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 teams here in South Africa. By the way our accommodation was a tented camp on the beautiful Cockatoo Island. (I won’t describe here, what a bad camper I am!)
Of course, we used the time to run a couple of Sydney parkruns (Greenway and Curl Curl). Those are both brilliantly organised fast, flat courses held in pristine parks. I was reminded how well the parkrun system works all over the world. As I waited for the familiar process of having my barcode scanned at the finish I had to remind myself that I had just finished running a parkrun in Sydney, Australia, and not in Johannesburg or Cape Town.
Summer Starting Times
Its that time of the year again when I have to remind parkrunners that some of our parkruns will be changing their starting times to Summer starting times. This will happen from the first Saturday in October (6th October). In most cases this means a change from an 8am start to 7am. By far the majority of parkruns do not change their starting times regardless of the season and 8am remains the general starting time of SA parkruns in both summer and winter. However, there are a few parkruns in the hottest areas that do change their starting times. Things can get a bit confusing so if in doubt, please consult the website of the parkrun you wish to run.
While I was away at the Australian conference, we launched 3 new parkruns at Bulithando, Aggeneys and Ruimsig. By all accounts these were very successful launches with Ruimsig parkrun having 1,100 runners and walkers at its inaugural. As soon as I possibly can (probably December) I will try and visit these parkruns.
This Saturday we will start new parkruns at Durban Point and Sterkfontein. Hopefully the Durban Point parkrun will help to relieve some pressure on its close neighbour, North beach.
As someone whose degree at university was in archaeology I have a particular affinity with Sterkfontein so though I will be attending the Durban Point launch I have every intention of running at Sterkfontein as soon as possible.
Cheers for now,
Welcome to this month’s volunteer update. Here is some of the key information for the coming period: 1. Important changes to event email accounts. 2. Embedding photographs in event news items. 3. Press and media. 4. Social media. 5. Recruiting volunteers. 6. Cancelling events. 7. Tail walkers. 8. Printed barcodes only. 1….
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