Finally we were back in action! After a few weeks of ice covering Stockholm and specifically, our favourite Haga Park paths, our intrepid course testers came back with the long-awaited green light, and a hardy bunch of volunteers was quickly assembled. Amazing how many people made it all happen with short notice. Our volunteers were:
Mark ALDRED scanning tokens • Deri THOMAS up early to set up the signs & do a final ice test • August FREW ensuring we didn’t take a wrong turning • Paul PETRIE-REPAR cheering at the lap point & guiding us around an icy slip-spot • Sarah-Jane BARRABLE as run director • Mija THOMAS our tail walker • Peter HANSSON on the stopwatch • Filip AINOUZ marshalling & egging is on up the last hill • Stefan NILSSON taking times • Eva LITHMAN scanning & helping new runners • Gunilla HÄGGSTRÖM handing out tokens
We had visitors from Australia and England amongst other places, including youngest runner in a great hat: Niklas Van Mourik from BRAT Birmingham Running Athletics & Triathlon. Sebastian Palmquist was first over the line in 17:58 and Lena Lönnemark was First Lady in 20:11, a new personal best.
Twelve people ran for the first time such as Isabelle Österlund in 26:50 and Erik & Lotta Hjert and there were twelve new pbs, welcome and well done. A bunch of us headed to Espresso House at Odenplan for a fika afterwards (& there’s room there for more!) including visitor Elaine Kirton who’s busy setting up the new Tetbury parkrun in SW England - good luck Elaine maybe see you in a parkrunning tourist trip one day.
Here’s hoping for good ‘run’ of weather for the rest of 2019!