parkrun changed my life. I started with my very first parkrun back in 2016 out of curiosity. Overweight, not motivated at all. I fell in love with the whole vibe of parkrun.
I have been working hard, planning my Saturdays to run a parkrun every week and joining many different parkruns across the whole country, from the parkrun with zebras and kudus in Leeupoort, to the steep climb at Voortrekker Monument parkrun.
5km became 10km and I’m planning my to do my first 21km as soon as the lockdown is lifted. I have 9 parkruns to go to my 50 milestone shirt and I’m planning to run my 50th parkrun in Boksburg. The parkrun I call home.
parkrun has taught me one thing. If I train and train, I won’t stay the same.
Erno De Kock
On the 4th of June 2016 my mom dragged me with her to Ebotse parkrun, I was less than enthusiastic. It was cold, it was 8am and 5km was very far! A few mins in it started becoming a nice winters stroll, walking past the water was actually a really nice way to start the day, seeing all the people that were joining in and seeming to really be enjoying themselves made me feel like I had been missing out on this little secret community, so I came back the following week and the next and the next…
Even though I really enjoyed parkrun I never fully committed to being a regular runner, I never bought running clothes, I never got my 50 T-shirt, I never made my WhatsApp status “Out Running” and if I was feeling lazy I didn’t go – with zero guilt. I moved over to Atlasville parkrun when it opened because it is very close to my house, so I could get 15 mins extra sleep which was great. My last parkrun was 28 December 2019 because the summer heat is just too gruelling to run in, it was my 78th parkrun.
The next thing I knew there was a pandemic and lockdown came, no exercise at all, which seemed fine seeing as I wasn’t big on exercise anyway, but I was a bit sad parkrun was cancelled, I found myself wishing I had done more runs in January and February – why is it that when you can’t have something you really want it?
When Level 4 lockdown was announced and we were told we were allowed 3 hours to exercise I went for a jog! The course I made was partly tar, partly on the Atlasville course, it was 4,5 km’s of pure joy! I decided I would run every second day to burn off all my lockdown snacks!
Then I heard about (not)parkrun and decided that I would do that because I could keep track of my times and see other people’s results, both making it a little bit of a competition in my own mind. So on the 18th of June I adjusted my course to make it 5 km’s and off I went on my first (not)parkrun.
It became totally addictive, maybe because that was the only thing I was doing other than being at home. I started going as many times a week as possible, getting a buzz of excitement every time I got a new PB or beat a regular runners time. I even got myself some running clothes!
Today I completed my 100th (not)parkrun. I never thought I would make 100 runs / 500 km’s – I feel so proud of myself because I am not a runner, I just kept seeing my number of runs going up and my times coming down. I set little goals for myself – 10, 20, 50 and then the big 100! I am looking forward to [arkrun re-opening so I can get my parkruns up to 100 too!
With current government guidelines in South Africa allowing for gatherings of up to 500 people in open spaces such as parks, we are delighted to be able to announce that some more 5k events in South Africa will be able to restart from Saturday 9 October. Given the current legal gathering limits, we won’t…
Been wondering what a parkrun looks like? Where do you go? What do you do? How do you sign up? Whether you’re joining us for the first time, or a more seasoned parkrunner that just needs your memory refreshed, we’ve put together this handy guide to everything you need to know about parkrun. …