Celebrations at St Francis parkrun

2015-10-29 16:06
Liezl Clause and Stephni Arndt (back left) carried the flag for Pam Stark and Felix Muchika (front middle) who ran their 100th parkrun. With them are Eric and Esti Stewart.   Photo: SUPPLIED

Liezl Clause and Stephni Arndt (back left) carried the flag for Pam Stark and Felix Muchika (front middle) who ran their 100th parkrun. With them are Eric and Esti Stewart. Photo: SUPPLIED

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SATURDAY, October 24 was a day of celebration at St Francis parkrun when two of their parkrunners, Felix Muchika and Pam Stark, ran their 100th parkrun - the first for St Francis to qualify for Club 100 membership.

It is a parkrun tradition that fellow runners join the 50 or 100 parkrun finisher with a red flag (for 50) or a black flag (for 100) for the last 50m. As Muchika, who runs in the 60 – 64 years age category is normally under the top three, his fellow runner and employer Colleen Butler started her run an hour earlier with Yvonne Rob, in order to be at the finish line with the new black flag to run the last bit with Felix. More parkrunners didn’t run on the day, so they could wait and cheer for Felix at the finish line.

Felix then ran back to Pam so she could finish her 100th run with Felix on her side. At the same occation events directors Eric and Esti Stewart volunteered for the 101th time.

“Although we celebrated Felix and Pam’s amazing achievement, we also celebrated life,” says Eric Stewart. “It is great to see young and old get up every Saturday to run – despite their age, their health, no matter the weather. At the parkrun we are one, we are family. It is always nice to see parkrun tourists from parkruns as far as the UK and Australia.”

Since the inaugural St Francis parkrun on July 13, 2013 a total of 2 068 different runners completed 11 927 runs covering a total distance of 59 63km, and there were 2 253 new Personal Bests.

On Saturday, at event number 119, Anele Singintaba (SM20-24) was first over the line in 19:07, followed by Felix Muchika (VM60-64) in 20:49 and Clinton Hempel (VM45-49) in 21:10.

Stephanie Arndt (VW50-54) was first for the ladies in 22:32, with Louise Ackerman (VW35-39) second in 23:17 and Jeanne Beary (VW40-44) third in 24:45. There were 69 runners, of whom 9 were first timers and 2 recorded new Personal Bests.

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