parkrun SA newsletter 10th September 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this edition of the SA parkrun newsletter, we hear encouraging stories about some amazing feats by our parkrunners. We learn, once again, that these achievements would not be possible without our amazing volunteers. Discovery Vitality brings us more health tips and the adivan will be visiting more parkruns in your area.

Rietvlei parkrun

So it seems that spring has finally arrived as the sun greeted parkrunners all over the country last Saturday. The warm weather resulted in some large fields at a number of our parkruns with a couple even recording record numbers. In all almost 10000 South African parkrunners ran on Saturday morning. North Beach alone had well over 900 parkrunners enjoying the balmy Durban weather while some 850 parkrunners at Rietvlei in Johannesburg South celebrated spring with flowers and brightly coloured outfits.

Congratulations to Shawn and Toni Mackrell and Justin Christison and team for the wonderful job they are doing for the Johannesburg South community. Later on that morning the Gauteng schools ran their cross-country championships over part of the Rietvlei parkrun course.

As we all know, from time to time parkruns have to be cancelled. It’s always regrettable and our volunteers try hard to avoid cancelling a parkrun but occasionally it has to happen. We would like to encourage all parkrunners to consult the website and all social media to check for cancellations. There have been a couple of instances where parkrunners have travelled a great distance only to discover that the parkrun they wanted to run has been cancelled. On that note please will everyone take note that Greenpoint parkrun will be cancelled on the 20th September and Ebotse parkrun will be cancelled on the 27th September.

It is really gratifying to see the numbers of 100 club members growing each week. At the moment there are almost 25 parkrunners who have earned the coveted black shirt with more to come each Saturday. When Delta, Roodepoort, Nahoon Point, and Ebotse parkruns started in 2012 they concentrated on establishing themselves as ongoing parkruns and with little idea that their most loyal runners would earn 100 club shirts in just over two years.

This month we look forward to welcoming Middelburg parkrun and Grahamstown parkrun to the parkrun South Africa family. We have no doubt they will be very popular both with their local communities and parkrun visitors. We also have no doubt that some of their early loyal runners will join the 100 club in just over two years’ time.

Happy running,

Bruce (get in touch)

Modern Athlete Magazine


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Discovery Vitality brings you health tips


Discovery Vitality brings you all the health tips you need to know on your parkrun journey.
Often a sport or physical activity works only certain muscle groups.  Cross training combines a variety of exercises or sports to work various body parts, allowing you to improve your overall performance and fitness.

It’s not always about winning


One of the most gratifying reasons for becoming involved in the management of a parkrun event is to have an opportunity to watch runners and walkers progress from strength to strength over the course of several months. As a parkrun director at Bryanston parkrun in Johannesburg, the highlight of my Saturday morning is to greet familiar faces who week-on-week improve their times, slowly lose weight, get into shape and start to have more and more fun.

One such runner at Bryanston parkrun is Clayton Vetter. Clayton has participated in 10 events at Bryanston since our inaugural run on 25 January 2014. Of these, Clayton has run seven PBs (personal best times), improving his time over 5km almost every time he runs. Over the past 7 months, Clayton has shed 15 kilograms and 11% body fat, transforming himself into a lean-mean-running machine. The results have truly been fantastic!

But wait, it gets better… inspired by his fellow parkrunners and having joined one of the local running clubs based in Bryanston, Clayton has started to take part in longer events such as the Wanderers 21.1km, the Old Eds 21.1km and most recently the Gauteng Challenge Half Marathon. On 5 October 2014, Clayton will run his first full marathon in Brussels, as a team member for his local club. We wish Clayton all the very best for his race and look forward to seeing him tear up the turf along the Bryanston spruit!

Clayton Vetter

event news


Sunrise-on-Sea parkrun

At Sunrise-on-Sea parkrun there are volunteers that have really become part of our event, that is, our ‘parkrun family.’ The picture below show a few regulars who have missed out on very few Saturdays and always with very good reasons. This buy-in from the community (they are all local residents) makes the organisation of parkrun a real pleasure. These volunteers make organisation easy by contacting the run director if they cannot attend an event. They then get someone to take over their volunteer role for that day. This arrangement works very well for us. There are other volunteers that work on a rotational basis, but this core group takes care of the most important tasks.

Volunteers at Sunrise-on-Sea

Some of our regulars, not in the photo, for instance; Leslie Ronaldson, started in August last year and has not missed an event since. He will soon have volunteered more than 50 times. Rene Kopke has moved into the timekeeping slot and is now also regarded as a core member of the team. I must mention that not one of the core volunteers is a runners or a walker and they all prefer to be involved in volunteering.

Unfortunately Les will be moving to Cape Town in October and I am sure he will continue his duties at Big Bay as his wife Marika is a red club member who will drag him along. Our loss is Cape Town’s gain.

I believe someone else that is unique to Sunrise-on-Sea parkrun is Tia-Marie Taljaard, who has run all 87 runs including our trial run. She will soon join the 100 parkrun club, having not missed a single event. We anticipate celebrating that milestone with her on 28 November 2014.

Happy running
Danie Bessinger

feedback from the field


A story just for interest.  My wife was told she was free of liver cancer on Friday after 16 months including three operations and many months of chemotherapy.  An unexpected surprise.  On Saturday she walked the parkrun at Rondebosch Common in 58 minutes and 20 seconds. She nearly stopped after the first lap but she said she was determined to finish.  She was so chuffed to have completed the 5kms.  When the results came she saw she was 5th last and could not believe that she was not last. So thank you, your committee and the volunteers for making her day yesterday.
Many thanks and kind regards,
Mike


You guys can be so proud of yourselves.  parkruns are such an amazing way to bring people from all walks of life, all levels of fitness, each with their own goal.  I have been running, for 22 years now and am still competing in my age group, therefore, follow a training programme.  I have only done 4 parkruns, but have absolutely loved the concept.  It is so easy, so quick and no money exchanging hands.  Just you, your watch and your goal.  I just smile when I see old, young, fat, thin, fit, not so fit, dogs, wheel chairs and whatever, all together, doing the same thing.  It is such a great motivator for someone who does not feel comfortable entering official races and once they do their first one, they then set themselves goals, encourage friends and family to join them and have a blast.  I just love these runs and just love seeing all these wonderful people achieving the same goal.  Good on you all and to the wonderful volunteers who make it possible each week.
Beverley Charters, Cape Town


I'd like to thank you so very much for the wonderful opportunity you have given me to be such an integral part of PE Hobie Beach parkrun, and parkrun SA.
Thank you for your trust, guidance and assurance in allowing me to make PE Hobie Beach parkrun the great success it is today. Without your involvement and advice, it would never have been possible. I know one of the main parkrun mantras keep saying "without the volunteers parkrun is not possible", but so often people forget that it's all the behind the scenes organising that takes place every single day by the three of you, that keeps parkrun going along so successfully.
This has without doubt, been one of the most phenomenal volunteer journey's I have been privileged to be a part of. The experience to be part of something so much greater, to bring an inaugural event to one of largest cities in South Africa, and to see it grow at such a rapid pace all within a 55 weeks is something I will never forget. The people I have been able to meet, the friendships created, the results witnessed - all form part of something so much bigger than just a weekly timed 5km run. It's parkrun. Every single part of Event Directing at parkrun has taught me something which I will forever be able to use in my skill set for the future.
I wish I could explain the level of gratitude I have for this journey, all provided by an opportunity you gave me in April 2013. Thank you so very much.
I look forward to seeing you when you visit a Cape Town parkrun (hopefully very soon) :)
Rosalind


Drop us an email if you have an interesting parkrun related fact, happening or comment that you would like to share with all parkrunners.

parkrun corner

The advan will be doing a tour of the country

All ladies are invited to test out our product and stand a chance of winning a pair of shoes at parkruns on the following dates:

Bloemfontein - Saturday 13 September
Port Elizabeth - Saturday 20 September
East London - Saturday 27 September

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

You can download your copy of the parkrun show here. (iTunes)

The parkrun show is the audible roundup of the "goings on" of everything that caught the teams eye from the weekend in parkrunworld.

Brought to you by Marathon Talk.

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
all in for #myjourney

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 17th July 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this edition of the SA parkrun newsletter, we welcome the newest event, Cannibal’s Cave parkrun while Kidd’s Beach parkrun turns one. We take a tour of an international parkrun - in Poland.

Stepping boldly forward parkrun SA has launched its first truly rural parkrun at Cannibal’s Cave! Before we have any more enquiries let me explain that the new parkrun is named after the cavern in the area where it was reported that desperate tribal refugees escaping King Shaka’s Mfecane were forced to resort to cannibalism to survive.

Musi and Lizzie Mabaso have been keen to start a parkrun in their community and with wonderful help from Iain Morshead they finally launched the Cannibal’s Cave parkrun on the 28th June. Iain was the original event director of Ebotse parkrun, our 3rd ever parkrun. It is hard to think of a more spectacular setting for a parkrun than that of Cannibal’s cave. Running close to the Tugela River, in the Rugged Glen Nature Reserve runners are treated to magnificent views of the Amphitheatre and Sentinel mountains of the Drakensberg.

Cannibal’s Cave parkrun

The inaugural run was well supported by parkrun visitors and the word is spreading in the local community that parkrun has come to the mountains.

While Cannibal’s celebrated their first parkrun Kidd’s Beach celebrated their first birthday. By all accounts it was a very special morning. We all know that Kidd’s Beach had teething troubles but it is now a thriving and happy parkrun. Enormous thanks to Benji Gane and his team for all they have done.

Benji and Tracy at Kidd’s Beach parkrun

parkrun volunteers are often expected to perform beyond the call of duty but Root 44 had a particularly unusual problem when a storm knocked an old oak tree down across their route. Volunteer Chris Visser got stuck in and cleared the tree together with JJ.

Chris and JJ clearing the path at Root44 parkrun

“Exciting morning at Root 44 saw the volunteers and parkrunners lending a hand to clear debris and saw up a poor fallen Oak tree, which was blocking the first part of the route. A big thank you must also go to JJ from the Root 44 Market, for always being on hand to help out with a pole or a saw! Not even a tree will stop us!”

International parkrun day is getting closer and we remind all parkrunners to keep the 4th October in mind. On that auspicious day 10 years ago 13 “parkrun pioneers” ran the very first parkrun. Little did they know that a decade later they would number well over a million strong. Where will we be in another decade? With that in mind parkrun is planning to publish a coffee table style book of all the best parkrun photos from around the World. South Africa has some spectacular parkruns and we hope to be well represented in the book. You will find the link to submit your photographs on your personal profile ‘Your Links’ Please submit only your absolute best photos!!

It is exciting to see parkrun fulfil many roles. One of these is as a tourist destination. Nowhere has this been better illustrated than by parkrunner Peter Hawthorne who has travelled in a camper van to every single SA parkrun. Peter, an Ebotse parkrunner, has run over 90 parkruns and has now completed all 32 existing parkruns. Congratulations Peter on your remarkable achievement. ( We have travel news for you Peter expect several more long haul destinations to start in the next few months) parkrun is also helping to keep our defence force fit. Well it is in Upington at least. Event director, Russell Nugent tells us that soldiers from the army regiment in Upington are regularly using the parkrun to check their fitness. Apparently the competition amongst them is fairly intense. (Please see the email from Peter further down in this newsletter)

Cheers for now,

Bruce (get in touch)

2014 Discovery Vitality Summit


Book now at www.vitalitysummit.com

Date: 1 August 2014
Time: 08:30 to 17:00
Venue: Sandton Convention Centre, Sandton, Johannesburg
Cost: R2 000 (Vitality members receive a 25% discount off the ticket price)

You can learn from one of rugby’s greats as former England fly half and World Cup winner, Jonny Wilksinson, talks boots and all. Industry experts, Dr Craig Roberts and Dr Ross Tucker, will be talking about how science has influenced the way we train in terms of injury prevention and performance analysis.

Prof. Ellen Langer, professor of psychology at Harvard University, will discuss how mindfulness significantly impacts personal health and wellbeing, business performance and leadership potential, and Stafford Maisie, former country manager of Google SA, will talk about the impact of health and wellness on technology. Dr Craig Nossel, Head of Vitality Wellness, and other industry experts will talk about the business of wellness. We’re also excited about the Big Fat Debate, with Prof. Tim Noakes.

For more information, email or call 011 679 3344.

Every parkrun I do, and every step I run, is for you


The weekly parkruns have certainly taken on a new dimension and meaning for me. Not only has it become a regular Saturday morning fixture but a time where I spend connecting with my late wife, Lesley Tippett, who passed away on the 3rd May 2014 at 8.30 on the Saturday morning. She had completed one parkrun in November 2013

Les was diagnosed with ovarian cancer 8 years ago. She had chemo every year subsequently and in the last 4 years the longest period she went without chemo treatment was 3 months. She was a fighter and vowed to fight and beat the disease. All she wanted from life was to have some quality of life, to complete the Argus Cycle Race and to be a little bit healthy and fit and do the parkruns.

In September 2013 she completed chemo treatment and in November we spent some quality time at the coast and she managed to complete her one and only parkrun at Big Bay. This was such an achievement for her and she was really so proud of her accomplishment. Sadly she never got to complete an Argus Cycle Race.

During my run every Saturday morning, I use the time to reflect on our lives together. We travelled a lot when the times were good and loved the outdoors. As I run and battle through each step of the 5km it helps me to reflect back on how she battled every step of the fight against the disease. I will run every week until I each 50 runs and then 100 and until I can't run any longer. Les continued “running” until she could no longer!

Les, every parkrun I do, and every step I run is for you. You taught us all so much in life. How valuable life is, how to fight for it and how quickly it can be taken away from you!,

At present I am instrumental in setting up the Albert's Farm parkrun. It is a park you loved walking in and found so much solitude in. Every run that takes place there will be for you and we will know that you are walking with us.

Les doing her one and only parkrun at Big Bay in Cape Town. It will be a day I will never forget.

Regards,

Mike Tippett

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parkrun tip of the week


How to link your parkrun profile to Discovery Vitality:

- On the right hand side of every newsletter, you will see a menu bar down the page
- In this menu it shows your personal details and just under that there is a link to edit your personal details - click that link
- This should take you to your personal details page
- Click on the Discovery tab and enter your ID or Passport number

If you have any trouble accessing your personal information page, please click here.

parkrun coffee table book


We will celebrate the 10th birthday of parkrun on the 2nd October 2014. It will be exactly 10 years since the first ever parkrun took place when 13 runners met up for a blast around Bushy Park.

In addition to this virtual party, we want to invite all parkrunners to get involved in this celebration by helping us to produce a permanent visual reminder of what we have achieved. Our plan is to produce a coffee table photo book totalling about 88 pages with hundreds of photos provided for the most part by you.

Our aim is that every parkrun and every parkrunner will join us by celebrating this anniversary at their “home run” on the 4th of October 2014. We are hoping for a birthday celebration starting in New Zealand and following the sun until it culminates in the USA later that day.

We have chosen five categories to celebrate:
- Family and Friends
- Changing Lives
- Making it Happen
- Four Corners of the World, and
- Achievements

Every parkrunner is invited to submit three photos for consideration. For your photo to have the best chance of being accepted it should be the best quality available to you and it should offer a great representation of at least one of the five categories. To help with the selection process, please don’t forget to submit the story behind your photograph(s). If your story really stands out, we may contact you for further details and arrange to interview you. To help you deciding if your image should be considered I offer the following explanations of the categories:

Family and Friends:- parkrun is made up of many different groups of people however one of the things that shines through is the coming together of families and friends. We are looking to highlight extraordinary examples of where this is the case. So, mothers who brought along their children and this has now grown to include grandparents or a work colleague who managed to get his whole team taking part on a regular basis etc.

Changing Lives:- We know of many stories where peoples lives have been changed through their involvement with parkrun. Perhaps this is simply by losing weight but it could also be something more difficult to portray like overcoming depression etc.

Making it Happen:- This category celebrates the volunteers without whom we wouldn't be considering this book.

Four Corners of the World:- I have visited some stunning parkrun venues and I know of a host that are breathtaking. With this category we are looking to capture the essence of our vast geographical presence across the world. Perhaps it might be the image of parkrunners running down the beach in Nahoon Point with a whale flapping its tail in the distance or the sight of 30 parkrunners lining up on a snow frozen morning in Gdynia. You know best what images might portray our Four Corners of the World.

Achievements:- Overcoming adversity or achieving something noteworthy. Just as parkrun stands for persistence and determination then this is not simply about speed. However, we also do not wish to ignore the achievements of the fast folks either.

So, in conclusion, you get three chances to send us a photo to consider. Everyone has an equal chance of making it into the book. Take your time to consider the explanation that you will provide with the image as this will be an important contribution towards this historic book. If your image is chosen, we will credit you in the book however please accept that we may edit and/or crop your image in order to suit our needs..

Finally, this book is being produced by volunteers and there will be costs involved in producing the book. We are hoping to make a profit on the sale of these books which will all be put back into parkrun for the development of our Junior series.

Paul Sinton-Hewitt

Polish parkrun


Cieszyn parkrun is one of the youngest parkrun events in Poland started only at the end of March 2014 and, at the same time, from the start has the privilege of being amongst the most unusual ones globally due to the location of its course. In order to bring closer the two local communities divided in 1920th after World War I the course that has been purposely designed in a way that it takes place in two countries. Although it starts and finishes in Poland, the course crosses over the state border River Olza and goes with nearly half of the route into the Czech Republic. Those wishing to run across the borders should definitely consider their participation at Cieszyn parkrun. Fortunately, runners from both sides of the river are not asked to show their passports when crossing the border however they use two languages for their pre-run briefing.

feedback from the field


Hi Bruce and Gill
You can probably guess what this is about: it is to tell you I have now done as many parkruns as you guys!
I have completed ALL of the parkruns in South Africa and am the -1st privateer and 1st pensioner to achieve this remarkable feat! (Modesty was never one of my shortcomings.)
That said, I am expecting Jaco, Jabulani, Rob and Tracey all to join the ranks very shortly.
According to Andy Warhol, I can nevertheless enjoy 15 minutes of fame.
I have to thank all the parkrun people that I met en route – it would otherwise have been meaningless. These include your 'average' parkrunner (Joe) who ran with me, those who shared a few words with me and made me welcome and the small number who let me pass them! Special thanks to all the volunteers (I must now start to do more myself) and the Event Directors (yea, even Hall’s) and naturally to the National Director and his good lady.
It’s been a blast!
Best regards,
Peter


Hello Bruce,
We, as humans, are so quick to complain and are slow to give praise where praise is due, and also to say thank you.
My husband and I normally run races in Pretoria and Johannesburg over weekends. We heard about the parkrun and joined Modderfontein Reserve parkrun a few weeks ago.
We have run two parkruns and so enjoyed the experience. Besides the run in the reserve being a treat, the volunteers were efficient and helpful, with ready smiles.
Just want to say a HUGE thank you to you and Gill for bringing this concept to South Africa for us all to enjoy.
Your newsletter, the results after a run, the registration process are all so easy to read and to respond to.
Three cheers for a brilliant concept and may this grow and grow and grow from strength to strength.
Bless you both.
Many thanks,
Colleen Ferreira


Good day,
My message is to let you know what parkrun means to me.
I work at a very busy stressful job and battled to switch of, relax and enjoy my weekends.
Since starting my first parkrun, I found that it somehow cleared my mind, energised me and just started my weekend on a high. I could not make a Saturday and just missed that great boost all weekend.
I am not a great athlete but the run (to be honest - walk) has done wonders for my rheumatoid arthritis and gave stress a good old kick.
Thank you to all the organisers, volunteers and sponsors and for the 500 Vitality points earned for every event.
Rietvlei parkrun, you rock!
Regards
Annette Coetzee


I just wanted to send a quick email because my family and I have recently come back from an amazing 3.5 week holiday in South Africa. Our primary reason for going was for my husband, Pete, to run the 89km Comrades race from Petermaritzberg to Durban, going to Kruger National Park, doing the Garden Route and spending 5 days in Cape Town.
Our timing couldn't have been better - our holiday was spread over 3 Saturdays so we could try and find 3 Parkruns to participate in.
Pete and I locally attend the Lake Ginninderra parkrun in the ACT (usually pushing our 1 and 3 year old boys). We haven't been able to go too frequently as Saturdays have been reserved for Pete's Comrades training, but now that has been completed - we are looking forward to becoming regulars! My mother-in-law & father-in-law also joined us in SA to watch Pete complete Comrades (which he did in am amazing time of 9 hours 38 minutes). My father-in-law runs the Lake Mac parkrun in Newcastle (he is a regular - there every week!), so all 3 of us were keen to find local parkruns to attend.
First Saturday in SA - we were in Durban and it was the day before Comrades. We arrived at the Casino foreshore to a swarm of people - it was an absolutely huge event, with so many people in town to run Comrades. The race was a nice & easy out and back along the beachfront, with a fantastic atmosphere with so many spectators. We were all happy with our times, and pretty excited to have participated in our first overseas parkrun - what an awesome buzz we felt!
Our second Saturday in SA we were in Port Elizabeth. Again we turned up pretty excited, and the crowd seemed to be full of regulars. We identified ourselves as being from Australia, and people were so friendly to us and making us feel welcome. After the first 2 kms of running along the beachfront promenade, Pete and I looked at each other and couldn't work out where the front-runners were - usually by now we would have seen them turn around and come back. When we arrived at the 2.5km mark, we followed the crowd towards the beach and discovered with a lot of glee that the rest of this run would be along the beach! It was an awesome experience running along the sand and a great feeling watching so many parkrunners at the beach! This race was definitely a highlight for me - first in my age category - wahooo!!
The final Saturday in SA (in Cape Town) was a cold and windy one, but we decided that we would regret it if we missed the Greenpoint parkrun, so off we went to find the start. We followed the instructions on the website, did the usual thing for a first-timer and arrived early, and started following some people who looked like parkrunners. We all stood around and started chatting, only to realise that everyone there were first-timers at Greenpoint and no one knew where the start was! Luckily a few minutes later one of the volunteers turned up and showed us where to start - and then 5 minutes before the start the regulars came to join us (they were much smarter than us as they waited in their warm cars right until the last minute!). This was a really fun race, as it is not simply an out and back, and you really need to pay attention to where you are going and the signs / volunteers out on the course. Luckily we didn't get lost and found our way to the finish line, where again our fellow parkrunners and volunteers were so welcoming of us.
So all in all, we had a fabulous 3.5 weeks in SA - our parkrun experiences were most certainly one of the highlights of the trip. So thank you to SA for an amazing holiday and for hosting us over the 3 weeks - 3 very different runs all with the same amazing parkrun experience!
Nicole Lisle


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

barcode

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.

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

You can download your copy of the parkrun show here. (iTunes)

The parkrun show is the audible roundup of the "goings on" of everything that caught the teams eye from the weekend in parkrunworld.

Brought to you by Marathon Talk.

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
all in for #myjourney

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 26th June 2014

welcome to the newsletter


In this edition of the SA parkrun newsletter, parkrun closes in on its 10-year anniversary and founder, Paul Sinton-Hewitt, is awarded a C.B.E. We welcomed Mogol parkrun to our list of events last week and Cannibal’s Cave parkrun in the Drakensberg this coming Saturday. Don’t miss out on a word from Discovery Vitality and adidas, along with our first ‘parkrun tip of the week.’ In our event news, we hear from our Uvongo, Shongweni and Bryanston parkruns. If you are interested in the volunteers and technology that makes parkrun timing possible, read on…

100000 SA parkrun registrations!!

All over the parkrun world last week there was joy, pride, and even the odd tear shed at the news that our founder, Paul Sinton-Hewitt had been awarded a C.B.E. in the Queens Honours list. Never was an award more thoroughly deserved. We were touched when Paul announced that he would be accepting the award on behalf of everyone who has helped to grow and support parkrun.

It has been really exciting to see how parkrun has grown in South Africa. Despite the cold winter weather we are still growing by about 2000 new registrations a week and we are now 32 parkruns strong. We have passed the amazing milestone of 100000 registrations. It has taken us just over 2 ½ years to grow from 22 registered parkruns to 100000. We can all be very proud of our part in creating healthier, fitter South Africans.

150000 before the end of the year?

While this is exciting news there are always one or two hitches. One problem with our growth is that so many parkrun people are not aware that parkrun is a brand and is spelt “parkrun” (All lower case, one word) We have seen all sorts of variations but there is only one correct spelling. I am sure our technical sponsor “adidas” would sympathise.

This year parkrun will be celebrating its 10th anniversary on International parkrun day 10th October. To mark this occasion a coffee table book is being compiled. If you believe that you have a very special parkrun photograph please see this link to submit your photographs.

Mogol parkrun

Our most recent parkrun launch proved to be our first in the Limpopo province. The Mogol sports clubhouse in the town of Lephalale (Formally Ellisras) is the venue for a stunning parkrun on the golf course. A beautiful feature of the parkrun is the number of giant Marula trees scattered around the course. Neels Gerber and Denise Hildebrand head up a motivated team of volunteers, and Mogol parkrun is going to be one of the most popular parkruns in SA. It was heart-warming to see so many parkrunners from other parkruns came to support this new parkrun and there was a good sprinkling of 50 and 100 club parkrunners at the Mogol inaugural. We hope that a good few of them will attend our next launch , the ground-breaking Cannibal’s Cave parkrun in the foothills of the mighty Drakensberg Mountains.

Cheers for now,

Bruce (get in touch)

parkrun tip of the week


TIP: Do not enter the finishing funnel (or approach the finish line) twice

REASON: Problems with capturing times occur when a timekeeper clicks a parkrunner in for a second time and that parkrunner then does not receive a position token. All times from that current position onwards are thus incorrect. This is known as ‘Funnel Ducking.’ Effectively, each Funnel Ducker causes the finish positions to become out of synch with the times by one position. It is almost impossible to work out where the discrepancy arose later, during results processing.

The main reason runners give for leaving the funnel prematurely, is that "I don't have my barcode with me so there's no point getting a position number" or “I have already completed my run and now I was only running in with my friend”. All runners MUST (once they have crossed the finish line) take a Finish Token and be scanned. This allows the positions and times to stay in synch without correction, and that athlete will appear on the results automatically as Unknown Athlete.

How does the parkrun timing work?


I am asked on a regular basis, how the time-keeping at parkrun is managed. The process is actually very simple, however, there is a lot more that happens behind the scenes that parkrunners can sometimes take for granted.

When you register with parkrun, your details are loaded into a database which is only accessed by the parkrun results and newsletter software. Your name is stored along with a unique number as a reference. This number is printed out as your personal barcode and brought to each parkrun event.

As the parkrunners set off at the start of a parkrun, a volunteer presses the start button on the stopwatch and timing begins. As each parkrunner crosses the finish line, a volunteer clicks the lap button on the stopwatch. This records each person's time before they collect a position token from the next volunteer. The position token allows the event to use multiple barcode scanners and volunteers thereby eliminating the necessity for parkrun finishers to remain in any order when being scanned; as long as everyone's personal barcode is scanned followed directly by their position token.

Position tokens

After the last person has crossed the line and has been scanned, volunteers pack up the equipment and head off home or to the local coffee shop. Now it is time to capture the names of volunteers and upload the results. The scanner is connected to the computer and the data file containing the barcodes is transferred to the hard drive. The same process applies with the stopwatch. The next step is to log on to the parkrun processing website. The files are uploaded and thanks to technology and skilled programming by parkrun IT experts, the times are automatically synchronised with the positions! Finally, the volunteers are entered next to the positions they served on the day so that they may be assigned points for their effort.

All is complete and the results are queued and ready to be sent out from the UK. The remaining volunteer tasks that need attention before the next week's event can take place are to clean the position tokens, sort them, find and replace any missing tokens, clear the barcode scanner memory, recharge their batteries, and reset the stopwatches.

If nothing else, I would like to point out that the word “volunteer” appears eight times in this article. parkrun is a community effort and everyone would like to participate in the event and not have to volunteer week in and week out. It is easy to leave your details with the volunteers after each event for the following week. Alternatively, you may contact parkrun events via their office email address which is found on the website, Facebook or twitter.

The parkrun SA team would like to encourage everyone to experience what goes on behind the scenes and to volunteer at least three times per year. It is easy! You will be briefed before the start of the event and the event director will help you until you are comfortable with the task. You will leave with a greater appreciation of the volunteers every time you participate.

David Ashworth - Gauteng Regional Director

Discovery Vitality brings you health tips


Discovery Vitality brings you all the health tips you need to know on your parkrun journey.

If you’re exercising to lose weight, aim to lose approximately 0.5kg a week. Coupled with a healthy eating plan, this will help you to keep it off.

If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, you should take an active interest in managing your disease. Your goal should be to exercise at least three times a week, with each exercise session lasting at least 30 – 60 minutes.

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event news


Bryanston parkrun

Construction of the new Bryanston bridge

On Saturday 7 June, Bryanston parkrun, together with the Bryanston East Community Forum hosted the annual ‘Spruit Day’ cleanup of the park and surrounding area. A big thank you to all who got involved in helping to clean our parkrun route. The Community Forum installed new bins along the route as well as supplied materials for the new bridge that is being built by the 1st Scouts of Bryanston. The bridge will be complete in time for this weekend’s parkrun. We simply cannot thank the involvement of the community enough!

The new Bryanston bridge

Safe running,
Bryanston parkrun team

Uvongo parkrun

On the 24th May 2014, Uvongo parkrun was pleased to host families from Round Table South Coast KZN for their very first parkrun Day, which they intend making an annual event. We had visitors from Port Shepstone, Amanzimtoti, Kokstad, Sani, Kloof, Watercrest and Margate. It was wonderful to see these visitors from far and we commend them on making the trip to enjoy a parkrun at the sea. It was especially inspiring to see them visiting as whole families and later hearing the feedback about what a wonderful weekend they had away, all of which entered around a parkrun. Round Table South Coast KZN is requesting to challenge all other Areas in South Africa to do the same at a local parkrun in or out of their province.

It is always sad to have to say goodbye to a regular parkrunner, and even more so to bid farewell do our most dedicated and faithful parkrunner, Philip Prinsloo and his wife Julie, who have moved to Durban. Phillip was our very first 50-Club parkrunner at Uvongo and led the way with most parkruns. Philip has assured us that he can’t miss a parkrun and has in the subsequent two weeks lived up to his word and completed both North Beach and Shongweni parkruns. We wish Philip and Julie well in Durban and will miss their cheerfulness, which was a big part of Uvongo parkrun.

Matthew Lindabaum achieved his 50 Club status on the same day, which was an excellent lead up for running his very first Comrades the following weekend. Well done Matthew!

Regards,
Jason Morsink

Shongweni parkrun

Shongweni parkrun celebrated its first birthday on 14 June 2014 with a record (since surpassed) 251 runners. The parkrun owes its foundation to the efforts for Gill and Bruce Fordyce, Jenna and Stefan van der Merwe and Erita and Pete Garthwaite.

Start of Shongweni parkrun

We were blessed with wonderful KZN coastal winter conditions with sunny skies and a crisp, but positive, temperature. To mark the occasion we had a cake showing pictures from different events together with our parkrun banner and sponsor’s logos ready for ceremonial cutting. Additionally, Tracey Whiting and Ruth Archer put their baking skills to the fore and prepared a wrapped brownie for every participant. Ruth also made up a Birthday banner for display at the finish tunnel. adidas and Lungile Health provided lucky dip prizes with the latter also providing sachets of water for the event.

The occasion was also used to award 10 Club certificates to Melissa Padbury and Rory Camp, whilst Sam Heynes received his 50 Club T-shirt. The points winners for 2013/14 were announced and Hayley Mackinnon and King Chipara were delighted to receive vouchers sponsored by parkrun SA.

Shongweni continues to grow and is set to be welcoming 300 participants in the not too distant future. At event 54, were also able to accompany Stuart Clark celebrate his 50th run with a red 50 Banner and we expect to see another of our members reaching this milestone within the next fortnight with others also closing in towards their 50th run.

On behalf of Jason Huntley and myself and every Shongwni parkrunner , I wish to thank Gill and Bruce and Jenna and Stefan for their support and guidance towards Shongweni and we look forward to an exciting second year.

Robin Archer

feedback from the field


Hi Bruce,
I joined the parkrun community so that I would have a run whenever there was no Saturday race. Earlier this year, when she took up walking and then running, I introduced my wife to parkrun. We both have Roodepoort as our Home Run. She has been visiting her Aunt in Scotland and, needless to say, she sourced the parkrun in Aberdeen, which she completed on Saturday, her 10th run. As seamlessly as ever, her result came through to her via email, a PB and 5th in her age category, which she proudly forwarded on to the family. It is so great to be part of this world-wide family and know that in so many places, there will be a parkrun waiting to be run.
Kind regards,
Nigel Asprey


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


Name:  Li-Fan (Roger) Lu

Club:  Fourways Road Runners

Age:  34

Home parkrun:  Lonehill

Occupation:  Restaurant manager

Number of runs:  5

PB:  25m55sec (woodland)

Number of times volunteered:  5

Favourite volunteer role:  only done scanning. I enjoy it and will love to try other volunteer tasks too.

What do you like about volunteering at parkrun:  I do all the Sunday races, and while always greeting and thanking all the marshals, volunteers and police officials that makes races happen, I feel I still owe the running community a great favour. Thanks to parkrun, I have the chance to give back to the community, helping people to enjoy what I enjoy the most (which is running), passing on the favour and help runners and walkers reaching or keeping their health goals - mentally and physically.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun volunteering moment:  Working as a scanner trying to be as efficient as possible as to avoid long waiting cues (my apologies, as the cue does still build up very quickly) means that my head was always down focused on bar codes and position tokens with out lifting my head to see people's faces. I'm very happy to be greeted on the streets and during weekend races by fellow parkrunners as "Mr. parkrun", although I don't know your faces, it put a big smile on my face.

How can we improve and encourage volunteering at parkrun:  I don't know, give them a beer and a hug from Trevor? lol. Maybe try to take photos of people that participated (runners and volunteers), and load the photographs onto facebook for them to try to find, download and tag themselves. People are always happy to see themselves.

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