It is getting chillier in the mornings, but once you are on the move, this time of year is a great time for running. Proof of this was that almost 40% of all runners recorded a PB on Saturday, so congratulations to Göran Strömstedt, Wongani Mwanza, Patric Rajala, Michael Franzen, Svante Wetterling, Alice Skjöld, Jonatan Eliasson, India Benjamin, Karin Wetterling, Gustav Rehnby, Lisanne Schut, Gun Kesa, Magdalena O’Callaghan, Maria Raychinova, Jonas Berglund & last but last least Ann Malmerfelt and her four-legged friend! We also had 14 new runners to parkrun this week, so a warm welcome to all of you and to everyone else who battled their way through ankle-deep leaves to make their way around the 5km course at Hagaparken.
We had the pleasure of being visited this week by parkrun celebrity Paul Freyne, who holds the record of running the most different parkruns in the world, which now stands at 324 I believe. Amazing!
The official results had Runar Saether first over the line in 17:01, followed by Timmy Karlsson and Alexander Bertholds in 17:24 and 17:55. This meant Runar was the first person to score an Age-Graded score of over 80% and therefore now has the Age-Graded course record, congratulations Runar!
In the women’s side Krystal Neumann was first overall in 20:32, with Rachel Haines in 22:37 and Alice Skjöld third in 23:28.
Big thanks to all the volunteers who made this week happen. At the start we had Hugh McCarthy doing the introduction with the newly acquired megaphone which hopefully meant everyone could hear the welcome speech. (Note to self – don’t leave megaphones lying around the house when you have a 4 and 6-year-old around……). And in particular a shout out to Laura Bakker who, despite a stress fracture in her foot, hopped along on crutches to take a seat at the finish line and time everyone over the line.
We hope to see you all again on Saturday morning. The forecast right now is for sunshine (a distant memory!) so put it in your calendar now and come along and run Haga parkrun with us!