100th Parkrun for ’Plain

2018-11-20 06:01
Some of the parkrun volunteers who have assisted over the past two years.

Some of the parkrun volunteers who have assisted over the past two years.

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Hundreds of runners and walkers celebrated the success of a local initiative by taking Westridge Gardens by storm.

The Mitchell’s Plain Parkrun, established in December 2016, celebrated its 100th parkrun on Saturday (“Free run welcomes all”, People’s Post, 10 October 2017).

The weekly 5km race is aimed at promoting community building and fitness.

Races start at 08:00 but participants are asked to report to the park at 07:45 for a briefing.

Registration and participation in the races are free.

“After 50 runs you get a free T-shirt, then again at 100, 250 and 500. For juniors, after 10 runs they get a signed certificate from Bruce Fordyce. You will also receive a T-shirt after volunteering 25 times,” Andre Rix told People’s Post in a previous article.

Rix is one of the volunteers and a facilitator for the event.

There are several parkruns in Cape Town and once someone is registered, they can participate in any of them.

Wisaal Osman, organiser of the local parkrun in collaboration with Parkrun South Africa, said previously that there are more than 90 parkrun locations in South Africa (“First parkrun on Cape Flats”, People’s Post, 13 December 2016).

The Mitchell’s Plain instalment was the first one on the Cape Flats, with Athlone following suit earlier this year.

“There is an unlimited number of entries available and everyone is urged to register online to receive their barcodes. When you have completed the race, the barcode will be scanned and you can keep record of your times. You only need to register once and then every time you attend another event, you can continue to track your progress,” she said at the time.

The event is open to all, and any number of runners can participate.

Children as young as five years old may participate, says Rix.

Children must be accompanied by an adult in arm’s length of the child at all times.

Pets on short leashes are also welcome.

The event is a 5km walk or run and your progress is tracked to help you meet personal goals.

V To register, visit www.parkrun.co.za and to volunteer, email mitchellsplainhelp@parkrun.co.za. For more information, call Andre Rix on 073 336 0079 or Wisaal Osman on 072 873 4129.


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