November brought over 2,000 different parkrunners to Botanical Garden, with 15,755 km run, jogged or walked collectively.
Congratulations to Estian EEK, Melt VON MOLENDORFF, Travis KOEKEMOER and Van Zyl STEENEKAMP who were our male first finishers in November, and to Carla VAN WYK, Elisabeth VISSER, Shanley KOEKEMOER and Nicole VENTER who were our female first finishers in the month.
New Run Club Members
This month, Yana LABUSCHAGNE, Gerhard SWANEPOEL, Matthew PENNING, Megan HITCHINSON, Wilmien BOTHA all joined the Junior 10 club for completing their 10th parkruns. Well done all!
Pietro BOSMAN, Alphonso FLANAGAN, Marius NEL, Gideon VAN NIEKERK, Willeke RICHARDS and Pravesh BHOODRAM all joined the 50 club during November.
If you would like us to make a fuss of you, just come and let us know before the parkrun starts that you will be completing a milestone run and we will share the good news with everyone! Please remember to update your details to have Botanical Garden parkrun as your home run so that you receive your certificate or club t shirt here.
November saw a flurry of age category records set on our course. Congratulations to the below parkrunners:
|Age Category||Event||Date||Athlete||Time||Age Grading|
|VW60-64||91||26/11/2016||Cecile STEENEKAMP||00:23:40||84.37 %|
|VW80-84||90||19/11/2016||Naomi HEYMANS||00:42:52||62.17 %|
|JM11-14||90||19/11/2016||Andy MUNNIK||00:18:36||77.96 %|
|VM65-69||90||19/11/2016||Nico STEENEKAMP||00:23:31||72.01 %|
|JW15-17||90||19/11/2016||Shanley KOEKEMOER||00:20:16||75.49 %|
|SW25-29||90||19/11/2016||Done' MOOLMAN||00:21:23||69.21 %|
|VW40-44||89||12/11/2016||Elisabeth VISSER||00:21:42||70.51 %|
Dates for your December Diary
With the festive season fast approaching, please note that Botanical Garden parkrun is cancelled on 24 and 31 December. Voortrekker Monument and Laudium will both be open on these dates, so feel free to try out some different runs.
Before these closures, please note that we will be celebrating our second birthday on 17 December! Please come along and join in the fun for the last parkrun of the year at Botanical Garden.
Voortrekker Monument parkrun closure
With great sadness, we bring you the announcement that our nearest neighbour, Voortrekker Monument parkrun, will be finishing in early 2017.
Event Director, Wendy Yates shared this statement:
"As the saying goes "ALL GOOD THINGS MUST COME TO A END". And so with a heavy heart, I must say our time here with Voortrekker Monument Park will end with our last parkrun being on the 28th Jan 2017. VTM receives no government funding and must generate funds to cover all the costs at VTM. As our parkrun gets more popular and increases in number this then interferes with there events and normal business.
But the GOOD NEWS is we hope to have a new venue starting with Valhalla and Freedom Park the two most likely to take over. We have also started early discussions with other places for new venues, since we clearly need more parkruns in Pretoria."
Thank you to our Volunteers
We need volunteers each week to put on our free event. If you are a regular parkrunner, please consider volunteering two or three times a year to ensure the event can continue to take place. Each job is very easy and you get to be part of a very friendly time. Email email@example.com to put your name on the list.
Thank you to this month’s heroes. They are:
Heather CAMPBELL, Johan DE VENTE, Christian BEZUIDENHOUT, Johan DE VENTE, Margrit DRESCHER, Eileen BHOODRAM, Anne-Marie EERENSTEIN, Danie ENGELBRECHT, Rob GRIMMER, Moses ERASMUS, Alan GOODWIN, Theresa ENGELBRECHT, Ingrid HAUGER, Joan ERASMUS, Gisela HOLZAPFEL, Donald KLOPPER, Themba KA MATHE, Arno JORDAAN, Deon KRUGER, Louise KOCH, Michael MAHLASE, Bertie KOCH, Frans MARITZ, Thomas PIENAAR, Wilma STRYDOM, Evert LE ROUX, Pierre LUUS, Ray POWELL, Le Roux STRYDOM, Petra LE ROUX, Carla ROSSOUW, Candice WEPENER, Bryan NYONI, Ane STEGMANN, Ronell ROUX, Paul PARSLEY, Ilana WAIT, Gerrit ROUX and Heike TRNOVEC
Thanks for reading, see you next parkrun day!