It's becoming a bit predictable.......another Saturday and more hot, hot weather! Just for a moment, in the early hours of the morning, lying in bed before getting up to set up the course, there was a strange sound, could that possibly be the patter of rain on the roof?! Were we going to have a rainy parkrun? No such luck! At least the rain cleared the air a little bit, although it was still around 23oC and very humid at the start.
The photos are testament to how dry it is in Sweden right now, hardly any green left in the expanse of grass near the start (which by the way is called Tingshusslätten, although not many people know that....).
Today we had 52 people running at Haga parkrun, lower than we have had through the spring, but at this time of year of course many people are away out of town on their holidays, and the weather is admittedly pretty warm for running. We had brought along some extra water for those taking part, and at least parts of our course (probably over half) is in shade, which is very welcome!
This week we had plenty to celebrate, with Anna Klöfver (above, in yellow) achieving her 25th volunteering occasion. Since discovering parkrun earlier this year, Anna has been a true parkrun volunteering hero, being there to help out almost every Saturday. Most of the time you will find her at the start/finish area, but this week she was our Tail Walker. Thank you Anna!
Then we also realised afterwards that Lee Thomas Cherry (in orange above) was running his 50th event today, so congratulations to Lee. It was nice that we worked this out together in the café afterwards!
We also said farewell to our regular parkrunner and ace photographer Nele Vetter (above), who will soon be heading back to her homeland Germany. Again, thanks Nele for all your help over the past year. It's been great having you about and thanks for the great photos. We wish you all the best for when you go home and maybe you can get involved with parkrun back there
We had 17 first timers at Haga parkrun today, including tourists from the UK, Ireland and Australia amongst other places. Well done to all that ran. 10 PBs on such a warm day too, very impressive, special congratulations to all of you.
Thanks of course to all our volunteers - Deri THOMAS • Erik ERSKINE • Mollie GAVIN • Jenny HEEMSKERK • Filip AINOUZ • Anna KLÖFVER. You are the people who make parkrun happen!
First over the line for the men was first-timer Johan Herbert and Alissa Afzelius for the women, also the first time that she ran. Here are the full results. And here is also a link to all the photos.
See everyone next Saturday!