Haga parkrun, event 23, run report


What happened in Sweden yesterday? Well, thanks to President Trump, the eyes of the world were on Sweden, wondering what happened there on Saturday? Of course, it was the 23rd Haga parkrun! And the crowds of runners reached past the Washington Monument and all the way to Norrtull……

This week we actually had 45 runners on the start line, most timing their arrival to perfection, rocking up in the final few minutes before the 9.30 start. Very wise in the cold weather! Familiar faces and new, old and young, locals and parkrun tourists, we had a great range of people joining us on Saturday.
Conditions were decent enough on the course, though there were still a few icy patches to contend with at the top of the hill by the Kopptälten. Spring is in the air though, and we hope that soon all talk of ice and snow will be at an end for a while.
Thanks to all the volunteers who helped to make the parkrun magic happen on Saturday, especially the family teams headed up by Erik and Nathan who were out on the course cheering people on. All that support is much appreciated!
First over the line was ‘Unknown Runner’ (except we knew who he was, Christopher Salmen, and we hope he will have a barcode next time!), followed by Filip Ainouz in 17:41 and Svend Jacobson in 19:09. The ladies filled the overall spots 5-8, with Rachel Haines in 20:51 leading the way from Riina Kuuselo, Caroline Manning and Sarah-Jane Barrable. Lots of PBs too, so congratulations to all of you (Alf Tumble, Rachel Haines, Riina Kuuselo, Jamie Johnson, Laura Bradley, Taina Andreev, Guillermo Maturana, Anna Mitman and Frida Pragsten) plus everyone else who turned up and ran on Saturday morning.
Thanks too to Colm for another bunch of great snaps from this weekend. Remember to go in and have a look at the pics here. There's loads to see.
See you again on Saturday!


Haga parkrun, event 21, run report


Freezing temperatures and grey, low hanging cloud could do nothing to break the spirits of the 49 runners and 9 volunteers that made Hagaparkrun 21 a success.
There were some magical performances once again this week with 10 PB's delivered on the 2 lap 5km course. The course is almost back to its ice free best with a few stubborn patches fighting the inevitable coming of Spring. As always parkrun is only made possible through the tireless efforts of our volunteers so thank you to all who braved the elements.
Quickest on the day was first timer Simon Jakobsson in 17:18 and we hope to see Simon again in the coming weeks and months have a crack at the course record. A couple of notable PB's this week from Hagaparkrun regulars Caroline Manning and Eef Van Dongen. Caroline, unencumbered with child and chariot this week ran a formidable 21:34 with Eef cracking the magical sub 20 min mark for a hard fought 19:58. Well done to all who managed to record PB's.
Espresso House in Odenplan has become the post run place of choice to reheat both volunteers and runners alike. Come by after your next Hagaparkrun and enjoy the post run chatter.
See you all again on Saturday and continue to spread the work of parkrun.
Happy parkrunning!!!


Haga parkrun, event 22, Run Report


42: the answer to the ultimate question of life, love and everything, including how many runners did we have at Haga this week?

The 42 runners and 9 volunteers braved what felt like the coldest parkrun of the year. Two of our volunteers: Peter and Fattaneh were doing quite an impressive 'I'm cold' dance to try and warm themselves up. Of our 42 runners 11 were first timers at Haga and 15 scored personal bests! Welcome and well done if you were one of those!

The next ultimate question, whose answer is not 42, is who was fastest round the park today?

For the men: Matthew LEWIS was first over the line in 17:49, Kent MELIN was second in 18:50 and
Rickard ANDERSSON was third in 19:02.
For the women: Ida BURROWS was first in a time of 19:22, Sarah-Jane BARRABLE was second in 20:57 and Barbora PIJÁKOVÁ was third in 21:11.
It was good to see lots of club colours today - including clubs here in Stockholm and in the UK!
We hope to see you all again this Saturday - Semla Bun season is here mmmmmmmmmmm. Run for Semla :-)

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