News - 30th January 2020

parkrun is for everyone


Gerhard Coetzer has been a road runner for a long time. After a number of years of running he was involved in an accident with a taxi and his running career came to a halt. After rehabilitation he required a walker in order to get around, and uses this to complete events.


Gerhard lives alone and his only means of mobility is his walker. He has to walk more than a kilometer in order to get the parking area where works as a car guard. His job is his only source of income and if he can not get there then there is no income.


Gerhard’s old walker had seen better days and had been repaired several times. After seeing just how dilapidated it was we decided that it needed to be replaced with a new one and Kraalkop parkrunners came together to buy a new one for him.




We invited Gerhard to parkrun to volunteer, and then presented him with his new walker. He was very moved when presented with the new walker as it was the last thing that he expected. Right there and then he decided that he was going to do the parkrun again.


His courage should serve as motivation for all of us able-bodied individuals who all kinds of excuses not to run. He finished the stiff parkrun course together with the Tail Walker in a very credible time of 1:02:59!


Clive Wright

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