Botanical run and clean up


Janet Leslie (left), Benjamin Holder and Ruth Woudstra ready to clean up the Botanical Gardens. The Botanical Gardens were full environmental enthusiasts and runners for a Park-Run and clean-up exercise on Saturday 24 February. During the Park run and after, volunteers carried black plastic bags in which they collected litter. As usual, the fun run began at 8am, and went over a five-kilometre route that starts and ends at the Botanical Garden entrance. Parkrun is free to anyone who registers to run, walk or walk with a dog on a leash.

Makwekwe Enoch (left),Chakabuda Tatenda and Simba Gotora, relaxing after the run.

Runners on the park

Volunteers collecting litter

On the run; some with dogs




The event originated from England; and is now ubiquitous in many parts of the world (with 130 in South Africa alone!) Here in Grahamstown, the fun run depends on volunteers who check off the times and monitor the route for an average of 110 participants every week.

The Park Run is sponsored by Discovery Vitality, Mr. Price Sports and Dischem Pharmacy. You can become a volunteer if you show up at around 7am at the Botanical Gardens on Saturday.

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