On Saturday 28 August, Piet Retief parkrun celebrated its 69th event.
Piet Retief parkrun started on 25 January 2019. Before the Covid shutdown, we averaged around 100 parkrunners each week.
We were lucky to be able to resume on 29 May and since we restarted we have seen an average of around 40 runners each week.
We have a picturesque route which is an “out and back” on a well-maintained dirt road. The route runs next to the municipal timber plantations on one side and has a stream on the other. In summer it is particularly green and pretty.
We have a very loyal band of volunteers who we would like to applaud. In particular, Jeremy and Wilhelm Metelerkamp have volunteered over 25 times.
We have also seen some parkrunners, including Pushie Chetty and Erica Bouwer, who have completed more than 50 parkruns!
Event Director, Piet Retief parkrun
Volunteering gives me such a high. Especially when it’s at a parkrun where people participate in all senses, from walking/jogging and running to volunteering; from the Run Director to the Tail Walker.
Yes, I am talking about Senekal parkrun!
Although I am a proud parkrun “challenge chaser”, I do parkrun purely for myself for fun, to meet people and just to talk. It’s a bit like therapy for me.
When I was asked to accompany a friend to Senekal parkrun, I did not hesitate to volunteer – I had done this parkrun about a year ago before lockdown.
We were so well received by the Run Director, Willie van Jaarsveld with his friendliness and his volunteers. It is such a pleasure to have been a part of the day, and the highlight was when the first finisher, Tshepiso Mosia, came through and broke the male record – I was the one who “clicked” the button!
My take on volunteering is, especially with Covid, let’s make it a mission to help our parkruns by giving all a chance to participate.
I am well aware that many people are chasing some sort of challenge – whether it’s for those Discovery Vitality points, a new PB, or walking their first 5k. But, I am proud to be a volunteer at parkrun. I love it!
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