Meet Bev le Sueur, she is Wellington parkrun’s plogging queen. Bev is fairly new to parkrun. It only took her only 3 weeks to realise that she would also like to volunteer and give back to the community. The first time she volunteered she chose the role of tail walker. She decided to bring a plastic bag and pick up litter while completing the route. The team was amazed at how much litter she found on our seemingly clean route!
The next week she came back with her eleven-year-old son. This time she brought more than one bag. She was ready to tackle the plogging again! She quickly influenced other volunteers and parkrunners and they got heaps of litter! She turned a pretty Spring day into a beautiful Spring day!
It started out as a normal parkrun day. Setup was done by 7:00, volunteers prepped, signs out, all ready to go. My husband, my parkrun partner, was not there, him having to manage Roodepoort parkrun that morning, and it was the first time another Run Director was on duty since our inaugural, two weeks ago. Needless to say, I was nervous. Everything went well, and the parkrun was under way!
Knowing that the last runner/walker comes in at around one hour, we prepped for a normal Saturday. After 9:10, with no tail runner in sight (and the last km is visible) we started getting a bit worried. We walked a bit up the track to see if we could see something, but there was no one. Paulo, the Run Director, climbed in his pickup, and drove up the track to see what was going on. He called back, saying that the last walkers were on their way, taking it slow, as they had multiple sclerosis, and could not walk fast.
They were there at the inaugural, although they did not complete the course, and we encouraged them to come again, telling them that is why we are there. They refused to give up! They were insistent that they would complete the 5km this time! Hats off to our awesome tailrunner, who stayed with them all the way, encouraging them every step. Once we knew what was happening, I told our volunteers that they could leave if they wanted, myself and Paulo would stay and wait. Not a single one left, including the marshals! Everyone wanted to stay, to support and see the parkrunners finish their first 5km!! The feeling of togetherness was so amazing, and I literally had tears in my eyes to see the absolute disregard of personal life in favour of parkrun! They made me so proud! #parkrunforlife
Rita & Nick Loots recently took a trip to Poland with friends, where they ran Krakow parkrun, which Rita described as an awesome route with friendly people.
While I had a fascinating time overseas on parkrun business in Australia and in the USA, it was wonderful to return to a South African Spring with some exciting new parkruns to run. The Spring weather has certainly boosted our numbers, as has the Vitality Open campaign, and we had over just under 49,000…
Kayamandi parkrun started in September 2017. Its route starts and finishes at the foot of Enkanini informal settlement, gifting participants with some of the best views in the Winelands. Something one cannot fail to notice is the pluck and courage it takes many of our local young runners to join the parkrun –…