weekly newsletter 28th July 2015

welcome to the newsletter


American author Mark Twain once wrote - “It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.” You might be wondering what this has to do with parkrun however they saying was going round and round in my head as I was getting my 5km fix at Broadbeach Waters parkrun on Saturday.

Broadbeach Waters parkrun is our ‘smallest’ event on the Gold Coast. It is 43 weeks old, averages 45 runners per week and is put on by a small but dedicated team of volunteers led by Event Director Linda Baade. As a size comparison, Main Beach parkrun, just 7km away, averages 173 runners per week whilst Varsity Lakes parkrun, a further 3km away, averages 66 runners per week. So the “size of the dog” at Broadbeach Waters parkrun is small relative to many other parkruns in the area.

However one thing I always tell new Event Directors is that in no way, shape or form do we make any judgement about the quality of a parkrun event based on the number of people who attend. In fact I regularly receive amazing feedback about our smaller events due to the fact that the community is so tight knit and everybody does literally know the name of everybody else.

In other words, at parkrun as in life, it’s “the size of the fight in the dog” that really matters. And Broadbeach Waters parkrun has plenty of fight! Well done Linda for putting on such a fantastic event!

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 – 25/07/2015:


Number of locations – 129
Number of runners – 13,496
Number of PBs – 2,406
Number of first timers – 1,972
Number of volunteers – 1,193
Number of members – 221,841

‘100 parkruns and a baby’ by Laura Purdie (Kirra parkrun Run Director)


On Saturday I completed my 100th parkrun in true style with my friends from On The Run (a group of Mums and their kids who run together) dressed as a babies! Lots of my other friends came along, some for the first time, and some who had not been in a while, all dressed in blue. There was of course a reason for this madness; it's because I'm very pregnant! Thank you to everyone who came along for all the support and I'd just like to say a special thank you to all the parkruns on the Gold Coast who have been happy for me to walk their courses for the last 35 weeks and whose volunteers have waited patiently for me to cross the finish line every time. I made the decision to give my body a well-deserved rest during pregnancy after a full-on year last year completing dozens of 5km and 10km races, 3 half marathons and one full marathon. Although I have missed the buzz of running, it has been great to be able to still be involved in the parkrun community and to feel included. parkrun really is for everyone. The goal of reaching 100 parkruns has kept me motivated to stay fit throughout my pregnancy and I was so determined to do it, especially before the arrival of the baby! Needless to say, now that I'm getting a bit weary I'm relieved to return to volunteering for the time being but this sure will be a true parkrun baby. I look forward to seeing some of you out there from the sidelines and in time, with a brand new little parkrunner!

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.

Upcoming Special Events


Launches:
15/08 – Callaghan (NSW)
22/08 – Chermside (Qld)
05/09 – Warner Lakes (Qld), Lochiel (SA)
12/09 – Bega (NSW)
26/09 – Ashgrove (Qld)

Anniversaries:
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:
Until further notice – Heirisson Island (WA)
12/09 – Chermside (Qld), Diamond Creek (Vic)
10/10 – Geographe Bay (WA)
24/10 – Chermside (Qld)
14/11 – Tamborine Mountain (Qld)

Other:
03/10 – International parkrun Day

Feedback from the field


Allison Cooke - 3 years ago I ran my first parkrun at Coomera and had no idea what to expect. In this time I have made lifelong friends and memories which will always be close to my heart. Today it was announced I am currently the leading female in Australia for the amount of parkrun first finishes. The parkrun family has changed my life for the better in so many ways.


Geoff Brown - Ola parkrun Australia! Sadly there's no parkrun in Portugal yet but there is a t-shirt! I'm missing my parkrun buddies from Mount Gambier, SA. Sorry the photo is not very glamourous but it's hard to be glamourous at 69 years old!


Kathryn Alley - So my sister, Sarah-Jane Alley, has always been one of parkrun's biggest fans! Her love for the event started when she was living in London about 4 years ago. As part of her training for the London Marathon she would regularly take part in her local parkruns (Hilly Fields and Crystal Palace). Every Monday morning I'd get into work and have an email waiting for me from SJ with her latest result and usually news of new PB. It was back in those days that she could claim the title as the fastest in the family! Now she is living back in Sydney she is a regular at her local Curl Curl event however she also loves being a tourist! She is up to 23 different parkruns across Australia and the UK. Her latest tourist adventure occurred on the weekend when Sarah-Jane was due to make her way home after a 3 week holiday in Europe. Unfortunately for Sarah-Jane, her flight was delayed out of Rome and she therefore missed her connecting Qantas Flight home. This meant that she was delayed in London with an overnight stay, to then be put on a flight to San Francisco, and then eventually landing in Sydney on Monday morning (to then make her way straight to work as a school teacher – ouch!). As frustrating as this was for her, she of course saw the positives to an overnight stay in London – parkrun! On Saturday morning SJ attended Bedfont parkrun and finished in a time of 24.45, and to her delight she was even able to snag a lift back to the airport from one of their regular runners!! How good is the parkrun community! It is her passion and enthusiasm for parkrun that inspires a lot of people around her – including me!
She gets my vote for international parkrun tourist of the month! (I totally made that award up)...


Tanya Rong - I just had to share a photo that our volunteer photographer took of my two boys who were waiting for the run briefing at Traralgon parkrun on Saturday. Who knows what they were up to but I think the photo is priceless? They could be heard laughing their way around the course (one in a pram) and had many people smiling and laughing along with them. I am one of the Run Directors at Traralgon so parkrun is a family affair


Kris Bigpond - Well that answered that mystery! I ran 4 and a bit parkruns in Airlie Beach on Sunday morning and spotted a guy who looked a lot like Tim Oberg in the crowd! I am thrilled to have a further two parkruns in my backyard. Not only that, in two great locations perfect for a spot of parkrun holidaying. Keep up the awesome work.


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

Volunteer Profile


Name:  Darren Birtwistle

Club:  None

Age:  If I say 25 then no one will believe me. So I’ll confess to being the wrong side of 40.

Home parkrun:  Albert Melbourne

Occupation:  If you were to ask me, I’d say that I work in IT. But if you ask my colleagues, then they’ll probably say I’m there just to reduce the productivity of our team each day!

Number of runs:  64

PB:  20:18

Number of times volunteered:  16

Favourite volunteer role:  Timekeeper, or Lead Bike, or Run Director. Or, Token-Sorter possibly? Actually, there are one or two roles I haven’t done yet, so maybe one of those will become my favourite.

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  First thing would have to be all the other people that want be involved and volunteer each week. There’s always a great sense of camaraderie between everyone. I also tend to find that new runners really aren’t shy in approaching any of the volunteers to ask questions either. Being able to answer them and have a chat to new people certainly gives you the feel-good factor from volunteering too.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Not sure I have a really funny moment. But my bike wouldn’t be the most fastest or reliable one around, so having the leading runners nearly passing you when you are supposed to be the doing the lead bike role is a bit of a worry (I blame the bike, it can’t be the slow rider of course).

How can we improve parkrun:  I think the whole parkrun volunteering system seems to work really well. Now and then our run directors will walk around everyone and need to recruit for the following weeks, but I don’t think it takes that long to fill the roles needed. The’25-club’ for volunteers is a great suggestion too, and the milestone t-shirt from Tribesports is really just icing on the cake. So thumbs-up for everyone involved in making that happen.

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 21st July 2015

welcome to the newsletter


On the weekend I didn’t make it to a parkrun… because I was away on parkrun business! I had the pleasure of traveling up to Queensland’s beautiful Whitsunday region to meet with the future organizers of parkrun events in both Airlie Beach and, wait for it, Hamilton Island!

The seed for both of these events was planted way back in November 2011 when we had only 3 parkrun locations in Australia (Main Beach, New Farm and Albert Melbourne). I was in Airlie Beach on holiday and looking for running groups to hook up with. This led me to Wendy Downes from Whitsunday Running Club and Steve Jackson, Island Activities and Events Manager at Hamilton Island Resort. Since then we have all kept in touch and I’m pleased to say that it now looks like both of these events will be coming online later in the year.

Sounds like the ultimate parkrun tourism double!

As I didn’t get to parkrun on the weekend I thought it only appropriate to do the 5km at the Airlie Beach Running Festival (on the future Airlie Beach parkrun course no less). After finishing the run I was having a chat with another runner, Johnny Souter, who told me that his parents, Kathy and Paul, had made their parkrun debuts at the recent Jells parkrun launch. I told him I would namedrop them in the newsletter… Boom, job done!

Lastly, it’s great to see some of the new 25-club volunteer t-shirts have finally made it to Australia. Have you received yours yet?

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 – 18/07/2015:


Number of locations – 128
Number of runners – 11,931
Number of PBs – 2,427
Number of first timers – 1,661
Number of volunteers – 1,192
Number of members – 220,226

‘My sky high introduction to parkrun’ by Greg Butler


Early one crisp Saturday morning over Kirra I launched myself out a plane at 12000ft, attached to someone who hopefully knew when to pull the ripcord before hitting the ground. Hurtling down at around 200km an hour towards Kirra Beach, I had no idea where this jump would lead me.

This all came to happen when some so called friends gave me a Parachute jump for my 60th Birthday. One of the guy’s mothers checked me out by saying that she had done a jump and how good it was. I said no way. So after finding out that this was not in my comfort zone, they knew exactly what to give me. And so it was.

So I said to Janet (my wife) why don't we get our two girls and their boyfriends and have an early morning BBQ of eggs, sausages and bacon at one of the free BBQs on the foreshore at Kirra (where hopefully I will land safely on the beach and just walk up). All went to plan with a Great BBQ.

When chomping into one of those lovely egg and bacon rolls, we noticed a stream of people sprinting, jogging, walking, people with their dogs and even mums with kids in prams going past and we wondered what this was all about. Just then a friend of ours Phil Luff went past and I yelled out what are you all doing? His reply was “parkrun!”

After finishing his run he came back and explained how it all worked and that we should give it a go. This was on the 24/3/12. We made up a lot of excuses over the next 14 months. Finally on 4/5/13 we did it.

Kirra parkrun has now become part of our weekly things to do. We came along week after week and met all these people that were all so enthusiastic about things, not just running, but just such a positive bunch to be around. Talking about the different fun runs they had been in, the times they had achieved and the fun dress up people.

Kirra parkrun were always chasing after volunteers to do stuff, none of it looked too hard so we gave it a go. I started out doing tokens and Janet scanning. We are now Run Directors at Kirra parkrun. We share this position with other Run Directors, so we can still do what we came to do… ENJOY our Saturday Mornings with a jog by the Beautiful Kirra Beach.

If you are reading this you already know how good it is.

‘Why I parkrun’ by Eloise Wellings


Being a regular at my local Menai parkrun I’m reminded every week about why I run. There is something really powerful about a group of people coming together, no matter what their age, ability or level of fitness to celebrate the sport, and be outside and getting amongst it.

You might have seen the photo taken at Menai parkrun by Matthew Wilson which appeared in a recent newsletter went viral on parkrun Facebook pages overseas. For me this picture represents everything that I love about parkrun and about running in general. Matthew is only 10 years old and was a parkrun volunteer. He captured a photo of me running at Menai parkrun throwing out a high-five to a fellow parkrunner Wayne who is now one of the Menai parkrun Run Directors. The picture captured what I love about running – Olympic level or weekend warrior, we are all equal, getting out there for the love of it.

It was a great pleasure to visit the Main Beach parkrun course when I was on the Gold Coast for the Gold Coast Airport half marathon three weeks ago. It was encouraging to see that no matter what the location, the culture and the heart behind the parkrun movement remains the same. Thanks to those who cheered me on for the win, I really do hear every bit of encouragement when I’m running so a part of my win I share with my parkrun friends. Hopefully I’ll get to come back to Main Beach one day soon and get around to a few other parkruns.

But running is not the only passion in my life. In 2008, after meeting former Ugandan child soldier Julius Achon, my running career took on new meaning when I founded the Love Mercy Foundation. Love Mercy exists to restore hope in northern Uganda following 21 years of civil war. Julius was himself an elite runner and still holds the USA collegiate 800m record of 1:44:55 which has stood for 19 years. He captained and carried the flag for Uganda at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and 2004 Atlanta Olympic games.

We use running, and enthusiastic runners, to raise funds and awareness for our health and agriculture programs in northern Uganda. We had over 300 runners and walkers take on the 11km from Sutherland 2 Surf last weekend and in the process helped raise over $100,000 for the Kristina Clinic, named in honour of Julius’ mother who was shot and killed during the war. Funds raised will help to improve services at this clinic and offer access to a midwife, a dentist, HIV/Aids medications, and a rural outreach service to a population of over 50,000 people.

Happy parkrunning everyone and this Saturday share a high five or two.

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 Kevin Armstrong who writes – “My wife Stephanie and I are regulars at Albert Melbourne parkrun. We are just back from a trip to Canada that included several games at the Women's World Cup. Being at all the games was great but we were really there to support the Matildas and NZ. Our package got us to 5 of their games in Edmonton and Winnipeg which was fantastic but sadly, as well as both teams played, neither made it all the way to the final in Vancouver. Happy to say we were lucky enough to have tickets to the final and got to fly the Aussie flag in the middle of a mass of US red, white and blue (and the odd lonely Japanese flag) on the big day even though the Matildas did not make it this time! Our only real complaint about Canada - they need parkrun! Especially in Vancouver that claims to be a fitness mad city. That seemed a hollow boast to us when they don't have parkrun! We found lots of young Aussies working there and in the resorts so surely one or more of them can take up the challenge to open a new frontier for parkrun?!!”

parkdog of the week


Hi my name is Kato.  I completed my 100th barkrun at Claisebrook Cove this week and am now the proud owner of a 100 club barkrun cape. I'm the proud owner of my minions Dutch and Lex Holland (Event Directors of Claisebrook Cove and Heirisson Island respectively), both of whom also completed their 100th parkruns this week.

Upcoming Special Events


Launches:
25/07 – Maryborough (Qld)
15/08 – Callaghan (NSW)
22/08 – Chermside (Qld)

Anniversaries:
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:
Until further notice – Heirisson Island (WA)
25/07 – Rocks Riverside (Qld)
12/09 – Chermside (Qld), Diamond Creek (Vic)
10/10 – Geographe Bay (WA)
10/24 – Chermside (Qld)

Other:
03/10 – International parkrun Day

Feedback from the field


Scott Gray – I’m writing to make special mention of Lachlan O'Neill from Toowoomba parkrun. Every week he is constantly encouraging other runners around the course. He often gives up his own run to run with someone he sees who might be struggling or just need a bit of help. He also hangs around after finishing and runs the last part with other runners pushing them to do the best they can. My 7 year old calls him 'cheerleader', every time she sees him coming to run with her she gets an extra spring in her step, and I know it does the same for others on the course.


Hannah Littler - This weekend at Torrens parkrun in South Australia 16 members of our family participated across 3 generations. With first timers, visitors from Victoria and Cairns as well as the Torrens regulars, we proved that parkrun really is a family event.


David Ryan - On Saturday it was great to complete my 50th parkrun at my home event, Coomera parkrun. Due to work travel plus having a family who love to do road trips, I was able to complete my first 50 runs at 20 different events in 6 states and territories including 8 new event launches. What a change parkrun has made to our lives. Pre parkrun I used to waste so much of my weekends simply through being lazy, inactive and sleeping in. Now, wherever I happen to be in the country, there is always a parkrun somewhere to get me up and active. I have been able to experience so many great locations and wherever I turn up, the experience is always exactly the same with a wonderful group of volunteers, a well organised event and lots of people who love to have a chat about their parkrun experience. The best thing is that I have built up a large group of fantastic supportive friends who share my passion for parkrun. Now to get to 100 and see much more of Australia in the process. Thank you parkrun.


Silpa Parmar - On Saturday, I did something that took three and a half years and 155 parkruns to do: my first sub-25 minute parkrun! Nigel Janson was my personal pacer and helped to bring me in at 24:50. I've known Nigel since St Peters parkrun started way back in January 2012. He is currently fundraising for the Sanfilippo Children's Foundation/Blackmores marathon and while I'd already sponsored him, I promised him another $25 if he could get me under the elusive 25-minute mark. I decided my best bet was The Ponds parkrun as I had previously ran a 25:06 there. Thanks to Rio and her team for putting on the event that morning (and for designing such a fast course!) and to Nigel for being spot on with his splits. Here's a picture of us at the finish line - it sums up perfectly how I felt in the last few metres!


Joanna Belcher - A friend of ours used to be dropped off at Ginninderra parkrun by her son who always had a ‘good’ reason not to join her. She eventually talked him into giving it a go and his aim was to beat his Mum, which he did. He enjoyed the experience enough to come back and run again. After a while, it came out that his next goal was to beat me. He would often start strong but I'd slowly catch up and overtake. A couple of times he told me he'd keep me in sight until about the 3.5-4km mark and then lost me in the bends. Our last parkrun was different. I was plodding along comfortably enough at about the 4.5km mark when I heard fast footsteps behind me. My competitive instinct kicked in and I tried to sprint but really wasn't ready for it… there was no chance of me keeping in front! He secured a new PB and left me in his dust. Well done Rowan McLarnen! The pressure is now off me, so watch out Ginninderra parkrunners—you could be his next target.


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:  Jamie O’Neil

Club:  None

Age:  46

Home parkrun:  Berrinba

Occupation:  Business Services Manager at Logan Reserve State School

Number of runs:  24

PB:  32:37

Number of times volunteered:  11

Favourite volunteer role:  Photographer

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  I originally only started going to parkrun to support my wife. But the more I go, the more fun I have. I am not a great runner, and never will be, but I always feel better after I go to a parkrun whether I run or volunteer. I like seeing people striving to do their best and I like encouraging them. I really like being the photographer and I try to get good photos of the runners because a lot of running photos are not that flattering (according to my wife)!

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  The Australia Day parkrun at Berrinba and watching a runner doing cartwheels after she crossed the finish line.

How can we improve parkrun:  I think things like the volunteer shirts for 25 parkruns is a good start. I know the runners appreciate the volunteers as the parkruns couldn’t happen without them, but it would be nice having something to wear like the runners 50 and 100 shirts. I think Event Directors and Run Directors should get a lot more recognition as parkruns definitely couldn’t happen without these people. These are usually genuine runners, people who really love running who give up the opportunity to run so others can have a chance to run.

Reminders

the parkrun store

Barcode reminder

barcode

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

All questions answered

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

Volunteering at parkrun

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

Children at parkrun

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

Our Sponsors

Suncorp Bank investing in parkrun

At Suncorp Bank we value the communities in which we live and work. From helping keep Australians safe from the sun to supporting what matters to the community through our sponsorship of major running events and parkrun Australia, we're dedicated to making a real difference in people's lives. Explore Suncorp Bank


stockland investing in parkrun

building our future

Stockland is Australia’s largest diversified property group. We develop and manage residential communities, retirement living villages and retail centres – the building blocks of thriving communities. Explore Stockland



 

weekly newsletter 14th July 2015

welcome to the newsletter


On this day 50 years ago, Ron Clarke broke his own 10,000m world record at the opening of the new stadium at Bislett in Oslo. His time of 27:39.4 obliterated the previous world record by an astonishing 34.6 seconds and he became the first man to run 10,000m in under 28 minutes. The 14th of July has added poignancy as it was his late brother, Jacks Clarke’s birthday.

So it was only fitting that today Ron was giving his final farewell at the Melbourne Cricket Ground where he famously lit the Olympic cauldron as a 19 year old in 1956. It was a beautiful memorial, MCed by Bruce McAvaney, a close friend of Ron’s for the past 35 years, who had to hold back the tears on several occasions as he recounted some of the many great moments in Ron’s life. The crowd was a who’s who of Olympians from Ron’s generation and beyond including John Landy, Marjorie Jackson, Ralph Doebell, Kerry O’Brien, Steve Moneghetti, Craig Mottram and Sonia O’Sullivan. It was an honour and joy to be in attendance with a number of other parkrunners and it left me with an even greater appreciation for the life and legacy of this great man.

But this wasn’t the first memorial event for Ron.

On Saturday several hundred people gathered at the Runaway Bay Super Sports Centre (built by Ron in the 1990s) on the Gold Coast to pay their respects. Ron’s family afforded me the incredible honour of saying a few words about the impact Ron’s support had on parkrun Australia. There I was, sitting alongside Olympic gold medalists Sally Pearson and Mike Wenden, marathon legend Rob de Castella and former Australian swimming coach Bill Sweetenham. It was surreal. I was so nervous. But it went well and it was an opportunity and an experience that I will never forget. Thank you Helen and Nicolas.

It’s been quite a week.

Finally, on a different topic, most of you have probably never heard of Chris Wright aka Crispy. Chris has been Paul Sinton-Hewitt’s right-hand-man since 2007 and a huge help to me since I started up parkrun here in Australia in 2011. Crispy finished up his tenure with parkrun last week and I have shared his signing off words below. Thanks Crispy, it’s safe to say there would be no parkrun Australia without your efforts over the past 8 years.

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 – 11/07/2015:


Number of locations – 129
Number of runners – 13,091
Number of PBs – 2,366
Number of first timers – 2,195
Number of volunteers – 1,176
Number of members – 218,518

‘Long may you sparkle’ by Chris ‘Crispy’ Wright


In August 2007 parkrun didn’t exist, although something called UKTT had just been born. With three events in the UK, it had already chalked up 24,500 runs by 5,000 registered athletes. And that month I became employee number one. As time passed it slowly dawned on us that this beast was going to be big. I was privileged enough to have been involved in some of the defining moments in parkrun history (for that is what UKTT became), and have continued to be amazed as it has grown and grown. parkrun currently operates in 11 countries, has around 650 weekly events at which 1.7 million registered parkrunners have notched up close to 10 million runs. But all good things come to an end. It’s time, after eight years, for me to move on to new challenges. Many thanks to all my colleagues (in particular to Alan, James, Jane, John and Richard: aka ‘The Technology Team’) for their skill, dedication, enthusiasm and commitment. Many thanks to the parkrunners everywhere (particularly the ones who, even now, still say kind things about ‘Crispy Corner’ - apparently there are stats fans everywhere). And last but not least, many thanks to each and every volunteer who has helped make parkrun happen. You always have been the stars of parkrun – long may you sparkle.

‘Update – Hearts Across Australia’ by Gary Wilmot


Can it really be only 2 months since I was writing about my plans to cross Australia on foot, and visit a few parkruns along the way? Seems a lifetime ago, and so much has happened since, so allow me to bring you up to date!

We left as planned on May 16th. It was a wet start, but over 170 parkrunners turned up at Canning River anyway, many coming from other WA parkruns to be part of the event. Channel 10 also showed up, resulting in excellent coverage that not only gave good exposure NATIONALLY to Hearts Across Australia, but for parkrun too! There was a similar story with the local 7 news team.

Since then, we have made it to Kalgoorlie, run the awesome Kalgoorlie-Boulder parkrun, with Ols and Ben (the two support crew) running their first ever parkrun there, crossed the Nullarbor, and now sit just days away from Adelaide, where we will be taking on the 5km of Torrens parkrun. Having walked and run over 2700km to get here, I hope the weather doesn’t spoil things! I have to say though, that THE standout for me, from the first 8 weeks (soon to be 9) of the 18 week adventure, is people. The support, encouragement, assistance and generosity of people. Of these, a significant number have been members of the parkrun community. Whether it’s providing a guard of honour as I finished Canning River parkrun, hanging around in the rain while I chatted to media and then seeing me off, spending the entire first day running and walking with me, driving out to run some of the way on day 2, driving even further out on day 3 to bring a delayed delivery of supplies, bringing donated food out to Kalgoorlie, being part of my “war room” group on Facebook, obtaining donations of hotel accommodation, donations of food vouchers from supermarkets, being a delivery point for supplies to be sent to in Adelaide, or memorably, the WA parkrun group on Facebook posting maps and instructions when I couldn’t find my way on the Kep track late on day 2…

There are far too many people to thank individually, and I have already done so in person or online to those people - but in general I have to give a massive thank you to Canning River, Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Torrens parkruns, and thanks to the parkrun Australia community in general; your support has been and continues to be absolutely amazing, so thank you for that! Just finally, while we are very much looking forward to Torrens this Saturday, planning is already in progress for Albert parkrun around Aug 1st!

Thanks again, happy parkrunning, and hope to see some of you at a parkrun soon!

‘Why?’ by Mark Connolly (Event Director @ Darwin parkrun)


“Why did you start Darwin parkrun?”

This is the question I get asked most and one of the hardest to answer.

Just like almost everything, there were many different things that led to the decision to kick it off. Things like feeling empowered with the knowledge that with time and some consistent work, results happen that surprise us. Things like seeing the enjoyment of every runner at fun runs, no matter what their pace. Things like knowing that almost everyone of all shapes and sizes can run. Things like stories from other parkruns (on podcasts, newsletters, Facebook etc). Things like how the Claisebrook Cove parkrun made it look very simple. (the only parkrun I had attended beforehand). All those things added up and one phone call with Tim Oberg and the fuse was lit. Tim filled the conversation with enthusiasm and excitement for parkrun.

“Why do you keep doing it?”

This question is easy to answer.

The people. The group of runners at the pointy end, who push each other each week. The last finisher who gets the biggest cheer. The runners with double prams, both fast and less fast. The fist pumps when completing the full 5km for the first time. The relief on faces when breaking that hard fought PB. The disappointment of missing a PB, that soon turns to determination with the realisation they can have another crack next week. The runner who walks over to each volunteer every week and thanks them. The smiles and laughter from the volunteers. When the volunteers are introducing themselves and one volunteer says “I have been chasing you for 6 months. I keep getting quicker, but not any closer.’ The 9 year old girl who drags her dad out of bed to be there. The father who couldn’t run 5km, but because his daughter had dragged him out of bed, he thought he might as well give it a go (now a 50 clubber). The whole families that all turn up and all run at their own pace for their own enjoyment. The tourists from other parkruns. The runners and volunteers at the post parkrun coffee. And the stories… here is just one example.

Last Christmas a handful of runners wanted to attend a Christmas Day parkrun, but it would be hard without the usual Run Directors available. So Lisa (see ‘The Pointy End’ below) put her hand up and her partner Richard (see ‘Volunteer Profile’ below) was on the stopwatch. Later that day on a long run, Richard popped the question and of course Lisa said yes. Just over 6 months later and with the wedding done and dusted, Lisa and Richard headed off to their honeymoon… to the Gold Coast for their first Marathon. After “learning a lot about running” they finished their first marathons together.

All of these runners and volunteers I would not have met or known if it wasn’t for parkrun.

So every week these are the reasons I keep coming back. They are the reasons that I look forward to not having a sleep in on Saturday mornings. Those reasons and post parkrun coffee and cake.

Happy Running.

‘In-VIN-cible’ spoken by Scott and Joanne Watkins (Event Directors @ Albert Melbourne parkrun)


Vin Martin is a stalwart of the running community in Melbourne and is the heart and soul of Albert Melbourne parkrun.

Vin was one of the 64 people who turned up to event number 1 at Albert Park and has since run 93 more times here as well as at New Farm, Point Cook, Carine Glades, Altona Beach and Westerfolds.

When he was a little younger, Vin was an extremely competitive runner including a marathon PB of 2 hrs 58 mins here in South Melbourne in 1990. Vin is still young and has maintained his edge at parkrun, despite a few injuries, with a PB of 22:52. This is the 36th fastest time for his age category here at Albert Park.

Many of you will recognize Vin's incredibly generous spirit, whether it's supporting or advising other runners, soliciting for volunteers or run directing. However, Vin's biggest contribution to parkrun is definitely the run reports that he painstakingly prepares every week. Quite simply, we would not have these run reports without Vin and many other parkruns around the country look on in awe and have used his reports as a basis for theirs. Many people who might never have considered themselves runners have got a huge buzz out of being named in a run report and Vin takes so much time and care to highlight the achievements and contributions of others every single week. Vin is always considerate and inclusive in the things he highlights and loves his statistics as well as a good pun or granddad joke. In addition volunteering every week to write the report Vin has volunteered another 22 times in a variety of roles.

We couldn't mention Vin without mentioning his beloved Richmond Tigers and it's quite appropriate that Friday night the Tigers triumphed over the Swans, who were once based not far from us in South Melbourne. Vin has certainly proven himself a champion of parkrun and, like the Tigers of old, he's strong and bold!

Thank you Vin, from everyone you've ever cheered, raced, paced, cajoled, encouraged, written about and most importantly befriended here at Albert Melbourne parkrun. Congratulations on 100 runs!"

Help our Polish cousins


For the second year in a row parkrun Poland has been nominated for the Best Polish Running Event Award. Last year votes from our fellow parkrunners in Poland got them to a respectable fourth place but this year they are looking to steal the crown. parkrun Poland was established in 2011 and there are now 24 events and nearly 30,000 registered parkrunners. Some of you have already visited Poland and enjoyed parkrunning on one of these great course. By winning the title parkrun Poland wishes to recognise its value and thank all of their volunteers for making it happen! Help our parkrun family in Poland make their dream come true and become the best running event in the country in 2015!

Please click here to vote!

In order to cast your vote please take the following steps:

1. Select ‘Parkrun polska’ from the list under ‘Biegowe Wydarzenie Roku! *’ (Best Running event)
2. Give your email address* (a confirmation email will be sent)
3. Give your mobile number* (a text will be sent)
4. Type the verification code (Kod weryfikujący). You can request a new code by clicking on ‘Pobierz nowy kod’
5. You will then get message “Dziękujemy za oddanie glosu. Zgłoszenie zostało wysłane. Sprawdź pocztę aby dokonać potwierdzenia linkiem aktywacyjnym.” This means “Thank you for voting. The report has been sent.
Please check your confirmation to make the activation link.”
6. The final step is to click the confirmation link in the email you will receive.

* FYI, the data protection act in Poland is one of the strictest in Europe so you can feel safe providing your email / phone number to this website.

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.

The Pointy End


Who is this? Lisa Allen from Darwin parkrun. Lisa has completed 56 parkruns and finished first female 33 times with a PB of 19:38, down from 26:00.

How the hell do you run so fast? I just hope for low humidity mornings! When you step off the plain and attempt to train up here, you will understand!

How many km do you run in an average training week? At the moment close to 60km, mainly before work and the heat. The stillness of the early morning is so pleasant.

What type of training do you typically do? Aside from running, I love my fun gym classes, which consist of weights, aerobics and spin. The instructors at Timeout Fitness Darwin are just so enthusiastic and happy. On average I do about 8 classes a week and a couple of pool sessions.

How long have you been running and have you always been so damn good? Not very long, my first parkrun was January 2014, but I’ve always been somewhat active to counteract the frequent chocolate incidents! But let’s not speak of these…

What is your favorite distance? You have to love a good fast 5km, that’s why parkrunday is my favorite day of the week. However at the moment, I love the challenge of long distance, I feel I can hold a good pace for 20km.

Do you have a coach and do you train with a squad? I enjoy running with a group on Wednesday evenings, Darwin Runners Club. They really lift your 5km times IF you can try to keep up. The fast members at the front are in a league of their own. It is well organised, like parkrun, so you can similarly try to beat your times.

How much faster would you like to go? I would love to get into the 18 minute 5km club, which would be brilliant! The Darwin parkrun course consists of almost stopping three times for the turnaround points, so to reach this time I know it will require hill sessions and interval training. But I do try to register for every different community run, just to attempt to ‘race’ with fast people, in different locations and for different causes.

What big events do you want to run? We have just completed our first marathon on the Gold Coast which was incredibly exciting! Richard was ahead of me but hit the wall at about the 29km mark. I ended up catching him and we crossed the line together in 3:39. We both learnt a lot about running that day!

#showusyourparkrun


This week’s entry is from Geoff Maxwell who writes – “Couldn't attend my Sandon Point parkrun this week as I was travelling in Far North Queensland. Here is a picture of me in Cape York, the most northern point of Australia.”

parkdog of the week


I’m Sierra, a 10 month old Siberian Husky that loves to run! I need lots of exercise and am so pleased that I’ve been able to get to parkruns at both Frog Hollow and Berwick Springs. I also love swimming and often try to jump in the lake mid-parkrun! I’m very friendly often pulling on the lead to say hello to someone. My human, Megan Gillette, gets a bit cranky when I pull too hard though!

Upcoming Special Events


Launches:
25/07 – Maryborough (Qld)
15/08 – Uni (NSW)
22/08 – Chermside (Qld)

Anniversaries:
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:
Until further notice – Heirisson Island (WA)
25/07 – Rocks Riverside (Qld)
10/10 – Geographe Bay (WA)

Other:
03/10 – International parkrun Day

Feedback from the field


Mel Erbacher – Last week the Sunshine Coast parkrun community lost one of own. The Fabulous Flo Page, Brightwater parkrun regular and parkrunner of the Month for February, passed away peacefully on Saturday 4th July surrounded by her family. A truly graceful and inspirational lady, Flo’s gentle kindness and positive attitude were always present, along with her luminous smile and cheeky giggle. Our love and sympathies go to Donella, Belinda, Sam, and their families. Thank you Flo, for sharing your sunshine with us all.


Claire Jemmett-Page – On Saturday during my 5km the true spirit of parkrun was on show. There I was, 500m to go and pushing for a PB. My legs were sore, my nose running, and mentally I was pushing myself every step. Then I got a side cramp, only a little one, but it was enough to bargain with myself to walk. Just 20 steps of walking I told myself, although I doubt that I would have been able to resist the pleasures of walking. Just as the 20 steps were about to be up a fellow runner passed me with the encouragement of "Keep going". That was enough for me to start up again, focus on the end and get my PB. Would I have gotten there without the walking? Probably not as my pace had slowed down far too much. Would I have gotten there without the support of the unknown runner? Most definitely not. So I would like to say thank you to all of the runners, especially my unknown runner, and volunteers who put in the effort to make sure that everyone has their best run.


Barry White - Just a quick note to thank you and everyone at parkrun for keeping this great machine going! Thanks also to Tim for coming to our (Logan River) 2nd birthday the other week. It was awesome to run with the parkrun legend and I was chuffed to stay in front of you for at least the first kilometre! I am fairly new to running, and have done 29 parkruns now, and PB at 21:26. I hope one day to have a results table like yours. I am sure you inspire a lot of people with your work for parkrun and your actual parkruns that make it look as easy as a jog down the road to post a letter.


Joan Perry - Last Saturday (4th June) I completed my 4th parkrun at Jells in Victoria. I was introduced to parkrun when visiting family at Coomera in Queensland. I did two there over two visits. Being new to running having always been a walker I said “when they start one close by to home I'll think about it.” So on the 27th June Jells started and I went along. As I say, I'm no runner, but bettered my Coomera PB by 8 minutes, then last week by another 2 minutes. I'm hooked, even though its cold, wet, dark and windy at 7am driving to Jells parkrun. Congratulations to all those concerned in starting up here and to the volunteers. I'm doing mine next week. I can boast that I came 1st in my age group last week, Oh' by the way I'm 72 years old (female).


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:  Richard Allen

Club:  Darwin Runners and Walkers Inc

Age:  29

Home parkrun:  Darwin

Occupation:  Electrician

Number of runs:  30

PB:  18:10 (equaled 3 times)

Number of times volunteered:  Officially 4, but always doing the extras.

Favourite volunteer role:  Photographer, as you can really capture everyone’s enjoyment, especially when pushing for a PB!

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  I enjoy giving back to a community event that has given me so much! And I do feel a bit guilty if I don’t, ha!

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  The Christmas day parkrun, seeing everyone run in Santa suits in the peak of the wet season!

How can we improve parkrun:  Slip and Slide finish?

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