weekly newsletter 26 July 2016

welcome to the newsletter


Every now and then an email comes across my desk (figuratively) that needs no editing and no explanation. The following words by Catherine Minifie, entitled ‘parkrun saved my Dad’ is a case in point.

This is not a story about an individual overcoming exceptional circumstances to succeed.

This is, however, a story about how a 5km run each week – a mere 25-or-so minutes every Saturday, where a 61-year-old man who happens to be my Dad, came back to life once he joined parkrun.

My Dad is one of the hardest workers and most selfless people that I know. He never complains. As a child, all I can remember is him working exceptionally hard, but always having time to take my brother and I to our sports games, rowing regattas or social engagements. So, when Dad was made redundant, out of the blue, in November 2014, it was a devastating blow for a man who has known nothing since he finished university, but work. His spark for life dissipated and he seemed to lose his purpose.

According to Beyond Blue, one in eight men will have depression at some stage in their lives. Men are less likely than women to talk about depression and The Black Dog Institute states that an estimated 72% of males do not seek help for mental disorders. Being male instantly puts my Dad at an increased risk in regards to him seeking help. Being from a family who finds it difficult to express feelings, I was worried for the wellbeing of my Dad when he lost his job. Luckily, Dad had run his first parkrun in August of that same year which conveniently happened to be in the reserve directly behind our house.

After his redundancy, his involvement really ramped up and it became something that he looked forward to every week. Dad has competed in 36 (!) City to Surf’s, so he is no stranger to hitting the pavement, but parkrun offered him a free, accessible and sociable event every Saturday morning – I had no idea what a game changer that 25 minutes on a Saturday would be for him. I honestly think that parkrun saved my Dad. It gave him something to look forward to every week. It gave him interaction with other people. It gave him physical health. And it gave him back his life after work.

I am not exaggerating when I say - these days, give Dad five minutes and no matter who he is talking to, or what the intended subject matter is, the conversation will have somehow made its way to parkrun. He is one of parkruns biggest advocates and looks forward to Saturdays so much. So much so, that on a recent trip to visit my brother overseas, part of the trip logistics had to be arranged around parkrun. Mum can’t organise anything on a Saturday morning, unless it allows Dad to run parkrun. At the time of writing, Dad has completed 60 parkruns in Maitland, along with runs at St Peters, Wangaratta, Noosa, Newy, Blue Gum Hills, Curl Curl, Perth (UK) and Ginninderra, to clock up a total of 72 runs.

He is keen to give back to parkrun too, and has volunteered multiple times at Maitland parkrun, however, it does tend to be a pack up or pack down job, therefore allowing him to run too!

My Dad turns 62 on July 26 and it would be the greatest gift if this story might be able to be published around the time of his birthday as he reads the newsletter religiously.

The physical benefits of getting people out of bed and off the couch in a day and age where we are increasingly sedentary are clear, but it is the mental, emotional and social benefits that I would like to thank parkrun for.

Thank you parkrun, for saving my Dad’s life.

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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Strive: Be a parkrunner


Some great words from our friends at Strava -

Not everyone can make it to a parkrun, but everyone should run like a parkrunner at least once in a while. The format is simple: Every Saturday rain or shine, run 5k with your community, and absolutely anyone is welcome. The parkrun gang has managed to strike a perfect balance of getting faster and total inclusivity. It’s exactly what  is about.

Click here to watch the clip.

Win with Entertainment Book


If you purchase an Entertainment™ Membership before the 31st July 2016 then you will go into the draw to win $100 in Wish GiftCards. Wish Gift cards can be used at any Woolworths, Big W, Masters, BWS, Caltex, Dan Murphys or Cellar Masters across the whole of Australia.

The Entertainment™ Membership entitles you to over $20,000 worth of valuable up to 50% OFF and 2-for-1 offers from many of your area's best restaurants, cafés, attractions, hotel accommodation, travel and much more.

Click here for your chance to go into the draw to win this brilliant prize then purchase your Entertainment™ Membership now.

Upcoming Special Events


Launches:
30/07 – Christies Beach (SA)
06/08 – Chelsea Bicentennial (Vic)
17/09 – You Yangs (Vic), Palmerston (NT)
01/10 – Morree (NSW)

Anniversaries:
06/08 – Blackbutt (NSW) 3rd, Claisebrook Cove (WA) 4th, Victor Harbor (SA) 2nd
13/08 – Callaghan (NSW) 1st, Wishart (Qld) 2nd
20/08 – Hobart (Tas) 2nd
27/08 – Balyang Sanctuary (Vic) 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:
10/09 – Mt Penang (NSW), Diamond Creek (Vic)
15/10 – Launceston (Tas)
12/11 – Mt Penang (NSW)
19/11 – Tamborine Mountain (Qld)

parkdog of the week


My name is Noni. I am a 20-month old Kelpie and I LOVE running. Saturdays at Ginninderra parkrun in Canberra are my favourite time of week. I run with my Dad (Joe) and Mum (Carlie). Everyone at Ginninderra parkrun knows me because I get very excited at the starting line. I pull my Mum or Dad along for the first km or so, and after this we settle in to a nice steady pace. Because I run so fast for the first bit, my Mum and Dad have to run hard just to keep up. This means that they get some awesome PBs with me. In fact, they've both set their PBs with me helping. They like to say that it's just motivation, because they're trying to catch me for the first part, but I know better. My PB with Dad is 20.08 and with Mum is 24.18. I love to help my Mum and Dad get PBs. After I have crossed the finish line I like to go swimming in the lake, even on the freezing cold winter mornings.

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


David Ryan - Coomera parkrun turned 4 on Saturday. Our theme was crazy hair day and plenty got into the spirit to help make it a wonderful event. I could show you lots of photos of the effort everyone went to but this photo stood out. A parkrunner and a volunteer who both look to be about as old as our event. What a gorgeous shot.


Allison Hunter – It was just a little cold at Kalgoorlie Boulder parkrun on Saturday. Check out the ice on the ground!


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:  Maria Mills

Age:  59

Home parkrun:  The wonderful Forest Rec parkrun in Nottingham, England

Occupation:  School Crossing Patrol aka Lollipop Lady

Number of runs:  30

PB:  30:20

Number of times volunteered:  33

I volunteer at parkrun because:  I like to give encouragement, meet new parkrunners, but most of all because I love it.

You should visit my parkrun because:  Of the friendliness, the sense of belonging and the excellent and challenging course. You will be singing from your heart for days after your visit.

And when you're in town you should also check out:  Our other parkruns; and there are plenty of them!

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

Medibank investing in parkrun

Medibank is proud to be teaming up with Australia’s biggest running event. At Medibank, we are committed to investing in the health and wellbeing of the Australian community. This includes supporting events that encourage Australians to be healthy and active. We have been insuring the health of Australians for almost 40 years under our Medibank and ahm brands. Explore Medibank


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 20 July 2016

welcome to the newsletter


Most weeks in this newsletter I have the pleasure of telling you about the positive ways parkrun has impacted on the lives of those who attend. These stories are provided by parkrunners, just like you, usually via email or Facebook posts.

But I’m sure there are many of you on incredible journeys who are yet to have your story told publicly. Now is the time to change that!

Our partners at Medibank are looking to interview parkrunners who have overcome adversity or challenges (physical or mental health, fitness, love - anything!) from all over Australia.

Please click here if you'd be interested in sharing your story.

Happy parkrunning,

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

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

donate to parkrun Australia

Essential Stats


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Entertainment™ Membership


If you purchase an Entertainment™ Membership before the 31st July 2016 then you will go into the draw to win $100 in Wish GiftCards. Wish Gift cards can be used at any Woolworths, Big W, Masters, BWS, Caltex, Dan Murphys or Cellar Masters across the whole of Australia.

The Entertainment™ Membership entitles you to over $20,000 worth of valuable up to 50% OFF and 2-for-1 offers from many of your area's best restaurants, cafés, attractions, hotel accommodation, travel and much more.

Click here for your chance to go into the draw to win this brilliant prize then purchase your Entertainment™ Membership now.

Upcoming Special Events


Launches:
23/07 – Bathurst (NSW), Weipa (Qld) [https://www.facebook.com/weipaparkrun/]
30/07 – Christies Beach (SA)
06/08 – Chelsea Bicentennial (Vic)
17/09 – You Yangs (Vic)

Anniversaries:
23/07 – Coomera (Qld) 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 (Vic) 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:
10/09 – Mt Penang (NSW), Diamond Creek (Vic)
15/10 – Launceston (Tas)
12/11 – Mt Penang (NSW)

Feedback from the field


Shelley Brookshaw - I just did my third Rockingham parkrun today. I am not a runner, I walk the course with my Rottweiler. I always come in last - or close to it, but all the volunteers and a lot of the other participants are so encouraging and it makes me want to get up and go every Saturday morning to show myself, and all these men and ladies, that I can do it.....who knows, one day, I might work my way up to actually being able to run the course. Thank you so much for all your encouragement.


Belinda Smith - Leap of the week from Lismore parkrun - Sapphire did a magnificent leap for our photographer Richard!


Graham Bonnett - Great story in the newsletter, “I like being with the parkrun people.’’ Has to be the slogan on the next T-shirt doesn’t it?


Michelle McGrath - We did our first ever parkrun in Ireland last week while on holiday in my home town of Dublin. We were very warmly welcomed by the Marley parkrun team. Looking forward to many more Australian parkruns.


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:  Siobhan Kearney

Age:  46

Home parkrun:  Tralee (Co. Kerry)

Occupation:  Community worker. Currently full time mum to three junior parkrunners and ED for Tralee parkrun

Number of runs:  40

PB:  22:15

Number of times volunteered:  52

I volunteer at parkrun because:  I enjoy it. When I ran Westport parkrun in Ireland two years ago I had high hope to get one started in Tralee, County Kerry, where I live (I am from Donegal originally) and with the support of our local Sports Partnership, Kerry County Council and the HSE, we got started in January 2015. Our parkrun in Tralee is now in its 69th week and we have an average of 130 children and adults of all ages and abilities walking, jogging and running every week and there is a great sense of community and camaraderie amongst us. My Saturday mornings have changed forever. It is up and out early for me with my kids and husband usually running or volunteering as well.

You should visit my parkrun because:  it takes place in the pretty town park situated in Tralee. With beautiful gardens and trees, it is a peaceful place to run. It is easy to find and has plenty of parking nearby. You can join us for a post run cuppa at the local Brandon hotel and afterwards you can visit the nearby farmers market. We will give you a very friendly welcome and a big round of applause at the briefing. So please do come run with us and join in the fun.

And when you’re in town you should also check out:  the blue flag beaches close by where you can go swimming, surfing and take a long walk or if it is raining you can join in the fun at the indoor waterpark the Aqua Dome, go to the local museum or visit one of the many cafes, hotels or pubs in the area for good food, a drink and some banter.

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

Medibank investing in parkrun

Medibank is proud to be teaming up with Australia’s biggest running event. At Medibank, we are committed to investing in the health and wellbeing of the Australian community. This includes supporting events that encourage Australians to be healthy and active. We have been insuring the health of Australians for almost 40 years under our Medibank and ahm brands. Explore Medibank


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 13 July 2016

welcome to the newsletter


On Saturday one of you achieved something extraordinary.

As a matter of fact, I’m sure many of you achieved amazing things however I do want to highlight someone very special; Russell Thornton from Taree parkrun.

On Saturday Russell became the first home-grown Taree parkrunner to join our magical 50-club. This in itself is a great achievement however it is all the more impressive in Russell’s case as he has a permanent brain injury as a result of being hit by a car when he was eight years old.

Russell’s first parkrun was on the 30th of May 2015 (Taree parkrun #3) and his finish time (as a walker) was 46:52. Russell set a new PB the following week and has PBed a further 12 times since then, progressing from walking to running, with his current best of 33:03 set just three weeks ago! That’s an improvement of almost 14 minutes!

Russell’s brother Phil was quoted last week in their local paper, the Manning River Times, saying –

“Russell plans his week around parkrun. He’s really driven now. Because of parkrun he’s fitter and he’s eating healthier, it’s made a huge difference.’’

Wow.

In the same article Russell was asked what it was about Taree parkrun that kept him coming back.

“I like being with the parkrun people,’’ he said.

And I’m sure that is exactly why so many of you have made parkrun a non-negotiable part of the week… parkrun people really are the BEST!

Happy parkrunning,

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

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

donate to parkrun Australia

Essential Stats


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Upcoming Special Events


Launches:
16/07 – Renmark (SA), Meadowbrook (Qld)
23/07 – Bathurst (NSW), Weipa (Qld)
30/07 – Christies Beach (SA)
06/08 – Chelsea Bicentennial (Vic)
27/08 – Wilson Botanic (Vic)
17/09 – You Yangs (Vic)

Anniversaries:
16/07 – Noosa (Qld) 2nd, Armidale (NSW) 2nd
23/07 – Coomera (Qld) 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 (Vic) 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:
16/07 – Rocks Riverside (Qld), South Bank (Qld)
10/09 – Mt Penang (NSW), Diamond Creek (Vic)
15/10 – Launceston (Tas)
12/11 – Mt Penang (NSW)

Feedback from the field


Margie Lewis - I had the chance to run at Main Beach parkrun as I was in QLD for the weekend. I was listening to the first timers briefing and nearly fell over when I saw one of my friends, Kate Doughty, from ACT there also. Kate is on the Triathlon team for the Rio Paralympics. It was her first time ever to parkrun… Neither of us could believe the fact we were both there. I got to personally wish Kate the best for Rio and also tell her more about parkrun. Kate was at elite level as a para athlete in another sport 4 years ago… Equestrian. How many people do you know who are at the top level of one sport, switch and get to the top level of the 2nd also?


Jenn Arnie - Bathurst parkrun had its first test run on Saturday and despite fears of the river rising to flood levels it dropped! The fog, however, meant that runners had to trust me when I said 'run 30m down to the sign and turn right!'


Helen Thiele - James and I couldn't make Darwin parkrun on Saturday, so we measured 5km during the week and did it at 7am on parkrunday in Bali.


Janelle Jefferies - Even parkdogs make friends at Taree parkrun. Here’s Jack (L) and Wombat (R) meeting for the first time.


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


The photo is my first recently completed half marathon. Pretty chuffed with that, for somebody that took 37 parkruns before they could run 5km without stopping or walking!

Name:  Astrid van Meeuwen-Dijkgraaf

Age:  51

Home parkrun:  Porirua, New Zealand

Occupation:  Ecologist

Number of runs:  125 parkruns

PB:  26:32 still hoping to one day get to the 25:20 that was published in the parkrun coffee table book ;-) I’m getting steadily closer to this target!

Number of times volunteered:  137 volunteers since I am Porirua Event Director

I volunteer at parkrun because:  I love putting names to the faces I see every parkrunday. I used to know everybody by name, but now that more people come to Porirua it is hard to get to know everybody. I also love cheering people over the finish line – especially those at the back.

You should visit my parkrun because:  It is really beautiful at any time of the year. The course runs along a stream with waterfalls and ever changing scenery. It is also really sheltered – which is important in the windiest capital city in the world!

And when you’re in town you should also check out:  After parkrun coffee, go to Pataka Museum in Porirua where you can see some great ever-changing exhibitions. In Wellington City you can spend days at Te Papa Museum and the Museum of Wellington City and Sea (Maritime museum). Take a ride in the cable car, book a Weta tour through the Weta Workshop (or a Thunderbirds tour), have coffee and an almond croissant at Coco’s in the Roxy and spend a day exploring Zealandia (Karori) Wildlife Centre, or take a ferry trip across the harbor including going to Matiu-Somes Island in the middle of the harbour.

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

Medibank investing in parkrun

Medibank is proud to be teaming up with Australia’s biggest running event. At Medibank, we are committed to investing in the health and wellbeing of the Australian community. This includes supporting events that encourage Australians to be healthy and active. We have been insuring the health of Australians for almost 40 years under our Medibank and ahm brands. Explore Medibank


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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