Name: Jakob Burger
Home parkrun: Hartenbos
Number of parkruns completed: 72
How has parkrun changed your running / fitness? Starting with parkrun was the first time in my life I did any sporting activity. It significantly improved my breathing in spite of previous lung damage. parkrun became a MUST on my calendar and other activities are scheduled to fit in with parkrun events whenever possible.
Favourite volunteer role: Results processor but I am available wherever I am needed
Number of volunteering occasions: 76
Why should others volunteer at parkrun? I’ve met more people and made more friends since I started volunteering. It also gives a new purpose in life – especially for the retired and is something new to do.
Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment: The day I did my 50th milestone run. I tried to keep up with another parkrunner who was also doing his 50th – I was totally “poegaai” when I finished.
What fellow volunteers say about them: Werner Morkel-Brink (Event Director): Oom Jakob is a very dedicated, reliable, loyal volunteer! Since he joined the core team the funnel’s problems were something of the past. He makes sure everything works well. You can count on Oom Jakob any time for anything and he is always willing to do more than what is expected of him. Hartenbos parkrun is truly grateful for him! He took ownership of Hartenbos parkrun. Thank you Oom Jakob!
Ita Janse van Rensburg (Volunteer Coordinator): There are some people who in their quiet way make such a big difference. Jakob is one of those people. He does not talk a lot but the day when he is not at parkrun the silence is deafening. Occasionally you get one of THOSE days when it feel as if everything is just going wrong and then Jakob is this amazing steady rock in a stormy sea. Thank you for everything Jakob!
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