Once again the Ebotse faithful braved the chill to celebrate our 7th birthday on 15th June.
Ebotse in Benoni was the 3rd parkrun to launch in South Africa.
Birthdays always mean cake so there there were generous donations made by our volunteers bringing cupcakes to ensure that everyone was rewarded with a cupcake.
A special thank you to Carol Matthews, the Run Director for the day who also did a sterling job rallying extra volunteers for the day and ensured all went well without a hitch, to Kathy Russell for baking a celebration cake and of course to all our volunteers – THANK YOU!
I’m one of those guys that was around when Bruce Fordyce was winning Comrades year after year. I myself have done a few Comrades, Ironman, canoeing etc. After many years of involvement in these sports, I hit burnout. I moved to Cape Town in 1997 and was actively running but slowed down with the very long distances. Cross country was my thing for quite a few years until I had my first serious injury – a torn hamstring. A couple of years later I herniated a disc in my lower back and that was me out!
I didn’t run for 3 years and was looking and felt I needed to get active. A friend suggested I try parkrun at the start of 2017. Naturally in the beginning it was all walking. As I progressed, my back held up and I started to improve. I will never be what I was but I’m active and can’t wait for Saturday mornings!
I currently have 102 parkrun’s under my belt and 25 volunteer credits. parkrun is a community event where every one of us has a role in making our events successful. I have enjoyed every step. I love getting involved with Century City parkrun and I enjoy seeing everyone out there trying whatever their motivation is.
We all have different goals, some use it as a time trial, some to improve their 5k times, with others just getting out and enjoying life. For me now over and above I enjoy getting involved with making it happen.
Yes, I would love sometimes to sleep in and not get to Century City to help setup at 6am, but the satisfaction I get outweighs it 10 to 1.
My message is that each and everyone should try volunteering, so that everyone can volunteer and walk, jog or run. This event cannot function without volunteers. I promise you that the satisfaction of seeing people of all shapes, sizes, cultures, abilities etc is truly amazing!
Finally, I have made new friends because of my volunteering with parkrun and for this I am truly grateful.
The world is full of awesome people on a journey inspiring others setting goals and smash it! I’m blessed to have met one of these people calling her a true friend and witness a journey so incredible making the impossible possible! Her name is Chantelle Webber. She is a legend and here is her story…
“I blame parkrun. No wait, I blame my friend who convinced me to sign up to parkrun.
It was November 2014, and my friend and I were trying to find more active ways to get fit, lose weight, while having fun at it. My friend finishing her first parkrun at 36min, me, huffing and puffing it at 52min. I still remember that day, I’ve never experienced anything so tough in my life! Since when is a 5km so hard! And who thought that running on the beach was fun!
The following week, I was back. This time, I was coming for revenge! I was determined to run this parkrun. And every week thereafter, I came back. Eyes on the prize. The addiction, that congratulating email saying, “you’ve earned a new PB!”. It took me over a year to come to terms that, the beach has her own mood swings, and you cannot smash your time every week, and sometimes, it’s worth spending time either in company with someone, motivating others to finish their first parkrun, or just head down and get sand blasted while the sand sucks at your feet, dragging your tired body across 1.8km of beach, before you can finally get to the finish funnel.
I was so honoured to become the Event Director of Amanzimtoti parkrun that has been the biggest contributor to my transformation (health, fitness and personality). Where the eye on the prize of the finish funnel for a 5km parkrun, turned into my sights set for that red-carpet moment at Ironman. Throughout my journey to Ironman 2019, parkrun has been part of that journey every Saturday.
parkrun taught me to believe in myself. Ironman showed me that anything is possible.”
Because of parkrun she could and because she could we all can!
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