Coburg parkrun # 255 – 08/02/2020

What a brilliant morning for parkrun and a huge welcome to all those who completed their very first parkrun - a huge achievement. Be aware, parkrun can be addictive and we hope see you again at Coburg parkrun next week!

Congratulations to all those who smashed out a PB! There were some fantastic finishes and terrific energy as people crossed the line, with lots of cheers from the team. Well done to all!

Great to welcome lots of parkrun visitors to Coburg from interstate and overseas, with a huge shout out to the parkrun tourist who came all the way from Liverpool, UK.

Welcome to Coburg parkrun all the way from Liverpool UK


This week 227 people took part in Coburg parkrun and it is fantastic to see growth in the number of parkrun participants since this time last year. As we welcome more people to the beautiful Coburg parkrun course it is more important than ever to remember to be aware of each other and keep safe on the course.

Please remember to KEEP LEFT and PASS WITH CARE, particularly in the first stretch at the start, and in the approach to the halfway turnaround point. Watch out for each other and please keep to SINGLE FILE over the bridges. We want everyone to enjoy the course and feel safe, so as Coburg parkrun continues to welcome new runners - please take care. I often like to say that parkrun is a team sport, we are all in this together!

First timers

A very warm welcome to the thirty-nine 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 ABDULLATIF, Adam GILBEE, Amanda GILBEE, Anthony CALFAPIETRA, Bec STOCK, Bon EAR, Brett ELLIOTT, Bryce HOSKEN, Cameron FLETT, Craig BARON, Glenn HALUPKA, Grace SOBANIA, Hugo MCNAB, Jeremy SMITH, Jessica MCLEOD, Joshua HELLEMA, Katrina MATTHEWS, Lane PITTMAN, Laura GILBEE, Laura SPOONER, Lauren HOLLOWAY, Liam MCCALLUM, Libby SANDY, Loan EAR, Luqman LATIF, Matilda JOY, Matthew SAVAGE, Michael SCHAPER, Nik WILLMOTT, Roger STANCLIFFE, Rosemary MAGUIRE, Ruairi MCDONNELL, Sayaka BARON, Shane MILLER, Sienna EAR, Stephen TOBIN, Toula KATSOURANIS, Vicki SANTOS, and Yuriria ALMARAZ. 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 thirty-six participants who completed our five kilometre course faster than ever before today: Alex COTTER (27:22), Alex MILLAR (25:04), Arden FRASER (21:35), Barry LONG (23:12), Cameron MILLER (19:49), Cara FOOT (19:18), Daniel VAN DER HOEVEN (25:09), Eduardo VOM (26:23), Elize LACEY (30:34), Elvira EARTHSTAR (30:29), Florian GENTO (28:07), Francis KIRBY (20:32), Graeme LANCASTER (19:52), James ZAMMIT (21:47), Jo ELLIOTT (33:39), Jo MONEY (35:58), Jolyon ATTWOOLL (22:26), Kate MACLENNAN (27:59), Kerrin JEFFERIS (23:48), Kusum GURUNG (21:51), Lilly LARRIS (45:34), Maggie SAUNDERS (24:39), Maria SULEMA (39:44), Matthew ZAMMIT (25:00), Mexican BATMAN (24:46), Munro MELANO (21:10), Natalie VOM (29:08), Nicola MALYSIAK (38:50), Olivia ZAMMIT (42:56), Penny LANE (32:15), Rana MITRA (27:34), Ruby MULLEN (32:08), Samantha REID (30:19), Samir LATIF (29:36), Thobeka ARCHER (41:52) and Thomas SCERRI (30:01). May your new PBs be short-lived!

Don't forget your barcode! #dfyb


No barcode, no result, no exceptions

This week's results include thirty-two "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 eleven wonderful volunteers. Thank you to: Malcolm BARON, Tracy COLBERT, Maria CRAWFORD, Rebecca DUFFY, Krystal EVANS, Arden FRASER, Melissa GANGEMI, Kevin GIBB, Anna HICKEY-MOODY, Andrea KNEEN and Emily WARDROP.

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 volunteer club members

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

  • Miriam ELLIS

Thank you for your hard work. We look forward to seeing you in your new aubergine shirt very soon!

Running Clubs

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

This week we welcomed participants registered with the following clubs: Melbourne Midday MilersGlenhuntly ACMerri Creek Running ClubGunn RunnersHypoActiveMINERs (Melbourne Inner North Eastern Runners)Point Cook RunnersTerrigal TrottersRunning Mums AustraliaRed and Black RunningVictorian Road Runners#RunLikeAGirlTortoise RacingVictorian Masters AthleticsWesterfoldiansMedibank parkrun club and Fanthropy Running Club.

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 227 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:

Arden FRASER • Kevin GIBB • Rebecca DUFFY • Melissa GANGEMI • Andrea KNEEN • Malcolm BARON • Maria CRAWFORD • Krystal EVANS • Tracy COLBERT • Anna HICKEY-MOODY • Emily WARDROP

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 5,108 participants have completed 25,173 parkruns covering a total distance of 125,865 km, including 4,333 new Personal Bests. A total of 466 individuals have volunteered 2,340 times.