Braidwood Showground Parkruns 2018

Parkruns came to Braidwood in 2018.

Thanks to the passion and dedication of a small group of parkrunners (link), the first run was held on 22 September 2018 at the Braidwood Showground (link).

Each runner receives a time for their 5kms run or walk. This provides a great resource for analysis and visualisation.

I have extracted data from the 14 parkruns held at Braidwood in 2018 and hope these might be an alternative data set to the long established Scottish Hill Races data (link). I aim to use these data in the online Sport Informatics and Analytics open course as a supplement to the data already there (link).

  • There is a csv file of 385 runs under 40 minutes on GitHub (link).
  • There is a Google sheet with all the data available (link).

The data in these files is in the public domain and is made available on the local parkrun website (link) as part of the remarkable service provided for parkrunners by an organisation whose mission is “to create a healthier and happier planet”.

There is a Twitter account for parkrun (link) and a sharing of experiences with #loveparkrun (link).

Photo Credit

Runners (parkrun Photos)

Sharing insights and decision-making experiences

Braidwood is my St Mary Mead and Lake Wobegon.

It is a place where I can ponder events way beyond this small rural New South Wales town and connect with them through events in the town.

This weekend, the Braidwood Festival has been helping me reflect on thoughts about insights and decision-making shared by Jacquie Tran.

Jacquie’s presentation, From insights to decisions: Knowledge sharing in sports analytics, has stimulated lots of interest and conversations. One of the observations Jacquie has made is:

Enter Braidwood into this conversation.

This weekend, the Festival of Braidwood has included an airing of quilts, an Art on the Farms exhibition, and open gardens. All of these have a synchronicity with Jacquie’s discussion. I have two examples from the weekend to illustrate the points Jacquie is making.

The first is from on of the exhibits, an upholstered chair by Heidi Horwood.

In the exhibition catalogue, Heidi writes:

The chair was found in a shed on a farm in Braidwood in a state of considerable disrepair. Many of the fabrics that make the patchwork in this project are very old and sourced in Braidwood. … I love the sense of history in old chairs and imagine the comfort they have brought.

The second is from a the Linden Garden at Jembaicumbene. The gardeners there have transformed the garden in five years. They have planted trees, herbaceous borders and found ways to manage limited resources in a windswept location.

The garden draws inspiration from landscape designer Nicole de Vesian, who at 70 translated her experience as a designer for Hermes to create her garden, La Louve in Provence.

I hope both examples add to the conversation Jacquie has started about insights. In both of them there is a bisociation occuring. Arthur Koestler said of bisociation “The discoveries of yesterday are the truisms of tomorrow, because we can add to our knowledge but cannot subtract from it.”

Having a sense of who we were and who we are gives us opportunities to consider how we will be. I see this a profoundly shared experience.

I wonder what you think.

Photo Credits

Braidwood (Jack Featherstone)

Jack Bourke shearing (Katie Lyons, Art on Farms)

Chair (Heidi Horwood)

Linden Garden (Braidwood Open Gardens)

Bedervale (Keith Lyons, CC BY 4.0)

Saying goodbye to Malcolm and walking him to the corner

Yesterday, the Braidwood community celebrated and gave thanks for the life of a beautiful, gentle man, Malcolm Reynoldson.

St Andrew’s Church was packed for his funeral service. Malcolm was at the heart of our community.

There were some wonderful pictures in the order of service and they made me think about the memories we have of each other. The picture on the front was how I remember, Malcolm … in addition to the sage advice he gave me about gardening and life in general.

The back page of the order of service shared his life as a family man.

After a a very sensitive service at the church, those present were invited to walk with Malcolm’s coffin from the church to the corner of Elrington Street to see him off on his journey.

I thought this was a wonderful idea and one that gave his family, friends and admirers an opportunity to say a different kind of special goodbye.

Photo Credit

In the Church (Chris Nelson, Facebook)