Welcome to the newsletter and a reminder that next Saturday (7th October) those parkruns which have seasonal starting times will be switching to the earlier Summer starting time of 7am. So this Saturday (30th September) will be their last winter starting time and the following Saturday ( 7th) will be the first summer starting time. This will remain the starting time for the next 6 months for those events which switch times. By far the majority of parkruns do not change their starting time of 8am, but a few do. If in doubt please consult the website of the parkrun you wish to visit.
Speaking of seasonal starting times, we launched Kathu parkrun in the Northern Cape last Saturday and Kathu parkrun will only have had two 8am starts before it reverts to a 7 am start on 7th October. The launch was a great success and plenty of visitors and local runners and walkers arrived to run the very flat out-and-back route close to the Khumba mine. It certainly is a typical Northern Karoo parkrun, run through semi-desert with red iron ore staining the soil. Nothando and Bruce Moyo Mubayiwa worked with their lively and enthusiastic team to create this newest member of the Northern Cape parkrun group. Thanks too to Russell Nugent, Regional lead ambassador for Northern Cape, from Upington for his help. There are now 4 parkruns in the Northern Cape.
What was impressive was to see how many visitors and parkrun tourists had travelled from far and wide to participate. Some drove hundreds of kilometres through the night to be there.
This Saturday we will be starting Dullstroom parkrun. Charmane Horn has been very patient in her efforts to get a great parkrun up and “running” and it has been over a year since the idea of a parkrun at Dullstroom was first mooted. We know this parkrun is going to be a welcome new member of the parkrun family and will make a real difference to the community of Dullstroom.
South Africa has always been a leading member of the worldwide parkrun family and in many cases, has been extremely innovative, but there is one unenviable area where we lead the world and that unfortunately is in the number of “unknowns” in our parkrun results columns. For many South Africans the process of registration and the printing of barcodes presents its own set of challenges. We would like to encourage the South African parkrun community to assist those who struggle with registration by helping with registration and the printing and laminating of barcodes.
Please note the below seasonal start times are changing to 7am from 7th October:
Cheers for now,
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