50 parkruns ago, I ran my very first one at the Voortrekker monument. And it was the start of a beautiful relationship that got me to restart running again. Fast forward to this weekend where I ran my 50th parkrun at the Pretoria Botanical Garden. But not only did I run my 50th, I also managed to plan it so that I celebrated my 36th birthday, which fell on Saturday this year, at the same time.
A group of running and non-running friends joined me, some of which had never done a parkrun before and 2 of which were there when I ran my very first parkrun, as they had suggested I try it out with them! Ironically, I got to 50 before them.
I wanted to break 27 minutes on this parkrun, however, without meaning to, I had actually already broken it last weekend. But my friend Nicole (in the pink – I’m in the purple), who is a 20 minute parkrunner, had agreed to run with me and pace me to see if I could break 27 minutes again. I did. But not only did I break 27 minutes, I broke 26, running my fastest parkrun ever at 25:45, 7th woman in, and bettering my husband’s PB by 9 seconds! He is starting training again, can’t have me faster than him! I was over the moon, and it was not merely because of the runners high!
This was the best birthday I could have asked for. I did what I love – running. And I did it with some incredible friends. Thank you for bringing and building an institution that allows us to celebrate achievements and have a wonderful time together on Saturday mornings!
It was fantastic seeing the parkrun family pull together on Saturday in true parkrun spirit, when, due to unforeseen circumstances the Bridgetown team were desperate for experienced volunteers. Members of the core Big Bay team volunteers stepped in to help.
Then last Saturday the Franschhoek parkrun needed help, and lo and behold the Big Bay team en masse offered their help again.
As a Big Bay parkrun volunteer said, “We loved helping out and all had a wonderful time with all the smiling faces. I love the parkrun community, everyone is so friendly”.
Big Bay parkrun remains cancelled until the beach and beach access has been restored.
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Overcast and chilly weather with threatening showers heralded in PE Hobie Beach’s 4th birthday and 200th event on Saturday 12 August 2017. There was a great festive atmosphere amongst the participants following much planning and preparation. This year the EP Child and Youth Care Centre was invited to join the celebrations and stationery was collected to support the educational needs of the children at the home.
PE Hobie Beach parkrun started on 10 August 2013. Our smallest number of participants ever was 15 (26 October 2013) and the highest number of participants was 1131 (21 January 2017). This year we are averaging 616 participants with 27.4 Hobie Heroes (volunteers) per event. This week two participants completed their 50th and one his 100th parkruns. Visitors with special links to and memories of PE Hobie Beach parkrun as well as visitors from all over South Africa and overseas joined in.
Cupcakes were enjoyed by the children as they finished their run and to end the festivities, the birthday cake was cut and enjoyed by all present.
Sharlene Lee joined the 250 milestone club and was proudly welcomed by fellow 250 club members. The following week her husband Nigel was also welcomed into the 250 milestone club in South Africa.
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Bellville parkrun takes place in the Jack Muller/Danie Uys Park, which was closed to the public for several months during lockdown earlier this year. When the park reopened, Co-Event Director Almarie, like so many of our parkrunners, was very happy to be able to enjoy this lovely space for exercise once more. She did…