My daughter stays in the UK, and does parkrun , and we have kept tabs on each other. When she was out here, we ran our 50th parkruns together at Hermanus. I’d like to thank Hermanus for making such a fuss about it for us, as it really was a special moment, they announced us with great enthusiasm, had balloons for us to run with, and had the banner all ready upon completion.
Every parkrun I do, I look around at all the participants and wonder to myself, “If parkrun didn’t exist, how many of these people would actually be doing any form of exercise?” Well done on getting the masses out there.
This is a great visual representation of how parkrun has grown; Delta parkrun then and now.
I recently completely my first two parkruns at Breede Valley and last weekend was privileged to complete the 5km walk in 51:30. It was fantastic and more than I could ever imagine when I finally reached the end destination not being exhausted at all! I hope to be back next weekend, although working some Saturdays as a Registered Nurse at an old age home does not allow me to participate each week. Lucille Amsterdam, who is a co-worker, inspired me to walk with her and her granddaughter Nicole.
In 2004 I had a heart attack and consequently in 2006 I underwent a by-pass operation. Afterwards, while outwardly living a normal life there was always a subconscious fear that disaster could strike again at any moment.
At age 76, in October 2015 I started running Boksburg parkrun, having never participated in athletics before. My first run was more a walk, but I completed it in about 51 minutes. Putting in some midweek training and after more than 60 runs the times have improved and my PB now stands at 33:18. Obviously I am now fitter but the cherry on top is that I have been able to discontinue all chronic medication, with the approval of my medical practitioner!
Isn’t that fantastic? Thank you parkrun!
Ari Seirlis completed his 100th parkrun in his wheelchair at North Beach on 4 February in and said “Thank you for the parkrun at North Beach. I really love it”
Thanks for the awesome time spent at Lady Slipper parkrun. Here are my two daughters, Erin (109 parkruns) & Amy (110 parkruns) with you at your 250th parkrun, all in your 100 club shirts.
Last week Saturday 27th of Jan 2017 was our first family parkrun at Roodepoort parkrun in Len Rutter park. We are a family of seven: Mom, Dad, two girls (17 & 15) and three boys (11,8 & 5).
The atmosphere was exhilarating. We were locked and loaded and ready for our first run and it was awesome. We will be back for more and hope to try a new parkrun venue every Saturday.
I’ve encouraged my sister and her family to register and join us at Roodepoort parkrun, so now we will be a family of 12 runners. We hope to get to 50 parkruns soon.
This week parkrun South Africa reached another significant milestone as we welcomed our 600,000 registered parkrunners. It is quite a staggering thought. At this rate it will not be long before we can boast a parkrun membership of over three quarters of a million parkrunners. Its not often that I miss a parkrun inaugural…
As has now become tradition on Freedom Day, this 27 April, parkrunners across South Africa will be celebrating by taking part in Freedom parkruns. What is a Freedom run? parkrun Freedom is the ability to record your time if you run one of our courses at a different time to the normal parkrun. To…