Karkarook (not) parkrun – November 22nd to 28th 2021

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We are still rolling along with (not) parkrun even though parkrun is back! Last week we had 13 people from Karkarook completing 23 (not) parkruns!

Thanks to everyone who participated by submitting their (not) parkrun 5km run and walk times.

Well done to Gavin Lasnitzki (30:49) who set a new personal best time for (not) parkrun.

Sally Kenney (25:42) & Chris Brown (26:36) were our fastest finishers.

Thanks to Michael Sutton who was also our virtual volunteer (not) parkrun tail walker.

Across Australia, 443 people completed 827 (not) parkrun, 5km runs and walks.

 

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Karkarook (not) parkrun – 15th to 21st of November 2021

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Last week we had 16 people from Karkarook completing 30 (not) parkruns!

Thanks to everyone who participated by submitting their (not) parkrun 5km run and walk times.

Well done to the two Michaels - Michael Mariani (48:28) and Michael Sutton (63:45) who set new personal best times for (not) parkrun.

Shane Archer (24:04) and Sally Kenney (26:16) were our fastest finishers.

Thanks to Michael Sutton who was also our virtual volunteer (not) parkrun tail walker.

Across Australia, 675 people completed 1,216 (not) parkrun, 5km runs and walks.

 

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parkrun code & parkrun COVID 19 framework

We are so looking forward to parkrun on Saturday.

Just a reminder that we will be operating under parkrun Australia’s COVID 19 framework.

Please remember to check in via the QR code. There will be QR codes on display at the rotunda and outside the toilets.

You can also check in before you arrive and after you leave.

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Karkarook parkrun – Restarts Saturday 27th November 2021

We are pleased to announce that Karkarook parkrun will restart this coming Saturday!

Join us at the starting line a couple of minutes before 8am for our pre-event brief.

We’ll also have a First Timers Briefing in the area near the rotunda for first timers to Karkarook at approximately 7:50am

Don’t forget your barcode!

We hope to see you all on Saturday.

 

Karkarook (not) parkrun – 8th to 14th of November 2021

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A little bit quieter last week for (not) parkrun and the bad weather sure wouldn’t have helped. We still had 13 people representing Karkarook in the results with 27 (not) parkruns.

Thank you to everyone who submitted their (not) parkrun 5km run and walk times.

Well done to Michael Mariani (48:46) who set a new (not) parkrun personal best in his 2nd (not) parkrun.

Sally Kenney (26:30) and Jason McCaul (26:19) were our fastest finishers.

Well done to Mark who brought up his ton of (not) parkruns. Your (not) parkrun milestone t-shirt has been lost in the mail!

Thanks to Michael Sutton, who was our virtual volunteer, (not) parkrun tail walker.

Across Australia, 676 people completed 1,233 (not) parkrun, 5km runs and walks.

 

 

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“newyear”

Karkarook parkrun will be hosting a parkrun event on Saturday the 1st of January 2022 at 8am (subject to approval from the Victorian State Government due to COVID restrictions).

 

“christmas”

Karkarook parkrun will not be hosting a parkrun event on Saturday the 25th of December 2021.

 

Karkarook (not) parkrun – 1st to 7th of November 2021

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We scored another top 10 spot in the Australian (not) parkrun results tables last week with 17 people representing Karkarook with 34 (not) parkruns.

Thank you to everyone who submitted their (not) parkrun 5km run and walk times.

A big welcome to Jenna Didulo and Michael Mariani who made their (not) parkrun debuts. Well done to you both! We hope to continue to see your names in our future result tables.

Frank McNamara (22:08) and Sally Kenney (26:30) were our fastest finishers.

Michael Sutton, who is our regular virtual volunteer (not) parkrun tail walker, was the only person to record a new (not) parkrun personal best time last week.

Across Australia, 826 people completed 1450 (not) parkrun, 5km runs and walks.

 

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Karkarook parkrun – Meet your fellow Karkies – 27th October 2021

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Morning all and hopefully we'll be seeing you all soon to actually have a parkrun together.

We've been trying for the odd (not) parkrun but without you all there it is not as much fun hey!

A little bit about us.

We're a family of four humans and one miniature wookie in the shape of a cavoodle called Chewbacca.

We try to think that we are quite active being involved in Rugby and Hockey which eat into some of our regular attendance at parkrun...but the early start on Saturday is still one of our favourite outings of the week. It took us a while to find Karkarook Park parkrun, but we are very glad that we did so.

 

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When was your first parkrun?

October 2017

Though Lucas and Zack think it is 2018....why argue with the records??

 

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How did you find out about parkrun?

My niece in Brisbane had been to a parkrun and posted it on the socials and that prompted us to have a look around and we found Karki just up the road. Though it still took us a while to get up there on a Saturday.

 

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Why did you first go to parkrun and did you go on your own or were you invited by a friend / relative?

We went as a family, Mum and Dad ran the course and Zack & Lucas volunteered helping out as Marshalls (so for anyone who ended up lost that day apologies!).

 

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Where did you do your first parkrun?

Karkarook

 
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What were your first impressions or thoughts when you arrived?

Everyone was very friendly and happy to help new people.

We’ve tried to repay that friendly hospitality that was shown to us through our own volunteering.

 

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How many different parkruns have you been to?

Derek likes to keep an eye out for where we are on Saturdays if we are ever travelling (and when we will be allowed to again).

So about a dozen, although some of us don’t get up early on holidays and haven’t done all of them.

HOME:
Karkarook parkrun

Other Victoria:
Phillip Island parkrun
Bright parkrun

Queensland:
Warwick parkrun
Stones Corner parkrun
Broadbeach Waters parkrun
Rocks Riverside parkrun
South Bank parkrun
South Toowoomba parkrun

South Australia:
Nuriootpa parkrun
Victor Harbor parkrun

New Zealand:
Hagley parkrun

 

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What is your favourite and why?

Karkarook is always the favourite….

Southbank in Brisbane and Phillip Island are also lots of fun.

Nuriootpa parkrun in the Barossa Valley was a really small group when we went…was a really friendly group.

 

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What is your best memory from parkrun?

For Lucas it’s the day he first beat his mother.

For Zack it’s the first time he beat Lucas by burning him off in the last 50 metres.

Derek loves some of the great photos who doesn’t love a jump shot!!

 

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What do you like most about parkrun?

Getting out as a family and being a part of such a great friendly community event.

Like all things once it has been taken away from you…you really realise just how important it is in your life.

You can run anywhere…but it is the community that we come for not just the hit out.

 

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Are you a walker, jogger, runner or a mixture depending on your mood?

We mix it up and do a bit of all three.

Though one thing that we all enjoy is the different volunteering roles….no vollie no Karki!!

Zack and Lucas wanted to do their 25th Vollie in 2020…then reset that goal for 2021….roll on 2022!!!

 

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What other activities do you do?

Lucas and Zack play hockey. Derek referees rugby. Lorinda likes to sleep in.

 

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What is your current favourite TV show or Movie – ie: looking for recommendations for all of us.

We’ve been enjoying “Superstore” and “Only Murders In The Building”

Having already crushed through “Loki” and “Falcon and Winter Soldier”

For something fun for the family together you can go a lot worse than “Free Guy.”

 

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Karkarook parkrun – Meet your fellow Karkies – 6th October 2021

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In this week’s edition of our “Meet your fellow Karkies” series Natalie has a great chat to mum and daughter duo Joanne and Cath.

If you’d like to feature in a future edition and tell us your parkrun story then drop Natalie a line at karkarook@parkrun.com or direct message our Karkarook Facebook page.

 

When was your first parkrun? How did you find out about parkrun? Why did you first go to parkrun and did you go on your own or were you invited by a friend/relative?

Cath: Mum first dragged me down to parkrun - 12 August 2017 at Karkarook (although I didn’t get around to signing up for a barcode until September). I had gotten into running a few years earlier to try and stay fit in Uni but had only ever seen running as a solo activity until Mum said I should go with her. That first parkrun we ran 26:38 - which remains Mum’s PB to this day!

Joanne: I joined a running class at my local gym and heard about parkrun from our coach. My first parkrun was in early 2017. I got the time wrong and was half an hour late starting, but still came in just ahead of the tail walker. The next week I was on time and enjoyed running with such a large friendly group.

 

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What were your first impressions or thoughts when you arrived?

Cath: I was nervous of signing up and hid in the back of the crowd while the run director welcomed everyone. There were a lot more people than I thought, but after the first couple of hundred metres the crowds spread out and it was a lot of fun.

Joanne: I was delighted to discover that parkrun was for all abilities and was a wonderfully social, inclusive experience.

 

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How many different parkruns have you been to? If more than Karkarook. What is your favourite and why?

Cath: Apart from the lake loops at Karki that are always a delight I’ve also ran at Jells Park, Albert Park, Ararat, Chelsea, Lawson in the Blue Mountains and Bairnsdale, that might rival Karki for the prettiest course with it's riverside and autumn trees.

Joanne: Karkarook is my home and favourite parkrun. I enjoy parkrun tourism and have participated in parkrun at Inverloch, Hamilton Island, and Chelsea Bicentennial, and Western Springs next to Auckland Zoo where we heard the lions roaring whilst we ran the 3-lap course.

 

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What is your best memory from parkrun?

Cath: When Mum and I volunteered for pre-run set up and covered the parkrun course in chalk words of encouragement, including a drawing of the Karki dragonfly.

Joanne: In 2020, just before COVID I ran at Karkarook parkrun with my daughter, her friends and my nephew.

 

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What do you like most about parkrun?

Cath: I really do enjoy having a weekly tempo run that is timed to help improve. It is also really good to be able to talk about other runners and “running things;” what their training plans are and what events they’re signing up for like the classic Sandy Point Run that lots of Karki runners enjoy.

Joanne: I love that parkrun is for the whole family and get a buzz when I see families participating together.

 

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Are you a walker, jogger, runner or a mixture depending on your mood?

Cath: Mostly a runner, but sometimes you’ve got to take it easy.

Joanne: I’m a jogger and sometimes a dog walker.

 

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What other activities do you do?

Cath: Does trail running count as a separate activity? No…what about volunteers at trail running events?

Joanne: I enjoy bush walking, gardening and I make patchwork quilts.

 

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What is your current favourite TV show or Movie – ie: looking for recommendations for all of us in lockdown.

Cath: The adventurer Beau Miles on YouTube with crazy challenges like 1 mile an hour for 24 hours is a delight to watch. I’ve also got some Netflix Halloween recommendations to inspire your running - Zombieland (Cardio is rule 1), Fear Street, and the Korean Zombie TV show Kingdom.

Joanne: I love watching distance racing on YouTube (Barkley Challenge). On Apple TV - Ted Lasso, Morning Wars, and Truth Be Told.

 

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