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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Essential Stats


 

‘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.

Reminders

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All questions answered

Do you have a question about parkrun? How do I collect my club T-shirt? How do I get my barcode? All your questions are answered on our brand new support site

Volunteering at parkrun

We ask every parkrunner to volunteer 3 times a year. When volunteering you receive the maximum number of points towards the yearly competition.

Children at parkrun

Children under the age of eleven must be accompanied at all times by a parent, guardian or other designated adult of the parent's choice. It must also be ensured that children place themselves appropriately at the start so as to prevent a situation where they are being repeatedly overtaken. This is to ensure the safety of your child.

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weekly newsletter 12th August 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s edition of the parkrun Australia newsletter we welcome a legend to St Peters, reflect on a huge weekend of racing across the country and offer you another chance to runPositive.

I normally spend most of Monday compiling and writing this newsletter, making sure everything is 100% and entertaining enough to keep you all interested. Unfortunately for me the time is now 9pm on Monday night and I have only just plonked myself down in front of the computer after spending a long weekend in Sydney. So here goes…

And what a weekend it was. On Saturday we were honoured to have ultra-running legend Pat Farmer ‘parkrunning for peace’ at our event in St Peters. In May Pat spent 20 days in the Middle East to show a united front of peace through running and since his return he has been continuing to spread this message here in Australia. I had never met Pat or his wife Tania before however they felt like old friends when I found them in the big crowd that had gathered in Sydney Park. Pat was then good enough to get up and say a few words prior to the start of the run and then we were off… although there was no way I was keeping up with Pat as I was pushing my daughter Evie in the pram. I was also saving myself for a little fun run the next day…

After the run I was able to have a good chat with Pat at the little café in Sydney Park. Pat had organised for Jackie Lauff, co-founder and CEO of Sport Matters, to join us. Without going into too much detail, Sport Matters is dedicated to making a difference in people's lives using the power of sport as a tool for development in Australia, the Pacific, Asia and Africa. Watch this space as we are hoping to get involved with Sport Matters in the future.

So, that ‘little fun run’ I mentioned above was obviously Sydney’s iconic City2Surf. It was my first time taking part in the largest fun run on the planet and it didn’t disappoint. As I’m currently training for the Sydney Marathon in September I hadn’t tapered for the race and as such didn’t have a clear race plan or goal time. I really just wanted to feel good and enjoy the run and, other than all of the dodging and weaving through the crowd over the first couple of kilometers, I had a brilliant time. The atmosphere was like nothing I had ever experienced and it was such a thrill to come running down onto Bondi Beach after a solid 14km. I saw quite a few parkrunners out and about pounding the pavement however I’m sure there were hundreds, if not thousands, of you who took part. I hope you all achieved whatever it was that you wanted to and, most importantly, had fun.

But the City2Surf wasn’t the only big event happening on Sunday as many of our parkrunners in Western Australia took part in the Perth Half Marathon (see report by Clinton Bishop below). I know plenty of you ran personal best times on what was reportedly a flat and very fast course so well done to everyone who had a run.

Lastly, you may remember a few weeks back I highlighted the incredible time posted by Lavinia Petrie at Lillydale Lake parkrun in Victoria. Well I’m not sure what it is specifically about that event that is attracting elite runners but on Saturday Whaddon Niewoudt was first across the line in 16:44. Whaddon represented his native South Africa for many years and has a 5000m PB of 13:32. Better tell the paparazzi that Lillydale Lake parkrun is the place to be!

Happy running,

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

p.s. Only 52 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 – 83
Number of runners – 8,855
Number of PBs – 2,170
Number of first timers – 1,480
Number of volunteers – 719

‘Something in the water’ by Clinton Bishop


So parkrun is a free weekly timed 5km run at a park near you and that’s all there is to it? Well not really, there’s a lot more to it. Something else is happening within the parkrun community in WA. While 5km is great fun, plenty of parkrunners are challenging themselves to up their distance and they are bringing the same supportive vibe from 8am Saturday to other events.

The latest example of this was the WAMC Perth half marathon on Sunday the 10th of August, over 30 parkrunners completed the event, many completing a half marathon for the first time. Whole groups of people who have been introduced to running by parkrun, and who had previously never considered themselves runners are completing longer and longer events. And of course it’s impossible to bring that many parkrunners to an event without bringing some of the famous parkrun spirit, high 5s on the course, runners who had already finished heading out to pace others in, finished runners cheering people as they ran past the “parkrun base camp” and in one of the true acts of heroism, injured runner Wade Davis setting up the base camp and organizing a sausage sizzle for finishers, ably assisted by my sausage chef daughter Abbey Bishop. Is there anything better than a snag in a bun after 21.1 km? Well if there is I haven’t tried it (Some may say a beer to wash it down, but I couldn’t possibly comment).

There’s no sign of it stopping either, parkrun WA is the 3rd largest team registered for the City to Surf later this month, with runners registered in the 12, 21.1 & 42.2 distances. The Kalgoorlie pipeline marathon ran this Sunday as well included many parkrunners and was won by our own Tony Smith. There is also a contingent currently training for the 6 inch trail ultra-marathon on the 21st of December.

We all know parkrun is the best place to get your weekend started, it’s also fast becoming the best runners support network around.

parkrunners registered to run B2B can still runPositive


If you’ve signed up to run alongside 40,000 other runners at The Sunday Mail Suncorp Bank Bridge to Brisbane on 7 September, will you be wearing your free personalised runPositive singlet or blending in to the crowd?

Celebrate your participation in Queensland’s largest fun run with the Suncorp Bank runPositive program and you could secure your very own runPositive singlet, with your reason to run printed across the front*.

Whether you’re taking part on behalf of a loved one; raising funds for a charity; or just showing your kids you can do it, runPositive is a program designed to support your run.

While the parkrun Australia singlets have been fully exhausted, you can still join runPositive via the Bridge to Brisbane bespoke entry form to gain a personalised singlet to wear on event day. Hurry though as once all singlets are gone, that’s all folks!

Click here to find out more and join the passionate runPositive crew at Bridge to Brisbane.

*Terms and conditions apply. The opportunity to receive a runPositive singlet for Bridge to Brisbane closes Friday 22 August 2014.

The Promoter is Suncorp-Metway Ltd ABN 66 010 831 722 ("Suncorp Bank"). Terms and conditions apply to the runPositive promotion. NSW Permit Number 14/03612, LTPS/14/03625.

Inaugural parkrun annual lunch


As announced recently, 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.

Upcoming Special Events


August
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, Riverway (Qld) cancelled

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, Pakenham (Vic) launch, Penrith Lakes (NSW) cancelled
27 – Merimbula (NSW) 1st anniversary, Toowoomba (Qld) 1st anniversary, Tamworth (NSW) launch, Bowral (NSW) launch

Feedback from the field


Andy Turner & Hayley Regan - We just wanted to drop you a quick email following our visit to South Bank parkrun on Saturday 2nd August. As we are currently visiting friends and sightseeing in Australia we took the opportunity to try a run in nicer winter weather than we are used to in the winter in the UK. Firstly I would like to say what a warm welcome we received on Saturday morning from the organisers, volunteers and runners. It was a great atmosphere before and after the event and we were made to feel completely at home. Secondly we loved the course. South Bank is a fantastic location for parkrun and even caused me to lose time stopping and taking a few photos on the way round. We have run at various events before in the UK but we both agreed that this was the best location ever!!! When we next visit this wonderful city we will certainly be joining you again to gain new personal bests. Thanks again for your hospitality.


Kitty Drok - Just wanted to do a huge shout out to Dan Baldwin today. As Run Director at Canning River parkrun, he did an excellent job of touching base with all the volunteers beforehand, handing out his number to all the marshals and keeping everyone in the loop. Then an excellent pre-run briefing - enough trivia and stats to keep everyone listening, while still delivering the core messages, enormous acknowledgement for the volunteers, which I'm sure was appreciated, and also helped raise awareness and fill the roster for the coming weeks. One of the best briefings I've heard. The run itself went without a hitch, even with a large amount of first-timers and non-registered runners. And then he processed the results and got them all out before he'd even ordered his own breakfast! Yay Dan - love Canning River parkrun!


Kathy Rae – The lady in the photo below is Barbara Fox in the 70-74 Age Group who has completed 11 parkruns at Penrith Lakes and also does Dragon Boat Racing. The Pendragons are Penrith Lake's biggest parkrun group, many are Mature Aged and walk or run the course before then training on the Lake for their Dragon Boat Racing. On Saturday Barbara finished her parkrun and then went back to find her husband who finished 13 Minutes later and was doing his first parkrun. He is Ronald Fox, in the 75 to 79 Age Group and completed his parkrun using a walking stick. This photo is Barbara and her husband holding hands as Ronald was heading to the finish line. Amazing!


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:  Blair Habberjam

Club:  N/A

Age:  38

Home parkrun:  Cleveland

Number of runs:  74

PB:  21:48

Favourite volunteer role:  I can't decide: Pacer - I still get to run and hopefully help someone else push themselves to achieve their goal; Timekeeper - such a simple but feared job and you get to see everyone's sense of relief as they cross the line and the pain is over.

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  I like that all the jobs are easy and it's such a simple contribution that you can make to enable parkrun to survive! ...plus it gives you an opportunity to see that regardless of ability, everyone goes through the same amount of suffering that you do whether they're sub-20 or a sub-40.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  From a personal perspective, having a pacer drag me to complete a PB by around 30 seconds will stick with me for a long time. Secondly, it's always funny to see our Event Director try and restrain herself when something is done that is not to her exact specifications...let it go Olivia you control freak :)

Reminders

Barcode reminder

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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.

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


adidas investing in parkrun

all out performance

adidas has been focused on athlete's performance since the first running spikes were made in the 1920's earning the first Olympic gold medal in adidas shoes. Today, adidas is proud to be supporting parkrunners everywhere. Explore adidas running


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 5th August 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s edition of the parkrun Australia newsletter we hear from ultra legend Pat Farmer, bid a fond farewell to our founding sponsor and Claisebrook Cove parkrun turns 2.

From time to time in this role I get to meet some pretty high profile people: A few months back I went for a run with cricket great Adam Gilchrist at the launch of the Suncorp Bank runPositive program; At various events I've met past and present adidas sponsored athletes such as Craig Mottram (running), Cate Campbell (swimming) and Scotty Prince (rugby league); and of course running legends like Ron Clarke (Patron of parkrun Australia), Rob de Castella and Steve Moneghetti are often in the mix when I attend large running events like the Gold Coast Airport Marathon or Sydney Running Festival. I guess as General Manager of parkrun Australia this is just part of the job however I still get a kick out of it, so it was very cool when I answered my phone last week to hear “Hi Tim, this is Pat Farmer” from the other end!

For those of you unfamiliar with Pat's exploits let me fill you in. Pat is a multiple world record holder for endurance running. He has run across Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam and North America. Pat served 8 years as a Member of Australia’s Parliament, with 3 years as Parliamentary Secretary for Education, Science and Training. Between April 2011 and January 2012, Pat successfully completed the world's longest ultra-marathon, a ‘Pole to Pole Run’ from the North Pole to the South Pole, covering some 21,000 km (or 4,200 parkruns) and raising $100,000 for Red Cross International. In fact during his 20 year running career Pat has raised millions of dollars for causes including Lifeline, Cancer Council and Diabetes Australia. The man is a LEGEND!

And best of all, he loves parkrun! Pat has 26 parkruns under his belt, 23 of those at St Peters, with an impressive PB of 19:09. Keeping it in the family Pat’s wife Tania has done 59 parkruns with 47 at St Peters, so the Farmers are certainly advocates for what we do.

So why was Pat calling me?

In May this year Pat completed a 20 day run from Lebanon to Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Territories, aptly named the Middle East Peace Run. I will let Pat tell you more below. I find this, and Pat’s other exploits so inspiring (I’m sure many of you do too) and as such Pat has suggested we dedicate parkrun this Saturday to peace. Given the amount of conflict that is evident in the world today I can think of no better concept to dedicate my 5km parkrun to this week. I do want to be clear however that this isn’t a political statement as that is not what parkrun is about. Peace can be anything you want it to be so it’s up to you what it means in your life.

For those of you who are interested Pat and I will be running St Peters parkrun this Saturday and will be attaching a white ribbon (or perhaps a shoelace) to our running singlets as a visual show of peace. We invite all of you, no matter where you are parkrunning this Saturday, to do the same and celebrate the freedom and peace we enjoy here in Australia.

On Sunday I will be running my first City 2 Surf. To say I’m excited would be an understatement and I want to wish all the best to those of you who will also be giving it your all in the sea of 80,000 people.

Lastly, in case you missed it, our very own Dave ‘Robbo’ Robertson became an international media star on Saturday morning when Sally Pearson made a beeline for him in the crowd after winning gold in the hurdles at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. As reported in the Sydney Morning Herald, “Having crossed the line, Pearson made for two supporters, known as Mossy and Robbo. One was wearing a kilt and the other was mugging Pearson with an inflatable kangaroo.” I can’t wait to hear the story behind this when Robbo returns from the UK. Robbo = legend!

Happy running,

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

p.s. Only 59 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 – 80
Number of runners – 8,320
Number of PBs – 2,030
Number of first timers – 1,242
Number of volunteers – 699

Thank you adidas


In March 2011 I jumped on a plane to Melbourne for a meeting with adidas that had the potential to shape the future of parkrun in Australia. Upon arrival at adidas' Mulgrave headquarters I was warmly met by their Sports Marketing team and we chatted for a couple of hours about the parkrun concept, the history in the UK and our plans for Australia (Main Beach parkrun was still a month away from launch). adidas liked what they heard and decided to take a punt on me and on parkrun. Life hasn't been the same since!

Over the course of the last 3 years the support of adidas has been integral in our rapid growth from 1 to 81 events and over 130,000 registered runners. adidas have supplied us with event kit, volunteer uniforms, club shirts, shoes, prizes for competitions and, most importantly, the finance that has enabled us to mature into an increasingly successful organisation.

As of August 31 our partnership with adidas will come to an end and I would like to publicly thank adidas for their support over the last 3 years.

From the perspective of you, the parkrunners, it is business as usual. There will however be a restructure in how we supply you with the 50- and 100-club shirts that will be announced in a subsequent newsletter.

‘parkrun for peace’ by Pat Farmer


The purpose of my recent run in the Middle East (a run that took me from the Cedars of Lebanon into Jordan, down through the refugee camps there and on to the secret city of Petra, one of the seven wonders of the world, across the border from Aqaba to Elat in Israel and then on into the Palestinian territories of Jerusalem and Bethlehem) was to show a united front of peace through running. Instead of simply talking about a desire for peace in the world, I decided that people should commit their words to action and show tangible support for peace that couldn't be ignored by the media or governments. Running, like parkrun, is non-discriminatory. It involves women and men, young and old, regardless of nationality or religion. Its language is universal because we all feel the struggle to push on when our body is crying for rest and the elation of finishing and realising our untapped potential. I encourage parkrunners all over Australia to dedicate their parkrun to peace this Saturday. Please wear a white ribbon on your chest to show your support and if you believe as I do in peace, you can click here to see more of my Middle East Peace Run.

‘Claisebrook Cove parkrun is Two!’ by Dutch Holland


Saturday saw the second anniversary of Claisebrook Cove parkrun and indeed of the parkrun phenomenon in Western Australia, conditions were perfect for running (especially in fancy dress) - cool and clear with the sun just coming up when we arrived to set up.

The theme of the anniversary run was ‘Hero’s and Villains’ with plenty of people taking the opportunity to dress as a favourite character which raised plenty of eyebrows and a good few positive comments from the residents and park users of East Perth.

264 runners, 14 volunteers and a number of spectators attended to enjoy both the event and the celebratory cakes, biscuits and BBQ afterwards – a big thank you to all of those who baked and provided us all with an excellent spread.

We had a number of parkrun tourists from around the state and even some international representation from UK and Canada, thanks for coming guys – you picked a great day to visit.

Some personal milestones were also achieved at the event with Amanda Dear, Ash Walker, Steven Grobler and Claire Natalie Wardle joining the 50 club, Claire scored the double as she also managed a PB and Cameron Storey (Jnr) became one of the few runners in WA to qualify for a hundred shirt, also doing it in style with a PB – excellent
achievements all round, look forward to seeing you join the sea of red and trickle of black parkrun shirts on display every Saturday morning.

Thank you to all of the runners, volunteers and sponsors who made this event a great success, hope we see you all regularly throughout our third year.

Sunshine Coast Marathon


The Queensland Government has given us 10 entries to give away for the Sunshine Coast Marathon on Sunday 31 August. The entries can be used for the marathon, half marathon, 10km or 5km events. To enter the draw, you will need to attend one of our Sunshine Coast parkrun events prior to 31 August – so that's either Kawana parkrun, Golden Beach parkrun or Noosa parkrun. Over the next two weekends, each parkrun event will give away a free entry at random, but you have to be there to have a chance to win! Thank you to the Queensland Government and the 7 Sunshine Coast Marathon for this fantastic opportunity. Good luck!

Inaugural parkrun annual lunch


As announced last week, 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.

Upcoming Special Events


August
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, Pakenham (Vic) launch, Penrith Lakes (NSW) cancelled
27 – Merimbula (NSW) 1st anniversary, Toowoomba (Qld) 1st anniversary, Tamworth (NSW) launch, Bowral (NSW) launch

Feedback from the field


Mick Cassey – Lake Mac parkrun provides an atmosphere that breeds fun. My son Byron (pictured below) loves the encouragement and fun of the morning. This was his 9th run and next week we are volunteering. More than anything I want Byron to experience just how good volunteering is. He's very keen.


Ged Sweeney - Last weekend was a really frustrating one as I knew I had done a PB but had to wait until I got my time of 23.01 whereupon I started cursing that I had not broken the 23 min barrier. This however, is by the by. In just over a week my family and I fly back to the UK for a few weeks visiting family and friends and I plan to run at Oxford and Newbury parkruns.


Liv Coop - Every Wednesday a bunch of parkrunners go for a run along the Cleveland parkrun course and this is what my kids found last week, right near our start line. The baby was the smallest koala I have ever seen, soooo cute! We are so lucky!


Renae Brock – I ran my 50th parkrun on Saturday with another Run Director from Lake Mac parkrun, Karen Barrett. We were very colourful!


Allison Hunter - One of our parkrunners, Louise Miller, just can't stay away from Kalgoorlie Boulder parkrun. Here she is just 4 days after giving birth! Louise didn't run but came to support her family and the rest of the parkrun family.


Rachel Murphy - Do you know that Lavinia Petrie has hardly lost any pace in 39 years? At the 1975 World Cross Country champs, Lavinia ran a time of 15:26 over 3.9km. I like the fact that back then she came 53rd but now she’s a world record holder. Hope for us all and inspiration to keep on running.


Kerry Bray - I have chased (from afar) Lavinia Petrie in many races. She is an amazing athlete and I congratulate her on her brilliant parkrun achievement.


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 Day

Club:  Unattached

Age:  83

Home parkrun:  Cleveland

Occupation:  Retired

Number of runs:  55

PB:  32:29

Number of times volunteered:  4

Favourite volunteer role:  Pacer

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  Just a good feeling to be helping in a small way.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  A lovely young lady shaking my hand after I was a Pacer, thanking me for helping with her run.

Reminders

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 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.

Our Sponsors

Suncorp Bank investing in parkrun

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adidas investing in parkrun

all out performance

adidas has been focused on athlete's performance since the first running spikes were made in the 1920's earning the first Olympic gold medal in adidas shoes. Today, adidas is proud to be supporting parkrunners everywhere. Explore adidas running


stockland investing in parkrun

building our future

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