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Leaping into a new year

A total of 217 people took part in the Hermanus parkrun on the first day of the new decade.

A good total of 217 people ran, jogged and walked the course on Wednesday 1 January 2020, of whom 27 were first timers and 42 recorded new personal bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

Among the crowd, Hermanus parkrun welcomed both international (5 UK runners, 1 Canadian runner) and local visitors from 34 different events. The majority of the 99 visitors are repeat visitors, back in Hermanus for their parkrun fun. Also noteworthy is that regular families and friends were among the participants. There were also visitors from other areas such as Australia.

Congratulations to the first finishers, Wepener van der Walt and Melanie Joubert. It has been a while since the first finishers are both from our home run. Wepener did it on 14 occasions and Melanie 22 times. They previously crossed the finish line as first finishers together on 20 January 2018.

The first finishers in the junior age categories were Nicolas Prinsloo and Marlien du Preez.

Adele Joynt celebrated her 50 th parkrun.

A total of 507 people took part in the regular Saturday parkrun on 4 January of whom 84 were first timers and 39 recorded new personal bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

The event takes place at Hermanus Forest, Camphill Road, Hemel en Aarde Valley in Hermanus every Saturday at 08:00.

There is also a parkrun at Harold Porter National Botanical Garden on the R44 Clarens Drive in Betty’s Bay and at Groeneweide Farm, Franskraal.

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