parkrun SA newsletter 22nd July 2015

welcome to the newsletter

In this edition of the SA parkrun newsletter, we hear how parkrunners get involved in Mandela day to help those less fortunate in the surrounding community. This weekend sees the launch of the first parkrun in Soweto and we visit the launch of Durbanville parkrun on a wine estate.

Durbanville parkrun

Last Saturday morning (18th) even parkrun had to take a back seat to Mandela Day as the Nation celebrated the life of its greatest citizen. It was good to see that several South African parkruns celebrated Mandela’s birthday and that the great leader was mentioned at every South African parkrun. I have a feeling that Madiba would have been a parkrun fan if he had lived long enough to see its positive influence in the country and to see how it has spread and grown.

Modderfontein Reserve parkrun Mandela day
Rietvlei parkrun on Mandela day

This week parkrun reached the very significant milestone of a quarter of a million registered parkrunners and the sky appears to be the limit. This time a year ago we were 100000 strong. We can only guess what the numbers will look like in another 12 months. The popularity of parkrun is a tribute to our sponsors and supporters who believed in us when we were still in our infancy and to our hundreds of enthusiastic volunteers who give up their time every Saturday morning to make parkrun happen.

Durbanville volunteer

One consequence of the size of parkrun in South Africa is that statistically there have to be some accidents and regrettably even some deaths and so it is with great sadness that we learnt that Maxwell Bosman died at Hartenbos parkrun the Saturday before last. Our heartfelt sympathies go to his family and friends. The parkrun community is devastated.

The Cape celebrated Mandela’s birthday by launching a parkrun in Durbanville in the Meerendal wine estate on the 18th. Strong winds and rain had buffeted the Cape Peninsula the day before but launch morning dawned bright and dry and sunny. About 150 parkrunners ran the inaugural run through the vineyards in the shadow of the Hottentots Hollands Mountains. Meerendal has long been associated with cycling, particularly mountain biking but now Jan Brown and her team have taken the plunge and welcomed parkrun to the estate.

There is so much happening at all our parkruns each Saturday that I am often overcome with FOMO wishing I could be at each one. Greenpoint, Amanzimtoti and Piggly Wiggly parkruns recently celebrated birthdays and this week Dusi parkrun will celebrate its second birthday.

Mofolo park, Soweto

This Saturday the long awaited first Soweto marathon will be run in Mofolo Park. There can scarcely have been a more eagerly anticipated parkrun and we expect a very enthusiastic launch on Saturday. This piece from event director Boitumelo Mofokeng sums up the spirit of Mofolo Park parkrun…

"Mofolo Park with the weeping willow trees! Soweto our roots, our solace! Soweto, the bug that has bitten the world to never come to Joburg without stepping on its sacred grounds to pay respect to its vibrant pulse of a nation with history of pain but still able to laugh, sing, jive, love and play! Mofolo parkrun is another window to see the beauty of this place longing for its people to love it, embrace it and enshrine it for generations to come! Pula! Khotso! Nala!"

Mofolo park rainbow stage

We say goodbye and thanks to David Ashworth who has tirelessly compiled and edited the newsletter for the past three years. We welcome Daniel Miles who will be taking over from August. Daniel hails from Botanical Garden parkrun.

Cheers for now,

Bruce (get in touch)

Linking your parkrun profile to your Discovery membership

Not sure how to link your Discovery membership to your parkrun profile? Go to any parkrun results email or newsletter you’ve received, click on “Manage my profile” and then click on Discovery.  You can also use this step-by-step guide to help you.

Don’t miss out on this year’s Discovery Vitality Summit

We know that as parkrunners, your health is very important to you. Join us at this year’s Discovery Vitality summit and get all the latest information on fitness, nutrition, technology, health and wellness. Our exciting line-up includes Eric Friedman, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of Fitbit and other amazing speakers.

Vitality members get a 25% discount by simply using their ID number when they book their ticket.

Go to Vitality Summit for updates on speakers and other important details.

Get to Italy in 10 000 steps!

Imagine yourself ambling about the picturesque Cinque Terre village in Italy. Sound amazing? Well, it’s easy to get there – all you have to do is walk, just like you do every week at parkrun!

Anyone with a Discovery product stands the chance to win the trip of a lifetime – a memorable week-long walking tour in Italy for four – simply by walking more than 10 000 steps in a day. Here’s how.

#challenge yourself parkrunners

Elana Meyer

This is my personal challenge to all parkrunners. You’ve discovered the great joy of running now #challenge yourself to do the Sanlam Cape Town 10 km PEACE Run on the 20 Sept 2015

This run is an integral part of the festival of running. For those looking for an adventure that captures the thrill and atmosphere of the event read on…

Running is one step harder than walking.

Running is the most democratic of all activities known to man: we can all choose to do it when we want to, where we want to and how we want to.

Running is done in isolation, in crowds of tens of thousands, at Olympic level as a profession, or pre-school level in the playground.

Running is a gift we have all been given – all it requires of us is shorts, shirts, shoes and no excuses.

Running is you and it is me, it is comradery and competition against oneself and the clock.

So don’t stand on the pavement watching 1000s of Capetonians running through the streets of Cape Town – join the fun and run. Whether you are an elite athlete like last year’s winners Stephen Mokoka and Lebogang Phalula running world class times, or running your first 10km – experience the thrill and atmosphere of running (or walking) this fast, flat course alongside the ocean and in the shadow of Table Mountain.

Reasons to sign-up and lace-up:

- There are more than 8 weeks left and you can do it!
- The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon event includes a 10 km Peace Run with a 2 hour cut off time!
- It is a beautiful scenic route in Cape Town
- You can join TEAM Vitalitity’s 8 week training program
- Many local charities will benefit from your participation
- Running 10 km is a great achievement and the perfect stepping-stone to the next stage of your running expereinces

So don’t delay and visit the website for details
#ChallengeYourself and ENTER! #ChallengeYourfriend 2RunwithU!

Africa is our home, this is our race.
It’s Cape Town – Must Run it!

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event news

parkrun Shoe Donation parkrun

Below is a photo from a "parkrun shoe handover" that took place during the running of a KZN AA cross-country league meeting. 
The recipients, seen here with their coach Jeff Mkhize, are from the Koinonia Athletic Club, located at Folweni, located near KwaMakutha, south of Durban. 
I hope to set up another shoe collection at parkrun and hand these shoes, together with the boxed adidas shoes, over at another cross-country event later this month. Thank you to those who have made this happen!

Shoe handover


Help Poland win parkrun

For the second year in a row parkrun Poland has been nominated for the Best Polish Running Event Award. Last year votes from our fellow parkrunners in Poland got them to a respectable fourth place but this year they are looking to steal the crown. parkrun Poland was established in 2011 and there are now 24 events and nearly 30,000 registered parkrunners. Some of you have already visited Poland and enjoyed parkrunning on one of these great course. By winning the title parkrun Poland wishes to recognise its value and thank all of their volunteers for making it happen! Help our parkrun family in Poland make their dream come true and become the best running event in the country in 2015!

Please click here to vote!

In order to cast your vote please take the following steps:

1. Select ‘Parkrun polska’ from the list under ‘Biegowe Wydarzenie Roku! *’ (Best Running event)

2. Give your email address* (a confirmation email will be sent)

3. Give your mobile number* (a text will be sent)

4. Type the verification code (Kod weryfikujący). You can request a new code by clicking on ‘Pobierz nowy kod’

5. You will then get message “Dziękujemy za oddanie glosu. Zgłoszenie zostało wysłane. Sprawdź pocztę aby dokonać potwierdzenia linkiem aktywacyjnym.” This means “Thank you for voting. The report has been sent.
 Please check your confirmation to make the activation link.”

6. The final step is to click the confirmation link in the email you will receive.

* FYI, the data protection act in Poland is one of the strictest in Europe so you can feel safe providing your email / phone number to this website.

parkrun Launches : parkrun

Mofolo pakrun 25 July 2015

parkrun Anniversaries : parkrun

Dusi parkrun 25 July 2015
Amanzimtoti parkrun 1 August 2015
Klerksdorp parkrun 8 August 2015
Nahoon parkrun 8 August 2015
PE Hobie Beach parkrun 8 August 2015

parkrun Cancellations : parkrun

PE Hobie Beach parkrun 25 August 2015

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.


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.

Our sponsors

Blue Label Telecoms investing in parkrun

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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.