Coburg parkrun # 259 – 07/03/2020

Coburg parkrun celebrates International Women's Day!!

It was wonderful to have so many women and girls at Coburg as part of our special International Women's Day parkrun on Saturday. Especially those who were doing parkrun for the very first time! May your personal bests be short lived and we hope to welcome you back to Coburg parkrun soon.

vounteer crew

Visibility matters and it was brilliant to have the strength of an all women volunteer team making it happen and pay tribute to all the women who contribute their time to support parkrun. Volunteering is fun and a great way to make new connections - please consider signing up if you are a regular at Coburg parkrun and want to try something new.

wear purple group Wear purple


Thank you to everyone who wore purple to show their support for having as many women and girls as possible participate. Parkrun is for everyone, no matter your age, background, fitness level or gender, and it is great to have such a diversity of people participating each week. 

A special congratulations to our two runners who celebrated milestones on International Womens Day parkrun!

Rose 10


Well done to Rose on finishing her 10th parkrun to join the junior 10 parkrun club. All 10 of her parkruns have been at Coburg!


50 milestone


And congratulations to Sahitra who joined the 50 parkrun milestone club! 41 of her parkruns have been at Coburg and she’s also done some local tourist runs, as well as one in Malaysia. Sahitra has volunteered 13 times and is a great member of the parkrun community.

First timers

A very warm welcome to the twenty-eight 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: Adele BARIT, Ali BORAZJANI, Ben MCERVALE, Carol HARDING, Cath FARCHIONE, Clare BARIT, Dan BANKS, Denise CASTRO, Elizabeth BELL, Gerard SUTTON, Greg MOORE, Hannah BARIT, John CHAMBERS, John HARDING, Jonathon SIMMONDS, Kris WALT, Lesley PROUT, Michael DOWLING, Nur Diyana KAMARUDIN, Richard WALTER, Samirren GUNASILAN, Sarah MALOOF, Sohniyia K SELVARAJ, Stephen DOBNEY, Susan GEORGE, Terry BORAM, Will LINGARD, and Zoe NAUGHTEN. 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-three participants who completed our five kilometre course faster than ever before today: Anthony CALFAPIETRA (24:17), Camille SUTTON-HEATH (28:14), Dallas MCGAR (24:15), Debbie WARREN (31:07), Donald MCLAREN (28:02), Donna-Marie ELMS (33:26), Eduardo VOM (25:38), Emily JEPPESEN (43:50), Ersin YUKSEL (23:38), Faith POLAIN (47:05), Fiona BRUNE (29:22), Gemma SHEEHAN (33:57), Harrison WARREN (31:06), Joe ROCK (22:00), Kirtanaa VADIEVELU (1:04:45), Kon FOKIANOS (24:59), Kusum GURUNG (21:40), Laura BESWICK (27:47), Leah WELLS (24:42), Marion HACKETT (24:19), Michelle LOADER (47:16), Morgan WADDELL (33:17), Nicole DONALDSON (30:38), Peter DEAN (30:15), Priya THEYAGARAJA (1:04:43), Rafael HENDERSON (41:00), Rey VILLEGAS (30:06), Romano STUDER (21:57), Ruth OLIPHANT (28:55), Sofia SULEMA (42:06), Stefan HATZIEVANGELOU (24:08), Stefanie CARRIERA (32:24) and Taryn YOUNG (25:39). May your new PBs be short-lived!

Don't forget your barcode! #dfyb


No barcode, no result, no exceptions

This week's results include ten "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 twelve wonderful volunteers. Thank you to: Letchumy ACHANNAH, Deb DENNY, Elliott DENNY, Rebecca DUFFY, Krystal EVANS, Catherine GEORGE, Kirsty JOHNS, Rebecca KIRBY, Jolie LARRIS, Georgia MIKKELSON, Cassie PEARSON and Jo STAVERS.

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:

  • Rose SYMONS joined the 10 Club
  • Sahitra SERAN and Tim WOOD joined the 50 Club

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 ClubWellington Harrier Athletic Club IncAthletics EssendonCoburg HarriersRed and Black RunningTerrigal TrottersPoint Cook RunnersNorthside Running GroupMINERs (Melbourne Inner North Eastern Runners)Victorian Road RunnersDerek Zoolander Centre for Kids Who Can't Run GoodPreston ACRunning Mums AustraliaCrosbie CrewOrienteering ACT and Fanthropy Running Club.

Can I run with my dog?

We welcome participants with dogs at Coburg parkrun.

Please note that we only allow one dog per participant and that the welfare of that animal remains your responsibility throughout your parkrun visit.

Your dog must be under firm control at all times, either on a short lead or a harness with a short lead, and take extreme care to avoid coming into contact with other participants.

It is not permitted to run with a pram and a dog at the same time.

Remember, you cannot register your dog, or any other animal, with us - parkrun is for humans only.

Do you know how hot is too hot for your dog?

Further information and advice about participating with a dog can be found on the parkrun website.

Coburg parkrun Facts and Figures

This week 187 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:

Rebecca DUFFY • Kirsty JOHNS • Rebecca KIRBY • Deb DENNY • Catherine GEORGE • Jo STAVERS • Jolie LARRIS • Elliott DENNY • Krystal EVANS • Letchumy ACHANNAH • Cassie PEARSON • Georgia MIKKELSON

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 5,220 participants have completed 25,941 parkruns covering a total distance of 129,705 km, including 4,486 new Personal Bests. A total of 472 individuals have volunteered 2,389 times.