SA Newsletter 1 May 2012

Welcome to the SA newsletter

In this newsletter we welcome South Africa's second parkrun, Roodeport parkrun and we hear from the Event Director, David Ashworth.

On Saturday we were delighted to launch our second parkrun on a beautiful autumn morning in Roodepoort’s Len Rutter Park. 42 parkrunners and 6 volunteers helped to make this a memorable launch. The Roodepoort parkrun is a testing two lapper with something for everyone. There are some tough ascents and some fast descents and the route includes stretches of grassveld, gravel road and a short concrete path. The run crosses a stream and passes a miniature railway line and station.

After the run first timers spoke excitedly about their experiences and we have no doubt that this parkrun will go from strength to strength. There are already 111 registered parkrunners at the Roodepoort parkrun. Well done to David Ashworth and his team.

Roodeport parkrun


At the same time our flagship parkrun at Delta Park attracted 75 runners and this despite the fact that many runners were away on a long weekend public holiday. In total we now have 824 registered parkrunners in SA with a number of other parkruns to be launched in the next few weeks. Our Delta parkrun has attracted a number of overseas parkrunners and of course they are always more than welcome. A source of real motivation for our parkrunners has been the occasional visit by a guest wearing a beautiful red adidas “50 parkruns” shirt. We are delighted with the number of first timers we get every Saturday morning. We’ve come a long way since parkruns was launched in South Africa in November.

We would like to thank our sponsor Blue Label Telecoms and our supporter Randburg Runner. Without them there would be no parkrun in South Africa.

Happy Running!

Bruce (email me)

Roodepoort parkrun

In February this year I met up with Bruce and Gill Fordyce in Len Rutter Park in the hopes of starting our very own parkrun in the Roodepoort area. At the time, we were not sure where we would start or finish the run, nor did we know whether the run would consist of a single 5km or a double lapper 2.5km course. Over the following three months we plotted various alternative routes before settling on the current course. Planning the route required us to gather feedback from runners by doing test-runs each week leading up to our launch.

This Saturday, 28 April 2012 saw the official launch of Roodepoort parkrun. Forty-two pairs of legs, associated with many faces that I did not recognise, lined up at the start of the inaugural event. It was greatly encouraging to see so many runners attending the first parkrun. Prior to the start, Bruce Fordyce and I briefed the eager runners on the route and elaborated on the concept of parkrun. Without hesitation they were off! Runners, walkers, moms, dads, and dogs, you name it, they were there!


Winners of the first Roodepoort parkrun (and current record holders) are Bruce Fordyce (21:09) and Tracy Rankin (27:45). There lies the gauntlet... come and join our event.

David Ashworth

Event News

CGA Cross Country League starts at Delta Park this Saturday 5th May at 12:45. Only for very serious runners!!

Click here to download a fixture list.

Feedback from the field

Dear parkrun,

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 it's 80 metre climb reflecting the general terrain of Johannesburg. Unlike the Sheffield Hallam parkrun, it's virtually all off road 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 Bruce and his team at parkrun SA, especially through the holiday periods when much of Johannesburg disappears to the coast.

Regards, Ian Cooper, South Yorkshire Orienteers

Wow! I'm amazed!!

Thanks a lot for a great run, Delta team!!

Garth Swift

Hi Guys

Thank you for running the hardest parkrun I have ever participated in. My local one, Blackpark, is snooker table flat. Thanks for that.


Delta parkrun’s monthly prize winner for April was Matthew Futcher with thanks to ‘The Randburg Runner’.
Drop me an email if you have an interesting parkrun related fact, happening or comment that you would like to share with all parkrunners.


Barcode reminder

Barcodes are used at all our events to record your result. No barcode, No result!

All questions answered

Do you have a question about parkrun? How do I collect my club T-shirt? How do I get my barcode? All your questions are answered here.

Volunteering at parkrun

We ask every parkrunner to volunteer 3 times a year. When volunteering you receive the maximum number of points towards the yearly competition.

Children at parkrun

All children under 11 must be supervised by a parent or guardian. Guardians must ensure that children place themselves appropriately so as to prevent a situation where they are being repeatedly overtaken at the start. This is to ensure the safety of your child.

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