Weekly newsletter – 27th August 2013

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In this week’s newsletter we share some volunteer wisdom, celebrate another anniversary and prepare for a major milestone with an awesome competition!

I often rave on about how great our volunteers are, and rightly so, but last week I came to realize that one of the reasons they do such a great job is that we have a truly cutting edge volunteer management system. Let me explain...

On Wednesday I flew down to Melbourne at the request of Balyang Sanctuary parkrunner (and International Cricket Council employee) Adam Cassidy to lead a break out session on volunteering as part of the ICC East-Asia Pacific Leadership Forum. Delegates were from emerging cricket nations such as Japan, Indonesia, Fiji, PNG, Vanuatu, Tonga and Samoa and all of them started off by sharing with me similar concerns regarding volunteers; they are hard to find and they are even harder to keep! The first question I posed back to them was simple, “Hands up who has a written down volunteer management strategy you can share with the group?” All hands stayed down! Over the next 40 minutes I gave the group a bit of insight into life as a volunteer at parkrun: the different roles; the way we try and keep it fun; the rostering; the points system; the thank you emails etc. What became very apparent is that the way we do volunteering is pretty damn good and we’ve got our friends at parkrun HQ in the UK, and their almost 9 years of hard work in developing our ethos and systems, to thanks for this. Like everything in life our systems are continually evolving so please don’t hesitate to chat with your local Event Director if you want to know more or have ideas and how to improve the volunteer experience at parkrun.

On Saturday I attended the 1st anniversary of Balyang Sanctuary parkrun in Geelong. I hadn’t been down to this event since the launch 12 months earlier so it was great to catch up with Adam, Greig and their awesome crew of volunteers. The run itself is a cracker with an undulating out and back course along the Barwon River. It isn’t a PB course due to the hills and wind (well that’s my excuse) but it is certainly picturesque with plenty of our people out and about enjoying the beautiful open spaces.

Unbeknownst to me, while we were enjoying the celebratory post-run bbq at Balyang Sanctuary another significant moment was occurring for parkrun in homes across Australia… we were featured on The Today Show! The segment was actually filmed a couple of months back but I, like many of you I’m sure, am yet to see the finished copy. What I can tell you is that I had an email from one of our IT guys late on Saturday asking if I knew why the parkrun website had received an unprecedented amount of traffic that day, so it’s had a good result. I’m hoping to get a copy of the segment I can share with you all in coming weeks so watch this space.

Lastly, I want to touch on some safety concerns that have been mentioned at a couple of our larger events, although are relevant to everyone. Firstly, if you are running with your dog we ask you to start at the back of the field and keep your four legged friend under firm control on a short lead or harness. Secondly, if you are a pram runner you must also start at the back of the field and only overtake when there is ample room to do so. I know many pram runners like to run very fast but the consequences of an accident occurring and your little one being injured are something we want to avoid at all costs. And lastly, but most importantly, KEEP LEFT. We don’t own the paths we run on, we share them with each other and the general public. Please be courteous and considerate at all times, even if it means giving up a few seconds of your run.

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.

50 winners | $50 | 50,000 parkrunners


At time of writing we have 48,957 registered parkrunners in Australia and are adding 900-1,000 new runners every week. As such we are going to hit the magical 50,000 at some point in the next two weeks. To celebrate this amazing milestone our friends at adidas have given us 50 x $50 gift vouchers to give away. To be in with a chance all you have to do is attend a parkrun event either this weekend or next. If you go twice you have double the chance of winning! We will announce the 50 lucky winners in the newsletter on September 10.

Free $20 @ adidas Chermside this weekend only


Whilst on the topic of adidas, they have a new store opening in Chermside (Brisbane) this week and would like to offer all parkrunners who show there athlete ID a free $20 to spend on anything in store this weekend only. There is no minimum spend or anything silly like that, just free stuff for being a parkrunner! And for those of you not in Brisbane there will be other stores opening around the country this year so cross your fingers it is near you!

Suncorp Marquee @ Bridge To Brisbane


Good luck to the hundreds of parkrunners doing B2B this Sunday, September 1. Don’t forget that our friends from Suncorp Bank would like to offer parkrunners non-catering wristbands to enter their VIP marquee on event day. Rather than distribute these in advance the first 150 of you to show your parkrun athlete ID or be wearing the ‘I runPositive for parkrun Australia’ singlet will be admitted. Let the stampede begin!

Forsterling Family Fun by Chris Forsterling


There are 3 fairly regular Forsterlings involved with Albert Melbourne parkrun: Janie, Sarah and Chris. Janie and Sarah are more dedicated than Chris who is happy to play babysitter for his grandson and let daughter-in-law, Fiona run! Janie and Chris who have been around for over 120 years between them have a combined PB of less than 50 minutes so still ahead of 50% of their combined age. Both are semi-retired from Landscape Architecture and Engineering. Sarah is the gun and close to her goal of 20 minutes but has some way to go to get a time of 50% of her age! We all enjoy volunteering as every role is fun and rewarding with plenty of laughs and appreciation, but roles such as photographer or lead bike are pretty cool. A couple of memorable times as volunteer were ‘nailing’ the photo of a runner doing the ‘Toyota jump’ and watching a signet snuggled up on its mum’s back well out of the water on a cold winters morning. Volunteering at parkrun gives us the time to enjoy these moments! The family photo is at the Somers Summer 5k to celebrate a significant birthday for Janie! L-R Chris, Sarah, Simon, Janie, Karsten and Marcus.

Upcoming Event Launches, Anniversaries & Cancellations


Our 20th launch for the year is coming up this Saturday, August 31, in Cairns. Other confirmed launch dates include: September 7 – Warwick; September 28 – Merimbula & Toowoomba; October 12 – Berwick Springs & Kalgoorlie-Boulder; October 19 – Gungahlin; and October 26 – Darwin, Westerfolds & Bunbury.

Upcoming anniversaries include: September 14 – Wynnum (1st); September 21 – New Farm (2nd); October 19 – Kingscliff (1st) & North Lakes (1st); October 26 – Kawana (1st); November 2 – South Bank (1st); November 9 – Launceston (1st); November 16 – Albert Melbourne (2nd); November 23 – Sandgate (1st); and December 7 – Torrens (1st).

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

Feedback from the field


Michael Hare - 2 months ago I relaunched my fitness training after a 7+ month break due to injuring both of my knees at the September Tough Mudder. Previously any attempts to run would result in me being 2km from home and unable to run any further, or even walk down any slopes. I can say now that I am finally healed, and I am now the fastest sprinter in my fitness group. My first parkrun was the launch of Blackbutt and it was a very positive experience for me. The community is very positive and friendly, and I made sure to give encouragement to any child runner I passed (how did they go so far in front??), the weather was perfect, I love being surrounded by nature and there was a series of hills to keep the track varied and challenging. I managed to run the 5km in 26 minutes without stopping. I can only imagine how slow I would have been if I had run the parkrun 2 months ago. But for me it was a very positive result and something to build on the next time I do the Blackbutt parkrun, now that I am more familiar with the course and what I am capable of.


Lisa Schofield - Thanks to Tim, Womens Running Australia and Curl Curl parkrun for introducing me to the wonderful world of parkrun. Was a pleasure to be able to run it and write about it! Will be back soon for another PB!


Melissa Erbacher - We took our Kawana parkrun tent out for a Sunday trip to the Sunshine Coast Marathon & Community Run Festival today. We had HEAPS of parkrunners taking part in each of the running events and whether running, volunteering or cheering, much fun was had by all! The support of our fellow parkrunners really amplified the enjoyment of the day and I know many are still buzzing with the afterglow of the event. Head over to the Kawana parkrun page to check out some of the pictures of the day.


Zoo Run - Thank you SO MUCH for all your help in telling everyone about the Zoo Run fundraiser for Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital on Sunday the 27th of October. We now have over 100 Runners! It is so cool, and so many runners are telling me it is from your newsletter!


Leonie Pye - This morning I (legally blind) and my sighted guide Chris Mill completed our very first Ginninderra parkrun in Canberra proudly wearing our Achilles Running Sydney shirts. My goal was to do the 5 km in under 50 minutes (a previous PB many years ago) and we SMASHED it crossing the finishing line in 49:21. We both look forward to our next parkrun later next month. A big thanks to Achilles Running for giving me a way to walk fast like anyone else.


Dani Katz - Just saw the article on The Today Show. As a heart attack and bypass surgery survivor myself I can only endorse this activity. I must find out more and if there is a group on the Gold Coast.


Sally Hockey - I just wanted to thank everyone at Balyang Sanctuary parkrun in Geelong for a terrific year. I managed to win the ‘female parkrunner of the year’ just by turning up enough times and volunteering. Thank you for the gifts. I became a ‘runner’ about 8 years ago as my son was an athlete with some talent. To spend time with him I started running, now he leaves me for dead but I have developed a love for running. When I take him to competitions I also run instead of standing about shivering in the cold. The parkrun concept is so simple, just come and run. Initially I dragged two of my friends along, kicking and screaming I must say. Now this is our Saturday morning ritual, parkrun and a coffee and chat. I can't say they ‘love’ running, but they keep coming back.
The best part of parkrun is hanging around the finish line and cheering on those that come in after me. I have met some delightful people at parkrun and to see the change in body shape and way of thinking is an inspiration to me. The team at Balyang Sanctuary parkrun are awesome, friendly, encouraging and up for a bit of fun. Keep up the great work!


Debra Mills - I DID IT! Yesterday I completed my first 10km run pushing my daughter Sienna and I would like to thank parkrun for challenging me to get out there and run. In March 2013 I did my first parkrun at Main Beach and walked most of the way pushing my daughter in her stroller. It was a challenge with the terrain but got such a buzz that I could not wait to do it again. I should mention that prior to this parkrun I had never done anything like this before and doing 5km was quite a feat. I started alternating between Main Beach and Coomera parkruns and the latter had a different challenge – hills! We also went up to South Brisbane for a conference and decided to work in South Bank parkrun - this was so well organised except I missed the ramp so I carried the stroller and Sienna down the steps which was a little precarious. I kept on doing parkrun and then in July on my daughter's 2nd birthday weekend I did the Gold Coast 5.7km run with Sienna. At this stage I was only doing the parkruns as structured exercise with a few long walks during the week. But then I got the bug and wanted to achieve more. In early July we moved up to the Sunshine Coast and started attending Kawana parkrun which has a great atmosphere with people clapping at the end which is brilliant. I am usually so exhausted but driving for a PB that I give out a yell or roll on the floor once I know my time. Now my time is not great but the feeling of finishing a 5km on Saturday morning makes me feel on top of the world. I especially like the coastal runs as Sienna gets to enjoy the ocean whilst I sweat and push her up hills. I usually have a stack of treaties to keep her happy. Well this weekend I did it - I did the Sunshine Coast 10km in 1:26 with Sienna in the stroller. She was absolutely amazing until 7km then she wanted to escape as we ran past 2 playgrounds and our house twice. But through the screaming we got to the finish line and the atmosphere was electrifying. It was great to see the parkrun tent and the supporters make you feel part of a real community. It is a wonderful memory that we will have together and look forward to my next parkrun to work on my PB. I have struggled with injuries and cold after cold but I cannot wait to celebrate my 40th birthday in early September and feel proud that I accomplished a 10km race with Sienna when in March I had never ran in my life. parkrun has been a wonderful catalyst for me to feel happier about myself and given me a focus. I am already looking for the next challenge in my life.


Nicole Giudes - I can’t express my appreciation and gratitude for parkrun enough. I have completed 11 parkruns in a row and there has only been one week where I have not achieved a PB. I have never been a naturally ‘sporty’ or ‘fit’ person so for me to reach a (very loosely) set goal of completing the 5km without walking was an amazing feeling and I can honestly say that I wouldn’t have been able to get there without parkrun. Thanks for keeping this amazing event alive, not to mention the event directors and the weekly volunteers for putting in their valuable time every Saturday morning.


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:  Horst Kramer

Age:  79

Home parkrun:  Sandon Point

Occupation:  Pensioner

Number of runs:  4

PB:  35:41 @ Sandon Point / 35:20 @ Wynnum

Number of times volunteered:  4

Favourite volunteer role:  Marshal

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  I like to give something back to the running fraternity and give encouragement to the runners, which is appreciated.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  I like all runs.

How can we improve parkrun:  Marking every kilometer would be liked by most runners, it gives them something to aim at.

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Weekly newsletter – 20th August 2013

welcome to this week's newsletter


In this week’s newsletter we wear our colours, are told of the legend of Les from Kirra parkrun and hear from a very happy volunteer.

On Saturday I secretly attended St Peters parkrun in Sydney. I say secretly because I didn’t actually let anyone know I was coming due to the fact that I was in Sydney for a mate’s bucks party and didn’t know for sure if I would actually make it! Anyway, I did make it, although I forgot my barcode (don’t tell anyone), and it was a sensational morning to be at parkrun.

Saturday was of course our inaugural ‘wear your colours’ day at which we encouraged you to wear the shirt or jersey of your favourite sporting team, be it football, rugby, basketball or even a team you play for! The idea was proposed to me by parkrunner Terry Baker so it was a nice coincidence that I was able to meet Terry at St Peters on Saturday in his full Manchester United garb. Within about 30 seconds of chatting to him another parkrunner wearing the blue of rivals Manchester City walked past and gave him a bit of a sledge so I instantly knew ‘wear your colours’ was a success!

Of all the colours that were on show at St Peters on Saturday there was one that clearly dominated… orange. Can Too orange! Can Too are a non-profit organization that provide people training programs for endurance events who in return fundraise for Cure Cancer Australia. They have adopted parkrun as one of their training tools in the lead up to these events and I couldn’t be happier about that. Great people doing great things for a great cause. Perfect.

It was awesome to meet the volunteers at St Peters on Saturday including Run Director Kati Anthony-Benson who did a wonderful jobbing overseeing an event record 285 runners! I also want to highlight to efforts of regular volunteer Athene Chariot who most weeks gets up at 4:30am and drives the 75km from her home in Woolongong to arrive early and mark out the reasonably complex St Peters course with chalk. It is dedication like this that makes me feel so proud and humble to be involved with parkrun. Our volunteers are incredible and as you will read in ‘being a pom pom girl’ below volunteering at parkrun is itself a really fun way to start your weekend.

Finally, I just want to mention that a few our events had technical issues on Saturday meaning that some of you may not have received an accurate time for your run. This can happen for a number of reasons, both human and technological, and it is worth remembering that receiving your position and time is secondary to the fact that you got out of bed and had a healthy start to the weekend with your friends and family. Our volunteers always do their very best, and for that we salute them!!!

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.

Suncorp Marquee @ Bridge To Brisbane


B2B is coming up on September 1 and our friends from Suncorp Bank would like to offer parkrunners non-catering wristbands to enter their VIP marquee on event day. Rather than distribute these in advance the first 150 of you to show your parkrun athlete ID or be wearing the ‘I runPositive for parkrun Australia’ singlet will be admitted. Let the stampede begin!

‘Les the Legend’ by Ryu Noai


I often wonder how other people first got involved in parkrun and what keeps them coming back. For me it wasn't about PBs, fun, fitness, making new friends, de-stressing or a combination of the whole lot. My goal was simple. To beat Les.

My wife Jess started Kirra parkrun before I did. I didn't have much interest in running at the best of times, let alone early on the weekend. If I was going to get up early, I'd rather go for a surf. Then Jess came home from her first parkrun and told me about a 70 year old man that ran a 5 minute / kilometer pace and was faster than her.

The next week she was beaten by Les again and the legend started to grow. To me, it was hard to believe that a 70 year old could outpace a 29 year old and I started to think I should go to Kirra parkrun once and beat Les to show Jess that she was crazy.

I turned up at my first Kirra parkrun with Jess and she pointed Les out to me. He didn't look fast or intimidating. In my mind, I was going to run behind Les for 4.9km then I would put on a sprint to finish just in front of him.

My plan was going well until about the 3km mark. My legs started feeling heavy, breathing was hard but I thought Les would be feeling the same, surely. However he kept going at his steady pace and the gap began to widen. The mental target I had placed on his back was getting further and further away. In the end, he beat me by about a minute. The legend was real!

I spoke to Les after the run to find out he was a veteran of a number of half and full distance marathons plus hundreds of triathlons with some excellent times. I was impressed and it really goes to show that parkrun is for everyone.

Over the following months I have gotten to know Les a little more. I have learned that he was a speedway racer, trail bike rider, junior cycling champion and even had a little foray into acting!

Even when he couldn't run due to an injury, he would come down on Saturday morning, smiling, eager to volunteer and cheer the rest of us along. I often see him making an effort to talk to new comers to make them feel welcome, listen to their stories and offer words of encouragement. He embodies the positive spirit of parkrun.

I lost the battle with Les that first day, but I have gained a lot since. He was the reason I went back to Kirra parkrun a second time and am still going now. My goals have changed over the months and I have actually started to enjoy running. I've met a bunch of great people from all walks of life and I have decided it's never too late to start something new.

Thanks Les, you are a legend!

‘being a pom pom girl’ by unsportywomencanrun


I absolutely love volunteering at parkrun!

I love the atmosphere, I love the smiles and happiness, I love watching the fast runners go by and I LOVE watching those who struggle! That sounds really mean, but I do have a pretty good idea of what it feels like to be a beginner runner since it wasn’t that long ago. I clearly remember what it was like to put myself out into an environment that was foreign, strange and unfamiliar AND to feel like giving up. I love to cheer these runners on to finish!

Volunteering as a marshal at parkrun is the best job ever! I get to stand and point the direction and as I point I cheer and encourage all the runners.

Today was ‘wear your colours’ day. Everyone was encouraged to dress in their team colours. Being the Unsporty Woman of course I don’t have a team, but Husband does. Those mighty warriors, those men of distinction for whom Husband is a countryman – THE ALL BLACKS! Cool, black is my favourite colour anyway I made some pompoms and did a fairy bad, but very enthusiastic, impersonation of a cheer leader! I had a ball!

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Upcoming Event Launches, Anniversaries & Cancellations


Our 20th launch for the year is coming up on August 31 in Cairns. Other confirmed launch dates include: September 7 – Warwick; September 28 – Merimbula & Toowoomba; October 12 – Berwick Springs & Kalgoorlie-Boulder; October 19 – Gungahlin; and October 26 – Darwin, Westerfolds & Bunbury.

Upcoming anniversaries include: August 24 – Balyang Sanctaury (1st); September 14 – Wynnum (1st); September 21 – New Farm (2nd); October 19 – Kingscliff (1st) & North Lakes (1st); November 2 – South Bank (1st); November 9 – Launceston (1st); November 16 – Albert Melbourne (2nd); November 23 – Sandgate (1st); and December 7 – Torrens (1st).

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

The Pointy End


Who are you? 58 time Albert Melbourne parkrunner, volunteer, Run Director and all round champ, Robert Del Pont, who over the last 2 years has slashed almost 2 mins of his PB to a very impressive 17.31.

How the hell do you run so fast? Not sure really, I guess Parkrun just brings out the best in me! My new Adistar boosts have also helped, and I've recently become best friends with a spikey massage ball and foam roller ;)

How many km do you run in an average training week? 30-35 km per week

What type of training do you typically do? An Interval session, threshold run (parkrun), and a longer run once a week. I found my program from a great book I read called 'Run Less, Run Faster'.

How long have you been running and have you always been so damn good? I started running 5 years ago when a mate and I dared ourselves to run a marathon in Paris after a few too many drinks. After struggling through that I stopped for a few years then started again 18 months ago thanks to Parkrun, and haven't looked back since.

What is you favourite distance? 5km of course!

Do you have a coach and do you train with a squad? I train with my 'parkrun squad' every Saturday morning because there are some great runners who push me along. Apart from that, I do a bit of solo training or with a friend.

How much faster would you like to go? I would die a happy man if I did a sub 17min 5km - unfortunately it may just kill me trying to do so!

What big events do you want to run? I'm thinking about taking up the Arthur's Seat challenge in November.

Feedback from the field


Dawn Courage - One of our fast runners Jim Turner, finished the run on Saturday and in true Forrest Gump Style just kept running, stopping briefly at the scanning tent, where he told me he could not stay as he had to get back to work. As a baker in the local Woolies he had started his shift at 3am and had fitted the parkrun in during his lunch break. He is one of our originals and a lovely guy, always struggling with his work shifts, but it looks like he has found the answer!


Helen Lewsam - parkrun is a fantastic event, one I can enjoy with all my family. It's the best way to start our weekend.


Nev Sheather - Have been doing Tuggeranong parkrun as training for C2S but unfortunately I pulled a calf muscle. However, after physio etc, I managed to hobble on 1 and half legs the 14 km without further damage in 2.14.30 and raised over $500 for the Red Cross! Great day.


Stacy Rubin - When I knew I was moving to Brisbane I googled running and South Bank parkrun came up. I quickly sent an email to volunteer the first week I arrived as I wanted to see if I was the slowest before I actually ran! The next week I just walked it and the next time I ran half and did my PB! This last time I was ‘Tail End Charlie’ and loved it! The volunteer team is great! Anytime I meet a new person here in Brisbane I ask if they are a runner and promote this great group! I am turning 60 and going to Melbourne for my first time! Guess what I googled? Yup! See you Albert Melbourne parkrun on the 31st of August! Then back at my home base South Bank parkrun the following week. Toodles.


Alan Blaskett - Might not qualify for ‘The Pointy End’ yet but thought I would share the results of a young parkrunner who did a great job in the City To Surf yesterday. My son Hayden Blaskett is 11 years old and holds the U14 Age Category record at Curl Curl parkrun of 20:34. Yesterday he (just!) broke the 60 minute mark in the City 2 Surf finishing in 59:58. This put him in third place for the U12's of the 1200 starters in the category. Curl Curl parkrun has provided opportunity for Hayden to prepare and gain valuable competition against more experienced runners. Best wishes from a proud Dad.


Helen Lewsam - parkrun is a fantastic event, one I can enjoy with all my family. It's the best way to start our weekend.


Laura Purdie - Hi there, I love reading the parkrun newsletter every week and saw on the latest one that we can get in touch if we have run a PB recently. Well I'd been trying to improve my time (25.19) for a whole year and was never getting any faster. I got chatting to a regular volunteer Michael Balch (everyone at Kirra parkrun loves Michael, it wouldn't be the same without him!) who mans the stopwatch each week and often gives the runners advice and support. He advised me to start some speed work training. A friend devised a plan for me and I'm pleased to say that since I followed his advice, I finally got that PB! I'm now down to 24.32 and am so delighted with myself… I never imagined that I could achieve this. I'm not a natural runner but I do have determination! And without the support of parkrun and especially the encouragement of Michael and the other Kirra parkrunners, I don't think I would have gotten there myself. So thank you parkrun and I'm excited to see if I can get any faster! I'm going to the UK this month and looking forward to trying out the Carlisle and Inverness parkrun routes which will take me close to the 50-Club. Thanks again to everyone for their encouragement and support. If I can do it-anyone can!


Francesca Davy - Thank you to the organisers, volunteers and sponsors of the inaugural Blackbutt parkrun on Saturday. It was my first time at a parkrun. I had heard of the concept and its popularity, particularly in Newcastle, but thought it wasn't for me as I don't like running! I like walking, but am adverse to breaking into a trot. Inspired by a radio interview on ABC 1233 earlier in the week about how parkrun is for everyone, from elite sinewy long distance runners to people like me who just want to have a walk in a social setting, I gave it a go. I went on my own, but chatted with many people along the way. I even broke into a trot on the downhills and ran across the finishing line. I was home by 9am and on a real high for the rest of the day. It is truly a community event, bringing a diverse range of people together. There were groups of teenagers, Mums with bubs, Grandfathers and grandkids and everything in between. Thank you, once again to the organizers of parkrun.


Donna Flockhart - Hey there cool parkrunners! I'm about to become one of the team. My first parkrun (Sandgate) will be this coming Saturday 17 August 2013 as part of my very late training for my first Bridge to Brisbane on 1 September, which just happens to be Father's Day in this part of the world! I'm excited. Marc, personal trainer and consummate triathlete at Dolphin's Health Precinct in Redcliffe, headed me in the direction of Sandgate parkrun as part of my training program as I wish to do running for life now (did it lots when younger) and potentially triathlons too. Did my first Jetty 2 Jetty 10 km in Redcliffe last month (only training unfortunately was a 5km treadmill run 3 weeks previously) and the plan is to better my performance, health (of course!), and times (1 hour for that first Jetty 2 Jetty with some walking included!). Looking forward to meeting you all and doing some parkruns all around the world. Now there's a thought. Anyone up for funding a movie (or series) on a newbie doing parkruns all around the world and introducing so many more to it via health, running, mental health, friendships, fundraising, and so much more? Just putting it out there as it just came to mind.


Abbey Sanders - On Saturday 10th August I skipped the whole 5km at Newy parkrun as my Jump Rope for Heart challenge. I skipped slowly with my rope but I got there eventually and did my best not to hit anyone but running into the gaps! Thank you everyone who donated some money for the Heart Foundation. It was my 11th Newy parkrun.


Terry Baker - I have looked at a sample of parkrun pictures from around the country on 'Wear Your Colours Day' and I want to thank all those parkrunners who took up my idea and well ran with it. To anyone else who has an idea for making parkrun even more fun then set it out clearly and then submit it to parkrun HQ you may find yourself as suprised as I was when it was accepted.


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:  Denise Marchant

Club:  It's me, my trainers and Cleveland parkrun

Age:  I reckon I’m still in my teens, but the mirror says a lot more.

Home parkrun:  Cleveland parkrun

Occupation:  Looking after my husband, that’s a full time job with overtime.

Number of runs:  9

PB:  26.16

Number of times volunteered:  3

Favourite volunteer role:  Marshal, I really enjoy cheering everyone on.

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  It makes me feel good. I think we are so lucky to have parkrun in Cleveland and with an Event Director and volunteers who do so much for us, I see volunteering as a way of saying thank you.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  It's got to be waking up to the pouring rain, then desperately turning my house upside down to find my Wellies. There was no way I wanted to get my new trainers wet or dirty.

How can we improve parkrun:  Make sure on our next run we finish first.

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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 AU

The parkrun show Australia

You can download your copy of the parkrun show Australia here. The parkrun show Australia is the free, weekly, timed podcast celebrating parkrun Down Under, hosted by Dave Robbo and Russ Jefferys

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Weekly newsletter – 13th August 2013

welcome to this week's newsletter


In this week’s newsletter we welcome a very lucky parkrunner from the UK, celebrate the largest fun run on the planet and prepare to show our colours.

Normal business resumed at parkruns across Australia last Saturday after the madness that was the previous week’s ‘Super Saturday’. We had no launches and no anniversaries, but what we did have for the first time was all 38 parkrun events running, as well as many parkrunners participating in the largest fun run on the planet, Sydney’s City2Surf.

At St Peters parkrun we had a very special guest visiting from the UK, Alex Gehre. Alex, from Newcastle parkrun (not to be confused with our Newy parkrun), was the lucky winner of the ‘adidas BOOST your parkrun competition’ which included return flights and accommodation for 2 people. AMAZING! I have had a quick scan of the results and am pleased to announce that: a. Alex didn’t spend Friday night in Kings Cross and actually made it to St Peters parkrun on Saturday morning; and b. He ran a very respectable 21:01, only 14 seconds outside of his all-time parkrun PB, coming in 14th place. So I guess you are all now wondering when we will be having our own ‘BOOST your parkrun competition’??? Ashleigh from adidas, if you’re reading this...

On Sunday Sydney played host to the world’s largest fun run, City2Surf, with 85,000 people taking part including many of you wonderful parkrunners. I’m really proud that parkrun encourages people to take first steps into running and that events like City2Surf are seen by many of you as the ‘next step’. So I put this question to Facebook on Sunday night – “Do you think being a parkrunner helped you improve your @city2surf time this morning?” – and here are a selection of your responses:

Silpa Parmar – For sure, although there will never be a place in my heart for hills. Never!

Steve Bishop – I ran 5 min faster this year in the City2Surf compared to last year. Without the opportunity to do parkrun I am sure my time would not have improved as much.

Phoebe Penfold – Absolutely! Thanks so much Lake Mac parkrun, parkrun Australia and adidas for my free entry today! Had the best time.

Emily Wilcock – I couldn't have even attempted City2Surf before starting parkrun! It was my first one and I loved it!

Jessica Jefferys – Yes, for sure! I might never even have known what a great race it was if it wasn't for parkrun. I wouldn't be running anywhere near as much as I am and I wouldn't have had the fantastic feeling of knowing that there were friends around me, even if I couldn't always see them, during City2Surf today. Thank you parkrun!

Natalie Kul - Definitely. parkrun gave me the confidence and fitness to go on to try the 7km Bay Run. I then increased by 1km each week and today I did the City2Surf for the first time and ran the whole thing!

Josh Griffiths - The hills of ‘the butt’ definitely got me over heartbreak hill to a PB.

Well done to everyone who took part in City2Surf and any other fun runs across the country last weekend. There are so many great events, big and small, held every weekend and I really encourage you to have a go at one if you are yet to do so. Upcoming events I have found out about recently include the Zoo Run, a 5km and 2km run through the late Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo to be held on 27 October and the inaugural Armidale Fun Run, said to be Australia’s highest fun run, to be held on 3 November! So have a go, you won’t regret it, and you might even see me or one of your parkrun Event Directors right there alongside you at the start line.

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.

Wear Your Colours!


AFL, NRL, IPL, EPL, NBA...... Round balls, long balls, big balls, small balls, no balls. Local, state, national or international. Men's, women's, children's. If you SUPPORT YOUR SPORT, come to parkrun this Saturday, August 17, to show your colours and scream for your team. This is happening at parkruns AUSTRALIA-WIDE!

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Upcoming Event Launches, Anniversaries & Cancellations


Our 20th launch for the year is coming up on August 31 in Cairns. Other confirmed launch dates include: September 7 – Warwick; September 28 – Merimbula & Toowoomba; October 12 – Berwick Springs; October 19 – Gungahlin; and October 26 – Darwin.

Upcoming anniversaries include: August 24 – Balyang Sanctaury (1st); September 14 – Wynnum (1st); September 21 – New Farm (2nd); October 19 – Kingscliff (1st) & North Lakes (1st); November 2 – South Bank (1st); November 9 – Launceston (1st); November 16 – Albert Melbourne (2nd); November 23 – Sandgate (1st); and December 7 – Torrens (1st).

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

The Pointy End


Who are you? South Bank parkrun course (15:42) and age graded (85.99%) record holder Liam Woollett.

How the hell do you run so fast? I always look at it as the quicker you run the faster it’s over. I'm also really competitive. One day I entered a 5km fun run (which was also my first ever run) and I won by over a minute. Since then I've loved running and I can’t get enough of it. I've joined the Intraining Running and Triathlon club and I've made a lot of new friends there. Once or twice a week we train together and have a laugh. I've had a lot of people help me out with my running, especially my club and coach. The people from Body Leadership Australia have helped me a lot with massages and a lot of running related questions.

How many km do you run in an average training week? Unfortunately I've spent most of the year injured. At the moment I'm only doing about 60-80km a week which is 60-80km more than I've done for most of the year but when I get rid of all my injuries. I hope to go back up to about 100-120km a week. I like to spend a lot of time in the pool during winter as a substitute for an ice bath when I'm really sore.

What type of training do you typically do? Most of my week just consists of easy runs between 30 and 70 minutes. I have two speed sessions a week and my long run on Sundays is always my favourite. On Tuesdays and Thursdays I do speed sessions with some runners from Intraining. It's always good to have somebody to talk to or pace with while doing speed sessions. My favourite speed session is doing 13 x 200m reps with a 200m jog in between but as long as I'm running I don't care what the session is.

How long have you been running and have you always been so damn good? I used to love soccer, I would play on the wing and run rings around everybody. So when I started running not long before I turned 16 I had a fair bit of fitness. Last year I decided to hang up my boots and lace up my trainers to focus entirely on my running. Last year I managed to squeeze into a spot on the Queensland Schools Cross Country team and the Queensland junior Track and Field team and this year I managed to land a spot in the Open Queensland Half Marathon team for the Gold Coast Half Marathon. My parents have really helped me out with my running, getting to these events wasn't easy but they did everything they could and it made a big difference.

What is your favourite distance? I love the long distances, ever since I ran my first half marathon last year I've enjoyed it. The most I've ever raced was a half marathon but when I get older and stronger I'm definitely going into marathons. Every now and then I like to come back down to 5km's and that’s how I first heard of parkrun. There's a lot of great people there and it's a great way to meet new friends.

Do you have a coach and do you train with a squad? Yes, my coach is Steve Manning from Intraining. He's done so much for me and without him and my club I would not be the runner I am now and I wouldn't enjoy it nearly as much as I do now (taking away the injuries). I do my speed sessions with other runners from Intraining but I do my easy runs and long run on my own while listening to music.

How much faster would you like to go? I'd love to go a lot faster. Next year the main goal will be to run a half marathon in under 70 minutes and I'd also like to bring down my 5km PB and parkrun record of 15:42. I need to do a lot of work to get there but I'm looking forward to more training.

What big events do you want to run? I would love to go down to the National Cross Country Championships every year, whether it be with the Queensland team or just as an additional runner. I really enjoyed the Gold Coast Half Marathon this year and I love running the Brisbane Half Marathon and the Twilight Half Marathon is always a fun event to do while the sun sets over the course. When I'm a lot older an overseas race looks appealing but I'll just focus on the next few years first.

Feedback from the field


Herman Janse van Rensburg - I was looking for the newsletter in my gmail inbox this morning and did not find it in my inbox. I went searching for it and find it under the new "Promotion" section of the new gmail inbox set up. This is in the same folder where they allocate all the junkmail like Scoopon and other marketing mail to. This was automatically done by gmail. I've manually had to move it back to my PRIMARY inbox and update the setting to do this in future. Maybe this is something one of the IT gurus that offered their assistance to parkrun a few weeks ago can look into. I certainly find the newsletter a key part of the parkrun experience and do not want anyone to miss out on it.


Larissa Nicholson - I just wanted to let you know of the generosity of the Kingscliff parkrunners including Event Director Dawn Courage. When I had a shout out for food donations for the homeless and disadvantaged for the Tweed area I was overwhelmed by their generosity on Saturday, August 3. I want to say a big thank you and feel blessed to be a part of such a wonderful group.


Lori Vaughan - I would like to say a few things. Firstly, I was thrilled with my time at my first parkrun but the support of the group and the organisers was magic. It was so well organised and fun. Secondly, some kind person from parkrun sent me Happy Birthday wishes last week and I seem to be having difficulty in acknowledging these wishes and thanking the group for their kind thoughts. Many thanks for a great experience and am looking forward to next week.


Alan Burrell - A big thank you to Sian, Ash, the caterers and all at Suncorp Bank for your visit today. It was great to have you visit Wynnum parkrun this morning. We appreciated the food and your company. We hope you enjoyed our beautiful parkrun on the Bayside.


Glenn Sullivan - I thoroughly enjoyed Canning River parkrun this morning. I’ve only been back seriously running for about 9 months now and I’m really starting to get my times down now. It was great to run with other runners instead of my usual solo running. I loved your course and found it quite fast. The scenery is superb. I’ve just discovered parkrun and I hope to have a run in Rockingham next week and in Adelaide in September. It is a great concept. Special thanks to Event Director Jeremy savage for helping me print my barcode.


Catherine Barnes - A big congrats to everyone involved in the Blackbutt parkrun launch. Great morning! Challenging course. As a regular Newy parkrunner, the downhill parts were my favourite!


Vin Martin - There was a special achievement at Albert Melbourne parkrun last Saturday. Albert Melbourne parkrun Event Director Troy Mytton volunteered for the 50th time out of a possible 89 events. Given that parkrun asks that members volunteer only three times a year, this is giving very generously indeed. A big thank you to Troy.


Clay Dawson - Just thought I'd message to say a huge THANKS for the entry in City2Surf! I ran a PB and had an absolutely MAGIC weekend! 46:39!!!! Whoo hooo!!!!!


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:  Renee Leslie

Age:  25

Home parkrun:  Paraplanner / Administration

Occupation:  Varsity Lakes

Number of runs:  3

PB:  29:29

Number of times volunteered:  9

Favourite volunteer role:  Time Keeper...everyone else has been fired from the role so it's now my specialty!

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  Seeing all the fast runners coming through and being totally inspired by them. Also love seeing the junior runners trying their hardest and cheering them on to the finish line.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  My very first time volunteering there was another volunteer (won't name names!!) being time keeper and about 8 mins into the run we realised the stopwatch wasn't timing correctly and all the times were going to be wrong... all we could do was laugh and hope no one was too upset!!

How can we improve parkrun:  Not sure how to go about it, but we still need to get more volunteers and make it more appealing to people who do. The same people seem to put their hand up all the time and we need more variety!!

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 AU

The parkrun show Australia

You can download your copy of the parkrun show Australia here. The parkrun show Australia is the free, weekly, timed podcast celebrating parkrun Down Under, hosted by Dave Robbo and Russ Jefferys

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



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