Down here in the Lowveld, the rains have come later this year and we were all waiting with bated breath for the veld to burst into life. It seems we are getting our wish, and it is giving the Hoedspruit parkrun a completely different, spectacular face.
The participants of our event. no. 151 in early November enjoyed the course after a substantial overnight rain shower, which provided for a cool start, fragrant vegetation, and the promise of abundant new growth. With a freshly laundered mountain as a backdrop, it was a very pleasant morning!
The Hoedspruit parkrun, like others in the area, starts a bit earlier in summer at 07h00, to accommodate for the summer temperatures here in lion country. Being in the bush, the conditions change as the seasons change. This event is beautiful and there is much to offer in the area, besides the lovely course!
One often refers to parkrun as a family. One such story is a group which started out as individuals volunteering at Heron Banks parkrun. Pretty soon, they became friends and the parkrun “Wanderers” group was born. Their enthusiasm, zest for life and passion for parkrun were so contagious that, wherever they went, the group soon attracted more people who wanted to join.
As the group grew, we had some fun and designed some t-shirts with input from the whole group, customising the shapes and fits along the way. We named our group “RONDLOPERS”.
We have become family – we laugh together, cry together, pray together, camp together, celebrate milestones and birthdays together. We share each others’ highs and lows! One thing is certain; no one gets left behind. We have formed a wonderful bond and support each other through thick and thin. We have even gone together as a group for a weekend at Clarens parkrun!
Every Saturday becomes a family reunion of our extended parkrun family.
What started off as an impulsive venture has now grown into a group of family and friends doing what they love together – chasing milestones and living the dream.
Thank you Bruce Fordyce for guiding parkrun in ZA! You have changed our lives forever!
If you are not doing parkrun yet, What’s stopping you? It’s an abundance of joy, and it sure gets the adrenaline and feel-good hormones flowing.
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