weekly newsletter 28 June 2016

welcome to the newsletter


In this newsletter on the 3rd of May I wrote -

“I don’t use the term ‘game changer’ very often however I’m going to put it out there that May 2016 is going to be a ‘game changing’ month for parkrun Australia! Why? I’m going to be announcing two significant partnerships that will, over time, have significant positive impacts on our organisation.”

The first announcement was of course our strategic partnership with Athletics Australia, one that is already providing benefits to parkrunners as detailed in ‘Join the parkrun Australia team in the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival’ below.

Today, a little later than originally planned, I’m making the second announcement and that is that we have signed a three year partnership with Australia's leading health insurer, Medibank.

Medibank joins Suncorp Bank and Stockland as a national level partner and it is through the contributions of these companies that our amazing volunteers are able to bring you parkrun for FREE every single Saturday morning.

I'd personally like to welcome Medibank into the parkrun family and look forward to working with them to help improve the health and wellbeing of all Australians.

Finally, as the 2015-16 financial year is coming to a close, just a little reminder about our fundraising campaign in partnership with the Australian Sports Foundation called ‘parkrun 4 everyone’. All money raised will go towards supporting the launch of parkrun events in disadvantaged communities and all donations are tax deductable! Click here for more information or to donate.

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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Medibank partners with parkrun to get Aussies active


Australia’s leading health insurer supports global movement to help Aussies reach their own ‘Personal Better’

As part of an ongoing commitment to improve the health of communities nationwide, Medibank has today announced its official partnership with parkrun – Australia’s largest running community.

Now in its fifth year, parkrun has more than 330,000 registered runners taking part in its free timed, five kilometer running events in 172 parks and open spaces across Australia. The weekly events, which take place every Saturday morning, enable Aussies of all ages and abilities to get more active -- from walkers or first-timers, to experienced runners and athletes.

As part of the three-year partnership, Medibank will roll out a number of initiatives designed to make it easier for Aussies to get out on the track. To kick things off and help achieve record levels of participation nationwide, Medibank and parkrun will launch ‘Personal Better’ day later this year – a national event which encourages Aussies to take part and set their own ‘personal better’ – be that through simply turning up to participate, or by finishing the run in record time.

Commenting on the partnership, Medibank general manager brand and marketing Fiona Le Brocq, says Medibank is looking forward to supporting parkrun in its mission to make physical activity fun, free and accessible to local communities, and in turn help create a healthier Australia.

“parkrun has seen huge success in getting thousands of Aussies outdoors and exercising. As a nation, we’re not as active as we should be, with less than one in two Aussies having exercised in the last three months. That’s why, in partnership with parkrun, we want to help encourage even more Aussies to head outdoors and experience the social, mental and physical benefits of healthy activity.”

parkrun general manager Tim Oberg says, “This is an exciting and important partnership for us, as Medibank shares our passion for improving the health of the nation through increasing participation in physical activity. We’re thrilled that with Medibank’s support, we’ll be able to ensure parkrun events remain readily available to all Aussies, and will be able to continue to expand into even more communities across Australia.

The parkrun partnership supports Medibank’s current brand proposition of ‘I Am Better’ and complements its focus on making physical activity accessible to all, supporting existing initiatives such as its sponsorship of the Medibank Melbourne Marathon and Australian Open.

Vote for Penrith!


We have been selected as a finalist in the Piazza D'Oro Local Love competition! If we win it will enable us to launch a new event in Penrith to complement our existing event at Penrith Lakes.

How can you help?

Please click here to vote! At the end of the Voting Period (11:59pm AEST on 15 July 2016), the two valid entries that received the highest number of valid votes in each State/Territory group will each win $5000 'local love' fund which will be used for the start-up costs for our new event.

Thanks in advance for your support.

Join the parkrun Australia team in the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival


We've partnered with Australia's largest and one of the world's most scenic running festivals; the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival, to be held on Sunday 18th of September 2016.

This year sees exciting changes to the course making it FLATTER, FASTER and even more BEAUTIFUL!

The Festival consists of four events, all of which give participants the unique opportunity to cross the majestic Sydney Harbour Bridge on foot and traffic-free. Adding to this, the Blackmores Sydney Marathon, Blackmores Half Marathon and for the first time in four years, the Blackmores Family Fun Run, will finish at the iconic Sydney Opera House.

Thanks to our partnership with Athletics Australia, all parkrunners will receive 10% off entry fees. In addition to this exclusive discount, if you take advantage of early bird prices prior to 31st of July 2016 you could save up to $33.50 off standard entry fees!

Click here to register and when prompted use the promo code 10parkrun-SRF16 to redeem your discount in the run that’s FUN for everyone!

Upcoming Special Events


Launches:
02/07 – Cobram (Vic), Atherton (Qld), Strathalbyn (SA)
09/07 – Wauchope (NSW)
16/07 – Renmark (SA), Meadowbrook (Qld)
23/07 – Bathurst (NSW), Weipa (Qld)
30/07 – Christies Beach (SA)

Anniversaries:
02/07 – Aveley (WA) 3rd
09/07 – Bendigo (Vic) 1st, Dubbo (NSW) 1st, Gatton (Qld) 3rd, Phillip Island (Vic) 1st, Pittsworth (Qld) 2nd
16/07 – Noosa (Qld) 2nd, Armidale (NSW) 2nd
23/07 – Coomera (Qls) 4th, Maryborough (Qld) 1st
06/08 – Blackbutt (NSW) 3rd, Claisebrook Cove (WA) 4th, Victor Harbor (SA) 2nd
13/08 – Wishart (Qld) 2nd
20/08 – Callaghan (NSW) 1st, Hobart (Tas) 2nd
27/08 – Balyang Sanctuary (ACT) 4th, Cairns (Qld) 3rd, Capalaba (Qld) 2nd, Chermside (Qld) 1st, Hervey Bay (Qld) 2nd, Lake Joondalup (WA) 2nd, Maribyrnong (Vic) 2nd, Mt Clarence (WA) 2nd, Singleton (NSW) 2nd

Cancellations:
02/07 – Main Beach (Qld), New Farm (Qld), North Shore (Qld)
16/07 – Rocks Riverside (Qld), South Bank (Qld)
10/09 – Mt Penang (NSW), Diamond Creek (Vic)
12/11 – Mt Penang (NSW)

Feedback from the field


Ros Upton – Last Saturday was my first time participating at Devonport parkrun in Tasmania and I absolutely loved it. I finished the 5km in just over 41 minutes. I usually walk this distance and it takes me about an hour so I was very, very happy with my result!


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:  Ekaterina Obukhovskaya

Age:  27

Home parkrun:  Mitino, Moscow

Number of runs:  15

PB:  30:26

Number of times volunteered:  33

I volunteer at parkrun because:  it’s an excellent way to start the weekend, in the park with friends.

You should visit my parkrun because:  we have very nice course; a lot of hills, a small lake and a beautiful apple garden! Also you can find homemade pies, beverages and positive people!

And when you’re in town you should also check out:  In addition to the Kremlin you should visit Moscow’s parks! They are really beautiful and enjoyable! Gorky Park, Kolomenskoe, Izmailovo… and also they all have a parkrun.

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



 

MEDIBANK PARTNERS WITH PARKRUN TO GET AUSSIES ACTIVE

Australia’s leading health insurer supports global movement to help Aussies reach their own ‘Personal Better’

As part of an ongoing commitment to improve the health of communities nationwide, Medibank has today announced its official partnership with parkrun – Australia’s largest running community.

Now in its fifth year, parkrun has more than 330,000 registered runners taking part in its free timed, five kilometer running events in 172 parks and open spaces across Australia. The weekly events, which take place every Saturday morning, enable Aussies of all ages and abilities to get more active -- from walkers or first-timers, to experienced runners and athletes.

As part of the three-year partnership, Medibank will roll out a number of initiatives designed to make it easier for Aussies to get out on the track. To kick things off and help achieve record levels of participation nationwide, Medibank and parkrun will launch ‘Personal Better’ day later this year – a national event which encourages Aussies to take part and set their own ‘personal better’ – be that through simply turning up to participate, or by finishing the run in record time.

Commenting on the partnership, Medibank general manager brand and marketing Fiona Le Brocq, says Medibank is looking forward to supporting parkrun in its mission to make physical activity fun, free and accessible to local communities, and in turn help create a healthier Australia.

“parkrun has seen huge success in getting thousands of Aussies outdoors and exercising. As a nation, we’re not as active as we should be, with less than one in two Aussies having exercised in the last three months. That’s why, in partnership with parkrun, we want to help encourage even more Aussies to head outdoors and experience the social, mental and physical benefits of healthy activity.”

parkrun general manager Tim Oberg says, “This is an exciting and important partnership for us, as Medibank shares our passion for improving the health of the nation through increasing participation in physical activity. We’re thrilled that with Medibank’s support, we’ll be able to ensure parkrun events remain readily available to all Aussies, and will be able to continue to expand into even more communities across Australia.

The parkrun partnership supports Medibank’s current brand proposition of ‘I Am Better’ and complements its focus on making physical activity accessible to all, supporting existing initiatives such as its sponsorship of the Medibank Melbourne Marathon and Australian Open.

For more information, or to register for a parkrun near you, visit www.parkrun.com.au.

 

weekly newsletter 22 June 2016

welcome to the newsletter


KISS... Keep. It. Simple. Stupid.

This is an acronym and a phrase that we use a lot at parkrun. It’s something that we try and drum into all new Event Directors who often, through shear excitement and enthusiasm, feel the need to offer you everything from pacers and post-run picnics to fancy dress themes and face painting! Whilst all of this seems like great fun on the surface, the reality is that the greatest gift our amazing volunteers give their communities is the weekly, free, timed 5km parkrun event. Just the basics!

I sometimes wonder though whether we take all of this for granted? In my case I’m at a parkrun every single weekend. On at least half of those occasions I’m with my wife, Nicci, and children, Jack and Evie. So that’s 26 weeks of one adult and 26 weeks of two adults and two children; an annual grand total of 78 adult places and 26 child places. Let’s say hypothetically that an adult fun run entry costs $40 and a child $20, that adds up to $3,640 in event fees saved by attending parkrun!

Obviously this is a bit of an extreme example however the point I’m trying to make is that your normal parkrun event with no frills and no extra fanfare is in itself an extraordinary thing, brought to you by dedicated teams of extraordinary people. So this weekend at parkrun, please remember to salute the volunteers who make it happen... Hugs are welcome!

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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‘The Story Behind the Photo’ By Mark Sewell


Annabel Sewell (on the left, and my daughter) is three and a half, and has been coming to Manjimup parkrun since we started in March 2014, when she was one-year-old. She's been a pram jockey (holds the Manjimup parkrun course record for kid in a pram, of 22 minutes and some seconds!) and an unofficial volunteer and has walked bits of the course and played about in the bush nearby with the other few little kids that attend each week with their families. parkrun has been a part of her weekend virtually all her life, certainly as long as she can remember. Annabel's older sister Gwennie (6 y.o) has completed more than 10 parkruns and done more than 25 volunteers – she has both white and purple t-shirts. My wife Willah runs/walks every week and I either run or volunteer.

Meanwhile Tayler Pearce (right) moved to Manjimup from Perth earlier this year when her parents moved here to work (as vets). Tayler's mum Jodie is a runner and joined our parkrun straightaway. Annabel and Tayler met there and immediately became 'besties' (I call them beasties). I gather Tayler's best friend in Perth (from where they moved) was also called Annabelle and when they left Tayler assured her mum, who was concerned about how Tayler would cope with having to leave her best friend behind, "don't worry, I'll find a new Annabelle in Manjimup." Which she promptly did.

Since arriving at Manjimup Tayler's dad Graeme has also taken up parkrun, so it's a family affair for the Pearces too.

Tayler turned four last week and her countdown to her birthday had been more a case of "three sleeps until I can register" (for parkrun). So she duly registered on her fourth birthday, and two days later came to our parkrun course at the wonderful King Jarrah tree, armed with her barcode.

Annabel (who is still too young to be registered with parkrun) decided then and there that she wasn't going to be left behind so the two of them set off holding hands (with their mum's and Tayler's baby brother Ryan in a back pack) for the long 5km haul. And did it without so much as a whimper of complaint.

When they finished they were very proud and although it was a really miserable morning weatherwise, most parkrunners stayed on to cheer them home (it took nearly an hour and a half). It was a truly happy occasion; one which we were all proud to share. The crowning glory for the girls was being handed a finish token and having it scanned.

According to Annabel, it was Tayler's idea to stick their finish tokens to their foreheads (for the photo).

Annabel turns four on a Saturday (in November) this year, so is pretty likely to run (walk) her first official parkrun at 4 years and 0 days old.

Manjimup parkrun is small – we get 25 – 35 people – but we are growing. In the first winter we were getting about 8 to 10 people. Now we get a regular little stream of visitors, the odd new face every week or so and a bunch of regulars who are the nicest people to know and to be role models to our kids.

parkrun is not the be-all-and-end-all of running, nor of life, but it is a really good formula that works for us. It brings a truly nice start to our weekends. Every weekend.

I intend to pull the photo out in about 15 to 20 years’ time when I am an old bloke (already am!) tottering along on the course and Annabel and Tayler are the bright young things doing the Run Director and Timekeeper volunteer jobs – each with maybe 500 parkruns under their belts.

They really do represent the future of parkrun.

Vote for Penrith!


We have been selected as a finalist in the Piazza D'Oro Local Love competition! If we win it will enable us to launch a new event in Penrith to complement our existing event at Penrith Lakes.

How can you help?

Please click here to vote! At the end of the Voting Period (11:59pm AEST on 15 July 2016), the two valid entries that received the highest number of valid votes in each State/Territory group will each win $5000 'local love' fund which will be used for the start-up costs for our new event.

Thanks in advance for your support.

Join the parkrun Australia team in the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival


We've partnered with Australia's largest and one of the world's most scenic running festivals; the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival, to be held on Sunday 18th of September 2016.

This year sees exciting changes to the course making it FLATTER, FASTER and even more BEAUTIFUL!

The Festival consists of four events, all of which give participants the unique opportunity to cross the majestic Sydney Harbour Bridge on foot and traffic-free. Adding to this, the Blackmores Sydney Marathon, Blackmores Half Marathon and for the first time in four years, the Blackmores Family Fun Run, will finish at the iconic Sydney Opera House.

Thanks to our partnership with Athletics Australia, all parkrunners will receive 10% off entry fees. In addition to this exclusive discount, if you take advantage of early bird prices prior to 31st of July 2016 you could save up to $33.50 off standard entry fees!

Click here to register and when prompted use the promo code 10parkrun-SRF16 to redeem your discount in the run that’s FUN for everyone!

Have you ever wondered why some runners get injured and others don’t?


The Department of Sports Medicine at the AIS wants to find out the role of genes in our susceptibility to injury.

Please click here to complete the survey.

Upcoming Special Events


Launches:
02/07 – Cobram (Vic), Atherton (Qld), Strathalbyn (SA)
09/07 – Wauchope (NSW)
16/07 – Renmark (SA), Meadowbrook (Qld)
23/07 – Bathurst (NSW), Weipa (Qld)
30/07 – Christies Beach (SA)

Anniversaries:
25/06 – Gladstone (QLD) 3rd, Jells (Vic) 1st, Logan River (Qld) 3rd, Mornington Peninsula (Vic) 2nd, East Coast Park (Singapore) 2nd
UPDATE!!!!!!

Cancellations:
25/06 – Campion Lakes (WA), North Shore (Qld)
02/07 – Main Beach (Qld), New Farm (Qld)
16/07 – Rocks Riverside (Qld), South Bank (Qld)
10/09 – Mt Penang (NSW)
12/11 – Mt Penang (NSW)

parkdog of the week


Hello my name is Cadence and I am a fawn Kelpie. My mum drove four hours each way to adopt another dog but I fell in love with her as soon as I saw her, I chose her to be my mum and begged her to take me home, I was 6 months old. My mum until recently was the Event Director at Lake Mac parkrun, I'm pretty famous there and I've been such a good helper. We love parkrun and now we will have a bit more time to visit other dog friendly parkruns, I am so excited to meet other parkdogs. My mum says I am the best training partner, sometimes we can run up to 150km a week! And now I have a sister, a red Kelpie her name is Pace, she is one year old and can run really fast! I will introduce you to her in the near future.

Are you a parkrun-loving dog, aka a parkdog? If so, and you’re clever enough to read this newsletter, we’d love to hear from you. Please send your profile to helloAU@parkrun.com with the subject ‘parkdog of the week’. And remember, don’t forget your bark-code. Woof!

Feedback from the field


Katrina T - The four of us girls met through parkrun in 2014. Although we're from four different parkruns, we tourist often together. On Sunday 12th June we represented parkrun as a team in the Perth relay marathon. Our team was called ‘the parkrun sisterhood’. Bron (purple) ran 5k, Katrina (red) ran 11km, Pia (white) ran 10k and Robyn (black) ran 16km. It was a fantastic event and we all had a fabulous time!


Brendan Davies - Head over to parkrun adventurers and download the latest podcast. I had a great time chatting to Scott and Melissa about Comrades Marathon and the important role that parkrun Australia played in my lead up.


Ray Wales - Very pleasing to read about parkrun’s support of disadvantaged communities. Most of us participating in parkrun or similar are educated reasonably well off people. We don't want disadvantaged people to feel excluded from activities we take for granted. Hats off to parkrun for recognising this and doing something to encourage others not as well of as ourselves to join in.


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:  George Sullivan

Age:  16

Home parkrun:  Gedling parkrun (Nottingham)

Occupation:  Student and Social Media Ambassador for parkrun UK

Number of runs:  71

PB:  25:15

Number of times volunteered:  58

I volunteer at parkrun because:  It's a fantastic way to kick start your morning and it's brilliant to see the communities you help to create extend well beyond a Saturday morning!

You should visit my parkrun because:  It's the stuff of legends! By far and away we're one of the hilliest parkruns in the region, with 57m of elevation gain. But the climbs are worth it, with extensive panoramic views over Nottingham, the Trent Valley and as far out as Lincolnshire and Leicestershire. Look out for Belvoir Castle and Lincoln Cathedral on clear days. Your breath will be taken away (both by the hills and the views)! You'll also be promised the warmest welcome, with some of the loudest and friendliest volunteers around in the stunning setting of Gedling Country Park.

And when you're in town you should also check out:  Nottinghamshire is home to a wealth of things to see and do. Delve into Nottingham's cave system, or discover more about our famous lace making. Learn about the legend of Robin Hood at Nottingham Castle, and visit his hideout in Sherwood Forest. And for any cricket fans, catching an over at the world famous Trent Bridge is a must.

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



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