Haga parkrun #134 run report!

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It was a beautiful morning that greeted us in Hagaparken on Saturday, it certainly seems that we are very lucky with the weather on Saturday mornings at Haga parkrun. First to arrive was the ever-reliable Mark Aldred who was today helping to set up the course signs and Jeanna Ferguson who had been looking after all the kit and equipment (and not to forget, also charging the scanners!). We also brought with us our newly purchased storage box, which will make things MUCH easier for storing the equipment for parkrun each – now it is just one rucksack that needs to be transferred between the ‘Run Director’ each week. Hurray!

Soon after arrived the week’s other volunteers – Mija Thomas was looking after barcode scanning this week together with Dave Adams; Mia Edvardsson, the world’s best course marshal, encouraging all the runners at the lapping point, and Lena Landqvist who took on the all-important role of today’s Tail Walker. A big thanks to all of you!
As always, it’s so much fun to see everyone enjoying parkrun in their own way, whether it is pushing hard for a PB, running with their family, encouraging someone who is at their first parkrun, or jogging around with their friend. There’s always so many people that we want to mention and congratulate – we’ll highlight a few here, sorry if we have missed anyone!

We welcomed Nina Haikonen from Tampere parkrun in Finland, visiting together with friend and fellow parkrun tourist Lorna Koskela. A big thank you for taking the ‘selfie-frames’ back to Finland for all the parkrun events there! Also on tour from the Nordics was Harald Alstad from the world’s most northerly parkrun, Festningen parkrun in Trondheim. We also had tourists from Australia, South Africa and the USA too.

6 people were running their first ever parkrun – well done all of you: Thomas Åhnberg, Klas Håkansson, Martin Melin, Joel Lindström, Amanda Arnesson and Emma Whittall. We hope you enjoyed Haga parkrun and come and see us again soon.

Then we had a 9 PBs, despite the hot weather: Joel Spratt, Therese Anderbro, Magnus Rådö, Carl-Oscar Sandin, Gabriella Reiner, Louise Ingvarsson, Edvard Olander, Lina Andreasson & Pehr Eriksson. You will have to share your secrets with us…….

Lovely to see Caroline Manning back at Haga parkrun again – you are an inspiration! And super-volunteer Anna Klöfver squeezing in a run today in her busy schedule.

Thanks to John & Juliet Harrison for helping to carry the parkrun gear back to the Tennis Club.

As we always say, we’re not going anywhere this summer, so you can come and run Haga parkrun every single Saturday right through the summer. Remember that parkrun is a volunteer-run organisation, so if you would like to help out as a volunteer, just get in touch with us via mail or Facebook and we would love to have you on board.

 

Haga parkrun #130 run report – the pre-Stockholm Marathon parkrun

An impressive 103 runners and a handful of volunteers turned up for this week’s parkrun in Hagaparken. As usual there was a healthy mix of locals and tourists. A large contingency of the tourists were from the UK, but Finland, Denmark and Russia were also represented to name but a few.

 

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The conditions in the park were ideal and although the Swedish winter does have charm in its own right, for the next couple of months the park is at its beautiful best. The park wardens deserve a lot of praise for all their hard work in making Haga Park one of the finest parks in Europe.

 
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Of the 103 runners this week just less than a third had completed 50 or more parkruns and an impressive 18 runners this week had completed more than 100 parkruns. Well done to all of you.

 

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As always, a big thanks to our volunteers. Mia, Anna and Leo made sure your results were collected without any issues whilst Tim and Sussie were out on the course as Marshal and Tail Walker respectively.

 

A special mention this week to those runners and volunteers who went on to run the Stockholm marathon later in the day. Also, to the families who ran together, always nice to see a family running together in the true spirit of parkrun. And thank you to Ronnie Eriksson who took some fantastic pictures that we have put up on our Facebook page.
 
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It really feels like parkrun is gaining momentum in Sweden now and hopefully its popularity will continue to grow over the coming months and years. Please continue to spread the word so that both the number of runners and volunteers continue to increase.

 

Enjoy the rest of your week and hopefully see as many of you as possible again soon.

 

Paul

 

Haga parkrun #129 – the one with the meaning of life

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A round 100 parkrunners took part in last Saturday's event. And if you like numbers, you may have noted that Aljoscha Marcel Everding, of Hasenheide parkrun in Germany, ran his 42nd parkrun in 42:42 (his watch said so even if the timer clicked a second later!) This was his present to himself on his 42nd birthday and coincidentally, his age-graded rating was 32.42% too! As those of us who enjoy Douglas Adams' novels may remember, 42 is the answer to the meaning of life, so there must be an important message in there about parkrun...

We were also joined by ultra-running legend Björn Suneson, who has recently run across America...for the 7th time...! It took him 97 days to do the 5240km. Check out suneson.se for his blog and some statistics on the coast-to-coast run.

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Lars Arell ran his 50th parkrun (all at Haga! Pictured here on a wintery Saturday) as did Michelle Neary-Zajiczek (her first time at Haga, usually running in the UK). Speedy Gloria Vinstedt (pictured) was the first woman to finish, in her first parkrun ever.

 

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Rodney Trevor Jones is up to his 268th parkrun - his "usual" is Delta parkrun in South Africa but he's a true parkrun tourist having been for example all over SA and to Canada and the UK. Right after parkrun he took the airport bus to meet his family and fly home!

Thanks to the volunteer team August FREW • Sarah-Jane BARRABLE • Leo HEEMSKERK • Jenny HEEMSKERK • Mija THOMAS • Peter HANSSON • Stefan NILSSON • Anna KLÖFVER • Aljoscha Marcel EVERDING • Anders HEDENLUND • Gunilla HÄGGSTRÖM and thanks of course to everyone who came and joined in from near and from far. See you next week perhaps, and don't forget that if you fancy a National Day parkrun, there will be one at Kungsängen this year!

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Easy as Haga parkrun #123!

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So we have just about recovered from last Saturday! An amazing morning, where we had more than 50% more participants than ever before, breaking our previous course record of 134 (set on our second anniversary in August 2018).

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And so many people new to parkrun - 64 ‘first timers’, wow! Thanks to Kungsholmen Runt & FK Studenterna for their help in publicising our parkrun and for bringing the pacers to this week’s event, which we know was very much appreciated. Thank you also Club Running Sweden’s Gabriella & Nina for helping with the 30 minute pacing and for putting parkrun as a monthly event for the Club’s training – an excellent idea!

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We hope also that you enjoyed the refreshments thanks of Erdinger after the parkrun – sounds like it was very welcome! And to Arbetskamraterna who popped up with their coffee and buns after the event.

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Congratulations to Phil Whittall for reaching his 50th run (44 of them at Haga). And he celebrated with a PB! Good work Phil.

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As always, big thanks to our volunteers this week, Halvor, Peter, Gunilla, Jeanna, Anna, Åsa, Wynand, Natasha and Paul (plus all our pacers of course!). You all help to make parkrun possible, so THANK YOU!

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We had lots of photos from Saturday which Wynand & Natasha took up at the Koppartälten, which you can find on our Facebook page .

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Thanks again for your supporting parkrun – remember it is an event for all of us. Want to help? Keep on letting people know that we exist, and offer to volunteer once in a while – these two things are the best things you can do to help!

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Welcome back this Saturday for our Easter edition Haga parkrun!

 

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Due to another event in the park that day, Haga will NOT be hosting an extra parkrun on June 6th 2019. The nearest event will be in Kungsängen , which is easy to reach on the pendeltåg (commuter train).

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