parkrun profile - 15th May 2019

parkrun profile: Upington


Upington parkrun launched on 29 March 2014 and was attended by 52 runners. With one of the furthest distances to a neighbouring parkrun in the country, this event at the heart of the Northern Cape is a real community parkrun, but visitors are always welcome. Event Director Raymond Du Plessis tells us more:


Who was responsible for getting Upington parkrun off the ground? Russell Nugent is the founder of Upington parkrun. He is still involved today.




Who helps to make your parkrun a success? One of our parkrun’s flagship participants is Salie Brockman. She is there every Saturday, she has completed 213 parkruns and she is often joined by her children and grandchildren on her weekly parkrun walk.


What makes your parkrun unique? It is situated in the warmest part of the country, but the unspoiled view of vineyards, pecan nut trees and the Orange River on the route make it a beautiful scenic course.


What is the route like? The route is a flat dirt road, with a smooth paved finishing / starting point, so this is definitely one for a personal best attempt – if you can beat the heat!




What are the typical parkrunners who come like? Upington has a wide range of parkrun participants, from strollers to sprinters and from young kids and moms with prams to grannies and grandfathers walking there second and third generations. The route is very wide which also makes it very popular for runners with their leashed dogs.


What are the facilities like? Parking is never a problem, since the parkrun is held at the back of a quiet neigbourhood. Many local parkrunners prefer to walk or jog to the start from their homes. Fresh, cool water is provided at the finish for the parkrunners as well as for the four legged companions.


What is the one thing a first timer to your parkrun should know? It ALWAYS starts at 07:00 (summer and winter). So arrive early and enjoy the beautiful scenery.


Find out more about Upington on their site.

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