Threedom run?

This Saturday, 3 was definitely a crowd: the 3rd week of the month, the 3rd month of the year, event number 393 had 1313 runners and 30 teams - so we had to have 33 volunteers!

Here is the Delta Run Report for Saturday:

Delta parkrun
Event number 393
16th March 2019

This week 1313 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 122 were first timers and 192 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 33 volunteers:

Patrick PITTARD • Nicoline DE KOCK • Billy DE KOCK • Andre LABUSCHAGNE • Patrick SAAL • Philip RUDD • Beth LIBBY-NEALE • Jamiel NASSIEP • Terrie LEWIS • Jake LEWIS • James HIGGINSON • Belinda GERMESHUIZEN • John NEALE • Ray FUNNELL • Kate LABUSCHAGNE • Sanra BROEKMAN • Carl BROEKMAN • Jonathan MOSTERT • Dot PRIEST • Roshini PILLAY • Terrance Mark BOOYSEN • Justine WATTERSON • Denise DE OLIVEIRA • Joan MC NAUGHTON • Eric BEATTIE • Kim DARE • Margaret Ann PITTARD • Kathleen KRUGER • William KRUGER • Alwyn LATEGAN • Gareth PASSMORE • Christopher FERGUSON

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Delta parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Unknown ATHLETE who recorded a time of 15:29 on 14th September 2013 (event number 96).
The female record is held by Carina VILJOEN who recorded a time of 18:48 on 21st July 2018 (event number 357).
The Age Grade course record is held by Stuart MC COLL who recorded 88.25% (17:52) on 3rd November 2018 (event number 372).

Delta parkrun started on 12th November 2011. Since then 34,810 participants have completed 283,280 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,416,400 km, including 45,191 new Personal Bests. A total of 756 individuals have volunteered 7,693 times.


First SA parkrunner joins the 250 Club

Saturday 24 September was a very special day for Delta parkrun. Tracy Rankin became the country's first member of the ultra-exclusive 250 Club. Yes, Tracy has completed 250 parkruns. What makes this even more remarkable is that she has only missed 8 parkruns ... ever. And some of those occasions were for things like, oh you know, running the Two Oceans!!

We are so proud of Tracy and delighted that she chose her home run of Delta for this momentous occasion. What she won't tell you, is that she also volunteered to assist with the pre-run setup on the day.

A true parkrunner! Well done Tracy.


Delta parkrun annual points results









total runs

times volunteered


volunteer points



Dieter Meyer







George Ashworth







Nicholas Hall














Tracy Rankin







Claudine van Gaan







Ursula Wong




















      Directors: Ashley Ally, Bruce Fordyce, GillFordyce, Gary Harlow,  KabeloMabalane,  Joe Mthimunye, Tim Noakes.



Delta News

For the first time, since inception, it rained during the run on the 15th September. The conditions favoured those attempting to break the course record. But to no avail. Innocent Ndlovu of Randburg Harriers, was first over the line in 17:39 - first time in 4 appearances. but still off Rantho’s time of 16:49. Well done to Mary-Anne Nieuwoudt, of Rand AC, was first (9th overall) over the line in 22:36 - third time in 5 appearances.

Congratulations to Annabella van der Bijl, Byron van der Bijl and Daniel Yelseth who are the latest Delta parkrunners to become members of CLUB 10.

 The 22nd September was cancelled due to heavy rain and lightning. I suspect that it was a blessing in disguise for some of you. We apologise for this however your safety is always first.

 Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:

 Dieter Hh MEYER (Rand AC) 3152 pts.

 George ASHWORTH (Rand AC) 2994 pts.

 Nicholas Frank HALL (Unattached) 2478 pts.

 Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:

 Tracy RANKIN (Unattached) 3452 pts.

 Claudine VAN GRAAN (Unattached) 2737 pts.

 Brenda NOOY (Rand AC) 1665 pts.

 The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

Elaine GREENBLATT (VW60-64) was graded 76.11 % for the time 26:14 (25th overall).

 Bruce FORDYCE (VM55-59) was graded 74.82 % for the time 20:43 (5th overall).

 Innocent NDLOVU (SM20-24) was graded 73.37 % for the time 17:39 (first overall).

 Please all remember the new start time of 8:00am!


T Shirt Award

Mika Gouws has been awarded the very first 10 club T in South Africa.

Mika ran her 11th parkrun in a PB of  24:14 winning the ladies outright.

Congratulations from parkrun SA



20th Delta parkrun


24th March 2012

The 20th Delta parkrun heralded a record number of runners so far, in our very short history. We have nearly 600 registered members growing each week.

In the next couple of weeks we will see the second South African parkrun begin. This will be the Roodepoort parkrun initiated by David Ashworth - Run Director.

Roodepoort parkrun recce this weekend.

This weeks Delta parkrun results:

Men's placings:
Matthew FUTCHER (SM30-34) of Rand AC, was first in 20:08 - 4th win in 10th appearance.
Ian HENDRY (VM40-44) of Rand AC, was second in 20:25.
Dominik GEORGE (SM25-29)  was third in 22:33.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Dieter Hh MEYER (Rand AC) 1659 pts.
Rainier JOUBERT  1552 pts.
Bruce FORDYCE (Nedbank RC CG) 1546 pts.

Women's placings:
Cathrine GEORGE (SW25-29) was first (18th overall) in 25:41 - first win in third appearance.
Elaine GREENBLATT (VW60-64) of Rocky RR, was second (20th overall) in 25:49.
Tracy RANKIN (VW40-44)  was third (21st overall) in 26:08 - 15 previous wins.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Tracy RANKIN (Unattached) 1880 pts.
Claudine VAN GRAAN (Unattached) 1240 pts.
Jo-Anne BUCHNER (Unattached) 1070 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Elaine GREENBLATT (VW60-64) was graded 76.24 % for the time 25:49 (20th overall).
Ian HENDRY (VM40-44) was graded 68.90 % for the time 20:25 (second overall).
Kenneth William John TULK (VM60-64) was graded 68.42 % for the time 23:26 (10th overall).

This week there were 74 runners, of whom 20 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 8 different athletics clubs took part.

The Women's course record is held by Ann BONIWELL who ran in a time of 21:18 on 31st December 2011 The Men's course record is held by Motsamai Lucas RANTHO who ran in a time of 16:51 on 3rd March 2012 The Age Grade course record is held by Motsamai Lucas RANTHO who recorded a 76.56 % run (16:51) on 3rd March 2012 Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Delta parkrun Results Page.


Delta 18


Photo thanks to Brenda Garth- Davis



Men's placings:
Rainier JOUBERT (M25-29) was first in 22:10 - second win in 15th appearance.
Dominik GEORGE (M25-29) was second in 22:38.
Timothy Edward Jan COVENTRY (M35-39) was third in 23:15.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Bruce FORDYCE (Nedbank RC CG) 1546 pts.
Dieter Hh MEYER (Rand AC) 1484 pts.
Rainier JOUBERT (Unattached) 1458 pts.

Women's placings:
Tracy RANKIN (VW40-44) (Unattached) was first (4th overall) in 24:21 - 15th win in 17th appearance.
Robyn JAMIESON (W30-34) of Rand AC, was second (11th overall) in 25:55.
Nneka OKONTA (VW35-39) of Datchet Dashers, was third (12th overall) in 26:01.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Tracy RANKIN 1698 pts.
Claudine VAN GRAAN 1145 pts.
Jo-Anne BUCHNER 974 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Kenneth William John TULK (VM60-64) was graded 65.67 % for the time 24:25 (5th overall).
Tracy RANKIN (VW40-44) was graded 64.13 % for the time 24:21 (4th overall).
Dieter Hh MEYER (VM60-64) was graded 63.99 % for the time 25:44 (9th overall).

This week there were 62 runners, of whom 23 were first timers and 14 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 5 different athletics clubs took part.


January 7th 2012


Another record field (35) another great parkrun! 
It seems that each Saturday we have an incident to add to the occasion. 3 weeks ago it was our snake encounter. Last Saturday we were greeted at the 4 1/2 km mark by a fallen tree, and this Saturday we rescued a lost Fox Terrier (Mia). Mia was found trembling with fear near the parkrun starting line. We tracked down her owner and while waiting for the two to be reunited we learnt that the finishing funnel tape could double-up as an excellent lead. 
Once again it was encouraging to welcome newcomers to our parkrun. However we need to spread the word that everyone needs to bring their barcode to the start. It is always a pity to see the word “unknown” in the results.
The fallen tree cost a few runners P.B.s last Saturday and it continued to do so this Saturday. However the mountain bikers have already started to carve out a path around the tree’s roots and most of us seem to go that way. Tracy Rankin wasn’t going to let a tree trunk spoil her day and after setting off like a scalded cat she ran a great p.b. Incidentally the detailed parkrun results are worth studying as they give far more information about everybody’s performance. If I can use Tracy as an example the results show that she was first lady home in 9th place overall. She ran 24:53 and in the Veteran women’s rankings she ran a 62.76 % effort (Looking at her gasping and panting furiously at the finish I personally felt she had run at 90%!!) but we must remember our high altitude mountainous parkrun is being compared to flat sea level parkruns in London Tracy had been running the billiard table flat parkrun at Bushy Park she would have run considerably faster and achieved a much higher score.
To get all the statistics of each Delta Park parkrun go to

Christmas eve 2011


Our Christmas Eve run started in merry festive fashion as some of our runners and volunteers came dressed for the occasion. Dieter Meyer wore his " red nose" but unlike Rudolf was unable to lead the pack through the hilly 5 kms. That honour was left to Motsami Rantho who shot round in a new course record of 17:10. Before we set off we were pleased to welcome guests, Ian Kitley from the Cambridge parkrun and Colin Seymour from the Reading parkrun. We were particularly delighted to welcome Lian, Noel and Kelly De Charmoy from Auckland New Zealand. New Zealand doesn't yet have a parkrun but watch this space!

Perhaps Aristotle was correct or perhaps it's because we South Africans are still bitter about the rugby World Cup but we somehow contrived to welcome our All Black friends by planting a snake (suspected Rinkhals- spitting cobra) in the first 300 metres of open grassland. A few minutes after we had set off Kelly hobbled back with a bite above her ankle.

Kelly was rushed off to hospital where she was treated and discharged a couple of hours later. The doctors were not entirely convinced that she had suffered a snake bite-. And we comforted ourselves by remembering that many venomous snakes are extremely reluctant to exhaust their poison in defense  prefering to save venom for their prey.  In other words they bite often but don't expel poison. The Rinkhals much prefers fat rats, toads and other snakes to skinny Kiwis. 

There is a lesson for all of us in this, and that concerns emergency procedures. 99% of the time parkruns run smoothly and without incident. We need to be prepared ,however, for that very occasional mishap.

Incidentally the enviromental staff at Delta Park assured us the this is the first time in 20 years that they can recall someone (possibly) being bitten. We don't want to put off future visitors and parkrunners. The Delta Park parkrun is a tough hilly course but it is safe and good fun. 

More importantly this was Kelly's first parkrun and she didn't finish. We don't want this nightmare failure to haunt her in future so we would like to encourage her to return next Saturday to complete her first parkrun. She will be assured a hero's welcome when she crosses the line.  


Sheffield parkrun visitor

 Thanks to Comrades legend Bruce Fordyce and his team of friendly helpers

for my 3 Delta Park parkruns while visiting Johannesburg. It's quite
different to my normal Sheffield Hallam Parkrun, with its 80 metres climb
reflecting the general terrain of J'burg. Unlike the Hallam Parkrun, its
virtually all off road and is traffic free, and the combination of altitude
and summer heat was definitely a change. You probably won't run your
fastest 5k at Delta Park but it's a really enjoyable run and helps build a
bit of speed, despite the hills.
Good luck to Bryce and his team at Parkrun, especially through the
Christmas period when much of J'burg disappears to the coast,
Ian Cooper
South Yorkshire Orienteers


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