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Christmas Day and New Years Day

The Hamilton parkrun event Committee have decided to NOT to host 2 additional parkrun events on Sunday 25 December and Sunday 1 January.

Our free, weekly, timed 5km run/jog/walk, will take place every Saturday, including Saturday 24 December and Saturday 31 December 2016.

We have decided that on Christmas Day and New Years Day, we will all take a break and spend time with family.

If you would like to take part in one of the additional, approved parkrun events that take place on Christmas Day and New Years Day, check out the parkrun Australia Christmas Compendium online for all the latest event listings:

http://www.parkrun.com.au/christmas-compendium/

And have a great time :)

 

Happy 1st Birthday “Hamilton parkrun”

We want everyone to help us celebrate our 1st Birthday!

Saturday 8 October 2016
- Please arrive by 7.45am for presentations to help kick start our first birthday celebrations.
- Special Guest Melissa 'Milly' Tapper (Australia's First Olympian and Paralympian) will be on hand to help us celebrate. This is also a chance for everyone to congratulate Milly on her incredible achievement.
- There will be a medal presentation for the top 3 male and top 3 female finishers on the Hamilton parkrun points table.
- Thanks to our friends at The Roxburgh, the Coffee Van will be on site to provide you with your morning caffiene or hot chocolate fix. (don't forget some cash)
- Thank you to the team at Coles (supermarkets) Hamilton for supplying fruit for the morning.
- There will be cake too!
- Of course - the 5km run/walk is all part of the fun. To join in, don't forget to bring your printed barcode to ensure you get a time. If you haven't registered before, head to www.parkrun.com.au/register
- We are still looking for volunteers to assist on the morning. Send us an email or comment if you can help out. hamiltonhelpers@parkrun.com

Info for parkrun tourists:

For accommodation in Hamilton, contact the Hamilton Visitor Information Centre on 1800 807 056 or email tourism@sthgrampians.vic.gov.au

Or go to www.visitgreaterhamilton.com.au

Or, try these accommodation options...

Hamilton Lakeside Motel
Budget on the Lake
Lake Hamilton Motor Village and Caravan Park
Bandicoot Motel Hamilton
AAt 28 Goldsmith Motel
The Grange Burn
Comfort Inn Botanical
Hamilton Lonsdale Motel
Hamilton Caravan Park
Hamilton Town House

There is another great family friendly event in Hamilton on Sunday 9 October also at Lake Hamilton. It's the NHK Junior Obstacle Race head to their facebook page, click like, and follow for updates.

You won't want to miss either of these events so make a date with Hamilton on 8 - 9 October 2016!

https://www.facebook.com/events/222877104744291/

 

Run report – Event #34

Hamilton parkrun
Event number 34
28th May 2016

Male placings:
Wayne AITKEN (VM50-54) (Unattached) was first over the line in 19:37 - 14th time in 25 appearances.
John GRAHAM (VM65-69) of Victorian Masters Athletics, was second over the line in 19:58.
Rory MCKNIGHT (VM40-44) (Unattached) was third over the line in 20:48.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Graeme FRANCIS (Unattached) 3011 pts.
Wayne AITKEN (Unattached) 2663 pts.
Garry AYDON (Unattached) 2589 pts.

Female placings:
Narelle FRICHOT (SW30-34) (Unattached) was first (7th overall) over the line in 22:35 - third time in 10 appearances.
Jess HAYES (SW25-29) (Unattached) was second (9th overall) over the line in 23:02.
Melissa SANDERS (VW35-39) (Unattached) was third (12th overall) over the line in 24:21 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Carol PRYLE (Derek Zoolander Centre for Kids Who Can't Run Good) 2683 pts.
Caroline MACDONALD (Unattached) 2412 pts.
Carolyn VANKALKEN (Unattached) 2222 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
John GRAHAM (VM65-69) was graded 83.97% for the time 19:58 (second overall).
Wayne AITKEN (VM50-54) was graded 75.19% for the time 19:37 (first overall).
Diane KAVANAGH (VW60-64) was graded 73.56% for the time 27:33 (23rd overall).

This week there were 40 runners, of whom 6 were first timers and 21 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 3 different athletics clubs took part.

Hamilton parkrun started on 10th October 2015, and since then 464 different runners, including participants from 30 athletics clubs, have completed 1,885 runs covering a total distance of 9,425 km, and there have been 500 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Emma KRAFT who ran in a time of 00:19:23 on 2016-03-26 (event number 25).
The male record is held by Paul BURGE who ran in a time of 00:16:52 on 2016-03-26 (event number 25).
The Age Grade course record is held by John GRAHAM who recorded a 83.97% run (19:58) on 28th May 2016 (event number 34).

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Hamilton parkrun Results Page.

 

Scanning barcodes on smartphones and watches

Wangaratta parkrun When scanning barcodes and finish tokens post-event, it is parkrun global policy that event teams ONLY accept paper barcodes, plastic barcodes or official parkrun wristbands. This means parkrunner barcodes on smart phones or watches are NOT to be accepted for scanning.

All Hamilton parkrunners have complied with this policy since we launched our event in October last year. THANK YOU.

However, other parkruns are seeing an increase in the number of parkrunners that have attempted to have their smart phones or watches scanned. These attempts have not been successful. The few successful attempts have not been consistent, and this causes more problems than it is worth.

The current barcode scanning equipment that we have are not able scan these devices successfully due to the reflection coming from the screen. The scanners are not the same as those used in airports or at large scale music events. Our scanning equipment is basic and reliable when used as it was intended.

In addition, our weekly barcode scanner volunteer does not have the time to write down the parkrunner’s details and the volunteer Run Director does not have the time to manually enter results following the event. As you can appreciate, parkrun has been set up so it is easy for all the volunteers to manage the event each week. And it works just the way it is.

In order to comply with parkrun global policy and to be fair to all parkrunners and volunteers, in particular the barcode scanner and Run Director, the details of parkrunners who produce a smart phone or watch for scanning will not have their details recorded. Their result will simply be ‘unknown’ in the event results.

For a more detailed explanation of parkrun’s policy re the scanning of digital barcodes, please read this article by parkrun UK Managing Director, Tom Williams.

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/news/2016/01/21/weekly-newsletter-21st-january-2016/

Fortunately, it is easy to print off new copies of your barcode. To do so, follow the link in the weekly newsletter, old results email or follow the 'request a reminder email' link on the Hamilton parkrun event home page. http://www.parkrun.com.au/hamilton/ If you don't have access to a printer, why not ask a friend or relative to print it off for you?

Wangaratta parkrun

To order a plastic barcode, go to:

http://bentlogic.com.au/parkrun.html

Wangaratta parkrun

To order a wristband barcode, go to:

http://bentlogic.com.au/parkrun-wristband.html

Please contact Diane or Bryan Barrera if you have any questions and/or need any assistance.

Bryan Barrera | Event Director | Hamilton parkrun

E: Hamiltonoffice@parkrun.com

P: 0413 63 0000

W: www.parkrun.com.au/Hamilton

parkrun - always one word, always lowercase

 

Making a start towards Greater Health

Congratulations to Wayne Aitken, January parkrunner of the Month.

Wayne  likes parkrun because it is nonprofit and relies totally on the good will and support of all participants. He also likes that it provides an opportunity for people of whatever level of fitness to get involved and make a start toward greater health. This is what parkrun is all about. This is the parkrun spirit!

Wayne is a full time farmer, and father of 3, and you will see him running at Lake Hamilton most days of the week.

Wayne has been a regular at parkrun since we launched the event back in October 2015, and his parkrun statistics are impressive.

He has run at Hamilton parkrun 12 times, finishing first 7 times, finishing second twice, finishing 3rd and finishing 4th once each. Wayne has also been a volunteer at parkrun twice, with one of those times being as the event tail walker - this is the only time that Wayne has been the final person to cross through the finishing flags!

In addition, Wayne has also run at Ballarat parkrun where he was also the first finisher out of a field of 50. Here, he even had the chance to meet former Olympian and parkrun supporter Steve Moneghetti at the finish line.

Out of the 13 times that Wayne has run at parkrun, he has recorded 4 Personal Best (PB) times, not an easy feat when you already run really fast! A truly impressive and inspiring achievement.

Wayne has the highest age grading at Hamilton parkrun, at 78.8%, set on 23 January, when he ran his fastest time at Hamilton parkrun at 18mins and 52seconds. Based on this information, we believe that Wayne has improved his run time by 1 minute and 38 seconds (between slowest and fastest personal time at Hamilton parkrun).

PROFILE: January 2016 “parkrunner of the Month”

Name:                                     Wayne Aitken

Age:                                         50

Home parkrun:                       Hamilton

Occupation:                             Farmer

Number of Runs:                    13

Favourite Volunteer Role:      Tail Walker

How has parkrun changed your running: It is somewhere local to meet and run with like-minded Hamilton people (i.e. running fools!).

What do you like about parkrun: I like that it is nonprofit and relies totally on the good will and support of all participants. I also like that it provides an opportunity for people of whatever level of fitness to get involved and make a start toward greater health.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment: My most memorable moment has not happened yet… it will be when my PB is 18.50 or better! Going to my grave with Jason Thomas having a PB of 18.51 and my PB being 18.52 does not sit well with me. Funny moment, David Rendell using his dog to propel himself to a new PB.

Have you learnt something new about yourself, or about the local community, since parkrun was introduced to Hamilton? I’ve learnt that I hate the “out and back” section of a running course! But as they say, ‘what does not kill us makes us stronger’… Oh well, that’s what l tell myself! But really, what l have learnt is that there are many people like myself who now look forward to our Saturday morning charge around Lake Hamilton. :)

 

Hamilton parkrun Celebrates

Hamilton parkrun celebrated 2 milestone achievements on Saturday 9 January with the announcement of Hamilton’s first ‪#‎Junior10Club‬ milestone recipient, and first ever ‪#‎parkrunneroftheMonth‬.

11 year old Edward Beggs is a regular parkrunner, having run at 3 different parkruns, including Hamilton, Mount Gambier parkrun and Balyang Sanctuary parkrun. On Saturday he “ran” his way into the parkrun Junior 10 Club. Junior parkrunners are eligible to... enter this milestone club once they have run 10 times at parkrun anywhere in the world. This is a great achievement for anyone let alone an 11 year old and we are really proud of Edward.

Edward is a member of the Warrnambool Athletics Club and says that parkrun has “helped me to run 5 kms easier” and he likes to try to beat his personal best (PB) time each time he runs. Edward’s current 5km PB is 21.51mins.

Also on Saturday 9 January, Carol Pryle was announced as the first Hamilton parkrunner of the Month. Carol is a regular Hamilton parkrunner and has run at 11 times in total including once at Mount Gambier parkrun. She has achieved 7 personal best times improving her run finishing time by over 10 minutes since October, and she has also volunteered her time twice.

Carol is a member of the Derek Zoolander Centre For Kids Who Cant Run Good ‪#‎DZCFKWCRG‬, the second largest club registered with parkrun Australia (the largest club is ‘Running Mums Australia’). Carol says she “started running one day in September 2015 when walking just did not feel fast enough. I could only run 500 meters and was practically hyperventilating, but I was hooked. I signed up for the planned Hamilton parkrun that week.”

She thanks ‪#‎parkrun‬ for helping her to run 5 kilometers, a milestone she accomplished for the first time on 5 December 2015. Carol says she “has never been more proud” of herself.

The Hamilton parkrun Event Committee, along with all fellow parkrunners congratulate Edward and Carol on their achievements.

 

Hamilton parkrun – Event #3 – Run Report – Saturday 24 October 2015

Event #3 done and dusted and we had another awesome week with 73 parkrunners join us for a simply stunning 5km run or walk around Lake Hamilton.

Thank you again to everyone that came along. Shout out to our #parkruntourists from England and Melbourne for making the journey to Hamilton. It was great to meet you all.

Here are some of the stats from week #3:

This week there were 73 runners, of whom 26 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 5 different athletics clubs took part. 
Hamilton parkrun started on 10th October 2015, and since then 160 different runners, including participants from 12 athletics clubs, have completed 259 runs covering a total distance of 1,295 km, and there have been 55 new Personal Bests.

Volunteers

Thanks to all the volunteers who made Hamilton parkrun happen this week! Bryan BARRERA  •  Cassie FRANKLIN  •  Jason THOMAS  •  Jessica FISHBURN  •  Kelly THOMAS  •  Sharee BROWN  •  Tamara MILNE  •  Vicki KEARNEY
Want to volunteer? Email us with the dates that you can help hamiltonhelpers@parkrun.com. Alternatively place your name on the clipboard when you check in after your run.

Sponsors

Hamilton parkrun would not be possible or FREE without the generous support from our local sponsors – Gen Health Hamilton, Vitality Health and Fitness, CoggerGurry Chartered Accountants and Southern Grampians Shire Council. As well as our national sponsors – Stockland, Suncorp Bank. Please support these businesses that help support Hamilton parkrun.

Donations

Thank you to The Roxburgh for kindly donating 50 cents from every coffee sold this morning to help support the future of Hamilton parkrun. They will aim to be at our event every Saturday and will continue to make this donation. Please support The Roxburgh so they can continue to support us. http://theroxburgh.com.au/

Do you want to help contribute to our ongoing fees? You can make a donation using this link http://www.parkrun.com.au/hamilton/aboutus/

Photos

This week our photographer was Sharee Brown. Thanks Sharee for the GREAT photos of our runners and walkers. The pics are all on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/Hamiltonparkrun and don’t forget to tag yourself! We also upload our photos onto Flickr. You can join our group and add your photos here, https://www.flickr.com/groups/hamilton-parkrun/ . Once added, the photos will feed through to our website for everyone to see.

Barcode reminder

Printed barcodes are used at all our events to record your result. No printed barcode = No result = No exceptions. Remember to bring a spare copy, as we can store this for you in our file to make it easier for you to be recorded in the future.

Hamilton parkrun upcoming events and special dates

Hamilton parkrun event #4 October 31 – Halloween - Spooky themed parkrun, kids volunteering day. Make sure you get into the spooky spirit and get dressed up for this weeks run. We will be there will our spooky outfits.

Other Events coming up

NHK Junior Obstacle Race - Date: Sunday 1 November 2015 - Website: https://www.facebook.com/nhkobstaclerace?fref=ts - update - this event has officially sold out but please follow updates on the page and support the event organisers in any way you can. A great new event for the region.

Hamilton Vitality Fun Run - Dates: Sunday 8 November - Website: http://hamiltonfunrun.com/

Event #3 stats!

Male placings:
Wayne AITKEN (VM45-49) (Unattached) was first over the line in 19:36 - first time in 2 appearances.
Derek PRENTICE (VM40-44) (Unattached) was second over the line in 19:37.
Shane UEBERGANG (VM35-39) (Unattached) was third over the line in 20:53.

Female placings:
Melissa SANDERS (VW35-39) (Unattached) was first (13th overall) over the line in 24:04 - first time in 2 appearances.
Micaela MURRAY (VW45-49) (Unattached) was second (16th overall) over the line in 25:00.
Jane YOUNG (VW35-39) (Unattached) was third (17th overall) over the line in 25:03.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Sean HILL (VM60-64) was graded 75.68% for the time 21:23 (6th overall).
Wayne AITKEN (VM45-49) was graded 74.66% for the time 19:36 (first overall).
Derek PRENTICE (VM40-44) was graded 69.58% for the time 19:37 (second overall).

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Hamilton parkrun Results Page. See you all this coming Saturday for Hamilton parkrun #4 - for our Spooky Halloween event – please arrive in time for our pre-run safety briefing at 7.50am – we can then start the run at 8am sharp.

 

Run Report – Hamilton parkrun Event #2 – 17 October 2015

Well there you have it... Event #2 complete, and we had 63 parkrunners join us for a lovely 5km run or walk on what turned out to be a perfect Saturday morning.

Thank you again to everyone that came along. And a special thanks to our 9 volunteers for ensuring event #2 ran smoothly.

Here are some of the stats:

  • This week there were 63 parkrunners.
  • 29 of whom were first timers.
  • 26 recorded a new personal best.
  • 5 were not registered or did not have a barcode that we could scan so were recorded as “unknown”.
  • 34 were female.
  • 24 were male.
  • 10 were Juniors.
  • Participants ages ranged from under 10 years old to 59yrs old.
  • Our Facebook page now has 504 likes and our posts continue to reach over 12,000 people! Thanks for following, commenting, tagging, sharing and reviewing!

Volunteers

Thanks to all the volunteers who made Hamilton parkrun happen this week!

Carolyn VANKALKEN  •  Cassie FRANKLIN  •  Cindy RIDDLE  •  Diane BARRERA  •  Kelly THOMAS  •  Mandy EATS  •  Narelle FRICHOT  •  Sally FINCH  •  Stephanie LAMONT

Did you know that everyone who makes parkrun happen each week is a volunteer? We ask that each parkrunner fulfils a volunteer role 3 times a year. It is so much fun and we promise you won't regret it. Get on board by emailing us with the dates that you can help hamiltonhelpers@parkrun.com. Alternatively place your name on the clipboard when you check in after your run.

Sponsors

Hamilton parkrun would not be possible or FREE without the generous support from our local sponsors – Gen Health HamiltonVitality Health and FitnessCoggerGurry Chartered Accountants and Southern Grampians Shire Council. As well as our national sponsors – StocklandSuncorp Bank. Please support these businesses that help support Hamilton parkrun.

Donations

Thank you to The Roxburgh for kindly donating 50 cents from every coffee sold this morning to help support the future of Hamilton parkrun. They will aim to be at our event every Saturday and will continue to make this donation. Please support The Roxburgh so they can continue to support us. http://theroxburgh.com.au/

Do you want to help contribute to our ongoing fees? You can make a donation using this link http://www.parkrun.com.au/hamilton/aboutus/

Photos

This week our photographer was Cassie Franklin. Thanks Cassie for taking such great shots of our runners and walkers. Check out Cassie's pics on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/Hamiltonparkrun and don’t forget to tag yourself!

We also upload our photos onto Flickr. You can join our group and add your photos here, https://www.flickr.com/groups/hamilton-parkrun/ . Once added, the photos will feed through to our website for everyone to see.

Barcode reminder

Printed barcodes are used at all our events to record your result. No printed barcode = No result = No exceptions. Remember to bring a spare copy, as we can store this for you in our file to make it easier for you to be recorded in the future.

Hamilton parkrun upcoming events and special dates

October 24 – Hamilton parkrun event #3

October 31 – Halloween - Spooky themed parkrun, kids volunteering day (if you would like to volunteer, send us an email hamiltonhelpers@parkrun.com).

 

Other Events coming up

Goodluck to all who are taking part in the Melbourne Marathon Festival tomorrow. Date: Sunday October 18th

WheelFun Cycling Challenge - Date: Sunday October 18th - Website: https://www.facebook.com/Wheelfun-1483964041876760/

NHK Junior Obstacle Race - Date: Sunday 1 November 2015 - Website: https://www.facebook.com/nhkobstaclerace?fref=ts

Hamilton Vitality Fun Run - Dates: Sunday 8 November - Website: http://hamiltonfunrun.com/

Event #2 stats!

Male placings:
Taylor KEARNEY (SM18-19) (Unattached) was first over the line in 18:04 - first appearance.
Jason THOMAS (SM30-34) (Unattached) was second over the line in 19:44.
Joe MURPHY (VM35-39) (Unattached) was third over the line in 20:03.

Female placings:
Vicki KEARNEY (VW50-54) (Unattached) was first (6th overall) over the line in 23:50 - first time in 2 appearances.
Jane YOUNG (VW35-39) (Unattached) was second (13th overall) over the line in 25:12.
Tamai BREMNER (SW30-34) (Unattached) was third (16th overall) over the line in 26:14.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Taylor KEARNEY (SM18-19) was graded 72.97% for the time 18:04 (first overall).
Vicki KEARNEY (VW50-54) was graded 71.19% for the time 23:50 (6th overall).
Joe MURPHY (VM35-39) was graded 66.17% for the time 20:03 (third overall).

Hamilton parkrun started on 10th October 2015, and since then 134 different runners, including participants from 12 athletics clubs, have completed 186 runs covering a total distance of 930 km, and there have been 26 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Sally BEGGS who ran in a time of 00:22:10 on 2015-10-10 (event number 1).
The male record is held by Taylor KEARNEY who ran in a time of 00:18:04 on 2015-10-17 (event number 2).
The Age Grade course record is held by Wayne AITKEN who recorded a 73.72% run (19:51) on 10th October 2015 (event number 1).

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Hamilton parkrun Results Page.

See you all this coming Saturday for Hamilton parkrun #3 – please arrive in time for our pre-run safety briefing at 7.50am – we can then start the run at 8am sharp.

 

Run Report #1 – Hamilton parkrun 10 October 2015

What a truly wonderful Hamilton parkrun inaugural event. Thank you to everyone that came along... All 123 runners and walkers, 11 volunteers, and so many spectators standing on the sidelines cheering everyone along. Thank you for being part of our first ever Hamilton event.

Here is some of the all-important data from day 1….

  • 123 people took part in our first parkrun event at Hamilton.
  • 25 were parkrun tourists that made the trip to Hamilton from Manchester UK, Shepparton parkrun, Point Cook parkrun, Phillip Island parkrun, Mornington Peninsular parkrun, Mount Gambier parkrun, Albert Melbourne parkrun, Lilydale Lakes parkrun and Coburg parkrun.
  • 71 were first time parkrunners (welcome to the awesome global parkrun community).
  • 105 were registered and brought along their barcodes for scanning.
  • 18 were not registered or did not have a barcode that we could scan so were recorded as “unknown”.
  • 11 Volunteers were on hand to coordinate the day.
  • 58 were female.
  • 47 were male.
  • 16 were Juniors (7 aged under 10yrs, 6 aged 11-14yrs, 2 aged 15-17yrs).
  • Participants ages ranged from under 10 years old to over 80yrs old.
  • 6 parkrunners have reached or exceeded their 100 run milestone club.
  • 11 have reached or exceeded their 50 run milestone club.
  • 3 juniors have reached the 10 run milestone club.
  • Our Facebook page now has 498 likes and our posts reached over 12,000 people this week!
  • We are on twitter with 14 followers – follow us @parkrunHamilton
  • We are on Instagram too with 33 followers - @Hamilton_parkrun

Volunteers

Thanks to all the people who made Hamilton parkrun happen this week! Especially to the Event Committee that have been working behind the scenes to set this up for the last few months…

Cindy RIDDLE • Debbie PITHER • Kelly THOMAS • Mandy EATS • Stephanie LAMONT • Bryan BARRERA. Special thank you to our volunteers Sally FINCH • Claire NAILON • Jacinta WAREHAM • Jane Elizabeth JOHNSON.

Thank you to our Territory Director, Craig Curtis and our stand-in Territory Director at the launch Phil Ackland (also the Event Director at Mount Gambier parkrun) for supporting the Hamilton team to set up our own event. We could not have done this without you both.

Did you know that everyone who makes parkrun happen each week is a volunteer? That includes the Event and Run Directors! The best part of this is that anyone can be a volunteer. We ask that each parkrunner fulfils a volunteer role 3 times a year. It is so much fun and we promise you won't regret it. Get on board by emailing us with the dates that you can help hamiltonhelpers@parkrun.com

Alternatively place your name on the clipboard when you check in after your run.

Sponsors

Hamilton parkrun would not be possible or FREE without the generous support from our local sponsors – Gen Health Hamilton, Vitality Health and Fitness, CoggerGurry Chartered Accountants and Southern Grampians Shire Council. As well as our national sponsors – Stockland, Suncorp Bank. Please support these businesses that help support Hamilton parkrun.

One of our sponsors, Gen Health Hamilton, was on hand to provide free balloons to the children attending the event.

 

Donations

Thank you to Coles Hamilton for kindly donating 75 bottles of water and a 10kg box of bananas free to hand out to our participants at the launch.

Also, we are very lucky to have the support of the Roxburgh Coffee Van. The Roxburgh coffee van was on hand to provide the post-run caffeine hit and also kindly donated 50 cents from every coffee sold on the morning at our event to help support the future of Hamilton parkrun. They will aim to be at our event every Saturday and will continue to make this donation. Please support The Rox Coffee Van so they can continue to support us. http://theroxburgh.com.au/ Thank you to the Roxburgh.

It cost $10,000 to set up Hamilton parkrun, and half of this was covered by the National Sponsors. The Hamilton parkrun Event Committee are required to raise $5000 in the first year plus and $2500 each subsequent year to keep parkrun in Hamilton. The funds pay for all our equipment and ongoing support – anytime of day or night. And, the money helps to ensure the event remains free to the user. The major benefits of being free to YOU are:

  • We are able to attract people to participate who have never had the opportunity to participate in events like this before, and who may have been dissuaded by an entry fee.
  • We attract participants on a regular basis.
  • We do not have to administer the collection of entry fees.

Do you want to help contribute to our ongoing fees? You can make a donation using this link http://www.parkrun.com.au/hamilton/aboutus/

Photos

This week our photographer was Claire Nailon. Thanks Claire for your great shots. Check out Claire’s pics on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/Hamiltonparkrunand don’t forget to tag yourself!

Thank you also to At Random Photography, the Hamilton Spectator and Southern Grampians Shire Council for taking pics and sharing them with us.

We also upload our photos onto Flickr. You can join our group and add your photos here, https://www.flickr.com/groups/hamilton-parkrun/ . Once added, the photos will feed through to our website for everyone to see.

parkrun Tourism

Thank you to all our visitors for travelling to Hamilton for our launch event.

To our locals, encourage your family and friends to visit you here in Hamilton and experience our new parkrun event. We had 25 tourists visit us this week and many stayed overnight and had breakfast at a local café. So, it’s good for the economy!

Keep Left

A reminder for you to please keep left, especially at the start of the run and leading up to the turnaround point. The path can get very congested with runners, walkers, prams, and dogs so PLEASE KEEP LEFT.

If you run in a group please also be reminded to run only 2 abreast, 3 people can take up the path and it is difficult for others to pass you.

Please be mindful of runners coming up behind you and stay left.

If you need to stop suddenly then please come off the path so that there are no accidents. This is especially relevant close to the turnaround point where there is likely to be a bottleneck of participants.

Finish Tokens

A friendly reminder that the tokens must be handed back to the volunteers when you have your barcode scanned. Please do not take yours home as a parkrun souvenir. Unfortunately we lost token number 39 this week - do you think you may have accidently taken it home? Is it in your pocket? please check and if so then let us know at the hamiltonoffice@parkrun.com .

Kids under 11

A reminder to parents and children under 11, while we love having you all participate in parkrun it is imperative that ALL children under 11 are accompanied by a parent or guardian throughout the whole course.

Can my child accompany me on their bicycle (bike, cycle) or scooter?

Unfortunately this is a parkrun Australia directive and the answer is No, we believe that bicycles or scooters and runners do not mix. The risk of injury to runners and children are too high.

Pets

Dogs are welcomed at parkrun only if they remain on a SHORT lead at all times and only if they remain completely controlled by their handler. Please start with your dog at the back of the pack and move forward once the bulk of the runners have moved off. The course is very compacted at the start of the run as we don’t want any injuries from tripping over dogs. Please also remember that it is your responsibility to clean up after your pet so please bring along a plastic bag or anything that you need to do so.

Warm weather warning

Please don’t forget to bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and a water bottle with you each week. There is a water fountain for you to use on site, but it’s always a good idea to have your own bottle for the run on a warm morning. Just make sure you label it with your name in case someone else has the same bottle.

Snakes are part of the Australian environment. Please be aware that there is the potential to see a snake out on the course around the lake. It is more likely that they will be scared by the noise of all our runners, but just in case, please be aware and alert others if you do see one.

Finish Line

Please cross the finish line only once – please don’t come through again even if you go back out on to the course to support another runner/walker as this can cause problems with the results later.

Barcode reminder

Printed barcodes are used at all our events to record your result. No printed barcode = No result = No exceptions. Remember to bring a spare copy, as we can store this for you in our file to make it easier for you to be recorded in the future.

Hamilton parkrun upcoming events and special dates

October 17 – Hamilton parkrun event #

October 24 – Hamilton parkrun event #3

October 31 – Halloween - Spooky themed parkrun, kids volunteering day.
Other Events coming up

Melbourne Marathon Festival

Date: Sunday October 18th

Website: http://www.melbournemarathon.com.au/

 

WheelFun Cycling Challenge

Date: Sunday October 18th

Website: https://www.facebook.com/Wheelfun-1483964041876760/

 

NHK Junior Obstacle Race

Date: Sunday 1 November 2015

https://www.facebook.com/nhkobstaclerace?fref=ts

 

Hamilton Vitality Fun Run

Dates: Sunday 8 November

Website: http://hamiltonfunrun.com/

 

Hamilton parkrun - all important stats!

Male placings:

  • Amechai  “The Flash” BAWDEN (SM18-19) (Unattached) was first over the line in 18:52.
  • Wayne AITKEN (VM45-49) (Unattached) was second over the line in 19:51.
  • Derek PRENTICE (VM40-44) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:51.

Female placings:

  • Sally BEGGS (VW40-44) of Warrnambool Athletics Club, was first (14th overall) over the line in 22:10.
  • Narelle FRICHOT (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (19th overall) over the line in 23:45.
  • Vicki KEARNEY (VW50-54) (Unattached) was third (20th overall) over the line in 24:06.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

  • Wayne AITKEN (VM45-49) was graded 73.72% for the time 19:51 (second overall).
  • Gennine LAMB (VW55-59) was graded 71.37% for the time 25:02 (27th overall).
  • Kathy THURLINGS (VW55-59) was graded 70.89% for the time 25:32 (31st overall).

 

  • Representatives of 12 different athletics clubs took part.
  • The female record is held by Sally BEGGS who ran in a time of 00:22:10 on 2015-10-10 (event number 1).
  • The male record is held by Amechai BAWDEN who ran in a time of 00:18:52 on 2015-10-10 (event number 1).
  • The Age Grade course record is held by Wayne AITKEN who recorded a 73.72% run (19:51) on 10th October 2015 (event number 1).

Full results can be found on the Hamilton parkrun Results Page.

See you all this coming Saturday for Hamilton parkrun # 2 – please arrive in time for our pre-run safety briefing at 7.50am – we can then start the run at 8am sharp.