weekly newsletter 6th April 2016

welcome to the newsletter


Question – What do Van Halen, the Pointer Sisters, House of Pain and even Kris Kross (remember them) have in common with Sandgate parkrun’s Event Director Vanessa Gibson?
Answer – They all know life is just a little bit more fun when we “Jump!”

And just to prove her point Vanessa (pictured above) recently produced a short video called 'The Running Jump Shot' in which she shares her top tips for perfecting your jumping photo technique at parkrun. These are:

1. Decide on your style of jump shot.
2. Know your dominant leg.
3. The Countdown.
4. It’s not just about the jump.
5. Have fun!

I know that many of you already enjoy partaking in a bit of running jump shot action however it’s not just the ‘jumper’ who gains enjoyment from this; it also brings a smile to our volunteer photographers who are charged with capturing the moment. Judy Watson from North Lakes parkrun wrote to me last week saying –

“I often volunteer as photographer and I really get a kick out of watching the participants do their jumps and wave at the camera. I have attached a photo I thought you might like to include in your newsletter and I challenge other parkrun photographers to show their best jump shots. The photo is of Adam Stringer who loves to get ‘air’!”

So there we have it, the challenge has been set. Time for you to go and practice your ‘pencils’, ‘starfish’ and ‘side kicks’ and photographers, get those trigger fingers ready.

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.

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‘My journey from registration to running’ by Tina Stevens


I just finished reading the article in last week’s newsletter about how many people register for parkrun and then don't actually run. Yep, that was me. I registered back in February 2013 when Tuggeranong parkrun in the ACT started.

I was keen to go… but I didn't.

I was fat, unfit and very cranky at myself for not getting back into running sooner after an injury. A lot of the people I used to run with did the parkrun and I was worried they would judge me. In fact it was me judging myself; in typical parkrun style they probably would have encouraged me no end!

Earlier this year we moved and on the 5th of March I made my long overdue debut at Merimbula parkrun. During that first week I was so desperate to keep up with others and not be the slowest that I made it about 1km in and was so stuffed and sore I turned around and walked back again. I wanted to keep going so I volunteered to be the tail runner. I figured then I wouldn't be letting anyone else down by being the slowest. I love it. I dragged my Mum along and we finished a few minutes behind the next slowest person.

I have done two more since then and now it is not bothering me if I am one of the slowest. The local club also posted about encouraging walkers to join in as well. That also helped me feel better – knowing I wouldn't be the slowest. I am doing the couch to 5km program so I know I will improve.

The things that encouraged me:

1. Knowing no one at Merimbula;
2. The Facebook post inviting walkers to join in;
3. Dragging the kids with me (although this is hard as they are under 11 and have to stick with slow mum! The photo above is with my 8 year old Hayden in front of me);
4. Running in such a beautiful location!

Thank you for making such a great event. It is an awesome concept!!!

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Upcoming Special Events


Launches:
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:
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
07/05 – Cleveland (Qld) 3rd, Altona (Vic) 1st, Rhodes (NSW) 1st
14/05 – Curl Curl (NSW) 3rd, Yarrabilba (Qld) 2nd
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

Cancellations:
09/04 – Hervey Bay (Qld), Penrith Lakes (NSW)
23/04 – Port Macquarie (NSW), Chermside (Qld), Penrith Lakes (NSW), Lismore (NSW)
30/04 – Port Macquarie (NSW), Geographe Bay (WA)
07/05 – Sirromet (Qld)
04/06 – Penrith Lakes (NSW)

parkdog of the week


My name is Jess and I'm a 3 year old Labrador. I do my parkrunning at Cairns with my humans Hugh and Shannon. I enjoy going to parkrun and meeting fellow parkdogs and their humans, as well as getting attention from all the others parkrunners, if it means I have to give them numerous licks to get their attention so be it. I just love running as fast as I can, Currently my PB stands at 21:03, I know if I can just go a little quicker I can catch my human Uncle Warren.

Feedback from the field


Rio Montalaba Lambino - Trish Oakes is unmissable in her white shirt and white hair at The Ponds parkrun. At 63 years old, Trish’s PB is an impressive 26:16 minutes. When asked what her secret was for fitness and speed, Trish replied generously, "Just run at a pace that nature gave you, at a speed that feels natural.”


Julie Veitch - So, last Saturday I drove into Hervey Bay approximately 20mins from Toogoom to participate in my first parkrun. This was possible because I retired from work recently as I worked Saturdays. I also moved to lovely Toogoom beach where I walk on the beach. My daughter Rachel and hubby Justin as well as baby James are regular parkrunners in Sandgate as well as my daughter in law Elizabeth who now walks as she is expecting her second child. Their happy experience with the group has encouraged me to have a go. Much to my surprise I wasn't the only first timer last Saturday. We had a large field as it was Easter Saturday and lots of holiday makers came along, many sporting ‘rabbit ears’ and even one runner with a bunny tail as well. I joined at the back of the field as I was walking and managed to finish in about 50mins. My pace was helped along by another first timer as we chatted and encouraged each other along. I'm looking forward to next Saturday and the amazing venue that is parkrun.


John Horner - I did my 50th parkrun on Saturday! Thanks to Cooks River parkrun and parkrun Australia I am a lot fitter and a bit lighter than last year. There was no need to paint that big ‘50’ on the road though, that was going a bit far...


Pam Cooper - In response to your enquiry re the large number of people registered for parkrun against those who never seem to have turned up and been recorded. My friend and I regularly attend with our partners. Our partners, being fitter, run and finish the 5km and get recorded. Whereas my friend and I, (and I've noticed a few others) only manage to walk half the course, consequently never finish and have never got recorded – but we still attend and we keep on trying. One day.....


Pam Peldan - My husband and I (from Mitchelton parkrun in Qld) have loved being able to continue to do our parkruns while travelling overseas. We recently managed to do two runs at parkrun du Bois de Boulogne in Paris in much colder conditions than we're used to. Great fun.


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:  Judy Adare

Age:  Old enough to parkrun without a parent/guardian

Home parkrun:  Pakenham

Occupation:  Health & Safety

Number of runs:  parkrunning towards 100

PB:  It is not about my PB but about getting out there and having fun

Number of times volunteered:  closing in on 25

Favourite volunteer role:  Organising the pacers although not a recognized volunteer position it is one of my favourites. Every week runners push a little harder towards their elusive time goals or to run a little further than last week but on pacer week those smiles are bigger when you are the volunteer pacer or the one achieving a new PB. It’s very satisfying and uplifting to see everyone achieve something more.

I volunteer at parkrun because:  Being a part of the community and giving a little back makes me happy. Seeing the faces as they enjoy parkrun for the first time or the 100th it is the same smile when they cross the line. Everyone is inclusive and encouraging at every event and being able to watch that no matter where you are or what volunteer position you fill is so rewarding. If you don’t have fun doing it then you aren’t doing it right.

One thing I love about parkrun is:  The encouragement, community spirit, laughs, PB’s and the continuity of 8am Saturday morning. It just isn’t a weekend unless you start it with parkrun! I also love the relationships that blossom and the continual support you get each parkrun. parkrunners are the best!

My most memorable parkrun moment was:  Wow parkrun has been a big part of my life now it seems like it always has been. Trying to pick just one memorable parkrun is just too hard. I have managed to be a tourist in VIC, WA, SA, TAS, QLD, NSW I only have ACT and NT to go It is a great way to see our country as many of these courses are in nice little hidden away spots or in popular tourist spots and I am lucky enough to be able coordinate holidays with parkrun days.

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weekly newsletter 29th July 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s edition of the parkrun Australia newsletter we marvel at a world record parkrunner, Bella runs wild and we go back to basics with Kelly.

Last week I received an email about an unusual problem with the result for one of our runners at Lillydale Lake parkrun in Melbourne… a problem the majority of us will never be faced with. Lavina Petrie (pictured above) finished 9th on July 12 in a time of 22:03. This is a pretty great time, approximately 6 minutes ahead of the parkrun average, however what makes this time so special is that Lavina is in the 70-74 age category… which makes it an AMAZING time. Upon further research (i.e. Wikipedia) I then discovered that Lavina is the current world record holder for her age over 3000m, 5000m, 10,000m and half-marathon (1:37.38).

So, where the problem occurred with her result is that it is so good, so fast, that our system flagged it as a possible error and that it should be manually approved before being published. However it doesn’t end there. It was then suggested to me that as soon as a person such as Lavina gets an age grade score of over 100% that they then should automatically become the new 100% barometer for everyone else (i.e. all the slower people) in their age group and so effectively they get immediately downgraded back down to 100%. The above 100% score only lasts for a few fleeting seconds.

It’s sure tough being a world record breaker these days. And by the way… sensational run Lavina!!!

Lastly, you may have read last week’s volunteer profile by John Andrew (pictured below). It was a typically inspirational piece although it was pointed out to me later by Albert Melbourne parkrun Event Director Scott Watkins that John forgot to mention his most famous exploit… he was the first and only runner to fall in Albert Park Lake during parkrun. Great work John!

Happy running,

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

p.s. Only 66 days until International parkrun Day 2014

Were you a first timer last weekend, or did you run a personal best? We would love to hear about your experience on email, @parkrun_au or on Facebook.

Essential Stats for Australia & Singapore


Number of locations – 81
Number of runners – 7,916
Number of PBs – 1,820
Number of first timers – 1,217
Number of volunteers – 649

Inaugural parkrun annual lunch


We will be holding our first ever 'parkrun annual lunch' in Perth on August 30. The goal of the 'parkrun annual lunch' is to create an annual focal point for all parkrun communities in the state to gather socially outside of the usual Saturday morning parkrun environment. All proceeds from this event will go towards launching further parkrun events in the state. We aim to hold similar events in key parkrun cities across the country on an annual basis but have chosen Perth as the host city for this inaugural event. And to top things off cricket legend and Suncorp Bank ambassador Adam Gilchrist is confirmed as guest speaker, it is sure to be a day to remember!

Click here for more info.

‘Come back Bella!!!’ by Brenton Clark


On Saturday morning my little Staffy Bella and I went down to watch my wife Nearida run at Gungahlin parkrun. I had been recovering from a minor injury and was in the middle of tapering for next week's marathon in Townsville. Bella is quite the runner and she usually runs with my wife and I on most of our training runs, whether they be tempo runs, interval training or even the dreaded Sunday long runs. So after a week of limited running she was highly irritable seeing all the runners take off to begin their 5km run.

After all the runners had passed I let her off the chain to allow her to walk around the park and harass the local ducks, but Bella decided she didn't want to do that. Instead she took off in hot pursuit of the runners. I tried to chase her down for about a kilometre but I couldn't catch her. So I went back to the start/finish line hoping she might just come back. Well she did come back...crossing the finish line in third place in a respectable 18:58!

I was highly apologetic to the runners who came through with her, however they all commented on her good manners - sticking to the left of the path and clearing the way of ducks (her mortal enemy). She even had time to go for a quick dip in the lake apparently.

Anyway I would like to congratulate Bella on an unaccompanied 5km PB and also to apologise to the organisers, ducks and runners of Gungahlin parkrun for being such an irresponsible dog owner.

Unfortunately Nearida, Bella and I will be relocating soon to the UAE - meaning no more parkruns! Thanks for what has been a lot of fun this year participating at Gungahlin, we have really enjoyed it!

‘What I did next…’ by Kelly Daly


The year that I started Kawana parkrun was also my final year of studying nutrition and dietetics at The University of the Sunshine Coast. I have always been a huge advocate for health and wellbeing, and parkrun was my way of contributing to a healthier community. Near the end of my time as Event Director at Kawana parkrun, I was starting to work on a new, somewhat crazy, cookbook idea. 10 months later and this crazy cookbook is coming to life!

My cookbook is called The Bare Basics, and it is exactly what the name suggests:
Bare - loaded with gorgeous, local, bare guys to make cooking much more appealing;
Basics - to teach all the basics of cooking, from how to boil an egg to how to make your own custard or Sunday Roast.

We have completed all the photography for the book (and even had some parkrunners involved!) and are now moving onto the Graphic Design phase. We have had 5 individuals involved with putting this book together (including Melissa Erbacher, the current Kawana ED!), and we couldn't be more excited to see it on the shelves in December!

Please click here to find out more about The Bare Basics.

Upcoming Special Events


August
2 - Blackbutt 1st anniversary (NSW), Claisebrook Cove (WA) 2nd anniversary, Victor Harbor (SA) launch
9 - Wishart (Qld) launch
16 - Hobart (Tas) launch
23 - Singleton (NSW) launch, Mt Clarence (WA) launch, Hervey Bay (Qld) launch, Maribyrnong (Vic) launch
30 - Cairns 1st anniversary (Qld), Capalaba (Qld) launch, Lake Joondalup (WA) launch, Balyang Sanctuary (Vic) 2nd anniversary

September
6 - Warwick (Qld) 1st anniversary, Broadbeach Waters (Qld) launch, Blue Gum Hills (NSW) launch, Heirisson Island (WA) launch
13 - Wynnum (Qld) 2nd anniversary, Inverloch (Vic) launch, Diamond Creek (Vic) cancelled
20 - New Farm (Qld) 3rd anniversary
27 – Merimbula (NSW) 1st anniversary, Toowoomba (Qld) 1st anniversary, Tamworth (NSW) launch, Bowral (NSW) launch

Feedback from the field


John Mayne - Woke up early, had a Coles 80c coffee, $1 Boost chocolate bar and then arrived at Stones Corner parkrun realising I was only wearing slippers, so after quickly thinking on my feet (pun 100% intended), I decided to run barefoot for 5km. I don't know if it was the extra adrenaline that resulted from desiring the experience to be over as quick as possible, or something about the natural momentum that springs from running barefoot on concrete, but the end result was a PB of 22:34, smashing the previous benchmark by about 40 seconds. #barefootrunner


Bede Webster - The below photo is of me (in the red top and loud shorts) on my way to a very pleasing PB of 18:29 and in the process topping the age gradings for Tuggeranong parkrun last weekend. What’s interesting for our sponsor adidas is the top that I’m wearing. My younger brother Greg brought that back for me from the World Cross Country Championships in Switzerland in 1986 where he represented Australia in the Under 20 division. I’ve worn it ever since in the colder months in Canberra (and let’s face it, there are more of them than there are warmer months). 28 years on and still going strong! With 78 parkruns under his belt and a PB of 16:51, Greg hasn’t really slowed down much over the past 28 years either.


Chelsea Hunter - The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder provided a community grant to support the setup of parkrun in the Goldfields. parkrun has proved to be a very popular free weekly community event with a number of important outcomes for the City. parkrun has been extremely well organised and has significantly enhanced recreation opportunities in the City, all the outcomes have been overwhelmingly positive.


Gary Clarke - Despite being involved with Tuggeranong parkrun since its inaugural in Feb 2013, running 6 other events in 3 states with my wife Denise as a parkrun tourist, volunteering 28 times and working for others as a pacer in Superman and Batman disguise - today was all about self-indulgence. Today, on my 44th birthday, I ran my 44th parkrun at Tuggeranong and entered the 50 club (looking forward to the shirt in my favourite colour - "PB Red")!! To top it off, one of my ‘parkrun family’ agreed to pace me to a PB, which has eluded me since April 2013. I'm happy to say that having been pushed beyond any previous pain barriers, I crossed the line in 21:58 - finally cracking the 22 minute barrier and breaking that elusive PB by 5 seconds!! What made it even more enjoyable, was the number of people who celebrated with me and congratulated me either at the park or over breakfast (and CAKE!) at our local cafe. Denise and I love parkrun, we love our Tuggeranong parkrun family and will always believe that there is never ever a better way to start the weekend. #loveparkrun


Solita H - Every year we run an inter-office 4km fun run between our three Brisbane offices. I took up parkrun to get some consistent running in my exercise roster and to try and improve my time and speed over the shorter distances just for this event. We just had our run for 2014 and at the ripe old age of 42 I was not only the fastest female from my office but 2nd fastest female of all the female competitors and 26th out of 118 participants. For the first time in as long as anyone can remember, our office moved from third (last) to second position. Overall a great team effort and I felt I was able to contribute because of parkrun. Being able to participate in parkrun has really helped me achieve my goals and has made my office very happy to achieve a 2nd place. Thank you.


Andrew Dodson - After over 20 parkruns at North Lakes I was still struggling to get under 29 minutes. My problem is that I do not push myself hard enough and needed a helping hand to bring the best out of me. Then along came Mike who was a pacer at Saturday’s run doing a run at 29 minutes. I could not have achieved by best effort without Mike's encouragement and help, he was great.


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:  Jo Cootes

Age:  40

Home parkrun:  Mitchelton

Occupation:  Self Employed Mum!

Number of runs:  64 + 1, my husband stole one from me!

PB:  24:46 and now living in retirement somewhere up around the 58:06 ish!

Number of times volunteered:  12

Favourite volunteer role:  Finish tokens and Run Director

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  Pretty much everything, I love the community and can fully appreciate the importance of the systems that are in place, it really is just too easy! I like that I feel equally joyous after volunteering at parkrun as I do when participating in a parkrun.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Many funny and some awesome memorable moments as a participant, however as a volunteer, the memorable moments are always on the finish line for me. I love to see the guts and determination of our runners and share in the highs from the PBs. I’m a relatively new runner so I’m always interested in the stories of how and when parkrunners got into running and how they achieve training around family, work etc. But the most memorable moment by far was celebrating the 1st Anniversary of Mitchelton parkrun. It was a pleasure to be on the ground and volunteer at this event, it was a resounding success. There was a sense of pride from many at what had been achieved over the year and a feeling that the community was coming together to celebrate. I do cherish that my own kids have grown up around the parkrun spirit and I’m hoping they can follow on from me and volunteer in the next couple of years.

How can we improve parkrun:  As above-mentioned, your systems in place really do make it that easy just to turn up and volunteer, any parkrun, anytime, but recently I’ve been walking parkrun and had more time to be the eyes and ears of the course and maybe tail runners should carry walkie talkies! Or just simply check in with a RD on the day and sync phones if this is not already happening!

Reminders

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Printed barcodes are used at all our events to record your result. Please click here to collect and print your barcode. No barcode = No result = No exceptions. To order your barcode on a durable plastic key tag 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

All children under 11 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Guardians must ensure that children place themselves appropriately so as to prevent a situation where they are being repeatedly overtaken at the start. This is to ensure the safety of your child.

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weekly newsletter 22nd July 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s edition we celebrate our volunteers, marvel at some parkrun art and take our pick of 3 perfect Perth parkruns.

I often rave about the passion and enthusiasm of our parkrun volunteers… and I’m going to do it again this week!

On Saturday we launched Armidale parkrun based in the grounds of the University of New England. I wasn’t able to attend however our Operations Manager Sarah Logan, The Prof Alan Burrell and 119 other parkrun Event Directors, tourists and of course Armidale locals were able to get there.

The Event Director at Armidale is Dale Murray (pictured above) who I am yet to meet face to face although I want to highlight what an impression he has already made on me and many others within parkrun. Dale has been planning this parkrun for many months. He has travelled around to a number of other events in order to learn the ropes, all on his own time, and has regularly engaged with myself and others from the management team in order to ensure the he was on track. He has worked tirelessly to raise the funding required to cover the costs of setting up a new parkrun (often this comes from the local Council but Dale has also garnered the support of a number of local businesses). But what was really the icing on the cake for me was a Facebook post that Dale shared with his family and friends on Friday (I hope he doesn’t mind me sharing it here) –

“Tomorrow is a HUGE day for me. Before Darlene, Grace and I arrived in Armidale in January this year I had a dream and passion to commence a parkrun event in Armidale, which would be the first in Northwest NSW. The problem was I knew no one in Armidale. On 25th February I met Jay Stone (Armidale Athletics Club) and Jacqui Munday (SportUNE) and shared my dream and passion for parkrun in Armidale and they caught it. Since then Jacqui, Jay and I have worked together to make Armidale parkrun a reality and tomorrow it will happen as we officially launch Armidale parkrun, the 80th parkrun event in Australia. A lot of hours have been expended in preparing for Armidale parkrun and tomorrow we will see the fruit of this hard work. Already 200+ Armidale residents have registered for parkrun and a heap of parkrun 'tourists' from Qld and NSW are travelling to Armidale to participate. A new, healthy community is going to be created in Armidale, as well as new friendships formed and I am so glad to be part of it. Thank you to everyone who have encouraged and supported me on this journey, in particular my wife Darlene Murray, daughter Grace Murray, friends Gary Clarke, Denise Clarke, Sarah-Jane Alley, Jacqui, Jay and everyone at Tuggeranong parkrun where my love for parkrun commenced. I love being part of the ArmiDALE community.”

When I read this I just wanted to give Dale a big hug! This is absolutely the right message about what parkrun is and why we do it. It also shows Dale is absolutely the right person to be leading the charge in Armidale.

Well done on hosting such a successful launch on Saturday Dale in less than ideal conditions (i.e. it was freezing). I can’t wait to come and pay you and your parkrunners a visit in the near future.

On a much more somber note, we have all looked on in horror over the last week at the news of MH17 in the Ukraine. Ordinarily I wouldn’t comment on something like this in the newsletter however I want to acknowledge and pay respects to one of the deceased, Roger Guard (pictured below), who had attended Toowoomba parkrun on 3 occasions. Roger was a fixture on the Southeast Qld trail and ultra-running scene, having completed 7 Glasshouse 100 mile runs. From all reports he was a real character and a true gentleman and his wife Jill, who was also on MH17, was a keen supporter at these races. Events such as these are tragic enough but to find out that one of our own has been involved really hits home. I would like to offer sincere condolences to the Guard family and the Toowoomba community on this loss. Let’s hope there are some positive outcomes in the weeks and months to come.

I would like to remind you all of our ‘no barcode = no time = no exceptions’ policy. If you forget to bring your barcode to parkrun please don’t ask or expect the volunteers to write down your details and then manually enter it later. If you do attend a parkrun event where this happens do not expect it to happen elsewhere, as our policy is that it should not. As the popular hashtag goes #dfyb (don’t forget your barcode).

Finally, to bring a smile to your face, our team at Diamond Creek parkrun decided to sing their pre-run briefing last weekend. It is hilarious… and Event Director Ben completely nails it.

Stay safe,

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

p.s. Only 73 days until International parkrun Day 2014

Were you a first timer last weekend, or did you run a personal best? We would love to hear about your experience on email, @parkrun_au or on Facebook.

Essential Stats


Number of locations – 81
Number of runners – 8,215
Number of PBs – 1,877
Number of first timers – 1,303
Number of volunteers – 692

‘A tale of 3 parkruns’ by Clinton Bishop


Most people consider WA a vast state, with everything separated by huge distances, but in reality Perth is a fairly small city and in our part of the city we are lucky enough to have 3 parkruns within a short drive of our home. Now some may see this as a great thing, but sometimes it makes life a bit difficult in our household, it starts around Monday night when somebody will ask the question, where are we parkrunning this week?

Do we opt for Claisebrook Cove with its grassy start and scenic run along the banks of the Swan River, under the bridge and past the old power station, along the path with the river on your right. A parkrun that takes you through two suburbs and almost into a third within a 5km run. The river disappears as you head round a bend and up a slight incline, the flag comes into sight and then you turn back, getting to take in the same sights on the way back, you keep running around the cove hoping to spot dolphins or pelicans, past the people eating their breakfast and then it’s a quick hill (that’s what I tell myself) up to the finish line. At the finish it’s the usual great bunch of parkrunners, with a “how’d you go?” or “good running today mate”.

Or we could head out to Canning River, and run through the varied parklands that make up the Canning River Regional Park. This parkrun has got the lot: wetlands and river, bridges and boardwalks to run over, turtles and snakes (so the signs say I’ve never seen either, watch me PB when I do) and one of the best finish sprints ever, over a bridge with steel that clangs under every step (well it does under mine), loudly announcing that you are on the approach, no slowing down now, everybody’s watching. Coming off the bridge and crossing the line, it’s a different set of faces but no less friendly or encouraging.

Of course if we want to test our hill climbing and sense of direction there is always Pioneer parkrun in Gosnells, a figure 8 (sort of) course run further upstream on the Canning River. Tucked away this course offers something for everybody, assuming everybody likes running up hills! The start heads straight up a hill, just in case you didn’t do a proper job on the start hill you’re quickly turning back around to do a loop and go up it again, then it’s downhill for a bit, yay. The scenery changes quite quickly as we run over a couple of bridges and into the manicured gardens of the city council. Don’t forget to check out Thor’s hammer in the middle of the lake (I have no idea either). Another loop has you heading up the hill you just came down and back around to run up the treetop walk. For good measure its then time to repeat the dose. The good news is that it’s all in the shade and even better news is that at the end there is another whole bunch of friendly faces just like at the other two parkruns.

Yes, it’s definitely a tough choice, one thing is certain though, regardless of the location the people are the same: friendly, supportive and all there for the joy of having a run.

Don’t Forget Your Paintbrush?


How good is this? Artist Anna Barlett liked this photo taken by Bella Reynolds at Toowoomba parkrun so much she decided to paint it! Amazing! It has now been submitted in a local art competition. This got us thinking, there must be lots of creatives out there in the parkrun community. We would love to see more of this kind of thing. Perhaps even a touring parkrun art exhibition? Would love your ideas on this...

‘We breed them tough at Coomera parkrun!’ by Renee Gimbert


Coomera parkrunners Henri Coombs (274A) & Mr K (Graeme Kirkpatrick - 274D) - 1st over the line at Kokoda Challenge!

The Kokoda Challenge on the Gold Coast is hailed as Australia’s toughest endurance event. The goal is to finish the 96km course as a complete team of four in honour of the spirit forged on the Kokoda Track in 1942: courage, endurance, mateship and sacrifice, and that they did in an outstanding time of 14hrs and 14min.

If you want to see the hills these legends train on, join us at Coomera parkrun this Saturday for our 2nd Birthday Celebrations!! You never know, you might even get an autograph from Henri or Mr K??

Upcoming Special Events


July
26 - Coomera (Qld) 2nd anniversary

August
2 - Blackbutt 1st anniversary (NSW), Claisebrook Cove (WA) 2nd anniversary, Victor Harbor (SA) launch
9 - Pakenham (Vic) launch, Wishart (Qld) launch
16 - Hobart (Tas) launch
23 - Singleton (NSW) launch, Mt Clarence (WA) launch, Hervey Bay (Qld) launch, Maribyrnong (Vic) launch
30 - Cairns 1st anniversary (Qld), Capalaba (Qld) launch, Lake Joondalup (WA) launch, Balyang Sanctuary (Vic) 2nd anniversary

September
6 - Warwick (Qld) 1st anniversary, Broadbeach Waters (Qld) launch, Blue Gum Hills (NSW) launch, Heirisson Island (WA) launch
13 - Wynnum (Qld) 2nd anniversary, Inverloch (Vic) launch, Bowral (NSW) launch, Diamond Creek (Vic) cancelled
20 - New Farm (Qld) 3rd anniversary
27 – Merimbula (NSW) 1st anniversary, Toowoomba (Qld) 1st anniversary, Tamworth (NSW) launch

Feedback from the field


Jennifer Delaney - My home parkrun is Golden Beach in Queensland. Last week I actually ran a PB after 4 months of putting up with injury after injury... A huge thanks to the pacers at our event, it sure makes it a lot easier to have someone else to aim for. I love Golden Beach parkrun!


Karyn Whybrow - This year I ran my first marathon. I have to say it was harder than I had expected and I had to push through extreme physical pain in the last 10km. I only started running 2 years ago and in my first ever running event I went up the front to start (clearly having no idea what I was doing) and took off with the pack. It ended up not being a pleasant run having gone out way too fast, so I decided I needed to get used to running with other people. Then I found Main Beach parkrun. parkrun opened up a whole new world to me. I now know so many wonderful people and it has taught me to run my own race. It’s through the people that I have met at Main Beach parkrun that I was inspired to have a go at the Gold Coast full Marathon this year. I probably wouldn’t have attempted it without the belief, knowledge and support of these people. parkrun has definitely enhanced my running experience and made me many friends. It is an amazing community of people.


David Wheeler - I was a first timer last Saturday at North Lakes parkrun. Bullied into it by an avid parkrunner daughter from Toowoomba who registered myself as well as two of her siblings and then TOLD us we were going. I am 66, couldn't run to save my life but have been an avid walker for approximately 15 years and can get up a fair head of steam on the treadmill. Having received my orders I thought I'd better see if I could actually do it so had a trial last Thursday and stretched myself from my usual 3km of blended walking /running to the 5km and completed it in 35 minutes. On the day I very soon realised that it was different going on a hard surface and after 500m was asking myself WHY I was doing this, knowing full well I dare not even consider stopping if I hope to continue breathing so kept it going... head down, plod, plod! I picked a couple of thickset plodding young blokes and stuck to them for at least 4km before I had to retie a shoelace and they pulled away however still managed 33:43 and 3rd for my age category. Will I do it again? Yes... No… Maybe... I dunno. Well, yes I do know. I will when I can and SHE tells me to!


Steve Jones - My brother told me about parkrun a few months ago and raved about how good it was. I signed up at the time, but unfortunately severely sprained my ankle which has kept me away from running (jogging) for over two months. I got the clearance from the doctor to start running again and decided that I would try my first parkrun at Mitchelton (QLD) last weekend - 12 July 2014. Although the close to freezing temperatures (2 degrees Celsius) meant most of us were running in beanies and with hands in pockets, it was great to be out enjoying the fresh morning air. I was very impressed at not only the numbers of people out exercising early on a Saturday morning, but also at how well run the parkrun was. Being a volunteer operation, it is only as good as the people who are willing to give up their time to make it happen. As a first-timer, all the volunteers were very helpful in explaining how the event worked. I would like to thank them all for making my first parkrun an enjoyable experience. I am now looking forward to many Saturday mornings running alongside Kedron Brook.


Sarah McKensey - I thought you guys might like to see the video of my daughter Annabel talking about parkrun at her school public speaking day. It’s a good summary of how much our family love parkrun.


Carole Hooper - I was visiting Noosa from Newcastle last weekend and before I arrived I teed up my sister in law to take me to parkrun. Imagine my delight when arriving there on Sat about 7am (yes that's right, it's an earlier start than Newy) to discover that it was the inaugural event (must have missed that detail on the website). As Tim said, it is a few km out of town so may not suit holidaymakers who don't have transport. I found the tree lined, undulating course to be very good but couldn't believe how cold it was. The early start and shady route should be perfect in the warmer weather. Thanks Noosa parkrun organisers and volunteers!


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:  John Andrew

Club:  St Albans Striders

Age:  37

Home parkrun:  Albert Melbourne

Occupation:  Category Manager

Number of runs:  51

PB:  22:48

Number of times volunteered:  7

Favourite volunteer role:  Barcode scanning

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  Always great to do my bit to ensure parkrun keeps going, and I love being there to help the runners through with a lot of support!

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Being there to witness our triple 100 runs crew complete their 100th run together.

How can we improve parkrun:  Think it works great so far, maybe reach out to the running community for additional support to prevent the last minute dash for volunteers.

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