weekly newsletter 25th February 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s newsletter we announce a Guinness World Record Attempt, hear from an avid parkrun tourist and provide details on parkrun’s involvement with the new Gold Coast Marathon Retreat.

It’s been another big week for parkrun with over 10 thousand runners on Saturday and over 90 thousand of you now part of the parkrun family in Australia. I predicted several months back that we would crack the 100 thousand mark at the end of April and the way things are tracking it looks like it may even be a little bit sooner.

It has recently come to my attention that leading global resources company BHP Billiton has a fantastic Matched Giving Program through which they support their employees who volunteer their time with community organizations such as parkrun. What this means is that for every hour the employee volunteers, BHP Billiton will match it with a monetary donation. We already have several volunteers, including Bunbury parkrun Event Director Steve Chilcott, who are BHP Billiton employees and have registered for this program and it is making a significant contribution to parkrun. If there are any more of you out there please sign up today [https://www.easymatch.com/bhpbillitongive/] or contact Steve on bunburyoffice@parkrun.com for more info.

On Thursday the family and I are off to Cape Town for 3 weeks and I have a plan to try 3 different parkruns over the next 3 Saturdays. From all reports parkrun is absolutely booming in South Africa so I’m sure I will have plenty of great content to share in the upcoming newsletters.

Happy running,

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

p.s. Only 234 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 – 10,052
Number of volunteers – 568
Number of new registrations – 1,854
Total number of registered parkrunners – 90,127

Fastest 5km Egg and Spoon Run


On Easter Saturday, April 19, selected parkrun events across Australia will be taking part in a Guinness World Record Attempt for the ‘Fastest 5km Egg and Spoon Run’. The current record is exactly 25 minutes and a number of guidelines have been put forward by Guinness World Records as details below:

1. A loud start signal recognized by all participants must be used.
2. The clock stops when the claimant crosses the line marking the end of the five kilometer distance.
3. The eggs used must be raw fresh hen’s eggs and be completely untreated.
4. The spoon used must be a dessert spoon.
5. The spoon should be held in the hand with the egg placed on top of it. No adhesive of any kind may be used.
6. Once the runner crosses the start line, they may not touch the egg in any way.
7. The egg must not be touched or dropped during the attempt.

This Guinness World Record Attempt will take place alongside your regular parkrun event and all participants must bring their own egg and spoon. We will have more details to follow in the coming weeks and months but for the time being please save the date if you wish to join in this egg-cellent event.

The Accidental Tourist by Brent Stowers


One of these blokes has run 20 Gold Coast Marathons, has driven to every parkrun event that he’s done, is a legend in local running circles and just like a Brazilian footballer is instantly recognisable with just one name: “Schultzy”. The other bloke is me, and I feel privileged to have become associated with this man. For that I have to thank the parkrun ‘most events table’.

Yeah ok it looks like I’m about to deck Schultzy, but that’s only because he surprised me by turning up in Cairns where we both did our 14th or 15th or 16th event (I always get the numbers mixed up, but it’s really not that important). In reality this photo encapsulates the spirit of the particular little ‘competition’ we’ve had over the last 12 months or so. It’s been about friendly rivalry, a lot of fun being tourists, meeting some amazing people, seeing fantastic new places and recognising that leading the table was just a means to an end and not really that significant in the grand scheme of things.

I don’t know about Schultzy, but I certainly never set out to lead the table. In fact I’d probably only done half a dozen different events when a girl I’d recently met told me she was going to miss her Sandgate parkrun because she was going camping near Kingscliff. Thinking quickly – ok, a day or 2 later – I told her I needed to get to the Kingscliff parkrun so that I could chase the lead and somehow talked her into coming along. That was our 3rd date and I’ve been talking Fran into parkrun tourism ever since (she’s now only 1 event behind me, however I’ve promised next time we’re in Sydney we can do St Peters so she’ll catch up)!

Anyway, I caught up with Schultzy last weekend. As some of you know he has a hernia at the moment. If you think that’s slowed him down then you don’t know the guy, but it might be a while before he does any new events outside of south-east Queensland. As for Fran and I, well today at Albert Park was our last tourist event for a while. And while we’ve got a few new events lined up later in the year, now seems like a good time to give the parkrun tourism a rest for a while and get back to the fantastic crew and course at South Bank parkrun. In the meantime I’m looking forward to seeing Rebecca finally catch up to me, Neil run every event in Australia, Mr and Mrs Prof increase their medal collection and – most of all – Schultzy giving me a big cheesy grin at the next new event in our part of the world.

Good luck everyone and DFYB.

Boost your run!


Check it out! The new Energy Boost from adidas will be available from tomorrow 26th Feb in-stores and online. Inject some life into your run with bright new colours, of course all featuring adidas’ revolutionary Boost technology. By combining thousands of micro energy capsules into one midsole, BOOST provides significantly more energy return than any other material available on the market. For you, this means less energy exertion required during strenuous training periods and during your Saturday morning parkrun. To celebrate this launch, adidas is offering 20% off running apparel to complete the look when you purchase any Boost footwear. Boost your run at www.adidas.com.au

Gold Coast Marathon Retreat


As mentioned last week, parkrun Australia GM has been asked to be a guest speaker alongside running legend Ron Clarke at the Run Around The World running retreat on the Gold Coast during the Gold Coast Airport Marathon in July. The team from RATW would like to offer all parkrunners an exclusive discount for the 6 day / 5 night package (staying at the Hilton Surfers Paradise) and for every parkrunner that books parkrun Australia will receive a donation of $250. That sounds like a win, win, win. Please click on the link above for more info.

Upcoming Special Events


March
8 – Albury Wodonga (NSW / Vic) launch, Parramatta (NSW) 1st anniversary
15 – Cambelltown (NSW) launch, Albert Melbourne (Vic) cancelled
22 – Mount Barker (SA) launch
29 – Riverway (Qld) 1st anniversary / Manjimup (WA) launch

April
5 - Main Beach (Qld) 3rd Anniversary
12 - Fingal Bay (NSW) 1st anniversary, Augustine Heights (Qld) 1st anniversary
19 - Guinness World Record attempt – “Fastest 5km Egg and Spoon Race”
26 - Rockingham (WA) 1st anniversary, Ginninderra (ACT) 2nd Anniversary

Feedback from the field


Mel Alderton – My first parkrun was the very first Parramatta parkrun on 9 March 2013. I was training for sprint distance triathlons, so 5km was the perfect distance for me, as well as the Canberra half marathon. I knew no-one else there. Shortly after starting I suffered a knee injury which put me out of the half. This on top of other things happening in my life sent me into a bit of a decline. I decided to volunteer until I could run again, acting as Marshall, photographer and timekeeper. At one point I'd volunteered more than I'd run! What this did though was gave me a reason to get out of bed on a Saturday morning and helped me stay connected with parkrun and the running community. Eventually the Event Director, Jonathan Arthur convinced me to be a Run Director! Must have been a weak moment! Guess I'm committed now! In July 2013 I set a PB of 32:20. The closest I got to that time was 32:50, after more time off from another injury! I was despairing of ever cracking it, I felt like I was just getting slower! On 6 February I managed to equal this time. Finally I felt like I was getting somewhere! On 15 February I wasn't really too hopeful of a PB as I'd had an hour bike session before. However, I 'just ran' didn't look at the time and finally broke the hoodoo with a 31:53! Over the year with all the volunteering, holidays and competing, I've only managed 20 parkruns, but I'm happy to say I've meet some great people along the way. parkrun is a fabulous organisation, and I'm eternally grateful I found them.


Rachel Lind - This morning I rocked up to Cairns parkrun, not knowing a soul, and was given an incredibly warm welcome. Didn't leave the post-run coffee until after 10am! Just another example of why parkrun is so awesome, all you need is a barcode and a nearby event and you'll never be too far from friends! Remember, it's free and you only need ever register once. If you're in the UK or Australia why don't you check and see if there's one near you, I guarantee you won't regret it.


Katharine Jones - Congratulations to 12 year old Soph Follett who, as well as being first finisher at Warwick parkrun, cracked the magic 20 minute mark for a new PB of 19:47 only 12 seconds slower than our female course record. Well done Soph!


Fiona McMullen - I did my first Coomera parkrun On Saturday and just want to say thanks for such a well organised and supportive event. I am new to running and that was the first time I had attempted 5km, it was a great environment.


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:  Terry Baker

Club:  five30runners

Age:  55

Home parkrun:  St Peters

Occupation:  System Analyst

Number of runs:  46

PB:  33:16

Number of times volunteered:  5

Favourite volunteer role:  Photographer

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  Taking pictures that become running memories for all our runners.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Standing on a park bench taking photos of the initial charge from the start I almost forgot I was also supposed to be the tail runner as well for the day.

How can we improve parkrun:  Maybe a buddy system where a newbie volunteer can stand with a more experienced vollie and see how the job is done. PLUS parkrun needs some merchandise so people can display the parkrun name everywhere.

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 18th February 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s newsletter we hear the latest installment from our Antarctic Explorer, tell you where you can run in your budgie smugglers (or smugglettes) for a good cause and share a first-timers tale.

Last weekend was a bittersweet one for parkrun Australia: sweet because we had another huge Saturday with almost ten thousand runners and over 500 wonderful volunteers; bitter because two of our amazing Event Directors have scanned their last batch of barcodes. I would like to thank them both publically here.

Firstly, Kirra parkrun ED Chris van Hoof. Chris has been Event Director at Kirra for 2 years exactly (we celebrated the event’s 2nd anniversary on Saturday). Kirra was the 5th parkrun ever here in Australia and has a reputation for being the Gold Coast’s PB course. As an example of this, my PB at Kirra is 18:25 whilst my next best time is 18:42 at Claisebrook Cove. Kirra also has a reputation for being one of our most ‘relaxed’ events and this comes from Chris’ cool, calm, casual yet completely in control leadership style. On a personal level Chris was one of the first ‘running industry’ people I met when I moved to the Gold Coast in early 2011 and he has been a great contact, as well as a good friend. Thanks Chris and we all wish you luck with your new venture Those Guys Events.

Secondly, Kawana parkrun ED Kelly Daly. Kelly was the founding ED of Kawana parkrun back in October 2012. After a shaky start (the first event was approx. 5.7km long) Kelly and her team have gone on to create one of the most tightknit parkrun communities in the country (and arguably the best ever parkrun birthday cake). Remarkably Kelly achieved all of this whilst living in Brisbane and commuting over an hour every Saturday morning to the Sunshine Coast… incredible! Kelly, you’re a true inspiration, thanks for everything you’ve done for parkrun.

On a different note, last week I was asked to be a guest speaker alongside parkrun Patron and running legend Ron Clarke at the Run Around The World running retreat here on the Gold Coast during the Gold Coast Airport Marathon in July. I always get excited at the prospect of touting the parkrun message to the uninitiated and in next week’s newsletter I will have an announcement about a special offer for any of you who may wish to join this retreat, so stay tuned...

Happy running,

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

p.s. Only 241 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 – 9,591
Number of volunteers – 541
Number of new registrations – 1,828
Total number of registered parkrunners – 88,225

Antarctica 'pop up' parkrun update


Blackbutt and Newy parkrun Run Director Jodie Tersteeg has recently returned from Antarctica where she organised the inaugural ‘Antarctica pop-up parkrun’. For a full review of her adventures please see her Facebook event page. Here is the latest update from Jodie –

Here are a few facts about the inaugural ‘Antarctica pop-up parkrun’:

1) The run was completed on the Ross Ice Shelf. This is a massive slab of ice which is connected to the continent but is actually floating on the sea. Don't worry, it's about 120m thick so no chance of falling through!

2) The 5km route was along the 'road' which is just a track marked by flags. There can be crevasses on the ice shelf, often covered by snow so you cannot see them. The marked track has been deemed safe from crevasses so this is where we ran. The road of course is ice and snow, just like the rest of the ice shelf. The only way you know it’s there is for the flags.

3) The run began in the centre of our camp inside a fort built from ice. This fort was painstakingly built by tutor Paul. It's very cool, wait til you see it!

4) It was approximately -10 degrees when we ran. Thankfully there was not much wind otherwise it would have been a lot colder. The day before was very windy and was about -20 with the wind chill!

5) It was tricky figuring out what to wear for the run. None of us had any special cold-weather running gear so most of us ran in thermal and fleece layers, with gloves, balaclava and goggles. We started running in our jackets but these were left with a marshal after we'd warmed up.

6) Some of us were lucky enough to having running shoes, but others ran in big, ungainly winter boots! I very much respect them for that because running in snow is difficult at the best of times!

7) Antarctica is a remote and extreme environment and it can kill you if you're not careful (sorry, that's a bit dramatic)! So it was a requirement that if anybody left camp they had to take a two-way radio with them. For the parkrun, the two marshals (stationed at the north and south extents of the route) had radios and also had first aid kits, warm drinks, snacks and warm jackets. Thankfully all went well and everyone finished the race without incident. But you can't be too careful out there!

8) The picture above is of 'Sir William' crossing the finishing line. Mighty effort by him running in a full suit and big boots!

9) There are no polar bears in Antarctica!!! In case you were wondering...

GIO Youngcare Budgie Bolt


Calling all lovers of running for a good cause! The GIO Youngcare Budgie Bolt is more than an excuse to wear your budgie smugglers or smugglettes in public - it’s an opportunity to raise awareness and much needed funds for young Aussies with high care needs. The idea is simple: brave blokes, gutsy gals and courageous kids run six kilometres in nothing but their budgie smugglers or smugglettes through the city streets of Brisbane and Sydney on Friday 28 March with all funds raised to help Youngcare provide grants to stop young people going in to aged care.

No, we’re not crazy; we’re serious about raising money for young Aussies in need and we’d love to see you there!

Click here to register.

A First-Timers Tale by Terry Galbraith


This is a first-timers tale, probably a fairly common one… you know Dad makes a comeback and drags his daughter along for company.

Rewind a couple of months and although I had done fun runs and a half-marathon years ago, I couldn't raise a trot let alone go anywhere. But I'd signed up to hike the Milford Track in NZ with the kids, Mia 12 and Joe who would turn 11 on the day we were to go over the icy MacKinnon Pass.

Each and every morning for months I would get up and after a hot drink, grab the dog and walk up our road - a steep gravel dead end only 3km long. Early on I'd grab a fallen limb from a tree and do a few routines. You know, first time I tried to do a push up I sweated and gasped to complete 7. Now I pop out 50 without raising a pant.

It seemed that everywhere I went in this small rural town people were talking about parkrun. I said "yeah later". Then I said "Yeah later when school goes back". Well it went back. In the meantime I'd managed to jog to the top of our hill and back without stopping, so I thought, 3 and a bit km up that hill would surely equal 5km on the flat. I am ready.

My horse-riding, scouting, karate kicking daughter was up for it, so we registered Friday night for a Saturday start at Maitland parkrun.

We got there late, had to feed the horse etc, and were amazed to see that we couldn't park anywhere near where the run was supposed to be. At least we knew where we had to get to! About 15 minutes after everyone else left we shuffled off the line, volunteers in fluro vests smiling (I think they were though it could have been a grimace).

We jogged onto the backend of our first ‘runner’, a mum with two toddlers pushing a pram with way-too-small wheels over the gravelly path. I looked over to offer some encouragement but the look on her face made me shrink into my joggers, so I buttoned my lip. Then we came across a sleek, slightly sweaty jogger who dashed past in the opposite direction. I was doing my rhythmic breathing trying to not get too distracted, struggling to hold it together, dodging between people running straight at me at speed, then occasionally kids wobbling sideways all about the trail, not to mention trying to save my ankles against the stones and tree roots. Eventually the runners going the other way were not as speedy, so the angst I was feeling started to die down and I got back to repeating my breathing mantra.

Around this time my horse-riding, scouting, karate kicking daughter panted something about ‘walking’ but I was in my rhythm and encouraged her "just breath" in time with her feet and hold a "steady pace". As I joyfully did a U-turn at the halfway point I saw more mums with prams and women chatting away, some with fresh lycra and earphones. They were all lathered in sweat and about this time seeing all the faces I started to swell with pride at myself, my daughter and all these people out having a go. I passed a heap of people head on this time, each face had a story, all overcoming struggles just to get here and none of them were laying in bed wishing things were better, they were out pushing back against the whole load of crap that life can throw at you. So as I passed a few more and I had a new appreciation for their efforts. I felt a little guilty, but then I was a bit like them a few months ago. Finally I passed the mum with the twin pram and I'm not sure she was enjoying herself yet either. We're all different, but the same.

As I got close to the finish line, I sat down and waited for my horse-riding, scouting, karate kicking daughter to catch-up and we went over the line together. "But why" my puzzled daughter asked "did you wait for me?" I just told her with a deep smile "It's not about the time".

Thank you parkrun. See you next week.

Advertising on the parkrun.com.au website


Many of you will know that parkrun survives on commercial revenue from sponsors and partners. Well, we've been working on an exciting new development for 2014 which will allow us to display digital ads on the parkrun.com.au website. These ads will replace the automatically generated Google Adsense ads, and will allow us to display more relevant, better curated ads to you when you visit parkrun.com.au.

We're keen to support the organisations that support us, and so whilst we trial the system we're offering a special introductory rate for February and March. To find out more, and to receive the full media kit with traffic, stats and available placements, drop Russ an email on russ.jefferys@parkrun.com

Upcoming Special Events


February
22 – Tuggeranong (ACT) 1st anniversary

March
8 – Albury Wodonga (NSW / Vic) launch, Parramatta (NSW) 1st anniversary
15 – Cambelltown (NSW) launch, Albert Melbourne (Vic) cancelled
22 – Mount Barker (SA) launch
29 – Riverway (Qld) 1st anniversary / Manjimup (WA) launch

Feedback from the field


A Nomading parkrunner – Firstly, thanks to Tim for introducing parkrun to Australia. It is a wonderful concept with both short term and long term individual and community benefits. I am in a privileged position to be travelling our beautiful country for twelve months and to add to the adventure, I am ‘parkrunning Australia’. That is, I am enjoying as many different parkruns as possible with this Saturday tagged as my fourteenth. Australia is no doubt a land of extremes but one constant is the spirit at parkrun events. At each event the welcome and friendly support has been evident. A wonderful team of volunteers cheerfully give of their time to ensure the smooth and safe running of the event and encouragement of participants for each other is a feature. parkrun is non-discriminatory in that participants of all levels of running, from elite to first-time joggers or walkers, can feel equally proud of efforts and achievements. As well as the obvious health benefits of exercise, the camaraderie of the participants has social benefits, which all contribute to a sense of well-being. With our current worrying statistics of those overweight and obese, and related health implications in Australia, parkrun is surely a good way forward and worth promoting. An event that the very young and the not-so-young can enjoy together is one which also breeds respect for other people and this is surely beneficial to our local and global communities. If the spirit of a parkrun is indicative of our future, then we are in safe hands with bright, healthy and happy times ahead. Thanks to all for those responsible for introducing new events, and to the volunteers at each event who enable the events to be enjoyed each week. Below is one of my favourite pics, snapped by my husband at the start of Sandon Point parkrun. I think it provides inspiration to get out of bed and enjoy what is on offer on Saturday mornings.


Mark Scarborough - The pace runners at Gungahlin parkrun are a really good idea. I have been above 40 minutes until today. I have been going with my dogs and they have been slowing me down so today I went without them but I think the pace runner helped. My goal today was to crack 40 minutes and was going to stick to the 40 minute pace runner but found that was too slow for me. I then saw the 35 minute a couple hundred meters in front and thought to myself to catch them and hang on which I did. I have been struggling with bad stitches every time I have gone out which holds me back. Today it came on later and not as bad. Doing a run/walk helped manage it. I then made sure I stuck to the 35 minute group to the end. It was really good having that encouragement to the end. I wasn't going to start my last run until the flying fox but kicked in earlier than that to stick with the group. I then powered through the cones with one big push. It was great hearing the yells of encouragement from the pace runner!


Linda Coombes - Warwick parkrun was very honoured to have two very special parkrun tourists visit us today. 'The Prof' Alan Burrell and Roisin Burrell chose Warwick parkrun to run their 30th different Australian parkrun. We country folk love to celebrate events, so we enjoyed a lovely breakfast of muffins and fruit kebabs.


Paul Codd – I love reading the weekly newsletters but can I just make one suggestion? You regularly mention the names of many parkruns throughout the newsletter, but I’m guessing many people have no idea where many of these locations are. For example in this week’s newsletter, you mention Gungahlin, Blackbutt, Newy, St Peters and various others and I’m tipping most people have absolutely no idea in which city or State these parkruns are located. I’m sure if you mention my home run of Balyang Sanctuary, no one would know it was actually in Geelong. Maybe it’s not that important to most people, but I would love to know where the locations featured in your articles are located as I think it will complete the story.


Jo Chamberlain - Just had to share this photo of myself, our fabulous Event Director Vanessa and volunteer Chris at Sandgate parkrun this morning. I love volunteering, not for the coffee and cake (good perk though!) but for the fun we have and great people I've met. I get a real buzz cheering runners on as they cross the finish line, and especially like seeing their big smiles!


Nev Boyle - A group of North Lakes parkrunners recently visited nearby Bunyaville parkrun. It is set in a beautiful place, lots of trees and birds. We were told beforehand to add 3 to 5 minutes to our North Lakes times. We soon found out why! There is a short flat patch of grass for the start and finish but the rest of the course is a bush trail, downhill, uphill, downhill, uphill, turn around, downhill uphill downhill uphill. At the end we spread out the tea and coffee and talked to the locals. It's a great parkrun and we will be returning again.


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:  Ben Harris

Club:  Not affiliated

Age:  33

Home parkrun:  Canning River parkrun in Perth

Occupation:  Small business owner

Number of runs:  28

PB:  19:37

Number of times volunteered:  7 as well as a number of unofficial ‘pacer’s’

Favourite volunteer role:  I am not fussy, probably marshal or pacer as you are more involved with the people

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  Helping others, I am motivated seeing people achieve, I like seeing the fast people come in just as much as I like seeing the people that spent a lifetime saying “I can’t run”, just finish a PB run that had them run 5km straight. Pacing someone to a PB is rewarding, and very gratifying.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Would have to be a very cold morning, with a thermos of milo and my two sons both wearing hi-vis, sitting on the edge of a swap while a hundred or so parkrunner stormed past giving hi-fives. What’s not to love about that!

How can we improve parkrun:  Canning River has the support of a coffee for volunteers, I love that, but mostly some shelter for the finish lines in the form of a pop up, or maybe on the cheaper scale some better quality maps for instruction of first time volunteers.

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 11th February 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s newsletter we update you on the proposed New Zealand tour, hear from our Antarctic Explorer and a member of a global parkrunning family shares her story.

On Saturday I was lucky enough to attend the launch of Ipswich QLD parkrun. I say lucky because it was a real honour to finally meet new Event Director Rochelle Vaisanen who has one of the most inspiring stories I have ever heard, and that is saying something given some of the incredible people within the parkrun family. To hear Rochelle’s story in full listen to this week’s episode of the parkrun show Australia podcast, you won’t regret it!

The good people at Gungahlin parkrun have put together an awesome promotional video for their booming event. Watch it here... next stop the Logies?

During the week one of our Event Directors asked me to remind you all of our policy surrounding dogs at parkrun so here is some excerpts from the parkrun support website:

- Most of our events do allow runners with dogs, though in some locations this may not be possible, please ask at your local event.
- Please note that we allow 1 dog per runner.
- We ask that at all times your dog is under firm control, kept on a short lead or harness, and that you take extreme care to avoid tripping other runners.
- Remember, you cannot register your dog, or any other animal, with parkrun - this is for humans only.

Lastly, just a reminder that although it is possible in some locations to ‘do the double’ and run 2 parkrun events on a single Saturday (Kirra-Kingscliff, Curl Curl-St Peters), only your first run of the day will count towards your parkrun club shirt. Your second run of the day will be published as ‘unknown runner’. The reason we do this is that we want to encourage you to stay back after parkrun and mingle with your family, friends and the broader community.

Happy running,

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

Only 248 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 – 10, 833
Number of volunteers – 555
Number of new registrations – 2,155
Total number of registered parkrunners – 86,297

New Zealand tour update


The full itinerary for the proposed parkrun tour of New Zealand is now available on the Facebook event page. A brief summary is as follows:

The package is a cooperation between Flight Centre and NZ specialist tour operator ANZCRO and any questions can be directed to our 'dedicated' parkrun travel agent, Kim Ober, on kim.ober@flightcentre.com.au.

Antarctica 'pop up' parkrun update


Blackbutt and Newy parkrun Run Director Jodie Tersteeg is currently in Antarctica as part of her studies and last week organized an amazing ‘pop-up parkrun’. 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 was due to fly back yesterday but due to the weather the flight has been delayed until Monday. And that is not guaranteed so it may be even later in the week. I don't mind so much!! The only challenge is that my check-in luggage has already been checked in and I won't see it again until Christchurch, so I have only my carry-on bag for the next couple of days. Lucky I kept a few spare clothes in it. Another slight challenge is the water desalination machine is playing up so we have tight water restrictions. Which means no showers! Feels like we're out in the field again. It also means not flushing every time you use the bathroom!

At the moment there are 30 knot winds and very heavy snow. It looks incredibly beautiful but we are not allowed to go outside unless absolutely necessary. This is the first time I have seen snow travelling horizontally.

Scott Base is a really nice, comfortable place. It has a wonderful lounge/library room with big windows that look out over the water. Last night we were watching big icebergs float by. Because of the strong winds and the lack of sea ice, large chunks have been breaking off the Ice Shelf and floating out to sea. One of these icebergs had a colony of Adelie penguins on it!! The night before a pod of killer whales cruised by. I have never seen so many people jump up from the dinner table at one time and rush to the windows. It was a special sight, even for the Scott Base staff who have seen just about everything.

It certainly is a very special place out here!!

Explosive Energy has arrived!


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My Global parkrunning Family by Louise Gaspar


I am one of five children, we are spread all over the world and it takes a wedding or a family crisis to get us together. We were lucky enough to all be together for Christmas last year and as we gathered at the Sunshine Coast my 11 year old nephew from London (in the orange shirt below) suggested a parkrun, for EVERYONE. He had conquered the Wimbledon Common parkrun course in the UK and was keen to set a mean pace at an Australian parkrun. A quick Google search showed us that Kawana was our closest. On the Friday night we put down our wine glasses, registered online, cut out bar codes and laid out running clothes for an early Saturday morning start.

My husband and I are keen runners and were skeptical about how a 5km timed run could replace the simplicity of going for an ordinary run as part our own exercise regime. How wrong we were.

Our first parkrun was full of so many firsts. My # 2 daughter ran her first 5km. My # 1 daughter ran her fastest time. I was first finisher in the old lady category (45-49). My sister proudly walked the 5km and my other sister who has taken up running a year ago, blitzed it. As for my nephew who started all of this he finished in just over 20min!

parkrun has changed our Saturdays. We love the run. We love going out for breakfast afterwards to celebrate. We love waiting for the results after our much deserved lunch time rest. We love the photos that come out in the afternoon and we love the email with our place in our category.

As our holiday came to an end we vowed to keep going and have found a parkrun close to our home. Although not together as a family with work and school pushing us to the corners of the world, we can do the parkrun whenever we are. Last weekend my sister did the Darwin parkrun, we were at New Farm parkrun and my nephew was doing the course in Wimbledon Common. When family and friends come to visit us at the Sunshine Coast house rules are you have to bring toilet paper and a magazine, now my rules are you have to do Kawana parkrun (might slow down our visiting numbers for a while but it's worth it).

Advertising on the parkrun.com.au website


Many of you will know that parkrun survives on commercial revenue from sponsors and partners. Well, we've been working on an exciting new development for 2014 which will allow us to display digital ads on the parkrun.com.au website. These ads will replace the automatically generated Google Adsense ads, and will allow us to display more relevant, better curated ads to you when you visit parkrun.com.au.

We're keen to support the organisations that support us, and so whilst we trial the system we're offering a special introductory rate for February and March. To find out more, and to receive the full media kit with traffic, stats and available placements, drop Russ an email on russ.jefferys@parkrun.com

Nutrient Absorption: It’s not only what you take, but what you take it with that makes the difference


Does this sound familiar, it’s 6.30am you have quickly eaten breakfast and are racing out the door when you realize you haven’t taken your supplement (s) for the day. You dash back in grab them all and throw them down with your cup of coffee that you have just made???? Phewwwww, lucky you didn’t forget…but how much value are you getting from those supplements when you take them all together or even with a cup of coffee?

Click here to read a few simple tips to help you get the most out of your nutrients and your money!!

Trish from Enrich Health & Nutrition

Upcoming Special Events


February
15 – Kirra (Qld) 2nd anniversary
22 – Tuggeranong (ACT) 1st anniversary

March
8 – Albury Wodonga (NSW / Vic) launch, Parramatta (NSW) 1st anniversary
15 – Cambelltown (NSW) launch, Albert Melbourne (Vic) cancelled
22 – Mount Barker (SA) launch
29 – Riverway (Qld) 1st anniversary

Feedback from the field


Kerry Bray - I was a first timer at St Peters parkrun last Saturday. What a fantastic morning! I loved the concept, the excellent organisation and the extremely friendly fellow runners. I shall return!


Caroline Marshall - Last Saturday my husband, our 12 year old son and I braved the 8am run at the Rockingham parkrun and we had a great time. In spite of hurting his calf muscle my husband, son and I all finished and felt really thrilled to be a small part of such a cool community event. Many people smiled and clapped and encouraged us as we ran past and it was just an awesome, easy way for us to get out and try the 5km distance in a non-threatening environment!! Runners of all shapes and sizes, some doing a jog some really looking super fit and professional and yet all had that common goal of finishing the distance and having a good time doing it. The organisers were friendly and helpful and did not judge us for only having just got off the couch :-) My family will definitely be back on Saturday this week and hopefully each week we'll improve on our PB's and if nothing else I'll survive the Triathlon I'm training for in March:) If you were wondering about giving this a go, wonder no more, come down and give it a go!!!


Terry Baker - I travelled from Sydney to Adelaide last weekend to do the Torrens parkrun and had a very memorable day. Great course, nice weather, got the run done before it heated up and met a bunch of really nice people. After 42 parkruns I finally got to do the post run breakfast and chat session and that is just another hidden parkrun gem. I still had time to do some actual tourist stuff as well. This is my sixth different parkrun course and like the others it is well organised and helpful for first timers or tourists so put it on your wish list. I would like to think I can get back here again. Thanks Torrens.


Mil Clayton - Just a quick note to congratulate you on such a well organised event. I attended my first ever parkrun at New Farm parkrun last Saturday and loved it. Well organised, friendly folks, a lovely run along the Brissie River... and to top it off I got a new 5km PB! I’m definitely keen to return and to try out more courses. Thanks to all the volunteers and organisers too - well done!


Kate Hosking - I'm a Tuggeranong parkrunner and on a recent trip back to Melbourne I timed it so that I could stop in and do the Highlands parkrun. I can highly recommend this event as it is a small group of incredibly friendly and helpful runners. The run is
three loops around a lake. As one runner pointed out to me, the repetition works on your mental stamina. Nice. They are discussing extending the track to make it one loop. There is a cafe at the start/finish line that allows you in to use the toilet before the run and is open and ready to serve you post run. I'm a bit fussy about my piccolo lattes and this one was perfect. There were comments made that as Albert Melbourne parkrun will lose a parkrunday due to the Grand Prix they should all head up to Craigieburn. What a great idea! Yes it's on the other side of town, but traffic is light at that time of day. If they could car pool, it would make for a lovely morning out. Just saying :-)


Shaheera Huggins - After relocating to Sydney from Melbourne this year we have been enjoying being parkrun tourists, with so many parkruns to choose from! Today we headed up to Lake Mac parkrun for their 1st anniversary celebrations. I was overwhelmed by the generosity of a fellow runner who ran with me and paced me to a great finish - thank you Shane. parkrunners are an amazing group of generous people.


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:  Grant Wholey

Club:  WA Marathon club

Age:  50

Home parkrun:  Kalgoorlie Boulder parkrun

Occupation:  Sales

Number of runs:  16

PB:  19:10

Number of times volunteered:  10

Favourite volunteer role:  Finish tokens or photos

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  I like to feel that I’m contributing to a community event and giving back to running which has helped me so much. I like to see how happy people are when the finish with a sense of achievement on their faces.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  New Year’s Day in the rain, watching everyone cross the line soaked but happy they had started the year on a positive note.

How can we improve parkrun:  Wow that’s a tough question, all the jobs are all so easy and so much fun, once people volunteer once they see how easy it is and are happy to do it again. Maybe a direct approach would work, it’s human nature not to want to say no.

Reminders

Barcode reminder

barcode

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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.

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