Seasonal time change

Warm weather is fast on its way and so Polokwane parkrun has adopted the optional seasonal time change. Our weekly run will now start one hour earlier at 07:00 so get ready to start your weekend bright eyed and bushy tailed!

More news to follow soon.

 

 

Hello Fellow Parkrunners

September 2016.

Hello fellow parkrunners.

We are more than two thirds of the way through 2016 and have just finished our 75th event!  Well done to all of you for attending week after week and keeping this event alive and well in our community.

As much as we appreciate our loyal parkrunners, we especially appreciate our parkrun volunteers! Without them all of us would not be able to enjoy the benefits of our weekly run.  Please remember to add your name to the volunteer list and volunteer three times a year so that we all benefit and keep this a free community event.

Please be aware that as part of the weekly parkrun events the only wheels allowed on the course are those of baby and toddler prams.  Any bikes, scooters and the like, be they motorised or non-motorised, are not allowed.  Talking about children, all children under ten years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times.  On that note, please make ensure that your dogs are on leashes and that only one dog per parkrunner is allowed.  We realise that these issues might seem minor to you, but they are necessary in the interests of safety of all runners, be they two legged or four legged, on the course.

Since our first birthday we have had a number of parkrunners being welcomed to the 50 Club.  We would like to recognise Gayle Leach, Johan van Graan, Jeannie Owens, Nicky Foster, Pieter Fritz, Joey Steyn and Rita du Plessis.  We must also make note of the many Juniors who have joined the 10 Club.  Well done to all of you!  We have a number of runners who are about to cross these important thresholds, and while every effort is made to look out for these important occasions, please whisper in the Event Director’s ear a couple of weeks beforehand just so that we can be ready and waiting to celebrate with you.

It is now Spring and we are looking forward to seeing all of you on the course and as volunteers enjoying fresh air and encouraging each other as we strive to get our new PB.

Lara.

Thanks Lara for your contribution. I love it when everyone adds their bit to the whole - and that is what makes Polokwane parkrun so special.

Come along - anyone else willing to write a a few paragraphs for our news page?  We welcome your contribution in any language.Just e-mail it to polokwaneoffice@parkrun.com.

Felicity

 

 

 

Polokwane parkrun 1st Birthday Celebrations. 16th April 2016.

Polokwane parkrun 1st Birthday Celebrations.    16th April 2016.

The day dawned beautifully clear and calm. The BIG day had arrived and Kirsty, Irene and Felicity together with all the helpers arrived just after 6 to get our start really festive looking with bunting and balloons. Lots of cleaning up had to be done first, tables set out and the cup cakes out. Then the water table team headed by Jeannie arrived and set up their table with water sachets and some nibbles for the athletes. Everyone was working hard to make it a really special occasion.

The weather held – not a breath of wind – not too hot. Absolutely perfect!  We were once again, as last year, privileged to welcome Bruce and Gill Fordyce, together with a number of the parkrun tourists, one, Cheryl who flew up from Cape Town to join us for our 1st birthday parkrun (and you could not get out of bed?!?!). After a short address by Bruce the athletes were off – 277 of them. That is our new record (we were secretly hoping to break 300), but hoping to get past 300 within before we turn 2.

Then the BIG moment – bringing our first parkrunner to achieve 50 parkruns in to the finish amidst much jubilation and joy. Well done John. What an example to all of us.

Once all our athletes were in, we had a few words from Councillor Lois Hardy, Bruce Fordyce and Felicity, our Event Director. She spoke of the projects that are in the pipeline for the year ahead. An outdoor gym and the beautifying of the wall that runs along Noorderland Hoer Skool boundary. If you are interested in finding out more about them do speak to one of us on a Saturday.

Our grateful thanks to all the businesses who contributed to our lucky draw prizes and the awards to the top achievers. A special word of thanks to Mr Price Sport, one of parkrun National sponsors who arrived with 3 pairs of running shoes for our lucky draw. We also had numerous vouchers, doggy gifts, berry products and others that meant that nearly everyone who stayed received something to take home. And if not a prize, memories of a really special morning and delicious birthday cake there was aplenty.  Thank you Irene – you are a party planner and baker of note!

Jeannie Owens and Michael Ward were awarded the trophies for Female and Male “Top of the Table” donated by the Review, having topped the points table that runs for 52 weeks.  Now everyone starts from zero again, so check out your points and set your goals (go to Polokwane parkrun website, click on “latest results” and choose points table icon on the drop down menu)

A very big THANK YOU to all the volunteers who so willingly gave up their chance to run with our Comrades legend, Bruce, and contributed enormously to the success of the day.

Once all had finished eating, chatting and generally enjoying the morning, it was pack up time and then back home. I know quite a number of people who I am sure, had an afternoon nap!

Do check out the photos on the Facebook page “Polokwane parkrun” some truly lovely shots.

We are still trying to get the photos onto the website, but not got that far yet. Any offers of help?

 

Polokwane parkrun News 12.3.2016 Event # 49

Polokwane parkrun.                    News update  12th March 2016.              Event # 49

 

It has been a while since we have issued an update – so here, at last, it is.

In 4 weeks we will be turning 1 year – but our celebration will be on the 16th April due to the Mall of the North Race which is being held on the 9th April.  I am sure a lot of our athletes will be there – and we encourage you all to challenge yourself – do either your first 5km race or first 10km race. If you put your mind to it you can do it. Yes you can!

We are inviting anyone interested in helping us to make it a memorable morning to contact Kirsty, Irene or Felicity. Drop us an e-mail (polokwaneoffice@parkrun.com) or a Facebook message. We really need and will appreciate your assistance, ideas and support. Decorations, cake, perhaps some businesses can offer vouchers or small gifts for the leading points athlete after event#52, and/or a lucky parkrun draw,  or any other ways to celebrate our first year will be welcome. We are hoping for a HUGE turnout on the 16th, so please  do come along - and try to get hold of all those 1 or 2 timers that have not been to parkrun for a while - encourage them to join us to make it a really happy celebration. Fingers crossed - maybe the paving will be done by then.

Our parkrun has a core of regulars and if you look at our website (www.parkrun.com/Polokwane/) and click on results you will find tables of men and ladies points(every run you do you are awarded points) and see who the leaders are. In the ladies Jeannie is well ahead of Alison followed by Precious in 3rd place. The men’s group is very exciting. Michael and Gustav are neck and neck (now 7 points difference) followed by Dewald and Danie some 300 points adrift. Remember you also get 100 points for volunteering (with a maximum of 300 points pet year), so earn easy points by joining our team of volunteers.

A huge “Thank you” to the national sponsors of parkrun, Blue Label telecom, Discovery Vitality, Mr Price Sport and Dis-chem. Today we were able to hand out gift vouchers from Dis-chem to our core volunteers Christo, Ruben and Jeannie. Christo will be volunteering for the 20th time on the 26th. Great work Christo. Thank you to ALL our volunteers who willingly offer up their time to make parkrun happen every week. Do make an effort to join the happy volunteer family by working just one a year – it is great fun. Try it!

We have not reached the highs of our first event – 253 participants, but are averaging between 130 – 180 per event. Today (12th March) we had 29 diehards who braved the weather – and it actually turned out to be very good weather for exercising – cool, fresh and a lovely morning. And the rain stayed away! Despite the overnight rain and in places a waterlogged route, we had no incidents and all negotiated it safely.

Finally - we welcome contributions to this news from our parkrunners. So please let us know what you like – or don’t like – about parkrun. We would love to hear from you. Drop us a mail or some of your parkrun photos to polokwaneoffice@parkrun.com

 

Looking Back and Looking Ahead

2015 has gone - and looking back it has held some great highlights for Polokwane parkrun. We held our first event on the 11th April, with much anticipation and anxiety amongst our core team as we headed into the unknown. But under the able guidance ot parkrun SA - Gill, Bruce & Cara Fordyce we have weathered the storms and are delighted with the way parkrun has established itself in the Polokwane community, and the impact it has had.

Thank you to all our regulars - now part of the parkrun family - and we look forward to seeing the familiar faces every Saturday. We have had the usual "ups and downs" in our attendance, and especially now over the festive season when most Polokwanians take a break away from home, but we look forward to welcoming all our athletes back in the next few weeks. To those struggling with ill-health or injuries "vasbyt" we hope to see your smiling faces again in 2016.

Congratulations to our junior runners (14) who have reached the "10 parkrun run" achievement and been awarded their certificates, and to those who achieved Limpopo colours for Cross Country  Among the adults John le Cordeur is leading the way with 36 parkruns to his name. Only 14 more to the magical 50 John. Congratulations also to those athletes who head the Polokwane parkrun points table at year end - Gustav Grobler and Jeannie Owens. Jeannie in the ladies but it is a very close contest between Gustav and Michael Ward  - just 12 points  (Check it out on our website under the latest results - male points table & female points table)

Once again we wish to thank a number of people who have assisted in getting Polokwane parkrun established and ready to grow and impact our community even more in 2016.

Firstly our wonderful volunteers. Without you it would not, could not, have continued. We applaud you - take a bow each and every one of you.(Remember you get parkrun points and vitality points when you volunteer)

The Polokwane Municipality Enviromental team and David Morapi who is our contact person. Thank you for always being willing to help where you can. Also three people who remain very much in the background but have been a great encouragement to our core team - Glen Steyn, Hannes Lerm and Cobus Scheepers. The parkrun signage was sponsored by Glen and designed by Cobus. Cobus has also drawn up a master plan for the park in collaboration with the Municipal enviromental dept and we will have a copy of it at the parkrun this Saturday. So take a look, get involved and if possible come aboard alongside them to help it become a reality.

Last and not least - you all - our Polokwane parkrun family. You make it all worthwhile. We would love you to share with us if you feel parkrun has benefited you. I know it has as some of you have shared personally with me. So go for it - Challenge yourself in 2016 - aim for that PB (personal best) - aim for completing a 10km race - or 21.1km race, or the parkrun 50 milestone There will be a number of races in the next few months - starting with one on the 23rd January the Seeff race from Platinum Park complex - 5, 10 & 21.1.

 

Felicity, Kirsty and Irene

 

 

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