welcome to the newsletter
In this week’s newsletter we celebrate Christmas in the best possible way, prepare to do the same as we welcome the new year and you nominate your favourite parkrun moments from 2013.
On Christmas Day I had the pleasure of attending Varsity Lakes parkrun with my son Jack and 55 other folk who had decided to start Christmas in the best possible way. Varsity Lakes Event Director Chris Channels had confided in me that he was a bit nervous as to whether anyone would actually show up for the Christmas Day run and I know that he and his trustee volunteer team were delighted with the enthusiastic turnout.
This parkrun passion wasn’t just confined to Varsity Lakes as 10 other events also held Christmas Day runs with a grand total of 1,061 parkrunners taking part. The 'biggest' Christmas parkrun attendance was at South Bank parkrun with 389, quite incredible really! All of this was made possible by our trustee Event Directors and 72 volunteers who gave up their Christmas morning to make it all happen. Thanks all, it was sensational.
Last Saturday was the final parkrunday for 2013. As such I posted a question to the parkrun Australia Facebook page asking for people to nominate their favourite parkrun moments from the last 12 months. The responses came thick and fast and I have listed a selection below.
Finally, thanks for all the lovely emails I received congratulating my wife and I on the birth of Evie. Now she is already 1 week old, where does the time go?
See you all in 2014!
Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)
p.s. Only 290 days until International parkrun Day 2014
As I’m sure most of you are aware, many of our events are this year holding New Year’s Day parkruns. AMAZING! These runs are extremely popular in the UK and I’m sure will also be here in Australia. For a detailed list of who is doing what and when please check out our Christmas Compendium!
I grew up running - It was my life! I started running when I was 5 years old with our cross country club and was instantly hooked. Everything I did revolved around where I could run or when I could train even family holidays in Bali were planned fun runs! I loved every aspect of running and was more than happy for it to take over my life! I was injured competing in 2003 and took a few months off training and racing. A few months turned into a year as the injury wasn’t healing and a year turned into 10 thanks to frustration and laziness. After a few months of organising and pestering our Perth parkrun folk for help I managed to get Bunbury parkrun off the ground. Unfortunately I was in no condition to run 5km and a 500m warm up was a battle. I wasn’t even sure I wanted to run again... After event #3 and some peer pressure I pulled on the shoes and had a run (hesitantly) and although I didn’t make the full 5km without a walk the bug was bitten glory days relived. I have now had a few runs with our parkrun and training has picked up to 4 days a week again and the times are slowly getting quicker. I have even been talked into running our local half marathon in April. Bunbury parkrun on Saturday mornings is the highlight of my week and my reason to get out of bed and run again!
None of this would have been possible without the support of our parkrun community and the over whelming motivation from our group of happy Saturday morning parkrunners. I want to thank everyone that has motivated me to get running fit again - you have changed my life!
Steve from Bunbury parkrun
Your favourite parkrun moments from 2013
Kathy Rae - Impossible to pick just one. It was wonderful do Parramatta parkrun with 3 generations of my family and many friends.
Leanne Mcguinness - The support and encouragement I received from fellow parkrunners on my first run in May to get me across the line. I had never run 5k in my life and I felt like I was going to die but I made it and was very proud of what I achieved and the community I had stepped into.
Nyree Slatface - Having the balls to show up that first time. I rock last place!
James Costello - Yesterday I finally broke the 20min mark for the 5km run with a 19:58. It has been eluding me for the past 6 months what a way to end the year... That's got to be top of the moment list!!!
Gary Nisbet - My 50th parkrun at Sandgate’s 1st Anniversary with Caroline and David Nisbet & the Grandkids!
Paul Thompson - Get to run with my mates Ray and Andrew. We are born in 1958 and for the last few years get shirts made up. This year's theme is OL55.
Tricia Steele - Doing 10 different parkruns for the last 10 consecutive weeks of 2013 with my daughter Violet and her massive PB at Newy on the first of the 10.
Tim Baldwin - Running with my family at Berwick Springs parkrun.
Run through your New Years’ Resolutions and make them count
Well another Christmas has come and gone. Our bellies are full of good food and our cupboards are filled with all our new gifts. With the end of 2013 quickly approaching we turn our attention to 2014 and what we are hoping to achieve. Every New Year about 40% of us make Resolutions, but within 2 weeks 70% of us have fallen off the resolution wagon. So as dedicated parkrunners with sights set on new PBs and possibly with the latest GPS watch firmly placed on your wrist, how do we successfully keep our resolutions running and achieve what we set out to achieve?
Click here for a few easy ideas to help keep you running in the right direction for all of 2014!
Trish Russell from Enrich Health & Nutrition
Upcoming Special Events
4 - Rocks Riverside (Qld) launch
11 - Shepparton (Vic) & Pioneer (WA) launches
18 - Point Cook (Vic) launch / St Peters (NSW) 2nd anniversary
8 - Ipswich (Qld) launch / Lake Mac (NSW) 1st anniversary
15 - Kirra (Qld) 2nd Anniversary
22 - Tuggeranong (ACT) 1st anniversary
Feedback from the field
Jane Hamson - Last week my daughter received her 10-club certificate at Newy parkrun. She was so chuffed, and being clapped by over 300 other runners was pretty special. We've got to lead by example for our kids and what I love about parkrun is it's not only me showing her that being fit and active is normal but hundreds of us each week. The more the merrier! Thanks for the weekly newsletter Tim, and congratulations to you and your wife on the arrival of your little daughter - before you know it she'll have her 10-club certificate too!!!
Andrea Watters - Just did my 3rd Cairns parkrun on Saturday. My friend, Nadia Mead, got me into it and now I'm hooked. I have been recovering from a shoulder operation the last 4 months so my fitness took a dive. parkrun has not only been great fun but also has helped me focus on fitness goals. I have set a PB each time I've run and managed to get around the course this last time without stopping to walk. I am looking forward to more PBs and most importantly, having more fun!
Leah Rosevear - Congratulations Tim and Nicci on the birth on your daughter Evie, little sister for Jack. Awesome news. I work at Tweed Hospital - good place to be a patient as well. Have a great Xmas and New Year.
Tess Godsey - Congratulations Tim and Nicci. Welcome to the youngest freshest parkrunner! Tim, glad you appreciate child birthing feat. All the very best and a very blessed Christmas.
Scotty Imhoff - Excited that I can now be called a sub 17min parkrunner. A solo 16:58 at Tuggeranong parkrun in perfect conditions.
Tara Papworth - Popped my parkrun cherry last week at Albert Melbourne parkrun in Oz. Great event! Hurray for parkrun!
Annette O'Shea - Just a short message to say thanks for a great memory that Maitland parkrun provided this morning. Not having any idea (as per usual as we travel our great country), we were first hit with the beauty of your town and its surrounds. Then to experience the Maitland course, we can only ponder on the blessing we stumbled upon. The positive spirit of the run as evidenced by the warm welcome, high fives and cheers of encouragement, and the number of volunteers is credit to you all. Thanks again and all the best wishes to Maitland parkrun. p.s. I do not run to add years to my life, but life to my years. Better parkrun each Saturday than parkbed!
Tony Archer - On a visit from the UK primarily to witness my son complete an amazing Ironman race in Busselton I managed to squeeze in 4 park runs in 3 weeks. One in Rockingham, WA and three in the Newcastle area... Newy, Lake Mac (Xmas Day) and Black Butt. Every one a fantastic experience, brilliantly organised and a great atmosphere. Proud to have left behind 3 category records for M55-59 but most of all very grateful to the parkrun organisation, volunteers and participants that enabled me to simply turn up with my barcode and run in beautiful surroundings with fantastic people. Thank you.
Drop me an email if you have an interesting parkrun related fact, happening or comment that you would like to share with all parkrunners.
Name: Meredith Tucker
Home parkrun: Main Beach
Occupation: Race Director/Bus driver
Number of runs: 35
PB: Proudly for an old girl 23.50
Number of times volunteered: Around 7
Favourite volunteer role: Finish tokens, love to see people finish.
What do like about volunteering at parkrun: Giving is just as rewarding as doing and achieving. I know that sounds pretty deep, but the rewards you get and feel when you cheer or help people achieve their goal and/or feel good about what they are doing just puts a smile on my dial.
Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment: How’s this for corny....All parkruns are memorable. At my home parkrun there is a 9 year old young boy who runs with his Dad. They run around the same times as me, but at different paces so most weeks it’s all about who comes in first, myself or Ethan and his Dad. They are a lovely family and a large part of our Main Beach family. Oh and I also dream a lot about receiving my 50-club parkrun t-shirt, A hunky surfer will ride in on a wave, walk over to parkrun and hand me the bright red t-shirt with a smile then disappear as quick as he came.
How can we improve parkrun: I feel the volunteering works well, but I know that there are some people who are just a little shy. I challenge you shy people to volunteer just once a year. You will realise it’s just as good as running.