Roses parkrun, north of Pretoria, started in February 2018. Since then this scenic parkrun has welcomed over 6,500 participants. The core team tell us more:
How did Roses parkrun come about? Julize van Niekerk sent Ludwig’s Roses an email asking why we don’t have a parkrun and followed up with us. We then contacted parkrun and got the ball rolling. Halmar Taschner of Ludwig’s Roses then set up the course and got it off the ground.
What have been the highlights of your event so far? A big highlight of the event is Gunda our trusted pace dog – she will join every Saturday and show the route to the parkrunners, always eager to run and friendly as can be, one of the most memorable moments come to parkrunners when you get the opportunity to run with Gunda. Thus far the most memorable moment was to host over 400 runners during the New Years run.
Who helps to make Roses parkrun a success? Willem Joubert & Ludwig Taschner really go above an beyond!
What makes Roses parkrun unique? The fact that the route is ran all along the dams on the farm and the beautiful scenery that comes with it, an added bonus is to see the roses bloom and running between them towards the end of the route.
What is the route like? A combination between flat & fast and hilly. The route is a one lap route with the entire route being on trail.
What are the typical parkrunners who come like? Typical parkrunners at Roses will be families, couples and individuals with their trusted best friends(dogs), Roses parkrun is unique in the sense that we cater for all and that the farm allows us to host a huge group of people. The event is split down the middle with people walking and running the route.
Have you had any notable visitors? We have had tourists from different parkruns around the world – We had the opportunity to host guests from the USA, Canada and Australia.
What are the facilities like? There is a lot of parking available at Roses parkrun with most of the parking available near the start and finish. The Rose Cafe is on the farm with toilets available opposite the cafe.
What is the one thing a first timer to Roses parkrun should know? Be prepared for a nice outing with fast and trail parkrun with one steep uphill called Mordor. Runners will also run in between the Roses towards the end of the event. One last thing; if the season allows it roses are given to every parkrunner.
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