weekly newsletter 01 June 2016

welcome to the newsletter


Not many people get a personal letter from parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt - but then not many people run a 100 parkruns like identical twins Alfie and Boaz by the time they are 6 years, 2 months and 27 days old. I told you the story of Alfie and Boaz in last week’s newsletter however what came next was so great that I had to follow up this week.

PSH - as he if affectionately known - invented parkrun in Bushy Park UK back in 2004 when he was injured and wanted to keep in touch with his running buddies. He was the first person to bring barcode and scanner technology together in one simple weekly free timed fitness package known now around the world as 'parkrun'. When he heard of the boys’ achievements he penned this letter to them.

Dear Alfie and Boaz,

I read about your incredible achievement in the press on the internet this week. As you approach your 100th run at parkrun, I have been sitting in my office in London, Great Britain and considering the journey you have been on and what an inspiration you both are to children all over the world. Congratulations to you both and to your little brother, mum and dad. You should be very proud of your achievements and of the fact that there will be many children encouraged to emulate what you have achieved.

Also, I want to share with you that even though it’s a very long way from London to Newcastle, Australia I have visited you in the early days of Newy parkrun. That was probably before you started running with us. Nevertheless, I want to tell you that Newy parkrun is one of my most favourite parkruns. But, that’s a secret between you and me because every parkrun is special and everyone wants me to say their parkrun is the best. So, it is my hope and wish that I can visit you all at Newy parkrun again sometime. It will be such a privilege for me to meet you and your brother and to run a parkrun alongside you (if I can keep up).

Thank you for making parkrun special. You are champions.

Lots of love,

Paul Sinton-Hewitt
parkrun founder

Wow!

If that wasn’t enough, you may remember that last week I wrote “the Newy team have arranged for an extra special guest to attend and congratulate the boys.” Well that special guest was none other than Colleen O'Shea who completed her 100th parkrun at Fingal Bay parkrun only 3 weeks ago and at 86 years of age became the oldest female parkrunner in the world to achieve the black shirt milestone. And believe it or not she too is a twin!

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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‘Day of the parkdog’ by Debbi Weaver


Lillydale Lake parkrun doesn't have just one special parkdog of the week, it has 38!

Recently, Lillydale Lake parkrun held a special parkdog day where everyone was encouraged to bring along their dog for a special run, with treats for all dogs, and prizes for special category winners. We had a fantastic turnout of dogs in all sizes, speeds and ages ranging from under 1 to an energetic 14-year-old, and a three-legged dog who ran the full 5 km. Two smaller dogs completed in dog prams, proving that everyone can participate in parkrun.

The dogs all took it in true park dog spirit - with two fast dogs competing for first place (our first-ever dead heat) to the dogs taking their time and enjoying the beautiful weather. One dog even completing the first lap and stopped for a quick swim in the lake before completing the second lap, still finishing in under 25 minutes!

This special event was proposed and organised by James Love (aged 11) – one of our regular junior parkrunners and a previous parkrunner of the month. James was guest run director for the day, and gave a wonderful performance in his briefing for all parkdogs.

Win big on Whitehaven


With entry to the Great Whitehaven Beach Run on the 25th of June; comes the chance for you to win over $10,000 worth of prizes for your home parkrun! A lucky participant of any Hamilton Island Endurance Series event will win for their home parkrun, club or gym; 3 nights’ accommodation in a Yacht Club Villa for up to 8 people at an event the following year, 8 trips to the Great Barrier Reef courtesy of explore, $2000 of custom team wear from 2XU, 8 pairs of asics shoes, $1000 worth of Shotz nutrition, 8 spa treatments and a $500 voucher at a Hamilton Island restaurant for the crew to enjoy!

So if the winter chill has you dreaming of warmer climes; then pencil in The Great Whitehaven Beach Run as your escape! With junior races, 5km, 10km and half marathon options; you can pound out a PB on the hard sand before sinking your toes into the soft white silica sand and splashing into the sparkling Coral Sea for recovery! With fun relays to finish, transfers from Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island plus asics competitor singlets all included in your race entry; this is a perfect excuse for visiting one of the top ten beaches in the world! Make a weekend of it and tick of Hamilton Island parkrun on Saturday morning followed by a run technique session with Steve Moneghetti as part of your taper and then top it off with a ‘Meal with Mona’; a pre-race Q&A session and dinner on race eve!

Click here to check out the details.

Upcoming Special Events


Launches:
04/06 – Narrabri (NSW), West Beach (SA), Bowen (Qld)
11/06 – Goondiwindi (Qld)
18/06 – Burley Griffin (ACT)
02/07 – Cobram (Vic), Atherton (Qld), Strathalbyn (SA)
16/07 – Renmark (SA)

Anniversaries:
28/05 – Castlemaine (Vic) 1st, Devonport (Tas) 1st, Highlands (Vic) 3rd, Mt Penang (NSW) 2nd, Penrith Lakes (NSW) 2nd, The Ponds (NSW) 1st
04/06 – Ballarat (Vic) 1st, Berrinba (Qld) 2nd, Canning River (WA) 3rd, Sandon Point (NSW) 3rd
11/06 – Frog Hollow (Vic) 2nd, Mitchelton (Qld) 3rd, Newy (NSW) 4th, Shellharbour (NSW) 2nd
18/06 – Carine Glades (WA) 2nd, North Shore (Qld) 3rd, Town of Seaside (Qld) 1st, Wangaratta (Vic) 1st
25/06 – Gladstone (QLD) 3rd, Jells (Vic) 1st, Logan River (Qld) 3rd, Mornington Peninsula (Vic) 2nd, East Coast Park (Singapore) 2nd

Cancellations:
04/06 – Penrith Lakes (NSW), Mt Penang (NSW)
11/06 – Darwin (NT)
02/07 – Main Beach (Qld), New Farm (Qld)
16/07 – Rocks Riverside (Qld)
10/09 – Mt Penang (NSW)
12/11 – Mt Penang (NSW)

Feedback from the field


Jitka Navratil - I am deaf and approaching my 50s. I was looking for a new interest to take up, after spending the last 20 years rearing my three daughters, and working full-time. A Deaf friend of mine recommended parkrun on Facebook. So I participated in my very first parkrun last Saturday at Parramatta. What an incredible experience it was! I was inspired when I saw all the other parkrunners of various sizes and ages. I am unfit and have not run for many, many years. Needless to say, I was at the back of the pack, walking most of the way to the finish line in 46 minutes. My aim is to be able to run the whole 5km course eventually. My husband and daughters are very keen to join me. I am looking forward to many more days of happy parkrunning!


Mark Schipp – I have been in Paris this week for work and joined parkrun du Bois de Bologne. 22 runners, 10 of them visiting Australians! The same great atmosphere, welcome and volunteers.


Kate Davidson – Thank you for putting Gidget in the newsletter this week! Best EVER!


Carmel Cattach – Finally a free Saturday morning - love to walk fast so was curious re a time walking the 5km at Inverloch's parkrun. Great clear chilly morning and on with the beanie and completed at 42:53 and passed a few joggers! Nearly 71. Perhaps time could have been a little better as I headed left to scan table in error before collecting tag and then quickly had to turn and go through the tapes. Our lovely beach alongside and lots of lovely smiling faces and encouragement. I am glad there were a few people walking and I encourage people to have a go.


Les Haynes – I would like to thank parkrun on instigating my wife on the road to better health. She has found it hard to find motivation in the past. You know the drill, we don't always listen to our other half. But through parkrun she has found inspiration and quite possibly a long lasting love of running.


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

Foreign Correspondent


Name:  Charles Marks

Age:  Old enough to justify getting slower when I run!

Home parkrun:  Gladstone Park, London, England

Occupation:  Business Consultant & Qualified Zombie.

Number of runs:  123

PB:  Not Fast Enough

Number of times volunteered:  51

I volunteer at parkrun because:  When I’m injured (which seems to be a lot looking at the question above) I need something to do.

You should visit my parkrun because:  It was setup by originally by an Aussie who now works for parkrun (Glen Turner), there is a parkrun in Australia (QLD) with the same name so you will feel almost right at home, you can see Wembley Stadium from our run and we have a multinational crowed who will interpret our run briefings for you if you don’t speak proper English.

And when you’re in town you should also check out:  Well, were pretty close to central London so I could go on for ages but if you want my top three tips that are a bit “off the beaten track” right now then try the following (all in one day in the same part of town). Hike over the O2 dome in Greenwich and combine that with a cable car ride over the river and a visit to the 2012 Olympic Stadium at Stratford where you can climb (or take the elevator) up the Arcelor Mittal Orbit Tower and then ride the world’s longest and highest tunnel slide to get from the top back to ground level (opening 24th June). You are right next to Westfield Stratford there too so again you will feel right at home!
We look forward to meeting some of you – and remember – don’t take our barcodes home with you!

Reminders

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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 25 May 2016

welcome to the newsletter


I love nothing more than packing this newsletter full of inspiring stories of parkrunners achieving amazing things and this week I have something that really is quite special.

At Newy parkrun this weekend Alfie and Boaz Bonar will become, we think, the youngest twins in the world to complete their milestone 100th parkrun. On Saturday these boys will clock in at precisely 6 years, 2 months and 27 days… just amazing!

Looking at the stats it’s clear that parkrun is a family affair for the Bonars; Dad (Trent) has completed 120 parkruns, Mum (Sarah) 116 and younger brother Odin 41. But they don’t just run; Trent has volunteered six times, Sarah and the twins seven times, and little Odin four times.

At a time like this the attention is of course on the twins for achieving this milestone at such a young age, and rightly so, however I’d like to also congratulate Trent and Sarah for setting such a positive example to their children. It’s my hope that the lasting legacy of parkrun is a healthier ‘next generation’ and the Bonars are a prime example of this.

So it’s going to be a great Newy parkrun this Saturday. And to top things off, the Newy team have arranged for an extra special guest to attend and congratulate the boys.

And what are Alfie and Boaz’s personal best times for 5km? 25:36 and 25:49 respectively. Not bad for six year olds!!!

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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Win big on Whitehaven


With entry to the Great Whitehaven Beach Run; comes the chance for you to win over $10,000 worth of prizes for your home parkrun! A lucky participant of any Hamilton Island Endurance Series event will win for their home parkrun, club or gym; 3 nights’ accommodation in a Yacht Club Villa for up to 8 people at an event the following year, 8 trips to the Great Barrier Reef courtesy of explore, $2000 of custom team wear from 2XU, 8 pairs of asics shoes, $1000 worth of Shotz nutrition, 8 spa treatments and a $500 voucher at a Hamilton Island restaurant for the crew to enjoy!

So if the winter chill has you dreaming of warmer climes; then pencil in The Great Whitehaven Beach Run as your escape! With junior races, 5km, 10km and half marathon options; you can pound out a PB on the hard sand before sinking your toes into the soft white silica sand and splashing into the sparkling Coral Sea for recovery! With fun relays to finish, transfers from Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island plus asics competitor singlets all included in your race entry; this is a perfect excuse for visiting one of the top ten beaches in the world! Make a weekend of it and tick of Hamilton Island parkrun on Saturday morning followed by a run technique session with Steve Moneghetti as part of your taper and then top it off with a ‘Meal with Mona’; a pre-race Q&A session and dinner on race eve!

Click here to check out the details.

The books are back in town


The NEW 2016 | 2017 Entertainment Book Memberships are live. Click here to 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 is donated to parkrun to help us continue to grow our events around Australia. You can help us by sharing this link with your friends and family. Thanks for your support!

Upcoming Special Events


Launches:
04/06 – Narrabri (NSW), West Beach (SA), Bowen (Qld)
11/06 – Goondiwindi (Qld)
18/06 – Burley Griffin (ACT)
02/07 – Cobram (Vic), Atherton (Qld), Strathalbyn (SA)
16/07 – Renmark (SA)

Anniversaries:
28/05 – Castlemaine (Vic) 1st, Devonport (Tas) 1st, Highlands (Vic) 3rd, Mt Penang (NSW) 2nd, Penrith Lakes (NSW) 2nd, The Ponds (NSW) 1st
04/06 – Ballarat (Vic) 1st, Berrinba (Qld) 2nd, Canning River (WA) 3rd, Sandon Point (NSW) 3rd
11/06 – Frog Hollow (Vic) 2nd, Mitchelton (Qld) 3rd, Newy (NSW) 4th, Shellharbour (NSW) 2nd
18/06 – Carine Glades (WA) 2nd, North Shore (Qld) 3rd, Town of Seaside (Qld) 1st, Wangaratta (Vic) 1st
25/06 – Gladstone (QLD) 3rd, Jells (Vic) 1st, Logan River (Qld) 3rd, Mornington Peninsula (Vic) 2nd, East Coast Park (Singapore) 2nd

Cancellations:
04/06 – Penrith Lakes (NSW), Mt Penang (NSW)
11/06 – Darwin (NT)
02/07 – Main Beach (Qld), New Farm (Qld)
16/07 – Rocks Riverside (Qld)
10/09 – Mt Penang (NSW)
12/11 – Mt Penang (NSW)

parkdog of the week


Hi! I’m Gidget! I’m a girl and a midget! I’m an 18 month old, black Miniature Schnauzer and what I lack in size (I weigh 5kgs), I make up for with my REALLY ANNOYING BARK! I do the Fingal Bay parkrun in beautiful Port Stephens and it is by far the highlight of my week. When we arrive, I have to sniff ALL the other dogs to check out my competition and sometimes humans come and pat me because I look so darn cute! My human isn’t a very fast runner, so I drag her along for the first kilometre whilst I BARK REALLY LOUDLY BECAUSE I’M SO FREAKING EXCITED! The other humans look at me and laugh and secretly hope I don’t bark for the entire run because it’s super annoying and high-pitched. After a bit of running, I get tired and then my human ends up pulling me along. Occasionally I stop for a “fake” pee just so I can take a break. Phew! If there is a dog in front of me, which there usually is, I suddenly get a burst of energy because I really…need…to…CATCH…THEM!!! Once my human and I get closer to the end of the run, we really pick up the pace and sprint to the finish line. I think she just wants other humans to think that she’s a fast runner. Silly human. I am usually one of the last dogs, but I don't mind. I am just so happy that I get to run 5 whole kilometres every Saturday morning, but not as happy as my human gets about her coffee afterwards.

Feedback from the field


Gary Clarke - It was a day of celebration and sadness this week at Tuggeranong parkrun, as we farewelled our founding Co-Event Directors Gareth & Kelly Candy.  The Candys brought parkrun to Tuggeranong in 2013 after discovering this fantastic event whilst living in the UK. Their passion and enthusiasm for parkrun struck a chord, and more than 3 years on, Tuggeranong parkrun has grown into a strong, vibrant, passionate and supportive parkrun community. For a variety of reasons (including their growing family and Gareth's role as President of the parkrun Australia Board), their role on the event team evolved. This month, they completed their final events as Run Directors because they are preparing to move to the northern suburbs of Canberra....close to Ginninderra parkrun. Our loss is their gain. Gareth & Kelly, along with their little family, Jessica & Lewys have become part of the fabric of our parkrun. Their legacy as founding Event Directors will never be forgotten. Their passion for community, and advocacy for better mental and physical health through exercise and community engagement will stay with Tuggeranong forever. We wished them well this week by presenting our parkrun royalty with a montage of their parkrun photos on canvas....and a parkrun crown for Princess Jessica.


Luke Gibson – It would be great as an addition to the regular information you provide in the weekly newsletter to have a short few paragraphs about parkrun somewhere around the world. We love to hear what's happening in Oz and a little of the UK, and the occasional brief mention about another country, but I'd be fascinated to hear the set up and takes from various parkrun territories from around the world.


Kerin Thomson - Each year on my birthday, I invite all friends to join me for a birthday parkrun at Carine Glades and breakfast afterwards. On Carine Glades 100th event, we celebrated my 50th birthday with a parkrun too! In my birthday posse, we placed: 2nd male; and 1st and 3rd female (I was the 3rd female breaking my PB) and lots of PBs! This is some of us at breakfast afterwards (that's me in the blue top with the cupcake in hand)! Highly recommend a parkrun to celebrate a birthday with friends and family.


Thomas Pratt - Had my first parkrun at Aveley in WA last Saturday. Been wanting to do it since our daughter did it over 3 years ago whilst we were still in UK waiting for our house to sell. I read the Facebook page regularly dreaming of the day I would be living here near our daughters and grandchildren and could do it. However, after waiting five years(!) we got an offer on the house in 2014 only to be told that I had prostate cancer the following day! To cut a long story short, as we had our visas granted years before, I had the surgery later that year in Perth. The alternative was to cancel the sale of the house as I wouldn't be able to fly after surgery and, in any case, the visa was about to expire. Had always been fit (trained 4 times a week in Taekwondo in UK) but surgery put paid to that. Now I am actually cured (not without some ongoing issues but at least I've dodged the bullet!), it's time to get my life back. The parkrun is my first proper training to regain my fitness. Arrived at Aveley last Saturday, it was raining and damp (just like UK) so I felt at home. Whilst the weather was cool, the other runners and the volunteers gave me a very warm welcome. Veronica gave us newbies an introduction to how things are done, then we were off! I settled into a jog, well back in the pack, wasn't feeling too bad until I saw the "1km" marker (thought to myself, not even a quarter of the way around, will I be OK?) Sometime later, I slowed to a walk for a few metres then back into a jog a few times, it began to feel enjoyable, I was going to finish! Bit of applause at the finish was great, I'd done it, can't wait for the next one! Wasn't last (32:50, I'm 69 next month so not bad for a first attempt) but wouldn't have mattered if I was, everyone was so encouraging. Such an enjoyable experience with nice people (especially the volunteers). Not as many runners as normal (so I am told) because of the weather so it's going to be even better! Not sure if I'll be doing Taekwondo any more but definitely doing as many parkruns as I can. Great event, looking forward to many more and also to volunteering to return the favour.


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

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 18 May 2016

welcome to the newsletter


The week will go down in the history books for parkrun in Australia as on Monday we welcomed our second full time employee, Renee Gimbert, who started as National Operations Manager.

Renee's parkrun journey started back on the 2nd of April 2011 at Main Beach parkrun event #1. She went on to launch Coomera parkrun (with husband Adam) in July 2012 and has now completed 152 parkruns and volunteered countless times.

On a personal note, Renee is one of the kindest and most thoughtful people I have ever met. She is without a doubt overqualified for this role and will a much better job than I ever have!

I’m sure you all join me in congratulating Renee and wishing her well in this role.

On Saturday parkrun achieved significant milestones, both here in Australia and in the UK. At home we saw our 2 millionth completed parkrun which equates to a staggering 10 million km completed since we launched in April 2011. That’s to the moon and back… 13 times! This has been achieved by 224,000 or so unique individuals or approximately 9% of the population. If you think that’s impressive, in the UK we saw our 1 millionth unique participant cross the finish line, just incredible!

In the words of Global Chief Operating Officer, Tom Williams –

“This is a really exciting moment in the life of the parkrun movement. I’m sure when Paul Sinton-Hewitt founded parkrun with a few mates in Bushy Park he never could have dreamed that one million different people would cross a parkrun UK finishing line within 12 years.

“Even more significant is the fact that 126,058 individuals have given their time as parkrun volunteers across the country to make that happen. This achievement would not have been possible without the unbelievable desire of local people to contribute to their communities. Thank you to every single person who has volunteered at parkrun.”

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

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City2South - Last Chance to Save


The Brisbane Times City2South is back on June 5... take in the sights of Brisbane with these scenic and entertaining 14km and 5km fun runs! Challenge yourself and enjoy the music, energy and fun from live DJ's, bands, cheerleaders and dancers on one of Brisbane's most spectacular courses. Leave your headphones at home and run out loud!

With less than 3 weeks to go, it's time to get in a few training runs. Join Pat Carroll every Wednesday night in Brisbane for free and get City2South ready! Enter by May 24 and Save $10 on your entry fee.
Click here to learn more.

Complete Survey & Win!


Our friends at La Trobe University in Melbourne have been commissioned to undertake research into physical activity. As such they'd like parkrunners to complete this survey which should only take around about 15 minutes from start to finish. To say thanks you'll be entered in a random draw to win one $1,000 or one of four $250 prepaid gift cards, to be used at any store, anywhere! Too easy!

Click here for the Terms and Conditions of the research.

The books are back in town


The NEW 2016 | 2017 Entertainment Book Memberships are live. Click here to 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 is donated to parkrun to help us continue to grow our events around Australia. You can help us by sharing this link with your friends and family. Thanks for your support!

Upcoming Special Events


Launches:
21/05 – Portland (Vic)
04/06 – Narrabri (NSW), West Beach (SA), Bowen (Qld)
11/06 – Goondiwindi (Qld)
18/06 – Burley Griffin (ACT)
02/07 – Cobram (Vic), Atherton (Qld), Strathalbyn (SA)
16/07 – Renmark (SA)

Anniversaries:
21/05 – Coburg (Vic) 1st, Roma (Qld) 2nd, Taree (NSW) 1st, Varsity Lakes (Qld) 3rd
28/05 – Castlemaine (Vic) 1st, Devonport (Tas) 1st, Highlands (Vic) 3rd, Mt Penang (NSW) 2nd, Penrith Lakes (NSW) 2nd, The Ponds (NSW) 1st
04/06 – Ballarat (Vic) 1st, Berrinba (Qld) 2nd, Canning River (WA) 3rd, Sandon Point (NSW) 3rd
11/06 – Frog Hollow (Vic) 2nd, Mitchelton (Qld) 3rd, Newy (NSW) 4th, Shellharbour (NSW) 2nd
18/06 – Carine Glades (WA) 2nd, North Shore (Qld) 3rd, Town of Seaside (Qld) 1st, Wangaratta (Vic) 1st
25/06 – Gladstone (QLD) 3rd, Jells (Vic) 1st, Logan River (Qld) 3rd, Mornington Peninsula (Vic) 2nd, East Coast Park (Singapore) 2nd

Cancellations:
21/05 – Warwick (Qld)
04/06 – Penrith Lakes (NSW)
10/09 – Mt Penang (NSW)
12/11 – Mt Penang (NSW)

parkdog of the week


Hi, Wilbur the English Setter here. I am a semi-regular parkrunner at St Peters. I say runner, but in reality I mostly trot, only breaking into a run when we sprint for the finish. Apparently I slow Richard down, but I am working on strengthening his arm muscles by getting him to pull me up that hill. My PB was just over 25:00, but I am getting slower since I learned the trick of the DPS (Dummy Poo-Stop) – a great way to catch my breath. My favourite bit of parkrun is sharing an egg roll at the café afterwards.

Feedback from the field


Andrew Dodd - Big congratulations to Wooter Rick Middleton on becoming the first VM50-54 to set an age group record at a parkrun launch (The Entrance) AND become a first time Grandad on the dame day (sure, we know others have done it in different age categories) - in the Southern Hemisphere. As an added twist the said baby was born in a different continent (Africa) but definitely south if the equator. Double reasons to do a double Woot!!


Linda Charnock - Last Saturday 7 May, we ventured down the Clyde Mountain from Canberra (joined by quite a few others from Tuggeranong parkrun) along with my sister who drove down from Bathurst to run in the inaugural Batemans Bay parkrun. But we were close compared to a lovely lady wearing, a 100 parkrun shirt, who had come down Newcastle! It was an interesting course, out and back twice and a mix of grass and paths following the wonderful water views. A respectable 115 people enjoyed it and we welcomed home by a wonderful ukulele band! Great to know a weekend at Batemans Bay can now include a parkrun! Looking forward to doing it again soon and watching it get bigger and bigger!


Adam Young - I'm in Australia on a nine-month worldwide cycle tour with my partner. We're currently riding from Melbourne to Brisbane. I've really enjoyed doing parkrun back in the UK (my local one is Mile End in East London) and while in Australia I'm trying to fit in as many parkruns as possible around the cycling. Since landing in Melbourne I've done Maribyrnong, Inverloch, Bairnsdale, Parramatta, Lakeview and Port Macquarie. It's been a great way to chat to local people, keep up some running and see some fantastic courses. Thanks to all the volunteers who make these runs possible.


Janet Southern - I enjoyed reading Lee Berrier’s story this week. Believe it or not Lee, by setting a positive example, you are an inspiration to others. There is nothing to repay, just keep running and smiling and being kind to yourself.


Alan & Roisin Burrell (Event Directors @ Wynnum parkrun) - In September 2012 Adrian Royce attended the 4th ever Wynnum parkrun. He loved taking part but was a little dissatisfied with his mid-field finish time of 25.5 minutes and dreamt that one day he would be faster... Nearly 4 years later this VM45-49 has been on a journey of 163 parkruns at 38 different events, with 57 volunteer stints, he became a Run Director at nearby Minnippi and became founding Event Director of his own parkrun event at Wishart. Last year he ran his all-time parkrun PB at Wynnum #154 in a blistering 17:59. On Sunday at the Redlands Koala Half Marathon, we had the privilege of watching Adrian zoom past us a couple of times as he took out first place in 1:22:23, a good 3.5 minutes quicker than the next finisher! So a big congratulations to Adrian and all those taking part in the Redland events today and for those newer to parkrun see where dreams can lead 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.

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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