weekly newsletter 26th May 2015

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s edition of the newsletter we provide another update on our milestone t-shirts, a parkrun centurion discovers the hidden value of volunteering and we preview the Australian Running Convention.

On Saturday I had a RDOp… that’s a Rostered Day Off parkrun! These are rare and only happen in extreme circumstances. In this case it was because my wife and I were attending a wedding in Melbourne on Friday evening and having our first night away from our kids together since we became parents in July 2012. As such, we thought it might be nice to try and have a sleep in on Saturday morning!

However even though we didn’t make it to a parkrun I still had a lovely parkrun-related experience when I met Judy (pictured above) and Sean O’Donahoo from Cairns parkrun at the wedding (my mate Greg, the groom, is their nephew). They both told me how much they enjoy Cairns parkrun and about the fantastic community that Event Director Lorraine Lawson and her team have created. I’ll be getting up to Cairns for their 2nd anniversary in late-August and we hope to be launching in Atherton this year also so it could well be that I get to see Judy and Sean at a parkrun, rather than a wedding, in the not-too-distant future.

I often discuss in this newsletter our ‘Children at parkrun’ policy. It is also provided as a reminder for you all each and every week in the column on the right hand side of this page. This policy states – “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.” It’s a pretty clear policy and, as stated, is only in place to ensure the safety of all children at parkrun. Despite this, week after week, many parents continue to ignore it. Just this week we had a 7 year old alone on the course who, when questioned, stated “Dad left me with Mum, but Mum’s too slow so I had run off to try and catch Dad.” This sort of thing may be ok elsewhere but it’s not ok at parkrun and it’s up to the parents to ensure that this policy is respected. If it continues to be ignored and abused we may end up having to deregister the parents involved and ask them not to return to parkrun. This would be an extreme measure but certainly something that is within our power. So please keep this in mind if you are running with your under 11 at parkrun this weekend and thanks to all of the wonderful parkrun parents who already follow this rule to the hilt.

This weekend we have our 2nd ‘parkrun powwow’ for 2015 in Merimbula. “What’s a parkrun powwow?” you ask. In a nutshell, it is a get-together of parkrun Event Directors and their teams in a designated location for a bit of fun and frivolity parkrun style. The format is generally the same with a dinner, a parkrun, some touristy stuff and another running event. This is exactly what we have planned for Merimbula with a dinner on Friday evening, Merimbula parkrun on Saturday morning, and the Merimbula Fun Run on Sunday morning. Our local Event Director Donella Roberts is also the Race Director of the Merimbula Fun Run and I’m really excited to be able to travel to her stunning town to support her endeavors. More to follow next week.

Speaking of supporting local events, parkrunners from all over South-East QLD and NSW joined Warwick parkrun Event Director Linda Coombes and many local Warwick parkrunners in a 5km road race which was the third of the Warwick Pentath events over the weekend. 1 Territory Director, 3 Event Directors, Run Directors, 50 clubbers, 100 clubbers and parkrunners in all sorts of dress were visible among the participants, some of whom managed to get into the group photo below. Well done everyone!

Happy running,

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

Were you a first timer last weekend, or did you run a personal best? We would love to hear about your experience on email, @parkrun_au or on Facebook.

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Essential Stats for Australia & Singapore – 23/05/2015:


Number of locations – 118
Number of runners – 13,005
Number of PBs – 2,991
Number of first timers – 1,716
Number of volunteers – 1,085
Number of members – 205,928

Milestone T-shirts are Nearly Here


It's not long to go until we receive the brand-new milestone t-shirts from Tribesports. We know there is tremendous excitement and anticipation for these hard-earned t-shirts, so we hope the following update answers as many of your questions as possible.

Where are the new milestone t-shirts?

The Tribesports factory is finishing off the first run of 21,000 milestone t-shirts and preparing them to be boxed-up and shipped to the UK.  They're scheduled to arrive in Southampton on the 23rd of June. Subject to clearing customs, the t-shirts will then be sent to Wiggle's warehouse ready for fulfillment.

So when will I get my shirt?

Since this is a very large consignment we will be carefully managing the fulfillment process. We expect to go live with the new system the week commencing Monday the 29th of June.  When Tribesports stepped in to save the future of the parkrun milestone t-shirt in December, some people had unfortunately already been waiting for their t-shirt for several months. Our priority is that those who have been waiting longest will receive their shirts first. Therefore we will gradually allow access to the new system based on when a parkrunner qualified for their milestone t-shirt.

How will the process work?

For those working towards a milestone, your profile page will show how many events you've completed and how many more you need to complete before you reach the next milestone. If you are a parkrunner due a milestone t-shirt (or more than one if you have qualified for a combination of 10 (juniors only), 50, 100, 250, 500 or volunteer t-shirts), you will get a message in your profile (accessible through the link in your weekly newsletter email or results email) informing you that you are now entitled to claim your milestone t-shirt. A personalised link will then take you to the appropriate product page on our Wiggle-powered online store where you'll be able to order your t-shirt(s). The shirt itself will appear as free, but you will be required to pay postage unless additional items are added to your basket where you may then qualify for free postage. Standard tracked delivery is £1.99 in the UK and free if you spend over £10. For those outside the UK, check the Wiggle website for the equivalent in your country and currency. Once the order has been placed, your profile page will be updated to show that the t-shirt(s) have been claimed.

Click here for further information.

‘The Hidden Value of VOLUNTEERING’ by Gary Nisbet


I was getting close to my 100th parkrun when I asked my 6 year old grand-daughter, Sienna when she was going to do a parkrun with me. I was hoping she would say on my 100th run, which was a few months away. Unfortunately her response was NEVER, Pa! Very disappointed, I accepted her decision.

Sienna had previously volunteered as a marshal with me at South Bank parkrun on Christmas Day so when Capalaba had The Kids in Charge parkrun, I asked Sienna if she would like to participate. I was very taken back when she said she would help with the Barcode Scanning.

Shortly after that my son, David informed me that Sienna would like to accompany me at Tamborine Mountain for my 100th run and, with Vince's help, it was arranged that Sienna and I would jointly perform the Tail Runners duty.

My 100th run consisted of:

50 – Home at Sandgate 
50 – Away
26 – Volunteering

I was hoping that Sienna would be able complete her very first parkrun, however Tambourine Mountain is quite a rigorous course at the best of times, let alone for a 6 year old girl. Also being a 2 lap course, I had my reservations that, after the 1st lap, Sienna might tire and be happy to bail out. Both Mum and Nanna were at the halfway mark as a precaution, but to their surprise Sienna was enjoying every step!

Prior to us completing the run, a very proud Dad ran to join us and watched as his now not so young little girl ran through the flags to receive her first parkrun token (Sienna No. 52 and Pa No. 53).

Never a prouder grand-father crossed a parkrun finish line! It was the best way to complete an amazing 2.5 year journey culminating in my 100th run, accompanied by my grand-daughter, Sienna.

Sienna informed me that the next time she participates she doesn't want to have to stay at the back! She wants to pass people!

I feel like King of the Mountain, well for now anyway.

So maybe having their children volunteer with them is something parents might want to consider as a way of introducing them to parkrun. For Sienna it was a real confidence booster. She has now gone from NEVER to can't wait to do her next parkrun. The smile on her face says it all.

ARC15 is coming!


The Australian Running Convention - is being held on Saturday 5th September at Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne and parkrun will be there!

Whether you're brand new to parkrun or you're a seasoned 100-clubber, ARC15 has so much to offer you! And us! As for every Full Access ticket sold ($49) ARC will donate $10 to parkrun and for every General Admin ticket ($25) parkrun receives $5.

All we ask is that you enter 'parkrun' as your Partner Code during checkout (note, this is a different to the coupon code box). And then come and say hello on Sep 5!

Entertainment Books support parkrun


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.

#showusyourparkrun


This week’s entry is from Helen Lewsam who writes – “So many photos to choose from for our trip to the USA & Canada. This is my favourite though. Unfortunately we weren't at Chrissy Field for a Saturday parkrun, but we as a family enjoyed the walk around the course. It was lovely.”

If you want to #showusyourparkrun, please email a photo of yourself wearing some of the official parkrun merchandise or post it to Twitter / Instagram with the hashtag #showusyourparkrun

parkdog of the week


My name is Buddy Mitchell and I’m a 3 year old Cavoodle… actually I’m more of a human than a dog but that’s another story. My great Merimbula parkrun adventure started 6 months ago when my human, Liz, decided to take up running. I’m so glad she did as we love the camaraderie and support of parkrun! Last Saturday I made my debut as a volunteer tailrunner with Liz who normally refuses to let me run… something about falling off the boardwalk into the lake! Anyway, I absolutely loved it, the atmosphere was so much fun, so many runners gave me a wave or a pat, I’m sure I smiled for the whole 5km.

Upcoming Special Events


Launches:
30/05 – The Ponds (NSW), Devonport (Tas)
06/06 – Ballarat (Vic)
20/06 – Town of Seaside (Qld), Wangaratta (Vic)
27/06 – Jells (Vic)
11/07 – Dubbo (NSW)

Anniversaries:
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) 2nd
27/06 – Gladstone (Qld) 2nd, Logan River (Qld) 2nd, Mornington Peninsula (Vic) 1st
04/07 – Aveley (WA) 2nd
11/07 – Gatton (Qld) 2nd, Pittsworth (Qld) 1st
18/07 – Noosa (Qld) 1st, Armidale (NSW) 1st
25/07 – Coomera (Qld) 3rd

Cancellations:
30/05 – Mitchelton (Qld)
06/06 – Penrith Lakes (NSW)
04/07 – New Farm (Qld)
10/10 – Geographe Bay (WA)

Other:
03/10 – International parkrun Day

Feedback from the field


Tracy Leiper - It was a closely fought battle between the parkrun Orange and parkrun Green teams at the Ipswich Hospital Foundation's Trivia Night as we showed our support for one of the great local supporters of parkrun. And don't we all look different without our running gear on!


Joy Owen-Jones - I just thought I'd write to you as it was my first parkrun last weekend in Sandgate. Uplifting and energising! I loved every minute, (maybe not the 3rd km) but it was a fabulous experience seeing crowds of people of all ages coming together to better themselves in health and happiness and just joining in! It was an incredible feeling for me to walk into this mass of people that immediately have a common interest with each other. Being new to the area, 4 months, I thought this would be a great idea to help me see the 'real people of Sandgate'. This is definitely one of many more to come for me. I started running about 4 months ago so I am a beginner at this. It usually takes me approx 33-34 minutes for 5km but when I got my time through for the parkrun, I was shocked to see under 30 minutes! This has definitely boosted my confidence and from a person that couldn't even walk down the road without wheezing, I can't wait to get out there and just run! You all do an amazing job and without volunteers and contributors like yourself, we wouldn't have these fantastic family friendly events.


Nikki Waterfall - On Sunday 17th May, eighteen Diamond Creek parkrunners headed down to take part in the Great Ocean Road Half and Full Marathons. Many of us had only ever run 5kms before discovering a love of running longer distances through the encouragement, support and friendships developed through parkrun. You just never know where a casual jog around the park on a Saturday morning will take you.... or what you're capable of when you are surrounded by amazing people! We asked everyone to take some photos or video before, during and after their Great Ocean Road half or full Marathons. Remember, there were no scripts or no makeup artists. There were no rehearsals. What you see is real and raw, and captures that moment in time for each of us. Click here to take a look.


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:  Dean Millett and Ian Penney, together for 12 years, married for 7

Club:  None

Age:  (an average of) 44

Home parkrun:  New Farm

Occupation:  Nurse and Travel

Number of runs:  54 and 53 (Yay just made 50+!)

PB:  26.53 and 25.22 (we weren’t going to average these!)

Number of times volunteered:  4 each

Favourite volunteer role:  Marshals

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  It’s great to get to know other parkrunners better, and the coffee is pretty great at New Farm too.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Dean - early in my parkrun days, I was running with my headphones in when a marshal was trying to direct me. I gave her a great high five and then ran the wrong way.

How can we improve parkrun:  Volunteering is great, it’s a great way to give back to parkrun. If you haven’t volunteered yet, we strongly encourage you to give it a go.

Reminders

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Barcode reminder

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Printed barcodes are used at all our events to record your result. Please click here to collect and print your barcode. No barcode = No result = No exceptions. To order your barcode on a laser engraved silicone wristband as shown above please click here. #dfyb (don't forget your barcode).
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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 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.

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weekly newsletter 19th May 2015

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s edition of the newsletter we preview some big personal milestones, Melinda and Dianne share their inspiring stories and we meet some 5 year old 50-club parkrunning twins.

I often find myself in the wonderful position of opening what appears to be a routine email, only to be left speechless and often teary eyed by its contents. As parkrun grows and its impacts reach more people this beautiful occurrence seems to be happening more and more often. This week it actually happened 4 times! I won’t go into the details here as all of the wonderful stories are shared below but rest assured not a day goes by when I don’t acknowledge how fortunate I am to have people opening their lives to me so I can then share their inspiration stories with all of you.

Speaking of inspirational, we have a couple of individuals celebrating significant parkrun milestones this weekend that I want to mention. Firstly, Main Beach parkrunner Brian Peters ran his 199th parkrun last Saturday so, assuming he didn’t get injured or is having the week off, he will become our first ‘homegrown’ Aussie parkrunner to 200. On top of this Brian has also volunteered 41 times which means he just about hasn’t missed a week since his debut. Well done Brian! Secondly, Sandgate parkrunner Gary Nisbet is running his 100th parkrun ‘on tour’ at Mount Tamborine parkrun this Saturday. Gary’s milestone is particularly unique as his 100 runs will be made up of 50 at home (Sandgate) and 50 away from home (on tour). Gary has also volunteered 26 times, many of these also ‘on tour’ as a thank you to events he has had the pleasure of visiting. Great job Gary!

In the newsletter last week Canning River parkrun Run Director Gary Wilmot previewed his 5,400km ‘Hearts Across Australia’ run/walk from Perth to Brisbane. I’m pleased to report that not only did Gary get away as planned, he did so amongst a great deal of unexpected, but most welcome, media attention. Gary will be visiting a number of parkruns during this mammoth journey and we will certainly be keeping you all up-to-date with his progress here in the newsletter.

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 – 16/05/2015:


Number of locations – 118
Number of runners – 11,997
Number of PBs – 2,947
Number of first timers – 1,752
Number of volunteers – 1,087
Number of members – 204,221

“My Running Story” by Melinda Kilpatrick


Last December my very good friend Sacha, convinced me to sign up for an Aquathon event that included a 450m swim and 3km run. At first I thought she was joking, as those distances seemed very daunting to me not having exercised much in the last few years since having my children. However when I decided that I was actually going to participate I realised that I would have to do some training. Needless to say my first few attempts to run more that 1km without stopping were a disaster! Nevertheless I persevered and one Saturday morning found myself running through my local park just as a large group of runners seemed to be starting a race of some kind! The next thing I knew, they were all running behind me and although I felt like Forest Gump initially, I ran with the pack and suddenly I found myself in the middle of my first (albeit unofficial) parkrun!

I went home and jumped onto the website and was delighted to read all about this wonderful organisation and the fact that it had just become a regular thing in my hometown of Menai. I was immediately hooked and have participated most Saturdays since (prevented only by sick children or a work travelling husband)! Menai parkrun has given my training a sense of purpose and I quickly discovered that completing the Aquathon was just the tip of the iceberg because now I LOVE RUNNING!!! I turn 40 in a few weeks time and I can't believe it has taken me so long to discover this about myself! Running has revealed to me a whole new side of myself and I am amazed at my new found mental toughness and discipline when it comes to actually crawling out of bed and putting my runners on!

My family and I went to Queensland last week for a holiday and for the first time ever my runners were packed into my suitcase as I eagerly anticipated time alone to run! My fantastically supportive husband suggested I attempt a local parkrun and so I had the privilege of running Kirra parkrun on Saturday morning which was such a pleasure. I was walking on air when I finished and even managed my second best time to date! I'm now looking forward to participating in as many parkrun events as I can!

On May 16 I turn 40 and my Birthday celebration consists of a PB attempt at Menai parkrun. My husband is a runner and he cannot believe the change in me over the past few months and he commented that he never thought he would see the day where I would swap a glass of bubbles for my runners to celebrate my Birthday! I am proud to say that this is who I am now and I am very happy about that. I love that my two young children think that it is normal for mum and dad to "tag team" running sessions most weekday mornings!

Thank you parkrun for being such a fantastic organisation, providing amateur runners like myself with a guiding hand and sense of purpose that in some cases, extends well beyond the act of running itself.

‘Prior to parkrun…’ by Dianne Lowe


I was your typical inactive 38 year old who had no athletic ability and therefore no inclination to gain some. Turning up to parkrun eighteen months ago has changed me, and definitely not for the worse. For most of my life, exercise in general (and running in particular) was limited to the length of two-thirds of a painted asphalt court, mostly as a child, and always resulted in me gasping for air and making solemn vows of avoidance. My resolve would waiver every now and then and I would experiment with running further, but to no avail. I lacked an appreciation for the subtle difference between sprinting and the plodding technique that allows a person to sustain running for longer distances. In fact prior to parkrun, as an adult, I had only ever owned one pair of running shoes.

Throughout my life, I have entertained a myriad of reasons to explain why I could not exercise. Firstly, I, like so many people do, considered myself time-poor. Work occupies the majority of my week, and the remainder of my time is allocated to hobbies including, but not limited to: amateur taxi driver, novice personal shopper, experimental cook, personal-assistant, on-call tutor, life-coach, reluctant umpire, and inadvertent counselor for a family of five. Prior to parkrun there were too many other things I’d have to, and rather, be doing.

Secondly, I am an asthmatic. I was diagnosed when I was 7 years old. Even dashing across the court to intercept a ball as a child induced difficulty breathing, leaving me sidelined until the Ventolin kicked in. I’d seen what serious running did to people I knew without asthma. The way they gulped down air induced a feeling of empathic panic in me. They looked how I felt when I couldn’t breathe. Plus, the standard running uniform of a singlet and skimpy shorts didn’t seem to accommodate a Ventolin puffer, let alone much else. As a result, I’d limit any distances I ran to that which I could comfortably repeat while holding my breath, including the distance required to locate my Ventolin. Prior to parkrun, not exerting myself seemed logical.

Thirdly, five years ago I tried to reclaim my youth by joining a team sport. During my comeback season (for which I purchased my first adult sized runners), I sustained a “big mac of knee injuries” (one with the lot). I marked a ball and landed awkwardly on a totally straight leg with my foot completely flat, leaving me with nothing but a collapsing knee to cushion the impact. The resulting pops and searing pain in my right knee were later identified as tears to the anterior and posterior meniscus, damage to the cartridge behind the knee cap and a totally torn anterior cruciate ligament. Staff at the emergency department however, initially diagnosed it as my knee cap popping out and back in. Apparently my stoic state - a front to alleviate the concern of my accompanying three children - hampered the diagnosis. This misdiagnosis saw me on crutches for more than six months during which time I endured, a protracted period of: 6 weeks rehab to improve my chances of post-operative recovery by rebuilding muscle that had wasted while pursuing a correct diagnosis, an arthroscopy to repair the meniscus tears that were stopping my knee from bending, another 6 weeks of rehab, an ACL reconstruction to restore stability to the knee, followed by yet another 6 weeks of rehab. Following recovery, the limping gait and mismatched slender thigh I’d acquired seemed destined to be the new norm and appeared to have sealed the lid on my secretly harbored hopes of latent athleticism. Additionally the whole experience turned me off risking further injury that comes with attempting exercise; I have responsibilities and can’t afford the recovery time. Prior to parkrun fear of injury outweighed any potential for benefits from exercise.

Furthermore, I am also female. Females don’t run (unless they accidently discovered they could before they hit puberty). As a child, it became apparent that girls of any age do not venture out before dawn, and are home before dusk and females don’t travel alone. Even female adults seemed to avoid running unless their life depended on it. (This may have something to do with the clothes we usually wear, the be-prepared kits we need to carry or the multitude of offspring attached to our various appendages). Prior to parkrun, no females in my friendship circle ran – at least not on purpose.

Since I dusted of my hardly used runners for the launch of Diamond Creek parkrun in October 2014, I have run practically every Saturday morning. At the first event, I couldn’t run the full distance but I completed the course in a time of 37 minutes. Today, even I hardly recognise myself. Why? Because I behave so unlike the “38 year old, asthmatic, mother of three, who previously had an ALC reconstruction” prior-to-parkrun-me. Now I’m a “nudging forty, asthmatic, mother of three, who previously had an ALC reconstruction” who regularly runs. Plus, I am 11 kg lighter, and with each kilogram dropped, my pace improved by minute. Today, I run at least 5kms at a time, three times a week, with friends I met at parkrun. I even entered and completed a 15km fun run - for fun! Prior to parkrun, I was oblivious to my potential as a runner.

But the biggest gain is that my kids won’t have to overcome years of ingrained certainty that exercise just isn’t for them. How do I know this? My family joined me at the first Diamond Creek parkrun event. My daughter, at her first event, ran further than I had ever run at three times her age and since then, all three of my children have earned their club 50 t-shirts in just over a year. They each regularly set running goals and celebrate their own, their sibling’s and other parkrunners’ achievements. Recently, both my sons outpaced me during “Run for the Kids” covering the entire 15.5 km course in 1 hour and 36 minutes. They also did not consider themselves athletic prior to parkrun. Now we start every weekend alongside a wonderful supportive community of positive people and with a sense of wellbeing. Saturday mornings typically involve parkrun, no matter where we are, locally in Diamond Creek, on holiday in Geelong or overseas in Copenhagen. Some of the best people I’ve met are parkrunners, whether they are there to run, walk, volunteer or support a loved one who does. Prior to parkrun, Saturday mornings between 8 and 9 am were unremarkable.

Entertainment Books support parkrun


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?
Garry Hastie - Bunbury parkrunner and currently ranked No 1 in World (M50 age group) for 1500m race walk and 5km race walk. I just won National titles in the M50 age group for these distances in Sydney.

How the hell do you run (walk) so fast?
Just something I have a knack for, discovered at about 20 years of age I could walk fast and was once a reasonable runner, still enjoy hurdles and 800m.

What type of training do you typically do?
About 7 hours of exercise a week, mixture between track walking, treadmill, road running and parkrun. I do a lot of cross training and cycling with my two boys. Lots of speed work but not a lot of endurance. So probably 70km to 80 km a week.

How long have you been running (and walking) and have you always been so damn good?
Did it as a kid but was hopeless, in my early twenty's I got into and have been doing it on and off for 30 years. Am actually faster now than I was 27 years ago, certainly more consistent. First state open title was in 1987 and won my last in 2014 at 52 years of age, this year I was injured so did not race.

Do you have a coach and do you train with a squad?
I have never been coached and never trained with a squad. Lucky that it comes naturally to me.

What is your favourite distance?
Anything from 1500m to 20km, depends on my fitness, anything up to 10km you can do without a lot of training as I have a base fitness that was built 30 years ago.

How much faster would you like to go?
Would be keen to get faster, but it's a delicate balance between over training and being fresh, also I have an aging body. Certainly possible to get faster if time permits.

What big events do you have coming up or which events would you want to run / walk?
Aiming for World Masters Athletics Champs in Perth in October 2016. Will be into a new age group (M55) and race 5km, 10km and 20km. And believe that I can get my 5km time back down to under 24 minutes and a 10k to sub 50 minutes. The 20km will be a formality as I race better when I have a few races in a row, at world's they are about three days apart.

#showusyourparkrun


This week’s entry is from Simon Nash who writes -

“Lisa and I have just been travelling to the other side of the world for some work and rest. We managed to get in 3 parkruns in the UK: Southwick Country (near Bath); Hereford; and Southwark in London. All very nice and everyone very friendly and welcoming. We also managed a few #showusyourparkrun pics, including this one at Stone Henge.”

If you want to #showusyourparkrun, please email a photo of yourself wearing some of the official parkrun merchandise or post it to Twitter / Instagram with the hashtag #showusyourparkrun

parkdog of the week


My name is Jock Meredith. I am a 2.5 year old Australian Terrier and have completed 2 parkruns so far. I recently missed my PB by a minute because I needed a few comfort stops along the way… when you’ve gotta go, you’ve gotta go! I have such fun running along with all my Mum’s friends. Last Saturday I was a volunteer marshal at the half way turn around. I was so excited for all the runners, I almost wagged my tail off! I am looking forward to volunteering again very soon.

Anniversaries:
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) 2nd
27/06 – Gladstone (Qld) 2nd, Logan River (Qld) 2nd, Mornington Peninsula (Vic) 1st
04/07 – Aveley (WA) 2nd
11/07 – Gatton (Qld) 2nd, Pittsworth (Qld) 1st
18/07 – Noosa (Qld) 1st, Armidale (NSW) 1st
25/07 – Coomera (Qld) 3rd

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

Other:
03/10 – International parkrun Day

Upcoming Special Events


Launches:
23/05 – Castlemaine (Vic)
30/05 – The Ponds (NSW), Devonport (Tas)
06/06 – Ballarat (Vic)
20/06 – Town of Seaside (Qld), Wangaratta (Vic)
27/07 – Jells (Vic)
11/07 – Dubbo (NSW)

Feedback from the field


Margaret Johnston - As Penrith Lakes parkrun prepares to celebrate its 1st anniversary this Saturday, I would like to thank Event Directors Shelley Cootes and Leonie Gray for accepting both Catherine Pirotta and myself as volunteers at our parkrun events on Saturday mornings. Both Catherine and I are deaf and have given up our time to volunteer at many different positions proving that deaf people can do anything. We enjoy coming to our parkrun and being among lovely and friendly people – whilst we cannot hear what is happening around us, we do bring a big smile to fellow parkrunners. Thanks Shelley and Leonie for believing in us and I’m looking forward to many more volunteering times. Happy 1st birthday Penrith Lakes parkrun.


Kylie Gaffel - Whilst visiting from Darwin last weekend I caught up with my cousins - Charmaine and Kassandra - at Kassandra's local parkrun (Golden Beach). My husband Glen and Kassandra's husband Noah also ran. Kassandra pushed her daughter and nephew in a pram, my mum watched my daughters on the sidelines and Charmaine's daughter had a sleepover at her grandma's place - it was a great way to catch up with family around Mother’s Day.


Sandy Lee - Every parkrun I pass two or three runners bending over doing up their shoe laces that have come undone. You can't do a PB with such unplanned (and unnecessary) stops, saying nothing about the embarrassment of being left behind by your friends. The permanent cure for laces coming undone is to purchase and use elastic laces. These no-tie laces can be fitted and adjusted so that the shoe is secured to a perfect fit, and have a fastening clip that never comes undone. They never need adjustment, or remembering to tie a double bow. Just set once and then permanently forget. They are available at every decent shoe shop, and cost only a few dollars. Elastic laces are basic kit for the runner.


Andrew Dodd - Not many people get the two flag-one dog escort with rainbow for their 50th parkrun!! But then there are not many kids like 5 year old twins Alfie and Boaz Bonar who come from a keen parkrunning family. What's more the boys are 'Regionnaires' having completed all ten parkruns in the Region of Runners. They have volunteered 4 times and have given out hundreds, if not thousands, of high-fives in their parkrunning lives. Along with their younger brother Oden they bring great joy to everyone each week at Newy!


Melissa Thiele - A big thank you to a lady in pink at Darwin parkrun (she will know who she is) for pushing me in the last few hundred metres for me to achieve a massive milestone for me, to run under 30 minutes - with your help I managed a flat 29 minutes! This is the first time I've broken the 30 minute barrier EVER, and for someone who doesn't describe herself as a runner, this is a huge deal for me. Our timekeeper volunteer Lisa was calling out times at the halfway mark and mine was quicker than I'd expected so I pushed myself to keep working to get any sort of PB at all but under 30 minutes was very unexpected! I actually shaved over 2:30 off my last PB! I've only been coming to parkrun since the start of the year and my first time was 35:19 so I didn't expect to achieve this milestone for a little while. Thanks to all at Darwin parkrun, both runners and volunteers, the spirit down there is amazing, with everyone being cheered over the line no matter where they're finishing.


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:  Aubry Thonon

Club:  None

Age:  45

Home parkrun:  Wynnum

Occupation:  Senior Analyst

Number of runs:  21

PB:  48:19

Number of times volunteered:  10

Favourite volunteer role:  Barcode scanner - seeing the "I made it" smiles from the runner and congratulating them.

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  The "help" mentality, the way everyone supports everyone else and encourages them along the way.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Last Halloween, I was time-keeper. It was a costume event and I was wearing robes and a scary mask. Seeing the runners approach the finish line, look up, and do a double-take as they spotted me was worth wearing the mask in the heat.

How can we improve parkrun:  I don't think you can - I have found it to be very easy, at least in the roles I have volunteered for so far.

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 12th May 2015

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s edition of the newsletter we celebrate our truly wonderful volunteers. That is all.

This week is National Volunteer Week, the largest celebration of volunteers and volunteerism in Australia. Importantly, it provides us an opportunity to highlight the role of volunteers in our parkrun community and to say thank you to the more than 1,000 Australians who volunteer each and every week to make our simple free, timed 5km run / walk take place.

The theme for National Volunteer Week this year is ‘Give Happy. Live Happy.’ We see examples of this at parkruns all over the country every single week and I want to highlight three of these that have impacted me in the last 7 days.

Firstly, for most of last Friday my Facebook feed was overrun by regular photo updates from Cleveland parkrun Event Director Liv Coop baking their 2nd anniversary cake. It started as a few layers of sponge and ended up as a multilayered, decadent masterpiece with parkrun flags and mini-parkrunners (see close-up below). Cakes have become a bit of a ‘thing’ at parkrun anniversaries and launches and we have seen some incredible creations over the years. However it isn’t really the cakes that amaze me. Rather these cakes are a metaphor for the pride and love that people like Liv feel towards their parkrun event. They know that by making the cake they are giving happiness and therefore being examples of living happiness.

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend Cleveland parkrun on Saturday to celebrate with Liv, nor was I able to accept an invitation to Coomera parkrun where local triathlon club, Multisport Gold, was taking over all of the volunteer positions on the day. I love the concept behind days like this; a local organization or group fills every volunteer post in order to give back to the community and, in the process, gain some great exposure. Multisport Gold is headed by Alli Cook, an elite triathlete with 95 parkruns under her wetsuit and a sensational PB of 18:22. Alli is part of the furniture at Coomera parkrun, regularly volunteering herself, and is a huge advocate for the benefits parkrun brings to the community. She is a living, breathing example of the ‘Give Happy. Live Happy.’ mantra and Coomera parkrun are lucky to have her and the Multisport Gold crew behind them.

So if I wasn’t at Cleveland and I wasn’t at Coomera, where was I? At my home parkrun of course, Kirra! But it wasn’t just any old Kirra parkrun. I was there especially to pay tribute and give thanks to Laura Purdie who was Run Directing for the final time prior to going on maternity leave. Like many parkrun events, it is the Event Director and their team of Run Directors who are the glue that hold it all together. This is especially true at Kirra where ED Pete Sinfield and Laura bore the brunt of the responsibility for the past 18 months or so. Pete has often found himself away from the Gold Coast due to work commitments during this time so it is no exaggeration to say that without Laura’s contribution Kirra parkrun would not have been able to proceed on many occasions. As a Kirra parkrunner myself I appreciate this effort and as the GM of parkrun I find Laura’s contribution, and that of the many people within our community like Laura, absolutely astounding.

So in finishing, I want to use National Volunteer Week as an opportunity to personally say thanks to Liv, Alli, Laura and all of our amazing volunteers whose contribution is changing the lives of all of us for the better. Through their commitment to ‘Give Happy’ we are able to ‘Live Happy’ and for that we are all so grateful.

Happy running,

Tim from parkrun

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 – 09/05/2015:


Number of locations – 115
Number of runners – 13,486
Number of PBs – 3,051
Number of first timers – 1,929
Number of volunteers – 1,105
Number of members – 202,543

National Volunteer Week – Wear Fluro!


As mentioned above it is National Volunteer Week and to celebrate we invite you to wear fluro at parkrun this Saturday. Why fluro? Why not? But seriously, our volunteers wear fluro every week so by wearing fluro it’s a sign of solidarity and thanks to our incredible, amazing, dedicated and passionate volunteer community.

What inspires our Event Directors to volunteer?


Sue Maric - Relationships.

Rachelle Crawford - Helping to bring together 'all walks of life' and a sense of connectedness across my own community; seeing others achieve things they had thought were unachievable; being part of a supportive and encouraging group of people - people I may never have met in my normal day-to-day life had it not been for parkrun.

Glenn Crawford - Getting involved in the community and helping to bring something to the masses in a positive environment.

Sara Pixley - Watching the community come together in a supportive healthy environment. I love watching the interactions regardless of social demographic, regardless of age & regardless of fitness level. parkrun proves to me that there is good in the society & that WE can help spread some of it.

Nic Bailey - A love of community and a love of running. My passion for both make volunteering easy.

Michael Taylor - Because I got so much out of it I need to put back in. The short of it. 3 years ago my wife and I could not do 2k around the block. I'm 30 kilo lighter and doing my 3rd Marathon this year. My wife lost 20 kilo and has done one marathon and many half's. parkrun has been a huge help and motivation. My two boys are addicted to parkrun. One has put on his birthday wish list (a week away) "Do parkrun".

Scott Watkins - We've made far more new friends in the past 3.5 years of parkrun than our previous 8 living in Melbourne. It's a privilege to be able to be able to help others do the same.

Carmel Rogers - All of the above and so much more. And I will get to know the names of all those runners that are currently called Champ!

Bernie Larsen - Love of running and being fit and healthy...I want to share that with everyone

Aurora Susi - Spreading the message that getting active can be fun! I love seeing people turn up for their first time as walkers, and seeing them progress to run/walkers and then to runners - the sense of achievement that people get out of seeing progress brings a smile to my face

Bernard Mc Clement - I do it for the money.

Brendan Scollary - Seeing the joy and happiness that one of the most basic human movements can bring to anyone that participates in one of our parkrun events.

Shelly Ostrouhoff - Satisfaction of making a tiny difference in someone else's life and to encourage them to get out and be active.

Paul Wilcock - I wanted to do something positive for my community. Also obviously, the power, the money and the women.

Dawn Courage - It's less painful then running 5km. Seriously after relying on others to timekeep, umpire, referee, Marshall and , photograph me for the last 30 odd years it's been an absolute honour and pleasure to have a simple way to give something back.

Melissa Taylor - Best way to meet everyone and learn their names. I'm an absolute shocker at remembering names.

Robert Prentice - I like to be part of something I really believe in like parkrun.

Margaret Maloney - I enjoy the giving back to the community and most of all working with my great friend Tressa Lindenberg each week.

Craig Curtis - Volunteering at parkrun is like the ideal job, although there is no pay. I get the opportunity to be involved with a fun event, help others to achieve goals that they never thought possible and make new friends. At the same time parkrun allows me to combine a love of running with keeping my own family fit, active and healthy.

Ms Nat Fairyblossom - Really wish I could find a job like parkrun - really enjoy most of the roles - and not very fast so get to see the people who would ordinarily have left already by the time I get to the end. And I have "sucker" written on my forehead lol.

Libby Maxwell - Watching people achieve things they never thought they could. Being a part of something that changes people’s lives!

Renee Russell - The parkrun concept and the people - nothing too complex.

Bill Irving - It's the money. No, wait. That's not it. It must be the recognition I get in the community. No... that's not it either. I know, it's the kickbacks. Dammit, not that either. It's about being able to give something back to the community and doing something that I love at the same time. Best "job" in the world.

Neil Bath - Guilt and loneliness for me.....

Elke Watt - #volunteeringmakesyoulivelonger

Allan Connolly - Volunteering at parkrun is the best thing ever. As most have said you get to meet so many great people as they cross the line. When I do my pre event briefing I always say to everyone that you will enjoy it and after they actually do volunteer they come up to me me and say that I was right. Finding volunteers has become so much easier for that reason.

Wendy Legg - For the community, the health benefits, the wonderful success stories, the fun, and the sheer joy of giving xxx

Donella Roberts - Giving back to my community and running which both give so much to me.

Tony O'Connell - My original idea was that it would be an awesome thing to bring to our community to get people active. The number of people who stop me now down the street to tell me what a difference parkrun has made to their lives fills me with pride and an amazing sense of achievement.

Linda Jane Baade - It's great for the community, healthy people are happy and I love happy people.

Meg Dougherty - Helping people achieve their goals. My main reason (probably due to my work as a Physio / exercise physiologist) is health promotion. I love that parkrun is free and inclusive to all. It sends a great message about physical activity being about bettering yourself, not competing against others.

‘Hearts Across Australia’ by Gary Wilmot


This is a big couple of weeks for me; yesterday (May 9th) I did my last stint (for a little while) as Run Director at Canning River parkrun, this coming Saturday (May 16th) I will be running my 50th parkrun, celebrating with the many running buddies I have made through my parkrun involvement, and then embarking on a bit of an adventure, an adventure that includes the occasional bit of parkrun tourism...

After I have completed my 5km lap on Saturday, I will be spending a bit of time socialising (as we usually do), but this time will be different. This time I won't be processing results, or simply heading home to change, take a trip to the shops or wait for the parkrun photos to be posted, and the tag notifications to make my phone buzz all afternoon...

No, on May 16th 2015, at approximately 10am, I will be leaving Canning River parkrun on foot, running and walking up the Roe Highway, as we (myself and 2 support crew) start the biggest adventure of our lives.

"Hearts Across Australia" is a 5400km (approximately) run/walk from Perth to Brisbane, taking in key population centres, including Kalgoorlie, Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Newcastle, Gold Coast, arriving in Brisbane on or before Sep 18th 2015.

Why do this? When I adopted an active lifestyle, starting in January 2012, lost weight, got fit and completed my first marathon, I knew that my life had changed. I knew that feeling so positive, having such a renewed zest for life, and having such a great outlook on life - it was available to anyone and everyone. One decision, one realisation that you are in control of your own life, and you can literally do anything.

After that first marathon, I discovered parkrun, an amazing community of runners and walkers of all abilities, and above all else a like-minded family of people who are reaching amazing new goals and personal achievements week in, week out. Whether it's a 5km PB, or building from 5km to 10km, to the half marathon, full marathon, and even running ultras, parkrunners are proving the benefits of positive thinking and active living each and every week.

In addition to delivering and proving the message with a powerful demonstration (my first time across the Nullarbor will be on foot!), we are also raising awareness and fundraising for the Heart Foundation, setting a ridiculously crazy goal of $1 million.

The two crew members are 22 year old lads from the UK. They came here to do a bit of travelling, and are now about to see Australia in a way that most backpackers and tourists never will; up close, personal, discovering stories, having experiences, and helping create a leaner, fitter, healthier Australia.

We start on May 16th, and will take approximately 18 weeks, averaging 300km per week. The plan is to cover 50 to 60km per day with 1 or 2 rest days per week. We also plan to take in as many parkruns as possible along the way, depending on location and timing.

For example, our planned arrival at Kalgoorlie is May 29th, then run the Kalgoorlie-Boulder parkrun on Saturday May 30th, and have a second rest day on the Sunday.

There's already interest online and offline, with parkrunners and non-parkrunners alike pledging to run sections, or to provide "escorts" into and out of towns and cities, Forrest Gump style.

The latest version of our overall estimated itinerary can be found on the website and currently looks like this:

Kalgoorlie – 30th May
Adelaide – 18th July
Melbourne – 5th August
Canberra – 19th August
Sydney – 26th August
Central Coast – 28th August
Newcastle – 30th August
Gold Coast – 15th September
Brisbane – 17th September

The aim is to document our journey online, and to spread the word via social media at the same time we are spreading the word on the ground.

Click here to read more about this epic adventure, to track our progress and follow along at home.

Hopefully we will be seeing some of you along the way, we promise to bring our barcodes!

#HAA2015

25-club volunteer t-shirt update


Our new 25-club volunteer shirts are still on track to arrive by the end of June, along with the 10, 50 and 100-club shirts for runners.

While you’re patiently waiting for these to arrive, you might like to dive into some fascinating facts about the production of these technical t-shirts. For example, did you know they begin life as little baby t-shirts then grow through love, affection and a well-balanced diet? Actually, they start out as pellets, which is almost as neat as baby t-shirts. Visit Tribesports’ blog for all the details and cool pics of gigantic machines.

Entertainment Books support parkrun


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.

#showusyourparkrun


This week’s entry is from Stéphane Breton who writes -

“I just came back from a road trip in the Northern Territory and had it all planned so that I would get to Darwin on a Friday for a bit of parkrun tourism the following day. You can just imagine my distress when I found out that parkrun was cancelled due to Anzac Day! Of course I do respect and appreciate that decision, that's not the point... And I know that my fellow parkrun addicts would be able to relate! Plan B was therefore to wear my parkrun tee shirt and have my own special parkrun event in a spectacular setting… Uluru! I got a bit carried away and ran around twice (20kms) because parkrun appears to have awoken something in me and I'm now preparing to run my first Half Marathon early June. So thank you parkrun, and thanks to all the volunteers that make it happen!”

If you want to #showusyourparkrun, please email a photo of yourself wearing some of the official parkrun merchandise or post it to Twitter / Instagram with the hashtag #showusyourparkrun

parkdog of the week


My name is Ralph, a 2 year old silky terrier / poodle. I’m a bit of a celebrity at my local parkrun in Noosa due to my volunteering exploits. My usual job is co-Run Director and timekeeper except on lucky occasions when I get to be tail runner! I am in fact so famous and important that on dog walks people often recognize me before they do my human (Sarah Deck)! So my advice to other parkdogs out there is “volunteer”. It’s bound to get your more pats, cuddles and perhaps even a 25-club collar.

Upcoming Special Events


Launches:
16/05 – Taree (NSW), Coburg (Vic)
23/05 – Castlemaine (Vic)
30/05 – The Ponds (NSW), Devonport (Tas)
06/06 – Ballarat (Vic)
20/06 – Town of Seaside (Qld)
11/07 – Dubbo (NSW)

Anniversaries:
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) 2nd
27/06 – Gladstone (Qld) 2nd, Logan River (Qld) 2nd, Mornington Peninsula (Vic) 1st

Cancellations:
23/05 – Warwick (Qld)
30/05 – Mitchelton (Qld)
06/06 – Penrith Lakes (NSW)
10/10 – Geographe Bay (WA)

Other:
03/10 – International parkrun Day

Feedback from the field


David Moss - Hypothetical Conspiracy Trivia: Is Paul Sinton-Hewitt secretly trying to reintroduce the distance unit of a ‘League’ to the world. A league is the distance a person can walk in an hour, roughly one parkrun unit. Or in a similar vein to the Olympics, did the ancient Romans really have the first parkrun and what we have now is the modern parkrun phenomenon? Just a thought.


Emma Mourilyan - CHOOSE LIFE... no better words explain what being involved with Cleveland parkrun has meant to me. It has helped me become stronger (mentally & physically), challenged me, introduced me to some fabulous people and allowed me to not feel like a person living life with a stick. Typing this with tears of gratitude escaping from my eyes, I can't thank Cleveland parkrunners enough.


Deirdre Stewart - My first parkrun was last Saturday at Albury Wodonga. I registered the night before and selected one close to home as my home parkrun - Cooks River - I'll have to turn up there one Saturday! I was in Wodonga visiting my niece so I went along to parkrun with her fiancé. It was a great run along the fantastic Murray River. Everyone was friendly and it was so well organised - it was great to see so many people out enjoying the event.


David Ryan - Congratulations to Kirra/Kingscliff parkrunner, Ryan Stoddart, on completing a massive personal achievement and along the way, inspiring so many parkrunners who have followed his progress. Ryan has just become an ULTRAMAN. Over 3 days he completed a 10km ocean swim, 420.2km ride and 84.3km run. Looking at the photos, he did it with ease but hopefully he takes a day or two off work for a well earned recovery. An amazing effort Ryan, aka Running Guy.


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

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



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