After my initial scepticism (No medals?  No thanks!), and with a bit of nudging from the lovely Philippa from Run Cape Town, I completed my first ever parkrun event in Cape Town, South Africa in March 2014.  And the rest, as they say, is ancient history...  The bug has bitten and I want to do all the parkruns, earn all the club t-shirts and clock all the PBs, ha! 

Here's a look at some of our parkrun adventures to date:

parkrun New Zealand

1.  Kapiti Coast parkrun, Wellington

My first Kiwi parkrun!  

2.  Lower Hutt parkrun, Wellington

The wettest, windiest parkrun event of my life...!  I literally battled to stay on the path on the up-wind...  This route is not for sissies on a rainy, windy day!

3.  Porirua parkrun, Wellington

A fairy tale route!  It has sections of closed canopy pine forest, small waterfalls and giant tree ferns.  SO beautiful!

4.  Puarenga parkrun, Rotorua

A parkrun experience unlike any other. The route winds through a geothermal area, with steam rising from the ground and a sulphur smell keeping things real. Incredible

5.  Palmerston North parkrun, Palmerston North

[Photo by Rob Caven.]

The one that showed me I still can.

parkrun South Africa

1.  Greenpoint parkrun, Cape Town

Photo by Run Cape Town.

Our parkrun debut took place 11 weeks after J Bear's birth, and although I huffed around the course like a steam engine, it was love at first parkrun. 

2.  Naval Hill parkrun, Bloemfontein

Just like any good inaugural parkrun story, this one includes an ostrich incident...

3.  Rondebosch Common parkrun, Cape Town

We did this one with our friend Lisa, all the way from Canada! 

4.  Hartenbos parkrun, Hartenbos

5.  Kimberley parkrun, Kimberley

6.  Parys parkrun, Parys

My recipe for a parkrun PB?  Oh, you know, just zero sleep and a coughing kidlet the night before...

7.  Big Bay parkrun, Cape Town

Photo by Kevin from Lisa Olivier Photography.

Pure perfection

8.  Fish Hoek parkrun, Cape Town

You know how they say that running is easier at the coast?  Well I beg to differ.

9.  George parkrun, George

The parkrun route that blew me away!

10.  Klerksdorp parkrun, Klerksdorp

The one I drove 300 km for and almost missed...

Fifteen parkrun venues down, hundreds more to go! Loving it!


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    1. Ai, en elkeen is SO lekker! Het vandag uitgewerk dat dit 15 jaar sal vat om elke parkrun in die wereld te doen as jy elke naweek 'n nuwe een doen... Dis nou te se as daar nooit nuwes bykom nie...! x


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