weekly newsletter 29th April 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s newsletter we discuss the state of the parkrun nation, hear about some special journeys to our 50-club and adidas share with us some great prizes.

On Saturday I attended the launch of Stones Corner parkrun in Brisbane. Yes that’s right, another new parkrun event in Queensland’s capital. By my calculation that takes the total to 15, depending on where you draw the city’s boundaries. Given that the population of Brisbane is approximately 2 million people, this is pretty amazing, especially when you consider that Sydney (population 4.5 million) has only 5 events and Melbourne (population 4 million) has 7.

So what does this all mean? Are Queenslanders more active than the rest? Is parkrun irrelevant in the big cities? How do our other state capitals fit into this mix?

The truth is that parkrun has such a strong density of events in Southeast Queensland for historical reasons. The first event was launched at Main Beach on the Gold Coast in April 2011 and has grown exponentially in the surrounding regions since then… a bit like a plague! At some point a tipping point was reached and now the demand for parkrun continues to grow and grow.

I have no doubt we will see this trend in other regions as time goes on. In fact I think we are on the cusp in Perth and Melbourne, with a number of new events coming online in the next few months. Sydney, our most famous and populous city, may be the toughest nut for parkrun to crack but once we do the variety of course locations that will develop will be breathtaking. And let’s not forget Canberra, Adelaide and Darwin where we have some wonderful existing events, and Hobart where we are in advanced planning to get a first event on the go. Exciting times are ahead!

Happy running,

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

p.s. Only 158 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.

Professor Alan’s Essential Stats


Number of runners – 8,992
Number of volunteers – 567
Number of new registrations – 1,595
Total number of registered parkrunners – 104,822

A Special Moment by Andrew Dodd


We had a special parkrun moment and celebration at Newy parkrun last Saturday when Chris Smith celebrated his 50th parkrun at Newy's 100th event.

Chris walked his first parkrun on New Year's Day 2013 in just under an hour and burst into tears at the finish line. Dave Robbo and I were standing nearby and thought perhaps he had lost his barcode out on course! We talked to him and found that this very overweight man was so overcome by emotion at completing a 5km walk. He was in the early stages of a weight loss program and has since lost over 50kg, with parkrun becoming an important part of his weight loss and fitness program. After a while Chris started jogging bits of the course; 100m, 200m then a kilometre. And then a few weeks ago he ran the whole way for the first time which he now does every week.

Chris has been greatly inspired by parkrun and parkrunners - and in turn is an incredible encouragement and inspiration to others. He epitomises what parkrun is all about. The photo above says it all with his smile and hand outstretched for a high-5 as he completes his 50th - escorted by his beloved Wooters. Well done Chris!

My Journey to 50 by Terry Baker aka Bakerman


In 2007 I was told I had type 2 diabetes and I could be put on medication or I could change my diet and start to exercise again. A sports injury in 2001 meant I could not do any activity that may involve any physical contact so I fell back on my old favourite, running.

Following lots of posts and comments from my friend Kathy Rae about parkrun I decided to investigate further. I liked what I was reading and way back on the 10/11/12 I ventured out to St Peters parkrun for my first event. On a Saturday morning it meant switching through 3 different Sydney trains to get there and I was glad I made the effort.

With a busy schedule it was another seven weeks until I could do parkrun #2, setting what remains my St Peters PB (33:37). Since then I have averaged 2 runs a month and visited 6 other parkrun courses, all of them unique and with their own special challenge.

In February 2013 I undertook my first bout of parkrun tourism heading off to Newy and my first wet parkrun. Since then I have done Parramatta (24), St Peters (18), Newy (2), Sandon Point (2), Fingal Bay (1), Torrens (1) and the newest course at Campbelltown (2).

To show that parkrun is powered from the bottom up, in July 2013 I sent a message to parkrun HQ asking if they liked the idea of everyone wearing their favourite sports teams colours and so the event know as “Show Your Colours Day” was born and the reaction from people around Australia to get on board really blew me away.

Of course parkrun is all about the people and I have met so many, from Tim Oberg down through the Event and Run Directors and of course the volunteers, who have such passion to see parkrun succeed to even beyond the dizzy height we have already hit.

My friends at the five30runners group are a great source of inspiration, motivation and information, so much so that I joined them on the Run Down Under to help my parkrun training and this has seen my all course PB fall 3 times in the past 6 weeks after standing unchallenged for almost a year.

parkrun #50 was at my local course at Campbelltown and while not a PB it was a special run for me. Thanks to so many people who have been part of ‘My Journey to 50’ and to all the new friends I will meet as I head now towards 100 parkruns.

All in for the Sydney Half Marathon


adidas has partnered with the Sydney Half Marathon in 2014 and wants to share the love with parkrun, by giving 5 of you the chance to represent parkrun at the event on May 18. Whether you’re a first time event runner, a practiced marathoner or just want to #boost your weekly run, adidas wants to see you there.

Simply tell adidas at parkrun@adidas.com why you need a boost to win. Winners will be announced in next week’s newsletter so get entering. #boostyourun

Upcoming Special Events


May
3 - Cleveland (Qld) 1st anniversary
10 - Yarrabilba (Qld) launch, Curl Curl (NSW) 1st anniversary
17 - Roma (Qld) launch, Varsity Lakes (Qld) 1st anniversary
24 - Pittsworth (Qld) launch, Penrith Lakes (NSW) launch, Highlands (Vic) 1st anniversary, Warwick (Qld) cancelled
31 – Mt Penang (NSW) launch

June
7 - Sandon Point (NSW) 1st anniversary, Canning River (WA) 1st anniversary
14 - Mitchelton (Qld) 1st anniversary, Newy (NSW) 2nd anniversary, Frog Hollow (Vic) launch
21 - North Shore (Qld) 1st anniversary, Gladstone (Qld) 1st anniversary
28 - Logan River (Qld) 1st anniversary

Feedback from the field


Peter Coughlan - I’m really pleased to see the report from Annette and Tony O’Shea in a recent newsletter. Due to procrastination and slackness I didn’t get to send my thanks to Sarah and her team at Albury & Wodonga parkrun for a wonderful event. Being a long term (Hunter) Region of Runners parkrunner I’ll always be biased about our local runs. However Albury was so good I did send this quick email to my local contacts: “Have to say the course at Albury is stunning. On a beautiful Autumn day with the grass after recent rain the most vivid fluoro green, the changing colours in the leaves on an out and back course alongside the Murray river entirely through parkland except for a short bridge crossing (means the run is half each NSW/Victoria) there really was no better place to be. If you are travelling suggest you go there.” Sincerely hope to see the event grow with both locals and a burgeoning parkrun tourist trade. Wonderful work and look forward to my next run when back in town. On another front just wanted to point out Annette’s result and especially the age grade – 93.79%. Must be close to an Australian record?


Faye Dingaway - Did anyone notice Wilson Kipsang wearing my shoes during the London Marathon?


Maarten Kamp - I didn’t run at New Farm last week, but on checking the results noted that there was a running legend who did - Bernie Portenski. She is a multiple world record holder, from New Zealand, for 3k up to marathon for 60-64 year old females, ran the highest age graded performance of any parkrun in the world last Saturday (>97%), and this was only her 2nd parkrun ever. I presume she was here on holidays. Her story is a good one - having just missed Olympic participation in 1992, and going on to be the world’s best for age. I think her presence and performance is worth noting in the Australian parkrun newsletter. One of the wonderful things about parkrun is that ordinary runners like me get the opportunity to see and run with some truly great, world class athletes, across all age groups.


Kelly Gurski - It was a chilly 15 degrees celcius when I headed off to Stones Corner parkrun at 5:30 on Saturday. Getting up in the dark and cold is so hard. I started parkrun this time a year ago to keep me motivated in winter and to add another day of cardio into my life. A year ago I was fit and loved running, but never trained to run specifically. My first run was timed at 24:04. I had never really timed myself before, I knew I could do 5km in about 25 minutes and sporadically used an app on my iPhone to keep time. I have been working hard since September last year on a 5km running program. I have been chipping away at my time and today, 1 year from my first parkrun I PBed at 22:02. My brother-in-law was hot on my heels the whole way and he got me this time. Next time he will eat my dust!! He has improved out of sight in recent months though, so my dust might just tickle his nose. I am nearly 45, not built to run fast, I am short, I have little legs, a bad back, a dodgy thyroid, high needs kids, a part-time job and a business, but despite all of those things (or because of) I have a indomitable will. I refuse to be categorised or labelled. I refuse to give in, although I have wanted to so many times. It is hard each and every time I run. It doesn't get easier! I just get better. I am not saying everything is possible, because we all have our limits, but we are all capable of far more than we allow ourselves to believe. When you think you have dug as deep as you can, dig deeper, there is always more! Always!


Kathy Rae – This is me wearing an Australia t-shirt and being the only person currently and the 1st female to do every NSW parkrun.


Jennifer Hetherington - Just realised that a new younger age category was created a little while back when I saw my son came 3rd in his age category today (he is 7). Great for the younger kids to be able to have more of a chance now!


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:  Mandy Lee

Age:  46

Home parkrun:  North Shore parkrun in Townsville.

Occupation:  Sales

Number of runs:  34

PB:  26:18

Number of times volunteered:  3

Favourite volunteer role:  Finish tokens

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  Without volunteers parkrun won't exist so just helping out and waiting in anticipation as to who is going to lead the pack home.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  I think every parkrun is memorable. Just watching the faces of those coming across the finish line is priceless. Whether they've done a PB, they're plain exhausted, or just completed their first parkrun… everyone is priceless.

How can we improve parkrun:  At North Shore parkrun we're pretty lucky to have shade, shelter and water which is great. So for us – nothing!

Reminders

Barcode reminder

barcode

Printed barcodes are used at all our events to record your result. Please click here to collect and print your barcode. No barcode = No result = No exceptions. To order your barcode on a durable plastic key tag as shown above please click here. #dfyb (don't forget your barcode).
No printed barcode, no result.

All questions answered

Do you have a question about parkrun? How do I collect my club T-shirt? How do I get my barcode? All your questions are answered on our brand new support site

Volunteering at parkrun

We ask every parkrunner to volunteer 3 times a year. When volunteering you receive the maximum number of points towards the yearly competition.

Children at parkrun

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

The parkrun Show AU

The parkrun show Australia

You can download your copy of the parkrun show Australia here. The parkrun show Australia is the free, weekly, timed podcast celebrating parkrun Down Under, hosted by Dave Robbo and Russ Jefferys

Our Sponsors

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weekly newsletter 22nd April 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s newsletter we celebrate an egg-cellent Easter of parkrunning the world over and remind you about a couple of our important policies that help us bring parkrun to you every single Saturday.

I’m writing this on Easter Monday night after what has been a monumental weekend for parkrun across the globe. On Saturday we smashed the all-time global attendance record with over 70,000 parkrunners including over 50,000 in the UK alone! It wasn’t that long ago that we broke 50,000 globally for the first time so it just goes to show how this parkrun thing is continuing to grow and grow. This bodes well for International parkrun Day on October 4 when we will be attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the ‘most participants in a 5km run across multiple locations’. The current record is 101,246 and has stood since 2006 but at this rate we should give it a good shake.

On Saturday I headed north to Sandgate parkrun to (hopefully) be part of a history making Egg & Spoon run. Local runner Phil Rorke, already the Guinness World Record holder for the 1 mile Egg & Spoon run, was a confirmed starter so expectations were high that he would step it up and take the 5km crown. Not to be outdone I also decided to have a go so joined Phil on the start line with my dessert spoon and raw egg in hand. Unfortunately for me (but fortunately for Phil) that was the last I saw of him as he sped off into the distance whilst I struggled to even keep the egg balanced on the spoon. After about 400 metres of intense concentration and with the walkers starting to overtake me my egg dropped and splattered all over my shoe! Talk about ‘cracking’ under the pressure! Meanwhile at the front of the field Phil was just getting quicker and quicker and I’m pleased to announce that he crossed the finish line in an unofficial Guinness World Record time of 20:30! Well done Phil, now let’s contact Guinness World Records and make it official!

Happy running,

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

p.s. Only 165 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.

Professor Alan’s Essential Stats


Number of runners – 9,379
Number of volunteers – 567
Number of new registrations – 1,593
Total number of registered parkrunners – 103,122

Children on bicycles


Just a gentle reminder that we do not allow children on bicycles or scooters to accompany their parents at parkrun. Obviously we can’t physically stop this from happening as our events are held on public paths however we ask that participants respect this policy as we believe that it decreases the risk of injury to both runners and children.

No Barcode -No Result


Another parkrun policy to remind you of is that we operate a strict “No Barcode - No Result” policy. Time for a history lesson… In the earliest days of parkrun in the UK our runners were able to turn up at our events for the first time, and we would register them, each subsequent time they run we would search for their records by name and add their result manually. As we grew, this became increasingly impractical; a huge number of runners have the same name, and even when other identifying information was requested, results processing became increasingly difficult and inaccurate. We therefore created the online registration system, with the Barcode identification system that is now familiar. For some time after introducing these systems we did allow runners to turn up without their barcodes and we would still record their result, but again this became increasingly difficult and inaccurate; HQ spent considerable time every week, cleaning up and re-entering incorrect results that had been added manually, so we introduced our No Barcode - No Result policy. So basically… DFYB – “Don’t forget your barcode”!!!

Upcoming Special Events


April
26 - Stones Corner (Qld) launch, Lillydale Lake (Vic) launch, Rockingham (WA) 1st anniversary, Ginninderra (ACT) 2nd Anniversary

May
3 - Cleveland (Qld) 1st anniversary
10 - Yarrabilba (Qld) launch, Curl Curl (NSW) 1st anniversary
17 - Roma (Qld) launch, Varsity Lakes (Qld) 1st anniversary
24 - Penrith Lakes (NSW) launch, Highlands (Vic) 1st anniversary, Warwick (Qld) cancelled
31 – Mt Penang (NSW) launch

June
7 - Sandon Point (NSW) 1st anniversary, Canning River (WA) 1st anniversary
14 - Mitchelton (Qld) 1st anniversary, Newy (NSW) 2nd anniversary
21 - North Shore (Qld) 1st anniversary, Gladstone (Qld) 1st anniversary
28 - Logan River (Qld) 1st anniversary

Feedback from the field


Paul Whitfield – Two Sundays ago at the Bunbury 3 Waters running festival (where Michael Ho took out the Marathon), there was a great team of parkrunners in each of the events: 5km, 10km, half marathon, full marathon and ultra marathon. The parkrun team had 68 entries. It was a great day with fantastic support for the parkrun team, including some injured runners doing support and cheer leading. I have done lots of fun runs (but this was my first 1/2 marathon), but the support from the other parkrunners before the event, during the event and afterwards made this the absolute best run I have ever had!! Way to go guys!


Kim Summers - I am a new parkrunner in Albury & Wodonga. I have only run once so far but a few weeks ago I competed in my first half marathon in Canberra and I wanted to get a thank you out to the parkrun team providing support at the 18/19km mark just before the bridge. I was one of the last runners through and they high fived and cheered me on like a champion. I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face I was so excited. I completed my run in 3 hours and 4 min and can’t wait to parkrun again soon.


Simon Nash - Just returned from a 2.5 week work trip to the UK and did Bushy parkrun "where it all started." I ran with 967 others in beautiful weather and equaled my PB, which was very nice. On the second weekend I ran with a mate Finbarr whom I convinced to sign-up in the UK to parkrun about 6 months ago. His home parkrun is Wimbledon Common, not far from Bushy Park, where he normally runs with his daughter. I managed to help him improve his PB by 2 minutes, an amazing effort. I run at Parramatta and have run at all the other Sydney events, and we certainly can hold our heads up high with the standard of events we put on. One thing the Poms do better, is the amount of runners wearing their parkrun club shirts. It was amazing to run with people wearing a "250 Run" Gold and Black shirt. I would recommend anyone travelling to seek out a parkrun overseas.


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:  Dan Corray

Club:  five30runners

Age:  13

Home parkrun:  Balyang Sanctuary

Occupation:  Student

Number of runs:  29

PB:  22:34 (Thanks to a well-known running coach Steve Smith)

Number of times volunteered:  5

Favourite volunteer role:  Barcode scanning because you see everyone run to the finish!

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  I like seeing a different perspective of parkrun and giving a hand so the event runs smoothly and also meeting new people.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Marshalling with another lady and us not knowing where the sign was meant to go and still puzzled the whole time!

How can we improve parkrun:  Most person to volunteer over 3 months gets a prize. Encourage it more because anyone can do it. But overall the volunteering numbers are good.

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 15th April 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s newsletter we prepare for an Easter Egg and Spoon run, hear from some caravanning parkrun tourists, and a marathon winning parkrunner shares his secrets.

On Saturday I attended the 1st anniversary of Augustine Heights parkrun and wow was it a great morning. Not only did I get to run their course for the first time (when I attended the launch 12 months ago I was too busy helping Event Directors Joanne and Paula find their feet) but I’d say we have a new contender for best parkrun anniversary cake ever! See the photo below and note the contours of the course, the sponsors’ logos and even the little marshals guiding the way. Amazing!

The real highlight of the morning for me however was witnessing Joanne’s teenage son Jack marshaling out on the course. The sincere and enthusiastic support Jack was giving to runners fast and slow, young and old, really moved me as, in my opinion, one of the greatest outcomes from parkrun should be to inspire the youth of today to live happier, healthier lives. Judging by what I saw on Saturday at Augustine Heights we are in safe hands!

This weekend is of course Easter and to celebrate selected parkrun events across Australia will be taking part in a Guinness World Record Attempt for the ‘Fastest 5km Egg and Spoon Run’. This event will take place alongside your regular parkrun and all participants must bring their own egg and spoon. More details can be found on the Facebook event page. I’m going to be at Sandgate parkrun to see if Phil Rorke can add to his collection of world records, it should be an egg-cellent morning!

Lastly I want to congratulate all of the parkrunners who took part in running and triathlon races around the country on the weekend. My Facebook feed was full of results from all over the place, almost all of which were people setting PBs and achieving their goals. Special congratulations must go to Perth based parkrunner Michael Ho (see The Pointy End below) who won the Bunbury 3 Waters Marathon in 2h38m16s. At the presentation ceremony Michael was asked by Race Director Tony Minard what training he did to manage such an incredible race. His response… "Well, I do parkrun every Saturday!”

Happy running,

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

p.s. Only 172 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.

Professor Alan’s Essential Stats


Number of runners – 8,801
Number of volunteers – 539
Number of new registrations – 1,287
Total number of registered parkrunners – 101,444

Egg and Spoon Running tip #3 by Phil Rorke


Hi Eggchums! I'm here again to egg you on with your egg and spoon practise, so you can have a good crack at the world record this Saturday.

Egg tip #3 - trusting the rhythm of the egg

It has actually taken me weeks to get into "The Zone" this time around, and I have managed this only last week. I let the spoon take on its natural bounce as it remained at a fairly level height. This is of course easier on a fairly level course, which makes Sandgate parkrun an excellent run. Only then could I relax into my Zen-like state, and focus my eyes towards the horizon and my running.

This is a tough one, but with a little patience and determination you'll get there - good luck for April 19th, eggchums!

parkrun Tourists in ‘Aldonga’


The below is an email send to Albury Wodonga parkrun Event Director Sarah Pearce by Annette and Tony O'Shea who are currently travelling around Australia in their caravan.

We thank you and ask that you pass on our thanks to all those involved in initiating and running Albury Wodonga parkrun. Being in the privileged position to be travelling around Australia since last December, this morning's event is our eighteenth different parkrun. We live in a beautiful country that is marked with significant contrasting topography, yet parkrun events provide an equally significant constant. They provide the opportunity for a free healthy pursuit where young and old can come together to enjoy local areas and communities. The run this morning gave us a snapshot of the Albury and Wodonga area and a memorable breakfast from the great cafe, experiences that would not have happened for us without parkrun. We ask that you pass on our thanks to your local Council for approving the event. To those volunteers involved, please pass in our thanks. Finally, what we are most impressed with is the spirit of the locals. Firstly, yesterday a prompt reply to our enquiry about the event was forthcoming and encouraging of us to come along. Then prior to the start this morning, and with no knowledge of our intention to participate, we were again welcomed to the area by a volunteer who went out of his way to enquire whether we were looking for toilets. During the event the very many cheers and words of encouragement were a feature. Post event it was also great to be able to meet so many participants who went out of their way to chat with us ‘visitors’, and then share a coffee at a local cafe. We have been left with observations and beliefs about a friendly community where people can work together with each other and with a local Council to promote a great place and send a message that health and fitness are valued.

Congratulations and again, our thanks.

The Pointy End


Who are you? Claisebrook Cove parkrunner and winner of the Bunbury 3 Waters Marathon, Michael Ho.

How the hell do you run so fast? The faster I get to the finish line, the sooner it will be all over. Running really is an exercise in pain management - sorry for the pun.

How many km do you run in an average training week? In the lead up to the Bunbury 3 Waters Marathon I was clocking around 120 to 140km per week, but I would expect this to fall to 80km in the absence of an event.

What type of training do you typically do? I really do center my training around parkrun. Three key sessions per week include: (i) Saturday speed, which is 20kms with 5km in the pain zone (i.e. parkrun); (ii) Sunday 30km+ long run on tired legs; and (iii) a mid-week long tempo typically around 15-20km at marathon pace. I try to rest on Friday ahead of parkrun, and fill the other days with 'enjoyment' running (or 'junk mileage'). Most of this is simply jogging to and from work. As an aside, I absolutely love being a running tourist; trotting around different cities and neighbourhoods as part of a long run (I get to travel to the east coast a lot for business).

How long have you been running and have you always been so damn good? About three years now. Prior to that I certainly was not running fit but regularly played soccer, touch football and tennis. Initially running 5km inside 25min was a pipe dream. Over time with consistent running, I have been able to improve this incrementally.

What is your favourite distance? I do enjoy the longer distances, being half marathon (21km) or full (42km). I am generally much more fearful of shorter distances where the heart moves into the red zone.

Do you have a coach and do you train with a squad? No coach and don't have a squad to train with either. I do enjoy going for longer runs with friends. I believe with some motivation and structured training (e.g. trackwork, intervals and repeats) I could do a little better.

How much faster would you like to go? The dream would be any of the following: sub 16 5km, sub 33:45 10km and sub 76 half. I was aiming for a sub 2:40 marathon at Bunbury which I achieved!

What big events do you want to run? In the next 12-18 months any of the following marathons: Melbourne, Chicago, Boston, New York, London or Berlin.

Upcoming Special Events


April
19 - Toowoomba (Qld) cancelled, Guinness World Record attempt – “Fastest 5km Egg and Spoon Run”
26 - Stones Corner (Qld) launch, Lillydale Lake (Vic) launch, Rockingham (WA) 1st anniversary, Ginninderra (ACT) 2nd Anniversary

May
3 - Cleveland (Qld) 1st anniversary
10 - Yarrabilba (Qld) launch, Curl Curl (NSW) 1st anniversary
17 - Roma (Qld) launch, Varsity Lakes (Qld) 1st anniversary
24 - Penrith Lakes (NSW) launch, Highlands (Vic) 1st anniversary, Warwick (Qld) cancelled
31 – Mt Penang (NSW) launch

June
7 - Sandon Point (NSW) 1st anniversary, Canning River (WA) 1st anniversary
14 - Mitchelton (Qld) 1st anniversary, Newy (NSW) 2nd anniversary
21 - North Shore (Qld) 1st anniversary, Gladstone (Qld) 1st anniversary
28 - Logan River (Qld) 1st anniversary

Feedback from the field


Jim Smith - As usual I have just read your weekly parkrun newsletter and thoroughly enjoyed it. I am not sure why, but there appears to be something important missing from ‘Upcoming Special Events’. Newy parkrun will be conducting their 100th run on Saturday April 26th. The Run Directors may be trying to keep this a secret to avoid the inevitable avalanche of runners that will descend on the famous Newy parkrun for that special day.


Mil Clayton - Having run Brisbane's ‘Twilight Running Festival’ as part of my Hen's
Night, I decided I would start my wedding day on Saturday 29th March with a parkrun. I woke at stupid o'clock on my wedding day. The weather was beautiful so I made my way to New Farm parkrun dressed in my ‘Bride to Be’ sash for fun. What a wonderful community parkrun is! I was greeted on my run by lots of smiles and "congratulations" and bumped into my Bridesmaid who was out walking and cheering on the runners. Thank you, parkrun, for starting my Big Day in such a fantastic and memorable way! What could be better than starting it off with a 5km run under the Queensland sun?


Cally Van Der Schyff - I did my first parkrun on Saturday 5th April this year, purely by accident! I had never heard of parkrun but I had recently started walking some mornings to try something to keep fit. I then started seeing these pics of my friend and her husband (Lynette & Simeon) in South Africa going running and having fun keeping fit but still did not know it was a parkrun they were participating in. It was only when Simeon came over to Australia for a very quick 7 day visit that I discovered parkrun! He said "I'd like to do a parkrun" and I assumed he meant, find a kid's park and run around it, by himself (Lol!) so when I and a few family members arrived at Berwick Springs parkrun at 8am in the morning we were absolutely gob-smacked to see a massive crowd of people ready to run! I was a bit apprehensive thinking I would never be able to keep up with them, but Simeon told me to set small goals... i.e. run to that tree, then walk for a bit... run to that post then walk again, and so on... So with a little encouragement we joined in and I am now completely hooked on parkrun! I signed up on the spot and when I got home, I registered, printed out my barcode and I'm looking forward to my parkrun this Saturday! BRING IT ON! Thanks for a great way to have fun and keep fit at the same time parkrun Australia!


Elspeth Nicholls - I have been running at Ginnindera parkrun since July 2013 and frankly I used to HATE running (swimming is my real sport) but the friendly convivial atmosphere, plus the fact that other people are pushing you along has opened up a new world for me and I now LOVE running! I am very grateful to adidas for its sponsorship and, without wishing to put a free ad in your newsletter, I thoroughly recommend their new Boost shoes. I knocked a minute off my time today in these new shoes and I'm not a bit sore (I'm usually in a lot of pain due to my crappy left knee)! I now hope to keep running until I am a very old lady!


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:  John Caulfield

Club:  Geelong Cross Country Club and Victorian Masters.

Age:  66

Home parkrun:  Balyang Sanctuary parkrun in Geelong.

Occupation:  Retired Insurance Consultant / Financial Planner. I now do a bit of marketing and referring to a Personal Insurance / Financial Planning practice and a General Insurance broker.

Number of runs:  67

PB:  26.11

Number of times volunteered:  5

Favourite volunteer role:  Handing out tokens at the finish.

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  I’m happy to help out and give a bit back to ensure that our event continues. The camaraderie with others is great too.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  They are all good. Once I ran out to the turnaround point but thought I had to push myself along to make sure I beat the first runner and then after ran back to start / finish so had a good workout in warmer gear. Probably could have taken a token and been recorded for a run.

How can we improve parkrun:  Emphasise to all that for parkrun to continue and not to have too much work on too few people everyone would be appreciated by volunteering at least 3 times yearly (and bonus points apply). Maybe do rosters for all and up to people to swap to suit.

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.

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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

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