weekly newsletter 27th May 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s newsletter we bring parkrun to Sydney’s west, are inspired by an incredible Newy parkrunner and indulge with an extended dose of feedback from the field.

Since the birth of our 2nd child in December my instances of interstate travel for parkrun events have been few and far between. My wife and I have quickly learned that two children under two is much more than double the trouble! So when I jumped on a plane last Friday night to fly down to Sydney I felt an energy that I hadn’t experienced in many months. I was off to help launch Penrith Lakes parkrun, and I was excited!

And what a fantastic launch it was! Event Director Shelley Cootes (pictured above left) had planned everything to perfection, from the parking arrangements to the signage, the volunteers to the post-run coffee venue… everything was perfect. Even the weather was spot on! But this of course was partly thanks to the help and support of others and it would be remiss of me not to mention the amazing welcome that was provided by Kevin and his team from host venue the Sydney International Regatta Centre. The course is nothing short of spectacular and is a first for us here in Australia as it is on closed roads, amazing! It will be a privilege for us to be able to hold our event there every Saturday, thanks Kevin and well done again Shelley.

A word on Event Directors. It never ceases to amaze me the time, commitment and passion that these amazing people bring to their parkrun events each and every Saturday. It is often a thankless job and they all do it voluntarily, rain, hail or shine. Meeting and becoming friends with our parkrun Event Directors is the single biggest personal benefit I get from parkrun. These people are an inspiration to me so please make an effort to give them all a pat on the back when you are at parkrun this Saturday.

Happy running,

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

p.s. Only 130 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 – 9,499
Number of volunteers – 562
Number of new registrations – 1,610
Total number of registered parkrunners – 110,729

What I Hate About parkrun by anonymous


- Forgetting my barcode.
- Hills, especially at Blackbutt (Sorry, Garry and crew).
- No upper case “P” in “parkrun” – still can’t get used to that!
- That 4th km – why does it always seem longer than the rest of the course?
- Runners who 12 months ago were struggling just to run 5km, but now pass me in the first km, never to be seen again, and still recording PBs.
- PBs – why can’t I ever seem to be able to get anywhere near mine now?
- Runners with strollers and prams who pass me as if I’m standing still (that includes you, Tim Oberg). Do they have a little motor hidden away?
- Runners who pass me in deep conversation while I am just struggling to breathe.
- Runners finishing looking as fresh as when they started, while I am stuffed, out of breath and a lather of sweat.
- Getting out of my warm car 5 minutes before the start on a cold winter morning, and then taking the first km just to warm up.

See you at Parkrun, whops, sorry, parkrun, next Saturday........and DFYB!

Inspiration at Newy


At Newy parkrun last Saturday Debbie Stennett completed her 50th parkrun - but she has achieved so much more.

Debbie (VW50-54) has fibromyalgia which is a musculoskeletal disorder effecting muscles, connective tissues, tendons and nerve endings. Just 15 months ago Deb struggled with everyday life and being overweight did not help. She couldn’t exercise and could only live in the downstairs part of her two storey home. “I was the Nan that had to sit a lot, and looked at giving up work. A decision had to be made: Give up or Fight!”

And fight she did!

With the encouragement of her friend Karen MacDougal, who herself had lost a lot of weight, she took action. Speaking of local dietician Nicole Barber, Deb says “this Lady changed my life, introduced me to parkrun and keeps me on track. Nic also formed a support group called FLASH – Flash, Ladies, Active, Stronger, Healthier - my ‘get fit family’. I am now 22kgs lighter and still have a way to go. I not only walk parkrun but jog as well now. Who would have thought!? I have family and friends that parkrun now, including my eldest granddaughter. NOT THE NAN SITTING NOW! I am proud of myself to be able to show my family and friends that with hard work you can conquer anything.”

The team at Newy parkrun are very proud of Deb as well – and last week she just snuck under the 40 minute barrier for the first time. She is now an inspiration to many. But we’ll let Deb have the final say,

“What better way to start the weekend then at Newy parkrun - you have played a big part in my New Life. Go you FLASH ladies and parkrun friends.”

Ode to St Peters parkrun by PJ Williams


Come along to parkrun
You're sure to have lots of fun
Whether you're fast or slow
Just give it a go
Every week, yourself you'll test
As you strive to beat your personal best
People will cheer
You can volunteer
So come get fit in the sun
And join St Peters parkrun!

Upcoming Special Events


May
31 – Mt Penang (NSW) launch, Belmont (NSW) cancelled

June
7 - Berrinba (Qld) launch, Sandon Point (NSW) 1st anniversary, Canning River (WA) 1st anniversary, Newy (NSW) 2nd anniversary, Belmont (NSW) cancelled
14 - Frog Hollow (Vic) launch, Shellharbour (NSW) launch, Lakeview (NSW) launch, Mitchelton (Qld) 1st anniversary
21 - Pittsworth (Qld) launch, North Shore (Qld) 1st anniversary, Gladstone (Qld) 1st anniversary, Carine Glades (WA) launch
28 - Logan River (Qld) 1st anniversary, Mornington Peninsula (Vic) launch

July
5 - Aveley (WA) 1st anniversary
12 - Gatton (Qld) 1st anniversary, Noosa (Qld) launch
19 - Armidale (NSW) launch
26 – Coomera (Qld) 2nd anniversary, Maribyrnong (Vic) launch

Feedback from the field


Brian Hamer – I survived my first Point Cook parkrun last Saturday. I walked the 5km in 38:16, not bad for an old fella (62 in August). It was my best time this year, only 20 seconds away from my times of 10 years ago. I made a comeback to athletics in October 2013 after 30 years break. Looking forward to this week's parkrun.


Gary Clarke – Is Tuggeranong Australia's most picturesque parkrun?


Cassie Burton - Thanks for the newsletter which recently hit my inbox. I signed up for parkrun last week and completed my first run at Stones Corner on Saturday morning alongside my boyfriend. I was particularly inspired by the story on Steve Fairbanks who runs at Main Beach parkrun. I completed the run on Saturday in a similar time (approx. 35mins) and really struggled. I was very fit throughout high school however now I'm 22 years old and have jogged only a couple of times over the past few years. With an athletic, slim build, most people would assume I can just jump up and run 5km easy. I also thought it would be that easy however, I can't complete 5km without stopping for a walk or getting really frustrated. I get caught up in an angry, frustrated mental state when I am running which inhibits the ease to which I can complete it. I am constantly stopping and walking and complaining - for no reason. My boyfriend encourages me along and I get more angry at him each time - he says that I am not breathless or sweating but for some reason I still stop. Mind you, I love the feeling of satisfaction when I go for a run and the rush of adrenalin when I'm near the end. Steve's story really inspired me to get cracking and become fit enough (mentally and physically) to run the 5km without walking - I can't wait to get out of this rut and get a PB. This morning I went for a run and I plan to do so most mornings until I can complete 5km (and beyond). I admire Steve in that he smashed his PB time and time again and just completed the 100km - I am definitely inspired to do this one day. I look forward to the next newsletter with more inspiration to get me going!


Kassandra Reynolds - My husband and I (Noah Reynolds) are regular parkrunners. We have gone from completing the 5km in about 28mins to now reaching sub 24min PBs. We use parkrun as part of our training as we are running the Sunshine Coast Marathon. 42.2km each! We will be raising money for the Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital Foundation - for the parents and babies who were not as lucky as us (our daughter was transferred to the Royal, soon after being born at the Sunshine Coast).


Heidi Westbrook - I was a first timer to parkrun last weekend. In fact, I was a first timer to running in general! I am a Zumba Instructor and have occasionally done a gym session or two, but running 5km or even 2km for that matter has never been high on my list of things I want to do. Last Friday night, after seeing all the advertising around town, I decided I was going to get up early and join the first parkrun event in Roma, Qld. I am so glad I did. What fun! I went along by myself, and met a bunch of lovely people who have been travelling around doing parkrun for years. One guy I met was doing his 106th parkrun. Wow! I was in awe of these people who didn’t really look like die-hard marathon runners, but had travelled at least 6 hours to come and join in our first Roma parkrun. Fantastic! So I was not really prepared for this run, hadn’t done any extra training for it. I just had made the decision I was going to have a go, and the main thing was I had to run the whole way, NO WALKING! I knew if I started walking I wouldn’t start running again! So I did it! WOOT WOO! How amazing I felt. One of the best pieces of advice given to everyone at the beginning was….This is NOT a RACE, this is a RUN. That made all the difference. I was able to keep a constant pace, and smile at all the people who were running alongside me. It was so encouraging. I didn’t do too badly either, for a first timer I ran a time of 33:29, very pleased with myself. I will definitely be there again this weekend. Thank you to those volunteers that have been the ones to get it going in Roma.


Yvette Besaans - I’ve recently returned from a trip to South Africa where one of the ‘goals’ was to do the Voortrekker Monument parkrun in Pretoria to commemorate my first parkrun since turning 40. Now I’d been to the Monument on a previous trip so when I checked out the course online before I left I thought you must start at the top of the mountain and then it would be a downhill run all the way, although the description of the course ‘including steep inclines’ and seeing the recent results which appeared much slower than what I’m used to seeing in Brisbane parkrun results pages had me doubting my memory of my visit somewhat. Justifiably it turns out! I coerced a second cousin to take me to the event on 3rd May, and we agreed to go at our own pace & meet up at the end. The run did start at the top of the mountain and was downhill for quite a ways and I thought, this isn’t so bad. I then passed some marshals & asked where to next as the guys I were following were no longer in sight and they pointed to the top of another mountain (ok, it’s a hill, but it felt like a mountain, especially at altitude!). It was about a 1.5km uphill slog, which admittedly had outstanding views, and I found out later they run night runs there, but never before have I been so glad to finish a parkrun! In the end I was the second female home & now hold the record for the 40-45 age group so am quite chuffed, and would even consider giving it another go when we next return to Pretoria. Would love to see if other Aussies have completed this course & what they thought of it, or if parkrun tourists have discovered other ‘uphill’ courses out there? So different to the flat courses I’m used to racing in Brisbane.


Freya Symons - My partner, Corey Burns and I were in Ireland visiting family and attending a wedding this month and took the opportunity to run in an international parkrun. I am a Claisebrook Cove parkrun regular and occasionally drag Corey along. The later start of 9:30 helped the 1.5 hour travel time to the Citypark parkrun, Craigavon. The temperature was a chilly 10 degrees and the few "wee" hills didn't help our times with Corey finishing 16th in just over 21 minutes while I was the 9th female across the line scraping in just over 24 minutes. Unfortunately no bps but a really fun experience to meet fellow parkrunners on the other side of the world!


Kerry Bray - Last Saturday was my first parkrun outside NSW. As a St Peters person, I was made to feel so welcome at Albert Park, Melbourne and wish to pass on my thanks to everyone especially Jane, Debbie, Christina, Heather, Otto, Richard and Steve. It’s a great course, fabulous people and a brilliant cafe. I was happy with my run too.


Jarad Martin - We're just home from a parkrun Grand Tour of Europe where we lucky enough to multitask a pilgrimage to the Eurovision Song Contest with parkruns in
Skipton (near Leeds), Highbury Fields (in London) and Amager Faelled (Copenhagen). Everywhere we went we were welcomed as kindred spirits, although it took us a few goes to get used to the Northern Hemisphere preference for doing multiple laps. In the case of Highbury Fields, we ended up doing a little over five laps of a lovely park, and I wish I could say that I wasn't tempted to peel off a little early! In Copenhagen I was astounded to see some of the locals using beer for post-run rehydration, but chalked that up to their rich culture. A great experience which I'll hopefully get to repeat one day.


Rebecca Shuptrine - When Warwick first started parkrun I made my husband go with me "to show support" denying that I was a runner or wanted to be one. Our first time was around 48minutes and my husband threw up afterwards! His PB now is 24:36. Still not being a runner I have only missed 3 parkruns since it started in Warwick and have just completed the 5km road race and the 1500m sprint in the Warwick pentathrun which is something we never considered doing before! So today I declared I may be a runner after all with my PB being 36:17!


Ben and Amanda Morris - Our 5 year old son ran in his 6th parkrun at Mudgerraba last Saturday. This is the first time he has run the whole way and you can tell by the look on his face how proud he is of himself. This is what parkrun is to me! It is about each individual competing against themselves in an unbelievably supportive environment! Thank you to the group of complete strangers who cheered for my child like he was competing at the Olympics.


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:  Vincent 'Vince' Gibson

Club:  No thanks

Age:  very lower end of 40-44 age category

Home parkrun:  Mitchelton

Occupation:  Domestic Engineer

Number of runs:  51

PB:  28:06

Number of times volunteered:  loads

Favourite volunteer role:  Run Director, harassing other Mitchelton parkrun Run Directors and posting Facebook updates.

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  Not having to run

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  The time everyone from Mitchelton went to the Toowoomba parkrun launch and left me on my own. Also the time Gab lost the parkrun flags and tried to blame Jo Cootes and the multiple number of times our photographer Tammy has not shown up when I was Run Director!?

How can we improve parkrun:  More free coffee and sweets please.

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 20th May 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s newsletter we marvel at the extraordinary feats of our ultra-parkrunners, celebrate some wonderful volunteers at Curl Curl and remind you to be an early bird for the Gold Coast Airport Marathon.

I often jokingly describe parkrun as a filter that attracts non-runners into the mix and spits them out on the other side as marathon runners! Never has this been truer than in the case of Steve Fairbanks. Steve made his parkrun debut way back on 9 April 2011 at the 2nd ever Main Beach parkrun, running 31:14. I remember noticing Steve in those early days as he would alternate between wearing an England football jersey and a Stoke football jersey, as in the above picture. I’m sure he won’t mind me saying that back then he was carrying a few extra kilos and was generally out of shape.

Weeks and months passed and as we began to launch more parkrun events around the country I spent less and less time at Main Beach parkrun. It was probably in mid-2012 that I was back there having a run and the guy in the Stoke jersey was there again however… he was only half the man he had been the year previous. Steve had lost a heap of weight and his 5km PB was down to a very respectable 24:16.

Fast forward to late 2013 and Steve had now completed 68 parkruns, his PB was 21:39 and, even better, he was also now a Run Director at Main Beach parkrun working side by side with his good mate, Event Director Libby Sargent whose own amazing journey of self discovery at parkrun has been covered previously in this newsletter.

Over the last 6 months Steve and Libby have been training side by side for hours on end with one goal in mind… to complete the grueling North Face 100 trail ultramarathon in the Blue Mountains. The last time I saw Libby, probably a month ago, her body was battered and she hadn’t been able to train properly for several weeks, hardly the ideal preparation!

I’m delighted to report that on the weekend just gone Steve and Libby achieved their goal of completing the 100km trail ultramarathon in a touch over 19 hours. What an amazing achievement by 2 people who little over 3 years ago were so far away from being ‘runners’ that the thought of doing this would have been laughable. I’m proud to know both of you and even prouder to think that parkrun played a small part in helping you achieve something truly remarkable.

Last Friday I was invited to attend the launch of Suncorp Bank’s runPositive campaign for 2014 where I was lucky enough to meet and go for a run with cricket legend Adam Gilchrist. Gilly has a reputation for being one of Australian sports ‘nice guys’ and I’m pleased to say that he didn’t disappoint. Back in 2001 when I was living in London I spend the summer working at Lords Cricket Ground during the Ashes and I’ll never forget watching Gilly stay back long after the match had finished and the rest of his team mates had left to sign autographs for his adoring fans. This made a real impression on me so it’s a real thrill for me to now get to associate with him professionally. The next step of course is to get him to a parkrun so for those of you on Twitter you can Tweet him on @gilly381 using the #getgillytoparkrun hash tag.

Finally, at some point last week parkrun registered its one millionth member! Congratulations to Tracy from PE Hobie Beach parkrun in South Africa for becoming the owner of parkrun ID 1000000.

Happy running,

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

p.s. Only 137 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 – 9,132
Number of volunteers – 641
Number of new registrations – 1,434
Total number of registered parkrunners – 109,004

Volunteers put the Curl in Curl Curl by Kim Joss


After reading Tim's story on volunteers in the 6th May newsletter I wanted to share our volunteer experience at Curl Curl parkrun. Like most Event Directors I am often trying to fill the last few volunteer roles late on a Friday afternoon. Debbie Solms, owner and Head Trainer of local business Beauty of Exercise, has pitched in to help by connecting with her Northern Beaches coaches/PT network to ask for their support by providing volunteers for a month from their client base. It's a win-win as Curl Curl parkrun has a guaranteed volunteer roster and the local fitness companies use parkrun as part of their training schedules and also to promote their businesses. This venture started in April with Beauty of Exercise providing volunteers for the month, now OzSquad are providing volunteers for the month of May and I am in the process of lining up June volunteers.

Feedback from the volunteers so far include comments like "I never realised that providing a few encouraging words to passing runners can boost someone’s run”. Also “I never realised how good it feels when a runner thanks you for being a marshal as they pass by. I will always remember to say thank you to the marshals from now on."

So a massive thank you from Curl Curl parkrun to Debbie Solms at Beauty of Exercise for making this happen.

GCAM


It’s time to be a part of history and race in Australia’s first and only gold label marathon! Secure your Gold Coast Airport Marathon entry today and take advantage of the early bird fees which finish this Wednesday, 21 May. Join your fellow parkrunners at the home of parkrun Australia and strive for a personal best on our flat, fast and scenic course across a number of races including the Gold Coast Airport Marathon, Wheelchair Marathon, ASICS Half Marathon, Wheelchair 15km, Southern Cross University 10km Run, Suncorp Bank 5.7km Challenge and the 4km & 2km Junior Dash.

Click here to enter or for more information.

Upcoming Special Events


May
24 - Penrith Lakes (NSW) launch, Highlands (Vic) 1st anniversary, Warwick (Qld) cancelled
31 – Mt Penang (NSW) launch

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

Feedback from the field


Michael Neville - After downloading my barcodes months ago and procrastinating ever since I finally attended my first parkrun on 3rd May at Main Beach. I must say I was very impressed with how organised it was and I was also surprised at how many people there were (200+). It was an excellent way to start the weekend and although I was unimpressed with my 30.21 time I will now be dedicating my Saturday mornings to bettering it! Thanks parkrun this is a great concept and I will be trying to get the rest of my family out of bed on a Saturday morning to enjoy it as well.


Natasha Konners - This is arguably THE best parkrun photo I have ever seen. The smiles on these girls shows what parkrun is all about: Socialising; Memories; Inspiration; Laps; Encouragement; Speed! Love these girls - Belinda Jones, Kelly Suzane, Kaz Landry and Michelle Peckover! Thanks Sandgate parkrun for the awesome pics.


Julia Dalgliesh - On Saturday I went and enjoyed Wynnum parkrun again. I was really keen to try for a PB on Saturday as my training during the week has been going well lately. I headed off on the run and at about the 1km mark I got behind a lady (Carol I found out afterwards) who was going at a good steady pace so I just sat behind her for a while. She was great. At the 4km mark I decided I wanted to pick up the pace a bit for the last km home. I turned at the flag and the chap beside me gave me an encouraging “you’re doing great”. I gave him a fairly breathless, “I’m heading for a PB”. From that point on he ran with me and kept encouraging me. About 500m from the end he said “Got a sprint left in you?”, so I gave it my all. He even let me finish just before him!!! And yes, I got that PB by 33 seconds!! Thanks so much to both Carol and Jason (I think that’s who it was) for your help, support and encouragement. parkrun is a great place to challenge yourself and get great support while doing it. Thanks for a great event.


Milette Borchardt - I am heading off today to South Africa and am planning to run a parkrun there during my holidays with my daughter. We have recently signed up and we both participate at the Pioneer parkrun near Gosnells. We are taking our barcodes with us!


Chris Weier - Had my first parkrun on Saturday at Kirra. This is a great thing to offer the community. Keep up the great work.


Chris Reid – This Saturday I aim to complete my 100th parkrun at Rocks Riverside. I will not be the only one as Kim Wilkinson, also at Rocks Riverside, is scheduled to reach the milestone on the same day, so congratulations to Kym. Upon reflection of the last couple of years and the growth of parkrun in Australia, which has been amazing, I reached the simple realisation that this was not my achievement. I have been fortunate enough to reach this milestone due to the efforts of others, namely the parkrun volunteers. To put the volunteering effort in perspective I have parkrun at New Farm, Southbank and Rocks Riverside each have approximately 10 volunteers per run so to reach my 100th parkrun has involved at least 1,000 volunteer efforts. Some of these people I know but many I do not. I find this number quite humbling so to all the volunteers, THANK YOU. A special thank you for the encouragement, support and enthusiasm goes to Gareth Saunders, Karen McLeod, Richard Hudson, Lorna Davin, Ben and Ali Powell, Phil and Claire Anderson, Neil Bath, Rhondda Wetton, Wendy Crompton, Reece Anderson, Helen Velkov, Julie Leary, Steve Bennett, Moray Skilling, James Rees, James Bell and of course Tim Oberg... I apologise for missing anyone off. Finally, if you love to parkrun, then I highly suggest you also volunteer... I'll be putting on the volunteer vest in the coming weeks and look forward to encouraging others to achieve their 50, 100 or 250 parkrun and, of course, PBs.


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:  Liv Drury

Age:  24

Home parkrun:  Albert Melbourne parkrun

Occupation:  Self-employed audio typist

Number of runs:  1 running, 1 walking

PB:  31:56 (aiming for 28:00!)

Number of times volunteered:  16

Favourite volunteer role:  Timekeeper

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  I've been injured since I started parkrun so I've volunteered quite a bit. I find the best thing about parkrun is the attitude of the volunteers - everyone is there because they genuinely want to be, and it's such a positive environment to be in. It's a really great start to the weekend.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  My most memorable parkrun moment was being tail runner with a couple of ladies who had really interesting stories to tell about their weight loss journeys. They met at a weight loss retreat and decided to try parkrun together. One woman was worried about being able to finish the course but they both finished and their effort was really inspiring. One of the best things about parkrun is that you really do see people of all shapes and sizes getting out there and having a go.

How can we improve parkrun:  Name and shame people who have been running for ages but have never volunteered!

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 13th May 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this week's newsletter we hear about a parkrun proposal, the great man PSH has some major news re our 10th birthday later this year and Suncorp Bank invites you to runPositive.

It’s been another epic weekend for parkrun both here and abroad. Let’s get into it...

Firstly, here on home soil we witnessed another first at Newy parkrun… our first finish line Marriage proposal!!! A very speedy Nick Marriage (yes that is his real surname) crossed the line as first finisher in 16:50, proceeded to hastily change into a suit, before getting down on one knee and proposing to Maddy Herbert as she crossed the finish line in 20:37! And she said YES! Congrats Nick and Maddy, I assume a spot of parkrun tourism will be on the cards for the bucks / hens / honeymoon?

Secondly, over to South Africa where Bushy parkrun’s all time global attendance record of 1,184 was smashed by Modderfontein Reserve parkrun in Johannesburg who saw an incredible 1,803 barcodes scanned on Saturday!!! This huge turnout had been somewhat expected as the day had been heavily promoted as a celebration of World Move for Health Day. Modderfontein Reserve parkrun Event Director Wayde Morsink personally made an extra 2000 barcodes by hand and had them laminated in preparation, just shows the commitment of a parkrun ED! A few words from Wayne –

“This was a massive team effort by so many people who bought into and believed in making the 10th May 2014 a special day for everyone. We were blessed that everything fell into place so nicely. Thank you Gill Fordyce for your constant support over the last few weeks leading up to what will probably go down in parkrun history for many parkrunners as their most memorable parkrun, but certainly not their quickest. And thanks Bruce Fordyce, it's been an amazing journey working with all you guys, with everybody standing up and being counted on the day.”

Lastly, I received a Tweet a couple of days ago showing me the below billboard in Moscow. Many of you may not even be aware that parkrun is now up and running in Russia and from the looks of this sign it won’t be long until they are chasing Modderfontein Reserve’s attendance record!

Happy running,

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

p.s. Only 144 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 – 8,364
Number of volunteers – 596
Number of new registrations – 1,223
Total number of registered parkrunners – 107,529

Message from PSH


On the 2nd October 2014 we will be ten years old. On that day it will be exactly ten years since the first ever parkrun took place when 13 runners met up for a jog around Bushy Park.

Our aim is that every parkrun and every parkrunner will join us by celebrating this anniversary at their ‘home run’ on the 4th of October 2104. We are hoping for a birthday celebration starting in New Zealand and following the sun until it culminates in the USA later that day.

But that seems quite a long time to wait and so we want to invite all parkrunners to get involved in this celebration now by helping us to produce a permanent visual reminder of what we have achieved. Our wish is to produce a coffee table photo book totaling about 88 pages with many photos provided by you that will be available for sale by Christmas.

To take part in this initiative we will place a new icon on every parkrunner’s profile page (your link is available on the top right-hand column of this newsletter) which when clicked will take you to a web page allowing you to submit 3 images plus some text.

The webpage will offer you some guidance of what categories of images we are looking for plus some idea of the quality we are looking for. You will only be allowed to submit three images so please be careful when choosing your contribution.

I am very excited about this project. It is the parkrunner and the parkrun volunteer who form the essence of what parkrun is all about and now is your chance to be immortalised in this historic book.

Suncorp Bank runPositive


Suncorp Bank’s runPositive program kicks off today and parkrunners are encouraged to enter!

The program, which some of you may remember from last year, celebrates and supports all the reasons we run and you’re invited to join the online community of fellow runners – giving you the chance to share your reason, a chance to share in $9000* plus Suncorp Bank is offering you a free runPositive parkrun Australia singlet. Numbers are strictly limited, but how great would it be wearing your own parkrun singlet during training?

Plus if you’re registered to take part in either the Gold Coast Airport Marathon, The Sunday Mail Bridge to Brisbane or Blackmores Sydney Running Festival you could sign up for a free breakfast at the race in the Suncorp Bank Marquee.

So many great reasons to join this inspiring and motivated community of runners from across Australia.

Join in at suncorpbank.com.au/runpositive

*Terms and conditions apply.

Rockingham leading the way


In last week’s newsletter there was an image of the new permanent signage that has been put in place at Rockingham parkrun by their local Council (see above). We had a number of queries by parkrunners as to how this came about so here are a few words from Rocking parkrun Event Director Claudia Wells -

“We have a Manager from the Community Infrastructure Planning Department that runs regularly. The council had some funding to put signage in at other community locations, and he suggested the signage to us to be put in at the same time. It is called Earthwrap. It is made from aluminium, so as well as being durable, if/when it is no longer required, it can be peeled up and recycled! As well as the start/finish line, we have the distance markers, as well as small markers on fence posts and ones with just the parkrun and council logos on them along the course. It was all installed a couple of days prior to our first anniversary, and we had the Mayor there on the day for an official unveiling. The Council has been very supportive of Rockingham parkrun, as they are very proactive in providing programs and equipment for fitness and wellbeing. The feedback from our regular (and not so regular) crew is that they look great, and make a huge difference to how they feel when they run.”

Upcoming Special Events


May
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 - Berrinba Wetlands (Qld) launch, Sandon Point (NSW) 1st anniversary, Canning River (WA) 1st anniversary
14 - Mitchelton (Qld) 1st anniversary, Newy (NSW) 2nd anniversary, Frog Hollow (Vic) launch
21 - Pittsworth (Qld) launch, North Shore (Qld) 1st anniversary, Gladstone (Qld) 1st anniversary, Carine Glades (WA) launch
28 - Logan River (Qld) 1st anniversary

Feedback from the field


Ashley van Vuuren - About 10 years ago, I stopped walking for fitness after a very emotional divorce and move out of my hometown. This year, by accident, I started again and registered with parkrun. My PB was only 63 minutes but hey, I am an optimist! Every step I take is a step closer to a better PB! Thanks to all the volunteers and to organisers of parkrun. I am sure I will be volunteering in the near future.


Michele O'Brien - What a blast at Saturday’s New Farm parkrun! First cool run of the year, met some new friendly people, cracked up laughing at the antics of friends I have met at parkrun and now value highly and found a local running partner! So grateful I jumped out of bed on that cold morning!


Don Hannan – Re the Claisebrook Cove parkrun course video, I think there should be more of these video's to showcase the variety of parkrun locations. I'm from Queensland (Sandgate is my home run) and I was recently in Perth and did the Claisebrook Cove parkrun, it was awesome to view a video of the course and relive the run without the body stress. It is a beautiful setting for a parkrun with the Swan River as company and, as with all parkruns that I have done, the organisers, volunteers and runners were sooooo friendly. The finishing stage through Claisebrook Cove is spectacular and reminds me of Paris, the coffee after the event is pretty good as well. Any interstate parkrunners visiting Pert should try to get along to this event, remember though that in the West they start them at 8:00am


Carole Hooper - I participated in my first Newy parkrun last weekend in a time of 38.32. I was very impressed with the Newy course and also the organisation on the day and the friendliness of all concerned. I'm 66 and hope to participate in many more in the future and maybe better my time. I think parkrun is a great concept and will certainly be encouraging my friends to join. Thanks to all concerned in Newcastle.


Michelle Sparkes - I joined the Rockingham parkrun back in October 2013, I had never run in my life and after completing the Couch to 5K (C25K) app I used parkrun as my
first official 5km run. My 6 year old son Jack came along and finished 6 minutes ahead of me! Since then I have been a regular at Rockingham, both as a runner and a volunteer. My other son Alex, who is 5, kept begging to come along. I put him off as long as I could, since he couldn¹t even manage a 1km walk to school without whining. Two weeks ago I relented and took him along to his first parkrun. Whilst there were a few tears and a fair bit of whining, he completed the course in a respectable 38 minutes. He surprised me when he leapt out of bed last weekend and couldn¹t wait to go to parkrun again. This time there was less walking and less whining ¬ in fact he ran from the 2km mark all the way to the end, at a pace that had me struggling to keep up with him, and finished in 33:12! Meanwhile my 6yo also got a new PB of 28:11 finishing first in his JM10 category. I am so proud of my boys and I have Rockingham parkrun to thank for it. I look forward to parkrun becoming a regular part of their lives as it has become a part of mine and it is great for us to achieve it all together. A big thanks to Claudia, Scott and all the volunteers in Rockingham, as well as Rockingham City Council who are fully behind the event and have provided permanent signage along the awesome Rockingham parkrun course :)


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:  Renee Russell

Age:  40

Home parkrun:  Varsity Lakes parkrun

Occupation:  Customer Service Leader - Business Travel

Number of runs:  9

PB:  25:30

Number of times volunteered:  4

Favourite volunteer role:  Token Scanning, but really anything except for time keeper - Renee Leslie does a great job of that! It scares me :)

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  Great people - everyone is appreciative and friendly.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  No one specific thing - every week there is something positive, whether it's all the kids that join in, people attending for the first time or achieving a PB - it's all good!

How can we improve parkrun:  I don't think you can - it's easy to get involved - just put your hand up! It's not hard, and it just helps to keep this free event going.

Reminders

Barcode reminder

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All questions answered

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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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