Well it jolly well served us right for whinging about a little drizzle last week: Mother Nature showed us what rain really was for Haga parkrun number 48, just before we got to our 1st birthday, by delighting us with downpour from early morning until the very moment the “submit results” button was pressed.
Was it the “British” weather, the inaugural “sister” parkrun in Huddinge on the same day, or Midnattsloppet later in the evening that kept most of the locals away? We’re not sure, but Haga was flooded (yes, pun intended) with Brits, including a kilted Scotsman (Gavin Fergie from Edinburgh), and even a couple of hardy spectators. Most of them were starting the day with parkrun and continuing on to Midnattsloppet later, so happily refuelled with fika at Espresso House (the tennis club was closed – who’d want to be out doing sport in this weather? Oh right…)
Amongst the 40 who did the course, a couple of Swedes were eventually spotted, one of them being Svante Wetterling (VM60-64) who took the highest age-grade performance, 78.19% for the time 20:52 (4th overall) – a new PB for him, good work Svante! Then it was Hector Haines (SM25-29) – 75.59% for his time 17:04 (also first overall) followed by Philip Nind (SM25-29) – 72.20% for running 17:52 (he came second overall). The third man over the line goes by the name “Unknown” but we’re pretty sure he was British. The first lady came shortly after: Rachel Haines (SW25-29) of Hunters Bog Trotters, ran 21:02 (7th overall). Then came Emilie Tilstam (SW25-29) in 25:27 and Kerstin Tilstam (VW55-59) in 26:45. Helen Rutherford of Worchester Dragon Boat Race Club ran her 100th parkrun – congrats! This was also the week when we reached 1000 Haga parkrun participants.
Our awesome volunteer team was slightly more international and included experienced volunteers who held the reins to make sure the newbies didn’t forget the finish line or anything … Huge thanks to you all: Claire WARD-PASSEY • Sarah-Jane BARRABLE • Leo HEEMSKERK • Jenny HEEMSKERK • Mija THOMAS • Peter HANSSON • Greg RICHARDS • Jeanna FERGUSSON • Fiona REYNOLDS • Lucy LINDGREN and Daniel RAMSKÖLD. Claire and Sarah-Jane practised their swimming (parkrun triathlon anyone?) during set-up when Sweden’s largest and deepest puddle was discovered between them and the parkrun signs. After the event, Sarah-Jane went home to eat lunch, generously allowing Claire to transport numerous dirty, soggy volunteer vests and sopping equipment to be washed and hung all over her flat (extra birthday cake for her next week!)
Whilst the Swedish government didn’t agree with our idea of having a National holiday on Friday to celebrate Haga’s upcoming birthday, we are still very excited and will spend this week polishing running shoes and ironing shorts. Please come and join us: bring full waterproofs and umbrellas to ensure that the weather is wonderful.