parkrun SA newsletter 11th April 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this edition on the SA parkrun newsletter, we launch possibly the most beautiful parkrun in SA - George parkrun. Modderfontein parkrun invites all to attend a special celebration on 10 May. St.Francis and Woodlands offer their latest news.

Another exciting parkrun fortnight has sprinted past and it is almost impossible to keep pace with parkrun developments here in South Africa.

There are many claims for which parkrun in South Africa is the most beautiful and of course these judgements are always very subjective, but George parkrun must have a very strong argument for being named the South African parkrun beauty Queen. Run through the beautiful George Botanical Gardens in the shadow of the Outeniqua Mountains, the George parkrun route includes secluded forests lakes and lush open grassland. The most intriguing part of the route is the spiralling run up and then down the “Medicinal Mound” Viewed from a distance runners are seen streaming around the Mound which is densely planted with medicinal and therapeutic herbs and indigenous fynbos.

365 delighted parkrunners ran the inaugural George parkrun and new registrations have continued to keep George parkrun top of registrations worldwide.

George parkrun

Well done to Chantelle Liddell and her hard working team for their hard work in making George parkrun such a success. Thanks are due to the Garden Route Botanical Garden trustees for their insight and wisdom in understanding the benefits of parkrun to the greater George community.

From next week the Kidd’s Beach route will change to one which is run along…. While the old route had its charms it was very tough and considered too gruelling for beginners and those who are not so fit. The new route promises to be lots of fun and should draw lots of parkrunners back.

Modderfontein parkrun is planning a very special morning on the 10th May so we would like to encourage Johannesburg and Pretoria parkrunners to visit Modderfontein parkrun on the 10th May. There will be adequate parking, arrive early. Join Modderfontein in welcoming special guests and surprise gifts from our national sponsors. See you there Roodepoort parkrun Raiders !

parkrun South Africa would like to welcome Lian and Kelly de Charmoy to South Africa. Lian is the country manager for New Zealand and is doing a wonderful job promoting parkrun in New Zealand. Kelly is most famous for being the parkrunner who was bitten by a snake at Delta Park a couple of years ago. Of course she was rushed off to hospital that morning where luckily there were no complications. This meant she failed to complete that parkrun. She and Lian successfully ran the Delta Park parkrun last Saturday. Does this make Kelly de Charmoy the record holder for the slowest ever parkrun? ((She took 2 years and 3 months to finish her run at Delta Park!!) We are only joking Kelly. It is great to see you both running parkruns in South Africa.

This weekend parkrun South Africa has reached two very significant milestones; the first is that we now have over 75000 registered parkrunners in South Africa. The second is that these parkrunners have now recorded over 1 million completed kilometres! That is very exciting when we consider that just two years and 2 ½ years ago there were just 22 registered parkrunners. The future looks very exciting

Happy running,

Bruce (get in touch)

Modern Athlete


The April edition of our Media Partner, Modern Athlete Magazine is available now! To read the Digi-Mag, simply click here or, subscribe to receive it to your inbox on a monthly basis.

Discovery Vitality brings you health tips


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

Regular exercise is beneficial to blood pressure. Physical activity combined with weight loss and positive dietary or lifestyle changes, such as reducing your salt intake or quitting smoking, will have a marked impact on lowering blood pressure.

It’s important to get enough omega-3 fatty acids through the foods you eat to help your body function optimally and prevent chronic disease. Try to include at least two servings of oily fish a week into your diet. If you’re a vegan and your diet doesn’t allow enough omega-3 rich foods, you can opt for marine algae supplements.

event news


St. Francis parkrun

It just happened. St Francis parkrun has an (un)official Mr and Ms parkrun. It is an earned title, with only one disadvantage – they are the ones with the target on their backs, they are the runners to beat. And don’t think it is any of our J-bay runners like Lindi Meyer (SW30 – 34) who held the top ladies score for many weeks, or Jannie Venter and Kobus Joubert (both VM 35 – 39) or even Seb Barret (SM18-19) with their sub 18’s...

No, our respected Mr parkrun is Felix Muchika (61) and Ms parkrun is Yvonne Robb (63). Felix has moved into the top 10 within the first 6 weeks of parkrun, and Yvonne’s name is often listed as top age graded for the week. Felix always finishes ahead of Yvonne, waiting for her at the finish line shouting “come, aunty! Shall I get the car?” Although it’s Yvonne’s car and Felix is the one depending on the lift!

St. Francis parkrun

Then you hear the conversations - runners comparing where they last could see Felix, trying to catch him, or the ladies knowing they were not too far behind as they still had Yvonne in the eye. Both in their 60’s, but the ones to beat! Yvonne lived in Malawi for the past 17 years, and Felix’s wife and young children still lives in Zimbabwe. Yvonne joined the Blantyre Hash House Harriers, “not really an athletic club, but a very social group who met every Monday at 17:00 for a HASH run. It was about 5km in total BUT you stopped at least every 100m to find the trail - a different trail set each week in a different area – lots of chatter went into this run as well.” Yvonne says the main aim of all this ‘so called’ running was definitely social – in many ways it was similar to parkrun, although our parkrun breakfast has replaced the beer! “Not sure which is better for the waistline?” With parkrun being timed and all results methodically kept – we have “pressure, pressure!!!”

Felix started to work for Yvonne’s sister, Colleen Butler, mid 2012 as domestic worker in St Francis Bay. “So he is part of the family and a polite nice man with the most wonderful sense of humour.” He is “legal guardian for the Butler’s three youngest ‘children’, and known by many in the Village as he walks them every day - three Scottish Terriers!” In December he won the “dog/owner look-alike competition” held by the local SPCA! Felix started to run again after moving to St Francis, and was entered by Colleen’s husband Tony (watch out Cape Epic 2015) into a 10km race that he finished well, despite little training. He then started to train 2 – 3 times a week with little opportunity to do more events.

“The advent of parkrun has been profound in Felix’s life,“ says Tony. “This is the highlight of his week, not only to better his time, but to socialise with the many friends he has made since doing parkrun.” Felix loves Saturdays and trains very hard to run a better time each week. Yvonne says “I get great pleasure in going over to congratulate him late Saturday afternoon when I discover he has ‘yet again’ run a PB.” At 61, his times show that he is an amazing athlete for someone who has not done any running since leaving school. “If you ever needed an example of what parkrun has done for someone, you only need to look at Felix… it has been wonderful for me to see how our parkrunners/walkers, mostly in the over 60ies bracket, who in July 2013 were certain they could not even get around the 5km course are now out each week – chatting, getting fitter and so enjoying themselves, just what sport of any nature should be. The photos also show what a diverse community we have – oldies, youngsters, dogs, prams and the odd super fit person – all having fun for an hour a week in our beautiful surroundings.”

Happy running

St. Francis parkrun team

Woodlands parkrun

Woodlands parkrun: Staci raising her glass plaque

Woodlands parkrun celebrated their first birthday. Staci (Event Director), Ian and Zoe receiving a glass plaque from the community as an appreciation of thanks for all their time and work in making Woodlands parkrun the success it is today!

feedback from the field


Dear SA parkrun team,
Well done on what you have achieved in such a short time here in SA with parkrun! I just love it – even though it is at 8 in the morning and we miss the beautiful sunrise run – and I have given up my run around Midmar Dam for it!!! I divide my runs between North Beach and Duzi parkrun – both completely different, and soooooo super! I am by no means a great runner – a steady plodder, and wouldn’t miss my morning run for the world!
I am hoping to do my first Volunteering this month . I am on 34 runs, so aiming for my 50th!
Regards,
SA parkrun-fan


Drop us 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

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. Children six years and older who are dependents on their parents' Discovery Vitality membership can now also earn points for completing a parkrun. Visit the Discovery website for more information.


 

parkrun SA newsletter 1st April 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this edition of the SA parkrun newsletter, we welcome White River parkrun and Upington parkrun to the list of new events! Sunrise-on-Sea boasts about their parkrun achievements over the past 64-weeks. Check out the Discovery Vitality Health Tips. Modern Athlete’s April digi-mag, featuring two parkruns is available now. The adidas pacing bus will be at the Two Oceans Ultra Marathon and they are looking for a ‘driver.’

White River parkrun

Clive Smart has been a loyal parkrunner almost since the inception of parkrun in South Africa. He helped Andre and Ilse Van Heerden launch their Summerfields parkrun and has also run the Halls parkrun. As a resident of White River, however, he has always been keen to start a parkrun in his home town. His dream came true two weeks ago when 96 runners attended the launch of the White River parkrun at the Ingwenyama conference and sports resort. The White River parkrun is a tough two lapper but all those who ran the inaugural run reported that it was a lot of fun.

Saturday saw the launch of the Upington parkrun. Event director, Russell Nugent has been very enthusiastic about starting his parkrun and we know that Southern Africa’s most remote parkrun will be keenly supported. Upington is the only Southern African parkrun to start at 7am. Russell has assured us that the heat in Upington makes an early start obligatory. Upington is likely to be supported by a new group of parkrunners who are busy parkrunning South Africa. The ”parkrun South Africa” team travel around South Africa running at different parkruns each Saturday. In early April we expect some of them to appear at the first George parkrun.

Upington parkrun

The numbers at some of our parkruns have become rather large and so we are looking for new teams to start new parkruns close to some of the bigger parkruns e.g. Delta. This should relieve the pressure and congestion. If you are interested in starting a new parkrun please contact me bruce@parkrun.com

Please follow and like our pages on Facebook and Twitter. Most parkruns use social media to communicate with their parkrun followers. Each parkrun has their own page and Twitter handle.

Bruce is the 4th South African to join the 100-Club!

Cheers for now,

Bruce (get in touch)

Discovery Vitality brings you health tips


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

If you become ill with flu or even a cold (or any other illness), make sure you stop exercising while you’re recovering. Once you’ve recovered, you should wait at least a full week before you start exercising again.

Fibre has many benefits – it plays an important role in maintaining optimal health and preventing diseases such as colon cancer, bowel disease, constipation, diabetes and obesity. Aim to make the basis of most meals fresh fruits and vegetables daily so that you get enough fibre in your daily diet.

Look out for the adidas pacing buses at the Two Oceans Marathon


Do you want to be part of the adidas pacing buses this year? Click here to sign up for a pacing bus and stand a chance to get a free adidas pacing bus T-shirt.

Modern Athlete


The April edition of our Media Partner, Modern Athlete Magazine is available now! To read the Digi-Mag, simply click here or, subscribe to receive it to your inbox on a monthly basis.

event news


Sunrise-on-Sea parkrun

Sunrise-on-Sea parkrun has been going for 64 weeks; 64 weeks of fun and privilege to see people enjoying themselves and benefiting from the parkrun lifestyle. Tia Marie Taljaard has not missed a single run since the freedom run on 12 December 2012. Our first junior Zach Swart, second junior in the Eastern Cape joined his mom Roseanne as proud member of the 50-Club last Saturday. His sister, Stella, will reach the 50-milestone shortly, proving that parkrun is indeed a family affair. The red shirts are coming through constantly now and we are also maintaining steady growth considering that we have SA’s biggest parkrun at Nahoon Point, only 20km to the west of us. Last Saturday we had a record field bettering the 145 participants that took part on our first birthday by nine parkrunners!

Our volunteers are have been amazing, with a number of them attending 62 out of the 64 parkruns held at Sunrise. This commitment makes putting things together every Saturday a pleasure. We have a special gift that we hand to our members upon achieving the 50 milestone, including volunteers, a caricature drawn by our in house artist, Leigh Durrheim. See the photo below.

Top Left: Zach, Mom, Tia Marie and Stella. Top Right: All the Heavyweights. John, Tracy in black Bruce in red. This was taken on Surfers Challenge weekend. Bottom Left: Tia with her Leigh Durrheim original. Bottom Right: Pete Van Kets Local adventurer who just released a book on his adventures.

The parkrun experience comes highly recommended by all and is proving to be extremely addictive. It is indeed a privilege to be involved in the organisation of this event.

Happy parkrunning

Danie Bessinger

feedback from the field


I have run the Modderfontein parkrun a few times now and I always run with my son in a three wheeler pram. On the last two occasions the route has been very challenging.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank my fellow runners who have gone out of their way to assist me where they have seen that I couldn’t get through the muddy and/or wet conditions. A lady lost her shoe in the mud helping me lift the front wheel out of very sticky mud. She managed to retrieve a very muddy shoe. Two gentlemen helped me later on when I got my front wheel stuck in the muddy conditions. This past week a family helped me carry the pram across the first bridge and were there again when I got stuck getting across the cattle grid. Once again, while climbing up the final hill to the tar, a lady stopped to help me as I got stuck in a bit of a donga.
I am grateful to all these people for their assistance as without them my son and I would have had to turn back because the conditions were so severe. At 14 months, he is quite impatient and is often indicating that I am going too slowly for him by bouncing in his seat to make it go faster. The camaraderie at this run is heartfelt and sincere. People are honestly there to have a good time. So thank you to the organisers of the event, the volunteers that give of their time every week and the runners that make my parkrun the amazing experience that it is. It is for these reasons that we will keep coming back. Sadly I didn’t get their names and as such am unable to thank them in person in this mail but they know who they are.
Kind regards,
Alexia Kobusch


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

parkrunner of the week


Name:  Robyn Anderson

Club:  Born 2 Run

Age:  43

Home parkrun:  Bryanston

Occupation:  Self-employed

Number of runs:  4

PB:  32:34

Number of times volunteered:  5

Favourite volunteer role:  Marshall

What do you like about volunteering at parkrun:  I love helping people to get the best out of their run, and to encourage those that are struggling a bit towards the end.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun volunteering moment:  Seeing all the dogs and little kids enjoying themselves on the run! They seem to have more fun than anyone! Especially when there's mud!!

How can we improve and encourage volunteering at parkrun:  Get people to feel that they can make a difference, even if they've never been involved with a race before. Many people feel intimidated because they think that they need to be serious runners to be involved.

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. Children six years and older who are dependents on their parents' Discovery Vitality membership can now also earn points for completing a parkrun. Visit the Discovery website for more information.


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