Jacob Lamon (61), is a resident from Vosloorus, approximately 5km from Rondebult parkun. Health challenges compelled him to consider retirement as a Building Inspector in the City of Ekurhuleni. His health subjected him to various hospital visits for treatment since January 2018.
As a regular radio listener, he heard of a cancer survivor whose active lifestyle in running and walking 10 to 15km helped to overcome cancer.
He drew inspiration from that talk show and subsequent to that, one of our passionate volunteers Mr Louis Hlophe told him about Rondebult parkrun in January 2019. Since joining, he has never looked back. He attends weekly without fail.
During an interview with Ambassador Thami Xala about his experience at Rondebult parkrun, he said “Rondebult parkrun has become my other home away from home. As a movement, parkrun has become my way of life”.
He has committed to introduce more athletes to join Rondebult parkrun.
Thanks Jacob, keep it up, we love you, wishing you a healthy long life.
Zolati Othmane skateboarded from Morocco to Cape Town which took 4 years. He celebrated his arrival in Cape Town by joining in at Greenpoint parkrun, which welcomes thousands of international visitors each year.
On the same day, Fred Talbot took part in his first parkrun at Greenpoint at 86 years of age. 3 generations of the Talbot family joined him, completing the full 5km course together.
I am not a long distance runner. By long distance, I include anything over 200m, unless being chased by a dangerous animal, or trying to catch a bus. But, a really good friend signed me up to parkrun (by asking me for my email address and then handing me a sheet of barcodes). Once I sign up for something, I will see it through; count me in boots and all. So that Saturday I arrived at Piggly Wiggly to run 5km. I ran to the first corner, about 200m, and had to stop to walk because I was gasping for air; this pattern repeated itself for 5km, and I came in under an hour.
I can understand random acts of stupidity, but I cannot explain why I went back the next week, other than to beat my time. Oh, and the fact that I had met some fantastic people. It wasn’t about coming in first. It was about achieving personal goals, and not suffering alone! My Scottish heritage also liked the fact it was free. Piggly Wiggly parkrun soon became family, and what a vital and loyal family they proved to be.
On my way to my 150th parkrun, I hit a speed bump. At the age of 42, with a young son, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I had no risk factors; it literally came out of the blue. Things moved very fast, and within 10 days I had surgery. That Saturday, with a drain still in, I was at parkrun, albeit as a volunteer. My world might have been turned upside down, but I could count on my parkrun family to stand by me. Through these months of surgery, chemo and radiation, they have been there for me, even juicing me green stuff (Rosemarie, what exactly was in that juice?!?) and giving me hair gel for my chemo fluff. I would not have stood as strong without my parkrun family and friends by my side, and I would not have recovered as well if I had not been fit to start with. I have no doubt that parkrun is a defining factor in my quality of life.
I am nearly finished with this long treatment journey; my oncologist is tired of me asking when I can return to parkrun. I know that this is what I want to do, and I will appreciate my health and each opportunity to participate in parkrun.
To all of you, Rosemarie and Tarryn and all the wonderful parkrunners who share the journey, I salute you and appreciate you. More than words can say.
As New Zealand became the first country to resume parkruns last Saturday, Invercargill parkrun was respresenting parkrun South Africa, and they even dressed up for the occasion! Event Director Liz Henry tells us more about their first event back. We had a wonderful turn out of 159 parkrunners, walkers and 21 volunteers. On…
Gerhard and Catherine le Roux are running, cycling and travelling across the whole country, with plans to attend as many parkruns as possible. The retired couple, of Standerton, regularly attend the Standerton River Park to complete the parkrun on a Saturday morning. Whether they are travelling the country with their caravan, or completing their home parkrun on a…