weekly newsletter 23rd December 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s edition of the newsletter we welcome a speedy new parkrunner to our family, we get ready for book madness at New Farm and… it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

A couple of days ago I received a message from Stones Corner parkrun Event Director, Ian Hay, telling me their course record had just been broken with a speedy time of 15:40. The runner was completing only his 4th parkrun and his name… Lamaa Kuruu.

Lamaa is one of our new Australians having fled his homeland of Ethiopia 4 years ago to arrive in Brisbane on a humanitarian refugee visa. Prior to this, Lamaa was an elite runner, living in a house with 60 other runners and two coaches, training twice a day on the track on the trails. Sounds great, right? Unfortunately not.

During this time it wasn’t uncommon for Lamaa and his friends to receive random beatings in the streets by Ethiopian government forces. These could occur at any time, for any reason.

His journey out of Ethiopia was staggering; He walked more than 1,000km from Addis Ababa to Sudan where he stayed for two months, before travelling on an overcrowded vehicle to Cairo. It was in the Egyptian capital where he was reunited with his wife and granted permanent refugee status by the Australian Government. The couple flew to Australia, arriving in Brisbane in July 2013, and are now busy rebuilding their lives.

Part of this journey for Lamaa is to regain his fitness so he can once again compete as an elite runner, however he now runs for Australia. Lamaa made his parkrun debut at South Bank in September finishing in first place in 16:31. His run at Stones Corner on Saturday was his 4th parkrun and his new parkrun PB. It will be interesting to watch his progress in the coming months.

The last week has been a tough one for Australian society to digest. Taking all of this in account, and with Christmas only 2 sleeps away, it makes me immensely proud to know that someone like Lamaa is able to find a home at parkrun, and that our incredible parkrun community has welcomed him with open arms… For more about Lamaa’s story please click here.

Special mention this week must go to Cristiano Bonato, formerly of Bushy parkrun and now registered at Parramatta, who is on track to join the 250-club this coming Saturday. He completed his 249th last Saturday and is volunteering on Christmas Day before his 250th run next Saturday. As far as I am aware, he will be the first person to reach the 250 club at an Australian parkrun. WOW!

Finally, there will be no newsletter next Tuesday. We’re closing the office after a HUGE year. See you in 2015.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone.

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.

donate to parkrun Australia

Essential Stats for Australia & Singapore


Number of locations – 104
Number of runners – 12,089
Number of PBs – 1,850
Number of first timers – 1,745
Number of volunteers – 944
Number of members – 161,095

Festive Arrangements


There are only two days of the year where we allow parkrun events to take place outside of a Saturday morning… Christmas Day and New Year's Day. To see if your home event is hosting a parkrun on either of these days please visit our Christmas Compendium.

Please note the following:

- On Christmas Day runners will not be able to register more than one run.
- On New Year's Day runners can register a maximum of two runs.

#DFYB - Don't Forget Your Bookmark


Join us at New Farm parkrun on January 10 for a special morning of book-fun 'parkrun style'.

parkrun Australia General Manager, Tim Oberg, will have 60 copies of ‘parkrun: much more than just a run in the park' by Debra Bourne, exclusively hand signed by parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt.

But that's not even the best bit!

Sandgate parkrun Event Director, Vanessa Gibson, and Kawana parkrun founder, Kelly Daly, will be there with copies of their new cookbooks 'Keep It Simple!" and 'The Bare Basics' respectively.

Ness and Kelly have even promised a 'cook-off' to the death (well maybe not to the death, but you get the drift)!!!

Click here for more info about this event.

The Pointy End


Who are you? Multiple parkrun course record holder (New Farm, Logan River, Minnippi, Wynnum, Calamvale and Stones Corner) and one of Australia’s top female runners, Clare Geraghty.

How the hell do you run so fast? To be honest I have no idea!!! I am very little so maybe that helps me get around courses quickly. I run very much on my toes and have a quick turnover. I have a strong mind and I think that helps me push through the pain barriers.

How many km do you run in an average training week? 100km

What type of training do you typically do? I do 2 speed sessions a week, tempo runs, recovery runs, Park run, long run. I also swim 7 days a weeks for recovery and to loosen up after training sessions. I do a strength/PT session once a week as well to focus on core strength.

How long have you been running and have you always been so damn good? I started cross country at primary school and continued in secondary school with athletics as well. I thoroughly enjoyed participating I was naturally good but never trained or took it seriously. As Irish Dancing was my main priority. I found on leaving school that I missed it greatly. I decided then to join a running club and have never looked back!! I started running competitively in 2006. I suppose my natural ability in endurance combined with an appetite for competition has aided in my success.

What is your favourite distance? I love running Half Marathons and I also enjoy racing the 14k events.

Do you have a coach and do you train with a squad? My coach/mentor is Sean Williams based in Sydney but I train with Chris Gale and the Gale Force Running Squad here in Brisbane who are such a fun group of people made up of all abilities. (My parents are also part of this squad)

How much faster would you like to go? A LOT!!! My main goal is to represent Australia in the Marathon meaning I have to be faster over all the shorter distances to reach that standard. That’s why Park Run always fits into the training program!! Obviously I want to break all my PB’s across the distances which are 5k 16:35, 10k 34:00, Half Marathon 1:14:17, Marathon 2:48

What big events do you want to run? I would Love to compete in all the Big City Marathons that would be amazing!!

#showusyourparkrun


As many of you are now proud owners of the official parkrun t-shirt we have started a new photo segment here in the newsletter where you can wear (or hold) the shirt in an interesting and exciting location… or perhaps even with a celebrity! Think “standing in front of the Pyramids” or getting Mick Jagger 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

This week’s entry is from former Albert Melbourne parkrun and East Coast park parkrun Event Director Carol Cunningham. Carol says – “Today was awesome. I went cross country skiing, crossed the Arctic Circle with the official passport stamp and the best bit by far, the bit I've been waiting since a kid; I met the REAL Father Christmas in Lapland today. I love Christmas.”

parkdog of the week


Say hello to Lexie, our ‘parkdogs of the week’. Lexie is a regular at Launceston parkrun with her Dada Glenn Thomas.

I’m Lexie from Launceston parkrun. I have completed 10 runs and volunteered several times. I would like to pass on my best wishes and a merry festive season to all the runners out there.

FAQ – Are there course direction signs?


Some events do, some don't.

We advise all runners to study the course guides on the event's web site, listen to announcements before the start about the course, watch where the regulars run, and follow the guidance of any marshals on the route.

It is our aim that all courses are as simple as possible. You should be able to describe the route in a single sentence.

Upcoming Special Events


Launches:
03/01 – Lawson (NSW); 24/01 – Tamborine Mountain (Qld), Bibra Lake (WA); 31/01 – Cooks River (NSW); 07/02 – Toolern Creek (Vic).

Anniversaries:
03/01 – Rocks Riverside (Qld) 1st; 10/01 – Pioneer (WA) 1st, Shepparton (Vic) 1st; 17/01 – St Peters (NSW) 3rd, Point Cook (Vic) 1st; 14/02 - Lake Mac (NSW) 2nd, Golden Beach (Qld) 1st, Ipswich (Qld) 1st; 21/02 - Kirra (Qld) 3rd; 28/02 - Tuggeranong (ACT) 2nd.

Cancellations
27/12 – Pittsworth (Qld); 10/01 – Mt Clarence (WA); 07/02 – Geographe Bay (WA); 25/04 – Augustine Heights (Qld)

Feedback from the field


Suzanne Jolley - I met my inspiration, Lavinia Petrie, at Albury Wodonga parkrun last Saturday. She achieved 104% age grading!! What an amazing athlete!


Sean Barry - My son Finn and I did our first parkrun at Wynnum last Saturday. We enjoyed the first timer’s welcome and friendly atmosphere. Sometimes a little anxious doing new things, Finn felt comfortable enough to bolt from the start coming in first in his age category (1st JM10). Being able to do something active together in a safe environment was fantastic. The support of the volunteers and other runners made it even more memorable and encouraging to return again. Having a few photos to share with friends via the FB page was a nice touch too.


Josie Kidman - I love our Mt Clarence parkrun, we are only into our 18th run but Bill does an amazing job as Event Director and Roxy is always there to step up and give him a break when requested. I have been a member of Albany Athletics and participating in the winter Cross Country events for the last three years and numbers are not very high. When I heard that Albany was to get a parkrun I thought that we would be battling to get more than 10 or so runners, I think that the record is 59! More and more runners just keep coming out of the woodwork. I love volunteering just as much as participating in a run, initially I thought that I might attend a parkrun every now and then but I just don't seem to be able to keep away. My daughter and son-in-law introduced me to parkrun several years ago but prior to Mt Clarence I had only attended one parkrun, Main Beach on the Gold Coast. When away from home I will now endeavour to attend a parkrun wherever I am - I have since attended Herrison Island parkrun. Long live parkrun everywhere!


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:  Alison Cone

Club:  I'm not in a formal club but I run with a great bunch of women called Sunday Worship (it's good for the sole) and occasionally fundraise with another group called Team ERMAGERD. And I sometimes run around Lake Burley Griffin at lunchtime with a bunch of runners from work. I'm far from the fastest in any of those groups but I think I do all right for someone who'd never willingly run a step before the age of 37! My old friends still ask me who I am and what have I done with the old Alison...

Age:  45

Home parkrun:  Tuggeranong

Occupation:  Internal communications specialist in the Australian public service.

Number of runs:  54 – Finally made the 50-club!

PB:  29:04 - that's faster than I ever thought I'd be able to run, and I'm aiming for a sub-25 time in the next 12 months.

Number of times volunteered:  The official count is 16, but I'm pretty sure there was one that wasn't recorded! I'm way past the three per year that I get points for, so it doesn't really matter.

Favourite volunteer role:  I've done just about everything except tail runner and halfway marshal, usually because I'm too sore to run out - that's why I'm volunteering in the first place! I like timekeeper - it's high pressure and you really have to work as a team with the person handing out the tokens. It's a real feeling of accomplishment to get it right all the way to the end (although I've had to pocket a few tokens in my time to make it all even out). But I like barcode scanning too, you get to talk to people and find out how they've done.

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  I've had a rough trot this past 12 months - calf muscle tears, ankle sprains, ITB problems, and a lot of hard work to change my gait to minimise further injury. Volunteering at parkrun has let me stay connected to the local running community while I take the time I need to heal and reset my brain, and it lets me give back to an event which has been so good for my running development.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  I don't know that there's been a single moment – there's a real camaraderie amongst the volunteers, especially the 'regulars' who are riding out injuries or have their own reasons for volunteering instead of running. It's always a lot of fun, and our run directors make us feel appreciated so it's always been a positive experience.

How can we improve parkrun:  I can't think of an improvement, because our parkrun does it so well. Good communication from our run directors, a free coffee for volunteers at 5 Senses Café in Tuggeranong afterwards, lots of lovely hi-vis singlets that look so flattering in the run photos – who could ask for more?

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 16th December 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s edition of the newsletter we almost lose an event, recap the Brisbane parkrun Games and Tiger roars at Mt Penang.

Earlier today I made the unprecedented decision to suspend one of our parkrun events indefinitely due to lack of volunteer support for its local community. This was not a decision I took lightly however was one that I made with the best interest of the struggling event team in mind.

Let me explain.

Our mission is “to provide a parkrun event to every community that wants one”. We don’t decide where this should be, rather we respond to requests from the local community. You could say that we are a ‘reactive’ rather than a ‘proactive’ organization.

Generally speaking the person from the local community who makes the initial request goes on to be the founding Event Director of the parkrun. Some of our Event Directors such as Gareth Saunders at South Bank parkrun and Paul Wilcock at St Peters parkrun have volunteered as an Event Director for over 3 years! On rare occasions (I can count them on one hand) the founding Event Director has decided early on that they have bitten off more than they can chew and they opt out, leaving a new parkrun with a not-quite established community who may or may not be ready to get behind the event. This was the case with regards to the event I made the decision to suspend today.

The knock on effect of the founding Event Director not sticking with it in the early stages is that the event has never really developed a unique identity or culture that each parkrun event generally has. The event has always struggled to recruit and retain volunteers, despite the fact that it has always had a steady stream of runners. One of my friends has attended this event on several occasions and his feedback was always along the same lines – “It just doesn’t feel like other parkrun events.”

Several months ago this event had another change of Event Director, once again leaving it short of leadership and yet to define its character. An Event Director from a nearby parkrun event has been overseeing things since then but has been surprised at the lack of enthusiasm by the regular runners to get involved with volunteering to keep the event going. Thankfully a couple of good people have come forward but this isn’t enough to sustain things long term.

So, as I have already mentioned, I made the decision today to suspend this event indefinitely. The good news is however, once I made the decision I was quickly talked out of it by one of the ‘new recruits’ who has committed to getting things moving again.

As I discussed with this person, parkrun events are literally run ‘by the community for the community’. They are not run to benefit me, our sponsors, the government or anything else. They are for you, the parkrun community. If you ever stop wanting parkrun to exist… it won’t. Simple.

But to keep your local parkrun event going it needs people to volunteer, not often, but enough so that each week the 5 or 6 core roles are filled. Volunteering isn’t for everyone, we appreciate that, so you’ll never be forced or pressured to do it. But it is great fun and it’s a wonderful way to meet other parkrunners.

So please keep this in mind the next time your local event needs people to step up. Think of it as your Christmas present to your parkrun!

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.

donate to parkrun Australia

Essential Stats for Australia & Singapore


Number of locations – 102
Number of runners – 10,718
Number of PBs – 2,074
Number of first timers – 1,731
Number of volunteers – 871
Number of members – 159,765

‘Brisbane parkrun Games’ by Gareth Saunders


On Saturday afternoon, parkrun event teams from all over Brisbane came together to compete for glory in the 2nd annual Brisbane parkrun Games in a quest to take home the coveted BpG trophy. In tough, windy conditions, teams battled it out in a series of 'school sports carnival' style games.

Competition was fierce, and defending champions, Mitchelton parkrun, put up a gallant fight but in the end, the Sandgate parkrun team was just too strong. Congratulations to Vanessa and team Sandgate on an impressive victory.

It is rare to have an opportunity for our parkrun organising teams to come together as we are all usually at our own events on Saturday mornings. The Brisbane parkrun Games gives us a great chance to come together to 'eat then compete' while getting to meet new event teams and team members in our growing Brisbane parkrun family. I'm sure next year will be even bigger.

Festive Arrangements


There are only two days of the year where we allow parkrun events to take place outside of a Saturday morning… Christmas Day and New Year's Day. To see if your home event is hosting a parkrun on either of these days please visit our Christmas Compendium.

The Pointy End


Who are you? Ryan Ladd, Campbelltown parkrun course record holder at 16:23!

How the hell do you run so fast? Lots of training. Quality rather than quantity.

How many km do you run in an average training week? When I’m not injured between 50 & 70 km per week.

What type of training do you typically do? Running (3 times per week, intervals, tempo, long run), swimming, bike and weights.

How long have you been running and have you always been so dam good? Running seriously for the last 5 years. I was good at Long Distance at School.

What is your favourite distance? Half Marathon.

Do you have a Coach and do you train with a Squad? Yes and No. I do all of my training by myself. I used to train with a squad for track sessions, but due to work, I had to change my training times.

How much faster would you like to go? I’d love to go Sub 16 for 5km.

What big events do you want to run? NYC Marathon, Berlin Marathon and would love to do a 160km Ultra one day.

#showusyourparkrun


As many of you are now proud owners of the official parkrun t-shirt we have started a new photo segment here in the newsletter where you can wear (or hold) the shirt in an interesting and exciting location… or perhaps even with a celebrity! Think “standing in front of the Pyramids” or getting Mick Jagger 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

This week’s entry is from soon-to-be Toolern Creek parkrun Event Director Mark Porritt who says – “Just received the grant cheque for Toolern Creek parkrun from City of Melton. #loveparkrun”

parkdog of the week


Say hello to Tiger, our ‘parkdogs of the week’. Tiger is a regular at Mt Penang parkrun with his parents Drew and Sarah Evens.

Tiger is a 2 and a bit year old Staffy cross with a PB of 26:49 at his home park run of Mt Penang. Tiger was a rescue dog with bundles of energy when Sarah and I got him and when Mt Penang parkrun started it seemed like a brilliant way to wear him out so the three of us all turned up for the event launch. Since then a lot of the regulars learnt Tiger's name from the correction and encouragement a young dog requires and he is better known than us now. Tiger likes to run hard in the first km but inevitably needs to stop for his 2 calls of nature on any run which puts a hand brake on faster times (We take turns so we can get a clean run). Tiger plans to become a parkrun tourist with the launch of Menai parkrun next weekend.

FAQ – What does the Event Director do?


The Event Director takes overall responsibility for each event.

They can be thought of as the chair person of the local team. Most Event Directors (though not all) will act as Run Director on a pretty frequent basis. Some events have a panel of volunteers who share the role.

Upcoming Special Events


Launches:
03/01 – Lawson (NSW); 24/01 – Tamborine Mountain (Qld), Bibra Lake (WA); 31/01 – Cooks River (NSW); 07/02 – Toolern Creek (Vic).

Anniversaries:
03/01 – Rocks Riverside (Qld) 1st; 10/01 – Pioneer (WA) 1st, Shepparton (Vic) 1st; 17/01 – St Peters (NSW) 3rd, Point Cook (Vic) 1st; 14/02 - Lake Mac (NSW) 2nd, Golden Beach (Qld) 1st, Ipswich (Qld) 1st; 21/02 - Kirra (Qld) 3rd; 28/02 - Tuggeranong (ACT) 2nd.

Cancellations
20/12 – Mt Clarence (WA); 10/01 – Mt Clarence (WA); 07/02 – Geographe Bay (WA)

Feedback from the field


Trevor Smith – I’m 43 and my son Ethan (aged 10) did our first parkrun last Saturday at Bunyaville. I wish I had of known it was one of the toughest courses going (as I've not run for 3 years), but I managed to finish (in the pouring rain). My son loves to run (as proved by him setting the record for JM10 last Saturday) so I thought what better way than to join him. We both had a great time, had in depth discussions about different parts of course and felt a strong community spirit at the event. We have already planned our next events and look forward to venturing to different course throughout South East Qld.


Super Running Girls - Great to meet Tim Oberg and Vanessa Gibson recently at Bunyaville parkrun! Red & Blue will see you at Stanthorpe parkrun next weekend Tim, feel free to wear a green shirt and stand in for our Green!


Cathy Couchman – I love the parkrun merchandise you have available for purchase. I recently got the 10th anniversary shirt... just wondering if parkrun will be releasing a cap at all? I have got a hat currently but don't want it getting ruined from sweat etc due to sentimental value... I know of quite a few people who would love one too.


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:  Sam Doove

Club:  five30 runners

Age:  36

Home parkrun:  Lakeview

Occupation:  Mum and business owner

Number of runs:  12

PB:  28:49

Number of times volunteered:  3

Favourite volunteer role:  anything I can do with two children by my side! Bar code scanner is usually a winner!

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  I love meeting new people, seeing everyone out there having a go and getting the kids involved

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  I was the tail runner and a member of the public stopped me and asked if I was involved in organising the event. He said that he has never seen such a happy friendly bunch of people, everyone always gives him a smile or says good morning, and how much he looked forward to seeing the runners every Saturday. Such positive feedback for the organisers who put in so much effort to create a friendly, encouraging event every week.

How can we improve parkrun:  by putting the message out that volunteering is really super fun. There is a role for everyone, even if you have one little one on your back and one by your side!!!!!

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 9th December 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s edition of the newsletter we celebrate our parkrun kids, profile a super parkrun Para-athlete and we have not one, but two parkdogs of the week!

I’m sure you’ll all agree that one of the great strengths of the parkrun concept is the way that adults and children can participate side by side. This is certainly an attraction for families as it means that Mum and Dad can actually participate in an activity with the kids, rather than one or the other being a spectator. At Bunyaville parkrun on Saturday I had a lovely chat with a family who all run together every week and even volunteer together periodically.

Many of our events have even been as bold as to hand over all of the volunteer roles on a given Saturday to children… ‘Kids In Control’ it is often referred too. I know Logan River parkrun did this last Saturday and Armidale parkrun did it a couple of weeks back.

During the week I received an email from Merimbula parkrun Event Director Donella Roberts letting me know that their first two Suncorp Bank parkrunner of the Month recipients were identical twin 8 year olds Flynn and Archer Whitby. Flynn (pictured left) was potM for November, and Archer was October.

As a father of 2 children, this is what gets me really excited about parkrun. The thought of being able to get them involved, should they want to, at such a young age is something I’m really looking forward to.

In the UK earlier this year the ‘junior parkrun’ series was launched under the guidance of former triathlon world champion Chrissie Wellington. Junior parkrun is ‘a series of 2k runs for children aged between 4 and 14’. Like ‘big’ parkrun these events are held in areas of open space and are free, safe and easy to take part in. The big difference is that events are held on Sunday morning rather than the traditional Saturday start.

Internally we have discussed the idea of bringing junior parkrun to Australia. Whilst it hasn’t happened this year, it’s definitely on the agenda for 2015. What do you think?

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.

donate to parkrun Australia

Essential Stats for Australia & Singapore


Number of locations – 98
Number of runners – 10,206
Number of PBs – 1,813
Number of first timers – 1,314
Number of volunteers – 866
Number of members – 158,495

Michael Roeger – Athletics Australia Male Para-athlete of the Year and parkrunner


Michael Roeger is a Paralympian and world championship medalist, competing in 800 metre, 1500 metre and 5000 metre events in the T46 classification. In the past 2 years Michael has included a number of parkruns in his training. He runs with and against coach Philo Saunders. “We use parkrun mainly for a good training hit out and effort”. parkruns are handy as they are a measured course and timed too with plenty of people around. Also, it is nice to mix the Saturday morning training up occasionally”.

Michael represented Australia at the Beijing and London Paralympic Games, and at the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France, where he won bronze medals in the Men's 1500m and Men's 5000m T46 events. This year Michael ran almost a five-second 1500 m personal best (3 minutes 51.08 seconds), just short of the world record. Michael was awarded 2014 Athletics Australia Male Para-athlete of the Year and his coach Philo Saunders was awarded Australian Sports Commission Para-Athletics Coach of the Year.

While training at the AIS, Michael has been forced to manage bone stress injuries in his lower legs. Bone stress injuries are a major cause of lost training time in runners. These injuries affect recreational and elite athletes. Currently the AIS is undertaking a major research project aimed at shedding light on running related injuries, and inherited risk of injury. All runners over the age of 18, running more than 15km per week are eligible to participate. The study uses latest online technology and subjects can participate fully without leaving home.

Visit www.ausport.gov.au/injurystudy to complete the online survey, go into the running for a 2XU voucher and contribute to research in running related injuries.

Festive Arrangements


There are only two days of the year where we allow parkrun events to take place outside of a Saturday morning… Christmas Day and New Year's Day. To see if your home event is hosting a parkrun on either of these days please visit our Christmas Compendium.

The Pointy End


Who are you? Mitchelton parkrunner Sharyn Madders.

How the hell do you run so fast?  Compared to whom? I have been running for a very long time (except when heavily pregnant with my 3 sons)

How many km do you run in an average training week? Varies – depending on what I am training for. Most weeks 3 –4 runs average of 6 to 12km each. Recently competed in Sunshine Coast Half Ironman and did the 2km swim and the half marathon run at the end. My training leading up to that was much greater, up around the 30-40km mark.

What type of training do you typically do?  Intervals, long runs, stairs/hills. Also did a couple of cross country events through winter. Enjoyed doing Tough Mudder last year, so also did a little bit of trail running.

How long have you been running and have you always been so damn good? Competed in Little Athletics at primary level, succeeded mostly at 800m and 1500m, moving onto Cross Country in High School.  Mid twenties played lots of touch football, and started doing triathlons.  Have always loved running and the fact you can do it anywhere.

What is your favourite distance? 5 to 10km.

Do you have a coach and do you train with a squad? Swim train with a PB Triathlon (Nick Hull), previously lots of running and track work with Dan Atkins.

How much faster would you like to go? Lots, but my 3 boys take up lots of my time, so a bit limited at present.

What big events do you want to run?  Would like to compete in a trail/off road endurance event.  Also looking at doing the Fiji Triathlon next year.

#showusyourparkrun


As many of you are now proud owners of the official parkrun t-shirt we have started a new photo segment here in the newsletter where you can wear (or hold) the shirt in an interesting and exciting location… or perhaps even with a celebrity! Think “standing in front of the Pyramids” or getting Mick Jagger 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

This week’s entry is from Jannette Lindsay from Campbelltown parkrun. Jannette, her sister Carolyn and some friends recently visited Schlink Pass in the Snowy Mountains and just had to have a 'Kosciuszko parkrun' on the Saturday morning. Jannette wore her official parkrun t-shirt to 1804m above sea level and is claiming it to be the highest #showusyourparkrun in Australia so far.

parkdogs of the week


Say hello to Kato (on the left) and Charlie (on the right), our ‘parkdogs of the week’. Both are famous Perth parkrun personalities and we simply couldn’t mention one without the other!

We are Kato and Charlie. You may often spot us out and about together however nothing makes us happier than on Saturday mornings when we get to catch up over a run at Heirisson Island parkrun in Perth. Charlie's Mum Crystal is Event Director and Kato's Mum Lexi, is a Run Director. We both recently made the move across the river from Claisebrook Cove parkrun where Kato's Dad Dutch is Event Director. We still make guest appearances at Claisebrook Cove from time to time, just to make sure everyone is behaving. We especially love welcoming new people to parkrun, especially if they are bringing a 4 legged friend to join the fun.

FAQ – How do I link my parkrun profile to my Strava profile?


You can now connect your parkrun and Strava profiles, allowing you to share and compare with other parkrunners and Strava athletes around the world. To do this please visit your parkrun profile, and click on the ‘connect with Strava’ icon.

Click here for more info about the partnership between parkrun and Strava.

Upcoming Special Events


Launches:
13/12 - Stanthorpe (Qld), Stockton (NSW), Menai (NSW); 03/01 – Lawson (NSW); 24/01 – Bibra Lake (WA); 31/01 – Cooks River (NSW); 07/02 – Toolern Creek (Vic).

Anniversaries:
03/01 – Rocks Riverside (Qld) 1st; 10/01 – Pioneer (WA) 1st, Shepparton (Vic) 1st; 17/01 – St Peters (NSW) 3rd, Point Cook (Vic) 1st; 14/02 - Lake Mac (NSW) 2nd, Golden Beach (Qld) 1st, Ipswich (Qld) 1st; 21/02 - Kirra (Qld) 3rd; 28/02 - Tuggeranong (ACT) 2nd.

Cancellations
20/12 – Mt Clarence (WA); 10/01 – Mt Clarence (WA).

Feedback from the field


Andrew Dodd - Thought I would put in an appearance at The Beaches launch a couple of weeks back. What a SENSATIONAL course to showcase the Region of Runners. I'm predicting it will become the premier parkrun tourism destination of choice, not only in Australia but also in the Southern Hemisphere (the Prof is currently working on a way of measuring this). With a double out and back – it’s one big high-five-fest and the Chariots of Fire theme only enhanced atmosphere with many runners donning the white shirt and shorts.


Ray Taylor - I first heard of parkrun via Facebook and was in Hervey Bay a few weekends ago and went for a run. It was so well organized and great helpers. I live in Loganlea and have just signed up with the Logan River parkrun. I will not be able to do it every week as I do boot camp at that time but will try for once a month and when I go to other towns. Once again Thanks to you all.


Mel Erbacher - Big congrats to parkrun regulars Mark and Chloé who joined us at Kawana on their wedding day for a prenuptial parkrun! To kick off the celebrations, the bride and groom wore each other's running clothes - Chloé wearing an oversized running tee was only slightly outdone by Mark who looked fetching in tiny black hotpants, a purple-hued tank top and fluro pink knee-high socks. The couple 'tied the knot' for the first time that day, joining their shoelaces for a three-legged attempt at the course. The parkrun tent was decked out in garlands of white roses and bunting, and the junior volunteers were enlisted to blow bubbles for the happy pair at the finish line. Congratulations once again Mark and Chloé, and thank you for starting off your special day with us at parkrun.


Robert Flicker - I had great fun today volunteering at Main Beach parkrun. It's good to see the other end of the operation and to also see the first runners come in! Hopefully I'll be in front one day! Thanks again for letting me help out, Main Beach parkrun has some great runners and awesome 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:  Kees Payens

Club:  Jetts Fitness Mt Warren Park

Age:  54

Home parkrun:  Logan River

Occupation:  Gym Business Owner (franchisee)

Number of runs:  37

PB:  22:30

Number of times volunteered:  9

Favourite volunteer role:  Timekeeper

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  The best part is seeing the sense of camaraderie that all participants enjoy! From the youngest to oldest runner / walker there, all people interact during and after the event. It’s also particularly special to witness those carrying a few extra kilos partake and make the effort to do something about improving their fitness level.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Having Logan River’s 1 year birthday start with 273 people warming up to “Let’s Get Physical” by Olivia Newton-John as led by one of our Jetts gym personal trainers (see photo above)!

How can we improve parkrun:  More coffee…….

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.

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