welcome to this week's newsletter
In this week’s newsletter we launch 4 events in a single day, taste arguably the best ever parkrun cake and prepare for week one of BOOST your parkrun.
On Saturday I attended the 1st anniversary of Kawana parkrun on Queensland’s beautiful Sunshine Coast. Having been at a wedding in Brisbane the night before my 5am alarm was not a welcome sound however it was absolutely all worthwhile when I arrived at Kawana to find over 200 parkrunners in Hawaiian outfits and arguably the best ever parkrun cake, see the image below.
I would like to take this opportunity to pay a special tribute to Event Director Kelly Daly who selflessly commutes from her East Brisbane home to the Sunshine Coast almost every Saturday (102km each way) to make Kawana parkrun happen. This commitment goes above and beyond anything I could ever expect of an Event Director and speaks volumes for the kind of person Kelly is. So if anyone out there wants to give Kelly a complimentary fuel card please be my guest!
Elsewhere we had not 1, not 2, not even 3… but 4 event launches around the country making October 26 officially our biggest and best parkrunday yet! Welcome to the family Mudgeeraba, Westerfolds, Darwin and Bunbury. Significantly with the launch of Darwin we now have a parkrun event in every Australia state and territory which makes us the only country in the parkrun world to have achieved this. Even the UK don’t have a parkrun in every region (if this is incorrect I blame Robbo and Russ from the parkrun show podcast).
Speaking of which, if you are yet to taste the ‘audio chocolate’ that is the parkrun show Australia I thoroughly recommend you do so immediately. They are currently getting around 700 downloads/listens per episode which is great but given we now have over 60,000 parkrunners in Australia there is still plenty of room for growth!
A bit of housekeeping, I’m still getting reports of children under the age of 11 running unaccompanied at some events. Please remember that although we love to see happy children taking part and finishing, we ask that children under 11 are accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. I’ve also had some feedback re the speed at which some people are running with their prams, and the suitability of some of these prams. Now this isn’t yet at a point where we will have to reconsider our policy of allowing prams however I ask all pram runners to consider the consequence of a high speed collision whilst running with a pram. It isn’t just yourself you have to worry about but your little one/s and those around you so please act appropriately. Also, if your pram isn’t designed specifically for running than you need to be even more cautious.
Lastly, well done to Newy parkrun Event Director and co-host of the parkrun show, Dave 'Robbo' Robertson, who was the deserving subject of a recent article in the Newcastle Herald entitled 'HUNTER HERO: Dave Robertson, Newy parkrun organiser'. Robbo has done an incredible job with not only Newy parkrun but in assisting with all of the parkruns in the self-proclaimed ‘Region of Runners’ and is a genuine superstar, not to mention a good mate. He has even organised Australia’s first midnight 5km race set for this Saturday as part of Cancer Council's Relay For Life! Well done Robbo, this recognition is so well deserved, thanks for all you do for parkrun and for the running community in general.
Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)
p.s. Only 339 days until International parkrun Day 2014
Boost your parkrun
This weekend is the first of 3 weekends to boost your parkrun with adidas!
This Saturday we will be measuring the number of 1st timers as a percentage of the total number of runners on the day. This means every parkrun is in with a chance, no matter how big or small! The parkrun with the largest number of first timers will be rewarded with $1000 towards a parkrun party, so spread the word and get involved.
Have you tried adidas Boost yet? By combining thousands of micro energy capsules into one midsole, BOOST provides significantly more energy return than any other material available on the market. Learn about it here www.adidas.com.au/boost
Womens Running Australia competition
Have you seen the front cover competition advertised in the latest issue of Women's Running? What better way to gain exposure and recognition for your parkrun than being featured on the cover of the next issue of Australia's only running magazine for women? The aim of this competition is to promote the community spirit of the publication and capture the joy that running brings to the community. All you have to do is send your best parkrun image to firstname.lastname@example.org before Nov 18 for your chance to win. So get creative and get snapping!
Upcoming Event Launches, Anniversaries & Cancellations
Our 33rd launch for the year is coming up this Saturday, November 2, at Maitland. Other confirmed launch dates include: 9/11 – Diamond Creek; 30/11 – Minnippi; 7/12 – Bunyaville & Mt Gambier.
Upcoming anniversaries include: 2/11 – South Bank (1st); 9/11 – Launceston (1st); 16/11 – Albert Melbourne (2nd); 23/11 – Sandgate (1st); and 7/12 – Torrens (1st).
Upcoming cancellations: NA
Feedback from the field
Jade Olsen - Hi guys! Just thought I'd share that I did my first New Farm parkrun on Saturday! It was a big ask as I'm usually an afternoon runner but man I'm glad I did it! And I'm stoked that I managed to jog the whole way (with 2 legal water stops) without walking! And when I saw the finish line I gave it my all and ran faster than I ever have before! Then I got a bit emotional cause this whole running thing is such a big achievement for me, as I never ever thought I'd be able to jog 5km without walking! I'm not sure that I'll ever stop getting emotional!
Tina Kirkegaard - Can I just say I am hooked! After living in London for 10 years I first heard about parkrun via a friend who still lives there and participates weekly as part of parkrun UK. I recently had my third child (14 weeks ago) and wanted to get back into my running so this perfect for me as it pushes me each week to do better than the last. I started doing it on my own as 'me time' but have recently recruited my older brother who is also doing PB's most weeks!
Allison Hunter - I just had to share this photo. Each week this little boy’s Mum has volunteered at Kalgoorlie-Boulder parkrun. First week he had his own hi-vis top and this week his Mum dressed him in all adidas. I just think it’s great!
Nicole Giudes - Why I #loveparkrun: 1) Parents getting their children exercising on a Saturday morning! 2) Anniversaries, launches, pacer weeks and themed runs. 3) Running! 4) Kindness of volunteers giving their time for the runners. 5) Receiving High-5’s from fellow runners. 6) Unflattering photos on Facebook 7) New runners each and every week!
Claudia Wells - Halloween 'Kids In Control' day at Rockingham parkrun... be afraid, be very afraid!!!
Troy Parkinson - I completed my first Southbank parkrun last Saturday and loved it! I have recently discovered running since training for the Bridge to Brisbane and am now trying to run a few times a week. I was so impressed with how organised and easy parkrun was. The people were friendly and encouraging and the support at the finish was much appreciated. I was happy with my time but will be working on improving it. See you next weekend!
Katharine Jones - Is Warwick parkrun the first to be started with the crack of a traditional Aussie stockwhip? It's rodeo here in Warwick (I believe the 2nd biggest in Qld) so it only seemed fitting!
Brendan Smith – Below is a photo I recently took at the Great Wall of China. The 85year old man holding the parkrun sign is one of the water sellers, who each day climbs the wall to sell water to tourists. He is the oldest of the water sellers, and probably the fittest as well!!!
Drop me an email if you have an interesting parkrun related fact, happening or comment that you would like to share with all parkrunners.
Name: Emily & Tegan Roberts
Club: Don’t have one.
Age: 15 and 20
Home parkrun: Ginninderra parkrun (the best parkrun ever)
Occupation: Student and aspiring musician
Number of runs: 33 and 41
PB: 26:44 and 27:19
Number of times volunteered: 10 and 6
Favourite volunteer role: Barcode scanning and timekeeper. We also really enjoy marshaling, as it feels awesome to encourage people as they run.
What do like about volunteering at parkrun: The friendliness of the other volunteers and just being able to chat and get to know other parkrunners while we are doing our jobs. Everyone is also so positive about and grateful for the volunteers, which makes it feel so much more worthwhile.
Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment: Would have to be Ginninderra parkrun’s first anniversary celebration, or receiving our 10-club t-shirts and then presenting 10-club shirts to the next lot of junior runners.
How can we improve parkrun: Can’t really think of anything at the moment. We love parkrun and its atmosphere just the way it is!!!