parkrun SA newsletter 23rd October 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this edition of the SA parkrun newsletter we welcome a new event in the Pretoria area while Mpumalanga celebrates their newest addition this coming weekend. Lady Legends of the road are spotted at parkruns across Jo’burg.

With the festive season approaching there has been no let up at parkrun SA as we celebrate launching a new parkrun and anticipate a few more in the coming weeks.

Laudium parkrun: Dr A.Joosub, Seena, Bruce, Amina, Nari

Last Saturday Seena Azmuth and Amina Mohamed started a parkrun in Laudium in Pretoria West. Pretoria has been desperate for a second parkrun to support the very popular Voortrekker Monument parkrun. Voortrekker parkrunner, Anita Blount (See photo) chose to join the 50 club at the first Laudium run. The Roodepoort Raiders were there in force to support the parkrun they declared the Laudium parkrun to be a tough hilly two lapper which is lots of fun. We even spotted some interesting wildlife while running. (See photo) It was good to see youngsters playing cricket and making use of the other sports fields at Laudium. The parkrun will be a very popular addition to the sporting activities that take place on the Laudium fields. Thanks must go to the Laudium community and council for their enthusiastic support.

Anita Blount
Meerkat

This Saturday will see the start of the Secunda parkrun in Mpumalanga. Gill and I travelled to Secunda to help Bruna dos Santos, Dean Moore and Adele Enslin with their dress rehearsal run and to give some last minute tips and advice. We were bowled over by the beautiful tranquil park (The Trichardspruit dam) through which the parkrun will be run. Not only is it a lovely park but it is also fast and flattish and will produce some really fast times for the speedsters while being an enjoyable scenic walk for slower parkrunners.

Secundas secret

Speaking of speedsters parkrun SA has had its fair share of fast runners running well in the last few weeks. Ebotse parkrun welcomes Frith van der Merwe on a regular basis. Frith is a triple Comrades marathon champion and still holds the ladies record (1989) for the fastest Comrades of all time. Rene Kalmer recently broke 2:30 at the Berlin marathon and is now the course record holder at Delta Park parkrun. Incidentally Rene displaced Zola Budd as record holder at Delta. Finally Folavia Sehohle who ran an incredible 14:35 at Halls parkrun was invited to be an official pacemaker at the Amsterdam marathon. Congratulations Folavia.

Rene Kalmer at Delta Park parkrun

Of course parkrun is for runners and walkers of all abilities and we wish you a happy parkrunning fortnight until our next newsletter.

Happy running,

Bruce (get in touch)

adidas’ Dennis Kimetto Uses the Energy Return of BOOST™ to Run the Fastest Marathon of All-Time


Herzogenaurach, Germany (Sept. 29, 2014) - adidas’ Dennis Kimetto ran the fastest marathon in history wearing adidas BOOST™ at the 2014 Berlin Marathon.  With a time of 2:02:57 Kimetto shattered the previous world record by an astounding 26 seconds wearing the super lightweight adizero Adios BOOST.

“Dennis’ world record breaking performance while wearing adidas BOOST demonstrates the result of elite athletes using industry leading innovation to achieve unprecedented feats,” said Adrian Leek General Manager of adidas Running. “We continue to push boundaries by working closely with our athletes to develop the best products running has to offer.”

adidas BOOST was also on the feet of second place men’s finisher Emmanuel Muthai who joined Kimetto in breaking the previous world record. The top two female finishers Tirfi Tsegaye and Fayse Tadese were also wearing Adios BOOST as they triumphantly crossed the finish line in Berlin to provide adidas with a dominating presence at the podium.

The results in Berlin contribute to a long line of success for Adios BOOST following its introduction last year including former world record holder Wilson Kipsang running a course record at the 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon.

Discovery Vitality news


Summer is almost here! Remember – it’s important to be sun safe. We have a few tips that you can make a part of your routine as we head into the warmer weather.

Modern Athlete Magazine


The October edition of our Media Partner, Modern Athlete Magazine is available online now! Subscribe to Modern Athlete here.

event news


Root44 parkrun

Root 44 parkrun and its parkrunners have had a busy few events! Since International parkrun Day all our parkrunners have been emerging from their winter hibernation! We unveiled our awesome new sign! Thanks to loyal parkrunner and volunteer stalwart Kobus Toua who produced and donated it. Marais Olivier from the BadgeCo did the artwork.

Chris Visser, Torrin Theron, Kobus Toua & Marais Olivier

We saw our 4th parkrunner go ‘RED’. Leon Mostert is true parkrunner, rain or shine or even when baby Janke was about to arrive, Leon was at parkrun. He is always with a smile and happy to help. When we asked him which was his highlight of his year so far, the birth of his baby girl or celebrating his 50th parkrun, Leon’s wife Telana was quick to pipe up ‘parkrun!’ :)

Leon Mostert

Everyone’s favourite pair of Reids, Janet and Geoff, have moved to Torrens parkrun (Aus). Alison de Jongh visited the quaint Blanford Forum parkrun (UK) and Janet and Rob Lanning flew the South African colours at Bushy parkrun (UK). The Lannings even made it into the UK newsletter.

Janet & Rob Lanning

Root 44 parkrun smashed through the last attendance record last Saturday with 723 smiling parkrunners! What an amazing vibe and seeing a worm of colour winding its way through the vines was stunning! Thank you to all the volunteers, you are all super stars!

Happy parkrunning!

Torrin Theron

feedback from the field


On Sat 18 October, I participated in our parkrun at Bryanston and met up with a couple who completed their milestones of 80 and 71st parkruns….and their friend was doing her 77th. I felt this was quite a milestone!!
Rose Bishop

Left: Right: Lyn Anderson (77th), Mike Connolly (80th), Shireen Maree (71st)

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

Up-coming cancellations

Summerfields parkrun, Kruger Park is cancelled on 1 November 2014
Big Bay parkrun is cancelled on 8 November 2014

adidas to join parkrun at Green Point and Delta Park

adidas, the official technical partner to parkrun South Africa, will be joining the Delta Park (Johannesburg) and Green Point (Cape Town) runs on the 25th of October to promote the latest editions of adidas’ ground-breaking running shoe, Energy Boost.

In August, adidas hosted special Women's Day activations at two of the parkrun sites, treating all female runners to a free coffee and healthy breakfast treats after their run and this time, it promises to be even bigger and better.

Healthy snacks and drinks will be available to all this time around, music will be provided to help you over the line, the adivans and Adidas tech reps will be on-site to showcase their latest running rangesand to offer the runner an opportunity to test the shoes. Fantastic adidas prize hampers will be up for grabs ,  for some surprise activations to push you to go the extra mile as well as an ultimate opportunity to win an entry to the two oceans marathon 2015!

The newest model of the iconic Energy Boost range provides an improved fit as well as a bold look and feel to help runners embrace the road with confidence and style. Two colorways each for men and women are available at adidas Performance stores and other major retailers.

Reminders

Barcode reminder

TenBits barcode wristbandTenBits barcode wristband

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.
We have teamed up with TenBits to provide a barcoded wrist-band (see the image above). This wrist-band includes your parkrun barcode and emergency contact details. In addition, a portion of the proceeds contribute towards parkrun costs. For more info and orders please visit the TenBits site.

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.co.za


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 9th October 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this edition on the parkrun newsletter, parkruns across the world celebrate the 10th year of parkrun. We hear how parkrun and the International Association of Athletics Federations are partnering to make a difference in many lives. Don’t forget to catch Modern Athlete’s digi-mag and look out for adidas at your local parkrun during October!

This must have been one of the most momentous weeks in the history of parkrun (Apart from the birth of parkrun itself in 2004). This week we celebrated a decade of parkrunning and marvelled at the incredible growth of parkrun during the last 10 years. How fitting that parkrun founder, Paul Sinton-Hewitt received his C.B.E. this week. Here in South Africa our parkruns celebrated the 10th birthday in a variety of ways, with colourful outfits, birthday cake, balloons and even the odd parkrun run in reverse! It is exciting to consider that here in South Africa we will only turn 3 in November and already nearly 140000 parkrunners have registered with us. In South Africa 11310 parkrunners celebrated the birthday and 80169 in total Worldwide!

The volunteer team at Mashishing (Lydenburg) parkrun will never forget their birthday as it coincides with International parkrun day. A small but very enthusiastic group of parkrunners celebrated International parkrun day by running their inaugural parkrun in the Fisheries grounds in Mashishing . There can’t be too many parkruns that are run past trout dams, a large herd of cattle and some Blesbok for good measure.

The Saturday before International parkrun day the Grahamstown community started their parkrun in the Botanical Gardens of this city famous for its educational institutions. Congratulations to Nicola Brown and her team for their efforts. The Grahamstown parkrun includes a steep hill that has to be climbed twice. Thank goodness for the hill because it served as a barrier to allow this writer to just scrape home ahead of his son Jonathan Fordyce!!

A proud moment in my life this week was to be asked to turn the first sod of the University of Pretoria Athletics Foundation Trust building. This honour I shared with the Tukkies Vice Chancellor Prof Cheryl de la Rey. The aim of the Trust is to fund the building of an athletics school which will hopefully produce well educated athletics champions in the future. I am delighted to report that a few of the first intake of students are parkrunners and they have been running some frightening times at our parkruns.

Happy running,

Bruce (get in touch)


parkrun announces that it has joined forces with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to become a Partner of Athletics for a Better World.

You can read more about this programme here.

Each week parkrun introduces more venues across the globe where people can take part in a free, fun filled, 5 Km run. In so doing, we are delivering social change in all the countries that we operate in. As an example, last week we witnessed over 80,000 people enjoying a walk, jog or run at one of our friendly events which is only made possible because of the commitment and generosity of our 90,000 volunteers. This weekends events were brought to you by over 6,300 of our wonderful volunteers.

With over 1.2 million people registered and growing by over 14,000 new members each week, parkrun’s welcoming attitude and community focus makes it an ideal place for social change to take place. Each week we celebrate everyones achievements at each of our +500 locations.

By introducing this partnership, the IAAF and parkrun accept that we have a global responsibility to use the power and reach of athletics to make a positive difference in peoples lives.

By Paul Sinton-Hewitt, parkrun founder & Denmark manager

adidas will be visiting the following parkruns during October


Johannesburg:
11th October:                      Ebotse parkrun
18th October:                      Modderfontein parkrun
25th October:                      Delta Park

Cape Town:
11th October:                      Rondebosch common
18th October:                      Big Bay
25th October:                     Greenpoint

Durban:
11 October:                        Suncoast
18 October:                        Shongweni
25 October:                        Piggly Wiggly (to be confirmed)

In Johannesburg and Cape Town on the 25th there will be some great give-aways and prizes including hampers, vouchers, and a lucky draw entry into the Two Oceans marathon.

Discovery Vitality news


Getting to Gold Vitality status has never been this easy. Vitality members can now earn up to 11 000 Vitality points with the new Vitality Nutrition Consultations, a more comprehensive approach to nutrition coaching that has replaced the Vitality Nutrition Assessment.

Modern Athlete Magazine


The May edition of our Media Partner, Modern Athlete Magazine is available online now! Subscribe to Modern Athlete here.

feedback from the field


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

TenBits barcode wristbandTenBits barcode wristband

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.
We have teamed up with TenBits to provide a barcoded wrist-band (see the image above). This wrist-band includes your parkrun barcode and emergency contact details. In addition, a portion of the proceeds contribute towards parkrun costs. For more info and orders please visit the TenBits site.

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.co.za


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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