Rondebosch Common parkrun is lucky to have a team of Golden Oldies regularly running the course. They are, from left to right, Jack Urmson, Muriel Rayner, Alex Jones and John Cameron-Dow
Jack Urmson is the senior member of our group. At 91, he is the oldest and consistently the fastest. He served as a Sapper in the South African Engineering Corps in the Second World War before the sailing with the British and South African Merchant navies. A couple of years ago, Jack fell in love with Rondebosch Common parkrun and has completed 111 parkruns, with a PB of 43:07 and recently ran his first half marathon.
Muriel Rayner was born in Zomba, Malawi, in 1931. She was educated at Rustenburg Girls High School, which borders the Rondebosch Common parkrun route. Muriel represented the Western Province Schools hockey team in Port Elizabeth in 1946. Having started parkrunning at the age of 84, Muriel has completed 62 parkruns and has a PB of 46:30.
Alex Jones recently celebrated his 89th birthday. Born in Liverpool, England, Alex and his wife emigrated to South Africa in 1954. He soon took up running and joined Celtic Harriers in 1955. He has been a loyal member ever since. He is also the founder of the world-famous Peninsula Marathon and has taken part in veterans track and road race championships in Puerto Rico and Canada. Alex estimates that he has run the equivalent of three times around the world, including 87 marathons and 114 parkruns. Alex has a parkrun PB of 39:14.
John Cameron-Dow is the youngest of the group at 71. He has completed 49 parkruns to date and is aiming to reach 50 by the end of May. His PB is 44:56.
All four are staunch Liverpool Football Club supporters and have taken the club’s motto on board in that they will never walk (or run) parkrun alone.
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