weekly newsletter 30th March 2016

welcome to the newsletter


This week we achieved a significant milestone in the short history of parkrun in Australia with the registration of our 300,000th member. Wow! I can still remember when 10,000, 50,000 and even 100,000 was a BIG deal. This Saturday is also the fifth anniversary of our very first event at Main Beach parkrun so the timing of this milestone is just lovely.

What is interesting however is that of these 300,000 only 210,121 have actually made it to a parkrun event to have their barcode scanned for the first time. So that means almost 90,000 people have registered for parkrun in Australia but are yet to attend… are you one of these people?

In Victoria we are currently partners in a physical activity campaign with VicHealth that aims to inspire women between the ages of 25 and 44 to come along to their first parkrun. Last Saturday was the first weekend of the campaign, called ‘Find Your Motivation’, and it was interesting to see the results across the various parkrun age categories by Victorian women:

Age - # first timers
20-24 - 21
25-29 - 37
30-34 - 45
35-39 - 66
40-44 - 53
45-49 - 49

That’s a really good result and we’ll hope to see this continue as the campaign progresses. Interestingly across the country we had a major lift in first timers with 4,388 compared to last week’s 3,120. Great to see so many have found their motivation to parkrun!

So why would someone register for parkrun and not attend? It’s an interesting question and one that we have done some research on in the UK. The number one reason is the worry about not being ‘fit enough’ and the fear of ‘coming last’. If you are a regular parkrunner you would know that EVERYONE is welcome at parkrun and therefore everyone IS in fact ‘fit enough’. You would also know that the last person across the line is celebrated as much as, if not more, than the first person to finish.

So if you know of anyone who is registered for parkrun but is currently ‘sitting on the fence’ perhaps give them a gentle nudge this week and invite them to join you this Saturday.

Happy parkrunning,

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

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

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Essential Stats


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"Why I parkrun" by Bradley Scott


I was born with a heart condition that resulted in two operations when I was four years old. Eventually I will need a valve replacement, although my doctors can't predict when. Every year I go in for my check-up and they say "not this year, Bradley". I'm very fortunate in that there is very little that my condition stops me doing. Hanging the washing on the line exhausts me because my arms are above my head, but that's nothing considering that had I been born 100 years ago I would have died as a child.

The reason that I come to parkrun every Saturday is to get as fit as possible before my valve replacement. I know that I am going to be a huge inconvenience to my wife and parents when I am incapacitated after the operation. The fitter that I am when it happens, the quicker I will recover. I'm not a fast runner, but that really doesn't matter.

Volunteering was important to me because every week I saw run directors Mark, Ange and Anika taking on a huge amount of work and I wanted to help share the load. Setting up the signs and doing the new runners' induction is a great way to help and still get a run.

I've been to every Chermside parkrun so far, and I plan to continue to attend for as long as possible.

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20% of every membership sold contributes to our fundraising. Help us achieve our goal by sharing this link with your Friends and Family. Thanks for your support!

Upcoming Special Events


Launches:
02/04 – Lismore (NSW), Kedron (Qld)
16/04 – Lalor (Vic), Mackay (Qld)
23/04 – Clare Valley (SA)
30/04 – Parkville (Vic)
07/05 – Batemans Bay (NSW)
14/05 – The Entrance (NSW)
21/05 – Portland (Vic)

Anniversaries:
02/04 – Main Beach (Qld) 5th, Traralgon (Vic) 1st
09/04 – Fingal Bay (NSW) 3rd, Warragul (Vic) 1st
16/04 – Augustine Heights (Qld) 3rd, Cottesloe (WA) 1st, Sale (Vic) 1st
23/04 – Ginninderra (ACT) 4th, Lillydale Lake (Vic) 2nd, Rockingham (WA) 3rd, Stones Corner (Qld) 2nd

Cancellations:
02/04 – Dubbo (NSW), Pittsworth (Qld)
09/04 – Hervey Bay (Qld)
23/04 – Port Macquarie (NSW), Chermside (Qld)
30/04 – Port Macquarie (NSW), Geographe Bay (WA)
07/05 – Sirromet (Qld)

parkdog of the week


My name is Heidi and I was Toowoomba parkrun’s first parkdog to join the 50-club back in September last year (on the same day as my human Louise). We love coming to parkrun together and I especially love all of the pats and high-fours I get when I cross the finish line.

Feedback from the field


Anne Grunseit - Great to read the article about parkrun in South Africa - so pleased it is having a good impact where it is most needed.


Jeremy Clapham - I run at the Joondalup parkrun in WA, but am originally from South Africa. I read this week’s newsletter with much interest, as I come from Komatipoort, which is near to Tonga in Mpumalanga. Bruce Fordyce was connected to our running club in Komatipoort a couple of times, helping us promote the half marathon that we used to run, called the Kaftan Half Marathon (run along the mountains on the Mozambique border, finishing in Komatipoort). I remember chatting with Bruce at Ngwenya Lodge just before I moved to Australia in 2008. I mentioned to him that I was emigrating to Australia and he said (tongue in cheek) "what do you want to go there for?" He is truly a running legend and I am sure a great ambassador for parkrun in South Africa. Now that I know there is a parkrun near Komatipoort, I will try and visit it when I next go back on holiday.


Simon Redhead - The Jones family from Newy parkrun are proof that the family that parkruns together, has lots of barcodes, lots of 50 shirts, lots of bunny ears and is automatically able to arrange themselves from shortest to tallest.


Bob Paxton - I run at the Campbelltown parkrun in NSW and it is the highlight of my week. For a long time I have not been able to break my PB, until last Saturday. That was the first parkrun following my run in the Six Foot Track Marathon. I think my effort in the 6FT helped me to break my PB. The 6FT is a highlight in my running year. I've now done 13 runs in the 6FT and enjoy the tremendous challenge of it. It's on my running calendar each year, this means, to enter, to train, to keep abreast of updates on changes and to get to the start line early, and also to the point of arriving at Katoomba the day before and staying at a friend's home (in Katoomba)overnight. This means that I don't need to rise very early and travel from home so early on the race morning. Most years, my running club the Campbelltown Joggers Club has several members running in the 6FT.


Clare Meyerhoff - Firstly congratulations on being so fabulous. I have loved parkrun for a long time and after moving internationally was delighted to find a new parkrun home. However what I want to share is my Mum's story. She completed her first parkrun in November 2015, aged 72. Mum unfortunately suffers with memory difficulties. She has always been an avid 'rambler' and was in a local group in Launceston. Unfortunately after a fall last year she was asked to stop joining the group (she was one of the oldest and their insurance was going to sky rocket because mum fell whilst out with them). Mum understood and stopped rambling. I invited her to join me (and my 4 year old daughter) on my daughter's first official parkrun. She's been in the pram a lot. Mum loved it and we came in at about 53 mins. Mum has since joined her local parkrun and goes every week. She's found something to keep her active and allowed her to ramble again. Thank you so much! As I said, you are fabulous!


Simon Chawner - Loving parkrun! Just done number 36 but here at Lake Mac parkrun in summer the 8am start is so hot! Maybe starting next year at daylight savings we could push it back to 7am. I know a lot of people would really love that! Then daylight savings back to 8am at the moment is just become pleasant to run!


Ricky Gribling - I joined my first parkrun on March 12 when I was visiting in Gippsland. I am used to walking 3km in 30 minutes but never 5km. However I finished it in 50:23 minutes, 23 seconds slower than my normal pace. I was highly amused when I received your email that I came first in my age group. It was so funny because I was the ONLY ONE in that age group. I am an 80 years young female. I hope to see you all at Paradise Point on Saturday. I hope it isn't too hot. I won't be running but walking and I have my barcode.


Blair Habberjam – We had ‘Kids in Charge’ day at Capalaba parkrun last Saturday... Here they all are posing for a selfie with Run Director Ted.


Kerry Bray - Along with a couple of wonderful friends, I travelled from Sydney to The Terrace parkrun last Saturday. We three Woodstock Runners were warmly welcomed at the superbly organised and very scenic course and all enjoyed our runs. Breakfast at the nearby Cups'n'Saucers cafe was pretty terrific, too. Thanks to all volunteers for a fantastic morning.


Sue Quinn – Last Saturday 19th of March was my first ever run (I am a walker). My time was 30 mins but most importantly I managed to run the whole distance. I'm not sure what I expected from the parkrun but I am so glad I turned up to the event. Everyone including the volunteers was so supportive and encouraging. I was so proud of myself and even more so when I received your email with my time, PB, age grading etc. I will definitely be making it a regular event.


Barry Toll - Reading last week’s newsletter reminded me of my days in PNG in the early 80s. I was involved with a group that organised a weekly run – 3, 5 and 10km each week across about 10 repeated locations. We used to get between 100-200 locals each week from the surrounding squatter villages – most in bare feet (some of our courses had hard gravel roads.) As runners crossed the line, the time keeper called out a time which was recorded and the runner handed over a cardboard tag attached to their wrist with a rubber band on which they had written their name and distance. This was pushed onto a spike in order of finishing. As a check the time recorder would when time allowed record a known runners initials. The results would be typed up, copied and brought along the following week – I think they also got into local paper. There were some good runners – Tau John Tokwepota was a regular – 31 ten and 2:28 marathon – he represented PNG at Olympics and Commonwealth Games in both running and boxing (at the same games I recall)!


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:  “Aunty” Fay Galloway

Age:  68

Home parkrun:  The Terrace

Occupation:  Self-Employed Cleaner

Number of runs:  64

PB:  27:15

Number of times volunteered:  12

Favourite volunteer role:  Pre-Event Set-Up

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  When some of my children started parkrun especially my daughter-in-law pushing my two year old grand-child in a pram.

I volunteer at parkrun because:  I like to help and encourage runners just like the volunteers did when I first started at Newy parkrun.

One thing I love about parkrun is:  It is so friendly and encouraging to see everyone having a go either walking or running.

Reminders

the parkrun store

barcode reminder

barcode

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

All questions answered

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

Volunteering at parkrun

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

Children at parkrun

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

Our Sponsors

Suncorp Bank investing in parkrun

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


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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 23rd March 2016

welcome to the newsletter


When Paul Sinton-Hewitt started parkrun back in 2004, it’s safe to say that he could never have foreseen the impact it would have on communities all over the world. This simple concept – free, timed, weekly, 5km – has evolved into much more than ‘just a run’. It is now one of the world’s most significant health promotions with positive impacts across all facets of wellbeing, such as general fitness, weight loss, mental health and community development.

As such I was delighted to learn last week that parkrun in the UK has been awarded British government funding to embark on a three-year project, which aims “to improve the health and wellbeing of disabled and excluded groups by increasing physical activity and social engagement.” It will initially focus on people from one or two impairment groups, then expanded to cover all regions and a wide range of disabilities.

The parkrun vision here in Australia and around the world has always been for an event ‘in every community that wants one,’ which has meant waiting for individuals or groups to come forward requesting support in establishing a parkrun. As a result, some communities are less well-represented – often the very groups who would most benefit – including disabled people such as those with mobility impairment, learning disability, sensory disability or enduring mental health problems.

I was lucky enough to see an example of parkrun’s impact on disadvantaged communities last Saturday. I’m currently in South Africa with Paul Sinton-Hewitt and my parkrun colleagues from around the world and we visited Nkomazi parkrun in Tonga Village, Mpumalanga, in the east of the country, close to the borders with both Swaziland and Mozambique. Tonga is an African township where English is the third language, the standard of education is low, unemployment is high and average life expectancy is below the national average. Unfortunately none of this is unusual in these types of villages. What is different however is that Tonga has a parkrun! The inspiration behind Nkomazi parkrun is Event Director, Lordrick Mathonsi (pictured above with SA parkrun Country Manager Bruce Fordyce), who discovered parkrun when visiting family in Nelspruit, some 150km to the west. Lordrick could see the impact parkrun was having in Nelspruit and knew it could do similar in Tonga so contacted Bruce who jumped at the opportunity to take parkrun into the villages.

When we arrived we were greeted by Lordrick and a record crowd of runners who’d gathered for the occasion. But the crowd was not typical of what we would see at a parkrun in Australia. Many were barefoot, few were wearing ‘proper’ running attire and some were actually in normal clothes, like trousers and shirts. There were lots of children and a pretty even mix of male and female. The one thing that was typical however was the enthusiasm and excitement of an impending parkrun and the high fives and cheering once we got underway. At the end of the event we stayed behind and presented Lordrick with running shoes to distribute to his regulars and we even had some stuffed koalas to surprise the children with!

In speaking with Lordrick and Bruce later they were both full of praise for the impact parkrun has had in Tonga. It is the only free sporting activity in the village and also the only event where men, women and children can participate together. The physical health of participants has improved and one of their runners has even gone on to win a car at a national half marathon event!

In some ways it felt a bit hollow for us to turn up, take part, give gifts and then return to our nice lodge near Kruger National Park but upon reflection, the take home for me is the motivation to see us evolve parkrun in Australia into an event that caters to both the haves and have-nots; and to be more proactive in seeking support from all levels of government to make this happen. So if anyone from the Department of Health is reading…

Happy parkrunning,

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

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Suncorp Bank employees take a parkrun #selfie and win!


As a proud partner of parkrun Australia, Suncorp Bank are offering their staff the opportunity to win weekly prizes including $100 gift vouchers for the parkrun online store.

Just take a selfie at your local parkrun and upload it to the Suncorp Bank Yammer group for your chance to win.

You'll receive one entry each time you submit a parkrun selfie over the 12 week competition period. Plus, you'll also go in the running to win a 2016 Gold Coast Marathon adventure for you and a colleague.

Double your chances: download the 'I Love parkrun' poster at the link below, fill in the name of your local parkrun, then upload a selfie of you holding the poster at your parkrun event to the Yammer group.

Ready, set... go and encourage your Suncorp Bank colleagues to get involved, take lots of selfies and keep an eye on the Suncorp Bank Yammer group for all the parkrun action.

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The NEW 2016 | 2017 Entertainment Book Memberships are coming soon. Click here to pre-order now!

The Entertainment Book, and the Entertainment Digital Membership, are your guide to the most popular restaurants, attractions, shopping, travel and more, all with valuable up to 50% off and 2-for-1 offers.

20% of every membership sold contributes to our fundraising. Help us achieve our goal by sharing this link with your Friends and Family. Thanks for your support!

Upcoming Special Events


Launches:
02/04 – Lismore (NSW), Kedron (Qld)
16/04 – Lalor (Vic), Mackay (Qld)
23/04 – Clare Valley (SA)
30/04 – Parkville (Vic)
07/05 – Batemans Bay (NSW)
14/05 – The Entrance (NSW)
21/05 – Portland (Vic)

Anniversaries:
26/03 – Manjimup (WA) 2nd, Mount Barker (SA) 2nd, Riverway (QLD) 3rd
02/04 – Main Beach (Qld) 5th, Traralgon (Vic) 1st
09/04 – Fingal Bay (NSW) 3rd, Warragul (Vic) 1st
16/04 – Augustine Heights (Qld) 3rd, Cottesloe (WA) 1st, Sale (Vic) 1st
23/04 – Ginninderra (ACT) 4th, Lillydale Lake (Vic) 2nd, Rockingham (WA) 3rd, Stones Corner (Qld) 2nd

Cancellations:
26/03 – Taree (NSW)
02/04 – Dubbo (NSW)
23/04 – Port Macquarie (NSW), Penrith Lakes (NSW), Chermside (Qld)
30/04 – Port Macquarie (NSW), Geographe Bay (WA)

parkdog of the week


My name is Max, I'm an Australian Shepard and I'm 18 months old. My favourite parkrun is Stones Corner and as you can see by my photo I love to run. My two legged running partner John gets a little cranky during the first kilometre, so I make sure I jump up on him every few steps to give him some encouragement. After the first kilometre he seems to settle down and I can concentrate on my running. Last week I did a PB of 22:07, 1st in my category! So I was pretty wrapped about that. I love all the attention and pats and can't wait for the next parkrun. Keep smiling and DFYB.

Feedback from the field


Craig Sharwood - Here's a photo of Albury Wodonga parkrun's second birthday, bright, tight and tutu event. It was a great day. Our parkrun Event Directors Sarah and Curtis are fabulous! Sonia and I have been doing parkrun for about a year now and it has created an obsession with running - and now Tom and Sarah (23 and 19) our kids are getting involved. Thank you to parkrun.


Lex Holland – On Saturday I had the honour of being a volunteer at Maylands Peninsula parkrun launch in WA. What a great morning it turned out to be. I'm currently between parkrun 'homes', but today felt like a huge family reunion, so many familiar faces and sweaty hugs. With so many local events now, being a vollie is THE BEST way of getting to know your fellow sweaty Saturday morning friends. Huge thanks to everybody else who swapped their run this morning for smiling high fives, especially Bronwyn and her team who have delivered another excellent event for us.


Dale Murray - Team ‘parkrun’ is now live for the 2016 Gold Coast Airport Marathon! All parkrunners are welcome to join the team and when they do, will receive a 10% discount off their entry fee on all events (Marathon, Wheelchair Marathon, Half Marathon, Wheelchair 15km, 10km, 5.7km and Junior Dash 4 km & 2km). It would be fantastic to have team ‘parkrun’ with the most team members at Australia’s Leading Marathon event. It is going to be awesome!
To enter team ‘parkrun,’ go goldcoastmarathon.com.au and use the following details:
Team Name: parkrun
Team Pin: parkrun16
Team ‘parkrun’ entries will strictly close on Friday, 22nd April 2016.
For more details, ask your Event Director or email Dale Murray (Territory Director - North NSW & Event Director - Armidale).


Donella Roberts - This is the Jennings family, L to R, Harrison (Harry), Brett, Chloe, Trudi. At Merimbula parkrun's junior-powered parkrun last Saturday Harry was Junior RD which means that all four of the Jennings family have now taken on RD duties at Merimbula!


Mich Byrne - I did my first parkrun at Petrie last Saturday as part of my ongoing commitment to improve my health and fitness. What an experience and real test of my fitness (that needs a lot more work). I was proud of myself for completing it. This was compounded by the support I received from not only those who volunteer and organise the event but other participants who cheered and gave encouraging words as they went by. I look forward to doing it all again this Saturday.


Lea Naismith - Tim, when you said in your most recent newsletter - don't be afraid to dream big - I wholeheartedly blame parkrun for this. In the past nine months I have gone from a park-inbetweener (plodding and walking in 39mins) to a parkrunner in 27:30. I have completed three 10km events, a half marathon and I have signed up for 22km and 44km trail events later in the year. At the beginning of the year I asked our parkrunners what their aim for 2016 would be. Many had a specific time to chase, some wanted to volunteer more, come for coffee or support others to get their PB. I love that parkrun means different things to different people, I love the support, the friendships and the encouragement. Dream big, aim high and challenge yourself even if it's a number of small dreams or challenges, collectively they add up to amazing things. Thank you.


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:  Miriam Tan

Club:  five30runners

Age:  25

Home parkrun:  Event Director Dubbo, Territory Director Central West

Occupation:  Dietitian

Number of runs:  52

PB:  25.47

Number of times volunteered:  35

Favourite volunteer role:  Barcode scanning

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  I don’t think I have one moment in particular. I feel very humble and proud when people come up to me, aka the ‘parkrun lady’, after parkrun or stop me in the street to tell me about their parkrun journeys. Stories vary from their running journeys, from a walk to a jog now a run, or now they can run the whole 5k, or their GP has told them to lose weight and parkrun has been a big part of their journey, I even have psychologists tell me how great parkrun has been with improving the wellbeing of their patients.

One thing I love about parkrun is:  There are many things I love about parkrun! It’s free, it’s inclusive, it’s weekly, it’s timed, it’s social, it’s challenging, it’s rewarding, it’s life changing, it’s addictive and it’s getting people moving!

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 16th March 2016

welcome to the newsletter


For many of you, parkrun is the highlight of your ‘running week’. In fact, for many of you, parkrun may be the ONLY run you do all week. And there’s nothing wrong with that… parkrun can be anything you want it to be.

For some of you however, parkrun is just a small piece of your running puzzle; something that you factor into a much heavier training workload because you have a goal of completing a 10km, half marathon, marathon or even an ultra!

This was on show last Saturday at one of Australia’s most famous and prestigious running events, the Sixfoot Track Marathon; a 45km trail stretching across the Blue Mountains from Katoomba to Jenolan Caves in NSW.

In the women’s event, second place was taken by Curl Curl parkrunner Erika Jordan in a time of 4:20. Erika clearly peaked at the right time as she actually ran her all-time parkrun PB the week before (March 5) of 18:32… a whole 20 seconds faster than her last parkrun on January 23! Third place went to another Curl Curl parkrunner, Sophie Brown, who last ran with us back in July 2015 and PBed at 20:22.

Over in the men’s race, parkrunners took the 1-2 with Tom Do Canto crossing the line in 3:20 and Brendan Davies following him six minutes later.

Tom (pictured above) has a unique place in parkrun folklore as he and his wife Lana were our first ever ‘parkrun-marriage’. They met at St Peters parkrun back in 2012 (Tom was running, Lana was on finish tokens) and before we knew it, boom, they were married! Tom has completed 63 parkruns, holds too many course records to mention and has an all-time PB of 14:40 set way back on 26 April 2014. Tom’s final tune up before Sixfoot Track was, you guessed it, Rhodes parkrun on 5th of March where he ran 15:11.

Brendan has completed 27 parkruns with an all-time PB of 16:36, also set back in 2014. Although to be fair to Brendan, 5km is not his forte. In fact he is one of our countries most successful and versatile endurance runners, having achieved the rare feat of representing Australia in 50km and 100km road running, trail and mountain running at World Championship level.

But Erika, Sophie, Tom and Brendan were only part of the parkrun-story at Sixfoot Track. Back in the field were parkrunners from all over the country, running (and sometimes walking) at various speeds, most with one goal only… to finish!

Tuggeranong parkrunner Peter Thomson came 275th in 5:19 – “Sixfoot Track is only nine parkruns; nine of the toughest and cruellest parkruns. Like parkrun, Sixfoot Track is always a special event. And like parkrun the cheering as you cross the line from other entrants and supporters is really moving.

Family trio from Dubbo parkrun, Nathan, John and Catherine Robins (pictured below, left to right) all took part with the gents crossing together in 6:23, taking 669th and 670th places respectively. A man a few words, John says – “Sixfoot Track means family, just like parkrun”.

Also from Dubbo parkrun, Ness Hartge crossed in 732rd position in a time of 6:37 – “It was my first Sixfoot Track. A very tough course and midway through I was already selling all my running gear. But, coming down into the caves was my best running experience to date. The cheers, the cow bells, just amazing. After I'd finished, I was already planning the next one!

So, although many of you are happy with your 5km parkrun every Saturday, don’t be afraid to dream bigger. There are lots of opportunities for you to step-up to something over and above your Saturday 5km. Go for it.

Happy parkrunning,

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


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The books are back in town


The NEW 2016 | 2017 Entertainment Book Memberships are coming soon. Pre-order now!

The Entertainment Book, and the Entertainment Digital Membership, are your guide to the most popular restaurants, attractions, shopping, travel and more, all with valuable up to 50% off and 2-for-1 offers.

20% of every membership sold contributes to our fundraising. Help us achieve our goal by sharing this link with your Friends and Family. Thanks for your support!

Upcoming Special Events


Launches:
19/03 – Rockhampton (Qld)
02/04 – Lismore (NSW), Kedron (Qld)
16/04 – Lalor (Vic), Mackay (Qld)
23/04 – Clare Valley (SA)
30/04 – Parkville (Vic)
07/05 – Batemans Bay (NSW)
14/05 – The Entrance (NSW)
21/05 – Portland (Vic)

Anniversaries:
19/03 – Campbelltown (NSW) 2nd, Yamba (NSW) 1st
26/03 – Manjimup (WA) 2nd, Mount Barker (SA) 2nd, Riverway (QLD) 3rd
02/04 – Main Beach (Qld) 5th, Traralgon (Vic) 1st
09/04 – Fingal Bay (NSW) 3rd, Warragul (Vic) 1st
16/04 – Augustine Heights (Qld) 3rd, Cottesloe (WA) 1st, Sale (Vic) 1st
23/04 – Ginninderra (ACT) 4th, Lillydale Lake (Vic) 2nd, Rockingham (WA) 3rd, Stones Corner (Qld) 2nd

Cancellations:
19/03 – Launceston (Tas), Penrith Lakes (NSW), Menai (NSW), Albert Melbourne (Vic), Armidale (NSW)
26/03 – Taree (NSW)
02/04 – Dubbo (NSW)
23/04 – Port Macquarie (NSW), Penrith Lakes (NSW), Chermside (Qld)
30/04 – Port Macquarie (NSW), Geographe Bay (WA)

parkdog of the week


I’m Ned, a two year old French Bulldog.  I attend Gungahlin parkrun as a spectator and give out plenty of encouragement while I’m not supervising the ducks. Oooh ducks! I love wrestling with other dogs at the start and finish line but I just get too puffed to complete the course after so much playing!  I enjoy lots of pats from everyone at Gungahlin and always provide a snort in gratitude.

Feedback from the field


Jane Frances - I just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful article from Tracey Cullen in last week's parkrun newsletter. Her description of working with and listening to the suggestions from the fantastic wheelchair athletes at Riverway parkrun is truly inspirational. I love reading the parkrun newsletter each week for the amazing stories of other parkrunners and this week's is the best yet – thank you!


Lynn Williams - I was a first time parkrunner on Saturday at Lake Ginninderra. I have had my printed barcode for a year or so. Wish I hadn't wasted so much time. I loved the run, the people the encouragement. I will be telling everyone not to miss it. Can't wait for the next run. Thank you thank you.


Fiona Evans - I ran my first parkrun in 2012 after a suggestion from a running friend, and becoming a regular parkrunner at Claisebrook Cove has not only built me into a somewhat capable runner, it's also made me a part of a wonderful community of parkrunners that are now my friends. About five months ago, I was able to pay it forward when I encouraged a non-running friend, Lily, to come along. She too has become a regular runner and parkrunner, which brings me almost as much joy as it does her. Last week, I was planning to take it easy so I ran with Lily and ended up making that idle comment: "If you keep running at this pace, you're going to get a PB." Pacing her the rest of the way was an amazing experience. I'm a pretty slow runner and I've never really wanted someone to push me, but now I'm looking forward to the next WA pacing event so I can try for a new PB!


George Walker - I ran the 153rd parkrun at Fingal Bay on Saturday the 5th of March. Well, I was too slow picking up my feet and stumbled on the concrete joint. Of course I fell, tried to miss the concrete and fall to the grass, but was unsuccessful. Took the skin off my left elbow and my left knee and bled very well. I want to extend my gratitude to the two ladies who stopped to help me and the marshal who came to help as well. The marshal washed out my wounds and with the ladies made sure I was ok to continue. I did and when I finished I was again attended to by the volunteers at the finish line. So a BIG THANK YOU to all Fingal Bay parkrun.


Roy O - When I retired after working continuously for nearly 60 years there was a great gap in my life. I felt tired, listless and was getting on my good wife's nerves. parkrun rescued me! I am now fitter, sleep better, have less anxiety, and generally like life. I’m getting to my ‘100’ within weeks. Thank you so much for all your great efforts - all the admin team, the Run Directors, the volunteers and my many fellow parkrunners.


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:  Matthew Rollercoaster Briggs

Age:  29 going on 30

Home parkrun:  Churchill parkrun

Occupation:  Car Detailing Manager @ Warragul Toyota

Number of runs:  27 over 9 different parkrun locations

PB:  23:51 @ Traralgon parkrun for my first tourism run at that location, was great to have someone push me the entire way after I managed to get my fastest 1km record

Number of times volunteered:  27

Favourite volunteer role:  It's hard to pick any one role for volunteer, in one hand I really love taking photo's for people (13 times as photographer) as you get to experience so much more when you can go over the photos and look at everyone's reactions to them, there's also a tremendous amount of support that people give one another when they encourage everyone they know and see in the photos. 
Next volunteer role would have to be Pacer, being able to get someone across the line to a new PB is amazing and they're so thankful for it.

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  I like to volunteer as it gives me a chance to let others experience the feeling of running a parkrun like I did the first time I ran at Inverloch parkrun, the one photo the photographer took of me giving someone a high five on my first parkrun was amazing, it's what got me to get into volunteer photographer

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  I would have to say touring overseas at Clermont Waterfront parkrun, I went over the week after another Australian visited, they welcomed me just as we welcome others that tour throughout Australia. One thing in particular is someone saying "we had an Australian beat all of us last week, are you going to do this as well" I had to have a laugh cos I'm not the fastest runner (specially not lately) and it was at the time I always start a run with my legs taking off way a head of the pack until I couldn't go any longer, as they all caught up to me they said I set off a cracking pace for our faster runners. Towards the end of the 5km's I had heaps of support saying "CMON AUSTRALIA!!" and I picked up the pace to the finish with cheering from everyone to be had.

One thing I love about parkrun is:  I love the overall positive atmosphere that comes from it, after being in some dark places throughout my life it's great to have something bright and colourful to look forward to every weekend and being able to spend time with friends while doing it is even better :D Made so many friends in parkrun and it's only going to become a bigger part of my life than anything I've ever done.

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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