The Kayamandi township in Stellenbosch held its first parkrun on Saturday 9 September in a bid to help Vision AfriKa’s learners improve their health and fitness while having fun.
The idea behind parkrunning began in the UK in 2004 when 13 runners got together to encourage others to get fit by joining their volunteer-led, free-for-all 5km runs around local parks. It arrived in South Africa in 2011, when 22 people completed a 5km loop around Delta Park in Johannesburg, and has since spread nationally.
The event in Kayamandi was launched by Bruce Fordyce, who won the annual 89km Comrades Marathon in KwaZulu Natal between Durban and Pietermaritzburg nine times. He also holds the record for running 50 miles in only four hours, 50 minutes and 21 seconds.
Some 21 learners from Vision AfriKa primary school programme and Vision V aftercare group were chosen to take part as a reward for their hard work during the year. Their times were recorded and displayed on the Vision AfriKa notice board for all to see and to honour their achievement.
The event will be held every Saturday from now on, but will be opened up to the wider community too. Each second Saturday, Vision AfriKa will choose a different group of learners to take part based on their performance during the previous fortnight.