Just the fourth parkrun to launch in South Africa, Nahoon Point recently marked their seventh anniversary after a prolonged hiatus. Event Director John Paul Lee Sun shares more about this Eastern Cape event.
When did Nahoon Point parkrun start up? Nahoon Point parkrun was launched on 11 August 2012 and became the fourth parkrun in South Africa and first in the Eastern Cape and soon became the biggest parkrun in South Africa, a title which was maintained for quite a while.
What sort of people come to Nahoon Point parkrun? Since our relaunch on 4 May 2019 (and the launch of many more parkruns in the area), the average attendance is a very manageable 327. Our participants reflect the rainbow nation, with a good number of tourists, and vary from the serious runner to the casual walker, including many families.
Have you had any notable visitors? We have had many Comrades winners and gold medalists visit us, including Yolande MacLean, who is our female record holder and local lass, Stephanie Smith, who achieved gold medals at both Two Oceans and Comrades in 2017. Paul Sinton-Hewitt visited us for a freedom run in 2016.
What is the course like? Our route has stunning sea views. We run on the beach, on some tricky gravel roads as well as sections of tarred roads, with a few hills in between flat sections.
Who helps to make Nahoon Point parkrun a success? We depend largely on a group of about 15 dedicated volunteers, who are sometimes stretched, but always deliver a smooth, well run parkrun.
What has been the most memorable story over the first 7 years? The most memorable and challenging task for the volunteers was when someone drove off with the finish tokens. They were only retrieved after 600 people had finished, so everyone had to be recorded manually!
While many people half her age (and even younger) will easily find an excuse not to participate in a parkrun or be active, spritely 83-year-old Elsa Nursey of Ermelo makes use of every opportunity to do a parkrun. Anyone who has seen Elsa at a parkrun will know that she walks the 5km distance…
The Labuschagne family (Johan, Tania and Tihan) started their volunteering journey during 2015 – Tihan was only 5 years of age at the time. Johan is a regular Run Director while his wife Tania frequently helps as Timekeeper or Marshal. Tihan is a regular Marshal and also helps with token sorting as well as…