Weekly newsletter – 26th June 2012


Welcome to this week's newsletter

Firstly, the stats are now in for 23rd June.

 

  • Ginninderra - 31 runners | 8 first timers | 15 PBs;
  • Albert - 57 runners | 7 first timers | 9 PBs;
  • Newy - 58 runners | 27 first timers | 22 PBs;
  • Kirra - 75 runners | 16 first timers | 26 PBs;
  • St Peters - 147 runners | 29 first timers | 45 PBs;
  • Main Beach - 155 runners | 28 first timers | 55 PBs;
  • New Farm - 284 runners | 60 first timers | 93 PBs.

Were you a first timer last weekend, or did you run a personal best? I would love to hear about your experience on tim@parkrun.com.

 

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Last week was certainly a special one here at parkrun Australia as we were visited by the founder of parkrun Paul Sinton-Hewitt. I joined Paul for freedom runs in Melbourne, Brisbane and on the Gold Coast and it was fantastic to see so many passionate parkrunners welcome Paul to our wonderful country. Below are a few thoughts from Paul on his time in Australia.

This weekend sees a number of parkrunners involved as either participants, volunteers or supporters at the annual Gold Coast Airport Marathon. This is Australia’s second largest marathon festival (behind Melbourne) and my home event. I will be running the 10km on Saturday morning as well as managing a volunteer team and MCing on the main stage. Busy times ahead!

Wish me luck!

Tim from parkrun Australia

parkrunning in paradise

It has been my pleasure to spend the last couple of weeks with many antipodeans. I travelled to New Zealand with a view to establishing the parkrun country organisation and couldn’t miss the opportunity to drop by Australia and to say hello to many of you.

My host for the week was your country manager, Tim Oberg. We started with a quick trip to our partner adidas. Meeting the Australian adidas folks taught me a great deal about how to establish partnerships in new territories. The thing that was immediately clear was that very little knowledge or understanding about how parkrun works had been passed from the UK to Australia and this meant a slow unwinding and rebuilding of our position. Adidas Australia responded brilliantly and I am now more certain that we are building a secure and mutual future with them in Australian and hopefully New Zealand too. I also learned that I need to be more flexible about certain aspects of parkrun where national boundaries are concerned.

After the meeting with adidas (please note that adidas is spelt lowercase just like parkrun and let’s see if we can help them by respecting this too), Tim took me to the city centre where we went to the home of sport in Australia. Alongside the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Rod Laver Arena (Australian Open tennis) and Hisense Area (Melbourne Rebels rugby and Melbourne Storm rugby league) is the TAN, a famous 3.8K running track circling the botanical gardens where folks can electronically check themselves in and out thereby recording their time. There is a public leader board showcasing the fastest time which by pure coincidence has the same person at the top as parkrun has for our fastest ever time. I am expecting this to change in the next year as Mo Farah takes both the parkrun record and the TAN record after the Olympics!

Speaking of records, Tim suggested we setup a virtual, world-wide, parkrun smack down. We choose the day, invite Craig Mottram & Jess Trengrove (AUS) and Mo Farah (UK) to attend any event in their country and to run their fastest parkrun. This way we can decide who the undisputed parkrun champion is! I know that’s not what parkrun is about but it’s a small distraction which would show the world just how universal the parkrun family is.

With the TAN complete, Tim deposited me at Albert Park where I waited for the Melbourne parkrun family to finish work and join me for a parkrun. About 20 folks made it to the run which was on the cold side but brilliantly friendly. Some of us jogged around the course chatting all the while, while others saw it as their challenge for the day. It was great to meet the team and the diminutive but larger than life Event Director, Carol Cunningham (from Hull). A few of us went to dinner at a local Japanese restaurant where I was treated to a wonderful meal and great company before being dropped off at my hostel. Melbourne made me feel very welcome with its London like atmosphere, climate and cosmopolitan feel.

The flight to the Gold Coast the next day was a simple and relaxed affair. Picking up a car, Tim took me back to his place for lunch before making our way to Kirra parkrun for a freedom run at 7pm. We parked up at the beach at 6:30pm and there was no one around so we walked on the beach for a bit. By the time we returned 40 folks had turned up, all excited to do their first freedom parkrun. Local Event Director, Chris van Hoof, the epitome of laid backness, barely said a word as Tim got proceedings underway. I ran with a couple who have fund that they can live exclusively on fruit and water. In fact the lady mentioned she had eaten 11 bananas for breakfast that day and had 2 litres of orange juice to wash it down. Now I’m no expert and would like to comment one way or another but they both looked healthy and ran with ease. After the run we stood around chatting, making new friends and finding out that a few folks had migrated from the Home Counties. I also became acquainted with a number of members of the Twin Towns Services Runners & Walkers Club who had made this particular parkrun their home. The Gold Cost Marathon was looming and so much of the talk centred on this with a number of folks running the marathon for the first time while other showing many attempts at the race.

The Kirra experience was brought to an end with an evening at the local Surf Life Saving Club – an institution in Australia. These are members clubs, predominantly formed out of the activities of saving folks lives on the brilliant Australian beaches, but now offer some of the best social lifestyle activities to these beach communities. Folks gather most nights for a good meal and often some other activity like a quiz nite. I joined Chris, Tim, Nicci and Vaughan for a tradition SLSC meal. As I left the club that night, one of the parkrunners asked for an impromptu interview with me, filmed on his iPod touch and destined for YouTube. His first question kind of stumped me “what is parkrun?”.

With Kirra behind us, Tim and I prepared for another day of Freedom parkruns. Starting at 7am, we joined 10 folks at Main Beach parkrun, the first of the Australian events, fathered by Tim and looked after by Brendan Murray. The Main Beach course differs from the other costal courses as it leaves the path half way through and heads off on a somewhat country path giving the feel that you have joined a cross country run before making its way back to the finish area. Once again I ran with the ladies at the back, enjoying a leisurely a chat with the folks. Post run coffee and breakfast was at the Southport Surf Life Saving Club courtesy of Tim. The weather was stunning, a summer’s day by my standards but just a good winter’s day by the Gold Coast standards. We didn’t stay long as we had an appointment with Ron Clarke, MBE. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Clarke)

I didn’t know what to expect meeting Ron but I wasn’t disappointed. Helen Clarke was the first to engage, like an international envoy, she made sure we were completely at ease, brining up stories of the past and her international life while partnering her husband in his running and other business exploits. In the end we didn’t chat much about running except when I enquired about what it was like to be in ones 70’s and having youngsters jog past you as you give it your all. I found to my delight that Ron knew and was friendly with all the greats back home: Chris Brasher, John Disley, David Bedford and of course our very own parkrun UK director, Hugh Brasher. We spent a couple of hours reminiscing and having a wonderful time with the larger than life personality, Bumbles Cafe owner Kate.

Helen thanked me personally for parkrun and Tim for introducing the movement to Australia as her son has found his home with the Main Beach parkrunners. He is one of the stalwarts at this particular event never missing a Saturday. We are grateful to Ron for his patronage and we hope that he will continue to support as many event openings in Australia as possible.

My next meeting was lunch with the Team: Tim O, Tim G and Brendan Murray. This was the teams’ opportunity to question me on the more hidden aspects of parkrun and I hope I didn’t disappoint. I got to know the team and develop and meaningful relationship with them. My lesson here is one that I continue to learn on a daily basis – nearly everyone involved with parkrun, no matter what level, just wants the best for parkrun, their community and for the experience of running and fitness.

Leaving the Gold Coast behind, Tim and I headed for Brisbane or as the natives say Brisvegas. Everything in Australia is shortened and provided a nickname of sorts! About an hours’ drive heading north we arrived on the outskirts of Brissy where Tim provided the tour leader experience. Arriving in the park just before 6pm we were greeted by an eager group of parkrunners. About 60 all told! One of the first to embrace me was Gareth Saunders, Event Director extraordinaire! The run makes a small loop in the park before heading up the banks of the Brisbane River where you make a u-turn finishing in an ideal spot right outside a cafe and a permanent status marking the recent floods. As it was a school night only 20 or so folks stayed behind for a drink and a chat. Tim and I eventually left for home around 9:30pm.

For the last leg of my Australian journey, I flew to Sydney the following morning arriving to a crisp winters’ morning – brilliant blue skies and a warm sun when you sheltered from the breeze. The next few days showed Sydney off as I was blessed with extraordinary weather.

Anyone ever been stalked before? I have! The Newcastle, Australia event director, Dave Robertson, AKA Robbo, started a Facebook campaign as soon as he heard I was coming to Australia to get me to his event for a Freedom run. Of course, I held out until the last minute before telling him I would come. Three hours on the train, north of Sydney and you pass through Cardiff before stopping in Newcastle (Newy). Figures, doesn’t it! Robbo and Silas, not sure if Silas has a nickname, immediately got to work preparing an interview with me for their The Naked Runner blog/website. I soon learnt that these guys are pretty efficient, effective and skilled at interviewing as the questions rolled off and it was clear that they had prepared well. It was a very light hearted and friendly interview and I’m pretty excited to see the final result of their efforts.

As the interview took longer than expected, we arrived late for the Freedom run and had to catch up with the other Freedom parkrunners which included ex-professional athlete and southern hemisphere parkrun record holder Scott Westacott along with also rans’ Andrew Dodd, Simon White and Robbo. The boys kept to the freedom theme as we completed the flat course around the docks in 25 minutes. Lunch was a delightful affair with more questions about how parkrun integrates with governing bodies and local race organisers etc.

Robbo completed the day giving me a tour of Newcastle and leaving me the impression that Newy holds some wonderful secrets and offers a paradise for those looking for it. Taking the train back to Sydney I couldn’t help notice that we went past the Hunter Valley, another great place to stop over for those who enjoy a classy glass of wine or two. Sounds like a perfect place for a parkrun?

Arriving back in Sydney, I met my friend Celine for dinner in Manly, taking the ferry from Circular Quay – this is what most people dream of. And so to #parkrunday! Driving from North Sydney, an hour’s drive from St Peters, I managed to convince Celine to not only drive me to the event but also to take part. Celine has an injury right now and shouldn’t really be running. Sound familiar? Anyway, arriving at St Peters, you can’t miss the start area as the two prominent parkrun flags are a dead giveaway, I was surprised to meet Paul Wilcock as I expected him to still be on vacation. The start area is deceptive and doesn’t quite alert you to what is to come. Heading out of the park you encounter a gentle decline – great except for what is to come. Finding your way back into the park at about half way the hill stares you in the face. It’s a killer! Short but definitely stamps the life out of you if you don’t expect it and have already spent all your energy getting there. I’ve run Ashton Court and that’s a toughie but you know it’s coming from the start and so prepare appropriately. In defence of St Peters, they did tell me there was a hill, even called it heartbreak hill, but I wouldn’t listen. Well, after the hill, the rest of the run is all about hanging on.

As is usual with parkrun, we stayed over and the perfectly formed cafe in the park for coffee and a chat. I was pleased that Celine joined me and discovered parkrun as I found that for the remainder of the weekend she was telling her friends of the experience. Isn’t that how is always is?

I’m writing this on one of those wide-bodied, double story jet thingy’s crossing the Pacific to Portland, Oregon where I have a meeting with adidas and where we hope to convince them to back the growth of parkrun in America. It’s by no means a dead-cert as America will not be told what to do! Reflecting on this trip I return to the title of the article, what is the state of the parkrunNation?

, it is simply brilliant! Outstanding, wonderful, energetic, enthusiastic and peaceful. The goodwill that exudes from every person that I talked to who has discovered parkrun is incredible. So far we have been successful in exporting the parkrun principles, ethics and methods. The stories are all the same no matter where you are in the world. “My life has changed!”. “I’ve introduced my family and friends!”. “I’m not a runner but I’m doing parkrun each week now”. “Through parkrun I have been able to influence my work colleagues to consider a different way of doing things”.

I am fortunate to have a wonderful family that crosses all boundaries and spans a massive geography. Put on your parkrun tee shirt and take part in another parkrun anywhere in the world and you have the same entitlement. We may come from diverse cultures but when its #parkrunday we are one.

I met many folks on my travels, too many for me to remember all your names, however I want to thank you for welcoming me into your figurative homes and for showing me extraordinary kindness. I am a better person for all your generosity. Bless you all.

Paul

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Suncorp Bank Sydney Harbour 10k

If you were lucky enough to be checking out the Sydney parkrun Facebook page last Friday you would’ve seen that our friends at Suncorp Bank offered up a surprise 50 free entries to parkrunners in the Suncorp Bank Sydney Harbour 10k - a brand new event happening on Sunday 8 July! This spectacular 10k run will take place at the historic Sydney Rocks, taking runners along the Sydney foreshore, through Darling Harbour and Pyrmont and finishing back at the Rocks. The certified 10km flat course is designed for participants to test their pace and endurance as they prepare for the winter running classics on the Sydney running calendar. If you weren’t lucky enough to grab one of the 50 freebies, visit www.sydneyharbour10k.com.au to enter.

Suncorp Bank is inviting participants to join the Suncorp Bank runPositive Team for this exciting event. When you join the runPositive Team, you’ll get a running kit including a shirt, cap and backpack and the chance to win a double entry into the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival and one night’s accommodation in the city or one of 25 SunWise packs. Places in the team are limited and you must register before 4 July so race in now! For more details and to register visit www.suncorpbank.com.au/sydneyharbour10k.

 

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Gold Coast Airport Marathon Volunteering

We are volunteering in the recovery area at the Gold Coast Airport Marathon from 6am-10am on June 30. If anyone is available to assist please contact tim@parkrun.com.

Run with Gilly at the Gold Coast Airport Marathon!

You can run with Suncorp Bank’s Community Ambassador Adam Gilchrist at the Gold Coast Airport Marathon on Saturday 30 June. Gilly will be at the Suncorp Bank Shade Bar on the Event Lawn in the race precinct from 7.15am – 7.45am. If you’re a fan of the cricket legend make sure you visit the Suncorp Bank Shade Bar to say G’day and grab an autograph or a photo. He will be running in the Queensland Health Challenge (5.7km) so if you’re after a running group, meet at the Shade Bar before 7.45am to run with Gilly!


Feedback from the field

Mark Young - I did my first parkrun last Saturday morning at St Peters in Sydney. I am a regular runner and enjoy various distance races, but found the whole parkrun experience to be superbly organised and executed. It was a great atmosphere and a fun/fast course with a couple of hills thrown in for good measure! I will definitely be trying to attend as regularly as possible and getting that PB down every week!
 
Ailean Lawrence - As a first timer and a very new runner, I wasn’t sure how I would go at parkrun. Participating in a 5km run when I knew I could only run 3km was a little tough. Hearing the cheers as I cross the finish line last has made me more determined to do a better time next week. Thank you to everyone for being friendly and encouraging.
 
Drop me an email if you have an interesting parkrun related fact, happening or comment that you would like to share with all parkrunners.

parkrunner of the week

parkrunner of the week
Name:   Brendan Murray
Club:   WINGS Performance - "The Flock"
Age:   25
Home parkrun:   Main Beach parkrun
Occupation:   Business Owner / Coach
Number of runs:   7
Number of times volunteered:   61
How did you become an Event Director at parkrun:   Got involved as a volunteer & saw the potential in creating a fantastic community.
What do you like about parkrun:   Seeing the effects of contribution & exercise to create a strong spirited community. It’s great to see people feeling a part of something and taking responsibility for its development.
Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:   Continuously seeing people run in PB's & or coming back every week smashing out a big smile after their run!

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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Weekly newsletter 19th June 2012


Welcome to this week's newsletter

Firstly, the stats are now in for 16th June:

 

  • Newy - 47 runners | 20 first timers | 22 PBs;
  • Ginninderra - 62 runners | 13 first timers | 35 PBs;
  • Kirra - 64 runners | 11 first timers | 16 PBs;
  • Albert - 81 runners | 13 first timers | 20 PBs;
  • St Peters - 116 runners | 15 first timers | 31 PBs;
  • Main Beach - 163 runners | 28 first timers | 49 PBs;
  • New Farm - 230 runners | 52 first timers | 60 PBs.

Were you a first timer last weekend, or did you run a personal best? I would love to hear about your experience on tim@parkrun.com.

 

 

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I spent yesterday (Monday) with parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt (aka PSH) in Melbourne. Our first point of call was the Asia Pacific headquarters of adidas in Mulgrave, about 20 minutes south-east of the CBD. It is always a pleasure meeting with the team at adidas and we were all engrossed by PSH’s words of wisdom regarding the best ways for adidas to ‘add value’ to parkrun.

Next up was lunch on Chapel Street followed by a lap of the famous 3.8km Tan Track around the Botanical Gardens. This is hallowed turf for runners and PSH was taking holiday snaps on his digital camera like a true tourist!

 

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I then took PSH to Albert Park for his first Freedom Run in Australia. Unfortunately I had to make my way to the airport at 5:30pm so couldn’t stay for the scheduled 6pm run however I left PSH in the safe hands of some of our enthusiastic Albert parkrunners… a visit to a nearby pub had already been mentioned before I left! All I asked was that he make it back to his hotel in South Yarra in one piece!

adidas Shoe Testing

Last Saturday we had adidas involved at both Ginninderra and Main Beach parkruns, offering free shoe trials to any eager parkrunners who wanted to sample their latest and greatest footwear. Both events had excellent turnouts and the shoes were literally flying off the racks. Thanks to adidas to making this all possible.

 

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The folks at Main Beach parkrun were also lucky enough to have a visit from Suncorp Bank who distributed sunscreen, water and mixed lollies aswell as inviting parkrunners to their VIP tent at the upcoming Gold Coast Airport Marathon for a free post-run breakfast. This was very well received and we are all looking forward to visiting Suncorp Bank at the GCAM in a couple of weeks.

PSH Visit

As mentioned above, the founder of parkrun, Paul Sinton-Hewitt, is currently in Australia will be ‘Freedom Running’ at a number of our events. Confirmed dates remaining are: June 19 @ 6pm Kirra parkrun; June 20 @ 7am Main Beach parkrun; June 20 @ 6pm New Farm parkrun; June 23 @ 8am St Peters parkrun. PSH would love to meet as many of you as possible so if you are in the area on those dates please come along. We have now created Facebook events for each run so we can get a rough idea of attendance in advance.

 

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Happy Running!

Tim from parkrun Australia

GC Marathon volunteering

We are volunteering in the recovery area at the Gold Coast Marathon on the morning of June 30. If anyone is available to assist please contact tim@parkrun.com.


Feedback from the field

Thomas Do Canto – “Hey just thought I'd send a quick message to let you know that Lana Whatley and I are about 3 weeks out from our wedding!! We met at the St Peters parkrun in March. She normally runs but was injured so volunteered that week. She scanned my barcode, we chatted and 2 months later we were engaged!! We were actually going to have the wedding in Sydney Park at one point. Lana is from London and her parents do the Richmond park parkrun over there. They just surprised Lana last week with the news they are flying into Sydney for the small and short notice wedding!! So basically parkrun is the new RSVP!!! Thanks, Tom”
 
Lizy Lowe – “I was a first timer at St Peters parkrun. I was really impressed with the course and a great warmup. Looking forward to beating my time next week!”
 
Carissa Bernal Carrillo – “Last week was my first run at New Farm parkrun. I haven't done running events in about 10 years and was very impressed with the volunteers and their support to all the runners. Thanks to the organisers and I look forward to attending many more parkruns and even giving volunteering ago. Thanks for a fantastic weekly event!”
 
Drop me an email if you have an interesting parkrun related fact, happening or comment that you would like to share with all parkrunners.

parkrunner of the week

parkrunner of the week
Name:   Alan Burrell
Club:   Which club?
Age:   48
Home parkrun:   Now at New Farm, formerly Greenwich, London.
Occupation:   IT Consultant & another POM glad to be in Oz.
Number of runs:   45 (16 at New Farm).
Number of times volunteered:   18.
What do you do at parkruns:   Timer, Registration, Marshal, Volunteer Coordinator, Course Setup, Result Processing… and running too.
How has parkrun changed your running:   It has taught me a lot about techniques and strategies to go faster! But if you told me last year I would be getting up at 5am every Saturday morning in order to run along the beautiful New Farm course I would not have believed you!
What do you like about parkrun:   Everyone is welcome and it is a good mix of fun, social and serious running. Gareth and the team do a great job at running the New Farm parkrun every week come sun or rain (oh yes it does rain sometimes here in QLD even on a Saturday morning)
Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:   Running with Santa Claus hats and jingle bells for the Christmas parkrun in Greenwich last year (great idea Mavis), and chalking up a series of consecutive PBs at New Farm over the last few months (must be doing something right)!

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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Weekly Newsletter 13th June 2012


Welcome to this week's newsletter

It has been several weeks since our last ‘weekly’ newsletter and in typical parkrun style there has been much to report and of course plenty of exciting upcoming events to reveal.

We are delighted to announce that Suncorp Bank have joined adidas as card carrying supporters of parkrun here in Australia! Suncorp Bank already has a fantastic pedigree supporting several marquee running events around the country, including the Gold Coast Airport Marathon, Suncorp Bank Sydney Harbour 10k, The Sunday Mail Suncorp Bank Bridge to Brisbane and the Suncorp Bank Fremantle Fun Run. And now they can add the jewel to the proverbial running crown, parkrun!

We look forward to seeing Suncorp at Main Beach parkrun this Saturday and at other events around the country in due course.

 

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Last Saturday saw the launch of our latest event, Newy parkrun, in the coal city of Newcastle. Under the Event Directorship of Dave Robertson, the launch was spectacularly successful with 77 runners attending on a glorious winter morning. We even had a new parkrun Australia record with Scott Westcott running 15:08! Click here for a full run report.

 

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This coming Saturday we have something special happening at Main Beach and Ginninderra parkruns. adidas are coming and bringing lots of shoes with them for you to try on your run. Simply show up 30 minutes early to give plenty of time to get fitted up before we get started. If that wasn't incentive enough to come to parkrun this Saturday, adidas will also be giving away three prize packs. The three lucky winners will be chosen at random and will receive new adidas shoes, a shirt, a pair of shorts and socks. You must have your barcode to be eligible so make sure you bring it with you.

Why not show your support of the people who support us and wear your adidas gear to parkrun this Saturday. Let’s show them what a sea of 'three stripes' looks like.

 

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How off the press, you can now order parkrun shirts personalised with your name, athlete number and home event across the back. Orders are to be placed and paid for on the youcanrun.com.au website, and shirts will be distributed by the Event Director at your home parkrun. Orders are collated up until the end of each month, then printed and distributed by the end of the following month. The shirts are high quality adidas Response - perfect for running in.

 

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We have several new event launches coming up. On June 30 parkrun makes its way to Perth for the launch of Claisebrook Cove parkrun on the banks of the Swan River. Pencil in July 28 for the launch of Coomera parkrun in the Northern Gold Coast, our third and final parkrun for the region! And it looks like Geelong will finally get a parkrun on August 25 with the launch of Balyang Sanctuary parkrun.

The founder of parkrun, Paul Sinton-Hewitt, will be visiting Australia shortly and will be ‘Freedom Running’ at a number of our events. Confirmed dates are: June 18 @ 6pm – Albert parkrun; June 19 @ 6pm Kirra parkrun; June 20 @ 7am Main Beach parkrun; June 20 @ 6pm New Farm parkrun; June 23 @ 8am St Peters parkrun. Paul would love to meet as many of you as possible so if you are in the area on those dates please come along. We have now created Facebook events for each run so we can get a rough idea of attendance in advance.

 

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We are volunteering in the recovery area at the Gold Coast Marathon on the morning of June 30. If anyone is available to assist please contact tim@parkrun.com.

Happy Running!

Tim from parkrun Australia

parkrunner of the week

parkrunner of the week
Name:   Kai Ooi.
Club:   Crosbie Crew
Age:   23
Home parkrun:   Albert parkrun, Melbourne
Occupation:   Smile Artist aka Future Dentist.
Number of runs:   17
Number of times volunteered:   2
What do you do at parkruns:   Go bird watching.
How has parkrun changed your running:   Rise & Shine! Gets me up early on a Saturday morning and lets me start the day right. Oh and there is the small benefit of a 5km time-trial every week!
What do you like about parkrun:   people from all walks of life who are genuinely fun to be around! No matter your background or financial status, everyone is equal and doing all they can to set a PB or helping others along the course.
Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:   Chuffed with a 23 second PB one day but got called 'Soft' and 'Marshmallow Man' by a fellow parkrunner! I never admitted it but that inspired me to improve a further 65 seconds the next week, so thank you.

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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