Weekly newsletter – 25th September 2012




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Welcome to this week's newsletter

In this week’s newsletter we learn that bigger isn’t always better, prepare for the inaugural ‘International parkrun Day’ and marveled at the continued growth of parkrun around the world.

As per usual, the stats are in for last Saturday, September 22:

- Albert Melbourne - 95 runners | 19 first timers | 23 PBs;
- Balyang Sanctuary - 102 runners | 28 first timers | 46 PBs;
- Claisebrook Cove - 39 runners | 14 first timers | 14 PBs;
- Coomera - 44 runners | 12 first timers | 14 PBs;
- Ginninderra - 91 runners | 30 first timers | 34 PBs;
- Kirra - 59 runners | 9 first timers | 16 PBs;
- Main Beach - 160 runners | 24 first timers | 18 PBs;
- New Farm - 248 runners | 53 first timers | 51 PBs;
- Newy - 244 runners | 77 first timers | 79 PBs;
- St Peters - 116 runners | 18 first timers | 35 PBs;
- Wynnum - 41 runners | 20 first timers | 14 PBs.

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Thanks to our amazing Event Directors, Run Directors, volunteers and sponsors for your continued support!

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, @parkrun_au or on Facebook.

Last Saturday I visited Coomera parkrun in the northern Gold Coast and it really reaffirmed in my mind that when it comes to parkrun, size doesn’t matter! What I mean by this is that the perceived success of a parkrun event should not be judged by the number of people that attend on a weekly basis. Rather it is the sense of community that is developed by the Event Director, volunteers and parkrunners. And Coomera parkrun has ‘community’ by the bucket load!

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This wonderful vibe was evident from the moment Event Director Renee Gimbert took the stage to welcome all of the first timers and called for a round of applause for the volunteers. She then kindly introduced yours truly to the group to say a few words and, as this is one of our smaller events, I really felt like every word I said was heard by each and every parkrunner present. This was parkrun at its intimate best! So thanks to Renee, Adam and the rest of the Coomera team for having me, I look forward to returning soon and actually having a run!

Happy Running!

Tim from parkrun Australia

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International parkrun Day

When Paul Sinton-Hewitt organised the first ever parkrun (then known as UK Time Trial) for 13 runners in Bushy Park on October 2, 2004 I’m sure he would never in his wildest dreams have thought that 8 years later folks across the globe would be coming together (metaphorically speaking) to celebrate this seemingly inconspicuous event. But that is exactly what we are planning for the first Saturday in October (this year it is the 6th) which will from this day on be known as ‘International parkrun Day’!

So what does this all mean?

Firstly, it is a celebration, and every good celebration needs a cake… or several cakes! So, for those of you that are that way inclined, we encourage you to bake a cake and bring it to share with your fellow parkrunners. As they say, many cakes makes light work!

Secondly, and most importantly, we think parkrun is worth sharing. So bring a family member, friend or work colleague that hasn’t been to parkrun before. I’m sure you all know someone that will love it but for whatever reason just hasn’t managed to make it down yet.

And lastly, become a parkrun tourist. If you have a parkrun close by that you haven’t been to yet jump in your car and make a day of it. If you normally run at Main Beach, try Coomera or Kirra. If New Farm is your regular, try Wynnum. If you’re an Albert Park local, jump on the Princes Highway and say hi to Adam and Greig at Balyang Sanctuary in Geelong. If St Peters is your thing then you’re only a Pacific Highway hop away from Newy and Naked Dave Robbo! And if you’re from Claisebrook Cove in Perth… well, you’re actually only 8303km from Delta parkrun in Johannesburg, South Africa!!!

So that’s it. We are pumped, so please join us in making the inaugural International parkrun Day something really special.

parkrun just keeps on growing!

The following is from Ian Wilkinson’s excellent parkrunfans blog. Although I was aware of most of this, it still blows my mind to think what we are all a part of…

The parkrun phenomenon just seems unstoppable to me!

It's fair to say that the people at "parkrun HQ", that mythical place you may have read about in the parkrun weekly newsletter recently, must put in a lot of work behind the scenes to ensure that the rate of growth continues. Constantly battling to keep up with what must now be a virtual tidal wave of enquiries to start up the next parkrun in the UK or beyond.

I must also say that the appetite of parkrunners to turn up and run each week is of course another huge factor. I'm sure it's the same at most parkrun events, where there is a core of parkrunners who rarely miss their Saturday morning parkrun fix.

These factors are the main reasons why parkrun continues to grow at such a rate. Roughly doubling in size year-on-year seems to be a pretty consistent trend in the world of parkrun. The number of events roughly double and the number of runners grows at a similar rate.

Take a quick look at the interesting Historical Chart for a clear graphical view of the rate of growth of parkrun.

Barely skimming the surface of these statistics I can point at two things I noticed:

1) Only 6 weeks ago the highest number of parkrunners running on any one parkrun day (the new name for Saturday) had never exceeded 20,000. Six weeks later we have exceeded 23,000 twice and one of those exceeded 24,000, just two weeks ago.

2) Just one year ago, on the same weekend there were a little over 11,100 runners at 92 events. Last weekend saw 23,399 runners at 168 events. Incredible growth!

How long then to break that magic 25,000 runners mark on a single day I wonder? A matter of weeks I would suggest.

Last weekend saw this year's edition of the Great North Run. I am led to believe that this is the biggest single running event in the UK each year, in terms of the number of participants. This year it attracted slightly less than 40,000 starters.

Based on current trends, by this time next year I would venture to suggest that parkrun will attract more runners (pretty much) each and every week of the year than the Great North run does once a year. Now that is impressive!

I admit that not all of the parkrun events are in the UK and that parkrun consists of many smaller events rather than one massive event. But the fact remains that parkrun will be responsible for getting more people running than any other single event. And parkrun will be doing it every week of the year. To me this shows what a massive impact parkrun is having on the running community in this country.

Add to this the great diversity of ages and abilities of parkrunners and this only goes to show what a positive impact parkrun is having on getting people into running and keeping them doing it.


Only time will tell us whether the trend of parkrun growth can continue, but let's hope it does so that many more people can become hooked like the rest of us.Only time will tell us whether the trend of parkrun growth can continue, but let's hope it does so that many more people can become hooked like the rest of us.

RUN BETTER Newcastle

Our friends at the Naked Runners are holding their next RUN BETTER Newcastle Workshop on Sunday 4th November. The session will cover:

1. The practical aspects of running 'SOFT' and why it forms a fundamental part of running better.
2. Preparing & maintaining your body for a lifetime of running - includes how to deal with & avoid injuries.
3. Footwear/gear solutions for optimal performance.
4. The Naked Runners guide to putting more fun in your run.

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Click here for more info.


Feedback from the field

Alison Cokeley - Not sure if this is and 'interesting story', but just wanted to let you know what a great time I had volunteering at Kirra parkrun. Terry and I both volunteered on 8 September 2012 and thoroughly enjoyed sharing in the euphoria experienced by the competitors, whether 'elite' runners or beginners, young or not so young. I have to say, we were a little anxious in case we 'messed up' on the day, but after expert tuition before the event it all went smoothly. I have an injury at the moment and once again volunteered my services last Saturday. Terry was also 'roped' in to help on his return to the finish line. I feel I have made a few more friends by volunteering for this great event, and I urge everyone to help out when they can. As you always say, 'parkrun wouldn't happen without the volunteers'. Keep up the great work.

Loren Strydom - I did my first St Peters parkrun last weekend, what a wonderful experience! I can't believe it’s been on my doorstep all this time and I didn't know about it. It has been a great kick start to my training again. In 2011 I ran the marathon but since then I have really slacked off so this weekly run is ideal to kick me off again after too long a break! I also live 2.5km away which means I get to do a 10km run by running there and back home again - perfect start to a weekend. I look forward to volunteering in a few weeks time.

Janie Forsterling - This winter my husband, Chris, my daughter, Sarah, her partner, Toby and I joined Albert Melbourne parkrun. We love the fresh air, freedom and friendship of exercising together and this run seemed to suit. I was looking for a positive way to get my fitness back after a health hiccup and not being able to run for 6 months. The first run was difficult, but each week was easier and faster. It has become a regular training fixture with the program stuck on our fridge. Last Sunday, my husband, our four children and their partners all made it to the start line for the Sydney Running Festival to celebrate Sarah’s 30th Birthday (her idea). She ran in a school dress, raising money for educating girls in Sierra Leone. Nine of us ran: four in the marathon, four in the half and one in the nine km. It was tough and we all wanted to finish and did, with relief and smiles. Celebrations at the Bondi RSL felt so deserved.

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Serena Paramananthan - I came into running 5 years ago having never run before that at all. I am not a very confident runner and seem to be surrounded by people who run fast (husband, friends, and lately my 13 year old!) which would always undermine my own belief in myself. Anyway, I finally pushed myself to take part in this year’s Bridge to Brisbane and did better than I ever thought I could which then made me think that I should keep challenging myself while I was on this ‘high’. So coincidentally I saw an article about parkrun in our papers two weekends ago, signed up immediately, steeled up the courage to turn up last Saturday and performed better than I thought I was able to. I went to the Wynnum parkrun – beautiful location, a nice bunch of fellow runners and gorgeous weather – and afterwards felt like I climbed Mt Everest – in effort and sense of accomplishment! I am so grateful that I stumbled upon this event and look forward to many more runs at different locations!

Steven Powell - Thanks for a great St Peters parkrun this morning. What a friendly relaxed crowd! With all the money people pay for trainers and gyms, the best way to get fit is just to get out there and do it!!!

Paula Moore - I just wanted to say a very BIG thank you to all the volunteers and runners who helped me today, you are all amazing people. I couldn't imagine my life without Kirra parkrun!

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:   Phil & Julie Stokes
Club:   Unattached
Age:   40 / 41
Home parkrun:   Originally Poole, UK and now Albert Melbourne
Occupation:   Paint Sprayer / Business Development Manager
Number of runs:   30 / 14
Number of times volunteered:   3 / 10
What do you do at parkruns:   Laugh!
How has parkrun changed your running:   It somehow makes us put more effort in to achieve those elusive PBs. As we have very different times we would never normally be found running in the same place however this allows us to at least start together and run the same course.
What do you like about parkrun:   Definitely the social aspect. Meeting great people of all running levels, some of whom become very good friends.
Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:   We really have too many to mention, but our last parkrun at Poole was incredibly memorable - we were given a great farewell by the team. Likewise our first parkrun at Albert Park where we were greeted and welcomed by everyone there and made to feel at home - which was quite amazing given that we'd only been in Australia for one week! parkrun does that - turn up with your barcode and you are among friends. Of course, a Freedom run with Paul Sinton-Hewitt is always going to be memorable.
How can we improve parkrun:   Merchandising - it would help raise funds for new events and advertising and raise awareness among local runners. parkrun is invaluable to many people who would not normally be exercising on a regular basis. We would proudly wear a running vest or carry a drinks bottle with the parkrun logo.


Reminders

Barcode reminder


barcode
Barcodes are used at all our events to record your result. Please collect and print your barcode here. 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

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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.
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Weekly newsletter – 18th September 2012




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Welcome to this week's newsletter
Tim

In this week’s newsletter we celebrate New Farm parkrun’s 1st birthday, marvel at another attendance record at Newy parkrun, and be inspired by some amazing parkrunning families.

As per usual, the stats are in for last Saturday, September 15:

Albert Melbourne - 80 runners | 17 first timers | 25 PBs;
Balyang Sanctuary - 87 runners | 39 first timers | 33 PBs;
Claisebrook Cove - 38 runners | 18 first timers | 14 PBs;
Coomera - 37 runners | 5 first timers | 14 PBs;
Ginninderra - 63 runners | 26 first timers | 20 PBs;
Kirra - 84 runners | 18 first timers | 38 PBs;
Main Beach - 141 runners | 23 first timers | 26 PBs;
New Farm - 390 runners | 98 first timers | 86 PBs;
Newy - 231 runners | 83 first timers | 79 PBs;
St Peters - 108 runners | 24 first timers | 32 PBs;
Wynnum - 42 runners | 23 first timers | 12 PBs.

Thanks to our amazing Event Directors, Run Directors, volunteers and sponsors for your continued support!

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, @parkrun_au or on Facebook.

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So, here we are again, looking back on another amazing week for parkrun Australia. On Saturday I attended the 1st birthday event at New Farm parkrun. I say event in the loosest possible terms as it was more like a festival then a normal parkrun. As you can see in the photo above it was incredibly well supported with another new Australian attendance record of 390 people! Only 611 more and we would have beaten Bushy Park!

Whilst all of this was going we also had new attendance records at Newy with 231 people and Balyang Sanctuary with 87. And all of our other events were also very well supported by runners and volunteers alike, so there were a lot of people feeling the parkrun love!

But we are certainly not resting on our laurels! In the coming months we have a number of new events starting including North Lakes (Qld), Kingscliff (NSW), Kawana (Qld), South Bank (Qld), Launceston (Tas) and Townsville (Qld) all either confirmed or very much on the cards. We are really starting to build a strong footprint in Queensland and have most of the other major cities covered but the big question is, what is happening in Adelaide? Tell me and we will both know!!!

Happy Running!

Tim from parkrun Australia

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New Farm parkrun 1st Birthday

As mentioned above I was lucky enough to be one of almost 400 people who attended New Farm parkrun’s 1st birthday event on Saturday. Knowing Event Director Gareth Saunders as I do, I expected it to be a good morning however it surpassed even my highest expectations. The event was a true collaboration between our sponsors adidas and Suncorp who provided the coffee and breakfast respectively and local supporters Active Stride, Watt Restaurant and Bar, bodyforward Australia, Intraining and Zenergy who provided services and donated raffle prizes. However the real highlight for me was listening to Gareth’s insight into what the last 12 months has meant to him and watching the awards presentations. The following is an excerpt from Gareth’s speech...

“For those that were here for our Christmas parkrun and breakfast, I mentioned I wanted to make New Farm the largest parkrun in the country, and set the benchmark for parkruns around the world. Today we enjoy the prestige of being the largest parkrun in Australia, almost twice the size of the next biggest Australian parkrun. We were also the first parkrun outside the UK to break the 200 and 300 attendee marks and, the stat I am most proud of, we are also the fastest growing parkrun in the world so far this year based off sign up numbers.

Although I quite often receive the accolades for this, these amazing achievements haven't just been a result of my efforts. Instead, they are a collective result of the hard work and dedication of our incredible volunteers, and in particular, the event team. For a handful of you here today, you might remember that we initially had a false start back in May due to not having enough volunteers to get started. Richard, Karen, Mel and I got together and manned the stations to hold the first event. After that first week we had over 15 volunteers and now we are so well staffed with volunteers, with over 220 on our books, that we are usually booked out up to 5 weeks in advance. Pretty amazing considering that we now need a minimum of 12 volunteers to run an event each Saturday.

This past year has been a real journey of discovery for me. Prior to our start, I never could have imagined that I would be involved with Australia’s fastest growing running community. And never in my wildest dreams did I think I would enjoy it half as much as much as I do. For someone who once believed that the best part of a run is looking back on it, I am still blown away by how much I love the parkrun concept, the benefits we are bringing to the community, and most importantly the people we see here each week.

parkrun to me is not about how long or fast you can run. While both of those are great measures of progress, the real meaning of parkrun to me is about the community we have created through the people we attract and retain. The resounding feedback I receive from first timers and parkrun 'virgins' is how friendly, fun and supportive parkrun is. Have a look around at the people near you. This is because of you. Our challenge as parkrunners is to make sure that as this event, and others like it, continue to evolve and grow, we work hard to maintain the fun, friendly, supportive and most importantly, inclusive environment that we have created.”

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Gareth’s words above very succinctly sum up why I love parkrun too and it is extremely rewarding for me to see how this event, and our others around the country, are continuing to thrive week after week.

Congratulations Gareth and all of the New Farm parkrunners on making the last 12 months such a success!

For a short video of the event click here

Newy parkrun is Booooooming!

There must be something in the water in Newcastle for the good folk at Newy parkrun have just seen another new attendance record, this time a MASSIVE 231 runners! This number included 83 first time parkrunners and 79 personal best times. I know Dave Robertson is lobbying to have the tagline for Newcastle changed to the ‘Town of Runners’ and at this rate he may just be successful!!!

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On a separate note, Dave was interviewed on the parkrun show recently and was asked about the reasons behind wearing a headband. His response was brilliant, “I think the headband is a public showing of one's intention to sweat. It’s like you're saying, 'I'm out here, moving my body and I'm ready to embrace the consequences...' i.e sweat and feel great! Anyone that doesn't run or exercise because they don't like to sweat, needs to deal with it as it is one of the important functions that makes us humans who we are. So get outside and sweat today!

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A Family Affair

Last week I asked for some feedback from parents who attend parkrun regularly with their spouse and children. I’m pleased to say I was overwhelmed with inspiring emails and I want to share a few of these with you now:

Jennifer Eaton - St Peters parkrun has become a complete family affair for me. When I first started at the beginning of this year I had my husband and toddler come to Sydney Park and cheer me on, however that didn't last long as now my husband has joined me in running! This lead to getting Grandma or Grandad down to the park to watch Lotte as we ran. However I think we are only left with Grandma now as my Dad who is just about to turn 60 did his first parkrun last weekend and I believe has caught the bug. It’s a great excuse to have good start to the weekend, all meeting up to do something healthy. My toddler Lotte loves the swings and slides afterwards too! I also think having her watch me and my husband participate sets a really healthy example for her to see that by no means are either of us great athletes but we enjoy our runs and believe it’s important to keep fit and healthy. Just a side note - I originally heard about parkrun from a friend in my mother’s group and now there are 3 of us who go from the group… and we have our unofficial post race catch up at in the playground with all the kids after.

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Suzie Ruse - Hi Tim, I have done St Peters parkrun 5 times now and my 11 year old son Oliver came along for the first time last weekend. Oliver has seen me coming home and checking the emails for my time and was taking an interest in this. Out of the blue he suddenly announced he’d like to run too, so last Saturday he came with me. It was thrilling for me to see him taking part after only a few brief practice runs from home. He amazed himself that he could run the whole 5km and the smile on his face at the end when the endorphins kicked in was absolutely brilliant. Quote “That’s the best thing I’ve ever done and I want to do it again next week!” We’ll definitely be back. Thanks so much to the volunteers who make it possible for us to take part.

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Katy Pastoors - Hi Tim, I thought I would tell you about our family parkrun experience. I started running after I had my son to help lose the 22 kilos I put on during a very indulgent pregnancy! I was told that running was the quickest way to lose weight but I always found it very boring just going out by myself. I found out about Main Beach parkrun in the council’s Healthy Lifestyle magazine and thought it would be a good opportunity to meet other runners. It started with just me running but as usual, my husband decided I couldn't be the fastest in the family so he wanted to have a go too. Nothing wrong with a bit of healthy competition! As we have our 2 year old son we started swapping each week. All three of us would head to Main Beach on Saturday morning, one week I would look after Max - the other Troy would. We would even bring the dog some week, and my parents and mother-in-law even came so both of us could run. My Dad loves to come too and take photos. I have also run with in his pram! Max really enjoys playing in the park and I like that he was seeing at an early age that exercise is part of daily life. The most inspiring part of it for me though is that we were able to get my Step-Daughter, Matilda, to join in too on some of the weekends we had her with us. She has not been a very active youngster growing up but after doing a few parkruns with us when we lived on the Gold Coast she now has more of an interest in sport and started playing netball. She felt so happy with herself when she finished the first time, but I still remember the smile on her face the second time when she beat her previous time. Now we have moved to Melbourne and I ran my first Albert parkrun last weekend and I am looking forward to meeting a new bunch of friendly people and having my family supporting me every weekend. Getting out on a Saturday morning in the fresh air and being active with my family is a great way to start the weekend!

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Kirti Nagarkar - Hello Tim. My husband, son and I all started at New Farm parkrun this year after hearing about it from my colleague Steve. It is really fun to run with friends and family. The smiling and encouraging crowd provides all the energy you need to finish the run. We all really look forward to meeting our friends at New Farm parkrun every Saturday. Gareth and the volunteering team extend all the support to make it a great event. One day I met a lady at parkrun who shared tips to improve my stamina and also shared her encouraging story. Her tips have really improved my performance.

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Runners Needed!

Prominent Brisbane lawyer Robert Reed is set to run a 110km ultramarathon in aid of a charity and he wants your help. He is running from the Sunshine Coast to Brisbane on October 1 to raise money and public awareness of domestic violence. He is looking for 110 other runners to also run the final 10km of the journey at their own pace. For more details click here


Feedback from the field

Jennifer Hall ‎- I joined in with a friend last week at New Farm parkrun. We walked and we loved it. We are now looking forward to going most weeks. What a great community event. Thanks to all those who give their time to organize and volunteer ♥

Coral Burke - I did my first Albert Melbourne parkrun last Saturday and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Carol, the Event Director, is so friendly and capable that I felt very welcome, and intend to go every Saturday morning from now on. I am not a runner, I am a bushwalker, so fairly fit and trying to improve my aerobic fitness and enjoy myself at the same time. My time was 37.08 and I was thrilled with that for a start as I walked/jogged for my first time and hope to be running some of the course soon. I had set myself a goal of 45 minutes thinking I would walk more than I did on the day. It's a wonderful event, very friendly people ad very well organised.

Paul Hammond - Hi Tim, It took us a little while to get to Bumbles Cafe but we finally did. Thanks so much to Main Beach parkrun and Bumbles for this awesome surprise – it was really appreciated. My little 2 yr old boy Zachary who is in the attached picture is my inspiration for turning up to parkrun each week. Our little man was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at 3 weeks of age and it's a daily challenge to keep him healthy and free from bugs which can be damaging to his fragile lungs and other vital organs which Cystic Fibrosis affects. Thanks again and see you soon at Main Beach parkrun.

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Andrew Walliker - I did the New Farm parkrun today. It is an awesome event guys, I will spread the word!

Barbara Winters - We're new to New Farm parkrun and had a great time this morning with the run, stretching before and after with the experts, and the anniversary celebrations and treats. Thank you to all of the volunteers and sponsors who make this possible! I can't wait until it comes to South Bank, just around the corner from us!

Pauline Mclaren – Thank you to the organizers and volunteers of New farm parkrun for a fantastic morning on Saturday. So happy to have been able to participate.

Thanks again.

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:   Troy Mytton
Club:   Unattached
Age:   38
Home parkrun:   Albert Melbourne parkrun
Occupation:   Personal Trainer
Number of runs:   10
Number of times volunteered:   10
What do you do at parkruns:   I try and get around the lake as fast as possible! Otherwise I help where I can and have just starting taking warm ups and cool downs plus the odd photo.
How has parkrun changed your running:   It has kept me honest about the time that I can run 5k in and motivates me to lace up my runners every weekend.
What do you like about parkrun: Where to start? A few things spring to mind: the social aspect is awesome; it's on regardless of the weather so no excuses; and it is very well organised.

What do you like about parkrun:   As always it's the first time I will never forget. There was a big guy there and I thought to myself I will be able to beat him or at least be able to stay with him, after all it's only 5k… right? What an eye opener! He took off and I was left choking on his dust. Lesson learnt, never judge a book by its cover. I now know this guy and we have had few laughs about it. Thanks Dom for the reminder to never judge!
Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:   I don't know if you can. It's fun, free and the people are awesome.


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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Town of Runners




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It is rare that parkrun gets involved with charity events or fundraising activities due to the delicate nature of our own ‘not for profit’ status however I’m sure you’ll agree that the following is an extraordinary situation.

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Several weeks ago I read an article about the plight of Turia Pitt and Kate Sanderson who were horribly burnt during the Kimberley Ultramarathon last year. Both ladies sustained injuries that will severely affect them for the rest of their days and are now burdened with substantial medical bills. As such I am organising a charity event on the Gold Coast that I hope will play a small part to helping them cover these expenses.

The event will be a screening of 'Town of Runners', a feature documentary about young runners from the Ethiopian rural town of Bekoji, home to the former Olympic and World Champions Tirunesh Dibaba and Kenenisa Bekele. The film follows three children as they move from school track to national competition and from childhood to adulthood.

The event is happening at 7:30pm on Thursday October 4 at Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club. Ron Clarke MBE has already confirmed that he will attend and give an introductory talk about his races against Abebe Bikila and other Africans in the 1960s and 70s.

Click here to read further details about this event.

HOW YOU CAN HELP?

1. Spread the word. Please forward this email to anyone and everyone of relevance within your personal and professional networks. If you are a media agency, please cover this event!

2. Join us on the night. Tickets cost $15 each or 4 for $50. Children under 16 are free. All money raised goes directly to Turia and Kate. Click here to book your tickets.

3. Donate. If you can't attend on the night you can use the above link to donate money.

3. Raffle prizes. As well as raising money through ticket sales we will be selling raffle tickets on the night and as such need some prizes, the bigger the better of course! We have already received prize donations from the likes of adidas, Swisse, Runner's World, Fly Active, Run 4 Your Life, Hamilton Island and Harvey Norman.

Thanks for taking the time to read this email and I hope you are able to help Turia and Kate in some capacity.

Regards,

Tim from parkrun
Australia


 

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