Gardiners Creek parkrun is cancelled on 2021-09-25 – Due to current COVID-19 restrictions

Event 133: 10 July 2021

Fog is your friend, parkrunners.

It might not make for a bright and sunny morning, but a layer of fog is a big blanket that keeps things relatively mild. A number of people remarked that Saturday wasn’t quite as bitterly cold as the previous mornings.

Two women, both wearing black jackets and black tights, wave as they walk along a gravel path. The woman on the left wears a black Richmond 2019 Premiers hoodie, the lady on the right a blue hoodie and an Essendon beanie.

Sure, it’s winter, but fog also usually means that there’s no wind around, which helps with the chill-factor.

And, come on, fog makes everything look a just little bit magical.

Rear view of the tailwalker and a walker approaching the finish line. In the background three volunteers are waiting beside the finish flags. There is fog in the air.

Far from clearing up, the fog got thicker during Saturday’s event.

On the whole, it was a pretty darn good morning to be in the park.

This week 177 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 25 recorded new personal best times. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

A woman wearing a blue long sleeve top, black running tights and a pink beanie smiles as she runs along  gravel path.

As always, full results and a complete event history can be found on the results page. Photos from Saturday are in our latest album on Facebook.

The Volunteers

We had 16 splendid volunteers in the park:

  • Ed CHAN
  • Robert RUSSO
  • Simone ALBISTON
  • Trevor GOSBELL
  • Laura GOSBELL
  • Ken GRANT
  • Jen MARTIN
  • Phyllis GOSBELL
  • Chris ROCHE
  • Christine BROWNFIELD
  • Marcus JOHNSON
  • Claire LEONARD
  • Alexander IDNURM
  • Merryn SMITH
  • Kirri MARTIN RITCHIE
  • Beata FUGEDI

Thank you all. It wouldn’t happen without you.

A group of thirteen volunteers wearing bright orange volunteer vests line up for a group photo.

Volunteering is part of the parkrun experience. If you’re not going on the roster occasionally, you really are missing out.

There are plenty of vacant roles in coming weeks, so please let us know when you can next help out.

A girl demonstrates the parkrun app on her phone to an older boy and his mother.

Never volunteered before? Not sure what to do? No worries!

We have plenty of experienced volunteers around who will happily show you the ropes. You can learn any of the volunteer tasks in a few seconds—they are all easy and fun.

Stay in the loop: Update your parkrun profile to opt-in for reminder emails from Gardiners Creek parkrun. We only ask for help when we need it and we definitely don’t spam.

Welcome new parkrunners

A woman wearing a blue coat, jeans, black boots, and a Big Freeze beanie walks in front of a foggy background.

The following people finished their first ever parkrun:

  • Michael MATTISKE
  • Joshua SIM
  • Leah FINCH
  • Naomi MACKENZIE
  • Kerri WALSH
  • Paulina HENDERSON
  • Ava RULTON
  • Elizabeth DAVEY

We hope you had a great time, and that you’ll keep coming back to share your Saturday mornings with us.

Don’t worry, it’s a healthy obsession.

Milestones

Congratulations to the following parkrunners who logged milestones at
Gardiners Creek this week:

Volunteer 25
Robert RUSSO
50 parkruns
Fiona BUTLER
100 parkruns
Nadya FEDOROVA
David CRAIK

Rob wears a grey beanie and an orange volunteer vest over a blue jacket. He holds the 25 Volunteer milestone sign.

Nadya wears a multi-coloured headband and a yellow long-sleeve running top. She holds the 100 parkruns milestone sign.

David wears a red 50 parkruns T-shirt over a black long-sleeve running top and black fingerless gloves. He holds the 100 parkruns milestone sign.

Fiona is wearing a grey beanie and a red-white checked scarf as she holds up the 50 parkruns milestone sign. She stands among a group of sixteen friends who are all wearing novelty glasses that resemble Fiona’s round-rimmed spectacles.

parkrun just one part of Huan’s workout

Huan Quach has joined us at Gardiners Creek recently, running in the VM70-74 age group. Faced with COVID-19 lockdowns over the last year, he has found ways to keep up his fitness at home.

Huan is wearing a blue tracksuit top and brown shorts. He smiles at the camera as he runs ahead of nine other parkrunners spread out behind him.

We could tell you about his workout but…maybe just watch his YouTube video—and get inspired! Be sure to drop him a positive comment if you like what you see.

Oh yeah, and did we mention that he had a severe stroke back in 2015? Looks like he’s made a full recovery.

Cafe Quest 2021

Sadly, we’ve recently lost a couple of nearby cafes that were popular with parkrunners, so the search is on for new options for post-parkrun coffee and chat.

This week, the suggestion is to try Sis N Me Café, just around the corner at 1069 Riversdale Road (that’s opposite Wattle Park).

Please join us there after you’ve finished on Saturday. Let’s find out if it’s a parkrun-worthy venue.

Suggestions for other cafes to try are also welcome.

A woman and two men run side-by-side and in step with each other on a wide gravel path. A third man follows closely behind.

parkrunning the numbers

We spotted these numbers in the results sheet:

Placing = Number of parkruns
4th in 4th parkrun Nick CANTERBURY
Minutes match seconds
29:29 Lisa TARZIA
31:31 Carsten HOEGH
1:09:09 Jen MARTIN
Palindromic times
21:12 Emma MCKINNEY

A woman wearing a dark green singlet and grey tights holds a dark grey jacket bunched in her hand. She runs ahead of two men and a boy.

Wanted: 3D printing nous

We’d like to improve the finish line experience (for both participants and volunteers) by adding a couple of these wonderful finish token dispensers to our event kit.

The dispenser is a purple plastic box with a green lid and elastic straps along the sides. It is a handheld device large enough to hold 140 tokens.

But how does it work? The designer’s video includes a quick demonstration. Talk about smooth!

If you’ve ever struggled with a pile of loose tokens (or waited in a queue while a volunteer struggled with a pile of loose tokens) you’ll see how this improves things.

Having gone through a few revisions, it’s a design that’s well tested and the plans are available online—all we need is someone with the 3D-printing know-how to do the job. Drop us a line at gardinerscreek@parkrun.com if you can help out.

Feedback welcome! Have we made any mistakes above? Got any suggestions? Please let us know.

 

Event 132: 3 July 2021

Brrr!

It was a briskly cold but clear morning at this week’s parkrun. I spent much of the briefing thinking forlornly of my nice black running gloves I left on the shelf by the front door. My hands were FREEZING.

A father and daughter run together. The man holds up both arms to wave to the camera.

There were 186 of us running around the course today, and we had to navigate around a few puddles. There were 22 people who scanned their barcode for the first time at Gardiners Creek, including nine who ran, jogged, or walked their very first parkrun. There were 33 parkrunners who recorded new personal best times and representatives of 18 running clubs took part.

Once we got running, things soon warmed up.

A group of runners on a bushy gravel track.

The Volunteers

Our thanks, as always, go to the wonderful hi-vis heroes who make parkrun possible.

  • Carissa BAHR
  • Elizabeth CLANCY
  • Paul COSGRAVE
  • Phyllis GOSBELL
  • Alice HAND
  • William HAND
  • Melissa LEONARD
  • Robert RUSSO
  • Glenn BAILEY
  • Michael COLLIE
  • Beata FUGEDI
  • Trevor GOSBELL
  • William HAWKING
  • Emma HAND
  • Katy HAWKING
  • Claire LEONARD
  • Zahra MILLWALA
  • Jamie XIE
  • Colin ZHAO

I often try to call out my thanks when I pass volunteers on the course, but it tends to come out sounding more like a strangled wheeze. We love you, volunteers!

A woman and a girl wearing volunteer vests at the finish line.

A mother and son wearing volunteer vests walk with a dog.

Volunteering is a lot of fun. Come and give it a try. Check the future roster for upcoming volunteer opportunities and let us know how you can help out.

Also update your parkrun profile to opt-in for reminder emails from Gardiners Creek parkrun. We only ask for help when we need it and we definitely don’t spam.

Eleven volunteers and a dog lined up for a group photo.

Welcome new parkrunners

The following people finished their first ever parkrun:

  • Joshua CARLIN
  • Kim FLOWERS
  • Irwin HAU
  • Jasper KWOK
  • Emily MORGAN
  • Vinh NGUYEN
  • Huan D QUACH
  • Jessica YANG
  • Vivy ZHAO

Congratulations, and welcome to your new obsession!

A man and a woman running beisde each other.

And a warm welcome to everyone who visited Gardiners Creek parkrun for the first time. We hope you had a great time and that you'll come back again soon.

Milestones

Congratulations to the following parkrunners who logged milestones at
Gardiners Creek this week:

Junior 10
Daniel JOHNSON

Daniel also received a PB this week. Well done!

parkrunning the numbers

From the results sheet:

Blast off!
43:21 Jennifer WILLIAMS
Minutes match seconds
22:22 Riley SWINBURNE
29:29 David GODKIN

Volunteers wait as a runner crosses the finish line.

Palindromic numbers
22:22 Riley SWINBURNE
23:32 Katerina MARCUS
25:52 Brett BRYAN
1:00:01 Melissa LEONARD

Did we miss any interesting numbers in the results?
Tell us: gardinerscreek@parkrun.com.

Listen up

I’m curious: what do you listen to when you run? Fast music? Show tunes? Radio National podcasts? Audiobooks?

A woman runs toward the camera.

My friend listens to the same album playing tracks in the same order every time she does parkrun. So if a certain song starts playing before she gets to a certain tree, she knows she needs to run faster!

A woman runs, wearing over-ear headphones.

I love a good audiobook when I’m running a long distance by myself, but this doesn’t do for Saturday mornings. I have a tendency to slow down when the book gets interesting, or zone out when the course gets complicated.

There once was a time when I needed audio distraction to drown out negative thoughts (“I’m rubbish at this!” “I’ll never make it!” “I’m not a runner!” “This is so hard!”), but with each smile of encouragement and shout of praise from fellow parkrunners, these thoughts dwindle more and more into silence.

I’ve heard that upbeat music can make you run faster. I keep meaning to set up a playlist. I think if I collect some dance music from my misspent youth, I could trick my brain into thinking I’m at a nightclub, except without the weirdos. Well, except without the creepy weirdos. But I haven’t got around to that yet.

Lately, I’ve been leaving my earbuds at home on a Saturday morning. Lately, I’ve spent parkrun listening to the trees and the birds; to the creek and the thump thump thump of sneakers on the trail. I listen to my breath, my heartbeat and my own thoughts unspooling and becoming gradually less complicated.

I’d love to know what soundtrack you set for your parkrun. Leave a comment on Facebook to join the conversation—I’m all ears!

Portrait of a woman running wearing a red t-shirt and white earbuds.

What about you?

Would you like to have a go at writing up a run report?

We are looking for someone to share their personal perspective on this Saturday's event. If you’re interested, please drop a note to gardinerscreek@parkrun.com.

Oh yeah, did we mention that “Run Report Writer” is a recognised parkrun volunteer role? So when you do a report, you get a volunteer credit.

A father and daughter run together.

This week’s report was written by Kate Moriarty. Kate has also written a magazine feature about Gardiners Creek parkrun. You can read a reprint of it at laptopontheironingboard.wordpress.com.

Feedback welcome! Have we made any mistakes above? Got any suggestions? Please let us know.

 

Event 131: 26 June 2021

Mother and son parkrunners pose in front of the parkrun finish line.

Back. In. The. Park. Yessss!

The weather forecast sounded a bit dubious for event number 131, but the morning was lovely: clear and still, with some very welcome bursts of sunshine.

That sounds like PB conditions! Indeed, of the 157 people who ran, jogged and walked the course, 21 logged a new personal best time. We also welcomed 16 people to their first visit to Gardiners Creek parkrun.

As always, full results and a complete event history can be found on the results page. And the very small number of photos that made it through from Saturday are in our latest album on Facebook (but don't worry, we've used most of them here!)

Tip: Never let the weather forecast discourage you from coming to parkrun. In fact, don’t even look at the weather forecast on Friday night. Just turn up. You won’t be disappointed.

The Volunteers

Ten volunteers line up between the parkrun flags

We love our wonderful hi-vis heroes who make parkrun possible:

  • Robert RUSSO
  • Simone ALBISTON
  • Chris CLARK
  • Trevor GOSBELL
  • Jen MARTIN
  • Alice HAND
  • Brendan CUMMINS
  • Carissa BAHR
  • Clare DORRINGTON
  • Jaime XIE
  • Merryn SMITH
  • Oyiela LITABA
  • Kirri MARTIN RITCHIE
  • Chantelle BORLAND
  • Michael COLLIE
  • Peter SYME
  • Andre TRAN

Thanks to all of you!

A volunteer scans a finish token while two other parkrunners watch.

If you’re not volunteering, you're missing half the fun of parkrun! Check the future roster for upcoming volunteer opportunities and let us know how you can help out.

Also update your parkrun profile to opt-in for reminder emails from Gardiners Creek parkrun. We only ask for help when we need it and we definitely don’t spam.

Welcome new parkrunners

The following people scanned their parkrun barcodes for the first time ever:

  • Cameron POWER
  • Natalie POWER
  • Lina LU
  • George CHENG
  • James SOLLY

We hope you had a great time and that you’ll keep coming back again and again.

Milestones «rewind

Last Saturday was an unsual event…there were no milestones to celebrate.

So with no names to publish this week, we have an opportunity to circle back and revisit a big milestone from earlier this year. With her finish at Gardiners Creek on 6 March, Wendy Glen logged a total of 250 parkruns. Let's get a snapshot of her achievements by delving into her results…

Wendy wears a green milestone T-shirt and green tutu, as she poses with a small group of friends.

Wendy finished her first parkrun at Westerfords in March 2014, in a field of 62 parkrunners. She has had her barcode scanned at Westerfolds most often, with almost half of her finishes there. Gardiners Creek is second on her list. In total, Wendy has participated at 91 different parkrun locations, including several repeat visits each to events at Birdsland Reserve, Coburg, Mullum Mullum, Inverloch, Parkville, and Hastings Foreshore.

So if you want tips about visiting other parkruns, Wendy and Ross are our top local sources of parkrun tourism knowledge!

Wendy conducting RD duties on the launch day of Gardiners Creek parkrun

Wendy acting as a volunteer guide for vision-impaired parkrunner Sheilah.

Wendy has also shown rare dedication to volunteering. She's appeared on the parkrun roster on 71 Saturdays at 16 different events—but most of those at Gardiners Creek, of course! She has covered pretty much all of the volunteer roles, most often being listed as Pre-event Setup, Run Director, and Barcode Scanning. She’s recently added VI Guide to her list, when she’s been spotted enjoying the walking and talking with some of our vision impaired parkrunners.

And finally, leaving her best achievement ’til last, Wendy was the founding Event Director at Gardiner Creek parkrun. ♥︎

Her next finish will be her 260th, so it looks like she’s already well on her way to a blue milestone T-shirt…

Congratulations again Wendy!

parkrunning the numbers

From the results sheet:

Minutes match seconds
19:19 Stephen COULTER
24:24 Anthony NICHOLLS
28:28 Susie CARRICK
31:31 Indira DEVENISH
46:46 Melissa LEONARD

Did we miss any interesting numbers in the results?
Tell us: gardinerscreek@parkrun.com.

Two parkrunners stand with arms around each other's shoulders in the finish area.

Ranveer is no. 1

Ranveer holds the number 1 finish token at the finish line

A true parkrun passionista, Ranveer has done all of his parkrunning at Gardiners Creek, so he is a familiar face to our regulars. He trains hard and runs fast—yeah, you always see him at the pointy end of the field.

Over the years he has gradually worked at moving himself from a handy top-20 finisher to regularly being among the first few parkrunners home, with pleny of second, third and fourth placings in his results.

But Saturday was his moment: at his 60th parkrun Ranveer received the number 1 finish token for the first time.

Nice work Ranveer. We’re looking forward to seeing you hold that token many more times in the future.

Report Writer needed this week

Would you like to have a go at writing up a run report?

We are looking for someone to share their personal perspective on this Saturday's event. If you’re interested, please drop a note to gardinerscreek@parkrun.com.

Oh yeah, did we mention that “Run Report Writer” is a recognised parkrun volunteer role? So when you do a report, you get a volunteer credit.

Have we made any mistakes above? Please let us know so that we can correct them.

 

It’s time for (not)parkrun again!

A group of three runs away from the camera. The woman in the middle turns to smile and give a thumbs up.

Under current COVIDSafe settings, “You must not travel more than 5km from where you live to exercise. You must limit your outdoor exercise to no more than 2 hours per day.”

That sounds perfect for a (not)parkrun!

Yes (not)parkrun is still available: 5k at your time, your place, and your pace. You can log a five-kilometre run or walk every day at www.parkrun.com/profile/notparkrun.

Log your (not)parkruns to Gardiners Creek and your fastest time for the week will be shown on the results sheet.

A line of runners on a gravel path. At the front, two men jump and wave at the camera.

Keep us in the loop: where did you go and how did it go? Send a photo or a link to your socials to include in a (not)run report.

“3…2…1…Go!”

 

Event 130: 22 May 2021

First frost, felt freezing! This year we’ve already had a couple of mornings that were more unpleasant than Saturday (e.g. see last week!) but with frost visible on the grass, it really did feel cold and wintery at the start.

A four hot air balloons floating in blue skies above a line of trees.

However the sun was shining, the skies were clear, and the sight of balloons floating over the course is usually a good sign that conditions will be pleasant.

A parkrunner gives a double thumbs up as she leads five other parkrunners away from the turn around cone.

This week 231 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 42 recorded new personal best times. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

A woman runs ahead of a man with a small dog.

We have no record of how many tutus were seen—there were ‘tutu’ many to count. #dadjoke

A the head of a large group, a parkrunner wearing a red and blue tutu smiles and waves at the camera.

As always, full results and a complete event history can be found on the results page. And photos from Saturday are in our latest album on Facebook.

A group walks past the finish line after completing the first loop.

The Volunteers

A special National Volunteer Week thank you to the wonderful hi-vis heroes who make parkrun possible.

  • Wendy GLEN
  • Tim NORTH-COOMBES
  • Simone ALBISTON
  • Greg UPTON
  • Matt LYONS
  • Chris CLARK
  • Rex LITABA
  • Elizabeth CLANCY
  • Ning ZHAO
  • Oyiela LITABA
  • Oyiela LITABA*
    * Not an error: two people with the same name.
  • Phyllis GOSBELL
  • Winson TAN
  • Merryn SMITH
  • Fiona MACDONALD
  • Paul TOOBY
  • Shirin TEJANI
  • Nicole HARRIS
  • Trevor GOSBELL
  • Jen MARTIN
  • Brenda LINSELL

Thanks to all of you!

Three volunteers stand beside the finish line flag.

And thanks to all parkrunners who turned out wearing a splash of purple to recognise and celebrate our volunteers during National Volunteer Week.

Four volunteers wearing orange vests pose for the photo

How do we convince you that volunteering is fun? We can’t, you’ll just have to give it a try and find out for yourself! Check the future roster for upcoming volunteer opportunities and let us know how you can help out.

Also update your parkrun profile to opt-in for reminder emails from Gardiners Creek parkrun. We only ask for help when we need it and we definitely don’t spam. Your privacy is also respected—emails are sent from the parkrun online system, so the Gardiners Creek team doesn’t have access to your email address.

Ten volunteers wearing orange vests line up for the photo.

Welcome new parkrunners

The following people scanned their parkrun barcodes for the first time ever:

  • Nick CANTERBURY
  • Kaitlyn PAVEY
  • Adrian CHOI
  • Natalie MAHER
  • Xanthe FERNANDO
  • Kate MCCABE-SIMON
  • Emma LOVE
  • Angela ALOMES
  • Larissa JAKOBI
  • Jennie JAKOBI

A smiling volunteer holds up a sign saying: First time at Gardiners Creek? Come chat with me.

We hope you had a great time and that you’ll keep coming back again and again.

Milestones

Congratulations to the following parkrunners who logged milestones at Gardiners Creek:

100 parkruns

Kate SOLLY (95 parkruns at Gardiners Creek)
Olivia JONES (82 parkruns at Gardiners Creek)

Kate and Olivia standing together holding the 100 parkruns sign

Kate and Olivia are part of a growing wave of parkrunners who did their first ever parkrun at Gardiners Creek and are now reaching 100 parkruns. Well done to both of you!

parkrunning the numbers

A woman wearing long brightly coloured rainbow socks smiles and waves both hands at the camera.

From the results sheet:

Minutes match seconds
49:49 Henrietta FARR
Palindromic time
24:42 Dirk HERAT
31:13 Jann VENOUR

A man runs beside two juniors. Another man runs behind them.

Did we miss any interesting numbers in the results?
Tell us: gardinerscreek@parkrun.com.

Save the date: National Tree Day

National Tree Day is on 1 August and Friends of Gardiners Creek Reserve is holding a planting at Gardiners Creek. Trees provided by Whitehorse City Council will be planted along the southern part of our course.

More information and get involved: National Tree Day planting

#DFYB

In the foreground a girl jumps. In the background two women jump.

Jasmine is often seen running with Olivia, one of this week’s milestone parkrunners. They’ve both been regulars at Gardiners Creek since our early days, so we were expecting to see Jasmine arrive at the black T-shirt milestone in the next few weeks. But apparently not.

“I never brought my barcode for the first twenty or thirty times,” says Jasmine with a shrug.

“Yeah, not until I printed it and brought it along for you,” retorts Olivia. (Friends don’t let friends forget their barcodes, right?)

“Well, I didn’t know it was important to count them!”

We’re absolutely not into ‘barcode shaming’. Sure we have the ‘no barcode, no time’ rule, but it’s OK if you don’t want to scan or if you forget your barcode—even if you forget it 20+ times. That said, we’re happy to report that Jasmine hasn’t forgotten her barcode since, and we’re expecting her to officially hit the ton early in 2022.

Wanted: Reporters

If you’ve made it this far into this report, you’re probably finding something of interest here. If so, would you like to have a go at writing up a run report yourself?

A group of runners turn at the turn around cone. In the foreground a smiling man runs with a dog. Behind him a woman cheers and holds up her arms.

Following on from Kate’s excellent report last week, we are looking for other people to share their personal perspectives on the event. Dad jokes are encouraged but are completely optional.

If you’re interested, please drop a note to gardinerscreek@parkrun.com or speak to Oyiela or Trevor in the park.

Two men lead a bunch of runners around a bend in a gravel path.

Oh yeah, did you know that “Run Report Writer” is a recognised parkrun volunteer role? So when you do a report, you get volunteer cred for that week.

A woman wearing a purple T-shirt runs away from the turn around cone.

Feedback welcome! Have we made any mistakes above? Got any suggestions? Please let us know.

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