Well that caught us a bit by surprise! It was admittedly, a rather lovely sunny April morning, and a great day to be outside, but when we woke up this morning, we weren’t expecting to be breaking our previous attendance record of 123 runners which we set on our first birthday last August.
Crowds were gathering early on, with many first-timers (51!) who had discovered us for the first time. We hope you liked what you found! The past two weeks we have had over 40 new registrations each week, so it certainly feels that the word about parkrun is spreading, which is great.
A bunch of newcomers had come from the Stockholm University, where parkrun was the first event of an ‘Earth Weekend’ celebration (hope I got that right), and it probably didn’t hurt that parkrun was a free event either. We hope to see you all again! And we also entertained a group of South African orienteers, who insisted on coming along to Haga once they found out a parkrun was in town. That tends to be the way where parkrun is well established in a country.
But as well as the newcomers, there were plenty of ‘regulars’ and we want to thank you all for making the atmosphere so welcoming at Haga parkrun and helping to tell people that we exist!
The dry weather had made the paths in Haga parkrun firm and fast, and this contributed to 15 new PBs this week. And PBs right throughout the field too, from place 2 to place 126! Great running everyone!
As always, thanks to the volunteers today. Peter was his usual unflappable self on the stopwatch and Anna is becoming a master of the scanner and sorting out all token issues that come up. Thanks to Thomas Nyberg who was on the lapping point, and a special thanks to Sofia and Scott who volunteered on Friday evening to make up the numbers – our heroes! Today’s photos were taken by Nele and by Sofia, and it always makes an event that bit more memorable to have it recorded on film. There’s absolutely loads of brilliant photos on Flickr, so if you haven’t done so yet, please go in and check them out.
Volunteering is easy and fun, and a nice way of giving back to parkrun, so if you have the chance some time to volunteer, we’re very grateful!
Links to the results are here.
See you all next week. And this time the Tennis Club WILL be open for fika!
A fantastic, beautiful spring morning welcomed our 92 runners and 9 volunteers this week at Haga parkrun. Winter has seemed to linger this year, so it was a refreshing change to feel the sun on your back and face while either out running, jogging, walking or volunteering. As Run Director this week, I have to admit that, although it's great to have so many runners, it does make giving the pre-run briefing to 92 people quite a nerve-wracking experience!
One of our runners (Rachel HAINES) celebrated her 50th parkrun - well done Rachel, here's to the 100 shirt :-). Parkrun provides free 'milestone' t-shirts when runners complete their 50th, 100th, 250th and 500th parkruns and 25th volunteering role. Rachel will hopefully be running in her red 50 shirt soon
This week was our last official week of 'winter fika' at Expresso House Odenplan as next week the Tennis Club reopens for coffee and kanelbullar
This week we welcomed 34 first timers and 17 participants recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 9 volunteers:
Hector HAINES • Erik ERSKINE • Claire WARD-PASSEY • August FREW • Tom O'GORMAN • Peter DANES • Nubia RAMOS • Daniel RAMSKÖLD • Anna KLÖFVER
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Haga parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Yoie BOHLIN who recorded a time of 17:30 on 10th June 2017 (event number 38).
The male record is held by Jere PAJUNEN who recorded a time of 15:56 on 29th July 2017 (event number 45).
The Age Grade course record is held by Yoie BOHLIN who recorded 84.57% (17:30) on 10th June 2017 (event number 38).
See you all next week for event 78
Haga parkrun started on 27th August 2016. Since then 1,561 participants have completed 4,384 parkruns covering a total distance of 21,920 km, including 765 new Personal Bests.
Finally, we were able to run again! It was still a cold start – a couple of degrees below freezing when we started – but the course was good, aside from a couple of stubborn patches of ice either side of the top of the long hill. And frankly, when the sun is shining, and the sky is blue, the temperature is often of less importance.
It was day where we welcomed many parkrun tourists to Hagaparken, the shorts on display clearly marking out those from the UK, but also from Australia and from Hungary too (unfortunately parkrun hasn’t reached Hungary yet though!). This resulted in a massive 24 people who were running Haga parkrun for the first time, welcome!
We don’t usually feel the need to bring attention to the runner who crosses the line first, but this week we will make an exception for regular runner Göran Strömstedt who just dipped under the 20 minute barrier and picked up token number 1 for the first time. Göran always has to hurry away to take a class at SATS directly after parkrun, so he didn’t have time to hang around or even take a chocolate egg, but nice work Göran! And in a new age category for this year too!
Just 2 PBs today, so special well done to Lee Thomas Cherry and Lisa Majumdar for that.
We hope that everyone enjoyed having the chocolate eggs at the finish! If you were wondering what happened to the chocolate bunnies, we decided in the end that the most suitable recipients would be 6 year old Austin Mortimer and his sister Evie, who were visiting from London and ran the course today with Mum and Dad. Well done to them.
A big thank you to the volunteers who helped make today happen. A special mention to Kallum Corke who over the last couple of months has been the man taking the photos that we enjoy each week. Kallum and Diane are now heading back to Scotland after their time here in Sweden so we wish them the very best and hope they will come back and pay us a visit soon.
Thanks also to Anna, Filip and Erik for helping to make things run smoothly in the finish area, to August, for taking his turn to be a volunteer this week, and to Åsa, for taking on the Tail Walker role this week.
Next week the weather forecast is for the temperature to climb to a sweltering 14oC (!) so the ice will surely be totally gone by then!! See you next time.
From all of us at Haga parkrun