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.
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.
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.
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.
Of course parkrun is for runners and walkers of all abilities and we wish you a happy parkrunning fortnight until our next newsletter.
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
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.
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!’
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.
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!
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!!
Drop us an email if you have an interesting parkrun related fact, happening or comment that you would like to share with all parkrunners.