weekly newsletter 27th October 2015

welcome to the newsletter


Never underestimate a parkrun launch!

Paradise Point parkrun launched on 17th October with typically superb Gold Coast weather which goes some way to explaining why an incredible 345 of you come to get your parkrun on! Not many of you would know this but a new parkrun event kit these comes with only 1 – 300 finishing tokens... hmmm whoops! But thanks to our quick thinking debutant Event Director Tony a fix was implemented on the spot. As a Territory Director, I have now learnt to carry tokens 301 – 500 with me to future launches!

Paradise Point is on the Northern end of the Gold Coast and the course runs along the foreshore, through parkland and along the boardwalk, it’s a scenic, flat and fast course! Special mention must also go to local Councillor Cameron Caldwell, a school chum of Tim Oberg’s, for the wonderful support he has provided parkrun in getting established in this community.

Last time I wrote the newsletter I had flown to Cairns to help celebrate their 2nd anniversary. This time my husband Adam and I left home at 3am to drive from the Gold Coast to Yamba parkrun… why??? Why not???

So, I am currently sitting in the car, en-route to Sydney. New parkrun courses along this stretch of Northern NSW have been in great demand, and are now starting to pop up which certainly makes the road trip more exciting! Our trip to Sydney will be quick. While you are reading this we should be boarding a plane bound for New York where Adam will run his 2nd NYC Marathon. Keep an eye on the parkrun Australia FB page for photos!

Yamba parkrun is a stunning course. It’s a flat, fast two lap course that runs along the river, mostly on path but with a nice stretch of grass. The Run Director, Vicki tells me her nickname is Rain Director as every time she is rostered on the heavens open… well, she certainly didn’t lie – but the light sprinkle didn’t stop 40 locals and a handful of dogs for the perfect way to start their Saturday morning.

Vicki also summed up parkrun so well, “We welcome all runners and walkers no matter your speed. 5km completed in 18 minutes is the same distance as 5km completed in 60 minutes.”

Lastly, our amazing founding Event Director of Ipswich parkrun in Queensland, Rochelle Vaisanen, scanned her last batch of barcodes over the weekend and shares this:

Today I stepped down as Event Director at Ipswich QLD parkrun.

Starting a parkrun has been a humbling experience. The community becomes your family and it's extremely special to be involved in something as simple as providing a 5km run that becomes life changing for people.

This community has been there every week as I transitioned from a bald head cancer patient to the person I am today. They celebrated every milestone from running again post surgeries to being able to use a hairbrush again.

Rochelle, on behalf of parkrun Australia, thank you, it’s been amazing to share this journey with you. You are truly inspirational and a very special part of the parkrun family. You’ve bought 88 runs to Ipswich and we now hope you enjoy a little bit of parkrun tourism.

Happy running,

Renee Gimbert

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

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Essential Stats for Australia & Singapore – 24/10/2015:


Number of locations – 140
Number of runners – 18,489
Number of PBs – 3,717
Number of first timers – 2,832
Number of volunteers – 1,314
All time registrations – 249,057

‘The key to parkrun success’ by Scott Watkins


This is the amazing story of David, Rich, mixed-up keys, houses with identical locks, a baby, a PB and how your parkrun barcode can save you.

We have a key bucket at Albert Melbourne parkrun where people leave their keys while they go around the lake. At the end of parkrun today, Rich realised that someone had taken his keys and left theirs behind. Amazingly, the keys were very similar – they both had an electronic car fob and a red-coloured house key. After hours of searching cafes and messages on Facebook we were finally contacted by David, asking if, by chance, we had his keys. It turns out that David was up all night as his wife gave birth to a healthy baby boy. At 6.30am, David was full of energy so he ran straight to parkrun from the hospital and then proceeded to run a parkrun PB. After the run he mistakenly took Rich’s keys home.

By this stage David was pretty tired but he didn’t realise he had the wrong keys because Rich’s house key opened David’s house door! Yes, apparently these two families have identical door locks. The car that David then tried to drive belonged to his wife so he didn’t immediately notice that the electronic fob was different, he simply thought the battery had gone flat so he caught a taxi back to the hospital. It was only while in the taxi that he began to suspect that he might have someone else’s keys.

Meanwhile, Rich and his family were locked out of their car (which was parked at parkrun and which contained all their wallets) and were also locked out of their house. A fellow parkrunner kindly drove Rich to their real estate agent and Rich was able to convince them of his identity using the only thing he had – his parkrun barcode! The agents gave Rich a spare copy of his house key which allowed him to get his spare car key. He then got a lift back to Albert Park and collected his car.

When Rich’s wife, Sue, heard this whole story, she suggested that David should consider naming his child Keyth…

‘Top 5 List for parkrunning with dogs’ by Cesar Millan


1. Run with your dog on the LEFT SIDE of you with 2 hands on the lead. Your dog should be at arm’s length from you when running near any other runners or dogs. Do not let your dog run towards other dogs or in front of other runners. This is of the utmost safety importance and prevents dogs from meeting in the middle when they run.

2. Run without music if you have a dog so you can hear other runners coming up behind telling you they are passing you with a dog so you are caught out unaware.

3. Only bring dog and people friendly dogs. If you are bringing your dog for socialization the time is before and after the run. Dogs on the running path are there to run with you- not socialize.

4. Use appropriate collars so you can keep your dog at your side under control. The best control you will have is using a “halt eze” which goes around their nose and the leash attaches under the jaw. Leashes at the neck or halter are fine only for trained dogs that will stay at your side. Again, dogs on your left is the international standard.

5. Bring a doggy doo bag. Enough said.

‘World Mountain Running Championships’ by Andrew Arkinstall


On the 19th of September, I competed at the world mountain running championships in Snowdonia, North Wales after placing 2nd at the Australian championships held at Bellbird Grove in Brisbane on the 30th of May.

To make this adventure possible it has taken a solid 19 years of training and many years of support from family and friends. I certainly gave it my all and came in at 93rd position... and trust me I’m still feeling the pain even to this day!

The world championship course was held over 12km with 780m of elevation gain. My local parkrun at Tamborine Mountain has 90m elevation gain over the 5km so it's been a fantastic way to develop strength and speed leading into the championship event. The Tamborine Mountain parkrun community have been very welcoming and I have loved living and training on the mountain for the past 4 years. I’m certainly looking forward to many more parkruns in the future.

parkdog of the week


Hi, I’m Craig and my Mummy is writing the newsletter this week so she said me and my brother had to be in it! I love going to parkrun and running really fast with my Dad, but my brother George slows us all down. He’s old and he can’t run 5km anymore so Mummy has to walk with him (she drew the short straw)! We try to go to courses where Mummy and Daddy cross along the track so George can turn back with Daddy and doesn’t have to do the whole 5km… otherwise he limps for days after and gets all the attention! This morning ‘the humans’ woke us at 3am and thought a road trip to Yamba parkrun would be fun. We don’t normally get to stop on the way to Grandma’s house, but with all these new parkruns popping up in Northern NSW, Mummy & Daddy will have us up earlier and earlier to try them all out! Yamba parkrun was fun, but we got wet and now the humans in the car need to smell wet dog all the way to Sydney! Woof woof...

Upcoming Special Events


Launches:
31/10 – Port Macquarie (NSW)
28/11 – Surfers Paradise (Qld), Cronulla (NSW)
05/12 – Airlie Beach (Qld)

Anniversaries:
31/10 – Mudgeeraba (Qld) 2nd
7/11 – Maitland (NSW) 2nd, South Bank (Qld) 3rd
14/11 – Diamond Creek (Vic) 2nd, Geographe Bay (WA) 1st, Launceston (Tas) 3rd
21/11 – Albert Melbourne (Vic) 4th, Calamvale (Qld) 1st, Sandgate (Qld) 3rd
28/11 – Minnippi (Qld) 2nd, The Beaches (NSW) 1st

Cancellations:
Until further notice – Heirisson Island (WA)
31/10 – Wangaratta (Vic), Penrith Lakes (NSW)
14/11 – Tamborine Mountain (Qld), Shepparton (Vic)
28/11 – Penrith Lakes (NSW), Lillydale Lake (Vic)
13/02 – Geographe Bay (WA)

Feedback from the field


Shelley Cootes – Some of you may be aware that the wonderful Kathy Rae ran her 100th parkrun recently. It was quite an emotional morning at Penrith Lakes parkrun. We had a black and red theme to celebrate the occasion. I asked Kathy what she would like me to say in my speech as Event Director and this is what she wrote:
"Monday is the 5th Anniversary of my husband's Death. In those years I am I am proud to have become a runner. I am proud to have not hidden alone from the world, to be leading a healthy life and to be making the most of everyday. It has taken me nearly 4 years to reach 100. I did just 6 parkruns in my 1st year as I have been the Mum 1st to take my sons to Soccer and in recent years work. I have enjoyed being the parkrun Tourist and have been able to travel with my sons, my parents, friends and sometimes alone. With my sons older, working and driving I have been able to attend more parkruns and it is great when they have attended too. It has also been wonderful to have parkrun come to Penrith. It has been fantastic to meet other local runners. I am Thankful to the running community for the support and many friendships that I have made."
Kathy has run 38 Different parkruns - all 35 NSW parkruns, 25 parkruns at Penrith Lakes, 19 at Parramatta, 14 at St Peters and 25 Times Volunteering. She was cheered across the finish line by a larger than usual group of people including her parents and friends. We were very honoured to have Kathy run her 100th parkrun at Penrith Lakes parkrun.


Anna Cusack - Just wanted to dob in 2 dedicated Mt Penang parkrunners and volunteers Andy Long and Rachel Peters for their other good deeds - as Performers Without Borders. Andy has been first finisher many times and they often stand in at times when Event Director Naomi is away. The duo are soon heading to Nicaragua to teach circus skills and lift the mood in times of hardship.


Angela Coniglione - 1984, I sat there waiting patiently to be picked for the sports team in high school. But it never happened. Maybe at the athletics carnival, nobody would turn up, I will win an event and receive a ribbon, but it never happened. Fast forward 30 years and guess what happened? I came home with a parkrun Medal, 3rd place, Female Points Prize. How did I get this? Well not by being the fastest, strongest, or fittest. I earned this treasured medal by getting out in the sometimes freezing cold weather, where my fingers were so numb they would burn. I would leave my unfolded baskets of washing, unvacumed floor and head out the door with my barcode. Why? Because Saturday housework can wait. Because my mind convinces my body that I can complete 5km. Because I have a friend who has MS and turns up to parkrun week after week with symptoms that would keep most of us in bed. Because I can participate with my children as we encourage, compete and socialise with friendly faces that have become so familiar to our Saturday mornings. And now the people I run with have become my best friends. Don't be the person that says "I'm not fit enough to run". Get out there and walk it. One day you may want to run for 10 minutes, then maybe 100 minutes, but if you can't, so what? You are still out there. parkrunners, the best thing you can do (besides volunteering) is paying it forward. For every 50 people I've invited to parkrun, only one has come along and loves it but I will keep asking another 1000 if it means one person will benefit (although my kids do run away from me now with a 'ohhh no not again' when I approach local random walkers and invite them to parkrun. I am so grateful to our run directors and volunteers who make this possible every week.


Karen Knight - I started running (or should I say walking and running together) about 3 months ago. I have never been able to run. I was always the kid who never got picked for the sporting teams, they would say "don't pick her, she can't run". In an effort to lose some weight and get a bit fitter, thought I would give it a go, it worked for my husband Geoff, who has several parkruns and half marathons under his belt. I would go along a few times with him to the Coomera parkrun but would never participate, being put off by the inclines, and would just go off on my own down the other end and try to run. I was delighted when I heard Paradise Point was having their first parkrun last weekend. My friend and I had often done this circuit early on a Sunday morning over the last few months. It is a nice flat run with fabulous water views. With Geoff's encouragement, I completed my very first parkrun in 39 mins and 50 seconds, the best for me for 5ks. It is an awesome feeling of achievement for me at 56 years old. I can't wait to get back there and do it again in a couple of weeks. Thanks to all who got it up and "running".


Jarad Martin - Since the age of 8, Royce has joined the rest of the family on the Saturday morning 5km parkrun amble. Although he has done most of his runs at Newy, he has also taken the fun on tour at 23 other courses both interstate and overseas. So it was with much excitement that he entered the nervous nineties, and began the countdown to his 100th parkrun. So at the grand old age of 10, the day dawned at Newy where Royce got to crack the parkrun ton. As has become something of a Newy tradition, Andrew Dodd aka the Doddfather aka Doddy hyped up the sense of occasion, with transgenerational doyen of Newcastle running Al McCloskey on hand to present the coveted black shirt. Royce was absolutely chuffed with the whole experience, and with his sister Erika volunteering, got to run the course with Mum and Dad to top off another great start to the weekend.


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:  Davina Harvey

Age:  34

Home parkrun:  Coomera (soon to be Surfers Paradise)

Occupation:  Public servant/ full time student

Number of runs:  115

PB:  26:58 (I hope to achieve this again ONE day!)

Number of times volunteered:  46

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Being asked if I would like to be an Event Director and have my own parkrun!

I volunteer at parkrun because:  I love the community feel at Coomera parkrun. It has a very family friendly atmosphere. I enjoy watching the runners puffing when they are coming over the line as I think to myself; oh! they find it hard too! As they make it look so easy when they are bolting past me on course (usually travelling twice as fast as me).

One thing I love about parkrun:  It’s for everyone, no matter your ability, run, jog or even walk, from the front of the pack to the back of the pack everyone is so encouraging of each other.

Reminders

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Barcode reminder

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

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

Volunteering at parkrun

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

Children at parkrun

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

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weekly newsletter 20th October 2015

welcome to the newsletter


This week's newsletter is coming to you from Sydney, in particular from Sydney's Inner West which is known for bearded hipsters, cafes with indecipherable menus and more importantly, St Peters parkrun! I'm Paul Wilcock; I founded St Peters parkrun back in January 2012. I'd started running at the beginning of 2011 to lose a bit of weight and the habit stuck. While looking online for local running events I stumbled across the parkrun concept and thought it'd be a good idea to start one in my local park, Sydney Park. It also helped that I lived across the road and already had several 5K courses plotted out!

Luckily, I had help from Aaron Pidgeon, a parkrunner who'd moved down to Sydney from the Gold Coast. We put the word out on running forums and by handing out a few hastily printed flyers at local running events and we had a small group helping us test drive and fine tune the course in the months leading up to the launch. We had 122 people join us on launch day and haven't looked back since!

I had no idea what I was getting myself into with parkrun, but it's easily one of the best things I've ever done. I've met so many great people, and the community that grew around the event is incredibly supportive, welcoming and friendly. St Peters was the first parkrun in NSW and I'm incredibly proud to see how much parkrun has grown in Sydney and around the rest of the country. I've been lucky enough to visit 21 different parkrun events around the world and every single one has the same great atmosphere and friendly community. But no matter how far, or how wide I roam, I still call St Peters home.

I couldn't do any of this alone and I want to thank the awesome event team at St Peters. My wife Emily, who's been incredibly supportive and helpful with all things parkrun concerned. Silpa, who organises our volunteers every week, and all of my Run Directors, Sharon, Nigel, SS, Olivia, Annie, Tim, Simon, Kelly, Xanthe and Sam AND all the hundreds of volunteers who make parkrun happen every week. Thank you!

Happy running,

Paul Wilcock

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

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Essential Stats for Australia & Singapore – 17/10/2015:


Number of locations – 141
Number of runners – 18,432
Number of PBs – 3,097
Number of first timers – 3,011
Number of volunteers – 1,318
All time registrations – 246,594

The Derek Zoolander Center for Kids Who Can't Run Good


'The Derek Zoolander Center for Kids Who Can't Run Good started as a pseudo-team. A team for people who didn't want to be a part of a real running team. A team for those who wanted a running singlet and a cool team name, but no arduous responsibilities such as training, competing, or being interested in running. It started as in in-joke between four blokes, but soon enough word got out and others wanted in on the good times. A core group of around 50 formed in and around St Peters parkrun. But once the team name hit the parkrun database and social media, the numbers exploded far beyond any realistic expectations. Around 900 'Zoolanders' are now in on the joke, with around 450 selecting the DZCFKWCRG as their parkrun team, making the Center the 24th largest club in the world. Members have been spotted Blue Steeling at parkruns in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, the UK, the USA and Canada.

Membership is open to anyone that doesn't take the exercise caper too seriously, because after all, there is more to life than being really really ridiculously good at running. So if you're looking for like-minded folk, join in the fun on Facebook, make them your parkrun team, and come say hello after your next parkrun. There are no fees, meetings or expectations, except that you've got a sense of humour. Orange mocha Frappuccinos all around."

‘My First Half Marathon’ by Wendy Glen


On Sunday I lived a dream and finished a half marathon. But let me tell you how it happened.

Two and a half years ago my mother passed away. Over the previous few years I also lost one of my brothers and my father to cancer. At the same time my kids grew from beautiful children to independent young adults. With the death of my mum (who I cared for through her journey with melanoma and bilateral breast cancer), a very busy season of my life came to an abrupt end and I suddenly had time, and quite a lot of it, on my hands. No more scans, doctors, dressings of post-radiation coffee and cake. The fantastic support from Eastern Palliative Care (and specifically my family support worker) helped me find some new pathways as I navigated this new territory. Along with some internet friends (mostly in America) I set the audacious goal of walking 500 Miles in the year and doing the 4km Mother’s Day Classic in May in memory of Mum. I quickly realised that 500 miles was going to take quite some time so, just quietly one day at the park, with no one in sight, I jogged. I'm guessing I got somewhere around 100 metres before I saw a person in the distance and slowed to a civilised walk (well as civilised as it can get whilst gasping for air). This was my season of "sneaky jogging" - too embarrassed to be seen jiggling and jogging. But with the encouragement of my 500 Mile buddies on the internet, I bought a sports bra, new shoes and a pair of shorts and signed up with a personal trainer who another of my brothers worked out with.

About this time I heard from some Church friends about parkrun. For someone a bit embarrassed to be seen exercising in public it seemed like a long stretch so I worked out hard on my own before being brave enough to front up at Westerfolds. My tummy was churning; would I keep up with the others, get lost in the park, embarrass myself, fall over, come last, be the worst????! Well you all already know that none of that mattered once I got out there and in one morning my life changed. I found the most amazing supporters, challengers, encouragers, fun bunch of people ever. The inclusivity is amazing. As one of my parkrun buddies said "where have you people been for my whole life".

How can I be 50 years old and still finding new friends? Amazing and inspirational and loving and thoughtful friends. Friends who will run slowly so we can run together. Friends who understand my joy at the changing colours of leaves on the trees, of new ducklings or chattering rainbow lorikeets. Friends who don't look at me oddly as I shout hello to the kangaroos at the 3km mark of parkrun. Friends who understand that for me, stretching my boundaries can cause immense anxiety and worry but support me through it because we all know it's worth it.

So, THAT is how I came to find myself, stomach churning again, at the start line of a half marathon, living a dream with my parkrun buddies. The time isn't important (2.20.22) but the friendship and support WERE important. A parkrun buddy (one of our Run Directors) who I started with, met up with me again on an uphill bridge thing at 20km. I was all for slowing down but she took my hand and said she wouldn't leave me behind.

Running has given me nothing of more value than some amazing and inspirational people. Westerfoldians, you know who you are. People who believe in each other and support each other. Priceless.

parkdog of the week


Hi my name is Coco Blair and I am a 4 year old chocolate Labrador. I started doing St Peters parkrun when I was just a pup. Everyone is very friendly at St Peters and they often give me lots of pats and words of encouragement. I also like visiting other parkruns like Parramatta on Christmas Day! My family have clocked nearly two hundred parkruns but I really like volunteering as a tail runner or being part of the cheer squad.

Upcoming Special Events


Launches:
24/10 – Highfields (Qld)
31/10 – Port Macquarie (NSW)
28/11 – Surfers Paradise (Qld), Cronulla (NSW)

Anniversaries:
24/10 – Bunbury (WA) 2nd, Darwin (NT) 2nd, Kawana (Qld) 3rd, Westerfolds (Vic) 2nd
31/10 – Mudgeeraba (Qld) 2nd
7/11 – Maitland (NSW) 2nd, South Bank (Qld) 3rd
14/11 – Diamond Creek (Vic) 2nd, Geographe Bay (WA) 1st, Launceston (Tas) 3rd
21/11 – Albert Melbourne (Vic) 4th, Calamvale (Qld) 1st, Sandgate (Qld) 3rd
28/11 – Minnippi (Qld) 2nd, The Beaches (NSW) 1st

Cancellations:
Until further notice – Heirisson Island (WA)
17/10 – Launceston (Tas)
24/10 – Chermside (Qld)
31/10 – Wangaratta (Vic), Penrith Lakes (NSW)
14/11 – Tamborine Mountain (Qld), Shepparton (Vic)
28/11 – Penrith Lakes (NSW), Lillydale Lake (Vic)
13/02 – Geographe Bay (WA)

Feedback from the field


Daniel Horne – North Shore parkrun provides high energy smiling friendly faces in a social environment that is for the betterment of everyone for free. The Run Directors work hard and is much appreciated. Thanks.


Hayley Tyler - I can't believe that in a year and 4 months (give or take) I notched up my 50th parkrun yesterday at Logan River Parkrun. 250km of sometimes walking, sometimes running and always finishing. Not bad for someone who hated early mornings (especially on weekends) and hated running. For me, the Logan River parkrun has been the best thing I could have done. It's given my "now husband" and I something to do together every Saturday and gets us going for the weekend. We have an amazing group of new found friends and always leave with a huge smile on our face. In just over a year I've gone from 43 minutes at my first parkrun to 36:09 with a goal of being under 35 by this time next year. We have been so supported by the volunteers that do what they can for us to make it such a great event. We have Dan the motivator who if it wasn't for him I would never have expected to get under 40. Our RD's remember names, special dates and are always full of encouragement. Then there are the people who will call out your name (even when you have no idea what theirs is) and give you that extra push. It doesn't who you are or how slow you're going, there will always be someone clapping for you over the finish line. If it wasn't for the people, I don't think I would have made fifty. We all know it, but there's something so special about our parkrun and I'm so glad that it's a part of our weekly routine! Here's to the next 50!


Kellie Gluyas - Just wanted to say a big thank you to the 40 minute pacer at Saturday’s Logan River parkrun - I think his name was Dan. It was my first parkrun, and I haven’t run for about 3 years (due to injury) - so my goal was just to finish with a combination of walk/jog periods. I was kinda hoping for around 45 minutes (based on my walking pace and trying to do it a bit faster with the jogging intervals) but in all honesty I didn’t mind what time I did my first one in, as long as I did it! I somehow, by luck, ended up near Dan who kept motivating me to run more, run longer and don’t give up. I loved the encouragement he provided, he did push me harder than I would have pushed myself. I also liked that other runners on the track encouraged and supported everyone towards the back of the pack - that was nice! I don’t entertain notions of ever being an elite athlete, but just to get out and move more and lose a bit of weight, so it was nice to be accepted and supported on my first run. When I was running 3 years ago, I did probably 6-8 fun runs a year, such as Bridge to Brisbane, Tour De Tamborine and Mother’s Day fun run - I loved them but always felt a little like I didn’t belong, that my slow pace was out of place in such big fun runs. I felt totally at home and accepted at the Logan River parkrun, but it also had that timed/competitive (against yourself not others) feel that the bigger fun runs have. I loved it! Dan did manage to get me across the line, right at the 40 minute mark so a big thank you to him for all his support and effort - I felt a little like I could possibly throw up or maybe just collapse once I crossed that line but I didn’t do either so Dan must have pushed just enough and not too much (even if it felt like too much at the time!). Now I have a marker, a goal to see if I can do it again by myself, see if I can improve. I feel like my first park run was so excellent, and set the bar so high, will every week be that amazing??!!! I can’t wait for Saturday to give it another go, this time with my barcode so I can record my time. And my daughter is going to join me too - yay! Thank you to everyone at parkrun for organising and running such an excellent event - I really appreciate your commitment.


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:  Athene Chariot.

Age:  50!!!

Home parkrun:  St Peters

Occupation:  Artist/Cartoonist

Number of runs:  144

PB:  20.02

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  There are so many, every week brings something new or funny. But one that I always look back on with fond memories and a big smile was our very first Halloween parkrun. It was a hoot! Seeing so many people dress up and get right into the 'spirit' of it all was a blast! Some ripper costumes!  I was dressed as a zombie chalking the course pre run and adding some Halloween cartooning and decoration to it, and set all the dogs out for their early morning walks in the park off!!!

I volunteer at parkrun because:  I do the course chalking most weeks, which suits me being a bit quirky, and a cartoonist, and I like to add a few little rhymes or pics to the directions to hopefully add a little extra fun to the run. I like to see people run happy! It’s good to do other jobs like marshal and encourage others, and just be a part of a great bunch of runners and volunteers who are like family to me now. It feels good to put back!

One thing I love about parkrun is:  When people come along for the first time, and they might not be very fit, or don't think they can run, but they finish, either walking, running, or a bit of both, and they look so happy! And they come back!! I see parkrun change so many people's lives!

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.

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weekly newsletter 13th October 2015

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This week’s newsletter is coming to you from Brisbane’s north, in the beautiful bayside suburb of Sandgate. We are Dean & Vanessa Gibson, and we started up Sandgate parkrun almost 3 years ago. I (Vanessa) was a very new runner, Dean was a sporadic one and our kids, Hope and Jed, were 1 and 2 years old. We just wanted someone to start a parkrun in Sandgate, and figured if no-one else was doing it, we might as well give it a go! We had no idea what we were in for, and could never have imagined the incredible community that would develop from it. We have gotten back so much more than what we’ve put in.

We became Territory Directors last year for the Brisbane northside, including North Lakes, Mitchelton, New Farm, Stones Corner, Bunyaville, Sandgate, and in the past few weeks, have launched Chermside, Warner Lakes and Petrie. It sure is booming over here, with all credit to the amazing group of passionate Event Directors who keep it going week to week.

Our other “baby” is an event we started in our community in 2014, called the Sandgate Sunset Run. It’s a 2-hour team relay around the 250-metre roundabout in the centre of town. It’s a very unique, crazy, fun, charity event, run entirely by a passionate team of volunteers, who all happen to be parkrunners. It happened to fall on the weekend just gone, coinciding with the parkrun Event Director’s “powwow” and parkrun AGM.

A heap of the parkrun crew had registered teams, while others looked on as spectators. We loved having them there and they really got into the spirit of the run! There was a real buzz around the team made up of two Olympians, Marty Dent and Benita Willis, along with new parkrun Australia President, Gareth Candy. They didn’t disappoint, winning the prize for the most laps for a mixed team! An incredible night was had by all, and we are so grateful to the parkrun crew for helping to make it such a success!

We are such proud parkrunners, and just love the community of people our kids are growing up with and the wonderful friendships we’ve made. Hope, aged 5, has now done 10 parkruns – most of those with her Nana, while Jed, aged 4 has one on the official record, plus a few others where he’s jogged and walked a bit, and piggy-backed the rest!

Enjoy this snapshot of our community and keep that parkrun spirit going!

Happy running,

Dean and Vanessa Gibson

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

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Essential Stats for Australia & Singapore – 10/10/2015:


Number of locations – 136
Number of runners – 18,008
Number of PBs – 3,009
Number of first timers – 2,759
Number of volunteers – 1,277
All time registrations – 244,225

‘My Story’ by Kyle Marsden


Up until 10 years ago I have been fairly active sort of person by playing and coaching netball and judo. After somewhat retiring from playing any sports, I turned my attention to just coaching; I have four kids aged 16, 14, 11 and 7 who all are involved in sports. This would mean we as a family were out every night of the week attending different sports and I was falling into the trap of eating poorly.

By Christmas 2014, I had ballooned to 135kg. I was struggling to get up in the morning with joint pain in my hips and knees and it was starting to affect all aspects of my life. My normal high confidence was at an all time low and I knew if I wanted to start enjoying being me again I needed to make a dramatic lifestyle change. On Boxing Day 2014, I hit the gym and signed up for an 8 week challenge.

My first week of the challenge was exciting but pure hell as well! After my first session with my personal trainer Troy, I sat in the car for 15 minutes as it was a manual and I didn’t have the strength left in me to push the clutch in to drive it home! That first PT session I would nowadays use as a warm up!

Troy and I decided that for me to keep being motivated to lose further weight I needed to keep setting challenges for myself - one was doing a 5k run and I decided to give Sandgate parkrun a try.

Since starting up running and doing parkrun, I have met and become friends with so many people that are incredibly supportive. I have been involved in many sporting clubs and associations over the years, and they all pale in comparison to the support I have received through this community. Sandgate parkrun is now a major part of my weekly routine - the bonus is that it costs nothing and the whole family can get involved, and I absolutely love running with my 7 yr old daughter! I have been humbled by being named “parkrunner of the month” and obtained 6 PBs so far.

My life has changed and improved so much and I could not have done any of it without the support and friendship I have received from what I now call my fitness family.

‘RIP Sooty’ by James Alexander


On Saturday 3rd October - International parkrun Day - my wife and I lost our best friend and amazing parkdog Sooty, a 10 year old black lab. She passed away while we were getting ready for her regular Saturday parkrun at Sandon Point.

Being a bit older she wasn't great at running the full 5km (more of a 1km sprinter followed by a snooze), but that was ok because Sooty was part of what makes parkrun so great - she was a volunteer. She was our support volunteer.

Both of us live with depression and anxiety which can make the small things like just getting up on the weekends seem impossible. Our Soot loved heading to parkrun, and knowing how much she loved it got us up and out. Sometimes all you need is a bit of support and motivation and it's amazing what your mind can overcome. For me that was Soot's wet black dog nose poking the side of my face, waking me up and telling me it's time to get up and go. For us that's what she was - our support volunteer. You can't measure how much that support helps in recovery.

It didn't matter if it was Rain, sun, or wind on a Saturday morning - if Sooty was up for parkrun then so were we. There was always an eager chase to take off with the front runners, followed by a very puffed Soot heading to the beach to cool off, then she was good to cheer on everyone at the finish flags. More than a few puffed out people doubled over on the grass at Bulli have worn a surprise face lick from Soot congratulating them on finishing - once again, her way of giving support.

Sooty's passing had left a hole in our lives that seems impossible to fill right now, but hopefully all the memories will fill this with time, along with more than a few parkruns in her memory. We'll always miss her.

‘RDOZ takes over Coomera’ by Geoff Dusha & Andrew Spriggs


Andrew and I were not runners in any shape or form until earlier this year, but initially inspired by our respective (beautiful and supportive) wives, we both found running a convenient method of exercising when travelling away from home for work.

When the Running Dads Oz (RDOZ) Facebook group started up, I became a member and Andrew did too shortly after – we found that our stories weren’t unique – there were lots of dads with similar tales and struggles, along with those who were lifelong runners. Many of us had ‘found’ running through our wives (many of those through RMA), or inspired by our kids, or by the need to demonstrate healthy and active lifestyle our kids.

When the call went out for the ‘RDOZ to takeover Coomera parkrun’ event, neither Andrew nor I gave it so much as a second thought – I was struggling with another bought of the flu that eventually turned into bronchitis, and Andrew was struggling to run 1km (let alone 5) due to continuing shin splint issues. Even a couple of days before the event, neither Andrew nor I had been able to run. Things changed on the Thursday night/Friday before the event when Andrew managed a broken 10km run, and I managed to eek out a slow 5km.

An exchange of text messages and phone calls followed, and Andrew got himself registered with parkrun (I had done one parkrun event previously), and we committed to attend the Coomera parkrun event. We got there nice and early to scope out the course (not flat like we had hoped) and Andrew purchased himself a RDOZ singlet (said to take minutes off your PB!) and we met a lot of fellow RDOZ members (easy to spot all decked out in their RDOZ gear). As we chatted and warmed up, more and more RDOZ members turned up – we were even out numbering the RMAs!

I think the final count was 17 with members from the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, Ipswich and Brisbane – it was great to see.

The Coomera parkrun community was very inclusive and tight knit, with the pre-event briefing taking the time to provide recognition to its members, and welcoming the turnout of visiting dads (as well as the necessary detailing of the course). Out on the run of the picturesque, undulating course, there were high fives aplenty (both between runners and from those on the sideline) and many, many chants of “go Running Dad” or “go dads”. The good vibes must have worked – many PBs were run (including from Andrew and myself).

Thanks to Gavin, Chris & Mark for organising the event, and thank you Coomera parkrun for making the visitors feel welcome.

parkdog of the week


Hi! I'm Radar the Siberian Husky and Sandgate is my home parkrun. Every Saturday I get sooo excited when my family gets ready for parkrun. I can't wait to get down to the start line to meet up with all the other parkrun dogs. Last Saturday I ran a PB of 19:45 and was officially crowned the 'fastest dog in Sandgate' before having a swim in the bay to cool down.

Upcoming Special Events


Launches:
17/10 – Grafton (NSW), Paradise Point (Qld)
31/10 – Port Macquarie (NSW)
28/11 – Surfers Paradise (Qld)

Anniversaries:
17/10 – Brightwater (Qld) 1st, Gungahlin (ACT) 2nd, Kingscliff (NSW) 3rd, Mosman (NSW) 2nd, North Lakes (Qld) 3rd, Murray Bridge (SA) 1st
24/10 – Bunbury (WA) 2nd, Darwin (NT) 2nd, Kawana (Qld) 3rd, Westerfolds (Vic) 2nd
31/10 – Mudgeeraba (Qld) 2nd

Cancellations:
Until further notice – Heirisson Island (WA)
17/10 – Launceston (Tas)
24/10 – Chermside (Qld)
31/10 – Wangaratta (Vic), Penrith Lakes (NSW)
14/11 – Tamborine Mountain (Qld), Shepparton (Vic)
28/11 – Penrith Lakes (NSW), Lillydale Lake (Vic)
13/02 – Geographe Bay (WA)

Feedback from the field


Daphne & John Day - My wife & I have been attending Cleveland parkrun for 2.5 years since its start date in May 2013. We are in our mid 80s and the friendly atmosphere engendered by the different age groups at Cleveland has been a really wonderful experience which we look forward to each week. We have just returned from a holiday trip to England and beyond and took the opportunity to take part in Southampton parkrun on September 5. There were 628 runners on that day, yet on our admission that we were parkrun tourists from Australia we were given an unbelievingly warm welcome by several of the local runners who seemed genuinely interested to hear about our home parkrun which even scored a mention in the Southampton parkrun newsletter for that week. It seems that the warm spirit that typifies parkrun knows no national boundaries; we rate our UK parkrun the highlight of our overseas trip.


Mark Potten - Thank you ‪Parramatta parkrun‬ volunteers for your support and encouragement on my first parkrun following my surgery two weeks ago. Certainly not a PB but happy with my efforts this morning.


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:  Tracy King (Adams)

Age:  46

Home parkrun:  Sandgate – the most beautiful parkrun in Australia

Occupation:  Federal Government Employee (27 years)

Number of runs:  (runner):  I hesitate to really call myself a runner, I do intervals, but I have completed 61 parkruns (59 at Sandgate), finally tried the tourist parkrun out for 2 recent launches at Ashgrove and Petrie.
(volunteer): 24, booked to do 25 in a couple of weeks.

PB:  40.27

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  There are many memorable moments, The friends I have made since I started, some of these people have become very important to me and part of my life in other ways, including regular running buddies, breakfast buddies and coffee buddies. Celebrating with friends when they achieve their milestones.

I volunteer at parkrun because::  It means I get to see and talk to many people I wouldn’t normally see on a parkrun day, because I am near the back of the pack, most people have gone home by the time I finish.  I love to encourage people as I am participating, either running or in a volunteer role. My favourite volunteer role is photographer. By volunteering, means you are giving something back to the group you associate with every week.

One thing I love about parkrun is::  There are many things to love about parkrun, but I think the one big thing for me is that I discovered a love for running after starting at parkrun 2.5 years ago. I’d never been a runner and although I run intervals and am very slow, I keep coming back and I still love it.

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Volunteering at parkrun

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Children at parkrun

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Our Sponsors

Suncorp Bank investing in parkrun

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


stockland investing in parkrun

building our future

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



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