Lonehill parkrun in Johannesburg held its first event back in April 2014. Since then, over 25,000 different people have completed the course, setting more than 27,000 PBs in the process! The core team tell us more:
How did Lonehill parkrun come about? Lonehill parkrun was set up at the beginning of 2014 by a group of keen runners, led by Trevor Nel.
Who helps to make Lonehill parkrun a success? We have a group of regular, keen volunteers who help out. Our leading volunteer is Liz Fraser, who cheers participants and sorts tokens each week at over 80 years old.
What is the average Lonehill parkrunner like? The average age profile of our participants is probably older than most parkruns. We do get a lot of family groups as well as teams from retirement villages. Around 60% of the participants are runners, and 40% walkers and joggers.
What makes Lonehill parkrun unique? The iconic Happy Rock u-turn point!
What is the route like? This is a two-lap clockwise course designed to keep plenty of wide running space to cater for the free-flow of all paces of parkrunner.
The start of the course begins at the entrance to the Lonehill Koppie Nature Reserve, in the Lonehill Park. After the start it is 250m downhill to the back of the Lonehill Shopping Centre and the course then veers left gently uphill for 550m up a wide bridle-path to another Crestwood Drive u-turn point at the iconic Happy Rock. Then it is back downhill for 600m to where the course veers right for a gentle climb back up to the Lonehill Village Church and onto a paved path in a northerly direction to the Lonehill Lake.
The course is a mix of paths and well-maintained grass, with a total of around 90m of elevation gain on the course.
What should a first-timer to Lonehill parkrun know? There are plenty of walkers – there is absolutely no pressure to run! Parking, toilets and café facilities are all available at the nearby Lonehill Shopping Centre.
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