Last Saturday, Rondebult parkrun joined the parkrun family as the 121st parkrun launched in Southern Africa. Thami Xala and his team of 44 volunteers managed the wonderful celebrations marking the start and simultaneously the 13th anniversary of Bushy parkrun on International parkrun day, #parkrun13. About 300 of us gathered on farmers Jeorge and Charles Farinha’s cabbage and beetroot fields and ran a 5km loop around the farm, many wearing the parkrun apricot tee shirts. Heavy rain had fallen for a few days and the red earth was wet and slippery. There were plenty of puddles to negotiate but everyone had fun and lots of runners planned to return. The farm produce shop next to the parkrun did exceedingly well!
One of the features of Rondebult parkrun was the youngsters who volunteered. Many of them were taught computer skills for the first time as they learnt to download results. Emmah and Sinesipho were among the children who volunteered. It is important to teach children about volunteering and we welcome children in most volunteer roles at parkrun.
This Saturday, Hout Bay parkrun will become the 11th Cape Town parkrun. This parkrun has taken a long time (3 years) to come to fruition. Hannah Currier, Fred Nebe and their team have finally found the perfect route. We know Hout Bay parkrun is going to be extremely popular.
At the end of last month, parkrun South Africa reached a significant milestone as we reached 1.3 million 5km runs at parkrun. Last year it took us a whole year to reach this total. This year we still have 3 months to go! This coming Saturday, SA parkrunners will have run over 20 million kilometres in South Africa .There have also been other milestone achievements. Please read about the amazing Thandi Zililo further on in this newsletter. Thandi has been a loyal Roodepoort parkrunner since she arrived a few years ago and had to walk the two lap course. This Saturday she triumphantly ran the whole way to earn her 250 shirt.
The rain that fell this weekend reduced our up country numbers somewhat, but it also resulted in a number of queries about whether or not we go ahead in the rain. Of course we do! We only cancel parkruns if the weather is dangerous (lightning or large hailstones). We do not cancel for rain showers.
Cheers for now,
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