Ita Janse van Rensburg, 60 is on the core volunteer team at Outeniquasbosch parkrun. She wants to tell all the women out there who are thinking about parkrun just to take the first step and come along.
This is her story.
Every Saturday at parkrun I see how it changes people’s lives. Whether you are a walker, runner or volunteer.
No matter your fitness level, age, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, etc – parkrun is really the personification of our rainbow nation.
And best of all, it is free!
It is also something my hubby and I can enjoy together – he is an enthusiastic parkrunner who has achieved his 250th milestone recently (with 208 volunteering occasions as well).
One day I might be tempted to write my parkrun memoires. There are so many wonderful stories to tell – some inspirational, others funny.
There is not one single Saturday without some highlight of some kind. A very memorable day for me personally was when I did my 250th volunteering milestone on 14 December 2019. That was indeed a very special “whoop-whoop” day for me.
For any women out there thinking about parkrun, just take that first step and come. If you don’t feel ready to do the whole course, then volunteer. It is such a warm, inclusive and healthy environment and so much fun!
At parkrun you only compete against yourself and there are no winners or losers. You don’t have to prove to anybody that you deserve to be there.
You are a winner in your own right – by just being there – walking, running or volunteering.
It’s the people that keep me coming back to parkrun week on week. The fun and to be part of something so life changing and know I make a difference.
I love to share in other people’s satisfaction when they achieve new PBs, overcome an injury, become a parent or grandparent and know I will have to soon rearrange my volunteer rosters around their school activities and holidays.
You are really part of a big family with their joys and also occasional set-backs.
I can’t begin to describe how much parkrun has changed my life for the better.
Ita Janse van Rensburg
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