weekly newsletter 29th July 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s edition of the parkrun Australia newsletter we marvel at a world record parkrunner, Bella runs wild and we go back to basics with Kelly.

Last week I received an email about an unusual problem with the result for one of our runners at Lillydale Lake parkrun in Melbourne… a problem the majority of us will never be faced with. Lavina Petrie (pictured above) finished 9th on July 12 in a time of 22:03. This is a pretty great time, approximately 6 minutes ahead of the parkrun average, however what makes this time so special is that Lavina is in the 70-74 age category… which makes it an AMAZING time. Upon further research (i.e. Wikipedia) I then discovered that Lavina is the current world record holder for her age over 3000m, 5000m, 10,000m and half-marathon (1:37.38).

So, where the problem occurred with her result is that it is so good, so fast, that our system flagged it as a possible error and that it should be manually approved before being published. However it doesn’t end there. It was then suggested to me that as soon as a person such as Lavina gets an age grade score of over 100% that they then should automatically become the new 100% barometer for everyone else (i.e. all the slower people) in their age group and so effectively they get immediately downgraded back down to 100%. The above 100% score only lasts for a few fleeting seconds.

It’s sure tough being a world record breaker these days. And by the way… sensational run Lavina!!!

Lastly, you may have read last week’s volunteer profile by John Andrew (pictured below). It was a typically inspirational piece although it was pointed out to me later by Albert Melbourne parkrun Event Director Scott Watkins that John forgot to mention his most famous exploit… he was the first and only runner to fall in Albert Park Lake during parkrun. Great work John!

Happy running,

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

p.s. Only 66 days until International parkrun Day 2014

Were you a first timer last weekend, or did you run a personal best? We would love to hear about your experience on email, @parkrun_au or on Facebook.

Essential Stats for Australia & Singapore


Number of locations – 81
Number of runners – 7,916
Number of PBs – 1,820
Number of first timers – 1,217
Number of volunteers – 649

Inaugural parkrun annual lunch


We will be holding our first ever 'parkrun annual lunch' in Perth on August 30. The goal of the 'parkrun annual lunch' is to create an annual focal point for all parkrun communities in the state to gather socially outside of the usual Saturday morning parkrun environment. All proceeds from this event will go towards launching further parkrun events in the state. We aim to hold similar events in key parkrun cities across the country on an annual basis but have chosen Perth as the host city for this inaugural event. And to top things off cricket legend and Suncorp Bank ambassador Adam Gilchrist is confirmed as guest speaker, it is sure to be a day to remember!

Click here for more info.

‘Come back Bella!!!’ by Brenton Clark


On Saturday morning my little Staffy Bella and I went down to watch my wife Nearida run at Gungahlin parkrun. I had been recovering from a minor injury and was in the middle of tapering for next week's marathon in Townsville. Bella is quite the runner and she usually runs with my wife and I on most of our training runs, whether they be tempo runs, interval training or even the dreaded Sunday long runs. So after a week of limited running she was highly irritable seeing all the runners take off to begin their 5km run.

After all the runners had passed I let her off the chain to allow her to walk around the park and harass the local ducks, but Bella decided she didn't want to do that. Instead she took off in hot pursuit of the runners. I tried to chase her down for about a kilometre but I couldn't catch her. So I went back to the start/finish line hoping she might just come back. Well she did come back...crossing the finish line in third place in a respectable 18:58!

I was highly apologetic to the runners who came through with her, however they all commented on her good manners - sticking to the left of the path and clearing the way of ducks (her mortal enemy). She even had time to go for a quick dip in the lake apparently.

Anyway I would like to congratulate Bella on an unaccompanied 5km PB and also to apologise to the organisers, ducks and runners of Gungahlin parkrun for being such an irresponsible dog owner.

Unfortunately Nearida, Bella and I will be relocating soon to the UAE - meaning no more parkruns! Thanks for what has been a lot of fun this year participating at Gungahlin, we have really enjoyed it!

‘What I did next…’ by Kelly Daly


The year that I started Kawana parkrun was also my final year of studying nutrition and dietetics at The University of the Sunshine Coast. I have always been a huge advocate for health and wellbeing, and parkrun was my way of contributing to a healthier community. Near the end of my time as Event Director at Kawana parkrun, I was starting to work on a new, somewhat crazy, cookbook idea. 10 months later and this crazy cookbook is coming to life!

My cookbook is called The Bare Basics, and it is exactly what the name suggests:
Bare - loaded with gorgeous, local, bare guys to make cooking much more appealing;
Basics - to teach all the basics of cooking, from how to boil an egg to how to make your own custard or Sunday Roast.

We have completed all the photography for the book (and even had some parkrunners involved!) and are now moving onto the Graphic Design phase. We have had 5 individuals involved with putting this book together (including Melissa Erbacher, the current Kawana ED!), and we couldn't be more excited to see it on the shelves in December!

Please click here to find out more about The Bare Basics.

Upcoming Special Events


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

September
6 - Warwick (Qld) 1st anniversary, Broadbeach Waters (Qld) launch, Blue Gum Hills (NSW) launch, Heirisson Island (WA) launch
13 - Wynnum (Qld) 2nd anniversary, Inverloch (Vic) launch, Diamond Creek (Vic) cancelled
20 - New Farm (Qld) 3rd anniversary
27 – Merimbula (NSW) 1st anniversary, Toowoomba (Qld) 1st anniversary, Tamworth (NSW) launch, Bowral (NSW) launch

Feedback from the field


John Mayne - Woke up early, had a Coles 80c coffee, $1 Boost chocolate bar and then arrived at Stones Corner parkrun realising I was only wearing slippers, so after quickly thinking on my feet (pun 100% intended), I decided to run barefoot for 5km. I don't know if it was the extra adrenaline that resulted from desiring the experience to be over as quick as possible, or something about the natural momentum that springs from running barefoot on concrete, but the end result was a PB of 22:34, smashing the previous benchmark by about 40 seconds. #barefootrunner


Bede Webster - The below photo is of me (in the red top and loud shorts) on my way to a very pleasing PB of 18:29 and in the process topping the age gradings for Tuggeranong parkrun last weekend. What’s interesting for our sponsor adidas is the top that I’m wearing. My younger brother Greg brought that back for me from the World Cross Country Championships in Switzerland in 1986 where he represented Australia in the Under 20 division. I’ve worn it ever since in the colder months in Canberra (and let’s face it, there are more of them than there are warmer months). 28 years on and still going strong! With 78 parkruns under his belt and a PB of 16:51, Greg hasn’t really slowed down much over the past 28 years either.


Chelsea Hunter - The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder provided a community grant to support the setup of parkrun in the Goldfields. parkrun has proved to be a very popular free weekly community event with a number of important outcomes for the City. parkrun has been extremely well organised and has significantly enhanced recreation opportunities in the City, all the outcomes have been overwhelmingly positive.


Gary Clarke - Despite being involved with Tuggeranong parkrun since its inaugural in Feb 2013, running 6 other events in 3 states with my wife Denise as a parkrun tourist, volunteering 28 times and working for others as a pacer in Superman and Batman disguise - today was all about self-indulgence. Today, on my 44th birthday, I ran my 44th parkrun at Tuggeranong and entered the 50 club (looking forward to the shirt in my favourite colour - "PB Red")!! To top it off, one of my ‘parkrun family’ agreed to pace me to a PB, which has eluded me since April 2013. I'm happy to say that having been pushed beyond any previous pain barriers, I crossed the line in 21:58 - finally cracking the 22 minute barrier and breaking that elusive PB by 5 seconds!! What made it even more enjoyable, was the number of people who celebrated with me and congratulated me either at the park or over breakfast (and CAKE!) at our local cafe. Denise and I love parkrun, we love our Tuggeranong parkrun family and will always believe that there is never ever a better way to start the weekend. #loveparkrun


Solita H - Every year we run an inter-office 4km fun run between our three Brisbane offices. I took up parkrun to get some consistent running in my exercise roster and to try and improve my time and speed over the shorter distances just for this event. We just had our run for 2014 and at the ripe old age of 42 I was not only the fastest female from my office but 2nd fastest female of all the female competitors and 26th out of 118 participants. For the first time in as long as anyone can remember, our office moved from third (last) to second position. Overall a great team effort and I felt I was able to contribute because of parkrun. Being able to participate in parkrun has really helped me achieve my goals and has made my office very happy to achieve a 2nd place. Thank you.


Andrew Dodson - After over 20 parkruns at North Lakes I was still struggling to get under 29 minutes. My problem is that I do not push myself hard enough and needed a helping hand to bring the best out of me. Then along came Mike who was a pacer at Saturday’s run doing a run at 29 minutes. I could not have achieved by best effort without Mike's encouragement and help, he was great.


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:  Jo Cootes

Age:  40

Home parkrun:  Mitchelton

Occupation:  Self Employed Mum!

Number of runs:  64 + 1, my husband stole one from me!

PB:  24:46 and now living in retirement somewhere up around the 58:06 ish!

Number of times volunteered:  12

Favourite volunteer role:  Finish tokens and Run Director

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  Pretty much everything, I love the community and can fully appreciate the importance of the systems that are in place, it really is just too easy! I like that I feel equally joyous after volunteering at parkrun as I do when participating in a parkrun.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Many funny and some awesome memorable moments as a participant, however as a volunteer, the memorable moments are always on the finish line for me. I love to see the guts and determination of our runners and share in the highs from the PBs. I’m a relatively new runner so I’m always interested in the stories of how and when parkrunners got into running and how they achieve training around family, work etc. But the most memorable moment by far was celebrating the 1st Anniversary of Mitchelton parkrun. It was a pleasure to be on the ground and volunteer at this event, it was a resounding success. There was a sense of pride from many at what had been achieved over the year and a feeling that the community was coming together to celebrate. I do cherish that my own kids have grown up around the parkrun spirit and I’m hoping they can follow on from me and volunteer in the next couple of years.

How can we improve parkrun:  As above-mentioned, your systems in place really do make it that easy just to turn up and volunteer, any parkrun, anytime, but recently I’ve been walking parkrun and had more time to be the eyes and ears of the course and maybe tail runners should carry walkie talkies! Or just simply check in with a RD on the day and sync phones if this is not already happening!

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.

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

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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 22nd July 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s edition we celebrate our volunteers, marvel at some parkrun art and take our pick of 3 perfect Perth parkruns.

I often rave about the passion and enthusiasm of our parkrun volunteers… and I’m going to do it again this week!

On Saturday we launched Armidale parkrun based in the grounds of the University of New England. I wasn’t able to attend however our Operations Manager Sarah Logan, The Prof Alan Burrell and 119 other parkrun Event Directors, tourists and of course Armidale locals were able to get there.

The Event Director at Armidale is Dale Murray (pictured above) who I am yet to meet face to face although I want to highlight what an impression he has already made on me and many others within parkrun. Dale has been planning this parkrun for many months. He has travelled around to a number of other events in order to learn the ropes, all on his own time, and has regularly engaged with myself and others from the management team in order to ensure the he was on track. He has worked tirelessly to raise the funding required to cover the costs of setting up a new parkrun (often this comes from the local Council but Dale has also garnered the support of a number of local businesses). But what was really the icing on the cake for me was a Facebook post that Dale shared with his family and friends on Friday (I hope he doesn’t mind me sharing it here) –

“Tomorrow is a HUGE day for me. Before Darlene, Grace and I arrived in Armidale in January this year I had a dream and passion to commence a parkrun event in Armidale, which would be the first in Northwest NSW. The problem was I knew no one in Armidale. On 25th February I met Jay Stone (Armidale Athletics Club) and Jacqui Munday (SportUNE) and shared my dream and passion for parkrun in Armidale and they caught it. Since then Jacqui, Jay and I have worked together to make Armidale parkrun a reality and tomorrow it will happen as we officially launch Armidale parkrun, the 80th parkrun event in Australia. A lot of hours have been expended in preparing for Armidale parkrun and tomorrow we will see the fruit of this hard work. Already 200+ Armidale residents have registered for parkrun and a heap of parkrun 'tourists' from Qld and NSW are travelling to Armidale to participate. A new, healthy community is going to be created in Armidale, as well as new friendships formed and I am so glad to be part of it. Thank you to everyone who have encouraged and supported me on this journey, in particular my wife Darlene Murray, daughter Grace Murray, friends Gary Clarke, Denise Clarke, Sarah-Jane Alley, Jacqui, Jay and everyone at Tuggeranong parkrun where my love for parkrun commenced. I love being part of the ArmiDALE community.”

When I read this I just wanted to give Dale a big hug! This is absolutely the right message about what parkrun is and why we do it. It also shows Dale is absolutely the right person to be leading the charge in Armidale.

Well done on hosting such a successful launch on Saturday Dale in less than ideal conditions (i.e. it was freezing). I can’t wait to come and pay you and your parkrunners a visit in the near future.

On a much more somber note, we have all looked on in horror over the last week at the news of MH17 in the Ukraine. Ordinarily I wouldn’t comment on something like this in the newsletter however I want to acknowledge and pay respects to one of the deceased, Roger Guard (pictured below), who had attended Toowoomba parkrun on 3 occasions. Roger was a fixture on the Southeast Qld trail and ultra-running scene, having completed 7 Glasshouse 100 mile runs. From all reports he was a real character and a true gentleman and his wife Jill, who was also on MH17, was a keen supporter at these races. Events such as these are tragic enough but to find out that one of our own has been involved really hits home. I would like to offer sincere condolences to the Guard family and the Toowoomba community on this loss. Let’s hope there are some positive outcomes in the weeks and months to come.

I would like to remind you all of our ‘no barcode = no time = no exceptions’ policy. If you forget to bring your barcode to parkrun please don’t ask or expect the volunteers to write down your details and then manually enter it later. If you do attend a parkrun event where this happens do not expect it to happen elsewhere, as our policy is that it should not. As the popular hashtag goes #dfyb (don’t forget your barcode).

Finally, to bring a smile to your face, our team at Diamond Creek parkrun decided to sing their pre-run briefing last weekend. It is hilarious… and Event Director Ben completely nails it.

Stay safe,

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

p.s. Only 73 days until International parkrun Day 2014

Were you a first timer last weekend, or did you run a personal best? We would love to hear about your experience on email, @parkrun_au or on Facebook.

Essential Stats


Number of locations – 81
Number of runners – 8,215
Number of PBs – 1,877
Number of first timers – 1,303
Number of volunteers – 692

‘A tale of 3 parkruns’ by Clinton Bishop


Most people consider WA a vast state, with everything separated by huge distances, but in reality Perth is a fairly small city and in our part of the city we are lucky enough to have 3 parkruns within a short drive of our home. Now some may see this as a great thing, but sometimes it makes life a bit difficult in our household, it starts around Monday night when somebody will ask the question, where are we parkrunning this week?

Do we opt for Claisebrook Cove with its grassy start and scenic run along the banks of the Swan River, under the bridge and past the old power station, along the path with the river on your right. A parkrun that takes you through two suburbs and almost into a third within a 5km run. The river disappears as you head round a bend and up a slight incline, the flag comes into sight and then you turn back, getting to take in the same sights on the way back, you keep running around the cove hoping to spot dolphins or pelicans, past the people eating their breakfast and then it’s a quick hill (that’s what I tell myself) up to the finish line. At the finish it’s the usual great bunch of parkrunners, with a “how’d you go?” or “good running today mate”.

Or we could head out to Canning River, and run through the varied parklands that make up the Canning River Regional Park. This parkrun has got the lot: wetlands and river, bridges and boardwalks to run over, turtles and snakes (so the signs say I’ve never seen either, watch me PB when I do) and one of the best finish sprints ever, over a bridge with steel that clangs under every step (well it does under mine), loudly announcing that you are on the approach, no slowing down now, everybody’s watching. Coming off the bridge and crossing the line, it’s a different set of faces but no less friendly or encouraging.

Of course if we want to test our hill climbing and sense of direction there is always Pioneer parkrun in Gosnells, a figure 8 (sort of) course run further upstream on the Canning River. Tucked away this course offers something for everybody, assuming everybody likes running up hills! The start heads straight up a hill, just in case you didn’t do a proper job on the start hill you’re quickly turning back around to do a loop and go up it again, then it’s downhill for a bit, yay. The scenery changes quite quickly as we run over a couple of bridges and into the manicured gardens of the city council. Don’t forget to check out Thor’s hammer in the middle of the lake (I have no idea either). Another loop has you heading up the hill you just came down and back around to run up the treetop walk. For good measure its then time to repeat the dose. The good news is that it’s all in the shade and even better news is that at the end there is another whole bunch of friendly faces just like at the other two parkruns.

Yes, it’s definitely a tough choice, one thing is certain though, regardless of the location the people are the same: friendly, supportive and all there for the joy of having a run.

Don’t Forget Your Paintbrush?


How good is this? Artist Anna Barlett liked this photo taken by Bella Reynolds at Toowoomba parkrun so much she decided to paint it! Amazing! It has now been submitted in a local art competition. This got us thinking, there must be lots of creatives out there in the parkrun community. We would love to see more of this kind of thing. Perhaps even a touring parkrun art exhibition? Would love your ideas on this...

‘We breed them tough at Coomera parkrun!’ by Renee Gimbert


Coomera parkrunners Henri Coombs (274A) & Mr K (Graeme Kirkpatrick - 274D) - 1st over the line at Kokoda Challenge!

The Kokoda Challenge on the Gold Coast is hailed as Australia’s toughest endurance event. The goal is to finish the 96km course as a complete team of four in honour of the spirit forged on the Kokoda Track in 1942: courage, endurance, mateship and sacrifice, and that they did in an outstanding time of 14hrs and 14min.

If you want to see the hills these legends train on, join us at Coomera parkrun this Saturday for our 2nd Birthday Celebrations!! You never know, you might even get an autograph from Henri or Mr K??

Upcoming Special Events


July
26 - Coomera (Qld) 2nd anniversary

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

September
6 - Warwick (Qld) 1st anniversary, Broadbeach Waters (Qld) launch, Blue Gum Hills (NSW) launch, Heirisson Island (WA) launch
13 - Wynnum (Qld) 2nd anniversary, Inverloch (Vic) launch, Bowral (NSW) launch, Diamond Creek (Vic) cancelled
20 - New Farm (Qld) 3rd anniversary
27 – Merimbula (NSW) 1st anniversary, Toowoomba (Qld) 1st anniversary, Tamworth (NSW) launch

Feedback from the field


Jennifer Delaney - My home parkrun is Golden Beach in Queensland. Last week I actually ran a PB after 4 months of putting up with injury after injury... A huge thanks to the pacers at our event, it sure makes it a lot easier to have someone else to aim for. I love Golden Beach parkrun!


Karyn Whybrow - This year I ran my first marathon. I have to say it was harder than I had expected and I had to push through extreme physical pain in the last 10km. I only started running 2 years ago and in my first ever running event I went up the front to start (clearly having no idea what I was doing) and took off with the pack. It ended up not being a pleasant run having gone out way too fast, so I decided I needed to get used to running with other people. Then I found Main Beach parkrun. parkrun opened up a whole new world to me. I now know so many wonderful people and it has taught me to run my own race. It’s through the people that I have met at Main Beach parkrun that I was inspired to have a go at the Gold Coast full Marathon this year. I probably wouldn’t have attempted it without the belief, knowledge and support of these people. parkrun has definitely enhanced my running experience and made me many friends. It is an amazing community of people.


David Wheeler - I was a first timer last Saturday at North Lakes parkrun. Bullied into it by an avid parkrunner daughter from Toowoomba who registered myself as well as two of her siblings and then TOLD us we were going. I am 66, couldn't run to save my life but have been an avid walker for approximately 15 years and can get up a fair head of steam on the treadmill. Having received my orders I thought I'd better see if I could actually do it so had a trial last Thursday and stretched myself from my usual 3km of blended walking /running to the 5km and completed it in 35 minutes. On the day I very soon realised that it was different going on a hard surface and after 500m was asking myself WHY I was doing this, knowing full well I dare not even consider stopping if I hope to continue breathing so kept it going... head down, plod, plod! I picked a couple of thickset plodding young blokes and stuck to them for at least 4km before I had to retie a shoelace and they pulled away however still managed 33:43 and 3rd for my age category. Will I do it again? Yes... No… Maybe... I dunno. Well, yes I do know. I will when I can and SHE tells me to!


Steve Jones - My brother told me about parkrun a few months ago and raved about how good it was. I signed up at the time, but unfortunately severely sprained my ankle which has kept me away from running (jogging) for over two months. I got the clearance from the doctor to start running again and decided that I would try my first parkrun at Mitchelton (QLD) last weekend - 12 July 2014. Although the close to freezing temperatures (2 degrees Celsius) meant most of us were running in beanies and with hands in pockets, it was great to be out enjoying the fresh morning air. I was very impressed at not only the numbers of people out exercising early on a Saturday morning, but also at how well run the parkrun was. Being a volunteer operation, it is only as good as the people who are willing to give up their time to make it happen. As a first-timer, all the volunteers were very helpful in explaining how the event worked. I would like to thank them all for making my first parkrun an enjoyable experience. I am now looking forward to many Saturday mornings running alongside Kedron Brook.


Sarah McKensey - I thought you guys might like to see the video of my daughter Annabel talking about parkrun at her school public speaking day. It’s a good summary of how much our family love parkrun.


Carole Hooper - I was visiting Noosa from Newcastle last weekend and before I arrived I teed up my sister in law to take me to parkrun. Imagine my delight when arriving there on Sat about 7am (yes that's right, it's an earlier start than Newy) to discover that it was the inaugural event (must have missed that detail on the website). As Tim said, it is a few km out of town so may not suit holidaymakers who don't have transport. I found the tree lined, undulating course to be very good but couldn't believe how cold it was. The early start and shady route should be perfect in the warmer weather. Thanks Noosa parkrun organisers and volunteers!


Drop me an email if you have an interesting parkrun related fact, happening or comment that you would like to share with all parkrunners.

Volunteer Profile


Name:  John Andrew

Club:  St Albans Striders

Age:  37

Home parkrun:  Albert Melbourne

Occupation:  Category Manager

Number of runs:  51

PB:  22:48

Number of times volunteered:  7

Favourite volunteer role:  Barcode scanning

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  Always great to do my bit to ensure parkrun keeps going, and I love being there to help the runners through with a lot of support!

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Being there to witness our triple 100 runs crew complete their 100th run together.

How can we improve parkrun:  Think it works great so far, maybe reach out to the running community for additional support to prevent the last minute dash for volunteers.

Reminders

Barcode reminder

barcode

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

All questions answered

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

Volunteering at parkrun

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

Children at parkrun

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

Our Sponsors

adidas investing in parkrun

all out performance

adidas has been focused on athlete's performance since the first running spikes were made in the 1920's earning the first Olympic gold medal in adidas shoes. Today, adidas is proud to be supporting parkrunners everywhere. Explore adidas running


stockland investing in parkrun

building our future

Stockland is Australia’s largest diversified property group. We develop and manage residential communities, retirement living villages and retail centres – the building blocks of thriving communities. Explore Stockland



 

weekly newsletter 15th July 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s edition of the newsletter we launch parkrun in paradise, hear from some intrepid African adventurers and a (sort-of) running convert.

Some parkrun events come together very quickly... An enthusiastic member of the public expresses an interest in starting an event; A suitable 5km course is proposed; Council provide seed funding and permits to use the course; Training is provided and the event launches. This can take as little as 2 months.

Other events take much longer. A good example of this is Noosa parkrun. We had our first enquiries about setting up an event in Noosa around 18 months ago. Plans stalled when the proposed course was deemed already too busy on a Saturday morning for parkrun to be possible. Then a few months later we had another enquiry. Same story. Already too busy. This carried on for months until Kate Mayne suggested a course starting from the Noosaville State School, approximately 8km inland from the tourist mecca of Hastings Street, and running through the neighboring Tewantin State Forest. Council liked it. The school approved it. And Noosa parkrun was set to go.

And go it did last Saturday, although to be fair the weather was atypical of Noosa… it was freezing! None the less an enthusiastic crowd of 106 runners, including a staggering 40 first time parkrunners, were on hand to kick start what is sure to be one of the jewels in the crown of parkrun here in Australia. Noosa deservedly has a reputation for its beautiful beaches, lush green hinterland, stunning coastal national park, pristine river, cosmopolitan lifestyle and of course world famous triathlon – it all adds up to an unforgettable weekend of parkrun tourism. Adding to all of this, Noosa parkrun is only a short drive to the wonderful Eumundi Markets. It almost couldn’t get any better!

All we need now is a big cheque from Noosa Tourism!

But the Noosa parkrun launch wasn’t the only big event in parkrun world last Saturday. We also welcomed Pittsworth parkrun (see image below) to the family and just down the road Gatton parkrun celebrated its 1st anniversary. Well done to all involved at both events. It is incredible the way parkrun continues to grow and grow here in Australia and around the world. Thanks to all of you to making us part of your regular Saturday morning routine. There’s certainly nowhere else we’d rather be!

Happy running,

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

p.s. Only 81 days until International parkrun Day 2014

Were you a first timer last weekend, or did you run a personal best? We would love to hear about your experience on email, @parkrun_au or on Facebook.

Essential Stats


Number of locations – 79
Number of runners – 8,210
Number of PBs – 1,898
Number of first timers – 1,391
Number of volunteers – 670

'Our African Adventure' by Nicole Lisle


My family and I have recently come back from an amazing 3.5 week holiday in South Africa. Our primary reason for going was for my husband, Pete, to run the 89km Comrades race from Petermaritzberg to Durban, going to Kruger National Park, doing the Garden Route and spending 5 days in Cape Town.

Our timing couldn't have been better - our holiday was spread over 3 Saturdays so we could try and find 3 parkruns to participate in.

Pete and I locally attend Ginninderra parkrun in the ACT (usually pushing our 1 and 3 year old boys). We haven't been able to go too frequently as Saturdays have been reserved for Pete's Comrades training, but now that has been completed - we are looking forward to becoming regulars! My mother-in-law and father-in-law also joined us in SA to watch Pete complete Comrades (which he did in am amazing time of 9 hours 38 minutes). My father-in-law runs the Lake Mac parkrun in Newcastle (he is a regular there every week!), so all 3 of us were keen to find local parkruns to attend.

First Saturday in SA we were in Durban and it was the day before Comrades. We arrived at North Beach parkrun to a swarm of people - it was an absolutely huge event, with so many people in town to run Comrades (see image below). The run was a nice and easy out and back along the beachfront, with a fantastic atmosphere with so many spectators. We were all happy with our times, and pretty excited to have participated in our first overseas parkrun - what an awesome buzz we felt!

Our second Saturday in SA we were in Port Elizabeth. Again we turned up pretty excited, and the crowd seemed to be full of regulars. We identified ourselves as being from Australia, and people were so friendly to us and making us feel welcome. After the first 2km of running along the beachfront promenade, Pete and I looked at each other and couldn't work out where the front-runners were - usually by now we would have seen them turn around and come back. When we arrived at the 2.5km mark, we followed the crowd towards the beach and discovered with a lot of glee that the rest of this run would be along the beach! It was an awesome experience running along the sand and a great feeling watching so many parkrunners at the beach! This run was definitely a highlight for me - first in my age category - wahooo!!

The final Saturday in SA (in Cape Town) was a cold and windy one, but we decided that we would regret it if we missed Green Point parkrun, so off we went to find the start. We followed the instructions on the website, did the usual thing for a first-timer and arrived early, and started following some people who looked like parkrunners. We all stood around and started chatting, only to realise that everyone there were first-timers at Green Point and no one knew where the start was! Luckily a few minutes later one of the volunteers turned up and showed us where to start - and then 5 minutes before the start the regulars came to join us (they were much smarter than us as they waited in their warm cars right until the last minute)! This was a really fun run, as it is not simply an out and back, and you really need to pay attention to where you are going and the signs / volunteers out on the course. Luckily we didn't get lost and found our way to the finish line, where again our fellow parkrunners and volunteers were so welcoming of us.

So all in all, we had a fabulous 3.5 weeks in SA - our parkrun experiences were most certainly one of the highlights of the trip. So thank you to SA for an amazing holiday and for hosting us over the 3 weeks - 3 very different runs all with the same amazing parkrun experience!

'I Still Don’t Like Running' by Mel Wood


12th October 2013 I started. Why did I start you ask? I ask myself the same question.

I don't like running.

I am a goal keeper in hockey, have been for 34 years. It doesn't require me to run. That's why I have done it for so long. Never ever considered running as an enjoyable pastime...... ever. But then I heard about this phenomenon, it's called parkrun and they are arranging one for Kalgoorlie. 5km is all you need to do they said. You don't have to run they said. Walking is an option they said. So in my head I come up with "I can do this."

My first attempt saw me come in at 38.04. It involved a little bit of running and a LOT of walking, some thoughts of I am going to die and I don't think I can really do this.

But at the finish line.....yes I made it I felt great, full of achievement and most of all I felt welcome.

That's what it is about.

Everyone is welcome to come along and follow the course at their own pace and enjoy a great start to the day. I am now a convert. I still don't like running but I enjoy when I get to the end and feel that sense of achievement. I have knocked off approximately 8 minutes from my time and my only competition is with me.

Volunteering to keep this event going is also rewarding and the people I have met along the way put a smile on my face every Saturday. I'm glad I started this and look forward every week to parkrun. I even sometimes go for a run now for no reason.

Who would of thought!!

Upcoming Special Events


July
19 - Armidale (NSW) launch
26 - Coomera (Qld) 2nd anniversary

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

Feedback from the field


Jonathan Arthur - Congratulations to Helen Rubin (right, blue and black top) and Sharon Cassidy (left, holding the purple jumper). Both broke 40 minutes for the first time ever on Saturday, July 12 at Parramatta parkrun. A special mention goes to Helen, who did her first parkrun at the launch of Parramatta parkrun on March 9, 2013. I don't think she will mind me saying that it was a challenge for her to make it around the course in a time of 1 hour and 52 seconds. Over forty subsequent parkruns she has worked extremely hard to keep improving her time and finally managed to crack 40 minutes with a time of 39:54 this week. Helen is a regular at Parramatta parkrun but is not there every week as she is also an avid swimmer. Last year she headed off to Europe and came home with the Bronze Medal for the 200m Butterfly from the World Masters Games in Torino, Italy. She also took in Malahide parkrun in Ireland while on tour. Well done, Helen!


Nyree Gardner - It was my first official parkrun last Saturday and I have to say it was fantastic. The dynamic down there at Cleveland is very warm and welcoming and I was impressed with the recognition and encouragement that was handed out prior to starting. On a personal note, although I have never been much of a runner, I managed to run the whole 5km at my own pace, without stopping and managed to come away with a time of just over 34 minutes! I was so grateful for having people of all degrees of fitness all around me with the same goal in mind, and a real sense of doing your own best in your own time! Thanks for the experience and I can't wait for my next run.....I was on a high the whole day!!


Kristine Willems - I was recently on cruise with my family on the Pacific Jewel, which
meant I missed our usual parkrun at point Cook/Truganina. So my son and I decided we would hold our own, 'pop up' parkrun on the top deck. Unfortunately we have no time as our timers wandered off in search of drinks but 5km is equal to 30 laps of the top deck, which my son completed way before me! At the start we had a couple of other first time runners join in for kicks. One gentleman dropped out after a couple of laps and another lady, Courtney, managed to do 1.5km before she became cheer squad. It is an unreal feeling running with the waves, get the timing right and it's all downhill and you feel like you are running on air, get it wrong and it's all uphill! Hopefully, next time we cruise, P&O will have received my suggestion about having pop up parkruns on board!


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:  Paul "The Balloon Man" Relf

Club:  None (but the family run as Relfies Runners!)

Age:  42

Home parkrun:  Main Beach

Occupation:  Networks Standards Officer (I write/maintain the standards for the local electrical distributor)

Number of runs:  18

PB:  24:00

Number of times volunteered:  12

Favourite volunteer role:  Pacer

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  The camaraderie between volunteers is amazing, and it extends beyond parkrun! I love people’s reaction when they are passed on the course by “The Balloons” – some are really funny. Seeing people achieve new PB’s is always great, as a pacer you receive plenty of hugs/high fives each week when the runners around you achieve new goals.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  The most memorable moment was at the end of pacing a 28 minute run. Once I agreed to run a 28 pace, Libby put it on the Facebook page. At the start of the run, a runner can up to me and said, you don’t remember me but you helped me go under 30 minutes a month ago, and I am going to try and keep up with you today. At the end of the run, she had achieved a new PB, sub 28 min, it was then that she informed me that she had driven over 100km from Brisbane after seeing the pacer time on Facebook – she was determined to smash her PB (with a little help!).

How can we improve parkrun:  I don’t think that there is much more that you could do to improve volunteering at parkrun. While most parkruns have a great base volunteering group, it would be nice to see some more people put their hand up, especially those that see themselves as elite runners.

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