International Women’s day parkrun

On 8 March 2020 - we celebrated International Women's day - but we honored all the lovely ladies who did the parkrun with us!  We celebrated a 250th run with a Female - Well done Surina De Jager on this great achievement!

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The Voortrekker Monument parkrun welcomed 563 parkrunners who ran, jogged and walked the course.  Of the 563 parkrunners - we had 116 first-timers and with the help of pacers and determination of the parkrunners themselves - we celebrated 128 NEW Personal Bests - so well done to every one of the 563 runners who finished and cheered each other on!

parkruns are made possible by volunteers and without these heroes - it won't be possible - after a difficult week with appeals for volunteers - we managed to gather 18 volunteers who cheered you on - and ensured the event took place.  Thank you to our AWESOME HEROES:

Rachael MCKEE • Gareth GREER • Yolandi MEULKE • Farron YSSEL • Heinz MEULKE • Norbert HANNWEG • Nadia BELL • Carel VAN AARDT • Marlene KILLOCH • Vaughan KILLOCH • Sandra MANSVELDER • Jaimee WOLFAARDT • Nadine GREER • Jocelyn GREER • Nolwazi DUBE • Lusinda LANDMAN • Thea VAN DEN HEEVER • Lisa SWART

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Are you a fast runner like Gareth or Rachael??

Are you nursing injuries like Nadia and Norbert??

Do you want to make it a family affair like Carel, Marlene, Vaughan and Carissa??

Do you like cheering everyone on during a parkrun??

We welcome old, young, fast or injured or just someone who needs a rest from running - but still need the parkrun fix! If you want to volunteer in March - please email us on: voortrekkermonument@parkrun.com and we will happily slot you in and give you training1

See you on 14 March 2020 for another parkrun event at 08:00

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Leaping for joy on leap year day parkrun 2020

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It was raining at 07:30 and a lot of runners reconsidered running on such a special day! For months parkrunners across the global was planning where they will run on 29 February 2020 and Voortrekker  Monument parkrun was ready for them, all set up, dressed up and ready to rock and run with crazy outfits.

We decided to have a crazy dress parkrun to celebrate the first ever parkrun on 29 February 2020 and we had a great fun parkrun.  And the parkrunners delivered with great outfits, great spirit and awesome vibes. From froggies leaping around the course, witches who forgot their brooms, tutu runners, a sharky (think he got lost with all the rain) and pajama runners, and the good news was - EVERYONE won a free parkrun of their chose  - travel costs excluded.

We welcomed some visitors from all over, the Rondlopers and Daphe Kirsten (from Passionate about parkrun) joined us and make the day unforgettable for themselves and the parkrunners - even stepping in and volunteering!)Rondlopers
The Rondlopers Finally come to visit Voortrekker Monument parkrun

This morning (as the rain stopped just in time for the parkrun) 401 parkrunners,ran, jogged, walked and leaped around course. We welcomed 89 first timers and 104 recorded new Personal Bests at Voortrekker monument parkrun.

The event was made possible by 24 cheerful Volunteers: Dressed up and cheering everyone on around the course! Our heroes for today was:
Cavey PARKER • Farron YSSEL • Nico VAN HOEPEN • Norbert HANNWEG • Nadia BELL • Harley ALLKINS • Ronel DU PLESSIS • Ridwaan FAKIR • Doris DONDUR • Carel VAN AARDT • Marlene KILLOCH • Khatija FAKIR • Jocelyn GREER • Nolwazi DUBE • Carisa BOTHA • Josiah MASANGO • Lusinda LANDMAN • Mpho MASANGO • Daphne KIRSTEN • Kobus BOTES • Thea VAN DEN HEEVER • Hugo VAN DEN HEEVER • Liandri VAN ROOYEN * Arrie Nel

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The Core volunteer team at Voortrekker monument with some visiting volunteers

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Tailwalkers heading up the fort

We are back at parkrun next week - so please consider volunteering (yes fast runners can volunteer as well)!

see you all next week for a another great run!!

Below is our Favorite parkrunners for the day!  From Dancing monkeys, a parkrun memory lane, ms Frog,  and a sharkry
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The dancing monkeys

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A parkrunner's memory lane!

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Team Rondlopers

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Sprinting up the flat up hill

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Mrs Frog - from die Rondlopers

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A shark in Pretoria.
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Rocky showed up as well! running in his USA flag!

 

The Voortrekker Monument is a Heritage Site as well as a Nature Reserve. Therefore no dogs are allowed on the monument’s premises accept for guide dogs.

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