Wednesday, 26 November 2014

How an ostrich made me famous

I have some really exciting news to share with you!  

Even though our new home town, Kimberley, doesn't have a local parkrun (yet!), you probably know by now that I'm a big, big fan of the parkrun concept (see my previous posts on parkrun here, here, here and here).  Well, parkrun celebrated it's 10th international anniversary on 4 October this year with the following impressive stats: Nearly 1.2 million people worldwide are currently registered parkrun users, with 500+ official parkruns taking place in nine countries across the globe.  And that's not all: An estimated 10 000 new runners register for parkrun each and every week - wow!

Miss K and me doing the Green Point parkrun in Cape Town earlier this year.  [Photo by Run Cape Town.]

At the inaugural Naval Hill parkrun in Bloemfontein.

And this is where the exciting news that I wanted to share comes in: As part of parkrun's 10th anniversary celebrations, Debra Bourne wrote a book on all things parkrun.  In the book, Debra charts the rise of parkrun and takes an in-depth look at what it is that turned this simple idea into the biggest and friendliest running community in the world.  And guess what??  My parkrun ostrich story is included in the book!  Debra contacted me earlier in the year to ask for permission to include my story and picture in the book, and of course I said yes - what an honour!

Here it is!  [Source.]

The book has just been released and is available from parkrun's online shop (here), with a portion of the proceeds from the book being ploughed directly back into parkrun.  Can't wait to get our copy!


  1. That's so cool and exciting!! Congrats :)

    1. Thanks, Lisa! Excited like a little kid :) .

  2. You're famous! Big congrats! I love your stories though, so I'm not in the least bit surprised!:)

    1. Thanks so much for your kind words, Hailey - I really appreciate it! SO excited about this, heehee! :)


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