weekly newsletter 28th January 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s newsletter we celebrate more statistical achievements, hear from our Antarctic Explorer and running royalty visits Main Beach.

It’s getting closer!

For the 3rd week in a row we had an all-time total attendance record of 9,660 parkrunners across our 59 events, creeping ever closer to the magical 10K! All we need to do is add 6 runners per event this weekend and we will get there however I think the most likely outcome is that we will crack it the following Saturday when we launch events 60 and 61. I will happily be proven wrong though!

Last Saturday was of course all about Australia Day and many events had Aussie themed dress ups with sausage sizzles and all the trimmings that you would expect. Streuth! On a serious note special congratulations must go to Kelly Daly and her team at Kawana parkrun who were honoured in their local 2014 Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards! Much deserved recognition.

Statistics and data really have become a big thing within the parkrun community, nothing more so than the most events table. As the name suggests, this table shows the runners who have attended the most different events across Australia, with a minimum of at least 20 different events or at least 5 inaugural events. For some time there has been a battle at the top of this table between Michael Schultz, Brent Stowers and the Burrells (Roisin and Alan aka The Professor) and it brought a smile to my face when I saw on my Facebook feed on Saturday morning that Brent had jumped on a plane to Sydney to sneakily visit Parramatta parkrun. Well done mate, only one more and you will be equal with Schultzy, Alan and Roisin!

Happy running,

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

p.s. Only 262 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.

Essential stats


Number of runners – 9,660
Number of volunteers – 522
Number of new registrations – 1,817
Total number of registered parkrunners – 81,823

Antarctica 'pop up' parkrun update


Blackbutt and Newy parkrun Run Director Jodie Tersteeg is currently in Antarctica as part of her studies and is organizing a ‘pop-up parkrun’ while she is there. We have created a Facebook event page for Jodie so make sure you check it out for more info! Here is the latest update from Jodie –

I'm here!! And it's awesome!!!

Boarded the Herc at about midday on Wednesday. We took off, flew for about 20 minutes then turned around and landed back in Christchurch... Apparently the plane was making a strange noise. So waited an hour or so then boarded another Herc. Luckily this one went all the way!

If you think I traveled to Antarctica in style and comfort, you are quite mistaken. Please see photo below, however the views out of the back windows (once you weaved your way around all the cargo to get to the back) were extraordinary!!

We arrived at about 11.30 that night and it is incredibly bizarre to see the sun shining at that time. Half an hour later I was thrilled to see the midnight sun for the first time.

It has been a crazy few days. Scott Base is really full at the moment (they can fit about 80 people) so 6 of us girls are sleeping in a shipping container outside. A little chilly in there but we have very cosy sleeping bags. Meanwhile the guys are sleeping inside the base where it is a constant pleasant 18 degrees.

Directly in front of Scott Base is the sea. Usually it is totally covered in sea ice, but at this time of the year, late in the season, the ice is breaking up. There have been minke whales out amongst the sea ice the whole time we have been here. Plus Weddell seals frolicking!

P.S. Antarctica is pretty darn awesome... in case you're wondering!

Color Me Rad 10% Discount!


The inaugural Color Me Rad 5k hits Sydney on 23 February. Come and get drenched in all the colours of the rainbow at this festival for your feet. The colours will fly but you don’t have to in this laid back fun run. Visit their website and enter the promo code PARKRUN10 to receive 10% discount.

Pole to Pole by The Voyager


I went to Main Beach parkrun this morning and before we went off I saw a familiar face in the crowd. I thought, this is amazing, this guy looks just like Pat Farmer (if the name doesn’t ring the bell – Pat Farmer is an Australian ultra-marathoner who last year ran from North Pole to South Pole nonstop covering the distance of about 2 marathons a day for over 10 months!). Anyway… as we walked to the start line I introduced myself and asked if he wasn’t by any chance Pat Farmer? Yes he was! He asked how fast I could run the 5k and I said – probably 24 min today. “OK, we can run it together and talk” he said. What I forgot to mention, was that when I run parkrun in 24 min I can’t talk… We went off and I could barely keep up for a minute or two and said: “Pat, please go, I feel bad slowing you down”. For the rest of the distance I felt like walking and had a hard time breathing from going too fast at the beginning. I learned later that he could do 5k in 17 min. At the age of 51!!!

We caught up after the run and talked about his book ‘Pole to Pole’ which I read few months ago. Pat asked for my address to send me his signed book, we took an obligatory picture and shook hands.

What a humble guy running a 5k parkrun totally unrecognised and not seeking any attention! I still can’t believe it.

Btw, couple of hours later he drove to my place to drop off his signed book!!! I am speechless.

Click here to read more.

Upcoming Special Events


February
8 - Ipswich (Qld) launch, Golden Beach (Qld) launch, Lake Mac (NSW) 1st anniversary, St Peters (NSW) cancelled
15 - Kirra (Qld) 2nd anniversary
22 - Tuggeranong (ACT) 1st anniversary

March
8 - Parramatta (NSW) 1st anniversary
29 - Riverway (Qld) 1st anniversary

Feedback from the field


Penny Geraghty – Well last week was my first ever parkrun. Work mates have constantly talked it up so a friend and I decided to give Rocks Riverside parkrun a go. Everyone was very friendly and the briefing was very clear for the newbies. Thanks for the special newbie chat as well. I wish it was Saturday already and am counting down the days. There was no push to go faster than the pace I had set. Most people on their way back were very friendly and gave a smile or a Hi. Some even in between strides gave encouragement. The cheer squad at the finish line yelling encouragement to complete strangers to keep going and how well we were doing really lifted us. It was great to see a mix of ages including adults with children. Getting kids involved in exercise is great and I think it’s great seeing kids having fun with their parents. Your website is fantastic. I am about to go on a family holiday and I was able to locate a parkrun right near where we are holidaying. Even better is that I have been able to point this out to all of my in-laws that we will be holidaying with, and have been able to convince even my mother in law to have a go. parkrun is fantastic. You have me hooked already at just one event.


Irene Reid - This coming Saturday I will be running with my brothers Greg (from Brisbane with 50+ parkruns) and Bede (Tuggeranong parkrunner) at Tuggeranong parkrun. Greg has been the family ‘runner’ for years but he introduced me to parkrun about 6 months when I wasn't running at all. Since then I have taken up running and fallen in love with parkrun. I am very excited to be running with my 2 big brothers; hopefully they will spur me on to another PB!


Cathy Lawrence - Below is a photo of two of our Run Directors down here in Launceston, Tasmania. Christine Timms and Daniel O'Shea were getting married later that day but couldn't possibly miss the morning parkrun just for a wedding! Amazing commitment!


Solita Lightfoot – It may have been a difficult subject but thank you for the reminder about courteousness on the shared pathways in the latest newsletter. On my 2nd parkrun 2 weeks ago I was clipped by a fellow runner who really didn’t have enough space to pass me safely while dodging oncoming foot traffic. I regained my footing and was okay but thank you for raising the topic so publicly.


Steve Powel - I travel a fair bit for work and am new to running so I’ve started looking at parkrun courses to help guide me on my run location and course when travelling. I was in Launceston last week and used the parkrun course at Inveresk. I got slightly ‘geographically misplaced’ as I was running along and then I noticed the stone signs that had been placed around the park with the parkrun logo on them. It made the run a delight. So much so I managed my first ever 10km run that day. I’m a new member to the parkrun movement and a new recruit to the sport of running and am loving it. Great work.


David Wells - Not very interesting but my 15 year old son and I (42years young) competed in our first Maitland parkrun and I was surprised at how well it was organised and how well the event ran with over 300 people from all walks of life participating. At the start of the event I said to my son that I will meet him back at the finish line as I thought that I would have no chance on keeping up with my fit 15 year old son and I have only be doing a little bit of running over the last couple of months and I would have been happy just to make it around the course. Well we started off together and within the first 500metre he was quiet a distance in front of me with all of the competitors being polite and considerate to all the other runners and people using the park . Well it was a bit like the tortoise and the hare as at about the 2km make I passed my son with a slight remark “come on you can’t let your old fella beat you”. Well that was the last time I seen him until he finish the run as I finished a lot better than I ever thought I would by coming in 32nd and then I got to wait for my son to finish . So to all of the organisers and volunteers I would like to thank you for a great event and look forward to next weekend to compete again with my wife entering in her first park run.


Eion Williamson - Signed up the family late Friday night for Mount Gambier parkrun, had them eargerly on course the following day. Thought this was park RUN (emphasis on run), as get a lovely reaction each time I remind my wife of this fact! Useful suggestion: you could add a walkers division called park chat!


Scott Rutland - I am only new to the whole parkrun experience, having taken it on to support my friend and personal trainer Brodi Reid and the rest of the GET LOW FITNESS group. It is good to have some friendly internal competition as well as personal challenges. Unfortunately I have been running injured, carrying bilateral ingrual hernias (sports hernias) for the last 12 months … time to do something about it! So I get my last run in on the Saturday before Monday’s surgery and there is a call for volunteers. I think, “Well I won’t be back running for a while, I’m up for this.” I have had to miss one week completely but I am on the books for Barcode Duties for the next two weeks and then I think I’ll try my hand at Tail Runner until I can get moving quickly again. I am very happy to be able to give back, and to be able to contribute while being unable to run is a perfect distraction. I know people generally want to run, but if you can’t then volunteering is a great alternative, and you still get points!! Bring on more supporting until I can run, then I might schedule myself in for a relax week every alternate month and volunteer that weekend instead.


Clare Wardle - Today marks my 1 year anniversary as a parkrunner! Huge thanks to Jennifer Louise Ierace for inviting me along a year ago for moral support on her first 5km (she has since gone on to amazing things with her health and fitness). In 1 year I have done 30 runs in 6 locations, volunteered at 4 locations and improved my time from 28.34 to 22.28. Best of all I have met some amazing, wonderful and inspiring people who I now call friends. Thanks to all the organisers and volunteers who make it possible :)


Jon Barry - Got to love listeners touting parkrun on JJJ in the morning - they were from Victoria, managed to get in all the details "free timed 5km run every Saturday at 8am, just register your details - great community feel" before the DJ moved her on. Great to see how many people are enthusiastic about parkrun!


Andrew Dodd - Newy parkrun's cloning experiment to boost numbers is working! This is Geoff Hayes on left making his parkrun debut parkrun and Newy regular Chris Hayes on the right.


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:  Joanna MacCarthy

Club:  Five30runners

Age:  37

Home parkrun:  Balyang Sanctuary

Occupation:  Radiation Therapist

Number of runs:  55

PB:  29:21

Number of times volunteered:  19

Favourite volunteer role:  Run Director

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  Getting to know the people who attend each week, and to have their encouragement when I run.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  The time when the laptop refused to match runners’ names to their times, so I had to enter everyone’s details manually.

How can we improve parkrun:  Perhaps encourage a 10:1 ratio – run 10 times, volunteer once. If everyone did this we could fill our roster for the year in no time!

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 1920's 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 21st January 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s newsletter we review our shared path policy, hear more from our Antarctic adventurer and adidas make you an offer too good to refuse.

As you all know I don’t like having to be all serious and school principal like in this newsletter (or in real life) however from time to time it has to be done, so here goes.

A dangerous incident was reported to one of our Event Directors last week by a lady who was walking her dog as parkrun was coming through. Unfortunately one of our runners ran into her whilst attempting to overtake another parkrunner which can happen, and I understand that. What is unacceptable however is that this runner, or any other runners in the proximity who may have witnessed the incident, failed to make sure the lady was ok and, at the very least, apologise. The lady has also advised that many parkrunners were running all over the path and not showing any respect to other path and park users. As I hope you can all appreciate, behaviour like this can have very serious consequences which can result in a serious accident or worse. I know the Event Director in question was really disappointed to receive this complaint as sharing the path is something that we stress often in this newsletter, on the website and in the pre-run briefings. So, as a reminder, all runners MUST:

- Keep left;
- Share the paths;
- Be courteous;
- Allow others to pass - even if you have to stop; and
- Report any incidents to the Run Directors or any volunteer if you witness or are involved in an incident.

The majority of our Run Directors mention the above points every week and encourage positive behaviour at parkrun. We know the majority of parkrunners follow these rules so please consider this the next time you are running with us.

Phew, I’m glad that’s over.

In the newsletter last week I mentioned a proposed parkrun tour to New Zealand later in 2014. To get an idea of how many of you may be interested in joining the fun can you please join the Facebook event page as this is where future details will be shared and discussed?

Lastly, congrats to Craig Curtis and his team at Point Cook parkrun who held a successful launch last Saturday. In Craig’s words –

“Thank you for your support and assistance in helping us launch the Point Cook parkrun today - we had an incredible 133 finishers at our launch which far exceeded our expectations. Thank you to all of the other run directors and volunteers from the neighbouring events who came along - in particular Nikki from Diamond Creek, George from Berwick Springs and also Brendan from Albert Park. We also had visitors from Balyang and Phil and Nikki from Mt Gambier who seem to be everywhere. We also had lots of interstate parkrun tourists which was great to see, including our very own Sarah Logan who has helped in providing invaluable support and guidance in setting up our event. parkrun is definitely alive and well in Victoria. We feel privileged to now be part of the parkrun family”.

p.s. Only 269 days until International parkrun Day 2014

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.

Essential stats


Number of runners – 9,314
Number of volunteers – 502
Number of new registrations – 2,059
Total number of registered parkrunners – 79,993

Antarctica 'pop up' parkrun update


As mentioned in the newsletter last week, Blackbutt and Newy parkrun Run Director Jodie Tersteeg is soon off to Antarctica as part of her studies and is organizing a ‘pop-up parkrun’ while she is there. Here is the latest update from Jodie –

“Three more sleeps until a big, noisy Hercules with skis is going to whisk me away from Christchurch and 10 hours later deliver me onto the Ross Ice Shelf.

When I'm down on the Ice, I will be at Scott Base on Ross Island, which is the New Zealand station. I will spend half my time there and half my time camped out on the Ross Ice Shelf. The temperature at Scott Base at the moment is quite warm, with highs of just below zero and lows of around -6.

When I'm down on the Ice, I will be at Scott Base on Ross Island, which is the New Zealand station. I will spend half my time there and half my time camped out on the Ross Ice Shelf. The temperature at Scott Base at the moment is quite warm, with highs of just below zero and lows of around -6.

I'll need to put my sunglasses on to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Weird!!”

Even more reason to try!


Have you tried Boost yet? Now there’s even more reason! adidas is committed to runners, and delivering footwear that satisfies your needs as a parkrunner. So much so that they have introduced the REVOLUTION 30 guarantee. Revolution 30 allows you to purchase adidas adult and junior running footwear containing Boost technology with confidence. Quite simply, if you are not happy with any pair of our Boost running footwear, you can return them to your store of purchase within 30 days of the date of purchase, for an exchange or a refund of the purchase price. Revolution 30 takes the guessing work out of the equation so you can focus on your weekly run. Click here to Boost your run.

Upcoming Special Events


February
8 - Ipswich (Qld) launch, Golden Beach (Qld) launch, Lake Mac (NSW) 1st anniversary
15 - Kirra (Qld) 2nd anniversary
22 - Tuggeranong (ACT) 1st anniversary

March
8 - Parramatta (NSW) 1st anniversary
29 - Riverway (Qld) 1st anniversary

Feedback from the field


Lauren Howman – I ran Lake Mac parkrun for the first time on Saturday and it was amazing! I used to run regularly and as a child competed in the cross country getting to state level for it. However in May 2013 I was diagnosed with chiari malformation, a condition I have had all my life but its only just been diagnosed! All doctors told me to stop all physical activity, including lifting anything over 5kg and running. I listened to them at first however still had constant neck pain and headaches. So I decided to give parkrun a go and see if exercising would make a difference to my pain. On Saturday morning I got up early and got ready for the run, knowing I may have to stop and turn around if I was in too much pain. Everyone was amazing and smiling, I had the beginners talk with the organiser and a lot of other newbies and then it was time to run. I paced myself and found everyone so supportive. I managed to do nearly 2.5km before I had to walk for a bit and on the return leg had to walk every now and then. Towards the end I was met by the organiser and he ran with me for a bit, talking about the run and that it was my first time. I finished the run in 36min 10 seconds, something I am very proud of considering I haven’t done any exercise in nearly 12 months. I will definitely be doing the run regularly and find it encouraging that you can walk if you want and you’re not trying to beat others but to improve your time. I am now a parkrun groupie and can’t wait to beat my time and bring a few new people to the run with me. It’s amazing it’s free and so supportive and relaxed. Thank you.


Jodie Gardiner – On Saturday 11th January 2014 I ran my first ever parkrun at Gungahlin, ACT. What a fantastic event! I had been contemplating doing parkrun for a while however as I suffer from chronic illotibial band syndrome (an affliction I have had for over five years) some days I can manage a 5km no problems, and other days I can't get to 2km without having to stop, so I wondered if I would be able to do it. I ordered my plastic barcode token prior to Christmas and it was ready and waiting for me - all I needed to do was give it a go. I jumped on my bike and rode down to Yerrabi Pond, nice and early so I could check out the course and figure out where the start line was. I was so early that no one else was there so I decided to do a lap of the lake on my bike and was pleasantly surprised to see motivational quotes written in chalk at various intervals along the route. Prior to the commencement of the run I was again surprised when we newbies were given a welcoming clap and personal instruction on the course. What surprised me most was the welcoming and relaxed atmosphere that surrounded the event. There was just something special about being there and there was such a great, positive vibe about it. I am really pleased to say that my knees held up and I finished with a time that was only three minutes out from my PB (which considering the way my knees can be I was very happy with). More importantly I am really looking forward to the next run and becoming a regular parkrunner. As soon as I have a few runs under my belt I will also be volunteering :) Thank you for organising such a great event. Keep up the great work.


Pete Dickson - I had my first parkrun last Saturday at Ginninderra. My daughter and her partner had joined the Gungahlin parkrun a few months ago, so thought I would give it a try. What a great idea, it was a great experience. I was surprised at the number of people 180 I think. As I had not run over 5km for several months, thought I would start at the back as I really just wanted to finish. The information sent about results was also fantastic. Plenty of statistics and I can now see how far ahead those in my age group are and this has given me something to train and aim for. Although maybe after the hot weather has gone. It was very well organised and the volunteers did a fantastic job. Must remember to put my name down to help next time I’m in the ACT, as I live in Merimbula NSW. To my great surprise Merimbula also has a parkrun. Keep up the good work.


Ben Danahay - May I say what a pleasure it was taking photos at Coomera parkrun today. I don't think there was one person that didn't smile as they ran past. Just shows the type of friendly, happy people Coomera parkrunners are and especially on such a hot day and such a beautiful course. Cheers to all of you members. Keep smiling and keep running!


Melissa Cortinas – My soon to be Kirra parkrunner, Mieka!


Garry Wells – We had another rider knocked off his bike on Sunday and as parkrun promotes getting to events by riding I would like to encourage all parkrunners to sign the “a metre matters” petition that calls upon the Australian Government to amend the Australian Road Rules to require that: 1. drivers allow a minimum of 1 metre when overtaking bicycle riders in speed zones up to 60km/hr; and 2. drivers allow a minimum of 1.5 metres when overtaking bicycle riders in speed zones over 60km/hr. Every signature counts. Make yours count for improved safety for bike riders, many of whom are fellow parkrunners.


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:  Nev Boyle

Club:  none

Age:  64

Home parkrun:  North Lakes

Occupation:  Self employed

Number of runs:  The big 50

PB:  23.41

Number of times volunteered:  4

Favourite volunteer role:  Handing out the finish tokens and congratulating people as they cross the line.

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  Coming to parkrun to run, volunteer or just help out is something I look forward to. By volunteering we have the chance to get to know each other a bit better and make new friends.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  The first one. It was a new experience plus I enjoyed watching everyone else run past on the first 2 laps around the lake.

How can we improve parkrun:  It seems to work well the way it is. At North Lakes the volunteers all get a big cheer before the run starts, it's a nice touch.

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 1920's 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 14th January 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s newsletter we hear of an upcoming Antarctic adventure, an all new radical run and some more perfect parkrun poetry!

On Saturday Jack and I made our first visit to Rocks Riverside parkrun in Brisbane with some very special guests by our side: my older brother Terry and his daughter Freya. This was Terry’s first time at parkrun so I was excited and proud to show him the incredible community that has developed since our launch in Australia back in April 2011. I’m sure many of you have also introduced parkrun to friends, family and colleagues and have felt similar satisfaction in sharing our ‘secret society’!

Also on Saturday I received an email from Blackbutt and Newy parkrun Run Director Jodie Tersteeg who is lucky enough to be going to Antarctica later this month for work and, in her words, “because of my undying love for parkrun I wanted to take it with me!” Jodie is going to be in Antarctica for a couple of weeks and we are going to help her organise a ‘pop-up parkrun’ running across ice and snow with some beautiful Antarctic scenery in the background. We have created a Facebook event page for Jodie so make sure you check it out for more info on this amazing adventure!

Something I have been contemplating for a while is a parkrun tour across the ditch to New Zealand. Well I have decided that 2014 is the year to make it happen so for any of you who may be keen pencil in August 30-September 6, starting with Lower Hutt parkrun in Wellington and finishing with Cornwall Park parkrun in Auckland. Further details will follow in the weeks ahead. Choice!

Happy running,

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

p.s. Only 276 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.

Essential stats


Number of runners – 8,939
Number of volunteers – 496
Number of new registrations – 2,172
Total number of registered parkrunners – 77,276

miCoach SMART RUN


What are your running resolutions in 2014? Need that little extra help to achieve them?

adidas has launched the miCoach SMART RUN – the most advanced and intuitive wrist-based running device on the market. For the first time, you will be able to track your run using GPS mapping, monitor your heart rate off your wrist, listen to your favourite music and get real-time coaching – all in a single yet simple, slick colour touch screen running watch.

Don’t worry if the tech can get confusing – there are no cables, straps or additional sensors. It’s just one device, solving those problems of flailing headphone cables and music players. Achieve your parkrun goals this year with a little help from adidas. Run smarter, not harder.

Click here to learn exactly how it works.

Color Me Rad


As you all know, parkrun isn’t a race, but a run. Well the all new Color Me Rad isn’t a race either… it’s a PARTY! Join the fun in Sydney on 23 February at the inaugural 5km run or check out their website to see when the PARTY hits your town. You don’t even need a barcode!

Runner Man (to the tune of Piano Man)


It's eight o'clock on a Saturday
The regular crowds shuffled in
There's a young guy standing next to me
And his face is wearing a grin.

He says "Mate, are you a first timer?"
No, I've done this before
It's fun when you run
But there's warm ups to be done
Lets talk again round kilometer four.

Make us a run for the runner man
Run to a pace you say
We are all in the mood for a PB
And I feel like it could be today.

By Terry Baker from St Peters parkrun

The Pointy End


Who are you? South Bank parkrunner Patrick Nispel, 2h:22m Marathon Runner and Running Coach.

How the hell do you run so fast? I have been a competitive runner for 21 years through cross country, track, steeplechase, triathlon, mountain and road running. Running is my passion and I have always had the dream to make it to the Olympics one day. I grew up in Switzerland, but moved to Brisbane in 2007 to work as an architect and take my running career to the next level. Last year, I finished 9th both in the International Zurich and the Melbourne Marathon and got announced for the Swiss National Talent Squad for my time of 2:22.55.

How many km do you run in an average training week? At full marathon training, I run between 140 to 220km per week; with an average of around 170km. I’ve just completed a 2 week trainings camp at Falls Creek with a peak of 220km one week.

What type of training do you typically do? Most of my running is done at an easy pace. I do 2-3 fast sessions a week such as hill reps, tempo runs, surges, fartlek, track intervals and I do 2-3 long runs per week, my longest being Sunday 2-3 hours, often on hilly terrain. In addition to running training, I regularly do core, foot and leg strength work at the gym, yoga, cycling and swimming. I like other sports such as triathlon, rock climbing, kite surfing, downhill and cross country skiing as well, but haven’t had much time to do these lately.

How long have you been running and have you always been so damn good? Before I took up running at the age of 12, I was a gymnast for a few years. I did not take athletics seriously until I won my first Swiss Championships at the age of 17 and started representing my country in cross country and on the track. I have also represented Australia at the World and Commonwealth Mountain Running Championships in 2011 after I won the Australian Mountain Running Championships and got my dual-citizenship.

What is your favourite distance? It used to be the 3000m Steeplechase with my highlight being able to win the 2008 Zatopek Meet in Melbourne. Ongoing Achilles tendon issues forced me to leave the track behind and have surgery (OS Trigonum Impingement) in 2010 which I thought was the end of my running career. Because of my passion for running, I started training again for pure fitness at first, but then had my comeback with my debut marathon in 2:23 on the Gold Coast in 2011. I got invited to represent Queensland in the Senshu International City Marathon in Japan in 2012, where I finished 3rd. Without much intention, I have started a 2nd running career as a marathon runner. The physiological demand and psychological challenge of running 42.195km in under 2 hours 20min is what drives my motivation at the moment. I am also looking now at becoming a fully professional athlete and getting some more support and sponsorship.

Do you have a coach and do you train with a squad? I train with the University of Queensland Athletics Club and my coach is Pat Clohessy who used to coach Robert De Castella and some other big names in Australian distance running. However, Pat is more of a mentor and good friend to me and I plan all my training, racing and travel myself. I also started my own running coaching group here in South Bank, called P.A.T.42.2 Running and train people of all levels for fun runs, half marathon, marathon, triathlon and ironman distances. The focus of my coaching is running technique, good running form advice and learning different types of training every week. More information can be found on my website.

How much faster would you like to go? Sub 2:14 in the Marathon to make it to the Olympic Games.

What big events do you want to run? I am currently training for the Lake Biwa Marathon in Japan on March 2nd, where my aim is to run sub 2:20 and qualify for the European Athletics Championships in Zurich in August 2014. After this year, I will see if I have a realistic chance to qualify for the IAAF World Championships in 2015 and the Olympic Games in 2016. Another goal is to run a few of the big World Marathon Majors: Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago or New York.

Upcoming Special Events


January
18 - Point Cook (Vic) launch, St Peters (NSW) 2nd anniversary

February
8 - Ipswich (Qld) launch, Golden Beach (Qld) launch, Lake Mac (NSW) 1st anniversary
15 - Kirra (Qld) 2nd Anniversary
22 - Tuggeranong (ACT) 1st anniversary

Feedback from the field


Tanya McLachlan - My first Rockingham parkrun was on New Year's Day. This was my first attempt at running since 2010 as I had to stop due to undergoing IVF. Thankfully in 2011 I fell pregnant and gave birth to my baby girl in May 2012. Incredibly only 4 months later we found out we were expecting baby number 2! Anyway, everyone was so nice to me that first morning at Rockingham parkrun, cheering me on across the finish line in around 46 minutes. The following Saturday I brought my girls down in the pram to complete my very first ‘proper’ parkrun and my oh my I needed every ounce of energy to push that pram over the grass. I finished just over 90 seconds slower than the run 3 days before but with even more encouragement along the way. Thank you Rockingham parkrun, I have fallen back in love with running and strive to get better over 2014 while pushing my girls along the way.


Steve Chilcott - One of our Bunbury parkrun regulars Tony Raudino took his new baby son on his first white knuckle ride on the weekend. He ran a speedy 21:03 as well! Tony has run with us half a dozen times (from 11 starts) but is pulling up stumps and moving to Perth and will hopefully be joining the Canning River team up there. Tony's sons name is Guiseppe and loved every minute of the 5km journey even starting to complain when Tony slowed down to turn corners. Photo from the finish line is below.


Dave Appleby - My neighbour's son is visiting at the moment. When I left home this morning, I noticed them wandering out to their car, thought "they're up early" as I left to pick up another runner. Leaving Newy parkrun following the New Year’s Day ‘Triple Treat’ there was a familiar car following me, didn't think much of it until they turned into the shared driveway. Yes, the visitors from Brisbane had completed the Triple Treat of New Year’s parkruns right here in the #RegionofRunners. How small is the parkrun world?


Margaret Carleton - Just to say a big thank you for a lovely Claisebrook Cove parkrun last Saturday. As a visitor from Manchester, UK you all made me feel very welcome, a wonderful testament to how the parkruns are bringing so many people together. If you are ever in Manchester please join us at our Wythenshawe parkrun, you will be made very welcome. Happy New Year to you all!


Louise Miller - Fantastic turn out today at Kalgoorlie Boulder parkrun. It is so great to see so many families out there with lots of kids walking / running the track. My 3 year old loves Saturdays, probably because of the muffin - thanks Buffy donuts. I can't wait till he's big enough to run more so I haven't got to push him as much! He loves to beat me across the finish line and the encouragement he gets from the volunteers and onlookers is fantastic. Sorry to anyone we hold up or get in the way of on the way round, we do try to keep left but can get a bit difficult at times.


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:  Kelly Underwood

Club:  parkrun is my running club!

Age:  35

Home parkrun:  Can't choose between the two parkruns that we've set up, so can I say Canning River and Pioneer parkrun, but Pioneer for the moment?

Occupation:  Law Librarian

Number of runs:  42

PB:  25:18

Number of times volunteered:  16

Favourite volunteer role:  Run Director, but before Canning River started it was being Lead Bike at Claisebrook Cove at the old start line. You'd pedal off a nanosecond before everyone started, and if you looked over your shoulder at the right time, you could hear the 'Jaws' theme in your head as this tsunami of people thundered along behind you.

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  The massive enthusiasm (despite the early morning) of everyone attending, both as volunteers or as athletes. Watching all the runners come in - it doesn't matter if you are one of the fast runners or a middle of the pack runner like me, if you are after a PB at parkrun everyone looks the same when they cross the finish line - knackered.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  The day that Canning River parkrun started it was about 1.C at 8am and we had about 90 attendees. The day that Pioneer parkrun started we were forecast for 44.C later that day, and we had 90 attendees. If we start a third parkrun I'm slightly worried what the weather will be like, but certain that we'll get about 90 attendees. Maybe less if there is hail.

How can we improve parkrun:  I suspect that a lot of people won't volunteer at parkrun for a job other than marshaling because they aren't confident about the idea of time keeping, or don't know how to do the scanning, or what to do if they are on finish tokens and they accidentally drop a heap of them. Having the odd training session outside of parkrun (maybe Saturday afternoon?) so that they can practice with no pressure might bring more people to volunteer.

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 1920's 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



⇐ Newer Posts this Month