Weekly newsletter – 29th January 2013

Welcome to this week's newsletter

Tim Oberg

In this week’s newsletter Tim sends another postcard from Cape Town, we celebrate a new Australian attendance record and preview some upcoming launch events.

As per usual, the stats are in for last Saturday, Australia Day, January 26:

Event Runners First Timers PBs
Albert Melbourne 144 40 43
Balyang Sanctuary* 128 22 26
Claisebrook Cove 121 32 38
Coomera 58 9 13
Ginninderra* 116 28 18
Kawna 64 8 15
Kingscliff 32 6 9
Kirra 45 3 12
Launceston N/A N/A N/A
Main Beach 140 14 28
New Farm 166 25 37
Newy* 464 97 80
North Lakes 65 18 18
Sandgate 87 27 24
South Bank 159 68 27
St Peters* 204 36 23
Torrens* 97 32 27
Wynnum N/A N/A N/A
TOTALS 2227 533 319
*Course attendance record


Happy 1st birthday to St Peters parkrun and well done to Newy parkrun for setting a (another) new Australian attendance record of 464 parkrunners!!!

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.

I have had another trilling week of running and adventure here in Cape Town!

On Wednesday I joined over 1,000 runners in the Cape Summer Trail Series along the spectacular tracks and trails of the Constantia Greenbelts and Cecelia Forest. From all reports the organizers were expecting around 500 runners so it just gioes to show how popular trail running has become in this part of the world.

On Saturday I joined my brother-in-law Richard and his friends on a 10km mountain hike through the Silver Mine Nature Reserve, part of Table Mountain National Park, which provided sweeping views across the Muizenberg and Strandfontein coastline.

But the absolute highlight of the week was on Sunday when I undertook the annual Kloofnek Classic Half Marathon. The race started at Camps Bay High School and the course had a steep incline up Kloofnek through to the slopes of Table Mountain. From Table Mountain, the route climbed up to Signal Hill and then back to Camps Bay High School. As I expected it was a very tough course with steep inclines, rapid descending slopes and the strongest winds I have ever had to content with. It was however all worth it to be surrounded by such majestic views of Table Mountain, the Cape Town city bowl and the Atlantic Ocean.

For what it’s worth I finished in a time of 1 hour 47 min however I stopped many times to take photos and chat with other runners. For me it was like parkrun… a run, not a race!

The last couple of days have been somewhat bitter sweet as I have watched from afar as severe weather has brought pain and destruction to coastal Queensland and my thoughts are with all of you who have been caught up in this. As a result we may have to cancel some events this coming weekend so please keep an eye on your respective websites and Facebook pages for the latest information.

Stay safe, and happy running!

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

Records, Records, Records!


January 26 2013 will go down as a landmark day for parkrun here in Australia as we celebrated a course attendance record and the 1st birthday of St Peters; course attendance records at Balyang Sanctuary, Ginninderra and Torrens; and an Australian attendance record of 464 parkrunners at Newy!

In doing so St Peters saw their women's course record smashed by Britney McMullen in a time of 18:37. And Britney was actually a parkrun tourist from South Bank where she also holds the women’s course record! Well done Britney!

By The Numbers...


As 2013 starts we had another set of record parkrun figures! Despite the wind and rain affecting all the QLD parkruns on the last weekend in January, the Australian parkruns still notched over a 40% increase in attendance in January compared to the previous month. If you compare January 2013 to January 2012 you see a 490% increase!

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January also saw was another record - Newy grabbed the highest Australian attendance figure with 464. It will be interesting to watch how the second Newy parkrun effects the averages when it launches in February, it may give New Farm a chance to regain its crown?

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So as we enter February and the temperatures start to ease down a little don’t forget your New Year Resolutions and keep on parkrunning!

Professor Alan & Róisín from Wynnum parkrun.

Upcoming Launch Events


Our first launch for the year is coming up on February 9 at Lake Mac parkrun in the Hunter Region of NSW. Interestingly Lake Macquarie is Australia's largest coastal salt water lake, covering an area of 110 square kilometres which is actually twice as large as Sydney Harbour! Next up will be Tuggeranong parkrun (already known locally as Tuggers) in Canberra on February 23. And March will see a number of events including Parramatta in Sydney and Riverway in Townsville.

Did you know you can now buy adidas online?


Big news at adidas this week with the launch of their online store! New season running product is now available for parkrunners at a click of a button. It’s fast, convenient, has free delivery when you spend over $150, plus all returns are free.

Check it out

Also, in celebration of St Peters’ 1st birthday Sydney parkrunners can get 20% off all purchases in the Pitt St store until February 4...

Feedback from the field


Chris Parker - Not sure it’s interesting but the Australian newsletter asked if I was a newbie or ran a PB last Saturday. As I was a newbie I did run a PB (also a PW and a PAvg). I was very pleased with my first foray into timed running. The 5k relaxed and friendly format was terrific and the weather accommodating. The organisers were more than just really well organised; they were also enthusiastic, energetic and friendly in abundant measures. I’m new to running (a New Years 2013 resolution) so it all helped get me around the course as did having other people to run with. I had set an optimistic sub 25minutes for my first run and was thrilled to smash that by 3 seconds (small smash…). Looking forward to improving on it but this may take a while. Thanks parkrun.


Greig Sutton (Balyang Sanctuary parkrun Event Director) - Two things... You shamelessly stole our 'creation of adam' idea (imitation/flattery I guess! lol) and quoted Toni as Albert Melbourne parkrun... She ran Balyang Sanctuary... Apart from that love the newsletters... Easily one of the best things about being part of parkrun!


Ian Nixon - Good day Tim. Thank you for your write-up and kind words! Sunday Stars is certainly an institution at VOB, one of the pillars the Club is build on. If you interested in a Club run, we are running this evening in Constantia, from our Clubhouse (False Bay Rugby Club). Come and say hi, it would be great to meet a fellow runner from abroad.


Cheryl Smit - Hi Tim, and great to hear you're in Cape Town. My husband and I were on holiday in Australia for 2 weeks and ran the last parkrun of the year at Albert Park and the first of 2013 at Torrens. I never thought I'd get excited about a time trial, but it was great and I enjoyed every sweaty minute of it. Both sites were beautiful, well organised and we got to run with some great people. I'm glad to hear you're out and about in Cape Town and I strongly suggest you're at the start for the Kloofnek Classic - its one of a kind, a serious challenge and not a race to attempt a PB. But it is probably the most scenic in CT that will earn you serious bragging rights. Make sure you get buy a t-shirt. Oh, and take you phone/camera – it is a good excuse to use to take a breather along the way.


Terry Baker - Great to be part of the first anniversary at St Peters parkrun and to be counted among the new attendance record of 204. Looking forward to many more runs and maybe a few more PB's. Off to join the crowd at Newy parkrun next Saturday.


Steve Fairbanks - Today was my 50th Main Beach parkrun. I really wanted to do a PB but it wasn't to be but no worries. Just want to thanks all the volunteers, runners and of course Brendan Murray for basically a life changing experience. I have met some fantastic people there who are now some of my best mates, here's to the next 50 runs and new PBs :-)


Frank Alvaro - It was nice to be at St Peters parkrun on their first birthday / Australia Day combo. Unfortunately I did the worst run since Federation! Oh well, better luck next time.


Kim Tharenou - As a Brisbanite who grew up in Newy I'm so proud to see you guys hit the attendance figures out of the park (excuse the pun). You guys inspire me to continue my parkrunning. Keep it up.


Jarrod Ausburn - Hello! My name is Jarrod and am usually part of Dave Robbo’s massive Newy parkrun family. I’m on a trip up the East Coast at the moment so called in for an Australia Day parkrun at Kawana! Just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone at Kawana parkrun, it had a great atmosphere and was very welcoming! And great to see everyone get so into the Australia Day spirit!


Tony Smith - Great to see so many new faces at Claisebrook Cove parkrun today. And all the smiles when running. I think it must be fairly close to the attendance record. Well done to the volunteers who always do a fantastic job. Happy Australia Day!!!!


Rachael Woodfield - Thanks guys for my first Claisebrook Cove parkrun - really enjoyed it. Have challenged my 10yr old to run it without stopping by the end of Feb!!!!


Claire Giles - Ran my first Claisebrook Cove parkrun this morning. Really appreciated the volunteers cheering us on... somehow made it a little bit easier. Hopefully see you all next 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:  Sven Fuerst

Age:  Older than my son

Home parkrun:  St Peters parkrun

Occupation:  Project Architect

Number of runs:  46

Number of times volunteered:  6

What do you do at parkruns:  Chasing my dream to get a new PB, making sure my barcode doesn’t get wet and keeps readable so it will not mess-up the results, have wonderful discussions after the run, about all the excuses why we lost the milliseconds for a new PB and getting motivated for chasing a new PB next Saturday!!!!

How has parkrun changed your running:  Beside that I smashed my 10K, Half Marathon and Marathon PB’s, got new (running-) friends and getting more and more involved into the running community, not much! :)

What do you like about parkrun:  Weekly , Timed, 5km and FREE!!!! Best and cheapest way to get fit! What do you want more?

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Long story short! Was my first time volunteering and was responsible for course marking! Seeing how the front of the pack sometimes gets lost, I tried my best to have the course in perfect conditions! After one hour of marking and using all available chalk we were ready to start! But what was that???!!!!??? Just 30 meter after the start, at the first “mini” turn, the leader of the group took a wrong turn!!!!!!! Ohhhh Nooooooo, how embarrassing......

How can we improve parkrun:  Include a quick short summary / highlights of the last run into the pre-run briefing. There are so many great performances every week, which should be highlighted. E.g. female course record got broken, new age grade record, top volunteer, top 3 male or female runners, runner x was doped and got disqualified...

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.

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Weekly newsletter – 22nd January 2013

Welcome to this week's newsletter

Tim Oberg

In this week’s newsletter Tim reports from Cape Town and Sandgate parkrun Event Director Vanessa sets a marathon challenge!

As per usual, the stats are in for last Saturday, January 19:

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.

I am in Cape Town at the moment so Saturday morning was a funny experience for me in that when I woke up all parkrun events in Australia were already finished and results and pictures were online! I was delighted to see that many events had attendance records again which I can only assume means many of our ‘new year’s resolution runners’ have now made parkrun a part of their Saturday morning routine, so well done to all old and new runners alike!

On Sunday morning I met up with a group called the Sunday Stars for a 16km run from Green Point Stadium, built for the 2010 Football World Cup, to Camps Bay and back. This route provides an amazing vista of the Atlantic Seaboard and is undoubtedly one of the most stunning runs I have ever taken part in.

The Sunday Stars is an offshoot of one of the local running clubs called VOB (Varsity Old Boys) and have been meeting for Sunday morning runs around Cape Town for almost 25 years. The run is free to take part in on the proviso that everyone brings a large bottle of Coke! I was sceptical about this as I’m not a fan of the ‘Red Ambulance’ however it made sense when I got to the meeting point to find everyone loading Coke and water into the boot of a support car that would meet the runners every 3km for a refreshment stop.

So after a few introductions about 80 of us set off in perfect conditions for what proved to be a thoroughly enjoyable, and unexpectedly quick, Sunday long run. Thanks to the Sunday Stars for having me and I definitely recommend this run to any of you who may be visiting Cape Town at some point.

Tomorrow night I am taking part in a 13km trail run through Constantia, one of the top wine producing areas, and I am toying with the idea of entering the Kloofnek Classic 21.1km this Sunday... if my wife lets me!

This Saturday is of course Australia Day and many of our events are thus having an Australia Day theme. Note that there are no events at Wynnum or Launceston and that St Peters in Sydney will be celebrating its 1st birthday!

Happy Running!

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

Mums in the Marathon


Sandgate parkrun Event Director Vanessa Gibson has decided to run her first marathon in 2013 and has started a blog called 'Mums in the Marathon', check it out...

1st January, 2013

This morning I got out my goal book, as I do on every New Year’s Day. I wrote down a few aspirations for the coming year – ones to do with family, work, finance and fun.

I thought about my health & fitness goals. I hesitated before putting it in writing. Should I, shouldn’t I?

Then I set the scariest, most exciting, most ambitious goal I’ve ever dared to dream.

To run a marathon.

I’ve turned into a bit of a goal-setter and go-getter over the past couple of years. But usually the goals are ones that aren’t TOO far-fetched. Ones that are a bit of a stretch, but still realistic. When I put it in writing, I want to know I’ll succeed.

I’ve never been so uncertain about a goal, as I am about this one. I’ve been debated whether or not to set it for the past week. One part of me knows I can do it if I really set my mind to it and commit. The other part of me wonders what on earth I’m thinking!

But now it’s set. The wheels are in motion. Bring it on!

South Bank parkrun Course Description


Below is a course description for South Bank parkrun by Darragh Murray which he recently added his to the parkrun fans blog.

It seems that parkrun has really hit its stride in Australia.

Since Tim Oberg, General Manager of parkrun Australia, set up Australia’s first parkrun at Main Beach in April 2011, the concept has spread like wildfire, and at the time of writing, Australia is home to eighteen parkrun events.

My home parkrun is usually New Farm in Brisbane, but I visited one of the more recent additions to the parkrun family, South Bank parkrun, last Saturday for a cruise around the course.

Like New Farm, the South Bank course is based around the banks of the Brisbane River. Unlike New Farm, it is one large loop lacking a turnaround, which is great for keeping congestion on the course to a minimum. There is little chance of running head on into a fellow parkrunner unless, perhaps, they had a few too many the night before!

Click here to read more.

adidas Test Run 28


A lot of New Year running resolutions have been set, and hopefully can be kept! adidas has an even greater range of running footwear in 2013, and is giving parkrunners every reason to try them out.

If during 28 days you’re not happy with your adidas running shoes you can return them for a full refund or try a new pair. No questions asked. Test Run 28 takes the guessing work out of the equation so you can focus on your next PB!

For more info click here

Attention Gold Coast parkrunners...


As many of you are probably aware, the annual Sports Super Centre Fun Run Series, the only official lead-up series to the Gold Coast Marathon, is now open for registrations. Organised by friend of parkrun Travis Ireland and the team from Corporate Challenge, this series caters to all abilities and is the perfect step up from parkrun to a more competitive form of fun running.

2013 race dates are:

Race 1 - Sunday February 17th
Race 2 - Sunday March 17th
Race 3 - Sunday April 21st
Race 4 - Sunday May 19th
Race 5 - Sunday June 23rd

Best of all, Corporate Challenge have generously offered to DONATE $3.00 from every entrant that comes from the parkrun family back to parkrun in order to help us keep our weekly events free for all of you well into the future! Simply type 'parkrun' into the space provided when entering online at www.corporatechallenge.com.au/fun-runs.

In addition, if we have more parkrunners sign up than any other club or organisation then we will win a FULLY CATERED MARQUEE at the 2013 Gold Coast Marathon. How good would that be?

So get involved and support this great series and of course parkrun!

Women's Running at Coles Supermarkets - Limited Time!


The latest issue of Women's Running magazine is currently available at Coles Supermarkets until January 28th! Jam-packed with informative and inspiring articles (and of course listings for every parkrun event in Australia), this issue will assist you in getting fit and healthy in 2013.

Feedback from the field


Richard Littlewood – I had my first experience of Newy parkrun on the 29th of December 2012. I'm 49 yrs, 136kg and very unfit. I read an article in the Newcastle Morning Herald around October and I thought I’d give it a go. It took a couple of months but I got there. I filled out the online registration form, chased the spiders out of my runners, found some of my old running clothes (of which none fitted) and in a last minute scurry I had to wear some old working clothes I found in the shed. Eat a light breakfast and drank a lot of water while driving the car to Carrington. It was great to see all sorts of different people at the start line, this eased my concerns. I started talking to some of the runners about the course and how much they loved to run, and the feel of achievement of finishing. The announcer made every person feel welcomed and there were plenty of first timers like myself. The gun went off and Newy parkrun was away. I ran and walked my way around the course. I saw lots of smiles and some runners hoping for a PB. I was chatting to some of the runners during the walking stages and enjoying the moment. I crossed the finish line after 41 minutes. I haven't done any running for 15 years, but when driving home I had the biggest smile on my face (you could of seen it from the moon). That afternoon at work I was telling anyone who wanted to listen about Newy parkrun and what a gas it is. The next day my body was racked with pain, walking down and up stairs was a nightmare, but the smile hadn’t faded. I'll be back for more running when my work roster allows it and who knows by the end of 2013 I might be able to run the 5km without stopping. So thank you for this wonderful event, thank you for the fun times, and many more to come. Mostly thank you for rekindling my joy of running. It's been 15 years and man I dig it!.


Darragh Murray - I see Ultra King Bruce Fordyce is coming to Australia in March...Can we get him to run a parkrun!?

parkrun Australia - Hi Darragh. I am meeting up with Bruce in Johannesburg in a couple of weeks and fully intend to make sure he puts a few parkruns into his itinerary!


Steve Cunneen - The photo in last week's parkrun newsletter is myself with the red pram with our 2 boys, 10 months and 2years old. The joys of being a parent, we missed the start of that week by 2min as the 2 year old was on the toilet. Ran a pb 21.08 (run time). We have both a single and a double running pram, best kid purchase we have made, they love it. Our littlest bloke ran 23km on his first pram run, he needed a 2 hour sleep and I needed to do 2 hour run in prep for a marathon. He slept the whole way, win, win.


Toni Irenyi-Brunne - I completed my first Albert Melbourne parkrun this morning, what a great way to start saturday morning. Looking forward to many more, thanks to the volunteers :-)


Heather Louise Johnstone - Thank you to the volunteers at Wynnum parkrun this morning.


Anon - Main Beach parkrun is very professionally run and is an absolute joy to be part of. We have only been attending for 4 weeks now but really enjoy being part of the group and fully intend on being part of the volunteering process once we have our head around the event, maybe in a few weeks. The record 232 runners on the weekend is obvious testament to Brendan’s management and the quality of the other volunteers..


Tony Smith - Another fantastic Claisebrook Cove parkrun made possible by all the great volunteers. Nice to catch up and chat to like minded friendly runners at the end. See you next week, same time, same place... :)


Jocelyn Wilmot - Saturday was my first Claisebrook Cove parkrun and I loved it! So well organized and friendly runners along the way . I will definitely be back.


Jeremy Savage - To think back to the first time I ran at Claisebrook Cove parkrun, I just fell in love with the concept and parkrun ‘family’. Now 10 runs down the road, I am about to become a parkrun tourist, attempting my first half marathon AND about to be a parkrun (joint) Event Director! Without parkrun, I doubt I would have had the faith in myself to even consider doing a 10km run, let alone a half marathon. But the friendships, fun and family atmosphere that parkrun gives me such a great feeling. Bring on next Saturday morning!


Scott Bunny - Today was nothing special: running in a beautiful environment, on a gorgeous morning, with loads of people having lots of fun, enjoyed coffees and cakes afterwards at Kinky Lizard Espresso Bar with a great bunch of people... same as every week!


Caroline van der Mey - I love parkrun. The atmosphere you foster is fantastic - Happily today ran a PB. Jeremy Savage, what you say is so true - about the concept and parkrun family - Congratulations on your 10th run, enjoy being a tourist and good luck with your half marathon. And what an amazing journey for you and Canning River parkrun - Inspiring!!


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:  Scott and Joanne Watkins

Age:  37

Home parkrun:  Albert Melbourne parkrun

Occupation:  Research Scientist & High School Head of Students

Number of runs:  26 & 21

Number of times volunteered:  3 & 4

What do you do at parkruns:  Scott got faster for a while but more recently found enjoyment in pacing people. Joanne always watches everyone run away from her at the start but each week overtakes more and more of them!

How has parkrun changed your running:  It helped Scott (who always joked that his marathon and 5K pace was the same) focus on running faster. It has helped Joanne become a runner, going from taking 40 min to run 5K to running a whole half marathon.

What do you like about parkrun:  Definitely the people and the new friends. We've lived in Melbourne for 8 years but have not previously been part of any sort of community group - possibly because we're work-a-holic D.I.N.K.s! Going to parkrun has definitely helped improve our work/life balance.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Scott: either rescuing the lost footy from the lake with a giant broken branch that I'd remembered was lying nearby or organising the first parkrun to parkrun video link (Sydney to Melbourne) on Grand Final weekend. Joanne: running a lap with our friend, Christine, and being told to "sprint" the last 200m - Joanne's reply was "I'm already sprinting!"

How can we improve parkrun:  We love it as it is!

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 – 15th January 2013

Welcome to this week's newsletter

Tim Oberg

In this week’s newsletter we celebrate another record weekend for parkrun, continue our chat about prams, and hear from a UK parkrun tourist.

As per usual, the stats are in for last Saturday, January 12:

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.

Saturday saw another record turnout for parkrun in Australia and globally, and we also had some record temperatures to deal with at some of our events as the east coast endured some scorching hot weather. Over 29,000 parkrunners took part at a parkrun on Saturday, beating last Saturday’s mark, including 2,227 here in Australia. Let’s hope the ‘New Year’s resolution runners’ find a home here at parkrun and continue to join us well into 2013!

We had some other big news in the parkrun world since the last newsletter… The term 'parkrun' is now a registered global trademark, so for those of you who are unsure, it is ALWAYS one word and ALWAYS has a lowercase 'p'.

parkrun, parkrun, parkrun, parkrun, parkrun..........

And for the record adidas, our major sponsor, also always has a lowercase ‘a’.

As you all know parkrun has become a truly global family over the last 18 months, with weekly events now in Australia, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, Poland, South Africa, UK and the USA. All of these countries receive some sort of sponsorship or assistance from the corporate world to operate except the USA so I have made it my mission to help them out by generating some buzz on social media. So please 'like' and 'share' the parkrun USA Facebook page to help our mates across the Pacific get moving!

I'm off to visit the in-laws in Cape Town on Thursday for 16 days and am a confirmed starter for Delta parkrun in Johannesburg on February 1. I'm also hoping to run a few of the proposed Cape Town event courses so stay tuned for some inspiring holiday snaps!

Happy Running!

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

Pram Runners – Your Feedback


Last week I discussed my first forays into the world of pram running at parkrun and asked for your thoughts and feedback. Since then I have been inundated with emails and Facebook messages so thought I would share some of these below…

Fiona Gilks - Thank you for your little bit about running with prams. It was timely as I was thinking about telling you our story a while back, and this just spurred me on. My husband and I have two children (4.5yrs and 1.5 yrs), and we enjoy doing the Balyang Sanctuary parkrun when we can. My husband and I are having a little competition (just friendly rivalry!). When I am running with the double pram, my husband's goal is to beat his PB. But when my husband is pushing the pram the stakes are higher. My husband starts at the back of the group, and I start in the middle. My goal is to not let him catch me with the pram and boys, and his goal is to catch me!!! My PB is 25.07 (while being chased!), and his PPB (that is Pram Personal Best) is 23.52. Not a bad effort!!! When I can’t make it to parkrun, my husband will run with just the boys. In this photo below it is him being VERY closely followed by another runner. Nothing like pressure at the end of a run!

Scott Northey - I am writing in regards to the Pram running section of last week’s newsletter. My wife and I joined the Newy parkrun a few months back after learning about it from our neighbours. Since then we have participated in runs both with and without my boys who are 3 and 18 months old. I began running with them in a stock double pram which was hard work but was well worth it as they both love when we go for a run and it increased my fitness more so than running solo. And what I did and do find is when I do get to run without them it seems is much easier and I am sure my times have improved vastly because of it. Since then we have just this week purchased a jogger pram which makes the world of difference and my wife has even said that she will give it a go pushing the boys we well. I have to say that the parkrun is such a great event and the encouragement you get from complete strangers to keep pushing and never give up really shows that community spirit and sense of wanting to be fit and healthy is really alive. Well done to the organisers and volunteers of the event and I encourage anyone with small kids to get out there and give pram running a go! And to everyone else on the course make sure you say hi to all the kids in the prams and spur on the mums and dads who are pushing.

Troy Green - I am a keen runner and also love to do parkruns with my young fella in the pram. Yesterday morning I set up a Facebook page called Pram Pushers and no more than 2 hours later the parkrun weekly newsletter pops up in my inbox and is filled with stories of Pram Pushing. I run at Newy and am good mates with Robbo down here. Hopefully this group can take off and encourage more parents to get their kids out and involved with running.

Kym Wilkinson - Both my husband and I push prams each week at New Farm parkrun. DH pushes the 3 and 5 year olds in the double while I take the lighter load with the 7 month old. I dream of getting a baby jogger performance.

Tom Williams (parkrun UK Country Manager) - I'm afraid you Aussies have a long way to go to set any pram running records. On the 29th of September 2012 James Smith ran 17:22 pushing a buggy at Roundhay parkrun, which has been officially declared our toughest course by the way! I have also interviewed Michael Wardian on Marathon Talk and I think he ran a 2:35 marathon with what the Yanks call a stroller. Catch up Aussies!

Dave Robbo - We had lots of prams on course at Newy parkrun again this week. How many can you see crossing the start line in this short video?

Vanessa Gibson - My husband & I are Event Directors at Sandgate parkrun - we take it in turns running with the pram and being ED. I only started running just under a year ago and did 3 half marathons last year. We only got the Croozer about 2 months ago, but it's opened the door for me to be able to train for my first marathon this year. My parkrun pram PB is 25:58 and hoping to one day beat hubby whose pp PB is 24:20 :-)

Alistair McLean – I saw the article regarding pram running and whilst we aren’t going to make any claims to be winning races, all the four parkruns which I have done at St Peters have all been with a stroller. My first two with my daughter in March/April this year, then a bit of a gap until my son was strong enough to go in the stroller, then two in December with both my daughter and my son. So far our best times are 22:34 for the single and 24:05 for the double. Since I started running with a pram in October 2010 so far we have clocked up around 1,200km. Both my kids enjoy their trip out, Dad gets a run and Mum gets some peace and quiet to herself. The course at St Peters is great for strollers but the hill is tough. The last km is strangely deceptive as you tend to use up all your energy on the hill and then fade on the uphill to the finish. However if you are going to run in Sydney you have to get used to hills (we normally train at Lane Cove National Park so we are used to it). We run with a Bob Duallie Stroller which is comfortable for both children and the big wheels and suspension make it a fantastic ride. The best thing about St Peters for the kids is the play park next to the café the cycle track and if that doesn’t work my daughter can be bribed with a babycino at the café. You can make much more of the morning than just running.

Janthea Andersen - I usually run around 21:40 with my pram and about one minute faster without my pram. I have a BeemaQ Pram. I've come first a few times as a female, but not always. It's not really about running with the pram or getting the fastest time for me. I like being able to do things with my family. I hope that it might also be a bit of a motivator for other people who don't want to be beaten by the lady and her bub in the pram and also people who might think if she can do it pushing a pram, I could run 5k too. My tips for pram users: You lose a bit of balance and momentum holding onto the pram, as your torso can go side to side rather than moving smoothly forward. I can somewhat combat the side to side torso movement by holding in my core. Also you can get fatigued faster because of pushing weight forward. Pram mechanics and ride can help, but I've also seen people take one arm off the pram and do a one sided arm movement. This can rest one arm at a time. I never do this in a timed race though only while jogging. A tip for die hards is to put extra weight in the pram and see how you go!

Roundshaw On Tour Down Under by Nikki Tarrant


This article was taken from the News section of the Roundshaw Downs parkrun website...

As many of you know I have been planning to visit my sister in Australia for a few months now and thought whilst I was there I would try to fit in a few parkruns. So for those of you interested in my Roundshaw on Tour down under here is a round up.

Well my adventures down under started at Kirra parkrun which is an out and back course with an extra lollipop on the end along the Gold Coast. When we arrived there was a small gathering of people and my sister really didn’t want to be there (she is not a runner). In Queensland they start their parkruns at 7am as it gets really hot so the early start wasn’t making her want to be there.

In the run briefing I got announced as the parkrunner on a world tour – how I wish I could be. Everyone was fascinated by my red 50 t-shirt as they haven’t made it to Australia yet so they are a rare sight. Everyone was so welcoming and cheered us on even though my sister was not going to run but instead choose to walk it. Whilst walking with my sister we started to chat to the parkrunner that always comes last at Kirra (I have totally forgotten her name and her name on the results is a VM so not sure if she got her barcode mixed up or what?!) She was celebrating her birthday, so we made her parkrun day as she wasn’t last – one of her favourite birthday pressies. It is a bit depressing when you pass the finishers at the finish line knowing you still have to get to the flag and come back. But the crowd did stop and cheer us on which was very nice. I must admit I was just thinking I can’t wait to jump in the sea for a cool down.

On the Sunday we moved up to Surfer’s Paradise where we joined them on the last parkrun of the Longest parkrun in Australia (three parkrunners braved it and went on to complete two other parkruns to make the total a marathon distance). It was so hot and I didn’t have my running gear with me so I wasn’t planning to take part but just cheer them on. But when they made it to Main Beach after a boiling hot parkrun at Coomera which had no shade, there was some people who were going to walk it so I thought why not join in as I had come all this way.

Main Beach parkrun is similar to Kirra but you break off from the sea to a park area. But in this park area there is no shade and no breeze from the sea – so even at 7am in the morning it was really hot. It was so nice to walk the course with three other massive parkrun fans and swopping stories made the 5km pass quickly although I must admit I was glad to see the sign taking us to the finish line. After doing the Longest parkrun I was not really looking forward to running it on parkrun day but knew it would be cooler as not at mid day plus have the buzz you get when at a parkrun. It was nice to chat to people and share stories along with getting to meet Tim, the parkrun Australia Country Manager. I think they have learnt a few lesson and by next year will have a few closer parkruns to make the logistics a bit easier. Although they may try and tie in with the UK longest parkrun which will be on their shortest day, but then this is close to the Gold Coast Marathon which is a very popular race.

On parkrun day at Main Beach it was a lot more popular and a parkrunner Eloise Meyer whom I had met on twitter had come down to meet me – very nice to meet you and nice to know there are real people on twitter and good luck with the Run Director role at Wynnum parkrun.

Whilst running it I wasn’t really with anyone as they were either behind or in front of me so it did feel very lonely in the heat. But a guy overtook me and cheered me on as I went so that kept me going. I caught up with a lady who was telling me all about parkrun and how it had changed her life. Then a guy who had finished and was cooling down saw my 50 t-shirt and asked where I had got it from as his still hadn’t arrived. The whole 50 t-shirt is not really happening out there as they have not received any so every time someone saw mine, it created a conversation.

I somehow missed the sign to go to the finish line so just carried along the path like with had done at the Longest parkrun and cut down to the finish line (this actually makes it longer as your meant to cut across the grass) and surprised the timer person who hadn’t seen me coming. I was very happy to see my drink at this point.

My sister had volunteered and was on barcode duty for those who had not got their barcodes and seemed to have enjoyed this a lot more than running.

After chatting with Paul Sinton-Hewitt at Upton Court parkrun he had recommended Newy parkrun in Newcastle. This was a parkrun I had always wanted to do after becoming a listener of the Naked Runner’s podcast but thought it was too far away from Sydney to do. But Paul had said you could catch a train albeit a 2.5 hour train journey. My sister was keen as she had not visited Newcastle so we booked a hostel and went up on the Friday. Yes the train journey was long but we got to go on a double decker train which had these funky seats you could change around.

Newy parkrun was a great experience and can see why Paul had recommended it. There was parkrunners there who were wanting to achieve sub 17 and there were parkrunners there who were wanting to break sub 60. From proper runners, to joggers, to dog walkers through to pram parkrunners. I loved it.

We were greeted straightaway by Dave the Event Director and met some of the Longest parkrunners. I completed my 90th parkrun there which was my 30th different event at their 30th event. The course is an out and back and very flat with a mixture of surfaces but mainly tarmac. You can see the whole pack the whole way round and on the way back you high 5 people. I loved the whole high 5 concept and it really made me have a burst of energy. At the halfway point it was filled with children who were all there waiting for a high 5 – just wonderful.

Coffee is strange as you get to the coffee house via what looks like someone’s back garden. But it serves great milkshakes and we shared our parkrun experiences and talked about the new parkruns coming up in Australia this year.

I actually still shock from saying goodbye to my Dad in Sydney with him saying he was off to check out the St Peter’s parkrun course so he knew where to go on Saturday. I never thought I would see the day that my Dad chose to do a parkrun in the UK but now he is choosing to do one the other side of the world. Towards the end of 2012 he has got really into parkrun and now completed his first international parkrun. He has confirmed that St Peter’s parkrun has a steep hill which is supposed to be the hardest hill in the world of parkrun and plans to do Albert Melbourne parkrun in a few weeks time – go Dad!!!

All in all Australian parkruns are the same as UK ones but they are run differently behind the scenes which makes them all different. I will miss the swim after parkrun in the sea but it was so nice to be back at Roundshaw in the cold and with the mud – there is no place like your home parkrun. Xxx

Daily Runner


Werna Botha, one of our Wynnum parkrunners, has started a new running coaching group that caters for all abilities called Daily Runner. Werna is a qualified trainer and accredited coach, and if you have seen him run at Wynnum he is very impressive! If you are interested please visit his webpage.

Attention Gold Coast parkrunners...


As many of you are probably aware, the annual Sports Super Centre Fun Run Series, the only official lead-up series to the Gold Coast Marathon, is now open for registrations. Organised by friend of parkrun Travis Ireland and the team from Corporate Challenge, this series caters to all abilities and is the perfect step up from parkrun to a more competitive form of fun running.

2013 race dates are:

Race 1 - Sunday February 17th
Race 2 - Sunday March 17th
Race 3 - Sunday April 21st
Race 4 - Sunday May 19th
Race 5 - Sunday June 23rd

Best of all, Corporate Challenge have generously offered to DONATE $3.00 from every entrant that comes from the parkrun family back to parkrun in order to help us keep our weekly events free for all of you well into the future! Simply type 'parkrun' into the space provided when entering online.

In addition, if we have more parkrunners sign up than any other club or organisation then we will win a FULLY CATERED MARQUEE at the 2013 Gold Coast Marathon. How good would that be?

So get involved and support this great series and of course parkrun!

R4YL Subscription offer


Run For Your Life (R4YL), the official magazine partner of parkrun Australia, 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).

To sign up for your subscription, CLICK HERE and enter the relevant promotional code as shown.

Feedback from the field


Dr Les Rootsey – I love Kingscliff parkrun. Although the numbers are low it is a good, friendly run. Congrats to the organisers and I do intend to volunteer soon.


Sarah McWatt - A big congrats to Jay (New Farm) for his new PB in this morning Resolution Run. 5.5k's in 29.45. 5k split was 26.56! Had a great run with you Jay!


John Oldfield - parkrun is one the best innovations in running ever. I am sure that it will bring more ‘occasional’ runners into the ‘regular’ runners fold than anything else that has ever happened. Well done to all.


Clive G – Nooooo!!! My first Newy parkrun is this Saturday!!! I’m overweight at present so in a top position to put a lot of PB's together lol. I’m looking forward to being a part of the action on a fortnightly basis.


Matt Raschke - I am a regular at Newy Parkrun, and have also run once at Albert Melbourne. Very soon I will run my third parkrun course when Lake Mac kicks off in February. This is just a very quick message to share with you what an outstanding ambassador Dave Robertson is for parkrun. He is Mr Positive, friendly, cheerful, supportive and totally inclusive in his approach. I'd also like to thank everyone at Albert Melbourne for making us feel so welcome during our recent visit. parkrun is amazing. It is changing lives for the better and building much needed community connections all over the world. I would even go as far as to say that for many, it is a transformational experience. Unlike most regular fun runs (which I also love), taking part at parkrun is completely fun-centred and totally non-threatening. It is full of regular folks, nit just running fanatics like myself! I love volunteering as much or more than I do actually running. Once again, thanks!


@ShadesOfAnaBel - my @adidasrunning adizero F50s r a sweet ride. thank u @Balyangparkrun @parkrun_au @adidasAU


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:  James Rees

Age:  39

Home parkrun:  South Bank parkrun

Occupation:  Accountant

Number of runs:  25 (19 at New Farm, 6 at South Bank)

Number of times volunteered:  7 (3 at New Farm, 4 at South Bank)

What do you do at parkruns:  Photographer

How has parkrun changed your running:  I now run! I never really had the motivation to run regularly before - running with a large group of people of all standards and having the run timed makes all the difference.

What do you like about parkrun:  A really friendly and supportive group of people, whether volunteering or running, makes it easy to put in that extra bit of effort. I also like seeing the great responses from friends and families to the photos I take of runners that get put up on the Facebook page.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Hearing runners quietly cursing under their breath after running up the stairs to the second bridge on the South Bank course and then seeing the long upwards incline to the middle of the bridge... Also finding out that a friend from the UK is now a mad-keen parkrunner having completed 106 runs at 83 different courses - a big shout out to Louise Ayling for that tally!

How can we improve parkrun:  Keep doing what you're doing!

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