Willem Vanderwaal of Hartenbos parkrun (pictured above), who has completed 39 parkruns (4 in the UK) and volunteered on 20 occasions, has submitted this poetic contribution describing his parkrun journey:
I know your face but not your name
I came here back on some distant day,
came to look, not sure if I’d stay.
The battle with cancer had left its mark,
memories of treatment so black and dark.
Salvation came from an unlikely source,
back on the old Hartenbos seafront course.
I remember it was slow and hard,
man what an effort for every yard.
But the journey had begun,
the first steps run.
Friendship and smiles,
eased the miles, and it began to be fun.
As the weeks went by, more and more people said Hi!
There was purpose to life now, time began to fly.
But forgive me if I don’t know your name,
There’s not one of you the same.
But I will tell you this for sure – I am on my game,
I definitely know your face, even if I don’t know your name.
So if I call you mate or boetie
please don’t get offended or snooty,
It’s not that I don’t value you as a pal
be you a guy or a gal.
It’s an age thing that makes it hard to regain
your lovely faces to your proper name.
On Saturday 16 September, one of the parkrunners at Delta parkrun found a lady’s ring in the toilet, handed it to the volunteers and before the end of the week, it had been reunited with its owner who was not a parkrunner.
Olivia Menhinick posted on the Delta Park Facebook page: “If anybody has picked up or handed in a small ladies gold ring (band with 3 red stones) accidentally left in the ladies bathroom at Delta Park on Friday the 15th September; could you pls be so kind as to DM me”
We were able to contact her and return the ring. As a result she had the following to say:
“A massive thank you to everyone involved in having my daughter’s ring returned to her. Words cannot begin to properly express how grateful we are to Andre Labuschagne, Andrew Gaul & the Delta parkrun organizers for safeguarding and returning the ring #FaithInHumanityRestored”
Gillian Findlay, Delta parkrun Event Director
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Neels and Estelle Raath did their 50th (not)parkrun on Monday, 3rd August. They are the only two people in South Africa we are aware of who achieved this “milestone” of having done a (not)parkrun every single day since it was launched. For their 50th (not)parkrun they donned their red parkrun milestone shirts and once again…