The out and back course along the promenade at uMhlanga parkrun has proved to be a hit with locals and holidaymakers since it launched in November 2014. Since then, the course has been completed over 100,000 times. Geraldine Farinha-Ferreira tells us more:
How did uMhlanga parkrun come about? Ray de Vries was our first Event Director, and instrumental in getting our parkrun going. He liaised with the uMhlanga Urban Improvement Precinct, which manages and controls the Promenade along the beachfront that we use.
What have been the highlights of your event so far? Having 2 of our regular runners and volunteers complete their 250th (Zubie Varatharajulu) and 300th (Peter Hawthorne) runs
Who is instrumental in making uMhlanga parkrun a success? Carol Reid-Daly, who completed her 166th volunteer stint on our 4th birthday, and has been a part of uMhlanga parkrun right from the start is a real star, as is Andy van Rensburg – he completed his 185th volunteer stint on New Year’s day. He brings all the equipment from storage, sets it all up and takes it all back every week without fail.
What makes your parkrun unique? Our lovely promenade along the beachfront and our friendly volunteers
What is the route like? Fairly flat and quite fast, with a scenic out and back along the beachfront
What are the typical parkrunners who come like? We do have some some families who run together, one of them had their 3rd child start off in a pram, and now at the age of 6 years, completed his 65th parkrun on our birthday. We get a lot of tourists because our venue is part of a “holiday destination”
Have you had any notable visitors? Bruce and Gill Fordyce, Jenna Challenor to name a few!
Has anyone gone on to running success from uMhlanga parkrun? One of our runners has successfully used our parkrun as part of her training schedule and was chosen this year to represent South Africa at the World 100km Championships
What are the facilities like? There is a fair amount of parking, best to allow about half an hour before the start to find parking and walk to the venue. It is a “holiday town” so in peak season parking can be more difficult. There are toilets nearby and there are a number of restaurants/coffee shops to choose from.
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