parkrun SA newsletter 19th November 2014

welcome to the newsletter


Parys parkrun start

It has been a three year project for Judy Brown and Peter Watson but finally their dream of starting a parkrun in Parys has come to fruition. Judy and Peter are both outstanding marathon runners and have raced at the highest levels. They lead a very envious life chasing the summer from the Northern Hemisphere to the Southern Hemisphere and back again. They spend the Northern summer in England and the remaining 6 months in Parys just across the Vaal River in the Free State.

Parys parkrun

As regulars at Skipton parkrun in the UK their dream was to start a parkrun in Parys and to leave it as their gift to the Parys community in capable hands while they were away. Their frequent absences however meant that it took some time before they could realise that dream. With the help of the Mayor and council of Parys they finally devised a lovely route following the banks of the Vaal River. Thanks to Councillor Mr Ramasimong and a number of volunteers bridges were constructed, litter collected and barbed wire fences were removed. On the 8th of this month an enthusiastic crowd of over 120 local and visiting parkrunners ran the inaugural Parys parkrun and gave it a firm nod of approval. It’s a beautiful parkrun and will bring many visitors to Parys.

Umhlanga parkrun

Last Saturday parkrun found itself in KZN at Umhlanga where Ray de Vries and his team launched the extremely popular Umhlanga parkrun. This parkrun includes many of Umhlanga’s iconic landmarks on its brick paved route including the Pier, the Lighthouse and the protected indigenous milkwood trees. parkruns are for runners and walkers of all abilities and are never referred to as races but the inaugural Umhlanga parkrun had to boast about the presence of two of the fastest marathon racers ever. Guests at a Durban conference, Kenyans Dennis Kimetto and Wilson Kipsang registered, printed their barcodes and arrived to an enthusiastic welcome to run the Umhlanga parkrun. Dennis recently won the Berlin marathon in a World record 2:02:57 and Wilson added this month’s New York marathon title to his list of International triumphs. Sportingly the two stars ran in amongst the Umhlanga parkrunners before skipping effortlessly away with a kilometre to run. They were not the only running names present at the parkrun as they were joined by Olympic silver medallist, Elana Meyer, 3 times Comrades marathon champion, Helen Lucre and 1992 New York champion, Willie Mtolo. All the parkrun SA national sponsors were present on the morning. Discovery Vitality offered refreshments to all the participants, Blue Label Telecoms and adidas gave spot prizes to a few lucky parkrun finishers. A gale force wind threatened to blow some of our banners down but it didn’t dampen the spirits of over 350 enthusiastic parkrunners. Thanks too must go to adidas for their display and for bringing the two Kenyan speedsters to Umhlanga parkrun

Wilson and Dennis

The weather around the country varied from pouring rain, gale force winds and hail across the country. This did not put a dampener on many of the 9000 parkrunners who braved the harsh conditions to complete their 5km run.

Happy running,

Bruce (get in touch)

Wilson and Dennis cause a stir in Durban


adidas, the official technical partner to parkrun South Africa, hosted the World Record Holder Dennis Kimetto and New York City Marathon Champion Wilson Kipsang at the inaugural Umhlanga parkrun today where the global stars joined runners for a social run.

Both runners ran the 5km course in record time before completing a second lap, where they ran, jogged and walked alongside runners of all abilities before taking time out to for autographs.

Gugu Ntuli, PR manager at adidas South Africa commented, “This is what adidas running is all about; boosting the experiences of runners of all abilities. Through our partnership with parkrun, adidas will continue to infuse excitement and energy to runners by not only offering ground breaking technology but also connecting runners with their elite idols. It doesn’t get more elite than these two giants of marathon running Dennis and Wilson “.

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. Kipsang won the 2014 New York City Marathon in exceptionally difficult conditions and with it the 2014 World Marathon Majors Championship, wearing the same adizero Adios BOOST.

“It’s always fun to get out on the road but rarely do we get an opportunity talk to and engage with local runners in such a setting. This run was really special. It’s incredible to see how much our story is appreciated around the world and especially here in South Africa,” said Kipsang.

Kimetto added, “It was wonderful to see the sheer passion that people have for running in Durban. It reminds me of why started running myself, those many years ago.”

Kipsang and Kimetto are in South Africa for a few days where they will be engaging the running public in Durban and Cape Town.

For up-to-date news from adidas South Africa, visit:

The adidas news stream: news.adidas.com/za

The adidas go #allin blog: adidas.com/goallin

Follow @adidasZA on Twitter or Instagram with #boostyourrun

Modern Athlete Magazine


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

Discovery Vitality


Vitality members can now join Team Vitalitya great new benefit for runners and cyclists. Team Vitality kicks into action in January 2015. Not only will you get up to 50% cash back on your race entry fees for selected events on the Team Vitality race calendar, but we'll also give you an awesome Team Vitality shirt, discounts on sports magazines and sports vouchers. Sign up here.

Want to WIN a trip to Australia where you can run an international parkrun?
Joining Team Vitality also brings you one step closer to winning that awesome trip for two to Sydney, Australia, with flights sponsored by Qantas and a kit to the value of R5 000 sponsored by adidas . While  enjoying the sights of this beautiful city, you will get to complete an international parkrun, and push yourself with the world-famous City2Surf Marathon. Go to www.discovery.co.za for more information.

Correction: we previously communicated that Vitality members 18 years and older can earn 500 points for completing a parkrun event. We would like to correct this – Children six years and older who are dependents on their parents’ Discovery Vitality memberships can also earn points for completing a parkrun. This means that your whole family can join in the outdoor fun and earn Vitality points at the same time!

Not a Vitality member? Visit www.discovery.co.za or SMS “Vitality” to 48030 to join.

parkrun Tip of the week


I attended the Delta Park parkrun this past weekend when a storm hit us halfway through our run, resulting in many parkrunner’s barcodes being destroyed by the rain. It is best to keep your barcode in a plastic bank bag or have it laminated so that you can use it time and time again without having to reprint it.

We all enjoy the end of year slow down at work (well… for some). It is the perfect time to fit in a few more parkruns than usual. However, with the December holidays fast approaching, many of our regular volunteers will be away and unable to assist and keep parkrun events running. If you are available to assist, please be sure to get in touch with your parkrun team via email or meet them at the event to offer your assistance. We look forward to enjoying year-round parkrun events.

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.

parkrun corner

Cancellations

Voortrekker Monument parkrun, Pretoria has been cancelled on 22 and 29 November 2014

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 7th November 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this edition of the SA parkrun newsletter we look forward to welcoming a few of the fastest marathon runners in the world to our parkruns! We take a look at what has been happening at Amanzimtoti parkrun as well as a parkrunner’s feedback from a Roodepoort parkrun.

We are 3 years old. It seems incredible to think that 3 years ago 26 of us stood at the start of the first parkrun in Johannesburg’s Delta Park ready and eager to run the first South African parkrun. These parkrun pioneers were joined by the first SA parkrun volunteer pioneers. Some of these pioneers have continued to run and volunteer at parkruns. (Darryl Aquadro has volunteered more than 100 times and Dieter Meyer has run 144 parkruns)

Our growth has been phenomenal and we are now close to 150000 strong and have a family of 44 parkruns scattered all over South Africa. The future looks very exciting and sometimes frightening as we continue to grow by over 2000 new registrations each week and we are faced by a mounting queue of eager, aspiring parkruns.

We would like to thank you our parkrunners and our loyal volunteers. Of course we would not have grown much after that first parkrun without the help of our amazing sponsors; Discovery Vitality, Adidas,Blue Label Telecoms.

You can still view the results here for this first ever SA parkrun.

Parys parkrun won’t be able to forget their birthday as the parkrunners from the Vaal River Free State parkrun will always share theirs with Delta parkrun. This parkrun is run along the banks of the Vaal River and is a tribute to Judy Brown and Peter Watson who have been chasing their Parys parkrun dream for over 2 years now. Both outstanding marathon runners in their own right Judy and Peter hail from Skipton parkrun in Yorkshire in England. They spend 6 months of the year in the UK and 6 months in Parys. When they return to the UK at the end of March we know that Parys parkrun will be firmly established. We would all like to thank Parys/ Ngwathe sports officer Mr. Ramasimong for his support and enthusiasm.

We are delighted to announce the launch of two new exciting parkruns. A fortnight ago a drone (helicopter) filmed a stream of delighted parkrunners running the first Secunda parkrun. The park in Secunda is a wonderful surprise full of ponds, dams, trees and 5 different coloured bridges. Congratulations to Dean Moore and Bruna Da Santos for starting a very special parkrun.

Rain and puddles didn’t dampen the spirits at the launch of the Stutterheim parkrun last Saturday. 162 parkrunners from all over the Eastern Cape and South Africa splashed their way happily along the grassy route. Linda Lanz and Eric Wylde have created another exciting parkrun for the Eastern Cape stable and they even organised asmall flock of endangered Cape Parrots to perch in a tree at the finish.

Special congratulations to my wife Gill who will run her 100th parkrun this Saturday at Parys parkrun.

HOT OFF THE PRESS BREAKING NEWS

Two of the World’s most sought after marathoners , Kenyans Dennis Kimetto and Wilson Kipsang have registered for Umhlanga parkrun and will run the inaugural Umhlanga parkrun on the 15th November. This is such exciting news. Wilson is a former World record holder for the marathon (2:03:23) and won the New York marathon on Sunday. He is the first male runner to win the triple crown of the Berlin, London and New York marathons. Dennis is the current World record holder (2:02:57) which he set in September at the Berlin marathon. For those who are proud of their parkrun 5km. pbs consider that every one of Dennis’s 5km. splits was run substantially under 15 minutes and his fastest from 20-25 kms was a 14:26 ! We look forward to welcoming these two great runners to Umhlanga parkrun on the 15th November.

Happy running,

Bruce (get in touch)

adidas brings World Record holders to parkrun


Our technical partners adidas will be bringing World Marathon Record Holder Dennis Kimetto and Current New York and London Marathon Champion Wilson Kipsang to the launch of parkrun Umhlanga. adidas technical representatives will be offering foot scans and expert running advice. parkrunners will have the amazing opportunity to test the new adidas boost footwear technology as used by these athletes.

Discovery Vitality news


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, or join Vitality today!

Modern Athlete Magazine


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

event news


Amanzimtoti parkrun

Little did I know as I celebrated Christmas in a very relaxing and quiet way last year that my plans for Christmas 2014 would be a LOT more exciting because, for the first time ever, Amanzimtoti beachfront will come alive with festive parkrun cheer on Christmas morning!! My daughter, Maxine, and I love anything and everything to do with Christmas, we also love themed dress ups and of course parkrun. So when we discovered that we could hold parkrun on Christmas there was no hesitation on our part and we started planning the Christmas Day parkrun…. In July…. before we even held our inaugural run!!! Back then we had no idea how much parkrun would come to mean to us and how every Saturday morning we look would forward to seeing the familiar faces of our parkrun friends and welcoming new participants to the family.

Each week we get to experience and share in the joy and excitement of people completing their 5km event, some young, some not so young, some attempting to beat personal bests, some wondering what possessed them to get out of bed that morning …all wishing that someone would tar the beach!!!

So, as we hurtle towards the end of the year, we are putting the finish touches to our plans for the remaining eight parkruns of the year and of course the additional Christmas day event and all of us at Amanzimtoti parkrun are looking forward to welcoming lots of holidaying parkrunners!

Just be sure to remember to pack your barcode along with your cozzie and sunscreen!!

Happy running
Claudine Farr

feedback from the field


If you had told me 2 years ago that I would one day run a half marathon, I would have laughed in your face. I was never much of a runner until I started going to parkrun every Saturday morning (or to be more realistic, every second Saturday) that’s when I realised 5kms is much further than you think. I absolutely hated parkrun, it's free self-willing torture where I would wake up at a ridiculous hour on a Saturday morning to run for what feels like the longest half hour of my life. I think my endorphins at the end over ruled the feeling of torture because I just carried on going back setting small goals for myself; I have now completed my 50th parkrun. I went from 5km parkruns to doing one 10km (Just one) to a half a marathon in just a few months. I don’t often half-ass things. I either give it my all or I just give up. I think when I entered my first half marathon I had a moment of optimism.
A week before my first half marathon Jason (my boyfriend) wanted to do a 10km training run for my half marathon and his marathon, but I was meeting family at Gilroys Brewery for lunch and couldn’t do both, unless I ran there (its funny how my mind works isn’t it?) I think another moment of optimism because it was 21km from my house to Gilroys. I was waiting for a ?just kidding? But those words just didn’t come. We quickly got dressed and headed off telling my parents to keep an eye out for us incase we needed a lift. We started off with a little trot, thinking this isn’t so bad, but that was quickly replaced by ‘woah, you have clearly forgotten that you have never run more than 10km in your life? But at that point quitting was not an option and forced my legs to push harder. Once I start something I will always finish it, no matter how hard I have to push myself. We got to a seriously long hill; I was really wondering what I had gotten myself into as I felt my throat close up in a panic. I felt a serge of adrenaline and I eventually got into the rhythm and I could feel my heart beating in my feet as they hit the ground. I felt okay except for the occasional uphill where my muscles would hurt and my lungs desperate for air, more air. We ran 15km in 1hour 40minutes and that was when we saw my parents anxiously waiting for us but we stupidly decided not to take their offer to drive us as we only had 6km left (That’s like a parkrun, it's easy). We quickly stopped at the garage for a coke and carried on running. I think that was our biggest mistake because it’s much harder than you think to get those little legs moving again. The last 4 km with about 3 km uphill (I might be exaggerating there) was the hardest thing I have ever done, everything in my body just said no. My muscles were sore and it felt like my footsteps echoed down the road as I stomped one foot in front of the other, but I tackled that long hill after my legs were ready to quit. I continued running for what seemed like longer than it should have taken to get to the parking lot but it was probably because I was so desperate to finish. We took 45 minutes to run the last 6km but we were done and there was a light at the end of the tunnel, that beer at the end never tasted so good. I was so tired I couldn’t even lift my beer mug, which is funny because I didn’t run with my arms, although at some point I’m pretty sure I was crawling.
Official half marathon race day came. I couldn’t believe I woke up at a ridiculous hour to stand in the freezing cold to put myself through that torture again. The timer started and the crowd of runners started moving, I quickly felt the warmth seep into my muscles and my breathing matched the beat of my feet hitting the round, it suddenly felt so easy as though I was flying in autopilot. 5km seemed to have come very quickly, which was such a relief. All I can say about that race is that I just ran and ran and ran and it felt so good, oh and it’s harder than you think trying to drink out of a cup while running, but it just felt so unnatural to walk. I finished my first official half marathon in 2 hours 8 minutes and still felt strong as I moved my legs as fast as I could towards the finish line. My mind was blown; I did not expect it to go that well, what a relief.
I still have no idea why I run, why I carried on doing parkrun even though I hated it. I just can’t stop, maybe it’s the feeling of accomplishing something I never imagined, even those small little goals I set for myself made me feel so good and I just begged for more.
Diane Shearer, Roodepoort parkrunner


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:  Gill Symons

Club:  None, but used to be a member of Twini AC

Age:  52

Home parkrun:  Amanzimtoti

Occupation:  Finance Secretary at Kingsway High School

Favourite distance to run::  Cannot run at all as I have dicky knees!

Are you a trail or road runner?:  Would prefer trail

Favourite volunteer role::  Getting a chance to cheer the runners on, and commiserate with them when they are totally pooped!

What do you like about volunteering at parkrun::  My hubby and daughters all run and I am jealous of them, so this way I can at least get involved by volunteering.

Why should others volunteer at parkrun?:  To give back to their community, and as a way of showing appreciation for the work done by the people organising the weekly runs.

parkrun corner

Up-coming cancellations

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

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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