Greetings, Fellow parkrunners
December is here, and the end of the year is just around the corner. This year has seen a number of exciting happenings, our first 100 parkrunners, our record numbers to date, and many more personal accomplishments on the parts of our runners, I'm sure.
First and foremost, I'd like to congratulate Julie Leibrandt for being awarded October's 'parkrunner of the Month' award, and she walks away with a voucher proudly donated by The Sweat Shop.
Christmas is just around the corner, and we have a few things planned for this time of year. Firstly, we will be doing a charity drive, we're still working out the details, but as soon as we know more, we'll put out the word. So watch this space...
Also, for the first time in Roodepoort's history, we'll be holding events on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. And as a special treat, you'll have the opportunity to do 2 parkruns on New Year's Day. How, you may ask? Well, it works like this: Delta is holding their event at 7:30, and the Roodepoort event will be at 9:00. So, if you are fleet footed and you know your way around the roads, you can run Delta, then drive swiftly but safely to Roodepoort and do a second 5km. Obviously this isn't for everyone, but those hard core runners who feel at home running a quick 10km could very well consider this option.
I'd like to take this opportunity to re-iterate some parkrun etiquette:
- No Barcode = No Result: Please remember to bring your barcode to Every event. Obviously we expect the occasional technical issue, and we're prepared to deal with those, but if you simply forget to bring your barcode, you won't receive your results, and your time will be listed as 'Unknown'.
- Dogs: While dogs on leads are most welcome to join in parkun events, we would ask that if they are not social and well behaved that you rather leave them at home.
- Starting time: Please note that every parkrun event starts at 8:00am Sharp! Because of the number of people trying to get in and find parking, please make a point of arriving 15 minutes early to be sure that you're at the start line on time.
- Public park: Even though it may seem that we take over the park on a Saturday morning, nobody has exclusive rights to the park. Therefore, please be aware of, and give way to other park users. This includes faster or slower runners. There is enough space for everyone.
We have an exciting month ahead, and this time of year is always a bit crazy. I'm sure a lot of our parkrunners will be going away on holiday. If so, take a look at the website for a parkrun close to where you're going, and become a parkrun tourist.
No matter where you are travelling, if at all, please take care of yourselves and your families, be vigilant and drive safely.
Until next time, Happy Running!