The 194th running of the Constantia Greenbelt Park Run took place on 7 September, with 603 finishers on a beautiful Spring morning… and with 94 personal bests and 55 first-timers, it was a beautiful morning to remember.
As per usual there was a frantic flurry of activity as the ambitious tore off at a frantic pace, followed by the sedate strollers, many with dogs or prams in tow.
Adam Todes was the first finisher in 17:38, a personal best for him in his fifth outing at Constantia. The man keeps getting better and better – he finished in fifth place in his first two races, followed by fourth spot, second spot and, finally, a first place. Played, Adam – next up is a tilt at Harry Leleu’s course record of 16:10 – that’s a bit of a challenge.
Clare Rodseth was the first lady home in seventh place overall in a time of 20:31. Her only previous outing at Constantia was in December 2017 when she finished in eighth place in a time of 20:25.
Big up to young Kayleigh Campbell, running in her 93rd Constantia Park Run (116 at all venues). Kayleigh is a regular top 20 finisher since the end of May 2019 and finished this race in a strong time of 21:27 (her personal best) to claim 12th place overall as the second lady home.
What’s special about Kayleigh is the fact that she was also the first finisher in the 11-14 age group category. Very impressive young runner. Watch out for her lapping you next week at the Park Run!
Well done to all and a big thanks to the marshalls and organisers, who are the reason Park Runs have become a global phenomenon, having recently cracked the six million registered runner mark worldwide.
It’s a great way to start your Saturday in the company of other runners… and the great outdoors.