My husband (77) and I (72) started our parkrun history at the first parkrun in Bloemfontein: Naval Hill, April 2014. From the very start we finished first in our age category. During these six years there were no more than five times that we didn’t reach that goal. Nowadays it is quite easy, for we are the only ones in our age category!
My husband has completed 165 runs and I have done 156. His PB is 32.43 and mine is 33.59. We live in Gauteng and for the most part now take part at Valhalla parkrun.
Koos and Susan Fourie
The biggest excuse to visit a parkrun venue is their birthday, as we all know there will be celebrations! A group of parkrun tourists attended to support the King Williams Town 4th birthday parkrun on 8 February. They flew and drove from Cape Town, Johannesburg, Stutterheim and East London to attend the 199th event and tick off another fabulous parkrun venue. As the thunderstorms built up over South Africa during the week, we were blessed with the rain, but this did keep some of the regular runners away and we had 66 parkrunners attend.
Event Director Tariq Khan, and his volunteer team welcomed the visitors and we also celebrated his 100th parkrun milestone on the day. The rain held off for the start and became a fine drizzle out on the course, mixed with a bit of humidity. We were welcomed by the marshal volunteers along the route who we ‘High Fived’ and wished ‘Happy Birthday’ to. One of the visitors celebrated her 25th Volunteer stint as tail walker which added to the party vibe.
At the finish we tucked into the celebratory cake, along with ice lollies, trying to stay out of the rain, while mingling with the locals and visitors attending. Lots of fun was had by all with the small town hospitality spilling over, making the visitors all feel welcome with their big heart of friendliness! Definitely a parkrun venue to add to your visit list if you are in the Eastern Cape.
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