It would be hard to find a more beautiful parkrun than Melkbosstrand parkrun, which we launched on Saturday 28 July.
After a night spent gazing at the lunar eclipse we woke to a perfect Cape morning. Seagulls were wheeling in the air, Table Mountain was silhouetted in the background, the tide was receding leaving a trail of sea shells, and there wasn’t a breath of wind. For a hardened “Vaalie” like me it was paradise.
Melkbosstrand parkrun had attracted close to 400 registrations in the preceding days and with a keen group of visitors from all over the Cape and South Africa just under 1,000 parkrunners converged on the start.
Visitors included former springbok rugby captain Corne Krige and his family, and fellow Comrades marathon champion Vladimir Kotov. Vladimir and I settled on a truce and ran together the whole way, finally suffering the ignominy of having our former Springbok captain come speeding past us in the last 400 metres.
Thanks to Illza, Alison and the whole team at Melkbosstrand. Your parkrun is a special gift to the parkrun community.
The Vaalies weren’t to be outdone however, as Mofolo parkrun (Soweto) celebrated a momentous 3rd birthday. (see the video of the celebrations at Mofolo parkrun’s 3rd Birthday here). With over 350 runners and volunteers, the attendance record at Mofolo was shattered. More importantly visitors from all over Gauteng and South Africa made it a birthday to remember.
Last Saturday, another Cape parkrun will start at Bredasdorp. Judging from the keen rate of registrations Bredasdorp is going to be another popular parkrun. After that Umfolozi parkrun near Mtubatuba will join the parkrun family. As you can see we aren’t slowing the pace of new parkuns down at all. There is a huge demand from communities around the country.
We are very keen to start a parkrun in Mamelodi, north east of Pretoria and have made some progress. The site we have in mind is in the amazing Moretele park. However, we need help in getting a route designed and with general training of a possibly inexperienced team. If anyone would like to help please can they contact me or our parkrun ambassador, Ilana Wait Ilana.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally congratulations to our social media ambassador, Giulio Di Stefano, who became a father very recently. We hope his baby son will be an avid parkrunner one day!
Cheers for now,
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