parkrun In Australia - A Brief History
Posted 06 December 2011 - 07:58 AM
So how has this all come about?
Once Paul gave me the go ahead the first person I contacted was 'Kiwi' Tim Gordon, my great mate who was working as a personal trainer in Sydney at the time. We both agreed that Queensland's Gold Coast would be the perfect location to launch parkrun in Australia. Next I contacted Samantha Hughes, Senior Active Parks Officer at the Gold Coast City Council. Little did I know that Sam is also an avid runner and in fact a former Gold Coast Marathon winner so immediately she was supportive of the concept.
Kiwi Tim moved up to the Gold Coast in December and I returned newly married in January. We met with Sam and soon afterwards gained the support of her boss, Mayor of the Gold Coast and running legend Ron Clarke CBE. We agreed on a suitable 5km course at Main Beach and John Borbidge and Brendan Murray from Mezzanine Coaching Agency volunteered as our first Event Directors. On 4 April 2011 parkrun launched in Australia and we haven't looked back since.
As I write this our event registrations have grown to:
Main Beach parkrun, Gold Coast - 915
New Farm parkrun, Brisbane - 415 (launched 17 Sep)
Albert parkrun, Melbourne - 298 (launched 19 Nov)
We have bold plans for 2012 with the aim being to launch at least another six events. St Peter's parkrun in Sydney is scheduled for 21 January and if Facebook 'likes' are anything to go by then Perth, Adelaide, Townsville and Canberra will also follow suit.
None of this however, will be possible without grass roots support from the Australian running community, both in terms of volunteering and participation. So if you live in any of these locations, or anywhere else where you think a partkrun event will be well received, please get in touch and become part of parkrun family.
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Posted 06 December 2011 - 03:14 PM
From 5k TT to test your ability and current form, to long run fast finishes tacked on the back of your weekly Saturday long run the possibilities are endless. This is going to be one great training tool…..Not to mention a great way to settle bets by racing your mates.!!
Posted 06 December 2011 - 07:56 PM
And I'm just seconds behind parkrun on age adjusted times, so he knows his ass has a target on it for me ...
Posted 07 December 2011 - 06:43 AM