The recent Roodepoort parkrun saw 601 eager runners line up to complete their weekly 5km, two lap, run or walk at the Len Rutter Park.
During the run, quite a few milestones were celebrated. Anthony Campher and Roewayda Areef completed their 50th runs, while three junior runners, Ethan Chan, Zion Parker and Neil Nothnagel, completed their 10th runs.
The first male finisher was the two-time national men’s 5 000m champion, Shadrack Hoff. He finished in a time of 17 minutes and 18 seconds, which was a new personal best for him, and said, “I am determined to break the Roodepoort parkrun record, which stands at 16 minutes 33 seconds, and I believe that I have now worked out the correct formula to be able to do it.”
The 45-year-old Shadrack held the 5 000m record for 18 years, and has also set records in the 10 and 15km road races. He has also completed two Comrades Marathons. “I finished my first Comrades in a time of 8:02 and this year I finished my second one in a time of 7:19,” he said.
The first female runner to cross the finish line, was Cristina Karadimitriadis from the Florida Running Club. She finished in a time of 24 minutes and 24 seconds, which was also a new personal best for her. “It was a bit of a difficult run for me this morning, because of the cold and dust at the start, but I enjoyed it nonetheless,” she said.
She urged people to participate in the weekly parkrun, even if they only walk the route, and said, “It is a good way to start your morning – you get some exercise while being in the fresh air, and you will feel so much better.”
A group of 43 children, who formed part of a bootcamp held at Florida Lake Canoe Club, also participated in the parkrun. Shaun Maphanga, the organiser of the bootcamp, said, “We have been busy with the bootcamp for the whole week, and today’s parkrun was the conclusion of the week’s events.”
The parkrun takes place every Saturday at the Len Rutter Park in Florida at 8am.
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