Lahden Satama Parkrun Event #4 ~ sunshine, showers and so much fun!
Today was only Lahden satama parkrun’s 4th event and it was wonderful to be part of it.
I came here for the inaugural four weeks ago but today was Cristian’s first time (and only his second time in Lahti) so I interviewed him.
How did you get here today?
I took the train from Tampere early this morning and walked from the station. Luckily the train connections worked out ok so getting up early to catch the 7 am train to get here was worth it! It took only 20 minutes to walk from the station to the start … it was a really pretty walk too.
What did you think of the parkrun route?
It was very inspiring; so much so that I got a PB … yippee - of course it IS the flattest of the six parkruns in Finland but still a PB is a PB! It’s always lovely to run by the water and I was charmed by the really lovely dancing fountains (by the pond) and the very nice autumn colours along the route too.
Did you go to parkrun coffee?
Of course …and it was great; although next time I’ll know to order to a jätti (giant coffee) My tip:
If you can’t decide between the pulla (cinnamon bun) and the croissant …take both! Everything was really delicious and everything is homemade. I bought some archipelago bread to take home with me too. Nice!
Did you meet any new people today?
To be honest, that’s not really the main thing for me … but we did speak to a family from Melbourne, Australia and I was able to recommend other parkruns in Finland to them too. It was also lovely to get to know Lahti’s ED, Noora, and today’s RD Reima a better today too.
What do you like about parkrun? Why did you come today?
I was planning to come to Lahti at some point anyway because I wanted to try the new parkrun route, so when I heard you (Lorna) and Nina were coming to Lahti today that sealed it as it’s always nice to see familiar faces … (thanks too Nina for the lift back to Tampere in the camper van!).
I know that you, Cristian, were instrumental in helping set up the parkrun in Oulu last year. How is that going?
Really well …it does take time to build up a core team and get a group of committed participants (particularly over the winter) … but today at Pokkinen there were more than 30 participants plus volunteers, which was really great.
Do you ever volunteer at parkrun? What’s your favourite role?
Yes, without volunteers parkrun can’t happen. I’ve done all of the roles (except the new parkwalker). In the winter I like tail walking the most! A few weeks ago I served as the VI guide for a visually impaired runner. That was a really new and interesting experience for me, and I was really glad to enable the runner. It’s great that parkrun really is for everyone!
Anything else you’d like to say?
A fun fact was that Lahti’s tap water is internationally renowned and so we got to test that too. Thanks for that information Reima!
So that’s the report today
A quick summary
15 first timers and several newbies who hadn’t yet registered
10 PBs at the event today (people who’ve run at Lahden satama parkrun at least twice and improved their time - including yours truly, Lorna and Nina.
If you would like to help as a volunteer in the next few weeks please drop us an email at email@example.com or leave a comment on Facebook.
Special congratulations to Tuomas Kaihlavirta who has not only run all the parkruns in Finland but has been the first finisher at every event too.
*Note Cristian’s PB is an overall result- the fastest parkrun he’s ever run and isn’t Lahti specific.
Reported written on the way back to Tampere from Lahti
By Lorna Koskela from Turku (one day we will have a parkrun of our own)
Photos by Ilia Timoshkov