December Newsletter

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.

The Sweatshop

 

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!

 

Mid October

Here's a short update to highlight a few important notes.

Firstly, Congratulations to our July and August monthly prize winners, Henno Fourie and Glynis Tunmer. Keep it up. Their prizes are generously sponsored by The Sweat Shop.

The Sweatshop

I've had a few people ask about the funky parkrun wristbands that some of us are wearing. Please note that we arranged a batch as a once-off order to raise awareness, but the proper way to get your hands on a wristband is to order it online. The website address is http://tenbits.co.za. There is also a link to their website at the bottom of every results email that you receive, as well as the newsletter email that comes out regularly.

Seeing as 31st October is Halloween, we invite everyone to come in costume on Saturday 1st November. There won't be any prizes, but it'll be great fun and will allow for some amazing photos. Let's see how creative you can all get!

Alas, I have some unfortunate news. It turns out that there has been a delay in the supply of red 50 club shirts, so if you have one your 50th, please be patient. As soon as the next batch of stock comes in, you'll be sure to get your shirts.

On the lighter note, the number of new events in South Africa is increasing at an alarming rate. This last weekend saw the opening of Laudium parkrun in Pretoria. This Saturday, Secunda parkrun will see the light of day. There after, there is a new parkrun every weekend for over a month. The other day I was poking around the parkrun website, as I do on occasion, and I spotted an interesting new feature: on the home page of every parkrun event is a list of any nearby events and their approximate distance, so if you're keen for a change of scenery, take a look and see which other parkruns are close by. Remember that your barcode is valid anywhere, at any parkrun in the world! So why not tour a bit...

Len Rutter Park, where we hold our parkrun is being used more and more by other members of the community, which is good to see. Once such group is meeting for a dog walk on this Saturday 25th October at 9:00am, directly after parkrun. They'll have a raffle to raise money for our local SPCA. So, bring along your pooches and a bit of raffle cash, and give them a bit of a day out.

Until next time, Stay Safe, and keep moving forward!!

 

A Big Thank you

On behalf of all the runners and volunteers at Roodepoort parkrun, we'd like to express our deepest appreciation to Sonja and Trevor Ashworth for their hard work and unwavering dedication to the parkrun since its inception, and we wish them well on their journey.

 

Treats for everyone on Saturday

This Saturday, 20 October, Florida Running Club will be at Roodepoort parkrun with yummy treats for everyone! Don't miss out! We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible this weekend.

 

Volunteers and feedback wanted

Roodepoort parkrunis in need of volunteers to help with tasks such as timekeeping, barcodescanning and setup. We urge all participants to volunteer at parkrun once in awhile so that everyone gets a chance to take part as a runner. As a volunteer,you also get to accumulate points!

Please ‘Like’ our facebook page and Follow us on twitter @RoodepoortRun

We would love to interact with you and hear your comments and suggestions. Photos can be uploaded onto our website or facebook page.

Safe running!

David Ashworth

 

New course record

Well done to Charlton Dollie, who completed the run in a time of 20:48. 

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