News - 19th November 2020

parkrun returns to Namibia


When we at Swakopmund did our previous parkrun on 14 March, little did we know how that it would be exactly eight months to the day that we would meet again. Speaking of waiting – a special “Congratulations!” is in order for Wilma van Niekerk. She was going to do her big 100th run on 21st March but had to wait 34 weeks to do so. So glad you could make it on Saturday, Wilma.


Willing volunteers came forward immediately to offer their help and everybody understood the importance of adhering to the Covid regulations.




I had to be quick with the pre-parkrun announcement because 106 parkrunners were eager to get going. At Eight o’clock the whistle went and 18 minutes 40 seconds later the first finisher was back. With the timekeepers, fingers on the buttons, an extra long funnel and three scanners spaced far apart, we were ready. Everything went smoothly and the new Virtual Volunteer app works so well and made life very easy.


It was like a family reunion. It was good to see old parkrun friends again – happy and healthy. The weather was perfect and the run along the beach as beautiful as ever. We had a couple of first timers and it was a good morning.


We are extremely glad and we realise very fortunate to be able to start up again. We hope that South Africa will follow soon.


Buttons Heyns

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