The very first time Hannes van Broekhuizen participated at Hartenbos parkrun, he realised it could be the ideal place for a family outing. Therefore he was accompanied the next time by his wife Nelmarie, and three children. RJ (aged 5 at the time) and the twins, Herman and Hannes Jnr (aged 3). The parents took turns participating in the event and looking after the children because the twins were too young to register and would not “allow” their elder brother to participate without them. Between playing on the farm chasing the animals and running up and down next to the course to encourage their participating parent, parkrun helped the children burn off their excess energy. Thus Hannes and Nelmarie found that they could spend on Saturday afternoons quality “us time” together while the kids recharged their batteries.
It did not take long before the little rascals decided to become involved as volunteers and help with post-event close down as well. It is really a sight to observe how they wrestle to carry the plastic tables, cones and beach umbrellas to the store room – and of course nobody is allowed to help. When route maintenance is done and mole holes are to be filled they are there with their plastic beach buckets and shovels to assist.
They were all registered for parkrun when the twins reached the age of four. RJ achieved his junior milestone some time ago and the twins more recently. And if you want to know how we managed to get them to stand still and show off their certificates for this picture – it was because they were told they “might be in the newspaper”.
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The parkrun flag is flying over Voortrekker Monument again.
Whilst Peter was exploring new parkrun events and routes in the Pretoria East area, the relaunch of Voortrekker Monument was mentioned with Peter being the natural choice as Event Director.
For the stats geeks, Event 1 and the first parkun in Pretoria was launched on 28 September 2013 with the last event 146 taking place on 28 January 2017. That event was attended by 2092 parkrunners and 49 volunteers and at the time held the attendance word record. Voortrekker Monument is also a founding member of the exclusive Club 2000. On 21 July 2018, Voortrekker Monument Event number 147 took place. 623 parkrunners, of which 283 were 1st timers and 28 volunteers ran a new Better, Bigger and Tougher route. A large number of parkrunners and volunteers, some of whom never ran a parkrun since the closure of Voortrekker Monument in 2017, returned.
Peter’s 100m sprint start at the steep hill, called Slagtersnek presented a challenge to all. Comments such as a killer, insane, what was the course developer thinking to even Voortrekker Monument being the toughest course in Gauteng, if not South Africa was mentioned. Despite an elevation gain of 117m, 3 sub 20’s and 33 PB’s were achieved.
The shady finish line at the amphitheatre was enjoyed by all.
Gilloolys parkrun was joined by St Andrews School for Girls (JHB) for their Annual Mandela Day fun walk in support of uBambiswano (Holding Hands), their Saturday school for underprivelaged.
The total number of participants were 2,386 of which 1,182 were from St Andrews and 94 were brought from the underprivileged areas supported by uBambiswano to participate.
1,382 First Timers attended with 1,111 from the St Andrews group…
My husband Damian has Type 1 diabetes and high blood pressure. With his highly stressful job, last year he was on a one way path to a heart attack. We started parkrun in January, and now we’ve done 25 parkruns. With this and other lifestyle changes, he’s lost 20.6 kgs, has great diabetic control and better blood pressure.
I have Type II diabetes, cholesterol and depression. After 25 parkruns and other changes, the diabetes and cholesterol are better controlled. The depression has flared up again and parkrun has been one of the things I’ve leant on to help me through the period.
With these changes we needed to find something to substitute for our weekly unhealthy breakfast – and parkrun has filled that gap.
I did my first stint volunteering as a marshall at Valhalla parkrun yesterday. I usually do the running / walking only. I had resigned myself to standing there for loong just waiting for the tail runner.
The time went by too quickly! I guess it’s because I was having too much fun. You know how they say time flies when you are having fun.
The people were so friendly & thankful & even rewarded me with smiles, tired as they were. Absolutely worth it. Most definitely the first of more to come.
Autumn is upon us and for many of us this season is our favourite time of the year to run. Autumn is often right in the “Goldilocks zone”. It’s not too hot and not too cold. The arrival of Autumn has reminded me that some parkruns will be changing their seasonal starting times at the…
Atholl parkrun in Northern Johannesburg launched in March 2018. Over 4,000 parkrunners completed the course in the first year. Event Director Jean Baillie tells us more. How did Atholl parkrun come about? I am spearheading a campaign to restore the park in our area and approached parkrun SA with the idea that bringing the community…