weekly newsletter 1st July 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s edition of the newsletter Tim is reminded who the boss really is, the results of our first aid survey are published and we rock on at Rockingham!

One of the key elements of the parkrun ethos is that when a new event starts up the local Event Team make a commitment to hold the event at the same time in the same place every Saturday. From a parkrunner's perspective this is great on a number of levels, especially knowing that if your run doesn’t go according to plan there is always next week to have another go. This was something I had to remind myself on Saturday when my visit to the inaugural Mornington Peninsula parkrun was cut short by a very unhappy (almost) 2 year old.

My little boy Jack and I arrived at the Hastings Foreshore Reserve around 15 minutes early on what was a pretty miserable morning weather wise. None the less we were greeted by around 70 eager parkrunners including new Event Director Sean Sweetser. Jack didn’t seem all that keen to get into the running pram which was somewhat understandable given the conditions so I held off trying to put him in until the group had moved across to the start line. By this stage Jack had decided that he wanted to push the pram rather than be pushed and all of my attempts to get him to play ball failed miserably.

When I did finally get him into the pram with the straps done up (well after the group had started) he screamed so loudly that I must have looked like the epitome of a pushy parent, forcing my child to join me for exercise. I decided that the only option I could handle would be to turn 180 degrees and head straight back to the warmth of our car and Jack certainly didn’t object this time! So my visit to Mornington Peninsula parkrun lasted all of about 15 minutes, something I’m sure many parkrun parents out there can probably relate to.

At least there is always next week!

Happy running,

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

p.s. Only 95 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 – 8,894
Number of volunteers – 662
Number of new registrations – 1,332
Total number of registered parkrunners – 118,377

First Aid intentions survey


We recently ran a survey through Facebook regarding first aid asking for people to respond to the following – “We are planning on creating a new volunteer role at parkrun, the 'running first aider'. You will receive volunteer points and will be expected to run with an identifying arm band and your mobile phone. Please now select the response below that applies to you:”

A total of 1,211 of you responded as follows:

‘Rocking On at Rockingham’ by Claudia Wells


About two years ago, I emailed parkrun Australia HQ about starting a parkrun in my community. I’d never been to a parkrun, I’d never even heard of parkrun, and I certainly wasn’t “a runner”; but I’d seen a very dear friend of mine constantly being tagged on Facebook at a parkrun event in Brisbane.

So I wondered what this parkrun thing was all about? And so as any good researcher does when faced with an unknown……… I asked Dr Google, knower of all things. What I discovered inspired me to ask about starting an event in my area, not because I like to run (hell NO!), but because I love my community. I love being a part of it, and I love being involved and giving back to it. And let’s face it; I live in an award-winning, beautiful beachside town that I thought would be an outstanding location for a parkrun event, and whose residents would completely embrace the concept. (I also thought it would be a great self-motivational way to get my butt out to get fit, on the downside of 40 and all, not getting any younger!)

And so it was that in late April 2013, Rockingham parkrun was launched with 111 runners. As the second parkrun event launched in WA, many of these runners were ‘parkrun tourists’ having a change of scenery from the only other parkrun in WA, but the greater majority were locals who had heard about the event generally through word of mouth and word of Facebook (gotta love the power of social media when it is used on the side of good!). In the lead up to the launch, I personally had only ever run at parkrun once, and volunteered at parkrun (the same one) once, so as the duly self-appointed Event Director, I didn’t advertise the pending launch, because I was a liiiiiitle bit scared that there would be hundreds of people turn up when I had NO IDEA what I was doing!

But my usual attitude is “just wing it”, which is what I did and it all turned out OK!! (Well, the barcode scanner died because it hadn’t been charged, and the timekeeper accidentally hit ‘STOP’ and cut about 5 minutes out the of the times so we had to do a bit of mathematical magic to salvage the results but, hey…it was all good!)

Since then, Rockingham parkrun has gone from strength to strength. I got the hang of it quite quickly, people kept coming back (must’ve done something right), I trained up some more RDs, and I got out to run more (remember? That was part of the plan). Not only that, I have actually begun to enjoy running, and maybe now don’t feel like such a fraud to call myself a “runner”.

At our first anniversary a couple of months back, we unveiled some awesome permanent signage that the City of Rockingham had had installed for us. These incorporated a start/finish line, distance, and other course markers along our parkrun course. As ED, I was also recently invited to host an information booth and present a brief talk at a healthy living expo, co-sponsored by both Rockingham and the neighbouring local council. The City of Rockingham is very pro-active in providing programs and equipment for residents, and so have been a great supporter of our parkrun since inception. Several council staff members are part of our parkrun family. After hearing of some of the struggles other parkruns have had to get approval, and then to get up and running (pun intended); having not only council approval to hold the event, but also their continued support, encouragement and participation is really fantastic.

We have now just wrapped up Event # 61, on a fine but cold Perth winter’s day, with 208 runners (not far off of our course attendance record of 242 achieved close to the peak of summer). We have a fantastic bunch of regulars that wouldn’t let wild horses keep them away, even if they’re injured and can’t run; and still every week there are more first-timers (I’m talking real never-been-to-a-parkrun first-timers, not just been-running-parkun-for-ages-but-gonna-check-out-Rockingham-this-week first-timers).

So to the City of Rockingham I’d like to say a big thank you, for backing this little idea to bring a parkrun down to the beach, and for continuing to support us. To anyone else wanting a parkrun in their area, I say GO FOR IT – SET ONE UP!! You have nothing to lose and so much to gain. The fun, the fitness, the laughs, the friends, the pride in your community; parkrun brings so much to so many people in so many different ways. It is truly a community event, and the icing on the parkrun cake is the smiles, the laughter, the friendships and the camaraderie that are evident every week (even amongst the sweaty red-faces that are struggling to draw breath…..:)). This is what I love most about parkrun, the way that something so simple can bring so many people together in such a positive way.

But mostly, I’d like to say to the Rockingham parkrun peeps, YOU GUYS ROCK! Many of you come up to me and say thank you, that I do a great job. Some of the personal stories that have been shared with me about how Rockingham parkrun has made such a massive difference in your lives have brought a lump to my throat and a tear to my eye. But while it might be myself that gets the recognition and the glory for our parkrun, it is all of us – the rest of the event team, the volunteers, the runners, the walkers – that make it what it is; an awesome way to start the weekend! And for that, it is I that thank you, for getting behind this thing, for staying the distance (that pun was also intended!), and most of all, for keeping left and not forgetting your barcodes.

Upcoming Special Events


July
5 - Main Beach (Qld) cancelled, Coomera (Qld) cancelled, Kirra (Qld) cancelled, Roma (Qld) cancelled, Aveley (WA) 1st anniversary
12 - Pittsworth (Qld) launch, Noosa (Qld) launch, Gatton (Qld) 1st anniversary
19 - Armidale (NSW) launch
26 - Maribyrnong (Vic) launch, Coomera (Qld) 2nd anniversary

July
5 - Main Beach (Qld) cancelled, Coomera (Qld) cancelled, Kirra (Qld) cancelled, Roma (Qld) cancelled, Aveley (WA) 1st anniversary
12 - Pittsworth (Qld) launch, Noosa (Qld) launch, Gatton (Qld) 1st anniversary
19 - Armidale (NSW) launch
26 - Maribyrnong (Vic) launch, Coomera (Qld) 2nd anniversary

Feedback from the field


Stacey Kilburn - Our little daughter Montanah is 5 years old and did her first
parkrun at Kawana last October. She ran most of the way with occasional walks and finished in 30:20. Since then she has continually improved and can now run the entire way without stopping. We have done Kawana parkrun 6 times with her new PB being 26:31. She has also done Golden Beach parkrun twice and her PB on that course is 26:23 as it has no hills! Since soccer season, Saturday mornings aren't as easy to fit parkrun in but she always loves to do it and shock all the adults at how quick she is! These last few months she has also done the Sunshine Coast Cross Country series and won it overall for under 8 girls (she is 6 now)! The photo below is of Moni at Golden Beach parkrun.


Laura Murphy - Last weekend at Kawana parkrun I ran my first timed event ever. I started to train in December for an event coming up in August. At the first training session at Point Cartwright, I wanted to throw my personal trainer in the river, as I struggled to breathe for less than a 100m! To me parkrun was for those crazy athletes to do together and then meet up for a juice afterwards to talk about their amazing times and personal bests and sometimes even dragged their kids into it! Well 6 months later, I ran. To my amazement I finished and my time wasn't that bad either! The scariest thing is a few of us logged in only hours afterwards to check our time over a coffee lol! I will definitely be back in a few weeks after I give Run Sunshine Coast a try next Sunday. And I plan on beating my PB! Thank you parkrun. What a well organised, happy group of people. I feel lucky something like this has been introduced in my own neighbourhood.


Paul Hewish - Do you know why it’s still dark in Singapore at 7am? History! Mainland Malaysia is an hour out of its correct time zone. They decided to run the country on a single zone and settled on the one in which the sun first rises, Borneo Island. Singapore separated years ago but maintains the same time as Malaysia for obvious reasons. It basically has daylight saving all year round! Now you know! Keep up the good work.


Silpa Parmar - A big congratulations to Bob Prentice and his team for putting on such a great run at Campbelltown parkrun last Saturday morning. Sharon, Kieran and myself headed over from our home parkrun at St Peters and had a fabulous time on a (very!) chilly morning. The event is fantastically well organised, the course is quick, the people are super friendly and you even get to see the sunrise! Thanks for the hospitality; we shall return!


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:  Carly Steggles

Club:  OzSquad

Age:  34

Home parkrun:  Curl Curl

Number of runs:  6

PB:  22.04

Number of times volunteered:  6

Favourite volunteer role:  Anything at the finish line where I can cheer, whoop and clap the sprint finishes. I love a sprint finish!

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  The chance to feel part of a local running community, seeing runners of all abilities up early and on the go and encouraging people to sprint to the finish line!

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  I think you do a fabulous job already – it is now down to us, the local community, to support parkrun by volunteering, running the 5k rain or shine and spreading the word about such a great free initiative. Or I would never say no to complimentary post-run cakes! J

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 24th June 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s edition of the newsletter we take our first strides in Asia, B2B is back and Perth gets another pretty perfect parkrun.

Last Saturday was a momentous one for parkrun with the launch of our first event in Asia at Singapore’s East Coast Park parkrun. I was fortunate enough to be able to make the trip up on Friday to be there to support Event Director Carol Cunningham, formerly ED at Albert Melbourne parkrun.

In Singapore, like Queensland, our start time is 7am to beat the heat however unlike Queensland the sun doesn’t come up until just before 7am all year round. Thus, when I met Carol and her team at East Coast Park at 6am to get set up it was pitch black… but already starting to get hot! As the start time approached the sun began to peep through and we were in business, although I must say I did like the thought of Singapore being a ‘darkrun’. In the lead up I had predicted 30 runners at this inaugural event and I was pretty close, with 29 in attendance. What I didn’t predict however was the number of first time parkrunners. I assumed many would be expats who had experienced parkrun in their home country but this wasn’t the case with 21 of the 29 brand newbies. I think this really bodes well for the future success of this event.

Of the 8 people who had parkrun before, I want to give special mention to Nneka Oknota who had traveled from New Zealand especially for the launch. Nneka is a self-confessed parkrun fanatic who has traveled to every country parkrun is currently in for her free, timed, weekly 5km run. She loves parkrun so much she is in the process of setting up her own event in Hawkes Bay. It was great to meet you Nneka, see you in New Zealand at your launch!

So, a couple of tips for any of you parkrun tourists looking to make the trip up:

- It costs approximately $10 to get to East Coast Park in a taxi from Singapore city centre. If you hop in the cab before 6am they charge an additional 50% service charge so make sure you get in at 6:01am!
- Singapore is hot. Wear minimal running kit and take plenty of water. You may like to bring a change of shirt if you plan on going to the nearby Starbucks for coffee as we all left a bit of a sweat puddle on Saturday.

Lastly, a quick shot out to Rachel and her team at Carine Glades parkrun who, from all reports (see article below), had a wonderful launch in Perth. In fact, it was the largest ever parkrun event in Western Australia. What will they come up with this week?

Happy running,

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

p.s. Only 102 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 – 8,948
Number of volunteers – 654
Number of new registrations – 1,295
Total number of registered parkrunners – 116,970

Bridge to Brisbane Launch


For the 2nd year in a row parkrun is the event training partner of Bridge to Brisbane, the largest single-day running event in Queensland. To celebrate we are holding an official launch across a number of our Brisbane based events this Saturday where participants will receive the new B2B water bottle and other spot prizes.

Since its inception 16 years ago, Bridge to Brisbane has welcomed more than 357,000 people and raised more than $5 million for charities. Entries are now open for the 10km and 5km events and race day this year is Sunday September 7. Click here for more information.

‘Launching Carine Glades parkrun’ by Rachel Walsh


I wish I could say that the day dawned bright and clear, but it didn’t – fortunately, by the time we’d finished setting up for our inaugural event on Saturday 21st June, the clouds and drizzle had passed, and we had a beautiful sunny morning, just perfect for smashing records – which we did, far surpassing the previous WA launch record of 111 runners, and just sneaking past Claisebrook Cove’s largest attendance record to date of 296. We had parkrun tourists from the other five Perth parkruns, and a group from Kalgoorlie Boulder as well, which was great to see – and a large number of first timers that look set to make Carine Glades their home. All up, 301 runners, which was just amazing to see.

After an official welcome from parkrun Australia representative Jon Storey, and the usual pre-run briefing, City of Stirling Councilor Andrew Guilfoyle started the runners off, and a sea of people headed off for a fast start down the grassy hill to meet up with the path and two laps of the lake. First runner over the line was Nic Harman in 16:58, with Barbara Hosack the first female over the line in 19:28. It didn’t take long for the sea of people to all be congregated near the finish area, cheering on the slower runners and chatting as they waited for their barcodes to be scanned, grabbing a coffee from the coffee van and enjoying the home baked goodies that resulted in a recipe swap on our Facebook page! A few people headed across the road to Marmalade Café for breakfast, while I took my #1 volunteer (my 14 year old daughter) to her tennis lesson and headed home to process the results – which went very smoothly thanks to the excellent work by all the volunteers involved! All-in-all, it was a very successful morning – and the perfect weather lasted just long enough, with the heavens opening up just before lunch, with a severe weather warning in place for the afternoon!

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the wonderful team that helped me get Carine Glades parkrun off the ground – Pip Holmes, Michael Lee, Randy van Poecke, Andrew Highfield, Kae Lim Choo, Bronwyn Bell and Jon Storey – without you, it wouldn’t have happened! I can’t wait for next Saturday morning now!

Upcoming Special Events


June
28 - Logan River (Qld) 1st anniversary, Mornington Peninsula (Vic) launch

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

August
2 - Victor Harbor (SA) launch, Blackbutt (NSW) 1st anniversary, Claisebrook Cove (WA) 2nd anniversary
9 - Wishart (Qld) launch, Pakenham (Vic) launch
16 - Hobart (Tas) launch
23 - Singleton (NSW) launch, Mt Clarence (WA) launch, Balyang Sanctuary (Vic) 2nd anniversary
30 - Capalaba (Qld) launch, Cairns 1st anniversary (Qld)

Feedback from the field


Jennifer Hetherington - I can't run at the moment as I am awaiting ankle surgery and Lachlan's soccer games have clashed with parkrun but we had a 9am game this week so he got to his first parkrun in 8 weeks. He took another 10 seconds off his PB (37:32). Kids make it seem easy!! I think I will struggle to keep up when I am able to run again! Such a great feeling for him and me to see him bettering himself.


Barbara Absolon - In 1977, I returned from a 12 month adventure in Europe weighing three stone (nearly 20 kilos!) more than I had when I left. A workmate introduced me to 'jogging' - part of a relatively new concept of aerobic exercise espoused by American Kenneth Cooper. I lost the weight but never the love of running. Thirty-seven years, thousands of kilometres and millions of laughs later, running has kept me fit, active and sane. I've met friends for life 'on the streets', both here and in other countries. I now hope to do the same in parkruns around the world. It's great to see so many motivated people making the most of their Saturday mornings, doing what comes naturally - moving, competing, chatting and laughing. Congratulations to those who organise, sponsor and fund parkrun and to the tens of thousands of people sensible enough to get involved.


Bronwyn Bell - Trying to find the start line for the Carine Glades parkrun? Follow the rainbow! ‪#‎DFYB‬


Vicki Wright - I just completed my very first North Lakes parkrun last Saturday and at 64 finished at the back of the field. There were 2 other people in my age category and although I finished third it has given me so much inspiration to improve and learn to jog 5km one day. I have never been a runner but being at parkrun on Saturday was inspirational, seeing so many people enjoying the crisp morning running around the lake. I made a new friend and hope to make many more in the coming months. Thank you again for this wonderful opportunity to regain my fitness.


Dawn Courage - Janthea Andersen ran the 1st Kingscliff parkrun in October 2012. Her baby was about 3 months old and she pushed him round. She was very fast! As the months went by bubs got bigger and her times got faster. Then 9 months ago she fell pregnant again. She continued running until 8 months and for the last month she volunteered. Last Monday she gave birth to a son. On Saturday she turned up at parkrun with both boys in the buggy. She said she was running after she had fed bubs. Knowing how fit she is we thought she would go under 30 minutes. We were totally amazed when she came in at 22:30. She is Supermum!


Charles Nicoll - I initially dragged the family along to Ginninderra parkrun a year and a
half or so ago. The lack of enthusiasm on the trip there had me thinking that I’d be doing the trip solo more times than not, especially with the kids already committed to a full morning of Saturday sport. So it is with great pride that I now see my wife and 2 children (9 and 10 years old) all join the 50-club at Tuggeranong parkrun in recent weeks… whilst I flounder on 45 runs! The consistent string of PBs, terrific results at school cross country, and friendly rivalry with cousins in Sydney (St Peters parkrun) provide additional motivation, not that any is needed. So, thanks to parkrun and to the terrific event team at Tuggeranong parkrun.


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:  Mark Huth

Age:  43

Home parkrun:  Mitchelton ... and Sandgate. Mitchelton is slightly closer to my house, but Sandgate is special because it was my first time.

Occupation:  Software Maintenance Engineer

Number of runs:  37

PB:  19.52 (finally beat 20 minutes recently!)

Number of times volunteered:  7

Favourite volunteer role:  I've only done 3 different roles so far and they were all fun. Timekeeper is good because you can cheer people on those last few steps and let people know their time as they cross the finish line.

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  Giving back to parkrun and knowing that you are helping make the parkrun happen that morning. The camaraderie you build with the other volunteers is lovely too.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  A couple come to mind. I've done pacing a few times and it’s a great role because you still get to go for a run and you can encourage people along the way (especially towards the end). And the feedback you get afterwards about how you helped someone get a PB is always nice to hear. Another one ... Driving to Mitchelton parkrun one morning in the pouring rain and all the while thinking about just turning around and going back home to bed... but then getting close to parkrun and seeing the other runners (albeit not many) and the volunteers out there in the rain made me realize that if they can put in the effort to be here in this weather, then so can I! And I did and it's still my favourite parkrun ... although running when it’s not pouring down rain is also very nice too ;)

How can we improve parkrun:  An idea for improving volunteering participation ... If someone hasn't volunteered for a while, for example they haven't volunteered in their last 15 runs, then perhaps send them a reminder email along with their results email asking if they would like to volunteer soon. (I realize the results email already includes info about volunteering - but perhaps a separate reminder email might help as well). But don't badger them too much either, if they still haven't volunteered then perhaps send the reminder email after every 5 runs after the initial reminder email. Another idea ... in the volunteering section of the results email (or on parkrun Facebook pages or in the announcements before the start of a parkrun), a reminder to people that if they are injured or in a recovery period and can't/don't want to run, then this could be a good opportunity to consider volunteering so they can still be involved with parkrun.

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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all out performance

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weekly newsletter 17th June 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s royal edition of the newsletter we hear from an inspired volunteer, the runPositive campaign rolls on and our WA parkrunners step up to the marathon.

We all love a bit of a pat on the back from time to time and this week parkrun, or more precisely the founder of parkrun Paul Sinton-Hewitt, received just that when he was awarded the title Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen's birthday honours. This is fantastic recognition for PSH (aka Sir Paul) and is incredibly timely with parkrun’s 10th birthday only a matter of months away. parkrun means so much to so many people now and I think parkrunner Peter Speechly summed it up nicely in this Facebook post I read yesterday –

“This guy is the reason we all get up early on a Saturday morning to run around some amazing places with some wonderful people, to share our running stories & ultimately to support & encourage one another. Without that light going on one day in his head none of us would be enjoying what we have every parkrunday morning and I for one wouldn't have met such amazing people, or probably still be running. So pleased that his vision & passion have been recognised.”

Well said Peter.

Speaking of parkrun’s 10th birthday, some of you will be aware that a book is currently being written about our short history by Debra Bourne, Event Director of Lloyd parkrun in the UK. I met with Debra whilst in London recently and she requested some specific content such as examples of elite athletes who use parkrun as a training tool. So on Friday last week I tweeted Hockeyroos coach Adam Commens asking for the story of how he had many of his team attending parkruns earlier this year. We were chatting back and forth and then he went quiet for a few hours before finishing off our chat. I realized later the reason he went quiet was the Hockeyroos were playing (and winning) their World Cup semi-final against the USA! The team then went on to take the silver medal in a hard fought final against The Netherlands the following day so on behalf of everyone at parkrun I want to congratulate these amazing ladies (and Adam) on such a great achievement. Now all we need is a parkrun logo on their shirts…

Happy running,

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

p.s. Only 109 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.

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 – 7,654
Number of volunteers – 673
Number of new registrations – 1,209
Total number of registered parkrunners – 115,396

parkrunners are proud to runPositive


More than 1600 parkrunners across Australia have already joined the Suncorp Bank runPositive program this year to celebrate their reason to run. It’s great to see you all wearing these unique runPositive singlets at events as it appears many of you are embracing this inspiring initiative from Suncorp Bank.

If you’re interested in joining the growing online community, please remember all parkrun members who sign up will receive an exclusive Suncorp Bank runPositive parkrun Australia singlet. Note that the message across the front will read “I runPositive with parkrun Australia’. Your personal reason to runPositive will not be printed across the front however will still be visible on your unique profile page on the runPositive website.

We also ask you to please read and note the terms and conditions of entry as this program is only open to Australian residents who are 18 years of age or over. We acknowledge that there are a number of young parkrunners who don’t meet this age requirement, and would like to receive a singlet, however as cash is awarded to entrants at random; Suncorp Bank is unable to award money to a minor and will therefore not be able to accept the entry.

We appreciate your understanding on this matter.

Don’t miss your chance to get on board this great opportunity as there is a limited number of runPositive singlets still available and they are going fast. Once they’re gone, that’s all folks!

Click here to join the runPositive crew and don’t forget to follow on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

‘The best things in life are free!!!’ by Madiko Kamocha


I joined Albert Melbourne parkrun after my sister in the UK spoke highly of the event that she wakes up to every Saturday morning.

Being of commerce background (professionally) - I often find it true that there is no such thing as a free lunch and kept telling my sister to be careful as she might receive a bill from parkrun for these timed runs. However I was delighted to find that parkrun is indeed a free, timed, weekly 5km run – and it is the volunteers that make it such a success.

Seven parkruns later I was itching to have my first volunteer experience. I figured it is the least I could do for such a fun and inspiring event. I was however slightly worried how I would cope with volunteering given the long work hours I had been putting in due to the end of financial year fast approaching.

Guess what??? Volunteering at parkrun is so simple! You get an email reminder, a pre-event briefing on day... and the rest I history! The communication via email is amazing so all the questions I had with regards to volunteering were asked and answered electronically. You do not have to attend numerous lengthy meetings in person so that was a big tick from me.

If you have considered volunteering go for it! The satisfaction thereafter feels just as good as crossing the finish line after a 5km run.

‘Word from the West’ by Jeremy Savage


Last Saturday a handful of runners were presented with their red adidas 50-club shirts at Claisebrook Cove parkrun. As Claisebrook Cove was the first WA parkrun, this was my home parkrun for some time and I have run alongside most, if not all of the people pictured below.

Sunday 15th of June was the Perth Marathon and Marathon Relay, organised by the WA Marathon Club, and the WA parkrun family were very active in entering loads of teams (I have lost count of how many!) of 3 or 4 runners, pairs of runners and of course, individual runners. There were entrants from the 6 Perth metro parkruns and also a group from Kalgoorlie Boulder parkrun.

The event was just amazing and the parkrun family made everything such a pleasure to be around. There was even chalk writing on the path to encourage the parkrunners and in true parkrun style, we sat on the side of course to cheer the last of the runners home while we celebrated the achievements of everyone.

Lastly, congratulations to the City of Gosnells, the Local Government that supports Pioneer parkrun, as it was recently announced that they have been awarded the Parks and Leisure Australia (WA) 2014 Award of Excellence for their efforts in redeveloping the Centennial Pioneer parklands. Anyone who has been along to Pioneer parkrun will be able to vouch for the hard work that the City of Gosnells put into the park area; it really is a very beautiful part of the world to run around.

Upcoming Special Events


June
21 - East Coast Park parkrun (Singapore) launch, North Shore (Qld) 1st anniversary, Gladstone (Qld) 1st anniversary, Carine Glades (WA) launch, Mosman (NSW) cancelled
28 - Logan River (Qld) 1st anniversary, Mornington Peninsula (Vic) launch

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

Feedback from the field


Alan Harris - parkrun is an inspirational concept where all levels of runners can get together and enjoy each other’s company in an environment where the only competition is yourself. I had been in a past life a competitive runner but various injuries and the normal day-to-day family involvements meant that my running days, and certainly Fun Runs, were a distant memory. Until, my eldest son Ken introduced me to St Peters parkrun late in 2013. And now, we have had as a family on Saturday 7th June 2014 eight (8) family members running (is this a record??) There were myself, my three sons, – Ken, Darren and Nathan, Darren and Nathan’s children Luke, Charlie and Jack, and my Daughter-in-law Michelle. Five were First Timers being Darren, Luke, Charlie, Nathan and Michelle and there is no doubt that they will all be back again to experience the camaraderie of parkrun. Thank you so much for giving us this opportunity as a family to join in this worldwide phenomenon.


Anthea Miner - Just want to thank you all for the amazing job you do each and every week. In the last year parkrun has become the normal way we start out weekends. My sister and I did our first ever run in July last year and since then our husbands and children have joined in. There is a healthy rivalry going with the boys as they try to better each other and themselves, and my eight year old daughter Nadia has taken to running like a duck to water. She has done a few PBs in the last couple of runs but last week was the best with her first sub 30 run. I couldn't be prouder of her. Keep up the great work! We couldn't think of a better way to start our weekends and have some quality family time as well.


Paul Matuschka – Albury Wodonga parkrun is an absolutely amazing event and global initiative that we should all be proud to participate in. They say that participation in community events gives a sense of belonging and a sense of belonging is 1 of the 5 key areas of happiness... So this event is contributing to the happiness of each and every person involved in and connected too. Further if you have a happy friend, then you will most likely be happier! Which builds a strong happy community.


Barbara Bosley - I am 61 years old and attended my first Sandon Point parkrun o on June 7. A friend, Anne Clarke, introduced me to this run and was there to motivate, cheer me on and celebrate my crossing the finish line. My result was better than I expected and I hope to run again, even though walking for the two days after was a challenge!!! I was so impressed with the organisation and attendance on the day. Well done Sandon Point parkrun!


Lachie Miners - I'd like to share this photo from Gatton parkrun. This is my nephew and I finishing our 37th and 35th runs with only 1 second separating us. My nephew smashing out a new PB of 23:18. Such a great time for a boy his age! I started doing parkrun to try and keep up with him and now most of our family does parkrun every week too!


Ana Santos - I'm a devoted parkrunner since I found out about it. My weekend starts in the best possible form, getting up early, to meet friends and go for a 5km run in the hope of getting a PB but mainly to keep fit and have fun . I'm amazed of the concept and how well organised parkrun is. I'm about to go overseas for a two month holiday so I have to wait a bit longer to achieve the 50 runs milestone .


Jeanette Grima - Just letting you know that last weekend was the first time I had done a parkrun and I totally enjoyed my experience. I attended the Point Cook parkrun and it was a really well run morning. Hats off to all and I will definitely be back. Have not stopped spruiking!!


Greg Selkirk - Me and my 9 year old son Benjamin were first timers at Albert Melbourne parkrun on Saturday. We heard about parkrun through the Jetts Fitness/Ultrafit magazine, also a good friend runs at New Farm parkrun in Brisbane and told us to try it out. We both ran sub-30 minutes (just) at our first outing and upon finishing my son immediately resolved to be back next week to do better! As for me, I might keep an eye on the weather forecast before leaping out of bed and reaching for the joggers.....


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:  Greg Beerling

Club:  The Run Inn

Age:  38

Home parkrun:  Mitchelton parkrun

Occupation:  Acupuncturist / Witchdoctor

Number of runs:  32

PB:  17:25

Number of times volunteered:  8

Favourite volunteer role:  Pacing

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  I appreciate that running for your goals is a worthy challenge and like to help people to achieve these even if it is below my current ability level and get a kick out of it when they reach that PB.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  I liked interacting with the finishers when I performed barcode entries one day.

How can we improve parkrun:  As a business owner in the natural therapies industry, I have taken the initiative to offer a monthly volunteer prize, it seems to be working well.

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Children at parkrun

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