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Event #19

 

Wellies parkrun Event #19 – Saturday 6th February 2016 - by Cherona Vlok

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Our 19th parkrun event saw Wellington parkrunners smashing 2 new records.

The first was an attendance record of 185 runners who came out on a Gorgeous summer morning to enjoy our scenic route at Imbuko Wine Farm, and the second record was broken by the same man who had set the record the previous weekend at our event #18 at 17minutes 35seconds. Sive Ngubo now holds the record for the fastest time on our route (again) at a Whopping 16 minutes and 57 seconds !!

That is going to be a hard record to beat but I’m sure, with cooler weather on its’ way, that we’ll have a few contenders for that title on our hands.

With all the talk on setting and smashing parkrun time records and PBs’ each week, let’s turn our focus and give Thanks to our  parkrunners who come out to support us each weekend, catch up with a buddy, soak up some sun and work on their fitness in their own unique way …

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  We find that we are frequently welcoming tourists from near and far to our beautiful region and parkrun route and had the pleasure of having Laurence Messer all the way from the UK at Wellington parkrun on Saturday. Laurence enjoyed our route immensely, even with the exceptionally warm morning, and had this to say via email :

“I would just like to thank you and the other volunteers at Wellington for making me so welcome on Saturday. You were all most supportive. Although I have completed 185 parkruns at 21 different places Wellington was both the most scenic as well as my slowest. Running through vineyards and round a dam with wonderful vistas made it very special. You warned me about the hill and I thought you were exaggerating and it would be an incline that I could run slowly up. It just shows how wrong I was! I hope to return to Wellington next year and look forward to seeing you then. I will put in some serious hill training in preparation!”  - We look forward to welcoming you back Laurence.

Can you feel it ? Can you feel the parkrun Love ? 

These parkrunners sure can …

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… And with that in mind, please remember that we celebrate Valentines Day this coming Saturday at parkrun.

Wear your pink, red and white and come and show us a little LOVE

 

Wellington parkrun Event #17

By Kate O'Dowd

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With the expectation of cooler weather, 152 participants arrived to challenge our hill /bult! Unfortunately someone forgot to tell Wellington that it was supposed to be cooler and we ended up with another scorcher of a day!

The event was supported by 33 first timers as well as a number of guests. We were visited by a veteran parkrunner Tracey Rankin who has completed a whopping 216 parkruns! Thank you for visiting Tracey! She definitely found our hill extra special!

 

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We had one of our very dedicated youth runners, Divan (pictured above with Tracey) in second place showing the men how it’s done – looking forward to seeing you out in front again Divan!

Chad Lahana from parkrun Big Bay came through for the challenge but admitted the heat was slightly higher than he was used to – I think we will probably have to wait until the cooler months before we see him return ……

That being said we had 2 guests from England who ran a week before in -2 degrees – talk about acclimatizing! As you can see he managed to give our camera man a smile.

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As always our very dedicated volunteers were en route to shout encouragement and direct the way!

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The dogs made a pitstop at the Dam to take a dip and have a reprieve from the heat.

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This young man ran all the way barefoot and determinedly made all 5km without once being assisted by his dad- even up the hill, well done!

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Despite the heat we had 28 personal bests – can’t wait to see what times they do in the cooler months.

Wellington parkrun is growing every week and it is a pleasure to welcome you all every Saturday. Thank you for your support and to our volunteers – you are awesome, we couldn’t do this without you.

Remember folks, parkrun is for EVERYONE – please bring your family, friends, colleagues and furry babies along for an hour of fresh air and sunshine. Let’s keep up the momentum and get everyone you know to come out and enjoy one of the most beautiful parkrun’s in SA!

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A few reminders – bring extra water, a sun hat and sunscreen and please keep your furry friends on a leash – one per runner. If you have some extra time, join us for an iced coffee, or if you are a die hard coffee drinker – a hot coffee afterwards.

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SEE YOU NEXT WEEK!!

 

Welkom 2016 / Welcome 2016

Voorspoedige 2016 aan al ons Wellington parkrun familie en vriende. Ons hoop om julle gereeld te sien op ons pragtige roete. Of dit nou net vir die gesondheid is en of jy jou persoonlike beste wil verbeter, maak elke Saterdag, parkrun dag.

Prosperous 2016 to all our Wellington parkrun family and friends. Hope to see you around our beautiful route often. Be it to get fit or hunting down that PB, make every Saturday a parkrun day.

 

Tis the season to be …

 

...Jolly

...Celebrating with loved ones

...spreading love and happiness

... register for parkrun

... better my parkrun PB

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Can you believe it's December already?  Us neither.

10 !! T E N !! WOW 10... Thank you to one and all, volunteers, runners, walkers and some crawlers. You guys are amazing.

114 Runners braved the early Wellington heat on our beautiful route at the picturesque  Imbuko Estate.  Well done to you all whom set up new PB's and to those who came close, don't quit, you will get there.

Remember to bring along those water bottles, caps and some sun protection.

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Volunteers always happy to show you in the right direction, even in scorching temperatures.

Now that everyone is going into holiday mode (the lucky ones), the malls get busy (with that elusive Boney M song repeating itself over and over in your head) and the kids nagging you they're bored, we wish you a festive and blessed holiday season.  If you're traveling, be safe. We can't wait to have you back on your route.  If  you are staying home, see you every Saturday in December.

 

If you are still looking for that perfect gift to give your loved one, look no further.   Scroll down to the bottom of this post.   No need to thank us, you attendance is more than enough.

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Picture of our infamous "hill" The Glutes destroyer.

Ever wondered how many Registered runners Wellington parkun have ?  Or do you want some interesting stats ?

Wonder no more.

Registrations   616   ( Wellington parkrun registered parkrunners )

Runs 1266 ( Number of athletes ran our route )

Volunteers 26 ( Number of volunteers )

 

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Spooooooooooky ….. event #5

Where were you when the volunteers went all crazy on our first themed run/walk at Imbuko ? A overcast morning kept a few of the runners in bed, or could it be the late night after watching our Boks play it out for third place ?  Thank you one and all out there and a special thanks to the Volunteers for your efforts....   Well done to Lynda Palmer on a great run and showing her awesome support to Wellington parkrun...

Our awesome volunteers all dressed up.... Ready for action. Some more results

Wellington parkrun Event number 5 31st October 2015

Male placings: Zamikhaya NYILA (SM25-29) (Unattached) was first over the line in 23:18 - first appearance. Jan-Marten DALING (SM30-34) (Unattached) was second over the line in 24:21. Thomas JACOBS (VM40-44) (Unattached) was third over the line in 24:40.

Female placings:

Lynda PALMER (VW60-64) (Unattached) was first (11th overall) over the line in 28:37 - first time in 4 appearances. Larissa GREGOROWSKI (SW18-19) (Unattached) was second (12th overall) over the line in 28:44. Marlene SWART (VW55-59) of Paarl AC, was third (15th overall) over the line in 31:53.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

Lynda PALMER (VW60-64) was graded 70.82% for the time 28:37 (11th overall). Janice SENEKAL (VW65-69) was graded 63.40% for the time 33:28 (21st overall). Ryk VAN VELDEN (VM60-64) was graded 59.46% for the time 27:13 (8th overall).

This week there were 70 runners, of whom 24 were first timers and 19 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 3 different athletics clubs took part.

Wellington parkrun started on 3rd October 2015, and since then 313 different runners, including participants from 13 athletics clubs, have completed 556 runs covering a total distance of 2,780 km, and there have been 85 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Mari BOTHA who ran in a time of 00:25:34 on 2015-10-10 (event number 2). The male record is held by Unknown ATHLETE who ran in a time of 00:18:42 on 2015-10-03 (event number 1). The Age Grade course record is held by Lynda PALMER who recorded a 71.03% run (28:32) on 10th October 2015 (event number 2).

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wellington parkrun Results Page.

 

 

Summer is HERE !!!

Just as we thought (hoped more) that mother nature is going to bless us with a wet weekend, BOOM ! summer arrived with a gorgeous morning @ Imbuko.  It surely helped with the numbers, as one by one the faithful, new runners and some visitors (even from Perth in Australia) gathered at the starting line.  143 runners braved the Wellington route.  And we are delighted to report that most made it back, the hill conquered only 4, but we will see them back next weekend to try again.

PLEASE TAKE NOTE:

As the temperatures starts rising, we remind all our avid runners/walkers to please remember the necessary, we composed a short list of essentials:

  • a hat or cap
  • sunscreen
  • enough water (you can never have enough water).  We do supply water on top of our hill, but you need to stay hydrated throughout the whole course, use the hill to fill up those water bottles.  It's still a steady 1,1 km to the end.
  • Your husband, wife, son(s), daughter(s), friend, colleague, boss, furry friend (we not racists but dogs only), dad, mom, uncle, aunt, cousin(s).  It's always better with someone.
  • And for the month of October we are wearing pink for cancer awareness. So anything pink !!  Yes that includes the men...

 

See you all bright and early 8 am...

More resulst from Saturday

Wellington parkrun
Event number 3
17th October 2015

Male placings:
Michael VAN NIEKERK (SM20-24) (Unattached) was first over the line in 20:59 - first appearance.
Joseph THOMAS (VM35-39) (Unattached) was second over the line in 21:48.
An unknown runner was third.

Female placings:
Helena KLUE (VW35-39) (Unattached) was first (7th overall) over the line in 26:15 - second time in 2 appearances.
Anita BREED (VW45-49) (Unattached) was second (16th overall) over the line in 28:43.
Lynda PALMER (VW60-64) (Unattached) was third (17th overall) over the line in 28:51.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Lynda PALMER (VW60-64) was graded 70.25% for the time 28:51 (17th overall).
Fanie WESSELS (VM50-54) was graded 62.73% for the time 24:17 (5th overall).
Michael VAN NIEKERK (SM20-24) was graded 61.48% for the time 20:59 (first overall).

This week there were 139 runners, of whom 60 were first timers and 28 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 4 different athletics clubs took part.

Wellington parkrun started on 3rd October 2015, and since then 231 different runners, including participants from 9 athletics clubs, have completed 361 runs covering a total distance of 1,805 km, and there have been 47 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Mari BOTHA who ran in a time of 00:25:34 on 2015-10-10 (event number 2).
The male record is held by Unknown ATHLETE who ran in a time of 00:18:42 on 2015-10-03 (event number 1).
The Age Grade course record is held by Lynda PALMER who recorded a 71.03% run (28:32) on 10th October 2015 (event number 2).

Saturday's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wellington parkrun Results Page.

 

Wellington parkrun #2

Just as we thought winter was done and out, SURPRISE !!! A wet and rainy Saturday could not keep the hardcore Wellington faithful in bed.  74 brave runners made it out onto the picturesque setting on Imbuko Wine farm for our second parkrun.  Little gremlins were busy on friday night, altering the Wellington parkrun route a bit by steeling a sign here and there causing a bit of a mis route by two front runners.   But thanks to Peter Baumeister, whom led the pack back on course, great running as he also put up a personal best for the route.

Peter in action, leading the pack on the right route.

Wellington parkrun
Event number 2
10th October 2015

Male placings:
Peter BAUMEISTER (VM35-39) (Unattached) was first over the line in 24:15 - first time in 2 appearances.
William LYONS (SM20-24) (Unattached) was second over the line in 25:32.
Ryk VAN VELDEN (VM60-64) (Unattached) was third (4th overall) over the line in 26:09.

Female placings:

Mari BOTHA (VW35-39) (Unattached) was first (third overall) over the line in 25:34 - first appearance.
Elina ALTING-MEES (VW40-44) (Unattached) was second (5th overall) over the line in 26:21.
Anita BREED (VW45-49) (Unattached) was third (8th overall) over the line in 28:22.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

Lynda PALMER (VW60-64) was graded 71.03% for the time 28:32 (9th overall).
Janice SENEKAL (VW65-69) was graded 61.68% for the time 33:53 (26th overall).
Ryk VAN VELDEN (VM60-64) was graded 61.31% for the time 26:09 (4th overall).

This week there were 74 runners, of whom 40 were first timers and 19 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 3 different athletics clubs took part.

Wellington parkrun started on 3rd October 2015, and since then 171 different runners, including participants from 9 athletics clubs, have completed 222 runs covering a total distance of 1,110 km, and there have been 19 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Mari BOTHA who ran in a time of 00:25:34 on 2015-10-10 (event number 2).
The male record is held by Anton Faro, who ran in a time of 00:18:42 on 2015-10-03 (event number 1).
The Age Grade course record is held by Lynda PALMER who recorded a 71.03% run (28:32) on 10th October 2015 (event number 2).

 

Inaugural event 03/10/2015 feedback

Thank you, thank you and a 149 times over thank you.  What a great start to Wellington parkrun held at the prestigious Imbuko Wine Farm.

Thank you very much to one and all, old parkrunners ( 50's and 100 club, not age as age is but a number) and brand sparkling new runners joining the parkrun family for the first time.  Much was speculated about the rumours of Wellington parkrun and its steep hill.

We are very happy to report that every single runner/walker and even a parkrunner on crutches made it over the dreaded 'Pomula' hill. In the words of our Run Director "It's a hill, get over it" - Wellington parkrun Run Director - Cherona Vlok.  And quoting one of SA's best (if not THE best) athlete, "head down, close your eyes and keep one foot in front of the other, is all there is to it." - Bruce Fordyce

Saturday started off with a very threatening chance of rain around,  but soon, one by one the parkrunners pulled up and it was great to see that not even a little cloudy sky could keep these avid runners snug in their beds.  You could feel the excitement brewing as the seconds moved closer to 8h00, the official starting time for parkruns around the world.. As everyone stood and awaited the start of the run, it was clear to see that the beauty of Imbuko and its surroundings was enjoyed by all in attendance.   After a welcome by Francois Coertze - Wellington parkrun Event Director and Bruce Fordyce - parkrunSA, and all formalities were out of the way, the parkrunners set off into the beautiful Wellington parkrun route.

One by one the parkrunners completed the 5 km run / walk it was great to hear the positive feedback...from the beautiful nature trail and scenery, to even the dreaded "pomula hill'

We can't wait for next Saturday and the Saturday after and the one after that and the one after that and,.... (I think you get the picture).  To host and welcome old and new and returning parkrunners to Wellington parkrun at Imbuko.

I would also like to thank each and every volunteer that helped out on the day for you great enthusiasm and energy.  Without you guys (the volunteers) Wellington parkrun would not be as great a success.  We are always looking for more helping hands, so if you would like to join the volunteer family please send us a mail to wellingtonoffice@parkrun.com

See you Saturday, at 8 am.

Some results:

Wellington parkrun
Event number 1
3rd October 2015

Male placings:
An unknown runner was first.
Ludwig WAIT (JM15-17) (Unattached) was second over the line in 22:40.
Chris VISSER (SM30-34) (Unattached) was third over the line in 22:40.

Female placings:
Helena KLUE (VW35-39) (Unattached) was first (9th overall) over the line in 25:56 - first appearance.
Elina ALTING-MEES (VW40-44) (Unattached) was second (12th overall) over the line in 27:43.
Elizabeth Francoisnette VAN ZYL (JW11-14) (Unattached) was third (14th overall) over the line in 28:16.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

Lindsey DALLAS ORR (VW65-69) was graded 68.26% for the time 31:05 (30th overall).
Ludwig WAIT (JM15-17) was graded 59.56% for the time 22:40 (second overall).
Helena KLUE (VW35-39) was graded 58.35% for the time 25:56 (9th overall).

This week there were 148 runners, of whom 130 were first timers and 0 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 9 different athletics clubs took part.

Wellington parkrun started on 3rd October 2015, and since then 131 different runners, including participants from 9 athletics clubs, have completed 148 runs covering a total distance of 740 km, and there have been 0 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Helena KLUE who ran in a time of 00:25:56 on 2015-10-03 (event number 1).
The male record is held by Unknown ATHLETE who ran in a time of 00:18:42 on 2015-10-03 (event number 1).
The Age Grade course record is held by Lindsey DALLAS ORR who recorded a 68.26% run (31:05) on 3rd October 2015 (event number 1).

 

Directions to Wellington parkrun

Wellington parkrun @ Imbuko Wines (click here for map)

From Cape Town N1:

From the N1 motorway, take the R44 Wellington turn-off. Follow the road to the four-way crossing. Over the four-way crossing, following the road into Wellington. Carry on with the road which has now become Champagne street. Follow Champagne street to the top where it crosses with Piet Retief street. Right into Piet Retief street, and follow the road until you reach a set of traffic lights.
At the lights turn left into Bo-Dal Rd. Continue on Bo-Dal Rd for approximately 1.2 km, on your left you will see sign boards displaying Imbuko wines,  turn left onto the gravel road. Continue straight for 950 m and follow the markers. You will find the parking on the left.

From Stellenbosch:

Continue on the R44 Wellington road. Follow the road to the four-way crossing. Over the four-way crossing, following the road into Wellington. Carry on with the road which has now become Champagne street. Follow Champagne street to the top where it crosses with Piet Retief street. Right into Piet Retief street, and follow the road until you reach a set of traffic lights. At the lights turn left into Bo-Dal Rd. Continue on Bo-Dal Rd for approximately 1.2 km, on your left you will see sign boards displaying Imbuko wines, turn left onto the gravel road. Continue straight for 950 m and follow the markers. You will find the parking on the left.

From Paarl / Franschoek:

Get onto Jan van Riebeeck Dr and follow the road into Newton. Over the traffic lights, past Newtons Rugby Fields, the road becomes Piet Retief Street. At the next traffic lights turn right into Bo-Dal Rd. Continue on Bo-Dal Rd for approximately 1.2 km, on your left you will see sign boards displaying Imbuko wines, turn left onto the gravel road. Continue straight for 950 m and follow the markers. You will find the parking on the left.

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