At the beginning of January 2021 I asked myself the question “how do I get to run the Two Oceans Marathon with my Dad?” Taking into account my 78 year old Dad (Boet van Zyl) has already done it 31 times, I knew my version of an “Ultra Marathon” will only ever be a 5k. So, the answer was easy – run a 5k parkrun distance every Saturday at 8am. We have now been parkrunning and (not)parkrunning together every Saturday for the last 5 years!
Back on 9 January 2021 we started at the bottom of Dean Street Newlands, Cape Town, and ended at the 5k mark on the corner of Waterbury St & Main Rd Plumstead. The following week, on 16 January, the next leg started at this point and ended at the 10k mark on the corner of Station Rd & Main Rd Retreat. This began an 11-week journey, culminating on Easter Saturday. On this day, we ran from the top gate at Kirstenbosch Gardens at the 50k mark, down to the finish at the Rugby Fields at the University of Cape Town.
We stopped briefly to register and acknowledge the completion of our Saturday 5k (not)parkrun. Then, I did the unthinkable, taking on the final frontier of an additional 1k on that Saturday morning to complete the 56k at UCT.
“But what about the logistics to get back to the car every week?” I hear you ask. Well, that is another story to be told!
Gary van Zyl
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