parkrun SA newsletter 27th July 2016

welcome to the newsletter


In this edition of the SA parkrun newsletter, we welcome two new events to the parkrun family, see a local parkrun mentioned in the international press and bid a fond farewell to our Gauteng Regional Director. We also hear how parkrun helped train our Grandmasters Hockey team for international competition, and celebrate our parkrunner of the week, Margie Parker from Bryanston parkrun.

After a few weeks of consolidation, it was exciting to start our 82nd parkrun on Saturday at Germiston’s Victoria Lake. It was a perfect winter’s morning with warm sunshine and coots, ducks and moorhens splashing about in the sparkling water of the lake. The 400 parkrunners gathered at Victoria Lake might have been forgiven for thinking that spring had started early on the Highveld. (As we now all know that was the calm before the storm as bitter winter weather lashed the country two days later).

parkrunners enjoy the latest new parkrun at Victoria Lake

As I stood up to say a few words I recalled that two years earlier, on a wintery day on Umdloti’s beach front in KZN I bumped into a very determined Simon Treston. He told me that he wanted to start a parkrun in Germiston and asked what steps he had to take to achieve his dream. It has been a long journey, with many different routes planned and changed, but finally on Saturday Victoria Lake parkrun was launched. The verdict from everyone who ran and walked the two lap course is that it is an outstanding parkrun and will become a popular event for the Germiston community. Congratulations to Simon, Tracy Little and the team at Victoria Lake.

It was exciting to see our national supporting partners well represented at Victoria Lake. The inaugural run was also graced by two Comrades winners; Alan Robb (4 times winner and 42 medals) and this year’s female champion, Charne Bosman. It was Charne’s first parkrun and she told me that having run her first, she now understood the enthusiasm for parkrun. Alan is retiring soon to Port Alfred. parkrunners can expect a Port Alfred parkrun to start in the next few months!

Next Saturday we start another Free State parkrun with the launch of the Ladybrand parkrun on the border of Lesotho. Anthony Halse, Zelda Brits and the Ladybrand team have laid out a fun but challenging parkrun on the golf course below the Ladybrand mountain. A number of parkrun tourists have made plans to travel to the inaugural run and not even the chilly winter conditions will dampen their enthusiasm. After all winter at the base of the Maluti Mountains is a special treat.

Ladybrand is particularly close to my heart as, in the 1920’s, my Grandfather was a postmaster there and also in neighbouring Maseru.

Two weeks ago, I was reminded of the simple magic of parkrun when on a trip to Sydney, Australia, I joined 400 other parkrunners at St. Peters parkrun in Sydney Park. Apart from the unmistakable Aussie accents of the event director and my fellow runners and the squawks and whistles of Cockatoos and Galahs flying overhead, I could have been running a South African parkrun. It was 5kms, it was free and most of all it was fun. Thanks to the St. Peters team for the very warm welcome I was accorded.

Benjamin receives the suit for his matric dance

Thanks to the Roodepoort Raiders and Lonehill parkrunners who clubbed together to support Benjamin Letsoala, the run director at Mofolo Park parkrun. Benjamin stores the Mofolo parkrun equipment in his cottage at Mofolo park. The visitors organised a suit for Benjamin so he could look really smart at his matric dance. Benjamin and Event director Boitumelo Mofokeng have been the stalwarts at Mofolo Park parkrun and to help them with their workload we are looking for more run directors. These important volunteers can come from any community. If you would like to help please contact Cara at cara.fordyce@parkrun.com

Cheers for now,

Bruce (get in touch)

Good luck to our SA Olympic Team as they GO for GOLD!


Discovery Vitality is proud to announce that we are the Official Wellness Partner of the South African Olympic Team competing in the 2016 Rio Olympics next month.

The Olympic Games is the ultimate platform for achieving greatness. As our athletes strive to achieve their personal bests in Rio, we are passionate about helping our members achieve their personal bests too by promoting healthy and active lifestyles.

Keep an eye on your inbox for exciting details on what we have planned during the 2016 Rio Olympics, including a competition which could see you and a friend jetting off to Athens, Greece for an Olympics-inspired all expenses paid holiday.

Join Vitality in wishing Chad and the rest of our SA Olympic Team all the best as they GO for GOLD at this year’s Olympic Games.

MRP Sport


It’s the last parkrun of July, parkrunners! And that means one thing… that over the next few weekends, we get to start welcoming in those spring parkruns. It also means brand new and bright spring-inspired running gear. Why not head on over to www.mrpsport.com or pop in to your nearest MRP Sport store for activewear inspiration.

With regards to your hard-earned achievement tees, we are working through these and they will be with your local parkrun event director soon! We look forward to seeing you sporting them at your parkrun soon!

Greenpoint parkrun - a must do’ in 36 hours in Cape Town - New York Times.


As parkrun continues to grow throughout South Africa and around the world, our very own Greenpoint parkrun has been picked as a ‘must do’ in 36 hours in Cape Town by the New York Times. The popular course passes Cape Town Stadium and winds its way around the scenic Greenpoint Park. It is certainly a highlight for any parkrunner visiting the Mother City.

David Ashworth


David Ashworth with his wife, Ann

It is with great sadness that we say good-bye to David Ashworth as the Regional Director of Gauteng, as he leaves us to focus on his studies.

David has been with parkrun SA since the very beginning (almost 5 years now) when Delta was just a small group of runners. He then started Roodepoort parkrun in March 2012, the second parkrun in SA. There were only 42 runners at the inaugural event, but David put his heart and soul into his event and grew it to several hundred.

After handing Roodepoort over to a superb team, David stayed very much involved with parkrun. He started Bryanston with his wife, Ann. He also produced the newsletter for a couple of years and became regional director for Gauteng. In amongst this he has managed to start a new running club, Born to Run, all the while continuing with his studies.

David, we wish you all the very best with your studies and all your future adventures.

Thank you for all your hard work and dedication to parkrun, you will be greatly missed but I know we will still see you running at some of the parkrun events.

Wishing you all the best,

From all of us at parkrun SA and all the Gauteng events

Kidds Beach Cleanup


The Kidds Beach rubbish collection in honour of Mandela Day

Well done to the Kidds Beach parkrunners and volunteers who cleaned along the Main Road in the Village in honour of Mandela Day. A total of 67 rubbish bags were filled in 67 minutes.

parkrun Launches:


Ladybrand parkrun 30 July 2016

parkrun Anniversaries:


Dusi parkrun 30 July 2016
Mofolo parkrun 30 July 2016
Amanzimtoti parkrun 06 August 2016

parkrun Cancellations:


Nahoon Point parkrun until further notice
PE Hobie Beach parkrun 30 July 2016

feedback from the field


In April-May this year, I was fortunate enough to play for the SA Grandmasters 60’s team in the Hockey World Cup, which was held in Newcastle, Australia. I attach a photo of the team – taken during our training session in Cape Town in November last year. The team did exceptionally well in the tournament, coming a very creditable 5th out of 13 teams, on the way beating New Zealand, Ireland, Japan and Scotland, drawing with Germany (only to lose on penalty shoot-outs), and losing to Holland (the ultimate winners). One of the main reasons for us performing so well, was the overall fitness of the squad. We were “subject to” regular fitness analyses on the way, to ensure that we were able to last the pace of playing 7 games in 10 days (we played a practice match before the tournament) as well as to avoid injuries. Other than some minor ones, the entire squad lasted the tournament.
The reason I write this is to give credit to parkrun. There were several members of the squad who ran the weekly runs in various parts of the country – I run at Bryanston, and because I live about 1.5km from the start, I usually jogged down to the start, and then back again after the race. For me personally this was about establishing what I call my “base fitness”. In an average hockey game we run about 6 to 8km. I am not the fastest in parkrun (PB 32minutes), but have always made it my aim not to walk but to run the entire course (except for the “hill” – more like mountain – at Piggly Wiggly). My strength and stamina (and my time!) improved over the weeks, and there is no doubt that this benefitted me on the hockey field. I am sure that the other members of the squad who also ran will concur with me on this.
I have been running parkrun for a little over 2 years, and it has become a habit for me to get down to the start and enjoy the run – despite the icy conditions which we now endure!
Thanks to all the men and women who work so hard to ensure these runs take place so efficiently each week.
Bruce Fannin

The SA Grandmasters Hockey Team, with Bruce Fannin far right

We visited Australia during March and April this year and whilst in Brisbane we were fortunate enough to be invited to do a parkrun. We did the Bunyaville parkrun. It was awesome, with friendly people & we were warmly welcomed, it was tough but in a beautiful forest. Our barcodes from our home run, namely the awesome Modderfontein Reserve parkrun, worked and they were all so fascinated with the bands which we had...
Loving parkrun & loving being able to be with such awesome friendly people each week!
Thanks for everything!
Melinda Da Mata


Hi there George parkrun volunteers,
Today was a chilly day and I thought of the Volunteer Team as we gathered for today's parkrun. Many thanks for always being there for us in sunshine and in rain and mud (like today). You are a special team of people who are always cheerful, encouraging and dedicated to processing our results.
Thank you parkrun SA for introducing the parkrun concept to South Africa - it is making a big difference to the lives of many.
Stewart and Christine Stiles


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


Margie Parker enjoying parkrun

Name:  Marguerite (Margie) Parker

Age:  58

Home parkrun:  Bryanston

Occupation:  Retired Recruitment Consultant

Number of runs:  76

Number of times volunteered:  24

How has parkrun changed your running:  I have cycled many kilometres on a Sunday for years. I was therefore not concerned with a 5km run. I got a massive reality check - cycling fit and running fit are two very different things. I am happy to report that I can now run 5km's without walking.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  It was last year on the wettest, most bitterly cold Saturday. We arrived to do duty not expecting anyone to show. 78 souls pitched up! The majority were British!

Trail or Road Running:  Trail

Favourite volunteer role:  Communications is the one I really enjoy although I am happy to perform any role other than timekeeping. I have an entry level running watch and always press the wrong button at the critical moment!

What do you like about volunteering at parkrun:  I like meeting people. parkrunners are genuinely friendly and unpretentious. Saturday is always enjoyable.

Why should others volunteer at parkrun:  Because it is fun. It also highlights how much work goes into parkrun. Once you have volunteered it is easier to urge others to do their bit.

What fellow volunteers say about her:  Margie is certainly no wallflower. She has a strong presence and you can be sure that the parkrun will run well and efficiently when she is around. I believe no one has ever complained to Margie about anything at parkrun. However this may be because she always tells parkrunners at the start that if you do have any complaints to speak to one of the other volunteers and not to her!

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.

Our sponsors

Blue Label Telecoms investing in parkrun

Blue Label sponsors parkrun - come and find out more at www.bluelabeltelecoms.co.za


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 300 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.


MRPSport investing in parkrun

MRPSport is the proud apparel sponsor of parkrun South Africa. We love the idea of partnering with social initiatives like parkrun because it adds value to peoples lives which is what we’re all about. We believe in healthy active living through sports at all levels. School goers, family and friends have the opportunity to join in a fun activity every Saturday morning at one of many parkrun venues around South Africa. Our mission is to encourage this active lifestyle with authentic products, great value and trendy designs. MRPSport will be alongside parkrun every step of the way! We will keep parkrunners updated with all the initiatives in 2016 and beyond. Stay tuned to our newsletter for all the weekly updates. - come and find out more at www.mrpsport.com

Our supporters

Dis-Chem supporting parkrun

As a brand committed to and grounded in the basic principles of good health, Dis-Chem Pharmacies is proud to partner with parkrun as a means to healthier living. Our brand values and ethos are positively aligned with proactive health ambassadors such as Bruce Fordyce and the parkrun team. We see, endorse and appreciate the efforts of parkrun to improve the health and activity levels of all South Africans. Stay tuned to both Dis-Chem and parkrun websites and social media channels for communication on seasonal and unique offers and promotions, exclusive to parkrunners in South Africa! dischem.co.za


 

parkrun SA newsletter 14th July 2016

welcome to the newsletter


In this edition of the SA parkrun newsletter, we take a closer look at the rules for dogs taking part in parkrun, look forward to the launch of Victoria Lake parkrun and celebrate our parkrunner of the week, Errol Duffett from Lonehill parkrun.

Recently we have written about dogs at parkruns and those runners and walkers who wish to take their dogs along to a parkrun. Please always remember to check the home pages of parkruns you intend to run with a dog. There are several parkruns in SA where dogs are not allowed.

Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome at many parkruns

Also remember the parkrun dog rules.
We ask parkrunners with dogs to abide by the following rules:
- One dog per runner at our 5k events.
- Most of our events do allow runners with dogs but there are some events which do not.
- Dogs should be kept under firm control, on a short lead or a harness with a short lead, and extreme care taken to avoid tripping other runners.
- Dogs should not be registered. Any registration allocated to a dog, or any other animal will be deleted and any associated results will be removed.
- parkrunners are responsible for the welfare of their own dog
- Please clean up after your dog
- Dog owners not keeping to the rules will not be scanned at the finish
- On the matter of courtesy at parkruns I would like to make a heartfelt plea to our parkrunners to always consider others. This is particularly the case at some of our larger parkruns where we have had a few complaints that slow walkers and parkrunners with dogs often get in the way of the fast runners. parkrun is never going to be similar to major races where there are seeded start areas and elite runners’ starts. (Every parkrunner is equal) but we would like to ask our slower runners and walkers to line up nearer the rear at a parkrun start.

The new route at Kraalkop has been well-received

Many of our parkrun routes are not the same as the original route when launched. Sunrise-on-Sea and Kraalkop have both recently changed. The feedback we have received from the parkrunners is that both these routes are much better than the previous ones. This is clear from the increase in attendance – making parkrun a happier and healthier place.

With South Africa in the grip of winter the pace of starting new parkruns has slowed a little however next weekend (23 July) we welcome another Greater Johannesburg parkrun to the parkrun family. Simon Treston first approached me many months ago to start a parkrun in Germiston and finally he and his team are ready to go. The parkrun route will be run on the Southern bank of Germiston Lake and so will be named Victoria Lake parkrun. Having walked some of the route with Simon I can report it will be flattish and fast and for a winter launch, cold and frosty. We expect a large turnout of locals and curious tourists on the 23rd.

It is amazing to understand that our barcodes work at every single parkrun in South Africa. So though a particular parkrunner may not be registered to Victoria Lake parkrun, every one of the 420,000 parkrunners in SA can use their barcode at Victoria Lake next Saturday. and their barcodes will scan and they will receive their results no matter where they are registered. Let’s hope 420,000 parkrunners don’t descend on Victoria Lake on Saturday!

Even more exciting is that barcodes work around the world as well. I am off on a quick visit to Australia this week and on Saturday I intend to run St. Peter’s parkrun in Sydney. Guess what, my barcode, registered to Delta parkrun will work there as well. That’s the magic of parkrun.

Cheers for now,

Bruce (get in touch)

MRP Sport


This week we celebrate Greenpoint parkrun’s third birthday! If you’re in the Cape Town area, join the MRP Sport team in making a morning of it! If you see our team, come say Hi and ask us any questions you might have about our products.

Now that your achievement tees are being sent out, we’d like to reassure parkrunners who’ve earned their tees that these will be available from their local parkrun event director soon! Until you get yours, keep at your runs and keep working towards that next big milestone!

If you’re looking to get kitted out for your next parkrun, we’re excited to announce the upcoming launch of our spring range! For ladies, think statement tees, shades of teal and grey, as well as lumo yellows. For guys, it’s all about monochromatic tones with subtle pops of colour. Shop your newest active essentials online at www.mrpsport.com or in-store at your nearest MRP Sport store!

parkrunners do you know how healthy you really are?


You can learn about your health by doing a Vitality Health Check. This involves measuring your blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol and weight. Plus if you are a Discovery Vitality member, you can earn up to 12 000 points for doing your Vitality Health Check.   
Make sure that your child is developing at a healthy rate – let them do a Kids Vitality Health Check.

Book a Vitality Health Check by contacting any provider in Vitality Wellness Network or visit www.discovery.co.za for more information on how to book your next Vitality Health Check.

Taking dogs to parkrun


Exercise should be a way of life for a dog, but it is necessary to be aware of some important facts before taking your pet to parkrun with you.

Some tips for taking your dog on a parkrun:
- If you bring a dog to a parkrun – you must run at the dogs pace and limit
- Make sure your dog enjoys running – watch how they react because they will tell you – be aware and sensitive to what they are saying.
- Dogs want to please their owners, so when a dog shows signs of stopping take it seriously.
- Start with play sessions of 30 – 60 minutes and short, local loops before you take them to a parkrun.
- Watch for signs and be receptive to your dog’s cues – YOUR DOG KNOWS WHAT IT NEEDS.
- Communicate – talk to your dog – tell them they are going for a walk so that they can stretch and drink.
- Running in a group can be distracting – introduce them slowly to feel comfortable with a large group of people. - Talk to them whilst walking to calm them down if they are anxious about faster runners passing them.
- Make sure that there is always clean water available for them to drink, especially in hot weather.
- Carry plastic bags for their poo. That is another responsibility you choose to take on if you bring your dog running.
- They should have consistent exercise during the week – they can’t just be taken to do a 5 km parkrun when you feel like it – they need training just like you.
- Dogs don’t need to wear jackets in winter when running.

Information that no one ever tells you about your puppy:
- Puppies do not have the muscle tone to run long distances – they must finish growing before they can run long distances.
- Play and go on shorter walks with your puppy because they need training … but NOT walking or running 5 km.
- Small breed puppies can run 1.5 km at a slow pace from the age of at least 8 months.
- Remember, your puppy will tell you when they are ready to stop – listen and do not push them beyond their own limit.
- Large breed puppies only stop growing between 18 and 24 months. If you run them too early their bones and joints will be damaged for life.
- Train your puppy to be prepared for parkruns – all ages, bicycles, strollers, cars and leads.

Dogs capable of running:
- Tough miniature pincher
- Pointer
- Fox terrier
- Husky (winter is best – summer is hot for them)
- Labrador (thick coats so in summer they must be able to swim)
- Setter
- Belgian Shepherd
- Poodles
- Jack Russell
- Border Collie
- Ridgeback
- Whippets
- Airedale
- Greyhound
- Malamute (prefers cold weather)
- Dalmatian
- Labradoodle
- Weimaraner
- Springer spaniel

Dogs that should walk only or stay at home:
- Small breed puppies under 8 months that have not done consistent exercise
- Large breed puppies under 18 – 24 months
- Short-nosed dogs like pugs, bulldogs, mastiffs, Boston terriers – they have breathing problems and overheat as a result
- Dogs that need to wear jackets

Thank you to the vets and nurses at Bryanston Veterinary Hospital for reading and editing this information.

parkrun Launches:


Victoria Lake parkrun 23 July 2016
Ladybrand parkrun 30 July 2016

parkrun Anniversaries:


Durbanville parkrun 16 July 2016
Greenpoint parkrun 16 July 2016
Piggly Wiggly parkrun 16 July 2016
Dusi parkrun 23 July 2016
Mofolo parkrun 23 July 2016

parkrun Cancellations:


Nahoon Point parkrun until further notice
Voortrekker Monument parkrun 16 July 2016
Lonehill parkrun 16 July 2016
Ballito parkrun 16 July 2016
Voortrekker Monument parkrun 23 July 2016

feedback from the field


Kidds Beach, nestled on the banks of the Indian Ocean west of East London, is a typical holiday resort, but fast becoming a retirement village too.
When parkrun was launched on 29 June 2012 no one could be sure how sustainable it might be, but the locals had faith in their community and the launch attracted folk from across the Eastern Cape and beyond. On that sunny winter’s day, with Yvonne Mackenzie as the first Event Director, 115 parkrunners participated.
Henry Pienaar who had been a stalwart of the Nahoon Point parkrun came in first on a tough course.
Since then, Kidds Beach has been through a number of changes, with the course becoming tougher still before yet another move to become one of the quickest parkruns in the Eastern Cape, following a move from the farmlands to the seafront under the leadership of new event director Benji Gane.
Numbers immediately went up and times came tumbling down. Gane has since made way for the same Henry Pienaar who came in first at the inaugural run.
At the 3rd anniversary run, most of the volunteers were the same people who have supported the event from the earliest times. The warm atmosphere and welcome that they generate is very special and visitors are made most welcome. On many weekends Mackenzie and Gane can both be seen either volunteering or taking part.
Pienaar himself has done more parkruns than any other Easter Cape participant and currently he sits on 195.
Like most parkruns there are prominent families involved and one such family at Kidds Beach is the Lamprechts. Mother, Deann, was honoured for being a volunteer supreme at the birthday celebration.
Son, Luke, ran his 124th parkrun, father Paul ran his 121st and the other brother, Matthew, ran with dad to complete his 12th parkrun. Paul just finished ahead of Luke on the points table in the year past, so the game is on going into year four.

Luke, Deann, Paul and Matthew Lamprecht at the Kidds Beach parkrun anniversary celebrations

Volunteering- What it means to me
V - Visiting Rietvlei parkrun
O - Our weekly family get together having fun and getting fit
L - Learning so much about running, different clubs and upcoming races
U - Understanding many different runner's tactics
N - Never a dull moment EVER
T - Together all nationalities unite as one, happily encouraging one another
E - Early morning run, beautiful surroundings in such a tranquil environment
E - Eager to assist from the fastest to the last runner coming in
R - Realizing I'm healthy to participate in such a wonderful event
I - Incredible witnessing new PB's, others completing their 1st 5km
N - Names and faces eventually become your friends for life
G - Giving something back to show my appreciation for a safe free 5km run
Thank you for being such an inspiration to many in the running world.
Antoinette Routledge

Without volunteers, parkrun couldn’t happen

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


Errol Duffett, centre, at Lonehill parkrun

Name:  Errol Duffett

Club:  Team Vitality

Age:  61

Occupation:  Financial Consultant

Number of runs:  75

Number of times volunteered:  68

How has parkrun changed your running:  Very definitely. From being a no exercise person to being a very active park and trail runner. parkrun kickstarted my goal to improve my fitness and has contributed to losing 35kg over the past two years.

What do you like about parkrun:  Getting together with a wonderful group of volunteers on a Saturday morning, having fun and returning something to my community.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  My 50th parkrun, which was also a Personal Best

Trail or Road Running:  Trail

Favourite volunteer role:  Pre-event setup and post-event take down and scanning

Why should others volunteer at parkrun:  Everybody will have their individual motivations but overall is probably a desire to return something to the community. The parkrun volunteer community is definitely not a place for the ego-driven.

What fellow volunteers say about them:  Errol is a pleasure to have as a core volunteer and parkrunner at Lonehill. He is passionate about his fitness and health, always keen to share his trail and parkrunning experiences. Errol is usually the first volunteer to arrive in the mornings and also one of the last to leave – always smiling and stepping up to make sure our parkrun runs smoothly

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.

Our sponsors

Blue Label Telecoms investing in parkrun

Blue Label sponsors parkrun - come and find out more at www.bluelabeltelecoms.co.za


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 300 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.


MRPSport investing in parkrun

MRPSport is the proud apparel sponsor of parkrun South Africa. We love the idea of partnering with social initiatives like parkrun because it adds value to peoples lives which is what we’re all about. We believe in healthy active living through sports at all levels. School goers, family and friends have the opportunity to join in a fun activity every Saturday morning at one of many parkrun venues around South Africa. Our mission is to encourage this active lifestyle with authentic products, great value and trendy designs. MRPSport will be alongside parkrun every step of the way! We will keep parkrunners updated with all the initiatives in 2016 and beyond. Stay tuned to our newsletter for all the weekly updates. - come and find out more at www.mrpsport.com

Our supporters

Dis-Chem supporting parkrun

As a brand committed to and grounded in the basic principles of good health, Dis-Chem Pharmacies is proud to partner with parkrun as a means to healthier living. Our brand values and ethos are positively aligned with proactive health ambassadors such as Bruce Fordyce and the parkrun team. We see, endorse and appreciate the efforts of parkrun to improve the health and activity levels of all South Africans. Stay tuned to both Dis-Chem and parkrun websites and social media channels for communication on seasonal and unique offers and promotions, exclusive to parkrunners in South Africa! dischem.co.za


 

Milestone tee shirts

Thank you for being so understanding about the recent delays with the milestone club t-shirts. It has been a busy few months while we prepare to launch a new system with Mr Price Sport.

We know some of you have been waiting a long time for your coveted milestone t-shirt, for which we apologise. We know that milestone t-shirts are hard-earned and cherished, and we would have loved to have been able to provide these free t-shirts quicker than we’ve been able to in some cases.

If you qualified before January 2016 these t-shirts should have been sent to the event team at your home run.
Please contact the team at your home run via email to find out if your t-shirt has arrived. You can find the event team's email address at the bottom of the event's webpage and in any results email.

If your t-shirt has arrived please collect it from your home run on a Saturday morning.

The 2016 t-shirt claims are currently being processed by Mr Price Sport and we’re working hard to provide them as quickly as we can.

Thanks for your continued support.

Happy running.

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