Coburg parkrun # 254 – 01/02/2020


171 parkrunners turned up on a very warm and humid morning to learn that one of our usual bridges was closed for maintenance, so the normal course was unavailable. Instead, we headed North along the Merri Creek trail, a somewhat flatter course than our usual hills. We expected the warm conditions to cancel out the flat course, but still had eighteen runners achieve personal bests, well done to you on a tough morning! Special thanks to Olivier and Roger, our Marshal and pre-event setup volunteers, for your flexibility on the morning.


We always enjoy seeing participants reaching milestones but it gives us particular pleasure to see our juniors achieving. Congratulations to Juliet Clark on reaching the 10 club. Juliet's family are regular participants at Coburg and it's great to see her running so well.



First timers

A very warm welcome (ha ha!) to the twenty-four 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: Alex MILLAR, Alison BARNES, Andrew MAYALL, Ariel LEE-ALLEN, Blanca THOMAS, Claire COULSTOCK, Daniel THOMAS, Elly MCGAR, Jacqui NIXON, James SPYROU, Linda KARAFILI, Lucy MCFARLANE, Lynette SPYROU, Madeleine DOUGHTY, Paul DOUGHTY, Renee JACKSON, Richard BUTLER, Sam COURTIN-CLARK, Samir LATIF, Sarah STEPHENS, Steff SIEMSEN, Tim JEROME, Tim THOMAS, and Tom PRITCHARD. 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 eighteen participants who completed our five kilometre course faster than ever before today: Alex HILVERT (32:52), Barry LONG (23:35), Dee MOLLOY (31:14), Eduardo VOM (26:52), Elize LACEY (30:47), Emma LAST (28:57), Ethan MELINN (35:53), Georgie MCWHAE (21:27), Graeme LANCASTER (20:35), Hamish MCCRACKEN (30:41), Josh HICKSON (30:14), Katie RICHARDSON (39:33), Kerryn SELL (28:58), Kevin GIBB (23:58), Melissa GANGEMI (21:38), Richard HICKSON (30:17), Ruby MULLEN (34:36) and Tristan SMITH (20:50). May your new PBs be short-lived!

Don't forget your barcode! #dfyb


No barcode, no result, no exceptions

This week's results include seventeen "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: Laura BESWICK, Tracy COLBERT, Olivier DAVID, Anna DE AMICIS, Marcus DENNY, Stephen LOUND, David NOLAN, Amanda OREILLY and Roger SMALL.

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:

  • Juliet CLARK joined the 10 Club
  • Pauline VANDENBERG 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: Glenhuntly AC, Love the Run, Woodstock Runners, Victorian Cross Country League, Merri Creek Running Club, Coburg Harriers, Westerfoldians, Red and Black Running, HypoActive, Stragglers, Victorian Road Runners, BCR, FIT Canberra (Females in Training), Victorian Masters Athletics and Running Mums Australia.

Photographs at parkrun

Most of our participants and volunteers love to have their photo taken during our events and shared via social media. We do understand that not everybody feels the same way.

All parkrun events to use the arms crossed over the chest or face as a signal that a person does not want their photo taken and/or not publicised on social media (as modelled in this picture), so please let your event photographer know by using this signal if you do not wish to be photographed.

Photographs at parkrun

If you have been photographed and would like a photograph withdrawn, please drop us an email or an instant message with a link to the image and we'd be happy to take it down for you.

For more information, please visit photographs on our support site.

Coburg parkrun Facts and Figures

This week 171 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 9 volunteers:

David NOLAN • Amanda OREILLY • Olivier DAVID • Laura BESWICK • Marcus DENNY • Stephen LOUND • Roger SMALL • Tracy COLBERT • Anna DE AMICIS

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 5,069 participants have completed 24,946 parkruns covering a total distance of 124,730 km, including 4,297 new Personal Bests. A total of 465 individuals have volunteered 2,329 times.