Valhalla parkrun in Centurion launched on 4 February 2017. Since then the popular course has been completed over 55,000 times! The core team share more with us:
How did Valhalla parkrun come about? We needed a new venue and close by, after Voortrekker Monument closed down (it has since reopened).
Who was responsible for getting Valhalla parkrun off the ground? Maartin Barac together with Wendy Yates and the volunteers from Voortrekker Monument parkrun helped to set up the event. Trevor Brand is an integral part of the volunteer team.
What have been the highlights of your event so far? One of the volunteers left the finishing tokens at home and home was 30 minute drive away from parkrun. Her husband raced back home collecting the tokens and arriving with 2 minutes to spare before the first runners came in!
What makes Valhalla parkrun unique? I would say the people. So many different people come together, each unique in their own way. Other than that, we have a play area at the finish so if you want, you can play like a kid again and have a go on the swings. During summer and autumn, our park looks absolutely gorgeous with lush green grass, yellow flowers, botanical plants… Just beautiful.
What is the course like? Our route is mainly off road. There is about 200m of pavement just after the 2.5km mark. Other than that, its completely off road, starting out on the baseball fields and heading in to a trail section surrounded by fields of grass and flowers (depending on the season). There are two gradual hills and you can easily show these hills who’s the boss. You find some rocky terrain after 3km all the way to the finish, but still surrounded with wide open spaces of trees and fields.
What are the typical parkrunners who come like? We have families and friends of all ages, from kids to the very mature and a nice mixture of runners to walkers.
Have you had any notable visitors? For our 1st birthday we had a drumming school with 8 students on 8 drums sets with amplifiers and speakers play for us. The sound they made was amazing and something I will never forget.
What are the facilities like? We have ample parking for parkrunners and parking is pretty close to either the start or finish area which is 300 meters apart, depending on where you park. We don’t have any toilets.
What is the one thing a first timer to Valhalla parkrun should know? Don’t fall on the rocky terrain!
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