In our previous Mullum Mullum pakrun News update we provided details from parkrun HQ about the COVID-19 Framework describing operations globally.
parkrun Australia has been describing the situation closer to home in our country, as it has been evolving, via the parkrun Australia blog.
Since the announcement of planned resumption in Victoria a just few weeks ago volunteer parkrun teams at each location have had to assess their individual and unique situations against the Framework and any additional local requirements that may exist for them.
Locally at Mullum Mullum parkrun the Event Director and Run Directors have had several meetings and reviewed, evaluated, inspected, discussed and decided upon many aspects relating to the resumption of parkrun on Saturday 16th January 2021. These have been summarised below to assist participants with their understanding:
As with any outdoor gathering of people in Victoria, participants are expected to sensibly socially distance before and after the event. We operate in a public park and as members of the public, people are free to use the park/facilities before, during and after parkrun.
As parkrun participants we ask that you continue to remain courteous and respectful of other other participants/other park users. Individuals are responsible for their own behaviour and choice to participate.
Please note we won't be able to provide a bowl for keys, our PB bell, milestone capes or the photo frame for the time being.
QR code signs will be on display that can be scanned.
There will be a first timers briefing in the traditional meeting location (near the picnic tables). A Run Director (or delegate) will make an announcement to make people aware of this. It will be kept short in line with the new parkrun requirements. Reviewing the information online beforehand for parkrun in general, registering to get a barcode or about our course will assist with making this easier for first timers.
The main parkrun briefing will take place in a slightly different location from normal. It will be a bit further away from the picnic table area, closer to Schwerkolt Cottage, on the more open, gravel/grassed area with the Run Director speaking from the raised position shown in the photo below. It is hoped this will help people with social distancing before the event as well as allow people to better see the Run Director and hear the briefing.
In line with new parkrun requirements, the main briefing will be kept quite much shorter (eg. no milestone announcements/pauses for photos as in the past) and the parkrun will start (walker/runners set off) at the normal time of 8am (or soon after).
The Mullum Mullum parkrun course will remain the same as before with a slight change of start location. This still falls within the distance variation allowed for parkrun. Please pay attention to the Run Director for specific details. This also reiterates the need for respectful quietness and attention each week during this most important part of parkrun. Please don't assume there isn't information you might need to hear each week and allow others the same opportunity to hear it.
While it won't be perfect, within the area we have available it is hoped the new start point will provide a variety of benefits including increased safety (for us and other park users), quicker dispersal on the course (if people seed themselves reasonably based on their previous finish times), drier/more stable footing in wetter/colder weather and be closer to the run briefing area meaning less time before we can start after the main briefing.
As regular participants become familiar with the new arrangements it is hoped any teething issues will be smoothed out and people can position themselves accordingly for a more efficient start.
As with other aspects, the parkrun team will make further changes, if needed, in order to maintain a safe and enjoyable event.
The finish line is in the same position as before. The parkrun flag will signify this. The timekeeper will clock your time as you step off the path so please slow down soon after (no need to keep running to the token holder who will be set back for safety!).
After you have been issued a finish token the Funnel Director will direct you to a barcode scanner. To assist with efficient and safe processing please listen carefully to the Funnel Director and follow their instructions. It is preferable if you keep your barcode with you during the event as, apart from having your emergency contact details on it, it will help with more efficient processing in the finish funnel (rather than you having to depart the funnel to fetch it from elsewhere).
The barcode scanners will be spread out to assist with social distancing. Please present your printed barcode and then finish token from an outstretched arm's distance to be scanned. Then place your finish token only in the collection bucket in front of the scanner. This will help to minimise shared contact. Pretty please DO NOT TAKE THE FINISH TOKENS AWAY/HOME! We need then to run parkrun! They will be disinfected along with other gear for use at the next event.
Please then move away from the finish/barcode area to not only reduce congestion but to help us with social distancing.
As a reminder for participants:
1. Stay at home if you or anyone at your household is unwell.
2. Distance yourself whenever possible.
3. Be quiet at the pre-event brief and start line.
4. Position yourself at the start according to your estimated finish time.
5. Minimise amount of time spent in close proximity to others.
6. Respect other people’s personal space.
7. Support your children to socially distance.
8. Observe local COVID-19 guidelines on your way to and from the event.
9. No spitting or high-fiving (Sorry!) or any other non-essential contact.
10. Show your barcodes to the scanner from a distance.
Mullum Mullum parkrun is run completely by volunteers. Without them we would not have an event so we would love your help to be one!
We will not be able to have a physical roster at parkrun so please check out our online roster and let us know if you can help by emailing us your name, barcode number and preferred position via an email to email@example.com. We will respond accordingly and update the online roster.
Note if volunteering for barcode scanner or timer you will need to have the parkrun Virtual Volunteer app installed on your own charged, smartphone for use. https://volunteer.parkrun.com/principles/virtual-volunteer
- If you are new to parkrun you can register via https://www.parkrun.com.au/register/
- If you are an existing parkrunner please log into your profile and make sure all your details are up to date/correct (If your local parkrun is Mullum Mullum could you please update it to match as it helps us distinguish participants in the global system when updating the roster, for volunteer credits, etc.) You can also print off additional parkrun barcodes. Always a good idea to have them in a few locations so you're covered (eg. in your pocket, car, wallet, back of phone cover, etc)!
- General information/help about parkrun is available via https://support.parkrun.com/hc/en-us/categories/200040643-English
- We post any future News updates on our webpage here as well as posts on our Facebook page. We can be contacted via our email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to seeing you on the 16th January 2021!