Weekly newsletter – 25th June 2013

welcome to this week's newsletter


In this week’s newsletter we launch Gladstone parkrun, bid farewell to two of our longest serving Event Directors, and announce the winners of our adidas City2Surf competition.

On Saturday I attended the launch of Gladstone parkrun, another new event supported by our national partners Stockland. I had never been to Gladstone before however have had many friends work in the area due to its prominent port and links to the mining industry, and was warned that I would feel left out if I wasn’t wearing some form of high-vis jacket! None the less I took the punt to only take my black and white adidas jacket and, being a Saturday morning, I didn’t feel too left out! The course chosen by Event Director Terri Hewerdine is made for parkrun, literally a perfect 2.5km out and 2.5km back, with very little set up or marshalling required. And participants were treated to a free goodie bag courtesy of Stockland which included the all important free coffee at Jamaica Blue post-run. Well done to Terri, Amanda and everyone else who has helped get Gladstone parkrun off the ground. I can really see this one flourishing in the weeks and months to come, so watch out!

On Sunday the 2013 edition of the Longest parkrun was held in three regions across the country: Brisbane & South; Western Australia; and the Region of Runners (aka Newcastle & the Hunter). Judging by the regular Facebook updates I can safely safe that a good time was had by all, although the Hunter crew got a little wet... Click here to check out some of the photos and comments or to tag yourself and your friends. For those who wish to have their times added to Professor Alan’s stats analysis in next week’s newsletter please submit by them by Thursday afternoon using this link.

This Saturday is quite an emotional one for me personally as we bid farewell (sort of) to two of our longest serving Event Directors, Brendan Murray from Main Beach parkrun and Carol Cunningham from Albert Melbourne parkrun. I have written more about this below but I also want to thank them here in my weekly introduction for all that they have done over the last couple of years to make their local events, and thus parkrun Australia, such a success!

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 & Suncorp Bank


The Gold Coast Airport Marathon is less than 2 weeks away and we still need desperately volunteers to help give out t-shirts at the finishing line on Saturday morning. Please email me if you can assist.

I’m super excited to announce that our friends from Suncorp Bank are once again making their RunPositive tent available to parkrunners who want to soak up the excitement of the finish line. They have provided me with 50 wristbands for each day, details on how to access these will be in next week’s newsletter.

Suncorp Bank will be visiting Main Beach and Varsity Lakes parkruns this Saturday to give away water bottles and enter parkrunners in their RunPositive competition to win $10K. I would love to hear that a parkrunner wins this prize so get involved. They will also be visiting New Farm and Sandgate parkruns on July 20.

All in for City2Surf


Congrats to the following parkrunners, who have scored themselves at spot at the City2Surf thanks to adidas: Clay Dawson, Lana Do Canto, Gemma Wilson, Michael Tenuyl and Phoebe Penfold. You’ll be representing parkrun at the biggest foot race in the world on August 11.

If you are attending the City2Surf make sure you come past adidas at the expo. adidas also invites all competitors running in adidas footwear 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.

Thanks to Brendan and Carol


As mentioned above, this Saturday we say goodbye to two of our longest serving Event Directors, Brendan Murray from Main Beach parkrun and Carol Cunningham from Albert Melbourne parkrun.

Brendan has been involved at Main Beach parkrun since its launch in April 2011, and took over as Event Director not long afterwards. Being in charge of our inaugural event and as such the ‘home’ of parkrun Australia comes with great responsibility and this is something that Brendan has taken very seriously. As a result he has consistently churned out fantastic events week after week with the statistics speaking for themselves: 113 events, 3279 registered runners, 3469 PBs, average weekly attendance of 128 and a largest attendance of 282. Amazing! Brendan is finishing up so he can experience parkrun as a parkrunner, spend more time working on his personal training business and even start to plan his wedding (go Stacey). Long time Run Director Libby Sargent is stepping up into the Event Director hot seat with new megaphone in hand and we are all excited to see Libby flourish in the role.

Carol has been Event Director at Albert Melbourne parkrun since day one, and was the sole catalyst for getting the event started. Carol’s event has grown to reflect her personality with a core group of passionate volunteers and runners forming a United Nations of parkrun in the heart of Melbourne. The community spirit that has developed amongst the Albert Melbourne parkrunners is second to none and was most evident when I last visited for their 1st anniversary event in November. Carol’s stats are equally as impressive as Brendan’s: 82 events, 2794 registered runners, 1767 PBs, average weekly attendance of 92 and a largest attendance of 170. Carol is leaving Melbourne to set up Virgin Active in Singapore and, drum role please, I’m super excited to announce that she is also going to be setting up our first parkrun in Southeast Asia. This is still a work in progress but for now anyone wanting more information can ‘like’ the parkrun Southeast Asia Facebook page. Carol is also the only parkrun Event Director to have her own doll, as shown above ;-) Run Director Troy Mytton will be replacing Carol as Event Director after this Saturday, round of applause for Troy!

So this Saturday I would love all of you who have been impacted by the amazing work of Brendan or Carol over the last couple of years so show your gratitude is a small way, be it flowers, a box of chocolates (yummy), a card, or even just a cuddle. Our Event Directors give up so much to bring you parkrun so please don’t hold back!!!

My Old Man by Dave Robertson


Just over 3 years ago (May 2010), a fella by the name of Ian was getting on with his life when he found out, following an incident where his legs were no longer functioning properly, that he had advanced prostate cancer and a very serious secondary tumour growing around his spine.

This led to a stint in the Wesley Hospital, Brisbane where an operation was undertaken to remove the majority of the tumour from the spine (along with a chunk of the spine itself), followed by a course of radiotherapy and then hormone therapy to combat the growing prostate cancer cells. Thankfully, Ian responded well to the medical treatment & then went about making some significant changes to diet, lifestyle and exercise habits. At that stage, doing a lap of the ward was an achievement!

The day after being discharged he would be a spectator at the Gold Coast Marathon to watch his 3 children taking part. Something must have clicked because 1 year later he stood at the start line of the Gold Coast 10K, and went on to complete the run, and in doing so, announced himself as a 'runner'!

The next challenge Ian found was a thing called parkrun. After debuting at Main Beach parkrun on Christmas Eve 2011 with 35:26, he went on to lower his PB by large chunks in each of his next 5 runs, getting his time down to 29:18 at the inaugural Kirra parkrun, in Feb 2012.

It is safe to say Ian proceeded to get the parkrun bug, traveling to a total of 9 different Aussie parkruns, 6 of them inaugural events, while becoming a regular at his home parkrun at Kirra, where he has managed to get the PB down to 26:36. He also came back to run the Gold Coast 10K in 2012, wiping a whopping 14mins off his previous time, to smash through the 1 hour mark.

With all this running, the prostate cancer hasn't been getting much of a look in and Ian's doctors have been amazed at how he has turned his condition around so quickly. Just last week, Ian ran at Kirra, completing his 50th parkrun and is sure to be filled with deserved pride when he is presented with his red 50-Club shirt. End result, Ian is now fitter and healthier than he has been in decades and parkrun has played a big part in this.

This is just one story out of many. Never under-estimate just how much this simple, free, weekly 5K, can and does change lives.

Vive la parkrun!

Dave from Newy parkrun

Show Your Colours at Albert Melbourne parkrun


The Wallabies (or is that wannabes?) are playing the mighty Lions at Rugby this Saturday in Melbourne. The Wallabies displayed their secret weapon last Saturday night, Izzy For Real, and nearly pinched a win. So anything is possible. At Albert Melbourne parkrun we want to see who the most passionate parkrunners are – Wallaby or Lion supporters? And if you don’t have gear for either team, then wear a beany in support of any team (e.g. Richmond Tigers) in any football code or any other pursuit you like! If it's as cold this Saturday as last, it might be wise to wear two beanies!!

Carol from Albert Melbourne parkrun

Bridge to Brisbane


In 2013 parkrun is an official training partner for Bridge to Brisbane. This is an amazing partnership as it guarantees us exposure to thousands of new runners who will hopefully become part of the parkrun family!

If you are planning on running B2B this year then we invite you to join the parkrun team, details are as follows: 5km | Team Name - parkrun 5k Team | Team No. – 72338; 10km | Team Name – parkrun | Team No. – 58568.

Upcoming Event Launches, Anniversaries & Cancellations


Our 16th launch for the year is coming up this Saturday, June 29, at Logan River south of Brisbane. Other confirmed launch dates include: July 6 for Aveley in Perth; July 13 for Gatton in Queensland’s Lockyer Valley; and September 28 for Merimbula in southern NSW.

Kirra, Coomera & Main Beach will be cancelled on July 6 due to the staging of the Gold Coast Airport Marathon. Note that Varsity Lakes will run as per normal.

Coomera & Claisebrook Cove celebrate their 1st anniversaries on Saturday, August 3.

Feedback from the field


Nic Barber - I want to honour and acknowledge an amazing woman - Karen McDougal. I work as a dietitian and 12 months ago I met Karen following a doctor’s referral for weight loss. In 3 weeks time it will be 12 months since I meet Karen and in true Karen style she looks set to achieve her goal of a 50kgs weight loss. I last saw Karen on 12th June and she had 3.1kg to lose in the next 4 weeks to reach her goal of 50kgs off in 12 months and I have no doubt this will be achieved. Karen is now a Newy parkrun addict, and since introducing her brother to parkrun they now participate each week across two states, as Karen's brother does a Queensland parkrun. Thank you to parkrun for hosting these events that every day people can do and feel welcome.


Megan Halliwell - What a place to live & play! Awesome way to end the Longest parkrun. Such a fantastic day. Some pretty inspiring people out there today:-) Thanks everyone - can't wait until next time!


Daniel Chaff - Thanks to everyone for an awesome Longest parkrun. I’m pretty sure it is one of the days I will never forget. 7 parkruns in one day, what a journey :-)


Tony Jennings - Had a great Longest parkrun today. Not so much the challenge (yes it was tough) but meeting and being welcomed by the people meeting the challenge. I’m totally shattered but in a good way.


Jaci Richards - An awesome Longest parkrun despite the rain! Next time we will have more parkruns in the Region of Runners to save doubling up :o)


Amanda Attard - Well, the Longest parkrun was fun! I'm glad I've got today off work. A sleep in and a lazy day (and an 8km recovery run). Thanks to everyone for the organization, the smiles and the encouragement!


Ryan Stoddart - Thanks heaps for an amazing Longest parkrun. Met a whole bunch of awesome people, heard some great inspiring stories and had a blast! Thanks for all the support, high fives and encouragement. It pushed me that little bit more and I managed to achieve an average of under 20mins for the 7 parkruns (not bad when my PB was over 22mins at the beginning of the year). And a few of you are probably wondering "did he end up doing another 1.44 parkruns to equal a marathon distance?"....Yes I did... I went back to Kirra parkrun and ran another 7.2km :P I'll see you all next time, Ryan aka Running Guy


Paul Ivey - Thanks to Dave Appleby for all the organizing the Longest and most likely wettest parkrun day. Great fun, great company. Got me off ass for a 35km parkrun. Could have quite easily stayed at home but couldn’t live with the fact I said I would do it! Missed the first five so went solo at Newy. Loved the company for a couple of laps! Will be back next year to put the theory to the test that having a break between each is actually harder!! ;0)


Rosie Bugg - I really enjoyed Gatton parkrun this morning. It is wonderful that the course is pram friendly. Thank you :-)


Cameron Baillie - Sensational effort with the photos at Albert Melbourne parkrun. They are far superior to any I've seen featured at big fee-paying feature events! How your fingers kept working whilst being near frozen is another miracle?


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:  Greg Payne

Club:  South Melbourne A.C, The Crosbie Crew & Nab with Vic Business Runners

Age:  59

Home parkrun:  Albert Melbourne parkrun

Occupation:  Dispute Resolutions Associate, NAB Collections

Number of runs:  37

PB:  21m 25s

Number of times volunteered:  5

Favourite volunteer role:  Whatever Carol tells me to do :-)

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  It is as little as 3 times a year, for no more than an hour at a time, and whilst I`m not racing on those days I`m helping the runners to enjoy their run and doing what I can to keep them safe.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Being scheduled to volunteer on the safety bike on the day Craig Mottram turned out at Albert Park. He had held the global parkrun record and I had the privilege of being at the MCG to see him medal in the 5000m at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in 2006. So I was errr...stressing as to whether I would be able to pedal fast enough to keep out of his way let alone ahead of him. Well Craig had to scratch due to a rolled ankle. Phew!!

How can we improve parkrun:  A tough question (see above 'what do you like’). Without doubt all of the parkrunners who regularly support the event are most inclusive of their co-volunteers, making sure we know our role and giving support, positive feedback and appreciation. Being a regular runner at parkrun to help out provides heaps of fulfillment being at the finish for all the runners achieving their PBs and giving their best over the 5km. And then you get to run around the lake again in 7 days, except if you are like me at the moment, enduring achilles tendonitis.

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 – 18th June 2013

welcome to this week's newsletter


In this week’s newsletter we launch our second event in Townsville, prepare to tackle the Longest parkrun, and hear from one of Australia’s most loved radio presenters.

On Saturday morning I attended the launch of North Shore parkrun in Townsville. North Shore is another wonderful Stockland community that has opened its doors to parkrun in recent months and, like at the others, the launch was awesome with over 100 enthusiastic participants, most of whom were local residents. Special thanks must go to the volunteers (including my wife Nicci and mate Ruggy), Shaantel from Stockland for organizing free post run coffees at Millie J & Co, and of course Event Director Jak Blanch for making it all happen!

In last week’s newsletter I regrettably failed to mention the launch of Mitchelton parkrun in Brisbane attended by 130 runners, including 22 first time parkrunners. Big shout out to Event Director Gab Edmonds and Gareth Saunders who have turned this event around in less than 2 months, along with volunteers Paul Kucharski and Vince Gibson. I look forward to joining the crew at Mitchelton parkrun later in the year.

Last Tuesday NBN ran probably the best piece of media about parkrun I have seen with over 3 minutes of coverage on Newy parkrun’s 1st anniversary celebrations. If you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favour and watch it now.

Finally, hearty congrats to parkrun Australia Patron Ron Clarke who was recently made an 'Officer of the Order of Australia'. Better yet Ron was wearing his parkrun tracksuit when discussing the award on ABC News! Congratulations Ron, and thanks for the plug!!!

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.

Longest parkrun this Sunday


Hot off the press, Australia will now have three ‘Longest parkruns’ on this Sunday, June 23! As previously announced there will be a Brisbane & South Longest parkrun, a Western Australia Longest parkrun, and now, a Region of Runners Longest parkrun.

For those who do not know the Longest parkruns are FUN social events, NOT endurance events. We encourage people to run anything from 1 to 7 parkruns in one day - PLEASE be sensible and run within your limits. You can join in at whatever point you wish and do one or more parkruns. 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 will be doing a West Coast vs. East Coast comparison - game on Jon Storey :-)

Professor Alan from Wynnum parkrun

OFFICIAL parkrun Athlete ID Key Tags


Our friends from Bent Logic in Western Australia have created the most convenient way to carry your parkrun Athlete ID barcode - on a durable plastic key tag. Attach it to your car keys, shoelace, necklace, wristband or zip. Simply provide your name and Athlete ID number and they will print this information on the key tag, including your all important barcode. The parkrun logo will be printed on the other side as shown.

The cost is $6 each including postage and best of all, $2 from each key tag sold will be DONATED back to parkrun Australia.

Click here to get your OFFICIAL parkrun Athlete ID Key Tag.

Support Vanessa @ Utopia Women's Wellness


Sandgate parkrun Event Director Vanessa Gibson is talking about her life as a ‘Mum on the Run’ at the Utopia Women's Wellness event in Brisbane on July 13. Her bio on the website is super cool – "Vanessa Gibson is a wife, mum, journalist and breakfast show presenter for 96five in Brisbane. She and husband Dean have two kids - Hope, age 3 and Jed, age 1. She loves to cook and share her recipes on her blog, Mums in the Kitchen. Vanessa's love of food is counteracted by her love of running - she is Event Director for Sandgate parkrun and is in training for her first full marathon, sharing her running adventures at her blog Mums in the Marathon." For more info on Utopia Women's Wellness click here.

Tell Suncorp Bank why you runPositive and you could win $10,000!


What is your reason to runPositive?

Suncorp Bank is encouraging all participants of the Gold Coast Airport Marathon (6&7 July), The Sunday Mail Suncorp Bank Bridge to Brisbane (1 Sep) and Blackmores Sydney Running Festival (22 Sep) to share their personal motivation for getting involved for their chance to win $10,000!

It’s easy! Simply go to www.suncorpbank.com.au/runpositive and complete the sentence ‘I runPositive…’ to enter and be in with a chance to win! Terms and conditions apply and are available here. If you’re one of the first to enter you could also receive your runPositive message on a personalised singlet (QLD events) or two runPositive sweatbands (NSW only).

For more information, motivation and health and fitness tips join the Suncorp Bank runPositive Community on Facebook or follow our dedicated runPositive blog.

Bridge to Brisbane


In 2013 parkrun is an official training partner for Bridge to Brisbane. This is an amazing partnership as it guarantees us exposure to thousands of new runners who will hopefully become part of the parkrun family!

If you are planning on running B2B this year then we invite you to join the parkrun team, details are as follows: 5km | Team Name - parkrun 5k Team | Team No. – 72338; 10km | Team Name – parkrun | Team No. – 58568.

Running Dry in July by Adam Spencer


Breakfast radio can be a bit of a grind at the best of times - 3.20am alarms woohoo! - and whilst I ride a pushbike to work most days it's still pretty easy to get into a certain torpor when it comes to exercise.

That's one of the reasons I really enjoy Dry July, an annual charity drive of which I am patron where people lay off the sauce for 31 days to raise money for adults living with cancer. The clear head that comes with booze free living walks hand in hand with increased energy levels and a general zest for life.

But last year, for the first time, I did a Dry July with a difference. I didn't just hop on the wagon for 4 weeks and 3 days, I also popped on down to the St Peters parkrun and belted out 5km of fun including what must be one of the most 'challenging' hills of any parkrun in the world.

It was so much fun and after a month booze free I had 5 parkruns under my belt.

So this year parkrun is partnering with Dry July. To the 15,000 Dry Julyers around the country we are saying 'out your newfound Saturday mornings to good use and get along to your nearest parkrun.

And to the nations parkrunners the challenge is on. Go to dryjuly.com and sign up for a sober sojourn to help our brothers, sisters, friends and workmates fighting the big C.

Sign up as an individual or if you'd like to show that your parkrun is the most sober and most generous in Australia create a team on the teams page and recruit as many of your fellow parkrunners as you can to sharing in a Dry July.

I've never met a person who has done Dry July and regretted it, so get on board at dryjuly.com and I might see you at a parkrun soon.

Adam Spencer

Recognise your potential – become an adiRunner!


Are you keen to take your running to the next level? adidas is currently searching for up-and-coming runners to join its adiRunner program. Now in its sixth year, the program supports passionate runners and offers a head-start in your running career.

As an official adiRunner, you will receive an authentic athlete experience, including a generous product allowance; access to leading industry professionals and adidas’ state-of-the art technologies.

If you’re serious about running, visit the adidas Running Facebook page for more details.

Also, don’t forget this is also the last week you can enter the adidas competition to represent parkrun at the 2013 City2Surf. This is sure to be a sell-out, so to win tell adidas why you want to represent parkrun at the event. Email your entry to: parkrun@adidas.com

The Pointy End


Who are you? Rockingham parkrun course record holder (16:11), Liam Fuery.

How do you run so fast? Consistent training, a lot of hard work and some good coffee.
How many km do you run in an average training week? It would probably hover around the 90km-100km a week mark when things are going well and I’m free from injury and any niggles.

What type of training do you typically do? I like to mix things up and will do a few long runs, some tempo runs and interval work. For example a session may consist of 8 x 1km repeats.

How long have you been running and have you always been so good? From age ten but I didn’t get serious until the age of 15 when my Uncle used take me for runs around the block on our farm, so it’s been a good twenty years.

What is your favourite distance? Half marathon.

Do you have a coach and do you train with a squad? No, I am self coached and mainly run solo with the help of some training buddies a few times a week.

How much faster would you like to go? I would dearly like to achieve sub-33 for 10km and sub-16 for 5km. I am sneaking towards these goals hopefully by the end of the winter.

What big events do you want to run? The main one would have to be the Brisbane Marathon in a few months.

Upcoming Event Launches, Anniversaries & Cancellations


Our 15th launch for the year is coming up this Saturday, June 22, at Gladstone in Queensland. Other confirmed launch dates include: June 29 for Logan River south of Brisbane; July 6 for Aveley in Perth; and July 13 for Gatton in Queensland’s Lockyer Valley.

Kirra & Coomera will be cancelled on July 6 due to the staging of the Gold Coast Airport Marathon. Note that Main Beach and Varsity Lakes will run as per normal.

Coomera & Claisebrook Cove celebrate their 1st anniversaries on Saturday, August 3.

Feedback from the field


Deb - I’m quite a solitary runner. I run long distances. Previously, I would have said I was more of a plodder than a runner. As in, I get into a bit of a plod and can stay there for a long time. After my third trail race was cancelled in a 12-month period, I decided to put less eggs in the trail running basket. I got involved in parkrun so that I could help make it happen for other people. It wasn’t altruistic; it was a tactic to ease the disappointment when a trail race got cancelled due to bad weather or other circumstances. I’ve just finished what can only be described as the running fortnight of my life. I’ve run about 170km in the last 2 weeks. None of those kilometres was off road. One hundred of those kilometres was in the one week (tick that off the bucket list). Five of those kilometres were the fastest 5km I’ve ever ran in my life. A parkrun (and all time 5km) PB by 88 seconds! 21.1km, were as part of the fastest half-marathon I’ve ever run – a PB by about 10 minutes. I can’t calculate how many of those minutes I owe to the Gindy parkrun crowd who greeted me as a friend at the beginning of the run, congratulated me on my parkrun PB, hoorayed on every lap of the 13 lap half-marathon course, were genuinely interested in my goals before the run and celebrated with me after. As I finished the half-marathon, I felt like every person at the finish line was calling my name, clapping and cheering. parkrun extends beyond 5k, beyond the coffee shop and beyond Saturday morning. It brings together like minded people, forges likely and unlikely alliances and has brought forth faster running than I ever thought was possible from a plodder.


Dianne Ilka - A huge thanks to an awesome team running such a great event at Gatton parkrun! It's great to see so many people turning up to support it :)


Renee Gudopp - Thank you for bringing such a great event to Gatton & for all the hard work! And I love the crew there what a great bunch of people!!!


Sherrill Kelk - Thank you for the photos from Wynnum parkrun every week. You all do a great job.


Jodi Ott - Wow. You guys do an amazing job. Thanks. My first Wynnum parkrun today. Will be back again that's for sure.


David Swanson - Another amazing Wynnum parkrun, thanks to the Run Directors (Neil and Trish) and all of the other volunteers, well done 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:  Merrilyn McMillan

Club:  No others officially, but you will often see me in the background helping out at various RSARRC events or as Malcolm's Personal Support Team.

Age:  Over 21, but sometimes feel like 100

Home parkrun:  Torrens

Occupation:  Husband Runner's Support Person... amongst other things.

Number of runs:  Attended about 22, volunteered about 12 (unsure exact number).

PB:  Well, I am always at the finish line before any runners arrive.

Number of times volunteered:  About 12 (still unsure exact number as I did not register at the beginning).

Favourite volunteer role:  Run position scanner, personal gear/barcode minder, child minder and lost property collector.

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  The cake, coffee and conversations with those who stay behind at the Cafe afterward. No really, I like meeting everyone, welcoming 'newbees' and being a part of a really nice bunch.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Reading an email asking for everyone's times as the timer and positioning was totally messed up...and I nearly had a heart attack as I thought I had done it...only for my husband to point out that 'No it wasn't our race event'.

How can we improve parkrun:  Approach the Cafe and ask if they will sponsor us by providing a free coffee to each volunteer. Plus by raising funds (I have suggested to Brian about selling pre-ordered and paid for, running tops and charging a small amount extra on the cost to raise some funds) then from those funds you could give a small/token prize to the RUNNER who volunteers the most in a year. At the pre-run speech time, regularly remind them that without volunteers there would be no run...and it does not have to be the runner to volunteer, encourage them to get a friend or family member to help.

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


stockland investing in parkrun

building our future

Stockland is Australia’s largest diversified property group. We develop and manage residential communities, retirement living villages and retail centres – the building blocks of thriving communities. Explore Stockland



 

Weekly newsletter – 11th June 2013

welcome to this week's newsletter


In this week’s newsletter we celebrate Newy parkrun’s 1st Anniversary, introduce the OFFICIAL parkrun Athlete ID Key Tags, and offer you the chance to win your way into the iconic City2Surf.

Saturday was a real landmark day for parkrun in Australia with one of our largest events, Newy parkrun, celebrating its 1st anniversary. It is no exaggeration to say that the rest of the parkrun family, both here and abroad, have looked on in awe over the last 12 months as Event Director Dave Robertson and his amazing team of volunteers have turned Newy into a small region event with 77 at the inaugural run, to one of the largest and most loved on the planet. Newy has become renowned for many things including high fives, pram pushing and headbands and all of these were on full show on Saturday. I even got into the spirit of it by pushing Jack in the BOB whilst wearing a headband and running barefoot! Once the final runner had crossed the line we had smashed the all time Australian attendance record with an amazing 799 runners, a number that would have been much higher had the weather gods been a bit kinder. Post run was a real celebration of all things parkrun with a couple of amazing cakes (see above), 10-Club presentations, Alan Field receiving his 100-Club shirt and even a reenactment of young Dante carrying his dog Toby across the line (see below). It truly was a privilege for me to be there on Saturday so thanks Dave, Gabby, Grace, and all of the Newy family for showing us an amazing time.

On Sunday I was up at 3:50am for the 2 hour drive west to the Lockyer Valley, a region well known around Australia due to the severe flooding and subsequent devastation that it experienced in 2011, for the first ‘official-unofficial’ Gatton parkrun. This was the first of a series of test events, hence the term ‘official-unofficial’, being held on the course in the lead up to the ‘official-official’ launch on July 13, and I was blown away by the level of support and interest that I found. Event Director Ingred Impekoven had everything planned to perfection, with volunteers at the ready, a beautiful and scenic course around Lake Apex, 55 keen as mustard runners, and even a buffet breakfast to boot! Special mention must also go to Professor Alan and Roisin from Wynnum parkrun who have helped Ingred immensely through the planning process for Gatton parkrun, thanks guys.

Overall our stats were off the charts last week with 1,107 new online registrations (taking our total to 37,697); 1,056 first timers participating; 1,170 new personal best times been achieved; and a grand total of 4,284 parkrunners taking part across our 32 events!!!!!

Lastly, congrats to all of the parkrunners who participated in other events across the weekend, especially our wonderful Coomera parkrunner Allison Cooke who placed 2nd in her age category at the Cairns 70.3 triathlon on Sunday... LEGEND!

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.

OFFICIAL parkrun Athlete ID Key Tags


Our friends from Bent Logic in Western Australia have created the most convenient way to carry your parkrun Athlete ID barcode - on a durable plastic key tag. Attach it to your car keys, shoelace, necklace, wristband or zip. Simply provide your name and Athlete ID number and they will print this information on the key tag, including your all important barcode. The parkrun logo will be printed on the other side as shown.

The cost is $6 each including postage, and best of all, $2 from each key tag sold will be DONATED back to parkrun Australia.

Click here to get your OFFICIAL parkrun Athlete ID Key Tag.

Longest parkrun


Don’t forget Australia will have two ‘Longest parkruns’ on Sunday 23 June. We will have a Brisbane & South Longest parkrun and for the first time a Western Australia Longest parkrun.

For those who do not know the Longest parkruns are FUN social events, NOT endurance events. We encourage people to run anything from 1 to 7 parkruns in one day - PLEASE be sensible and run within your limits. You can join in at whatever point you wish and do one or more parkruns. 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 will be doing a West Coast vs East Coast comparison - game on Jon Storey :-)

Professor Alan from Wynnum parkrun

#Boost your City2Surf with adidas


Be part of the biggest foot race in the world – the City2Surf. adidas has partnered with City2Surf for the first time and is giving 5 parkrunners the opportunity to participate in the race. This event is sure to sell out, so secure a place and represent parkrun and adidas in Sydney on Aug 11.

To win yourself a place to the event tell adidas why you want to represent parkrun at the 2013 City2Surf. Email your entry to parkrun@adidas.com

Just Zinc about it


Zinc is an essential nutrient that is involved in over 200 enzyme reactions within our body. It is vital to our immune function (it is a powerful antioxidant), improves carbon dioxide transport in the lungs, reduces lactic acid levels in overworked muscles, wound healing, injury recovery and to the hormone insulin. Zinc is also useful in treating skin conditions, is important in digestive functions and necessary for bone mineralisation.

Runners lose zinc through sweat, urine and solid wastes. So if your zinc stores are already low you may be at risk of further deficiency. This can then impact on insulin release which is essential for the recovery of many of our cellular nutrients which are depleted after strenuous exercise. Research has shown that by ensuring there is enough zinc in your diet you can improve your energy production and therefore your cardiovascular endurance.

Reduced zinc levels can also contribute to increased fatigued and low energy and reduced endurance capacity....when you run the long kilometres it is important to put back the nutrients that the body burns to enable you to both keep running and improving.

Click here to read more.

Trish from Enrich Health & Nutrition

The Pointy End


Who are you? New North Lakes parkrun female course record holder (18:34), Cara Jardine.

How do you run so fast? I have always been able to run quite fast. Lately I have been working on my cadence when I am running and making sure my legs are moving fast and I am not over striding. I think this is how I got my PB.

How many km's do you run in an average training week? I don’t do long runs as part of my training (although parkrun is part of my training) but in an average training week, I still run more than 15km.

What type of training do you typically do? When I train, I work on my cadence and moving my legs quickly. I also do hill runs (we have a great hill at the front of our house that is about 75m long), core strength work, plyometrics, interval training and parkrun.

How long have you been running and have you always been so good? I have always run, but I really started running when I was 9, which was when I worked out I had a talent.

What is your favourite distance? I like all distances from sprints to long distance. My favourite changes all the time.

Do you have a coach and do you train with a squad? My mum is like my coach; my sister and I (and sometimes one of my brothers) train around where we live. My mum makes up all the training sessions.

How much faster would you like to go? I would like to get down to 18 minutes flat at the North Lakes parkrun.

What big events do you want to run? I want to run at the National School Cross Country this year. I made it in the State team when I was 10 for sprinting and for Cross Country when I was 11. There are a lot of fast girls in my age group (I am 12 turning 13) but I would love to make it again this year.

Upcoming Event Launches, Anniversaries & Cancellations


Our 14th launch for the year is coming up this Saturday, June 15, at North Shore [http://www.parkrun.com.au/northshore/] in Townsville. Other confirmed launch dates include: June 22 for Gladstone; June 29 for Logan River south of Brisbane; July 6 for Aveley in Perth; and July 13 for Gatton in Queensland’s Lockyer Valley.

Kirra & Coomera will be cancelled on July 6 due to the staging of the Gold Coast Airport Marathon. Note that Main Beach and Varsity Lakes will run as per normal.

Coomera & Claisebrook Cove celebrate their 1st anniversaries on Saturday, August 3.

Feedback from the field


Katanya Shanzy - I've been a New Farm parkrun regular for 8 months since my very first 5 km continuous run last October. I've gone on to train for 10km, 11km, 14km events and now I'm training for my first Half Marathon at Gold Coast in July! I've run through the summer heat, summer rain, illness, stressful work periods, respiratory illness, back pain - parkrun is the one run I move planets to get to.. why? I love the community of parkrun, I've never met a negative person ever, I have run faster than I ever thought I could and met some awesome people along the way including my running partner. I have been to Adelaide and ran with Torrens parkrunners, up to Townsville this weekend and off to join the locals there- with the rate parkrun is growing I'll have a parkrun for every project! Heading for 25 parkruns this week and still going strong. Thank you all so much for starting a passion that I hope will last a life time.


Neill Taylor - As always I love reading the weekly email. Being a Canberran and having Ginninderra parkrun as my home it was 'impressive' to read that we are officially the coldest run across the country. This reminded me of my first parkrun experience (see the email I sent you below last year). As you'll see in the email and attachment, on the first day of Spring 2012, the temperature at Ginninderra parkrun was -5 degrees a few minutes before we started. I wonder how our parkrun friends further north e.g. QLD would feel running in these conditions. Maybe for 2013 you could track the coldest parkrun temperature at 8am and see if -5 can be beaten! Now that Tuggeranong parkrun is on the scene, Ginninderra might have a new contender!


Matt White - My daughter and I were first timers last week and had a great time doing the Lake Mac parkrun. I wish we could do it every weekend but due to my work roster will have to settle for fortnightly runs.


Ken Leitch - Had a great visit to the Claisebrook Cove parkrun in Perth from my home run at South Bank in Brisbane. Thought I'd turn up nice and early for the 7.00am start only to find out it started at 8.00am! Pretty cold but a great sunrise over the Swan River. Thanks for the hospitality.


Louise Monaghan - I did my first Kirra parkrun last Saturday, what a friendly group of people. Thanks Chris for making me feel welcome, can’t wait to do it again this Saturday :)


Matt Raschke – Recently I returned from a 3 day weekend as part of a five30runners visit by five Newy parkrunners to Geelong. We ran on Landy Field. We did Balyang Sanctuary parkrun. We ran along Bells Beach. We forged some lifelong friendships with some great Geelong people, and look forward to reciprocating soon. Apart from new friendships, I've been privileged to meet true running legends Sonia O'Sullivan and Bruce Fordyce. All of this was made possible by being part of the great parkrun movement. Keep up the great work! parkrun makes a big difference to peoples lives, and it's not ALL about fitness.


Gary Bowen - Well done all at Wynnum parkrun. Great runs by Werner and Liz and of course all the other runners! I might just add a big WELL DONE to all the Volunteers too!


Margaret Patane - Congratulations on a fabulous Gatton parkrun course, great breakfast and company. Well done Ingred Impekoven, parkrun and the Lockyer Valley Council.


Chloe Pavey - I liked Gatton parkrun because I didn't feel like it was a race! And everyone was super encouraging!


Angela Van Gelder - I really enjoyed my first Cleveland parkrun. It was a really nice morning, and a well organized group. I am not an ‘athlete’ but rather a happy participant, and to be welcomed and encouraged even at my level gave me some joyful inspiration. I was scared to join in as I know I don't really fit the ‘fun run’ mold of expectation, but I really appreciated the kindness and friendliness of the organizers, volunteers and runners. I will be back every second Saturday as family commitments permit. Thank you to all who take the time to make this an extremely positive community event! I appreciate it!


Tara Hungerford - Pretty sure I hold the record for the biggest barcode... A4!!! Ran with this at Newy parkrun. Great turnout this morning in not-so-perfect conditions. Congratulations on making Newy parkrun a success.


Alana Stanley - I've been following Claisebrook Cove parkrun on Facebook for a few months now and finally got the guts to do my first run today. I'm so glad I did! And I'll definitely be back 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.

Volunteer Profile


Name:  Maddie (Mads) Sandall and Benjamin (Benny Boy) Jeeves

Club:  None

Age:  34 and 36

Home parkrun:  Albert Melbourne parkrun

Occupation:  University Admin Manager and IT Geek

Number of runs:  27 and 21

PB:  27:25 and 26:26

Number of times volunteered:  5ish each

Favourite volunteer role:  Stopwatch and On the Road

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  You get to see everyone start and finish, celebrate new PBs, and you get a day off from running...! You also get to meet the other volunteers you may not normally talk to because they're much faster than us and Maddie can't run and talk at the same time.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  We have many memorable moments with parkrunners - regularly it's very amusing watching a number of very heavily hungover runners from too many beers on a Friday, thinking parkrun will cure their hangover...some just resort to a beer with breakfast afterwards! There is a lot of camaraderie at the Finish Line with people hanging around to cheer in the last parkrunner, made even better with fancy dress, cake or a sausage sizzle.

How can we improve parkrun:  parkrun is awesome - it's changed both of our lives for the better around running and we've met some fantastic people. We couldn't run 2km this time last year, and this year is a year of Half Marathons and Trail runs for us both. It's hard to say what would improve it, but some people need a bit more of a push to volunteer - perhaps a Volunteer Points Table is required...?!

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.

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The parkrun show

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