This weekend we teamed up with Medibank, one of our National Sponsors, to launch the first ‘Personal Better Day’.
The day was not about personals bests, but personal betters and we saw regulars, first timers, runners, walkers, young and old, prams, dogs and at Inverloch parkrun, we saw red! If you missed Saturday at parkrun, never fear, because parkrun will be on again next week, same time, same place! Last week I put a call out for a volunteer position we have opened up to support parkrun Australia HQ and I was totally overwhelmed with the huge response. parkrunners are both amazing and generous, parkrunners truly are special. So here is a story I’d like to share from Tony O’Connell, Victorian TD about one of the many special parkrunners.
Walk for Joy
To many, the name Joy McKinnon is synonymous with Inverloch parkrun. Our most active parkwalker, Joy was there at our trial event followed by our launch and has since attended almost every parkrun at Inverloch, walking 95 of her 96 events with us (once at Traralgon). She was excited by the prospect of completing her 100th parkrun in time for our 2nd Birthday.
Joy also volunteered 12 times in less than 2 years. Behind the scenes she was active in encouraging local community members to join in our event as well as supporting friends and family members, cheering them on the course. For all these reasons and more, Joy was one of the first to be awarded our parkrunner of the Month award in February 2015.
We are deeply saddened to learn Joy has passed away and our thoughts are with her family and friends.
On Saturday 3rd September parkrunners wore their red 50 shirts (or any red shirt), stepped back a pace and Walked for Joy on the day that would have been Joy's 100th parkrun. Joy's PB was 45:14 and 25 walkers all crossed the line together at exactly 45.14. There were also a number of first timers including Joy’s husband Allen, their son Geoff, their daughter Janene and their families.
National Operations Manager
upcoming special events launches:
10/09 – Bega (NSW) 1st, Inverloch (Vic) 2nd, Wynnum (Qld) 4th,
17/09 – New Farm (Qld) 5th, Pakenham (Vic) 2nd, 24/09 – Ashgrove (Qld) 1st, Bowral (NSW) 2nd, Merimbula (NSW) 3rd, Tamworth (NSW) 2nd, Toowoomba (Qld) 3rd,
01/10 - Champion Lakes parkrun (WA) 1st, Hamilton Island (Qld) 1st, Petrie (Qld) 1st,
10/09 – Mt Penang, Penrith Lakes (NSW), Diamond Creek (Vic)
17/09 - Penrith Lakes (NSW)
01/10 – Penrith Lakes (NSW) 1
5/10 – Launceston (Tas), Clare Valley (SA)
12/11 – Mt Penang (NSW)
19/11 – Tamborine Mountain (Qld)
feedback from the field
I would like to take a moment to thank the great bunch of people, some of whom have become great friends, who organise and participate at Mitchelton parkrun. For the first time in more than 30 years the dreaded number on the scales no longer has 3 digits starting with a '1'.
The inspiration and encouragement of the band of parkrunners over the last 18 months played an enormous part in that achievement. You have taken me from huffing and puffing around the 5ks to preparing for my first marathon.
A weekend is not a good weekend if not started with a parkrun.
The Melbourne Midday Milers, an informal running club that meets at 12:30 each weekday at the famous Tan track, this week swapped their running singlets for volunteer vests. The Milers held their first parkrun volunteering day fielding 23 volunteers across parkrun events in Melbourne. The parkrun events included: Westerfolds, Albert, Coburg, Maribyrnong and Berwick Springs.
The Milers are regular participants at parkrun, using it not only for a bit of exercise and social interaction on a Saturday morning, but also for chasing PBs and age grade course records. Having a day set aside for club members to volunteer was seen as a way for the club to demonstrate that it is not just about running but also about giving back to the running community.
parkdog of the week
Hi, I’m Phoebe, a one year old kelpie / huntaway. I run with our family at Lawson parkrun in the Blue Mountains - My mum is a Run Director there.
I have a variety of parkruns versions to my name - sometimes a slow run with mum, a fast run with dad or a fast walk with one of the teenagers. I have has also volunteered as the ‘tail’ runner a number of times...
My mum Kye loves that she can bring me for a decent run with others on a Saturday morning, helping to use up some of my energy and socializing me with lovely people.
I would love to have my own barcode to keep a tally of all my runs, but my Mum thinks I’ve done about 25.
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.
Name: Ryan Lovatt
Number of runs: 51
parkrun PB: 24:12 with no push chair, about 28 minutes with a push chair.
Why do you come to parkrun: I enjoy getting out and running so getting the chance to do this first thing on Saturday is great. Kids are a great motivator.
Who do you come to parkrun with: 3 of my kids (2, 4, 9), although the 4th (7 months) has just started coming along.
What do you like most about parkrun: the happy cheerful, attitude of everyone there.
Do you do other training – if so, what: go for a run in the evening once a week.
Have you visited any other parkruns: Yes, Altona (nice scenic run but tough with the hill in the middle of the run, good to have playground at the end), Wyndham - Nice run along the river.
Do you have any specific goals or races coming up: Nothing in concrete but I would like to do the hoka one one trail series next year (especially the night run).
How can we improve parkrun: it's pretty awesome right now as it is!