Weekly newsletter – 28th May 2013

welcome to this week's newsletter


In this week’s newsletter we launch Melbourne’s second event at Highlands, get our monthly statistical analysis from Professor Alan, and welcome a new national sponsor into the parkrun family.

It’s been a big week. Let’s get started.

Last Tuesday I bit the bullet and signed up for the half marathon at the upcoming Gold Coast Airport Marathon. I had been planning on running the full marathon but a niggley calf muscle put an end to that idea! I’m delighted to say that the parkrun Australia team for this year’s GCAM is a massive 111 runners, so well done to all of you who have stepped up from parkrun into this more competitive environment. As per usual we will have a parkrun marquee for you to meet in, leave your gear etc, more details will be announced closer to the time. We will also be volunteering at GCAM on the Saturday morning giving out t-shirts to finishers in the recovery area, so if you are able to assist (we need 20 people) please let me know. Also a reminder for all those running to enter the Suncorp Bank runPositive $10k Competition for your chance to win, as the name suggests, $10,000!

On Saturday I attended the launch of Highlands parkrun in the Melbourne suburb of Craigieburn. This event came about due to our new national partnership with property developer Stockland (see below) and local personal training group Krunchies Health & Fitness. As with most of Stockland’s residential developments the setting was picturesque with runners completing 2 laps of a lake circuit before finishing next to the all important coffee shop where fruit and coffee was provided free of charge. Well done to everyone who joined us for the inaugural run and special thanks to Kate from Stockland and Matthew, Mel & Greg from Krunchies who made it all happen like clockwork!

Finally for those of you interested in following the progress of Elisha Neave who I mentioned in last week’s newsletter, her family was featured on Sixty Minutes on Sunday night.

Happy running,

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

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.

Welcome Stockland


As mentioned above parkrun Australia has recently entered into a new national partnership with property developer Stockland. As I’m sure you can all appreciate the only way we are able to provide parkrun to you week after week free of charge is due to the hard work of our incredible volunteers and the financial support of our sponsors. So I would like to officially welcome Stockland into the family alongside existing national partners adidas and Suncorp Bank.

I originally opened discussions with Stockland almost 12 months ago when we established Coomera parkrun at Stockland’s Highland Reserve development and since then we have gone on to launch events at North Lakes, Augustine Heights and now Highlands. In the coming weeks we will be launching Sandon Point, North Shore, Gladstone and Aveley parkruns, all with the direct support of Stockland, and it is safe to say this is only the beginning of what will be a huge national roll out.

Special thanks must go to Stockland’s National Community Development Manager Lauren Cassar who has worked tirelessly with me to make this partnership happen, Gold Coast Development Manager Dave Franklin who was my original point of contact and introduced me to Lauren, and Coomera parkrun Event Directors Renee & Adam Gimbert who first made contact with Dave and got the ball rolling all those months ago.

Visit the parkrun website for further information on our partnership with Stockland.

By The Numbers…


The figures show an amazing 14,371 runs during May, a 13.7% increase over April. The graph below shows the trend in weekly attendances. Also for the first time I have overlaid the number of parkrun events with the total weekly attendance - and you can see they do tend to follow each other onwards and mostly upwards.

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Last month Darragh Murray asked the Professor to look at which was the fastest parkrun course in Australia. I initially started by looking at the fastest male + fastest female time for all parkruns in May. On that basis Tuggeranong was fastest with 33:46 (14:46 from Martin Dent on 11 May and 19:00 from Dominique Ferguson on 18 May). But to make it a bit fairer I then took the average of all the male and female first finisher times and came up with this pretty stacked bar chart...

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Kirra takes top spot with a combined average of 36:30 (male average 17:07 and female average 19:23), Albert were just behind on 36:36, with Newy third on 36:39.

So there you have it, in May Kirra had the ‘fastest’ average of First Finishers. But the Professor will have another look at this in future months, using a few different criteria - watch this space!

Finally don’t forget the Longest parkruns are happening again on Sunday 23 June. So far we have a Brisbane & South Longest parkrun and for the first time a Western Australian Longest parkrun. For those who do not know the Longest parkruns are fun social events where you can run anything from 1 to 7 parkruns in a day. You can join in at whatever point you wish and do one or more parkruns (as you are able). None of the events are timed (you are encouraged to time and record yourself), and they do not count towards club t-shirts. But if you want to explore some of other beautiful parkruns in good company then why not join in? After the events the Professor will be collecting times from anyone who submits them through an online form that will be available on the Longest parkrun Australia Facebook site and we will produce some graphs and stats for next month’s article. We might even do a West Coast VS East Coast comparison :-)

Professor Alan & Róisín from Wynnum parkrun.

Winery Running Festival


For those of you looking for something a bit different, a large group of parkrun Event Directors and families will be converging on the beautiful Hunter Valley for the Coal & Allied Winery Running Festival on Sunday, July 21. The organizers of this event have been kind enough to give the Event Directors complimentary admission into the race of their choice in recognition of the hard work they put in bringing you parkrun every week, and we encourage as many of you from the broader parkrun family to come and run with us in what will no doubt be an amazing event. And then there is the small matter of the wine…

Get Inspired


Main Beach parkrun Run Director Libby Sargent is holding an event this Thursday called ‘Inspiring Gold Coast Runners’ as part of the nationwide Inspiring Australia Day celebrations. It is shaping up to be a great night with a host of inspiring guest speakers and yours truly as MC. All proceeds go to the Kokoda Challenge Youth Program. Visit the Facebook page for more information.

Bridge To Brisbane


Entries to the Sunday Mail Suncorp Bank Bridge to Brisbane have now opened and we have set up a parkrun team for you to join. In order to join the team you will need to enter our Team Name (parkrun) and Team Number (58568). Early bird entries close midnight 8 June 2013.

Upcoming Event Launches, Anniversaries & Cancellations


Our 11th and 12th launches for the year are coming up this Saturday, June 1, at Sandon Point in Wollongong & Canning River in Perth. Other confirmed launch dates include: June 8 for Mitchelton in Brisbane; June 15 for North Shore in Townsville; June 22 for Gladstone; June 29 for Logan River south of Brisbane; and July 6 for Aveley in Perth.

Newy parkrun celebrates its 1st anniversary on June 8 whilst Coomera & Claisebrook Cove turn 1 on August 3.

The Pointy End


Who are you? Australian marathon representative at the 2012 London Olympic Games (2:16.29) and parkrun Australia national course record holder (14:42), Marty Dent.
How the hell do you run so fast? Training consistently in volume, frequency and effort over a long time. It’s hard work but very rewarding. I wouldn’t mind running a bit faster though.
How many km do you run in an average training week? A typical training week is 160km but varies from 100km to 200km.
What type of training do you typically do? All running but of vary distances and speeds. This includes two long runs, three interval sessions or races and other recovery runs.
How long have you been running and have you always been so damn good? I have been training for over twenty years and always found that I did pretty well from a young age.
What is your favourite distance? Half marathons have been a good distance for me when I have been in good shape.
Do you have a coach and do you train with a squad? I coach myself and train with a very supportive and entertaining group in Canberra.
How much faster would you like to go? If someone comes out and breaks my course or Australian record I would love to have a crack at whatever they do.
What big events do you want to run? I am hoping to be selected to run the marathon at world championships in Moscow in August.

Feedback from the field


Maria Roberts - Just read your newsletter and in particular the extremely tragic news for Brendan and Elisha. I am a fairly new Newy parkrunner. Will be sure to get on and donate some money. Thanks for the heads up – great to be able to support in a very small way J. This could happen to any of us.


Claire De Plume – Hi, I just wanted to give you some feedback about my experience at my first parkrun at Main Beach last Saturday. When my friend Adele first asked me, I jumped at the chance and took a few friends hostage for moral support. Well, the week before, I felt sick. I honestly couldn't sleep due to my nervousness. I know I can finish 5km, but I am so slow that I was anxious that the organisers didn't get too impatient with me. I had visions of people huffing and puffing as I made my way over the finish line. Well what a different experience I had! I felt like Sally Pearson as I made my way over the line. Everyone cheered and clapped! I will do anything for a clap! Everyone was so friendly, and I cannot wait to do this Saturday and improve my time every week!


Moray Skilling - Thanks to Wynnum parkrun for hosting the refugees from South Bank! The event was very well organised, well done event team and huge thanks to the volunteers.


Kelly Lea - This was my 2nd Wynnum parkrun & I managed to bring the 18year old along for his 1st run, though only found him once I finished - a little bit behind him.


Kathie Edwards - 5km, Saturday morning, officially timed, for free.... Visits by a coffee van and amazingly supportive people. What's not to love?


Kelly Bravey - I love parkrun! I managed to do my first one today, I can't get over how community friendly it is! I have to admit was a bit nervous beforehand as didn't know what to expect but the Cleveland one blew me away. All the volunteers and the rest of the participants cheered each other on and it didn't matter if you came first or last, everyone was made to feel equal! Love love love!!!


Joe Killian - Another great Coomera parkrun this morning, thanks guys.


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

Volunteer Profile


Name:  Johnny 'Archie' Archibald

Age:  My mother taught me it was rude to ask people their age......... I'll remain silent!

Home parkrun:  Albert parkrun

Occupation:  Project Manager for a Construction Consultancy

Number of runs:  I think about 7, and I have run a PB for 6 of those runs which I am pretty chuffed about

PB:  20.07, I know that off by heart. Very proud of that result, and can't wait for my first sub-twenty!

Number of times volunteered:  5 I think, nearly more times than I have run, darn injury!

Favourite volunteer role:  Hmmmm, well I loved scanning the tokens, breathing in the sweet aroma of sweat and BO as my fellow parkrunners pant and drip on me!! But maybe the ultimate responsibility is the stop watch. And can I ask, what is with slowing down towards the finish line?? I will not stop the clock until you're over the line, so get a move on!

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  The fact that I still have a reason to get up on a Saturday morning. If I can't run, then at least I can still enjoy the buzz of it.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  It was through volunteering that I got to meet people at parkrun; until then I was just a lonely runner...... I should say thank you to Julie for bringing me in to the parkrun gang!

How can we improve volunteering at parkrun:  By providing mittens and bobble hats in winter, my hands nearly froze a few weeks ago!!

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 – 21st May 2013

welcome to this week's newsletter


In this week’s newsletter we launch a new event at Varsity Lakes, celebrate National Volunteer Week, and help a friend in need.

The past week has been both triumphant and tragic for the parkrun family. Let’s start with the triumph…

On Saturday I attended the launch of Varsity Lakes parkrun on the Gold Coast, only 15 minutes drive from my house in Currumbin. Varsity Lakes is situated in the dead centre of the Gold Coast and is almost equidistant from Main Beach and Kirra parkruns. The event was initiated by Varsity Lakes Community Limited, a not for profit organization established to bring events and other services to their local community, and is based at Sports House, already a hub of activity with personal trainers, rowers, dragon boaters and yoga already on site. It is one of these personal trainers, Chris Channells, who has taken the reigns as inaugural Event Director at VLp and he has designed an absolutely fabulous course that hugs the banks of Lake Orr. The morning itself was a great success (I must be starting to sound like a broken record) with 73 runners, including 28 brand new to parkrun, taking part. Well done Chris and thanks to VLCL for organizing the coffee and sausage sizzle.

Elsewhere on Saturday our events were celebrating National Volunteer Week, Australia’s largest celebration of volunteers and volunteerism, with our first national 'Last parkrunner Standing' day. It was awesome to watch the photos stream in on Saturday morning of parkrunners lining up along the last 100 metres of their courses and cheering on their fellow runners. My vision is that it will make those at the back of the pack feel like rock stars, for a few minutes at least. If you received some cheers on Saturday I would love to hear how it made you feel ;-)

Now for the tragedy.

On Wednesday I met up with Brendan Hopp, the General Manager of adidas School Fun-Run, an official supporter of parkrun Australia who do a great job encouraging schools across the country to get their students raising money through fun runs instead of chocolate drives. After a bit of banter re work, life, the weather etc Brendan cut to the chase – “My girlfriend is dying and I need your help…” To say I was shocked would be an understatement and, as Brendan began to tell me more, the full tragedy of this situation was revealed. Brendan’s girlfriend is Elisha Neave who has a rare and aggressive form of cancer. Her name may be familiar to you as, in the wake of Angelina Jolie’s revelations last week, her family were on the front page of every paper in the country. I won’t go into the full details here as you can read them for yourself but needless to say I would like to think that the parkrun family around Australia will support Elisha through her website. Gold Coast based parkrunners can participate in a special fun run called Creek to Creek on June 16 whilst the rest of you can donate money to help Elisha cover the costs of her ongoing treatment. Every little bit helps so please do what you can.

When I get up and speak at launch events, as I did at Varsity Lakes on Saturday, I always ask for new runners to raise their hands so we can give them a round of applause and welcome them to the parkrun family. And it is during the tough times, as Elisha and Brendan are going through now, that family matters the most. So thanks for your ongoing support of parkrun and for looking out for each other week in week out. It means a lot.

Happy running,

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

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.

GCAM Team


You now have only 1 day until team registrations for the Gold Coast Airport Marathon close (Wednesday 22 May). For those of you who still want to join the parkrun Australia team at this year’s GCAM the password you need is 'park2013'. For those of you on the GC who have already signed up all friends from the Gold Coast Running Centre are hosting a GCRC Long Run this Sunday at 6:15am in Burleigh Heads. See you there.

Bridge To Brisbane


Entries to the Sunday Mail Suncorp Bank Bridge to Brisbane have now opened and we have set up a parkrun team for you to join. In order to join the team you will need to enter our Team Name (parkrun) and Team Number (58568).

Early bird entries close midnight 8 June 2013.

Entertainment Book


The Entertainment Book has arrived so please support parkrun by ordering yours online now. The Entertainment Book is filled with hundreds of valuable 2-for-1 and up to 50% offers from many of the best restaurants, arts, attractions, hotel accommodation, travel and much more! 20% of the cost will go directly to helping your home parkrun event purchase new equipment and also help us launch new events across the country. Books can be collected on the first Saturday of the month at parkrun events across the country or you can have it delivered to your door for a small fee. Thanks in advance for your support! Visit their website to learn more and order yours.

Upcoming Event Launches, Anniversaries & Cancellations


Our 10th launch for the year is coming up this Saturday, May 25, at Highlands in Melbourne. Other confirmed launch dates include: June 1 for Sandon Point in Wollongong & Canning River in Perth; June 8 for Mitchelton in Brisbane; June 15 for North Shore in Townsville; June 22 for Gladstone; June 29 in Logan River south of Brisbane; and July 6 for Aveley in Perth.

Newy parkrun celebrates its 1st anniversary on June 8 whilst Coomera & Claisebrook Cove turn 1 on August 3.

The Pointy End


Who are you? Tom Do Canto, male course record holder at St Peters (15:30), Parramatta (14:49) and Albert Melbourne (15:32).
How the hell do you run so fast? Being smart with my training. I run up to 6 days a week at the moment and ensure I have a mix of easier runs and runs at a higher intensity. Having a coach for the past 8 or so years really helps to make you a better runner and target all areas of your running such as speed, endurance, core stability and technique.
How many km do you run in an average training week? For the last few years I would say between 60-80km per week although in the past I have run up to 140km per week.
What type of training do you typically do? An average week at the moment would look like this: Mon - Easy 8km; Tue - Interval training e.g. 6x1km efforts at my 5km race pace with 90secs to 2mins walk recovery between 1km reps. I would do a 3km warm up and 3km warm down either side of this session and probably do some drills and a few 100m strides (around 80% of sprinting speed) to develop speed and coordination. Don't underestimate the benefits of 1-2 x weekly 100m strides for distance running; Wed - Easy 14-16km; Thur - Easy 10km; Fri – Rest; Sat – parkrun or other event; Sun - 22km run at a moderate intensity.
How long have you been running and have you always been so damn good? I started running on a regular basis when I was about 15 and no I certainly have not always been that great at it! I still have a place card form an inter-school cross country race when I was 12, I came something like 116th.
What is you favourite distance? 10km to half marathon.
Do you have a coach and do you train with a squad? I have a coach and squad that I train with at Barton park grass track in Parramatta. It’s a great bunch of runners we have there and training can be a lot of fun on these days.
How much faster would you like to go? I would love to eventually dip under 14mins for 5km and 29mins for 10km. Although I should probably work on breaking 30mins for 10km first! Sub 15mins at St Peters parkrun soon would be nice.
What big events do you want to run? I would love to run the Zatopek 10km in Melbourne which is the Annual National 10km Championships and eventually qualify for an Australian cross country or marathon team in the coming years.

Feedback from the field


Leoni Ross - I did my 1st parkrun last weekend at Main Beach......it was fabulous! I actually don’t run, I walk. I’m 68 years old and I haven’t done any competition walks for many years. 1996 would have been the last time I entered a “fun run” or anything else like that… I had to have a hip replacement which over the next 5 years turned into 3 hip replacements and 2 operations on my ankle. Over the years I lost motivation for competing in fun runs etc. I then suffered a head aneurysm, which took awhile to recover from. I was one of the lucky ones, I recovered without any effects at all. Then, lo and behold, I got a rare form of cancer in my foot. After having approx 9 cms removed from my foot and during my recuperation after radiation etc, I decided to set myself a challenge each year, and never to take life for granted ever again. Last year I climbed Mt. Fuji with my son and 2 grandchildren, it was the 1st time that 3 generations had completed this climb. This year I have entered the Weekend to End Women’s Cancer, it is a 2 day event which covers 60 kms, I then discovered parkrun which I will use as a part of my training for this walk. I completed my 5 km walk last weekend in a time which I had forgotten I could do, then on Sunday I completed the 8km Mothers Day Classic in 1.12.38... I will be at Main Beach parkrun again this Saturday, very excited to try and get another PB. Thanks for providing a great Saturday morning...


Gareth Saunders - I just wanted to say a massive thanks to all who helped me celebrate my 50th parkrun today. I am truly honoured to be surrounded by such high quality peeps and seeing you all each Saturday is definitely a highlight in my week. I also want to give a big shout out to the South Bank parkrun Event Team who went to so much trouble to organise everything today. I can't remember the last time I ate so many cupcakes! Love your work team!


Gabrielle Edmonds - The South Bank parkrun team did a great job getting Kevin Rudd down there yesterday to watch Gareth Saunders run his 50th parkrun!!


Tom James - Great volunteers at New Farm parkrun last week as per usual! Was particularly impressed with the volunteers lining the path beside the park at the start. The Event and Run Directors are so generous giving up so much of their time. Much appreciated!


Liz Savage - Thanks to everyone who has volunteered at New Farm parkrun and, in particular, to the Event and Run Directors who make this event a success every Saturday morning!


Simon Mackley - Every week, after reading the newsletter, I plan to drop you a line to say thanks for keeping us up to date with the goings on of parkrun Australia. Even though I only go to a parkrun once month, it spurs me on for my regular morning runs. Now that there are so many Aussie parkruns I'm sure it's getting harder and harder as there would be so much weekly content to plough through. Your hard work is not going unnoticed. I've had the opportunity to go to 3 different parkruns in the past year with my last being Curl Curl last weekend and my first being St Peters inaugural in Jan 2012. What I love about parkrun is that each one has it's physical and mental challenges and a fantastic sense of community.


Jane Luke - 6 months ago today, at the age of 35, having never been a runner in my life, I did my first competitive 5k run, a week after a friend mentioned it and wondered if I'd be interested. My time was 26:29, which I was happy with, my modest goals being to finish, and to do under 30 minutes. A few weeks after that, Torrens parkrun launched, and I have been to all but one run since its inception. I find running on my own boring, and even though it involves losing my Saturday sleep in, parkrun has been a great fit for me. It's a great bunch of runners and volunteers and I'm pleased to say today, 6 months after that first run, I managed another PB today, 22:14! My next goal is to break the 22 minute barrier and eventually go sub-20. Thanks Torrens parkrun!


Brooke Sturtevant - Did my first parkrun this morning! Was blown away by how many people were there. Awesome, just awesome! Almost killed me though! haha


Mitchell Ellis - AWESOME MORNING AY? How good is this sun? Kicked off volunteering at Varsity Lakes parkrun first official run with Phil Stagg making the number to beat @ just under 18 min. Well done mate. Heaps of new faces there. Looking forward to it being one of the biggest parkruns yet.


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

Volunteer Profile


Name:  Kevin & Jane

Age:  50 & 55

Home parkrun:  Albert Melbourne parkrun

Occupation:  Truck Driver & Care Giver

Number of runs:  51 & 11

Number of times volunteered:  5 & 5

What do you do at parkruns:  Kevin runs, Jane walks or volunteers.

How has parkrun changed your running:  Kevin – It encouraged me to look at and enter other races which I enjoy a lot. Jane - I don't run really, I mostly walk, but parkrun has encouraged me to get fitter over all, helped me to lose weight and helped in all other areas of my health.

What do you like about parkrun:  Kevin - I love the social side of it but more so the community atmosphere. Jane - I love the encouragement and the people, I've made some lovely mates since joining and every single one of them inspires me to do more, and do it better.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Kevin - When they kicked the football into the lake on a freezing windy day, not once but twice. Jane - The day George told me to get in the car if I wasn't going to walk, and shamed me into walking even though I didn't want to. He walked with me all the way and together we achieved a PB for me. And I didn't even want to start.

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

adidas investing in parkrun

all out performance

adidas has been focused on athlete’s performance since the first running spikes were made in the 1920ís earning the first Olympic gold medal in adidas shoes. Today, adidas is proud to be supporting parkrunners everywhere. Explore adidas running



 

Weekly newsletter – 14th May 2013

welcome to this week's newsletter


In this week’s newsletter we launch a new event at Curl Curl, say hello to the Entertainment Book, and hear from one of Australia’s fastest female runners.

On Saturday I attended the launch of Curl Curl parkrun in Sydney’s magical Northern Beaches, not far from Palm Beach aka Summer Bay. This event was over 1.5 years in the making as it took the local event team, headed by Kim Joss, many many months to agree on a suitable location with Warringah Council. Well, it was worth the wait, as 98 eager parkrunners, many from our existing events at St Peters and Parramatta, were in attendance to get things off and running. Well done to Kim, Darren, and the rest of the team who made it all finally come together!

May 13-19 is National Volunteer Week (NVW2013), Australia’s largest celebration of volunteers and volunteerism. Did you know that today there are over 6 million people volunteering annually in Australia, representing 36% of the adult population. Obviously parkrun could not exist without the valuable contribution of our 1000s of volunteers who provide their time, skills and passion week in week out, and for that we salute them! To celebrate we have decided that this Saturday, May 18, will be our first national 'Last parkrunner Standing' day. What does this mean? Last parkrunner Standing simply means that once you have completed your run and had your barcode scanned we ask you to line up along the last 50-100 metres of the course and cheer on the remaining runners until you have to leave. Ideally this will mean that there is a loud and encouraging atmosphere until the ‘last parkrunner standing’ has crossed the finish line. Many events have already trailed this concept to great success so let’s see it happen across the country this Saturday!

Lastly, there is now only 8 days until team registrations for the Gold Coast Airport Marathon close (Wednesday 22 May). For those of you who still want to join the parkrun Australia team at this year’s GCAM the password you need is 'park2013'.

Happy running!

Tim from parkrun Australia

Happy running,

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

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.

Entertainment Book


The Entertainment Book has arrived so please support parkrun by ordering yours online now. The Entertainment Book is filled with hundreds of valuable 2-for-1 and up to 50% offers from many of the best restaurants, arts, attractions, hotel accommodation, travel and much more! 20% of the cost will go directly to helping your home parkrun event purchase new equipment and also help us launch new events across the country. Books can be collected on the first Saturday of the month at parkrun events across the country or you can have it delivered to your door for a small fee. Thanks in advance for your support! Visit their website to learn more and order yours.

all in for Sydney


Good luck to the parkrunners competing in the Sydney Half Marathon over the weekend.
Make sure you visit adidas at the expo to try out the incredible new BOOST™ technology. Specialist staff will be on hand to fit you out and enable you to try the shoes, and you will also be able to purchase the latest gear for your next run.
adidas also invites all competitors wearing adidas footwear or running gear into their VIP chillout area at the finish line. Here you can relax after the event, put your feet up and have your photo taken with adidas athletes and ambassadors. Don’t forget to wear adidas on event day for VIP access.

Bridge To Brisbane


Entries to the Sunday Mail Suncorp Bank Bridge to Brisbane have now opened and we have set up a parkrun team for you to join. In order to join the team you will need to enter our Team Name (parkrun) and Team Number (58568).

Early bird entries close midnight 8 June 2013.

RUN BETTER Road Show


Dave Robbo from Newy parkrun is taking his RUN BETTER course on the road during May – June and will be holding sessions in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Geelong, Port Macquarie and, of course, Newcastle. RUN BETTER is designed to correct technique, reduce pain, and make your running more enjoyable. Participants will learn new skills in a fun and welcoming atmosphere so that they can run long and strong for the rest of their lives. Visit the website for more info.

Upcoming Event Launches, Anniversaries & Cancellations


Our 9th launch for the year is coming up this Saturday, May 18, at Varsity Lakes in the Gold Coast. Other confirmed launch dates include: May 25 for Highlands in Melbourne; June 1 for Sandon Point in Wollongong & Canning River in Perth; June 8 for Mitchelton in Brisbane; June 15 for North Shore in Townsville; June 22 for Gladstone; June 29 in Logan River south of Brisbane; and July 6 for Aveley in Perth.

Newy parkrun celebrates its 1st anniversary on June 8 whilst Coomera & Claisebrook Cove turn 1 on August 3.

The Pointy End


Who are you? Newy parkrun female course record holder (17:04) Celia Sullohern.
How the hell do you run so fast? The faster you go, the shorter the time you are in pain! I think it's a cross between wanting to surprise yourself, and not wanting to disappoint yourself. Oh, and a bit of training thrown in!
How many km do you run in an average training week? About 120 plus swimming, cycling and core work.
What type of training do you typically do? 2 speed sessions of reps on grass track or trail, fartlek or hills session, Sunday long run, easy runs on the other days.
How long have you been running and have you always been so damn good? I’ve been running for as long as I can remember, but it didn't really become a major focus until late high school. Before that it was just about getting involved in any sport on offer...soccer, touch football, swimming, triathlon, netball.
What is you favourite distance? 8km cross country. Every course is different!
Do you have a coach and do you train with a squad? I train with a squad in Newcastle coached by Newy parkrun male course record holder Scott Westcott.
How much faster would you like to go? How long is a piece of string?
What big events do you want to run? In the near future... City2Surf and National Cross Country. Sometime... a few of the major world marathons and world cross country again.

Feedback from the field


Jason Hodge - Last Saturday was my 10th Kirra parkrun and it’s great to see the improvements I’ve made in the last 6 months. I heard about parkrun in November last year and thought I needed something like this to motivate me to get fitter and healthier, so my 1st parkrun experience was the last weekend of November 2012. Having done very little running for the last couple of years I discovered 5kms was so much further than I remembered it to be! Since that time I have run a PB on every subsequent parkrun event with the only exception being the 1st run this year just after my Christmas break, perhaps I did overindulge a bit. So in 6months I’ve done 10 parkruns, achieved 8 PBs and have improved my time by 6min 26sec! More importantly I feel healthier, have found 5kms is actually not so far anymore and actually look forward to just running! My goal is to improve another 1-2mins before the Gold Coast marathon in a couple of months and tackle the 10km event with confidence I can post a good time. Thanks to all the organisers and volunteers who make this event possible.


Allan Smith - Thanks Alli, Adam, and Gavin from Coomera parkrun. So much easier to judge my pace with you guys on the course.


Louise Howard - Thanks to the pace runner at Wynnum parkrun I ran a PB of 27:47 by sticking with him most of the way!


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

Volunteer Profile


Name:  Steve Bennett aka Magnum, due to there being at least 100 other Steves at SBp at last count!

Age:  That’s classified

Home parkrun:  South Bank parkrun

Occupation:  Private Investigator (Hence the Magnum moniker)

Number of runs:  41

PB:  21:23

Number of times volunteered:  7

Favourite volunteer role:  Probably Funnel Nazi. I like watching people’s faces as they get close to the finish line – so many different emotions… elation, frustration, relief…

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  I love running at parkrun, so anything I can do to keep that going, I will do willingly. Plus we are blessed with an awesome event crew at SBp, so as a bonus I have made some great new friends. It's very sociable and we have lots of laughs.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  A few weeks ago when a lady who was obviously struggling, came in close to last, but was still running. She was quite emotional when she finished and her friend told me it was the first time she’d ever run 5k’s non-stop in her life. I love stories like that. Inspirational.

How can we improve parkrun:  Good question. Volunteers already get a nice orange vest to wear, lots of adulation from the runners and a free coffee afterwards – what more could we want?

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Volunteering at parkrun

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