Coburg parkrun # 241 – 16/11/2019

Milestones and PBs

What a beautiful way to start a weekend. The sun was out and over 130 runners turned up to Coburg parkrun for what was a morning of celebrations with three major milestones reached and 22 PBs achieved. We also celebrated the announcement that Coburg parkrun will be running on Christmas day, see below for more details on the festive run.

Congratulations to Freya and Maria on running their 100th run and Krystal for running her 50th. An amazing effort by all three.

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Festive Arrangements

There are only two days of the year where parkrun events take place outside of a Saturday morning... Christmas Day and New Year's Day. You can find out more on our special events page.

On Christmas Day we'll host a special event at 08:00.

Some of our neighbouring parkrun teams are also hosting events.

Participants will be able to register at most ONE event on Christmas Day.

On New Year's Day we'll host a special event at 08:00.

Why not start off the New Year with a parkrun adventure? Some of our neighbouring parkrun teams are also hosting events, allowing you to "do the double"...

  • Darebin are hosting an event at 09:30

Participants will be able to register at most TWO events on New Year's Day.

First timers

A very warm welcome to the eighteen people who had their personal barcodes scanned at Coburg parkrun for the very first time today, especially those who were at parkrun for the first time: Aswathy KADUNGASSERY, Cait SELLECK, Caylee MOSSMAN, David MARTINEZ, Derek HORSLEY, Emma SPIEL, Francesca STELLA, Harmony KWONG, Lauren PALMER, Lucinda HARTLEY, Mary HATZIAVGERIS, Micah HARTLEY, Natalie VUJOVICH, Nicola MALYSIAK, Reuben HORSLEY, Saverina STELLA, Sonya MITHEN, and Timothy HATZIAVGERIS. We hope to see you all again soon!

Personal Bests

Coburg parkrun is not a race, but many of us get great joy and motivation from a personal best. Congratulations to those twenty-two participants who completed our five kilometre course faster than ever before today: Andrew CONSTANTINOU (18:30), Anthony RING (45:40), Ashlee CLOUGH (45:31), Charles CRUSSELL (25:33), Claire RYAN (24:41), Daniel SHARRATT (50:21), Deanna KOTEVSKI (39:25), Elvira EARTHSTAR (30:34), Freya SHAW (26:01), Jayden MELE (55:07), Jennifer DIXON (26:46), Keith STEPHENS (26:14), Laura BESWICK (27:51), Laura WHITE (29:54), Lisa-Ashleigh MATHEWS (28:41), Murray SAUNDERS (24:03), Patrick GAME (24:06), Paul WILSON (21:50), Roslyn RING (45:36), Sam BARTON (25:21), Sreejith PARAKKATIL (28:47) and Thomas CROOKSHANKS (19:58). May your new PBs be short-lived!

Don't forget your barcode! #dfyb


No barcode, no result, no exceptions

This week's results include twelve "Unknown" participants. This is because they forgot their barcode.

Printed barcodes are used at all parkrun events globally to record your results. Unfortunately, our barcode scanners can't scan mobile phone or smart watch screens . You can collect and print your barcode from Alternatively, you can order your barcode on a laser engraved silicone wristband from Bent Logic. 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

Every parkrun event relies on volunteers and volunteering is a wonderful way to make friends, feel great and have fun. We're very grateful to everyone who's volunteered at Coburg parkrun in the past.

This weekend's community event was brought to you by nine wonderful volunteers. Thank you to: Rebecca DUFFY, Arden FRASER, Christopher HILL, Kathy HILL, Rebecca KIRBY, Nicky MAXWELL, Frank PALERMO, Cassie PEARSON and Sharon TAYLOR.

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.

Please visit our FAQ to learn all about volunteering at parkrun.

Did you know we have a Virtual Volunteer App?

New run club members

Milestone t-shirts: a new process

Congratulations to the following who earned themselves a new club shirt this weekend:

  • Krystal EVANS joined the 50 Club
  • Freya SHAW and Maria CRAWFORD joined the 100 Club

Running Clubs

Coburg parkrun welcomes all running clubs to participate at our events.

This week we welcomed participants registered with the following clubs: Coburg HarriersMelbourne University ACMelbourne Midday MilersVictorian Cross Country LeagueMerri Creek Running ClubGetitdone ClubRed and Black RunningRunning Mums AustraliaTXR RunnersWesterfoldiansRunning Medical MumsNorthside Running GroupDerek Zoolander Centre for Kids Who Can't Run GoodVictorian Road RunnersSpartansMedibank parkrun club and Fanthropy Running Club.

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.

Additional Information

  • 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.

Coburg parkrun Facts and Figures

This week 136 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part. The event was made possible by 9 volunteers: Arden FRASER • Frank PALERMO • Rebecca DUFFY • Rebecca KIRBY • Christopher HILL • Kathy HILL • Cassie PEARSON • Sharon TAYLOR • Nicky MAXWELL Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Coburg parkrun Results Page. The male record is held by Rhydian COWLEY who recorded a time of 15:33 on 18th August 2018 (event number 174). The female record is held by Lisa WEIGHTMAN who recorded a time of 16:18 on 18th May 2019 (event number 215). The Age Grade course record is held by Lisa WEIGHTMAN who recorded 93.87% (16:18) on 18th May 2019 (event number 215). Coburg parkrun started on 16th May 2015. Since then 4,454 participants have completed 22,379 parkruns covering a total distance of 111,895 km, including 3,986 new Personal Bests. A total of 433 individuals have volunteered 2,167 times.