Ebotse cancellation this Saturday (27th October 2012)

This is just a quick note to say that Ebotse parkrun is cancelled this weekend (27th October) as there is another event taking place in the park.

If you would still like to get your parkrun fix this weekend, why not consider running at Roodepoort parkrun? Or if not, we’ll see you at Ebotse next week (3rd November). 

Many thanks,

Bruce Fordyce

 

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parkrun newsletter 22nd October 2012




<br /> parkrun SA newsletter 22nd October 2012<br />




Welcome to the SA newsletter
Bruce

In this week’s newsletter: Nahoon Point parkrun celebrates 8 years of parkrun with ‘Pink Saturday’ and South Africa’s parkrun community grows in numbers. We celebrate the launch of yet another parkrun, with more in the pipeline and Delta Park parkrunners are advised of a Music Festival, causing a disruption on the 27th.

Two weeks ago on 6 October 2012 we celebrated International parkrun day, marking the anniversary of the very first parkrun run 8 years ago at Bushy Park in London. Now it is almost time to celebrate a parkrun birthday closer to home, that of South Africa’s first parkrun at Delta Park on the 10th of November. What a long way we have come! Starting with a lowly 26 runners at our inaugural event, we now have 1500 registered parkrunners at Delta Park and 3700 nationwide.

Speaking of birthdays; on Saturday Summerfields (Hazyview) will have its very first parkrun. Having attended a couple of rehearsal events I can assure parkrunners that Summerfields is a beautiful parkrun. The route winds through orchards, past rose gardens and along the banks of the Sabie River. In true South African parkrun style, it is a tough route, including some stiff hills amongst the breathtaking scenery. Event director, Andre van Heerden, is an old friend and together with his chief volunteer Clive Smart they have organised a special parkrun event. Andre has just returned from a fantastic race at the Hawaii Iron Man where he was placed 5th in the masters category.

On the 3rd of November we will launch the Durban North Beach parkrun in KwaZulu-Natal. But more about that at a later date.

Happy Running!

Bruce (email me)

Delta parkrun

The rainy season in Johannesburg has officially started, bringing with it conditions conducive to PB smashing. Event 48 included 19 newcommers. Quintin Honey stormed through the finish in a time of 17:50. Kristy Faccer was the first lady to cross the line in 26:21.

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Well done to Matthew Futcher! He came first at Event 47 in 19:57. There was also a change in gear from local weatherman Simon Gear, who raced Bruce Fordyce to the finish.

Annabella van der Bijl was the first lady in at 20:04. Hats off to Tracy Rankin! She completed the course with a broken toe. The monthly Randburg Runner prize went to Shireen Maree.

Runners are advised that unruly dogs continue to be a concern. Please ensure that at the start of the parkrun, all dogs are on a short lead and that your starting position is either behind the fast runners or at the very back.

Thank you to all the volunteers. Your help and dedication is much appreciated.

Please remember that on the 27 October Delta Park will host a live concert. For security reasons, you need to show your barcode to be allowed into the park.

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Runner: Innocent Ndlovu

Happy Running!
Darryl Aquadro

Roodepoort parkrun

Most of our runners have now become used to the idea of the new 8a.m. start time and are quite grateful for the change as summer fast approaches.

Congratulations to the winner of our latest monthly shoe draw. The prize went to position number 10 – Willem Loison. A big thank you to Randburg Runner for sponsoring the prize. Remember, that all you need to do in order to stand a chance of winning the draw, is to attend and complete parkrun on the last Saturday of the month and to make sure that you have your barcode with you.

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Someone is running the wrong way!

Last Saturday, we welcomed Luvuyo Silwana back to parkrun. Luvuyo holds the record for the fastest course time at Roodepoort. Unfortunately he has been out of action for quite some time due to a broken arm. Nevertheless, he was first over the line in a time of 18:04, only 26 seconds short of his best time!

Don’t forget to like our Facebook page and leave us your comments.
You can also follow us on twitter @RoodepoortRun

Safe running,
David Ashworth


Nahoon Point parkrun

As a part of the parkrun birthday celebrations we teamed up with St Bernard’s Hospice in respect of Cancer Awareness and encouraged our parkrunners to dress in pink.

Many seized the opportunity to wear their favourite shade and it was a great way to celebrate eight years of parkrun events, albeit only the eighth week since the first running of Nahoon Point parkrun.

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A record of 259 finishes was recorded, with dozens of PB times and many first time runners. There was a spirit-filled atmosphere at this particular event.

In the past few weeks, we have experienced unpleasant weather. However, on ‘Pink Saturday’ the conditions were perfect for a morning run.

The following weekend saw 216 runners at parkrun. Despite there being a number of other events taking place around town, we still managed to have a fantastic turnout.

Nahoon parkrun has recently had UK, USA, Irish, German and New Zealand runners joining us. All have been extremely complimentary.

Our volunteers have been amazing and most are there week after week, regardless of the weather.

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Keep running,
Bob Noris


Event News

Delta parkrun disruption on the 27th

On Saturday, 27th October, Delta Park parkrun will experience a slight disruption. A large music festival is planned for that day but event organisers have assured us we can go ahead with the parkrun event. Expect minor course alterations. Runners are advised that no one will gain access to the parking area without a barcode. Perhaps , for the first time we will be able to celebrate a parkrun where the word “unknown ” does not appear at all in the results!

Haloween

On Saturday 3 November, parkrun will be hosting a Halloween theme at all events. Please see Facebook and Twitter or ask your event director for all the details.


Feedback from the field

None this week. Drop me an email if you have an interesting parkrun related
fact, happening or comment that you would like to share with all parkrunners.



Reminders

Barcode reminder


barcode
Barcodes are used at all our events to record your result. Please collect and print your barcode here. 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.

Our Sponsors

Blue Label investing in parkrun

Blue Label sponsors parkrun - come and find out more at
www.bluelabeltelecoms.com

adidas investing in parkrun

all out performance

adidas has been focused on athlete’s performance since the first running spikes were made in the 1920’s earning the first Olympic gold medal in adidas shoes. Today, adidas is proud to be supporting parkrunners everywhere. Explore adidas running adidas.co.za


    

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Newsletter 1 October 2012




<br /> parkrun SA newsletter 30th September 2012<br />



Welcome to the SA newsletter
Bruce

In this week’s newsletter, parkrun S.A. appeals to members to interact through social media. We also hear more about our ‘parkrun tourist,’ Tracy Rankin and her U.K. experience.

Increasingly, the days are getting longer and the signs of spring more obvious. This is especially true for all our parkrunners who are getting used to our 8a.m. start time. It is fitting then that with the start of spring comes the exciting prospect of new parkruns around South Africa. Please follow future editions of this newsletter for more information on events and localities.

We would like to encourage our runners to take photographs at each of our parkruns and upload the best on your event website (there are very easy instructions on the website to help you upload photographs). Also, please remember that each event has a Facebook page and Twitter account and these are really useful vehicles for spreading the word. We really do appreciate your feedback and comments on these platforms. Please feel free to interact with us and other parkrunners.

Every parkrunner should become an event volunteer from time to time. It gives one a proper idea of the work our valued volunteers do and occasionally helps them to have a morning off. The success of your parkrun is dependent mainly on volunteers. Remember on the first three occasions at which you volunteer, you receive 100 points every time you help.

We are looking at ways to factor a percentage difficulty onto each website based on the route altitude, terrain and other factors. Anyone with any ideas on how to measure this please let us know.

October 6th is World parkrun day. We will celebrate the start of the very first parkrun.

"On October the 2nd 2004 13 people completed a 5k run in Bushy Park, London, and parkrun was born. Our family now numbers over 350,000 people across 178 events in ten countries and on October the 6th this year Bushy parkrun will celebrate their 8th birthday. As part of these celebrations we would like to announce 'World parkrun Day' and bring parkrun communities around the World together in a show of solidarity and friendship. How or if you choose to celebrate World parkrun day is entirely up to you and in true parkrun style we'd like to keep things as simple and inclusive as possible. Our hope is that in the future the first Saturday of each October will offer us all the opportunity to celebrate the global parkrun family."

Happy Running!

Bruce (email me)

Run Report
Event number 148
11th August 2012

Another sunny and warm morning greeted almost 300 runners at Reading parkrun yesterday. I think maybe our parkrun tourist Tracy Rankin (see picture) who popped in from South Africa must have brought some sunshine with her. Tracy usually runs at Delta parkrun in Johannesburg where she is currently leading the female points table by quite some margin; no wonder she was able to take a few weeks out to do a mini tour of UK parkruns. It was fantastic to meet Tracy and to think that parkruns are taking place not just all across the UK, but right across the world. Tracy is possibly the most remote parkrunner to run Reading parkrun, although I don’t think she set off from home that morning!

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We also had some parkrun tourists from Leeds - Matt Nowell (first finisher) and Tony Davison. I think they were a touch miffed that they weren’t our most exotic tourists! Only joking guys, it was great to see you along with Dean Richens from Abingdon, Julia Belyavin from Ashton Court (Bristol) who was also the first woman to finish, and Iain Wear from Swindon.

Teresa Caswell


My parkrun tour

Recently I had the privilege to travel to the UK and complete 5 various parkruns: Reading, Bushy Park, Cardiff, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

The highlight for me must be Bushy Park just because of the vibe and the sheer number of people. Spectators shouting "Go South Africa," kind of made me feel like an Olympic athlete! I had been shown the park prior to the start by one of the locals, Rhys, who completes his 100th parkrun this week. I met Kristy Bangham who wears her 250 parkrun t-shirt with pride. An absolute achievement!

Each parkrun was beautiful and unique. My bar code was accepted and my results mailed to me as they are in S.A. The race directors and fellow athletes all made me feel very welcomed and I enjoyed the social aspect following the event. Runners enjoyed either breakfast or a cup of tea and a scone. I also met a number of really great people who intend visiting us in S.A. The volunteers were wonderful and made each parkrun go smoothly. A BIG thank-you to the volunteers!

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Yesterday, I walked through Delta Park. Along the river past horses and dogs and I realised what a wonderful parkrun we have right here in Johannesburg.

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I've had an incredible experience. Thank you parkrun.

Tracy Rankin


Ebotse parkrun - Fitness; your passport to a whole new world.

The entrance fee to the most beautiful places in South Africa is not charged in Rands & Cents, but rather in fitness.

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This magnificent photo of Rashika Ramparshd (Ebotse parkrun winner on 15 September) with the Devil’s Tooth as a backdrop is proof of how far a little regular exercise can take you.

Put yourself in the picture. Set yourself a goal of running 10 consecutive parkruns and reward yourself with a run/walk to the top of the Drakensberg.

It’s as easy as that.

You’re crazy to run every day!

No, but I would be if I missed 200 sunrises a year.

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Delta parkrun

For the first time, since inception, it rained during the run on the 15th September. The conditions favoured those attempting to break the course record. But to no avail. Innocent Ndlovu of Randburg Harriers, was first over the line in 17:39 - first time in 4 appearances. but still off Rantho’s time of 16:49. Well done to Mary-Anne Nieuwoudt, of Rand AC, was first (9th overall) over the line in 22:36 - third time in 5 appearances.

Congratulations to Annabella van der Bijl, Byron van der Bijl and Daniel Yelseth who are the latest Delta parkrunners to become members of CLUB 10.

The 22nd was cancelled due to heavy rain and lightning. I suspect that it was a blessing in disguise for some of you. We apologise for this however your safety is always first.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:

Dieter Hh MEYER (Rand AC) 3152 pts.
George ASHWORTH (Rand AC) 2994 pts.
Nicholas Frank HALL (Unattached) 2478 pts.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:

Tracy RANKIN (Unattached) 3452 pts.
Claudine VAN GRAAN (Unattached) 2737 pts.
Brenda NOOY (Rand AC) 1665 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

Elaine GREENBLATT (VW60-64) was graded 76.11 % for the time 26:14 (25th overall).
Bruce FORDYCE (VM55-59) was graded 74.82 % for the time 20:43 (5th overall).
Innocent NDLOVU (SM20-24) was graded 73.37 % for the time 17:39 (first overall).

You can read the latest news from Delta parkrun here

Darryl Aquadro

Roodepoort parkrun

You can read the latest news from Roodepoort parkrun here


Event News

All Gauteng parkruns

Gauteng parkruns were all cancelled this past weekend – 22 September due to the danger of lightning. Please note that parkrun is only called off under dangerous conditions or if there is another event taking place in the park that would affect the parkrun route. Other than that, parkrun will take place every Saturday at 8a.m.

Bruce Fordyce to attend Roodepoort parkrun

On Saturday, 29 September, Bruce Fordyce will be running at Roodepoort parkrun. Come along and meet Bruce and try out the Roodepoort course!

New parkrun - Summerfields parkrun

We are delighted to announce the start of another new parkrun. Summerfields parkrun will take place every Saturday at 8a.m. in Summerfields Estate, South Africa starting on 20 October 2012


Feedback from the field

None this week but we are interested in hearing from you.

Drop me an email if you have an interesting parkrun related
fact, happening or comment that you would like to share with all parkrunners.


Reminders

Barcode reminder


barcode
Barcodes are used at all our events to record your result. Please collect and print your barcode here. 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.

Barcode reminder


barcode
Barcodes are used at all our events to record your result. Please collect and print your barcode here. 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.

Our Sponsors

Blue Label investing in parkrun

Blue Label sponsors parkrun - come and find out more at
www.bluelabeltelecoms.com

adidas investing in parkrun

all out performance

adidas has been focused on athlete’s performance since the first running spikes were made in the 1920’s earning the first Olympic gold medal in adidas shoes. Today, adidas is proud to be supporting parkrunners everywhere. Explore adidas running adidas.co.za



 

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