut as a run director after having it postponed recently due to another round of COVID-19 restrictions. But good things are worth waiting for and it all went off without a hitch.
We like to offer all our first timers a very warm welcome, even with Saturday being a little on the cool side. We hope you enjoyed your first visit to Coburg and that it won’t be your last - just remember to save some energy for that big hill on the way back! The following runners laced up for their first Coburg Parkrun this week: Ellery DURRANT, Robyn MORTON, Bri RYAN, Craig RYAN, Rebecca RYAN (Go the Ryans!), Jorge SOTO and Melissa THIELE.
While Parkrun is not a race and is suitable for all ages and abilities, there’s a certain feeling about running faster than you have ever run before. Some people clearly turned up with a need for speed for Parkrun #280, and the cool conditions delivered the goods with 15 PBs on the day. it was an exciting finish with the top four placegetters crossing the line within 15 seconds of each other - and with two PBs in that group to boot.
Congrats to the following Parkrunners, who ran their fastest Coburg Parkrun on 3 July: Helen THIELE (46:45), Michael JENKINS (32:46), Candice FARRUGIA (32:12), Emily KIRSH (28:54), Emily MCCARTHY (28:14), Holly DIMSEY (28:13), Samantha BLAKE (26:36), Simon BERNARD (25:23), Ashish BANSAL (25:01), Elias THOMAS (24:12), Marlowe SCOTT (23:36), Alexander INGLIS (23:22), Andy O’NEILL (23:17), Andrew WILLIAMS (19:46), and Aleem RUSTAM (19:39). May your new PBs be short-lived!
Congrats to Sarah McNab who ran her 50th Parkrun on Saturday and her 15th at Coburg. Unfortunately due to COVID-19 regulations we’re not currently cosying up for milestone photos, but we know you’re out there.
Don’t forget your barcode
There were 13 mystery runners at Coburg this week, who are listed as Unknown in the results. We only ask one thing of you as a Parkrunner at these free events - if you want a result, you need to bring your barcode. No barcode, no result, no exceptions.
Printed barcodes are used at all parkrun events globally to record your results. You can collect and print your barcode from parkrun.com. Alternatively, you can order your barcode on a laser engraved silicone wristband or other ID accessories from the parkrun Australia shop. We are strict with regard to this policy as we process over 100,000 results every weekend and if we were to relax our approach it would increase the amount of work for our volunteers.
If you'd like to learn more about the history of the printed barcode at parkrun and why this policy is in place, take a listen to the special No barcode, no result, no exceptions episode of the excellent Free, Weekly, Timed podcast.
Thanks to this week’s volunteers
As a free event, Parkrun relies on the energy and enthusiasm of our volunteers. Volunteering is a way to make new friends and social connections, and give back to a community event which means a lot to many people.
We are grateful to the following people who made this week’s event possible: Laura BESWICK, Mark BRETHERTON, Jill CARTER, Tracey COLBERT, Maria CRAWFORD, Fleur DOUY, Krystal EVANS, Angela KELLY, Jolie LARRIS, Lilly LARRIS, Dinesh Sekhar SEGARAN, and Susan SLATTERY.
If you'd like to help, please take a look at the Future Roster page and drop our volunteer co-ordinator an email with the date(s) on which you'd like to volunteer. We ask that Parkrunners try to volunteer at least three times a year.
Please visit our FAQ to learn all about volunteering at parkrun.
Coburg Parkrun welcomes all those from running clubs to attend our events. This week we welcomed people from the following clubs at beautiful Coburg Lake: Coburg Harriers, Crosbie Crew, Diamond Creek Runners, Fanthropy Running Club, Gunn Runners, Hunter Athletics and Recreation, HypoActive, Karki Parki, Kathmandu Trail Run Club, Lalor Running Club, Melbourne Midday Milers, Merri Creek Running Club, MINERs (Melbourne Inner North Eastern Runners), No Homers, Quidditch Australia, Run Down Under, Running Medical Mums, Running Mums Australia, Northside Running Group, Victorian Cross Country League and Wooters Runners.
Children at Parkrun
We want children to have an overwhelmingly positive experience at parkrun; participating because they want to, in a way they want to; and in a safe environment at all times. In general, at parkrun events, children aged 11 and over are free to participate as individuals in a similar way to adults. They are still children and we are committed to providing the safest possible environment for them to participate in, and we fully accept our duty of care over these individuals. It’s important to note however that the ultimate responsibility for their welfare remains with their parents or guardians.
Walking, jogging, or running
- At our 5k Saturday events, children under the age of 11 must be within arm's reach of a parent, guardian or designated adult of the parents' choice at all times.
- At junior parkrun Australia events children can run on their own from the age of 4 until the day before 15th birthday.
- Under the age of 11 children must be accompanied to the start, and from the finish, of the event.
- As with adults, children must always participate on foot. The only exception to this is that we do welcome wheelchair users where the course permits. In appropriate circumstances children may, if needed, be carried for short periods, however this must only be at a sensible walking pace and not running.
Can my child accompany me on their bicycle (bike, cycle) or scooter?
- No, we believe that bicycles or scooters and runners do not mix. The risk of injury to runners and children is too high.
- Children are a wonderful part of every parkrun community and we encourage them to volunteer.
- Children under the age of 11 must be within arm's reach of a parent, guardian or designated adult of the parents' choice at all times.
- Those aged 11 or over can volunteer without their parent or guardian, but should be within close proximity of a responsible adult volunteer. This is providing all parties are comfortable with this arrangement.
- It is not permitted to run with a pram and a dog at the same time.
- Running whilst carrying a child of any age (whether in a front or back baby-carrier/harness, in your arms, on your shoulders or piggyback) is not permitted during parkrun events, as it poses a substantial safety risk. Walking whilst carrying a baby or child is permitted as long as their safety and welfare is not compromised.
- Children may be pushed around our events in a buggy however they should be dressed appropriately, comfortable, and secure at all times. They should also have reached a stage of physical development where they are able to withstand the rigours of course-specific conditions.