Weekly newsletter – 27th December 2012

Welcome to this week's newsletter

Tim Oberg

In this week’s newsletter we wish you a Merry Christmas, we wish you a Merry Christmas, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy parkrun New Year!

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

Albert Melbourne - 110 runners | 26 first timers | 20 PBs;
Balyang Sanctuary - 99 runners | 16 first timers | 28 PBs;
Claisebrook Cove - 123 runners | 50 first timers | 14 PBs;
Coomera - 25 runners | 1 first timers | 4 PBs;
Ginninderra - 46 runners | 8 first timers | 9 PBs;
Kawana - 85 runners | 32 first timers | 11 PBs;
Kingscliff - 12 runners | 6 first timers | 3 PBs;
Kirra - 65 runners | 7 first timers | 8 PBs;
Launceston - 78 runners | 22 first timers | 40 PBs;
Main Beach - 125 runners | 24 first timers | 8 PBs;
New Farm - 186 runners | 49 first timers | 23 PBs;
Newy - 252 runners | 37 first timers | 57 PBs;
North Lakes - 30 runners | 5 first timers | 4 PBs;
Sandgate - 79 runners | 23 first timers | 28 PBs;
South Bank - 84 runners | 25 first timers | 16 PBs;
St Peters - 126 runners | 25 first timers | 19 PBs;
Torrens - 55 runners | 19 first timers | 17 PBs;
Wynnum - 81 runners | 20 first timers | 16 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? We would love to hear about your experience on email, @parkrun_au or on Facebook.

Today’s newsletter is short, sweet and all about Christmas so I want to share with you the hilarious eCard that was put together by Mel Sanders, wife of our Operations Manager Gareth.

Most of our events had a Christmas theme last Saturday so I have included below a selection of some of the best photos from the day. Special shout out to Jon and his team at Claisebrook Cove and Kelly and her team at Kawana who put in a load of effort and were rewarded with huge attendance records.

For you keen Sydneysiders out there St Peters will be parkrunning on Christmas Day at 8am as an untimed / no barcode necessary affair, for the rest of us North Lakes (7am), Newy (8am) and Kirra (8am) will be running on New Year’s Day.

Happy Christmas everyone,

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

R4YL Subscription offer


As we announces last week our friends from Run For Your Life (R4YL) have agreed to become the official magazine partner of parkrun Australia. To celebrate this exciting partnership, R4YL would like to offer all parkrunners a massive 55% discount off a 12-month R4YL magazine subscription. That's right, a one-year subscription can be yours for only $20 (normally $45). This would make the perfect late-Christmas present for your parkrun loving family member, friend, even colleague!

To sign up for your subscription, CLICK HERE, select ‘parkrun’ from the dropdown menu and enter your athlete number (the one starting with A on your barcode).

Feedback from the field


Kitty Drok – As a Claisebrook Cove parkrun blow-in this morning, I just wanted to say thank you for a great event. I know it wasn't your ‘standard’ morning, with the bubbly and bangers afterwards pre-Christmas, but I was really impressed at how well organised it was, and how friendly and welcoming the general vibe was. I'm glad I contributed to your new attendance record! Just want to say thank you to all involved. Your efforts were really appreciated, and it's obviously a great (and successful) concept.


Tony Smith - As always a slick event at Claisebrook Cove parkrun which is only possible because of the fantastic volunteers... Thank you. What's the next target attendance..... 150?


Robyn Dunlop - A big thank you to the volunteers and the organisers of Claisebrook Cove parkrun. Lovely atmosphere today, well done everyone and I hope the Perth Crew girls will revisit soon.


Jacqui Weir Snelgar - Thanks for this morning at Claisebrook Cove parkrun, it's such a well organised and friendly great. I had a great time once I could breath again. Thanks for hosting the 12WBT team. I think a few of us will be back.


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:  Emily Moore

Club:  Intraining

Age:  19

Home parkrun:  Southbank parkrun

Occupation:  Student (The best kind of occupation :))

Number of runs:  4

Number of times volunteered:  2

What do you do at parkruns:  Have an awesome start to the weekend! Whether I am running or volunteering I always have a great time. I love pushing myself just a little bit more in an attempt to set a new PB.

How has parkrun changed your running:  I am fairly new to the parkrun community, coming on board with the launch of Southbank parkrun. parkrun gives me a sense of achievement, showing my little improvements over the runs. I have also picked up some great tips from very kind, far more experienced runners.

What do you like about parkrun:  I love the community. I love that people, week in week out, freely give up their Saturday morning sleep in to either volunteer or run. There’s a true spirit at parkrun.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  The Christmas parkrun that has just passed – it was awesome to see so many runners sporting Santa hats and tinsel!

How can we improve parkrun:  Everything is fantastic. Just keep networking and fostering the love of running.

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 collect my club T-shirt? How do I get my barcode? All your questions are answered on our brand new support site

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 accompanied 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. Explore adidas running adidas.com



 

Weekly newsletter – 19th December 2012

Welcome to this week's newsletter

Tim Oberg

In this week’s newsletter we announce a new partnership with Run For Your Life magazine, review our inaugural Longest parkrun and, as always, crack a big smile when reading your wonderful feedback.

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

Albert Melbourne - 90 runners | 14 first timers | 18 PBs;
Balyang Sanctuary - 62 runners | 13 first timers | 12 PBs;
Claisebrook Cove - 87 runners | 14 first timers | 21 PBs;
Coomera - 45 runners | 3 first timers | 10 PBs;
Ginninderra - 73 runners | 9 first timers | 14 PBs;
Kawana - 52 runners | 19 first timers | 15 PBs;
Kingscliff - 16 runners | 4 first timers | 7 PBs;
Kirra - 58 runners | 16 first timers | 13 PBs;
Launceston - 21 runners | 7 first timers | 4 PBs;
Main Beach - 130 runners | 13 first timers | 24 PBs;
New Farm - 153 runners | 16 first timers | 31 PBs;
Newy - 288 runners | 60 first timers | 81 PBs;
North Lakes - 46 runners | 15 first timers | 16 PBs;
Sandgate - 76 runners | 24 first timers | 31 PBs;
South Bank - 89 runners | 28 first timers | 32 PBs;
St Peters - 109 runners | 20 first timers | 20 PBs;
Torrens - 50 runners | 19 first timers | 20 PBs;
Wynnum - 61 runners | 14 first timers | 11 PBs.

Were you a first timer last weekend, or did you run a personal best? We would love to hear about your experience on email, @parkrun_au or on Facebook.

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

We are well into December now and Christmas is fast approaching. I’m yet to start my Christmas shopping (I’m not sure if that is a good thing or not) as I have had very important issues to attend to like, for example, a certain Longest parkrun that was held in Australia for the first time on Sunday. Just between you and me I didn’t actually make it to the first 3 runs, the logistics of getting from Currumbin (southern Gold Coast) to North Lakes (northern Brisbane) were just too great for me with a 5 month old baby and only one car, so I made the tough decision to catch the first train up to Brisbane and meet the crew at South Bank (run number 4). Coomera parkrun Event Director Renee Gimbert has provided us a full run report below but just to get my two cents worth in, it was HOOOOOOOTTTTTTT!!!!!

Just a reminder, Professor Alan has also generously offered to capture the statistics from the Longest parkrun and come up with a few graphs and tables for his monthly report. So any of you who completed ANY of the 7 longest + 1.44 parkrun courses on Sunday please click here to enter your times. It does not matter if you ran 1, 2, 7, 8 or 8.44 parkruns - we would appreciate capturing your times and getting your feedback by the end of Saturday December 22 so we will be able to get the stats ready for the next newsletter.

In other news… how good is parkrun? Seriously, how good is it???

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

Welcome R4YL


We are delighted to announce that our friends from Run For Your Life (R4YL) have agreed to become the official magazine partner of parkrun Australia.

As many of you are probably well aware, R4YL, and its sister publication Women's Running, are Australia's premier running magazines and provide the widest coverage and the most up-to-date information on running in Australia, from recreational to the elite level - they cover it all, including parkrun!

To celebrate this exciting partnership, R4YL would like to offer all parkrunners a massive 55% discount off a 12-month R4YL magazine subscription. That's right, a one-year subscription can be yours for only $20 (normally $45). This would make the perfect Christmas present for your parkrun loving family member, friend, even colleague!

R4YL collaborates with Australia's top athletes, nutritionists and sports providers to compile the most up-to-date and relevant running information available. Each full-colour issue is a valuable source of information for complete beginners and recreational runners through to the elite. By becoming a subscriber, you can ensure R4YL is mailed direct to your door.

To sign up for your subscription, CLICK HERE, select ‘parkrun’ from the dropdown menu and enter your athlete number (the one starting with A on your barcode).

Longest parkrun… what a day!


Sunday 16th December - 37 mad, passionate, fanatical, foolish (take your pick) parkrunners started the morning at North Lakes parkrun at 5am for leg 1 of 7 parkruns throughout South East Queensland. It might have been early – but there was excitement in the air to get the day underway!

The line up included North Lakes, Sandgate, New Farm, South Bank – (Bike up!!), Wynnum (no chance of getting lost here!), Coomera & finishing with a cooling sea breeze at Main Beach. At each course, joined by new runners, we were welcomed by a local parkrunner who explained the course and set us on our way. It was a tough day, each 5km feeling longer than the last with the Coomera course proving particularly challenging in +35c heat, although there were 3 'crazy ones' Alan, Arthur and Hennie that completed an extra 1.44 parkruns just south of the border at Kingscliff making the marathon distance of 42.2km!!!

Well done to everyone that completed any of the parkruns along the way, it was fantastic to see so many like minded runners out in force! What amazing parkrun courses we have in Australia, each unique in its own way – we are all so fortunate to be able to run them every Saturday...

Click here for more photos from the day.

Albert Melbourne parkrun - Course Description


The parkrunfans blog allows parkrunners from the UK and around the world to share their views and experiences with the rest of the parkrun community. Everyone has their own parkrun experiences and stories and this is a fun place to share yours.

Tony Messenger from Albert Melbourne parkrun was recently asked to describe his home course for this blog.

Only a few kilometres from the main Central Business District of Melbourne we have Albert Park Lake. An artificial lake was created in the late 1800's by moving silt from the natural lagoons and using it as landfill around the lake itself. The lake is home to fish and a multitude of birdlife, with the black swans being one of the highlights as you take in your Saturday parkrun. In spring it is quite common to see the swans with signet's close behind traversing the paths and roads.

The running track around the lake is used quite extensively for organised fun runs, casual joggers and walkers and is 4.7 kms in length. For parkrun the start takes us back 300 metres to ensure we run the full 5kms. The track itself is flat throughout with the first 200 metres or so on grass, the reminder being crushed gravel with a few short concrete crossings near cafes and boat sheds.

Temperatures range from 2 degrees Celsius in winter up to 30 degrees in summer, and there can be the occasional puddle water hazard on your journey, but nothing too daunting. A single small road crossing and the occasional row boat being moved from the sheds (the lake is used for sailing and rowing by a number of Melbourne schools) are the greatest hazards you will generally come across. Strong winds can come at you in all directions (but that's more Melbourne than the lake itself) so don't plan on personal best times every week.

Even though the park is used once a year for the Melbourne Formula One Grand Prix, we are able to run at 8am each Saturday for 51 weeks of the year, with a few diversions during the preceding weeks as the track is set up. Our only week off is during the Grand Prix itself.

Albert Melbourne parkrun is home to a large bunch of friendly, helpful and fun runners who welcome all newcomers of all abilities with open arms. If you'd like to run sub 20 mins or even improve to sub 35 mins you'll find someone who will pace or assist you just about every week, with the encouragement and camaraderie kicking on for a while after the run in one of the local cafes where coffee, juice or breakfast is a must. We also have a number of themed events during the year, with the last 12 months seeing fancy dress for the Queen's Jubilee, London Olympics, AFL Grand Final and of course our first birthday.

Feedback from the field


Denise Hollidge - I’ve been running for close to 35 years. I run for the Serenity – The fresh air in the lungs, the connection to nature and the feeling of wellbeing that comes from a beautiful morning. Last Saturday at the 1km point of Main Beach parkrun in front of the Sheraton Mirage, a young lady runner came up behind me. I heard her loud music from her earpieces before I saw her. The static and doof, doof could be heard within a two metre radius. So I put my finger in my right ear, in an attempt to retain my Serenity. I was hoping that she’d pass me and be on her way. But she stayed on my shoulder so I ran faster to get away from the doof, doof. Phew! This happened several more times during the run and at the home straight at the Sheraton, I turned to her and mouthed the words “your music is so loud I can hear it” and she hollered back “I don’t care”. I’m sure she thought I was a cranky old lady worried about her eardrums. I was only thinking of retaining my Serenity. So again I ran faster. Twenty metres from the finish line she overtook me with a cranky glare. I smiled and shouted loudly “Thank you” – because I knew she’d helped me run a fast time that day. Unfortunately, she didn’t hear my thank you. I ran one second slower than my PB – spewing! I love my Saturday morning parkrun – ahhh, the Serenity!


Kathleen Wallington - First time to St Peters parkrun and loved it. Great atmosphere and all round good day.


Jacqui Armstrong - Alison Greenup, my beautiful niece, I can see you in the photo on Torrens parkrun Facebook page! Well done everyone from one side of the world to the other, parkrun rocks!


Paul from Twickenham - Has anyone noticed that there are no f@&£ing capitals in parkrun?


Gavin Mathieson – Renee Gimbert, I hate you (allegedly sent after completing the Longest parkrun).


Chris Osborne – Four crazy people from Coomera parkrun participating in the Longest parkrun. They are all still looking very fit - after completing 6 x 5km runs this morning (the last one in 35°C heat) and about to do their 7th and final run for the day. Well done Renee, Adam, Gavin, Linda and Carmel on a fantastic effort!


Ben Powell - A great day - hot sweat fun with 50 or so old and new friends. Must have been the Longest parkrun!


Ginninderra parkrun - A massive congrats to Gindy parkrun's Marty Dent, Rob Walter and Grant Bluett, 1-2-3 in this morning's Tour de Ridges! Marty smoked the course record by over 13mins to finish in 1.18.58!


Sara Lochrie - Cheers for a smashing Kawana parkrun guys. Well worth the drive from Gympie! Lovely, friendly bunch. Somehow ended up on the road to Brisbane on the way back thou - oops!!!!!


Julie Cox - Thanks for another great Kawana parkrun, looking forward to next week.


Pauline Mclaren - Well done to the people doing the Longest parkrun today, saw them at Wynnum and it was very hot running for them.


Fiona Evans - I really enjoyed my first parkrun today - what a great experience! As well as running with your guys more often, I'd like to give back when I can.


Dave Appleby - If you'll pardon the pun, Newy parkrun is really running away with the participation stats at the moment.


Lisa Tibbits - Lovely Claisebrook Cove parkrun this morning, thank you :)


Sarah Fontana - Loved Claisebrook Cove parkrun this morning. I'll be there next week with 12wbt Perth Crew and hopefully have a better run!


Victoria Gibson - Just want to say a big thank you to everyone at Claisebrook Cove parkrun this morning! This was my first one since I've come to Australia and I absolutely loved it. Great volunteers, great runners!


Georgina Ker - Woohoo, I will be Claisebrook Cove parkrunning next week as the kids have 3 weeks off Little Aths :)


The following comments all relate to the above photo...

Jonathan Storey - What a great family photo!

Peter Conroy - I`ll second that. Great pic!

Janine Holmes - That's my family, love em (shame about Huddies top)

Pippin Holmes - We love spending our Saturday mornings together at Claisebrook Cove parkrun. Thanks to the photographer, I might need to pinch this one.

Heather Connan - I love the family spirit at Claisebrook Cove parkrun too. It is our family thing to do on a Saturday morning. I love that everyone is getting to know our kids too so that they can encourage them along the course each week.


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 Smith

Age:  34

Home parkrun:  Balyang Sanctuary

Occupation:  Primary School Teacher

Number of runs:  9

Number of times volunteered:  4

What do you do at parkruns:  Run and enjoy the socializing! I'm not a big one to talk whilst I'm running but try my best to make up for it before and after. I also try and lighten the mood with a different outfit every now and then.

How has parkrun changed your running:  All of a sudden every second counts! (Why do we have the need to improve our PB's?)

What do you like about parkrun:  Meeting new parkrunners and introducing others to one of the great Saturday morning activities. Recently joined the five30runners group and hoping to help others achieve their running goals whilst every now and then having a crack at getting under the 20 minute mark.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Wearing a wig for a bit of fun but then getting white line fever and lowering my PB whilst wearing the wig for the whole 5km.

How can we improve parkrun:  Just keep on promoting and supporting our sponsors. parkrun Australia is in a great place and looks to continue to grow.

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 collect my club T-shirt? How do I get my barcode? All your questions are answered on our brand new support site

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 accompanied 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



 

Weekly newsletter – 11th December 2012




<br /> parkrun Australia newsletter 11th December 2012 WEB VERSION<br />



Welcome to this week's newsletter

In this week’s newsletter we celebrate International Volunteer Day, prepare for our inaugural Longest parkrun and call for nominations for Gold Coast Runner of the Year.

As per usual, the stats are in for last Saturday, December 8:

Albert Melbourne - 101 runners | 20 first timers | 8 PBs;
Balyang Sanctuary - 89 runners | 15 first timers | 16 PBs;
Claisebrook Cove - 72 runners | 10 first timers | 19 PBs;
Coomera - 38 runners | 5 first timers | 10 PBs;
Ginninderra - 45 runners | 9 first timers | 15 PBs;
Kawana - 49 runners | 17 first timers | 20 PBs;
Kingscliff - 14 runners | 3 first timers | 4 PBs;
Kirra - 43 runners | 2 first timers | 11 PBs;
Launceston - 76 runners | 21 first timers | 32 PBs;
Main Beach - 121 runners | 12 first timers | 21 PBs;
New Farm - 158 runners | 19 first timers | 37 PBs;
Newy - 265 runners | 54 first timers | 65 PBs;
North Lakes - 46 runners | 13 first timers | 16 PBs;
Sandgate - 80 runners | 31 first timers | 20 PBs;
South Bank - 101 runners | 28 first timers | 39 PBs;
St Peters - 131 runners | 26 first timers | 21 PBs;
Torrens - 36 runners | 18 first timers | 14 PBs;
Wynnum - 73 runners | 13 first timers | 24 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? We would love to hear about your experience on email, @parkrun_au or on Facebook

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On Saturday at all parkruns across the country we celebrated International Volunteer Day. As we all know parkrun relies of the generosity of volunteers who make our events happen week in week out and it was very pleasing to see and hear about the acts of support and appreciation that were shown to our volunteers on Saturday. For example –

“A big thanks to Alan and Roisin for what they have done at Wynnum parkrun. I don’t think the runners (most of them in any case) know what you guys put into it to make it happen every Saturday. I also salute you guys for what you have done for me as a runner and I’m now glad to be part of the volunteer team now to try and make your workload less so. For me to be part of it is just such a blessing as I love running and everything to do with it. I would love to give something back even if I don’t run that often it would still be enjoyable.” - Hennie Coetzer

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The team at Newy parkrun had a great article written about them in their local paper and even went so far as to create a special film called ‘Helping Hand' as a dedication to their volunteer group. And on that note, congrats to Newy parkrun Event Director Dave Roberston who has officially been crowned pPOTY 2012 – parkrun Personality of the Year! Just remember Dave, I knew you before you were famous!!!

This Saturday I will be attending the Coomera parkrun Christmas Party and I’m pleased to announce that our friends from Stockland will be providing, drum roll please, a free coffee van! They know how to keep the masses happy! Then on Sunday I will be joining in our inaugural ‘Longest parkrun’ (see below) which will no doubt prove to be a great morning.

Coomera isn’t the only event celebrating Christmas so keep an eye out on your local Facebook page for information. I see Claisebrook Cove will be serving their own branded champagne for their breakfast BBQ on December 22, nice work Jon Storey!

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Lastly, we have a new parkrun Australia female record of 16:47 set by first time parkrunner Susan Kuijken at Albert Melbourne parkrun. Well done Susan, that’s an incredible time!

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Happy Running!

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

Longest parkrun is this Sunday!

After months of anticipation, the wait is nearly over. This Sunday we are holding our inaugural ‘Longest parkrun’ across 7 parkrun courses in South East Queensland.

The Longest parkrun idea was started by some lunatics in the UK in the summer of 2010. The idea is simple – we will 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. According to the Facebook page for this event it is going to be a big one, with 95 ‘going’ and 61 ‘maybe’.

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Participants are to meet at the North Lakes parkrun course at 5am on Sunday and the proposed schedule is:

05:00 North Lakes (finish by 5:45)
06:10 Sandgate (finish by 6:55)
07:35 New Farm (finish by 8:20)
08:40 Southbank (finish by 9:25)
10:00 Wynnum (finish by 10:45)
11:50 Coomera (finish by 12:35)
1:15 Main Beach

Professor Alan from Wynnum parkrun has decided to run an extra 1.44 parkruns at Kirra and Kingscliff later that day to accumulate the equivalent of a full 42.2km marathon. If you wish to join him please click here

Alan has also generously offered to capture the statistics from the day and come up with a few graphs and tables about the longest parkrun and the +1.44 extension. So any of you who complete ANY of the 7 longest + 1.44 parkrun courses on Sunday please go to fill your times into this webpage. It does not matter of you ran 1, 2, 7, 8 or 8.44 parkruns - we would appreciate capturing your times and getting your feedback by the end of Saturday December 22 so we will be able to get the stats ready for the next newsletter.

NB none of the longest runs will be timed. So please do not forget to time yourself on each run (to the nearest second) and write your times down - so you can send them to the Prof using the above form - thank you.

Gold Coast Runner of the Year award

Gold Coasters, do you know someone who runs regularly and has shown consistent improvement throughout 2012? They don’t have to be an Olympian to be considered a top performer in 2012!

Do you know someone who has displayed community spirit by fundraising for a charity, volunteering at an event such as parkrun or supporting their local running club? This is arguably just as important, if not more so, than their running performance.

The judging panel for the inaugural Gold Coast Runner of the Year award is:

- Former Gold Coast Mayor and running legend Ron Clarke MBE;
- Editor of Women’s Running Australia magazine Sarah Joyce; and
- General Manager of parkrun Australia Tim Oberg.

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“I am delighted to have been asked to be a judge in the inaugural year of this award,” said Mr. Clarke. “I’m particularly pleased that it recognises community service as throughout my life I have witnessed innumerable examples of how running has had a positive impact on people’s lives.”

Ms Joyce, who is also a Sport Scientist at Griffith University, is equally passionate about the award. “Participation in running has been proven time and time again to have a positive impact on health and wellbeing. I look forward to reviewing the nomination forms and helping GCRC recognise Gold Coasters of all ages and abilities who have used running as a force for good in 2012,” said Ms Joyce.

Nominations for Gold Coast Runner of the Year close on December 16 and the winner will be announced on December 21.

Click here to nominate.

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Feedback from the field

Garry Wells - Five30runners are getting into the festive spirit at parkruns in December. Three of us ran in full suits at Newy parkrun on the 1st to kick it off.

Aaron Hockey – I was so proud of Trista at parkrun on Saturday morning. She ran a non-stop 5km without one complaint in an official time of 29:59, beating her time from last week by over a minute.

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Davina Harvey - I would like to thank everyone that is involved in the Coomera parkrun. Their words of encouragement inspire me to try harder each and every week. The volunteers do an exceptional job, it wouldn't happen without them. Thank you!!

Daniel Hartwig - Thanks to the volunteers at Torrens parkrun once again. Another well run event and it is free! How could it be any better???

Amy McDonald - Thanks guys, I was a first timer at Torrens parkrun this morning and had a blast. I'm 14 weeks pregnant and have been struggling for motivation (and wellness) to continue running but parkrun might just be the ticket to keep me going. Of course 5km in 20 minutes is a distant memory but hopefully I can maintain some sort of fitness (and when I'm too big to roll around the course I'm happy to put my hand up as a volunteer!)

Pat O'Connor - We might not have the most people at Kawana parkrun but we have the nicest which makes me look forward to next week.

Kathryn Alley – Main Beach parkrun PB and first female across the line. Nice start to my Saturday :-)

Leah - parkrun is one of the best things to happen in the world.

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Sarah McWatt - Well done Anirudh Manoj Kumar and Grant Lowe for your PB's at New Farm parkrun yesterday!

Chris Reid - This week was my final week as Run Director at New Farm parkrun. I would just like thank everyone for making New Farm the benchmark for parkrun in Australia. The past 15 months have been great and I made many new friends in our running community. I would also like to make special mention of all the volunteers and the New Farm event team, especially Karen McLeod, Richard Hudson, Gareth Saunders and the wonderful Lorna Davin.

Luke Brophy - Hello to all the gang at Albert Melbourne parkrun. I am missing my home run every Saturday morning but managed to get down to the Kawana parkrun on the Sunshine Coast on Saturday, my first since October. Kawana is tough with plenty of hills compared to the Albert Park course, but on the plus side you can fall straight into the surf after crossing the line! Also managed to finish first which was a thrill, was still half-expecting all the way to the line that Arthur Karanasios would glide past me to take it ;)

Jon Lim - My first parkrun yesterday! Loved it... going to bring more friends down. :)

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:   Julie Rey
Club:   Unattached
Age:   39
Home parkrun:   Coomera
Occupation:   Teacher
Number of runs:   9 (7 at Coomera)
Number of times volunteered:   5
What do you do at parkruns:   Enjoy myself. I enjoy the challenge of aiming for a PB on the run, enjoy my rest weeks when I volunteer and enjoy being part of the parkrun community.
How has parkrun changed your running:   parkrun has given me a goal to aim for when I run. I have been thrilled with my quicker times over 5km and look forward to my next PB!
What do you like about parkrun:   I like the running community that parkrun attracts. Having a parkrun local event means that I get to be a part of, and help build, the community near me. That’s what keeps me coming back every week, either to run or as a volunteer.
Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:   Every run I have done has been memorable - most because I have managed a PB and my last one because I ran with my daughter for her first parkrun event.
How can we improve parkrun:   Nothing comes to mind! It is not only wonderful as it is but I love the evolving community nature and events that the local runs develop.


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 collect my club T-shirt? How do I get my barcode? All your questions are answered on our brand new support site

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.

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