Read more › News - 12th July 2018

parkrun approaches 2000 events globally

My message in this week’s newsletter must be dominated by the recent parkrun conference from which I have just returned. Gill, Cara, and I were fortunate enough to be able to join 250 parkrun delegates from around the UK and the world at the conference at Warwick University.   This annual three day event is…

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Read more › News - 11th July 2018

Are you a Vitality member? You could be missing out on points

Whether you are new to the parkrun community, or have been a regular for years, make sure that you have successfully linked your parkrun profile with Discovery Vitality so that you don’t miss out on earning your fitness points. Click here to get started or to check if you’ve already linked your profile. You can…

Read more › News - 11th July 2018

Maxed’s Champion Runners

We’re proud to announce our four Maxed champion runners who’ve been selected (amongst 12 men and women) to represent South Africa in the 2018 IAU (International Association of Trail Runners) World 100km Championships, held in Sveti, Croatia on 8 September!   The IAU 100 km World Championships have been held every year since 1987, in different locations around…

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Read more › News - 27th June 2018

parkrun profile: Aliwal North

Aliwal North parkrun began in June 2015. This friendly parkrun is located in the Eastern Cape, next to the border with Free State. Core volunteer, Chantel Lombard, tells us more:   How did the parkrun come about? Aliwal North parkrun began on the 27th of June 2015. Linda Whittal and her husband, Cecil started parkrun,…

Read more › News - 27th June 2018

parkrunners helping communities across South Africa

A few days ago, parkrun statistics showed that parkrun SA now has a total of over a million personal best times (PBs) As a runner who has chased PBs all his life, I know how satisfying and motivating a PB can be. A few months ago, I watched an elderly lady cross the finish line at…

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Read more › News - 27th June 2018

MRP Sport Hero is Gold from the Get-Go

On Sunday 4th June, Durban came alive with runners taking on the Spar Women’s Challenge. On the day, it was Zimbabwean runner and MRP Sport Hero, Betha Chikanda who led from start to finish.   The tiny 21-year-old earned her head start right from the get-go outside King’s Park Athletics Stadium. Betha’s lead increased to over 100m in…

Read more › News - 27th June 2018

Joburg, get ready to run at the Discovery Vitality Run Series

Clear your calendar this spring because the Joburg Discovery Vitality Run Series is back. If you missed the Series last year, here’s your chance to get in on the action.   The Series includes four of the most iconic race events in Joburg: Old Eds Road Race, Wanderers Aucor Property Race, Adrienne Hersch Challenge and…

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Read more › News - 13th June 2018


First of all I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to all those brave parkrunners who ran the 93rd Comrades marathon on Sunday. I am so proud of all of you. #parkrun2comrades.  Even those who didn’t make it can be proud that they had the courage to try. The parkrun presence was everywhere at…

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Read more › News - 13th June 2018

Celebrating five magical years with Discovery Vitality

This June marks the fifth year of Discovery Vitality’s parkrun sponsorship. That’s five years of helping Vitality members become more youthful through healthier living.   It’s no wonder that parkruns have increased in popularity since 2013. Take a look at these incredible numbers from 2017:   2017′s last count showed us that 227,345 people signed…

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Read more › News - 13th June 2018

Look, Mom! No Winter Chills!

When it comes to getting up and active, there’s no greater motivation than new workout kit. It’s true for us adults, and it’s just as true for kids. And now we’re in the thick of the chilly season, now’s the perfect time to kit out your kids in MRP Sport’s range of cool tracksuits.  …

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