Newsletter – 23 August 2012

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Welcome to the SA newsletter

In this edition of the newsletter we celebrate the Olympics, we learn more about the parkrun points competition and we receive some great feedback from the field.

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.


Bruce (email me)

Event News

Nahoon Point parkrun

On Saturday we launched the East London Nahoon Point parkrun. Bob Norris, the event director and his volunteers delivered an exciting and challenging parkrun with over 80 runners. This is by far the toughest and slowest of our parkruns but it didn’t seem to deter the runners who seem to have had a lot of fun. As if to underline the special occasion two whales frolicked in the ocean close to the runners.

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Roodepoort parkrun

On the 28th July, Roodepoort parkrun was buzzing with activity. The local newspaper sent a reporter to write an article about Roodepoort parkrun. It was a very pleasant surprise to have Florida’s Ward Counsellor, David Dewes drop in this week. He was excited to see how the event has grown and that the public are once again being drawn to the beautiful city parks.

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Congratulations to Jonathan de Kock for winning our monthly shoe draw, sponsored by The Randburg Runner. All that is required to be entered into the draw is to bring along your barcode and complete the full 5km run at the last Saturday of each month. We draw a number from the finishing positions as the winner. This gives a fair chance of winning to both runners and walkers.

The 4th of August saw the biggest turnout at Roodepoort parkrun, despite International Rugby being broadcast at 9am. Approximately a quarter of the runners were first-timers and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. One of our regular parkrunners, Alta Kerr, celebrated her birthday on the day and received a big round of applause from everyone before the start.

Florida Running Club was set up and ready to supply runners with free hot beverages and muffins once again. Adidas arrived with boxes of shoes to let runners experience their new products and offer advice and expertise.

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Please ‘Like’ our facebook page and Follow us on twitter @RoodepoortRun

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Safe running!

David Ashworth

Ebotse parkrun

Boksburg’s fastest man, Kallie Burger arrived at the parkrun on 4 August with one goal in mind, to set a new record. He attacked the course from the start and despite limited training, broke the record by almost a minute. Kallie ran 16:57, to become the first person to be listed in the sub 17 minute Ebotse parkrun hall of fame.

15 year old Robyn Kaltenbrunn stunned all those present on 11 August when she shattered the overall ladies record at her first attempt, finishing in an impressive 20:20. And this is just the tip of the ice berg for this talented young lady, watch this space…

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Ebotse Estate have upgraded their security system which has caused some delays, but we are working with Estate management to streamline the process for parkrunners.

The Ebotse parkrun is unique in that it has a summer and a winter route. We are in the process of designing a new route that will be exciting, safe and beautiful.

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In the process of learning the event director role, Gary Jackson has earned valuable volunteer points to take the lead in the Ebotse points competition. Gary in the blue shorts is seen here providing valuable advice to fellow parkrunners.

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parkrun – the best way to start your weekend

From Ebotse parkrun,


Some of our regular volunteers will be away on the 25th August so we need volunteer help at the Ebotse and Delta parkruns on that morning. Please contact your local event director via the website if you are able to help.

Feedback from the field

Greetings from the UK where the weather is piping hot and humid at over 30 degrees Celsius.

I’m having an absolute blast. Very busy traveling around so sorry for the late mail.

11th Aug - Have run Reading parkrun, which was my introduction to parkrun UK and very delightful. Almost 300 starters. Yes a PB! Flat double lapped with a mini hill. Wonderful running along the Thames through a nature reserve with a fast straight to the finish. You can see the photos when I get a chance to post on Facebook. Paul and Theresa were fantastic and the whole run was well organised. The volunteers were superb. Met some great people. Peter the photographer. Keith and Jane (got her 50th run on the day). Dave who is Keith’s greatest competitor. Everyone was friendly and it was great to sit around afterward with a cuppa coffee and chat. Some like Ian is planning his own parkrun tour round UK.

12th Aug - Ran the Mizuno Reading half-marathon launch. Yes it was 5km I got first female and won fantastic prizes. Thanks to Sweatshop. I know they also sponsor parkrun.

18th Aug - Ran Bushy parkrun. It was a most incredible experience. Almost 800 runners set out at the start. I’m still on a high. The vibe and the sheer volume of people simply pull you along. After an introduction by the run director it was exhilarating to hear shouts of support " GO SOUTH AFRICA" I’m truly proud. I could not help but get another PB! I do intend to return to Bushy parkrun to give it a further hammering but only next year. I did get a little tour of Bushy by my friend Rys, the day before, so I knew what to expect. Met a mate of Bruce, Peter who got his 100th parkrun today. I met Kristy who has her 250 T-shirt. Today I completed my 38th run.

19th Aug - Burnham Beeches half-marathon. Undulating pathways through a forested area. Absolutely lovely and very hot and humid.

parkrun is incredible. There are people from all backgrounds and ages. Some bring dogs and children under 11 years have to accompanied by an adult. At parkrun everyone is a winner.

Will be running and partying with the city hash tomorrow and off to Wales on Wednesday.

God bless and happy running.


Hi Guys

I've run a few parkruns already and would like to volunteer for Delta Park this Saturday if I am needed

Happy to help out in any position, marshalling, cones, timing etc...


Derek McCarthy

I enjoyed my first parkrun at Roodepoort. Nice scenic track, wonderful and friendly runners and excellent organizers. Thanks guys. Have fun.

Shri Narain Sharma (Roodepoort parkrun)

I took part in my first park run his morning - wish I'd found out about this sooner. Really a fun outing and perfect way to keep the legs moving though winter. I'll definitely be back next weekend.

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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