Knysna’s own “galloping granny,” 91 year old Christine van Noppen, has completed her 50th Knysna parkrun.
She was accompanied by Pierre de Wet, who also completed his 50th, and Leslie Procter, who completed her 100th run. Christine has been taking part in Knysna parkrun since March last year, and is a great inspiration to all of us younger folk. She is there most Saturdays and always turns up with a smile on her face, her hat on her head and her walking stick in her hand!
At Dusi parkrun this morning, 7 year-old Thando, who is 95% blind, came to complete the course.
She has done 6 parkruns and did her first one when she was 5. She did not enjoy it at first as she was scared to run over the bridge and felt uneasy. Then her caregiver bought a rope, you can see it in the photo and now Thando is the one pushing everyone to take her.
Nadine Evans recently registered for parkrun and now is the proud holder of barcode number A4000000! She wasted no time after registering and ran her first parkrun at Ebotse on 4 November.
Lady Slipper parkrun’s route change was a huge success. parkrunners can see each other on the route through the whole parkrun, which keeps you motivated. Much safer, well marked, smiles and positivity all around.
A few comments received from the runners about the new route:
Chris Muller – “Absolutely wonderful!!”
Johaan Staats – “A few killer uphills and slightly technical in parts, but altogether a great, well marked trail with beautiful scenery and distant vistas. One of my favourites!”
Listia Nel – “Really enjoyed the new route! Well marked too! ”
Amanda Williams – “Enjoyed the new route. Thanks to the great team of volunteers! Lady Slipper is my favourite parkrun”
Sanette Booysen – “Loved the new route. Thank you to all the volunteers for making every Saturday morning great!!!”
A huge thank you to all the volunteers for their hard work in making the new route an absolute success, Lady Slipper will only continue to grow.
While I had a fascinating time overseas on parkrun business in Australia and in the USA, it was wonderful to return to a South African Spring with some exciting new parkruns to run. The Spring weather has certainly boosted our numbers, as has the Vitality Open campaign, and we had over just under 49,000…
Kayamandi parkrun started in September 2017. Its route starts and finishes at the foot of Enkanini informal settlement, gifting participants with some of the best views in the Winelands. Something one cannot fail to notice is the pluck and courage it takes many of our local young runners to join the parkrun –…