Haga parkrun run report, #108

We're not sure how much of the promised sun actually shone on Saturday, but in any case it wasn't raining, and it was just PERFECT running conditions at the start - cool, fresh, and no wind at all. A really nice morning for a parkrun, which was clearly the view shared by the 97 of you who joined us on Saturday!

Plenty of new faces with 20 people running Haga parkrun for the very first time. Nice to see the group of Studenternas joining in as well, and using parkrun as a club training session - exactly what we like to see, because we are not in competition with running clubs, in fact the very opposite - as we always stress, parkrun is for everyone, no matter what your level of ability or speed.

Haga Parkrun 2018-11-17
We love this picture of Ulrika Tallgård on her way to a PB - nice job!

The course is also in great condition at this time of year, and that was shown in the 20 PBs that were recorded this week. It's a long list but they all deserve congratulations, so here goes! Well done to Ulrika Tallgård, Mary Scheuermann, Anni Rajala, Sriharsha Bhat, Christian Häggström, Madelene Henriksgaard, Oliver Corps, Per Gysing, Louise Berlin, Anders Bagge, Magnus Blomdahl, Alexander Nordenwald, Göran Strömstedt, Jens Karlsson, Johan Segerström, Kristoffer Hansson and Patric Rajala. Plus it was a good day to be called Cecilia - Cecilia Thhomer, Cecilia Zilliacus and Cecilia Larnemark all recorded PBs this week.

Parkrun 17th Nov
Mr 50 - Jamie Johnson

Well done to Bjorn Suneson for the higest age-grade score of the day (just). And big big congratulations to Jamie Johnson for his 50th run! We await the promised home-baked goodies with interest!

Thanks to the volunteers who made it all happen this week:


Keep spreading the word about parkrun so that more people can come and find us! And see you on Saturday!

Haga parkrun team


Haga parkrun run report, Event #107, 10/11/2018

Parkrun 10th November
It was great to welcome over 70 cheerful park runners in Haga Park on Saturday, especially considering the cold and drizzly weather. Just as impressive was the number of volunteers who showed up this week and as always a huge thanks to all of them. You all deserve a mention individually, but Timothy Balsom deserves a special mention for at the age of 13 getting woken up at 07:30 on a Saturday morning to help set up the course.
We had visitors this week from Latvia, Finland and the UK. One of our UK guests was the easiest to spot as he was the only one wearing shorts! In addition, we also welcomed 10 new runners to Haga Park this week and we look forward to seeing them again and 9 runners recorded personal bests so a big “well done” to them.
Of the 73 runners who finished the course, 6 had completed 100 or more park runs and 3 of these over 200. A special mention to these 3, Caroline and Hugh Manning with 205 each and Jon Waight, one of our guests from England, with an impressive 296.
As winter approaches, we hope to keep continue to increase the number of runners each week. Our short-term goal is to regularly attract 100+ runners so please keep spreading the word. If everyone of you brought at least one friend (or family member) then that would do it.
Enjoy the rest of your week and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible, with or without a friend next week.
Finally, I hope you enjoy the video from Saturday which can be viewed on our Facebook page.
Paul Balsom
Run Director, #Event 107


Haga parkrun #106, run report

Another one in the bag! Haga parkrun #106 was a very pleasant Saturday morning spent in the park; autumn colours persisting with the orange carpet of leaves still on the ground, if no longer in the trees.
There was plenty more colour on display from the great team of volunteers we had to help out with this week’s event, this week’s team of neon-yellow heroes were Karin Wetterling, Mats Forsberg & Erik Erskine out on the course to cheer people on, Claes Mittjes handing out the finish tokens and keeping things under control in the finish funnel, with Mija Thomas and Jeanne Ferguson scanning barcodes. Mark Aldred was as orange as the forest floor in the Tail Walker vest, escorting first-timer Cecilia around the course.

In true British style (we can spot them from a distance) was a UK tourist dressed in shorts and vest, despite the weather, Laurie Luscombe, who whizzed around in a speedy 17:47. Ebba Stenman, also a first-timer, was the first lady home in 20:19. We must also not forget the highest age-grade score, Svante Wetterling, scoring 77% with his 21:25 in the VM60-64 category.
We actually had just over one third of the runners taking part for the first time today with 21 first timers, and 8 PBs were set today, so a special well done to Mikael Skovly, Christian Häggström, Mary Scheuermann, Anna Klöfver, Axel Carlsson, Glen Vallis, Jenny Söderborg and Sinead Waldron. (Glen, who lives in Sydney, Australia, was last here two years ago, so a warm-welcome back to him!). We also welcomed some parkrun friends from St Petersburg, Russia, who were in town visiting this weekend.
Afterwards we had a good group join heading back to Espresso House where we managed to secure ‘our’ big square table at the back of the café once again. It felt friendly and familiar, just like a good parkrun should be.
Photos were few this weekend, but Hector Haines managed to snap some shots which were posted to our Facebook page and are now also on Flickr.
All in all, it was a lovely way to start the weekend. Thanks to everyone who showed up, and ran, walked and volunteered.

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