weekly newsletter 28th April 2015

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s edition of the newsletter we hear from another inspiring parkrun survivor, share in a GCAM journey and reveal the story behind one of our most iconic photos.

For the first time in a long time my alarm didn’t go off on Saturday morning. I’m sure this was the case for many of you also. Strange hey? Of course for some it would have gone off earlier than usual as you would have been attending a Dawn Service. But as the father of 2 under 3 these sorts of things just aren’t logistically on the cards. I’m sure the parents out there know what I mean.

Nonetheless, even with no parkruns in Australia last Saturday, we have one of the most jam packed newsletters ever!

So I’m going to let the newsletter do the talking this week…

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 – 25/04/2015:


Number of locations – 1 (East Coast Park parkrun, Singapore)
Number of runners – 41
Number of PBs – 9
Number of first timers – 10
Number of volunteers – 11
Number of members – 199,605

‘From parkrun to GCAM’ by Karen McNamara


This is the story of how a group of women met through Sandgate parkrun and came to run the Gold Coast Marathon.

It all started back at the end of 2012 when the spectacular Vanessa Gibson and her equally spectacular husband, Dean, decided to set up Sandgate parkrun. Into this wonderful community came the rest of the people in this story - Kim Kelly, Dani Jacobson, Victoria Laird, Rebekah Mannering, Kassi Kartia and myself.

We all arrived at different times, with different running backgrounds and different goals (initially)! Last year, we all ran half marathons in different events around Queensland, and Victoria and Rebekah ran full marathons - Bek in Auckland and Victoria on the Gold Coast. Vanessa had run her first full marathon at the Gold Coast in 2013. It seemed only logical, then, that the next step was for all of us to run a full marathon together and, thus, Training Madness was born!

We set up a group on Facebook messenger and started our challenging journey in January this year. Flexibility in the training was the most important factor. Between us we have 15 children ranging in age from 2-23, full time jobs, own businesses, any number of pets, and husbands who also need to exercise (or are FIFO in Kassi's case) so a strict training schedule was completely out of the question. Kim got hold of a marathon training plan and we have used that as a basis for our training. We started slowly in January, doing parkrun, a Wednesday night run that evolved from parkrun (thanks again to Ness and Dean for that one!) and weekend longer runs when we could. Sunday is the typical long run day but Vanessa, Karen and Kassi often do a long run on Saturday combined with parkrun as Vanessa's husband is also training for GCAM and Karen's husband often does his cycling on a Sunday.

Slowly over several months we gradually increased the distance of our long run, incorporated some early morning hill training, and added a couple of km to the Wednesday evening run. I would describe the build up as "organic" - runs are negotiated, those who can make it come and those who can't figure out an alternative, schedules are tweaked when necessary and bodies are monitored (and runs sometimes bailed on when something doesn't feel right). In general, though, very few runs are done alone. Despite having the same goal, we are all on a different journey. We reached a significant milestone this past Sunday when we hit the 30km mark. The promise of a celebratory breakfast cooked by Victoria's husband may or may not have provided significant motivation there ;-)

The group in messenger has been wonderful for organising runs, sharing photos (often of wine being consumed!) and providing support and encouragement to each other. Beware any of us who don't check our messages for a couple of hours...I think the record is 71 messages to catch up on!!

The training certainly hasn't been without incident...both Ness and Kaz are nursing ankle injuries, Bek has learned the value of eating breakfast before a run, Dani has learned the perils of running in the dark and Victoria has learned not to wake her beautiful ridgeback when she sneaks out of the house for an early morning run ;-)

Different we may be but one thing is an unwavering constant...we love and respect each other and genuinely want each other to succeed in this venture, whatever form that success may take. We all agree that none of us would have been able to keep going through this crazy journey without the others by her side. While we're talking of support, it would be extremely remiss not to give a huge shout out to our wonderful partners. Training for a marathon is a time consuming and intensive process and would be absolutely impossible without the infinite support (and understanding!) of our other halves, who hold the fort at home, listen to all our running stories and sacrifice their own time so that we can have ours. We are all very lucky, boys. Thank you xxx

Whatever happens at the GC on July 5th, none of us will ever forget the first half of 2015 for the things we have learned (about ourselves and each other) and the milestones we have achieved. Running is so much more than just exercise.

parkrun Australia's 'home marathon', the 37th annual Gold Coast Airport Marathon​, is being held 4-5 July, 2015. As per usual there will be a big showing from ‘team parkrun’ across both days and all events, from the 2km Junior Dash right through to the 42.2km Marathon. This year we can confirm that parkrun Australia will have a booth at the ASICS Sport & Leisure Expo where parkrunners can congregate and say hi to some of the local management team. We are also hoping to have our own designated ‘cheer station’ out on the course, hopefully we can confirm this in the next few weeks. Early bird entries for finish at 11:59pm AEST on Thursday 30 April... less than a week to go! So get involved and most importantly make sure you join the 'parkrun' team (PIN is 1234) at the very beginning of the registration process.

‘My Story’ by Clare Halloran


Not long ago, I attended a wonderful celebration for Point Cook parkrun's first anniversary. The day was extra significant for me because, coincidentally, that same week also marked the first anniversary of the day I was diagnosed with cancer.

In January last year, at 28 years of age, I received the heart-breaking news that I had Stage 2 Hodgkin's Lymphoma and would need to begin intensive treatment immediately. Within the same breath, I was also told that the impact of the treatment I would need to save my life could mean that I may never be able to run again. I was told that the intensive regimen of both chemotherapy and radiotherapy, necessary to kill the cancer cells taking over my body, was so toxic that it could also cause irreparable damage to my heart, lungs and other vital organs.

In many ways the shock and fear of realising that I had cancer, was second to the shock and fear of realising that the treatment I would need to save my life, also threatened to take away the things in my life that were most important to me:

- My ability to one day start a family of my own.
- The perfect health and function of my heart and lungs.
- My passion for running, and my dream of completing a second marathon.

Tears streamed down my face as I was wheeled off for surgery that day. As I closed my eyes all I could envisage was my favourite running route around my local lake, just an ordinary run that I had done and taken for granted so many times before. Running meant being healthy, and young and free. Running symbolised a way of life that ended that day.

Needless to say, after completing almost one year of grueling treatment, all I wanted to do was run again. However, by the time I finally got the all clear medically, I had lost all of my strength and confidence and fitness, and I just didn't know where to start.

This is when I discovered parkrun.

Point Cook parkrun has been such an important part of my recovery, both physical and mental. Although I can't run as fast or as far as I could before, I am enjoying the progress and enjoying the feeling of being in control of my health again. Every week, when the photos are released and results are published, my times get a little shorter and my hair a little longer. What I love most, however, is the incredible community that parkrun represents. Cancer can be an incredibly isolating experience, but through parkrun I have connected with an amazing community of people who each week cheer me on and inspire me to get out of bed and do my best. It's incredibly uplifting to run alongside others, some who are much older or much younger than me, parents with prams, and people facing other mental and physical health challenges who turn up week after week and cheer one another over the finish line.

I am so grateful to all the wonderful organisers, volunteers and participants whose effort, energy and enthusiasm makes parkrun what it is, week after week. Parkrun has helped me, quite literally, to put one foot in front of the other, and to keep moving forward post-cancer. Every time the starting horn blows, I think back to the day I was diagnosed and told I may never be able to run again. I also think back to those lonely and seemingly endless days during treatment when I was too sick and too weak to get out of bed. Now, every parkrun I complete feels like an accomplishment and I get goosebumps every time I cross the finish line. Not only because I am still here, but I am still running, still improving, and still smiling. It's an incredible feeling.

Thank you for the opportunity to tell my story.

‘The story behind THAT photo’ by Damon Bray


The photo below was taken at Menai parkrun on April 18 and it quickly went viral throughout the parkrun world. The photo shows Olympian Eloise Wellings high-fiving first timer Wayne Ward and was taken by 10 year old volunteer photographer Matthew Wilson. Eloise is usually at Menai parkrun every 2nd week. She rarely runs but helps out by marshalling and supporting our parkrunners. Matthew has taken photos for us 2 or 3 times now and is a lovely kid. Below are some words from Eloise, Matthew and his Mum Julia.

Matthew – “I like to spend time taking photos at parkrun because it makes me feel special and I get to hang out with my Mum. It's rare that an Olympian would come to parkrun and I feel proud to have taken a photo like this. This shows that the heart of an Olympian can not only be competitive but kind and welcoming.”

Julia – “I heard about parkrun via a running friend and visited my first one last winter looking to improve my 5km time. I was immediately welcomed into the parkrun family. Matthew started to tag along as his favourite teacher urged him to participate (she is a regular at Sandon Point parkrun). He preferred taking photos to running, but loves the attention he gets from the parkrunners. This one in particular captures what parkrun is all about - everybody is equal, fast or not, we're all in it for our love of running.”

Wayne – “OMG!!! Last week was my very first time with parkrun! Tonight, as I am reading my very first Newsletter – I can't believe my eyes. That is me offering Eloise Wellings a high five as she ran past. She was wonderful. Super-friendly and super-fast. I was already excited about joining parkrun, now I am even more excited! THANKS Matthew for taking the great shot. Your timing was awesome! THANKS Eloise for joining us on Saturday. It was a pleasure to run with you, and I wish you every success in August! I look forward to doing hundreds more parkruns and introducing many of my friends as well.

Eloise – “I first heard about parkrun when I was training in London a few years ago. We would be doing 1km reps in London's Bushy Park on a Saturday morning and out of nowhere there would be literally hundreds of young, old, fast runners and just everyday plodders coming straight for you! I asked my coach Nic where all these people were coming from and he told me about a new movement called parkrun. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves so much! I was delighted when Damon (Menai parkrun Event Director) told me the Sutherland Shire Council had approved a parkrun in Menai. I'm passionate about running. It's enabled me to challenge myself, physically, mentally and spiritually more than any other thing in my life. It's created opportunities to build and make lifelong friendships. It's helped me to learn about the strength of the human spirit and just how much you can achieve when you don't give up. parkrun, in essence creates the opportunity for all of these things. It is, I believe, how sport was meant to be. Pure, challenging, engaging and fun!”

I emailed both Julia and Eloise in the same email requesting some words. Julia let me know that Eloise had already sent an email to Matthew thanking him for the photo and, as Eloise's husband is a photographer, she let him know he had wonderful talent and wished him all the best.

‘My Singapore parkrun Sling’ by Becky Chant


With all the Australian parkruns cancelled this week due to ANZAC Day commemorations there was no other alternative than to get my parkrun fix in Singapore. Luckily for me I already had my ticket booked having flown out for a company convention with over 7,000 people from 150+ countries.

Similar to Queensland, Singapore's East Coast Park parkrun starts at 7am to avoid the heat. On arrival, in the dark, I introduced myself to Dominic the Event Director and the other volunteers. There were several tourists from the UK and Australia and a guy from Boston, the rest of the 41 participants were locals.

After the briefing we all walked a couple hundred metres to start line and already it was starting to warm up. The course is a beautiful out and back course along the bike path through the park and next to the ocean. As we headed to the turnaround point we got a great view of the sunrise, it was absolutely stunning.

Bouncing back from my recent Canberra marathon I was feeling good at the start, but the humidity got the better of me in the second half - Brisbane humidity doesn't even compare to this!!!!

Despite a tough finish, as one of my slowest parkrun courses worldwide, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Dominic does a fantastic job of creating a friendly community that welcomes tourists and we all headed for breakfast and a chat afterwards.

It was a real pleasure to meet some wonderful people from around the globe, and another parkrun course ticked off the bucket list. If you happen to be in Singapore I highly recommend parkrunning at East Coast Park.

Find your motivation with TeamUp


TeamUp is a VicHealth initiative which encourages Victorians to connect with others through local physical activities. TeamUp motivates Victorians to be active, and to stay active.

TeamUp is a social network for getting active and is available for free download via the App Store (for Apple) or Google Play (for Android) or to use online.

From organised activities including parkrun, Zumba, netball, Pilates and group fitness, to more recreational pursuits such as bike riding, walking and swimming, there are activities for all fitness levels and interests.

VicHealth's TeamUp is also an effective (and free) promotional tool for community groups and local clubs, as well as physical activity providers such as personal trainers and fitness instructors looking to recruit new members. TeamUp users are engaged and actively looking for local activities in their area.

Finding the motivation to stay active can be hard, but VicHealth's TeamUp makes it fun and social by connecting you with others in your area. Find your motivation. TeamUp.

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. In fact there is over $20,000 worth of value in each book!

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?
Blackbutt parkrun VW 35-39 course record holder Cory Newman who runs 20:49 on one of our toughest courses.

How the hell do you run so fast?
I put one foot in front of the other whilst reminding myself of my old lifestyle... I run from my previously unhealthy self. Oh and there is the "I really want to beat the boys" mentality! I also have the best friends in the world who love to run also. We support and encourage each other to be the best we can be. My family has also been plagued by a rare genetic syndrome, so I celebrate having a healthy body every time I run.

How many km do you run in an average training week?
Depends on what time of year it is. During Comrades training 70-110km per week. Post Comrades 30-40km per week.

What type of training do you typically do?
Weekly: long run, stair / hill session, speed session, and bucket loads of cross training as I'm a PT / group fitness instructor.

How long have you been running and have you always been so damn good?
I've been running for 13 years. I was told I ran like I had a carrot in the wrong place when I was at school and thus avoided running. When I got the courage to run, I was 40kg heavier and bloody slow!!! Learning to run faster has been a loooong, wonderful, rewarding process (being 40kg lighter really helps)!

What is your favourite distance?
I love all distances! I am an endurance bunny though and can just keep on keeping on. So I'm probably best at Ultramarathons.

Do you have a coach and do you train with a squad?
No coach and no squad. My work life doesn't allow me either. I am a qualified coach myself though.

How much faster would you like to go?
As long as I'm pushing my body, remaining injury free and hanging out with like minded folk, I’m a stoked lady! The clock is not why I run.

What big events do you want to run?
 I'm up to my 8th Comrades in South Africa. I'm running 4 more in order to gain my green number (10 Runs) and then to run with the green number. The list of runs I'd like to do is endless. They all involve travelling 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 Rochelle Vaisanen, Event Director at Ipswich parkrun in Queensland, who writes “This is Karen (in the pink), her son Joshua and Nicole rocking great in some of the latest parkrun fashions!”

parkdog of the week


My name is Molly, I am a 1.4Kg Yorkshire Terrier and stand 18cm tall. My human runs at Stones Corner parkrun most weeks but despite my amazing turnover speed, my little legs just can't keep up with her for the whole 5km. Last Saturday I finished my very first parkrun... I helped my human in her volunteer role as tail runner. I am proud to say I completed the course and enjoyed all the new smells and of course pats from the two legged parkrunners... I am looking forward to attending parkrun again soon!

Upcoming Special Events


Launches:
02/05 – Rhodes (NSW)
09/05 – Altona Beach (Vic)
16/05 – Taree (NSW), Coburg (Vic)
23/05 – Castlemaine (Vic)
30/05 – The Ponds (NSW), Devonport (Tas)
06/06 – Ballarat (Vic)
11/07 – Dubbo (NSW)

Anniversaries:
02/05 – Ginninderra (ACT) 3rd, Rockingham (WA) 2nd, Stones Corner (Qld) 1st, Cleveland (Qld) 2nd, Lillydale Lake (Vic) 1st
09/05 – Curl Curl (NSW) 2nd, Yarrabilba (Qld) 1st
16/05 – Roma (Qld) 1st, Varsity Lakes (Qld) 2nd
23/05 – Highlands (Vic) 2nd, Penrith Lakes (NSW) 1st
30/05 – Mt Penang (NSW) 1st
06/06 – Berrinba (Qld) 1st, Canning River (WA) 2nd, Sandon Point (NSW) 2nd
13/06 – Frog Hollow (Vic) 1st, Mitchelton (Qld) 2nd, Shellharbour (NSW) 1st, Newy (NSW) 3rd
20/06 – Carine Glades (WA) 1st, East Coast Park (Singapore) 1st, North Shore (Qld) 1st
27/06 – Gladstone (Qld) 2nd, Logan River (Qld) 2nd, Mornington Peninsula (Vic) 1st

Cancellations:
02/05 – Geographe Bay (WA), Heirisson Island (WA)
23/05 – Warwick (Qld)
30/05 – Mitchelton (Qld)
10/10 – Geographe Bay (WA)

Other:
02/05 – Temporary change of start location at South Bank parkrun
16/05 – Wear fluro for National Volunteer Week
03/10 – International parkrun Day

Feedback from the field


Anna McNaughton - Just a quick note to say that I am glad you made the call to cancel all parkruns today. At first I was a bit annoyed, but obviously I realised it was out of respect so I told myself to get over it. But when I got up this morning, I was really glad I didn't have to make the choice between my 5+ year tradition of going to the local 7:30am service with my fiancée and family or my parkrun. It is in fact because of the service of those men and women before us that in Australia we have the freedom and opportunity to do something like parkrun, and it seemed only natural to pay our respects this morning. So thank you for making me realise that. See you next Saturday.


Andy Turner - At the beginning of the year we all set goals for 2015 for parkrun or other running related stuff. I've always set tough goals for myself and usually fail (especially marathons). My goal was to run sub 19mins for parkrun. I've been training really hard with lots of sprint work and specific parkrun training and the previous week missed my goal by 7 seconds. I had another chance recently at Wynnum parkrun and managed 18:51! Probably the hardest 5km I've ever run but so worth that extra push in the last 800m. I've finally achieved a running goal that was probably a bit of a stretch for me!


Rafer Gluyas - I'm not a natural runner, and by natural I mean I'm 6'2" weigh 250lb (down from 300) and am better suited to the lifting of heaving things than shifting heavy things at speed... But I have stayed with it over the years (10+) and am now capable of running 5min / km. It has taken this long to get there and I'll never look "good" while I run at that pace. :) With this in mind when I read the newsletter on 31st of March I was quite pleased to see "I Found My Smile" and I remarked to my wife how it was great to see a normal person getting featured. It’s great to see the fast people featured in there all the time, but to tell the truth I don't actually read their journey with the same level of enthusiasm as I did that article. Keep up the great work.


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:  Ben Danahay

Club:  None

Age:  43

Home parkrun:  The awesome "Coomera parkrun"!

Occupation:  IT, IMS, QA & WHS Controller at PPW Steel Fabrication & Welding Pty Ltd.

Number of runs:  98 (All at Coomera)

PB:  23:48

Number of times volunteered:  10 Times

Favourite volunteer role:  Photographer

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  Taking photos gives me even more of an opportunity to get closer, cheer, support and encourage each and every one of the fantastic group of runners, walkers, kids and dogs we get each week. There is an awesome group of people and it is a great "Free" community event that I am happy to be a volunteer and a part of.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Taking photos of people smiling, laughing and getting the "Get out of my face, I'm hurting" shots and posting them on Facebook for everyone to laugh at.

How can we improve parkrun:  Perhaps a time clock counter at the end of the run so all those super crazy very fast and not so fast running/walking people can perhaps see how they are going when they get close to the finish line? And keep working on establishing more parkruns throughout the world.

Reminders

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All questions answered

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Volunteering at parkrun

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Children at parkrun

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weekly newsletter 21st April 2015

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s edition of the newsletter we welcome our first state partner, Armidale pays tribute to the Anzacs and we remind you that all parkrun events are cancelled this Saturday.

In the April 7 newsletter I wrote a piece entitled “the ‘real’ cost of parkrun” and discussed the reasons “we have national sponsors, local supporters, an online store, donations and other minor revenue generators” whose financial support enables us to keep providing you your free, timed, weekly 5km parkrun. Well this week I’m delighted to announce an addition to these with our first ever ‘state partner’ in VicHealth – the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation. Through this partnership VicHealth will be funding the launch of 6 new parkrun events across the state with the first scheduled for May 16 in Coburg. In return parkrun will be helping to promote their TeamUp app and in the coming weeks all existing events in the state will be receiving a blue TeamUp flag as shown in the photo below from the launch of Sale parkrun on Saturday. So thank you VicHealth, we’re very excited to welcome you to the parkrun family.

Thanks to everyone who wrote in and provided your 2 cents worth regarding last week’s update on privacy at parkrun. So many of you had ideas for a universal signal that could be used to show that you don’t want to have your photograph taken however many of you also expressed concern about the practical application of this. All points raised were valid so I will now discuss this with other members of the parkrun management team and we will plan a way forward.

Of course this Saturday is Anzac Day and the 100th anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915. Several months ago we made the decision to cancel all of our parkrun events on this special occasion so there will be no need to iron your barcodes this Friday evening. If you are feeling a little bit lost without parkrun this week (I know that I am) you might like to read Tracey Wood’s Top 10 list of things to do this Saturday in ‘The Social Side’ below.

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 – 18/04/2015:


Number of locations – 113
Number of runners – 15,244
Number of PBs – 2,971
Number of first timers – 2,370
Number of volunteers – 1,079
Number of members – 198,959

Find your motivation with TeamUp


TeamUp is a VicHealth initiative which encourages Victorians to connect with others through local physical activities. TeamUp motivates Victorians to be active, and to stay active.

TeamUp is a social network for getting active and is available for free download via the App Store (for Apple) or Google Play (for Android) or to use online.

From organised activities including parkrun, Zumba, netball, Pilates and group fitness, to more recreational pursuits such as bike riding, walking and swimming, there are activities for all fitness levels and interests.

VicHealth's TeamUp is also an effective (and free) promotional tool for community groups and local clubs, as well as physical activity providers such as personal trainers and fitness instructors looking to recruit new members. TeamUp users are engaged and actively looking for local activities in their area.

Finding the motivation to stay active can be hard, but VicHealth's TeamUp makes it fun and social by connecting you with others in your area. Find your motivation. TeamUp.

‘Armidale Anzac Tribute’ by Dale Murray


With last Saturday being the last parkrun event to be held before Anzac Day 2015, Armidale parkrun event #38 commenced with parkrunners, volunteers and spectators all pausing in order to participate in a moving Anzac tribute.  In the spirit of Anzac Day, not only was the landing of Aussie diggers on Gallipoli in 1915 and their participation in other campaigns during the First World War commemorated, all Australian soldiers who have served and died in all wars, conflicts and peacetime operations from 1914 to the present day were remembered and honoured.  Special guest at today's event was Mr Robert (Bob) Holloway OAM, President of the Armidale RSL sub branch.

Prior to the tribute and as the Lee Kernagan song "Spirit of the Anzacs" played, 100 lanyards with the names of the 899 men and women from the city of Armidale and surrounding Districts served in World War 1 were distributed to parkrunners.  Additional lanyards were also distributed with the names of forebears, children and siblings of Armidale parkrunners who served in World War 1 and other wars, conflicts, and peacetime operations since 1914.  In addition to the lanyards, 50 Australian Flags were distributed.

The tribute commenced with myself welcoming everyone and giving an Anzac tribute address.  In the address, I emphasised that Anzac Day was not a day to glorify war; rather, it was a day of remembrance and respect to honour all men and women who have served Australia in wars, conflicts and peacetime operations, some of who made the ultimate sacrifice and were killed in action.  In addition to remembering these men and women, I encouraged all parkrunners to remember their families as well.

Following the address, Armidale parkrunner Stuart Geddes prayed a "prayer for peace" after which Mr Holloway recited the Ode.  The Last Post was then played followed by a minute's silence at the completion of which Rouse was played.  The tribute ended with the playing/singing of "Advance Australia Fair."

parkrunners then moved to the start line where Mr Holloway started event #38 by waving a large Australian Flag.  As a sign of respect, all parkrunners remained together in a group at slow jog pace for the first 100 meters of the event to remember the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing after which they ran at their own pace waving Australian flags and lanyards with the names of Australian soldiers, men and women.  At the conclusion of the event, all parkrunners kept their lanyards in memory of today's event.

In a beautiful sign of support and respect, Armidale parkrunner Madeline Fussell was escorted to the finish line by a group of fellow parkrunners, as shown in the photo above). Sadly, Lieutenant (Lt) Michael Fussell, the son of Madeline and husband Ken, was killed during operations in Afghanistan. Lieutenant Fussell was serving with the Special Operations Task Group when he was killed in action by an Improvised Explosive Device detonation while conducting a dismounted patrol in Uruzgan province, on Thursday 27 November, 2008. Twenty-five-year-old Lieutenant Fussell was from the Sydney-based 4th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (Commando).

Today, Madeline was supported by Payge Williams, a close friend of Michael.  With Michael's spirit with her and the encouragement of Payge, Madeline achieved a PB today which was fantastic.  Husband Ken, in his first attendance at a parkrun event, was volunteer marshal at point #1.  Whilst Madeline and Ken's other children (Daniel, Nikki and Nyah) were unable to attend Armidale parkrun today, they were all provided a lanyard in memory of Michael.

‘Is running good for children?’ by Louise Gasper


We started parkrun back in Christmas 2013. Our children were then aged 11, 10 and 7. Their attitudes to parkrun have been quite different. The oldest and the youngest loved it. In fact the youngest couldn't get enough of it. “When do we parkrun again?” he would ask. The middle child would rather swim 5km than run 5km (her words). The eldest is quite stirred on by times and holds the mantle of the second faster runner in the family (while I'm pleased for her I'm incredibly annoyed that I've been bumped to the no 3 spot).

The youngest does love to run and has an incentive to keep running as his school has started a km club. Over a 12 week period each child is encouraged to clock up the km and receives a medal for their achievement. The goal for someone of his age is to run 30km over that period but you are encouraged to exceed it. This year our youngest is aiming for 70km.

Apart from parkrun we also occasionally go for a short jog to assist with his goal.

The parkrun environment is very supportive of children. He is often ‘high fived’ when running or hears shouts of encouragement like "go little man" that keep him going. Outside of the parkrun environment it can be quite different. We sometimes get funny looks and I have even had a negative comment muttered to me about running with my child.

In the early days of parkrun I did wrestle with the idea of how far should your child run; is 5km too long for developing bones; what about injury; will he burn out if he runs too much?

My niece and nephew in London attend the Sunday 2km Junior parkrun. The emergence of this event makes me wonder whether 5km is too far?

However I have researched and have sought medical opinion but the answer is quite simply "if he enjoys it, keep him running."

By the number of other children we see at parkrun I'd say he's not alone in enjoying his 5km run. I will continue to run alongside him until he bumps me down to no 4 position in the family... then he's on his own!

‘The Social Side’ by Tracey Wood


A collective sigh went around parkrun this morning when our Event Director reminded her faithful following that there is no parkrun next week due to Anzac Day. So, with that in mind, I have compiled my Top 10 list of things to do next Saturday.

1. Attend an Anzac Day service.
2. Sleep in (and dream about parkrun).
3. Go out and get coffee.
4. Go to your local markets (make sure you check if they are still on).
5. Run your parkrun course anyway.
6. Check the parkrun website to see if 5 can be counted as an official run.
7. Find out that the above counts as a ‘freedom run’ only and think about number 3.
8. Find out that you can still do 1, 3 and 4.
9. Decide to do above but do it as 3, 1 and 4.
10. Enjoy your coffee while you think about next week’s parkrun.

Oxfam Trailwalker


Oxfam Trailwalker is Australia's original 100km team endurance event. It's an inspiring and challenging event that changes lives… you could be next.

Tackle 100km of Australian bush within 48 hours as a team of four and make a difference by raising funds to help overcome poverty and injustice around the world.

Registrations are currently open for Oxfam Trailwalker events in Brisbane (19 – 21 June), Sydney (28 – 30 August) and Perth (9 – 11 October).

Not quite ready to tackle the full 100km? This year Brisbane and Perth are offering a sub 100km option so your team of four can choose to walk either 55km or 50km respectively in 24 hours.

Be part of something amazing, challenge yourself, challenge poverty and register to take part in Oxfam Trailwalker today. Click here for more information.

"I never thought I could do it and now I've done four and so can you. Make the decision, form a team, register, train, fundraise, commit, endure and achieve." - Oxfam Trailwalker participant.

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?
Inverloch parkrun VM45-49 age category record holder Glenn Sullivan who runs a speedy 18:18.

How the hell do you run so fast?
Through practice and training.  Just over 2 years ago I was running 5km in around 30 minutes. I have worked at my running over that time to get my times down to where they are now.

How many km do you run in an average training week?
I run between 50 and 80 km per week. I put in a big workload during school holidays (I am a teacher) but still manage to get past the 50 km mark in a light week.

What type of training do you typically do?
I run a lot of distance work at a slower pace. In order to keep my speed I like to run interval runs, something like 8 minutes of easy running then 2 minutes of hard/fast running. I find that parkrun is great for keeping my speed up as I get to run a fast 5 km most weeks.

How long have you been running and have you always been so damn good?
I have run on and off since I was a teenager (I am 48 now). I peaked in my mid 20s but never had anywhere the training base that I currently have. Until last year 12 km was the longest I had ever run. In 2013 I ran 10 km at the Melbourne Marathon and decided to build up slowly to a full marathon.

What is your favourite distance?
10 km is my favourite distance. I set off to try and get back to the 40 minute mark two years ago and made it in August last year. Now my goal is to get my times for 10 km as low as possible. I am mainly running longer distances now but when I do run 10 km now it seems quite short and I find that I can maintain my speed a lot easier.

Do you have a coach and do you train with a squad?
No – I coach myself. My son is a triathlete and I use the programs that he gets from his coaches from time to time – especially the interval work. I like to run with others but the vast majority of my running is alone. That is why I like the social side of parkrun. I am a member of Vic Masters Athletics and I love to get to their events through the winter. Their events are especially tailored to building to the marathon.

How much faster would you like to go?
I want to get my 10 km time down to 35 minutes, but that goal might be a bit too big to get. I was thrilled to break 90 minutes in my second competitive half marathon and I want to get as close as possible to 3 hours in the Melbourne Marathon this year.

What big events do you want to run?
For the past 18 months my goal has been the Melbourne Marathon. I love to run big runs in the city and would love to get to Sydney for the City to Surf this year. I am really looking forward to getting to parkrun in Darwin in July when we visit for a holiday.

parkdog of the week


My name is Scooter aka Scootles McFly! Today I did my first parkrun at Penrith Lakes. I was a bit nervous on the way there because it's in the same direction as my vet and I had no idea where my human (Kate Barnes) was taking me! But when I got there my excitement level was super high. I had so much fun jumping through puddles and getting covered in grass. I ran so fast my human couldn't keep up with me. I hope it's not my last parkrun. Woof!

Upcoming Special Events


Launches:
02/05 – Rhodes (NSW)
09/05 – Altona Beach (Vic)
16/05 – Taree (NSW), Coburg (Vic)
23/05 – Castlemaine (Vic)
30/05 – The Ponds (NSW), Devonport (Tas)

Anniversaries:
02/05 – Ginninderra (ACT) 3rd, Rockingham (WA) 2nd, Stones Corner (Qld) 1st, Cleveland (Qld) 2nd, Lillydale Lake (Vic) 1st
09/05 – Curl Curl (NSW) 2nd, Yarrabilba (Qld) 1st
16/05 – Roma (Qld) 1st, Varsity Lakes (Qld) 2nd
23/05 – Highlands (Vic) 2nd, Penrith Lakes (NSW) 1st
30/05 – Mt Penang (NSW) 1st
06/06 – Berrinba (Qld) 1st, Canning River (WA) 2nd, Sandon Point (NSW) 2nd
13/06 – Frog Hollow (Vic) 1st, Mitchelton (Qld) 2nd, Shellharbour (NSW) 1st, Newy (NSW) 3rd
20/06 – Carine Glades (WA) 1st, East Coast Park (Singapore) 1st, North Shore (Qld) 1st
27/06 – Gladstone (Qld) 2nd, Logan River (Qld) 2nd, Mornington Peninsula (Vic) 1st

Cancellations:
25/04 – All events cancelled due to Anzac Day 100
02/05 – Geographe Bay (WA)
23/05 – Warwick (Qld)
30/05 – Mitchelton (Qld)
10/10 – Geographe Bay (WA)

Other:
02/05 – Temporary change of start location at South Bank parkrun
16/05 – Wear fluro for National Volunteer Week
03/10 – International parkrun Day

Feedback from the field


Liz Mercer - Just a quick email to tell you how much I enjoyed volunteering at Coomera parkrun on Saturday! The people of Coomera parkrun are so polite - over and over again I was thanked for volunteering by the runners, everyone was just so lovely! I look forward to getting back to running, but will be more than happy to volunteer again at Coomera.


Anon - While I haven't been to many parkruns (I'm quietly working on it so I can go back and get a PB!) I really enjoy reading the newsletter each week and I do have a story about the great community. My home run is Torrens in SA and the first time I attended (very slow, very unfit!) I headed out the first two km faster than I had been training for and was soon overwhelmed. Unsurprisingly I took quite a bad fall, skinned and bruised both knees and hands, blood everywhere and in quite a bit of pain and tears. I was right at the end of the pack but was lucky that runners had already commenced coming back and THREE stopped including a doctor. They insisted on walking me back (very slowly!) to the finish line, totally ruining their own runs. I was so amazingly grateful to these lovely people, and while I felt a bit silly they made me feel confident to come back the very next week and actually finish!


Damon Bray - I was asked just a few days ago about why I put time into parkrun Australia and don't get paid for it. Well yesterday at Menai parkrun which I'm currently the Event Director of I had some our runlabbers as volunteer pacers and marshals. They all did a great job and I thank them for it! We're lucky enough to have Eloise Wellings our local Olympian on board with Runlab but El's also a huge supporter of Menai parkrun and is a regular supporter - she rarely runs but stands on the side and encourages our parkrunners . Yesterday El was our 20 minute pacer and this photo which was taken by my 9 year old volunteer photographer. Matt, totally captures the parkrun spirit and answers the question - this is exactly why I do what I do with parkrun.


Bryony Triggs - I just wanted to say a really big Thank You to Rhondda and the New Farm parkrun team for your efforts to recognise my 50th parkrun recently. It goes down as one of the best days of my life - it honestly felt like a birthday and a wonderful one at that!!! Feel so lucky to be a part of the parkrun family!


Natasha Konners - Saturday means only one thing - parkrun day! One of the best parts of parkrun is catching up after to hear about how everyone's run went - smile about the achievements together as much as empathise with the challenges. Love parkrun - what a way to start the weekend - why would you want to be anywhere else?


Kerry Bray - Thanks to Bowral parkrunners. I thoroughly enjoyed my first visit there on Saturday - delightful setting, excellent course, friendly people and awesome volunteers. The weather was perfect, 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:  Hunter Miller.

Club:  None

Age:  4

Home parkrun:  Kalgoorlie-Boulder

Occupation:  Ragamuffin.

Number of runs:  Only 2 since I've been old enough to register.

PB:  44:24

Number of times volunteered:  Just the once but I help Mum and Dad every time they volunteer.

Favourite volunteer role:  Marshal

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  All the high 5s I get.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  I always love watching all the runners and walkers go past. But my all time favourite day was ‘kids in charge’ when so many of the runners sacrificed their PBs so we could all get high 5s!

How can we improve parkrun:  I think it’s great but maybe there could be a shorter version for me!

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 laser engraved silicone wristband 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

Children under the age of eleven must be accompanied at all times by a parent, guardian or other designated 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.

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 April 2015

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s edition of the newsletter we take you to the moon and back, invite you to step it up and Trailwalk, and we follow up on privacy at parkrun.

After publishing last week’s newsletter announcing our 1 millionth run, it got me thinking just how many km we have accumulated in 4 years… and what this looks like in real life terms. As it stands now we have clocked up 1,023,812 runs which of course equals 5,119,060 km.

This is where things get interesting:

- The Australian mainland has a total coastline length of 35,876 km. We have run this over 142 times.
- The Earth’s circumference is 40,075 km. We have run this almost 128 times.
- It is 384,400 km from Earth to the Moon. We have run this almost 13.5 times.

And if that isn’t enough to knock your running socks off, since parkrun started back in October 2004, our global family has chalked up 44,376,147 km… or 115 times from Earth to the Moon!

Stellar stuff!

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 – 11/04/2015:


Number of locations – 111
Number of runners – 15,376
Number of PBs – 3,281
Number of first timers – 2,617
Number of volunteers – 1,021
Number of members – 196,812

Your privacy at parkrun – the follow up


In this newsletter on February 24 I wrote a piece called ‘Your privacy at parkrun’ asking for feedback on the issue of photographs from parkrun events being published on Facebook and other social media channels. Clearly this issue struck a chord with many of you as I received a mountain of responses which I have only just finished reading. Thanks to everyone who had their say.

Firstly, some facts.

In Australia there is no legislated ‘right to privacy’ with regard to photography. Click here to have a look at some great fact-sheets put together by the Arts Law Centre of Australia. In its purest definition, any photographer can stand on the footpath and take photos of people participating at parkrun without any regard to privacy. These images can be published online without permission provided they are not for "commercial gain". Obviously however in the case of parkrun there is more at stake than simply what the law tells us we can and can’t do.

The feedback I received was polarising. Many suggested that photographs are an important part of the ‘parkrun experience’ and that those who don’t like it should run elsewhere. However, at the opposite end of the spectrum, a good number of you expressed similar concerns to those mentioned in the February 24 newsletter... that for a variety of reasons you aren’t comfortable with your image being splashed all over the internet every Saturday.

So what’s the outcome?

There are two key points I will take away from this process:

1. We need to mention photography in our terms and conditions so that it’s in black and white when you sign up.

2. We need to establish a universally recognised symbol or gesture that runners can display during a parkrun so we know they don’t want their photo taken.

Stay tuned for more on point #2 soon and thanks again to everyone who contributed to this conversation.

Oxfam Trailwalker


Oxfam Trailwalker is Australia's original 100km team endurance event. It's an inspiring and challenging event that changes lives… you could be next.

Tackle 100km of Australian bush within 48 hours as a team of four and make a difference by raising funds to help overcome poverty and injustice around the world.

Registrations are currently open for Oxfam Trailwalker events in Brisbane (19 – 21 June), Sydney (28 – 30 August) and Perth (9 – 11 October).

Not quite ready to tackle the full 100km? This year Brisbane and Perth are offering a sub 100km option so your team of four can choose to walk either 55km or 50km respectively in 24 hours.

Be part of something amazing, challenge yourself, challenge poverty and register to take part in Oxfam Trailwalker today. Click here for more information.

"I never thought I could do it and now I've done four and so can you. Make the decision, form a team, register, train, fundraise, commit, endure and achieve." - Oxfam Trailwalker participant.

‘Injury prevention and running; evidence based advice’ by Dr David Hughes, Chief Medical Officer, Australian Institute of Sport


There are a number of systematic reviews of the evidence regarding running injuries, but unfortunately there is little consensus between the reviews. Some research studies show differences in injury rates when examining variables such as orthotics, absolute running load per week and body mass index. None of these factors however demonstrate a consistent absolute increase in susceptibility to injury, across all studies.

Best running injury evidence:

- Previous injury in the last 12 months predisposes to subsequent injury

- Running more than 6-7 sessions per week increases the risk of Achilles tendon injury

- Running less than 30km/week when preparing for a marathon increases the risk of becoming injured during a marathon event

- Sudden increase in running load predisposes to injury.

To avoid injury, runners should ensure they have recovered from a previous injury before training again. This can decrease the risk of a subsequent injury in the next 12 months. Runners should increase load gradually, when preparing for an event.

The AIS is conducting cutting edge research into running injuries, involving the biggest cohort of participants from the Australian running community. Please click here to participate.

‘Cat’s Story...’ by Catherine Fung


Breast cancer caught me by surprise in February 2012 just several months shy of my 37th Birthday.

Before cancer knocked on my door, I had hopes to train and complete another half marathon. I already had 3 halves and one full marathon under my belt and thought there was room for another.

After 2.5 years of treatment which included a full package of surgeries, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, other wonderful prescription cocktails and a smorgasbord of doctors' appointments, my usually fully charged battery cells had taken a dive to the empty end. I had come to accept that I was perpetually tired, became unmotivated and lost confidence in my fitness and running ability. I had tried running in my local neighbourhood but running even 1-2km took a beating out of me. I felt defeated and surrendered. But subconsciously I knew I would be running again someday soon - just like I used to - I just needed to find that spark to kick-start me again.

In early 2015, my running spirit took a positive turn when serendipitously, my husband's good friend mentioned parkrun during a late Friday night dinner. I felt the universe was sending me a strong message to get me back on the running track. So I said yes to parkrun as part of my New Year's challenge and went with my husband the following morning.

On January 24th 2015, armoured with equal measures of trepidation and determination, I ran my first parkrun at St Peters. And from the moment I ran, I felt this is what I had missed for the last 3 years. It was tough but having the encouragement of 300+ people there running together made me feel really connected and inspired to run again.

A famous quote comes to mind: "a journey of a thousand miles starts with one small step". For me I see it as: "a journey of a not too distant half/full marathon starts with a 5km parkrun".

Thank you parkrun for instilling confidence in me and reconnecting me with my passion for running! I hope parkrun continues to grow, to inspire people around the world to chase their goals no matter how big or small…

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? Aveley parkrun course record holder Matt Smith who runs a swift 15:37.

How the hell do you run so fast? Aha, through lots and lots of hard work, as well as being extremely determined to do well.

How many km do you run in an average training week? It can vary anywhere from 50km to 100km. It really depends on what event I am targeting at the time, what time of the season it is and how much cycling I have to do that week too.

What type of training do you typically do? I’m a big fan of the long run. I will try and do at least 5 a week, with the rest of the sessions a mix of tempo runs, fartlek runs and a series of interval training sessions. I always think it’s important to mix things up so things don’t get repetitive.

How long have you been running and have you always been so damn good? Nooo. I started running by accident in 2011 for my school, and turned out to be all right at it. When I finished school in 2013, I decided I really wanted to pursue it and see how far I can go with it.

What is your favourite distance? Right now I’m in love with anything from 8km to 10km. It gives me a chance to find a rhythm and really grind into a fast run.

Do you have a coach and do you train with a squad? I do have a coach. I’m lucky enough to train with a great coach, Stuart Durham, as-well as have my best mate as my training partner. Every session becomes a race between ourselves and with our coach Stuart, we are really starting to get the best out of ourselves.

How much faster would you like to go? A lot. I’d love to be running a sub 15 minute 5km this time next year, and from there keep getting faster 

What big events do you want to run? I am really eying off racing at Zatopek later this year. It’s an event with such a large history and the best of the best race there. To make it to that this year would be a massive honour and such a self achievement. I’ve also been selected in the Australian Duathlon team to compete in the 2015 ITU Duathlon Championships this year in Adelaide, so of course I’m hanging out for that.

#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 Steph Gregg who writes “This is my son, Kale Gregg, with his brother Dylan after his first parkrun at Canning River (WA) last weekend. Kale is 4.5 years old and completed the parkrun in 51 mins. They are enjoying some well-earned cake in their parkrun t-shirts.”

parkdog of the week


My name is Nisha, and I'm a 17month old Red Heeler. I've been coming to parkrun since I was 12 weeks old and this week I will have done 50 parkruns! I usually participate, but I have also handed out tokens at the finish line, been a course Marshall and my favourite volunteer job is Tail Runner. My best parkrun experience is when it just gets too hot and my human (Sarah McCooey) has to carry me so I can have a rest. I don't know why the other parkrunners laugh at me, when I am so clever to get a lift.

Upcoming Special Events


Launches:
18/04 – Sale (Vic)
02/05 – Rhodes (NSW)
09/05 – Altona Beach (Vic)
16/05 – Taree (NSW)
23/05 – Castlemaine (Vic)
30/05 – The Ponds (NSW), Devonport (Tas)

Anniversaries:
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:
18/04 – Kirra (Qld), Heirisson Island (WA)
25/04 – All events cancelled due to Anzac Day 100
02/05 – Geographe Bay (WA)
30/05 – Mitchelton (Qld)

Other:
16/05 – Wear fluro for National Volunteer Week
03/10 – International parkrun Day

Feedback from the field


Jaye Polleycutt - Last Saturday I participated in the Tuggeranong parkrun as a first timer. I have received the newsletter and would just like to commend the organisation on the wonderful experience I had. My friend who had previously been involved recommended I give it a go as I am very passionate about running. He came along with me to run. I was amazed at the enthusiasm and expertise by all attending the event. I felt a part of something wonderful and I would also like to share my thanks to all of the fantastic volunteers who would encourage everyone along. My friend Kieran and I were being over taken by 6 year olds and 60 year olds. We are now very determined to set a high PB. It is a great opportunity to make new friends and maintain a healthy lifestyle. I would like to continue to attend this event every Saturday. I recommend to all. Thank you for having me!


Julie Leary – Ran my 100th parkrun on Saturday. Thanks to all the crew at Rocks Riverside parkrun for making it a special event. Most importantly a huge thanks to all the 1000 plus volunteers that have helped me achieve this milestone. Next goal 250 and to keep spreading the parkrun word.


Anon - After reading last week's newsletter and hearing of the disappointing news regarding a fellow parkrunner being knocked over and nobody assisting, I felt it important to highlight there is still some good out there at parkrun. On Saturday April 4th myself and my son were tourists at the North Lakes parkrun. Our home run is Ipswich. Following our run we jogged slowly back to our car along the course route (as a warm down) and witnessed a mature lady, approx 100m ahead, trip and fall on the path. She was not a parkrunner. Upon reaching her we conducted an immediate first aid assessment, noting only grazing and bumps. Over the next 5 minutes or so we provided her with assistance to get back up on her feet and safely on her way with her partner to talk care of her therein. I am not sending this email for recognition and wish to remain anonymous. Rather I just would like you to note there is some good out there occurring too, regardless if it were a parkrun day or any other day of the week.


Aaron McMillan - Small error in your newsletter last week. 1,008,436 runners equates to 5,042,180 km run not 5,008,436 km. Even more impressive. Keep up the great work.


Gail Fenton – My friend Katherine Daday ran her first parkrun at Tuggeranong on Saturday after a serious car accident in July last year in which she sustained 3 broken limbs. Prior to that she was a half marathoner and she has been longingly watching everyone else doing parkrun from her wheelchair and walking frame and this was her first organised, timed run since her accident. She ran with her friends who have supported her back to good health and was thrilled to be there joining with so many other enthusiastic runners. Thank you parkrun.


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:  Andrew Kariko

Club:  parkrun is my running club!

Age:  42

Home parkrun:  Varsity Lakes

Occupation:  Electrician

Number of runs:  101

PB:  22:23

Number of times volunteered:  25

Favourite volunteer role:  Barcode scanning. You have the opportunity to put names and faces together.

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  You can have a chat with others and not have the run get in the way.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Scanning at Main Beach, looking up and seeing the line disappear away and around behind the trees.

How can we improve parkrun:  Sorry, I don’t know. I need to volunteer more often to be able to give it some more thought.

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 laser engraved silicone wristband 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

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.

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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