weekly newsletter 2nd September 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s edition of the newsletter Tim reports in from the West, Joondalup finally gets its parkrun and we hear from one of our volunteers in Singapore.

I’m currently in Western Australia on a long overdue trip to catch up with our incredibly passionate and loyal parkrunners. On Saturday I attended the launch of Lake Joondalup parkrun where, despite the threat of heavy rain, 126 runners including a staggering 44 first time parkrunners were in attendance. I was particularly impressed by the number of other Event and Run Directors there to support debutant ED Vince Naylor, they are a very tight team the WA EDs. You can read more about the launch in Vince’s report below.

On Sunday I ran the half marathon at Perth’s 40th annual City to Surf. The parkrun community was out in full force for this one (see image above) with over 120 in the ‘official’ parkrun team and countless others represented in corporate teams (i.e. work paid for their entry). The run itself was a tough one, very undulating, with lots of ups and downs. Definitely not a PB course but very scenic and lots of support from the locals. However the highlight for me actually came on the shuttle bus back into the city after the race. It was full so I was sitting on the floor when I overheard a couple of guys behind me talking about their race. Both had run personal best times for the half marathon and both agreed that it was their participation at parkrun over the past 12 months that they had to thank for their improved performance. One of them had actually volunteered as a marshal the day before, saving his legs for the big race.

But Perth wasn’t the only location where parkrunners ‘stepped up’ to longer races last weekend. I know that parkrunners from our numerous events in the ‘Region of Runners’ were involved at the Lake Macquarie Running Festival, many representing the five30runners.

Likewise the Sunshine Coast Marathon saw many parkrunners testing their limits including Main Beach parkrun Event Director Libby Sargent who broke the magical 4 hour mark for the marathon for the first time. AMAZING!!!!

Down at Balyang Sanctuary parkrun in Geelong the team celebrated their 2nd anniversary in style with a ‘heroes and villains’ themed event. I want to publicly acknowledge and thank retiring Event Directors Adam Hunter and Greig Sutton for their incredible work over the last 2 years in making this great event happen. It seems like only yesterday that we met at the rowing club and presented this dream to City of Geelong and Parks Victoria! Welcome to the ED team Dale Atwell.

Finally, congratulations to parkrun UK Managing Director Tom Williams and wife Helen on the arrival of their 2nd child, Aston Tiger Williams, on Sunday morning. No doubt another little parkrunner in the making… chasing after big sister Rosie!

Happy running,

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

p.s. Only 38 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 – 88
Number of runners – 9,721
Number of PBs – 2,011
Number of first timers – 1,860
Number of volunteers – 771

‘Lake Joondalup parkrun’ by Vince Naylor


After possibly the longest gestation period for any parkrun, everything was finally lined up to launch parkrun in the City of Joondalup, at Neil Hawkins Park on the banks of Lake Joondalup. Launching the day before the annual City to Surf meant we were likely to see fewer runners than we might have, but it also meant we had no trouble filling the volunteer slots! Mother Nature had her own ideas about letting us have a free ride, and Friday gave us high winds and very heavy rain, and I spent a day nervously keeping an eye on the forecasts and weather warnings.

Luckily on Friday evening, the weather warning was lifted, so there was nothing to stop us going ahead as planned – and at 7.15 I arrived at the park, and volunteers and runners suddenly started appearing from nowhere! Having been a Run Director at Claisebrook Cove parkrun for the last year, I have a pretty good idea what I should be doing, but knowing that I was the one responsible for everything before I shouted “Go!” made for a nervous 20 minutes or so once the course was set up.

Our start line means that the Run Director can stand in the elevated playground to give the run briefing, and it was great to see loads of faces that I didn’t know looking back up at me – while we had a lot of tourists making up our 125 inaugural runners, there were plenty of first-timers as well – so we should see our own parkrun community grow in the future. During the run we had a few showers, probably nice if you were running, but not so much for those of us stood around waiting. There’s a peculiar feeling when your runners are out on the course, and you’re watching the clock ticking by, and hoping that the lead cyclist doesn’t get lost (it’s 17km around the lake!!), but at around 18 minutes we saw the orange bib approaching, and knew we’d be ok…

After everything was done, packed up, and the results done, I was absolutely shattered! I felt more tired than if I’d been out and knocked a minute off my PB, but I was pleased to have seen so many happy faces crossing the finish line, and that we’d finally done it! Writing this, on the train to work on Monday morning, my mind has gone to the coming weeks – do we need to tweak the course, or the start and finish area, how are we going to fill the volunteer list, how do I get my Run Directors trained up so I can run the course as well? Mostly I’m excited about the community we’re going to build, and the people I’m going to see, who, like me a few years ago, will get such a benefit from parkrun and use it to help achieve their running goals.

LJ parkrun, as we’re already being abbreviated to, isn’t the new kid on the block for long – we’re handing over the launch baton to Heirisson Island parkrun in the City of Perth this weekend – good luck to our friends running that event, I can promise it’s a great feeling once it’s all done and you have a minute to breathe!

‘Running Mums Australia’ by Nicole Bunyon


Running Mums Australia is an Australia-wide running network for running women. I founded RMA in late 2013 as a place where women, particularly mums, can share and celebrate their running achievements, gain valuable advice about running, health, injury prevention and training, inspire each other and connect with other running women across Australia.

Running Mums Australia is free to join and has over 3,900 members to date. We meet up at runs across Australia, including many parkruns, host workshops and events and help mums form a network with other mums that have a passion for running too!

The network is fast growing and members can be found at most parkruns around Australia. parkrun is something that our members are passionate about, bringing together our love of running and community. You can find us online or on Facebook in our closed, secure group environment.

Upcoming Special Events


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, Pakenham (Vic) launch, Penrith Lakes (NSW) cancelled
27 – Merimbula (NSW) 1st anniversary, Toowoomba (Qld) 1st anniversary, Tamworth (NSW) launch, Bowral (NSW) launch

October

4 - international parkrun day, Penrith Lakes (NSW) cancelled
11 - Berwick Springs (Vic) 1st anniversary, Kalgoorlie-Boulder (WA) 1st anniversary
18 – Mosman (NSW) 1st anniversary, Gungahlin (ACT) 1st anniversary, Kingscliff (NSW) 2nd anniversary, North Lakes (Qld) 2nd anniversary, Brightwater (QLD) launch, Murray Bridge (SA) launch
25 – Mudgeeraba (Qld) 1st anniversary, Westerfolds (Vic) 1st anniversary, Darwin (NT) 1st anniversary, Bunbury (WA) 1st anniversary, Kawana (Qld) 2nd anniversary

Feedback from the field


Sarah Pearce – Below are some photos from our recent visit to East Coast Park parkrun in Singapore. We recently had two weeks in Malaysia and were sure to incorporate a visit to Singapore just for parkrun! We were there last Saturday and oh my goodness it was hot! Having come from freezing Albury Wodonga this was certainly a test! I would definitely recommend taking a towel. A big thanks to Carol and her team for a lovely morning and making us feel so welcome. Carol definitely brings a fantastic energy to the event.


Milette Borchardt - So nice to read about your story on Bruce Fordyce, my long time hero since the 1980s when we were still in South Africa. Every year we would mark the Comrades day on our calendars, and for us who didn't participate in the race, we were strong supporters glued in front of our televisions, watching from start to finish, all day long. This race was a "One nation race", which brought everybody together and sharing in South Africa's heritage. I had the opportunity to run a parkrun in Whiteriver during my May visit this year to South Africa, and that felt so good. Thank you for sharing your letters, it definitely brought some good memories back.


Mark Robinson - We often refer to parkrun as a community or even family. I experienced this first hand whilst being a parkrun tourist. My home run is South Bank in Brisbane. I am currently holidaying in Europe and I attended Cieszyn parkrun in Poland on the 23rd August. The Cieszyn parkrunners made me feel so welcome it really was quite humbling. Their claim to fame is the only parkrun to span two countries. The course goes either side of the Olza River which is the border between the Czech Republic and Poland. Start in Poland, run to Czech then back to Poland to finish. How neat is that! The course itself is extremely picturesque with nice variety. The paths either side of the river are lined both sides with tall shady trees. The middle part of the course is on gravel tracks through thick woodlands. Running with a local is a good idea as there are quite a few twists and turns just to add to the interest factor. If you are ever in Europe do yourself a favour and make sure you get to the Cieszyn parkrun and say G’Day. I can't recommend it highly enough and the Cieszyn parkrunners are what parkrun is all about.


Lynne Wright - I've just completed my 50th parkrun. I've been at 3 launches – Curl Curl, the ill-fated one and only Mosman @ Balmoral Beach and recently Hobart. I've also done Main Beach in Qld. So all but 3 of my 50 have been at Curl Curl. And in mid-October I'll be joining Torrens in Adelaide. Love my weekly run at Curl Curl, even with the weather we've had in Sydney in August. Thanks to our local community for turning up each and every week. See you Saturday @ 7am!


Nikki Waterfall - We unveiled the ‘Diamond Creek parkrun veil’ this week as we celebrated the wedding of DCp regulars Erin and David, who are getting married on Monday. David was busy picking up the Best Man so Erin was joined by her very proud dad and Run Director Gary. It was a lot of fun and we all wish Erin and David many years of happiness, love and of course parkrunning.


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:  Jeremy Lewis

Club:  N/A

Age:  36

Home parkrun:  East Coast parkrun, Singapore

Occupation:  Financial Controller

Number of runs:  6

PB:  19:05

Number of times volunteered:  2

Favourite volunteer role:  Timing

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  Being able to help facilitate the run for all the participants and getting to have a good chat to everyone without being tired out!

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  The second time I volunteered I received a message just before getting my taxi to the run that a couple of other volunteers were stranded in the city and could not make it to the run on time. As they had all of the equipment it was important they could make it, so I had my taxi driver take a detour to pick them up. Fortunately we arrived just on time to ensure that week's parkrun still went ahead.

How can we improve parkrun:  The role is very straightforward and easy to do different roles, so cannot see many ways to improve it.

Reminders

Barcode reminder

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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

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weekly newsletter 19th August 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s edition of the newsletter we play mind games on the long run, Robbo goes for Gold in Glasgow and a Kawana parkrunner proves life really begins at 50.

I’m in the midst of training for the Sydney Marathon and this afternoon (Monday) completed a 34km run, the 2nd longest I have planned for this block of training (37km next Sunday). As many of you would know these long runs give you plenty of time to think and my mind cast back to the feedback from Stacy Edwards we published on July 8

New international unit of measurement... a 'parkrun'. Loved hearing it whilst moving around the GCAM precinct yesterday. e.g. #1 in reference to the half marathon from a group of men walking behind me - "It's really only four parkruns". e.g. #2 that I was screaming at one of my parkrun friends at the 32km mark of the marathon yesterday - "It's only two more parkruns to go!" Love this community!

I found myself doing exactly this, as well as trying to trick myself into ‘not’ thinking about the actual running by counting the distance until my next gel and even the percentage distance of the run I still had to go! So a printer read out from my brain would have looked something like this –

5km – 1 parkrun done… 8.5km – a quarter done… 10km – 2 parkruns done, time for first gel… 15km – 3 parkruns done… 17km – half way there… 19km – 3 parkruns to go… 20km – time for second gel… 24km – 2 parkruns to go… 25.5km – three quarters done… 29km – 1 parkrun to go… 30km – time for third gel… 34km – all done in 2:40.43!

So once again this proves that your 5km parkrun really is the perfect distance!

I’m going to be at Mosman parkrun this Saturday (my first time) with parkrun South Africa Country Managers Bruce & Gill Fordyce. For those of you new to parkrun, Bruce (pictured below) is running royalty having won the 90km Comrades Marathon a record nine times, of which eight wins were consecutive. He also won the London to Brighton Marathon three years in a row and is still the world record holder over 50 miles. We would love to see a good turnout of Sydney based parkrunners (and tourists of course) at Mosman so please pencil this date into your parkrunning calendar.

Elsewhere this weekend is a huge one for parkrun, in fact one might call it ‘Super Saturday’, as we have no less than 4 new events joining the parkrun family: Hervey Bay in Queensland, Singleton in New South Wales, Maribyrnong in Victoria and Mt Clarence in Western Australia! Wow! Good luck to all of the new event teams and to all of our first time runners, don’t forget your barcode!

Happy running,

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

p.s. Only 52 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 – 83
Number of runners – 8,264
Number of PBs – 1,892
Number of first timers – 1,314
Number of volunteers – 729

Welcome TrophyMaker


We’re Steph and Nate from TrophyMaker and we’re proud to be the Official Medal Supplier to parkrun Australia. We wanted to take the chance to say a huge HI and give you all a little info about us.

The company has been running for more than 25 years, and we pride ourselves on being the go-to team for quality trophies, medals, awards, engraving and more for a huge range of sporting organisations, clubs, schools and corporations and trades.

We’re lucky to call glorious Brighton, Queensland home. It’s just a couple of minutes to the waterfront and of course Sandgate parkrun. We’re both keen CrossFitters and were looking to improve our running. Then we discovered Sandgate parkrun – what an incredible event! The Event Directors, Dean and Vanessa Gibson and their volunteers are so welcoming and encouraging, and the whole thing feels like a fun run with a huge bunch of mates. Staggering over the finish line that first time was such an achievement and we haven’t looked back! We loved the community feel of parkrun and wanted to get involved to show our support for such an amazing event.

Next thing we knew, we were speaking with the wonderful and enthusiastic Tim Oberg and now we’re on board as the Official Medal Supplier to parkrun Australia and we couldn’t be more proud. Some of you may have already seen our feather flags flying at your local run, or even received one of our medals. Well done!

If you have a great photo of yourself, or someone you know wearing one of our medals – we’d love to see it! Post it to our Facebook page. While you’re there, give us the big thumbs up, and check out our website. And if we can assist with any queries about trophies for your sports team, company or club, we’d love to hear from you!

‘Going for Gold in Glasgow’ by Dave Robertson


Following our involvement with the Australian Athletics Tour earlier in the year, providing live stream commentary from the 'Tartan Couch', my mate Mossy (Silas Moss) and I, successfully led a crowd-funding campaign to raise money for a trip to Glasgow to cover the Commonwealth Games. Each day of the Games we recorded a daily, light-hearted, video wrap-up show called 'Glasgow Gold'. Think Roy & HG but with more redheads and headbands.

Its fair to say it ended up being the trip of a lifetime with countless highlights including hanging out with the Royal Family at the Hockey, singing along to '500 Miles' with 20,000 Scots at the Rugby 7s, cheering Aussie Marathoners Michael Shelley & Jess Trengove on to unexpected Gold & Bronze medals respectively, and helping the Aussie Lawn Bowlers beat the English while rubbing shoulders with Lawn Bowling royalty, Kelvin Kerkow.

The final few sessions at Hampden Park to watch the Athletics were definitely the climax however, cheering our Aussie runners, jumpers and throwers onto many more medals and PBs. Being in the right place at the right time, I was lucky enough to give Sally Pearson her first congratulatory hug after she won a tense 100m Hurdles Final, a moment I'm sure the champion hurdler will never forget!

Obviously you can't travel all that way to the UK and not fit in a couple of parkruns.

From our initial base in Newcastle (North-East England), where we conducted a number of pre-Games interviews with the Aussie Athletics Team, we had the pleasure of attending Newcastle parkrun.

This was a particular thrill for myself having long held the goal of running at both Newcastle parkrun events. I managed to tick this box running both events in consecutive weeks, in almost identical finish times! Pacing Aussie Commonwealth Games Marathoners Marty Dent (Ginninderra parkrunner) & Mel Panayiotou (Kawana parkrunner) for the first 100m was also good fun, but didn't do much for my supply of oxygen (see picture below)!

Our 2nd parkrun experience was at the original Glasgow parkrun in beautiful Pollock Park where part of the Commonwealth Games marathon course went through, the weekend earlier. We managed to convince a few more of the Aussie Marathon Team to join us & it was fantastic to share an 'easy' run with Bronze Medalist Jess Trengove (Torrens parkrunner), Marty Dent (Ginninderra parkrunner), Sarah Klein (parkrun debutant from Mornington Peninsula, VIC) & Coach Adam Didyk (Torrens parkrunner).
Even more impressive was the way these elite athletes hung around after the event, in the rain, chatting & getting photos with the local parkrunners, soaking up & contributing to what was, across the entire Games, one of the friendliest and warmest vibes I'd ever experienced at a major sporting event.

We are currently putting the finishing touches on our 'Glasgow Gold: Best Bits' video so keep an eye out for the link in an upcoming newsletter.

‘The Why FIVE-0 Challenge’ by Rob Cross


When on my 49th birthday last year I mentioned to someone I'd like to complete a marathon to celebrate my 50th someone quipped 'You're too old to be doing that'. I responded we are never too old to do anything we set our mind to. In October 2013 we started a Facebook page dedicated to the amazing middle aged population of Australia who still kick arse. The reason - to show at any age we are - Never 2 Old 2.

All this was inspired by the fit men and women who we have met on the Sunshine Coast who are still taking part in Kawana parkrun. My new role models are now Graham Rose 71, John Taylor 81 (with me in the picture below) and Norman Phillips 90 who is an unsung legend, who I see every weekend running in the Kawana parkrun.

As the fastest growing demographic we are the 'NO FEAR' generation who still want to get involved. The overall aim is to get our growing, ageing adult generation motivated to 'enjoy' challenging themselves and believe they can do fun fit events like parkrun, Tough Mudder, surfing, triathlon, MTB, Ironman or just go walking along the many beautiful esplanades on the Sunshine Coast.

Since the inception of Never 2 Old 2 on Facebook we have been inundated with supporting parties including the Healthy Ageing Partnership - Sunshine Coast, the Sunshine Coast Regional Council and most recently Exercise Is Medicine (part of ESSA – Exercise Sports Science Australia). I was also had a chat with parkrun's Tim Oberg who offered his support and advice. I shared my vision and mission –

“To create a society no longer be defined by age but by fitness and ability. To generate a culture of empowerment for the growing 'ageing' population through fun, social, development activities that enhance well-being. To encourage belief in oneself and the community at large that we are all - Never 2 Old 2.”

All this from just a bit of fun and an idea. And where better to start than Kawana parkrun? As we get fitter, we will get healthier and have less need for drugs, medicine, procedures, suffer less falls, stay mobile and save the country $billions in healthcare whilst improving the quality of life for millions. parkrun is one part of a greater possibility - to bring free or affordable fitness events to everyone and, through events and activities, start a prevention program for the largest segment of our population, the growing 'maturing' middle aged majority.

The plan to promote the program is through the series of events, 5 over 5 weeks to celebrate my 50th birthday in August - The ‘Why FIVE-0 Challenge’. The events started where it began, at Kawana parkrun on the 16th August where I was able to celebrate with John Taylor, who turned 81. I was joined by my daughter, Maya who ran a PB of 37mins. Not bad for a 6 year old. Lead by example; Fit parents lead to Fit kids. The four other events are Tough Mudder, The Sunshine Coast Marathon, Ironman 70.3 and possibly a Skydive from 15,000ft. What better way to celebrate life. And it all started with parkrun.

parkrunners registered to run B2B can still runPositive


If you’ve signed up to run alongside 40,000 other runners at The Sunday Mail Suncorp Bank Bridge to Brisbane on 7 September, will you be wearing your free personalised runPositive singlet or blending in to the crowd?

Celebrate your participation in Queensland’s largest fun run with the Suncorp Bank runPositive program and you could secure your very own runPositive singlet, with your reason to run printed across the front*.

Whether you’re taking part on behalf of a loved one; raising funds for a charity; or just showing your kids you can do it, runPositive is a program designed to support your run.

While the parkrun Australia singlets have been fully exhausted, you can still join runPositive via the Bridge to Brisbane bespoke entry form to gain a personalised singlet to wear on event day. Hurry though as once all singlets are gone, that’s all folks!

Click here to find out more and join the passionate runPositive crew at Bridge to Brisbane.

*Terms and conditions apply. The opportunity to receive a runPositive singlet for Bridge to Brisbane closes Friday 22 August 2014.

The Promoter is Suncorp-Metway Ltd ABN 66 010 831 722 ("Suncorp Bank"). Terms and conditions apply to the runPositive promotion. NSW Permit Number 14/03612, LTPS/14/03625.

B2B volunteers required


A few more parkrun volunteers (who aren’t running on the day) are required to assist at the finish line of Bridge to Brisbane on September 7. It’s a fun job as you share the joy as exhausted runners finish, and you help keep them safe as they cross the line. If you are able to volunteer please contact Hap Happy on 0402 088 099 any day after 6pm or just go to the Bridge to Brisbane website and register as a volunteer for ‘Finish Line Duties Only’.

Inaugural parkrun annual lunch


As announced recently, 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.

Upcoming Special Events


August
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, Riverway (Qld) cancelled

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, Pakenham (Vic) launch, Penrith Lakes (NSW) cancelled
27 – Merimbula (NSW) 1st anniversary, Toowoomba (Qld) 1st anniversary, Tamworth (NSW) launch, Bowral (NSW) launch

Feedback from the field


Cassie Saville - Just some feedback from another happy runner. I completed my first Albert Melbourne parkrun on Saturday and it has kick started my motivation for running. I have been an avid crossfitter for the past 3 years putting my fun running on hold and parkrun has helped rekindle my love for running. What a great idea and wished I had of joined earlier. Love the newsletters and receiving my results online. I haven’t stopped talking about it to my colleagues and friends and will hopefully motivate a few more to join. My new goal is to run sub 20 by December 31!!! Wish me luck!


Peter Daly - My wife Elizabeth and I are regular runners at Tuggeranong parkrun. Having travelled to Northern Ireland for a couple of weddings for nephews of ours, we decided to take in as many parkruns as possible. First up was Bangor parkrun, County Down, Northern Ireland where my wife grew up. It consists of 3 laps through the very green and leafy Ward Park. On August 2nd, we woke to the sound of rain on the roof, and by 9:30 it was bucketing down. 159 runners ran, and received the free shower on offer. Afterwards we went and had coffee in the bowling club and got to meet some of the people there. We had a great day. Next stop, Wallace parkrun, on August 9th at Lisburn, about 13 miles from Belfast. Unlike the week before it was bright and sunny. 145 runners took part in this very leafy park. No PB’s, but a good way to start our Saturday. August 16th we returned to Bangor parkrun, where 213 turned out on a very overcast day. Luckily the rain held off and we both did PBs there. That was the last of our runs in Northern Ireland. Next week we aim to do the Irvine parkrun in Ayrshire, Scotland. That will bring to a close our overseas run and we look forward to doing Tuggeranong parkrun on September 6th.


Barney Henry - 1 year ago today, after a 23 year break from any form of running, I found the Couch to 5k program, using some free podcasts I discovered on the internet. There was a LOT of huffing and puffing and shin splints and frustration in those early months I can tell ya! Along the way, in January, I happened across Westerfolds parkrun. GOLD. I've won (and lost!) several battles and achieved various milestones over the last year of running. Discovering parkrun though, and the Westerfolds parkrun community specifically, has been the highlight for me. THANK YOU Scott and Iwona Trickett for starting Westerfolds parkrun, and thank you to ALL of the rest of you who continue to inspire with your participation and determination, EVERY SINGLE WEEK! Love parkrun :-)


Leah Rosevear - I was in Melbourne recently with former Main Beach parkrun Run Director Mark Gilbert and whilst we were there we thought we should do Albert Melbourne parkrun. I have not done a parkrun for 7 months due to injury so I was super slow but we ran into 3 Gold Coasters in Melbourne to watch their beloved Suns AFL team play! It was a windy cold day (I don’t mind the cold) and a large field of participants but it was super organized with about 10 volunteers or more – Joanne Watkins is just the most awesome parkrun Event Director! She has a warm, funny personality but ‘runs a tight ship’ so no hassles. She even has people lining up in order of barcode (placing) with no-one bothered at all. Results were available within less than 2 hours! She was also very welcoming to new, interstate and even an overseas participant.


Nadine Morrison - Whilst visiting family in Melbourne, I participated in the Frog Hollow parkrun. It was a lovely scenic course with friendly volunteers and runners. Thanks guys!


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:  Ross Pentland

Club:  Crosbie Crew

Age:  25

Home parkrun:  Albert Melbourne

Occupation:  Engineering QA Officer

Number of runs:  43

PB:  19:34

Number of times volunteered:  17

Favourite volunteer role:  Timekeeper

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  The general camaraderie that you get from parkrun, plus getting involved with my passion of running by making an event happen through different ways whether by answering questions about the event, cheering people on or just getting up early to help get the event up and running and seeing the success play out.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Seeing parkrun regular Rob Del Ponte outsprint Martin Dent at the start of Albert Melbourne parkrun's 2nd Anniversary in a gorilla suit - would've been something if he'd gone the whole course like that!

How can we improve parkrun:  Offering special parkrun shirts from volunteering 25/50/100 times would provide incentive to volunteer!

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

Suncorp Bank investing in parkrun

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weekly newsletter 12th August 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s edition of the parkrun Australia newsletter we welcome a legend to St Peters, reflect on a huge weekend of racing across the country and offer you another chance to runPositive.

I normally spend most of Monday compiling and writing this newsletter, making sure everything is 100% and entertaining enough to keep you all interested. Unfortunately for me the time is now 9pm on Monday night and I have only just plonked myself down in front of the computer after spending a long weekend in Sydney. So here goes…

And what a weekend it was. On Saturday we were honoured to have ultra-running legend Pat Farmer ‘parkrunning for peace’ at our event in St Peters. In May Pat spent 20 days in the Middle East to show a united front of peace through running and since his return he has been continuing to spread this message here in Australia. I had never met Pat or his wife Tania before however they felt like old friends when I found them in the big crowd that had gathered in Sydney Park. Pat was then good enough to get up and say a few words prior to the start of the run and then we were off… although there was no way I was keeping up with Pat as I was pushing my daughter Evie in the pram. I was also saving myself for a little fun run the next day…

After the run I was able to have a good chat with Pat at the little café in Sydney Park. Pat had organised for Jackie Lauff, co-founder and CEO of Sport Matters, to join us. Without going into too much detail, Sport Matters is dedicated to making a difference in people's lives using the power of sport as a tool for development in Australia, the Pacific, Asia and Africa. Watch this space as we are hoping to get involved with Sport Matters in the future.

So, that ‘little fun run’ I mentioned above was obviously Sydney’s iconic City2Surf. It was my first time taking part in the largest fun run on the planet and it didn’t disappoint. As I’m currently training for the Sydney Marathon in September I hadn’t tapered for the race and as such didn’t have a clear race plan or goal time. I really just wanted to feel good and enjoy the run and, other than all of the dodging and weaving through the crowd over the first couple of kilometers, I had a brilliant time. The atmosphere was like nothing I had ever experienced and it was such a thrill to come running down onto Bondi Beach after a solid 14km. I saw quite a few parkrunners out and about pounding the pavement however I’m sure there were hundreds, if not thousands, of you who took part. I hope you all achieved whatever it was that you wanted to and, most importantly, had fun.

But the City2Surf wasn’t the only big event happening on Sunday as many of our parkrunners in Western Australia took part in the Perth Half Marathon (see report by Clinton Bishop below). I know plenty of you ran personal best times on what was reportedly a flat and very fast course so well done to everyone who had a run.

Lastly, you may remember a few weeks back I highlighted the incredible time posted by Lavinia Petrie at Lillydale Lake parkrun in Victoria. Well I’m not sure what it is specifically about that event that is attracting elite runners but on Saturday Whaddon Niewoudt was first across the line in 16:44. Whaddon represented his native South Africa for many years and has a 5000m PB of 13:32. Better tell the paparazzi that Lillydale Lake parkrun is the place to be!

Happy running,

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

p.s. Only 52 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 – 83
Number of runners – 8,855
Number of PBs – 2,170
Number of first timers – 1,480
Number of volunteers – 719

‘Something in the water’ by Clinton Bishop


So parkrun is a free weekly timed 5km run at a park near you and that’s all there is to it? Well not really, there’s a lot more to it. Something else is happening within the parkrun community in WA. While 5km is great fun, plenty of parkrunners are challenging themselves to up their distance and they are bringing the same supportive vibe from 8am Saturday to other events.

The latest example of this was the WAMC Perth half marathon on Sunday the 10th of August, over 30 parkrunners completed the event, many completing a half marathon for the first time. Whole groups of people who have been introduced to running by parkrun, and who had previously never considered themselves runners are completing longer and longer events. And of course it’s impossible to bring that many parkrunners to an event without bringing some of the famous parkrun spirit, high 5s on the course, runners who had already finished heading out to pace others in, finished runners cheering people as they ran past the “parkrun base camp” and in one of the true acts of heroism, injured runner Wade Davis setting up the base camp and organizing a sausage sizzle for finishers, ably assisted by my sausage chef daughter Abbey Bishop. Is there anything better than a snag in a bun after 21.1 km? Well if there is I haven’t tried it (Some may say a beer to wash it down, but I couldn’t possibly comment).

There’s no sign of it stopping either, parkrun WA is the 3rd largest team registered for the City to Surf later this month, with runners registered in the 12, 21.1 & 42.2 distances. The Kalgoorlie pipeline marathon ran this Sunday as well included many parkrunners and was won by our own Tony Smith. There is also a contingent currently training for the 6 inch trail ultra-marathon on the 21st of December.

We all know parkrun is the best place to get your weekend started, it’s also fast becoming the best runners support network around.

parkrunners registered to run B2B can still runPositive


If you’ve signed up to run alongside 40,000 other runners at The Sunday Mail Suncorp Bank Bridge to Brisbane on 7 September, will you be wearing your free personalised runPositive singlet or blending in to the crowd?

Celebrate your participation in Queensland’s largest fun run with the Suncorp Bank runPositive program and you could secure your very own runPositive singlet, with your reason to run printed across the front*.

Whether you’re taking part on behalf of a loved one; raising funds for a charity; or just showing your kids you can do it, runPositive is a program designed to support your run.

While the parkrun Australia singlets have been fully exhausted, you can still join runPositive via the Bridge to Brisbane bespoke entry form to gain a personalised singlet to wear on event day. Hurry though as once all singlets are gone, that’s all folks!

Click here to find out more and join the passionate runPositive crew at Bridge to Brisbane.

*Terms and conditions apply. The opportunity to receive a runPositive singlet for Bridge to Brisbane closes Friday 22 August 2014.

The Promoter is Suncorp-Metway Ltd ABN 66 010 831 722 ("Suncorp Bank"). Terms and conditions apply to the runPositive promotion. NSW Permit Number 14/03612, LTPS/14/03625.

Inaugural parkrun annual lunch


As announced recently, 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.

Upcoming Special Events


August
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, Riverway (Qld) cancelled

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, Pakenham (Vic) launch, Penrith Lakes (NSW) cancelled
27 – Merimbula (NSW) 1st anniversary, Toowoomba (Qld) 1st anniversary, Tamworth (NSW) launch, Bowral (NSW) launch

Feedback from the field


Andy Turner & Hayley Regan - We just wanted to drop you a quick email following our visit to South Bank parkrun on Saturday 2nd August. As we are currently visiting friends and sightseeing in Australia we took the opportunity to try a run in nicer winter weather than we are used to in the winter in the UK. Firstly I would like to say what a warm welcome we received on Saturday morning from the organisers, volunteers and runners. It was a great atmosphere before and after the event and we were made to feel completely at home. Secondly we loved the course. South Bank is a fantastic location for parkrun and even caused me to lose time stopping and taking a few photos on the way round. We have run at various events before in the UK but we both agreed that this was the best location ever!!! When we next visit this wonderful city we will certainly be joining you again to gain new personal bests. Thanks again for your hospitality.


Kitty Drok - Just wanted to do a huge shout out to Dan Baldwin today. As Run Director at Canning River parkrun, he did an excellent job of touching base with all the volunteers beforehand, handing out his number to all the marshals and keeping everyone in the loop. Then an excellent pre-run briefing - enough trivia and stats to keep everyone listening, while still delivering the core messages, enormous acknowledgement for the volunteers, which I'm sure was appreciated, and also helped raise awareness and fill the roster for the coming weeks. One of the best briefings I've heard. The run itself went without a hitch, even with a large amount of first-timers and non-registered runners. And then he processed the results and got them all out before he'd even ordered his own breakfast! Yay Dan - love Canning River parkrun!


Kathy Rae – The lady in the photo below is Barbara Fox in the 70-74 Age Group who has completed 11 parkruns at Penrith Lakes and also does Dragon Boat Racing. The Pendragons are Penrith Lake's biggest parkrun group, many are Mature Aged and walk or run the course before then training on the Lake for their Dragon Boat Racing. On Saturday Barbara finished her parkrun and then went back to find her husband who finished 13 Minutes later and was doing his first parkrun. He is Ronald Fox, in the 75 to 79 Age Group and completed his parkrun using a walking stick. This photo is Barbara and her husband holding hands as Ronald was heading to the finish line. Amazing!


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:  Blair Habberjam

Club:  N/A

Age:  38

Home parkrun:  Cleveland

Number of runs:  74

PB:  21:48

Favourite volunteer role:  I can't decide: Pacer - I still get to run and hopefully help someone else push themselves to achieve their goal; Timekeeper - such a simple but feared job and you get to see everyone's sense of relief as they cross the line and the pain is over.

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  I like that all the jobs are easy and it's such a simple contribution that you can make to enable parkrun to survive! ...plus it gives you an opportunity to see that regardless of ability, everyone goes through the same amount of suffering that you do whether they're sub-20 or a sub-40.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  From a personal perspective, having a pacer drag me to complete a PB by around 30 seconds will stick with me for a long time. Secondly, it's always funny to see our Event Director try and restrain herself when something is done that is not to her exact specifications...let it go Olivia you control freak :)

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Our Sponsors

Suncorp Bank investing in parkrun

At Suncorp Bank we value the communities in which we live and work. From helping keep Australians safe from the sun to supporting what matters to the community through our sponsorship of major running events and parkrun Australia, we're dedicated to making a real difference in people's lives. Explore Suncorp Bank


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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