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In this edition of the SA parkrun newsletter, we are pleased to announce that the millionth registered parkrunner is a local! The Free State launches Naval Hill parkrun, while Modderfontein Reserve parkrun achieves a world record field of participants. Discovery Vitality brings you health tips and Modern Athlete’s May edition of their digi-mag available online.
May has brought exciting news to parkrun SA. We launched our very first Free State parkrun on the 3rd of May in Bloemfontein. The new Free State parkrun is known as ‘Naval Hill parkrun Bloemfontein’ Naval Hill is a landmark hill in Bloemfontein which has recently been upgraded and revamped by the council. It is a beautiful nature reserve overlooking the city of Bloemfontein. The course is an out and back. At the start a giant statue of Mandela looms protectively over runners. When running along the parkrun route high above the city runners are greeted by spectacular views of the city below and by the occasional glimpse of wildlife.
We watched with interest as the South African registrations passed the 3500 mark for the week leading up to 10th May and ‘World Move for Health Day’! Modderfontein Reserve notched up over 800 registrations alone for the week. Expecting a large turnout Wayde Morsink and his team of 36 volunteers were well prepared for the anticipated numbers. No one had quite anticipated that the attendance would be as great as it was, 1803 in total. The day turned out to be an astounding parkrun. There were hundreds of happy people embracing World Move for Health day. Our sponsors Discovery Vitality, adidas and Blue Label Telecoms were also present and helped host the parkrun at Modderfontein Reserve. This was a truly exciting and amazing experience for all who participated. Everyone commented that they had never seen a community so delighted and supportive. This is truly a day that will go down in the history books for parkrun SA.
The big crowd at Modderfontein did not affect the numbers at the other Gauteng parkruns. Countrywide we experienced record numbers with the final count of just less than 10,000 parkrunners participating in 30 different parkruns on 10th May.
Cheers for now,
Bruce (get in touch)
1 000 000 and counting!
For many months now parkrun has known that sometime in May somewhere in the parkrun World someone would become the proud owner of parkrun barcode number ONE MILLION (A1000000) Of course the numbering process is a linear process and the number one is given depends on so many random factors. However we would be dishonest if we didn't admit that we are thrilled that the owner of A1000000 is a South African parkrunner Tracy Unsworth from PE Hobie Beach. Carry your number with pride Tracy; you are the torchbearer for 999999 parkrunners from around the world.
Mystery mistake solved
Those of you who have visited St Francis parkrun before will know that you really have to focus during briefing, as the jokes, chirping about home runs (especially Nahoon and Delta) and the fact that 99% of the people know each really interferes with "oh by the way, when you see a cone, go straight."
A few weeks ago we had one very delighted runner, he had beaten Bruce Fordyce's PB at St Francis parkrun.... after rubbing it in, the dear man then admit that, for him to run a sub 19, the course must be short with at least 400m. As we had a course PB and in total almost 40 PB's on the same day, Gill expected foul play.
The course PB was easily explained - Kobus Joubert is in the middle of his training program, is super fit, knows the route and it is just a given, he will not cheat. Another 40 PB's, well, being a holiday destination we have also doubled our normal amount of runners, and Gauties are normally faster running at sea level, so that was also explained. But we still had Rob Green in second place, beating Bruce's PB, claiming a shorter course... how is it possible? We looked at our map again, noticed there is one loop where it is possible to go wrong if you don't know the route... and last week we discovered what possibly went wrong!
Just after Roland Peacock set up the route, marking all the turns with cones, the Estate Manager drove to work, and caught our cone thief redhanded - a lynx!! He quickly took a photo and send it to the volunteers - needless to say, it was mentioned at the briefing, with even more PB's dotted down this week!!
So Rob, if you didn't take an upturned cone seriously, nobody can blame you! With the windy season ahead of us, we might consider permanent route markers in any case!
Modern Athlete Magazine
Discovery Vitality brings you health tips
Discovery Vitality brings you all the health tips you need to know on your parkrun journey.
It’s the season of colds and flu. If you’re experiencing any pain, nausea or heart palpitations while exercising, you should stop immediately and consult your doctor. Make sure you fully recover before you go back to your normal exercise routine.
Muscle cramps can be very painful and can cause persistent soreness, even after the cramp has subsided. They can lessen on their own, or with muscle stretching.
Going back a year takes us to a very cold and wet Saturday of the 11th May 2013 – the day Uvongo parkrun was holding its inaugural run. On this day we had a field of 26 parkrunners which we were extremely grateful for and included Bruce and Gill Fordyce. Over the past year, Uvongo parkrun has grown tremendously for a small town. From the inaugural run of 26 parkrunners, we celebrated our first birthday in style with a whopping 155 parkrunners.
During the past year we have had one parkrunner join the 50 Club and we congratulate Philip Prinsloo on this achievement. Philip has been at every one of the Uvongo parkruns, although the inaugural run he was just "visiting" to see what it was all about. We have had many juniors become members of the 10 Club and are very proud of their achievements.
As with all parkruns, the age variety is large. Our oldest parkrun member is Mr James Sweeney at 91 years of age. Here he is pictured with our youngest member at our birthday, Matthew Evans
We have a number parkrunners joining the 50 Club over the next couple of weeks.
A huge thanks must be extended to our volunteers, of which we do not have a short supply of. Thank you for giving up your time to volunteer on a Saturday. Your time and efforts are greatly appreciated.
Uvongo parkrun co-event director