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Official launch of Parkrun in Graskop

Frieda Paton

The Jock Trail Parkrun in Graskop will be opened officially by Parkrun SA on February 16, starting at 07.00.  Come and join the free 5Km run – or walk or stroll –   and if you’re not yet part of the international Parkrun movement, get your first Parkrun logged.

Bruce Fordyce, the founder and CEO of Parkrun SA, accompanied by his wife Gill, will be there himself to launch the route.  The parkrun follows parts of the Jock Trail, which starts at the horse stables in Graskop, known for its peaceful natural surrounds and spectacular scenery.

Parkruns are held weekly at 178 locations across South Africa and, if you aren’t already part of the Parkrun family, all you have to do is log on to to register and download your barcode. At the end of each Parkrun – at any of the venues in South Africa or in other countries across the world – your barcode is scanned to log your run. You will receive an e-mail with your time and placing on the day. You can also compare your fitness with the best times for your age group worldwide, and view your number of runs and progress over time on your personal page.

The credit for establishing the Jock Trail Parkrun, which is also a great tourist attraction, goes to Grant Bosman.  He has planned and done the legwork for the better part of a year and there has been regular fun runs on the route for a few months. A challenge presented itself when the intended route became too wet and muddy with the rains in January – with times seriously slowed down by sidestepping and puddle jumping.

With three weeks to go before the launch a new route had to be found and during the first weekend of February volunteers worked like slaves and managed to clear about 500 metres.  With time running out and 3000 metres still to be cleared, Working on Fire in Graskop have offered to lend a hand.

Come and join the opening Parkrun and, as it is also the Valentine’s Parkrun across the country, add some red.

For more information visit the Parkrun Website or contact Grant Bosman (082 822 1929) for specific information about the Jock Trail Parkrun.

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