Haga run report parkrun #90

What a scorcher. It was looking like run director Anna was going to have a challenging morning with a very small band of volunteers, so thanks to those who stepped in last minute and thanks everyone for your patience and good spirits. In the end, we had 56 people completing the course. Anna Klöfver was supported by Rachel Haines who set up and took down the course plus assisted with results, Hector Haines who rushed around the course so he could scan everyone's barcodes! Nele Vetter added the pro touch with her photos (coming soon to Flickr), Helena Sandgren took the tailwalker position and cleared up the signs and Anders Hedenlund made sure we didn't run the wrong way in the sweltering haze. Mija Thomas provided, yet again, invaluable finish arena suport. Congrats and thanks go to Mija for her 25 volunteering efforts at Haga.

We had 25 first timers, exactly the same as last week (although more ran last week in total). Great to be a hit with parkrun tourists! Our visitors included several from parkruns around Scotland and England and a group from India.

Dave Stanton and Magnus Lindberg followed Hector in. Rachel Haines was the first lady to finish, with Myra Jones (178 runs making her the most regular parkrunner) and Emily Andrew not far behind. Laura Thow, another visitor with over 100 parkruns and 25 volunteering roles got a great age-grade rating of 73.46%.

Adrian Highland achieved 50 parkruns today - congratulations! Nick Barrable (40 runs) and Sarah-Jane (60 runs) collectively achieved a century and Wynand Boschoff and Natasha Maraschin with 125 runs each reached 250 together. No t-shirts for joint efforts though! Sean Cook (167 runs) and Jill Stephens (133 runs) were more high counters visiting Haga today.

Just reply to the next Haga email that comes out or drop us a facebook message if you'd like to help in future weeks. It's fun to volunteer as well as run and help is always appreciated. Enjoy your week!


Haga run report parkrun #89

Firstly, congratulations to parkrun stalwart Natasha Maraschin for completing her 50th run at Haga (making her run total 124). Highest total runs go to Michael Salu (241) and Sam Farman (201) both first timers at Haga. They were among the 25 first timers this fine Saturday. Visitors also included Richard Morris from Singapore Shufflers and Sharon Salu who normally runs at Wynnum parkrun in Australia. Best club name we spotted has to go to Louise O'Brien from "Workout Wenches"!


The highest age-based rating of 78.38% was achieved by junior runner William Nilsson, and that wasn't even his fastest run!


We saw ultralong-distance superstar Daniel Nilsson cross the line in 3rd place. You might recognise him from winning SM-gold in the 100km in 2012, silver in 2014 or perhaps from his many runs and wins around Stockholm and Sweden. Just ahead of him were Yassin Finsen Bour-Hil and Timmy Karlsson.

Sarah-Jane Barrable was the first lady to cross the line, followed by Janet Grigor, a first timer to Haga and barely a shred off an aged-based rating of 70%. Falken Falk was next.

So despite Stockholm's offices emptying and the archipelago filling up, Haga's runners and walkers amounted to 72, plus volunteers Anna Klöfver run-directing, Sofia Dahlgren, Scott Wallace taking photos, Rachel Haines, Sarah-Jane Barrable, Mija Thomas holding up the rear, Erik Erskine and Peter Hansson. Thanks for coming, thanks for helping, thanks for the fika and see you very soon to do it all again!



Haga parkrun #88 run report

parkrun 88 start (by Hector Haines)

Are we getting bored of the gorgeous summer weather? Nope. 75 of us made our respective ways around Haga parkrun this week, aided by a trusty army of volunteers (cheers Rachel Haines, Hector Haines, Nina Fagerholm, Anna Frew, Patrick Joyce, Anna Klöfver and Daniel Ramsköld). Some volunteered and ran as well; some walked and enjoyed the views, including visitors from England Susie Barrett and Allen Nixon. Jo Summerton and Brad Rumsey joined us all the way from West Beach parkrun in Australia for their second ever international parkrun and Jonathan Marsden from Totton Running Club completed his 211th parkrun!


A whopping 25 of us were at Haga for the first time, including Emil Lingmerth and Magnus Salberg who were the first and second over the line respectively, with regular runner Nick Barrable close behind.
Lina Andreasson was the first woman back, followed by Sarah-Jane Barrable then Rachel Haines. We had a few participants running for two with buggies and blooming bumps. Well done to the 11 people who achieved Personal Bests!


We COULD have had even more competitors if it weren’t for a broken hotel lift trapping Ian, a parkrun fan visiting from the UK, and causing him to miss Haga parkrun – his birthday treat! He took the opportunity to run a “freedom” parkrun instead, which is basically running a parkrun course at a time of your own choosing and logging it, if you like, online (see www.parkrun.com/runner/freedom). You can do this for the Haga course or any other registered parkrun course around the globe.


See you next week – and if you feel you’d like to volunteer as well as / instead of running, reply to the email that’ll go out soon this week or just email hagahelpers@parkrun.com


Haga parkrun, event #85, run report


The 85th Haga parkrun on June 9 was yet another sunny Saturday in beautiful Hagaparken this incredibly sunny late spring and early summer in Stockholm. Whether energized or exhausted by the sun, 80 parkrunners made it from start to finish. Great to see some finishers from last week’s very warm Stockholm Marathon back at Haga, looking recovered and fit for more finishes!


Again, and what has become characteristic of many parkruns, this week’s parkrun at Haga included a great mix of both first time and very experienced parkrunners, across ages and ambitions, from both the local and global parkrun community. A warm welcome to the 17 of you who were first timers at Haga parkrun! We hope you enjoyed the run and that we’ll see you again soon!


A big applause to the 15 of you who recorded new personal bests. We wish you the best of luck towards your new personal goals and bests! Another applause to the 10 of you who each have made one of the various parkrun milestone clubs with more than 50 or 100 parkruns, often also including the volunteer milestone club. Your continuous commitment and participation in parkrun are impressive and inspiring. We hope you are inspired to reach your next parkrun milestones!


A special applause to Carol Austin who ran her 150th parkrun and Wynand Boshoff who ran his 50th Haga parkrun. Carol has run her 150 parkruns at 28 different parkruns, including two parkruns at Haga, in addition to volunteering over 100 times. Wynand has run a total of 121 parkruns at 20 different parkruns while also being a helpful volunteer at Haga parkrun, his present home event since the beginning of 2017.
Our parkrun photographer Nele captured Wynand celebrating his 50th Haga parkrun with an acrobatic handstand out on the course! That's putting a nice twist on a milestone parkrun!


Last but not least, a warm applause to all 13 volunteers who made Haga parkrun number 85 possible. Thank you Anna F, Anna K, Filip, Jenny A, Jenny H, Leo, Mia, Mija, Nele, Peter, Sarah-Jane, Stefan and Åsa for your positive energy, willingness to help and great job at all the different volunteer tasks! Being a big team with over ten volunteers is always great – to share not only the work but also the joy of keeping parkrun running!


Thank you, all runners, volunteers and other supporters, for this week!



Haga parkrun, run report, event #84

Temperatures in the mid 20’s greeted the 70 participants for Hagaparkrun. It was a strange sight to see runners and walkers alike taking shelter from the sun's already powerful rays before the start gun sounded at 09.30. All those that would later participate in Stockholm marathon were spared a thought as 5km in beautiful Hagaparken felt like a far wiser option as temperatures climbed towards 30 degrees.
As always there was a fantastic mix of locals and tourists, first timers and regulars, young and old ready to take on a balmy 5km in central Stockholm. Conditions in Hagaparken were optimal for running, the lush greenery of the park providing welcome protection from the sun. 7 parkrunners set new PB’s so a big shout out to Viktor Gårdö, Lennart Jansson, Falken Falk, Micke Josefsson, Torbjörn Nordström, Rune Nilsson and Lena Landqvist. 24 participants on Saturday were first timers to Haga parkrun and we hope to see you all again in the coming weeks and months.
It wasn’t just runners and walkers that braved the tropical weather with our fantastic volunteer team ensuring that Hagaparkrun was a memorable experience for all that participated. This weeks heros in high viz were Anna Klöfver,  August Frew,  Hugh McCarthy,  Karin Wetterling,  Mats Forsberg,  Mija Thomas,  Natasha Maraschin,  Peter Hansson and Wynand Boshoff.
See you on Saturday where, if the forecast can be trusted, we are in for another superbly sunny 5km in majestic Hagaparken.

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