parkrun SA newsletter 19th March 2015

welcome to the newsletter


In this edition of the SA parkrun newsletter, we hear a little more about the Mogol parkrun. Make your way to Kimberley for the launch of a new parkrun event this weekend! Keep an eye out for the parkrun coffee table book - the signing takes place this week and it features images from some of our local parkruns!

I am writing this in Johannesburg’s OR Tambo airport while waiting for my flight to London to attend the official book signing of the special edition parkrun coffee table photo book. This should be exciting for a few reasons. First of all the book itself looks very absorbing and is full of beautiful photographs of beautiful parkruns.( I am delighted to report that there are a number of South African parkrun photos in the book.) The signing also gives me the opportunity to meet some of my sporting heroes. I know that former European, Commonwealth and Boston marathon champion Ron Hill will be present as will multiple Iron Man champion Chrissie Wellington. Dave Moorcroft is also signing books and for those of us who are proud of our 5km. Pb’s it is worth considering that Dave’s is a fraction over 13 minutes dead. On Thursday morning a few of us will be running a London parkrun freedom run so It should be an exciting few days.

parkrun SA tourist Joanne van der Walt

The South African parkrun population reached the amazing figure of 200000 registrations last week as we launched our 50th parkrun at Hartenbos just outside Mossel Bay. Werner Morkel-Brink and his team have devised a really interesting and challenging route on the footpaths alongside the beachfront. We were surprised when over 300 eager parkrunners and parkrun tourists arrived at the start line on Saturday morning. We have no doubt that Hartenbos parkrun will prove to very popular.

Bruce and Werner
Hartenbos parkrunners

This Saturday Karien Potgieter will launch Kimberley parkrun in the Rooifontein Game Reserve 3 kilometres outside Kimberley. Kimberley residents started demanding their own parkrun shortly after the Naval Hill parkrun was launched in Bloemfontein and this should also prove to be a very popular parkrun.

We all know that volunteers are the lifeblood of all parkruns and there are dozens of selfless parkrun volunteers in South Africa but we would like to pay particular tribute to those of our volunteers with disabilities. Don Oliver at Big Bay is one who comes to mind. He and his wheelchair are regulars at the Bloubergstrand parkrun. Now Lizelle Viljoen from George parkrun has joined this admirable group. She has had to undergo major surgery on an ongoing basis and walks on crutches and uses a wheelchair to attend George parkrun.

Our photograph shows the very admirable Charmaine Garton from Knysna parkrun. Charmaine who is 85 has only missed one parkrun at Knysna and has even participated in pouring rain.

Cheers for now,

Bruce (get in touch)

Modern Athlete Magazine


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event news


Mogol parkrun

To date, Mogol pakrun is the only parkrun in the Limpopo province. Situated in the beautiful Bushveld town of Lephalale (previously known as Ellisras) the Mogol Club is host to the Mogol parkrun. Our parkrun start on the rugby fields at the club and winds through our beautiful golf course with the massive Maroela, Vaalbos and Camel thorn trees shading the route.

Our parkrun is a nice fast and flat course. We are one of the parkrun’s in South Africa that start at 07:00 in the morning due to the very high temperatures we can experience in summer. In winter it can be very chilly in the mornings as well. I can quote Gill Fordyce in saying that at our inaugural run on 14 June 2014 her hands was the coldest they have ever been and she even borrowed gloves from a young girl to try to warm them up a bit.

To date we had 698 runners that completed our parkrun at least once and we average about 100 runners every Saturday. During March we also reached the milestone of 1000 registered Mogol parkrunners. Two of our male runners regularly run under 17 minutes and our current course record stands at 16:26.

Hope that you will join us when you are in the area!

Neels Gerber

feedback from the field


Dear Bryanston parkrun
I thought you might like to know the following story.
After completing the parkrun this morning, I got to my car only to find the battery completely dead. Within seconds a number of men and women participants offered to help me. We discovered my jump-leads had disappeared from my boot (probably at the car wash I used recently!)  and one of the ladies offered to go and fetch her jump-leads for us to use instead. Her lovely young daughter actually ran ahead to fetch them and bring them back to my helpers but as we needed the car too, we waited for the mom to arrive. Within a few minutes the car was started and I could be on my way.
I am immensely grateful for all the kindness shown by these parkrunners this morning. What a wonderful sense of camaraderie!
With love and gratitude
Brenda Dry


I'm rapidly heading for that red T-shirt, with three runs to go. My enthusiasm somehow rubbed off on my mother, who lives in Knysna. I'm in Durban. A few weeks ago she called me to ask how to register for a parkrun because one had started up in Knysna. I was a bit wide-eyed, but explained about how to go online and do that.
Later she called again to tell me she was registered and was just waiting for her barcode. I was more wide-eyed.
Later still, she called to tell me she had the bar code, all printed out, and was going off to participate in the Knysna parkrun. I think it was only the second or third time it had been held.
Well, she did it, walking briskly, in 54 minutes, despite getting caught in a downpour halfway round. And she did it again last Saturday. I'm very proud of her.
By the way, she's 85 years old!
Karen Kohler

Charmaine 'Shimmy' Garton

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 SAthe parkrun show SA - Jen and Stef

Download & listen to the latest South African parkrun show now on iTunes.

The parkrun show is your weekly roundup of the "goings on" at parkrun around the country. Each episode is packed full of interviews with running legends like Bruce Fordyce, celebs, your local event directors, volunteers & local parkrunners. Who knows, maybe you could be on the next show...

Brought to you by I Love Running.

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

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 4th March 2015

welcome to the newsletter


In this week’s edition of the SA parkrun newsletter, we are sad to announce the loss of one of our most enthusiastic parkrunners. Registration numbers are reaching the 200000 mark and parkrun is changing lives for the better! Finally, a parkrunner shares his Singapore conference week with us.

There can’t be too many parkruns which run first through a school campus and then out into rugged bushveld but that is exactly what runners are treated to in the first kilometre of the Lebone parkrun. Two Saturdays ago runners gathered on the sports fields of the Lebone College in Rustenburg to launch the first Lebone parkrun. Runners headed off under the school amphitheatre and then up bush lined paths on a kloof overlooking the whole campus. Sean Lindsay and Beth Burrell have designed a course that happy parkrunners described as tough but fun. We have no doubt that Lebone parkrun will prove to be very popular with the Greater Rustenburg community.

Lebone parkrun

On the 14th March parkrun South Africa will celebrate its half century when Hartenbos parkrun near Mossel Bay becomes the 50th South African parkrun. Coincidentally at almost the same time parkrun South Africa will have reached the very significant milestone of 200000 registered parkrunners. This is a very exciting statistic when we consider that only 3 ½ years ago there was only one parkrun in South Africa with 26 registrations.

parkrun continues to make a positive impact all over the country as these letters confirm.

St Francis parkrun: “Received these two photos from Christelle who completed her parkrun 50 on Saturday! Well done Christelle!!!”

Christelle Van Wyk: “Thank you parkrun for changing my life.”
Bruce Fordyce: “Amazing, Christelle, well done. Now for that black 100 Club T-shirt.”

Deep in Africa, alongside the Thukela River, which forms the natural border between the Amazizi (Cannibals) community and the majestic Royal Natal National Park, the Cannibals Cave parkrun is a cultural melting pot.

Mixing international and local tourists with members of the local community, this parkrun gives tourists a unique opportunity to experience rural life first hand and locals get to learn about the world outside their beautiful valley.

“It is difficult to explain what this parkrun means to our community”, says event director Muzi Mabaso. “Local kids many of whom have never worked on a computer, are now proficient users, processing results and uploading them for the world to see. As members of the parkrun team, they gain invaluable practical ‘work’ experience – organizing, planning, managing and controlling events. parkrun is bringing the world to us, and taking us to the world.”

We are delighted that parkrun is also proving to be such a powerful force for social development.

It was with great sadness that we had to report that Cannibals lost one of its most talented and enthusiastic parkrunners in a tragic accident a couple of weeks ago. Young Siboniso Makhaza had been first finisher at Cannibals Cave parkrun for 3 Saturdays in a row and was out training in the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains when he was struck by lightning and killed. Support and sympathy came from parkruns all over South Africa and at many parkruns the event directors asked for a few moments silence before the parkruns started. Our deepest sympathy goes to Siboniso's family and to the whole Cannibal's Cave community.

-Iain Morshead

Happy running,

Bruce (get in touch)

Singapore conference week


So, I'm packing to leave for Singapore, rushing around because I left stuff at the office, which takes a good hour out of my schedule between dropping the kids off at school, and my airport transfer.

In between, I get an email: help - we need volunteers at the Lonehill parkrun this Saturday. No can do, I type back quickly, whilst stuffing my running gear into the bag, I'm in Singapore. Hey - comes back the reply - There's a parkrun in Singapore! Send us details. My spirits lift as I make sure my barcode is in my gear.

Phew - a breather on the plane - great I think - one more notch on the belt. Lets see, this will be the third country I've parkrun in, my 10th parkrun location, and my 55th parkrun.

In Singapore I browse the Australian website, get the East Coast Park parkrun details. I note that it's not located near an MTR station. Google maps puts the commute as a 2.5 hour walk, a 15minute taxi ride, or tells me about buses. Hey - I've got my hydration pack - let me run there. I decide to use Google directions only as a rough guide and make my way by feel. I set my alarm for 5:45. This should get me to the start on time, and if it looks like I won't make, I can always Uber.

My alarm wakes me up and it's dark, I splash on my running gear, fill the hydropack with about 1200ml of water and set off through the city centre, across the road from the Iconic Raffles hotel. The city is asleep. Hardly a car to be seen. Just the way I like my running. Ignoring Google's persistent directions, I navigate by instinct. At 6:30 I take stock - will I get to the start on time? I make the call to keep running and press on.

Eventually I enter part of East Coast Park, following the cyclists who are are headed there to make use of the cycle track. I even start encountering some other runners, getting up to feed their morning addiction. I feel the 25 centigrade temperature which, combined with the 88% humidity feels like a sauna to a Highveld boy like me.
Eventually, at about 10 minutes before the 7am start, I encounter the now iconic parkrun flags! Made it with some recovery time to spare. 7.5 km's from the hotel. Nice.

The Singapore parkrunners congregate at a gazebo type building by the finish, and begin the run about 400 meters away (along the path I have just run). At 7am they take an stroll to the start, and it's off for about 3km, with the ocean on the right and the rest of the park on the left, bordered by residential high rises. It's a fantastic setting, like a cross between Uvongo and North Beach. But with a lot more humidity. A lot more. After 3km, you turn around and run back to the finish, with the new light allowing better observation of the Tai Chi practitioners,
cyclists, and the anchored ships.

I run their 34th event, and finish in 32 position in a 27:39 seat drenched time. It takes me a few minutes to recover to talking ability. In most of the parkruns I've run to date, a 32nd would make me a god, but there are only 9 runners coming in after me. The runners are just like parkrunners all over the world, keen to share and talk, mostly about running.

After 15 minutes, I'm able to breath again, and, blowing off the offer of a post-run coffee, I set back on my way back to the hotel - my conference starts shortly and I need to get moving. About 2km from my hotel my hydro pack is sucked dry. According to my Endomondo track I should have had over 3 litres of water for what turns out to be just over a 20km run.

What a great start to my Singapore conference week.

Calvin Browne

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

Discovery Vitality news


You can now join the Team Vitality movement! Get up to 25% or 50% cash back on registration entry fees for selected events, a premium Team Vitality starter pack with race gear, and vouchers worth over R1 000 for selected fitness devices. You’ll also earn Vitality fitness points for completing selected races on the Team Vitality race calendar.

Go to www.discovery.co.za for more information.

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event news


Woodlands parkrun

Woodlands parkrun celebrated its 100th event on Saturday 28 February 2015. Participants were encouraged to wear black, which many did, whilst others added colour to this special occasion. Coinciding with the 100th running of the event, Derek McCarthy elected to run his 100th parkrun at Woodlands. This was Derek’s 47th run at Woodlands. He has run 32 parkruns at Delta, 9 at Bryanston, 2 at North Beach, 9 at various other Gauteng parkruns, and 1 at Castle Demense in Ireland!

Derek McCarthy

Gavin Levenstein chose to show us his talents besides running, and ran the entire 5km juggling three balls!

Gavin Levenstein

Our sponsor adidas had their gazebo up, and runners were given the opportunity to test adidas footwear. Of course the 100th running of the event means that a 2nd birthday is around the corner, and Woodlands parkrun looks forward to more celebrations.

Freedom runs will be taking place on Freedom Day, Monday 27 April. For more information, to participate, arrange travel and refreshments, please like the Facebook page '9 Freedom Runs for Freedom Day'

Regards,
Bev Fuller
Happy running

feedback from the field


I don't know his name, but a great sportsman!! Thanks to this young man my New PB is 35.03!!!! I need to find him next Saturday if I am to break the 35! His Words to me - you are old and unfit, I am young and unfit, we both have a chance, challenge me to the finishing line!
Lerato Shumba‎ - Klerksdorp parkrun


I am a 49 year old male weighing in at 128kg! My doctor told me that if I continue my couch-potato lifestyle, I would not see 55! Being a very inactive Vitality member I decided enough is enough‎ and took up the Vitality challenge and joined a gym and registered for the Rondebosch parkrun!
After some trepidation (fear of failure) I went to my first parkrun on Saturday the 14th Feb. I was amazed at the amount of normal people among the obvious athletic types and was motivated to do this thing! ‎Then it was on, but I soon realised how unfit I was as most runners and walkers started disappearing into the blue yonder! To make matters worse, before I reach the second bend on the course the lead runners passed me! An older gent passed me and said to keep it up. Well, I put my head down and soldiered on! I eventually completed the course in 54.8 minutes! The friendly volunteers made me feel very welcome at the end and I felt a sense of accomplishment! Needless to say I was stiff the next day, but I will be back next week!
Garth Endley Ex-couch potato


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 SAthe parkrun show SA - Jen and Stef

Download & listen to the latest South African parkrun show now on iTunes.

The parkrun show is your weekly roundup of the "goings on" at parkrun around the country. Each episode is packed full of interviews with running legends like Bruce Fordyce, celebs, your local event directors, volunteers & local parkrunners. Who knows, maybe you could be on the next show...

Brought to you by I Love Running.

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

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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