parkrun SA newsletter 20th December 2013

welcome to the newsletter


In this edition of the SA parkrun newsletter we reflect on the years parkrun progress as number of registrations reaches well over the 40 000 mark and launch of more parkruns contiues.

Some may be taking a break in the December holidays but we at parkrun SA have been as busy as Santa’s reindeer. Last Saturday we launched Hall’s parkrun in Nelspruit. It was exciting to see a large crowd of nearly 100 Lowvelders arrive at the start in the Halls grounds. There were also keen visitors from some of Johannesburg’s parkruns and it was good to welcome to the start Andre and Ilse van Heerden, the Summerfields parkrun event directors. It has been a while coming but now Summerfields is not the only Mpumalanga parkrun on offer. Tracy Cresswell , Ian Toomey and Toy Dupper the Hall’s event directors have assembled a dynamic team of volunteers and have created a tough but exciting run. The course takes runners over three bridges, past orchards of Litchi trees and over the swirling brown waters of the Crocodile River. Your writer was leading as the runners started the return journey but young Madri Wiid, a first timer, taught him a solid tactical lesson and was first home.

This Saturday we return to the Mother City to launch the Fish Hoek parkrun. Having liaised closely with event director, Richard Healy, we know that Fish Hoek parkrun will be another popular Cape Town event.

Bryanston parkrun will launch on 25th January with Event Directors Ann and David Ashworth at the helm.

Several South African parkruns passed significant landmarks this month. As registrations in South Africa topped 42000 Uvongo parkrun registered its 1000th parkrunner. Durban’s North Beach parkrun topped 4000 and Nahoon Point soared to over 6000 registrations. As East London’s Bob Norris says, “I don’t know where they are all coming from! East London’s population just isn’t that large! But every week another 100 sign up”

We will soon be celebrating two parkrun first birthdays. The first is Sunrise-on-Sea which reaches this milestone on the 4th January. Congratulations to Danie Bessinger and his many loyal volunteers. Special congratulations to Tia Taljaard who has run every single parkrun since inception and who has become the first Sunrise parkrunner to earn her red club T-shirt.

A week later it is Modderfontein Reserve parkrun’s turn to celebrate a first birthday. Sadly event directors Jo-Anne Buchner and Chris Midlane have decided that they have done their time at the helm and it is time to move on. We thank them for all their efforts in starting this beautiful and very popular parkrun and for building it up to the vibrant parkrun that exists today. A new team will start in January. If anyone is interested in volunteering please contact us at modderfonteinreserveoffice@parkrun.com

Cheers for now,

Bruce (get in touch)

A message to our Sponsors and Volunteers


As we approach the end of another very successful parkrun year I would like to thank our sponsors Blue Label Telecoms , adidas and Discovery Vitality for their invaluable assistance and belief in us. We would also like to thank all the regional directors, event and run directors and all the volunteers without whom no parkrun would happen in South Africa. To all of you and all our 43000 registered South African parkrunners have a great holiday break.

P.S. Remember, parkruns will continue throughout the holiday and perhaps in a spirit of giving I would like every parkrunner to consider volunteering during the festive season.

Discovery Vitality brings you health tips


Discovery Vitality brings you all the health tips you need to know on your parkrun journey.

If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, you should take an active interest in managing your disease and this includes exercise. Before you start a regular exercise programme have a comprehensive medical check-up, which may include an exercise stress electrocardiogram (ECG). The check up must confirm that your blood glucose levels are under control.

Optimal nutrition for runners means taking the healthy approach when it comes to eating for better running. Avoid fad diets, especially low-carbohydrate ones such as the Atkins diet. Apart from affecting your running, they can compromise your overall health.

Ebotse parkrun


Darryl Goosen, Louwrens Greeff and the Ebotse parkrun team repaired a leaking water valve at their parkrun start.

Darryl, a plumber by trade, took the initiative at his own cost to undertake the repairs. The Ebotse start has been waterlogged and flooded for the past few months. Despite repeated requests the local municipality had done nothing about the problem. So Darryl took the task of parkrun volunteering beyond the call of duty. I think that the guy’s did a great job. Next maybe they will repair some potholes on our roads (only joking).

Gary Jackson

10 club news


Some of our event managers have noticed that we have been struggling with kiddies sizes for our 10-Club shirts. With our numbers growing beyond our wildest expectations, together with adidas, we have decided to discontinue the 10-Club T-shirts. Instead, the juniors will be presented with a 10-Club certificate. This will come into effect from 1 February 2014

event news


North Beach parkrun

North Beach parkrun is hosting a celebrity guest this Saturday – SANTA IS COMING TO TOWN! We are so excited to have Father Christmas with us, ready to spread some cheer and interact with the kiddies. Rumour has it that he wants to collect some prezzies for the less fortunate families and kiddies in Durbs. (Obviously it is not compulsory for you to donate) If you have the time to go shopping for a small gift we would love for you to bring it with on Saturday or drop it off with the Lungile Health team (54 Balmoral Drive). If you are like us and are so busy running around getting things done but still want to help out, we will have a box for collections to help the shelters with food and school fees for next year. We are hoping for a HUGE turnout so bring the family and even the pets! Don’t forget FREE parking at Suncoast is official between 7am & 8am but only if you show your parkrun barcode.

Dress in your MOST FESTIVE gear and let’s kickstart Christmas with a Fancy 5k!

Hobie Beach parkrun

Every Saturday, we are so fortunate to see a fantastic group of runners take-on 5km along Port Elizabeth’s most beautiful scenery.

It amazes us each week to see each participant get better & better, and watch them bring more friends who all get hooked on this incredible concept.

As of today, we have just over 2 222 registered parkruners at PE Hobie Beach, aged 5 to 80, who are all so excited to improve & get fit. Surprisingly, the majority of our runners are not part of running clubs, they are just doing this because they can & they are very quickly realising that they are able to run better and faster each week.

I have always found running to influence my life in such positive ways – being a healthy, sociable, safe and fun experience; you are always bound to meet wonderfully happy people along the way. Each person who completes parkrun has this beautiful sense of achievement all summed up in a big smile. It is genuinely fantastic, and so motivating to see this every Saturday.

This can all occur thanks to our super group of volunteers & sponsors. We appreciate you all so very much!

Merry, festive and smiley parkrunning,

Rosalind

feedback from the field


Hi Bruce,
My wife and I were invited by Oliver Ive to join Nahoon Point parkrun late in 2012, little realising what a life changing experience that would be.
I am passionate about running, but have always struggled with injuries and had quite literally got to the point where I was going to give it a last frustrated try, or finally give up hope of ever running again and find another way to keep fit. Olga has never been an athlete and in 33 years of marriage had shown no interest in running.
Well, one year later Olga recently completed her first 10km run very comfortably, and I am going from strength to strength, all because of parkrun.
We have not just joined some running club, but really feel like part of a family. Every week I look forward to starting the weekend with our parkrun running community, stretching myself towards a new PB, but also being strengthened and encouraged by the camaraderie, genuine friendship and some practical advice, of a very diverse and wonderful group of East Londoners, plus the frequent visits by guests from all over the parkrun world.
We have watched so many lives being changed by parkrun ( new friendships formed, fatties slimming down, non-runners starting to get their legs moving, families spending wonderful quality time together, etc. ) that it is no exaggeration to say that parkrun really is having a significant impact on the community.
So, Olga and I want to sincerely thank you for bringing parkrun to SA - you have done many people a great service. Well done to you and your whole wonderful team!
Best regards,
Alan Ter Morshuizen


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

parkrun corner

Christmas Collection

All parkruns are continuing their Christmas toy collection until Christmas. Please bring along any toys that you would like to donate which are in good condition. Thank you for your support!

Reminders

Barcode reminder

barcode

Printed barcodes are used at all our events to record your result. Please click here to collect and print your barcode.
No printed 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 on our support site

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 accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. 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.

the parkrun show

The parkrun show

You can download your copy of the parkrun show here. (iTunes)

The parkrun show is the audible roundup of the "goings on" of everything that caught the teams eye from the weekend in parkrunworld.

Brought to you by Marathon Talk.

Our sponsors

Blue Label Telecoms investing in parkrun

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


adidas investing in parkrun
all in for #myjourney

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


Discovery investing in parkrun

Discovery Vitality believes that every decision that a person makes to exercise and get active is a step in the right direction, and participating in a parkrun is no exception. Living a healthy lifestyle can be rewarding, and Discovery Vitality members 18 years and older can earn 500 points for participating in a parkrun event. Visit the Discovery website for more information.


 

parkrun SA newsletter 4th December 2013

welcome to the newsletter


In this edition of the SA parkrun newsletter, Jo’burg South welcomes their first parkrun. We take a look at the latest news from Ebotse and St. Francis parkruns. Discovery Vitality’s offers you health tips and adidas transforms your running with the Supernova Boost as well as a chance to win a Berlin running experience!

Rietvlei parkrun

In response to a growing demand we were finally able to launch a parkrun in Johannesburg South at Rietvlei Zoo Farm. Shawn and Toni Mackrell and their team organised an exciting launch on a sunny morning. 186 parkrunners toed the line with a number of visitors from other parkruns attending.

It was good to see 16 red 50-Club T-shirts in action and to welcome visitors Steve Turvey from Coventry parkrun and Simon Rehead from Newy parkrun. Finishing as first lady Tracy Rankin earned her black 100-Club tee. Next week Dieter Meyer will join her in this exclusive club.

The leaders heading out followed by the ‘Red’s’

Two more parkrun launches are planned before the end of the year, at Nelspruit on 14th December and Fish Hoek on the 21st December.

Tracy Ranking was presented with Cake and Champagne

Over the festive season we will be looking for extra volunteers to help at all our parkruns. Please help your Event and Run Directors to have a holiday if you are not going away please consider volunteering to give our Event Directors a day off. Volunteering can be lots of fun and is not as daunting as it may appear to be. Remember parkruns are only as successful as their volunteer teams. Please contact your parkrun directly if you are available to volunteer.

Cheers for now,

Bruce (get in touch)

Supernova Boost: Transform your run


Supernova, the most successful technical running shoe by adidas, is ready to boost your performance even more.

Adding to its existing, precisely crafted system of technologies, the Supernova Glide now features the revolutionary cushioning technology of BOOST™, to deliver a superior running experience:

BOOST ENDLESS ENERGY

BOOST™ provides a higher energy return than any other foam cushioning material in the running industry. It combines soft comfort with responsive energy for the ultimate running experience.

CONTINENTAL ULTIMATE GRIP

A high performance rubber outsole that grips the ground for better traction and a powerful push-off. So, whatever the weather, you remain in control.

ENGINEERED MESH ADAPTIVE FIT

A breathable, contoured mesh that makes each movement natural and provides pinpoint support when and where you need it.

TORSION SYSTEM FOR NATURAL MOVEMENT

A full-length stability bar that allows your heel and forefoot to move naturally, and your midfoot to remain flexible and stable.

The Supernova Boost footwear is available at adidas Performance Stores.

Win an adidas running experience in Berlin 2014

Share your running journey in our adidas #myjourney Photo Challenge and we could send you and a friend to the 2014 Berlin Marathon! There are also many other prizes up for grabs, so get going.

Whether you like to run around the block or go off the beaten track, simply capture and share your running moments on Instagram (adidasZA) or Twitter (@adidasZA) tagging @adidasZA #myjourney and the hashtag that relates to the current running challenge:

Visit adidas running for more details

Discovery Vitality brings you health tips


Discovery Vitality brings you all the health tips you need to know on your parkrun journey.

Strength training has many benefits for runners, including decreasing the risk of injuries, increasing muscle stability and functional strength, and improving running form. Try to do at least two strength training sessions a week to get the benefit, and make sure you do each exercise correctly so as to avoid injury.

It’s important to make sure you eat properly when training. Protein is a power food, and can support your training, help you build muscle and improve your performance. It’s recommended to mix and match a variety of protein-rich foods, particularly if you are a vegetarian. Try to include protein in all your meals.

event news


Ebotse parkrun

The 74th event at Ebotse Parkrun was quite a celebrity affair, red 50’s were everywhere. Although the morning dawned chilly and overcast a field of 218 runners and walkers – representing 14 different running clubs – eventually enjoyed to a typical Highveld summer morning. Was that because weatherman Simon Gear was there? Simon, was much like the Scarlett Pimpernel, he came – he ran – he disappeared, blitzing our course in a very creditable 18:43, followed a mere 4 minutes later by another “celebrity” visitor Tracy Rankin running her 99th parkrun.

But this day was really about our own “celebrity” Danny Oosthuizen – his grey locks sometimes tamed by a colourful bandana and his trademark single glove. Today he was our first walker to complete 50 events, but Danny’s love affair with running began over 50 years ago! He has completed over 80 ultra-marathons, which includes 22 Comrades Marathons where he collected 7 silver medals, and 19 Two Oceans Ultras collecting another 7 silvers. Over the years he has been an inspiration to many runners most especially his son Gavin. Nowadays – in his own words, “I battle to run a bath!” Even though he no longer runs his cheerful encouragement can still be heard somewhere along the Comrades route each year. Ebotse-ites have all enjoyed at some time during their weekly outing his encouraging chirps – “keep them swinging – your arms!!” “Remember, the arms are attached to your legs” – “Looking good, good looking” – “Pull with the arms, pull him in, he’s tiring!”

The Ebotse family has grown since the first outing on 16 June 2012, when 75 took to the course, at that time we ran along the fairways of the Ebotse back nine. The newer course along the dam is far more user friendly with all the pooches who tow their owners into PB’s. It’s great for the children too who marvel at seeing the resident Springbok up close and personal.

Our thanks to the regular volunteers – Gary Jackson and Darryl Goosen - who tirelessly bring a well organised and happy run to us all each week, their encouragement to every finisher is wonderful.

Second from the left: Danny

Happy running,

Sue Tonkin - Ebotse team

St.Francis parkrun

Our guests from the UK

I would like to begin by saying thank you to our special guests: Volunteers Eric Stewart and Roland Peacock with Sue and Tim McIntyre from the UK.

Carol Logie, our fesident fauna and flora guru!

St Francis parkrun is not only weekly, free, timed and open to all, it is a weekly not-to-be-missed community get together for a bunch of die-hards, as we had to brave the elements for the last couple of weeks (summer normally starts on December 16 just in time for the annual holiday makers). Regardless, they pitch just in time for the start and only leave after their special parkrun breakfast at the St Francis Links Clubhouse.

I overheard the following one morning:

Dad (bottom 10) to Son (top 10): Come boy, I will stick you for breakfast.

Son (freezing as he had been waiting for quite a while for dad to finish): No dad, I want to go home.

Dad, very disappointed: But that’s the only reason I am doing this?

They stayed for breakfast.

We love our parkrun community. It is heart warming to see that the majority of runners and walkers are in the 60+ age group, and where we had to wait for the last people to come in at around 1hour 15 min, we hardly are out there now for more than an hour, we see PB’s every week. We also know how many of them are cancer patients still under treatment, or who just finished their treatment, the quiet fighters, we are very proud of them. We are also very proud of our committed youngsters, majority under 10’s, who already qualified for the 10-Club T-shirts and can’t wait to receive them. Well done to all!

Not only is this great for the locals, each and every week we have visitors from around the globe ticking off the parkruns as they go. One Saturday we had ice rain, 65km wind from all directions and it was just horrible. We waited over a cup of coffee, wondering who will come out in the cold when a guy came in and asked us where we start. Tim McIntyre and his wife Sue, all the way from Essop in the UK, were on holiday in Knysna, and decided to drive the 200km to run St Francis parkrun, number 222 for Tim and 229 for Sue, both running in their black 100 shirts!

It is great to see what parkrun does for tourism, parkrunners plan their holidays around parkruns, and being a holiday town, it means a lot to us. Every week we have visitors, and our travelling locals are also ticking off the different parkruns.

Safe running,

Esti

feedback from the field


Hi Guys,
I've run a couple of these now (Root44). I would just like to compliment you, as I think it's a fantastic way to get people involved; to get families and youngsters out whether its running or walking. I see so many "young" people i.e. 10 to 30 year-olds, people who never used to exercise. The relaxed atmosphere; the off-road natured event and the fact that it is free are in my opinion big draw cards. As an "old" runner it is fantastic to see parkrun bringing people back to exercising. Keep up the great work!!!
P.S. - don't be shy to call for volunteers every week.
Regards
Haydn Franckeiss


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

parkrun corner

Christmas Collection

A quick reminder that the SA parkrun Board suggested that we collect toys for orphans and disadvantaged children during the Christmas period. This is purely voluntary and those parkruns which participate might want to identify where they would like to donate toys. If you have a special Childrens Charity that you are involved with please advise your Run Director. This would be an opportunity for you to manage the collection of toys or food for your charity from your local parkrun.

Holiday travels

School holidays have begun and if you are travelling, please take care and be safe on the roads. Remember to visit a parkrun near your destination of choice. We would love to hear all about your experiences!

Reminders

Barcode reminder

barcode

Printed barcodes are used at all our events to record your result. Please click here to collect and print your barcode.
No printed 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 on our support site

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 accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. 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.

the parkrun show

The parkrun show

You can download your copy of the parkrun show here. (iTunes)

The parkrun show is the audible roundup of the "goings on" of everything that caught the teams eye from the weekend in parkrunworld.

Brought to you by Marathon Talk.

Our sponsors

Blue Label Telecoms investing in parkrun

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


adidas investing in parkrun
all in for #myjourney

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


Discovery investing in parkrun

Discovery Vitality believes that every decision that a person makes to exercise and get active is a step in the right direction, and participating in a parkrun is no exception. Living a healthy lifestyle can be rewarding, and Discovery Vitality members 18 years and older can earn 500 points for participating in a parkrun event. Visit the Discovery website for more information.


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