I love and am so grateful to parkrun. I was once regarded as an elite athlete. I had an A seeding for Comrades and I completed the Two oceans ultra marathon seven times.
I used to run 5km in 17 minutes, but I got injured for 10 years and put on 24kgs.
I started running again at parkrun. I’ve now done 100 parkruns and feel ready to race again. I volunteer at parkrun to give back & encourage others.
I moved to South Africa from the UK in 2019 and I have loved using parkrun as a way of exploring new places and meeting new people. So far I have run at five different parkruns on my travels- Umhlanga, North Beach, Franschhoek, Piggly Wiggly and PE Hobie Beach and I am aiming for many more.
Each parkrun has been a completely different experience from the huge crowds at North Beach, the hills and trails at Piggly Wiggly, to a beautiful one through the vineyards at Franschhoek, where I was thrilled to finish first female. Without parkrun, I would not have got to run in the places I have, nor would I have met so many friendly people. So thank you parkrun and I can’t wait to run many more in this beautiful country!
I have just completed my 250th parkrun and what inspires me even more is in the last 5 1/2 years I have seen growth amongst fellow parkrunners in their physical and mental being.
The other thing I have noticed in the last few years is that through parkrun, people have a little more pride in keeping their parks clean. The local councils seem to be investing a little more into those parks with modern playgrounds and ablutions.
Well done and here’s to my next 250!
Craig De Freitas
In 1994 I was diagnosed with a heart condition, WPW (Wolf Parkinson Whyte syndrome), which is a congenital condition. I subsequently underwent laser surgery, unfortunately in the procedure it destroyed my one node. I was then fitted with a permanent pacemaker and am pacemaker dependent today.
In spite of my condition on 18 January, I completed my 250th parkrun at Rietvlei. I want this to be an encouragement for other pacemaker patients to proceed exercising especially running as it contributes to a healthy lifestyle. I am now pushing for the next 250!
Jan de Bruin
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