Name: Thandi Zililo
Home parkrun: Roodepoort
Running club: Team Vitality
Number of parkruns: 250
How has parkrun changed your running / fitness: parkrun took me from being a couch potato into a new unfamiliar sport that never occurred in my mind. It introduced me to participating in 10k races of which I make sure that ten 10K are completed each year. I also graduated to my first 21k that I ran under 3 hours. To some finishing 21k under three hours is not something to celebrate but for me it was like finishing Comrades.
Favourite Volunteer Role: Pre-event setup
Number of Volunteering Occasions: 8
What do you enjoy most about parkrun? I am very happy to be a parkrunner, brush shoulders with icons like Bruce Fordyce. This is my inspiration that I cannot exchange for anything. parkrun boosts my energy for the day and allows me to make friends and share stories. I am always look forward to beating my PBs. I am always grateful to Bruce for establishing South African parkrun. AllI can say Viva parkrun Viva!
What fellow parkrunners say about her: Thandi Zililo has been running at Roodepoort parkrun since the event’s inception. Thandi is ranked 11th in the veteran women’s category (60-64) and has a PB of 31:08. Come rain, wind or shine, Thandi runs down to our event and partakes every Saturday morning and runs home. A dedicated supporter of Roodepoort parkrun, Thandi has run 244 parkruns at Roodepoort!
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