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Piet Retief Parkrun

On Saturday, 29 February 49 fitness fanatics took part in the Piet Retief Parkrun, despite the cold and rainy weather.

Congratulations to the top five: 1. Ntokozo Mthethwa – 22:35 2. Andre Vorster – 22:56 3. Mlungisi Ernest Hlatshwayo – 24:18 4. Jackie Malan – 26:32 5. Anton Robberts – 26:58 If you’re just starting out as a runner, the Parkrun is the perfect event to find support and encouragement to make running a regular habit, and to begin to push yourself a little more each week. It is also good for your mental health.

Noticing the progression of your times will give you a sense of achievement and having a goal, even if it is only for Parkrun, will motivate you to keep going. Setting a goal helps trigger new behaviours, guides your focus and helps you sustain that momentum in life.

A special thank you to the volunteers of the week: Conrad Alwyn Bekker, Sarel Bekker, Ericia Bouwer, Jeremy Carr, Vicky Hancock, Ronika Ramprased, Antje Taljaard and Phumelele Zondo. Without your contributions these events will not be possible. For more information kindly contact Carol Carr on 083 325 4492 or visit www.parkrun.co.za


On Saturday, 14 September, 41 Parkrunners braved the misty, cold morning to take part in the weekly 5 kilometre open-to-all event.

The results were as follows:

  1. Zwelithini Dumsane Nzimande, a first time Parkrunner – 23:43
  2. Corrie Nel – 25:46
  3. Pushie Chetty – 28:37
  4. Willem Germishuys – 29:53
  5. Hannes Erasmus – 30:30, a new personal best!

The Parkrun is a free event and the perfect opportunity for you to start a healthy lifestyle. Please be sure to register before your first run, you only ever need to register for the Parkrun once. Don’t forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode along. If you forget it, your time will not appear on the results list.

Feel free to get to know your fellow Parkrunners by joining the Parkrun volunteers or participants for a post-Parkrun coffee.

It saddens us greatly to inform the public that someone has stolen several of the Parkrun’s new permanent route marking poles.

If anyone has more information about what happened to them, please contact Carol Carr on 083 325 4492.

A gentle reminder that the Parkrun will start at 07:00 on Saturday, 5 October.


First night race in Piet Retief

The first Night Race in Piet Retief was held by TWK’s Healthy Habits team at Welverdiend on Tuesday, 19 March. This healthy initiative offered lots of fun and excitement for the whole family.

Piet Retief ParkrunAbout 280 glowing runners participated in the Night Race while the less-active members of the participants’ families enjoyed delightful gatherings and refreshments from the Welverdiend café.

Thank you to each participant who assisted us in making the race a great success. Be assured that this Night Race was just the first of many fitness opportunities that will be held by the TWK Healthy Habits team and we hope to see you and your whole family at our next event.


A total of 114 parkrunners participated in the Piet Retief Parkrun on Saturday, 23 March, with an average time of 40:46. 35 participants achieved a personal best (PB) and nine people took part for the first time.

Congratulations to the following individuals in the first five positions: Thulani Nkosi – 18:45 Karabo Mnguni – 21:04 Onismus Mampa – 22:19 Joshua Carr – 23:15 Micael Jardim – 23:31 Mrs Carol Carr is urging the community of Piet Retief to come join in the fun, every Saturday morning. If you would like to volunteer your help, please contact Carol on 083 325 4492.


A total of 216 parkrunners participated in Saturday, 9 March’s Parkrun in Piet Retief. With an average time of 44 minutes, the participants had great fun!

Congratulations to Bonginkosi Mavuso, who set up a new record finishing time of 15:30. The top 3 positions were: Bonginkosi Mavuso – 15:30 Kunene Phakamani – 15:52 Karabo Mnguni – 20:48 Mrs C. Carr is inviting all individuals to join in the fun. If you would like to offer your help as a volunteer, kindly contact her on 083 325 4492.

Piet Retief Parkrun is great fun!

Parkrun no. 8

With an average time of 44:02 and 200 parkrunners participating in the 8th Piet Retief Parkrun on Saturday, 16 March, it is safe to say that the community of Piet Retief is taking their physical fitness very seriously!

A total of 70 participants achieved a new personal best (PB) while 25 people were newcomers! The top 10 parkrunners were: Bertus Janse van Vuuren – 21:45 (first timer) Nkosi Thulani – 22:38 Elizabeth Carr – 23:42 Bianca Taljaard – 24:09 Matthew Lewis – 24:50 Louis Malan – 25:26

Sizwesonke Maziya – 26:04 Nqobile Cele – 26:06 Pieter Potgieter – 26:20 Corrie Nel – 26:41 To offer your help as a volunteer please contact Carol Carr on 083 325 4492 and don’t miss out on this coming Saturday’s Parkrun – same place, same time!

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