weekly newsletter 28th October 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s edition of the newsletter we celebrate the wonder that is cake, ask you to show us your parkrun and hear from the Gungahlin parkrun team.

It is said that during the French Revolution Queen Marie Antoinette uttered the phrase “Let them eat cake” upon learning that her people were starving and could not even afford a simple loaf of bread. Although her use of the phrase was derogatory, in a modern day parkrun context it could take on a whole new meaning as with each passing week another anniversary event seems to churn out yet another spectacular celebratory cake. Last Saturday was no exception when not one, not two, not three… but six incredible parkrun cakes were on show!

Mudgeeraba parkrun were always going to have a great cake as Wendy Legg, wife of co-Event Director Stuart, has long had a reputation as a baker-extraordinaire harking back to her days supporting Dawn Courage at Kingscliff parkrun. You’ll actually get cake or some other baked goods most weeks at Mudgeeraba!

I was lucky enough to be at Darwin parkrun to see what I’m sure was the first parkrun cake to feature crocodiles. We actually considered having the cake before the run just in case it melted during but sanity prevailed and we decided to wait!

Both Kawana parkrun and Bunbury parkrun had a nautical theme with their cakes. Kawana had a lot to live up to as their cake last year really set the standard for all future parkrun cakes to live up to, and Event Director Mel Erbacher certainly didn’t disappoint. I can only imagine what they will come up with for their 3rd anniversary?

North Lakes parkrun celebrated their Hawaiian themed event with a suitably tropical looking chocolate cake. And Westerfolds parkrun… well, what can I say about their cake other than AMAZING! I think they must have been inspired by Kawana’s 2013 effort and gone all-out to top it by including 3D elevation, km markers, start-finish flags, tress, a river… they even used parkrun wallpaper around the base!

On a serious note, all of these crazy cakes got me thinking about their real significance within parkrun and two key words kept popping up: pride and community.

The reason I think these Event Directors and their teams go to such incredible lengths to present these beautiful cakes is because they are just so proud of their little parkrun events. It takes a lot of blood, sweat and tears to start up a parkrun and the anniversary is the perfect time to ‘let it all out’ and show the world how happy they are with their ‘babies’.

Of course once the cakes have been displayed for all to see the next step is to eat them and I think this shared activity is a metaphor for the sense of community that has been developed within each parkrun event, and more broadly across parkruns the world over. We are a big family that runs together and, occasionally, eats cake together. Some might argue the cake is even more important than the run!

I’ll finish with a quote from Westerfolds parkrunner Michael Miriklis –

“Westerfolds course is tough! But today, most of us ate it up!”

Happy running,

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

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.

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Essential Stats for Australia & Singapore


Number of locations – 97
Number of runners – 13,223
Number of PBs – 2,337
Number of first timers – 2,194
Number of volunteers – 887
Number of members – 149,377

#showusyourparkrun


As many of you are now proud owners of the official parkrun t-shirt we think it would be fun to start a new photo segment in the newsletter where you can wear (or hold) the shirt in an exciting location… or perhaps even with a celebrity! Think “standing in front of Uluru” or getting the lads from One Direction wearing it!!! I’m sure you get the drift.

Once you have the photo please email it to us and post it to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #showusyourparkrun

‘Gungahlin parkrun first anniversary’ by Brendan Brady


What do you get when you take two Gungahlin parkrunners then double them, double them, double them, double them, double them, double them and double them again? You get 256 Gungahlin parkrunners. That's how many participants we had at our 1st Anniversary event recently. Yes Gungahlin parkrun is growing exponentially!

As well as being our biggest attendance ever it was also an opportunity for us to award our points winners their medals and recognise our big improvers, our organising team and our star volunteers. After one year we can say that we have created a running community in the rapidly growing northern Canberra region of Gungahlin and have introduced many people to the running lifestyle.

parkdog of the week


Say hello to Princess Nala Sarabi, our ‘parkdog of the week’.

"I am Princess Nala Sarabi, a 7mth old Cavoodle (Cavalier King Charles Poodle X). My owner is Miss Kat and her mum is Kaz. This is my first parkrun but the Praminator and Miss Kat have done it many times with a PB of 25:28. Kazs' PB is 22:26. Kaz is hoping Miss Kat and I will be running on our own soon, cause I am the fastest little pooch at New Farm Puppy Park & could definitely take down the Praminator's time."

FAQ - How do I update my email address?


You can update your email address by either:

- Following the 'Update my details' link contained in the weekly newsletter or your results email, which you receive whenever you run.
- Clicking on the link to 'collect and print your barcode' contained in your registration confirmation email.

Once in 'Your Links' please click Update and make your changes.

If you can't find this link, you can request a link to your parkrun profile.

If this does not work, or you don't have access to the email address you used to register with parkrun, then please get in touch.

Upcoming Special Events


November

1 - South Bank (Qld) 2nd anniversary, Maitland (NSW) 1st anniversary, Armidale (NSW) cancelled
8 - Diamond Creek (Vic) 1st anniversary, Launceston (Tas) 2nd anniversary, Geographe Bay (WA) launch
15 - Albert Melbourne (Vic) 3rd anniversary, Calamvale (Qld) launch, Shepparton (Vic) cancelled, South Bank (Qld) cancelled
22 – Sandgate (Qld) 2nd anniversary
29 – Minnippi (Qld) 1st anniversary, Lillydale Lake (Vic) cancelled, The Beaches (NSW) launch

December

6 – Torrens (SA) 2nd anniversary, Mt Gambier (SA) 1st anniversary, Bunyaville (Qld) 1st anniversary, Lakeview (NSW) 1st anniversary
13 - Stanthorpe (Qld) Launch

Feedback from the field


Vin Martin - A little trivia for you all. The oldest runner in the Melbourne Marathon was not the Japanese runner referred to in last week’s newsletter, but Antony Martin, VM85-89. Antony is a parkrunner holding age category records at a handful of Victorian events (and maybe nationally as well). Antony has run every Melbourne Marathon except one and is quite famous on the local scene. What is certain though is that Siew Weng Hooi won his age category in the marathon (75+) and that is where the organisers lodged Antony whose time of 6 hrs 46 is still quite respectable for an 86 year old!!!


Jon Trolan - Just writing a quick email to all those involved with New Farm parkrun.  I have been a runner for over ten years yet only came across the concept of parkrun over 6 months ago through a friend.  I ran my first two in under 21 minutes which made me realise that a lifelong goal of a sub 20 5km outdoor run on record was maybe just possible (had ran 19.39 on a treadmill but as they say "treadmills get you nowhere" and that time counts for nothing).  Then just as I was getting fit and ready to try for this goal I incurred not one but four injuries in a row putting me out for the best part of 6 months.  Only recently did I start running again despite still not fully recovered from four fractured ribs and bursitis in my shoulder.  However, on Saturday past low and behold I ran only my third ever parkrun and got a sub 20 which is not bad for a 31 year old.  I could never have done it without the help of parkrun and fantastic spirit amongst all participants.  Now that I have reached my goal I hope to become a pace setter to help others achieve their goals.  Thanks to everyone involved!!


Rachel Pepper Walsh - In honour of International Children’s Week, the youngsters at Carine Glades parkrun took on all the volunteer roles on Saturday and did a fantastic job! Naturally, the marshals & tail runner were either over the age of 11, or accompanied by a parent while on the course, the others were supervised by myself. The kids all seemed to enjoy themselves, and the runners thought the kids were great!


Nicki Burgess - I am 44 years of age and on dialysis as I have end stage kidney disease. I am now a Saturday morning parkrun addict. My home town is Armidale and the organisers are fantastic. The support I have found has been truly incredible. My husband started us off first and I was nervous on my first ‘parkwalk’ but now nothing will stop me. I have a kidney transplant in 4 weeks and after that will be back into ‘parkwalk’ ASAP. In my few months doing Armidale parkrun I have improved my PB by 7 minutes, have lost 6kg and feel much fitter to go into my transplant. My highlight is having my family all doing it on a Saturday morning and seeing all the runners get much fitter as they improve each week. So to those people who have a chronic illness, parkrun (or walk in my case) is a great way to get fit and stay as well as possible.


Mark Gilbert - Last Saturday my friend Leah Rosevear and I ran at Mudgeeraba parkrun, Event 53. There they were celebrating their 1st Anniversary. We have had the opportunity to run at several different parkrun courses, including the inaugural parkrun Australia event at Main Beach. Having both been involved in the volunteering side of parkrun over the years, we know the work and time that goes into making sure weekly events run smoothly. Can we pass on our congratulations to Mudgeeraba parkrun Event Directors Stuart and Carl and all their magnificent volunteers in organising such a well managed event. Their preparation and communication was outstanding. Happy birthday Mudgeeraba parkrun... job well done!


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:  Lauren Stone

Club:  Lunchtime escapees! (Not actually associated with a club, but I run every lunchtime at work)

Age:  28

Home parkrun:  Tuggeranong

Occupation:  Public servant

Number of runs:  16

PB:  23:26

Number of times volunteered:  5

Favourite volunteer role:  I have two: firstly I love marshalling at the halfway mark as it gives me the opportunity to jump around, dance, sing and generally provide other (mostly uninspiring!) encouragement to the runners. This role lets the attention-seeker in me shine! Secondly I love timekeeper, primarily because I love the pressure that comes with it (and seeing people make PBs), but also because I particularly enjoy scaring the run director when they ask me (for the 5th time) "it's definitely working?" by answering "it's supposed to still be on 00:00, right?"!!

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  I love the sense of community and the opportunity to contribute to something that I feel so passionate about, and which has brought so much enjoyment to my life. And I'm a huge fan of orange vests. Just generally.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Absolutely the most memorable has been literally freezing to death scanning barcodes during the Canberra winter. No feeling in my fingers, toes, nose or tail! (Happy to report that all extremities defrosted quite well).

How can we improve parkrun:  I think just advertising it more; e.g. making sure people are following their local parkrun on Facebook where they can see requests for volunteers in their newsfeed.

Reminders

the parkrun store

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

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


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 21st October 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s edition of the newsletter our Hunter Hero brings up his ton, we tell you how you can help us and the UK bossman shares his thoughts on our 10th birthday.

Completing 100 parkruns is no mean feat. In fact in Australia there are only 60 or so people to have achieved this. Setting up your own parkrun event isn’t easy either… and neither is overseeing the launch of another 7 in your region… however one man has done all of this… Dave ‘Robbo’ Robertson. I will let Newy parkrun Run Director Andrew ‘Doddy’ Dodd tell you more –

Dave Robertson brought up his 100th parkrun on Saturday at his beloved Newy parkrun (arguably the fastest parkrun course in the land)! Not many people get the flag, the three (performance enhancing) headband and dog escort all the way around the course. But there are not many Robbos. It was one big high-five for 5km on the out-and-back track.
The stats: 26 different parkruns; 12 inaugurals; rare feat of the two Newcastle parkruns in the world on successive weekends; run at the spiritual home of parkrun - Bushy - freedom run at Newy with the high-priest himself PSH (Paul Sinton-Hewitt); a Regionnaire (all 8 parkruns in the Region of Runners); first finisher at 4 different parkruns; PB of 16:50 (and on the immortal sub-17 list); one of the fastest parkrun dogs in Australia (Bella the Dalmatian) - and appropriately called the "Father of parkrun in the Region of Runners".

And somehow a bit of poetry was thrown into the mix - the closing lines of Rudyard Kippling's "If" –

"If you can fill the unforgiving minute,
with sixty seconds worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!"

Robbo - you are the man - stand up and take a bow and congratulations from parkrun Australia.

Happy running,

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

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 – 97
Number of runners – 13,061
Number of PBs – 2,848
Number of first timers – 2,292
Number of volunteers – 827
Number of members – 147,141

We need your support


Building and maintaining the parkrun Australia family of events costs money. Our goal at parkrun Australia is to ensure that every parkrun event that we create will continue to provide free runs to their communities forever. To ensure this, we set aside sponsor income for this purpose. Sponsor income funds the organisation, allowing us to invest in improving the technology and to employ the team bringing you these events.

The development of the parkrun family requires additional income. We call this the “new event fund”. Wherever possible we look to secure these funds from local councils however, there are still many new events that cannot afford the start-up costs. The ‘new event fund’ allows us to create new events where there are no local funds available.

We endeavour to match every donation to the parkrunner making the donation. Where we are able to match the parkrunner, we allocate 60% of the donation to their home run and the remaining 40% to the ‘new event fund’. Where we can’t match the parkrunner, then this donation is allocated to parkrun ‘new event fund’.

When donating, the donator can provide a comment informing us where they wish the donation to be allocated. Also, for every donation made, we provide an email confirming our actions. Should there be a need, then the allocation of the donation can be corrected later.

parkrun is open and transparent. We publish every donation and withdrawal on our website.

You can donate now by clicking here.

parkrun Australia is a not-for-profit organisation. All income directly supports our existing events and is used for the development of parkrun. parkrun Australia has no shareholders.

‘What 10 means to me’ by Tom Williams (Managing Director of parkrun UK)


Saturday the 4th of October, our tenth anniversary, was one of the most moving days of my life. Arriving at Bushy Park around 8:30am in the morning I became instantly aware of a special atmosphere in the air as parkrunners from all around the World mingled with the South West London locals in advance of Bushy parkrun number 538. My personal parkrun 'birthday’ (the date of my first ever parkrun) is the 4th of August, a day that back in 2007 marked a turning point in my life that would send me on a journey I never dreamed possible. Fast forward to the Saturday before last and there we were at the birthplace of parkrun itself in the company of the 18 parkrun pioneers (13 runners and five volunteers) who’d taken those first magical steps.

One by one they were introduced to the crowd and up to that point I don’t think any of us had anticipated quite what that moment would feel like and just two days previously Paul Sinton-Hewitt had received his CBE from The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William. Having such a clear demonstration of where we started back in 2004, contrasted against 1,700 runners, alongside Paul who stood there with his CBE, painted the most amazing picture. I’m not ashamed to say I was moved to tears. Who knows where we’ll be in another ten years time but I have a feeling that we’ll never again have a moment quite like that.

As we look to the future perhaps the greatest challenge we face is balancing financial survival with our not-for-profit ethos, something that demands we minimise commercial impact on our community. In the weeks, months and years to come there will be changes to the way we generate income for parkrun as we look to place greater control of that in the hands of the parkrunner. Recently, as part of that, we took the decision to move into retail clothing. Having spent many years deliberating the pros and cons it had become clear that many parkrunners wanted to wear something that advertised their membership of the parkrun movement and also to contribute to parkrun in some way. We’re really excited about the anniversary t-shirts (modelled above by the pioneers) and hope that they tick both those boxes. There are a limited number and once they’re gone they’re gone so if you’d like to own a little bit of parkrun history and at the same time contribute towards the future of our wonderfully free weekly timed runs then why not check out our online store.

‘parktri???’ by Louise Gasper


I've been a runner for a number of years. I could always go the distance but I have never called myself a "fast or good" runner. I would happily put on my shoes and pound the pavement for 10km (piece of cake). I have done a half marathon and always the 10km in team triathlons but the marathon has eluded me due to injury. When my legs and back stated to ache I switched to triathlons. I used to turn my nose up at runs less than 7-8km but not now. The Saturday parkrun is an essential part of my training to get me ready for the Noosa Triathlon in a few weeks. It turns out that I've been kidding myself all these years that I have been doing the slow long run. During that time I have showed little improvement in my time and because I could do the distance I never felt any need to quicken my pace. Now the 5km challenge has helped me with a much faster 10km time.

I can honestly say that I don't enjoy the parkrun as I find the 5km really, really hard. I tend to run it at a much faster pace and finish in a state of exhaustion gasping for breath but I do feel pleased when I see that parkrun flag at the end. The 1st km is hard as I always go out too fast and find myself puffing and panting. I don't mind the 2-3km mark and when I see the fast ones on their way home it gives me a boost! I slow down for the 4km and give it my all on that last 500m.

The 5km has made me fitter and faster and a better runner with less injury. As I approach the countdown to the Noosa Triathlon I feel confident that my running prep had been strong and that I'll blitz the run leg. Now to find a parkswim and a parkride and my training will be complete!

parkdog of the week


Say hello to Bella, our ‘parkdog of the week’. Bella’s Mum is Warwick parkrun Event Director Linda Coombes. Bella says –

“I am Bella, a 7 year old short haired border collie. I have 26 parkruns ‘under my collar’ and my PB is 26:42. I’m sure I could get a much better PB if only I could find a faster human to run with then my Mum! I look forward to parkrun every Saturday and am not very impressed when Mum is Run Directing and has to leave me at home. Boo! When I do get to run I’m always one of the first on the start line ready to go. I’m so fast and strong that often Mum has to tell me to slow down! At Warwick parkrun the humans often like to wear fancy dress. I’m not a big fan of this, lacks the dignity I so desire, but every now and then I agree as you can see from the photo above.”

FAQ - What do I need to bring to parkrun?


Your printed personal barcode. That's it; no number to wear, no safety pins. No fuss, no bother.

For more information on what happens on the day, click here.

Upcoming Special Events


October
25 – Mudgeeraba (Qld) 1st anniversary, Westerfolds (Vic) 1st anniversary, Darwin (NT) 1st anniversary, Bunbury (WA) 1st anniversary, Kawana (Qld) 2nd anniversary, North Lakes (Qld) 2nd anniversary, Main Beach (Qld) cancelled

November
1 - South Bank (Qld) 2nd anniversary, Maitland (NSW) 1st anniversary, Armidale (NSW) cancelled
8 - Diamond Creek (Vic) 1st anniversary, Launceston (Tas) 2nd anniversary, Geographe Bay (WA) launch
15 - Albert Melbourne (Vic) 3rd anniversary, Calamvale (Qld) launch, Shepparton (Vic) cancelled, South Bank (Qld) cancelled
22 – Sandgate (Qld) 2nd anniversary
29 – Minnippi (Qld) 1st anniversary, Lillydale Lake (Vic) cancelled

Feedback from the field


Kate Barnes - Just wanted to say I am loving the new 'parkdog of the week' segment... keep them coming!


Rob Sisk - Just wanted to pass along a "feel good" story involving Albert Melbourne parkrunners in last week's Melbourne Marathon. After a reasonable first half I suffered leg cramps as the temperature approached 27 degrees. I slowed considerably from 30km onward and came across #1233 about 3km from the finish line. He was pretty unsteady on his feet so I guided him to a tree at the side of the course and leaned him against it. I asked if he wanted me to alert the EMTs and he said "No, because they will make me stop" so I told him I would stay with him to the finish. We slowly made our way toward the MCG, resting frequently, and about 2km out, I flagged another runner to take #1233’s other arm. Though I didn't know it at the time, this runner was Mark Kani who also runs at Albert Melbourne parkrun. Mark and I got #1233 to the finish line and handed him over to the EMTs. It turns out, #1233 is Siew Weng Hooi who is over 75 years old, apparently the oldest contestant in the race and who ended up in first place in his division. My thanks to Mark for unselfishly volunteering to help!


Terry Baker - Ran in my new parkrun t-shirt and shorts from Wiggle this morning and knocked 45 seconds off my parkrun PB. I was a bit iffy on the shirt because it looked and felt like cotton but it was so smooth and light. Thanks to parkrun HQ for making these available.


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:  Niall Keane

Club:  None

Age:  48

Home parkrun:  Diamond Creek, Victoria

Occupation:  Counting beans!

Number of runs:  30

PB:  20:45

Number of times volunteered:  5

Favourite volunteer role:  Timekeeper

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  Relaxing morning spent with friendly people who are keen to support all participants and one another whilst fostering a good sense of community.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Pressed the wrong button on stopwatch at the start of race which stuffed up the starting time - luckily the run director had a contingency in place.

How can we improve parkrun:  Current format working very well in my opinion but at a push maybe we could have a designated volunteer role to do a coffee run for the 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

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


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 14th October 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s edition of the newsletter we powwow in South Australia, remind you of one of our golden rules and PSH gets Wiggley Fingers!

It’s 3pm on Tuesday and I haven’t finished this newsletter yet. Eeeek!!! I’ve got a good excuse though as for the last 3 days I have been in beautiful South Australia at our Event Team Powwow, an annual get-together of our Event Directors and their teams from around the country. This year we had representation from New Farm, Merimbula, St Peters, Lake Mac, Kawana, Armidale, Tuggeranong, Logan River, Kirra and of course all of our South Australian events.

Let me start by saying Adelaide is such a beautiful city and our run at Torrens parkrun on Saturday was utterly spectacular. I hadn’t been to Adelaide since we launched Torrens parkrun almost 2 years ago and since then the redevelopment of the Adelaide Oval has been completed and the course can now hug the banks of the river out and back. The Torrens is so close you can almost touch it and the ducks and other wildlife were certainly very curious spectators. But the highlight without a doubt is running underneath the new pedestrian bridge and stunning waterfall… that’s right a waterfall right in the heart of the city. Is this the only parkrun course in the world that runs underneath a waterfall? Sounds like a question for Professor Alan!

On Sunday we took part in events at the McLaren Vale Half Marathon (5km, 10km and 21.1km), 45 minutes south of Adelaide, with the course taking in aptly named ‘Shiraz Trail’ between McLaren Vale and nearby Willunga. It was a fantastic event and the perfect way to cap off a very social and fun weekend with a wonderful group of passionate parkrunners.

Special thanks to John Lawrie and the rest of the South Australia parkrun family for hosting us. It was a perfect weekend, well done.

On a different note, I had a complaint email last week about some of our parkrunners running 4-5 abreast along a narrow path and knocking over a pedestrian. The person in question is fine but a little shaken and has asked me to remind you all to keep left and share the path with other members of the public. This is absolutely one of the cornerstones we build our events on so please keep this in mind when you are parkrunning this Saturday.

You may have seen that in the last couple of weeks we've teamed up with Ray's Outdoors to help promote their new trail running range through our social media channels. Well, Ray's is a big fan of parkrun (like us, they are passionate about getting active outdoors) and so they are lining up some great prizes for parkrunners that will be on offer over the coming weeks. Keep an eye out on the parkrun Australia and your local event Facebook pages for more info.

Lastly, big congratulations to our Operations Manager Sarah Logan who was today named ‘Best Individual’ at the Spinal Injuries Australia Inclusive Community Champions Awards. These awards “recognise and acknowledge Queensland venues, facilities and organisations in the community that foster a truly inclusive community”. Although this was an individual honour Sarah accepted the award on behalf of all of the amazing volunteers who make parkrun happen each and every Saturday. Well done Sarah, this is thoroughly deserved.

Happy running,

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

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 – 96
Number of runners – 12,904
Number of PBs – 2,860
Number of first timers – 2,134
Number of volunteers – 801
Number of members – 145,282

KBp turns 1 by Tahlia O’Toole (15 years old)


Last Saturday at Karlkurla Park, Kalgoorlie-Boulder parkrun celebrated its 1st birthday with a superhero and villain themed party. Many people wore superman and batman costumes and even some of the dogs were dressed in costume!

Prior to commencement of the run our Event Directors Allison & Nigel Hunter took the opportunity to congratulate Danny Sheehan, Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s first parkrun member to achieve 50 runs. The anniversary run started at 8am just as the weather started to warm up, and in the true spirit of this wonderful community event, most of the phenomenal 207 runners completed the entire 5 kilometres in full fancy-dress costume.

Celebrations continued afterwards with presentations, sausage sizzle and a decadent parkrun cake that tasted as good as it looked! Once everyone had time to eat and mingle, Allison and Nigel presented medals to the male and female annual points prize winners.

Our Run Directors Grant Wholey, Danny Sheehan, Mick O’Toole and Richard James were also acknowledged for their assistance in ensuring the parkrun ran smoothly each week. Nigel and Allison Hunter were presented with a parkrun plaque in recognition for their time and dedication in organising parkrun from week to week. Special mention was also made for their efforts in initiating and driving the success of Kalgoorlie-Boulder parkrun as a community event. Their tireless effort and enthusiasm towards ensuring the community can continue to partake in parkrun each week is amazing. Without their initiative and drive this event wouldn't take place.

parkrun visits Wiggle


Last week the founder of parkrun, Paul Sinton-Hewitt visited Wiggle’s head office in Portsmouth on the south coast of England. The visit was a celebration to mark the launch of a partnership between the two organisations with Wiggle enabling parkrun’s first ever online store. Unsurprisingly, they marked the occasion with a run!

Click here to read more.

AIS running injury study


Recreational runners are being sought for the largest online study of its kind in Australia, to determine the role of genetics in exercise-induced bone and tendon injuries.

The study is being conducted by Australian Institute of Sport researchers in conjunction with Bond University’s Collaborative Research Network for Advancing Exercise and Sports Science.

The study — The genetics of exercise-induced injuries in tendon and bone — needs runners aged 18 and over who run between in excess of 15km per week. Runners who register have the chance to win a $50 gift voucher. Click here for more information and to participate.

parkdog of the week


Say hello to Rocky, our ‘parkdog of the week’. Rocky’s Mum is Anna McNaughton and they run together at both South Bank parkrun and Rocks Riverside parkrun in Brisbane. Rocky says –

“I am Rocky, a 9 month old Jack Russell. My Mum’s PB at parkrun is 22:41 however as my legs are so much shorter than hers our PB together is only 29:20. Still not too bad if you ask me. Mum likes to take me running when she is having a ‘slow day’ such as the day before Bridge to Brisbane last month. She ran a PB at B2B so has me to thank for it really!”

FAQ - Can I register my running club with parkrun?


Yes, of course! But please check that your running club is not already on the list. You can do this by trying to add your running club to your profile. For more information on how to do this, click here.

If your club does not exist in our database you will need to let us know your club details - please contact us via the support page.

In addition to your contact details, we will also need:
- Name of club
- Name of results coordinator for club
- Email address of results coordinator for club
- Website address of club
- Country that your club is based in

You can add these to the Description section of the form.

Once your club has been added to our database please add your club to your parkrun profile. For more information on how to do this, click here.

Upcoming Special Events


October
18 – Gungahlin (ACT) 1st anniversary, Kingscliff (NSW) 2nd anniversary, Brightwater (QLD) launch, Murray Bridge (SA) launch, Launceston (Tas) cancelled
25 – Mudgeeraba (Qld) 1st anniversary, Westerfolds (Vic) 1st anniversary, Darwin (NT) 1st anniversary, Bunbury (WA) 1st anniversary, Kawana (Qld) 2nd anniversary, North Lakes (Qld) 2nd anniversary, Main Beach (Qld) cancelled

November
1 - South Bank (Qld) 2nd anniversary, Maitland (NSW) 1st anniversary, Armidale (NSW) cancelled
8 - Diamond Creek (Vic) 1st anniversary, Launceston (Tas) 2nd anniversary, Geographe Bay (WA) launch
15 - Albert Melbourne (Vic) 3rd anniversary, Calamvale (Qld) launch, Shepparton (Vic) cancelled, South Bank (Qld) cancelled
22 – Sandgate (Qld) 2nd anniversary
29 – Minnippi (Qld) 1st anniversary

Feedback from the field


Eileen Corcoran - I attended my first ever Parkrun last Saturday, in Albury. I was very impressed with the organisation, everything was set up and ready to go. As a nervous first timer my many questions were answered by a friendly volunteer. I anticipated I would do the 5 km in about 30 minutes. I was very pleased, when the results came through, that my first PB was 28 minutes. I came first in my age group (55-59), there were 4 ladies in this age group, I was very pleased. Thank you to the person who brought along a tray of fresh fruit. Thank you to the volunteers. I'll be back again next week!


Russ Dickenson - Are you aware that Lavinia Petrie who runs and volunteers at Lillydale Lake parkrun has been voted 2014 World Female Masters Athlete of the Year and will attend the prestigious IAAF Award Ceremony in Monaco to receive her award? I know you have written about Lavinia before and you may have mentioned this item but I am overseas at present.


Conor Byrne - I am a former 'serious runner' but have not been even a 'regular runner' for almost 20 years now. Just over 50, I still play a bit of football (soccer) to stay somewhat fit and I walk the dog! I'd never heard of parkrun until last Thursday when I was introduced to it by some friends at the Australia Ireland Fund who were planning to attend St Peters parkrun in Sydney. This was my introduction to parkrun. I loved it, what an impressive organisation. I've been all over the website and seen what's happening locally and internationally with parkrun and the fantastic numbers of participants at both runner and volunteer levels. How easy has the technology made it, and so much tracking and information at your fingertips? I struggled but survived the 5km, reignited the fuse and will definitely be back for more – Mosman this weekend, then I'll try Curl Curl and then back to St Peters. Thank you to all involved with parkrun and keep up the great work.


Kerry Bray - I was thrilled on IpD to run a SPpPB (St Peters parkrun Personal Best). To celebrate, I decided to purchase a 10th anniversary parkrun T-shirt from Wiggle and am eagerly awaiting its arrival!


Dr Les Rootsey - As a regular parkrunner at both Kirra and Kingscliff, I took the opportunity for a unique experience overseas last weekend for the 10th anniversary celebrations while in the USA. I just happened to be staying within an hour’s drive of the Clermont parkrun in Florida and why would any keen parkrunner pass up an opportunity like that. parkrun in the USA is growing and at present has only 3 events across the whole continent, but if the energy, enthusiasm and attendance at the Clermont run last weekend is any indication that is going to change in a HUGE way VERY quickly. I participated on a wonderful lakeside paved run in warm and muggy conditions along with around 100 other regulars and 3 other 'visitors' (all from the UK). Thank you Clermont parkrun, you have a fantastic event!


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:  Simon Mackley

Club:  None

Age:  39

Home parkrun:  Mosman

Occupation:  Business Analyst

Number of runs:  32

PB:  21:46

Number of times volunteered:  Over 20

Favourite volunteer role:  Scanning, as it helps me to know who is who.

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  Knowing that I've given everyone (who wants to participate) the best opportunity to start their Saturday off on the right (or left) foot.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  In only 26 events there have been so many memorable and funny moments. Having Bruce Fordyce AND Pat Farmer running at our event recently has to take the cake though. Pat even went as far to say that he came along to run with Bruce, as he is in awe of him. We all like to measure bigger events in "parkruns" (i.e. a Marathon is only 8 and half "parkruns"). Pole to Pole is only 2,333 "comrades". :)

How can we improve parkrun:  As much as I understand the reason to hit pause on the parkrun Show Australia, I think that there are many parkrunners out there that would love to help to reduce the burden on Russ, Robbo, Vanessa and The Prof and bring it back.

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.

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