Volunteers needed urgently in April

We are very short of volunteers for 11th and 18th April (25th April cancelled).

parkrun is 100% volunteers and based on current regulars at Greenpoint we apply a rule of run/walk 10 times, volunteer once. Send email to greenpointhelpers@parkrun.com, giving your name or parkrun barcode number and state which Saturday you are available or if you are flexible. Check the volunteer roster at http://www.parkrun.co.za/greenpoint/futureroster/

 

Event cancellation – 25th April 2015

Greenpoint parkrun is cancelled on 25th April 2015.
The Greenpoint parkrun route clashes badly with the run section of the World Triathlon Series being held in Cape Town over the 25th and 26th of April. Specifically, 3KM of our 5KM parkrun route directly overlaps with the Saturday olympic triathlon run route and the lead triathlon runners will be on the route at the same time as parkrun. There are barricades and road closures in place along with parking restrictions. Please choose one of the other Cape Town or Stellenbosch parkrun events. Regrets and regards from the Greenpoint parkrun run team.

 

Event Cancellation – 20th September 2014

Good Afternoon Green Point parkrunners,

it is with heavy hearts that we have to inform everybody that the parkrun event at Green Point on the 20th is cancelled.

Unfortunately, due to the hive of activity that will be surrounding the stadium and Green Point area brought on by the Cape Town Marathon, we will be unable to safely execute our event. There will be several areas of conflict on our and the CT Marathon event routes which have proven to be impossible barriers to navigate which has led to the decision to outright cancel the event.

If you would still like to take part in a parkrun event, please join our sisters runs at; Big Bay parkrun, Root44 parkrun, Fish Hoek parkrun and Rondebosch Common parkrun. They will be operating as normal and will welcome all of you with open arms!

You can also take part in CT Marathon Peace Relay!

Lastly, we will be organising a social 5k along the promenade. The run will start at the regular parkrun kickoff time of 8am from the Mouille Point Lighthouse and will be an out-and-back along the promenade, to the Sea Point pools and back. We'll be going for coffee at Shift Espresso Bar afterwards, where parkrunners presenting their parkrun barcode will receive a discount on their coffee purchase!

Regular parkrun activity at Green Point parkrun will resume on Saturday 27th September.

Thanks

Ryan

 

 

 

Volunteer of the Month with Lloyd Baatjes

Hey there Green Pointers,

Hopefully you've all had a great week so far! Not long to go now until we take to the streets of Green Point and do what we do best!

So, as promised - although it's been a while since we last did this - here is your volunteer of the month for the month of June (yes, YES.. we get it. It's July. Shh.): Lloyd Baatjes.

Some of you will know Lloyd and others won't. That's ok because he spends most of his time at parkrun hidden behind a camera lens. All those lovely photos that you all enjoy so much have been captured by this man right here so take some time and get to know Lloyd!

Name: Lloyd Baatjes

Age: 35

Occupation: photographic retail Store manager

Home parkrun: Green Point

Running club: N/A

Number of parkruns: 0

PB time:0

Number of times volunteered: 6

Favourite volunteer role: photographer

What do you like about volunteering at parkrun: I get to improve my skills as a photographer

Most memorable or funniest parkrun volunteering moment: A lady didn't see me or the pole I was sitting by the one week and she nearly ran into me. If I wasn't there she would have run into the pole.

How can we improve volunteering at parkrun: have flags to show where the start is, maybe?  The way parkrun is run now is fine. No need to change anything.

Want your name up in lights as well? Red carpet treatment? Paparazzi? A legion of adoring fans? Then just drop us an email with your parkrun barcode and which date you are available to volunteer then keep an eye out on the future roster!

Remember, you still receive your points for volunteering. So those of you that are worried that volunteering might mean you take longer to reach that illustrious red 50 t-shirt, fear not.

For more information regarding volunteering, you can read up on our site in the volunteer section.

We look forward to a flood of emails from all of you!

See you on Saturday

Ryan

 

Volunteer of the Month with Chloe Camu Kiernan

Hey Green Point parkrunners,

for those of you who read the newsletter that is emailed to you, you will be familiar with the Volunteer of the Month. Every so often, parkrun SA will put the spotlight on volunteer who has gone out of their way to ensure that their home parkrun remains a success.

Well we, here at Green Point parkrun, think that - while it's a great idea - waiting months on end to showcase our top volunteering performers is way too long! We want to give praise where praise is due and we want everybody to be able to get their 15 minutes of fame (OK, so we can probably only guarantee 5 minutes of fame TOPS, but still..) for doing their parkrun duty.

Kicking things off, we start with Volunteer of the month for May - Chloe Camu Kiernan

Name: Chloe Camu Kiernan

Age: 20

Occupation: Student

Home parkrun: Green Point

Running club: Maties

Number of parkruns: 20

PB time: 23:25

Number of times volunteered: 6

Favourite volunteer role: Marshal

What do you like about volunteering at parkrun: The volunteers are what keep parkrun events going and I enjoy being able to contribute to parkrun as it is such a great initiative.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun volunteering moment: There are far too many great moments I have experienced at parkrun but ultimately I love the sense of camaraderie among all parkrunners at each event. I have been able to meet so many friendly people!

How can we improve volunteering at parkrun: Keep the volunteer tasks as simple as possible so that volunteers can easily adapt to other volunteer roles.

Want your name up in lights as well? Red carpet treatment? Paparazzi? A legion of adoring fans? Then just drop us an email with your parkrun barcode and which date you are available to volunteer then keep an eye out on the future roster!

Remember, you still receive your points for volunteering. So those of you that are worried that volunteering might mean you take longer to reach that illustrious red 50 t-shirt, fear not.

For more information regarding volunteering, you can read up on our site in the volunteer section.

We look forward to a flood of emails from all of you!

See you on Saturday

Ryan

(Disclaimer: volunteering won't secure you fortune and fame but it will get you a shout out in the run report and a deep sense of involvement when you see the faces of all the happy parkrunners. Seriously, without volunteers, we would not be able to put these events on!)

 

Meet the team: Ryan Short

Good afternoon Green Point parkrunners..

We hope you've all had a great week so far and are looking forward to the weekend. We know you're all jumping out of your seats to get going tomorrow morning. The weather reports seem to indicate that we're in for a pearl of a day so we hope that you all are able to join us for, possibly, the best way to start your Saturday morning. Run, jog or walk.. it all counts. And don't forget to join us for a coffee afterwards.

So let's move onto the fifth and final round of the "Meet the Team" series. This week we introduce you to Ryan Short. Many of you might recognise him as the team member who is perpetually wearing a peak cap backwards. Others might know him as an "excitable puppy" when it comes to running (a conversation can easily evolve into a lecture on this topic, especially trail and mountain running). For those of you who don't know him at all, read on for a little peek into who he is and what parkrun means to him.

1. Name
Ryan Short

2. My Job
Minion in a Digital Advertising Agency.

3. Describe myself in 3 words
Adventurous, geeky, passionate.

4. Why and how did I get involved with parkrun
A friend of mine had heard about parkrun and dragged a few of us down for the first one then a little while later I picked up an injury so I volunteered while I couldn't run and the rest is history. Still grateful to Suraj for entrusting me with the keys to the kingdom.

5. Rewards of working with parkrun
Being a part of an initiative that encourages people to move away from a sedentary lifestyle and into a more active and healthy one is the biggest reward. I could talk for days on this.. Aside from that, I have a passion for running, of all forms, and parkrun helps me indulge in that passion.

6. On weekends you'll find me..
at parkrun, enjoying a coffee somewhere, spending time with friends, exploring a mountain or forest, and definitely putting in as many trail hours as possible

7. This year I would like to see parkrun..
explode, both locally and internationally, more than it has already. It's incredible to see how many people have taken to parkrun since it's inception and I hope that it spreads to every country like wildfire. Running is the easiest form of exercise and parkrun provides the perfect, family-friendly platform for getting into it. A judgement-free, results-optional, fun-guaranteed, community-building run could never be a bad thing.

8. Favourite parkrun moment to date
Every event where I see people running when they used to walk ranks up there. parkrun may be for fun but that hasn't stopped people from pushing themselves to get better and that, in itself, is truly inspiring.


Image courtesy of Sarah Goodman.

You can keep up with Ryan's (many) rambling on running via his blog Trail & Error or his Twitter account. Or, as we love to encourage, come up and chat to any of us before or after the event. We rely on feedback from everybody, good or bad, in order to improve the event. So, if you have something to say, please drop us a line on our Facebook wall or tweet us @greenpointp.

See you on Saturday
Green Point parkrun Team

 

 

Meet the team: Claudia Klaase

Good afternoon Green Point parkrunners,

This week has been crazy busy for all of us behind the scenes here which is why we have been so quiet. We hope you all enjoyed your run on Saturday, even with all the chaos of the Cape Town Carnival going on around us. We do apologise for the obstacles along the route, we were caught off guard by how early the organisers had decided to start setting up but you all proved that a few small obstacles weren't going to stop you! This weekend is back to business as usual though.

This week we introduce the newest member of the Core Team, Claudia Klaase.

Claudia joined the team just a few short weeks ago. Prior to that, Claudia could be found, nearly every weekend, volunteering at Green Point parkrun so the progression to team member was as natural as it was effortless. Read on to find out a little more about Claudia.

1. Name
Claudia Klaase

2. My Job
Freelance Social Media Manager

3. Describe myself in 3 words
Passionate, Determined & Quirky

4. Why and how did I get involved with Parkrun
I made a Life Resolution to get fit and healthy but wanted to get running again and with most things in my life I turned to the internet and searched for running clubs and found Parkrun SA and saw that there was an established 5km run - the rest is history.

5. Rewards for working with Parkrun
Seeing people progress from that first run/walk to clocking personal bests and getting to meet new runners.

6. On weekends you'll find me..
at Greenpoint parkrun, coffeeshops and walks with my son

7. This year I would like to see parkrun..
grow to where we have 500 runners regularly run. We see so many people register but then we have 250 pitch. It would be crazy administration but you asked.

8. Favourite parkrun moment to date
Cheering for Joel as he comes running down with his family supporting him. He is by far the coolest parkrunner.

For those with twitter, you can keep up with Claudia by giving her a follow!

 

Unfortunately due to some.. technical issues.. we were unable to take photos at the run last weekend but if you have any of your own that you'd like to share then go ahead and post them on our Facebook page! We'd love to see them.

From the rest of the team, we hope you all enjoy your Human Rights Day tomorrow. A perfect excuse to log some extra kilometres before parkrun!

See you all on Saturday
Green Point parkrun Team

 

Meet the team: Shane Kiernan

Well, Green Pointers, last week we had to sacrifice the weekly "meet the team" segment in order to discuss how positions and times are captured and I'm sure that, while everybody found the article extremely useful, we all missed our weekly opportunity to get to know the people who work behind the scenes here at Green Point parkrun!

So, on to round three we go which means that it's time for everybody to meet Shane Kiernan.

Shane is one of the original four Event Directors that took over from Suraj Valand, when he left us last year, and has been an integral part of the team ever since. Always making sure that things are running smoothly and as planned, Shane brings his workplace attention-to-detail to parkrun and is constantly providing solutions for binds that we sometimes find ourselves in when we don't have enough volunteers or have obstacles along our route.

More from the man himself..

1. Name
Shane Kiernan

2. Day job
Supply Chain Manager for a food and clothing retailer

3. Describe yourself in 3 words
Irish South African

4. How and why did you get involved with parkrun
Did first 5km run, in 15 years, last August in 48 minutes. Work friends told me about parkrun, came along, brought my girls along, ran a bit faster and stayed ever since with ‘some’ gradual improvement. Not being a natural runner, the informal but structured format of parkrun works for me.

5. Rewards of working with parkrun
There is a fantastic gees with parkrunners, people are happy doing a run in the most beautiful place you could ever wish for. It gets me out of house every Saturday before 7 which makes my wife very happy.

6. On weekends you'll find me..
Busy loving life; reading, drinking fine coffee, cooking for the family, marshalling at parkrun, swimming, going through many erratic episodes of frustration and elation watching the Stormers (choosing the team, firing the coach, wishing a few players had retired sooner, what if scenarios etc. etc.).

7. This year I'd like to see parkrun..
Bring many more thousands of people who are not active athletes to run and walks every week wherever.

8. Favourite parkrun moment to date
Every Saturday morning, seeing 200+ happy people on the long start, straight with Lions Head in background.

So don't forget to say hi to Shane on Saturday morning before or after your run, maybe even join us for coffee afterwards (we usually process results at Brew coffee along Main Road, in Green Point) and discuss Stormers politics or just get to know your event team as well as see how you can get involved!

See you all on Saturday
Green Point parkrun Team

 

Parkrun results

Hi fellow parkrunners,

as of late, we've been receiving quite a few queries and complaints in regards to runner's finish times. So, what we thought we'd do is outline the finishing procedure for you, in order to give you a better understanding of how your times are tracked.

Step One: The Finish Line

Officially, our finish line is the entrance to the Green Point Urban Park. This means that, once you cross the gates, your time has been logged. You don't have to continue running to the scanning table or anything of the sorts. After you're passed the gates, you're done. Now comes the slightly complex part.

Step Two: The Timekeepers

The timekeeping devices that we use to clock the runners coming in are extremely accurately (where applicable). The time, down to the the split-second, is logged and recorded against your position. When a runner crosses the line, the timekeeper "laps" the run on the device and this is assigned a position (ie; Runner 1 is "lapped" as Position 1, Runner 2 is "lapped" as Position 2, etc) and stored in the device. It can get tricky when more than one runner at a time crosses the line but, in this scenario, the resolution comes when receiving a Finish Token (you are awarded the time that matches up to the finish token position).

However, other issues we encounter, such as runners crossing the line twice (when going back to run in with another person etc) or runners exiting the funnel through where they entered and not past the scanning table, are not so easily solved and cause havoc with results.

Unfortunately when this occurs there is very little that we can do. We do announce at the start of every run that there are rules for the runners to observe and we rely on you, the runners, to follow these rules but ultimatly the responsibility to ensure accuracy falls not only on the shoulders of the Core Team but as well as on the runners themselves. If we do not receive the required support from runners, in keeping to the rules et al, then we cannot deliver the best possible experience to them.

Step Three: Finish Tokens

Once a runner has completed their run, crossed the finish line and had their time captured, they need to ensure that they take a finish Token. The responsibility to receive this token is on the runner and not the volunteer in the funnel. When large groups of runners come in together, it would be near impossible for the lone finish token volunteer to try ensure that they hand a token out to everybody. If you finish the run before somebody but neglect to take your token, you will ultimately receive an incorrect result.

How it works is as follows; if a runner finishes in 20th position in a time of 22:45 ("lapped" on the timekeeping device) but waits before collecting their token, then the person finishing after them, in a greater time, will end up receiving the time and position of the runner who actually came in 20th.

The timekeeping devices "lap" your run and assign it a number, as explained above, and this number on the timekeeping device correlates directly with the finish token position. For this reason, we ask all parkrunners to ensure that they collect a finish token as soon as they cross the finish line.

It is also extremely important that you leave the Finish Tokens with the volunteer at the barcode scanning station. If a runner takes the barcode home with them, then effectively what happens is that a running position becomes an "unknown result".

So, while you may have finished your run and been "lapped" as position 30, because somebody else has taken Finish Token 30 home with them, you would then receive finish token 31. This would, undoubtedly, affect the results, however, as we have little to no control over whether the runners take the tokens home with them or leave them, as required.

Step Four: Barcode Scanning

The final step in the procedure is actually quite simple. At this point a runner should have a) crossed the finish line, b) had their time lapped by the timekeepers and c) collected their finish token from the volunteer. After these steps have been observed, the runner should present their parkrun barcode for scanning and then hand in their finish token. This step, while the easiest, is the most crucial, as it is at this point that the time and position is linked to the runners profile.

It is important to note that, once you have received your finish token, it does not matter what order you get scanned. As long as you crossed the line, for example, in 136th place and took finish token number 136, then you could wait until the very end to get scanned. We do not advise this but the fact remains that, once you have received your finish token, there is no observed order to get scanned in, however, for the sake of consistency and ease, we ask that parkrunners do their utmost to get scanned as soon as they complete their run. this helps avoid a bottleneck in the funnel and block up the entrance to the Urban Park.

If all these steps are observed then the runner should, in theory at least, receive the most correct time possible. In the instance of any sort of technical faults, the Core Team will do their utmost to inform the runners as well as recitfy the results as much as possible before they are submitted to Parkrun HQ.

Hopefully this clears any confusion up in regards to how times are logged for your run.

For future events, we will not be entertaining requests to amend times based on personal GPS and timekeeping units other than the official parkrun stopwatches, as there is no way for us to validate the accuracy of the results.

If you have any questions, suggestions or criticisms, please let us know. You can post on the facebook page or email us at greenpointoffice@parkrun.com

Thanks
Ryan

 

Meet the team: Ganief Galvaan

Hey hey Green Point parkrunners,
it's time for round two in our Meet the Team series. This week we introduce you to Ganief Galvaan.

If the Core Team were a house, then Ganief would be the solid foundations that keep everything stable! Most of you already know and have run with Ganief but for those that haven't, read on to find out a little more about Green Point parkruns resident marathoner..

1. Name
Ganief Galvaan

2. Day job
Programme Manager

3. Describe yourself in 3 words
Organised, committed and fun.

4. How and why did you get involved with parkrun
Being involved has always been part of my nature. After I volunteered for my second time, Suraj mentioned that he was looking for people to be part of the core team, and I jumped at the opportunity. I think it was largely due to the fact that I love and believe in the parkrun concept and its role in getting more and more families and individuals into a more healthy lifestyle.

5. Rewards of working with parkrun
It gives me great pleasure seeing people of all ages and abilities taking on our course, some starting with very slow walks, and then seeing how they progress from week to week. I love seeing the excitement in people as they improve their personal best performances week after week, and as some of them progress from walking to run/walking, and eventually to running. I love seeing the excitement in kids running with their parents, in elders of 70+ and 80+ years showing that they still have what it takes. I also love the fact that parkrun is not competitive, but rather social, so that everyone feels right at home regardless of ability. Lastly, the fact that it is free means that no one has a reason for not participating.

6. On weekends you'll find me..
Running a half/full marathon somewhere if there is a race on a Sunday, or the odd Saturday race if I can get off from parkrun duty. Alternatively I just do my own long run on Sundays.

7. This year I'd like to see parkrun..
Become more of a known concept attracting more people. I'd like more events to start in other parts of the country, and I would really love to see more people becoming more involved through volunteering, which is what a community event should be about.

8. Favourite parkrun moment to date
Running the course with my son, both of us trying to catch up with a pram pushing mom, only managing to catch up with her 100 metres from the finish. Crucial moment!

Parkrun cone

Ganief recently underwent a small surgical procedure, which would explain his absence from the last parkrun, and is currently in recovery mode before his next marathon as well as training for the Two Oceans Ultra (and, if all goes to plan, the Comrades). The rest of the parkrun team wish him well.

See you all on Saturday
Green Point parkrun Team