weekly newsletter 26th November 2013

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s newsletter we finally announce the winners of ‘boost your parkrun’, blast off at Sandgate’s 1st anniversary and answer the age old question “why does parkrun start at the same time every week?”

On Saturday I attended the 1st anniversary celebrations at Sandgate parkrun and man was it a ‘blast’. Sandgate is a coastal suburb in Brisbane, located roughly 16km north of the Brisbane CBD, and only a parkrun away from where I grew up in Boondall. In fact my Dad was born and raised in Sandgate in the 1940s and I learned to swim in the Sandgate Pool, situated adjacent to what is now the Sandgate parkrun start-finish area. All of this makes Sandgate parkrun a home-away-from-home event for me and I couldn’t be more delighted with the community it has developed over the last 12 months.

The anniversary event was about as perfect as one could want with a record attendance, suitably impressive adidas themed cake (see image above), gaggle of visiting parkrun Event Directors and, for what I’m sure must be the first time ever at parkrun, a rocket launch! Yes that’s right, a rocket launch!!! Local mad scientist for hire Steve from Liddell Education built a parkrun rocket that was launched amid much fanfare and gasps from the crowd, matched only by the relief from the organisers when it landed without damaging any houses, parked cars, or unaware locals!

Below is some feedback from Sandgate’s amazing Event Director’s Vanessa and Dean Gibson that sum up the day nicely -

WOW! What a morning and what an incredible year of Sandgate parkrun! Thanks to everyone who turned out to celebrate this morning. We had 365 runners and a wonderful volunteer team of Peter, Oscar, Stuart, Jeanette, Janette, Lisa, Tony, Shaun, Ross, Tracy & Glenn. A huge thanks also to our pace runners - Pat, Chris, Keith, Sally & Sue! Special mention to Tim Oberg for making the effort to be there, Victoria Newton for all of her support, Steve for the rocket (how cool was that?!?), Janelle for making the cake (SO talented!), Glenn for funding the cake, Daragh for the drinks & sausages, Jess for the massages & Rob for the warm up. Congratulations to all of the award winners (we'll name them in a separate post) and a heartfelt thank you for our beautiful gifts. You have all helped to make Sandgate parkrun a wonderful part of our community and we wouldn't want to be anywhere else on our Saturday mornings! Love to you all!

Well done Vanessa, Dean, Hope, Jed and everyone from Sandgate parkrun. Here’s to the next 12 months!

Happy running,

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

p.s. Only 318 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 winners


Drum roll please… The results are now in and were announced by Robbo and Russ on last week’s edition of the parkrun show Australia podcast. Congratulations to the following events (highlighted in yellow) that were our most boosted during the 3 week promotion:

Same start time every Saturday


We are often asked "Why do parkrun events have the same start time every Saturday? Can’t we start earlier in the summer and later in the winter?" While it is true that having the same start time all year round may be off-putting for some, it does have several important benefits:

- Some people say they would prefer a later start in the winter however the reality is that most people, including our volunteers, have other things to do on a Saturday, and in practice we would probably get a smaller crowd.
- Others say they would prefer an earlier start in the summer and I agree that this would appeal to ‘runners’, however as we all know many parkrunners are beginners and would view an earlier start time as a bridge too far. Also, an earlier start time may result in noise complaints from local residents and may impact on existing contractual arrangements with local councils and parks authorities. Even more importantly, our wonderful volunteers arrive at their events up to an hour before the start so asking them to get up any earlier just isn’t fair.
- Having the same start time and the same location every week means you don’t regularly have to check the website to confirm when and where it is happening.
- Most of our regular runners report that their whole weekend has improved because they get out of bed early on a Saturday; they still have most of the day free, and tend to get more benefit from their Sundays.

Event start times vary across each state in Australia. As a general rule these are: Qld & NT – 7am; NSW, Vic, ACT, SA & WA – 8am; Tas – 9am. Please note that there are some exceptions to this at the request of local council (e.g. Curl Curl & Mosman) so always check each event’s website before visiting for the first time.

Time to get Naked


This Saturday marks the second annual 'International Day of Running Naked' (IDRN), a day to celebrate the pleasures of running naked (while keeping your clothes on)! You see, the 'naked' referred to here is more about gadgets than clothing, and runners are encouraged to strip-back, leaving the devices (watch, GPS, HRM, headphones etc) at home.

Why? Firstly to prove that even in this modern age of rapidly advancing technology, it can still be done, and secondly with the hope of uncovering (or rediscovering) the pure joy and freedom which can be found when we unplug the artificial additives and reconnect with the world around us. Even parkrun HQ is on board with the 'naked' approach to running.

To help you on your journey to nakedness, this Saturday at many parkruns around Australia you can spice up your running experience by predicting your finish time, then running gadget-free to see how close you get to your prediction. There is even talk at some events of prizes for the closest predictions, including the much sought after performance-enhancing running garment, a Naked Runners headband! Check with your local parkrun to see if they are holding a Naked parkrun Challenge this weekend. If there is nothing planned, you can get involved by submitting your predicted finish time via the online form, as mentioned in this week's episode of the parkrun show.

To enter, you just need to:

1) 'Like' The Naked Runners Facebook Page.
2) Submit your predicted time using this online form.
3) Run naked & enjoy!

Dave Robbo from Newy parkrun

Upcoming Event Launches, Anniversaries & Cancellations


Our 35th launch for the year is coming up this Saturday, November 30, at Minnippi. Other confirmed launch dates include: 7/12 – Bunyaville, Belmont & Mt Gambier; 4/01 – Rocks Riverside; 11/01 – Shepparton & Pioneer; 18/01 – Point Cook.

Upcoming anniversaries include: 7/12 – Torrens (1st).

Upcoming cancellations: 30/11 – Kingscliff.

Feedback from the field


Katanya Shanzy - Thank you for parkrun – Just wanted to send you some positive feedback for your policy on children. My son is 9 and I am a solo Mum, and in a blessed position to be able to run for myself some weekends and with my son the other weekends. When I first started bring my son along to South Bank parkrun I wrote to my Event Director and asked if I could bring a scooter, and was told unfortunately - no. Initially I was upset wondering how we’d enjoy the event together as my son usually rides his bike or scooter when I run. So I decided to find other ways to get him involved, - we have come to watch, cheer and have a coffee (he has hot chocolate and pancakes), we’ve volunteered together a few times (his favourite is barcode scanning), we’ve walked with friend’s dogs, we’ve run / walked with friends... and now I have a few other mums who bring their kids who have invited us to run with them. Despite the fact that as a runner I have a sub-25 goal for parkrun (still 1 minute 40 secs off!) – I have found so many other amazing things about parkrun because of this policy - number one the community of positive people. Your policy on scooters / bikes has given us the opportunity to get more involved together in the amazing event that is parkrun. Thank you!


Andrew Dodd - Not sure if you knew JFK's only crime was that he did his best work before barcodes were invented. While he didn't say a lot about parkrun, what he did say was pure gold.


Rhod McKensey - My family of 5 all did their first parkrun last Saturday at Lake Mac. All of us enjoyed it immensely. I can proudly report that my two oldest daughters - Jemima (7) and Annabel (5) ran the whole way... supervised closely by me of course (I just read your newsletter :)) All of my kids were buzzing for days afterwards. Annabel used the run as her ‘news’ and Jemima wrote it up in her school journal first thing on Monday. We are already talking about beating our PBs. Anyway, thanks so much for making these events happen. Our family, for one, got a whole lot of enjoyment and satisfaction thanks to you and your team's efforts.


Melanie Penna - I completed my third Berwick Springs parkrun last Saturday and love crossing the finish line at this beautiful course. I came prepared this time, with the aim of belting out a PB. I had some tunes that I had downloaded the night before pumping through my earphones, I set a good comfortable pace , I pushed through the urge walk when it arose and was very proud to run the WHOLE 5 km. When I crossed the finish line I felt very good about myself and my run, but later I discovered that I had added 4 seconds to my WORST time (uugghhh!!). I would love to hear from others who have advice on helpful warm-ups, ways to improve technique and tips to improve run times (possibly through your newsletters, so that others may get the benefit?).


Andrew Chuter - I just ran my 50th parkrun which has capped off, for me, a fantastic year of personal achievements. I started parkrun a year ago with a time just under 30mins and last week just broke my PB to go under 20mins. In that time I've lost about 12kgs and am fitter than I have ever been and feel great. Until parkrun came along I was never able to motivate myself to go jogging regularly or had any point of comparison, but the regular weekly event is a top start to the weekend and running with others feels great and pulls you along. Over the course of the year I started to get faster and added extra training sessions in each week. At some point running and exercise ceased to be a pain and became something to look forward to. Then I got into longer fun runs and finally achieved a long term goal to run in the City2Surf, and also did a half marathon. Maybe sometime I will try the full. parkrun is a success because it combines the simplest elements – running and community spirit - with the internet and social media to create something new and worthwhile. Huge thanks must go to the St Peters parkrun team including Paul, Aaron, Silpa, Athene and many others who make it all happen.


Sharon Armstrong - Phil Rorke, the World Recorder Holder for Egg and Spoon Race taking on the Sandgate parkrun this morning!


Sally Mitchell - Why is there next to no parkruns on the NSW north and south coasts? Come on southerners, get with the program, how am I supposed to parkrun my way down the coast?


Terry Baker - This probably happens a lot in Brisbane and the Gold Coast but has anyone done 3 different parkrun courses on 3 consecutive Saturdays? I have done St Peters, Parramatta and Sandon Point in the past 3 weeks and really should have worked out in advance how I could do Newy or Blackbutt next week and make it a memorable Movember.


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:  Leonie Norris

Age:  39

Home parkrun:  North Shore parkrun

Occupation:  Customer Care Representative

Number of runs:  5

PB:  28.32

Number of times volunteered:  12

Favourite volunteer role:  Anything that needs done but most of all I do LOVE cheering people on.

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  Volunteering gives me the opportunity to help & assist with something that I love doing. I LOVE that parkrun caters for whole family and all running levels. I get to meet new people & evolved in my local community. My husband and our 4 children (17, 6, 4 & 2) parkrun & parkrun gives us the opportunity to help out together.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  My most memorable would be my 1st ever parkrun here in Townsville at Riverway, it was their first ever run. I was unable to run that day due to an ankle injury but I helped out taking pictures. I was so jealous of everyone out there having so much fun & was amazed that parkrun was something that all levels & families could participate in. Everyone had a ball. I was hooked and I hadn’t even run yet.

Reminders

Barcode reminder

barcode

Printed barcodes are used at all our events to record your result. Please click here to collect and print your barcode. No 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

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weekly newsletter 19th November 2013

welcome to this week's newsletter


In this week’s newsletter we celebrate more glorious feedback from our parkrun family, reiterate our under 11 policy, and review the final weekend of 'boost your parkrun'.

Let’s start this week on a positive note. Last Tuesday I received one of the nicest pieces of feedback ever from Paralympian Michael Dobbie who wrote –

"I recently completed my first parkrun event Albert Park, Melbourne. The weather wasn’t amazing but the turn out from the parkrun faithful was still impressive. I have been involved in lots of professional sporting environments and also non-professional sporting events in the past and the ease of which I was included in the activities and the eagerness of Scott and his wife Joanne to assist me in any way was something that other organisations should take note of. I contacted Scott a few weeks ago about the possibility of me joining the parkrun family as a wheelchair athlete and since then he has been amazing. The regular contact really made me feel at ease about turning up to my first event, not to mention creating my own starting point on the course and own category with head office. It was nice to set a record on day! I think that there were more people cheering me on when I crossed the finish line than what there was at my 1st match at the Beijing Paralympics. I would recommend parkrun to any of my mates in wheelchairs, as a great way to meet people and stay fit. Thank you to parkrun for being so eager to be inclusive, and to Scott and Joanne – for being great."

I often talk about the fact that parkrun is one of the most inclusive and welcoming communities around but truth be told this ethos is rarely put to the test. Receiving this email from a person of Michael’s stature certainly validated my belief so thanks Michael, and well done to all associated with Albert Melbourne parkrun!

Now for the naughty stuff. In a recent newsletter I made mention of our policy that all children under 11 who participate at parkrun must, in all circumstances, be accompanied by an adult or guardian. Why? At the global, national and local levels parkrun has to assess the risks involved with organising free, volunteer-run events on public land. This policy has been developed as result of these risk assessments and is only implemented with the best of intentions. This is not a new policy and is one that has been agreed by all of you when you have registered with parkrun. After the newsletter was published I received a lot of feedback, mostly positive, but some very negative suggesting that parkrun is in no position to tell parents what is and isn’t acceptable for their children. Thus far I have resisted the urge to revisit the topic in the newsletter but after some serious incidents on the weekend (broken bones, lost 3-year olds, asthma attack) just gone I have been left with no choice. So, for the last time I hope, let’s make this clear...

All children under 11 must be accompanied at all times by a parent or guardian at parkrun.

To reiterate this further, "accompanied at all times" means near or next to, not within eyesight as this could still be several hundred metres away. Starting this week Run Directors have been given permission to delete the times of any parent who lets their child run unsupervised so please take this matter seriously. My suggestion would be that if you know your child is too fast or slow for you to run with you simply ask your fellow parkrunners to help you find an adult of the same speed who would be happy to be their ‘guardian’ during the run. Given parkrun’s inclusive family atmosphere I think this will be relatively easily done. In saying all of this, you all are perfectly welcome to disagree with this policy and no one from parkrun will argue the point with you. It does however mean you will no longer be able to participate with the rest of us at parkrun. Lastly, please remember that this policy has been developed by the powers that be at parkrun and not your local volunteer team. They are giving up their time to bring parkrun to your community and as such I would expect that none of them are given a hard time on Saturday whilst enforcing this policy. If you have any queries please contact me directly.

Phew, now back to the fun stuff. Kawana parkrun Event Director Kelly Daly emailed me last week proclaiming that they have their very own little celebrity in Norman Phillips, officially (according to Professor Alan) the oldest parkrunner in Australia!!! Norman turned 90 last week and amazingly across planet parkrun there have only ever been 15 runs recorded for people in the 90-94age category. Expect this to change as Norm has only 32 parkruns left to get his 50-club shirt! Norm, you are an absolute inspiration to us all!

Finally, many congratulations to Main Beach parkrun Run Director and the first Aussie female to make the 100-club, Julie Bryant, and her now-husband Pete who were married on Saturday. They even managed to volunteer at parkrun in the morning and have their photo at the 1km sign in the afternoon!

Happy running,

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

p.s. Only 325 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


For the past 3 weeks you have all been involved in a titanic battle to ‘boost your parkrun’, courtesy of adidas. During this time we have seen record attendances across almost all events, a boom in registrations, and plenty of good, clean, parkrunning! To refresh your memory, for the month of November adidas put up a bounty of $1,000 each week to incentivise you, the parkrunners, to go all in for your event with the winning Event Director able to spend the prize on new equipment, a Christmas party, or both! For the last 3 weeks we have measured each parkrun location to see how it has stacked up against 3 key measures:

Week 1: 1st Timers - Measured by the number of 1st timers as a percentage of the total number of runners on the day.
Week 2: Personal Bests - Measured by the number of overall PBs as a percentage of total number of runners on the day.
Week 3: Participation - Measured by the number of runners as a percentage of the event's total number of registered runners.

Each parkrun event was only allowed to win once to give everyone equal opportunity to take the prize. Highlights from ‘boost your parkrun’ include:

- An Australian record 7,657 parkrunners took part on November 2, including 1,663 first timers!
- An amazing 1,653 personal best times were recorded on November 9!
- Numerous course attendance records each week, including 7 on November 16 despite horrific weather on the East Coast.

Drum roll please… The results are now in and we’re pleased to announce that the winners… will be announced by Robbo and Russ on the next edition of the parkrun show Australia podcast, due to be released tonight (Tuesday).

Special thanks must go to our friends from adidas for sponsoring this promotion. adidas have been the major sponsor of parkrun Australia since September 2011 and it is no exaggeration to say that without their support we would struggle to do what we do - bring you free, weekly, timed 5km running events every Saturday run by teams of passionate and inspiring local volunteers.

#boostyourparkun

Upcoming Event Launches, Anniversaries & Cancellations


Our 35th launch for the year is coming up on Saturday, November 30, at Minnippi. Other confirmed launch dates include: 7/12 – Bunyaville, Belmont & Mt Gambier; 4/01 – Rocks Riverside; 11/01 - Pioneer parkrun; 18/01 – Point Cook

Upcoming anniversaries include: 23/11 – Sandgate (1st); and 7/12 – Torrens (1st).

Upcoming cancellations: 23/11 - Fingal Bay.

Feedback from the field


Bronwyn Bell - Don't forget your barcode (clip it to your running shoes).


Markus Bergh – Last Saturday I ran at Mudgeeraba parkrun alongside Tim Oberg. We were breathing very, very hard at the front but somehow Tim still had enough spirit to give encouragement to other runners as we turned around and headed back. A true sportsman.


Danni Smairl - Big shout out to the lovely ladies at the two corners on the Berwick Springs parkrun today, complete with signs... So encouraging and friendly, it made me smile each time I passed them!!


Joanne Ling - This morning I did something for the very first time - attended my local parkrun event and ran the whole 5k m. I wear my heart on my sleeve with this one as it took a lot of courage for me to do this. I am not fit, in fact I haven't ran since before my son was born and he is now 6 months old... I shuffled along and jogged when I could, but what's important is I DID IT! I got off my butt, set my alarm for 6am and went and IT FEELS GREAT! So grab a friend or go on your own, do something, anything to get off the couch and move. I had 2 good friends do this with me today and we all feel like we've really achieved something.


Shane Fielding - A very well organised event and a great turn out of local Berwick residents. It's great that we've got such an event so close to home, on a great course, that encourages everyone to get out of the house and get fit and challenge themselves to improve every week. Thanks to the volunteers.


Andrew Cartledge – Thanks to Nikki and her team for organising Sandon Point parkrun. This week was my first week ever at a parkrun and it won’t be my last. Although I had to drive from Camden, it was a great atmosphere and a beautiful spot to run. I will be back and bringing my wife and kids. And I still managed a half decent time even though I sustained a calf injury with 2kms to go! Happy with that! Although I would prefer not to drive for 50 minutes to get there, you can’t get a much better place to run!


Nicole Funslow - I volunteered at Kalgoorlie Boulder parkrun today for the first time to come and see what it is all about. I have had a great morning watching and encouraging everyone on their run. I hope to come and join in myself next week and become a regular participant and volunteer. I think it's great to see so many people supporting this event and especially the amount of kids I saw today running. It's a wonderful community based activity, a great way to get out and enjoy yourself, get some fresh air while enjoying some social interaction and meeting new people, not to mention the fitness side of it too. A great job done by all who have organized to get this up and running in our town and I’m sure as word gets out more and more people will support it and join in.


Katharine Jones - Warwick parkrun are so lucky to have the the SCOTS PGC College boarders come to parkrun every week! Love this photo! Scots PGC boys represent, mates don't let mates run without an honour guard! #parkrunspirit


Amy Broughton - I love Kalgoorlie Boulder parkrun, especially the fact it is free and the community spirit at the event.


Nicole Boon - My two boys (ages 4 and 2) are currently playing ‘parkrun’ outside. They start at the front of the house and run a 'course' around the perimeter, through the yard and back to the start again. My 4 year old is the fastest, of course, and cheers as his little brother and our two dogs finish. This is completely a game of their own making (I am merely a spectator) and shows how much our actions and lifestyles influence our children. The dogs love it too!


Brendon Harley - I competed and completed in my first parkrun this morning, at Blackbutt in Newcastle. Although much steeper than I anticipated I loved the chance to get out and run with others - normally I run on my own round my local streets. The enthusiasm was infectious and the crowd very supportive - I believe there were 19 other first timers like me (although I'm sure they all beat me home)! It was fun, stress free and an awesome area to run in. Thanks to all the organisers and volunteers who put so much effort into these days - I'm sold!!!


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:  Deb Burdfield

Club:  ShedFit Shufflers

Age:  I stopped counting years at 29, then just added a few months... So now I am 29 years & 199 months young... Woo Hoo Crack the 200 months next month! If you can do the math, you can work out my true age - but I really don't think age matters.

Home parkrun:  Cleveland

Occupation:  Mum, wife & PT

Number of runs:  24

PB:  23:19. Goal time 22:30 - so close yet so far. Aiming to get there by end of this year...even if it kills me!

Number of times volunteered:  5

Favourite volunteer role:  Pacer

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  It's always a great opportunity to come down and volunteer when I have another run or event (like Tough Mudder last week) and want to conserve a bit of energy, but still be involved.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  I get a real buzz out of seeing people break their PB's. Setting the 25min pace last time, had a few sticking with me - none of who had ever done a sub-25 before... I was so proud of everyone’s efforts and they all smashed that 25min barrier. Shows that the mental barrier is often more of an obstacle than the physical one.

How can we improve parkrun:  I think everyone that volunteers gets their rewards simply by knowing that they are keeping the fantastic parkrun event alive.

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 12th November 2013

welcome to this week's newsletter


In this week’s newsletter we welcome our 52nd event to the family, the kids take over at Fingal Bay, and we prepare for the final weekend of 'boost your parkrun'.

On Saturday I attended Mudgeeraba parkrun for the first time, our 5th event on the Gold Coast, and the first on the western side of the M1. When we launched Main Beach parkrun back in April 2011 I predicted that the Gold Coast could handle a maximum of 4 different parkrun events so I have now been proven wrong as this location is the perfect addition to an already fabulous offering of events. Well done to Event Directors Carl and Stuart and thanks to Remax Regency for your local support.

People often ask me why parkrun has boomed in places like the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Newcastle and Perth but is yet to really make an impact in our two biggest cities, Sydney and Melbourne. I don’t have a definitive answer for that although I assume it has something to do with the fact that Sydneysiders and Melbournians already have a plethora of different events and activities on offer around the clock, both running related and otherwise, that must diminish the need for things like parkrun. I could be completely way off the mark with this guess though so if you have any ideas why this could be I would love to hear them.

We welcomed a new event to the family on Saturday, our 52nd, at Diamond Creek in north-east Melbourne (see image above) and I received this wonderful account from Event Director Nikki Waterfall the following day –

We had 47 runners cross the line and amazing feedback. It is hard to describe the feeling of people seeking you out to say thank you for organising it. I will absolutely admit that I was on a high watching every person make the 5km and cross the line because of something we have worked hard to organise and make happen. All day we have been getting more 'Likes' on Facebook and already some more registrations. Several people told us they would be telling their friends. So it's onwards and upwards for us down here in Diamond Creek.

It absolutely warms my heart to receive feedback like this from our Event Directors. I simply can’t stress enough how wonderful these people are for brining you your parkrun week after week and quite literally changing your lives for the better. Thank you Nikki and thank you all of our other amazing Event Directors.

Lastly I want to give a big shout out to all of the Warwick parkrunners who set yet another course attendance record of 156 on Saturday. This is fantastic in itself however given the town has a population of less than 15,000 it is totally bonkers!

Happy running,

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

p.s. Only 325 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 3rd and final weekend where you can boost your parkrun with adidas! This Saturday we will be measuring the total number of runners as a percentage of the event's total number of registered runners. This means every parkrun is in with a chance, no matter how big or small. They just need you! The parkrun with the largest number of attendees will be rewarded with a $1000 towards a parkrun party, so bring your game this Saturday.

Need that extra boost to smash your PB? Try adidas 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. Learn about it here

#boostyourparkun

Kids Rule @ Fingal Bay parkrun


I'd just like to say how proud I was as Event Director at Fingal Bay parkrun on Saturday morning when we hosted our wonderful young volunteers for the day. I cannot express how awesome they all were... right from the start with everyone chipping in to set up parkrun, then young Jack our Run Director welcomed everyone and gave an overview of the course before handing over to little Josh who dished out the best ever warm-up to ensure our runners the best chance at a PB. The turn-point marshals wore their little arms out giving high-5s to everyone, and our pacers and tail bike did a fantastic job at pushing the runners to their best, and making sure everyone got in safe and sound. The timing went smoothly with the girls keeping pace on handing out finish tokens, and the scanning crew were like a well-oiled machine :o) All in all, a brilliant team effort... demonstrating that parkrun volunteering is fun, easy, and very rewarding!

Jaci from Fingal Bay parkrun

2014 and beyond...


The following locations have expressed an interest in having a parkrun start up in 2014. If you live in any of these locations and are keen to get involved please get in touch:

Airlie Beach, Albury & Wodonga, Alice Springs, Armidale, Ballarat, Bargara, Batemans Bay, Bathurst, Caloundra, Cessnock, Charleville, Charters Towers, Cheltenham, Chinchilla, Chirnside, Collarenebri, Coolum, Coonabarabran, Dalby, Devonport, Drysdale, Echuca, Emerald, Emerald Lakes, Evans Head, Fitzroy Crossing, Fitzroy Gardens, Forest Hill, Forestville, Frankston, Greensborough, Gympie, Hervey Bay, Hilbert, Hobart, Inverell, Ipswich, Joondalup, Karratha, Katherine, Kellyville, Kempsey, Kialla, Killalea, Kingaroy, Lake Hamilton, Lakes Entrance, Lennox Head, Lilydale, Lilyfield, Mackay, Medowie/Raymond Tce, Middlemount, Mornington Peninsula, Mt Barker, Nambucca Heads, Noosa, Ocean Grove, Palm Island, Penrith, Peregian, Pinjarra, Point Cook, Port Douglas, Rockhampton, Roma, Russell Island, Shepparton, Shoalhaven, Singleton, South Gippsland, South West Rocks, Stanthorpe, Summerland Point, Sutherland, Swan Hill, Tamworth, Torquay, Tuggerawong, Ulverstone, Warburton, Warrnambool, Wynyard, Yamba and Yarrabilba!

Tales from Launceston


Launceston parkrun celebrated its 1st anniversary on Saturday and to celebrate Event Director Craig Boon (shown receiving a plaque of recognition from local running identity Mike Spray) asked for testimonials from people who wanted to share their love of parkrun. Here are two of the best:

Lance Beament - In November 2012 I had my 5th hip operation in just over 20 years since I had turned 18. After the awesome work of my surgeon, I started swimming for recovery and found I actually enjoyed it, so much so that I was swimming a minimum of 4 times a week, and doing 1.5 - 2 km each time. In January at much persuasion by my wife I did my first fun run with her and our three children, a 5km run on Australia Day in Launceston. The run took me 36 minutes, I was real slow but I enjoyed immensely. I was 103.7kg and I decided I just had to get the weight off and keep it off otherwise my hip would never get better. To give myself a goal to keep fit I made the commitment to do Launceston and Burnie 10’s and challenged all of my workmates to do the same. I started following a running plan and using a calorie counting apps on my Smartphone, and really ramped up the running. In February I found out about a wonderful weekly event called parkrun and after my first I was hooked. Great organisers, helpful and encouraging runners and all whilst fostering a competitive event. My 5km time quickly dropped from 36 minutes in January to a best of 22:17 in August. Not only have I been able to improve my own health and fitness through parkrun, but I have been afforded the wonderful opportunity to help other parkrun runners by volunteering at 3 events so far. Volunteering is such a great part of parkrun, as it allows such awesome event to be made available to no cost to the individual. So far I have successfully completed both Launceston and Burnie 10’s, Ross half marathon, and entered Point to Pinnacle and Cadbury half marathon. And the result, well now I tip the scales at 77.5kg, and I run 5km in 22:17, 10km in 47:57 and half in 1:48:17.

Leanne Evans - Throughout my school years I rarely ran, I did not view myself as athletic or a capable of running. My focus was swimming. During my 20’s I continued swimming, played netball and attended a gym. I was fit and healthy. Slowly through my 30’s, due to a degenerative heart condition, my exercise tolerance decreased to the point where I struggled to walk around the block. As my exercise ability reduced, my weight increased. At age 41 I had major heart surgery. Following my surgery I gradually began to exercise again. I attended a local gym and with the support of my husband and friends I began running. Initially I was barely able to run 50m. Gradually I increased the distance until I was able to run 5km. My goal was to enter a 5km fun run. I was running 5km once or twice a month with a friend. At the beginning of December attended my first parkrun, and have attended most weeks since. I am competitive against myself and the fact parkrun is a timed event encouraged me to improve my running and fitness. I quickly realised that my parkrun time is not going to improve with the odd 5km with my friend, therefore I began running more frequently and joined a local running group for support and training tips. I have taken almost 5mins off my 5km time. parkrun has transformed me into a runner. I have lost 18kg since my cardiac surgery, and feel better than I have done for many years. I no longer just run the odd 5km, but run 4 – 6 days a week. My immediate goal is the Point to Pinnacle in less than 2 weeks, then the Cadbury Half early next year. parkrun has provided an opportunity to meet some fantastic people, some, who like me, have recently started running and others who have run for many years. One aspect of parkrun which I really like is that it is a community event open for all people, from the serious runner to the recreational runner and those beginning their exercise journey. parkrun is a fantastic community event which relies on volunteers. I have volunteered numerous times and love encouraging people and seeing their improvement.

Pass on the Salt


Ever wondered how much is too much??? The current RDA of sodium for an adult is set at 1600mg of sodium per day (approx 4 grams of salt), with an maximum upper limit of 2300mg (about 6 grams of salt) in order to prevent the onset of chronic disease. This is about half of what many Australians are currently consuming. Salt and sodium are not the same. Salt is made up of both sodium and chloride. A small amount of salt is important for good health – it helps to maintain the correct volume of circulating blood and tissue fluids in the body, it helps with nerve transmission and it is involved in the contraction and relaxation of muscles.

Click here to read more.

Trish from Enrich Health & Nutrition

Upcoming Event Launches, Anniversaries & Cancellations


Our 35th launch for the year is coming up on Saturday, November 30, at Minnippi [http://www.parkrun.com.au/minnippi/]. Other confirmed launch dates include: 7/12 – Bunyaville, Belmont & Mt Gambier.

Upcoming anniversaries include: 16/11 – Albert Melbourne (2nd); 23/11 – Sandgate (1st); and 7/12 – Torrens (1st).

Upcoming cancellations: 23/11 - Fingal Bay.

Feedback from the field


Libby Sargent - Congratulations to Julie Bryant from Main Beach parkrun, 1st Australian female to join the 100-club!


Captain Dale Murray from The Salvation Army - A big THANK YOU to parkrun and parkrunners across Australia who on 26th October generously donated to The Salvation Army's Bush Fire Appeal. All donations 100% will help the Salvos provide vital ongoing assistance in both the short and long term to hundreds of individuals and families in the Blue Mountains and surrounding areas who had their properties and livelihoods either destroyed or damaged by last month’s bush fires. The Australian community have again demonstrated their tremendous spirit of generosity at a time when other Aussies are in need and doing it tough. As a parkrunner myself, I am so excited this same spirit is truly alive and well in parkrunners across Australia. This is one reason why parkrun is such a fantastic community.


Verity Currey - I am the Chair of the Volunteer Organising Committee for Cancer Council Newcastle / Lake Macquarie Relay For Life and also a Newy parkrunner. I just wanted to say a huge thank you to parkrun Australia for becoming involved in our event and to Dave Robertson (Robbo) of Newy parkrun for donating his time and expertise to our first Relay Midnight 5km. I admit I was freaking out a little bit never having organised one but Dave's laid back attitude and quiet confidence calmed my nerves. It vastly exceeded all my expectations! It added a whole new level of fun to the Relay experience and from the feedback on Facebook, has given birth to a whole new group of runners! So I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part, raised some money for a deserving cause and have given us such positive feedback about next year’s event! I hope with your blessing it will be “a keeper”. RUNNERS ROCK!!!


Jenny Pearson - I was a first timer recently and made the effort to go into South Bank to help smash some attendance records!! I will most likely be running closer to home at Cleveland or Wynnum from now on. I just wanted to say how much fun my boyfriend and I had and to say thanks for such a well organized event! We had a great run and lots of fun with 900 other people!! Thanks again.


Phil Ackland - This is how you run a Marathon parkrun style. Form a relay team of 5km Mt Gambier parkrunners to cover the 42km course between them and line up at the start. Exactly what our team did today. Plenty of support and fun along the way and the Port of Portland 3 Bays Marathon is done! I wonder how many teams we can fill for next year’s event?


Gillian Sandwith - Hello fellow parkrunners. I had a terrific time helping South Bank break the Australian record recently. Great effort. However, with a bigger than average group it is really interesting to note the gendered differences when running. I happened to be elbowed three times (and nearly knocked off my feet) on three different occasions by three different men. One was semi apologetic, he gave a wave and shouted a ‘sorry mate’, until he had to apologise again when he realised I was an older woman. Not fun. I love parkrun because of its emphasis on fun, community participation and accessibility rather than having a focus on ‘competition’ and ‘racing’. It is amazing that nearly half of the runners are women, indicating parkrun is safe, inclusive and fun for women too. Please guys remember your running etiquette when you are going for your PB’s, some of us women fear being knocked over and don’t like to be elbowed.


Terry Baker - I know volunteering is an important part of parkrun and a personal decision to make for each runner but I volunteered again this week at St Peters and took a swag of pictures which will become a running memory for that person and that makes me feel proud that I put and hand up to do the job. So if you have not volunteered have a go and maybe start with marshalling or collecting tokens after they are scanned anything that helps the parkrun experience.


Melissa Erbacher - Hey parkrun Australia, just wanted to share with you this short video of John Taylor finishing his 50th run at Kawana parkrun this morning. John is the first person to run ALL 50 of his parkruns at Kawana, and he's 80 years young to boot - absolutely inspirational!


Gary Clarke - Had a ball at Tuggeranong parkrun today. Here are just some of the pacers helping people to run their PBs.


Dan Baldwin – Congratulations to Nikki and her eager and friendly team of volunteers for hosting the inaugural Diamond Creek parkrun. The rain held off for the briefing and the parkrun which we all thankful for. I was impressed with the out and back course which was very scenic along the creek with a few little rises. There was an excellent sense of parkrun community at the finish line with everyone talking about the run and other parkruns. For a parkrun tourist, this area is great to visit too. Thanks Nikki for a top morning.


Mark Northcott - Thanks to Jaci Richards for surprising me with my 50-club shirt at Fingal Bay parkrun on Saturday. I was not expecting it at all!


Jo Cootes - Wynnum parkrun has such a lovely course and welcoming atmosphere. Thanks again for making us all feel very welcome. We will come back again, I have to say you have it all... parkrun, water, breakfast and great coffee across the way and simply the best water / park for kids!! I really appreciate the time you take and invest into new people, very reassuring.


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:  Kate Wake

Club:  I joined the Five30 Runners club - they told me it would make me run faster but it just makes me laugh harder.

Age:  Very young. And tall. Oh, look over there, a shiny thing!

Home parkrun:  St Peters parkrun in sunny downtown Sydney by the Sea.

Occupation:  Mother of the Year and Rainbow Warrior.

Number of runs:  How many have I run or how many does it feel like I have run? I have run about 20. It feels like 200, or none, depending on the morning. Some mornings I'm full of butterflies and I feel like a knob. Others I rock up feeling like a too-comfortable (VERY YOUNG) veteran.

PB:  I'm slow. Somewhere between half an hour and a full hour. When you like to think of the cup half full, surely that makes my PB a half full hour.

Number of times volunteered:  um. I don't know. A few. If the bestest Event Director in the universe ever asks for help, I'll volunteer and co-opt a few of my friends. As far as we're concerned, if Paul Wilcock asks, he shall receive. He's a lovely human being, and his wonderful, patient, fast-running wife Emily supports our brilliant parkrun so far above and beyond the call of duty, it's a pleasure to jump in when necessary.

Favourite volunteer role:  Chalking. Oh man, the Traffic Light themed singles parkrun chalking was ridiculously good fun. We have an amazing regular chalker, Athene, who comes up from Wollongong every Saturday and chalks before she actually comes back and runs it. On the singles Traffic Light run day she was stopped by train track work. I dragged Michelle McTavish Ward out with me at sparrow fart, and with a torch and buckets of rainbow chalk from the Summer Hill Rainbow Crossing we enlivened and envulgarated parkrun.

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  I love giving back to my parkrun what it gives to me. And it feels like it really is MY parkrun...that it's everyone's parkrun. I've done scads of volunteer work over the years, and I realise that without reliable, cheerful, volunteers in plentiful numbers, great things die. I never want to imagine a future with our parkrun.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Well, I've mentioned the chalk.... But we HAVE to talk about the high-fives. Seriously. I get such anxiety about whether I should shove my hand out or not when I marshall. Some of those fast folk terrify me with their concentration, but then I don't want to snub them. And I don't want to look like Mr Bean going to high-five people when they don't want to high-five or haven't noticed my awkward (jazz) hand gestures. And so I keep my hand ready... but of course I miss a few. Then if I do get a willing "fiver" I'm not sure whether to do a clap, slap or tap kind of a high-five. I think we probably need a workshop in high-fives.

How can we improve parkrun:  That high-five workshop?

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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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