weekly newsletter 1st September 2015

welcome to the newsletter


Over 4yrs ago at the first ever Main Beach parkrun, I knew that parkrun would have a massive impact on my life, it turns out it was bigger than I ever expected... Here I am on a flight from Cairns to Brisbane after a quick trip for Cairns parkrun’s 2nd Anniversary celebrations AND I am writing the parkrun newsletter, not to mention that 6 rows back I bump into Mr K, regular Coomera parkrunner - everywhere you turn there is a parkrunner!!

Plans have slightly changed, and for the next few months, you'll hear on a rotating basis from Territory Directors as well as Tim for your weekly news and updates.

I'm Renee, the Territory Director from the Gold Coast and like many of you have a parkrun story of my own. I'll tell you about that another day, but for now, I'll share some great encounters I've witnessed in the parkrun world over the last week.

My husband Adam and I spent parkrun day in Cairns for their 2nd anniversary. This was our first trip to Cairns and it certainly didn't disappoint. The spectacular course runs along the Esplanade with amazing views, a course record of 185 runners was set and Event Director Lorraine Lawson, plus another regular both ran their 100th runs.

Jim, a regular Cairns parkrunner ended with a sprint finish, which proved to be a bit too much and in attempting to sit for rest, he collapsed on the ground with everything spinning around him. Jim was quickly attended to by other regulars with water, jelly snakes and fruit and then while a group of men stood around to keep an eye on him they proceeded to tell him “You know what this means now Jim.. the rule is, once you collapse, you have to volunteer next week”. Absolutely brilliant - I think this rule should be implemented on all courses!

The picture below is Steve's hand painted mug. Steve, a keen parkrunner is kitted out with all merchandise, but when there wasn't a mug to purchase, he made his own. He's painted mugs for his family members and takes his along to the cafe for his post-run coffee each week. Steve's also keen to buy a campervan and travel round Australia to visit each parkrun course... He is just trying to convince his wife!

I don't get to Coomera, my home run, as much as I'd like these days, but while I was away my Dad who normally enjoys a flat course (Curl Curl) soaked up the hills of Coomera for his 51st parkrun - if I can't be there, a family presence is as good as any - Thanks Dad!

Lastly from Stanthorpe parkrun, Kirsten Ellis, our amazing Event Director bravely shared her story last week, and like many parkrun stories, it is extremely inspiring – I have included it below and I'll sign off with a big thanks and congratulations to Kirsten for sharing this - one of the many ways parkrun is changing lives.

Happy running,

Renee 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 – 29/08/2015:


Number of locations – 131
Number of runners – 13,969
Number of PBs – 2,828
Number of first timers – 1,898
Number of volunteers – 1,294
All time registrations – 230,691

‘parkrun STAR’ by Kirsten Ellis


Hi I’m Kirsten. I’m the ED (Event Director) for Stanthorpe parkrun. This whole thing was my crazy idea.

My entire life I have suffered from depression, anxiety, and panic attack disorder. It has been a part of who I am for a very long time, always something that I have needed to ‘fix’. I am constantly on a roller coaster ride, never knowing when the next ‘episode’ will hit me. It impacts my whole life- my ability to hold down a job, care for my children, have meaningful relationships, even tasks like grocery shopping is sometimes something I simply cannot do. I also have the other side- when I’m coming through the other side of an episode I have the opposite- I can write a University medal winning thesis, help write a first year Uni mathematics course, and come up with some pretty novel bug strategies in crops. It’s a balancing act.

I took up running because it helped. It helped my body and it helped my mind. I started parkrun because I had a euphoric moment where I sat down and did all the paperwork to get it up and running (only a couple of hours if you put your mind to it). parkrun is a gift in my life of stability- every Saturday there are people relying on me to be there. And I have been.

What I got in return is something that has helped me more than anyone will ever know. Once you get past the town gossips who call me crazy, there is a beautiful community of people in Stanthorpe who all get together and help each other. I learnt that every person has their own struggle with self worth, and there are no exceptions.

The people who come to parkrun are all facing their own version of what I face, maybe in a less spectacular fashion but no less meaningful to them. I have watched people in grief, people trying to lose weight, people who smoke and drink, people who have depression and anxiety, suffer from domestic violence, and all sorts come along and do a task, run or walk 5km, and give themselves such a sense of achievement that they leave again with self worth. I learnt that our struggles are not something to be ‘fixed’, but are in fact what makes us who we are.

parkrun has also given me access to a worldwide community of people who all started a parkrun in their community. These people are absolutely inspiring. Anyone wanting to join in with this are welcome to become a RD (Run Director) for Stanthorpe, and work behind the scenes with us.

Taking time to care for yourself, being selfish, discovering self worth, nurturing your body through healthy eating and exercise, is in my opinion the greatest gift you can give yourself, and the greatest gift you can give to others. Stanthorpe parkrun is a place where you are welcome to come and achieve something great- completing 5km. It is free, weekly, timed, and you help me to keep my sanity. I promise you will never embarrass yourself more than I do, and even if you do, Karl will high-5 you at the brass monkey loop and Melissa will be there to photograph it, then help you up again.

Entertainment Book


A massive thank you to everyone who purchased an Entertainment book via parkrun this year – a total of $2,817 has been raised which will go towards replacement equipment for existing events.

Books are still available to purchase here

parkdog of the week


Hi, I’m Missy, I’m a 10 year old Kelpie who loves to run. My Dad and I started parkrun when Mudgeeraba started up and I’ve run 69 of the 91 runs. I am well known at Mudgeeraba for my lightning starts and then my sudden stop to 'do my business' around the 1km mark.... Unfortunately I ruptured my ACL joint in my left hind leg in my most recent parkrun and have been told by the vet there will be no running for a few months. I will be back….. but until then, the start line will be a little quieter....

Upcoming Special Events


Launches:
05/09 – Warner Lakes (Qld), Lochiel (SA)
12/09 – Bega (NSW)
26/09 – Ashgrove (Qld)
03/10 – Hamilton Island (Qld), Petrie (Qld)
10/10 – Hamilton (Vic)
31/10 – Port Macquarie (NSW)

Anniversaries:
05/09 – Blue Gum Hills (NSW) 1st, Broadbeach Waters (Qld) 1st, Heirisson Island (WA) 1st, Warwick (Qld) 2nd
12/09 – Inverloch (Vic) 1st, Wynnum (Qld) 3rd
19/09 – New Farm (Qld) 4th, Pakenham (Vic) 1st
26/09 – Bowral (NSW) 1st, Merimbula (NSW) 2nd, Tamworth (NSW) 1st, Toowoomba (Qld) 2nd
11/10 – Berwick Springs parkrun (Vic) 2nd, Kalgoorlie-Boulder parkrun (WA) 2nd

Cancellations:
Until further notice – Heirisson Island (WA)
12/09 – Chermside (Qld), Penrith Lakes (NSW), Diamond Creek (Vic)
19/09 – Penrith Lakes (NSW), Murray Bridge (SA)
26/09 – Penrith Lakes (NSW)
03/10 – Penrith Lakes (NSW)
10/10 – Geographe Bay (WA)
24/10 – Chermside (Qld)
31/10 – Wangaratta (Vic), Penrith Lakes (NSW)
14/11 – Tamborine Mountain (Qld)
28/11 – Penrith Lakes (NSW)
13/02 – Geographe Bay (WA)

Other:
03/10 – International parkrun Day

Feedback from the field


Michaela Wilson - On Saturday, 29th August, I celebrated my 50th parkrun at my home run of Logan River. I had so many friends come along to join in the fun. Many of us wearing tutus (guys included!), and me running with giant balloons that my best running buddies organised! I also had a few friends attend Logan River for the first time to celebrate with me. One of those was an amazing young runner, 13 year old Kailey Wilton. Kailey set a new age record for our parkrun, finishing in first place overall with a time of 19:52. Her claim to that #1 token almost didn't happen though! As she was a First Timer at our parkrun, she missed the start of the finishing chute - running right past the cones! One of our regulars at Logan River, Garth Klee was right behind Kailey. They'd run the entire 5km within arms reach of each other. Garth could have claimed first place, but as you can see on the photo attached, he showed true sportsmanship and was a fine example of the spirit of parkrun. Garth called out to Kailey, got her to come back to the chute, and waited for her to cross the line first. I'm so glad that our volunteer photographer captured this moment to be able to share with you. This is a great example of what makes parkrun what it is. My family and I say there aren't enough parkruns in a week! We love it, and we love the friendships we've made at Logan River. We're very welcoming to our tourists! Everyone should come and say hello!


Lavinia Petrie - I'm just back from competing at the World Masters Championships in Lyon and read Tim’s flattering comments in the parkrun newsletter. It was a fantastic experience and I would like to thank all my Lillydale Lake parkrunners for their support. Since the newsletter’s publication I also ran the Half Marathon in 1:41.52 and was 14 minutes in front of the second placegetter. parkrun is a great way for people of all ages to come together and run for fun. We all have the same interest and when we run the same course every week we can compare times and check if we're improving or not. It's important also that we encourage each other. We all have to start somewhere. It's also encouraging that so many parkruns are being held all over Victoria now, and the best part is - that it's free! All we have to do is our duty 3 or 4 times a year and we're all helping each other.
Perhaps we'll meet up one day at a parkrun somewhere?


Jools Stammers - I took up jogging again in autumn earlier this year, after revisiting it last year too - having been a fairly regular jogger in my younger years (being in the 45-49 range now!). However I had never really stepped outside of my comfort zone - I always had felt my maximum time (never looked at distance) was 20 minutes, at a nice comfortable pace, and if I achieved that I congratulated myself. A few months ago I somehow heard of parkrun through the internet, and on Googling it I found there was even a parkrun at my local park, Coburg Lake, Melbourne. As soon as I read that I was determined to go, and for my next lunchtime jog at work I decided to go for it and aim for the 5km - just to see if I could do it or how far I could get. And I did it no problem! I was so pleased to have actually run all that distance, and was reminded how much attitude and goal-setting plays a big part in improving and progressing. I have since always been runing about 5km on my weekly (or so) jogs, with the 5km route taking me 35 minutes. Last Saturday was another weekend where I'd been thinking I might do the parkrun - but the thought of that 8am start was some challenge. I'd had a bit of a late night (but no alcohol - sure is a big help!), and didn't set my alarm and thought I'd see how it went - maybe I'd wake up in time & feel like going. Thanks to my reliable live cat alarm (half an hour after normal weekday wake-up time is rather too late for breakfast for my feline friend, who is a good communicator), I was up, breakfasted (lightly - my dilemma on whether it's sensible or not to have any finally ruled that I had to have something) and out on my bike (having seen on Coburg parkrun's website their push for no driving if possible) in just half an hour or so. I joined the group of stretchers with a couple of minutes to spare, having first gone to the wrong end of the park first (still waking up), and was relieved to have made it. I would have run the course anyway but no doubt would have been far slower without the group encouragement and lack of knowing it was being timed by someone else. I'd forgotten there was a hill at the park, and in fact the route though the park and by Merri Creek had a number of rises - and I'm not used to running up anything like hills! The first-timers (there were 4 of us) were warned of this before we ran, which helped. It certainly was challenging, but the last third was much easier than I thought it would be and quite relaxed - room to beat that PB next time I think! With quiet excitement and some trepidation I checked my emails at the post-run café coffees afterwards, and I was surprised and certainly pleased to see my PB is 29:22 - despite the 'hills' and my rushed start to the event! Looking forward to my second parkrun and many more after that.


Vanessa Gibson - Hope (age 5) was celebrating her 10th parkrun, while my training buddy Rebekah was doing her 50th - so a group of us decided it was a tutu morning!  Love this pic of the girls encouraging Hope along the course!


Jo Smith (Event Director @ Yarrabilba parkrun) - Regular Yarrabilba parkrunner David chose the finish line of Saturday's parkrun to propose to his girlfriend Victoria. This did add to Victoria's time as David stopped her before she crossed the finish line but so far she hasn't complained! The rest of us are now busily planning
a parkrun wedding, although David and Victoria have not yet agreed to that.


Karen Landry - I believe my friends & I may be able to top Tim’s recent parkrun trip. We… Tigger Bec, Sandra Sully, Jeanette Rabbit & myself (Cheshire Kaz), did a roadtrip from Brisvegas to Sydney for the City2Surf 2015. We departed, in our onesies, midnight Friday night, 1st destination being Taree parkrun. After some 7+ hours of travelling, stopping for a photoshoot at every Big Icon on the way, (the big prawn, the big banana, the big oyster) as you do, we arrived in Taree. The drive was definitely worth it, the location, along the Manning River was picturesque, the country hospitality 2nd to none, & small world, you never know who you'll run into! An old family friend, Mrs T, 79yrs young & still fit as a fiddle, doing her 1st parkrun, Marg, her daughter is one of the Run Directors at Taree parkrun. From here, destination Sydney, again, stopping at MORE Big Icons, who know we had sooo many, (the big Head Phones, the big Ayers Rocks etc), even managing a photoshoot with a Roadside Drug & Alcohol Van. After tackling Heartbreak Hill + the 6km hilly lead up to it, no one EVER mentions that! We hit trails back to Brissy, minus the photoshoots, we were over them, arriving home, not so bright-eyed & bushy-tailed at 2:30am Monday, having had a runtabulous time. Our trip was originally planned to raise awareness for Hummingbird House, QLD's only Children's Hospice, along the way we met some amazing people, made new life-long friends & experienced unforgettable random act of kindness.


Richard Mullaney - This may not sound as exciting as Tim’s recent journey but last year we were on holiday in the UK, staying at Stratford On Avon. I worked out that the best place for a parkrun was about 45 minutes drive north at Brueton parkrun. So we (my wife and two children) hastily packed up our belongings, locked up our little cottage and drove our 'remote keyless ignition' hire car round to drop the key sat the reception which was closed and not due to open for two hours. My wife jumped out the car, posted the keys, and it was at that point I realised she'd taken the hire car 'key' and posted that by accident meaning as soon as we stopped the car we wouldn't be able to restart it. After frantic phone calls we were able to get someone to reception, exchange the keys and get to Brueton parkrun minutes before the start near Solihull. But then I realised I didn't have my barcode but managed to first place in 16:59.


Abbie Grace – Thanks Maribyrnong parkrun for a great trip with Alice to 'One'derland to celebrate our first anniversary parkrun. Many of our 131 runners made their way around the track in costume, we had a 'last parkrunner standing' victory lineup to cheer on each finisher, and an expertly created cake to recover with. Run Director Stuart Hilton has created a fun 'parkrun in 33 seconds' timelapse of the event covering before the briefing right through to our finishers getting their barcodes scanned. Special thanks to Zoe Danaher for the fabulous cake, our five run directors (pictured) who volunteered on the day freeing them up to join the costuming fun, and to everyone for that typical parkrun enthusiasm that makes the run worth getting out of bed for every week. Great work, team!


Melissa Church - I am the newbie. 4 yrs ago a 28min 5km was my daily UK snow run to work. But, starting out after long absence, post baby + 40kg + spine damage I can only walk/run the 5km in 1 min intervals. Yes, I'm that one. I took my 2 year old with me on the weekend, but could only manage to walk with pram (how do they do it). Sorry to all who had to run the return leg past us with him scoffing lamingtons! So when you see us walking at 60 min pace and coming in long way off last know we feel HAPPIER THAN THE FIRST FINISHER. We started, we endured, we finished.


Andy and Karen Turner - Great to hear the dedication to parkrun. We feel more normal now. Having just returned from a night away from Cleveland parkrun in Kirra to do parkrun there we've now booked flights back home to the UK for Christmas. It was to our great delight that we realised the flight would have us land on a Saturday morning just after 6am at Heathrow. We were very keen to do Bushy parkrun and looking at the map we were extremely excited to notice the proximity to Heathrow. If we time it well we can be out of Heathrow and make our way to parkrun number 602 at Bushy Park for a 9am run. After 24 hours of flying I'm sure we will look a bit jaded but we'll keep you posted on how that goes.


April McMillan - parkrun is the most awesome thing ever! Since I heard about it just over a year ago I've wanted to join in. We had just moved to a town where the closest parkrun was 40 minutes away, and I was 8 months pregnant with my 3rd child... It wasn't easy or practical to get there. Here I am, with youngest bub now 13 months old and we happened to plan a short holiday at the beautiful Fingal Bay. At the caravan park which is almost directly across from the parkrun start! Of course my first parkrun was scheduled into our 'to-do's. I loved running with other people! I'm normally a lone runner, but I had people to catch up to so I ran faster and harder. Very happy with my first time. And I kept passing my little cheer squad of my husband, 5 year old, 3 year old and happy bub. Hope to be there again soon.


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:  Emma Nicholson

Age:  37

Home parkrun:  Kirra

Occupation:  Police officer

Number of runs:  36

PB:  28:22

Number of times volunteered:  7, 3 as RD

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  I volunteer at parkrun because without volunteers, there would be no parkrun and I can’t imagine a Saturday morning without seeing the joy and happiness that parkrun brings. As I get to know more parkrunners, I see the positive impact that parkrun has made on so many people. It’s a great movement to be a part of.

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 25th August 2015

welcome to the newsletter


Have you ever done something extraordinary, perhaps even outrageous, just to get to a parkrun? Over the last 4 years I’ve heard of people driving huge distances, skipping significant family occasions… even paying big money to reschedule international flights, all in the name of getting their free, timed, 5km fix! Well on Saturday I joined this crazy club. Let me explain.

As mentioned in this newsletter 2 weeks ago, my wife and I recently made the big decision to move our family from the Gold Coast to Cannonvale, some 1,200km north. Our completion date was scheduled for September 2 and our drive would take us through several parkrun towns, namely Maryborough, Hervey Bay and Gladstone. A quick look at our ‘Upcoming Special Events’ section (as per below) told me that Hervey Bay parkrun’s 1st anniversary was to be celebrated on August 22 which meant only one thing; I needed to change the completion date of our house purchase to enable us to attend Hervey Bay’s big day!

Easier said than done, let me tell you. Working back from August 22 we calculated that we could depart the Gold Coast on August 20 and drive to Noosa. The following day we would travel on to Toogoom (15km north of Hervey Bay) and spend the night with our mates Adam and Bec, owners of restaurant Goody’s On The Beach (there’s your shameless plug Adam), so we could be there nice and early for parkrun. We would then punch out 800km all the way to Mackay by Saturday nightfall. And then Sunday we would finish off with an easy 90 minutes to our new home in Cannonvale. In order to have the keys waiting for us we would need to complete the house purchase on the last working day which would be Friday August 21, so that was the request I put in to our solicitor and she in turn put to the seller who thankfully agreed.

But that wasn’t the end of the story. As we were leaving the Gold Coast we received a call from our solicitor saying that our bank was having some ‘technical difficulties’ and there was a very good chance we wouldn’t complete on time. This would mean that we would be homeless in Cannonvale on the Sunday night… however thankfully we received another call on Friday afternoon saying that completion would in fact happen on time meaning that the keys were indeed waiting for us on Sunday and I’m now typing this in our new home!

So can anyone top that?

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 – 22/08/2015:


Number of locations – 132
Number of runners – 14,871
Number of PBs – 2,652
Number of first timers – 2,244
Number of volunteers – 1,189
All time registrations – 228,816

‘Our parkrun journey’ by Charina Giron


Before coming to Australia from The Philippines in 2000, volunteering was an alien concept to me. Doing things for free was not the "thing to do" except perhaps within the church community. There was always a price to service, right? Or at least we expected it.

In Australia, volunteering is at the core of what makes this country great. One does not really talk much about it because there are other bigger things to grind, and maybe because volunteering is such a natural thing to do here, no one really makes a big deal of it.

I found many ways of giving. The first time I had a taste of it was at my kids' schools. One can volunteer to teach little ones struggling in Maths or English a few hours each week. I volunteered a few times at my son's high school canteen. I take a day off work just to serve hungry teenagers at Normanhurst Boys' High School. I get to see how a school canteen operates, meet other mums and immerse myself in the school culture from the canteen perspective. Another way to give up our precious bandwidth is to raise funds for various organisations that we believe in - World Vision, Red Cross, Cancer Council etc. I found myself doing all of the above without really thinking much about the value and merit of it to myself and to my community. Someone asked and I simply responded wholeheartedly. End of story. All because these contributions were one-off's, no ongoing commitment required!

Until today. Because today, my husband Ariel, just became a parkrun Run Director and that means I too, with him. We discovered Parramatta parkrun in 2014 via several Running Mums Australia posts in Facebook. Ariel and I were hooked. We have been to Penrith Lakes parkrun too. We did a Main Beach freedom run two days before my first marathon at the Gold Coast in July 2015. We discovered that most parkrunners design their holidays so that they can parkrun around Australia and the world. We got excited. We fully intend to do parkrun Southwark, London in our upcoming September trip.

"How do we give back to running, that which has given us health, self-awareness, confidence, pride and purpose in our 40s?", we asked ourselves often. parkrun gave us the answer.

When The Ponds parkrun launched 13 weeks ago, Ariel volunteered as a timekeeper and I gave out the finish tokens. It was fun to be on the other side. It was fulfilling to see people's faces as they cross the finish line. The heavy breathing, the pained but elated smiles. We kept coming back to help out. I have volunteered more than I have run at The Ponds. Ariel and I have only run it once, opting to do our own long runs on Sundays instead. Since this parkrun chapter is still at its infancy, volunteers were badly needed to keep the event alive every Saturday. And that's how we responded to The Ponds call!

I don't know any of the runners and walkers who come every Saturday, but that does not matter at all. We give up our time and energy for them, gladly. I now know what real and lasting "giving" is all about. We simply found something that captured our imagination, something that ignited us. Surprisingly, we don't feel the need to run all the time. Rather, we want to be part of the behind-the-scenes that allowed people to have a place to go to for their fitness. parkrun is about sharing an experience, it's a place of solace for some and kinship for all. Each one of us are on personal fitness journeys. To some, parkrun may be their only form of exercise after a hard work week.

Ultimately, my husband and I just want to be around people on similar trajectories. I am a proud RD wifey. We are both introverted, so I love that as a couple, we continue to grow and flex ourselves in unchartered directions. This is how we choose to journey and I am happy to show up most Saturdays at 7.00am for the love of parkrunning.

Like most events, The Ponds is in need of more Run Directors. Have you thought about giving it a go? You will get hands on training and it helps to sustain this parkrun amazing parkrun community. Start a conversation with your Event Director after your next parkrun or contact them through your event’s Facebook. What are you waiting for?

Director - Voluntary Role – FINAL CALL


From quiet beginnings, parkrun Australia has grown to be a major force for grassroots athletic participation and community engagement. To reflect this rapid development, we are seeking nominations for a Director to join our Board and help guide us through our next phase.

Looking to the future, our challenge is to continue to thrive and expand in a sustainable manner, making the most of the opportunities offered to us and seeking new opportunities. With over 200,000 people registered with us in Australia, our aims are to encourage them to continue to participate, welcome new people and work with our volunteer teams and participants to provide fun and friendly weekly events.

The role

We are looking for Directors who possesses the skills and experience to make a significant contribution to the governance of parkrun Australia.

Together with other Board members, the successful applicant will be involved in shaping the strategic aims of the organisation. This is an opportunity to provide creative, informed and constructive input to the objectives and plans submitted by the Chief Executive Officer.

The position will be confirmed at the parkrun Australia AGM on 10th October 2015 and the post holder will be required to commit several hours per month, which includes board meeting teleconferences every six weeks in addition to attending the Annual General Meeting in 2016. Reasonable out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed.

Interested?

We are seeking individuals who are or have been a board member (or equivalent) in the public, private or voluntary sector, or a trustee of a charity. Individuals with expert knowledge, skills and professional experience in the areas of sponsorship, marketing, communications, corporations law, finance, risk management or human resources would complement the skills set of our current Board members.

If you are interested, please email a short CV (no longer than three pages) outlining your past achievements, plus a one page statement setting out what you think you can bring to the role. Send via email to gareth@parkrun.com.

parkrun Australia is an equal opportunities employer. Applications are welcomed from all sectors of society and all appointments are made on merit alone.

The closing date for applications is 5pm, this Friday 28/08/2015.

Entertainment Book Free Postage


Click here for free postage on your Entertainment Book.

parkdog of the week


My name is Bear and I am a 23 month old German Shepherd. My human Amechai Bawden is a regular at Mt Gambier parkrun in South Australia. He is way too fast for me so even though I sometimes go to watch I'm still waiting for my first run. I must be a volunteer supporter!

Upcoming Special Events


Launches:
05/09 – Warner Lakes (Qld), Lochiel (SA)
12/09 – Bega (NSW)
26/09 – Ashgrove (Qld)
03/10 – Hamilton Island (Qld), Petrie (Qld)
10/10 – Hamilton (Vic)
31/10 – Port Macquarie (NSW)

Anniversaries:
29/08 – Cairns (Qld) 2nd, Capalaba (Qld) 1st, Lake Joondalup (WA) 1st
05/09 – Blue Gum Hills (NSW) 1st, Broadbeach Waters (Qld) 1st, Heirisson Island (WA) 1st, Warwick (Qld) 2nd
12/09 – Inverloch (Vic) 1st, Wynnum (Qld) 3rd
19/09 – New Farm (Qld) 4th, Pakenham (Vic) 1st
26/09 – Bowral (NSW) 1st, Merimbula (NSW) 2nd, Tamworth (NSW) 1st, Toowoomba (Qld) 2nd

Cancellations:
Until further notice – Heirisson Island (WA)
29/08 – Albury Wodonga (NSW)
12/09 – Chermside (Qld), Penrith Lakes (NSW), Diamond Creek (Vic)
19/09 – Penrith Lakes (NSW)
26/09 – Penrith Lakes (NSW)
03/10 – Penrith Lakes (NSW)
10/10 – Geographe Bay (WA)
24/10 – Chermside (Qld)
31/10 – Wangaratta (Vic), Penrith Lakes (NSW)
14/11 – Tamborine Mountain (Qld)
28/11 – Penrith Lakes (NSW)
13/02 – Geographe Bay (WA)

Other:
03/10 – International parkrun Day

Feedback from the field


Louise McDonald - I ran for my second time last week and beat my previous record by over 3 minutes. I love it. The views throughout the run are great, the people are great and it's such an amazing feeling after each run. ‎A big thank you to parkrun and its volunteers.


Debbi Weaver - Thanks so much for highlighting Lavinia Petrie's amazing achievements in your newsletter. I am also a regular runner at Lillydale Lake parkrun, but right at the back of the field, so I usually only get to see Lavinia when she is doing her 'cool-down' run. She runs the same route, but in the opposite direction, and always offers encouragement as she passes us stragglers. I was lucky enough to run with Lavinia when she volunteered as tail-runner (yes, she does her share of volunteering duties!), and am very proud to say that I was the grateful recipient of some excellent running tips from a multiple world champion! Not only an inspirational athlete on the world stage, but a genuinely lovely person – so typical of parkrunners.


Spencer and Kerry Robinson - We'd like to tell you about our daughter, Amelia. We all started Yarrabilba parkrun this year, Amelia has volunteered 4 times and celebrated her 10th run last weekend with a PB, smashing her best by 2min 15sec. Amelia has yet to run the whole 5km, but was very happy with only walking about 30m to recover. But we were very proud of how strongly she finished, running away from dad big time. A great photo of her on the way to finish line. We love our parkrunning.


Nev Sheather - I was so happy to see the 'wave if you love parkrun sign' (I did – wave that is) near the end of the City 2 Surf, as I had just recovered from an Achilles and calf injury, wasn't sure if I was going to make it. But I completed my 17th C2S in a slow jog time, that's all that matters!


Peter Hawken - Have just read this week’s newsletter and at the start there is a line that parkrun is not about winning. While I totally agree that winning the run each week is not what parkrun is about I truly believe that parkrun is all about WINNING. I run at Parramatta parkrun and have only run 11 times and volunteered 3 times in a year due to other commitments. I finish in about 30 minutes so would never be in the category to "win" each week, but I have won so so much in that year thanks in part to parkrun. I have won some amazing friends by attending parkrun, people that I doubt I would have met otherwise. I have won a running family that supports each other when finding it hard out on the road. Just today at the 4km mark I slowed and immediately someone else running encouraged me and my pace increased. I have won a new thing to talk about with existing friends all over the world, some of whomever a parkrunning converts now. I have won a shortlist of holiday destinations, as I always check if there is a parkrun before booking (p.s. Can you organise a Fiji parkrun as wouldn't mind a holiday there). I have won my fitness back, having lost 10kg in a year with parkrun being a big part of that as I always want to do better and having a regular event to go to for free always gives me a target to aim for. And most of all I have won my life back, losing 10kg has given me more energy and I have more fun with my son who has already helped twice as a marshal even though he is still under 4. He always asks me how I did and tells me off if I don't go when not otherwise committed to something. Winning all these things tells me that parkrun is ALL ABOUT WINNING but not the run.


Belinda Jones - Just like you practice your new signature before you get married; Petrie parkrun co-Event Director Kelly has been practicing her parkrun logo on the concrete verandah around her house using chalk!


Elizabeth Antaw - I went to Blue Gum Hills parkrun today. Unfortunately I didn't finish as I took a bit of a tumble just before 3km (the damage looks worse than it actually is). But what amazed me was that nearly everyone who either saw me go down or went past me as I hobbled down to the Marshall offered their assistance. Some people were even prepared to sacrifice their own run to help me! I was totally blown away by everyone's kindness.


Melvyn Cox - My first parkrun for 11 weeks today, so quite excited. I was 2.2km in when I suddenly realised I hadn't brought my barcode! Thoughts quickly turned to: can I get home and back in time to get scanned? I live 18 traffic lights away but it was worth a shot, so crossed the finish line and headed straight to the car, token still in hand. Went home, got the barcode, came back just in time to get scanned as the tail runner approached the finish line. Phew, disaster averted!


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:  Steve Chilcott

Age:  31

Home parkrun:  Bunbury

Occupation:  Refinery Process Operator

Number of runs:  31

PB:  21:17

Number of times volunteered:  63

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  I'd have to say our Christmas run in 2014. I donned an inflatable Santa suit which looked awesome but wasn't overly practical given it was air tight and it was 30 degrees plus that morning. I still managed to get around the course without collapsing although it was touch and go for the last Km. Getting waves and honks from passing cars, singing Christmas carols while trying to run and not swallow a giant beard and stopping for selfies with tourists out for a morning walk was such a great fun day and still makes me laugh looking back at the photos. It will be hard to top that costume for Christmas 2015...

I volunteer at parkrun because:  It's usually a good excuse to get me out of running, especially in the cold and the wet! When I'm running I don't get to see the most of our runners putting in the hard yards or lead runners finishing and the volunteers enjoying the other side of parkrun. Volunteering gives me the social aspect of running that I don't get in training or racing and it is the reason I look forward to Saturday mornings so much. Everyone is so grateful to have parkrun in our city and I love being able to be a part of this community and helping out to make the events happen each week.

One thing I love about parkrun is:  The parkrun community both at my local parkrun and the greater parkrun community. Especially in WA the camaraderie at all our major events is amazing and I have met so many great people over my couple of years being involved. I love to see visitors to our parkrun no matter where they have travelled from be it Perth, Mt Clarence, Kalgoorlie, Geographe Bay or from the East Coast being able to be a part of the larger parkrun family is an incredible feeling. To be able to see the passion and excitement in everyone who comes along from all walks of life makes the events as awesome as they are.

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 18th August 2015

welcome to the newsletter


We all know that parkrun is a run, not a race. And that we have no winners and no losers, just participants. However for once I actually want to talk about a parkrunner winning… and winning big time.

Lillydale Lake parkrunner Lavinia Petrie (pictured above) has just wiped the floor at the 2015 World Masters Athletics Championships in Lyon, France. How is this for a set of results?

W70 1500m – 1st place 6:13.95 (23 seconds ahead of 2nd place)
W70 5000m run – 1st place 22:01.27 (1:49 ahead of 2nd place)
W70 8000m run – 1st place 36:57 (2:17 ahead of 2nd place)
W70 10000m run – 1st place 45:02.26 (4:33 ahead of 2nd place)

AMAZING!

Lavinia, if you’re reading this whilst sipping champagne in St Tropez, you are an inspiration to all parkrunners, young and old. Thank you for honoring us at parkrun with your presence.

I think the rest of us have got some work to do…

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 – 15/08/2015:


Number of locations – 131
Number of runners – 14,619
Number of PBs – 3,116
Number of first timers – 2,272
Number of volunteers – 1,222
Number of members – 227,088

Director - Voluntary Role


From quiet beginnings, parkrun Australia has grown to be a major force for grassroots athletic participation and community engagement. To reflect this rapid development, we are seeking nominations for a Director to join our Board and help guide us through our next phase.

Looking to the future, our challenge is to continue to thrive and expand in a sustainable manner, making the most of the opportunities offered to us and seeking new opportunities. With over 200,000 people registered with us in Australia, our aims are to encourage them to continue to participate, welcome new people and work with our volunteer teams and participants to provide fun and friendly weekly events.

The role

We are looking for Directors who possesses the skills and experience to make a significant contribution to the governance of parkrun Australia.

Together with other Board members, the successful applicant will be involved in shaping the strategic aims of the organisation. This is an opportunity to provide creative, informed and constructive input to the objectives and plans submitted by the Chief Executive Officer.

The position will be confirmed at the parkrun Australia AGM on 10th October 2015 and the post holder will be required to commit several hours per month, which includes board meeting teleconferences every six weeks in addition to attending the Annual General Meeting in 2016. Reasonable out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed.

Interested?

We are seeking individuals who are or have been a board member (or equivalent) in the public, private or voluntary sector, or a trustee of a charity. Individuals with expert knowledge, skills and professional experience in the areas of sponsorship, marketing, communications, corporations law, finance, risk management or human resources would complement the skills set of our current Board members.

If you are interested, please email a short CV (no longer than three pages) outlining your past achievements, plus a one page statement setting out what you think you can bring to the role. Send via email to gareth@parkrun.com.

parkrun Australia is an equal opportunities employer. Applications are welcomed from all sectors of society and all appointments are made on merit alone.

The closing date for applications is 5pm, Friday 28/08/2015.

Greater Raymond Terrace Fun Run


Here’s a great event to help you keep up your running through these winter months - the Greater Raymond Terrace Fun Run held on the first Sunday in Spring - 6 September. The run is held in the picturesque settings of Raymond Terrace, a historic river town located on the banks of the Hunter River and features 8km, 4km and 2km events. Something for all parkrunners. Register now, and we highly recommend anyone wanting a weekend away to take advantage of the Hunter Valley and tie it in with this run.

Entertainment Book Free Postage


Click here for free postage on your Entertainment Book.

parkdog of the week


My name is Maggie and I am a black labrador. I started doing parkrun a few months ago when I was 35kg… when it was more of a 'parkwalk'! I have now lost almost 10kg and have dropped my PB to 27.33. There is nothing I love more than getting up early on a Saturday with the sun shining ready for a scenic run adjacent to the river at Parramatta parkrun. Ruff Ruff!

Upcoming Special Events


Launches:
22/08 – Chermside (Qld)
05/09 – Warner Lakes (Qld), Lochiel (SA)
12/09 – Bega (NSW)
26/09 – Ashgrove (Qld)
03/10 – Hamilton Island (Qld)
10/10 – Hamilton (Vic)
31/10 – Port Macquarie (NSW)

Anniversaries:
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
05/09 – Blue Gum Hills (NSW) 1st, Broadbeach Waters (Qld) 1st, Heirisson Island (WA) 1st, Warwick (Qld) 2nd
12/09 – Inverloch (Vic) 1st, Wynnum (Qld) 3rd
19/09 – New Farm (Qld) 4th, Pakenham (Vic) 1st
26/09 – Bowral (NSW) 1st, Merimbula (NSW) 2nd, Tamworth (NSW) 1st, Toowoomba (Qld) 2nd

Cancellations:
Until further notice – Heirisson Island (WA)
12/09 – Chermside (Qld), Penrith Lakes (NSW), Diamond Creek (Vic)
19/09 – Penrith Lakes (NSW)
26/09 – Penrith Lakes (NSW)
03/10 – Penrith Lakes (NSW)
10/10 – Geographe Bay (WA)
24/10 – Chermside (Qld)
31/10 – Wangaratta (Vic), Penrith Lakes (NSW)
14/11 – Tamborine Mountain (Qld)
28/11 – Penrith Lakes (NSW)
13/02 – Geographe Bay (WA)

Other:
03/10 – International parkrun Day

Feedback from the field


Sandra Lamari - I was so glad when I got my 50 shirt, but I wasn't going to be able to wear it that weekend as I was hiking up Mount Bartle Frere instead! That is when I knew I had to take it with me and wear it to the top of the tallest mountain in Queensland, 1622 metres. It was freezing at the summit so I only took my jacket off briefly for this pic. It was a very comfortable shirt for hiking in. I am sure it is a great shirt for running in as well.


Liz Jones - I just wanted to say thanks for the amazing and inspirational job you are doing, with a friendly movement of grassroots community fitness!! It's been 12 weeks since we moved to our new home city, Toowoomba, and it's been hectic, with a toddler, and both my husband and I still commuting back to Brisbane for work. So, it took a while, but we finally pulled ourselves out of bed last Saturday to join the friendly crew at Toowoomba parkrun, just in time for a -3 degrees morning! We had to drive there with our windows down, as we couldn't see out of our frost-covered windscreen! However, once we started jogging with a small crowd, with the energy of complete strangers all braving the beautiful but chilly morning together, I felt a surge of happiness course through me: we were joining the community! Even as our little boy's cheeks grew pink in the cold, and I struggled up that looooong hill for the second lap, the calls of encouragement were propelling me to my first ever parkrun finish. I love the concept, the experience, the energy and happiness of parkrun! We will be back, and will be doing our best to bring our new friends with us. Thanks again.


David D'Alessio - I have been running at St Peters parkrun since October 2014 and have absolutely loved it. My wife Jenny on the other hand spent the equivalent Saturday 8am morning in bed. I had always asked for her to come and join me and she always had the same response, "I can't run". Finally two months ago, she signed up and joined me for her first run in around 15 years. Running to a shopping sale was no problem, but a 5K parkrun was another story to her. I said I would run and walk with her for first run. Well bugger me she ran the 5K straight off the bat even up the famous hill at St Peters. Her time was 32.26. She was elated with it. The burning desire kicked in and she was determined to beat it the following week, and low and behold, she beat her time, then the same the following week, the same after that. Four straight weeks of PBs and now the topic of household always has parkrun mentioned in it. 9 runs later and her current personal best is 28.00 flat. To say I am proud of her is an understatement and I am so thankful for parkrun for the ability to get her out of bed at 7am on a Saturday morning to get to St Peters to see her fall in love with running. Thank you parkrun.


Matthew Finnigan - I have lived a few hundred metres away from the Westerfolds parkrun for over five years and finally got the motivation to go down on a Saturday morning to grind my way around the 5km track. I haven't been able to make it around without stopping yet but I can feel my body coming alive again and am really enjoying the challenge. A great motivator so far is that every week I am get a new PB. Not sure how long that will last! The fellow runners have been so welcoming and only wish I had gone down earlier.


Jolene Robins - I completed my first parkrun this Saturday just gone and felt absolutely fantastic! Thank you so much to those who have put this amazing event together. At our weekly morning tea group at work I was talking about how desperate I was to improve my health & fitness. One of my work colleagues suggested the parkrun in our area which is Singleton. I am so grateful to him for pointing me in the right direction. Registering and turning up on the morning was a huge achievement for me. I totally sucked on the day but I feel quite confident that each week I will suck a little less and hopefully I will find my way and be able to run the full 5km and start thinking about achieving PBs. It also has encouraged me to continue exercising during the week. The volunteers on the day were fabulous I am sorry I did not remember their names or else I would have mentioned each one of them. You can count on it that they are doing the parkrun name very proud. They were so helpful and made me feel welcome so thank you to them too.


Steve Harris - Reported recently was a volunteer who was surprised that people had their barcodes on their phones and thought we could scan it from there "like the airlines have do". Now for anyone who has NOT been stuck in the queue behind some Gen Y at the airport boarding gate let me tell you that it does not always work smoothly for the airlines. And unfortunately it does not work AT ALL for parkrun so please bring a hard copy of your barcode to parkrun. SUGGESTION - keep on of your copies in your phone case - behind your phone.
Remember no barcode… sadly… no time.


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:  Robert Prentice

Age:  60

Home parkrun:  Campbelltown NSW

Occupation:  Retired

Number of runs:  77

Number of times volunteered:  80+

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  I was looking for some 5kms to run after I decided I didn't want to run serious anymore. St Peters parkrun came up on the radar and I had a go (31:26). Paul Wilcock took my photo and made me feel welcome straight away. 18 months later I needed to start Campbelltown parkrun as I was hooked. I do miss St Peters, but we have a great group of parkrunners at Campbelltown.

Why do you volunteer?:  I volunteer because - I have had a great time running in the last 40 years and I like the way parkrun works. I needed to be a part of it.

One thing I love about parkrun?:  That everyone is just as important as the next. I like the way someone who runs a PB is the big 'winner' not necessarily the one who crosses the line first.

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



⇐ Newer Posts this Month