The 8th of March is International Women's Day (#IWD2020). There is a rich history behind this, with the first IWD gathering being in 1911. The day is not country, group or organization specific - and belongs to all groups collectively everywhere.
What is International Women's Day?
International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
parkrun international looked at the amount of women that parkrun in comparison to men, and found that men join parkrun more often than women, both in volunteering and in participation. Which is rather sad especially considering the inclusive nature of parkrun.
But then, we asked our local stats expert (Dankie Japie) to take a look at the figures for Hazeldean Farm. And we can be very proud that WE have more women running and volunteering than men!
57% women to 43% men volunteering!
Male parkrunners - 41.65%, Female parkrunners - 49.29% (Unknowns - those who forget or don't have barcodes - 9.06%)
Women parkrunners and volunteers at Hazeldean Farm parkrun ROCK!
Side note - if you have not heard Event Director, Ingrid Hauger's loud voice and even louder and contagious laugh yet, do come visit. You will see why we have such a strong volunteering group of strong inspiring women, from Event Director to all our core volunteers, who are all loud and proud and ready to cheer you to YOUR Personal Victory!
Looking at this, our Event Director, Ingrid, decided that the girls on the team deserved the day off for good behavour. And for the first time since Hazeldean Farm started, we had an All-Male Volunteering team take over, to give Ingrid, Antoinette, Evelyn, Barbara, Jackie, Frankie, Nini, Laura and many of the other wonderful female volunteers the opportunity to do a parkrun instead. (Not that it stopped Ingrid from standing next to Run Director Tim to remind him what to say during pre-run briefing....)
Our all-male volunteer team from this morning!
We can PROUDLY say that the women took FULL advantage of IWD2020, as of the 382 parkrunners that joined us this morning, 199 of then were WOMEN! 142 Men joined in and 41 folks who forgot their barcodes.
We also welcomed 104 first time Hazeldean Farm parkrunners this morning, 34 having never done a parkrun before and 70 visiting us for the first time!
We also had 87 Personal Bests being run, 49 by women, 38 by men.
We want to make a VERY special mention of our First Women finisher, Evelyn Botha. Evelyn, who is one of our core volunteers and the owner of the Hazeldean Valley Trails - which is where we run, was badly injured last year, where the doctor forbade her to run. She has now FULLY recovered and today ran a Personal Best of 23.55, an over 15-minute improvement from when she first started running at the Hazeldean Farm parkrun. Evelyn we are SO proud of you.
And to every single other parkrunner who ran a PB today, a very very well done to you ALL!
Another very special milestone is this young man, Ofentse Modise, who has completed 10 parkruns. He has the biggest soul, the BIGGEST smile and our days are made so much brighter when we see this tiny little boy and his dad run in on parkrunday! Well done, Ofentse! Now for your 50 milestone!
Our 12 superstar volunteers that helped give the women the day off were:
Tim 'the Teacher' BARKER • Deon KRUGER • Japie BLIGNAUT • Donald YOUNG • Isak COETZER • Gideon VAN NIEKERK • Conrad MARSHALL • Jan JOHANNSEN • Danie BOSHOFF • Tshegofatso LETLAPE • Ethan LETLAPE • Pieter GOOSEN
Thank you to you all for being the rockstars you are and for always being willing to help where you can!
There was one woman in the team, Event Director Ingrid, but that is merely because she is volunteer co-ordinator and does the social media as well. So we are ignoring her for today
If you want to assist in volunteering at the Hazeldean Farm parkrun, please send us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org with your A number, the date and the role you want to fill. We will welcome you with open arms!
Hazeldean Farm parkrun started on 25th May 2019. Since then 4,633 participants have completed 10,910 parkruns covering a total distance of 54,550 km, including 1,864 new Personal Bests. A total of 192 individuals have volunteered 512 times.
We will be back again next week, same time, same place for another run with the cows and dogs at the Hazeldean Farm parkrun! See you there, 8 o'clock SHARP!