weekly newsletter 30th June 2015

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s edition of the newsletter Google saves the day, we get a mention in Parliament and our parkdogs set a new kind of PB.

Many of us can tell a story about how we first found out about parkrun. For me it was when I was living in London and someone mentioned to me that there was a running event in Wimbledon Common that I could do with my dog on the lead. As a keen dog runner I had to see it for myself so off I went the following Saturday and sure enough, I was able to run 5km with my dog and get a time. I was hooked!

In the case of Newcastle’s Wil Gardener, parkrun literally came to him (well almost). I’ll let Newy parkrun’s Andrew ‘Doddy’ Dodd tell the story –

Wil Gardner's story about how he became involved in parkrun is without doubt towards the more interesting end of the spectrum. Wil lives right near the turnaround point of the Newy parkrun course overlooking Throsby Creek. He looked out his window just after 8am one Saturday morning in June 2012 and saw runners going past and raced out to watch. Then he saw runners come back the other way and so now had people running in both directions.

"This must be some kind of fun run - but what?" Wil recalls, “Next comes along this blond, curly haired dude with a head band and a Dalmatian. He sees me, winks and says, “It's parkrun ... Google it” and I yelled back “Alright.”

The following weekend Wil turned up for his first parkrun. And last Saturday he stepped up to the parkrun flag with barcode in hand for the 100th time. And who else to be there to congratulate him but a blond, curly haired dude with a head band and a Dalmation - none other than running evangelist, Dave ‘Robbo’ Robertson. So well done Wil. Well done Robbo. And well done Google for finding parkrun.com.au, even when it is spelled as two words with uppercase Ps and Rs!

Do you have a funny story about how you found out about parkrun? If so, let me know. Sounds a bit like a new newsletter segment!

Speaking of Newy parkrun, the event received parkruns first ever mention in our Federal Parliament on June 15 when MP Sharon Claydon spoke up for the cause in the House of Representatives as recorded in Hansard (the edited transcripts of parliamentary debates) –

And on Saturday 6 June I joined 552 runners and 23 volunteers at the third anniversary of the Newy parkrun. Held in Carrington every week, the Newy parkrun is part of the worldwide parkrun movement of free five-kilometre timed runs. Newy was the seventh parkrun in Australia when it started three years ago, and it is one of more than 100, including 10 in the Newcastle and Hunter region. This fantastic community of runners welcomed me and other first-time runners with open arms. I look forward to improving my personal best over the coming months and sampling other running courses in my electorate.

This weekend is one of the biggest on the running calendar with the staging of the Gold Coast Airport Marathon. As per usual, several of our Gold Coast parkruns will be cancelled, including Main Beach. However as many of you will be on the Gold Coast for this fantastic event, I have put out an open-invitation to join me for a gentle jog on the Main Beach parkrun course at 4pm on Friday July 3, followed by a few drinks at Southport Surf Club Main Beach. Confirmed attendees include Olympian Eloise Wellings, the founder of Running Mums Australia, Nicole Bunyon, and the “blond, curly haired dude with a head band”, Dave Robertson.

Note that this is NOT an official parkrun event. It will not be timed and the course will not be marshaled. This is simply a chance for those who are keen to stretch their legs to get together in a relaxed and informal manner on the home of parkrun in Australia.

Happy running,

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

Were you a first timer last weekend, did you run a personal best or do you have any other feedback? We would love to hear from you on email, Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

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Essential Stats for Australia & Singapore – 27/06/2015:


Number of locations – 126
Number of runners – 14,150
Number of PBs – 3,203
Number of first timers – 2,079
Number of volunteers – 1,192
Number of members – 214,827

We’re almost ready to go live with the new milestone t-shirts!


Our first batch of more than 21,000 brand spanking new milestone t-shirts have been designed, manufactured and shipped by Tribesports and are now safely in the warehouse at Wiggle. Final testing is taking place over the next week to iron out any bugs in the ordering system. Once this is complete (we anticipate by Friday 3 July) we will switch on the system first for the 4,500 parkrunners who have been patiently waiting more than a year for their coveted milestone t-shirt. Gradually over the days that follow more profiles will be activated until everyone who is eligible for a milestone t-shirt is able to order it via their parkrunner profile.

Here’s a reminder of how the process will 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 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 to Australia is $8.99 and free if you spend over $80.

Once the order has been placed, your profile page will be updated to show that the t-shirt(s) have been claimed.

What if I’m not sure which size to order?

All milestone t-shirts are a ‘regular fit’, and not a tight performance fit.

On the milestone t-shirt product page a sizing chart will help assist those unsure of what size to order.

What if I already ordered my milestone t-shirt under the old system – will it still be delivered to my home event?

No.  All new milestone t-shirts will be processed in the same way. In other words everyone will need to order through the Wiggle store, even if you have previously confirmed your milestone t-shirt size and were expecting it to be delivered to your home event.

What next?

Sit back and wait for your profile page to go live with the update! If by Monday the 13th of July you haven’t been notified on your profile page that you are able to claim a milestone t-shirt (but you believe you have qualified), please get in touch with us via this link.

The importance of quality stretches’ by Wendy Trevarthen


You see it all the time, a running event where only the 'elite runners' do a proper warm up and post-run cool down. But how important is it and how important is it to get it right?

Really important! Ok, so let's get a bit technical here. When you stretch you are pulling the muscle fibres to its fullest capacity, like an elastic band, with the connective tissue taking up the extra slack.  This helps to re-organize the fibres 'damaged' during exercise, and rehabilitate scarred tissue back to health. OK, so do we 'damage' our muscle fibres each time we exercise, well, yes we do, but it's the context of exercise that is important. You could be training for quick, powerful moves, or endurance activities, it just depends on how hard or long you go.

Anyone who has done a great stretching session knows how GOOD it feels, so it must be doing some good, right??? Some of the advantages of stretching include increasing your range of motion and decreasing resistance resulting in a decreased risk of injury. The side benefits are that it improves your balance, increases blood supply and increases neuromuscular co-ordination.

With any exercise or physical activity, it's well known that you should be warming up with dynamic stretching (i.e. with movement), involving the joints and muscles that you will be using in your session, and cool down with static (stationary) stretches.

So, don't neglect your stretches. Happy running everyone!

QUT Higher Degree Research (HDR) Opportunity


Queensland University of Technology (QUT) will soon be offering a round of scholarships for Research Masters and PhD that are suitable for parkrun-related projects. Possible parkrun-related projects include:

- Investigating the health benefits of participating in parkrun
- Branding and marketing of parkrun
- The motivations and barriers to participating in parkrun
- The effective incentives and ‘nudges’ to increase parkrun membership?
- Assessing the characteristics and demographics of parkrunners
- Global parkrun: an international comparison of parkrun members

The schools, Public Health and Social Work, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences and Biomedical Sciences in the Faculty of Health, have experienced supervisors with capabilities to supervise research students.

If interested, please contact Professor Neil King on n.king@qut.edu.au.

Western Sydney Marathon


The Western Sydney Marathon, now in its third year, has fast become Western Sydney’s premier running event attracting runners from local regions, interstate and internationally. It is one of the most affordable marathon events on the running calendar making it an attractive option for the experienced or entry level athlete.

Situated in Penrith, the marathon is held at the Sydney International Regatta Centre (the location of Penrith Lakes parkrun) which boasts scenic views of Penrith Lakes, Lower Blue Mountains and surrounding parkland. A flat fast course has been designed which navigates the main lake, crosses the island bridges to the Regatta Centre and weaves around roads within and outside of the venue.

The Western Sydney Marathon celebrates healthy lifestyles, active communities and the great outdoors. It is a fun and festive day out for the whole family, with a health and fitness expo, activities for the kids during races, a jumping castle, entertainment, massage, market and food stalls. Whether you push a pram around the Family Fun Run or complete the full marathon, this event is about bringing the community together.

Your donations are now tax deductible


Just in time for the end of financial year, I’m delighted to announce that parkrun has partnered with the Australian Sports Foundation (ASF) to offer tax deductions on all donations over $2 made via the new ‘parkrun 4 everyone’ portal. The ASF was established by the Australian Government in 1986 with the mission to raise money for Australian sport and this new portal, which is now live, will soon replace our previous PayPal donations system.

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 some fella called PSH who writes – “Top of Tabeyasco climb in Lanzarote, Spain.”

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


We are Anton and Penelope and are writing to tell the parkrun Australia community about our recent PB… that’s short for Pug Best! Our humans Jo and Stephen have just started parkrunning at The Ponds and love it so much they thought they would take us along to walk the course last week. Walk? We may have little legs but we’re quite athletic we’ll have you know. I’m pleased to report we made it around the course in a not-too-shabby 24:51. See you all soon for another pugrun… sorry, parkrun!

Upcoming Special Events


Launches:
11/07 – Dubbo (NSW), Bendigo (Vic), Phillip Island (Vic)

Anniversaries:
04/07 – Aveley (WA) 2nd
11/07 – Gatton (Qld) 2nd, Pittsworth (Qld) 1st
18/07 – Noosa (Qld) 1st
25/07 – Coomera (Qld) 3rd
01/08 – Blackbutt (NSW) 2nd, Victor Harbor (SA) 1st, Claisebrook Cove (WA) 3rd
08/08 – Wishart (Qld) 1st, Armidale (NSW) 1st
15/08 – Hobart (Tas) 1st
22/08 – Hervey Bay (Qld) 1st, Singleton (NSW) 1st, Balyang Sanctuary (Vic) 3rd, Maribyrnong (Vic) 1st, Mt Clarence (WA) 1st
29/08 – Cairns (Qld) 2nd, Capalaba (Qld) 1st, Lake Joondalup (WA) 1st

Cancellations:
04/07 – New Farm (Qld), Main Beach (Qld), Mudgeeraba (Qld), Broadbeach Waters (Qld)
10/10 – Geographe Bay (WA)

Other:
03/10 – International parkrun Day

Feedback from the field


Cathy Adams - Had my first parkrun last Saturday... I was very impressed and will be back. Volunteers answered all my little questions and set me on my way. I was surprised how many runners there were... Very popular. PB for me in this event ... Yay!!!


Rodney Law - I would like to thank you for making parkrun a great event. My step-daughter and I started just over 12 months ago at North Lakes and really enjoy our Saturday mornings together running around the lake. We started parkrun as part of our training for the Endeavour 500 Km Challenge run every November through the Scenic Rim. We also stared doing 10km runs to really test ourselves.


David Rae - I was coerced back into running and more importantly parkrun by Craig Boon, the founder of Launceston parkrun. I had been a runner many years ago and always enjoyed moderate success. However now I'm older and slightly heavier I found it difficult to get back into it. Craig changed this by persuading me and introducing parkrun – “Come along its fun and FREE!” So I did. I started in January 2014 and I was hooked straight away. It’s a great organised event that’s free, is so professional and the results are amazing. parkrun then became my one and only weekly run. I improved slightly in time and was just happy to meet awesome people, including some I hadn't seen for years who I used to run against. We had a family holiday in Noosa so my son and I ensured we made it to Noosa parkrun (tough course too). We were warmly welcomed for our two parkruns whilst on holiday, what an amazing experience. Friendliness just seems to be everywhere regarding parkrun. One of my best experiences has been whilst volunteering with one lady apologising for taking so long to complete her parkrun in a very cold and very wet day. We assured her it was fine and to her delight as she crossed the line she had managed a 5 minute PB. She was so happy and it was an awesome feeling to share in her joy. Recently I have decided to actually do some training and look at improving my time (or hope to anyway). Last month I started training with some athletes who I am also coaching. Well in my first parkrun in May I managed a PB nearly a full minute faster than previously. So far in every run I have done since I have ran a PB 6 in a row. However the best thing that happened in the month of May was obtaining ‘parkrunner of the month’. This was the best feeling ever, even after my squad had volunteered in what must have been the coldest frostiest parkrun I have been to. I have to thank my wife who supports me and looks after our children whilst I run, and of course my squad who encourage me to train with them whilst I coach. Mainly I have to thank Craig "Boono" Boon for not relenting and persuading me to finally take the plunge into the world of parkrun. I am now sitting on 49 parkruns, waiting to do my 50th (unfortunately it will not be this weekend as my wife is undergoing knee surgery on Friday, she did say I could but I better be good husband and not attend). I now highly recommend parkrun to anyone who is interested in getting moving, it doesn't matter how long you take all that matters is giving it ago.


Chris Smith - Saturday 6th of June saw not only Newy parkruns 3rd birthday but I along with others celebrated my 100th parkrun. I have done 96 at Newy and other parkruns at Fingal, Lakeview and Stockton. I started doing parkrun on the 1st January 2013 and have evolved from a walker to depending on the day being able to run the entire 5km. I run at the back and always have a great time. As I keep saying to my friends and family I love my parkrun and I can't wait for each Saturday to come around. I am lucky that I live close to the Newy course so that gives me no excuse not to go. Below is a picture of me finishing parkrun surrounded by my fellow Wooters and escorted by the Grandaughter of one of the Purple Flash ladies. The Flash ladies presented me with a trophy after we finished for my 100th parkrun. Thank you parkrun and I look forward to writing to you for my 250th parkrun.


David Watkins - Thanks for your warm and moving words about the passing of Ron Clark. Truly well said.


Bram Cassidy - I'm the Corps Officer at Box Hill (Vic) and also a passionate parkrunner, running out of Westerfolds for the past 16 months. This is to let you know that several weeks ago, following our regular parkrun at Westerfolds, a team of runners assisted The Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal by collecting at an intersection for two hours. I think it's a great example of the community benefits that develop through being part of parkrun. parkrunners who gave their time to help were Rohan Durrant, Robert Vogl, Alan Michell and Heath Mitchell and together they raised just on $860.00!


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:  Jess Schwartz

Club:  Crazy Cartwheels

Age:  27

Home parkrun:  Crazy Cartwheels

Occupation:  Primary School Chaplain in Townsville

Favourite volunteer role:  Can’t choose between Run Directing and Marshalling.

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  Being an encouragement to others as they finish the 5km and meeting new people who get out of bed on Saturday mornings to be part of it.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  I try and make every parkrun a little different when I am marshalling. This has included: cartwheeling directions, doing superman actions, dressing like a giraffe, decorating a tree with Christmas decorations, making a parkrun birthday song, having a spray bottle in the heat, hula-hooping, giving high 5s, dancing in the rain, walking with our tail runners, bringing my dog (Schumacher) and just being a goof to see others smile.

How can we improve parkrun:  Having a volunteer of the month award - without them there would be no parkrunner of the month!

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


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weekly newsletter 23rd June 2015

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s edition of the newsletter we bid farewell to the great Ron Clarke…

I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Ron Clarke last Wednesday, arguably Australia’s greatest ever track athlete. It is mind boggling to think that in the mid-1960s he held every world record from 2 miles to 20 km, a feat that will surely never be repeated.

I first had the honour of meeting Ron in early 2011, a couple of weeks prior to launching Main Beach parkrun. He was Mayor of the Gold Coast at the time and could instantly see the benefits that parkrun would bring to the Gold Coast and Australia. He was guest starter at Main Beach parkrun event # 1 on April 2 and, despite his body not being what it used to be, he managed to walk the course in 56 minutes. Looking back at the results for that event you’ll see an unknown runner at position 100. That was Ron Clarke… he forgot to bring his barcode (I might have to fix that up)!

After Ron retired as Mayor in early 2012 I asked him if he would be the first Patron of parkrun Australia. I was delighted when he accepted and he always made himself available to us when time and his health permitted. And it was never just Ron who came along, but also his wonderful wife Helen, a dynamo of a woman and very obviously the rock that Ron’s career successes had been built on.

In July of that year Ron, Helen and their son Nicolas (147 parkruns) joined us for the launch of Coomera parkrun, which coincided with the London Olympics opening ceremony. Ron had the crowd eating out the palm of his hand as he told his story of lighting the Olympic flame at the MCG in 1956. We even had our own lighting of the flame ceremony with a torch from Bunnings!

In May 2014 I hosted a get together for a number of our Event Directors on the Gold Coast and made it be known that we had a ‘surprise’ for lunch. The surprise was that we were joined by Ron and Helen and I know this was a real thrill for all in attendance.

Probably my fondest memory of spending time with Ron and Helen was in June 2012 when I arranged a lunch with them for parkrun Founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt who was visiting Australia at the time. We sat for what seemed like hours chatting about running, family, business, travel… all the good stuff! At the time I remember thinking how lucky I was to be able to spend time with such amazing people and after this morning’s sad news it is something that I will cherish even more.

The term ‘hero’ gets thrown around a lot in society today however it’s pretty safe to say that Ron was a hero of mine. Not because of his exploits as a runner as this was well and truly before my time but more because of his post-running successes in business and politics, his humble nature, his dedication to his family and because he was the first person in Australia to take a punt on parkrun. In doing this he also took a punt of me and so I hope now that he has passed away we can all do this great man’s legacy justice.

Last Saturday parkrunners all over the world ran in Ron’s honour as we used social media to rename ourselves parkRon for the day. This simple gesture became a national news story and I know that Ron’s family appreciated it.

For those who are interested, a public memorial service for Ron Clarke is to be held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 14 at 2:00pm.

#RIPRonClarke #parkRon

Happy running,

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

Were you a first timer last weekend, did you run a personal best or do you have any other feedback? We would love to hear from you on email, Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

donate to parkrun Australia

Essential Stats for Australia & Singapore – 20/06/2015:


Number of locations – 126
Number of runners – 13,240
Number of PBs – 2,659
Number of first timers – 1,798
Number of volunteers – 1,155
Number of members – 213,094

FAQ - Can my child accompany me on their bicycle or scooter?


No, we believe that bicycles or scooters and runners do not mix. The risk of injury to runners and children are too high. Unfortunately we are seeing this far too often at parkrun events so we ask that you please respect this policy moving forward.

Your donations are now tax deductible


Just in time for the end of financial year, I’m delighted to announce that parkrun has partnered with the Australian Sports Foundation (ASF) to offer tax deductions on all donations over $2 made via the new ‘parkrun 4 everyone’ portal. The ASF was established by the Australian Government in 1986 with the mission to raise money for Australian sport and this new portal, which is now live, will soon replace our previous PayPal donations system.

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 Bronwyn Bell who writes – “Couldn't get my parkrun fix last Saturday as was travelling through China, so spent my day climbing the Wiyushan Mountains instead, showing off my new parkrun shirt… Equivalent of 3 parkruns and 125 flights of steps!

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 and I’m an eight year old Labrador x Samoyed. I’ve been running at Fingal Bay parkrun since June 2013 and have completed 69 parkruns. I just love to run and my best time for the 5km is 24:39. My best quality is that I always have a smile on my face, whether it is hot and sunny or cold and raining! The only thing that holds me back is the guy on the other end of the lead!

Upcoming Special Events


Launches:
27/06 – Jells (Vic)
11/07 – Dubbo (NSW), Bendigo (Vic), Phillip Island (Vic)

Anniversaries:
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
25/07 – Coomera (Qld) 3rd
01/08 – Blackbutt (NSW) 2nd, Victor Harbor (SA) 1st, Claisebrook Cove (WA) 3rd
08/08 – Wishart (Qld) 1st, Armidale (NSW) 1st
15/08 – Hobart (Tas) 1st
22/08 – Hervey Bay (Qld) 1st, Singleton (NSW) 1st, Balyang Sanctuary (Vic) 3rd, Maribyrnong (Vic) 1st, Mt Clarence (WA) 1st
29/08 – Cairns (Qld) 2nd, Capalaba (Qld) 1st, Lake Joondalup (WA) 1st

Cancellations:
04/07 – New Farm (Qld), Main Beach (Qld), Mudgeeraba (Qld), Broadbeach Waters (Qld)
10/10 – Geographe Bay (WA)

Other:
03/10 – International parkrun Day

Feedback from the field


Nicole Giudes - This Saturday just gone I celebrated my last parkrun as a 'Miss' at Logan River parkrun. I requested for anybody who wished to participate to wear orange as my 'bridesmaids'. It turned out to be a great morning, and I am blown away by the love and support I felt on the morning. People who I didn't know came up to congratulate me. There were also a few people who were wearing orange by chance and joined in on the celebrations! What a great morning had by all, and I need to thank everybody who helped me celebrate. And a note to all of the first timers at Logan River parkrun on Saturday 20th June - we're not always that crazy!


Cath Scott - Yesterday I jogged the Stones Corner parkrun course with my son Elliot. He ran well over 4km of the 5km course and despite being "out of petrol" at the end, he finished strongly. This reinforced to me what parkrun is all about. For me, it's not about getting a PB every week, it's about teaching Elliot, and in time Jeremy too, that getting out and being active is fun, rewarding and a normal part of life. I know that when I was a child I wouldn't have been able to accomplish what Elliot did yesterday. I am very, very proud of him and thankful for the great event that parkrun is. Catering for all abilities and encouraging kids to participate is a winning combination.


Kerri-Ann Welch - Below is a photo of my Dad and I from Taree parkrun last Saturday. This was not my fastest run, I walked the course with Dad, but it's my favourite so far. You see, this was Dad's first parkrun, and we did it together, two weeks after my Mum, his beautiful wife, passed away. Dad has spent the last 18 months looking after Mum since she was diagnosed with cancer. He's an amazingly strong, capable, wonderful man, and at nearly 74 years of age, walked an impressive time of 43.45! So this is for my Dad, to let him know how very proud of him I am.


Gab Edmonds - I spotted brothers Jeremy and Elliot Hunt finishing 2nd and 3rd at Woking parkrun on the weekend. It was only their 2nd and 3rd times to parkrun respectively, both having run at Kawana before Woking. Well done to both. Go Queensland!


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:  Tina Wills

Age:  54

Home parkrun:  Campbeltown, NSW

Occupation:  Retail Assistant

Number of runs:  37

PB:  24:23

Number of times volunteered:  25

Favourite volunteer role:  Token sorting and packing up.

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  Encouraging and cheering parkrunners/walkers to enjoy their experience, being part of a great community, returning for personal bests and just to have fun.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  When the Run Director needed a Photographer, so I stepped up and took over 1000s shots. Apparently setting a record for parkrun photos. We all shared a laugh and was thanked and appreciated. Luckily there were some real good shots.

How can we improve parkrun:  Very hard to improve, but the idea of volunteer t-shirts will look great.

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

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weekly newsletter 16th June 2015

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s edition of the newsletter we ‘do the double’ in Ballarat, the Baroness of Melbourne talks parkrun tourism and we announce our partnership with the Australian Sports Foundation.

Two Saturdays ago I was lucky enough to attend the launch of Ballarat parkrun alongside our Victorian Territory Directors Scott Trickett and Craig Curtis, founding Event Director of Albert Melbourne parkrun Carol Cunningham, and another 115 enthusiastic parkrunners. This was an event I had been looking forward to for a long time as Ballarat is one of Australia’s most important towns, from both a general history and running point of view. For example one of the local running clubs, the Ballarat Harriers, is Australia’s oldest sporting club formed on 15th June, 1891. Another club, the YCW Harriers, has produced many Australia representatives including Tony Benson, Shaun Creighton, Sharon Russell (nee Stewart), Shane Nankervis, Jared Tallent and of course Steve Moneghetti.

Ballarat is also home to Lake Wendouree and its famous 6km Steve Moneghetti Track, named after the aforementioned great man. It was with this in mind that Scott Trickett and I decided we would ‘do the double’ on the morning of the Ballarat parkrun launch; that is we would run the Steve Moneghetti Track at 7am and follow this up with Ballarat parkrun at 8am. As a first time visitor to Ballarat it was so awesome to get to do both runs so this is something that I want to strongly encourage parkrun tourists to have a go at. The meeting point for this is the Olympic Rings monument on the corner of Hamilton Avenue and Wendouree Parade, about 300m for the Ballarat parkrun start. Take a happy snap and post it to Twitter / Instagram with the hashtag #BallaratDouble and you never know, it might just pop up right here in the newsletter!

I’m currently in the midst of a double of another the kind… the Townsville double! Last Saturday I made by debut at Riverway parkrun and this Saturday I’ll be at North Shore parkrun’s 2nd anniversary superhero themed event. I was also able to take part in the Healthy Habits King and Queen of the Castle race up Castle Hill on Sunday and wow my legs are burning today!

Finally, there was a great piece in the parkrun UK newsletter last week written by current parkrun world record holder Andy Baddeley. It’s well worth a read as I found it really interesting to understand just how much parkrun means to this Olympic level athlete.

Happy running,

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

Were you a first timer last weekend, did you run a personal best or do you have any other feedback? We would love to hear from you on email, Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

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Essential Stats for Australia & Singapore – 13/06/2015:


Number of locations – 124
Number of runners – 12,838
Number of PBs – 2,826
Number of first timers – 1,476
Number of volunteers – 1,098
Number of members – 211,119

Your donations are now tax deductible


Just in time for the end of financial year, I’m delighted to announce that parkrun has partnered with the Australian Sports Foundation (ASF) to offer tax deductions on all donations over $2 made via the new ‘parkrun 4 everyone’ portal. The ASF was established by the Australian Government in 1986 with the mission to raise money for Australian sport and this new portal, which is now live, will soon replace our previous PayPal donations system.

‘parkrun tourism, it's a thing’ by Danielle Stewart


It’s a holiday from your own parkrun course, a chance to get away from your normal Saturday morning routine and smell the roses at another venue but above all sampling the scrumptious delights of a different café for breakfast.  Sounds like a real holiday right? I know many parkrunners who wouldn’t mind a little break from that dreaded head wind at the 3km mark at Albert Park Lake and with so many courses in Victoria and Australia to explore you can always get your parkrun fix no matter where you’re heading for the weekend.  There are no excuses and nowhere to hide! This week at Albert Melbourne we welcomed parkrun tourists from as far away as Belfast and Estonia!

Running is often a mental game and the change of course can do wonders for parkrunners mental running health.  The presence of different scenery, terrain, undulation and wildlife helps takes the performance anxiety away and successfully distracts you from the torture of what you are doing to yourself at 8am.  There are often loops to run, interesting turn around points, bridges to traverse and hills to climb.  Westerfolds parkrun seems to be the best spot in Victoria for hill practice, if you dare. Whilst the courses may be different the people are the same welcoming, like-minded souls that you know and love from your local parkrun.  That strong parkrun community spirit is present at all events and everyone appreciates the supports from parkrun tourists.  Keep in mind that it’s best not to visit a new course on their event launch day though.  Let them find their feet and when they are up and running you will get the full experience.  Oh and you can impress them with your milestones t-shirt too.

Click here to read the rest of this article in Danielle’s blog.

‘My awesome experience’ by Matthew Briggs


So today was my first parkrun that I was running at for the first time in about 7-8 weeks. I have been on holidays in the United States for 5 weeks then returned to Inverloch parkrun and cooled down from my holiday by being the photographer for event # 39 which I absolutely loved. Anyway, getting to today, I've had a bit of a slow turn around since I've been back, a couple of slow 5km runs ending around the 28-30 minute mark and a 26km run that ended with my injuring my knee just 6 days ago (still recovering). So I had to get back out there today and get my running back into action and to bring cheer with all the fluro and encouragement that I do throughout my run.

Starting the run off, I always go over enthusiastically and run out as hard as I can with my first km taking me just 4 minutes and 7 seconds. Gradually I slowed down, had my friends encourage me to keep going so I pushed on to get the best time I could today. After the 3.5km mark when I'm about to do the U-Turn back to the finish line I heard a few people catching up to me. Shortly afterwards Leah Baud overtook me and encouraged me to keep going, as I always get in the mind frame of "if I can keep up with this person, then I'm doing really good". I managed to catch my breath back and provided support for Leah saying she can do it she can do it, said we're only 700m's away then we were about 200m's away we can do it and then right at the end we both powered up and finished strong and happy, really proud of the run we had just completed. As I turned around she was thanking me and we gave each other a big hug for the effort we just put in. The parkrun comradeship has become one of the best things about my running experience. I look forward to more moments in the future. Well done to Leah for joining me to push for an awesome finish, so great to be there for each other and finish with a much better time of 24 minutes 42 seconds, taking 4-5 minutes off my previous two 5km runs.

Thank you to all from Inverloch parkrun for making it so easy for me to come back every week and share the experience.

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 Kees Payens who writes “We are currently spending 5 weeks touring through Canada and the USA. Here is a photo of us with the parkrun banner at the top of Whistler ski run.”

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


Hi I’m Tyson and I’m a 10 year old Staffy. Saturday mornings are the highlight of my week. I sing all the way in the car to North Shore parkrun. It’s very exciting with lots of humans doing what I do best… RUNNING. I love to take the lead and usually end up pulling my Mum (Carole Radovanovic) a good part of the way. I love when people catch up to me and run with me for a bit, but I don’t like them overtaking me so I usually tend to speed up a little, this is when I hear the heavy breathing from my Mum and a little bit of pulling on the collar so unfortunately I can’t stay with the fast runners for very long. Sometimes when I get to parkrun there’s a nice little she dog there called Darcy, she often gets me excited and I know I’m going to have a good run. My PB is 27.27 it’s just a nice trot for me, I wish my Mum could go faster so I can really get some good exercise in. I particularly like it when my cousin Buster comes too he’s a little cutie. He’s got tiny legs but he keeps up. We both have our super hero outfits ready for the big run next week I can’t wait for that one. My human brothers are going to be there too and my Dad. It will be a great day out, but my favourite thing about parkrun is meeting all the humans and getting so many pats before and after the run, so if you’re ever at North Shore parkrun come over, give me a pat, say hi and run with me for a bit. WOOF WOOF!

Upcoming Special Events


Launches:
20/06 – Town of Seaside (Qld), Wangaratta (Vic)
27/06 – Jells (Vic)
11/07 – Dubbo (NSW), Bendigo (Vic), Phillip Island (Vic)

Anniversaries:
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
25/07 – Coomera (Qld) 3rd
08/08 – Armidale (NSW) 1st

Cancellations:
04/07 – New Farm (Qld), Main Beach (Qld)
10/10 – Geographe Bay (WA)

Other:
03/10 – International parkrun Day

Feedback from the field


Breeda Maguire - The highlight of my Saturday is getting that email with my parkrun time, especially if it's a PB. This week was made extra special with the Coomera parkrunner of the month. I was completely surprised and delighted! Thanks for making my day.


Julie Warren - I participated in the first Ballarat parkrun and I was surprised how good it was. I am not a runner but I really wanted to get fit and I have always found it easier to run with people than on my own. It was well organised, it had a great atmosphere of helping one another and the marshals were encouraging everyone to finish at each turn. I had a great time and I am spreading the word to encourage more people to join. What a great idea and well done to the Ballarat crew for doing such a great job.


Russ Dickenson - Just thought I'd let you know, Kyle Swan has been running recently at Lillydale Lake parkrun but his main discipline is racewalking. Kyle has just been selected to represent Australia at the World Youth Championships in Colombia in July. He is a great young fellow and we are all very happy for him. Below is a photo of him in racewalking mode.


Brendon and Jennine Sellers - We are very sorry to read about Brian. We were in Adelaide in March and we had the pleasure to run with him at Torrens parkrun.


Mark DeBono – Thanks for your article on Brian Wyld. I'm in my late 50s and occasionally after a hard run these days I feel my mortality. I also ride bikes and hike. About 10 years ago I watched my farther deteriorate and eventually die of cancer, or of a morphine overdose, in hospital after months of misery. When the time comes I'll be happy to go with my running/biking/hiking shoes on. A good end to a great life.


Nikki Waterfall - We were very excited to welcome Juliana into parkrun's 50 Club. Juliana is only 8 years old and is Diamond Creek parkrun's youngest Club 50 member. She started parkrun when she was 6 years old and has volunteered six times, tailrunning with her Mum.


Meg Littler - I wish to express my condolences to you, the family of Brian Wyld, and the wider parkrun family especially those people at Torrens and Cairns parkruns. I wish to express my gratefulness for Brian's work, because whilst I live in Melbourne I have family in Adelaide. Last October we were on holiday in Adelaide and they encouraged us to join them at their favourite Saturday morning activity – the Torrens parkrun. This was our first ever parkrun and though running had not been an important part of lives for a few years, we became hooked. So whilst I never met Brian I have benefitted enormously from his efforts because parkrunning has become an integral part of my fight to overcome cancer. Take care, and thank you for sharing Brian's story.


Jenni Berg - Just wanted to say how sad I was to hear about Brian Wyld. I didn't know him, but we parkrunners share somewhat of a link. From my own experience I can only say parkrun would have given him many happy hours, many happy memories and surely a great sense of achievement- more than many people would find in their 70s. And he obviously gave a lot to parkrun. I do marvel at our event directors who give up so much time so these events run smoothly. Hard to say what I want to. My thoughts are with his wife & family, and you, and the community at Cairns parkrun. Can you pass on to them that many people are thinking of them, that in spite of heavy hearts I'm sure they will be doing what he would want in these coming weeks, running a free, timed measured 5km event on Saturday mornings.


Suzanne E McGregor - I have just read the latest parkrun newsletter and am very touched by it. While I don't really know what to say, I still feel compelled to say something....so here goes! I love parkrun and the atmosphere I experience each week. It is obvious now that no matter where we are, it seems that the "parkrunning" community are the same all over. They are beautiful people who look after others. Even though I didn't know Brian personally, I still shed a tear when I read the newsletter. It is so sad to know that this has happened but also comforting to know that people were there in an instant to administer life giving help, if only for a short time. It is what parkrun is all about. I know that when I run, even though I run the course each week on my own I know each of us are never on our own. My heartfelt thoughts and warm wishes go out to all those who have been impacted by this tragic event. I shall run this weekend with Brian and his family and the two parkrun communities that he descends from in my heart.


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:  Helen Rowland

Club:  five30runners

Age:  that's a cheeky question

Home parkrun:  Albury Wodonga

Occupation:  Accountant

Number of runs:  29

Number of times volunteered:  5

Favourite volunteer role:  I'm happy to try almost anything, but the thought of timekeeping terrifies me.

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  Getting to see the fast finishers in action, I'm down the back of the pack when I run.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Seeing Jesse Featonby run when he broke our event course record. He made it look effortless, although I'm sure it wasn't. And not that I saw him for more than a few seconds. I'll never go close to being that fast but I would like to get part way to looking as relaxed

How can we improve parkrun:  More people volunteering, it's not hard, doesn't take up much of the day, makes life easier for our run directors who are the ones putting in the big effort.

Reminders

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Volunteering at parkrun

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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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