weekly newsletter 31st March 2015

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s edition of the newsletter we celebrate two huge milestones, an Aussie legend makes his parkrun debut and Kathy finds her smile, making the rest of us smile in the process.

This weekend our first event, Main Beach parkrun, turns 4. Thus parkrun Australia also turns 4. Happy birthday to us!

I can hardly believe that it has been 4 years since (then) Mayor of the Gold Coast, running legend and (now) Patron of parkrun Australia Ron Clarke yelled “Ready, GO!” and 108 runners made history by being Australia’s first parkrunners. In fact, these were the Southern Hemisphere’s first parkrunners; that sounds impressive!

When I look back at the results from Main Beach parkrun event #1 I take great pride in seeing that many of those parkrun pioneers are still running with us today, with 9 in the illustrious 100-club (Brian Peters, Paul Ewing, Julie Bryant, Adam Gimbert, Chris Docherty, Ethan Nihot, Thomas Hitchen, Karl Nihot & Renee Gimbert) and a further 11 in the 50-club (Karen McLeod, Paula Nihot, Ciarn Nihot, Mike Lalor, Brad Must, Michael Blair, Leah Rosevear, Mark Gilbert, Stephen Showell, Craig Pascoe & Tony Williams). A few points to note:

- Brian Peters now has a massive 193 parkruns to his name, the most of any Australian parkrunner. He is also a regular volunteer proving that you can run often and still do your bit for the community;
- Renee & Adam Gimbert went on to start Coomera parkrun in July 2012. They handed the reigns over last year and now Renee is our Territory Director for the whole Gold Coast; and
- The Nihots must have set some sort of record for most runs by a family unit with 468 between 5 of them. Well down Paula and Karl for being such a positive influence on your children.

So all of this is wonderful and makes me very proud. But it gets better as this weekend one of you is going to complete the 1 millionth parkrun in Australia!!! We are currently sitting in 995,190 runs so the 4,810th person to have their result processed this Saturday will become number 1,000,000… on our 4th birthday.

It couldn’t have worked out better if it was scripted.

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 – 28/03/2015:


Number of locations – 108
Number of runners – 14,564
Number of PBs – 3,656
Number of first timers – 1,932
Number of volunteers – 1,048
Numbers of runs (all time) – 995,190
Number of members – 191,741
Number of members (global) – 1,550,955

The Results Are In…


Earlier this month we joined forces with our national partner Stockland to produce a survey to try and understand just how healthy and happy our parkrunners are across the country. Well, the results are in and they make for good reading. In summary:

- 875 people completed the survey.

- More than 90% of respondents rated the last parkrun event they attended as very good or excellent. parkrunners in WA and Tasmania are more likely to rate the parkrun better than other events.

- Running was considered the favourite sporting activity irrespective of gender or life stage. While Men rated Reading as their favourite recreational and leisure activity, cooking was the highest for women.

- parkrunners have higher personal well-being than Australians overall.

- parkrunners regardless of age, gender or life stage are equally likely to agree that participating in parkrun increases their well-being.

So thanks to all of you who took the time to complete this survey, and special thanks to our friends from Stockland for their ongoing support.

‘Mona @ Shep’ by Allan Connolly


This week we had a very special first time parkrunner at Shepparton parkrun in Steve Moneghetti.

Steve, who is Australian running royalty, was in Shepparton to speak at a Rotary conference and was invited to parkrun by a member of the local Shepparton Runners Club. Steve not only created a new course record in a time of 16.26 but I am sure his presence also helped break our attendance record from 99 to 123. Everybody loved to have Steve there and it was great that he had photos taken with everyone and had time to sit and have a Q & A session.

It was quite amazing in the many different events that Steve has taken part in that this was his very first parkrun. I was talking to him about a parkrun in his home town of Ballarat and he believes that there has been some interest and some people are looking at it. So let’s hope this isn’t the last time we see Steve Moneghetti at a parkrun.

‘I Found my Smile at parkrun’ by Kathy Rae


I recently participated in The Pinkie Run with just a few running friends. It was great to see my friend Crystal and exciting to watch her daughter finish 4th in her race, both are from Campbelltown parkrun. It was also great to so see Mel and meet Linda, both from Parramatta parkrun. I was also proud to see a friend Rachel finish 2nd in the Triathlon and was happy to congratulate her and to be able to share in her excitement. I was pleased to be able to spend time with them all before and after the run.

It was good to complete my run as in previous weeks I had a randomly, annoying sniffly nose.  With big fluctuations in the weather I had also been wheezy on a couple of days.

The run was on the 4th Anniversary of my husband's death and although I spent my time with just a few friends I appreciate that their company, hugs and conversation made a hard day enjoyable, memorable and special.

On Wednesday, three days later, it was the Wedding Anniversary that my husband is no longer alive to celebrate. On a day with sadness in my heart it was a day to try to be happy and to celebrate our son's 16th Birthday. He was born on our 10th Wedding Anniversary.

The following day an incident occurred which at another time I may have reacted differently to. However after being unwell and an emotional week it was the final straw. I felt deflated, angry and upset.

On Saturday I went to Penrith Lakes parkrun. I was volunteering in the carpark so it was good to see the friendly waves and smiles of those parkrunners I did know as well as those I haven't had the pleasure to meet yet.

I started doing my parkrun. There was not going to be much running as I was weighed down by a heavy heart, a mind full of angry thoughts and hurt feelings.

I completed my 1st km in 11.09, times 5 and I would be completing my run in about 56 Minutes.

Close to the 1km Mark I was encouraged by the photographer to smile which I did. I then ran a little and then some more completing my 2nd km in 8.30. It was great to be encouraged by my faster running friends as they lapped me. I was also grateful for the Hi 5s and positive comments from my friends running nearby at similar times to me.

I was amazed to see that I completed my run in 48 Minutes and not the anticipated 56 Minutes. I finished my run and saw that many of my faster friends had left. Again it was conversations and time spent with just a few friends that made my day enjoyable.

I had come to parkrun with a heavy heart but I am pleased that the photographer found and captured my smile. I left parkrun feeling positive, with a happy heart and most importantly with my smile.

Entertainment Books Are Back


The Entertainment Book, and the brand new Entertainment Digital Membership, are your guide to the most popular restaurants, attractions, shopping, travel and more, all with valuable up to 50% off and 2 for 1 offers. Purchasing your entertainment book through parkrun helps us in two ways:

- Approximately 20% from each book sold is donated directly to parkrun Australia.
- If 5 people from the same parkrun event make a purchase the Event Director will be provided with a FREE Entertainment Digital Membership.

Click here for more information or to purchase your Entertainment Book or Entertainment Digital Membership.

The Pointy End


Who are you? Parramatta parkrun VW60-64 age category record holder Rosemary Roediger who runs an incredible 20:07 / 95.11%. To put that in perspective Steve Monaghetti’s 16:26 at Shepparton on Saturday gave him an age graded score of 91.18%

How the hell do you run so fast? Running is in my genes as my 3 adult daughters all parkrun with me, my Dad won the Kalgoorlie Gift in 1943, my grandfather won races in Victoria (I have their trophies too).

How many km do you run in an average training week? Around 50km.

What type of training do you typically do? Weekly I do a track session, easy 10-13 km runs during the week and parkrun on Saturday.

How long have you been running and have you always been so damn good? I am now 60 and started to take running seriously at the young age of 45 when I retired from netball. I surprised myself in being a pretty handy runner!

What is your favourite distance? 5km and 10km.

Do you have a coach and do you train with a squad? I belong to Hills Athletics Club and train with a squad under Steve Whelan.

How much faster would you like to go? I would just like to keep injury free and run close to that 4 minute per km pace.

What big events do you want to run? This year is a big one as I will compete in the State Masters, National Masters and then off to France for World Masters in August.

#showusyourparkrun


As many of you are now proud owners of some of the official parkrun merchandise available from our online store we have started a new photo segment here in the newsletter where you can wear (or hold) the kit in an interesting and exciting location… or perhaps even with a celebrity!

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

This week’s entry is from Fingal Bay parkrunner Mel Butler who wore his limited edition t-shirt on the exact point of the equator in Ecuador on 15 March, 2015.

parkdog of the week


My name is Frankie. I am a 4 year old Labradoodle and arrived Down Under from the UK in October where I was a Cani-cross veteran. I love running with my Dad, Mick, at Rockingham parkrun when his shifts allow. After 6 parkruns my personal best is 25:56 and I seem to be getting quicker as the weather cools. People say I’m very friendly so if you see me around please come and say 'Hi' and give me a good pat.

FAQ - Why don't you use SSL?


Actually, we do for the important stuff (i.e. your data). It's just that not enough of the website does for the padlock to appear at the top in most browsers.

For the technically minded, the forms that handle registration are served via iframes to a site that does use SSL. If you inspect (right click, inspect element) the registration web page, you'll see we use an iframe to https://service.parkrun... etc.

We hope to make this far more consistent and fully SSL'd in the coming months as we roll-out a different registration and profile system.

Our profile pages for existing users are fully SSL'd, and you should see a padlock in your browser on all of these pages.

Upcoming Special Events


Launches:
04/04 – Traralgon (Vic)
11/04 – Warragul (Vic)
18/04 – Sale (Vic)
02/05 – Rhodes (NSW)
09/05 – Altona Beach (Vic)
16/05 – Taree (NSW)
30/05 – Devonport (Tas)

Anniversaries:
04/04 – Main Beach (Qld) 4th
11/04 – Fingal Bay (NSW) 2nd
18/04 – Augustine Heights (Qld) 2nd
02/05 – Ginninderra (ACT) 3rd, Rockingham (WA) 2nd, Stones Corner (Qld) 1st, Cleveland (Qld) 2nd, Lillydale Lake (Vic) 1st

Cancellations
04/04 – Toowoomba (Qld), Pittsworth (Qld), Heirisson Island (WA)
11/04 – Heirisson Island (WA)
11/04 – Heirisson Island (WA)
25/04 – All events cancelled due to Anzac Day 100
02/05 – Geographe Bay (WA)
30/05 – Mitchelton (Qld)

Heirisson Island parkrun cancelled until after Anzac Day


For some weeks now there has been an ongoing protest by Aboriginal activists on Perth’s Heirisson Island. According to ABC News, “They have set up a have set up what they describe as a refugee camp for displaced Indigenous people as the Western Australian State Government prepares to close some remote Indigenous communities.”

We have been advised by City of Perth that there is no resolution to this issue imminent and that it would be wise to cancel Heirisson Island parkrun until it is resolved. So that’s just what we’ll do.

So as you can see above, Heirisson Island parkrun is now cancelled until after Anzac Day when we will then reassess the situation. Thanks in advance for your understanding.

Feedback from the field


Jennifer Hawkins - Completed my very first parkrun with you guys in Hobart this morning. Loved it and will definitely be back for more. Just waiting for my official time to come through!


Terry Baker - Completed my 100th parkrun today and the great people at Campbelltown parkrun supplied a cake and candles. 100 parkruns covering 16 different courses, 3 states and 1 territory. Highlights would have to be the only two runs where I was able to go under 30 minutes. Too many friends helped along the way but a BIG thanks to Neil Barnett who was on hand to get me those two sub 30s. Also thanks to Robert Prentice for getting Campbelltown parkrun up and well running. A few interesting things on the horizon including a possible parkrun tour in San Francisco later this year.


Matthew Briggs - I've been to three parkrun events and I'm absolutely loving it. I've been attending the Inverloch parkrun in Victoria and the support from everyone has been amazing. I got in touch with parkrun via their posters that were at the starting locations during a day trip to Inverloch. Previously I had never really run with large groups of people but I thoroughly enjoyed the Gippsland Centenary Rotary House run the week before in Traralgon and found it to be good timing that I then found out about parkrun the week after. With all the support from people during my runs I've now managed to break my PB 3 weeks in a row, starting from going 28:00 down to 26:30, then 25:30 and now 24:31. I never would have broken the magical 25 minute barrier if it wasn't for all the friendly people like Tony O’Connell, Sharna, Sarge, Tanya, Kat and many other people that have helped me get to where I am now. After my runs now I've started to run back and help other fellow runners to get to the end and will be doing this again at Inverloch parkrun this weekend. It's great to see someone get motivated and then break their personal bests, not to mention the great conversations you can have with people before during and after the run. I highly recommend Inverloch parkrun to anyone that loves to walk or run and be part of a great community. Will be looking forward to my next run and helping more people cross the finish line.


Jo Black – We had a significant milestone at Augustine Heights parkrun last Saturday; Toni Callioni became our first runner to join the 100-club and 7 year old Alexis Newey became our first junior to join the 50-club. At Toni's first event she ran a 37:30. Her PB is now 30:30. At Alexis’ first event she ran 44:50. Her PB is now 33:08. Well done Toni and Alexis on this great achievement.


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:  Julie O'Brien

Club:  None

Age:  48

Home parkrun:  Varsity Lakes

Occupation:  Psychologist

Number of runs:  73

PB:  26:35

Number of times volunteered:  15

Favourite volunteer role:  Barcode scanning because I get to learn people's name and see the fast people finish - I always miss that when I'm on the course.

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  Varsity is a great course to watch the runners.  Volunteers get to watch the runners emerge from the trees and head along the other bank of the lake.  It’s good to see who emerges first and to try to estimate their pace and finish time.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Seeing our runners reach milestones.  We've just had runners run their 100th (Andrew) and 150th (Hans) runs at Varsity. They both give a lot to the group, so it’s great to celebrate their achievements.  Seeing the kids be recognised for their 10 is great too.

How can we improve parkrun:  I really don't know, but the volunteer t-shirt is a nice thought.  We have some great volunteers who never run, so it will be nice to recognise them.

Reminders

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Barcode reminder

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All questions answered

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

Volunteering at parkrun

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

Children at parkrun

Children under the age of eleven must be accompanied at all times by a parent, guardian or appropriate adult of the parent's choice. It must also be ensured that children place themselves appropriately at the start so as to prevent a situation where they are being repeatedly overtaken. This is to ensure the safety of your child.

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weekly newsletter 24th March 2015

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s edition of the newsletter we farewell Braydon Smith, share an amazing running transformation and, at long last, our new athlete wristbands are now available.

I regularly remind our Event Directors that parkrun is just a “free, timed, weekly 5km run or walk”… nothing more or nothing less, yet as I’m sure you’ve noticed… they rarely listen to me!!! Almost every week an event somewhere in the country is doing something incredible over and above the normal 5km run. Last weekend was no exception and I’ll give two good examples here.

On the west coast, Rockingham parkrun Event Director Claudia Wells and her team had a colour theme for their 100th event as shown below. Can you guess which colour it was?

According to Claudia, “the color psychology of yellow is uplifting and illuminating, offering hope, happiness, cheerfulness and fun. Doesn't that just encapsulate parkrun?”

On the east coast Cleveland parkrun Run Director Jules was running her 50th parkrun (it has only taken her 2 years to get there) and said she wanted tutus… lots of tutus. Well she certainly succeeded! According to Event Director Liv Coop, “I don't think I have ever seen so many adults in tutus in one place! Out of 159 participants, there were about 30-40 runners all wearing them, and yes we did have men... there were about 9 men who wore them. It was so much fun and the run had such a fun vibe. I had arranged for anyone around the finish to stand along the finish funnel and cheer Jules as she finished. She was a little overwhelmed and said she had the best morning. There have been suggestions made that parkrun Australia have an annual National Tutu parkrunday, but I don't think I could wait a whole year!”

So please remember that parkrun is just a “free, timed, weekly 5km run or walk”… but it’s wonderful that for so many of you it is in fact really so much more.

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 – 21/03/2015:


Number of locations – 108
Number of runners – 14,420
Number of PBs – 3,099
Number of first timers – 2,014
Number of volunteers – 1,033
Numbers of runs (all time) – 980,851
Number of members – 190,797
Number of members (global) – 1,537,542

Anzac Day 100


As announced last week, after much consideration we've decided that this year we're not going to parkrun on Anzac Day, April 25. We appreciate that some of you may be disappointed with this decision however it has been made with the best intention to: 1. Avoid any potential logistical clashes with Dawn Services; and 2. Pay our respects to what is sure to be a much larger than usual national commemorative occasion. Normal service will of course resume the following Saturday, May 2.

RIP Braydon Smith


Many of you will have heard of the recent passing of a young boxer from Toowoomba, Braydon Smith. What many of you won't know is that Braydon was also a keen parkrunner, having completed 13 Toowoomba parkruns with a speedy PB of 19:21, and was the nephew of Toowoomba parkrun Event Director, Tressa Lindenberg, who writes –

"To know Brayd Smith has been one of the greatest privileges of my life, let alone having the honour of being his Aunt. Brayd was a professional boxer. Before his fateful night Brayd had 12 fights for 12 wins, including a World Youth Championship and the honour of being invited to Thailand to fight on the Kings Cup tournament in front of a crowd of over 200,000 people... the only boxer ever to have this opportunity. A champion in the ring but more importantly a champion out of the ring, Brayd was just short of finishing his law degree. He would study until the early hours but always made it to track sessions without complaining. He was a 'no excuse' man, he knew what was required to be the best and he never wavered in his pursuit.

As an athlete Brayd was second to none. As a son and brother he was perfect. His family meant the world to him, and he meant the world to them. Brayd was a good runner. He loved parkrun and whenever his commitments allowed he was there. He was always in the top group giving his all as usual, then encouraging his mates to finish strong. Brayd has inspired his friends and family to be the best they could be, he lived his dream, and everyone around him lived it with him.

Brayd Smith was the exception, the cream of the crop, taken to soon but he will never be forgotten

This week Brayd's Mum, Dad and brothers will be doing Toowoomba parkrun, because Brayd loved it..."

On behalf of the entire parkrun family we would like to express our deepest condolences to Braydon's family, especially Tressa.

New Athlete Wristbands


After months of testing our new laser engraved silicone wristbands are now available! These wristbands are personalised with your name, athlete ID barcode number, ICE (In Case of Emergency) telephone number and any specific medical details you require.

They are waterproof, durable and come in 3 sizes so that they fit your wrist perfectly. What more could you want? Colours? They come in black… or black!

Click here for more information or to purchase your personalized parkrun athlete wristband.

Entertainment Books Are Back


The Entertainment Book, and the brand new Entertainment Digital Membership, are your guide to the most popular restaurants, attractions, shopping, travel and more, all with valuable up to 50% off and 2 for 1 offers. Purchasing your entertainment book through parkrun helps us in two ways:

- Approximately 20% from each book sold is donated directly to parkrun Australia.

- If 5 people from the same parkrun event make a purchase the Event Director will be provided with a FREE Entertainment Digital Membership.

Click here for more information or to purchase your Entertainment Book or Entertainment Digital Membership.

‘I Run!’ by Chrys Stevenson


As I stood at the starting line of the Golden Beach parkrun with 150 other runners, I thought to myself, “How the hell did I get myself into this?”

Less than two years ago I was a proud couch potato. I weighed 129 kg and wore size 24 jeans.

I was a keen equestrian in my teen years, but I never ran – not even as a child. Sports days at high school were spent in “Detention Room C” as I refused to participate in physical activities. I called myself a ‘conscientious objector’!

In August 2013, after more than two decades as an obese adult, I decided it was time to shed the fat suit. Now in my mid-50s, I had reconnected with a man I dated in my 20s. He made no demands upon me to lose weight, but I decided my body no longer reflected how I felt about myself. It was time to change.

As a skeptic, I rejected fad diets, elimination diets, expensive weight loss programs and home-delivered frozen foods. Instead I determined that weight loss was a simple matter of mathematics: burn more calories than you eat.

I modified (rather than revolutionised) my diet, reduced portion sizes, filled my oversized wine glass with soda water or Diet Coke instead of Sauvignon Blanc and joined the local gym. I committed to doing some kind of exercise every day; walking, swimming, light weights - even gardening.

The kilos quickly melted off and my fitness level improved. I maintained a steady weight-loss of 1kg per week; I was regularly walking 5km and could swim 25 laps of the Olympic pool. I was no athlete but I was fitter than I’d ever been in my life. Once I reached my goal weight, my gym trainer encouraged me to run. Run? I couldn’t run! Was he mad?

At first I ran with all the grace of a tranquilised giraffe. But, soon, I fell into a rhythm. It wasn’t long before I graduated from running half the length of the gym’s carpark to a gentle 850m jog into the local village – and then, back!

By now I had shed a massive 65 kg – half my original body weight! I’d gone from Size 24 to Size 10-12.

My weight-loss goal achieved, my trainer urged me to set a new challenge. I decided I’d try to run 5 km without stopping by Easter 2015. I wrote it in texta and pinned it to the notice board in the gym.

I hadn’t yet run 5 km. The best I’d achieved was 3.9. Could I go the distance? I didn’t know.

A chance meeting on Facebook with a parkrunner from South Africa alerted me to the Golden Beach parkrun. It seemed like a good chance to achieve my goal. Perhaps running with others would give me the extra adrenaline boost I needed to run that extra kilometre.

“Go!” yelled the event director and I took off in the middle of the pack. Soon, the fastest runners began passing me. Then people who were clearly older and (ahem) larger than me trotted past, followed by people with dogs, ladies with prams and (oh, the humiliation) seven year old children! At one point I looked behind me and there was no-one there. I was dead last of the runners.

It did occur to me to pull out there and then and save myself the embarrassment of finishing last, but I decided there was more disgrace in not completing the course. So, I kept on at my slow, but steady pace; a tortoise amongst a leap of hares.

I reached the half way point and looped back on the home run. Now (as someone at my gym had promised me) I began passing some of the runners who’d started too fast and were running out of puff. That spurred me on - not only could I run, I could pass people!

I finished the course having maintained the same steady 8 km/hour pace throughout. I was slow, but I didn’t stop or walk once.

“38 minutes and 44 seconds!” yelled the time-keeper as I crossed the finish line and the crowd applauded and shouted, “Well done!”

I was reminded of the t-shirt that reads, “I run. I’m slower than a herd of turtles stampeding through peanut butter, but I run!”

I run! Who knew I could do that?

Now I’m thinking, “Maybe I could run a bit faster …”

The Pointy End


Who are you? Victor Harbor parkrun VM55-59 age category record holder Trevor Nickels who runs a speedy 17:45 / 87.32%.

How the hell do you run so fast?  As I am competitive by nature this helps, along with consistent training and entering a lot of races throughout the year.

How many km do you run in an average training week? At the moment I run about 60km a week. Building up to 80km in the lead up to my next marathon.

What type of training do you typically do? I typically run five to six days a week, with a combination of intervals and tempo runs, parkrun on Saturdays, and always a long run on Sunday mornings twenty to thirty-five Km, and two recovery runs. I also do a couple of light weight sessions and core strength training sessions throughout the week.

How long have you been running and have you always been so dame good? Ha Ha, No I haven't always been so good. I started running about five years ago at the age of fifty one. To begin with I struggled to run a km without stopping.

What is your favorite distance? Probably the half marathon. Still a fast run but with time to relax a bit more than the five or ten km races.
Do you have a coach or do you train with a squad? No I don't have a coach and I do all my training solo.

How much faster would you like to go? At my age I'm starting to think I have reached my peak, although a new PB is always something to strive for.

What big events do you want to run? A big international marathon could be on my bucket list.

#showusyourparkrun


As many of you are now proud owners of some of the official parkrun merchandise available from our online store we have started a new photo segment here in the newsletter where you can wear (or hold) the kit in an interesting and exciting location… or perhaps even with a celebrity!

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

This week’s entry is from Warwick parkrunners Karen Gailey and Jason Elliott. Both have run over 50 parkruns. After Judi Gray took the Warwick parkrun flag to the pyramids in Egypt last month, they asked if they could take it to Mt Kilimanjaro. For a few months now they have been doing parkrun in their hiking boots in preparation! We think the Warwick parkrun flag may need its own passport!

parkdog of the week


Hi, I'm Felix! Mum said they needed a tail runner at Sandgate parkrun this week, so I thought I had the best tail for the job. Mum Tracey doesn't like to take me to Sandgate much, because she said that I get too easily distracted (...... oh look a seagull!!!!!).

The Sandgate parkrun course is nice and flat, perfect for running (which I love to do), but it does get very hot so I have to remind Mum that I need lots of water, sometimes a rest and ....... oh look a horse!

I love going out to Sandgate parkrun because the people are really nice and friendly and I get lots of pats and ....oh look, there's my friend Jill!

FAQ - What do the volunteers do?


EVERYTHING!

The volunteers make parkrun happen; they run the local events. They do all of the high-profile tasks at the event (like marshalling, timing, result recording, etc), and all the behind-the-scenes roles like PR and results processing.

Whatever you want to do, there's almost certainly a role for you.

Upcoming Special Events


Launches:
04/04 – Traralgon (Vic)
11/04 – Warragul (Vic)
18/04 – Sale (Vic)
09/05 – Altona Beach (Vic)
16/05 – Taree (NSW)

Anniversaries:
28/03 – Riverway (Qld) 2nd, Manjimup (WA) 1st
04/04 – Main Beach (Qld) 4th
11/04 – Fingal Bay (NSW) 2nd
18/04 – Augustine Heights (Qld) 2nd
02/05 – Ginninderra (ACT) 3rd, Rockingham (WA) 2nd, Stones Corner (Qld) 1st, Cleveland (Qld) 2nd, Lillydale Lake (Vic) 1st

Cancellations
28/03 – Launceston (Tas), Penrith Lakes (NSW)
04/04 – Toowoomba (Qld)
11/04 – Pittsworth (Qld)
25/04 – All events cancelled due to Anzac Day 100
02/05 – Geographe Bay (WA)
30/05 – Mitchelton (Qld)

Feedback from the field


Alyssa Whittington (aged 4) - It is 'P' week at school and instead of taking a toy for news I wanted to talk about parkrun! I picked my favorite photos for Mum to print out then I made a poster. My favorite photo is from when I was a volunteer with my Dad. He was Tailrunner and it was my job to pick up the cones!


Jarad Martin - Just like it can take a village to raise a child, it took a whole parkrunning metropolis to help me reach my running goal. After boldly declaring in January 2014 that I'd crack twenty minutes at Newy parkrun, my PB rapidly got down to the mid 20 minute mark and doggedly resisted multiple efforts to push it lower. Enter a whole cast of characters who each in their own way were essential guides on the upcoming odyssey. My main run guru was the Newcastle running legend Al McCloskey who is never stationary for long, nor short of a word or three of advice. Friends and family addressed my fragile psyche, with my long suffering wife Adele managing to feign interest in my endless series of hair-brained schemes to shave another fraction of a second off my time. The final piece of the puzzle was expert pacing on the day by Simone Dagg - just the right balance of kindness and cruelty! My thanks to these and all the others who helped me achieve/manage/treat this obsession - it's kinda part of what parkrun is all about.


Nicole Barber - I work as a dietitian in the Hunter NSW and have developed FLASH, which is a body of women who support each other. One of our FLASHERs Lyn Pritchard usually runs Newy parkrun each week, but on Saturday while away at Coffs Harbour drove 2hrs each way to Yamba parkrun (this means getting up at 430am, as Yamba starts at 7am) to make sure parkrun was not missed. I was just so proud when I saw her picture on Facebook I had to share it with you. parkrun definitely becomes a part of you!!!


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:  Rodney Dean

Club:  five30runners or Wooters, depending on the occasion. Whoever is having fun.

Age:  44

Home parkrun:  Blackbutt (The Butt)

Occupation:  IT Geek

Number of runs:  63 many of those with my running mate George the dog.

PB:  19:56

Number of times volunteered:  20

Favourite volunteer role:  Photographer

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  I love to take the role of photographer and try to tell the story of each parkrun with the photos I take. At the Butt there are fantastic photo opportunities to capture the smiles, high fives, hardship, hard work, elation and friendships against a beautiful bush backdrop. Of course there's the unbeatable feeling of meeting a bunch of people all filled with the joy of doing something good for themselves and their community.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Being fooled by the crazy Butt crew the night before my first shot at RD that we'd lost the parkrun kit. I have to admire the way they all jumped on board to weave a wacky conspiracy. Thanks Butt team, I owe you one.

How can we improve parkrun:  Let everyone know what a rewarding thing volunteering can be, get your friends involved in parkrun, it's a great community event that welcomes involvement from the young, the old and everywhere in between.

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 17th March 2015

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s edition of the newsletter we celebrate the launch of the parkrun photo book, reinforce once again that parkrun really is a family affair and celebrate a truly inspiring showusyourparkrunner.

I rarely use my piece here in the newsletter to shamelessly self-promote, but this week I’m doing it! And the reason is that we have just released the much anticipated and extremely wondrous ‘parkrun photo book’ as being proudly displayed above by Tuggeranong parkrun Event Director (and self-confessed parkrun fanatic) Gary Clarke

This book celebrates the first 10 years of parkrun with 120 A4 pages of amazing photographs wholly submitted by parkrunners from around the world, including of course Australia. Better still the book was produced by a volunteer team of parkrunners who were either photography, design or journalism professionals, so the quality is super.

The book features interviews, inspirational stories and anecdotes as well as page after page of stunning photography. Proceeds from the sale of the book, as with all items in our online shop, go directly towards the operation and expansion of parkrun. Initiatives like this are vital in helping us to deliver on our promise: a parkrun in every community that wants one.

So what are you waiting for? Click here to purchase the greatest photo book since Cosmo Kramer’s ‘coffee table book about coffee tables’… bit of a Seinfeld joke for those of you in the know!

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 – 14/03/2015:


Number of locations – 108
Number of runners – 14,909
Number of PBs – 3,811
Number of first timers – 2,012
Number of volunteers – 1,000
Numbers of runs (all time) – 966,561
Number of members – 188,864
Number of members (global) – 1,522,954

Anzac Day 100


After much consideration we've decided that this year we're not going to parkrun on Anzac Day, April 25. We appreciate that some of you may be disappointed with this decision however it has been made with the best intention to: 1. Avoid any potential logistical clashes with Dawn Services; and 2. Pay our respects to what is sure to be a much larger than usual national commemorative occasion. Normal service will of course resume the following Saturday, May 2.

‘A Family Affair’ by Annette Dickson


As a family we are scattered down the south coast... so what better place for a family reunion than parkrun!

Last weekend was our 3rd whole family parkrun get together. The photo above shows us at Shellharbour parkrun, the home event for 4 of the family, when 9 family members ran and 2 volunteered (one being our youngest, aged 4, with his Dad Paul). So we had 3 generations involved, our patriarch Trevor being 77yrs old! Dad loves his parkrun crowd and hates missing a Saturday now!

We come from 3 different parkruns: Shellharbour, Sandon Point and Merimbula. We are a new fitter family, having more fun than we have had for years, when we gather for a family parkrun, coffee and breakfast! Just 2 years ago only 2 members were fit enough to even make the full 5km without stopping… now 9 of us have done so last year! Some had never run in their 75yrs on the planet, others hadn't run for 34yrs! We want to thank those who brought parkrun to Australia and the inspiring volunteers who kicked off each of our "meets"!

So, BIG thanks to parkrun for getting us "on the road again" + fit again + enjoying a great new skill and fun achievement ALL TOGETHER as 3 generations!

May we encourage you to gather your extended family… to parkrun!

Do you run with your family at parkrun? We’d love to hear about it…

The Pointy End


Who are you? Speedy Sandgate parkrunner Leif Mawson with a PB of 16:49 in VM35-39 age category.

How do you run so fast? It is a case of consistent training with a bit of luck with injuries. I also imagine my wife and kids chasing me when the legs get tired!

How many km do you run per week? At the moment about 70-75km.

What type of training is typical? Lots of hills, weekly long runs, 5-10km as quickly as possible.

How long have you been running and have you always been ok? Constantly for 3 years, obsessively for 12 months!

Favourite distance? All distance are enjoyable in their own way but parkrun 5km are of course lots of fun. Nothing is more satisfying than completing a marathon however!

Do you have a coach or squad? No coach but have a great group of guys around the Sandgate area to go for a jog with, also lots of solo runs…

How much faster would you like to go? How long is a piece of string? The next challenge is to run a New York Marathon for my age, currently sub 2:55:00. A sub 16:30 5km is also on the wish list.

What big events do you want to run? Looking forward to running a second Boston Marathon this year, maybe New York one day. It would also be nice to run the Sydney Marathon around one of the best harbours in the world.

#showusyourparkrun


As many of you are now proud owners of some of the official parkrun merchandise available from our online store we have started a new photo segment here in the newsletter where you can wear (or hold) the kit in an interesting and exciting location… or perhaps even with a celebrity!

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

This week’s entry is from Amanda Brooks and it’s a bit special. This is the ultra-inspiring Turia Pitt holding one of our limited edition t-shirts. In case you haven’t heard of Turia here are some excerpts from her Wikipedia entry:

“Turia Pitt is an Australian mining engineer, burns survivor, motivationalist and author. Pitt was competing in an ultra-marathon through WA's Kimberley region in 2011 when she was caught in a bushfire. She suffered burns to 80 per cent of her body and had four fingers from her left hand and her right thumb amputated.

Pitt was named the NSW Premier's Woman of the Year and she was a finalist for Young Australian of the Year. She is an Ambassador for Interplast, and she graced the cover of The Australian Women's Weekly, which attracted worldwide media attention. She is also a humanitarian, and raised close to $200,000 for Interplast by taking on a section of the Great Wall of China.”

What an amazing woman.

parkdog of the week


This is Rosie, an eight year old Border Collie X Smithfield, rescued through the RSPCA by Brett and Melissa. Rosie is obsessively active and likes to be at the front of the group except her people can't keep up with her (yet). Rosie's a ‘veteran’ of two parkruns and her PB is 30.03. She'd love to say hi / woof to everyone at Gatton parkrun, and is very keen to play frisbee after the run if any parkrunners have the energy to throw it for her!

FAQ - Can I run with my dog?


Most of our events do allow runners with dogs, though in some locations this may not be possible, please ask at your local event. You can find their email address at the bottom of the event's website.

Please note that we only allow 1 dog per runner.

In any case, we ask that at all times your dogs are under firm control, kept on a short lead or harness, and that you take extreme care to avoid tripping other runners. And remember, you cannot register your dog, or any other animal, with parkrun - this is for humans only.

Upcoming Special Events


Launches:
21/03 – Yamba (NSW); 04/04 – Traralgon (Vic); 11/04 – Warragul (Vic); 18/04 – Sale (Vic); 09/05 – Altona Beach (Vic); 16/05 – Taree (NSW).

Anniversaries:
21/03 – Campbelltown (NSW) 1st, Mount Barker (SA) 1st; 28/03 – Riverway (Qld) 2nd, Manjimup (WA) 1st; 04/04 – Main Beach (Qld) 4th; 11/04 - Fingal Bay (NSW) 2nd; 18/04 - Augustine Heights (Qld) 2nd; 02/05 – Ginninderra (ACT) 3rd, Rockingham (WA) 2nd, Stones Corner (Qld) 1st, Cleveland (Qld) 2nd, Lillydale Lake (1st).

Cancellations:
21/03 – Menai (NSW), Kingscliff (NSW); 28/03 – Launceston (Tas), Penrith Lakes (NSW); 04/04 – Toowoomba (Qld); 11/04 – Pittsworth (Qld); 25/04 – All events cancelled due to Anzac Day 100; 02/05 – Geographe Bay (WA); 30/05 Mitchelton (Qld).

Feedback from the field


John Mayne - My housemate Karl, a sports nut, spent 9 months away from almost all forms of fitness due to an ACL injury sustained in touch football.  Obviously this was quite a difficult period for him to endure. To encourage Karl as he geared towards full recovery, a group of us joined with him to celebrate his first ever parkrun @ Rocks Riverside Park.  It featured three other debutants, and for a uni student who doesn't get out of bed until midday on Saturdays (Karl), we were proud of his achievement on multiple fronts ;-)


Nicola Kildea - I did my first parkrun last Saturday at Torren in Adelaide. A big thank you to my gorgeous friends for getting me out there. I loved it and was so thrilled to have achieved my best time for this year as I am in the middle of chemotherapy for breast cancer. It is a fantastic event, so fun and supportive, I will be back in between treatments and thereafter. Thank you all.


Alan Burrell – This photo was taken at Wynnum parkrun on Saturday. It is of 9 year old Noah Carter, a really fast and talented young runner helping out sorting tokens with one of the volunteers, Manakore, a previous parkrunner of the month and a really nice guy :) Of course we got permission from Noah's father for you to use the photo!


Cindy Campbell - When I started Canning River parkrun in September 2013, I thought it would be a short term hobby to help me reach my weight loss and fitness goals. I never dreamed that one day I would be celebrating my 50th parkrun, which I did on the 28th Feb. I was so excited about this milestone that I asked myself why. I realized it was because those runs where a part of a journey. At first it was just about learning to run 5km. Then it was about beating my time each week. Then my long string of PBs got noticed and volunteering to marshal found me getting parkrunner of the month. I was so proud of myself, which boosted my confidence and motivation. I got to know more people as time went by and have made some great friends. It is with these friends that I trained for my first half marathon, which I completed on the 8th Feb in Busselton. I still can't believe that I did it, but I'm really glad I did. My hubby once asked me if I was leading a secret double life. I told him I was, but it wasn't a secret. There is ‘mother and wife me’, then there's ‘running me’, which is completely just me and what I want to do. It keeps me fit, healthy and sane and best of all it's free, so there's no excuses.


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

Volunteer Profile


Name:  Paul King

Club:  Not fast enough and too often injured but it would be Multisport Gold.

Age:  43

Home parkrun:  Coomera, Qld

Occupation:  Operations Scheduler, BP Fuel

Number of runs:  40 ish

PB:  21:02

Number of times volunteered:  About 9

Favourite volunteer role:  Photographer

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  Watching others sweat.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Wasn’t funny but doing the timekeeping, hitting the wrong button and stopping the clock. Panic. Boss Renee saved the day.

How can we improve parkrun:  The only way is to make the participants more aware of the importance of volunteering. Really push it. Most people at Coomera do their share.

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



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