parkrun Hero - 3rd October 2019
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Volunteer Hero: Torrin Theron

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On Saturday, 14 September 2019, Torrin Theron achieved 300 volunteer credits, performing a total of 428 tasks!  Torrin started her parkrun journey at Root 44 where she was Event Director from 2013.  She then supported the Western Cape as Regional Ambassador from 2015 – 2018 before stepping down to further her studies.  She is now the Winelands Ambassador.  A huge thank you to Torrin for all that she has done and continues to do for parkrun SA.

 

Alison Turrill

 

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The abiding memory of Torrin Theron for most Western Cape parkrunners will be of our beloved Torrin Theron holding court from her wooden scaffold at the start of Root 44 parkrun. Short of stature, but not short on presence, Torrin barks instructions from above the eager parkrunners toeing the line at Root 44.

 

“We haven’t started yet” she commands one over eager runner.

 

“Remember to keep that dog on its leash” she instructs another. And then she sets the whole field of over 1,000 participants off on another parkrun adventure.

 

parkrun was truly lucky when Torrin joined the family back in May 2013. She attended the very first Root 44 parkrun that day but typically, not as a runner, but as a volunteer. Later, when we knew we needed a good Event Director, Elana Meyer guided us straight to Torrin. Since then she has been an invaluable asset to parkrun SA and has been instrumental in the amazing growth of parkrun in the Western Cape. She hasn’t achieved this all alone and husband Chris Visser has been an important help and guiding hand.

 

Nothing sums up Torrin’s determination more than when a group of us ran Cannibal’s Cave parkrun a few years ago. Torrin was injured and she hobbled a portion of the hilly course on crutches. She knew she would not complete the full 5 kilometres, but she said “I just wanted to show the Cannibal’s team and runners some support”

 

Thank you Torrin for your amazing contribution to parkrun.

 

Bruce Fordyce

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