Haga parkrun, event 20, run report


It was one of those mornings where the biggest challenge was getting out of bed but some 37 runners battled the grey and arrived in good spirits for another parkrun at Hagaparken. A large thermos full of coffee was only half-consumed but not for the lack of runners interested in a warm beverage. The other half landed on the front seat of the run director's car upon arrival at Hagaparken - (Remember, the challenge today was getting out of bed.)
Three runners brought their dogs with them and one of those dogs finished just a fraction of a second ahead of the fastest woman around the course. Yes, Amanda Gardelin and her dog swiftly covered the 5km in just twenty minutes and 31 seconds.
There were plenty of familiar faces but even 9 first-timers which is great to see.
We salute you all and look forward to seeing you all on Saturday!!!


Haga parkrun, event 19, run report


It was a pleasant surprise to see that the numbers were up this week for Haga parkrun – whilst we’d been averaging around 30-35 for the previous few weeks, we were back over 50 runners for the 19th running of Haga parkrun, a record for the winter. Some new faces, some familiar faces and some visitors from the UK, a great combination.
Conditions were pretty decent on most parts of the course, though a patch of ice by the Copper Tents had required a last-minute sprinkling of gravel before the parkrun started. At 9.30 sharp the runners departed and set off on the two loops around the park. First back was previous first finisher Jere Pajunen, in a speedy 16:36, just a few seconds short of the course record. Juha Hyyryläinen was second this week in 17:09 and Filip Ainouz in third with 17:31. For the women, Laura Pajunen had the honour of coming over the line first on her first parkrun, followed by Riina Kuuselo in 21:16 and then Sarah-Jane Barrable, recovered from last weekend, in 21:36.
Somewhat surprisingly, given the ice still on the course, there were still 11 PBs this week, so congratulations to Carolina Thulin, Natasha Maraschin, Wynand Boshoff, Fredrik Bruce, Taina Andreev, Maja Maurin, Catherine Barry, Jaak Van Der Werff, Greg Richards, Filip Ainouz and Jere Pajunen!
Afterwards there was coffee and apple cake for all the runners (thank you Anna!) as the steam rose from the perspiring runners at the finish. Then a large contingent of runners headed off to Espresso House for a coffee which was fun. Here it took us a little time to work out how to fix the results this week (the watch and the tokens were a little out of synch a couple of times), but we got there in the end and in the long-term we learnt some valuable new lessons about how the parkrun results system we use. It’s brilliant – but you have to know how it works too :-)
Thanks to all the volunteers this week, without you there would be no parkrun! Thanks also to Nathan for all the great photos from the weekend - go in and check out all the pictures here: photos event 19.
I am now off away on holiday for 3 weeks – try not to hate me too much for escaping the depths of the Swedish winter - but truth be told, though I will be enjoying the sunshine, I will be missing Haga parkrun on Saturday mornings! Even putting out the signs has become a routine to savour and enjoy being up and about early in the morning. Colm, Hugh, Claire and all the other volunteers will be looking after the next few weeks and I look forward to being back for parkrun (hopefully, if we have no cancellations) for Haga parkrun #23!
In the meantime, happy parkrunning!
Deri, Haga parkrun


Haga parkrun, event 18, run report


Could we run this week? Of course we could! Whilst walking on the pavements in the city was slippery, out in Hagaparken it was just fine for running. (For future reference, we always try and check out the course conditions towards the end of the week and we will mail out/post on social media as early as possible if there are any issues with putting on the event. We know now how effective the staff are in Hagaparken, so we hope that we will not have to cancel so many events).
With the temperature hovering around -2oC, the late flurry of arrivals to the start-line was to be expected. It was a lovely morning in the park, and pretty decent conditions for running. We had 32 people taking part at Haga today, with 7 first timers and a matching number of new PBs. Well done all of you! Course record holder Hector Haines whizzed round in 17:43 to be first over the line (before helping with the barcode scanning, thanks Hector!) followed by Wongani Mwanza and Olof Wetterling. For the women it was Rachel Haines who was first over the line in 23:09, with Caroline Manning and first timer Taina Andreev in second and third place.
One thing we didn’t have the opportunity to complement was Caroline Manning’s new black 100 t-shirt – I think the milestone was passed a while ago, but the t-shirt has just arrived. It looks great to have that fine 100 t-shirt among us, well done! Well done too to Sarah-Jane Barrable for coming along to get her parkrun fix, despite not feeling so well this week. A tailrunner credit for you!
We were missing an official photographer this week, so I’m afraid there aren’t so many photos to commemorate this event. But for all those who were there – including a big shout out to all the fantastic volunteers – thanks for coming along and see you next week!
Please note that in the upcoming weeks we will be continuing to head to Espresso House, Odenplan for a post-parkrun coffee as the Centre café in the Wennergren Centre is currently closed on Saturday mornings. It’s a little bit further away (approximately 15 minute walk from the start/finish area), but it’s right next to the tunnelbana station, and on the way for anyone continuing their journey onwards in Stockholm. There’s usually space in a car or two to drive there as well. Please come and join us for a coffee afterwards!


Haga parkrun, event 17, run report


The first Haga parkrun of 2017 was a very snowy affair. Overnight there had come maybe 10-15cm of fresh snow, and even driving to the start was a challenge! But unlike on the E4, our friends in Hagaparken had done an amazing job clearing the paths from snow (they even checked where the parkrun course was going, and prioritised this first) so by the time we were ready to start, the course was looking in perfect condition!
The snow then decided to make a comeback just as we started, which was good for the photos, if not for the runners! (Don’t forget to check out the photos from this week’s event here. We welcomed 6 new runners to Haga parkrun this week and we also passed the milestone of over 400 different runners now having run Haga parkrun.
First over the line for the women (and third overall) was Sarah-Jane Barrable in 22:12, followed by first-timer Catherine Barry in 25:27. In the men it was Erik Olsson (making his first appearance) who battled through the snow to finish in 19:26, with Olof Wetterling coming next in 21:41. And a big shout out to Hugh Manning for recording the only PB of the day in tough conditions!
We’re delighted that we could continue to put on Haga parkrun this weekend, despite the weather conditions. As long as the course is safe to run, we will be there every week! See you on Saturday!


Haga parkrun, Event 16, Run Report


A rather warm New Year's Eve saw 36 runners start their resolutions early (or feel less guilty about that midnight champagne later :-) ). Of our 36 runners, 12 were enjoying their first run at Haga, 7 achieved new personal bests and we had an extremely speedy (and gorgeous) dog! As usual the runners represented many nationalities and included visitors from Denmark and the UK and 2 South African's (Wynand and Natasha) who had moved to Sweden a mere 3 days earlier!

Many thanks go to our 7 volunteers: Paul BALSOM, Wynand BOSHOFF, Peter HANSSON, Natasha MARASCHIN, Davide PICCARDO, Claire WARD-PASSEY and Svante WETTERLING who between them represent 4 different nationalities showing just how international our Saturday morning gathering is.

This week's fastest man was Markus BOHMAN in a time of 16:51. Jesper ANDRELL was second fastest in 17:33 and Tom BATEMAN was third in a time of 19:23. Our fastest woman was Riina KUUSELO in a time of 21:14, Annika LIDBECK was second fastest in 22:33 and
Lucy WILSON-SHAW was third fastest in 23:54.

We hope that you all had a great run and that parkrun is part of your New Year's resolutions!

From all of us in the Haga team we wish you a happy and healthy 2017! See you all on Saturday :-)

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