weekly newsletter 29th October 2013

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.

Happy running,

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

p.s. Only 339 days until International parkrun Day 2014

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.

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

#boostyourparkun

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 editor@womensurnning.com.au 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.

Volunteer Profile


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!!!

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


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weekly newsletter 22nd October 2013

welcome to this week's newsletter


In this week’s newsletter we prepare for our biggest Saturday ever, unite for our friends in NSW and learn how to BOOST our parkruns.

I want to start this week by acknowledging a pretty large boo boo I made in the newsletter last week. Our first 'true-blue' 100-clubber was actually Brian Peters who is now up to 118 runs. Hans Juergen Grollius is in fact our 2nd 'true-blue' 100-clubber. Apologies for the mix up gents, keep up the great work!

On Saturday I attended the 1st anniversary of North Lakes parkrun located 25km north of the Brisbane CBD. This was actually my first ever visit to North Lakes as on the corresponding weekend last year I attended the launch of Kingscliff parkrun who were obviously also celebrating their 1st anniversary on Saturday. As per the custom at parkrun anniversary events the local community was out in force with decorations and plenty of festive cheer in the air. The run itself was unique as North Lakes is (I think) our only 3-lap course and Event Director Tim Neale decided to mix things up and run it in the reverse direction as a one off. Crazy, I know! The wonderful thing about a 3-lap parkrun is you have people around you pretty much the whole time which lends itself to plenty of high 5s and encouragement along the way, something parkrunners tend to be very good at. It certainly was a wonderful morning with a course record attendance of 178 people and plenty of cake and other goodies to be sampled post-run. Well done North Lakes parkrun.

On a more sombre note, we have all watched in horror over the last week as firefighters have battled the worst NSW fire disaster in nearly half a century. In normal circumstances parkrun remains ‘charity neutral’ in that we don’t allow fundraising at a national level for any single charity however in this extreme circumstance I am throwing the rule book out the window to allow some events across Australia to accept gold coin donations this Saturday to aid both the Salvation Army Bushfire Appeal and the NSW Rural Fire Service. Not every event will be doing this and obviously parkrun is, as always, completely free for you to take part in so please only give if you can.

Below I am extremely pumped to announce our biggest and best ever competition, ‘BOOST your parkrun’. adidas are putting 3 x $1,000 cash prizes up for grabs that could quite easily be won by your event if you unite for the cause! Get excited people!

In the newsletter last week I provided a link to the TODAY segment about Kawana parkrunner Tony Jennings and his inspirational story. Well Tony has been at it again and last week he cycled 1200kms from Brisbane to Sydney to raise money for the Children’s Health Foundation and the Humpty Dumpty Foundation. Obviously that wasn’t enough exercise for Tony as he capped the week by running 5km at the Mosman parkrun launch on Saturday morning. Tony, you’re amazing!

Lastly, this Saturday is potentially the biggest ever for parkrun in Australia with 44 of our 46 existing events scheduled plus an amazing 4 event launches (Mudgeeraba, Darwin, Westerfolds & Bunbury). In fact when Bunbury parkrun launches at 8am in Western Australia it will become the 50th parkrun event in Australia, and amazing milestone to have achieved in just over 2.5 years. Good luck to our new Event Directors on Saturday and to the rest of you, thanks for your ongoing support. It means a lot.

Happy running,

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

p.s. Only 346 days until International parkrun Day 2014

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.

BOOST your parkrun


In February this year, adidas launched their revolutionary technology BOOST™. By combining thousands of micro energy capsules into one midsole, BOOST provides significantly more energy return than any other material available on the market. Boost now comes in many adidas running shoes and was recently worn by 1st-2nd-3rd place winners at the Chicago Marathon! Want to get the winner’s shoe? Get your adizero adios BOOST here www.adidas.com.au/boost

Now adidas wants to BOOST your parkrun!

In the month of November, adidas wants you to go all in for your parkrun with the chance to win $1000 for your Event Director to spend on your event. It might be used for some new equipment, a Christmas party, or both! But you’ll all need to join forces for this one. Each week for 3 weeks we will be measuring each parkrun location to see how runners stack up against 3 key measures. The winning parkrun each week will be rewarded with the $1000 prize, announced at the completion of the promotion.

How does it work?

2nd November: 1st Timers - Measured by the number of 1st timers as a percentage of the total number of runners on the day.#
9th November: Personal Bests - Measured by the number of overall PBs as a percentage of total number of runners on the day.#
16th November: Participation - Measured by the number of runners as a percentage of the event's total number of registered runners*.

Each parkrun event can only win once so everyone is in the running – literally! Go all in with your parkrun and feel the adidas boost!

# Event launches do not qualify.
*Events under 3 months old do not qualify.

Gungahlin parkrun Launch


Canberra's third parkrun got underway on Saturday with the launch of Gungahlin parkrun. Located in the northernmost district or 'Town' in Canberra, about 15km north of the CBD and 12km north-east of Ginninderra parkrun, the Gungahlin parkrun takes in one full lap of Yerrabi Pond.

Sticking almost entirely to bike path, the course starts on the southern side of Yerrabi Pond near Gungahlin Skate Park, before heading east in an anti-clockwise direction around the water.

parkrunners visiting Gungahlin will be pleased to know that despite the name being Aboriginal in origin and meaning little rocky hill, the Gungahlin course is almost entirely flat with only a couple of very small rises to accommodate the bridges at either end of Yerrabi Pond.

Event Director Brendan Brady and his team of volunteers have done a great job in getting parkrun to Gungahlin with the first event attended by 138 runners, some venturing north from Ginninderra and Tuggeranong, and some from as far afield as the UK.

Fresh from the World Mountain Running Championships in Poland, 17-year-old Bryce Anderson took out the inaugural course record and was first male finisher in a time of 16.24. First female was Ginninderra parkrun regular Louise Sharp in 19.56.

Russ Jefferys from Ginninderra parkrun

The Pointy End


Who are you? Albert Melbourne parkrun’s resident 20 minute pacer, Briony Shaw.

How many km do you run in an average training week? My head likes 80-100km, my body usually likes half that.

What type of training do you typically do? An ideal week is basically: Tues/Thurs/Sat – interval/tempo/fartlek session, often with a 2nd run of 4km; Sun/Wed – long run (15-24km) + weights; Mon/Fri – easy 6-8km + an hour or so on the bike; Plus the most important thing – yoga/pilates and foam rolling most days.

How long have you been running and have you always been so damn good? I’ve been running races since 2006 (age 15) and certainly wasn’t good at the start! It wasn’t until late last year, only a few months after coming back from a 2 year injury hiatus that I started to get some form and smash my best times – once you’re a runner, you never lose it! I’ve taken 15 minutes off my 10km PB

What is your favourite distance? 10km.

Do you have a coach and do you train with a squad? Yes – the awesome Anthony de Castella and the de Castella Runners/Old Xaverians training group. But I also race for the lovely Richmond Harriers.

How much faster would you like to go? A lot faster… but I’ve already run quicker than I ever expected and I’m just excited to see how fast my own legs will take me! That’s the best part of running – competing against yourself. I hope to break 18 minutes at parkrun sometime this year. But in order to do that I’d actually have to get out and ‘race it’, rather than being a pacemaker or the backmarker which I prefer 

What big events do you want to run? I’m not much of a big event person but I’d like to win the Dili Marathon (in East Timor) – I have a love-hate relationship with those beautiful, awful streets.

Upcoming Event Launches, Anniversaries & Cancellations


Our 29th, 30th, 31st and 32nd launches for the year are coming up this Saturday October 26 at Mudgeeraba, Darwin, Westerfolds & Bunbury. Other confirmed launch dates include: 26/10 –2/11 – Maitland; 9/11 – Diamond Creek; 30/11 – Minnippi; 7/12 – Bunyaville & Mt Gambier.

Upcoming anniversaries include: 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).

Upcoming cancellations: 26/10 – Main Beach & Kirra.

Feedback from the field


Nicole Bold - Well done Dawn, thanks so much for today and for every Kingscliff parkrun. Great job!


Bridget Cleaver - Just wanted to let you know that last Saturday was my partner Kylie's and my first St Peters parkrun and we are absolutely hooked! We discovered parkrun the weekend before when we were walking our dogs through Sydney Park and noticed a pack of people running. Only that morning we had been discussing taking up running as my partner wanted to lose some extra kilos and I had just been diagnosed with severe Osteo arthritis in my hip. As old girls we thought "what the hell, let’s just do it" and so we joined in on Saturday morning. We had an absolute ball and enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. Despite being running newbies, older and maybe a bit tubbier than everyone else, we loved the atmosphere of the run, the organisers were so friendly, and despite some of the killer hills, we finished - maybe not in record time but we did it. Thank you parkrun for putting on such a fun event. Not only have we met some really nice people, we are getting fit and healthier in the process! To top it off, we are now running twice during the week (this morning we got up at 5am) and although feeling a bit sore and tired, feel the best we have in years. See you all again on Saturday.


John Klose - Well I started parkrun to assist my preparations for the Bridge to Brisbane last month. In fact, if it wasn't the association that Bridge to Brisbane had with parkrun I wouldn't have known that this group had existed. I ran it in 2012 hoping to crack the 60 minute barrier and for a bloke who was 58 and had not run for many years my result of 59.33 made me very happy. This year the age and body had taken its toll. I was following the instructions from the Sunday Mail and found it was too much, too early, even from their own instructions. My legs and particularly my ankles were so sore it was driving me crazy. I was lucky enough to speak to a business colleague Ivan Henjak, the ex coach of the Brisbane Broncos, about the stresses on the body. He suggested ice packs and, if not possible, time in the pool. As such I started getting into the pool after my training runs. At 6am, even in Queensland, the weather is still pretty cold at that time of year (pre-July) but I reckon it help me. So here I was, a year later and just short of my 60th birthday, and wondering if I would beat my time from the previous year. I have no doubt that the help and inspiration from parkrun helped me achieve my time of 55.33 which was a huge challenge. This is not the reason for my post. I am currently in America and in fact St. Louis. I was going out for an early morning jog and ran into about 8000 runners having a Halloween 5, 10, 20km fun run. I missed the start of the 5km, joined the start of the 10km and left before the finish as my wife was wondering where the hell was I. I look forward to getting back to Australia and being a part of the Wynnum parkrun around my 60th birthday. I will do one run and then volunteer.


Renee Gimbert – Huge congratulations to Coomera parkrunner Alli Cooke who was ranked 1st in her division category and 127th overall in Port Macquarie 70.3 on Sunday.


Christopher Lamb - I would like to say congratulations to all of the FINAL finishers at every parkrun across Australia, as no one comes last at parkrun.


Helen Eltringham - Enjoyed myself today as a first timer at Kalgoorlie-Boulder parkrun. The support at the finish line was fantastic, thanks guys, I will be back next Saturday.


Grant Wholey - Kalgoorlie-Boulder parkrun is the most fun you can have with your clothes on.


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:  Margie Bourke

Club:  Victorian Road Runners

Age:  51

Home parkrun:  Albert Melbourne

Occupation:  Business Development Manager Paul Mitchell

Number of runs:  55

PB:  27.33

Number of times volunteered:  6

Favourite volunteer role:  Handing the tokens to the runners as they cross the finish line

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  This role gives you the opportunity to see the top finishers and to encourage all runners as they complete the 5km and celebrate all the PBs achieved that day.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  One of the funniest parkruns was when we had one of our many themed runs. Tony, a very regular parkrunner, dressed up as Steve Irwin and was carrying around a very large crocodile and proceeded to tell some stories about crocodiles being in the lake and to beware as you run around the course. There were parkrunners from the UK and I remember watching the expression on their faces, questioning what Tony had just told them.

How can we improve parkrun:  It is perfect the way it is. I love starting my Saturdays with parkrun.

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 15th October 2013

welcome to this week's newsletter


In this week’s newsletter we welcome our first ‘true-blue’ 100-clubber, reveal the 7 secrets of highly successful parkrunners and have a special announcement about International parkrun Day 2014.

First the first time in a long time I didn’t make it to a parkrun on Saturday as I had the honour of being Best Man at a wedding near beautiful Port Douglas in Far North Queensland. My absence certainly didn’t stop the show rolling on as we had another two event launches at Berwick Springs in Victoria and Kalgoorlie-Boulder in Western Australia, taking the total number of events in Australia to a whopping 44. We also had our first person join the 100-club having completed all of their parkruns in Australia, well done Hans Juergen Grollius! Hans, who is also a regular volunteer, has run at his home event of Main Beach on 79 occasions, Kirra 11 times and South Bank 10 times. What a champ!

You might remember me mentioning back in August that Channel 9’s TODAY had aired a segment about Kawana parkrunner Tony Jennings and the impact parkrun has had on his family. Finally this week I got my hands on a copy of the story and it is now available for you to view on our You Tube channel. Great work Tony and thanks for sharing your inspirational story.

Lastly, congratulations to our wonderful Operations Manager and South Bank parkrun Event Director Gareth Saunders and his wife Mel who gave birth to their first child, Jade Amelia, last Friday. Mum and bub are doing great and counting the days until her first pram push at South Bank parkrun.

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.

7 Secrets of Highly Successful parkrunners


A few weeks back Katharine and Linda from Warwick parkrun came up with these great tips for becoming a successful parkrunner. I love it, what do you think?

International parkrun Day 2014


The stats are now in for International parkrun Day 2013 and the total number of parkrunners across the globe was 48,253 so we fell just short of our target of 50,000. It certainly wasn’t for lack of trying on the behalf of our events here in Australia!

This leads me to a hot of the press special announcement. International parkrun Day 2014 will be held on 4 October and will be the 10th anniversary of the first ever parkrun in Bushy Park. To celebrate this huge milestone we will be attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the 'most participants in a 5km run across multiple locations'. The current record was set by Cancer Research UK at the Race For Life One Big Day event and involved 101,246 participants at 23 locations across the UK on 4 June 2006. Mark this date in your diary now, it is going to be HUGE!

all in for City2Sea


Looking to take your weekly 5km to the next level? adidas has partnered with City2Sea for the first time and is giving 5 parkrunners the opportunity to participate in the 14km event on them. The course loops through the beautiful Albert Park parkrun location so secure a place and represent parkrun and adidas in Melbourne on Nov 17. To win yourself an entry to the event, tell adidas why you want to represent parkrun at the 2013 City2Sea.

#Boost your run with adidas.

Email your entry to: parkrun@adidas.com

Santa Fun Run


parkrunners across Australia are invited to join in the world’s most festive fun run and be a Clause for a Cause on Sunday 1 December at the Variety Santa Fun Run, raising money for Variety - the Children’s Charity. You can run it, walk it, skip it, hop it - finish it however you like, just make sure you do it in your official five piece Variety Santa Suit! Best of all, your registration fee includes your own Santa suit (excluding kids under 3). When you register for the Variety Santa Fun Run, use the promo code ‘PARKRUN’, and receive $5 off your registration fee with additional early bird savings available! So join us for some festive fun and help Variety – the Children’s Charity empower children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs to live, laugh and learn. Visit http://www.varietysantafunrun.com.au for more information, or call 1300 4 VARIETY.

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.

Glute Strength


Let’s talk about Glutes baby, let’s talk about you and me, let’s talk about all the good things and the great things Glutes can be, let’s talk about Glutes... Let’s talk about GLUTES!

Ok maybe not how the song goes but boy oh boy do we need good strong Glutes and here are 4 GREAT reasons why!

Click here to keep reading.

Trish from Enrich Health & Nutrition

The Pointy End


Who are you? Curl Curl parkrunner, Otto Ruettinger, PB 17:34.

How the hell do you run so fast? Go hard at the start, go hard during the middle and go hard at the end! But on a more serious note, I really believe anyone can run fast - as long as you want it bad enough. It comes down to a solid training plan, a lot of commitment, mental toughness and self believe. Especially lately I've learnt how much you can improve your times by positive thinking and self talk.

How many km do you run in an average training week? An average week has only been 20km this year, but I'm a big believer in core and functional strength workouts to improve running form, speed endurance and economy. The swimming and biking I do also helps improve lactate threshold.

What type of training do you typically do? My normal training consists of five elements; swimming, biking, running, functional strength and stretching. Trying to fit all that in a week is hard - but I'm not as hung up about hitting every planned session as I used to be. The main thing is to get some quality sessions in.

How long have you been running and have you always been so damn good? I was never a runner as a kid or teenager and only began running about 12years ago when I quit smoking and put on ten kilos in 3 months. On my first run, I literally only just made it around the block and hated the experience. One block became two, became three and when we moved to San Diego my wife entered me into my first 5km race. I got the bug and moved up to 8km, 10km, 15km, half marathon and then marathon distance within two years. I like to think that anyone can do a Marathon - you just have to want it bad enough.

What is your favourite distance? My favourite distance would be a 10km at the tail end of an Olympic Triathlon. It's manageable and you’re still fresh enough to give it full intensity. I love the intensity of shorter distances but I also like the mental toughness required to finish long distances.

Do you have a coach and do you train with a squad? I've never had a coach, but I have read pretty much everything I could get my hands on to understand training physiology and programs. I'm very analytical and my wife might even say I'm a bit OCD when it comes to my training regime and relentless data collection and analysis. I've recently joined Warringah Tri Club and am enjoying the challenge of training and racing with others - but I find it hard to justify the cost of coaching. Any coaches want to pick up some pro bono work - get in touch!

How much faster would you like to go? Just fast enough to keep racking up my first places at Curl Curl parkrun (and always faster than Darrel Nelson)!
What big events do you want to run? Dream events for me include: New York Marathon, Comrades, Antarctic Marathon and one day I need to make it to Kona, Hawaii for the IronMan World Championships.

Upcoming Event Launches, Anniversaries & Cancellations


Our 27th and 28th launches for the year are coming up this Saturday October 19 at Mosman & Gungahlin. Other confirmed launch dates include: 26/10 – Mudgeeraba, Darwin, Westerfolds & Bunbury; 2/11 – Maitland; and 9/11 – 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).

Upcoming cancellations: 26/10 – Main Beach & Kirra.

Feedback from the field


David Warnock - Well I'm not too good at Facebook, so I shall send this to you the old fashioned way. Click here to see the course at Tuggeranong parkrun in the ACT. Let's see them all!!!!


Jade Child - I have been inspired by parkrun and now wish to inspire others by running from Launceston to Bridport (80km) on the 4th of November to raise some money for the Renovating Matthew Foundation. Please share my Facebook page so I can get some more support nationally. Thank you.


Terry Baker - It has been over 10 years since my son and I played lower grade cricket together and now being able to do parkrun as a pair is magic. Run number 1 for him and number 27 for me and thanks to the folks at Parramatta who applauded and cheered as he ran to the finish, that’s why I #loveparkrun.


John Mayne - Celebrated my 10th parkrun on the weekend. I talk about the concept all the time and have been able to invite three other friends along too, one of whom is now a firm regular. One of the best initiatives I have ever been involved with. Keep up the great work.


Norman Phillips – October 5 was my 12th Kawana parkrun. My time was 44:16 so not quite up to my best time of 43:02. At the moment I am struggling on these 5k runs but absolutely love it. It is great to run with other athletes as I usually run round the streets of Yandina on my own. I am going to break 43:02 eventually but I will have get a move on as I will be 90yrs young Nov.12 this year. Happy running Tim!


Gareth Saunders - Great pic from Sandgate parkrun today. A funny re-enactment of the kid from Newy parkrun carrying his (much smaller) dog across the finish line. Love it.


Khadija Noujoum - I just wanted to thank you all for parkrun and tell you how much I enjoy it. I have been running for a few years but have just started attending St Peters parkrun. It is such a fantastic event, so smoothly run and the vibe is amazing. Nearly 300 people, waking up early to participate in a timed 5km. The volunteers are incredible and I intend to be one of them very soon. Now, I have come a long way when it comes to running. 5 years ago, I was a pack a day smoker and took up running with the aim of running a half marathon. I gave up smoking and ran many halves since and I am now training for my first full marathon in April. Running is much more than exercise for
me, it's a way of life. I love parkrun for so many reasons but one of them is that I do get to push myself more than I would do if I was alone. I have run 6 parkruns and I have come in 4th lady 5 times! So my request is this: could you create a mention for 4th places (I am just kidding, I guess I'll just have to run faster!). Thanks again to all for a fantastic initiative. #loveparkrun


Darren Riviere – Hi Balyang Sanctuary parkrun. I looked forward to passing through all of you guys at parkrun during my half marathon yesterday! I came 2nd overall, the guy that beat me is 16 years younger than me, and I won my age group by over 6 minutes! I was hoping to run under 8o minutes and my official time was 79.59!!! Thanks again for the encouragement, sorry I won't be able to run parkrun for a few months now as my daughter does Little Athletics, but now I am coaching I do recommend parkrun as a great run to do on a Saturday morning!! Well done to all!!


Jane Cleary - Dave and I are organising a take on the old-style family car rally to raise money for the Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation (AMDF) in memory of our son, Archer who we lost to this disease in April. This happens on Sunday 17th November. I know a lot of parkrunners have been following our story since we wrote about it in the newsletter so please click here if you would like further information.


Sally Mitchell - The mention of David Dean completing his first parkrun at Kawana bought to mind two young lads, I think they are brothers, who often run at Sandgate parkrun. The elder of the two is visually impaired, and they run together using a short tether rope. It was a timely shout-out, as an old university friend of mine will become the first blind person in the world to complete Tough Mudder this weekend!


Philip J Bedingfield - Well done to all the organisers and the volunteers at the inaugural Kalgoorlie-Boulder parkrun. It makes all the difference to see happy, smiling marshals... like having a tailwind! Looking forward to the next one now!


Peta Osborne – I might have come in last but the inaugural Kalgoorlie-Boulder parkrun was a beautiful walk and a lovely morning to be in the park = 5km in 55 minutes!


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:  Ross Forbes

Age:  51

Home parkrun:  South Bank parkrun, Brisbane

Occupation:  Director Corporate Accounts - Medical Device company

Number of runs:  26

PB:  19:28

Number of times volunteered:  8 (7 at South Bank)

Favourite volunteer role:  I really enjoy pacing to help folk try to reach their goals, however as of last week, Tail Runner. I was walking with a young woman who was a new mum in her very first parkrun, pushing a pram. Her bub would not settle so I suggested she cuddle the bub and I would push the pram. At the 3km mark my daughter was a marshal and the look on her face as I strolled up pushing a pram was priceless!

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  I really enjoy the inclusiveness, the celebration of everyone having a go, best way to start a weekend, exercise, friends and coffee!

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  I have two! 1. My first parkrun, with a few hundred meters to finish I tried to overtake a young bloke and we started shoulder to shoulder racing. By the time we hit the line we were in full flight… I zoomed up the finish shoot and he kept going! I thought doh, I have just raced a Saturday morning jogger! A few minutes later I got a tap on the shoulder, it was the young bloke. He was so intent on racing me he missed the finish shoot altogether! We had a great laugh over that one! 2. My wife came to watch my 2nd parkrun. We have been together for well over 20 years and she has never run, always said she couldn’t run… and she couldn’t! When she saw all of the finishers coming in, different shapes, sizes, ages and being clapped and celebrated she decided she wanted to be a part of this thing called “parkrun”. So we set up a training program with a running app and a few weeks later she completed her first ever 5km parkrun (she couldn’t finish 1km before this). She has now completed 25 parkruns, 2 x 10km runs, tackles her first triathlon in two weeks and is in training for her first half marathon next year!! Best of all we now run together regularly and are loving it. Thank you parkrun!!!!

How can we improve parkrun:  The old saying..."if it ain’t broke...." I think the concept, execution and experience is hard to improve. However I don’t think the volunteer directors and coordinators who turn up early and set up are recognised enough; they are truly the folk who make it all happen.

Reminders

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Volunteering at parkrun

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Children at parkrun

All children under 11 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Guardians must ensure that children place themselves appropriately so as to prevent a situation where they are being repeatedly overtaken at the start. This is to ensure the safety of your child.

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