parkrun profile, Uncategorized - 20th March 2019

parkrun profile: Atholl


Atholl parkrun in Northern Johannesburg launched in March 2018. Over 4,000 parkrunners completed the course in the first year. Event Director Jean Baillie tells us more.


How did Atholl parkrun come about? I am spearheading a campaign to restore the park in our area and approached parkrun SA with the idea that bringing the community into the park was a good way to create awareness.


What have been the highlights of your event so far? Our 50th event on 16 February 2018 was a definite highlight, our volunteers all came together after the event to toast our success!  We celebrated our 1st birthday at Atholl on Saturday 2 March. Our volunteers baked muffins and cupcakes for all participants and it was a festive morning. We had 344 participants.




Who helps to make Atholl parkrun a success? We have a wonderful group of dedicated volunteers who each play a part.


What makes your parkrun unique? We are definitely unique, the route is narrow with several loops. It is a trail run over rough terrain.


What are the typical parkrunners who come like? We have real range, with lots of families, people of all ages and fitness levels. Many of our parkrunners bring dogs.


Have you had any notable visitors? Carla Molinaro, who came 9th in Comrades 2018 has completed our parkrun and holds the female course record.


What are the facilities like? Parking is available in BluBird Shopping Centre and the centre has an excellent mix of stores, coffee shops and restaurants.


What is the one thing a first timer to your parkrun should know? Bring water. Take it slow, the route is challenging.

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Alison Turrill, 55, loves the sense of community at parkrun and wishes she’d started taking part sooner.    Now she loves catching up with her parkrun friends every Saturday.   There is a sense of community at every parkrun I go to. I love the simplicity and inclusivity of parkrun. Who you are, what you…