Coburg parkrun #253 – 25/01/2020

The last parkrun in January saw 166 people completing the scenic course alongside Merri Creek in near perfect running conditions - cool, clear and calm.

It was also my first as Run Director and though my dream (or was that nightmare?) the night before had me turning up at the wrong place, late, without my stuff and then losing my voice as I tried to communicate my run briefing to the masses of people who were just keen to get on with it, once I began, the nerves dissipated and I felt home. For Coburg parkrun is my home and I am grateful for this opportunity to challenge myself with this new contribution to the event.

We had had a few visitors including a group from a social running club in Tasmania who, despite having several beautiful tracks that would be perfect for parkrun in their home town, are still struggling to find that ideal 5km route that meets all the parkrun rules of not crossing roads etc. All the best with getting that new parkrun up and running soon (pun intended) - can't wait to check it out!

There were also a couple of people who had earmarked this week's event for a friendly challenge. This may not be so uncommon between some folk who like to have a bit of fun while challenging themselves, with the shouting of breakfast at the cafe afterwards equally not as unusual. So why bother mentioning it? This challenge had obviously been building for some time as one of the participants had gone so far as to commemorate the occasion by having an official t-shirt printed specifically for the event! Although he was the one to shout the breakfast, chasing the speedy Deb resulted in him earning himself a new PB. Congratulations Josh!

Nothing like a friendly challenge to give you a push to PB!

This week's volunteer team was largely a family affair with the Dullaghans setting up the course and running the event, the MacRailds barcode scanning, mum and daughter team Fleur and Chanel tail walking, and of course, the Sheehan family being such a well-oiled machine ensuring the timekeeping and finish tokens were spot on. A big shout out to Michael too for jumping in as photographer at the last minute to capture memories of the day!

On that, many thanks must go to the wonderful volunteer team (and the awesome Event Director!) who made my first stint as Run Director so easy! Volunteering really is the heart of parkrun and if you haven't volunteered yet, or it's been a while, I encourage you to put your hand up sometime soon - it really is fun!

The Sheehan family had the timekeeping and finish tokens all sorted!

First timers

A very warm welcome to the thirty-three 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: Adam BROWNSEA, Ailsa JONES, Alexander JEPPESEN, Auri PARKER, Ben ATKINS, Bonita BLIGHT, Cansu ALIHOS, Carlo VENUTO, Catherine ORR, Chris MELINN, Claire ALFORD, Damien MAIN, Daniel VAN DER HOEVEN, Edward ORR, Elize LACEY, Emma EUSTACE, Ethan MELINN, Fiona ROBERTSON, Hamish NELSON, Heidi MICHAEL, Holly DIMSEY, Jane DELLEY, Jonathan ORR, Julia ORR, Kate VENUTO, Katie RICHARDSON, Kerrin JEFFERIS, Munro MELANO, Nathaniel PARSONS, Richard BUCKINGHAM, Ruby MULLEN, Simon EUSTACE, and Travis BASSETT. 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-six participants who completed our five kilometre course faster than ever before today: A HUA SHAND (34:01), Abbey GRIFFIN (29:41), Alison PARRIS (48:46), Chris MACRAILD (22:35), Dee MOLLOY (31:20), Elissa STANYER (26:29), Florian GENTO (28:12), Hamish MCCRACKEN (33:21), James GAW (24:02), James HEALY (25:05), Josh HICKSON (30:43), Joshua HARKIN (29:07), Laura ROYCE (27:04), Martin QUINN (26:20), Matt BEACHCROFT (22:54), Melissa GANGEMI (21:49), Nathan GEORGE (32:21), Phil SCOTT (19:37), Rey VILLEGAS (31:02), Richard HICKSON (30:44), Richard SNOW (24:35), Romano STUDER (22:03), Ros BORNHEIM (48:17), S M (20:07), Sarah SYNOTT (35:33) and Spring ROLL SHAND MARSH (32:19). May your new PBs be short-lived!

Don't forget your barcode! #dfyb


No barcode, no result, no exceptions

This week's results include eleven "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 fifteen wonderful volunteers.

Thank you to: Steve DEVERSON, Fleur DOUY, Kathleen DULLAGHAN, Kevin DULLAGHAN, Krystal EVANS, Sarah MACRAILD, Toby MACRAILD, Chanel RENOIR, Gemma SHEEHAN, Isla SHEEHAN, Janne SHEEHAN, Olivia SHEEHAN, Tyrone SHEEHAN, Pauline VANDENBERG and Michael ZAMMIT.

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:

  • Scott STACEY 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: Merri Creek Running Club, Lalor Running Club, F & F, Victorian Cross Country League, Terrigal Trotters, Red and Black Running, Derek Zoolander Centre for Kids Who Can't Run Good, MINERs (Melbourne Inner North Eastern Runners), Victorian Road Runners, Coburg Harriers, Tortoise Racing, SQUADRUN 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 166 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

Kathleen DULLAGHAN • Pauline VANDENBERG • Tyrone SHEEHAN • Sarah MACRAILD • Michael ZAMMIT • Fleur DOUY • Kevin DULLAGHAN • Olivia SHEEHAN • Krystal EVANS • Chanel RENOIR • Toby MACRAILD • Gemma SHEEHAN • Isla SHEEHAN • Janne SHEEHAN • Steve DEVERSON

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 5,045 participants have completed 24,775 parkruns covering a total distance of 123,875 km, including 4,279 new Personal Bests. A total of 463 individuals have volunteered 2,320 times.