Lahden satama parkrun varareitillä

Lahden satama-alueen ollessa muiden tapahtumien käytössä siirrymme varareitille kauemmas keskustan humusta, eli tapaamme Proomukadun ja rantabulevardin risteyksessä kuntoilutelineillä. Kuntoilutelineiltä reitti kulkee Ankkurin näköalapaikan kupeeseen ja takaisin, ja tämä rantaa seuraileva lenkki juostaan kahteen kertaan.


Varareitillä tulemme olemaan nyt kaksi seuraavaalauantaita eli 26.8. ja 2.9. (Ironman World Championship ja Suomen Tivoli) sekä myöhemmin syyskuussa 23.9. Kalamarkkinoiden takia. Talvella varareitti voi myös olla hyvinkin lyhyellä varoitusajalla käytössä mikäli sataman tienoilla alusta on liian jäinen turvallisesti juostavaksi.


Juhannuksen parkrun – Midsummer parkrun

Happy midsummer - hyvää juhannusta - from Lahden satama parkrun

It was so lovely to be up here in Lahti (the start of the lake land area of Finland - at least in my book!) and RD here today …. and was so encouraged that a nice group of people turned up to walk / run and support the event.

This was the 41st parkrun here … and my first time in summer. There’s a very different vibe at this time of year … and luckily the trees near the front provide some shade for us volunteers on the start/finish line.

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I have nominated Lumi, our golden retriever, as the poster dog for parkrun as she waited so nicely this morning for the pre-run course check (done by those who set up the course) to come in. We got the ‘all clear’ with the advice to pay attention to the geese and their delightful goslings on the Pikku-Vesku part of the route. All went well!
(Sorry no photos of them, you’ll have to run here in two week’s time to see them, though they’ll be much bigger by then, I’m sure!)

Huge thanks to everyone for making me feel so very welcome, yet again … and for putting up with my less than brilliant Finnish and also to Jana for taking Lumi with you for the gosling-free section of the route (a lovely fast 3km run for her!)

 It was really lovely that a new parkrunner from Jyväskylä, Katri, recognised me from last week’s Mattilanniemi parkrun  #4 and came over to say ’hello’ :) well done on what is your fastest parkrun so far (even though it is credited as ’first timer’.

Congratulations too to the young Junior, Emmi, who ran her very first parkrun with an excellent time and a very fast sprint finish; and also to Roni and Peetu and also Sari and Claus who got excellent PBs today! Just Brilliant. Well done everyone!

Parkrun is run entirely by volunteers … and huge thanks to all who volunteered today to make today’s event possible, especially Raita who excelled at timekeeping! If you could offer help in the future we would really appreciate it; please drop us an email or leave message on Facebook.

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Don’t forget : next Saturday there is no parkrun in Lahti because of the triathlon. Why not pop across to Vääksy instead … or venture a little further to one of the other parkruns in Finland? (There are now 7 in total)

Hope to see you all again before too long.
Thanks again for a wonderful midsummer parkrun. It’s been marvellous!

Lorna, from Turku.
One day we WILL have a parkrun of our own, but not yet!


Lahden satama parkrun #35

Lahden satama parkrun #35
By Stuart McTeer

The temperature display said 9 degrees, making the morning cooler than the recent heatwave. The blue skies, though, were just about managing to fight off the clouds as we arrived on this special day to find a beautiful lake backdrop stretching into the distance. It was the first time parkrun in Finland had been able to stage an extra event on Ascension Day, and Lahden satama was among five across the country offering an opportunity to join a bonus 5k at 9.30am on a Thursday morning.

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The welcoming vibe so familiar to parkrun had started for me earlier that morning at the town’s railway station. Staggering off an early train from Helsinki I spotted others on the platform who could only have arrived for a similar adventure. We were initially strangers, but very quickly Sam, Timi and I were following the directions from Alan who had also
travelled from the UK with family members Karen and Anna. As we photographed each other standing beside the LAHTI sign on the waterfront, we were soon joined by a growing number of parkrunners from across the UK, Denmark and Germany.

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‘It’s lovely to see you all today’, said Run Director Noora as she explained the route that would take us around a pretty park and then out and back along the lakeside. Some of us nervously noted the blustery breeze, but experienced regulars had reassured us that these were easier conditions than the snow that covered the route for much of winter. In a lovely gesture, Noora name checked individually the volunteers who were giving up their time so we could run, walk or jog our 5k, and we clapped each one appreciatively. It was interesting to hear how many of those helping were from Noora and her husband Reima’s family, who week in, week out put on this event in Lahti after discovering parkrun whilst living in the UK.

Then off we went, along the flat course that took us along a bustling lakeside where preparations were being made for a bike show, and past the Kariranta café where we knew there would be amazing cakes waiting for us along with our post parkrun coffee. We were clapped enthusiastically every time we passed what would be the eventual finish spot, and while the wind was strong at times, large parts of the route were sheltered making it even more enjoyable in the sunshine. The atmosphere was lovely, and it was great seeing so many people of different nationalities and ages enjoying this event together.

36 people completed Lahden satama parkrun that morning, with Heino Aalto becoming first finisher in 20.51 just ahead of visitors Pete Scolls and Paul Whelan. Heino also had the highest age grade of 79.70%. Karen Hulme was first female finisher in 25.21 and congratulations to Jana, Lyyra, Matti and Suvi for achieving a personal best time.
For 26 people, this was their first time at Lahti. I had travelled from Dartford, which is just outside London, many others had travelled much further. However, it was lovely to see that for two participants, this was the first ever parkrun. Welcome Heimo and Valtteri! I hope you return and become regulars; it does become addictive.

Ja lopuksi, kiitos yhdelletoista vapaaehtoiselle, joka teki aamusta niin mukavan. Meitä onnisti saada osallistua niin kivaan tapahtumaan. (Finally, thank you to the 11 volunteers for making the morning so pleasant. We were all lucky to take part in such a nice event)



Lahden satama parkrun voimissaan

Meta on toistaiseksi tuntemattomasta syystä poistanut Lahden satama parkrunin facebook-sivun - olemme kuitenkin edelleen toiminnassa. Seuraavat tapahtumat järjestetään normaalisti, eli Lahden satama parkrun #34 lauantaina 13.5., helatorstain ekstratapahtuma torstaina 18.5. ja Lahden satama parkrun #36 lauantaina 20.5.

Tervetuloa mukaan kuntoilemaan!

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Meta has suspended Lahden satama parkrun facebook page but no need to worry; Lahden satama parkrun is still on and everything is going ahead as planned! While we're working on to reinstate the Facebook page a quick reminder of our next events: Lahden satama parkrun #34 on Saturday 13th May, the Ascension Day Special Event on Thursday 18th May, and Lahden satama parkrun #36 on Saturday 20th May.

Welcome to join us in Lahti Harbour!


Lahden satama parkrun #23

Another fantastic, successful parkrun in Lahti
Lahden satama parkrun #23

A privilege to RD at this well-organised parkrun (my second time) to enable the ED Noora and regular RD Reima to run for a change.

It’s no mean feat putting parkrun on in the winter in Finland - because of the ever changing conditions in winter!  The route was checked on Thursday morning (not good), Friday evening (park of the alternate route was ankle deep icy water) and again early on Saturday morning ‘we’re good to go!’ … and off the nine participants went.


The route is lovely and it was especially nice to be able to enable participants to run the normal ‘there and back’ full course - with the normal cautionary winter advice “avoid the icy patches!” Locals run in spiked running shoes throughout the winter in these conditions, which is always advised but of course not mandatory.

It’s great volunteering and today our on the start/finish line I was supported by three teens - timing, scanning and giving out tokens. They worked willingly and well, and are great ambassadors for parkrun - telling interested passers-by about the event and giving out flyers. Great job!

Today there was a new face - Eero - who was also our first finisher! Jana, our tail walker, brought up the rear in a very fast time today too, and the friends just before her had a fabulous run - doing intervals and chatting most of the way! I love that!

Parkrun coffee was at the wonderful Kahvila Kariranta, which serves the most amazing range of home made cakes and pastries, and gives everyone time to catch their breath after the event and for the volunteers to warm up!

Huge thanks again to Noora and family for all they do to make Lahden satama parkrun such a success.

If you can offer a hand (timekeeping, scanning or eg helping set up) please do volunteer. You can drop us an email or send a message via Facebook or instagram

Lorna, from Turku
Still dreaming of having parkrun in Turku someday!

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PS. Lahti is easy to get to by public transport (even early on Saturday mornings) and trust me, you’ll be glad you made the effort as the parkrun route is so nice and the core team and regulars really friendly and welcoming.

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