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!
Gill and I have just returned from a trip to Sydney where we attended the Australian parkrun conference. What an enriching experience it was. We were shown wonderful hospitality by our hosts and also learnt so much at some very rewarding conference sessions. We can’t wait to share some of these valuable insights with our…
Name: Johan, Tania and Tihan Labuschagne Home parkrun: Hartenbos Running club: Hartenbos drawwers Trail or Road Running? Road Number of parkruns completed: 250 between the family How has parkrun changed your running / fitness? It helped us to keep up with our son’s energy levels. Now we can run and play with him without getting tired. …