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LEAN ON ME

by Michelle Carnegie - 05 August 2017

Family bonding usually takes place over leisurely lunches and sunny beach holidays. But for one family it all happens on a 160km stretch of road between Port Alfred and East London in the Eastern Cape.
 
The Washie 100 Miler is a grueling 160km running race held each year in the Eastern Cape, and is seen as one of South Africa’s toughest long distance events. Two South African brothers, w


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250 PARKRUNS AND COUNTING

by Michelle Carnegie - 05 August 2017

He has just completed his 250th parkrun, making him only the 4th person in South Africa to do so, and the first in the Eastern Cape. On top of this Henry Pienaar has volunteered at parkruns a staggering 130 times. It is unbelievable to imagine that merely 5 years ago Henry was obese and a diabetic.

When Henry Pienaar crossed the finish line of his 250th parkrun at t


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PARKRUN CHANGED MY LIFE

by Laura Elfes - 05 August 2017

At the age of 13 UK park runner Laura Elfes set foot in Poole Park at 9:00am for her very first parkrun. It was painful to her mum, who ended up promising Laura a cake if she kept on going! Lara has since done more than 50 park runs and has never looked back. This is 16-year-old Laura’s story as told in her own words.
 
I'm not sure if my mum ever regrets taking me to that first run o


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PARKRUN...IN NUMBERS

05 August 2017

Parkruns have become a global phenomenon. Here are some interesting facts about this popular weekly 5km timed event.
 
First parkrun
The first parkrun was run in October 2004 in London’s Bushy Park. Paul Sinton-Hewitt, who could not even run it, as he was a volunteer timekeeper that morning, organized it. A total of 13 runners pitched.
 
Name Change
Origin


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A FAMILY AFFAIR

by Michelle Carnegie - 05 August 2017

The joy of sharing your love of running with a sibling, spouse, parent or your little one is happiness beyond measure. And it seems parkrunning is where this all starts.
 
For as long as I can remember my Dad and I have been running. It’s always been ‘our thing’ and the rest of the family would often sigh and roll their eyes when, over long family lunches, we would for hours o


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PARKRUN TRANSFORMATION

05 August 2017

Parkruns are changing the lives of many people worldwide. Each week Run24 features a parkrunner whose life has changed because of this 5km weekly run. This week Su Page, a UK parkrunner, shares her story.
 
“Inspirationally motivating is what parkrun is to me. Without the amazing support of my Watergrove parkrun, Rochdale family I wouldn't be achieving what I am today.
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FROM PARKRUNNER TO MARATHON FINISHER

by Michelle Carnegie - 05 August 2017

She never pitched for the first ever parkrun she was supposed to run. Her reason? It was just too far! Fast forward three years later and Bev Leal has just finished her first marathon.
 
When Bev Leal’s daughter entered her for her very first parkrun, Bev backed out. How could she ever run a distance that far? It was only when members of her family came back from their parkrun and Bev saw


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THE PAIN IS ALL THE SAME

by Michelle Carnegie - 04 August 2017

We look at them in awe: the front pack of elite runners gliding along. Do they even feel any discomfort? Do they ‘suffer’ as much as the ‘average runner?’ Oh yes, says the 2016 Comrades winner Charné Bosman. So much so that during this year’s Comrades Marathon she was ready to throw the towel in at only 20km into the grueling 87km race.

When South Africa’s


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UNSTOPPABLE

04 August 2017

Anybody who knows will tell you: training for one event such as Ironman is grueling, to put it politely. It takes a huge amount of commitment and dedication. Now imagine adding to the list the Comrades Marathon, several swims at Midmar, another two 70.3 Ironman events, and not to mention a whole lot of ‘smaller’ races in-between. The timeframe? All in the first six months of the year. You have to be S

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IT'S CAPE TOWN. MUST RUN IT

04 August 2017

The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon is on track to host the first IAAF gold label city marathon in Africa. The 42.2km road race has made huge strides since it was relaunched in 2014, quickly establishing its place as one of only a select few marathons in the world to achieve IAAF gold label status.

Last year’s winners, Britain’s Tish Jones and Ethiopia’s Asefa Mengstu Negewo, have


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