parkrun profile - 17th October 2018

parkrun profile: Cannibal’s Cave


Cannibals Cave parkrun launched in 2014 in the Drakensberg. The parkrun has become a firm favourite among parkrun tourists, famous for the community spirit and stunning mountain views.


How did Cannibals Cave parkrun come about?  Ian Morsehead from Ebotse parkrun worked with Lizzy and Muzi Mabaso to establish the parkrun.



Event Director Lizzy Mabaso


Who are the volunteers who make Cannibals Cave parkrun a success? Lizzy and Muzi Mabaso are integral in organising the parkrun each week and coordinating the young volunteers to ensure a successful event. Lizzy and Muzi have over 250 combined volunteering occasions.


What makes Cannibals Cave parkrun unique? The average Cannibals Cave parkrunner is quite young, thanks to Lizzy organising transport to and from the event, with snacks and English lessons provided after the parkrun has finished.




What is the route like? The route crosses the Tugela River  into the Rugged Glen Nature Reserve and is a hilly out and back, tarmacked the entire way, with spectacular views across to the mountains of the Royal Natal National Park.


What do visitors say about Cannibals Cave? “I was privileged to run Cannibal Caves on Saturday and was truly humbled by the real spirit of parkrun.


Lizzy, the Event Director, is the most incredible lady. I have not met another registered parkrunner who has never run parkrun and yet given up every Saturday to support it. Not only does she manage her very young volunteer team, but she also supplies cut up apple at the finish and then gives the children from the community English lessons after parkrun.


Coming from the city where parkrun is about meeting other parkrunners, volunteering, having breakfast and planning tourist runs, you can easily forget the challenges that some of the rural parkruns face with something as simple as printing a barcode, loading photos on facebook and having a team of volunteers.” Evelyn Salisbury-Stegmann

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