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ONE IN A MILLION

08 February 2019

The really exciting news this week is that parkrun South Africa welcomed its 1 millionth registered member. This seems incredible when we consider that just over 7 years ago we numbered just 26.

7 years ago none of us could have imagined the future would be this spectacular. In those 7 years a staggering 6.8 million runs and walks have taken place.
At its capacity the famous Ellis Park rugby


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LANDMARK YEAR FOR parkrun AROUND THE WORLD

by Paul Sinton-Hewitt (parkrun founder) - 29 December 2018

2018 has been a landmark year for parkrun around the world. I am proud that our movement is now widely viewed as an innovative health intervention with an impact that reaches far beyond our parks and open spaces on Saturday mornings. Yet importantly, the parkrun experience remains the same as it’s always been.
 
Firstly, I must thank each and every parkrunner around the world for your sup


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2018 AN EXCITING YEAR FOR parkrun SA

by Bruce Fordyce - 16 December 2018

This is the last newsletter of the year and so I would like to thank everyone for helping to make 2018 such an exciting year for parkrun SA. The bare facts are that we opened 50 new events in the year bringing our total number of Southern African parkruns to 178. There were 2,150,000 runs and walks in 2018 (30% up on 2017). There were 105,000 volunteer instances (45%  up on 2017). We had 225,000 new registra

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PARKRUN FOUNDER AWARDED HONORARY DEGREE

17 July 2018

Paul Sinton-Hewitt was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Sport by Solent University in the UK.
 
“I’m absolutely delighted to be receiving this award. It’s such an honour to be part of the University and to be recognised in this way; and to share this with all our volunteers across the country – it’s their hard work that make it possible for me to be here.&rd


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OLDEST parkrunner IN THE WORLD TO COMPLETE 250 parkruns

10 March 2018

This parkrunday, 10th March 2018, 84-year-old Queenslander John Taylor became the oldest parkrunner in the world to complete 250 parkruns.
 
JT, as he is affectionately called by his parkrunning family, started running at the age of 43. He refers to beginning the pursuit as his ‘mid-life crisis’ and he ran regularly for the better part of a decade before other commitments saw it fal


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DELTA STORMS TO 2ND LARGEST IN THE WORLD

23 January 2018

FACT
At 2130 the Delta parkrun is  now the 2nd largest parkrun in 
the world!


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parkrun SOUTH AFRICA HITS 750 000 MEMBERS

16 January 2018

parkrun SA recently hit 750 000 members. Statisticians predict that parkrun SA will reach 1 million members long before the end of the year. From 26 members to 750 000 in 6 years, says Bruce Fordyce, CEO of parkrun SA and 9 times Comrades winner.

What an amazing achievement! 




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KICK START 2018 WITH A parkrun

27 December 2017

Why not kick-start 2018 with a run? Not sure where? Well, one of the best ways to start the New Year off is to join in at one of the various parkruns countrywide that will be hosting extra parkruns on 1 January 2018. You can go solo, take the family along or even just the family dog. Up to you. But get out there and make the first day of 2018 count.

Around the globe over 62 000 people walked, jogge


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CHRISTMAS AT parkrun

by Paul Sinton-Hewitt (parkrun founder) - 19 December 2017

Christmas is traditionally an occasion when people come together to spend time with friends and family. Sadly, we know that too many people will spend the festive period alone this year. parkrun Founder, Paul Sinton-Hewitt, invites you to join us at parkrun this Christmas. Read Paul's message.
 
parkrun has always been about bringing people together from all walks of life, and at this time


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A RECORD-BREAKING YEAR

by Bruce Fordcye - 11 December 2017

It has been a wonderful year for parkrun in Southern Africa, and 2018 looks as if it will be even more exciting! parkrun South Africa CEO, Bruce Fordyce, shares some memories, record-breaking statistics, and sums up the 2017 parkrun year.
 
Unfortunately and happily, only very occasionally, parkrun Event Directors sometimes have to decide to cancel parkruns at the 11th hour. This happened


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