weekly newsletter 10th June 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s newsletter we hear from Tim in London and Jon in Perth, as well as the usual inspiration that is feedback from the field.

As I write this I’m sitting in the Oriel Grand Brasserie in Heathrow Airport Terminal 3. For the last for 4 days I have been here in London for the first ever ‘parkrun Country Manager Conference’ and as expected it’s been an amazing event that has been years in the making and was over far too soon.

I arrived in London on Thursday morning however the ‘official business’ didn’t start until the following day when I had breakfast with parkun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt (aka PSH). Although PSH and I speak often via Skype, we have actually only ever been face to face on a handful of occasions so it was great to once again be sitting down with the man whose small idea has gone on to change the lives of hundreds of thousands of people around the world. After breakfast we were joined by Tom Williams (UK), Matt Shields (Ireland) and Bruce & Gill Fordyce (South Africa) for a meeting with adidas at their headquarters in Covent Garden. During this session each country manager had an opportunity to share their experiences of working with adidas thus far and brain storm on ideas for future opportunities. adidas have been the major sponsor of parkrun in Australia since September 2011 and it’s safe to say we wouldn’t be anywhere the position we are in today without their support.

On Saturday myself, PSH and the aforementioned Country Managers, along with Jakub Fedorowicz (Poland), Maxim Egorov (Russia), Ruth Shields (Ireland) and Noel De Charmoy (New Zealand), made our way to beautiful Richmond Park in southwest London for Richmond parkrun (see the photo above). I already knew this area well as had done plenty of running, cycling and dog walking there during my 10 years living in London. Funnily enough, for those of you who have seen ‘Fenton the dog’ on YouTube, the Richmond parkrun course runs right around the area where the famous pooch was filmed chasing deer, much to the anger of his tweed wearing owner!

After parkrun and of course a mandatory coffee, we made our way to the stunning St Mary’s University for the start of our conference proper. We established Country Managers were joined here by the new kids on the block: Anita & Alex (Bordeaux, France); Georgio (Sicily, Italy); and Marco (Milan, Italy). Did somebody say parkrun tourism? Over the next two days we proceeded to dissect the state of the parkrun nation, resulting in as many questions about the future as answers. We have many, many challenges to continue doing what we do however it is gatherings like this that will enable us to meet these head up and continue to grow parkrun, both in our existing countries and in new locations around the world.

Certainly one of the biggest challenges we face is in the area of risk management. As many of our events continue to grow in size this often results in increased risks to both parkrunners and the general public that we need to manage well or else face consequences that none of us want to see. In the coming months we plan to implement a new volunteer role at parkrun called the ‘running first aider’, essentially a first aid qualified parkrunner who is happy to run with a red armband and is prepared to act should an injury or illness occur during the run. Tom Williams recently commissioned a survey at Leeds parkrun where, from a crowd of 350 people, 60 had current first aid qualifications and another 140 said they would be prepared to get qualified should parkrun arrange the training. I would like to think that the enthusiasm for this will be similar here in Australia so stay tuned as we look to roll this out at your event.

Another theme to come out of the conference was the potential for growth in Russia. The country is larger than all of the other parkrun countries combined and the initial signs are that their appetite for parkrun is huge, so it isn’t an exaggeration to think that Russia alone could have 500 events in 5 years’ time!

More pressing for me however is the launch in less than 2 weeks of East Coast Park parkrun in Singapore, our first foray into Asia. By the time you read this I will be in Singapore catching up with former Albert Melbourne parkrun Event Director Carol ‘Half Pint’ Cunningham who will be the ED at East Coast Park. I can’t wait, Carol is one of the true pioneers of parkrun in Australia (and now Singapore), a totally selfless individual who did an incredible job at Albert Park for such an important period in parkrun’s history. I’m sure many of you have plans to get to Singapore for this event in the coming months so make sure you give Carol a big pat on the back when you see her.

So that’s it from me for now. The last few days have been truly inspiring, being surrounded by such incredibly capable and passionate people, and we are all now more motivated than ever to continue to bring you the free, timed, weekly 5km run that has had such a profound impact on all our lives.

Happy running,

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

p.s. Only 116 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 [https://twitter.com/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 – 9,936
Number of volunteers – 647
Number of new registrations – 1,674
Total number of registered parkrunners – 114,012

‘Channel 7 News and Canning River parkrun's first anniversary’ by Jon Storey


There were some exciting times over the last week in the West. On Tuesday evening, Channel 7 news told a story about the running phenomenon, parkrun, that is sweeping across WA. The news story had a great overview of parkrun and remained factually correct, even if there were some CNN style Geographic errors claiming Bunbury and Manjimup to be part of the Perth metropolitan area.

What effect did the news story have? Well there was a surge in new registrations at 4 parkruns in particular, Canning River (where the news story was filmed 3 weeks before), Rockingham, the soon to be launched Carine Glades (both of which were highlighted on the news) and Claisebrook Cove.

So on to the weekend. It was Canning River parkrun's 1st anniversary and the theme was "Disney". Our family took the easy option; we wore Disney themed t-shirts and Cameron (10) and Jennifer (9) took along there Mickey and Minnie plush toys.

We arrived at Canning River to be greeted by a number of runners wearing animal onesies, Mickey onesies, Robin Hood, Forrest Gump (complete with box of chocolates) and Pete Conroy, wearing his wife's strappy Bambi night shirt. During the normal pre-run briefing a number of 10-club certificates were awarded, it seems like such a great moment for the juniors to be presented their certificates on such an occasion.

The night before parkrun, Jennifer had decided that she wanted to run with me and that she wanted a PB. I'm sure she was regretting that decision on the day. I also inherited Jack Kenny, the event director's son (Adrian was run directing on the day). On the signal we were off around the serene park that is Canning River Regional Park. The course comprises of one loop amongst bush and swampland, crossing the Canning River twice, it's a fantastic course, flat and extremely friendly.

Within 500 meters the Minnie plush toy was discarded by Jennifer, so that meant I had to carry her for the rest of the way. After about 2.5k Jennifer also needed to offload her hat. She put in a ton of effort for the rest of the run and I closely supervised her, whilst ensuring that Cameron and Jack didn't leave us all behind.

We reached the end and Jennifer did record a new PB (32:16), she was shattered that was a record by 32s an achievement she also had whilst running with her dad at Pioneer parkrun.

So the festivities continued and an anniversary wouldn't be complete without cake made by the volunteers, a BBQ, some wine and last but not least the medal presentation for the top 3 males and females in the annual points table. Thanks to Adrian Kenny and the local community at Canning River parkrun, for hosting us once again, we always have a great time there and congratulations on achieving your new course attendance record of 267, bettering the previous record by 105 (I'm sure there weren't 105 of us travelling over from Claisebrook Cove).

Upcoming Special Events


June
14 - Frog Hollow (Vic) launch, Shellharbour (NSW) launch, Lakeview (NSW) launch, Mitchelton (Qld) 1st anniversary
21 - 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


Jeanette Algie - Last Saturday morning our family braved a chilly morning to participate at Toowoomba parkrun. I completed my 9th parkrun equaling my PB time. My husband Mike and eldest daughter Julia completed their 4th parkrun, with my daughter also achieving a new PB time. parkrun has given our family the opportunity to be involved in a single event every week and support each other's achievements. My daughter, (who finishes well before me) is always waiting for me along the course to run the last hill home with me, encouraging me to push harder and finish strong. We then both go back and do the same for my husband. We all look forward to 7am on Saturday, it has become a new family ritual and a wonderful way to share time with our teenager, doing something we all mutually enjoy. Toowoomba parkrun is exceptionally well supported by the community and must be close to averaging the highest number of runners in a provincial event each week. Margaret and her team are truly incredible and exceptionally dedicated. Thanks to Margaret and her team for providing our family with the opportunity to start every weekend with very special family time together.


Rachel Launders - Last week (30 May) was my first St Peters parkrun. I’d never run 5km before without stopping, but I figured it was for all ages and all levels of fitness so if I needed to walk for some of it, that would be just fine. But I managed the whole run, including up to the Pinnacle of Pain right in the middle of the course (loved the smiley face at the top of the hill), so I was totally thrilled with my effort. Next week, I’ll be pushing myself to be a bit faster to get a PB, and, more importantly, I’ll be better prepared with a smile for the photographer near the end of the course!


Gary Nisbet - Thank you Sandgate parkrun and parkrun Australia for my 50-club shirt. For me, this shirt represents a significant milestone in my life as all 50 runs were completed at Sandgate, my home parkrun, consisting of 30 PBs and a loss of 30kg over a period of 12 months, all achieved by Sandgate's 1st anniversary. More runs to run, more PBs to achieve, more weight to lose, more parkrun friends to meet! I wore my shirt with pride at the launch of Berrinba parkrun on Saturday which was my 30th different event (total 79th run). I’m looking forward to receiving my 100-club shirt in the not too distant future with 50 runs at home and 50 runs away. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Alan & Roisin Burrell, Wynnum parkrun Event Directors on achieving their 40th different event on Saturday. Great job! Well done Alan & Roisin!


Donna from Mind, Body & Soul Transformation - Gorgeous (albeit chilly) morning for a PB at Gatton parkrun! Another sub 25 I think.
Lauren Tilden - I turned 30 last Friday and ran my first 5kms last Saturday. It was a personal goal I had set myself to participate in a running event. 3 months ago I was 14kgs heavier and couldn't run to my letterbox. Thank you for making Penrith Lakes parkrun possible!


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


Volunteer Profile

Name:  Sami Dale

Club:  Unattached

Age:  43

Home parkrun:  Mitchelton

Occupation:  PA for a large mining company

Number of runs:  33

PB:  26.50

Number of times volunteered:  6 in just under a year.

Favourite volunteer role:  I've enjoyed all the roles I've done so far. I'm avoiding time keeping though!

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  I enjoy being part of the team. It's nice watching all the different ages of people and fitness levels taking part in a great community event.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Recently I was tail runner and decided to take the whole family along. My husband (Phil) ran on his own while I had Joseph (6) on his scooter and Toby (4) in the stroller. The plan was that Phil would run back and meet us after completing his run. All was going to plan - the kids and I were having a wonderful time. I even got called a "show off" by an elderly passer-by as I was running back carrying the official parkrun flag while pushing Toby in the stroller. Phil met up with us about 2km from the finish line and all was going to plan until Joseph stacked it on his scooter, cut his knee and freaked at the sight of blood and screamed for the last 2km. It made for a stressful end to an otherwise enjoyable morning at parkrun!
How can we improve volunteering at park run: I can't really think of anything. It all seems pretty good as is.

Reminders

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All questions answered

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

Volunteering at parkrun

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

Children at parkrun

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

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 3rd June 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s newsletter we kick it on the Westside, rejoice as the 50-club shirts have finally arrived and hear from the Guru.

On Saturday I made my way up to New Farm parkrun for the first time in many months and it felt like Christmas. Why? Because in my hot little hands I had a new batch of eagerly awaited red 50-club t-shirts! These shirts were many months overdue, in fact I’m told that there were people still waiting for their 50-club shirt and they are about to join our 100-club! So I’d like to go on the record and say sorry to all of you who have been waiting such a long time to receive these hard earned souvenirs, it really hasn’t been well coordinated from our side. All that being said, 250 of these shirts will be distributed at parkruns across Australia in the coming weeks which should cover most (but not all) of the orders placed before the end of February. We have another batch of 400 due for delivery in 4-6 weeks so hopefully we will be able to get on top of this soon.

It was pointed out to me recently that much of our official communication such as this newsletter and the parkrun show podcast is very ‘east coast centric’ meaning we don’t often mention events outside of Qld, NSW and Victoria. As such we are starting a new section this week called ‘Word from the West’ that will be written by a guest contributor from Western Australia. This week’s author is Claisebrook Cove parkrun Event Director Jon Storey and details the typical goings on as a Run Director on a busy Saturday morning.

Lastly, tomorrow (Wednesday) I’m off to London for the first ever ‘parkrun Country Manager Conference’ where I will be spending a few days with my colleagues from across the parkrun planet. We will all be running at Richmond parkrun this Saturday so if you happen to be up to a bit of parkrun tourism in the UK please come along and say hello.

Happy running,

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

p.s. Only 123 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 - 9,104
Number of volunteers - 644
Number of new registrations - 1,394
Total number of registered parkrunners - 112,198

‘Word from the West’ by Jon Storey


Everyone tells me how organised parkrun is, but sometimes it doesn’t feel like that, when you’re in the middle of everything. There are 2 schools of thought about run directing, it’s simple or it’s difficult, for some reason there’s no in between.

It starts off on the previous Saturday, fortunately I was run directing last week as well. So the equipment is in my possession anyway, no handovers. I’ve already organised the roster for Saturday. The volunteer e-mail is sent out on Wednesday. Between Wednesday and Saturday 3 volunteers pull out and so I need to replace them.

It’s Friday, the scanners are charged, the stopwatch and scanner memories are cleared, I double check the tokens are all in order and none are missing. I pack the car and ensure I know where everything is and nothing is missing.

It’s Saturday morning, 7:10am, I arrive at Claisebrook Cove and within minutes most of the volunteers are there. The tent goes up, the finishing funnel is put in place, up go the start flags and the signs at the bottom of ‘heartbreak hill’. When did that happen? Who did that? It’s great that some things just happen after a while. Then it’s time to brief the 12 volunteers, some are first time volunteers some are not. The lead cyclist has already checked the course for us, no hazards, great.

It’s off to the start line on the other side of the cove. The cones are put in place at the end of our starting straight, and so is the starting flag and the forced narrow start. Fit-bits, our local fitness group, lead the warm up. Then it’s time for the run briefing. We have a visitor from New Zealand, Cornwall parkrun. Can we take her bag to the finish line? Of course we can.

The runners are off and we have about 16 minutes to get to the finish line and have a bit of a chat, it’s the most serene part of parkrun.

Our first runner comes in at 16:21 and the first lady comes in at 18:22. Is that a record? Is that a record? No one knows (I find out later that she was actually our second fastest female finisher). The runners start to gradually cross the line and then it starts to become a regular stream. The timekeeper is shouting out positions as the people cross and the finish tokens volunteer is handing out numbers accordingly and then suddenly at 44 they’re out of sync. The timekeeper’s pressed the button one too many times. No problem, remember it was at 44. The finishing token volunteer wants a hand; the runners are coming in too many at a time, so I start assisting. Then I notice the queue for the barcode scanners is building up, everyone’s queuing to go to the one scanner, but we have 3. So I go and sort that out. Back to the tokens volunteer, to help, they’re still one out of sync. Someone wants an Entertainment Book and they want to leave early, so I sort that out. Everything else is ticking over nicely, now I have an offer for a volunteer for next week, then another, let’s sort that out. Back to the funnel, it’s still going well. Then I realise, I only put 300 tokens on the string, we’re in to the 270s, do I need more? I know where they are, I think, but the flow of runners has slowed right down. We’re alright, I think. The last runner crosses, number 285, that’s our second highest attendance.

It’s time to wind down, organise next week’s run director to take all the equipment. It’s the guy with the tiny car that can’t take the marquee. Chris, you must get a bigger car ;) All the equipment magically gets packed up and loaded in to Chris’ car, the volunteers sort the tokens back in to numerical order. The tent has to go in to another car, because, next week I’m at Canning River’s 1st anniversary.

So, it’s time for a pineapple juice at the Kinky Lizard (yes I’m strange, I don’t like coffee). We put the world to rights in the café, as we do every Saturday. I like to chat; the results can wait until after. Before the results though, it’s time for the children’s swimming lesson. The results can wait, but I can start making the odd post on our Facebook page as they go up and down the pool, I am watching them, really. Apparently the dolphins were out again today, near Windan Bridge, alongside the runners.

Its midday, I’m back at home and the results are compiled in about 10 minutes, being careful to take in to account the extra button press on the stopwatch. That’s parkrun over, until next week. I’m looking forward to it already, fancy dress, cake, medals and no doubt a surprise or two.

‘Five kilometres in 30 minutes… run it’ by Garry ‘Guru’ Wells


It all started at the 3km point of a parkrun nearly 2 years ago.

The idea for five30runners grew out of a conversation mid parkrun and then pacing that runner to break 32mins. Ken is now just a handful of runs away from the 100 club. The Red army has completed over 6,000 parkruns and continues to grow, usually daily. It is now Australia wide with one Red PB machine (five30-singlet) being sent overseas.

Internationally we are 19th on the parkrun leader board for parkruns and tied for 25th with fellow Aussie club inTraining for members. We also stand on top of the Run Down Under Challenge having run over 30,000kms this year.

The reality is while they are fun stats, they are just numbers to us. There is a strong desire to promote a social running family that is encouraging, loving, supporting and just plain fun. Many runners are now completing their first 5k, 10k, half and full marathon with injured members and family setting up huge cheer squads. There is nothing better than running with a huge group of red five30runners, pacing someone and getting massive cheers from the red army.

five30-tourism is taking off with many groups taking on parkrun launches (Mt Penang last weekend) and many different events including the Warwick Pentath weekend. Like parkrun, we are free, fun, encouraging and a family.

Probiotics - bacteria with the right attitude problem


In this month’s article Trish Russell (Wynnum parkrunner, Volunteer Coordinator, qualified Personal Trainer, Nutritionist and the founder of Enrich Health & Nutrition) is looking at what probiotics can do for you. As some of us are ramping up our training and racing schedules it is important to make sure we have a balanced diet and how probiotics can fit in to getting a healthy balance.

Click here to read Trish’s article.

Upcoming Special Events


June
7 - Berrinba (Qld) launch, Sandon Point (NSW) 1st anniversary, Canning River (WA) 1st anniversary, Newy (NSW) 2nd anniversary, Belmont (NSW) cancelled, Darwin (NT) 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, Mosman (NSW) cancelled
28 - Logan River (Qld) 1st anniversary, Mornington Peninsula (Vic) launch

June
7 - Berrinba (Qld) launch, Sandon Point (NSW) 1st anniversary, Canning River (WA) 1st anniversary, Newy (NSW) 2nd anniversary, Belmont (NSW) cancelled, Darwin (NT) 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, Mosman (NSW) cancelled
28 - Logan River (Qld) 1st anniversary, Mornington Peninsula (Vic) launch

Feedback from the field


Sarah Quinn - My partner Matt and I have been regular parkrunners at Claisebrook Cove since October 2013. We now have a great group of friends who take part each week with a healthy bit of rivalry and a massive amount of support between us all. Last month we travelled back to Matt’s hometown in Ireland. Not wanting to undo all our hard work to date (and hoping to counter one too many Irish breakfasts) we resolved to run regularly while away. A highlight of our trip was taking part in the Lucan parkrun. Through the freezing cold and rain it was very different to beautiful, sunny Perth but it was a great experience. We even roped some of the locals into the run with us. It’s was great to see how far the parkrun effect reaches and we are looking forward to ticking off more locations as we travel!


Kathy Mackell - I am only new to Darwin and not knowing anyone I was out walking along the Esplanade on a Saturday morning when I saw a gathering of over 100 people . I went up to a very friendly lady and asked what was happening. I was advised that it was a 5km Darwin parkrun and she encouraged me to join in. I have never run before but I decided to join in. That was it, I was hooked, I registered for the following Saturday and I have ran every Saturday since. Everyone is soooo friendly and helpful. I am 52 years old and as I said I have never ran before it is so encouraging to receive the email each week with the times. I am in the 50-54 age group and I have been No 1 Female in that age group since I started. I have also done PB each week since starting. I have both my children 24 and 21 registered and they are coming to Darwin to visit and they are both keen to do the parkrun. Thank you parkrun for showing me how great running is.


Paula Leckie – I just want to say that since doing his very first parkrun at Wynnum whilst on holiday here, my dad has now completed 54 parkruns to date :) and is awaiting his official 50-club t-shirt! He runs whenever he can at his local parkrun at Cannon Hill Park in Birmingham, England. At 70 years old he is a true inspiration and completes it under 24 minutes!! He is my hero!


Rachel Lind - We have a new member of the Junior 10-club at Riverway parkrun; Levi Murakami reached the 10-parkruns milestone last week (and was back for more today, in fact he even PB'd!). Levi deserves a special mention here, this young lad is one of the Townsville Bulletin's "Chosen Ones" for the Townsville Running Festival and is raising money for Ronald McDonald House. At age 8, Levi has already faced challenges in his life that most of us hope to never meet, having had treatment for an aggressive tumour just a year ago. Keep up the good work, Levi!


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:  Rhiannon Prentice

Age:  13 years

Home parkrun:  Campbelltown

Occupation:  High School

Number of runs:  8

PB:  30:28

Number of times volunteered:  10

Favourite volunteer role:  Results Processing

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  Meeting all the people.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  When the 1st lady called my Dads' mate (our Tag man) “custard guts”.

How can we improve parkrun:  Get the Council to mark the courses, so we can have less marshals and more runners.

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



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