Örebro parkrun #82 run report – Dedicated to the amazing volunteers!

Örebro parkrun #82
parkrun is equally cool as a volunteer! Arnaud & Kristin

Örebro parkrun #82
Lars & Tony otherwise known as Numbers 3 & 4!

This week's run report is dedicated to all our amazing volunteers who make parkrun possible every week and of course keeps the event free and available to EVERYONE ...(more on this later..)

Grey, almost night-dark, damp and parts of the course slippy from ice that hadn't shifted during the week - that's what faced everyone at this week's parkrun. Fantastically it didn't deter 61 walkers and runners from taking part. In fact the ice didn't hinder 4 people from achieving new PB's - awesome! Nearly 10 1st timers (including those without barcodes), which really warms my heart to see new people still finding us out at this time of year.

We had visitors from the teams at Uppsala (Göran) and Haga parkruns (Anna) this week which is always nice to show off our stunning course in Örebro and for them to hopefully get inspiration for their own events.

Örebro parkrun #82
Me with Anna & Göran

Another Milestone this week, with Sara from Brisbane, Australia completing her 50th parkrun - well done Aussie!

Sara 50 parkruns

Now back to this week's theme which is all about our amazing, fantastic, awesome volunteers that make parkrun happen every week and means the event can stay free. There's an image within the traditional role models of clubs (föreningar) in Sweden that everyone member or indeed if you are a parent to a child who is a member then you have an "obligation" to help out at events; this can vary in frequency but often is seen as a burden, "something that just has to be done" to help the club survive financially. Invariably it's the same members that volunteer every time and it's common for the club to have to nag and remind it's members of their obligation.

This couldn't be further from the truth at parkrun! Although there is of course is a certain amount of work on the part of that week's Run Director in organising the volunteers, it's never felt as a burden and indeed is part of parkrun's concept; that volunteering is equally as rewarding as taking part. Many of our helpers have been involved numerous times, just count the the "25 t-shirts" and it's plain to see people just simply love it.

On a personal note, having brought parkrun to Örebro I am rewarded 10-fold every week in effort put out with that you feel part of something that matters to others, and can have an impact on the health and well being of the others. You have a sense of community.

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Tailwalker Behnaz

It's awesome seeing new friendships forming whether it being the challenge of beating each other's PBs or simply just having a laugh and a coffee afterwards. The tasks are really simple, full instructions are given and there's a sense that we are part of a big family, with thousands of events happening all over the world. Sometimes you take part, sometimes you help out. Simple!

Volunteering at any event is important and it helps others, which gives you a sense of doing something good and helpful for others, and the volunteers are always highlighted and thanked before each event at the brief.

Team gathering before the parkrunners arrive

Experience parkrun just once and often you're hooked, you just want more and more of the atmosphere, warmth and unpretentious. After a while you want to give something back and helping out now and again as a volunteer is so rewarding. Give it a go.

Another great group pic

At Örebro parkrun 104 different people, to date, have helped out so far - simply awesome.

That's it for this time, see you all next week for Örebro parkrun #83 (one step closer to our fantastic Xmas parkrun on Saturday 22/12 which everyone MUST attend and bring all your friends and family: link below:)

Today's parkrun's pictures were taken by Jimmy, so thanks as ever. Here is a link to all of the pictures from Örebro parkrun, ever!

This week 61 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 6 were first timers and 4 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 8 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 7 volunteers:

Matt FORD • Karl KIND • Tony BERGMAN • Jimmy GLINNERÅS • Nicklas FORSLING • Kristin ÖHMAN • Arnaud MATZ

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Örebro parkrun Results Page:

The male record is held by Tim SUNDSTRÖM who recorded a time of 15:52 on 3rd June 2017 (event number 8).
The female record is held by Karin FORSBERG who recorded a time of 18:10 on 18th August 2018 (event number 67).
The Age Grade course record is held by Åsa HÖÖG who recorded 84.38% (19:12) on 14th April 2018 (event number 49).

Örebro parkrun started on 8th April 2017. Since then 989 participants have completed 4,649 parkruns covering a total distance of 23,245 km, including 1,014 new Personal Bests. A total of 103 individuals have volunteered 682 times.
Matt Ford
Event Director Örebro parkrun