Neels and Estelle Raath did their 50th (not)parkrun on Monday, 3rd August. They are the only two people in South Africa we are aware of who achieved this “milestone” of having done a (not)parkrun every single day since it was launched. For their 50th (not)parkrun they donned their red parkrun milestone shirts and once again took to the streets in pursuit of their daily exercise which is most days actually in excess of 5km.
We had quite a few days with extremely inclement weather the past few weeks in Mossel Bay but this did not keep them from their daily outings. Some times they were soaked to the core walking in the rain and other days they battled gale force winds. They have become a familiar sight as they explore our beautiful town and surrounds. According to them, one of the nicest things is that they often come across other parkrunners busy doing a (not)parkrun.
Outeniquasbosch can boast with 746 (not)parkruns logged to date which is quite remarkable seeing that we are a relatively small parkrun with only 802 registered people. We are indeed very proud of Neels and Estelle who have also been regular volunteers at our parkrun before Covid-19 put us on hold and we salute their enthusiasm, dedication and perseverance. They, and every other person who support (not)parkrun also show us that if you can’t make lemonade because lemons are out of season you can always enjoy something else that IS in season and still have fun.
Despite the fact that all parkrun events in South Africa and 20 other countries are currently suspended due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the Core Team members at Rondebosch Common, Cape Town, have kept on exercising during the different stages of lockdown.
Every week, led by co-event Directors David Smit & John Newmarch we’ve been motivating each other to enhance our health and happiness by sharing pictures and activity maps, progressing from the initial, limited home garden runs or exercise machine activities, through “dawn-patrol” exercising between 6 and 9 a.m. to the current daylight walking, hiking, jogging and running in the great outdoors.
Various Core Team members volunteered as virtual Run Directors setting challenges each week for the team, competing first for the best home garden exercise pattern, then the hat challenge (winner Brent Farrell), and recently for artistic shapes made with a fitness tracking device in our suburbs (winner, Gerard Dehlen: see his “runner” and “dog” running patterns; runner-up, our Ambassador Emma McKinney).
In the absence of parkrun events, we’re in the 8th week of (not)parkrun, which is an opportunity for parkrunners to submit a 5k walk, jog or run on a route of your choosing, on a day and time of your choice, wherever you are in the world. Currently, Rondebosch Common is in the top 15 in SA by total number of (not)parkruns logged, with Core Team member Ken Buchanan (34 five km (not)parkrun runs) leading the local pack of about 70 (and growing) enthusiastic participants.
We encourage all parkrunners to sign in to your profile (with your A-number and parkrun password) at www.parkrun.com and submit your time for your favourite 5km course. You can record up to one activity per day, with your fastest time each week included in the weekly results table.
David Smit & the Rondebosch Common parkrun team
Although I do not do the (not)parkrun, I feel I have done a remarkable achievement. I am 78 and live in Benoni South Africa. I was never a runner, but rather a hiker and have climbed Kilimanjaro twice in 1996 and 2006 and was always a regular visitor to our scenic Drakensberg mountains in South Africa. I started with parkrun a few years back, walking at first, but then running, and I have completed 234 parkruns with my best time of 31:12.
Before lockdown was established toward the end of March, I shaved a track around my back garden which measures about 62 metres long and since lockdown I have done at least 62 laps every day. I say 62 laps in case I miscount as 60 laps was my real goal. Some days I have completed 70 laps. I have not missed a day and I reckon every 25 days I have completed a Comrades Marathon, which todate I am now on my sixth Comrades. I shall continue as long as I am able
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(not)parkrun continues. This is me on my 62nd (not)parkrun, at Midstream and I got a PB! 27:39 Krishna Priyadarshi How’s this for the most impressive route mapped out by our fabulous core volunteer at Rondebosch Common parkrun, Gerhard Dehlan! Dedicated to our healthcare workers. I am inspired by…