weekly newsletter 1st October 2013

welcome to this week's newsletter


In this week’s newsletter we review a double-header launch weekend, remind you of our policies on junior runners and ‘cheating’ and prepare to #loveparkrun at International parkrun Day.

On Saturday I ventured 2-hours west for the launch of Toowoomba parkrun and, as expected, it was a highly enjoyable and memorable event! Toowoomba had been crying out for parkrun for some time and it showed, with an incredible 219 attendees who were not scared off by the huge electrical storm that swept the city at around 4am. It was also very pleasing to see a good number of ‘parkrun tourists’ from nearby Gatton and Warwick, as well as Brisbane, the Gold Coast and beyond. The course is a 2-lapper around the ever beautiful Queens Park with a lovely little incline (i.e. a nasty hill) along one side. I certainly felt it pushing Jack in the pram! Special thanks must go to Toowoomba Regional Council who have adopted parkrun as a part of its CHANGE Project and pulled out all of the bells and whistles, and of course Event Directors Margaret and Tressa, without who the event quite simply wouldn’t exist! I fully expect Toowoomba parkrun to grow into one of our largest regional events… Newy watch out!

Meanwhile down south, we had spectacular launch event in Merimbula on the Far South Coast of New South Wales. From all reports Merimbula parkrun can argue a strong case as being the most scenic in the country with a stunning out-and-back course along boat ramps, bridges and boardwalks. The photos I have seen certainly look incredible and I look forward to getting down there for a run in the near future. Well done to Event Director Donella Roberts and her team for hosting a successful launch and special shout out to Russ & Jess Jefferys who travelled from Canberra to represent parkrun and support Donella.

We’ve had an interesting situation develop at one of our events over the last few months where it is suspected that a particular person has been cutting the course in order to set new PBs. Many would say this is cheating however, as parkrun is a timed run and not a race, I’d argue that it isn’t really and that they are only doing a disservice to themselves. Human nature being what it is though I fully understand the cheating argument and have advised the local Event Director to simply wipe the suspect times from the record (they are over 20 minutes faster than this person’s ‘normal’ times) so it will be interesting to see if the person in question wishes to argue the case (the Event Director also has photos of the person cutting the course). So if you see this happening at your parkrun please don’t get too hung up about it. If people want to run too far, or not far enough, it shouldn’t impact on your enjoyment. Just give them a high 5 and a knowing stare!

Lastly, I’m delighted to announce that we have just been nominated for the 'Encouraging Participation' Award at the Queensland Outdoor Recreation Awards 2013. Winners will be announced next month but, as they say, just being nominated is an honour so well done everybody!

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.

International parkrun Day 2013


This Saturday is International parkrun Day, the day we commemorate the launch of Bushy parkrun on 2 October 2004. Basically, it’s parkrun’s birthday! We are really hoping to break the magical 50,000 global parkrunners milestone so pretty please spread the word and make an effort to bring someone new to your local event.

The theme for IpD2013 is #loveparkrun. What does this mean? Well we want you, the parkrunners, to tell us exactly what it is that you love about parkrun, and we want you to share it with us and the world via social media using the hashtag #loveparkrun. This will enable us to collate all of your messages from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. and use them to show the rest of the world just how great parkrun really is. And better still, our favourite video clips will be used to make the first global parkrun promotional film, so if you’re a budding Spielberg or Tarantino this is your chance to take centre stage!

So what are you waiting for? Please go to your favourite social media platform and type a message, share a photo or upload a video that shows the world how much you love parkrun. Just make sure you also type #loveparkrun somewhere in your message.

It is really that simple.

Also, if you’re coming to IpD2013 on October 5 please join our Facebook event page and keep an eye out for further announcements during the week.

all in for IpD2013


adidas is all in for International parkrun Day this weekend and proud to support all parkrunners across Australia. To celebrate, adidas is offering parkrunners 20% off until 14 October, 2013. Simply use code PARKRUN on adidas.com.au or show your parkrun card in store to redeem the offer. Click here for terms and conditions.

adidas #loveparkrun because it provides a healthy way for communities to come together and celebrate sport.

A word about expectations


parkruns are free, weekly, 5km timed runs. Even if there's a technical disaster, and all the results are lost, well, everybody hopefully enjoyed a fantastic run in a beautiful location. On that theme please remember our volunteers already do a huge amount, without the increased pressure to publish your results quickly. parkrun HQ has always advised our event teams not to rush, or feel like their weekends have to be put on hold because of parkrun, i.e. until results are submitted. If the shopping needs doing, or the kids need a lift somewhere, or you're involved with parkrun at the end of a night shift, do all that first. Results can (and should) wait. As our volume of events increases too, minor hiccups can have bigger consequences to results processing time. In short, expect results when you see them. Hopefully before you've finished your post-run coffee, but it might not be until you are settling down to watch X-Factor on Sunday night.

Junior runners left to run on their own


We received this worrying feedback during the week -

"This morning at parkrun I was limping home with shin soreness when I came upon a young girl, who could not have been more than 6 years old, running on her own. While she was running well, there was no adult supervising her. The nearest runner was over 100 meters ahead and moving away and there was no one behind me until close to the finish. A lot of cyclists use the track at our parkrun and often at unsafe speeds for the numbers of people out there. Also dense bush lines the track so she could have easily been knocked down or dragged off the course and by the time anyone was aware she had not finished, well I hate to think of what might have happened."

Please remember that at parkrun children under 11 MUST be accompanied at all times by a parent or guardian.

Active Outdoors Expo


The Active Outdoors Expo is happening in Brisbane this Saturday at Northshore Riverside Park, Hamilton. It is a celebration of all things outdoors and promises to be a great day out and will give you a chance to try something new. There will be climbing, paddling, games, cycling, canoeing, orienteering, horizontal bungee… and much more! Don’t forget to bring your swimmers and sense of adventure. There will also be a parkrun stand at the expo so why not drop in as part of your International parkrun Day celebrations and say hi.

See the Active Outdoors Expo website for all the details.

Walk For Awareness


The Walk for Awareness has been established to raise awareness of depression and mental illness. This year's event is being held at 8am on Sunday 13th October 2013 in Captain Bourke Park, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane. Click here for further details and please spread the word to anyone who you think would like to support this worthy event.

Upcoming Event Launches, Anniversaries & Cancellations


Our 24th and 25th launches for the year are coming up on Saturday October 12 at Berwick Springs & Kalgoorlie-Boulder. Other confirmed launch dates include: 19/10 –Mosman & Gungahlin; 26/10 – Mudgeeraba, Darwin, Westerfolds & Bunbury; 02/11 – Maitland; and 16/11 – Diamond Creek.

Upcoming anniversaries include: 19/10 – Kingscliff (1st) & North Lakes (1st); 26/10 – Kawana (1st); 02/11 – South Bank (1st); 09/11 – Launceston (1st); 16/11 – Albert Melbourne (2nd); 23/11 – Sandgate (1st); and 07/12 – Torrens (1st).

Feedback from the field


Joel Cunning - I just wanted to say a quick thanks to Suncorp and parkrun. I ran the Blackmores Half Marathon recently and after I recovered (which was a bit longer than I want to admit) I went to the Suncorp runPositive tent and showed my parkrun barcode and was treated to a sausage roll, drinks, lollies and a nice place to sit and watch the marathon runners on the big screen while I waited for the rest of family to finish the Family Fun Run. Thanks guys, really enjoyed the hospitality.


Maria Baker – It was great to catch up at the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival with parkrun Australia GM Tim Oberg. Here is a photo of Tim with our group, The Caboose (some of Southbank parkrun event crew)!


Pete Gray - I was a first-timer at South Bank parkrun on Saturday. Just wanted to congratulate you on what I thought was an extremely well organised run and fun to get along to.


Donna Marchiori - Last weekend a group of Gatton parkrunners attended the Wynnum Twilight Bay Run. Thank you to whoever set up the parkrun tent which we took great advantage of during the event!


Katharine Jones - Hearty congrats to Warwick parkrunner Karen who ran parkrun on Saturday to kickstart her wedding day! The perfect way to start married life.


Belinda Smith - Just read your newsletter and totally agree with what you have written. You explained the reason for volunteering perfectly and when I have volunteered I thoroughly enjoyed it too. Everyone at parkrun does a brilliant job and congratulations to everyone involved.


Stephanie de Sousa - Today I ran my 20th parkrun at Lake Mac with my youngest son Noah (5 yrs) who ran his 10th. Today he smashed his PB by 42 seconds. His motivation to keep on coming back is fueled by high fives from people who were strangers but are now friends. Thank you for helping me raise a healthy, active, considerate, friendly and motivated young man (runner).


Larissa Nicholson - Just under a year ago when I joined Kingscliff parkrun I struggled to even make the 5km run. Today I ran the 6km Highland Hurry at the Tomewin Mountain Challenge and, even though I wasn't successful in getting a place, I felt I had conquered a great achievement! I could never imagine being confident nor strong enough take on such a challenge. I am very thankful to have had the encouragement of fellow parkrun friends. Thank you so much for bringing parkrun to Kingscliff.


Jo Holles – Hi Tim, I just wanted to thank you for coming all the way up to Toowoomba this morning for parkrun. I had a great time and am hoping to involve the rest of the family when it's not wet. Well done!


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:  Michael Balch

Club:  N/A

Age:  68

Home parkrun:  Kirra

Occupation:  Retired

Number of times volunteered:  Over 50

Favourite volunteer role:  Timekeeper

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  Seeing runners improve their PBs and, for those that do not, seeing their determination to improve.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  The most memorable has been meeting three different people who knew people I knew in the UK.

How can we improve parkrun:  No need. Runners just turn up and run. No signing in, no numbers, no fees. It's great exercise too.

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 barcode = No result = No exceptions. To order your barcode on a durable plastic key tag as shown above please click here. #dfyb (don't forget 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



 

Weekly newsletter – 24th September 2013

welcome to this week's newsletter


In this week’s newsletter we RunPositive at the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival, recite the 10 commandments for parkrunners, and fire up for the upcoming international parkrun day.

After almost 3 weeks of no running due to a calf injury I finally got back into it on Saturday with a relaxed pram push around the always wonderful St Peters parkrun in Sydney. I’m pleased to report that my calf felt great, helped no doubt by my new pair of adidas adios boost that I picked up during adidas’ 40% off sale on Thursday! On Saturday afternoon I caught the ferry to Mosman Bay and met with Mosman parkrun Event Director Kath Hodgkinson and her team who showed me their stunning course along the Balmoral Beach foreshore. When this event launches on 19 October I dare say it may take the mantle of most scenic course in Australia… it will certainly be the most expensive per square metre!

The reason I was in Sydney was of course for the following day’s Blackmores Sydney Running Festival. I had originally signed up for the 9km Bridge Run but decided to drop back to the 3.8km Family Fun Run so I could take part alongside my wife Nicci who is 6 months pregnant and of course my son Jack in the trustee BOB running pram. Wow, Sydney certainly didn’t disappoint with perfect Spring weather and an incredibly festive atmosphere. But ultimately this event comes down to one thing… the Bridge! Crossing a closed Sydney Harbour Bridge on foot was simply awesome. It really is one of the most iconic spots in the country, if not the world, and to share the experience with my family, and many others just like us, was simply unforgettable. I’d like to especially thank our friends from Suncorp Bank who hosted hundreds of parkrunners in their RunPositive marquee in the Botanical Gardens throughout the morning, even providing free breakfast and refreshments. Your hospitality made a special morning even better.

I’d like to offer a special congratulations to Karen, Richard and the whole team at New Farm parkrun who celebrated their 2nd anniversary on Saturday. New Farm is one of our biggest events, with well over 6,000 registered runners and an average weekly attendance of over 200, and making parkrun happen week in week out for a crowd of this size is no mean feat, so well done to all involved.

On a more sombre note, a couple of years ago my circle of mates lost two good friends to suicide. As a result they have now established an annual event, Walk for Awareness, to raise awareness of depression and mental illness. This year's event is being held at 8am on Sunday 13th October 2013 in Captain Bourke Park, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane. Click here for further details and please spread the word to anyone who you think would like to support this worthy event.

Lastly, it is now only 2 weeks until we celebrate international parkrun day so to get you in the spirit I want to share a couple of great pieces of media from parkrunners overseas. Firstly, click here to view a very cute film from Warszawa-Praga parkrun in Warsaw, Poland. And secondly, click here to listen to Bushy parkrunner Sam Petherick’s take on our oldest and largest event.

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.

international parkrun day 2013


international parkrun day commemorates the launch of Bushy parkrun on 2 October 2004 and is now celebrated annually on the first Saturday in October. This year ipd is being held on 5 October so we encourage all of you to make a special effort to attend parkrun on this day to help us set a new global total attendance record which currently sits around 45,000 runners across 8 countries.

The theme for ipd2013 is #loveparkrun. What does this mean? Well we want you, the parkrunners, to tell us exactly what it is that you love about parkrun, and we want you to share it with us and the world via social media using the hashtag #loveparkrun. This will enable us to collate all of your messages from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc and use them to show the rest of the world just how great parkrun really is. And better still, our favourite video clips will be used to make the first global parkrun promotional film, so if you’re a budding Spielberg or Tarantino this is your chance to take centre stage!

What’s next? In the week leading up to ipd2013 (starting Sep 30) go to your favourite social media platform and type a message, share a photo or upload a video that shows the world how much you love parkrun. Just make sure you also type #loveparkrun somewhere in your message.

For example, Jess Jefferys has written “I #loveparkrun because of the wonderful welcome at each and every parkrun all over the world!”

It is really that simple.

So if you’re coming to ipd3013 on October 5 please join our Facebook event page and keep an eye out for further announcements in the coming weeks.

10 Commandments for parkrunners


In preparation for her launch this Saturday, Merimbula parkrun Event Director Donella Roberts has put together a list of parkrun commandments... what do you think?

1. I shall register online only once
2. I shall remember my barcode
3. I shall be appreciative of volunteers
4. I shall be considerate to other park users
5. I shall volunteer occasionally
6. I shall keep left
7. I shall have fun
8. I shall be courteous to other parkrunners
9. I shall cross the finish line only once
10. I shall return my finish token on the day

Photo of the Week...


We received this message from Lisa Williams from Sandgate parkrun during the week –

"Whilst reading the newsletter I noticed a photo I had taken of Event Directors Vanessa and Dean with their son Jed on his 2nd birthday. I was so stoked to see my photo published in the weekly newsletter, it gave me an idea for future newsletters… I was thinking each week you could select a "photo of the week" and publish it in the newsletter, naming the parkrun location (which is also great advertising for that location) and the photographer. Keep up the great work!"

Great idea Lisa! This is actually something we have been thinking about for a while with the aim to potentially have a parkrun photo exhibition that tours the country. Not sure exactly how we could make this happen but if you have any ideas please get in touch. As for “photo of the week” please share your photos on the parkrun Australia Facebook page and the best one will get published in the newsletter. Make sure you include the name of the parkrun and photographer. Now say cheese!

Runners Hot Lap


It's that time of year again when the Gold Coast plays host to some of the fastest motor racing in the world… and this year you have the chance to see if you can match it with the best. The Runner's Hot Lap is a unique opportunity to run on the exact same track that the V8 Supercars will be driving on! Lace up your shoes and come take part in the ultimate lap of glory… a chance see just how fast you can go on a single 3km Runner's Hot Lap. Click here for more info. Entries open on Wednesday 25 September and are limited to 1,000.

Active Outdoors Expo


The Active Outdoors Expo is happening in Brisbane on the 5th October at Northshore Riverside Park, Hamilton. It is a celebration of all things outdoors and promises to be a great day out and will give you a chance to try something new. There will be climbing, paddling, games, cycling, canoeing, orienteering, horizontal bungy … and much more! Don’t forget to bring your swimmers and sense of adventure. There will also be a parkrun stand at the expo so why not drop in as part of your International parkrun Day celebrations and say hi.

See the Active Outdoors Expo website for all the details.

1 for the money, 2 for the show, 3 for Omega and Go Go Go!!


As runners our bodies take a pounding every time we lace up our shoes. Each time our foot hits the ground approximately 8 times our body weight goes through our joints... Imagine how much that equates to over a 5km parkrun? Joint health is vital to our parkrun longevity and our health.

This is where omegas can come into play. These very important and fabulously fit fats are essential to our health and wellbeing. They are essential as our body can’t make them so therefore our diet must contain them.

Although the body can use any fat including trans fats (the very nasty ones), saturated fats (nasty ones) and omega 6 fats (non-essential) it’s how the body uses these fats that is the difference. Omega 3 fats have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body. They reduce inflammation such as that caused by intense exercise, increased soreness of muscle and joints as well as muscle breakdown. Research confirms that omega 3 reduces both pain and inflammation in a runner’s poor old achy knees and aid with associated pain and symptoms of arthritis (including osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid).

Click here to read more.

Trish Russell from Enrich Health & Nutrition

Upcoming Event Launches, Anniversaries & Cancellations


Our 22nd and 23rd launches for the year are coming up this Saturday, September 28, in Toowoomba and Merimbula. Other confirmed launch dates include: October 12 – Berwick Springs & Kalgoorlie-Boulder; October 19 –Mosman & Gungahlin; October 26 – Mudgeeraba, Darwin, Westerfolds & Bunbury.

Upcoming anniversaries include: 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).

Feedback from the field


Andrew Barnsley - Last Saturday I had the pleasure of visiting Cairns and participating in the Cairns parkrun, and what a pleasure that was! It's a magnificent course along the waterfront in and out of the trees along beautifully constructed pathways past scores of hard breathing folk doing all manner of workouts. Congratulation to Lorraine and the crew, keep up the good work, can't wait to visit again. And I even did a PB!


Alicia Hangan - I read your article on volunteering with interest. I recently volunteered for Glow Run, for every volunteer they donated $25 to Headspace. Thought this was a great idea but totally against 'volunteers' being paid directly.


Erin Pearl - Thanks so much for a great morning at Gatton parkrun! It's a beautiful course and organised fantastically.


Dianne Ilka - I love seeing the people at Gatton parkrun make such huge improvements. As a whole we all seem to be getting faster and faster which is great to see!


Christine Groves - Thanks for another great morning at Gatton parkrun, awesome atmosphere and plenty of friendly faces. A great asset to the community.


Delyse Goulding - I experienced my first parkrun last weekend. I travelled an hour each way to Warwick for the experience. It was Warwick's second parkrun so I was not expecting it to be run so smoothly. I was SO impressed!! Everyone was really friendly and I really enjoyed myself. A big thank you to the organisers and volunteers!! Well done Warwick parkrun!!!


Barry Rutherford - I too was a volunteer at the Sydney Olympics and it seems the 13 years have flown by. Fortunately I do not feel much older than I was then!


Adam Shelly - My local parkrun is Kawana on the Sunshine Coast. For those who don’t know the course it’s a narrow run up to the lighthouse and back to the surf club with awesome scenery. Last weekend I ran in just my 3rd parkrun and about 1.5km in suffered a calf injury. I moved off the path and in obvious pain, I was amazed at the number of runners who either stopped to offer assistance or check on me. I walked the rest of the way and suffice to say didn’t record a PB, but I did have time to reflect on what a great bunch of people I now share my Saturday morning with who were prepared to put aside their own chance of a PB by assisting me. Thanks Kawana parkrunners you’re all class!


Leanne Robb - I am excited to share my PB of 27:59 achieved last week, 1:23 off my last Canning River parkrun. What makes this result all the more pleasing is that this time last year I was suffering from Plantar Faciitis (heal pain caused by the overuse of the plantar fascia or arch tendon of the foot) and more recently an uncooperative calf muscle prevented me from running for a month. During times of injury I remained involved with Canning River parkrun by volunteering.


Robbie Hawkswell - I've loved doing Gatton parkrun, great group of people, I'll miss seeing you each week Ingrid & Theo, thanks for having me.


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:  Chris Lamb

Club:  The keeping old age at bay club.

Age:  50

Home parkrun:  Ginninderra parkrun in Canberra

Occupation:  Gas Network Maintenance Manager

Number of runs:  37

PB:  23:18

Number of times volunteered:  Over 10

Favourite volunteer role:  I enjoy being a marshal out on the course as I like to give encouragement to ALL of the runners and appreciate the thanks also the high fives from the kids.

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  I recently had an operation that put me out of action for several weeks; however, I could still be part of the Ginninderra parkrun community by volunteering. Also knowing that I was giving back to a great community event.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Chasing Martin Dent for 50 meters with his number one finish token after he crossed the finish line with a new parkrun record.

How can we improve parkrun:  I think that the formula is pretty close to as good as you're going to get.

How has parkrun changed your running:  I was introduced to parkrun by my daughter in-law in August 2012 with the intention of running under 25minutes. However, the competitor soon came out and the PB was the weekly challenge, I now train most days to better my PB. Also after watching our Ginninderra parkrun friends run in the Sri-Chimnoy half marathon, a half marathon has now become my next challenge, something I would never have thought possible 12 months ago.

Reminders

Barcode reminder

barcode

Printed barcodes are used at all our events to record your result. Please click here to collect and print your barcode. No barcode = No result = No exceptions. To order your barcode on a durable plastic key tag as shown above please click here. #dfyb (don't forget 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



 

Weekly newsletter – 17th September 2013

welcome to this week's newsletter


In this week’s newsletter we welcome celebrate Wynnum parkrun’s 1st anniversary, get our monthly stats roundup by the Professor and announce the winners of our adidas 50K member competition.

On Wednesday last week, the day after this newsletter was published with my piece about volunteering, I attended a conference in Brisbane during which one of the presenters spoke of a ‘volunteer rewards program’ her sport is using to attract and retain volunteers. In a nutshell, participants are being charged an extra $100 per year as a volunteer levy which goes into a pool in order to pay volunteers for their time. Pay volunteers? Doesn’t that make them employees? I was shocked that this concept was being held up as an example of best practice and had to bite my tongue during the question and answer time. But it certainly reinforced just how fortunate we are at parkrun to have such a dedicated and inspirational volunteer group led by our Event Directors who bring you your free, 5km fix every Saturday morning.

On Saturday I attended Wynnum parkrun’s 1st anniversary event and, although I have a calf injury at the moment, managed to pram push / dog walk my way around the beautiful 5km bayside course. Wynnum parkrun is of course Event Directed by none other than The Professor, Alan Burrell, and his wife Roisin. These two pretty much sum up everything that is good about parkrun as they are ordinary people (like the rest of us) who have done something extraordinary for their community and the affection in which they are held by the local Wynnum parkrunners was obvious to see. Well done Alan and Roisin, you’re amazing!

This week is the 13th anniversary of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Where has the time gone? I was lucky enough to be one of the 45,000+ volunteers who were such an integral part of making Sydney 2000 “the best Olympic Games ever" and my guess is many of you were also involved. I still consider the 2 weeks I was in Sydney for the Olympics to be the best experience of my life (not counting my wedding, Jack’s birth and setting my last parkrun PB of course) as the atmosphere was just incredible, something words can’t really describe. I still find it interesting to reflect on my experiences in Sydney as this was the first time that volunteers were really visible and celebrated as being such an integral part of the Olympic story, the legacy of which is that concepts like parkrun have since grown to be global movements off the back of the passion of volunteers. Here on the Gold Coast we of course have the 2018 Commonwealth Games only 5 years away now and I’m really hoping that parkrun is going to play a role as both a legacy initiative and in supplying quality, experienced volunteers, so watch this space in the coming months.

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.

international parkrun day 2013


international parkrun day commemorates the launch of Bushy parkrun on 2 October 2004 and is now celebrated annually on the first Saturday in October. This year ipd is being held on 5 October so we encourage all of you to make a special effort to attend parkrun on this day to help us set a new global total attendance record which currently sits around 45,000 runners across 8 countries.

The theme for ipd2013 is #loveparkrun. What does this mean? Well we want you, the parkrunners, to tell us exactly what it is that you love about parkrun, and we want you to share it with us and the world via social media using the hashtag #loveparkrun. This will enable us to collate all of your messages from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc and use them to show the rest of the world just how great parkrun really is. And better still, our favourite video clips will be used to make the first global parkrun promotional film, so if you’re a budding Spielberg or Tarantino this is your chance to take centre stage!

What’s next? In the week leading up to ipd2013 (starting Sep 30) go to your favourite social media platform and type a message, share a photo or upload a video that shows the world how much you love parkrun. Just make sure you also type #loveparkrun somewhere in your message.

For example – “I #loveparkrun because it is the perfect way to start my weekend… fresh air, friends, family & 5km!”

It is really that simple.

So if you’re coming to ipd3013 on October 5 please join our Facebook event page and keep an eye out for further announcements in the coming weeks.

By the numbers...


Well the Prof has returned from his parkrun tourism in WA and is starting to crunch the numbers for August and September. Here is how it is looking from day one up until this last weekend...

Dusting off the old crystal ball I created a little graph to show you how things may look in 4 years time if we continue to grow at the same rate as the last 12 months...

No guarantees on exactly when we will reach 20k, but rest assured the Prof will be keeping an eye on this and will keep you all updated!

The other thing I was asked to look at was how some of the parkruns were doing in smaller towns compared to the regions and states graph we have shared before. Well let’s take a look at the newest member of parkrun Australia - Warwick. Latest figures record 15,194 and a 2 week average parkrun attendance of 101 we are looking at 0.66% of that number at parkrun - look how this compares to other regions, cities and towns...

Well done Warwick and Kingscliff - you are really showing us all how much you love your parkruns :-)

So as we come towards the end of September and, in our part of the world, the warmer weather has arrived we wish you another great month of parkrunning hopefully in some lovely spring sunshine.

Professor Alan & Róisín from Wynnum parkrun.

all in for 50,000 parkrunners


To celebrate 50,000 registered parkrunners in Australia, adidas is sharing the love with 50 lucky parkrunners! Thanks to all those that entered and attended a parkrun over the last 2 weeks to be in the running. The below 50 lucky winners will receive a $50 voucher to spend in store. Keep an eye out for your email and voucher in the mail. #allinforrunning

Lucretia Lloyd, Steven Stanhope , Trevor Ross, Kim Pike, Julie Cox, Amanda Shea, Jane Shea, Katie Hartrick, Geoffrey Chappell, Cassandra Sheppard, Joanne Chamberlain, Josie Billeau, Liz Cooper, Roger Cooper, Katie Young, Jo MacCarthy, Ju-li King-Turner, Craig Schmitke, Dianna King, Tim Sutherland, Amy Hannah, Karine Hindle, Leanne McGuinness, Kerry Lilley, Anita Evans, Michael Hare, Glynn Taylor, Gary Bowen, Georgiana Hall, Cameron Hateley, Karlee Gooding, Jo Cootes, Jason Becker, Jane Luke, Marc Tuddenham, Soo Bahk, Daniel Murphy, Anna Hearn, Steve Bennett, Kylie Summerton, Nicole Giudes, Chay-Ya Clancy, Phil Downings, Carol Seale, Derren Shaw, Leanne Groves, Benjamin Jeeves, Leah Rosevear, Mel MacFeate and Athene Chariot.

Blackmores Sydney Running Festival - runPositive for FREE breakfast & to win $10,000!


The Blackmores Sydney Running Festival is this Sunday and proud parkrun sponsor Suncorp Bank is getting behind us by offering 100 lucky parkrunners participating in the event free entry into the Suncorp Bank Team marquee located on Bennelong Lawn including FREE breakfast! To gain entry into the marquee, simply be one of the first 100 people to show your parkrun ID on the day.

Suncorp Bank also understands that everyone has their own reasons to runPositive – some for charity, others for personal achievement or to spend time with loved ones. Tell Suncorp Bank what inspires you to runPositive and go into the draw to win $10,000. Click here for more information.

Musings From Merimbula by Donella Roberts


Here in Merimbula we had our trial run on Saturday in readiness for our launch on 28th September. Everything ran like clockwork (except the weather which decided to return to winter!). What I loved most was the feedback from our test first time parkrunners. One of them, Cassie, captured the essence of parkrun so well in a FB post - and confirmed for me why it was such a great thing to be involved. Cassie's post is below:

What a great day! Thank you for being such a supportive crew! Awesome fun was had! My 8 year old daughter Alicia ran like the wind and even beat her mummy! Such a great activity for us both to do together! Hearing the words “I'm so proud of you mummy” melted my heart. I love the fact it's at your own pace as I am currently in need of having a 3rd full knee re-construction so this is perfect for me as I still feel involved in something active! Thank you to the wonderful volunteers!

My Weekend By The Numbers by Terry Baker (a parkrun tourist)


Last weekend my life was ruled by the following numbers:

31 – My 31st wedding anniversary.
25 – My 25th parkrun.
4 – The number of parkrun courses I have run at.
3 – The number of days away from work and home.
1 – The 1st birthday of five30runners, my running group.

On Friday the 13th September my wife and I traveled 3 hours north of Sydney to Nelson Bay on the New South Wales mid north coast. We used Nelson Bay as our base for the weekend as there is accommodation for all budgets and your choice of food is covered by everything from fish & chips to caught fresh that day seafood. Not one chain store fast food outlet around.

Saturday morning we took the 10 minute drive to Fingal Bay for my 25th parkrun. Arriving at what I thought was too early a time I was pleasantly surprised as the flags were up, finish funnel markers in place, turn around cones were out and the table for the finish tokens was set up. These people were keen. As the start time drew close cars arrived and runners appeared from all directions. Instructions and information was given then some warm up stretches and away we went.

Fingal Bay parkrun starts by heading east from the start for approx 500 meters and then you turn around and head west back past the start/finish line. You then continue west for 1.5 k’s through native bushland. The trees forming a cooling canopy from the morning sun. The course is mostly flat with two small rises. From the second turn around you once more head east and pass the finish line again, so close but still so far. At the final turn around it is time to empty the fuel tank and go for broke in bringing it home, finally. Then all the runners are done, pack up begins and just like the morning mist by the time the sun tops the treeline parkrun has faded into the background leaving a pleasant memory behind.

If you are traveling in this area of NSW or plan to make it a running destination drop in on the very nice folk at Fingal Bay and receive a warm welcome from the parkrun community here.

Running For Archer by Dave Cleary


As a 38 year old, and non-runner for my entire life, what would ever make me want to join a social running group????? Whilst I love both watching and playing competitive sport (just ask my wife), running has never been something I have enjoyed or done well. About the furthest I have run in the past was the length of the cricket pitch for the local very low grade team I play for. 5km was a big stretch for me to even contemplate, let alone achieve! So how did I end up at parkrun?

In April this year our lives changed dramatically, as did our future priorities. In the middle of the night we took our 7 month old son Archer to hospital suffering from low body temperature and what we thought was a viral infection. But within 24 hours every parent’s worst nightmare had occurred for us. We had lost our precious little boy to mitochondrial disease; a disease we had never heard of but would soon learn plenty about.

After dealing with the initial grief and loss, our family has chosen a path to help us move on with our lives as best we can. We are now dedicated to help raise awareness about mitochondrial disease (“mito”), and with the backing of the Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation (AMDF), we will continue to raise funds to aid in vital, ongoing research, community education and family support so desperately needed in Australia. It is our wish that one day a family will not lose their beautiful child to this invisible disease.

This is where the running fits in! We put together a group of 140 to do various legs of the Perth City to Surf last weekend, culminating in 100 walking together in the 4km event. You may have seen us; we were the ones in green “team mito” t-shirts with 200 green balloons! I chose to push myself a little further, and with my memories of our brave little Archer in mind I signed up for the 4km run. To be fair though I’m not sure “run” is the right term... think more the Cliff Young “shuffle” rather than the Usain "Bolt"!!!

8 weeks out I downloaded the Couch to 5k app and started my training, struggling initially to run for just 1 minute without stopping. But persisting through the dark, cold and occasionally wet winter mornings I managed to get to my 4km goal and continued at this distance for the final few weeks leading up to the event. “Heartbreak Hill” was a little daunting for me but I can proudly say I weaved my way through the crowd and made it to the finish line in a personal best time of 22.57 minutes for 4kms.

With my mission accomplished I was at the crossroads. Did I return to the couch and lose the minor level of fitness I had just attained? As tempting as that was, I instead found myself searching the web for the next fun run event I could aim for. It was then that I stumbled across parkrun and found there was a weekly event in the next suburb to me. So on Wednesday morning, my first run after the City to Surf, I stepped it up to 5km for the first time ever and finished in a tick over 30 minutes. Being the competitive type, there was my next challenge.....beat 30 minutes!

Then on Saturday morning I completed my first ever parkrun with the team at Claisebrook Cove parkrun in East Perth. Expecting to feel out of place amongst maybe 30 or so "expert-type" runners, I was amazed to find so many enthusiastic and friendly participants and amazing volunteers there, 150 in total. The event catered for all standards and ages of athlete, meaning my “shuffle” and I fit right in. I found it tough going and had to fight hard against the urge to walk at times. I’m sure I used up some energy being an anxious first timer and in trying to pass a few people and keep up with others. But in the end I made it to the finish line, “shuffling” all the way and was pleasantly surprised to be met with the support, applause and encouraging comments of some of the other participants.

Having timed myself during the run I was pretty happy with my result but needed confirmation. I found myself checking the website relentlessly looking for this week’s results......anyone would think I was trying to break a world record! After what seemed an eternity to an excited first timer, but wasn’t at all, the results finally appeared. I have never been so happy to finish 88th in anything before, and with a new PB of 28.48!!!

At home we have started the dialogue about getting my wife and 6 year old son to join me each week. Thanks to parkrun we are hoping to turn this into a regular family fitness activity to start each weekend. Hopefully I can even get a new PB every now and then too!

I’m pretty sure I’ve caught the bug now as I have already been planning next weekend’s adventures around my Saturday morning parkrun! Friends wanting to catch up for 8.30am brekkie......sorry, busy then, how does 10.30am brunch sound?

Click here for more about Archer’s Story and mitochondrial disease.

Upcoming Event Launches, Anniversaries & Cancellations


Our 22nd and 23rd launches for the year are coming up on Saturday, September 28, in Toowoomba and Merimbula. Other confirmed launch dates include: October 12 – Berwick Springs & Kalgoorlie-Boulder; October 19 –Mosman & Gungahlin; and October 26 – Mudgeeraba, Darwin, Westerfolds & Bunbury.

Upcoming anniversaries include: 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).

Feedback from the field


Si Ekins - May I congratulate you for your excellent recent comments reference to volunteering v running. It’s inspiring to know that so many of us feel the same way, and those words coming from you mean so much to so many. I have only been involved with parkrun since we started at Fingal Bay, NSW, earlier this year. I have never been much of a runner, but I quickly caught the bug and even convinced my two teenage kids to join me on the beautiful Saturday mornings we have here. My kids also understand the importance of volunteering, and we make it fun enough that they enjoy it. The enjoyment in all volunteers and runners alike is evident on our Facebook photos! Thanks again for your excellent articles, and indeed your personal efforts for this organization. We should all be proud of this phenomenon sweeping the World.


Amy O'Rourke - Well said Tim, another great article and strongly support your comments re: volunteer and runner roles / engagement and the joys / enjoyment of 'giving back'. Have a great week!


Jim Beisty - Well said re volunteers and reasons for so doing. I could not agree more that it is an enjoyable way of putting something back into parkrun and that is reward enough for the people who do it. A few minutes every so often at the actual parkrun pales into insignificance compared to the effort put in by the volunteers week after week.


Meredith Tucker - Totally agree with your comment in the newsletter “shouldn’t have to reward volunteers”. A volunteer is somebody who puts their name down to give. Giving is unbelievably rewarding in itself. Volunteers don’t need anything else. If they do then they shouldn’t be doing it. I wish we had more volunteers in the world, but I am sure if somebody volunteers at parkrun who has never volunteered before, it may just give them the confidence to do it elsewhere.


Michael Bannerman - Just read your bit about running / volunteering at parkrun. I’ve run 30 times and volunteered 3. I’ve got to admit I’m a bit of an ‘adhere to the plan’ type person, so when I started with parkrun early last year and saw the bit saying, “We just ask you to volunteer 3 times per year” I figured that sounded like a well-thought through plan, so that’s what I do. I’m a keen / decent enough runner so that’s what I am generally doing, but it’s simple for me – I do my volunteer bit because it helps things work properly. Having said all that, I just wanted to say that the way you’ve written your piece re running / volunteering is superb. Your thinking on the matter resonated with me; it was logical and supported various mindsets without putting anyone down – super job!


Liam McHale - I have been doing parkrun since April this year and love the feeling of getting out for a great run on a Saturday morning with friends which is a great mixture of fun and competitive spirit.


Simon Wells - Happy Birthday Wynnum parkrun. Thanks for the weekly motivation. Also a big shout out to all the EDs and volunteers for their great work over the year.


Geoff Russell - What a Super morning it was, super heroes, super run, just a shame about the super strong wind. Well done Alan and Rosin on a great year and a huge thanks for all their efforts throughout the year to all ED's and volunteers who make Wynnum Parkrun the best around.


Matt Archer - Congrats Alan & Roisin on Wynnum's first birthday. What a great weekly event you guys have brought to the bay. New friendships have been formed, and it promotes healthy lifestyle. Congrats to all the RD's who do an outstanding job every week it certainly a pleasure to run with a great group of people. I'm already looking forward to next Saturday.


Fiona Lodge - Thanks Alan and Roisin for starting up Wynnum Parkrun and for all the hard work and dedication you put in it is truly appreciated by everyone who attends on Saturday. I love coming to Parkrun on Saturday and have made some wonderful friends whom I look forward to seeing them every Saturday and also making new friends each week. Best day of my week. Thank you!!!! Xx


Karlee Gooding - What a great year it has been. I have loved being part of the Wynnum parkrun team. I have met some amazing friends and love spending my Saturday mornings down at on the waterfront having a jog, chasing a pace runner or walking my dog


Ronan Mac Domhnaill - We've just returned from a month in Ireland where my wife and I participated in a parkrun each week in a number of locations in Ireland. parkrun has been an incredible initiative and we saw upwards of 500 people taking part each Saturday morning. Keep up the fantastic work. It is a brilliant initiative.


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:  The Caboose aka Maria Barker-Mott, Deb Khan, Anne Rayner, Steve Rayner and Ju-li King-Turner.

Age:  30, 34, 41, 56 and 59.

Home parkrun:  South Bank parkrun

Occupation:  GP, Occupational Therapist, Midwife, IT Security Advisor and Bank Officer (we're a mixed bunch).

Number of runs:  173

PB:  24:40, 30:18, 30:03, 29:01 and 29:07.

Number of times volunteered:  47

Favourite volunteer role:  All of them, plus cheering everybody through the finish.

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  Being involved with a great bunch of people and the friendliness of everyone at South Bank. Also, being able to see the elite, the super fast and the fast runners from the front (as a Caboose, we know everybody by their rear ends). We really love seeing people improve week after week and coming in ahead of whole packs of people they used to run behind. And we quite enjoy the coffee and brekkie afterwards!

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Funniest moment was when the wheel fell off one of the prams and Dad just picked up the baby and kept running. The expression on the bub's face as he crossed the finish line was quite comical. Most memorable was one of our earliest parkruns when the event crew slept in and we had 10 minutes to set everything up. It was all hands on deck that day - great way to get to know each other!

How can we improve parkrun:  Have more of them, eat more cookies and drink more coffee. Perhaps create some team events for groups of people who run together, like The Caboose, and the many extended families etc who participate at parkrun. Have average team times in the way we have age gradings?

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Volunteering at parkrun

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Children at parkrun

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