Read more › News - 17th October 2019

parkrunning for better mental health

In South Africa, October has been declared Mental Health Awareness month. Kip Norman of Roodepoort parkrun is nearing the age of 60 and over half a lifetime ago, he was diagnosed with PTSD and depression. Unknowingly, the condition was kept more or less in check before diagnosis due to his active running lifestyle, with Kip training…

Read more › parkrun profile - 10th October 2019

parkrun profile: Ruimsig

Ruimsig parkrun in Gauteng joined the parkrun family in September 2018. In the first year 9,000 different people completed the course, covering 175,000km! Adele Enslin, Event Director at Ruimsig tells us more:   How did Ruimsig parkrun come about?  We moved to Stubensvalley from Secunda in April 2018 & some parkrun tourist friends mentioned to me…

Read more › News - 10th October 2019

Chasing the orange cap

Neil Munro has recently reached the 100 club, despite two knee replacements. He tells us how he first got involved, the adventures it has taken him on, and why it has been so special sharing it with his family.   I heard about parkrun from my neighbour Claude Pearce who was eighty years old in…

Read more › News - 8th October 2019

Skip the plastic and go reusable

Terrifying but true: Around 500 BILLION (yes, billion) plastic bags are used worldwide every year – and over a million plastic bags are used worldwide every MINUTE.   Considering it takes 500 – 1000 years for plastic to degrade, it’s no surprise that we’re in the thick of a plastic crisis.   In an effort…

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Read more › News - 3rd October 2019

Get the new iPhone on Discovery Bank

Looking for the most affordable way to get a new iPhone? Upgrade to Discovery Bank and they will help you fund your iPhone when you achieve all your Vitality Active Rewards goals for 24 months.   Once you’re a qualifying Discovery Bank client, you can get a new iPhone in four easy steps: Activate Vitality Active…

Read more › parkrun Hero - 3rd October 2019

Volunteer Hero: Torrin Theron

On Saturday, 14 September 2019, Torrin Theron achieved 300 volunteer credits, performing a total of 428 tasks!  Torrin started her parkrun journey at Root 44 where she was Event Director from 2013.  She then supported the Western Cape as Regional Ambassador from 2015 – 2018 before stepping down to further her studies.  She is now…

Read more › News - 3rd October 2019

Farewell Don Oliver

This week we heard the very sad news that the legendary Don Oliver had died. For over 40 years Don was one of the great characters of South African road running and his contribution to the sport was immense.   A respected marathon runner in his own right, Don ran 18 Two Oceans ultras, 19…

Read more › News - 3rd October 2019

Christmas and New Year Compendium 2019/2020

Most parkrunners are aware that every year, in December and January, we offer a few extra parkruns.   Some of these are held on Christmas morning at parkruns which have agreed to hold an extra run. On New Year’s morning, it is possible to run two extra parkruns.   Again this only happens at parkruns…