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100th run for the Noordwyk Parkrun held successfully

Jeanny Tshukudu said joining parkrun is free and open to all regardless of age, ability or fitness levels.

The Noordwyk Park Run celebrated its 100th parkrun, with over 100 people coming to shed a sweat in this momentous milestone.
The feat was celebrated on May 11. The first parkrun event at Noordwyk started on 26 March 2022, and since the organisers have never looked back and have been backed by the support of volunteers who ensure the park is well maintained and cleaned.

Alan Bode pushes himself through to the finish line. Photo: Sphiwe Masilela
Alan Bode pushes himself through to the finish line. Photo: Sphiwe Masilela

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Event directors Amina Saber and Jeanny Tshukudu said the 115 people ran, jogged and walked the course which 31 were first timers and 11 recorded their personal bests.

Volunteers: Noordwyk Park volunteers. Photo: Sphiwe Masilela
Volunteers: Noordwyk Park volunteers. Photo: Sphiwe Masilela

“Representatives of 10 different marathon clubs took part. The Noordwyk Park came alive with excitement and celebration as parkrun enthusiasts and loyal community members joined. The anticipation was palpable, as participants of all ages and fitness levels converged at the start, ready to celebrate not just a run, but a community achievement,” said Saber.

She thanked all that supports the run, including a dedicated group of volunteers.

Amina Saber, Praise Shumba and Noluvo Sigaba enjoy the run in Noordwyk Park. Photo: Sphiwe Masilela
Amina Saber, Praise Shumba and Noluvo Sigaba enjoy the run in Noordwyk Park. Photo: Sphiwe Masilela

Heinz Meulke and Melani Jennett were the first man and women of this run respectively while Thuso Lithole (14) was the first teenager to reach the finishing line.

Praise Shumba and Noluvo Sigaba on their way to the finish line. Photo: Sphiwe Masilela
Praise Shumba and Noluvo Sigaba on their way to the finish line. Photo: Sphiwe Masilela

Tshukudu said they welcome more volunteers to join them in keeping the park clean and usable.

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Thuso Lithole (14) is the first teenager to reach the finish line. Photo: Sphiwe Masilela
Thuso Lithole (14) is the first teenager to reach the finish line. Photo: Sphiwe Masilela

“A dedicated set of volunteers who are part of the Noordwyk Residents Association clean the park every Friday and Saturday. This mammoth task of cleaning the park, as it is often strewn with beer bottles, litter and other trash is cleaned by Lynne Maclean (affectionately known as the Mother of the Park) and her team. A huge shout out to them for their commitment and dedication. If anyone is willing to join or sponsor trash bags, gloves or other please contact the event directors,” said Tshukudu.

Rosh Boodhoo participate in her 97th run, just three short of 100th run. Photo: Sphiwe Masilela
Rosh Boodhoo participate in her 97th run, just three short of 100th run. Photo: Sphiwe Masilela

She said joining parkrun is free and open to all regardless of age, ability or fitness levels.

Amina Saber and Patricia Nementzik pose in front of cup cakes. Photo: Sphiwe Masilela
Amina Saber and Patricia Nementzik pose in front of cup cakes. Photo: Sphiwe Masilela

And it welcomes walkers, runners, joggers and volunteers as it fosters a sense of community and allows participants to meet new people and build new friendships.

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