Monday, 27 June 2016

Farewell, Kimberley parkrun!

My heart feels big in my chest as I'm writing this.  Big; not heavy.  It's humbled, sad, and completely blown away by the kindness and love of so many wonderful people.  

The time has come for me to bid Kimberley parkrun farewell.  A year and three months of early Saturday mornings, hammering in kilometre markers, making chalk arrows on the ground, sorting tokens, and laughing and shivering at the finish line, and now it's time to hand over this passion to an extremely capable and very enthusiastic group of fellow parkrunners and friends.      

Not in my wildest dreams could I ever have imagined the impact that Kimberley parkrun would have on my life.  The night before our inaugural event way back in March 2015, I lay awake, suddenly feeling completely inadequate and totally unprepared for the journey ahead.  I was terrified.  But in hindsight I know that I failed to factor in one tiny little detail: The overwhelming support of Kimberley parkrunners.

Through Kimberley parkrun I've been privileged to meet a group of individuals who have motivated, inspired, supported, taught, and helped both me and each other, and oftentimes just plain left me in awe.  What a massive honour to have been a part of a tiny portion of each of these individuals' journeys - a memory and a privilege that I will cherish forever.

Just a handful of the truly amazing people that I've been privileged to meet through Kimberley parkrun.  [Photos by Erika Venter.]

And in true Kimberley parkrun style, I was treated to a queen's farewell this past Saturday.  There were hugs and well wishes...         

Photo by Erika Venter.


Gebakte poeding and vla in abundance (my comfort food of choice)...


Photo by Erika Venter.


The coolest top on the face of the PLANET...  (#smilingfordays)


Photo by Erika Venter.

And a joyful celebration of friendship and a love for running and parkrun.  It was perfect. 

Photo by Erika Venter.

Farewell, Kimberley parkrunners, and thank you for the memories.  I wish each one of you all of the best - until we meet again.  


8 comments:

  1. Aaaai, hartseer is ek nou. Wel wel welgedaan Serie xxxxxxx

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    1. Dankie, liefste Saar - jy't van Dag 1 af saamgemaak en geondersteun. Waardeer jou so. xxxx

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  2. Karien dankie vir die groot verandering wat jy in my lewe gemaak het deur parkrun na Kimberley te bring. My ma het een keer ň kaartjie saam met blomme gekry en dit het gesê: If you have two pence spent one on a loaf and one on a flower. The bread will give you life and the flower a reason for living. Jy besef nie vir hoeveel mense Kimberley parkrun die "flower" geword het nie.

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    1. SO dankbaar dat iets wat vir my soveel beteken het ook vir ander baie beteken - en daar is by my geen twyfel dat jy en die span Kimberley parkrun tot nuwe hoogtes sal lei nie. Baie sterkte en baie dankie. x

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  3. Thank you for sharing your Farewell post in our #ShowcaseTuesday farewell post.
    Wishing you all the best for the future and thank you for being a part of our blogging community.

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    1. Thanks so much for everything! You'll be missed! x

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  4. You obviously did an amazing job! Are you moving or just handing over the management?

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    1. We've said goodbye to Kimberley too, Cat - watch this space!

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