Haga parkrun, event 8, run report

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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!

 

Haga parkrun, event 7, run report

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Autumn is a fantastic time for running, and Hagaparken offers the most spectacular scenery with all different shades of reds, oranges, and yellows in the trees. Just need a blue sky as the backdrop now (after 0 hours of sunshine last week in Stockholm, the only way is up)!

The weather might have been a bit colder, but it made for great running conditions with 10 returning runners recording a new PB today. Well done Jonatan Eliasson, Patrik Palsson, Johanna Aschan, Jenny Heemskerk, Timmy Karlsson, Linus Nilsson, Wongani Mwanza, Sarah-Jane Barrable, Joe Murphy & Olof Wetterling! We also had 24 new runners today, and it’s great to see new faces there each and every week. Well done Fattaneh Sharifi who came along for the first time this week, we hope you enjoyed it. Over 500 people have now registered for Haga parkrun, so the circle of people who know about parkrun continues to widen. Keep spreading the word that we are here every single week!

We were honoured to welcome Ian & Angela who have been the driving force behind Newcastle parkrun in the UK. One of our regular runners Wongani Mwanza, used to be a regular at Newcastle parkrun, so it was good to see him catching up with Ian & Angela at the finish line too.

And of course, a big shout out to the volunteers who came and helped out this week to make parkrun happen. It is really brilliant to see new people coming along to help out each week. So particular thanks this week to Peter Hansson, Mikael Altinger, Åsa Pärlered, Jenny Björk and Lisanne Schut (and of course also to regulars Andreas Nyhlen, Colm O’Callaghan & Hugh McCarthy).

It’s getting colder now at the finish, so understandably people start to head off a bit quicker after the parkrun each week. Just a reminder that we always go to the café at the Wennergren Centre each week – usually there’s around 5-10 of us who are there, so please remember that you’re always welcome to join us each week.

Finally the official results for the top placings for this week. In the women, Eef Van Dongen was first over the line in 21:04. Sarah-Jane Barrable was not far back in second in 21:17 with Alice Skjöld in third in 23:44. For the men, Timmy Karlsson was first over the line in 17:14, closely followed by Linus Nilsson in 17:19. Sprock Myers was third in 18:15.

Hope to see you all again next Saturday!
Happy running until then.
The Haga parkrun team

 

Haga parkrun, Event 6, run report

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Autumn has come to Sweden and this Saturday it was a chilly morning in Haga parkrun, but nothing could dent the enthusiasm of our wonderful runners and volunteers!

49 runners gathered at the start line at 9.30 for the two-looped course around the park, including 19 first-timers.

There was a sprint finish for the first place for the men where Christoffer Ask just finished ahead of Linus Nilsson with times of 17:21 and 17:22 respectively.
Fastest lady was Rachel Haines in 22:08 and here also there was a tight finish for second place where Anneke Navis (27:04) just finished ahead of Ana Munoz Manchado (27:06).

We had 8 Personal Bests (PBs) in total on Saturday for returning runners, which was great to see. Collectively we have now run 2055 km in the 6 parkrun events to date!

And of course, a big thanks to all the volunteers that made parkrun happen this week– thank you!

We will be back, as always, this coming Saturday at 9.30. Hope to see lots of familiar faces – and some new ones – this week too.
Have a great week,
The Haga parkrun team

 

Haga parkrun, event 5, run report

As we have become accustomed to, the sun was shining in Hagaparken for the 5th running of Haga parkrun this past Saturday. (We’ll see how long we can continue to start with this line for every run report!). And it was a record breaking day in every way, with new records being set for the number of runners attending, the men’s and women’s course records and the best age-graded scores.

106 runners gathered at the start line at 9.30 for the two-looped course around Hagaparken, including 61 first-timers. We were joined also by runners from Löparakademin, Akalla Run and Fredrikshof. Welcome everyone! No dogs represented this week, but several toddlers got a free ride around the park in their running buggies, great to see. We were also honoured to have runners from our charity partner Mind and our sponsor Causey Westling with us this week. Thanks for your support.

One of our regular volunteers, Hector Haines, this time took on the course, and he did pretty well too, setting a new course record of 16:28 which will be pretty tough to beat. A fast runner without a barcode took second place, with Mikael Sahlberg in third spot. On the ladies side, Louise Markstedt sped round in 20:13 on her first appearance, which was again an official course record. She was followed by Sara-Jane Barrable with Caroline Manning in third place. And finally Mårten Westberg set a new age-graded score best, with his 19:15 giving him a score of 79.13%. Congratulations to you all, and everyone else who ran on Saturday.

We had 11 Personal Bests (PBs) in total on Saturday for returning runners, which was great to see. (We’re considering buying a bell which can be rung every time someone runs a PB!). Collectively we have now run 1810 km in the 5 parkrun events to date, which is more than the length of Sweden. Pretty good going.

And of course, a big thanks to all the volunteers that made parkrun happen this week. Really great to see some new faces getting involved – thank you!

We will be back, as always, this coming Saturday at 9.30. Hope to see lots of familiar faces – and some new ones – this week too.

Have a great week,
The Haga parkrun team

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