weekly newsletter 9th September 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s edition of the newsletter we celebrate the life of our first parkdog, more events launch across the country and we finally get a good explanation for the phenomena that is five30runners.

I didn’t make it to parkrun on Saturday. I couldn’t face it.

On Wednesday last week my world changed for the worse when my best four-legged mate, our wonderful dog Clarence, passed away unexpectedly. I’m not telling you this as I’m looking for sympathy but rather I want you to understand what an important role Clarence played in my bringing parkrun to Australia. Please bear with me…

In May 2007 my now-wife Nicci and I were living in London and offered the chance to move to Kotor in Montenegro for a 6 month work contract. Google it, it’s a spectacular place. I made a decision early on that I was going to use this time to train for my first marathon, in Munich on October 14. Something else happened early on… we met, and quickly fell in love with a skinny, dirty stray dog the locals referred to as Budo. Assuming that Budo was the local word for dog (we found out later that he had actually been named after the local Mayor) we decided to call him Clarence, and almost every morning without fail when I would get up to train for my marathon Budo aka Clarence would be waiting in front of our apartment ready to come for the run too. Weeks and months past, I got fit, Clarence got fit, and Nicci and I made the decision that this stray dog was coming with us back to London, via the Munich Marathon of course. I will never forget passing Nicci and Clarence at 30km feeling great, then hitting the wall at around 34km, only to find them waiting for me at the finish line inside Munich’s Olympic Stadium.

Back in London Clarence became my training partner. Over the next 3 years we trained for 2 more marathons, Lisbon and Edinburgh, and the Monaco 70.3 triathlon. The longest run he joined for was 20km: Fulham to Richmond and back during which we shared an energy gel on Richmond Bridge. It definitely gave him some bounce!

However the most important moment for all of us came in mid-2010 when I heard about a 5km running event on Wimbledon Common where Clarence and I could run together and get a time. It was, and still is, called parkrun. So off we went on July 24, 2010 to make our parkrun debut. We came 30th that day in a time of 20:37 however more significantly a seed had been planted that led to birth of parkrun in Australia less than 9 months later. Incredibly, 2 years to the day later our first child Jack was born so July 24 has become a huge date for me!

Fast forwarding to early 2011, we were all now back in Australia living on the Gold Coast and had a launch date for Main Beach parkrun… April 2. In order to promote the launch Gold Coast City Council arranged for a photo shoot with then-Mayor Ron Clarke, myself and some runners. Not to be left out Clarence of course joined the party and ended up being photographed seated next to the Mayor whilst the rest of us were mere running blurs in the background. I certainly got a chuckle out of that.

Then, on the launch day itself, Clarence ran with Nicci coming in 65th in a time of 34:28. More importantly, this made him the first ever parkrun dog in Australia… he was a true pioneer!

Old age and an anterior cruciate ligament operation slowed Clarence down over the last few years and his parkrun adventures were limited more to spectating than running however only a few weeks back, August 2 to be precise, Nicci and I decided to take Clarence and our 2 kids (with 2 running prams) to Kirra parkrun for Nicci’s first parkrun post-childbirth. We almost didn’t take Clarence that day as he hadn’t run a full 5km for a couple of years however we decided to take him regardless. I’m so glad we did. Not only did he make it all the way, he dragged us for most of it. It was like we were back on Wimbledon Common in 2010 and we couldn’t believe it. Wow.

History tells us that was Clarence’s last time at parkrun however it wasn’t his last contribution. On August 27 we drove up to beautiful Tamborine Mountain, about an hour from home, to walk through a proposed parkrun course. Clarence really struggled that day, the long grass and undulating terrain was just a bit too much for him. I had to carry him towards the end of the walk.

So that brings us too today. Clarence is gone but not forgotten and I can say without a doubt that I wouldn’t have brought parkrun to Australia if not for the love of running that we developed together. He came into our lives for a reason and we can only assume that his job was done.

Thanks for letting me indulge above. This has been very therapeutic for me. But let’s not end things there. From next week we will be starting a new section in this newsletter… ‘parkdog of the week’. So if your dog loves parkrun, like Clarence did, please submit your photos using the link below. Make sure you include all of the vital info: name, age, home event, PB and anything else we need to know. It should be a good laugh! Clarence would approve.

Happy running,

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

p.s. Only 31 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 – 90
Number of runners – 9,181
Number of PBs – 1,941
Number of first timers – 1,795
Number of volunteers – 805

‘Heirisson Island parkrun Launch’ by Crystal Shiu


After a week of sunny, warm weather, the launch of Heirisson Island parkrun was greeted by wet windy conditions… my prayers to the weather gods had failed! Despite this, 150 parkrunners and 2 dogs braved these conditions to welcome Heirisson Island into the WA parkrun family.

Heirisson Island parkrun was conceived initially to ease pressure off the fast growing Claisebrook Cove and Canning River parkruns, which frequently attract 250+ runners. But this event stands up in its own right. It is the only parkrun in Australia to be run on an island, offers stunning panoramic views of the Swan River, Burswood and South Perth and is the only parkrun in WA run entirely on trails. Our event briefing was kicked off with an indigenous welcome by a member of the Noongar people, traditional owners of the land. My heart skipped a beat in the first minute of the run as about half the runners ran past a sign, heading the wrong way at the first turn of the course (we will have a marshal there next week), but thankfully Abdul and Jon directed runners back on the right track. Cheers for that folks…. The course which comprises two laps of a ‘figure 8’ allowed us to see runners multiple times, to cheer them on and offer ‘high fives’, emphasising the community spirit that makes parkrun so unique.

The rest of the event went relatively smoothly; runners were treated to the sighting of 4 dolphins playing in the river and replenished glycogen stores with a variety of tasty treats made by our talented bakers.

A big thank you to the parkrun team for their support, the enthusiastic volunteers for making the day possible and my RDs Lex Holland and Lisa Ip. Whilst I can’t promise better weather or baked goods at next week’s parkrun, I can promise we have WA’s best photographer, a fantastic course and a friendly bunch of volunteers and runners. I encourage you all to come visit us sometime…..

‘What is a five30 parkrunner?’ by Trevor Anderson


A five30runner (parkrunius addictous), is an unusual creature indeed. It spends much of its time as a solitary creature, out and about, pounding the pavement. It does however (generally on weekends), become a true pack animal when it engages in an activity, known in the scientific world, as ‘Fun Running’. five30runners can be seen during these gatherings in groups of as little as two or three or as many as fifty.

five30runners can be easily identified by their plumage, which is predominantly and distinctively red. They vary in size and shape and are made up of all ages. five30runners are not members of a club (as that would cost money); rather they are members of a family. They look after each other from the most senior of runners (Guru) to the most junior (Newbies).

five30runners communicate with an unusual dialect known as “Facebook”. They communicate about all things running, from injury management, to training techniques. They support each other with words of encouragement and praise, and are always happy to help one another.

five30runners appear in several varieties; a plodder, a jogger and a runner. Whatever their variety, they have been observed to receive the same amount of cheers and high fives as they engage in their favourite pastime.

During the next few months, in this, the running season, keep your eye out for one of these wonderful creatures and say hi. The best bit about them is that they don’t bite!

‘Capalaba parkrun Launch’ by Amy Strong and Blair Habberjam


Saturday 30th August saw the launch of Capalaba parkrun which is the second parkrun event in Redland City, South-East Queensland.

With the two previous weekends being very wet, everyone was dying to get out and make the most of a perfect Queensland morning, plus we had huge support from some of the surrounding parkruns making for a very successful event.  We had 217 participants finish the course and 11 volunteers, including Event Directors from both Cleveland and Minnippi, making sure everything ran smoothly.

We were lucky enough to have the Redland City Mayor, Karen Williams and the Qld State MP for Capalaba, Steve Davies come along and join us for the launch and the Mayor was kind enough to say a few words during the run brief and was our ‘official starter’ for the run.

Local businesses were in attendance as well with Craig Nivison with his business Cook for a Cause providing some hot food for breakfast and Brooke from the local Fernwood Fitness leading us in a pre-run warm-up. We had also received a fantastic offer for our parkrunners of discounted coffee and food from nearby cafe Wicked Brew Coffee which was enjoyed by plenty of our guests after the run.

Feedback from everyone was fantastic and we managed to fill most of our volunteer roles for week 2!  After everything was packed away, the results were processed with no major hiccups and we were able to sit back and reflect on what was an awesome morning which left us buzzing for the rest of the weekend... bring on Capalaba parkrun #2.

FAQ - What is age grading?


All parkrun events use age grading to allow athletes to compare results.

Age grading takes your time and uses the world record time for your sex and age to produce a score (a percentage). This score allows you to compare your personal performance against other people's performances even though they might be a different age and a different sex to you - the higher the score the better the performance.

The scores can also be compared across different race distances - to allow you to, for example, compare a 5km time against a marathon.

Age Grades are calculated to allow rough comparisons between all our runners, and should not be taken too seriously. For example, age grading makes no allowance for different weather conditions or the varying terrains of our courses.

We do not share the actual table used to perform the calculations but it is loosely based on the tables produced by WMA, previously known as WAVA.

For more information, please see Running For Fitness.

Upcoming Special Events


September

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

October

4 - international parkrun day, Penrith Lakes (NSW) cancelled
11 - Berwick Springs (Vic) 1st anniversary, Kalgoorlie-Boulder (WA) 1st anniversary
18 – Mosman (NSW) 1st anniversary, Gungahlin (ACT) 1st anniversary, Kingscliff (NSW) 2nd anniversary, North Lakes (Qld) 2nd anniversary, Brightwater (QLD) launch, Murray Bridge (SA) launch
25 – Mudgeeraba (Qld) 1st anniversary, Westerfolds (Vic) 1st anniversary, Darwin (NT) 1st anniversary, Bunbury (WA) 1st anniversary, Kawana (Qld) 2nd anniversary

Feedback from the field


Alec McQueen - I don't have an interesting story, but I just wanted to say what a fantastic concept parkrun is. I am a recovering fatso, and to have a weekly 5km run on my doorstep that is so easy to attend and to do and is as regular as clockwork is unbelievably helpful to me. I think there has to be a major saving to governments going on here in terms of current and future health costs.


ProActiv Runners Community Coaching - Congrats to Ken Blackwell on his 50th parkrun. Ken is a fantastic member of Mitchelton parkrun, always around to lend a helping hand and support other runners. Always a pleasure chatting to you. Well done mate.


Cindy Nacey - I have been envious of my daughter who introduced me to parkrun and invited me to participate in last week’s event in Albury. I quickly registered and low and behold I received the next newsletter only to find out we are getting our very own parkrun in Bowral, NSW, launch 27 Sept. You can't imagine my excitement! Almost as good as beating my goal of a sub-35min run, just made it, but a base to now work with on a regular basis. Thank you parkrun, see you in Bowral.


Derek Lawrie – I just want to say a massive thanks to the parkrun community for not only your fantastic work but for getting me back into running again! Growing up doing triathlons, mountain biking and weekly running races overseas, I was always interested to do some runs in Brisbane but never got round to it due to other commitments, including soccer 6 times a week. Soon as I heard about parkrun from a work mate, I couldn't wait to be involved! It's such a great idea and we have so many of them around south-east Queensland. I was lucky enough to get in the top 10 for my first go and then jog with my younger sister to the finish, who was the 6th fastest female on the day. I got the bug back and am trying to get the whole family involved now. We even all signed up for the Bridge to Brisbane to raise funds for my cousin's cause. Thanks again!


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:  Amy Smith

Club:  n/a

Age:  34

Home parkrun:  Tuggeranong

Occupation:  Events Management

Number of runs:  17

PB:  26:28

Number of times volunteered:  18

Favourite volunteer role:  Time keeping or finish tokens – I love the atmosphere, encouragement and enormous smiles that happen at the finish flags.

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  Having struggled with injuries and not being able to do much running over the last 8 months or so, being able to volunteer and remain involved in the running community has meant so much to me and my journey. It's kept me connected and I've made some amazing friends, met some truly inspirational people and learned so much. Parkrun is something I'll treasure forever.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  There are many, many great and memorable moments. Possibly the funniest (although it wasn’t at the time!) moment so far has been watching the finish token volunteer and her very impressive fancy foot work as she dodged a spray of bright red liquid courtesy of one of our enthusiastic young runners who had pushed just a little too hard to the finish line. Horrified, we all thought we might have a medical emergency and a very ill young man on our hands. Thankfully, we discovered that a rather large bowl of berries for breakfast was the cause of that problem and not something more serious…….

How can we improve parkrun:  I don’t think there is much more that can be done to improve volunteering. The core team at Tuggeranong are amazing to work with and the volunteers are always made to feel welcome and appreciated. Getting the big thumbs up as people run past and seeing the smiles on the faces of each and every one of them is reward enough.

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

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

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weekly newsletter 2nd September 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s edition of the newsletter Tim reports in from the West, Joondalup finally gets its parkrun and we hear from one of our volunteers in Singapore.

I’m currently in Western Australia on a long overdue trip to catch up with our incredibly passionate and loyal parkrunners. On Saturday I attended the launch of Lake Joondalup parkrun where, despite the threat of heavy rain, 126 runners including a staggering 44 first time parkrunners were in attendance. I was particularly impressed by the number of other Event and Run Directors there to support debutant ED Vince Naylor, they are a very tight team the WA EDs. You can read more about the launch in Vince’s report below.

On Sunday I ran the half marathon at Perth’s 40th annual City to Surf. The parkrun community was out in full force for this one (see image above) with over 120 in the ‘official’ parkrun team and countless others represented in corporate teams (i.e. work paid for their entry). The run itself was a tough one, very undulating, with lots of ups and downs. Definitely not a PB course but very scenic and lots of support from the locals. However the highlight for me actually came on the shuttle bus back into the city after the race. It was full so I was sitting on the floor when I overheard a couple of guys behind me talking about their race. Both had run personal best times for the half marathon and both agreed that it was their participation at parkrun over the past 12 months that they had to thank for their improved performance. One of them had actually volunteered as a marshal the day before, saving his legs for the big race.

But Perth wasn’t the only location where parkrunners ‘stepped up’ to longer races last weekend. I know that parkrunners from our numerous events in the ‘Region of Runners’ were involved at the Lake Macquarie Running Festival, many representing the five30runners.

Likewise the Sunshine Coast Marathon saw many parkrunners testing their limits including Main Beach parkrun Event Director Libby Sargent who broke the magical 4 hour mark for the marathon for the first time. AMAZING!!!!

Down at Balyang Sanctuary parkrun in Geelong the team celebrated their 2nd anniversary in style with a ‘heroes and villains’ themed event. I want to publicly acknowledge and thank retiring Event Directors Adam Hunter and Greig Sutton for their incredible work over the last 2 years in making this great event happen. It seems like only yesterday that we met at the rowing club and presented this dream to City of Geelong and Parks Victoria! Welcome to the ED team Dale Atwell.

Finally, congratulations to parkrun UK Managing Director Tom Williams and wife Helen on the arrival of their 2nd child, Aston Tiger Williams, on Sunday morning. No doubt another little parkrunner in the making… chasing after big sister Rosie!

Happy running,

Tim from parkrun Australia (get in touch)

p.s. Only 38 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 – 88
Number of runners – 9,721
Number of PBs – 2,011
Number of first timers – 1,860
Number of volunteers – 771

‘Lake Joondalup parkrun’ by Vince Naylor


After possibly the longest gestation period for any parkrun, everything was finally lined up to launch parkrun in the City of Joondalup, at Neil Hawkins Park on the banks of Lake Joondalup. Launching the day before the annual City to Surf meant we were likely to see fewer runners than we might have, but it also meant we had no trouble filling the volunteer slots! Mother Nature had her own ideas about letting us have a free ride, and Friday gave us high winds and very heavy rain, and I spent a day nervously keeping an eye on the forecasts and weather warnings.

Luckily on Friday evening, the weather warning was lifted, so there was nothing to stop us going ahead as planned – and at 7.15 I arrived at the park, and volunteers and runners suddenly started appearing from nowhere! Having been a Run Director at Claisebrook Cove parkrun for the last year, I have a pretty good idea what I should be doing, but knowing that I was the one responsible for everything before I shouted “Go!” made for a nervous 20 minutes or so once the course was set up.

Our start line means that the Run Director can stand in the elevated playground to give the run briefing, and it was great to see loads of faces that I didn’t know looking back up at me – while we had a lot of tourists making up our 125 inaugural runners, there were plenty of first-timers as well – so we should see our own parkrun community grow in the future. During the run we had a few showers, probably nice if you were running, but not so much for those of us stood around waiting. There’s a peculiar feeling when your runners are out on the course, and you’re watching the clock ticking by, and hoping that the lead cyclist doesn’t get lost (it’s 17km around the lake!!), but at around 18 minutes we saw the orange bib approaching, and knew we’d be ok…

After everything was done, packed up, and the results done, I was absolutely shattered! I felt more tired than if I’d been out and knocked a minute off my PB, but I was pleased to have seen so many happy faces crossing the finish line, and that we’d finally done it! Writing this, on the train to work on Monday morning, my mind has gone to the coming weeks – do we need to tweak the course, or the start and finish area, how are we going to fill the volunteer list, how do I get my Run Directors trained up so I can run the course as well? Mostly I’m excited about the community we’re going to build, and the people I’m going to see, who, like me a few years ago, will get such a benefit from parkrun and use it to help achieve their running goals.

LJ parkrun, as we’re already being abbreviated to, isn’t the new kid on the block for long – we’re handing over the launch baton to Heirisson Island parkrun in the City of Perth this weekend – good luck to our friends running that event, I can promise it’s a great feeling once it’s all done and you have a minute to breathe!

‘Running Mums Australia’ by Nicole Bunyon


Running Mums Australia is an Australia-wide running network for running women. I founded RMA in late 2013 as a place where women, particularly mums, can share and celebrate their running achievements, gain valuable advice about running, health, injury prevention and training, inspire each other and connect with other running women across Australia.

Running Mums Australia is free to join and has over 3,900 members to date. We meet up at runs across Australia, including many parkruns, host workshops and events and help mums form a network with other mums that have a passion for running too!

The network is fast growing and members can be found at most parkruns around Australia. parkrun is something that our members are passionate about, bringing together our love of running and community. You can find us online or on Facebook in our closed, secure group environment.

Upcoming Special Events


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

October

4 - international parkrun day, Penrith Lakes (NSW) cancelled
11 - Berwick Springs (Vic) 1st anniversary, Kalgoorlie-Boulder (WA) 1st anniversary
18 – Mosman (NSW) 1st anniversary, Gungahlin (ACT) 1st anniversary, Kingscliff (NSW) 2nd anniversary, North Lakes (Qld) 2nd anniversary, Brightwater (QLD) launch, Murray Bridge (SA) launch
25 – Mudgeeraba (Qld) 1st anniversary, Westerfolds (Vic) 1st anniversary, Darwin (NT) 1st anniversary, Bunbury (WA) 1st anniversary, Kawana (Qld) 2nd anniversary

Feedback from the field


Sarah Pearce – Below are some photos from our recent visit to East Coast Park parkrun in Singapore. We recently had two weeks in Malaysia and were sure to incorporate a visit to Singapore just for parkrun! We were there last Saturday and oh my goodness it was hot! Having come from freezing Albury Wodonga this was certainly a test! I would definitely recommend taking a towel. A big thanks to Carol and her team for a lovely morning and making us feel so welcome. Carol definitely brings a fantastic energy to the event.


Milette Borchardt - So nice to read about your story on Bruce Fordyce, my long time hero since the 1980s when we were still in South Africa. Every year we would mark the Comrades day on our calendars, and for us who didn't participate in the race, we were strong supporters glued in front of our televisions, watching from start to finish, all day long. This race was a "One nation race", which brought everybody together and sharing in South Africa's heritage. I had the opportunity to run a parkrun in Whiteriver during my May visit this year to South Africa, and that felt so good. Thank you for sharing your letters, it definitely brought some good memories back.


Mark Robinson - We often refer to parkrun as a community or even family. I experienced this first hand whilst being a parkrun tourist. My home run is South Bank in Brisbane. I am currently holidaying in Europe and I attended Cieszyn parkrun in Poland on the 23rd August. The Cieszyn parkrunners made me feel so welcome it really was quite humbling. Their claim to fame is the only parkrun to span two countries. The course goes either side of the Olza River which is the border between the Czech Republic and Poland. Start in Poland, run to Czech then back to Poland to finish. How neat is that! The course itself is extremely picturesque with nice variety. The paths either side of the river are lined both sides with tall shady trees. The middle part of the course is on gravel tracks through thick woodlands. Running with a local is a good idea as there are quite a few twists and turns just to add to the interest factor. If you are ever in Europe do yourself a favour and make sure you get to the Cieszyn parkrun and say G’Day. I can't recommend it highly enough and the Cieszyn parkrunners are what parkrun is all about.


Lynne Wright - I've just completed my 50th parkrun. I've been at 3 launches – Curl Curl, the ill-fated one and only Mosman @ Balmoral Beach and recently Hobart. I've also done Main Beach in Qld. So all but 3 of my 50 have been at Curl Curl. And in mid-October I'll be joining Torrens in Adelaide. Love my weekly run at Curl Curl, even with the weather we've had in Sydney in August. Thanks to our local community for turning up each and every week. See you Saturday @ 7am!


Nikki Waterfall - We unveiled the ‘Diamond Creek parkrun veil’ this week as we celebrated the wedding of DCp regulars Erin and David, who are getting married on Monday. David was busy picking up the Best Man so Erin was joined by her very proud dad and Run Director Gary. It was a lot of fun and we all wish Erin and David many years of happiness, love and of course parkrunning.


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:  Jeremy Lewis

Club:  N/A

Age:  36

Home parkrun:  East Coast parkrun, Singapore

Occupation:  Financial Controller

Number of runs:  6

PB:  19:05

Number of times volunteered:  2

Favourite volunteer role:  Timing

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  Being able to help facilitate the run for all the participants and getting to have a good chat to everyone without being tired out!

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  The second time I volunteered I received a message just before getting my taxi to the run that a couple of other volunteers were stranded in the city and could not make it to the run on time. As they had all of the equipment it was important they could make it, so I had my taxi driver take a detour to pick them up. Fortunately we arrived just on time to ensure that week's parkrun still went ahead.

How can we improve parkrun:  The role is very straightforward and easy to do different roles, so cannot see many ways to improve it.

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

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 19th August 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s edition of the newsletter we play mind games on the long run, Robbo goes for Gold in Glasgow and a Kawana parkrunner proves life really begins at 50.

I’m in the midst of training for the Sydney Marathon and this afternoon (Monday) completed a 34km run, the 2nd longest I have planned for this block of training (37km next Sunday). As many of you would know these long runs give you plenty of time to think and my mind cast back to the feedback from Stacy Edwards we published on July 8

New international unit of measurement... a 'parkrun'. Loved hearing it whilst moving around the GCAM precinct yesterday. e.g. #1 in reference to the half marathon from a group of men walking behind me - "It's really only four parkruns". e.g. #2 that I was screaming at one of my parkrun friends at the 32km mark of the marathon yesterday - "It's only two more parkruns to go!" Love this community!

I found myself doing exactly this, as well as trying to trick myself into ‘not’ thinking about the actual running by counting the distance until my next gel and even the percentage distance of the run I still had to go! So a printer read out from my brain would have looked something like this –

5km – 1 parkrun done… 8.5km – a quarter done… 10km – 2 parkruns done, time for first gel… 15km – 3 parkruns done… 17km – half way there… 19km – 3 parkruns to go… 20km – time for second gel… 24km – 2 parkruns to go… 25.5km – three quarters done… 29km – 1 parkrun to go… 30km – time for third gel… 34km – all done in 2:40.43!

So once again this proves that your 5km parkrun really is the perfect distance!

I’m going to be at Mosman parkrun this Saturday (my first time) with parkrun South Africa Country Managers Bruce & Gill Fordyce. For those of you new to parkrun, Bruce (pictured below) is running royalty having won the 90km Comrades Marathon a record nine times, of which eight wins were consecutive. He also won the London to Brighton Marathon three years in a row and is still the world record holder over 50 miles. We would love to see a good turnout of Sydney based parkrunners (and tourists of course) at Mosman so please pencil this date into your parkrunning calendar.

Elsewhere this weekend is a huge one for parkrun, in fact one might call it ‘Super Saturday’, as we have no less than 4 new events joining the parkrun family: Hervey Bay in Queensland, Singleton in New South Wales, Maribyrnong in Victoria and Mt Clarence in Western Australia! Wow! Good luck to all of the new event teams and to all of our first time runners, don’t forget your barcode!

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 – 8,264
Number of PBs – 1,892
Number of first timers – 1,314
Number of volunteers – 729

Welcome TrophyMaker


We’re Steph and Nate from TrophyMaker and we’re proud to be the Official Medal Supplier to parkrun Australia. We wanted to take the chance to say a huge HI and give you all a little info about us.

The company has been running for more than 25 years, and we pride ourselves on being the go-to team for quality trophies, medals, awards, engraving and more for a huge range of sporting organisations, clubs, schools and corporations and trades.

We’re lucky to call glorious Brighton, Queensland home. It’s just a couple of minutes to the waterfront and of course Sandgate parkrun. We’re both keen CrossFitters and were looking to improve our running. Then we discovered Sandgate parkrun – what an incredible event! The Event Directors, Dean and Vanessa Gibson and their volunteers are so welcoming and encouraging, and the whole thing feels like a fun run with a huge bunch of mates. Staggering over the finish line that first time was such an achievement and we haven’t looked back! We loved the community feel of parkrun and wanted to get involved to show our support for such an amazing event.

Next thing we knew, we were speaking with the wonderful and enthusiastic Tim Oberg and now we’re on board as the Official Medal Supplier to parkrun Australia and we couldn’t be more proud. Some of you may have already seen our feather flags flying at your local run, or even received one of our medals. Well done!

If you have a great photo of yourself, or someone you know wearing one of our medals – we’d love to see it! Post it to our Facebook page. While you’re there, give us the big thumbs up, and check out our website. And if we can assist with any queries about trophies for your sports team, company or club, we’d love to hear from you!

‘Going for Gold in Glasgow’ by Dave Robertson


Following our involvement with the Australian Athletics Tour earlier in the year, providing live stream commentary from the 'Tartan Couch', my mate Mossy (Silas Moss) and I, successfully led a crowd-funding campaign to raise money for a trip to Glasgow to cover the Commonwealth Games. Each day of the Games we recorded a daily, light-hearted, video wrap-up show called 'Glasgow Gold'. Think Roy & HG but with more redheads and headbands.

Its fair to say it ended up being the trip of a lifetime with countless highlights including hanging out with the Royal Family at the Hockey, singing along to '500 Miles' with 20,000 Scots at the Rugby 7s, cheering Aussie Marathoners Michael Shelley & Jess Trengove on to unexpected Gold & Bronze medals respectively, and helping the Aussie Lawn Bowlers beat the English while rubbing shoulders with Lawn Bowling royalty, Kelvin Kerkow.

The final few sessions at Hampden Park to watch the Athletics were definitely the climax however, cheering our Aussie runners, jumpers and throwers onto many more medals and PBs. Being in the right place at the right time, I was lucky enough to give Sally Pearson her first congratulatory hug after she won a tense 100m Hurdles Final, a moment I'm sure the champion hurdler will never forget!

Obviously you can't travel all that way to the UK and not fit in a couple of parkruns.

From our initial base in Newcastle (North-East England), where we conducted a number of pre-Games interviews with the Aussie Athletics Team, we had the pleasure of attending Newcastle parkrun.

This was a particular thrill for myself having long held the goal of running at both Newcastle parkrun events. I managed to tick this box running both events in consecutive weeks, in almost identical finish times! Pacing Aussie Commonwealth Games Marathoners Marty Dent (Ginninderra parkrunner) & Mel Panayiotou (Kawana parkrunner) for the first 100m was also good fun, but didn't do much for my supply of oxygen (see picture below)!

Our 2nd parkrun experience was at the original Glasgow parkrun in beautiful Pollock Park where part of the Commonwealth Games marathon course went through, the weekend earlier. We managed to convince a few more of the Aussie Marathon Team to join us & it was fantastic to share an 'easy' run with Bronze Medalist Jess Trengove (Torrens parkrunner), Marty Dent (Ginninderra parkrunner), Sarah Klein (parkrun debutant from Mornington Peninsula, VIC) & Coach Adam Didyk (Torrens parkrunner).
Even more impressive was the way these elite athletes hung around after the event, in the rain, chatting & getting photos with the local parkrunners, soaking up & contributing to what was, across the entire Games, one of the friendliest and warmest vibes I'd ever experienced at a major sporting event.

We are currently putting the finishing touches on our 'Glasgow Gold: Best Bits' video so keep an eye out for the link in an upcoming newsletter.

‘The Why FIVE-0 Challenge’ by Rob Cross


When on my 49th birthday last year I mentioned to someone I'd like to complete a marathon to celebrate my 50th someone quipped 'You're too old to be doing that'. I responded we are never too old to do anything we set our mind to. In October 2013 we started a Facebook page dedicated to the amazing middle aged population of Australia who still kick arse. The reason - to show at any age we are - Never 2 Old 2.

All this was inspired by the fit men and women who we have met on the Sunshine Coast who are still taking part in Kawana parkrun. My new role models are now Graham Rose 71, John Taylor 81 (with me in the picture below) and Norman Phillips 90 who is an unsung legend, who I see every weekend running in the Kawana parkrun.

As the fastest growing demographic we are the 'NO FEAR' generation who still want to get involved. The overall aim is to get our growing, ageing adult generation motivated to 'enjoy' challenging themselves and believe they can do fun fit events like parkrun, Tough Mudder, surfing, triathlon, MTB, Ironman or just go walking along the many beautiful esplanades on the Sunshine Coast.

Since the inception of Never 2 Old 2 on Facebook we have been inundated with supporting parties including the Healthy Ageing Partnership - Sunshine Coast, the Sunshine Coast Regional Council and most recently Exercise Is Medicine (part of ESSA – Exercise Sports Science Australia). I was also had a chat with parkrun's Tim Oberg who offered his support and advice. I shared my vision and mission –

“To create a society no longer be defined by age but by fitness and ability. To generate a culture of empowerment for the growing 'ageing' population through fun, social, development activities that enhance well-being. To encourage belief in oneself and the community at large that we are all - Never 2 Old 2.”

All this from just a bit of fun and an idea. And where better to start than Kawana parkrun? As we get fitter, we will get healthier and have less need for drugs, medicine, procedures, suffer less falls, stay mobile and save the country $billions in healthcare whilst improving the quality of life for millions. parkrun is one part of a greater possibility - to bring free or affordable fitness events to everyone and, through events and activities, start a prevention program for the largest segment of our population, the growing 'maturing' middle aged majority.

The plan to promote the program is through the series of events, 5 over 5 weeks to celebrate my 50th birthday in August - The ‘Why FIVE-0 Challenge’. The events started where it began, at Kawana parkrun on the 16th August where I was able to celebrate with John Taylor, who turned 81. I was joined by my daughter, Maya who ran a PB of 37mins. Not bad for a 6 year old. Lead by example; Fit parents lead to Fit kids. The four other events are Tough Mudder, The Sunshine Coast Marathon, Ironman 70.3 and possibly a Skydive from 15,000ft. What better way to celebrate life. And it all started with parkrun.

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.

B2B volunteers required


A few more parkrun volunteers (who aren’t running on the day) are required to assist at the finish line of Bridge to Brisbane on September 7. It’s a fun job as you share the joy as exhausted runners finish, and you help keep them safe as they cross the line. If you are able to volunteer please contact Hap Happy on 0402 088 099 any day after 6pm or just go to the Bridge to Brisbane website and register as a volunteer for ‘Finish Line Duties Only’.

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
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


Cassie Saville - Just some feedback from another happy runner. I completed my first Albert Melbourne parkrun on Saturday and it has kick started my motivation for running. I have been an avid crossfitter for the past 3 years putting my fun running on hold and parkrun has helped rekindle my love for running. What a great idea and wished I had of joined earlier. Love the newsletters and receiving my results online. I haven’t stopped talking about it to my colleagues and friends and will hopefully motivate a few more to join. My new goal is to run sub 20 by December 31!!! Wish me luck!


Peter Daly - My wife Elizabeth and I are regular runners at Tuggeranong parkrun. Having travelled to Northern Ireland for a couple of weddings for nephews of ours, we decided to take in as many parkruns as possible. First up was Bangor parkrun, County Down, Northern Ireland where my wife grew up. It consists of 3 laps through the very green and leafy Ward Park. On August 2nd, we woke to the sound of rain on the roof, and by 9:30 it was bucketing down. 159 runners ran, and received the free shower on offer. Afterwards we went and had coffee in the bowling club and got to meet some of the people there. We had a great day. Next stop, Wallace parkrun, on August 9th at Lisburn, about 13 miles from Belfast. Unlike the week before it was bright and sunny. 145 runners took part in this very leafy park. No PB’s, but a good way to start our Saturday. August 16th we returned to Bangor parkrun, where 213 turned out on a very overcast day. Luckily the rain held off and we both did PBs there. That was the last of our runs in Northern Ireland. Next week we aim to do the Irvine parkrun in Ayrshire, Scotland. That will bring to a close our overseas run and we look forward to doing Tuggeranong parkrun on September 6th.


Barney Henry - 1 year ago today, after a 23 year break from any form of running, I found the Couch to 5k program, using some free podcasts I discovered on the internet. There was a LOT of huffing and puffing and shin splints and frustration in those early months I can tell ya! Along the way, in January, I happened across Westerfolds parkrun. GOLD. I've won (and lost!) several battles and achieved various milestones over the last year of running. Discovering parkrun though, and the Westerfolds parkrun community specifically, has been the highlight for me. THANK YOU Scott and Iwona Trickett for starting Westerfolds parkrun, and thank you to ALL of the rest of you who continue to inspire with your participation and determination, EVERY SINGLE WEEK! Love parkrun :-)


Leah Rosevear - I was in Melbourne recently with former Main Beach parkrun Run Director Mark Gilbert and whilst we were there we thought we should do Albert Melbourne parkrun. I have not done a parkrun for 7 months due to injury so I was super slow but we ran into 3 Gold Coasters in Melbourne to watch their beloved Suns AFL team play! It was a windy cold day (I don’t mind the cold) and a large field of participants but it was super organized with about 10 volunteers or more – Joanne Watkins is just the most awesome parkrun Event Director! She has a warm, funny personality but ‘runs a tight ship’ so no hassles. She even has people lining up in order of barcode (placing) with no-one bothered at all. Results were available within less than 2 hours! She was also very welcoming to new, interstate and even an overseas participant.


Nadine Morrison - Whilst visiting family in Melbourne, I participated in the Frog Hollow parkrun. It was a lovely scenic course with friendly volunteers and runners. Thanks guys!


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:  Ross Pentland

Club:  Crosbie Crew

Age:  25

Home parkrun:  Albert Melbourne

Occupation:  Engineering QA Officer

Number of runs:  43

PB:  19:34

Number of times volunteered:  17

Favourite volunteer role:  Timekeeper

What do like about volunteering at parkrun:  The general camaraderie that you get from parkrun, plus getting involved with my passion of running by making an event happen through different ways whether by answering questions about the event, cheering people on or just getting up early to help get the event up and running and seeing the success play out.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Seeing parkrun regular Rob Del Ponte outsprint Martin Dent at the start of Albert Melbourne parkrun's 2nd Anniversary in a gorilla suit - would've been something if he'd gone the whole course like that!

How can we improve parkrun:  Offering special parkrun shirts from volunteering 25/50/100 times would provide incentive to volunteer!

Reminders

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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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