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In this edition of the SA parkrun newsletter, we are gearing up for a number parkrun anniversaries in the coming month and we hear from Shongweni’s second anniversary celebrations earlier this month. We congratulate North Beach parkrun Directors, Stefan and Jenna, on the birth of their baby boy!
There has been a demand for a parkrun on the KZN North Coast for quite some time now so we are delighted that Ballito parkrun has finally joined the family. Ballito is famous for being part of the Dolphin Coast but their parkrun is run at the inland Sugar Rush estate and is run through fields of sugar cane. After event director, Dwain Sweigers had welcomed everyone on behalf of his team of volunteers just over 250 runners ran the inaugural parkrun through the cane fields of the Sugar Rush Estate. Ballito parkrun has its own “Polly Shortts” a tough hill at about the 2km. point but it also has some winding paths through a forest, over bridges and between the ruins and walls of an old village. Afterwards runners all agreed that Ballito parkrun will be very popular and a well-run breakfast venue will make it even more so.
This Saturday parkrun moves from the balmy KZN coast to the icy winter Eastern Cape Winter at the Aliwal North parkrun. Despite the early morning cold it will still be bright and sunny and the welcome Linda Whittal and her team will give parkrunners will be a warm one. Aliwal North has been waiting many months to join the parkrun family. Aliwal North will be the second parkrun to be run close to the banks of the Orange River. It’s amazing to consider that the mighty Orange flows nearly 800 kilometres away to Upington and the Upington parkrun.
As we all know volunteers and volunteering is the lifeblood of parkrun and many volunteers are often the unsung heroes and heroines of parkrun. We do enjoy recognising our volunteers when we can and in this newsletter we would like to pay tribute to Torrin Theron and Chris Visser who have volunteered 100 times this Saturday at Root 44. Our Event Director and Regional Director, Torrin Theron, and Run Director, Chris Visser, have officially reached 100 volunteering occasions, while fulfilling multiple roles, on 20 June!
The Root 44 parkrun core team surprised Torrin and Chris with a thank you goodie bag and some very kind words before the start of parkrun. They would like to thank everyone at Root 44 parkrun and parkrun SA for their support over the last 109 events and to every parkrunner who makes every event so special! Saturday morning #parkrunday wouldn’t be the same without parkrun.
In addition Torrin is our regional director for all Boland and Karoo parkruns and Chris will be running his 97th parkrun on Saturday.
Birthday greetings are due to Kidd’s Beach and Cannibal’s Cave parkruns this Saturday. Kidd’s celebrates its 2nd birthday under the expert leadership of Benji Gane while Musi and Lizzy Mabaso will celebrate the first birthday of their beautiful parkrun nestled in the shadow of the Drakensberg Mountains.
Finally greetings to Josh van der Merwe, the youngest new member of the parkrun family. Josh was born last Friday to Jenna and Stefan , our KZN Regional Directors. Congratulations to Stefan and Jenna from the entire parkrun family.
Cheers for now,
Bruce (get in touch)
Volunteering at parkrun
Each event manages its own volunteers and is usually done by the Volunteer Coordinator. (yes, this is also a volunteer position)
It's really easy to volunteer. Just follow the simple steps below:
1. Please update your volunteering options on your personal profile page. (by following the link to "manage my profile" which appears on the right-hand side menu of this newsletter and all results emails.
Once in 'Your Links' please click email options and opt in (and out) of receiving volunteer appeal emails.
2. Take a look at the Future Roster on your event's website (hover over the volunteering tab in the top right of your local even't website. For example: www.parkrun.co.za/Delta/futureroster
If you like the look of anything, email the address at the top of the page with your full name, your athlete ID (the number under your barcode) and let us know when you'd like to volunteer.
3. Or have a chat with the event team at the run, or even better at coffee afterwards, but do also send the team an email. They'll get back to you confirming times and what volunteer role you can fill.
Later in the week the volunteer co-ordinator will send out a roster to everybody who has offered to volunteer that week to confirm roles for Saturday.
Please do not get in touch with parkrun HQ offering to volunteer as we won't be able to register you. This needs to be done by local event teams. Thank you for your support in making parkrun possible!
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13 June 2015 was significant in KZN for the fact that as Ballito commenced with it's first parkrun, Shongweni was celebrating its second anniversary. Thanks to support from parkrun SA and adidias, all participants were treated to cake and juice sachets. The event was also used to award vouchers to the annual points winners together with a anniversary shoe voucher to a lucky runner and certificates and red 50 T-shirts to the newer members of the 10 and 50 Clubs. The pictures show Jason Huntley and Robin Archer with the cake and its 2 candles as well as a collective picture featuring the awardees of the day.
parkrun Launches :
Aliwal North parkrun 27 June 2015
Durbanville parkrun 18 July 2015
Mofolo pakrun 25 July 2015
parkrun Anniversaries :
Cannibals Cave parkrun 27 June 2015
Kidds Beach parkrun 27 June 2015
St Francis parkrun 11 July 2015
Greenpoint parkrun 18 July 2016
Piggly Wiggly parkrun 18 July 2015
Dusi parkrun 25 July 2015
parkrun Cancellations :
Mogol parkrun 11 July 2015
Voortrekker parkrun 11 July 2015
Knysna parkrun 11 July 2015
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