Albert’s Farm parkrunner, Jim Brown, alerted me to the astonishing fact that in a few day’s time, probably Saturday 31st of this month, South African parkrunners will have totalled 5 million runs. That figure really is amazing when we consider that just 6½ years ago our total number of runs added up to 26. In addition, in the process of running 5 million times we will have run 25 million kilometres. And we haven’t stopped. Our progress is relentless. At this rate it won’t be long before
we’ve run 10 million kilometres. The future looks both exhilarating and scary.
A few years ago I ran a well known South African race called the Africa X trail in the Overberg part of the Western Province coastline. It was a gruelling 3 day trail race and I remember being quite exhausted by the end of the third day. I also recall some beautiful scenery with breath-taking views of oceans and mountains, and acres of protea-strewn fynbos. So, I was struck by a wave of déjà vu when I visited the Harry Porter Botanical Garden last weekend for the launch of the Betty’s Bay parkrun and realised that I had been there before. It is quite an incredible parkrun venue and must rank in the top few in South African parkruns for beauty. It is going to prove to be an essential parkrun visit for many parkrunners. But it wasn’t all perfection and there were some last minute problems, essentially with setting a safe and accurate route for the 400+ expected locals and visitors.
I would like to thank Robbie Dallas-Orr, John Kollen, Chris Visser, Shondell Lotheringen , Torrin Theron and the Betty’s Bay volunteer team for going beyond the call of duty to ensure a successful inaugural run. There are often a few hiccups at an inaugural run but it was a glorious sunny day and afterwards all I saw were laughing happy faces. Congratulations to everyone concerned at Betty’s Bay and welcome to the parkrun family. In stark contrast to Betty’s Bay’s protea0-strewn fynbos, Leeupoort parkrun will be launched on Saturday in the bushveld of the Limpopo province. Leeupoort is quite a unique village in that it is largely a retirement village with a population of older folk. But middle age hasn’t dampened their enthusiasm and the parkrun promises to be a very popular addition to the Limpopo province
parkrun family. Event director, Miemie Landsberg, is a former Albert’s Farm parkrunner and a few members of her volunteer team are experienced parkrunners so this is going to be a slickly run parkrun.
I would like to wish all our parkrunners who are running the Old Mutual Two Oceans on the 31st of this month the best of luck. Make us proud.
Cheers for now,
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