Weekly newsletter – 30th July 2013

welcome to this week's newsletter


In this week’s newsletter we reflect on the power of mother nature, prepare for a world record attempt at ‘The Butt’ and score free running singlets from our friends at Suncorp Bank.

Every now and then the weather Gods decide to let parkrun know who is boss, and unfortunately for our Western Australian parkrunners this was certainly the case last Saturday. I received a phone call from Claisebrook Cove Event Director Jon Storey at around 7am WA time explaining that “Due to a severe weather warning raised by the Bureau of Meteorology we are going to have to cancel all parkruns in Western Australia today.” I would like to take this opportunity to reaffirm Jon’s stance on this issue and congratulate him and all of the other event teams who acted decisively in the early hours of Saturday morning to ensure the safety of our volunteers and runners. It is never an easy decision to cancel a parkrun event, let alone four of them, but this was absolutely the right call, thankfully one that we have to make only very rarely.

Across the rest of the country it was business as usual. I ventured down to my home event at Kirra for the first time in over 5 months and managed to knock out my best time in 16 months with an 18:30. Kirra is known locally as the PB parkrun and for good reason! In more serious business the team at Newy parkrun are claiming a new parkrun ‘world record dog differential’ as they had ‘dog A’ 43 times heavier than ‘dog B’ finish at the same time as you can see in the photo below!

This Saturday looks to be another epic one for parkrun in Australia. Our friends in the Region of Runners (aka Newcastle and the Hunter) get their fourth event with the launch of Blackbutt aka ‘The Butt’ under the Event Directorship of Garry ‘five30runners’ Wells. As nearby Newy parkrun is cancelled this Saturday due to construction on the path Blackbutt are going all out to break the all time global inaugural parkrun attendance record. They need 371 people so for all those attending, DFYB (don’t forget your barcode)! Garry has also organised a parkrun flag relay starting at nearby Stockland Jesmond at 6:30am. This will be a great opportunity to celebrate our national partnership with Stockland and will no doubt provide some great photo opportunities. Click here for more info on the flag relay.

Coomera parkrun celebrates its 1st anniversary this Saturday however I am off to Perth where, severe weather warnings aside, I will help the team at Claisebrook Cove celebrate their 1 year milestone. I am also hoping to get around and ‘freedom run’ several of the other WA events so please come up and say hello if you see me pounding the pavement at a parkrun course near you!

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.

By the numbers...


July saw another month of records: on 13th June we saw Australia have 4,390 people parkrunning in 37 events. Other weeks were affected by bad weather and cancellations for other events...

As you may have seen on Facebook, or in last week’s newsletter, or heard on the new parkrun show, a number of Event Directors from around Australia visited Newy parkrun and the Hunter Valley Winery Running Festival last weekend and were made most welcome in “The Region of Runners”. I put together some stats to show you why the parkruns in the region around Newcastle have deservedly earned their name...

So a pretty impressive average. Of course, if you look at things by total runners the Brisbane region (with 8 parkruns) does trump RoR (currently with 3 parkruns). It will be interesting to see how these graphs change as RoR launches a new event next month...

So as we exit July and hopefully head towards some warmer weather we wish you all a great month of parkrunning.

Professor Alan & Róisín from Wynnum parkrun.

The parkrun show Australia


We're stoked with the response to Episode 1 of the parkrun show Australia with just over 1,000 downloads in our first week and a heap of positive feedback, reviews and good vibes! We're confident it will only get better and would love to hear what the parkrun public think. You can contact Robbo and Russ via Facebook, Twitter, email or the official website.

Free runPositive parkrun singlet


Proud parkrun sponsor Suncorp Bank is getting behind us at Bridge to Brisbane this year and is offering any parkrunners registered in the event on 1 September a free runPositive parkrun Australia singlet to wear on race day. There are only 200 available, so it’s first in best dressed. Email runpositive@suncorp.com.au with your name, address and shirt size with “parkrun singlet” in the subject line before 5pm on Friday 2nd August. For more information on how you could win $10,000 courtesy of Suncorp Bank visit www.suncorp.com.au/runpositive

#Pinch a boost


Who else has been loving the #pinchaboost promo from adidas? Get involved as you could score yourself a pair of their fresh new Energy Boost as their giving away a pair every day for 30 days! It’s simple - Snap a pic of you ‘pinching’ a boost, upload to twitter or instagram and tag #pinchaboost and @adidasau for your chance to win.

Upcoming Event Launches, Anniversaries & Cancellations


Our 19th launch for the year is coming up this Saturday, August 3, at Blackbutt. Other confirmed launch dates include: August 31 for Cairns; September 7 for Warwick; September 28 for Merimbula & Toowoomba; and October 12 for Berwick Springs.

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

Newy is cancelled this Saturday, August 3, due to construction on the course. Kingscliff is cancelled on September 7 due to the SALT Multisport Festival.

The Pointy End


Who are you? Albert Melbourne parkrun 50-54 record holder (18:17) Andrew Ross.

How the hell do you run so fast? I have no idea. I didn’t even know I could until I started serious training 4 years ago. My daughter joined the local athletics club (Glenhuntly) with a friend so I joined as well. Soon I was racing around the track every Saturday and it snowballed from there.

How many km do you run in an average training week? I’ve basically been in marathon training for 4 years now. Most of the year is 50-60km weeks, but I bump it up to 80-110km for a few weeks before a marathon. I’m 50 now, so I can’t do too much!

What type of training do you typically do? I run! When I joined Glenhuntly, I found an old training program on their website that Chris Wardlaw created when he was coaching Steve Moneghetti. I figured that would be good enough for me! I run 6 days a week with a long run on Sunday and ‘speed’ sessions at least twice each week. I’m still using the program, and have now completed four marathons, two in under 3 hours, including my first in 2010 (Melbourne 2:59:28) at the age of 47.

How long have you been running and have you always been so damn good? I was a hopeless runner at school. I was roped into doing a few Corporate Cup seasons (a lap of the Tan in Melbourne) during my 20s and 30s but never got serious about running. I did my first ever distance ‘fun run’ in the Melbourne Half-marathon in 2009 (1:39) and then decided this was a caper worth pursuing.

What is your favourite distance? I have had some success with marathons, and as it is such an iconic event, I would have to say that if my favourite. I managed to qualify for Boston this year which, due to a PB of 2:57:39, became the highlight of my running career. The aftermath also obviously added to the memories of the day! I also have lots of fun at parkrun which I discovered at the start of this year. The group at Albert Melbourne is fantastic and I am having a ball running 5k most weeks.

Do you have a coach and do you train with a squad? No, Chris Wardlaw’s program is my coach and I normally train by myself. With three teenage kids, I have to squeeze in the training runs when I can. I have done a lot of research and experimentation with stride patterns, landing action (heel, midfoot, etc) and particularly different types of shoes but it is all self taught and I have no one to blame but myself.

How much faster would you like to go? Short term target is to break 18:00 at parkrun. I have target PBs for virtually every distance, but at my age it is simply about making the most of training and continuing the incremental improvement. I have run PBs in the 5k (18:17), 10k (37:49) and marathon this year, so hopefully there are more to come.

What big events do you want to run? Well I’ve done a PB at Boston this year, so what’s left? I have had so many iconic marathons recommended to me it’s hard to choose. I would love to do a different overseas marathon each year while the fitness lasts (not to mention finances!). Thanks to the parkrun group’s enthusiasm I am planning to do my first 50k trail-ultra-marathon later this year, so who knows where that will lead?! Also doing City2Surf next month for the first time so that should be fun.

Feedback from the field


Paul Warren - I recently turned 45. I have lived most of my adult life as a couch potato, as well as drinking more than I should and being a smoker. About 18 months ago, after I was diagnosed with diabetes, I started walking regularly. I then joined a gym, which I still visit regularly. While I enjoy the strength training, I found it boring using the cardio machines. In March this year, I entered my first Sandgate parkrun. I was expecting to stop running at some stage and to have to walk to the finish line. I surprised and delighted myself when I was able to run the whole way. I have now run about 12 events and my PB has come down more than 3 minutes (23:33). I love the challenge of bettering my PB and I enjoy the encouragement and friendliness of the other runners and the Run Directors. Last weekend, I entered the 10km run at Redcliffe's Jetty 2 Jetty. I was able to run the entire race in 51:28. I am so happy that I have accomplished this feat. I would never have believed a few months ago that I would ever be capable of doing something like that. Running in parkrun has made me want to challenge myself even further. I want to enter more 10km runs and I now believe that one day, I will be able to complete a half marathon. Thanks to everyone involved in organising parkrun


Terry Baker - Heading off to St Peters for my 20th parkrun this morning. I didn't think that far ahead when I did my first parkrun back in November 2012. This will bring up 100 parkrun km. Enjoy your run today everyone.


James Costello - Last week I beat my PB by 92secs and today I beat my last week’s PB by 94secs. Now to break 20mins next week at Main Beach parkrun.


Rosie Driver - Am delighted I knocked 41 seconds off my last PB! I love parkrun. It has really improved my average pace in all distances.


Running Because I Can - I had a great time at Wynnum parkrun today. I was last over the start line because I was running late but still managed to come in 77th out of 180.


Sally Mitchell - At Sandgate parkrun today my 10 year old son took nearly 2 minutes off his PB and ran 31:54 and my 7 year old son took almost 2 minutes off his with a time of 38:03. This was their 11th parkrun. Before their first they finished in just under 50 minutes with a lot of complaining and feet dragging. Now we all love parkrun as a family to start the weekend.


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:  Jeff McKenzie

Age:  64

Home parkrun:  Ginninderra

Occupation:  (Occasional) Public Servant contractor

Number of runs:  37

PB:  27.03

Number of times volunteered:  Maybe 8-9

Favourite volunteer role:  They are all pretty good fun, particularly the ones when you get to interact with other volunteers and the runners. I guess that only excludes the course marshal role.

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  Just being there and being part of ensuring it continues. It is a real privilege and inspiration to be involved with so many positive people.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  It was great to run parkrun with my grand-daughter Maya and son Hugh on 13 July.

How can we improve parkrun:  I would like to see more of the people who come to parkrun become regular runners. There seems to be too big a 'churn' to me. Maybe we should try to get some structured feedback from first-timers about how they feel and whether they plan to come back, if not why?

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 – 23th July 2013

welcome to this week's newsletter


In this week’s newsletter we report from the vineyards, prepare for the launch of our new podcast and hear from a true running legend!

This past weekend I had the great pleasure of visiting the Hunter Valley for the Winery Running Festival. What made this even more memorable was that I was joined by a host of our Event Directors from across the country including two all the way from Perth! It was a nice coincidence that Jon Storey from Claisebrook Cove was on the East Coast for the Manchester United game and Jeremy Savage from Canning River for Splendour In The Grass! Although this wasn’t an official Event Directors conference it certainly was a great opportunity for everyone to put faces to names, share ideas, tell stories and just have an all round good time. The Winery Running Festival itself was a great event. I completed the 10km run through a tough but wonderfully scenic course and certainly recommend it to any parkrunners considering adding it to their 2014 plans. Special thanks must go to Dave Robbo who coordinated the weekend including free entry for all of us. The big question now is where shall we all get together next year?

I love it when you, the parkrunners, provide feedback and suggestions that we can actually turn into reality. Recently Terry Baker wrote –

"To celebrate the variety of parkruns in Australia and the diversity of parkrunners who compete, can it be organised that Saturday the August 17 be football jersey day. It is the opening day of the new English Premier League season so regardless of whether you support that league or maybe you follow La Liga, Serie A, A-league, J-league, Bundesliga, SPL, South Ameriacan or MLS wear your team colours and you may find a fellow supporter who is also a parkrunner."

I put this idea to our Event Directors who unanimously agreed that it is a good one however we will open it up to more than just football / soccer. As such August 17 will be themed ‘Show Your Colours Day’… any sport, any code, any country… just throw it on and come to parkrun. Even Collingwood supporters are invited!

Thanks for the fantastic response to my piece in the newsletter last week asking for help in some key areas. I have been overwhelmed by the offers and will be following up with everyone this week. parkrunners, you’re amazing!

Lastly, I just want to wish my son Jack a very happy 1st birthday for tomorrow, July 24. He is such a joy and I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful wife and son, as well as such an incredible position here with parkrun. Life is pretty good!

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.

The parkrun show Australia


As announced in last week’s newsletter, the parkrun show Australia hosted by Dave Robbo and Russ Jefferys will be launching shortly. In fact the boys actually recorded some of Episode #1 post Winery Running Festival in the Hunter Valley on Sunday. You know what they say about drinking and texting… but drinking and podcasting!!! Don’t forget, if there is something going on in your parkrun world you think they should be aware of please hit them up on Facebook or Twitter.

The Ultimate Boost Run


Ever needed that extra #boost during your parkrun 5km? adidas loves giving runners when they need it most. 10 unsuspecting runners recently got the boost of a lifetime when adidas athletes Jimmy Bartel, Ellyse Perry, Beau Ryan and the Burgess Brothers joined them in the ultimate boost run in Sydney. Click here to check out what happened.

Brisbane Marathon Festival


For those in the Brisbane area looking for their next running challenge, the Brisbane Marathon Festival will be held in just under 2 weeks on Sunday the 4th August. The Brisbane Marathon Festival has something for everyone with a full marathon, half marathon, 10km, 5km and a 2.2km kids events. As usual, parkrun has a team so if you want to join our team, simply select the ‘Join an existing team’ option then search for ‘parkrun’ when signing up. All info about this event can be found on the event’s website.

Also, over 200 volunteers are required for the successful running of this event. If you, or someone you know, can help out on Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd or Sunday 4th August, please get in touch by visiting the Brisbane Marathon Festival volunteering page.

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 19th launch for the year is coming up on August 31 at Cairns. Other confirmed launch dates include: September 7 for Warwick; and September 28 for Merimbula & Toowoomba.

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

Kingscliff is cancelled on September 7 due to the SALT Multisport Festival.

The Pointy End


Who are you? Sonia O’Sullivan, one of the world's leading female 5000m runners for most of the 1990s and early 2000s (decade). Sonia’s crowning achievement was a gold medal in the 5000m at the 1995 World Athletics Championships. She won silver medals in the 5000m at the 2000 Olympic Games and in the 1500m at the 1993 World Championships. She has also won three European Championship gold medals and two World Cross-Country Championship gold medals.

How the hell do you run so fast? I would say how did I run so fast, I don't feel like I go so fast anymore. I now run about 5 minutes slower than I used to over 5km so in terms of speed I'm just doing my best to stay under 20minutes these days. There was a time when I could run the last 400m of any race in 60seconds, I used to relish the racing and could always pull out a fast last lap as long as I was I range of winning the race and amongst the competition.

How many km do you run in an average training week? In an average week I run about half the km I used to run which was generally 160km per week throughout the 90's up until 2008, I now supplement the running with some cycling, swimming and gym work a few times a week.

What type of training do you typically do? I like to do one longish run a week so at least 90minutes, if I can get to Ferny Creek it never seems so long. I have just started to include an interval session on a Tuesday evening and an hour run at least 3 other days in the week. I always like to maintain some strength training, I have a 5kg dumbbell session that I like to do and I just started including some TRX sessions which really let you know you've worked some sleeping muscles for a few days afterwards. I like to swim and cycle for recovery sessions as the impact on my body is so much less than you get while running.

How long have you been running and have you always been so damn good? I have been running since I was 12 yrs old, I had my moments of greatness and now I am just a normal runner who enjoys getting out for a run most days. I use swimming and cycling to supplement my training and avoid injury as I can't run as far or as fast as I would like to so just happy to enjoy the nearly daily run.

What is you favourite distance? My favorite distance is 3000m. I have run 8:21 for this distance in London in 1994, at the time it was a European record. I also have a World record for 2000m 5:25, so if I add the two together that would be a fairly handy 5km.

Do you have a coach and do you train with a squad? I don't have a coach, I have picked up a lot over the years so have enough miles and sessions logged over the years to draw on to keep things interesting. I meet some friends in Glen Iris to run a few times a week, I love to run with people as it is so much more enjoyable and the time flys by. Our dog Snowy is also a good training partner especially at the beach when you don't have to worry about crossing roads.

How much faster would you like to go? I would like to maintain my sub 20 minute parkrunning and also to get back under 40 minutes for 10km. I currently run about 10minutes slower than my 10km PB of 30:47.

What big events do you want to run? I have never run the City to Surf, so would like to run there one day and also the Melbourne Marathon as it’s always nice to run in a race on the streets that you are familiar with.

Feedback from the field


Mark Robinson - I ran the 10km at the GCAM and totally unexpectedly smashed my personal best by 2m30s. I am not a particularly serious runner and run mainly for a bit of fitness. Talk about a massive double take coming down the finish race and seeing the time on the clock hahaha. I am convinced the recent addition of parkrun to my routine is the reason for my PB. I am off to Toowoomba for the day on Saturday so a parkrun at Gatton sounds like a great start to the weekend. Loving your work guys.


Paul Trevethan - Just thought I would let you know that one of your regular parkrunners, Mandy-Lee Noble, just ran for Australia at the IAU Trail World Championships in Wales coming 33rd out of 60 entrants. Mandy Lee did Southbank parkrun last week and is a lovely lady. Pretty inspiring for a mum of four!


Sandra - parkrun is such a great concept. Thankyou! My husband and I have been attending the new Cleveland parkrun. During the school holidays our children decided they wanted to run too. Our 11yr and 8yr olds both ran 2 parkruns each the full 5kms and so that he wasn't left out our 4yr old ran a 1km course. All the volunteers gave extra cheers and encouragement for the kids which was great. Love parkrun!


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:  Jason Rawlings

Club:  none

Age:  21 twice (42) today

Home parkrun:  Albert Melbourne parkrun

Occupation:  IT Project Manager, but I don't have a visa, so currently studying fitness (Diploma in Fitness at FIA Fitnation) and training. I just ran in the Run Melbourne half marathon (1h:23m:30s, 55th of 6078 finishers) in the lead up to Melbourne Marathon in October which will be my first full marathon.

Number of runs:  2

PB:  18:10

Number of times volunteered:  3

Favourite volunteer role:  Photographer (it's a hobby, but I'm more used to landscape and architecture, neither of which move, so I've been learning on the job).

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  Being part of the team, and seeing how much all the parkrunners enjoy it. Like the say, you get out of if it what you put in.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Seeing a new record number turn up for Carol Cunningham’s last event. She's a legend and was the heart of Albert Melbourne parkrun.

How can we improve parkrun:  I'm a newby, so not sure yet.

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 – 16th July 2013

welcome to this week's newsletter


In this week’s newsletter we launch Gatton parkrun, ask you to help us and hear from an inspiring North Lakes parkrunner.

On Saturday we officially launched Gatton parkrun in Queensland’s Lockyer Valley. As many of you may remember this region was devastated by floods in 2011 and is only now starting to fully recover so I’m really proud that new Event Director Ingred Impekoven has had the initiative to bring parkrun to her local community. Professor Alan from Wynnum parkrun attended the launch in my absence and writes –

Congratulations to Ingred Impekoven and the team at Gatton parkrun. After 5 weeks of 'trial' runs involving 240 finishers and weekly totals of 55, 47, 34, 65, 39 the first 'official' run last Saturday drew a massive 94 parkrunners, 86 of whom had never run at another parkrun before! Most new events I visit have a good number of tourists but to get so many 'locals' to a launch event made it a really special occasion with a great friendly atmosphere. Since Tim and I visited the first trial 6 weeks ago Ingred has refined and improved the course and made it even more scenic and challenging (two hills). Trust me if you are touring around SE Queensland you must add this onto you list of 'must-do' parkruns - you will be assured of a warm welcome by Ingred and the Gatton parkrunners and there is to plenty to do and see in the Lockyer Valley region, so why not make a day or weekend of it.

Well done Ingred and special thanks to Rachael Palmer and Lockyer Valley Regional Council for their support and funding to help get Gatton parkrun ‘up and running’.

Also on Saturday Sandgate parkrun Event Director Vanessa Gibson, along with Mitchelton parkrun ED Gab Edmonds and Logan River parkrun ED Sarah Logan, represented parkrun at the Utopia Women’s Wellness event in Brisbane. Vanessa was asked to speak about her life as a ‘Mum on the Run’ and you can view her inspiring presentation here. Thanks Vanessa, Gab and Sarah for giving up your Saturday to spread the parkrun message.

As you all know parkrun in Australia has grown off the charts over the last few months. With more events comes many more runners which is obviously a good thing however one of the biggest issues we face is being able to fund this ongoing growth and sometimes, something has to give. So unfortunately at the end of this month we will no longer be able to provide the free 10 club t-shirts to our junior runners who complete 10 parkruns. Any outstanding t-shirts will of course still be honoured and any juniors just shy of reaching their 10th parkrun have 2 weeks left to do so! Starting from August, juniors who join the 10 club will receive certificates in recognition of their achievement so I hope this goes some way to filling the void. For those of you wondering why this decision has had to be made now consider this… When the 10 club t-shirts were introduced in the UK in 2007 only 64 were presented. Fast forward to 2013 and the predicted number is 5,169!!!

Lastly I want to give a special shout out to the Kimpton family from Hull parkrun in the UK who are touring Australia for 5 weeks, visiting Main Beach, St Peters, Ginninderra, Highlands and Albert Melbourne parkruns. Simon (158), Pat (136) and daughter Sarah (104) are all members of the 100 club as shown in the photo below.

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.

The parkrun show Australia


We are very excited to announce the latest addition to the parkrun Australia family - the parkrun show Australia - hosted by Dave Robertson (Newy ED) and Russ Jefferys (GinninderraED)!

For those of you not familiar with the parkrun show, it's a weekly podcast available on iTunes that covers everything happening in the parkrun world. Hosted by Danny Norman and Nicola Forwood in the UK it has quickly built up a cult following for its humorous take on all things parkrun. With the growth of parkrun globally, the time is now right to launch our own show here in Australia. We're not in competition with the UK, rather, we'll be following the same tried and tested format - much like parkrun itself.

Every week Robbo and Russ will be looking for the quirky, the wonderful, the inspirational, the brilliant and the bonkers from around the grounds up and down the country. So if you have something going on you think they should be aware of, feel free to hit them up on Facebook or Twitter.

Please like these pages and encourage everyone to look out for episode 1 coming soon...

This is going to be a lot of fun :)

How can you help us?


As mentioned above parkrun in Australia is growing… fast! As a result we are at a point where our Event Directors, volunteers and even myself are all pretty stretched however I’m sure that amongst the wider parkrun community there are many of you with time, will, skill and connections to really make a big contribution. As such I want to put the call out for volunteers to assist in any of the following:

1. Accountant / Auditor - Keeping parkrun Australia’s accounts up to date is one of the key elements of us maintaining our incorporated not for profit status. I have recently purchased MYOB online and am slowly integrating it into my weekly routine however I’m sure that I’m taking twice as long and using only half of the features that an accountant familiar with this package would do. On top of this we are required to have our books audited for the first time this year, a process that I’m told can be very time consuming! So parkrunners, can anyone help me?

2. Travel / Accommodation - One of the biggest costs we incur is travel and accommodation. Being such a massive country almost every event launch requires significant spend on flights and hotel accommodation, plus all of the miscellaneous expenses that go along with this. I have been trying, thus far in vain, to secure in-kind support for this so if any of you are in positions of influence at any of the major airlines or hotel chains please do get in touch.

3. Social Media - I really enjoy engaging with parkrunners through Facebook and Twitter however this too can be very time consuming. I would love to have a small team of social media savvy parkrunners to help me with this. This would be an ideal role for a student looking to gain experience in developing social media strategies and campaigns, and I’m sure we can find ways to make it worth your while through references etc.

4. Other sponsors, supporters & partners - We are continually on the lookout for like minded organizations who wish to get involved with parkrun as either: national sponsors - currently adidas, Stockland & Suncorp Bank; national supporters - those who provide in-kind services only; and local partners - such as Baker Love Lawyers in Newcastle and CRE8IVE in Canberra. If your company fits any of the above please get in touch.

5. Think local - There are many ways you can support your local parkrun event. Aside from the regular Saturday volunteer roles, most events can use additional help with tasks like newsletter writing, social media, local PR etc. If you feel you can contribute in this way please speak to your Event Director at your next parkrun or contact them through their event website.

6. Donations - One of our core principles is that parkrun should always be free to the runner; our runners should never feel compelled or obligated to pay to take part in our events. Despite this (maybe because of this), many runners have expressed a desire to show their appreciation by making a donation. As such we are in the process of developing the parkrun Australia donation system with the idea being that runners will be able to donate specifically to the upkeep of their home event. Watch this space.

Bobbi’s Story...


I had been overweight my whole life. I finally ‘peeked’ in May of 2009 at 22 years old and 114kg. The breaking point was flying to Melbourne, struggling to fit down the aisle or in my seat and unable to use the toilet. At the time I had 2 young children and wanted to instill good eating habits and a healthy lifestyle in them. So I made the decision, I had to change my life! With good old-fashioned healthy food, portion control and physical activity I slowly began making progress. Falling pregnant in August 2009, giving birth in April 2010 was a pleasant bump in the road, but did not hinder my progress. In August 2010, at 85kgs, I registered for my first ever fun run, the 5km Bridge to Brisbane. My
Uncle had done it the year before and encouraged me to do it with him. I did in 51:28 - I was so proud, I didn't think I would even finish it! The feeling I got crossing that finish line changed my life, I wanted to feel it again! In September 2011, weighing about 70kg, I ran in my 2nd Bridge to Brisbane, this time I did 5km in 36:27! I had made huge progress, and was so proud of myself! In March 2012 I hit my 60kg goal and I managed to get to 58kg in the months that followed. In total I had lost a massive 56kg, and I had taken by BMI from 42 to 21! In July 2012, I ran the 5km Jetty2Jetty - I finished in 26:04! In September 2012, I ran my 3rd Bridge to Brisbane in 24:44! I began to run around my local area, once a week or so. I started to feel more confident and strong.

My obesity brought with it many health problems, most of them disappeared as the weight came off. But one thing that remained was my excess skin around my abdomen area. I saw a plastic surgeon, and he agreed no amount of exercise would correct my problem. In September 2012 I underwent an ‘abdominoplasty’ where 1.4kg of excess skin was removed from my tummy. It was not without its complications. A normal overnight stay turned into a weeklong hospital stay, 5 blood transfusions and a prolonged recovery. I realised just how much running meant to me, once I was unable to do it. 3 months with NO EXCERCISE. It was tough!

Once given the go-ahead from the doctor, I wasted no time. In January 2013 I ran the Resolution Run in 35:08. My recovery had set me back, but I was just happy to be running again. On the way home, a friend told me about North Lakes parkrun. I registered as soon as I got home and ran the following week! It has now become a staple in my week, I look forward to Saturdays, I love parkrun and I wonder what I ever did without it! I encourage my friends and family to join me, and a few weeks ago I brought my 7yr old daughter along with me. She did an amazing job 47:58, she made me so proud! We finished in last place, but in my eyes we came first! Now, I try to get out and run as much as my busy life allows, about 3-4 days a week - Plus my Saturday morning parkrun. It has been a long journey, but one I would not change! I have learnt much about myself and my capabilities, I have a totally new life! I am approaching 27yrs old, mother of three beautiful girls and finally living life the way I was meant to! I couldn't be happier! My current parkrun PB is 24:57. My new goal is to be fit and healthy, for life and to encourage others do the same. North Lakes parkrun is helping me achieve that. It is such a great atmosphere and I look forward to volunteering in the future.

I have achieved what I never thought was possible, I AM A RUNNER! Anything is possible, if you never give up! Thank you North Lakes parkrun and the entire world-wide parkrun family!!!

Bobbi from North Lakes 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 19th launch for the year is coming up on August 31 at Cairns. Other confirmed launch dates include: September 7 for Warwick; and September 28 for Merimbula & Toowoomba.

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

The Pointy End


Who are you? Albert Melbourne parkrunner Chris White.

How the hell do you run so fast? In all honesty, I just enjoy running a lot. I am also impatient and quite competitive, so I guess I just want to get round whatever course I am running as quickly as possible!

How many km do you run in an average training week? I vary a lot in my km per week, depending on what I am training for. At the moment, I am at about 40km a week.

What type of training do you typically do? I just enjoy being out and about, so it’s usually just straightforward running, rather than intervals or weights. I will be changing that up over the coming months though, as I am going to be trying a few triathlons at the end of the year, and hopefully a half ironman too.

How long have you been running and have you always been so damn good? I have been running since I was a kid, but always in addition to playing another sport. I played soccer for years and always found running a useful addition. My dad ran marathons when so I was always interested in beating his times at some point! My first serious race was a 20km in Brussels about ten years ago and I finished in 1hr55, I am now at 1hr27 for a half marathon. I am really pleased that I have improved quite a bit over the past 18 months and that is in large part down to parkrun.

What is you favourite distance? I really enjoy marathon distance but I think half marathon is the best. It’s a balance between going for it and pacing yourself. You have to respect the distance and if you want a decent run, to get your training and preparation right.

Do you have a coach and do you train with a squad? No, I don't have a coach or a squad, but to be honest I consider the parkrun gang to be my squad. We all keep each other going and set new challenges all the time. It is the most supportive group I have ever experienced.

How much faster would you like to go? I have 4 main goals at the moment: 1. Sub 1:25 half marathon; 2. Complete a half ironman; 3. A new parkrun PB; and 4. Qualify for Boston Marathon.

What big events do you want to run? Boston Marathon is top of my list.

Feedback from the field


Tanya Simpson - I was a parkrun volunteer at the GCAM last week and want to say thank you as I was able to present my husband with his medal when he finished his longest run ever - 10km. It was absolutely fabulous to be there and I would definitely recommend volunteering next year as it settled my nerves and got me pumped for Sunday. Well done on your time in the half marathon! I completed my 4th half marathon on Sunday and was very happy with my time 1:53:32. 7 minutes faster than last year. I definitely feel the parkrun has helped me to be a faster runner.


Jessica Dixon - Everyone that competed at the Gold Coast Airport Marathon is truly inspirational. However the most inspirational person has to be Kirra parkrunner and Twin Towns Runners and Walkers President Tony Kean. Not only did he run 42.2km but he did it at age 75 and in a time of 3:41:01. Legendary!


Terry Baker - I am taking two months off work from Christmas until the end of Feb'14 and am hoping to travel interstate to at least 3 different parkruns. Most likely one on the Gold Coast as my mum and brother live there, possibly one in Canberra and then it's a tossup between Adelaide and Launceston. I have never been to Tassie and it has been over 30 years since I visited Adelaide. As I don't drive I am going to research each venue to find accommodation close to the course and/or good transport links. I have run 3 different courses already so my target is to have done 10 different parkruns by 2015.


Neil Wood - Thanks Karlee and all the other volunteers at Wynnum parkrun. Another great morning, although a bit chilly. Super turnout from Iona as well and some speedy types at the front of the pack. Well done everyone.


Matt Raschke - I've sent this feedback to you guys before, but parkrun gives us an amazing opportunity to rub shoulders and shake hands with some of our heroes. Yesterday at Fingal Bay parkrun, Event Director Jaci Richards introduced me to fellow parkrunner Peter Doohan, who played many times at Wimbledon, including knocking off the number one seed Boris Becker in 1987. I stayed up late to watch that match live and screamed at the TV - after all, Peter is a fellow Novocastrian and a genuinely nice bloke.


Tanya Biltoft – Gatton parkrun is a fab idea! I live an hour the other side of Toowoomba, wish they had one up here. I'm going to try and come down once a fortnight or so once I get my back sorted.


Phoebe Penfold - Just wanted to say how much I'm looking forward to representing parkrun at city2surf in a few weeks thanks to the adidas competition! Thanks so much to all the behind the scenes crew who make parkrun possible.


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:  Jessica & Ryu Noai

Club:  Twin Towns Runners and Walkers

Age:  30 & 34

Home parkrun:  Kirra

Occupation:  Rehabilitation Consultant & Accountant

Number of runs:  29 & 16

PB:  23.47 & 21:25

Number of times volunteered:  Jess has helped with scanning once but we've taken photos for Kirra parkrun about five times.

Favourite volunteer role:  Taking photos and posting them on Facebook to promote this great event and to see all the words of encouragement that come from family and friends.

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  Getting to know all the inspiring and positive people that run, walk, volunteer or cheer.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Jess explaining what Facebook was to 70 year old Les who wanted to know what she did with all the photos she was taking.

How can we improve parkrun:  We are very happy with everything Chris, Mike, Les, Vaughn, Matt and everyone else does.

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Volunteering at parkrun

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Children at parkrun

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