parkrun profile - 13th November 2018
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parkrun profile: Ladysmith

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Ladysmith parkrun in KZN was launched in November 2016. The course winds its way around the Ladysmith Country Club and has been completed over 23,000 times in its first 2 years.

 

How did Ladysmith parkrun come about? Gerhard and Lianda de Lange ran a few parkruns in East London and thought something like that must come to Ladysmith. In December 2015 Gerhard spoke to Bruce Fordyce at the inaugural run of Three Silos in East London and he advised how to plan and how to go about setting up the parkrun.

 

What have been the highlights of Ladysmith parkrun so far? A sure highlight is how the community comes together in this event. Bruce once said that Ladysmith parkrun is surely the most diverse run in SA for the different races, religions, age and languages.

 

 

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What makes your parkrun successful? We have a group of volunteers who are there every weekend, except if they are out of town. We are almost family.

 

What is the route like? The route is on the golf course, mostly on a mowed path in the rough, here and there on pathways. It is not the fastest route seeing that there are a few places where there are slight inclines. About six hundred meters from the finish we have our own “Polly Shorts” which sure take it’s toll if you have any energy left.

 

What is the typical Ladysmith parkrunner like? It’s mostly families but a lot of individuals. We have our serious runners, then lots of runners who want to stay fit, and a big group of walkers. We have a few who were really slow runners who eventually went on to run Comrades this year. A few took on a competition between themselves to slim and live healthier.

 

What are the facilities like? We use the facilities of the golf club, where there are toilets and a cafe. The parking area is about 300 meters from the start/finish.

 

What is the one thing a first timer to your parkrun should know? If you want to experience the most friendly parkrun, Ladysmith is the place to be! Don’t start too fast, the first kilometer may just tap too much energy too fast. Otherwise, enjoy the scenery, the game next to the golf course, and the hospitality of the people.

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