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.
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.
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)
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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!
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
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!
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