Haga parkrun event 48, run report

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…)
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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.
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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!)
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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.

 

Haga parkrun, event 47, run report

haga with Mija and kids

After 46 parkruns in Hagaparken without rain, (Editor: we'll ignore a bit of drizzle on midsommardagen!) something that I can’t imagine would ever be possible in the UK, it finally came on run 47. We’d seen snow before but not rain! In the end it wasn’t as bad as the forecast had predicted and there was no thunder and lightning which had been mentioned.

The “new runners” briefing was introduced at 09:20 which is certainly something that will be continued. The main briefing at 09:25 was held in English due to the high number of British guests who had turned up. These included a young orienteering group who used the parkrun as a warm-up for some more demanding orienteering exercises in the park.

claire 100

The big news from run 47 was that it was Claire WARD-PASSEY’s 100th parkrun. Well done Claire! 100 parkruns is a great achievement and we expect to see you again running in your commemorative T-shirt as soon as it arrives. To celebrate her achievement Claire brought with her some delicious homemade low sugar brownies. She has promised to share the recipe with us - watch this space!

A special mention and thank you to the volunteers this week. We were a bit thin on the ground but, apart from not being able to take the usual number of photos, we coped well. Lana AL SOUFI made her debut as the tail runner and the Balsom brothers, Timothy and Benjamin, also made their debut as marshals on the course. At the finish line, Mija THOMAS and Peter HANSSON ensured that all the times and position tokens were perfectly synchronised.

Enjoy the last few weeks of summer and see you next week!

Finally, we would like to wish good luck to those of you planning to run Midnattsloppet on Saturday.

Here’s all the official statistics from Saturday’s event:

Haga parkrun, Event number 47, 12th August 2017

This week 82 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 37 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 6 volunteers:

Paul BALSOM • Timothy BALSOM • Benjamin BALSOM • Mija THOMAS • Peter HANSSON • Lana AL SOUFI

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Haga parkrun Results Page.

Male placings:
Daniel SPENCER (JM15-17) of West Cumberland Orienteering Club, was first over the line in 17:28 - first appearance.
Angus HARRINGTON (JM15-17) of Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC, was second over the line in 17:29.
Joseph WRIGHT (JM15-17) (Unattached) was third over the line in 17:32.

Female placings:
Julie EMMERSON (SW20-24) of Coventry Godiva Harriers, was first (14th overall) over the line in 19:41 - first appearance.
Eef VAN DONGEN (SW20-24) (Unattached) was second (17th overall) over the line in 19:49 - has been first to finish on 8 previous occasions.
Niamh HUNTER (JW15-17) (Unattached) was third (30th overall) over the line in 22:11.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Björn SUNESON (VM65-69) – 80.59% for the time 21:38 (26th overall).
Angus HARRINGTON (JM15-17) – 78.36% for the time 17:29 (second overall).
Joseph WRIGHT (JM15-17) – 78.14% for the time 17:32 (third overall).

The female record is held by Yoie BOHLIN who recorded a time of 17:30 on 10th June 2017 (event number 38).
The male record is held by Jere PAJUNEN who recorded a time of 15:56 on 29th July 2017 (event number 45).
The Age Grade course record is held by Yoie BOHLIN who recorded 84.57% (17:30) on 10th June 2017 (event number 38).

Haga parkrun started on 27th August 2016. Since then 979 participants have completed 2,451 parkruns covering a total distance of 12,255 km, including 478 new Personal Bests.

 

Haga parkrun, event 46, run report

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Now we have had Haga parkrun in every calendar month of the year! Event 46 felt a little shaky with the weather, but the rain held off and it was a cloudy but dry morning in the park. One thing we missed to say at the start was this - congratulations to Caroline Manning (pictured above) for running her 150th parkrun on Saturday!
 
More new faces on the start line – from next week we will be starting with a regular ‘New Runners briefing’ at around 9.15, so all those who are running for the first time can hear a little bit about how parkrun works (and those who are regulars get spared the same information every week!)
 
Sweden in the summer means swimming in lakes and of course, picking berries, so we brought along some cakes with newly picked berries which seemed to go down well! For those who are interested, here’s the secret recipe!
 
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Well done to all those who ran, walked and volunteered on Saturday. Be proud of yourself for getting up on Saturday morning and getting that run in! We had 9 PBs recorded this week, so a special congratulations to Susanne Toscha, Thomas Roos, Natasha Mascharin, Mary Scheuermann, Patrik Palsson, Marianna Rask, Johan Ulvenholm Wallqvist, Emil Råberg and Mikael Sahlberg.
 
We hope that you like all the photos that we put up from each event, and thanks to Olof for taking the pictures this week (and to Paul for loading them up). You can see all the pictures here. (Editors note: We try to tag as many of you as possible in the pictures so that you can see them when we post them to Facebook, but please feel free to go in and tag pictures of yourself or friends if you want to. You can always befriend me (Deri Thomas) on Facebook – it seems to sometimes work better then).
 
Have a great week everyone, from all of us at Haga parkrun, and see you next week!
 
Here’s all the official statistics from Saturday’s event:
 
Haga parkrun, Event number 46, 5th August 2017
 
This week 56 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 7 different clubs took part.
 
The event was made possible by 6 volunteers:
Deri THOMAS • Paul BALSOM • Mija THOMAS • Olof WETTERLING • Mark CONRAD • Nubia RAMOS
 
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Haga parkrun Results Page.
 
Male placings:
Mikael SAHLBERG (SM30-34) (Unattached) was first over the line in 16:40 - first time in 2 appearances.
Yassin FINSEN (VM35-39) of Løbeklubben Degnemoseløberen, was second over the line in 17:17.
Filip AINOUZ (SM30-34) of IF Linnea, was third over the line in 17:33 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
 
Female placings:
Marianne RASK (SW30-34) of Løbeklubben Degnemoseløberen, was first (22nd overall) over the line in 24:44 - first time in 2 appearances.
Mary SCHEUERMANN (VW35-39) (Unattached) was second (28th overall) over the line in 27:17.
Elisabeth HERRMANN (VW50-54) (Unattached) was third (29th overall) over the line in 27:27.
 
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Yassin FINSEN (VM35-39) – 78.40% for the time 17:17 (second overall).
Mikael SAHLBERG (SM30-34) – 77.80% for the time 16:40 (first overall).
Mats NILSSON (VM55-59) – 76.35% for the time 20:18 (10th overall).
 
The female record is held by Yoie BOHLIN who recorded a time of 17:30 on 10th June 2017 (event number 38).
The male record is held by Jere PAJUNEN who recorded a time of 15:56 on 29th July 2017 (event number 45).
The Age Grade course record is held by Yoie BOHLIN who recorded 84.57% (17:30) on 10th June 2017 (event number 38).
 
Haga parkrun started on 27th August 2016. Since then 942 participants have completed 2,369 parkruns covering a total distance of 11,845 km, including 468 new Personal Bests.

 

Haga parkrun, Event 45, Run Report

This week 50 people completed our beautiful Haga course in the summer sun including visitors from Australia, the UK, USA and Germany - we hope you enjoyed your visit! 14 of our runners were first timers and 11 runners recorded new Personal Bests - welcome and well done, if you were one of those runners.

Today's run also saw a new course record with Jere PAJUNEN completing the course in 15:56! Congratulations!

There were 7 volunteers at today's run, many thanks to them:

Deri THOMAS • Michelle SPILLAR • Claire WARD-PASSEY • Jenny HEEMSKERK • Bruno BERGGREN • Mija THOMAS • Daniel RAMSKÖLD

It might not be a 'race' but we have a 'Hall of Fame' for our speediest runners today:

The men:
Jere PAJUNEN was first over the line in 15:56 (new course record), An unknown runner was second and
Timmy KARLSSON was third over the line in 17:44

The women:
Caroline MANNING was first over the line in 20:58, Jenny ANDERSSON was second over the line in 21:06 and Rachel HAINES was third over the line in 21:29

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Sebastian STAGH (JM10) – 83.42% for the time 19:36 (10th overall).
Jere PAJUNEN (SM30-34) – 81.17% for the time 15:56 (first overall).
Maria STAGH (VW45-49) – 76.01% for the time 21:32 (17th overall).

And the Hall of Fame since Haga parkrun began on 27th August 2016 is:

The female record is held by Yoie BOHLIN who recorded a time of 17:30 on 10th June 2017 (event number 38).
The male record is held by Jere PAJUNEN who recorded a time of 15:56 on 29th July 2017 (event number 45).
The Age Grade course record is held by Yoie BOHLIN who recorded 84.57% (17:30) on 10th June 2017 (event number 38).

We hope you all have a great week and we'll see you on Saturday for another sunny run in Haga park :-)

 

Haga parkrun, event 44, Run Report

Wynand Boshoff was in a dilemma on Saturday. The regular Haga parkrunner had an afternoon flight back to South Africa but at the same time, wasn't going to miss his parkrun fix. What did he do? He took the luggage with him, ran parkrun and then set off immediately for Arlanda airport.

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His partner Natasha, also a regular at Hagaparken, was back in South Africa already and Wynand knew she would have been running that morning also. "I can't have her going one ahead of me. We need to stay in sync," said Wynand after the run.

We just love that parkrun commitment and we look forward to Wynand and Natasha returning to haga parkrun in a couple of weeks time. They have ten more parkruns to reach the magical 100.

It was a parkrun full of newcomers otherwise with 19 of the 47 runners here for the first time. We hope to see you all back again.

Nick Barrable, a regular runner at Haga, was the first home and for the first time while Jenny Andersson was the first woman home, also for the first time after three parkruns at Haga.

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