Due to another event in the park that day, Haga will NOT be hosting an extra parkrun on June 6th 2019. The nearest event will be in Kungsängen , which is easy to reach on the pendeltåg (commuter train).
25 out of the 75 participants at this week's run were first timers - a big welcome! We had visitors from Taiwan, Wales, Belgium, Germany and England among other places, and several new runners from nearby in Stockholm, tempted out by temperatures above zero. For those of you rushing off to catch flights - we hope you made them on time...
We had at least one dog and one pram, and no fewer than 5 new personal best times - well done Per Gysing, Crister Liljefelt, Julian Dent, Mats Lilja and Poyan Gerami. Szu Yao Liao was the first lady to finish, in 23:18 and Julian Dent was the first man in a nippy 16:32, 36 seconds off the course record. Gillian Anderson completed her 440th parkrun! This lady has travelled the length and breadth of the UK visiting parkruns, with the odd trip to Poland, France and Ireland too.
Thank you to the volunteers: Mark ALDRED for guiding the way, Deri THOMAS for scanning barcodes, Sarah-Jane BARRABLE for being run director, Åsa LUNDIN for marshalling the lap point, Peter HANSSON for taking times, Jeanna FERGUSSON for being tail walker and Gunilla HÄGGSTRÖM for handing out tokens.
We need some more volunteers for the rest of the year - why not have a go? There's always plenty of help on hand if you haven't tried it before. Reply to the volunteer send-out email or send a message via facebook or just tell one of the marshals the week before.
Just as we thought it was safe to come out in non-spiked shoes and maybe even some shorts, Stockholm's weather did it's worse and threw down a bit of March snow to remind us that we live in the Nordics. But thankfully we had just enough thaw to make it all possible and Hage parkrun saw 57 runners, joggers and walkers supported by 6 trusty volunteers: Mark Aldred, Anna Klöfver, Leo Heemskerk, Mary Scheuermann, Deri Thomas and Jeanna Fergusson - thank you!
The first lady to finish was Weronika Brzuchalska of FK Studenterna in 21:17 and the first man was Johan Bernhard of Snättringe SK at his first Haga parkrun, in a time of 19:09. Highest age-rating (73.44%) was second overall fastest Rickard Andersson from IF Linnea in 19:27. Some of Stockholm's running clubs showing their strength! However regardless of whether you're a speedster or a stroller, parkrun is for everyone. We had 6 people who have done over 100 parkruns: Kevin John Jones and Catherine Davies, new to Haga, have run 143 and 151 times respectively, and volunteered over 25 times. Haga regulars Claire Ward-Passey, Hugh Manning (who got a new personal best, nice work!), Natasha Maraschin and Wynand Boschoff make up the other "100s". Nils Thorin is still a junior parkrunner but has done a whopping 44 runs. Our youngest runner Aaron Carlsson was another of the 6 people who ran a new personal best time. A big welcome to those completely new to parkrun too...it's a good time to start as we hope each week will get a little warmer. We also had visitors from Australia and the UK among others.
Hope to see many of you at the next run, or perhaps you'll be a "parkrun tourist" elsewhere in the world. It's a growing trend in Sweden too - look at www.parkrun.se/events to see where else parkrun is taking place.
After beginning 2019 with two months of many cancelled parkruns due to a too icy course, the first parkrun of March provided a taste of spring with a running friendly, almost ice-free, course and a very welcomed visit of some early spring sun. We hope that we’ll soon be back to have a running friendly course every week. Thanks to everyone who has helped to check the course conditions during the weeks so far this year!
For the 118th Haga parkrun, it was great to see that over 80 people made it from the start and around the course to the finish. After having had a little over 50 people on average taking part during the last couple of parkruns during this winter, we hope that this is a sign that more people now find their way outdoor to run, jog and walk as spring is coming closer. Being outside and active, especially in natural environments and parks, is such a simple yet powerful way to boost the health of both body and mind!
It was also great to see so many first timers at this week’s Haga parkrun (22 of 82, i.e. about one fourth of all finishers) both those who are completely new at parkrun and those who have taken part elsewhere. We were for example happy to welcome a number of parkrunners from around the UK. Hope you enjoyed your visit to Hagaparken!
Congratulations to the fourteen people who recorded new personal bests - a great indicator that you keep on moving and develop yourselves. Special congratulations to regular runner and volunteer at Haga parkrun August for finishing his 200th parkrun! Well done and thank you for your helpfulness!
Great thanks to all wonderful volunteers who made Haga parkrun #118 possible! This week Mark set up the course and guided parkrunners around the two laps of the course; Hugh and Jack marshalled out on the course, cheering on people going up and down the hills around the large pelouse; Peter, Gunilla and Anna F ensured that all finishers got finish times, tokens and scanned barcodes; Mija ensured that everyone who wanted to finish crossed the finish line; Svante ensured that all signs out on the course were collected; and Anna K was responsible for organizing the event and the volunteers. Thank you for being such a helpful and friendly team!
We hope to see you soon again at Haga parkrun! Note that the total distance run at Haga parkrun is now 37 280 km, which means that we will soon together have run a distance equivalent to a lap around the Earth (40 075 km). That is one big milestone to reach together!