I was lucky enough to enjoy a quick trip to the London Olympic Games between parkruns. What an amazing experience. I have been to a number of Olympic Games and the London 2012 Games were by far the best. I did manage to miss the snow while I was away. See our picture of the Ebotse parkrun course covered in snow.
This week we launch a new parkrun in East London, bringing the number total number of South African parkrun events to four.
In this edition, Ebotse parkrun’s Kallie Burger, munches the overall parkrun record and Robyn Kaltenbrunn (15) canters to a new ladies record. Gary Jackson storms into points competition lead. There is a new summer route from 1 September and access to the event is to be streamlined.
Roodepoort parkrunners tried out adidas shoes while feasting on muffins and hot beverages. Find out who won a pair of shoes in our monthly shoe draw, courtesy of Randburg Runner.
We are delighted to announce that our national sponsor, Blue Label Telecoms has been joined by adidas.
Annual Points Competition
The parkrun points system is primarily for runners and was designed to reward running. The results of the points competition are used to decide which folks should receive recognition for their running at the end of the year’s events.
Each event has its own yearly cycle which is based on the week number of the month in which they started (i.e. the first running of the event). Hence an event that started in the 3rd week of January will always celebrate their anniversary the 3rd week of January.
Points for volunteering were added to make it possible for folk who want to run every week of the year to not miss out on points when they volunteered and to encourage folks to volunteer at least 3 times a year. This points system was not adapted to reward volunteers.
How the points system works
The runners are separated into their respective genders and allocated points based on the position that they finish. Each event sets a limit on the number of points to be allocated per gender. For most events this is 100.
The first female to cross the line will receive 100 points. The second will receive 99 and this tally will reduce until each runner only gets a point. This is repeated for the men.
Volunteers are allocated maximum points on the day that they volunteer up to three times per year.
Where a parkrunner volunteers and runs on the same day, they will receive volunteer points and run points; however, the run points will not be added to the total number of points for this runner. Instead, their total will be incremented by the volunteer points allocated on that day as long as this volunteering instance is within the first 3 occurrences of volunteering.
Finally, unknown athletes are registered as male. This means that the male points are affected by the number of unknown athletes ahead of them in the event.
Delta parkrun points competition current standings at event #40
Men's annual points competition:
Dieter H MEYER (Rand AC) 2896 pts.
George ASHWORTH (Rand AC) 2616 pts.
Nicholas Frank HALL (Unattached) 2317 pts.
Women's annual points competition:
Tracy RANKIN (Unattached) 3354 pts.
Claudine VAN GRAAN (Unattached) 2466 pts.
Brenda NOOY (Rand AC) 1569 pts.
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