Weekly newsletter – 26th March 2013

welcome to this week's newsletter

Tom Williams

In this week’s newsletter we review our risk management policy, receive an inspirational story from a Sangdate parkrunner and try to stay dry at the Twilight Running Festival!

As per usual, the stats are in for last Saturday, March 23:

Event Runners First Timers PBs
Albert Melbourne 100 17 26
Balyang Sanctuary 86 10 29
Claisebrook Cove* 156 31 51
Coomera 84 15 25
Ginninderra 81 12 28
Kawana 99 18 35
Kingscliff 28 5 4
Kirra 77 12 17
Lake Mac 156 41 49
Launceston 74 15 29
Main Beach 216 32 47
New Farm 269 58 55
Newy 361 103 98
North Lakes 96 22 28
Parramatta 66 29 25
Sandgate 155 37 38
South Bank 227 52 52
St Peters 171 23 43
Torrens 62 3 24
Tuggeranong 48 15 16
Wynnum 121 14 39
TOTALS 2733 564 758
*Course attendance record

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.

Every now and then Mother Nature likes to remind us she is boss and this certainly happened to a number of parkrunners (albeit not actually at parkrun) last weekend. Firstly on Sunday morning at Ironman Melbourne the start was delayed and the swim leg was reduced to a single lap of the course due to heavy wind and swell. Then on Sunday evening the Twilight Running Festival in Brisbane was cancelled halfway through due to heavy rain, gale force winds, falling tress and lightening!

On my way home after the Twilight I had a long think about parkrun’s policy on risk management and cancellations and feel it is appropriate to discuss it here so you all know.

Before any parkrun event launches the Event Director must complete a thorough risk assessment. These are regularly reviewed should local circumstances change.

Once an event is up and running the risk management is up to the Run Director, the volunteer who takes responsibility for the event, on any given Saturday. They have overall responsibility for event safety, will make any pre-run announcements, will start the run, and oversee proceedings during the run and at the finish. Most importantly, the Run Director decides whether the event should be cancelled or postponed or that an adjustment to the course is needed (because of bad weather or other circumstance). Such decisions will be taken with guidance from the other event organisers, but the Run Director has the final say.

Occasionally, our events do need to be cancelled. There could be a variety of reasons for cancelling an event but the most common are due to reasons of safety. Should an Event Director need to cancel their event in advance they will put a notice on their event's news page and social media pages. If you haven’t already done so I urge you to ‘like’ your event’s Facebook page.

If the decision to cancel is made on the day of the run then the above will occur and, if it has been safe to travel, the Run Director will announce the cancellation at the run giving the reasons. We urge our Run Directors to be decisive about cancellation. Even if conditions improve or other reasons for the cancellation disappear, the cancellation will still hold.

So I hope the above has clarified where we stand on risk management and cancellations. To my knowledge we have only had 1 cancellation on the day due to bad weather so our strike rate is pretty good. But rest assured your safety, and that of our volunteers, is our number one priority at parkrun.

Happy (and safe) running!

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

Guts, sheer determination and plenty of support from Sandgate parkrun


It was around late October 2012 when my father (Gary Nisbet) told me that he had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Gary at the time had ballooned to 130 kg and was told by his medical team that he had two options. The first was to continue the way he was going and go on to be insulin dependent and face a series of health obesity related issues or alternatively he could make drastic lifestyle changes and turn his life around.

I am pleased to say that Gary chose the latter and the medical team set him a 3 month deadline. In consultation with his diabetic dietician and other medical staff he immediately overhauled his diet and committed to a regular exercise regime which initially consisted of walking.

Six months earlier I had started getting back into running and after a number of running events was told by a friend about parkrun. I completed my first run at Kirra while I was on holidays with my wife and two young kids (Sienna & Mitchell).

When my friend first told me about parkrun I couldn’t believe that such a thing existed. After enjoying my first parkrun at Kirra I remember telling my wife Caroline what a shame there wasn’t one closer to home which is north side of Brisbane. Well as fate would have it, my wife Caroline went to school with Dean Gibson and a message suddenly appeared on her Facebook page advising that he and his wife Vanessa were about to launch Sandgate parkrun in the coming weeks.

Well I couldn’t believe our luck as Sandgate is literally just 10 minutes up the road from where we live. I remember counting down the weeks to the launch and changing my running schedule to get the most out of the Saturday run.

Getting back to Gary, I told him about parkrun and it seemed to spark his interest. He knew at that stage that he wasn’t any chance of running the 5km distance but decided that he would come but rather than register and run he would start 30 minutes before the start and walk the 5km distance making sure he stayed out of the way.

When Gary saw that he managed to walk the distance in under an hour he spoke with Dean and Vanessa (Event Directors) and they encouraged him to register and assured him that he would not hold them or the volunteers up.

Well you know what they say the rest is history! Since that time Gary has attended every single Sandgate parkrun and over that time has made many friends and increased his running distance, setting realistic weekly goals, and has achieved 13 personal bests.

Gary was recently rechecked by his medical team at the 3 month deadline and I am thrilled to advise that his blood sugar levels are down to 5.5 and his medical team, family and friends could not be happier with his progress.

At the time of writing Gary has lost approximately 25kg and recently ran the entire 5km distance (see photo of the two of us above) for the first time in a time of 32.35. Gary’s next goal is to go sub 30!

In closing, I would like to thank you for sharing this story and acknowledge just how much of a role that parkrun has played. Last but not least I must personally thank the Sandgate parkrun Event Directors (Dean & Vanessa) and Sandgate parkrunners (you know who you are) for being part of Dad’s journey and helping him turn his life around.

Words by David Nisbet

Twilight Running Festival


On Sunday afternoon Brisbane played host to the Twilight Running Festival and it was an eventful evening to say the least. Team parkrun had a massive contingent of 129 runners across 1km, 5km, 10km and half marathon events, easily earning us the largest team award in the event. If you have been following the news you will know that the event was hit by a massive thunderstorm mid way through the 10k and half marathon events. Thousands of people were caught out in the elements as we were battered with severe winds, torrential down pours, lightning strikes, power and lighting outages and many trees and branches crashing down around us. It certainly was a memorable experience.

The day started out as a hot and humid Brisbane day, with a great vibe surrounding the parkrun team area. The Body Leadership Team were providing physio support, massage, stretching and strapping for all parkrunners and it was great to have them in attendance. At around 5pm, the 10k and half marathon events got underway and it was hot and sticky to say the least. The stifling conditions made the first half of the race quite tough, but not long before 6pm the sky turned black, we were plunged into darkness and the weather unleashed. We have had a lot of wet weather parkruns in Brisbane of late and I must admit that I now really enjoy running in the rain. However, sideways torrential rain that stings the skin and ankle deep water is something I have never run in before and I must say I’m not a huge fan. On the upside it cooled things down very quickly. The organisers made the sensible decision to cancel the race and only a small handful of half marathoners made it around to the second lap. The results are in a little disarray due to the cancellation but from a preliminary glance, we had several members of our parkrun team place very well (Reece Anderson, Greg Webster, Melissa Watson, Tom James, Moray Skilling...I'm looking at you!) which may have also netted parkrun the fastest aggregated 10km Team award as well! (TBC)

There was a tragic end to the race with a man in a critical condition in hospital after being struck by a falling branch. Our thoughts and prayers go out to this man, his family and anyone else who was injured during the race. Our thoughts are also with the team at Intraining who have been the target of the anger and criticism of a small minority of people who participated on Sunday. I have no doubt that there will be a lot to be learned from this particular event which will only serve to make future events much better and safer for all involved.

Finally, spare a thought for all the volunteers who were also out on the course on the day. They did a wonderful job considering the extremely testing circumstances and as a proud member of our volunteer based organisation, parkrun, I salute them and all their efforts on race day. It is also worth mentioning the parkrun team’s support crew who hung on white knuckled to our tents and stopped them from flying off into the distance during the brunt of the storm.

Gareth from South Bank parkrun

Last chance to win a BOB Ironman running pram


Our friends at Britax have given us an awesome BOB Ironman running pram to giveaway to one lucky parkrunner, valued at $599. All you have to do is tell us in 150 words or less why you would like to win a BOB Ironman running pram. Please include a photo and feel free to add some creativity to your entry. We will select the best entry each week over the remaining two weeks and publish it right here in the newsletter. Other selected entries will shortlisted and uploaded to Facebook. After the fourth week we will be conducting a Facebook poll that will enable you, the Australian parkrunning public, to choose the overall winner.

The best entry from last week came from Lynsey Bale who sent in the below photo…

Take a look at the list of entries from the last two weeks that are now shortlisted for the final Facebook poll.

Upcoming Event Launches, Cancellations & News


Our third launch for the year is coming up this Saturday, March 30, at Riverway parkrun in Townsville. Other confirmed events include April 13 for Fingal Bay in Port Stephens, April 20 for Augustine Heights in Ipswich, April 27 for Rockingham near Perth and May 11 for Curl Curl parkrun in Sydney.

Wynnum parkrun has a ‘mega-pacer parkrun next week’ this Saturday, March 30. They will have 7 pacers running 20, 22.5, 25, 27.5, 30, 32.5 and 35 minute 5kms.

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feedback from the field


Lari Hilzinger - Thanks as always to the volunteers at Coomera parkrun for the awesome opportunity and hard work with these runs. I love Saturday mornings now..


Peter James - I did my first Tuggeranong parkrun today in Canberra. A glorious Canberra autumn morning with great running conditions. Lots of my running mates have told me about parkrun and I’m very pleased to have finally done one. Good course, well organised, good quick results online. I’ll spread the word and I’ll be back. I managed to do 18:02 as an M50 and now hold the best aged based performance for the event (83.09%) which is very nice. Is there anywhere in the results that shows the top age based performances for an event. I’d like to see who has also done well on the aged based performance front.

Note from Tim – Yes Peter, hold your cursor over the results tab on the Tuggeranong parkrun website and you can select either ‘age category records’ or ‘age graded league’.


Silpa Parmar - The running season is definitely upon us but some of the entry fees that I've seen so far horrify me. One 4km event in Sydney is going for $40 (so that's $10/km, if your maths is a bit rusty!) and that's the early bird price - the full price is $50! When I tell people about parkrun, one of the most common questions that I get asked is: 'How much does it cost?'. I think people have become so used to paying to be timed that they don't realise that there are free (like parkrun) and much cheaper, local alternatives out there. In Sydney, Sri Chinmoy have some great events throughout the year e.g. through Centennial Park and around Iron Cove. There's usually a choice of three distances (the price varies with the distance but is rarely above $30), the events are timed and really well organised, there's usually a photographer around to take a few snaps and best of all, there are free pancakes (and Nutella!) at the end. Also, your bag won't take more time to collect than it's taken to run the race. It's definitely worth taking a look!


Susan Martin - Thank you everyone at Claisebrook Cove parkrun. I haven't been running very long and this was my first run of this kind. I was overwhelmed with the support I received from everyone. What a great bunch of people, a great place to run and an awesome atmosphere. It is a long drive for me to get there but I will definitely be back as soon as can.


Sue Burns - Wynnum parkrun is a great event. I enjoy it more each week. Thanks to the organisers and volunteers.


Troy Green - Last weekend I volunteered at Lake Mac event #7, in my favourite role of photographer. Karen Barrett, who was handing out finishing tokens was the most enthusiastic volunteer I have ever seen. From the moment the first finisher crossed the line she did not stop bouncing around and cheering runners along to the finish until the last of the walkers was across the line. Every parkrun needs a Karen at the finish line.


Rosie Burgin - I want to give Andrew Ward from New Farm parkrun a shout out from yesterday at the Twilight Running Festival for cheering my home with all his might. It was such a great experience having parkrunners encouraging me as I ran the home straight. As someone who has never run, and never been part of a running group (gym or friends), it was a really warming experience. Even without a new pb, thanks parkrunners for getting me across the line!


Drop us an email if you have an interesting parkrun related fact, happening or comment that you would like to share with all parkrunners.

Volunteer Profile


parkrunner of the week

Name:  Sally-Anne Carey

Age:  38

Home parkrun:  South Bank

Occupation:  Career and Small Business Coach

Number of runs:  7

Number of times volunteered:  1

What do you do at parkruns:  Run, with an improved time most weeks, and meet new people.

How has parkrun changed your running:  I no longer have a big Friday night on the pop! I am focused on a 5km run every week, I try and improve an area each time be it the bridge climb, speed on the longer stretches, breathing!

What do you like about parkrun:  Camaraderie, the course and also getting fitter and faster each time.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Volunteering (with poncho in the rain) and watching the front of the pack. I am always somewhere near the back of the pack so it was encouraging to see these athletes in super quick time!

Reminders

Barcode reminder

barcode

Printed barcodes are used at all our events to record your result. Please click here to collect and print your barcode.
No printed 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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Weekly newsletter – 19th March 2013

Welcome to this week's newsletter

Tim Oberg

In this week’s newsletter we welcome Bruce Fordyce to Brisbane, review our second week of entries in our BOB pram comp and hear about the Last parkrunner Standing.

As per usual, the stats are in for last Saturday, March 16:

Event Runners First Timers PBs
Albert Melbourne N/A N/A N/A
Balyang Sanctuary* 118 26 29
Claisebrook Cove 134 22 42
Coomera 76 4 25
Ginninderra 96 19 23
Kawana 80 15 33
Kingscliff 27 7 8
Kirra 59 10 17
Lake Mac 212 32 46
Launceston* 124 26 58
Main Beach 201 28 38
New Farm 324 60 54
Newy 317 53 118
North Lakes 90 25 26
Parramatta 64 35 10
Sandgate* 182 41 53
South Bank 264 76 70
St Peters 172 31 44
Torrens 64 14 19
Tuggeranong 58 22 15
Wynnum* 162 39 45
TOTALS 2736 585 733
*Course attendance record

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 slow, I am often last but when I finish my parkruns I get the biggest cheers and I feel like a champion."

Wow. This was just one of the notable quotes from parkrunner Kathy Rae on page 47 of the March 15 Penrith Western Weekender online edition. This is a powerful statement and pretty much sums up what parkrun is all about. I have no doubt this is one of the key reasons why the number of participants at parkrun Australia events has grown by a staggering 320.05% over the past year (thanks to Professor Alan for the stat).

On Saturday I attended South Bank parkrun with my wife Nicci and baby son Jack. It was the first time we had been able to use our new BOB Ironman running pram which was a resounding success as you will read in Nicci’s review below. Whilst Nicci was running with Jack in the BOB, I knocked out my 5km alongside parkrun South Africa Country Manager Bruce Fordyce who is currently in Australia doing the rounds of our parkrun events by day and giving talks on the Comrades Marathon by night. It was an honour to run alongside Bruce and the old dog still managed to finish ahead of me by all of one second, although from the photo below you would think I had him covered ;-)

We backed this up on Sunday with a freedom run at Main Beach parkrun followed by breakfast with parkrun Australia Patron and true blue running legend Ron Clarke. There were a lot of world records sitting around the table on Sunday morning… and none of them were mine! Bruce and his wife Gill will be making the last stop of their Australian tour this Saturday at Claisebrook Cove parkrun where I have no doubt Perth’s large South African expat community will welcome them with open arms.

Lastly, we had a wonderful good news story came out of Ginninderra parkrun on Saturday where Jacob Clifton, in his 7th parkrun and on track for a new PB, stopped to help fellow parkrunner Kurt Lindner who fell on the course after rolling his ankle. This was a fine example of parkrun camaraderie and a great reminder that your time should play second fiddle to fun, enjoyment and most of all safety when you join us on a Saturday morning. Well done Jacob!

Happy Running!

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

Running with Jack and BOB


When Tim told me the good news that Britax had offered to provide us with a new BOB Ironman running pram to review I was excited on so many levels. Firstly, I had just bought a new pair of bright yellow adidas running shoes so the bright yellow pram would coordinate perfectly, and every woman knows that yellow is fast. Secondly, our existing pram, a $150 eBay special, has had better days. Tim had already used it at several parkruns and from all reports it simply didn’t cut the mustard. And lastly, after giving birth to our son Jack 7 months ago, I am now finally feeling ready to get back into running. Before having Jack I had completed 9 parkruns with a PB of 26:10 as well as a couple of half marathons.

We made our way up to South Bank parkrun on Saturday morning with the BOB folded neatly in the boot of the car and when we got to the run itself I was pleased to see several other pram runners were in attendance. My plan was to start at the back and take it easy as I didn’t know how my fitness would be after so long on the sidelines. As we started the run the first thing I noticed was just how smooth it was running with the BOB as opposed to pushing our normal pram. I guess it is the larger wheels and suspension that provide that extra comfort factor for both pusher and pushee. As the run progressed I could tell that Jack was enjoying himself as he made loud cheering noises and kicked his legs, so much so that a passerby said that he looked like he was running too. By about the 3km mark however I really started to feel the pinch and would loved to have jumped in the BOB with Jack.

Of course this was not to be so the three of us (Jack, BOB and I) had to grind out the last two kilometers, including South Bank’s infamous ramp, in far from PB pace. We crossed the line in 36:11 which got us 230th out of 264 runners however it is safe to say this would have been significantly slower had we not had the benefit of the BOB.

I really do hope to get back to running PBs at parkrun sometime soon and, as any parent will tell you, it will be so much more rewarding if I can do it with my little boy riding comfortably in front of me. Thanks to Britax and parkrun for making this possible, and watch out for a bolt of lightning come to a parkrun near you soon!

Nicci Oberg

Win a BOB Ironman running pram


Our friends at Britax have given us an awesome BOB Ironman running pram to giveaway to one lucky parkrunner, valued at $599. All you have to do is tell us in 150 words or less why you would like to win a BOB Ironman running pram. Please include a photo and feel free to add some creativity to your entry. We will select the best entry each week over the remaining two weeks and publish it right here in the newsletter. Other selected entries will shortlisted and uploaded to Facebook. After the fourth week we will be conducting a Facebook poll that will enable you, the Australian parkrunning public, to choose the overall winner.

The best entry from last week came from Adriana Guthrie who wrote –

“I’m Scarlett, I’m two, and I love to run.
parkrun with Mummy is oh so much fun!
Wind in my hair as we tear round the track,
Daddy’s voice cheering, the sun on my back.
But now our old pram is falling to bits,
Flat tyre; ripped cover; it¹s really the pits!
It has served us well, and racked up some ks.
But our ten buck pram has seen better days.
My little sis will arrive in July,
And as Mummy runs, she’ll need to stay dry.
A BOB Ironman for her is the go;
Padded, comfy and a pretty yellow!
I hope we can win, cos great it would be,
To see Mummy set ‘pram pushers PB’!”

Take a look at the list of entries from the last two weeks that are now shortlisted for the final Facebook poll.

Last parkrunner Standing


On Saturday at Newy parkrun we trialed a concept suggested by Tim Oberg called "Last parkrunner Standing" which worked really well. We started to promote it on Thursday night with a Facebook posting and it generated a lot of ‘likes’ and comments. Then on Saturday morning it was the last thing we mentioned in our briefing. We had some volunteers encouraging the first finishers to start gathering at the finish line and it quickly took on a life of its own as the guard of honour grew - people readily clapped and cheered each finisher. There were special cheers for some of the more well known local identities, the 25 and 30 min pace groups, kids etc. A really nice encouraging atmosphere prevailed. Obviously not everyone could stay for the whole time but we encouraged people to at least jump in for a few minutes.

After about 20 minutes or so the line did not seem to get any longer as recent finishers were joining the line at about the same rate some early finishers were leaving. We got very positive feedback from the faces of those as they finished, verbally on the day and then later on Facebook. This concept really appealed to us and people responded enthusiastically and quickly. We did make one change to the original concept of "Last Man Standing"… as we subscribe to Geneva Gender Equality Protocols we thought this term was a bit genderist .... plus we wouldn't have known what to do if the last parkrunner standing was a female!

Andrew from Newy parkrun

Note from Tim – Of the 317 who ran at Newy on Saturday there were a massive 118 PBs… Coincidence?

Upcoming Event Launches


Our third launch for the year is coming up on March 30 at Riverway parkrun in Townsville. Other confirmed events include April 13 for Fingal Bay in Port Stephens, April 20 for Augustine Heights in Ipswich, April 27 for Rockingham near Perth and May 11 for Curl Curl parkrun in Sydney.

All in for running


adidas has furthered their commitment to running by partnering with a series of other running events in 2013. The first on the calendar for the year is the Australian Running Festival in Canberra on 13-14th April and adidas wants to share the love with parkrun, by giving 5 Canberra based parkrunners the opportunity to give the adidas 10km race a go.

Throughout March, adidas will be looking for the most improved parkrunners in Canberra! A female and male from both Tuggeranong and Ginninderra will win a place in the adidas 10km at the Australian Running Festival on Saturday April 13.

Stay in touch with your Event Directors to see if you’ve been chosen, and you could give your weekly parkrun a boost by taking it to the next level in the adidas 10km.

Stay tuned for details on how you could win entries into other running events in Australia later this year including the City2Surf in Sydney!

feedback from the field


Samantha Pietersen - I have a gorgeous 16 year old son who has decided to raise funds for a charity by completing four Southbank parkruns starting this weekend followed by the Mt Mee 10km run in April. He has made a website for our family to sponsor him per kilometer, per event with donations made directly to charity. In 3 days the site has had 259 views. If you personally know of any businesses or individuals who could sponsor him or even spread the word we would be in your debt. Please in turn let your stakeholders know that we are very grateful to parkrun and the volunteers or this "challenge" would never have been possible for my son.


Felicia Singkang - It was my first Claisebrook Cove parkrun 2 weeks ago and already I have smashed my PB by 1 minute last week on my second run. It may not be a huge amount to some but for someone who has never run 5kms in her life, this was a win for me. The Claisebrook Cove parkrun team and their volunteers are fantastic. Although I was almost last the 2 times that I ran, they cheered and supported me to the end of the line. I love them for that. This has certainly encourage me to run every week now and I look forward to receiving my 50s t shirt! Well done for organising free parkruns like these. I will certainly bring along some friends the next time.


Sarah-Jane Truitt - I ran my first Newy parkrun on Saturday. It was my first event since the birth of my son 2 months ago (I was about to compete in Ironman Australia when I found out I was pregnant with him 2 days before the race). It was the first time I have run without a watch, heart rate monitor or GPS in years. I didn't care how fast I was going or who beat me, it was all about being out there and finishing and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I think parkrun is an amazing event and I look forward to running it with my son in his jogging pram when he is old enough.


Cathy Lawrence - Thanks for this newsletter each week, it helps to keep us in the loop. I would like to point out that last week’s total for Launceston parkrun of 102 runners was a course attendance record and the first time we have made it into triple figures! We are very proud of this given the size of the population of Launceston. We must have one of the highest per capita attendances in the country. We all love parkrun, it is such a great idea and everyone is so friendly and encouraging, keep up the good work.


Brad Beer - Congratulations parkrun, so good 4 the community!


Bruce Hargreaves - Ran my first South Bank parkrun on Saturday. I'll be back. We had Comrades King, Bruce Fordyce and his wife Gill Fordyce, plus Andrea Moritz (Comrades Canadian Ambassador) and her partner Marc Pelosse running. Looking around at the runners, I think that this parkrun had more Comrades medals running than any parkrun outside South Africa.


Norma Wallett - Up at 4:00am on Saturday, left home at 5:00am, 2 hours driving in the pitch dark - didn't enjoy that one bit - 7:00am at Lake Ginninderra, 2km warm-up, chatted to other ACTVAC runners, set off for 5km around the lake right on 8:00am. As expected. I puffed and panted all the way (still have cough and breathless), walked a couple of very short steep hills, as did most others but with several more walk breaks for me! Weather perfect, scenery beautiful, my run a bit crappy! Last week I did a 5k time trial in 32 minutes (on the track), today I took 36 minutes! Nevertheless, I managed second highest age % of 79.53! Good things do happen with aging! I'll definitely do Ginninderra parkrun again, in spite of the travel there and back - 2 hours each way. The event was simplicity personified, no fuss, just line up, run and show bar code at the finish. So easy! Coffee later at nearby cafe, more chatting, photos and on the way back again, feeling really pleased I'd made an effort to attend my first parkrun.


Daniel 'Hutchy' Hutchinson - Did Wynnum parkrun today! Very well organized and great course :)


Drop us an email if you have an interesting parkrun related fact, happening or comment that you would like to share with all parkrunners.

Volunteer Profile


parkrunner of the week

Name:  Choppy Middleton

Club:  No Club, I just run with my mates

Age:  42

Home parkrun:  Coomera

Occupation:  Project Manager and Mature Age Semi-Pro Athlete.

Number of runs:  about 2019, including 7 first place finishes

PB:  18:58

Number of times volunteered:  6

Favourite volunteer role:  The Signs, arrive early and get a feel for the conditions before the run and try not hit myself on the hand with that hammer again… Wow that hurts!!!

What do you like about volunteering at parkrun:  Giving something back and watching the improvement of other runners that turn up each week and have a go. My daughters also love volunteering; they get a real kick out of being a part of it.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  My first time as a pace runner, I was the sub 20min pacer and put so much mental pressure on myself that I didn’t think I would go under 20mins, but it went really well and I encouraged 1 runner to go under 20mins for the first time, now that he has broken through the barrier Shane now runs sub 20 every week… Oh, and hitting myself with that hammer was funny… Not!!!

How can we improve volunteering at parkrun:  Volunteering works well now, parkrun has put together a great formula that is hard to improve on. Well done parkrun and their team of Event Directors.

Reminders

Barcode reminder

barcode

Printed barcodes are used at all our events to record your result. Please click here to collect and print your barcode.
No printed 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 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

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Weekly newsletter – 12th March 2013

welcome to this week's newsletter

Tom Williams

In this week’s newsletter we launch Parramatta parkrun, review our first week of the BOB Ironman running pram competition and recognize some of the amazing women who bring you parkrun every week.

As per usual, the stats are in for last Saturday, March 9

Event Runners First Timers PBs
Albert Melbourne 145 31 15
Balyang Sanctuary* 133 44 17
Claisebrook Cove 131 18 43
Coomera 84 17 20
Ginninderra 78 6 20
Kawana* 106 37 31
Kingscliff N/A N/A N/A
Kirra 71 15 14
Lake Mac 138 44 46
Launceston 102 37 33
Main Beach 168 18 34
New Farm 249 34 53
Newy 315 56 131
North Lakes 73 10 20
Parramatta 114 58 114
Sandgate* 162 29 73
South Bank 236 75 87
St Peters* 177 32 50
Torrens 50 7 8
Tuggeranong 38 11 25
Wynnum 146 27 63
TOTALS 2716 658 783
*Course attendance record

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.

Firstly, how amazing is the above photo taken by Ross McNeil at Sandgate parkrun on Saturday? I love trawling through parkrun photos as they come in each weekend and it has even been suggested that that we put together a parkrun photography art exhibition to tour the country, featuring the best shots by the talented photographers at each event! What do you think?

On Saturday I had the pleasure of attending our third launch event for 2013, this time at Parramatta parkrun in Sydney’s west. A second event in Sydney has been a long time coming as St Peters parkrun launched way back in January 2012. It is hard to know why Australia’s two biggest cities, namely Sydney and Melbourne, have been a bit slow to embrace parkrun. Perhaps it is because St Peters and Albert Melbourne are so damn good that no other event has wanted to compete with them? Or perhaps there is just so much other stuff on offer in these cities on Saturday morning that the desire isn’t there? Regardless, history tells us that more events breeds more events so I’m confident that both Sydney and Melbourne will have 5-10 events each in the coming years.

Back to the launch, the morning was a huge success and significant on a number of fronts: a) We had a great turnout of 114 runners of whom 58 were first time parkrunners; b) parkrun South Africa Country Managers Bruce and Gill Fordyce were in attendance, Bruce wearing his ‘limited edition’ orange 50-Club shirt; c) I finally met Tom and Lana Do Canto, the first, and to my knowledge only, married couple to have met at parkrun; d) Regular parkrun tourist Kathy Rae ran with 3 generations of her family; 4) Dave Robbo picked up a fire extinguisher on the course and still ran 20:18; and 5) New Event Director Jono Arthur put on a great spread of sausages and banana bread, the latter baked by the aforementioned Tom and Lana!

Well done to Jono, the volunteers and of course all of the parkrunners who made the launch of Parramatta parkrun such a wonderful occasion.

This Saturday I will be at South Bank parkrun with Bruce and Gill Fordyce where I will finally get to test out my new BOB Ironman running pram. South Bank has an infamous ramp at about the 4km mark but I’m confident the BOB will get us up there in a flash!

Happy Running!

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

Win a BOB Ironman running pram


As we announced last week, our friends at Britax have given us an awesome BOB Ironman running pram to giveaway to one lucky parkrunner, valued at $599. All you have to do is tell us in 150 words or less why you would like to win a BOB Ironman running pram. Please include a photo and feel free to add some creativity to your entry. We will select the best entry each week over the remaining three weeks and publish it right here in the newsletter. Other selected entries will be shortlisted and uploaded to Facebook. After the fourth week we will be conducting a Facebook poll that will enable you, the Australian parkrunning public, to choose the overall winner.

The best entry from last week belongs to the The Hoffman Clan who wrote –

“I'd love to win a BOB Ironman Running Pram today,
This sleek and stylish model would help me on my way.
I'd fly round Newy parkrun bends and never get too flustered,
My daggy old pram I'm using now just doesn't cut the mustard.
My 5 year old boy Jet runs occasionally and tries his very best,
But my 1 year old Sunny would love a more bump free, luxurious rest.
So I'll cross my fingers and toes that this fabulous prize will be mine,
Cos a PB for this slow poke mum would be absolutely divine!”

For our list of entries from last week that are now shortlisted for the final Facebook poll click here

Bruce Fordyce in Australia


As mentioned above parkrun South Africa Country Managers Bruce and Gill Fordyce are currently in Australia and are doing the rounds of our parkrun events in March. Remaining dates and events are:

March 16 - South Bank parkrun
March 16 - South Bank parkrun
March 18 – Dinner and talk “An Evening with Bruce Fordyce”. To apply for tickets ($60 each) please email ginninderraoffice@parkrun.com
March 23 - Claisebrook Cove

Bruce is a global running icon having won the Comrades Marathon a record nine times, of which eight wins were consecutive. He also won the London to Brighton Marathon three years in a row, is the current world record holder over 50 miles and the former world record holder over 100 km.

International Womens Day


Last Friday was International Women's Day so it would be remiss of me not to recognise all of our incredible female Event Directors who bring you parkrun week in week out with no fuss: Carol Cunningham at Albert Melbourne, Karen McLeod at New Farm, Renee Gimbert at Coomera, Jess Jefferys at Ginninderra, Dawn Courage at Kingscliff, Kelly Daly at Kawana, Roisin Burrell at Wynnum, Vanessa Gibson at Sandgate and Kelly Roberts-Candy at Tuggeranong. Well done ladies, you are an inspiration to me and of course the thousands of parkrunners who attend your events.

Upcoming Event Launches & Cancellations


Our third launch for the year is coming up on March 30 at Riverway parkrun in Townsville. Other confirmed events include April 13 for Fingal Bay in Port Stevens, April 20 for Augustine Heights in Ipswich, April 27 for Rockingham near Perth and May 11 for Curl Curl parkrun in Sydney.

Please note that Albert Melbourne parkrun will be cancelled this Saturday due to the Australian Grand Prix.

feedback from the field


Sally Mitchell - I just want to say how fabulous I think parkrun is. I was one of the original volunteers at Sandgate parkrun, helping Dean and Vanessa out for the first 3 weeks before I actually got to run. Since mid December I've taken 4 minutes off my 5km PB, down to just over 28 minutes. The community of runners we have there is amazing, and the encouragement we give each other spurs us all on to greater things. I'd all but given up on my running in favour of other exercise but Sandgate parkrun has renewed my enjoyment.


Sally-Anne Carey - I am 10 weeks into a fitness challenge and felt like I was plateauing but my PB at South Bank parkrun today has given me renewed motivation. I moved to Brisbane from Sydney in Jan 2012 to meet new people and decided on a goal of '40 fun runs by the time I am 40' (I was nearly 37 at the time). So I signed up for every fun run in 2012 and then discovered parkrun late 2012. I am now at number 20 of my goal a week ahead of my 38th birthday. I love my parkrun Saturday mornings and also enjoy the tourist aspect when in other parts of the city/state/country/globe! Brilliant initiative and thanks for keeping me true to my goal!


Mark Paddenburg - Just wanted to say how impressed I am with parkun Australia. It really demonstrates how you can build community and communities of interest (mixing online and offline very effectively).


Michelle Obrien - Wynnum parkrun is the best!!!! Woooo hoooo:)


Caroline van der Mey - Love Claisebrook Cove parkrun, the atmosphere, the runners, the friendships that develop, the support, the PB's and the running - Thank you.


Khalid Malik - Just wanted to say a big thanks to all at Claisebrook Cove parkrun, a great atmosphere and support. If you're ever in Birmingham UK you'll be very welcome to Cannon-Hill parkrun. Hope the year ahead is injury free with many PBs.


Victoria Gibson - I just want to say a big thank you to everyone at Claisebrook Cove parkrun. I have done 13 parkruns and 10 of them at Claisebrook Cove. I have loved every one and that is because of the runners and volunteers who turn up every Saturday. I have made some great friends and will be at a loss without it. (Well until I find my nearest one over east :)) Thanks again!


Drop us 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:  Megan Mathieson

Age:  34

Home parkrun:  Coomera

Occupation:  Forensic Scientist

Number of runs:  23

PB:  29:45

Number of times volunteered:  8

Favourite volunteer role:  Time keeper

What do you like about volunteering at parkrun:  Getting to know all the other runners, meeting first time runners and being able to encourage everyone.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Volunteering when celebrating an event like Christmas or Australia Day as everyone makes an effort to get into the spirit of things which creates a great atmosphere.

How can we improve parkrun:  Not sure, it doesn't need to be improved.

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