Langenhoven parkrun is one of three parkruns in Bloemfontein, alongside Naval Hill and Heidedal. The launch in April 2017 was a memorable event as exactly 1,000 parkrunners completed the course. Nowadays, attendances average around 400 parkrunners a week, with over 4,000 different people completing the course in its first year.
Event Director Kim Robberts shares more about the parkrun:
How did the parkrun come about? Planning began on 1 May 2016, with the inaugural parkrun taking place a year later on 29 April 2017. Due to the congestion at Naval Hill, a question was raised regarding a second parkrun, and thats how it came about. Graham & Anelize Bubb were responsible for getting it off the ground.
Who keeps Langenhoven parkrun going? All our volunteers do a great job, but Diane Vosloo, Sanet Olivier & Werner Frylinck are a key part of the continued success of our parkrun.
What is the route like? Our parkrun is unique as the only trail parkrun in Bloemfontein. It is a somewhat hilly out and back course, across trail paths, grass, sand and gravel.
Who comes to Langenhoven parkrun? We get a real mixture of parkrunners, from families coming together to students, and ranging from the very young to over 80 years old.
What should a visitor to Langenhoven parkrun know? We have lots of parking, across the road from the start. Our official coffee shop, where we meet for a post parkrun refreshement is Bloemfontein Coffee Roasting Company over the road, where there are also toilet facilities. Our parkrun is a bit more challenging than one would expect, and very slippery when wet!
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