News - 21st February 2019

One million and counting

Louis Trichardt

So Ruan Spies (A5447962) from Stellenbosch became our one millionth registered South African parkrunner. Congratulations Ruan, and thanks for running at Root 44 parkrun and joining the celebrations!


Of course it’s business as usual at parkrun SA and after a brief pause to celebrate our wonderful milestone we are busy, busy, busy starting new events and welcoming new parkrunners (We now number over 1,008,000 and counting.)




Recently we welcomed Louis Trichardt, Meyers Farm, and Bronkhorstspruit to the parkrun family and this Saturday Ficksburg and Homestead Lake will celebrate their inaugural runs.


Louis Trichardt parkrun has been on our minds for quite some time now. I fact I think it was first mooted back in 2015 by Ferreira Nel and now, at last, with invaluable help from Jaco Voight, who liaised with the municipality, we have added another exciting Limpopo parkrun to the family. Ferreira and Hennie Coetzee will be joint event directors and if the enthusiasm at the launch is anything to go by Louis Trichardt should be a very popular parkrun.


The same time we welcomed Meyer’s Farm parkrun in Erkhuleni/Johannesburg South. In addition to bringing the parkrun to that community, we are hoping it will help to ease some of the pressure on Rietvlei. I was attending the Louis Trichardt launch but am told that the Meyer’s Farm route runs under trees and past dams and will prove to be very popular. Thanks are due to Tibor Kurucz and Rory Lategan the event run directors and to Shawn Mackrell from Rietvlei for all their hard work.


Bronkhorstspruit parkrun was launched under leaden skies last Saturday. Happily, the rain stayed away and about 170 parkrunners enjoyed the challenging two lap course around the Bronkhorstspruit golf course parkrun. Thanks are due to Gert Van Wyk and Adri Jansen for working with the golf club and creating this lovely parkrun for their community.


This weekend I will be travelling to Ficksburg in the Free State, on the Lesotho border, where Karin Schuld is the Event Director.


At the same time, Homestead Lake parkrun in Benoni will start. Homestead Lake is a very close neighbour of our existing Atlasville parkrun but, rather like the Rietvlei / Meyer’s farm strategy, it is hoped this new parkrun will ease congestion at Atlasville. Geoff Kingsburgh and Tracy Keylock will be joint run directors at Homestead Lake.




Recent heavy rains played havoc with our up- country parkruns last Saturday, and there were a number that were forced to cancel their runs. Among these was Jock Trail (Graskop) which was supposed to stage its inaugural run on the 16th February. I know our ambassador, Clive Smart and the Jock Trail team were very disappointed to have to cancel, but with the water standing over a metre deep in places they had no choice. They undoubtedly made the correct decision. Happily, it seems the weather will be kinder this Saturday and the Jock Trail parkrun should start, after a week’s delay.


This will mean that for the first time in the history of parkrun SA we will start 3 parkruns on one Saturday morning; (Jock Trail, Homestead Lake, and Ficksburg)



Cheers for now,


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