Weekly newsletter 26 March 2012




<br /> parkrun Australia newsletter 26th March 2012<br />



Welcome to the first 'weekly' newsletter for parkrunners here in Australia.

Our intention moving forward is to have an abbreviated edition every week composed mainly of the 'parkrunner of the week' section, and on a monthly basis we will write an extended edition with all of the other news and happenings from the parkrun world.
Enjoy!

Tim from parkrun Australia

Feedback from the field

Kate Mackie - 90sec off my previous PB today! Woohooooooo!!! Just over 33min today, so aiming to get under 33 on my next run. Unfortunately can't do next Sat, but ready to smash it out the following week!!
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Jasmin Ferris - I thoroughly enjoyed my very first parkrun this morning.
How awesome is the vibe, the volunteers, the encouragement. It was such a
great experience, i think this just might be my fav thing to do on a
Saturday morning. Thank guys xx
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Helen Velkov - A huge challenge for me running with the twins in the pram
this morning, was happy with my time. Thanks to everyone for their
encouragement - it's the same every week and is a wonderful crowd to be a
part of!
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parkrunner of the week

parkrunner of the week
Name:   Sharon Blair.
Club:   nil by mouth.
Age:   42.195
Home parkrun:   St Peters parkrun.
Occupation:   Bookkeeper, mum/kid wrangler.
Number of Runs:   6
PB:   25:12
Number of times volunteered:   Many.
How has parkrun changed your running:   parkrun allows me to track my progress with my marathon training & has sharpened me up as a runner. What do you like most about parkrun: the relaxed vibe, the vast array of runners & it's FREE!

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:   The funniest was when I had to ask the over excited kids to wait until the people had crossed the finish line before handing out water.
Any suggestion for how we can improve parkrun:   No, it's improving all the time.

"Sharon has been a big supporter of St Peters parkrun since the beginning (and even before that), helping out at almost half of our events so far. She's actively involved and is always keen to help out. When she's not volunteering she's a tough competitor."

Paul Wilcock, Event Director

Reminders


Barcode reminder


barcode
Barcodes are used at all our events to record your result. No barcode, No result!


All questions answered


Do you have a question about parkrun? How do I get my barcode? All your questions are answered here.


Volunteering at parkrun

We ask every parkrunner to volunteer 3 times a year. When volunteering you receive the maximum number of points towards the yearly competition.

Children at parkrun


All children under 11 must be supervised by a parent or guardian. Guardians must ensure that children place themselves appropriately so as to prevent a situation where they are being repeatedly overtaken at the start. This is to ensure the safety of your child.

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the parkrun show


The parkrun show

You can download your copy of the parkrun show here. (iTunes)

The parkrun show is the audible roundup of the "goings on" of everything that caught the teams eye from the weekend in parkrunworld.

Brought to you by Marathon Talk.

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Today, adidas is proud to be supporting parkrunners everywhere.
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Monthly newsletter March 2012



Welcome to this month's newsletter Tim

For many people parkrun is about personal bests, or PBs as the experts call it. Most runners are quick to tell you their PBs over various distances, from the 100m dash all the way up to a 42.2km marathon. For parkrunners our distance of choice is of course 5km - short enough to complete if you're new to running and long enough to give yourself a good test if you're more experienced.

One of my favourite things to do on a Sunday is view the results from our parkrun events around Australia and look at the number of PBs achieved. It is staggering just how many people perform better than they ever have before, week after week after week.

Let's use March 10 as an example: Kirra parkrun had 76 runners of whom 33 recorded new PBs; Albert parkrun had 91 runners and 38 PBs; St Peters parkrun had 119 runners and 47 PBs; Main Beach had 141 runners and 59 PBs; and New Farm parkrun, pictured below, had 222 runners and a mammoth 95 PBs, including 7 new age category records! In total, March 10 saw 272 new personal best times recorded at parkruns around Australian, an amazing result!

New Farm PDs

The Australian parkrun record was also smashed during the last month with Thomas Do Canto recording 15:31 at St Peters parkrun, home of the heartbreak hill! Well done Thomas. We are hoping global parkrun record holder Craig Mottram will be along to an event soon so it will be interesting to see what sort of time he is capable of.

Thomos Do Canto

One last comment about PBs. I would like to give a special shout out to Main Beach parkrun Run Director Libby Sargent who set an amazing 15 minute PB at the Brisbane Twilight Half Marathon on March 18. We all know how much work has gone into this Lib, well done!
Happy Running!

Tim from parkrun Australia

adidas news

Every runner is different. At adidas, we understand this which is why we'll be appearing at parkrun events across Australia to ensure we offer support and advice that caters to your needs. After all, running shouldn't be complicated but sometimes, just putting one foot in front of the other is hard enough, let alone knowing what running shoe best suits your foot/style? As we move through the year, we want to take the guessing work out of the equation so you can focus on running. In the coming weeks, our team of experts will be on-hand to help you run more effectively in 2012 - you'll even be able to time your 5km run in the latest adidas footwear! Make sure you keep an eye on the parkrun website to find out where we'll be; we look forward to seeing you soon.

Event News

As we look to the months ahead I'm delighted to announce 3 new events on the horizon:
  • parkrun will be launching in Canberra on April 28. Registrations will be live shortly for Ginninderra parkrun so please spread the word to any of your friends living in the Capital.
  • May 19 will see the Gold Coast get its third event with the launch of Coomera parkrun. Situated only 5 minutes from Dreamworld, I'm thinking this event will attract a few day trippers from Brisbane and interstate. - Newy parkrun launches in Newcastle on June 9 under the Event Directorship of Dave Robertson from the Naked Runners. Clothes are still required but shoes are optional!
Course videos are now available for:

Drop me an email if you have an interesting parkrun related fact, happening or comment that you would like to share with all parkrunners.


Feedback from the field

Renee Gimbert - I was one of those PBs on March 10 - very happy. Excited to soon have Coomera added to this list.
Kylie Mulholland - My daughter and I were first timers today had a great time, a big thank you!
Danny Bowerin - Thanks to everyone who volunteered today. Will take my turn in due course. It was my first week today and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's a great idea and it will get me out of bed on Saturday mornings!
Tony Messenger - I second Danny's comments - thanks so much to the volunteers who put their hands up every week. A great day for running today and a pb - what more could I want?
Julie Bryant - Fantastic morning, great work by the volunteers, and a big thank you for Christine for being there with only a couple of weeks to go.
Jasmin Ferris - I thoroughly enjoyed my very first parkrun this morning. How awesome is the vibe, the volunteers, the encouragement. It was such a great experience, i think this just might be my fave thing to do on a Saturday morning. Thank guys xx
Helen Velkov - A huge challenge for me running with the twins in the pram this morning, was happy with my time. Thanks to everyone for their encouragement - it's the same every week and is a wonderful crowd to be a part of!
Alexandra Saragossi - Thank you so much for a wonderful start to the weekend! Was just wondering if there have been any hiccups with results in the past weeks as this was my first run and although my finisher tag and barcode were scanned, my results are nowhere to be found?
Kate Mackie - Can't wait to see the results from today! Was out of action last week with a bad back, so was happy to just get through today's hot run with no pain, BUT, I think I may have done a new PB! Shall wait patiently for the results to confirm!!! Wheeeeee!!
Dawn Courage - Was great again. Did anyone go back for the dog:) Made me smile when his owner tied him to the fence after 1km. His owner then ran like the wind. I might try doing 1km with mine next week, he would not make 5, only has short furry legs...bit like mine!
Paula Moore - New pb today, love meeting so many amazing people... thanks Kirra parkrun.

parkrunner of the week

parkrunner of the week
Name:   Richard Hudson and Karen McLeod
Club:   Intraining
Age:   We are celebrating one of our birthdays at Albert Melbourne parkrun very soon!
Home parkrun:   New Farm, Brisbane (previously Glasgow, Scotland)
Occupation:   Richard - Project Director, Karen - Project & Program Management Advisor
Number of Runs:   Richard - 13, Karen - 22
Number of times volunteered:   Richard - 13, Karen - 13
What do you do at parkruns:   We are part of the volunteer event team, we run, sometimes take photos or just hang out! We try to bring along watermelon or lollies each week but with the growing attendance and faster runners there's none left for us after we finish!
How has parkrun changed your running:   Where would we start!....it's helped us become fitter, achieve PBs, we've joined Intraining, and have met many new running friends.
What do you like about parkrun:   Everything! The people, friendliness, the locations (Kirra Beach and Gold Coast are also fantastic events), volunteering, and that it's a positive start to the weekend. One of the best things though is seeing parkrunners achieve PBs or progress to a 10km or Half Marathon event and knowing that parkrun may have helped them to achieve that. We always love to see the juniors running too - it's great they are running at a young age!
Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:   Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment: Richard - Many. Being involved at the very beginning with a handful of keen runners in the rain and seeing that grow to over 200. Recently cracking my first 5km without stopping has been a significant turning point, and placing 12th on one wet day (there were 12 runners!). Karen - There are already too many special things to mention but a recent one is seeing everyone do amazingly well at the Twilight Running Festival and our parkrun team came 3rd in the team event! Also, whenever we get good feedback about parkrun that is very special.

Kiwi's Corner - Spice It Up!

Tim
One blink and we're already in March, the year is moving along quickly. Are you still moving along? Are you still strapping those trainers on for your traditional Saturday morning gallop at your local parkrun event!

They say variety is the spice of life, the same can be said for your training. Keep things interesting with your running by changing where you run, perhaps some hill runs, then a flat beach or bush run. By changing where we run we can also change the intensity of our runs and work a different energy system which in turn will shock our bodies and help get us fitter. Not to mention there are some great places to run in our local neighbourhoods so get out there and find somewhere new!

Go on tour! parkrun has runs on the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney with Canberra and Newcastle coming in the next couple of months. So get a crew together and make a weekend of it!!

Strength conditioning will also help you run faster and avoid injuries so joining a gym or a circuit training group in your local area can also provide the spice in your training as well as some much needed strength.

The more varied we make our training and running, the more likely we are to have fun and get fitter. One usefull piece of equipment we can all make use of is a Foam Roller (you can pick these up from your local sport shop) great for our calf muscles and ITB (side of the leg from your knee to your hip) - jump on google and look up Foam Roller Exercises. They are great for recovery and will help increase your range of motion whilst out on your Saturday morning gallop.

Keep up the good work, make it fun, be safe and remember... it's you against you.

Kiwi Tim
Operations Manager

Reminders

Barcode reminder

barcode
Barcodes are used at all our events to record your result. No barcode, No result!

All questions answered

Do you have a question about parkrun? How do I get my barcode? All your questions are answered here.

Volunteering at parkrun

We ask every parkrunner to volunteer 3 times a year. When volunteering you receive the maximum number of points towards the yearly competition.

Children at parkrun

All children under 11 must be supervised by a parent or guardian. Guardians must ensure that children place themselves appropriately so as to prevent a situation where they are being repeatedly overtaken at the start. This is to ensure the safety of your child.

the parkrun show

The parkrun show

You can download your copy of the parkrun show here. (iTunes)

The parkrun show is the audible roundup of the "goings on" of everything that caught the teams eye from the weekend in parkrunworld.

Brought to you by Marathon Talk.

Our Sponsors

adidas investing in parkrun

all out performance

adidas has been focused on athlete’s performance since the first running spikes were made in the 1920’s earning the first Olympic gold medal in adidas shoes. Today, adidas is proud to be supporting parkrunners everywhere. Explore adidas running adidas.com

 

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Monthly newsletter February 2012


Welcome to this month's newsletter Tim

Just like Kevin07, we are all happy little Vegemites here at parkrun Australia as it has been a big month on a number of fronts.
Statistically the last month has been amazing. Every event has set new attendance, first timer and PB records, including a new Australian attendance record of 224 people at New Farm parkrun! This growth is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our volunteers, especially our Event Directors Brendan, Gareth, Carol, Paul and Chris. Well done all of you.
On 6 February a very positive article about St Peters parkrun by Nick Galvin was published in the Sydney Morning Herald. Nick had participated the previous Saturday so we knew the article was coming. What we didn’t expect was the subsequent media interest that developed off the back of it. That same morning I was interviewed on 666 ABC Canberra about the possibility of launching parkrun in the nation’s capital - and in the afternoon I did a piece with James Valentine on 702 ABC Sydney. Three days later I did an early morning interview with Adam Spencer on 702 ABC Sydney, one of the country’s highest rating radio shows. Needless to say registrations went through the roof in Sydney that week and attendance has since doubled! So if any journalists in other cities are out there, bring it on!
On 18 February we launched Kirra parkrun, our second event on the Gold Coast and fifth overall in Australia. The Event Director at Kirra is Chris van Hoof who also organises the annual Tomewin Mountain Challenge - so we are certainly in safe hands! The event had a very impressive turnout of 82 runners, of whom 62 were new to parkrun, and we were honoured to have Patron of parkrun Australia, Mayor of the Gold Coast and running legend Ron Clarke MBE on hand to start us off.

Ron Clarke

The course is flat and scenic so ideal for anyone wanting to set a new personal best time.

Also, on 18 February we were delighted to host 1995 World 5000m Champion Sonia O’Sullivan at Albert parkrun. This was her 1st Australian parkrun but her 29th overall.

Sonia O’Sullivan
This month we debuted our first course video for New Farm parkrun. We are going to create one of these for every course so keep an eye out for a film crew (i.e. me with a flip camera mounted to a bicycle) coming to your event soon!
Finally, don’t forget to enter our 'Travelling Athlete' photo competition. Perhaps you have run the Great Wall Marathon, or have a photo running along the Great Ocean Road. Upload them to the ‘parkrun Australia’ Facebook page and the best three will win a brand new pair of adidas running shoes!

Until next month, happy running!

Happy Running!

Tim from parkrun

adidas and parkrun in 2012

It’s the start of a new year which for some of you most probably means the start of new goals and resolutions. At adidas we have been helping to inspire men and women across the country to enjoy running at every level and as we move into 2012 we look forward to continuing to do so through our partnership with parkrun. With the Olympics nearing, it’s a great reminder that hard work and determination pays off but like you, we understand that this is sometimes easier said than done. In 2012, in association with parkrun, it is our goal to help you Run yourself better. We can’t promise miracles but we can make a commitment to helping you achieve your goals and we look forward to doing so by running alongside you at your local parkrun events. Make sure you keep an eye out on parkrun for details about when adidas will be coming to an event near you and in the meantime, check out adidas Running on Facebook to stay in the loop on adidas running news.

Event News

We have had some great feedback from the events:
Timing issue at St Peters parkrun on 11 February

We had a slight issue with the barcode scanner, unfortunately it only registered about 20% of our runners. Luckily the timer worked fine. This means we need to match runners to their times. If you remember your position/token number - please send an email with your name, finishing position and athlete number and Paul will get it sorted out ASAP. No cheating :)

Albert parkrun cancelled on 17 March

Due to the hosting of the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, there will be no Albert parkrun on 17 March. Normal service will resume on 24 March.

Drop me an email if you have an interesting parkrun related fact, happening or comment that you would like to share with all parkrunners.


Feedback from the field

Alexandra Saragossi - Thank you so much for a wonderful start to the weekend!
Kate Mackie - Can't wait to see the results from today! Was out of action last week with a bad back, so was happy to just get through today's hot run with no pain, BUT, I think I may have done a new PB! Shall wait patiently for the results to confirm!!! Wheeeeee!! (Note, Kate did a 2 minute PB)
Kate Fox - It was my first run on Saturday and I just wanted to say thanks to all the volunteers, they do such a great job! The whole thing is so well done and it’s just such a great vibe :) thanks guys!
Sam Davies - Man this was the best thing EVER!!!!!!!
Judy Bryant - Had a fantastic 1st run, thank you to everyone who made us feel so welcome.
Kati Anthony-Benson - Get Volunteering guys. It's great fun and means that everyone (organisers included) get to run lots! If you are nursing an injury come down and volunteer- you'll still get full points!
Sharon Rowe - Thanks Sydney parkrun for welcoming the Pommies :) great course, we hope to be back one day.
Kathy Rae - Now aiming for under 40 and then 38 that I haven’t achieved since June 2011 also on a flat course.
Nick Galvin - Today was a blast. Thanks for all of the organisation. I'll be back chasing sub 22!

parkrunner of the week

parkrunner of the week
Name:   Hans Juergen Grollius
Club:   Southport Runners and Walkers
Age:   72
Home parkrun:   Main Beach parkrun
Occupation:   Retired from my packaging business
Number of Runs:   32
Number of times volunteered:   7
What do you do at parkruns:   Registration, Sorting of tag-no's, shute organisation, timing and time-keeping.
How has parkrun changed your running:   I am a 10k-runner, it taught me to settle into shorter distances. At the moment, after an injury, I endeavour to achieve (much) better times soon.
What do you like about parkrun:   It is such a pleasure to run with like-minded people who have no hesitation to smile and sometimes crack a joke on the run. Everybody is happy.

Kiwi’s Corner

Tim
Kick The Stress

One of the many positive spin offs from regular exercise is that our body releases endorphins and other hormones that can help manage our stress levels. We all experience certain levels of stress in our lives; it’s how we manage this which can have the biggest impact on our health and happiness. Excessive amounts of stress can lead to a rise in our body’s production and release of Cortisol which is a stress hormone. Constant high levels of this hormone in our body can cause weight gain, interrupt our sleep patterns and generally make us feel less than 100%. The good news is that we can manage this by eating well, exercising and have some “me time”. parkrun can tick two of those boxes with the exercise and the “me time”.

We don’t have to do a PB every time we come to our local parkrun, sometimes it’s just as beneficial to turn up with that great smile on your dial and cruise along for the 5km passing on the positive vibes to those around you. Not only are you spreading your little bit of sunshine to the world, but you are loving your body and managing your stress, now that’s what I call true multi tasking!

So next time you may be feeling a little down or a little stressed out, strap on those runners, ring your friends and head down to your local parkrun event, you will be sure to return with a smile feeling positive and ready to start your day.

Keep on running and remember...... it’s you against you.

Kiwi Tim
Operations Manager

Reminders

Barcode reminder

barcode
Barcodes are used at all our events to record your result. No barcode, No result!

All questions answered

Do you have a question about parkrun? How do I get my barcode? All your questions are answered here.

Children at parkrun

All children under 11 must be supervised by a parent or guardian. Guardians must ensure that children place themselves appropriately so as to prevent a situation where they are being repeatedly overtaken at the start. This is to ensure the safety of your child.

the parkrun show

The parkrun show

You can download your copy of the parkrun show here. (iTunes)

The parkrun show is the audible roundup of the "goings on" of everything that caught the teams eye from the weekend in parkrunworld.

Brought to you by Marathon Talk.

Our Sponsors

adidas investing in parkrun

all out performance

adidas has been focused on athlete’s performance since the first running spikes were made in the 1920’s earning the first Olympic gold medal in adidas shoes. Today, adidas is proud to be supporting parkrunners everywhere. Explore adidas running adidas.com

 

 

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