Weekly newsletter – 29th October 2012




<br /> parkrun Australia newsletter 30th October 2012 web version<br />




Welcome to this week's newsletter

In this week’s newsletter we launch a new event at Kawana, celebrate Halloween at St Peters and get the monthly stats round up from Professor Alan!

As per usual, the stats are in for last Saturday, October 27, with a course attendance record at St Peters!

Albert Melbourne - 91 runners | 19 first timers | 26 PBs;
Balyang Sanctuary - 92 runners | 22 first timers | 39 PBs;
Claisebrook Cove - 72 runners | 20 first timers | 18 PBs;
Coomera - 53 runners | 8 first timers | 12 PBs;
Ginninderra - 72 runners | 10 first timers | 31 PBs;
Kawana - 40 runners | 31 first timers | 40 PBs;
Kingscliff - 18 runners | 11 first timers | 6 PBs;
Kirra - 55 runners | 11 first timers | 14 PBs;
Main Beach - 148 runners | 20 first timers | 25 PBs;
New Farm - 297 runners | 47 first timers | 38 PBs;
Newy - 275 runners | 57 first timers | 81 PBs;
North Lakes - 36 runners | 25 first timers | 6 PBs;
St Peters - 182 runners | 38 first timers | 37 PBs;
Wynnum - 87 runners | 22 first timers | 21 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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My alarm clock went off at 3:20am on Saturday and 10 minutes later Nicci (wife), Jack (baby), Clarence (dog) and myself had all piled into the parkrun mobile for the drive north to the always beautiful Sunshine Coast. Google maps was predicting a journey time of 2:50 however I was pretty sure that was a bit of an exaggeration so I was relieved when the Garmin sat-nav predicted an arrival time at Kawana Surf Club of 6am. That would mean we would have time for a quick coffee break on the outskirts of Brisbane.

And so it was that we arrived in perfect time to meet our newest Event Director Kelly Daly for the launch of yet another event, Kawana parkrun. This event has been over a year in the making as it was October last year when I first presented parkrun to Sunshine Coast Regional Council. Since then we have had to wait patiently for the right person to offer themselves as Event Director and I’m sure we have found that in Kelly, a keen runner herself and Sunshine Coast University student.

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The location for Kawana parkrun is amazing, possibly our best yet. The start / finish is on a grassy knoll in front of Kawana Surf Club and the course runs north and loops around Point Cartwright Lighthouse, with stunning views across the bay to Mooloolaba. At 7am we greeted a very healthy crew of 40 runners including 31 first timers and 100-club member Ian Wynnes and, after the usual first time run briefing, set them on their way in the knowledge that first one back would be the inaugural course record holder… for at least one week! And that honour, ladies and gentlemen, went to David Scroope in a time of 20:31, with first female back being Leanne Peters in 28:02. Interestingly both of these were from the 50-54 age category which makes me wonder if any parkrun event has ever had both male and female course record holders being from this ‘more mature’ category simultaneously?

Well done to Kelly on a great first event and special thanks to Helen Szabo from Active & Healthy Sunshine Coast for being such a delight to work with during the lead up.

Lastly, we have ANOTHER event launch this Saturday with South Bank parkrun in Brisbane. We are anticipating this event to be very well attended from the start as it will ‘share the load’ of New Farm parkrun’s 3000+ registered parkrunners. Good luck to Gareth and the new event team (not that you need it).

Happy Running!

Tim from parkrun Australia

Halloween @ St Peters!

What a great weekend at St Peters parkrun in Sydney! We had an attendance record of 182 runners (the previous best was 150), a whole bunch of runners dressed up for Halloween, mixed lollies from Suncorp Bank, prizes from adidas and The Running Company at Potts Point, and a new ladies course record (Megan Towill in 18:47)! We had pirates, zombies, firemen, the Big Bad Wolf, Wonder Woman, Alice in Wonderland, devils, demons, witches, bumblebees and a whole lot more. Thanks for getting in to the spirit! A big congratulations to a few of our younger parkrunners who took the big step from leading the cheer squad to running the whole 5K for the very first time. See below for a selection of photos from the day...

Paul from St Peters parkrun

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By the numbers…

October was another record month for parkrun in Australia. With a 13.6% increase in parkrunners over the preceding 4 weeks!

We did of course have International parkrun on 6th October, with half of our parkruns managing to answers Tim’s call to bring along new people and set new attendance records. So well done you all! The spike on this graph shows the big day...

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Click on the graph to view a larger copy

We also had the launch of 3 new events and with more to follow in the coming months I am expecting the growth in numbers to increase as more people discover the joy of starting their weekends with our free 5km runs or walks!

New Farm remains the parkrun with the biggest attendance, but Newy are catching them fast:

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Click on the pie chart to view a larger copy

I will leave you with one last fact: the fastest growing parkrun last month was Wynnum with a month on month growth of 57.8% - honest!

Happy parkrunning to you all in November.

Alan & Róisín from Wynnum parkrun

Longest parkrun…………

The longest parkrun idea was started by some lunatics in the UK in the summer of 2010. The idea is simple – parkrunners meet on the Sunday closest to the longest day of the year, to visit 7 different parkruns. But while the potential total distance is quite large (35km), this isn't a heavy duty running event. It is first and foremost a social day - there's no official timing, runners can turn up at as many (or as few) of the runs as they want, and do as much of the courses as they want.

Australia’s inaugural ‘Longest parkrun’ will take place at 5am on Sunday 16th December with the route taking in North Lakes – Sandgate – New Farm – South Bank – Wynnum – Coomera – Main Beach. Click here for further information or to register your interest in attending.

Suncorp Bank Freo Fun Run

Our partner, Suncorp Bank is proud to sponsor the newest event on the Western Australian running calendar – the Suncorp Bank Freo Fun Run. Set for November 11 in iconic Fremantle, with two unique distances to run, 4km and 10km, there is something for everyone and it is sure to be a great day out. You'll also have the chance to take part alongside Suncorp Bank Ambassador Adam Gilchrist, and event ambassadors Aaron Sandilands and Narelda Jacobs as well as a host of 92.9 personalities. ENTER NOW at www.freofunrun.com.au and join the excitement!

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Feedback from the field

Sharon Durbidge - I have now completed 5 Newy parkruns and love it however there always seems to be a problem with people not having their barcodes. I'm sure this must be a common problem so whilst waiting in line a few weeks ago the lady in front of me had this great idea… she had laminated and cut her barcode and placed a hole in one end and threaded it through her laces. So I went home and did the same thing! I just leave mine there all the time now so I will always have it and you don't have to worry about where to carry your card. I have attached a photo so you get what I am trying to explain, just wanted to share this.

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Jacquelin Shaw – I had a great run at Kawana parkrun today and am looking forward to the next one. I might even stay for that morning cuppa! Well done everyone, and thank you organisers and volunteers for bringing parkrun to the Sunshine Coast.

Craig Welch - Well done on the inaugural Kawana parkrun event. It was great to catch up with Tim Oberg again, and to see my friends Janis Mcevoy and David Scroop. Just looking at the results and all bar 6 runners were first time parkrunners! I'd say that's a good figure, showing that parkrun is attracting new blood.

Bonnie Hendriks - Congratulations Kelly Daly on such a good turnout at Kawana parkrun today. You've done an awesome job :)

Poole parkrun - G'day Kawana parkrun. It’s a fair dinkum pleasure to welcome you to the parkrun family. Hope you're flat out like a lizard drinking... and get loads of Bruces and Sheilas and ankle-biters at your first 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:   Steve Bishop
Club:   Unattached
Age:   64
Home parkrun:   St Peters parkrun
Occupation:   Garbage Collector
Number of runs:   19
Number of times volunteered:   3
What do you do at parkruns:   Over the last 5 weeks my 3 children and son-in-law have been running. My wife comes along and minds our 4 grandchildren who cheer us on then play in the park which makes a good family morning.
How has parkrun changed your running:   It re ignited my passion for running and stops me making excuses for not having a go.
What do you like about parkrun:   Meeting new friends and family and being part of a great event surrounded by great organisers and friendly volunteers.
Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:   Funniest thing is I have stopped doing PBs while my kids keep on improving. I keep telling them one day I will have the last laugh. It’s all great fun!
How can we improve parkrun:   Maybe have a 1k run for kids before or after our parkrun.


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.

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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.

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Weekly newsletter – 22nd October 2012

Welcome to this week's newsletter

In this week’s newsletter we launch new events at Kingscliff and North Lakes, hear an inspiring tale from Brendan Murray, and make plans for the ‘longest parkrun’ Australia has ever seen!

As per usual, the stats are in for last Saturday, October 20, with event launches at Kingscliff and North Lakes and course attendance records at Albert Melbourne and Claisebrook Cove!

Albert Melbourne - 107runners | 17 first timers | 28 PBs;
Balyang Sanctuary - 76 runners | 20 first timers | 33 PBs;
Claisebrook Cove - 72 runners | 19 first timers | 20 PBs;
Coomera - 71 runners | 26 first timers | 15 PBs;
Ginninderra - 59 runners | 8 first timers | 18 PBs;
Kingscliff - 15 runners | 15 first timers | 10 PBs;
Kirra - 77 runners | 28 first timers | 16 PBs;
Main Beach - cancelled due to GC600;
New Farm - 310 runners | 45 first timers | 46 PBs;
Newy - 245 runners | 68 first timers | 36 PBs;
North Lakes - 46 runners | 29 first timers | 46 PBs;
St Peters - 144 runners | 24 first timers | 31 PBs;
Wynnum - 88 runners | 22 first timers | 27 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.

I attended the Kingscliff launch at 8am on Saturday morning, our third event in New South Wales although only 15 minutes south of the Queensland border. Ordinarily this would have meant an extra hour in bed for me however, as Queensland is a bit backward and doesn’t have daylight saving time, this was actually 7am Queensland time so the extra hour of sleep was not to be. Come April 2012 when daylight saving ends I’m tipping that it will become a bit of a thing to run Kirra at 7am followed by a ride or drive to Kingscliff for the 8am start. Remember, you heard it here first! Anyway, back to the launch, our Event Director at Kingscliff is Dawn Courage, a name that may already be familiar to Gold Coasters as she is regularly mentioned on the Mortgage Choice radio ads.

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Dawn has been a regular runner and volunteer at Kirra parkrun over the past 9 months and so I was delighted when she approached me a few months back about setting up in Kingscliff. The location Dawn has chosen is fantastic, starting and finishing in Salt Village, with a flat 5km course and an array of cafes and shops to keep everyone entertained post-run. 15 eager runners, many who were first timers, joined us for the launch with a red hot course record being set by my mate Dave Coombs, and cupcakes for all runners and volunteers provided by Wendy and Nikki. I stayed on after the run to help dawn process her first lot of results however unfortunately we had a little technical glitch from the parkrun side so apologies to Dawn and the runners for not having your results processed until yesterday. Well done Dawn and team on a great first event.

Our new National Operations Manager Gareth Saunders attended the launch of North Lakes parkrun and reported back that it was a wonderful morning with 46 runners including 29 first timers. I look forward to visiting North Lakes parkrun soon, well done Tim and team.

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We all love parkrun and photos and during my usual Saturday afternoon Facebook trawl I found this one from Newy parkrun with comments highlighting: 1. On the left, a bit of pre-run love between Hayley and Ben Petersen; and 2. On the right, an in depth conversation about headbands between Dave Robbo and Troy Green. HILARIOUS!

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Lastly, a want to publically thank Coomera Event Directors Renee and Adam Gimbert who gave up their Saturday to promote parkrun at their local shopping centre as part of a Gold Coast City Council event. It is commitment like this from our core volunteers that has enabled parkrun to flourish, not just here in Australia, but all over the world. Thanks again guys.

Happy Running!

Tim from parkrun Australia

Banter from Brendo!

Several months ago I had the pleasure of meeting Zach Kimber after he was invited down to Main Beach parkrun by Tim Oberg. I really took to Zach’s display of effort at parkrun (he has a very handy PB of 20:05) as he always leads the pack out from the start without fear regardless of the caliber of runners that would later pass him (funnily enough this is the crazy way I like to race too). His mum Tanya later contacted me asking whether I could Coach Zach to help him reach his potential for the upcoming Special Olympics Trans Tasman Tournament. “Yes please” I said, “Love that kids attitude”!

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Zach and I got down to work and Tim arranged for adidas to provide him with a new set of gear including running spikes for competing on tartan. The outcome was that last week Zach travelled to Cairns for the Special Olympics and came home with 2 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze medal. According to Tanya he really came home strong in the shorter races!

Well done Zach, we are all extremely proud of your achievements.

Brendan from Main Beach parkrun

Club Shirts

At parkrun we like to celebrate persistence. We love to acknowledge when a parkrunner has reached a significant target. Each person attaining the target is uniquely identifiable on the website alongside their results by an icon to signify their achievement. At parkrun we have four clubs:

10 Club - for juniors only. You have to be 19 and under at the time you achieve your tenth parkrun.
50 Club - The red symbol signifies that you have achieved 50 parkruns.
100 Club - The black symbol signifies that you have achieved 100 parkruns.
250 Club - The black & gold symbol signifies that you have achieved 250 parkruns.

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In the UK hundreds, if not thousands, of parkrunners have joined one of these illustrious clubs and been rewarded with a commemorative t-shirt. Here in Australia we have only a handful (for now) of 10 Club and 50 Club members and we are in the process of obtaining your commemorative shirts from our major sponsor adidas. There has been a bit of a delay with the red 50 Club shirts as adidas keeps very low stock of these locally, so please be patient as we do our best to come up with a solution.

Longest parkrun…………

The longest parkrun idea was started by some lunatics in the UK in the summer of 2010. The idea is simple – parkrunners meet on the Sunday closest to the longest day of the year, to visit 7 different parkruns. But while the potential total distance is quite large (35km), this isn't a heavy duty running event. It is first and foremost a social day - there's no official timing, runners can turn up at as many (or as few) of the runs as they want, and do as much of the courses as they want.

Australia’s inaugural ‘Longest parkrun’ will take place at 5am on Sunday 16th December with the route taking in North Lakes – Sandgate – New Farm – South Bank – Wynnum – Coomera – Main Beach. Click here for further information or to register your interest in attending.

Pan Pac Masters volunteers

I have recently accepted the volunteer position of Cross Country Race Director at the Pan Pacific Masters Games to be held on the Gold Coast on November 4. This is a real honour and I would like to thank Events Queensland Gold Coast for the opportunity. To make this event run smoothly I require a Top Gun / best of the best squad of around 10 volunteers who can assist me on the day between 6-10am. If you are available please email tim@parkrun.com

Suncorp Bank Freo Fun Run

Our partner, Suncorp Bank is proud to sponsor the newest event on the Western Australian running calendar – the Suncorp Bank Freo Fun Run. Set for November 11 in iconic Fremantle, with two unique distances to run, 4km and 10km, there is something for everyone and it is sure to be a great day out. You'll also have the chance to take part alongside Suncorp Bank Ambassador Adam Gilchrist, and event ambassadors Aaron Sandilands and Narelda Jacobs as well as a host of 92.9 personalities. ENTER NOW at www.freofunrun.com.au and join the excitement!

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Variety Santa Fun Run

Variety – the Children’s Charity, will host their fourth annual Santa Fun Run on Sunday 25th November 2012 and parkrunners have been offered a $5 discount when registering by entering the promo code ‘parkrun’. You can run it, walk it, skip it, hop it - finish it however you like, just make sure you do it in your official five piece Variety Santa Suit! Best of all, registrations include a Santa suit for adults and children (aged 3-12). Click here for more information.

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Feedback from the field

Amanda Raffone – I ran at Coomera parkrun today, thanks. It was good fun and the people were so nice!

Kevin Armstrong - There are many reasons why Melbourne lays claim to the title of “Sporting Capital of Australia” and I was reminded of this at the Albert Melbourne parkrun on 13 October. I thought it was pretty good to have Sonia O’Sullivan (Irish running legend & Melbourne resident – Sydney Olympics 5k silver medalist, multiple World and European champion at both track & cross country, 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games Australian team member, 2012 London Olympics Irish team chef de mission etc.!) in front of me as she cruised around the Albert Park Lake circuit with the rest of us chatting with a friend. But then coming the other way I saw James Tomkins (Oarsome Foursome member, multiple Olympic and World champion rower and recent Australian Sports Hall of Fame inductee) on a morning run! The only thing that would have made this better was to have James running with us too – but maybe next time. We need to grow our numbers and all are welcome – champions and the rest of us. There may not be a famous sporting face every week but as it is Melbourne you never know who you’ll find yourself running with!

Will Thames – Congrats on a very well organised North Lakes parkrun launch. It was as well done as many long-standing parkruns. Congratulations Tim, and I hope it continues to be a great success. Was very pleased with 5th place :)

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Josh Jones - Thanks to the team from North Lakes parkrun for organising and volunteering on your Saturday. Well done today!

Ruth Davies - Congratulations North Lakes parkrun. It is an awesome course and was great fun. See you again next week!

Martyn Ellis - First North Lakes parkrun done, many more to come.

Pippin Holmes – We are all loving the family atmosphere at Claisebrrok Cove parkrun. It is so nice to have a weekly sporting event that the whole family can do together.

Jeremy Savage – Claisebrook Cover parkrun today was fantastic! Thanks to everyone who makes it happen.

Ian Ferguson – Congratulations to the team at Claisebrook Cove parkrun on creating such a great 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:   Natalie Green
Club:   Unattached
Age:   39
Home parkrun:   St Peters parkrun
Occupation:   Copywriter
Number of runs:   8
Number of times volunteered:   Lots - even when I can't run, I try to come along.
What do you do at parkruns:   Soak up the Saturday morning, help out, socialise... oh, and run.
How has parkrun changed your running:   I've come to consider parkrun a barometer for my fitness. When I was training for my first half marathon this year (never going to stop telling people about that), the more training I'd done the easier the 5kms felt. Lately, during the week I've swapped the long runs for cross training and shorter, more intense, more frequent workouts and every parkrun PB (or not as the case may be!) is confirmation that hard work pays off.
What do you like about parkrun:   Where do I start?! It doesn't matter whether you finish first or last, everyone there is encouraging, supportive and caught up in the fun, healthy spirit of the event. I've met so many great people I wouldn't have ordinarily met. parkrun is a brilliant way to start the weekend AND even though they don't run, my kids absolutely love being there (and counting down the start.
Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:   My kids often cheer me on in the final stretch (as I'm coming around the last bend I usually keep something left in the tank so I can finish strong in front of them... even if I'm completely buggered... or been completely rubbish during the preceding 4.5kms!) It's an amazing feeling having my own little cheer squad.
How can we improve parkrun:   There's not much I would change about it at all... maybe install an escalator on the Sydney Park heartbreak hill???

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

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 – 16th October 2012




<br /> parkrun Australia 16th October 2012<br />




Welcome to this week's newsletter

In this week’s newsletter we deal with some rogue dog walkers, welcome our new National Operations Manager and discuss warming up at parkrun.

As per usual, the stats are in for last Saturday, October 13, with a course attendance record at Claisebrook Cove!

Albert Melbourne - 74 runners | 16 first timers | 13 PBs;
Balyang Sanctuary - 71 runners | 15 first timers | 28 PBs;
Claisebrook Cove - 57 runners | 14 first timers | 21 PBs;
Coomera - 45 runners | 10 first timers | 24 PBs;
Ginninderra - 65 runners | 11 first timers | 29 PBs;
Kirra - 65 runners | 12 first timers | 25 PBs;
Main Beach - 155 runners | 22 first timers | 36 PBs;
New Farm - 309 runners | 50 first timers | 73 PBs;
Newy - 239 runners | 49 first timers | 110 PBs;
St Peters - 137 runners | 21 first timers | 36 PBs;
Wynnum - 88 runners | 31 first timers | 31 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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On Saturday I made a guest appearance as Run Director at the home of parkrun in Australia, Main Beach. Last week there had unfortunately been a relatively serious incident involving a rogue dog walker who thought it appropriate to knock over one of our runners so I wanted to ensure that there would be no repeat of this nonsense. Looking at it from the dog walker’s perspective I can understand that it may be a little daunting to be having a quiet Saturday morning stroll only to have 200 parkunners come past you in the other direction. However in the case of this dog walker he is well known to us and has a habit of standing with his friends 2-3 abreast on the path yelling things like "Stand your ground, stand your ground!" If that were me and I knew parkrun was coming past at the same time every week I certainly wouldn't behave in such a ridiculous manner. So, in order to defuse this situation we implemented a number of steps that proved to be successful: 1. I spent additional time during the run briefing explaining the importance of keeping to the left and sharing the path; 2. We seeded the start, so the sub-25 minute runners were at the front of the pack, the 25-35 minute runners were in the middle, and the over 35 minute runners were at the back; and 3. We placed a volunteer (with video camera) in the vicinity of where the incident took place the previous week. Sure enough, the dog walker and his friends were there but this time everything went off without a hitch. Things were definitely better from our side but hopefully he also realised that the previous week he simply took things too far.

On Sunday many parkunners took part in the annual Melbourne Marathon Festival. By mid-morning posts started to appear on Facebook proclaiming the joy of completing the always tough 42.2km course, including Ginninderra parkrun Event Director Russ Jefferys (3:39) and Balyang Sanctuary Event Directors Grieg Sutton (3:48) and Adam Hunter (3:52). Well done to everyone who took part.

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Yesterday I attended the iRun / Running Australia Race Director’s Conference in Melbourne alongside parkrun Event Directors Carol Cunningham, Russ Jefferys and Gareth Saunders. Attendees were treated to presentations from the likes of Athletics Australia, GoFundraise, Run 4 Your Life, IMG Sports Technology Group and yours truly whilst the opportunity to network with the organisers of the Sydney, Melbourne and Gold Coast Marathons was invaluable.

My presentation basically introduced parkrun to the group (believe it or not some people are yet to worship at the church of parkrun) with my main message being that they should all use parkrun as a vehicle to help promote their 'commercial' running events. A recent study undertaken by parkrun in the UK found that 75% of parkunners who had no history of running before parkrun have been encouraged to enter races, and I'm sure the stats would be similar here (our parkrunner of the week below is living proof). Click here to view my presentation (nice camera work Russ).

So it has been a big week, but things are only going to get busier! This Saturday sees our first ever double-launch with North Lakes and Kingscliff getting underway. This heralds the start of a run of 6 launches in 6 weeks with Kawana (Oct 27), South Bank (Nov 3), Launceston (Nov 10) and Sandgate (Nov 24) also ready to go. Good luck to all of the Event Teams as your Go-Day approaches.

Happy Running!

Tim from parkrun Australia

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National Operations Manager

I'm delighted to announce that New Farm parkrun Event Director Gareth Saunders has recently 'stepped up' to become our new National Operations Manager. Whilst still a voluntary role, this new position will take full advantage of the immense talent and commitment Gareth has shown over the past 12 months in building New Farm parkrun from scratch into the fastest growing parkrun event on the planet! I'm sure our other Event Directors will benefit greatly from the advice Gareth will be able to offer in terms of event and volunteer management, social media strategy and day to day parkrun 'stuff'! He might even be able to show me how to use the VMS!

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Gareth’s first official role will be to attend the launch of North Lakes parkrun this Saturday so if you see him there please give him a big pat on the back. Congrats Gareth!

Warming Up

Just to clarify once and for all, parkrun does not ‘officailly’ offer a pre-event warm up to participants. At some events such as St Peters, New Farm and Coomera a gently warm up is often conducted by a proactive member of the community who wishes to contribute to the event, and we are very grateful for this, however this is the exception rather than the rule. Warming up, be it through running, stretching or both, is the responsibility of all parkunners and we suggest you seek advice from a qualified personal trainer or running coach if you are unsure of the best way to do this (I'm told that in Canberra during the winter the warm up routine consists of removing several layers of clothing and running from a warm car to the start line)!!!

Pan Pac Masters volunteers

I have recently accepted the volunteer position of Cross Country Race Director at the Pan Pacific Masters Games to be held on the Gold Coast on November 4. This is a real honour and I would like to thank Events Queensland Gold Coast for the opportunity. To make this event run smoothly I require a Top Gun / best of the best squad of around 10 volunteers who can assist me on the day between 6-10am. If you are available please email tim@parkrun.com

The new adipure range

No doubt parkrunners would have heard of the natural running movement. The principles behind natural running are simple: With less cushioning between the foot and the ground, the runner begins to run on the middle or front of the foot which resembles the natural way of running.

The new adiPure running range from adidas provides runners of all levels with the perfect add-on to their running routine. The range helps to build up the feet’s musculoskeletal system so that runners can become faster and stronger in the purest, most natural way.

The range consists of three shoes: The adiPure Motion serves as the intro shoe into natural running, while the adiPure Gazelle is for the intermediate natural runner and the adiPure Adapt for the advanced natural runner.

All are available now at adidas and Rebel sport stores.

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Suncorp Bank Freo Fun Run

Our partner, Suncorp Bank is proud to sponsor the newest event on the Western Australian running calendar – the Suncorp Bank Freo Fun Run. Set for November 11 in iconic Fremantle, with two unique distances to run, 4km and 10km, there is something for everyone and it is sure to be a great day out. You'll also have the chance to take part alongside Suncorp Bank Ambassador Adam Gilchrist, and event ambassadors Aaron Sandilands and Narelda Jacobs as well as a host of 92.9 personalities. ENTER NOW at www.freofunrun.com.au and join the excitement!

As an added bonus Suncorp Bank is inviting parkrunners participating in this run to join their runPositive team. When you register to join, you'll receive a running kit (including a shirt and cap) and exclusive access to the Suncorp Bank Team tent to enjoy breakfast post run with your family and friends. Places are limited so you need to race in and register by Friday 19 October at www.suncorpbank.com.au/freofunrun

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Feedback from the field

Renée Wells - At 42 years of age I had never ever, until recently, run 5km in my life. I started running about 12 weeks ago and could only run 250m at the beginning. Today, for the first time ever, I ran 5km in one hit. Loved it and will be back.

Chris Shields - My wife dragged my sorry butt to do my first Newy parkrun this morning. Very enjoyable in a relaxed non-competitive atmosphere. Thanks for making me feel welcome.

Hayley Petersen - I know Christmas is still a little while away... But I was thinking we should probably get in quick and request Santa's appearance at Newy parkrun on the 22nd December before any of the other parkrun's get in before us?!!

Greg Webster - Thanks for a great Claisebrook Cove parkrun on Saturday. I hope that parkrun continues to thrive in Perth. It was great to be part of your record attendance to date. I don't get back to Perth often but parkrun will always be on my must do list from now on. I’m back in Brisbane now, but thanks again for the opportunity to run a parkrun in another beautiful location. Look forward to seeing some of you in Brisbane in the future.

Judy Lanigan – Today was my 2nd 5k in 4 months. I finished in 26:41 so still have some work to do to catch you Jason Lanigan. But then your legs are longer than mine...

David Lyons - I beat my 10k target by 3mins yesterday at the Melbourne Marathon Festival and I am pretty sure Albert Melbourne parkrun had a lot to do with that, thank you!

Anonymous (for obvious reasons) - Absolutely loving Albert Melbourne parkrun. Thank you to Carol and all the other organisers. It is the best thing that has ever happened to me... maybe don't tell my husband that though!

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parkrunner of the week

parkrunner of the week
Name:   Jane Barkman
Club:   Unattached
Age:   41
Home parkrun:   Albert Melbourne parkrun
Occupation:   Initiative Manager
Number of runs:   9
Number of times volunteered:   3
What do you do at parkruns:   Whether I'm behind the camera lens or trying to beat my PB, catching up with old friends and making new friends is a great way to spend a Saturday morning.
How has parkrun changed your running:   Earlier this year I couldn't run for 90 seconds without needing to stop. I got only so far with the Couch to 5k app (which I highly recommend) when a colleague from work suggested parkrun. Now I look forward to the Saturday morning catch ups and am pleased to say that I was able to complete 10km in The Age Run Melbourne. And the weekend just past, twice around Lake Wendouree (12km) non-stop! Now there's a challenge for the parkrun organisers... can they extend it to be a 6km run for the people of Ballarat? I have now signed up for the Brooks Spring Challenge and am hoping to complete the 14.8km by the third in the series.
What do you like about parkrun:   Where to start??? The people, the camaraderie, the friendly rivalry, the organisation by our AMAZING Event Director Carol, and of course the coffee afterwards!
Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:   I was in training for the Age Run Melbourne with a friend from interstate. She came down to Melbourne for the weekend and I dragged her out of bed to induct her into the parkrun world. We started out side by side but about 1km in I was in front and pacing her. Which I continued to do for the rest of the field til she started her sprint at the boatsheds and pipped me at the post by 1 second!!!
How can we improve parkrun:   Maybe more incentives for people to volunteer. Carol runs an amazing parkrun but cannot do it on her own.


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