Tampere parkrun #107 and our very own Heather’s 50th (2.11.2019)

It’s always super exciting whenever someone meets a parkrun milestone ...but it’s especially wonderful when it’s one of our own.

Today Heather, one of Tampere parkrun’s wonderful volunteers, and a RD to boot, braved the not-so-wonderful All Saints’ Day weather to run her 50th parkrun. Well done Heather - lovely to see you wear the red shirt today. You’ve earned it!

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55 other participants joined Heather and ran, jogged, walked  (or intervalled) the parkrun course, alongside the grey looking lake in Tampere this morning. Ulla , (as ever), did a fantastic job as RD today, overseeing a run which was surprisingly slippy in one place and which served as a reminder to us here in the soon-to-be-frozen north that winter is closer than ever. Most of us have already switched to winter tyres on our bikes and cars, and today’s conditions reminded me at least that I will need to dust off my winter trainers (spiked runners) very soon.

Juha Simola, who’s currently learning the RD ropes, did a great job of giving the first timers’ brief this morning, welcoming 4 first timers! It is really fabulous that more and more people are finding us ...so glad you ran with us today!

One of the really great things about parkrun is that because we run the same distance and are timed over the exact same course every week (usually!)  it’s possible to measure what progress each of us has made! Most weeks we see runners improve on previous times,  and it was great to see another 5 PBs (Personal Bests) recorded today. Well done everyone!

On a personal note yours truly seems to be losing time right now. (A couple of weeks ago I blamed the puddles, today I blame the icy patch hahaha ... in reality I simply need to concentrate a bit more, stop daydreaming and put in a tiny bit more effort while I run!)

Joking aside, my personal testimony is I am so very glad I found the wonderfully welcoming community of parkrun here in Tampere and started taking part as regularly as I can possibly manage! I really look forward to participating and while it’s not at all easy to get up early on these cold, wet, dark mornings, I really do find it worth getting myself to another city week after week (and yes even worth dragging myself  out of bed early on a Saturday morning!) just to be part of parkrun!

Postrun coffee is very important to many of us!

Our regular cafe was closed today for All Saints so we met up in one of our alternative cafes, Ciao. We were so many at the postrun coffee today that we caused quite a queue ...and many of us stayed on chatting for quite a lot longer than usual, which was really lovely.

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The event today was made possible by 11 volunteers:

Ulla SERGEJEFF • Olli STRÖM • Janne-Matti KOSKINEN • Tuire KOSKINEN • Leena HEINO • Noora POROLA • Elviira HEINO • Juha SIMOLA • Lorna Stella KOSKELA • Erja HEIMONEN • Annika PALANDER - thank you all. Without you there would be no parkrun!

We meet every week on Saturdays at 9:30am. Join us next week, if you can!

If you’d like to volunteer to eg help set up/ pack up or indeed help run the parkrun (we need timekeepers and someone to distribute and scan the tokens) let us know. Your help would be very much appreciated!

Lorna KOSKELA, en route back to equally cold, dark and slippery Turku!
 

Tampere parkrun #105 – 19.10.2019

RUN REPORT!

Congratulations to today’s first finisher Jarkko JÄRVENPÄÄ who recorded a time of 15:24 !!! Wow! A new course record!

There were 40 of us trailing behind him (some closer than others!) and our wonderful tailwalker Erkki TIILIKKA brought up the rear and saw us all safely home.

It was wonderful to have seven first timers with us today (including one tourist from China) and a huge well done to the five participants today who recorded PBs!

Thanks to Nina HAIKONEN for being our RD today, and of course all the volunteers without whom parkrun just wouldn’t happen!

We were started off well this morning with a fantastic warm up for everyone led by Suvi AHLAJÄRVI. Thank you so much for doing this Suvi it was really fun and well-appreciated!

We were jolly lucky with the weather today. It’s been typical autumn break weather this week and it was raining cats and dogs when we put the U turn mark out this morning; but the rain eased and we ran in relatively dry conditions with just a few puddles to negotiate or splash through.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on theTampere parkrun Results Page.

The event today was made possible by 10 volunteers: Nina HAIKONEN • Jarmo TIILIKKA • Leena HEINO • Mika PULKKINEN • Elviira HEINO • Aino AALTO • Erkki TIILIKKA • Lorna Stella KOSKELA • Suvi AHLAJÄRVI • Anastasios TSIMPLINAS

Hope to see you next week same time (Saturday, 9:30am) same place (Laukonsilta, near Ratina). If you would like to volunteer for one of the tasks in the next few weeks do please sign up or let us know. Your help is appreciated!

Lorna Koskela

 

Tampere parkrun #104 – 13.10.2019

Tampere parkrun lähtöalue

Kaksi vuotta Tampere parkrunia on takana ja olikin jo korkea aika, että sen aikana saatiin nauttia kaatosateesta. Kirjoittajan muistissa ei ainakaan ole vastaavaa sateenropinaa tapahtuman aikana. Toki sitä ennen ja jälkeen on sadellut, mutta parkrun sääkeiju on aina pitänyt meidät suht kuivina. Syyssateesta huolimatta juhlapäivänä oli hienosti väkeä ilmaantunut paikalle. Jopa paikallisia jäniksiä pomppi runsain joukoin Tampereen Maratonjuoksijoiden mukana lähtöviivalle.

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Tampereen kaupunki on tukenut monin tavoin parkrun-tapahtumaa. Isoimpana investointina voidaan pitää Laukonsiltaa, joka saattaa vaikuttaa hiukan massiiviselta sadesuojaksi, mutta pitää kyllä hyvin toimitsijapöydän kuivana. Ikävä kyllä lähtöpaikalla ajanottajat ja polettien jakajat joutuvat edelleen seisomaan sateessa. Myös kääntöpaikalla oltiin säiden armoilla, mutta kuvista ja tunnelmista päätellen siellä oli myös hienot juhlallisuuden järjestetty. Ehkä jossakin vaiheessa saadaan Arboretumin ylle yhtä hieno silta kuin Ratinan suvannon yli eikä sielläkään tarvitse sateessa seisoa.

Lara kääntöpaikalla

Kaupungin tukemana saivat osallistujat nauttia Sanna's Cafen herkullisista pullista. Suurkiitos kaupungille sekä kahvilalle, joka on kaksi vuotta ollut tärkeä yhteistyökumppani Tampere parkrunille. Ja kiitos meidän omalle tapahtumavastaavalle Johanna Riipille, joka taikoo parkrunille tällaisia yllätyksiä.

62 osallistujaa ei sade näyttänyt haittaavan. Juuri ennen lähtöä paikalle saapui reittiennätyksen haltija Jarkko, joka tuttuun tapaan ilmestyi jo pian lähdön jälkeen Ratinan sillan alta ensimmäisenä maalisuoralle. Joonas ja Markus tulivat pian sen jälkeen sekä Etienne hyvissä ajoin alle 20min. Heikki myöhästyi rajasta muutamalla sekunnilla, mutta paransi hienosti ennätystään. Ehkä raja alittuu jo ensi kerralla!

Lähtöaluetta

Kaiken kaikkiaan uusia ennätyksiä tehtiin 6 kappaletta. Onnittelut kaikille! Onnittelut myös Jukalle, joka sai täyteen 50 parkrunia. Nyt kipin kapin tilaamaan hieno punainen paita!

Sitten lista kiitoksia, joka ei millään tavalla ole kaikenkattava.

Suurkiitokset kääntöpaikan vapaaehtoisille Laralle, Kevinille ja Ninalle. Vaikka sade ropisi niskaan niin he vastaanottivat osallistujia ilmapallojen kera ja hymyt huulilla.

Kääntöpaikan juhlaväki.

Lähtöalueella Erkki Tiilikka ja Simo Klasila ottivat varmalla kädellä aikoja ja Juha Simola jakoi poletteja vaikka lätäköt kasvoivat jaloissa. Arja Jääskeläinen luki viivakoodeja ja Olli Ström hoiti "hallinnollisia" tehtäviä eli vältteli sadetta parhaansa mukaan. Kuten yleensä Tampere parkrunissa Elviira ja Leena Heino olivat mukana taustajoukoissa varmistamassa, että kaikki menee hyvin ja jopa pukemassa vapaaehtoisia. Kun vielä Anna-Liisa Tiilikka oli takimmaisena varmistamassa ettei kukaan jää reitille niin voiko tapahtuma olla muuta kuin onnistunut.

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Ja loppuun kiitos Cristian Cardozolle hienoista kuvista lähtöalueelta sekä statistiikat tapahtumasta:

This week 62 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 13 were first timers and 6 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 6 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:

Olli STRÖM • Nina HAIKONEN • Leena HEINO • Elviira HEINO • Juha SIMOLA • Erkki TIILIKKA • Anna-Liisa TIILIKKA • Kevin HAIKONEN • Lara HAIKONEN • Arja JÄÄSKELÄINEN • Simo KLASILA

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

The male record is held by Jarkko JÄRVENPÄÄ who recorded a time of 15:57 on 14th July 2018 (event number 39).
The female record is held by Anna HOLLINGSWORTH who recorded a time of 18:18 on 10th August 2019 (event number 95).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jari LEPPIMÄKI who recorded 84.32% (18:23) on 21st July 2018 (event number 40).

Tampere parkrun started on 14th October 2017. Since then 1,179 participants have completed 5,354 parkruns covering a total distance of 26,770 km, including 990 new Personal Bests. A total of 185 individuals have volunteered 978 times.

 

Tampere parkrun #103 – 5.10.2019

This week 51 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 6 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Wonderful!
The event was made possible by 10 volunteers:

Leena HEINO • Jyri HÄNNINEN • Erkki TIILIKKA • Anna-Liisa TIILIKKA • Lorna Stella KOSKELA • Cristian CARDOZO • Kevin HAIKONEN • Samantha BAKER • Ross BRADNER • Anastasios TSIMPLINAS

It was my 25th time of volunteering and I was kindly loaned the official purple t-shirt until mine comes!

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It was wonderful to be the RD today and work with all of the volunteer team.
Thank you all!

Especial thanks to Nina for mentoring me in the RD role, Leena who ran the course with me last night (to check everything was ok) and Cristian who processed the results so I could catch the earlier coach home this week.

Today it was especially nice to:

-welcome some parkrunners who had signed up for parkrun way back in 2009, ran in Cardiff (Wales) and now did their second park run ten years later in cold but sunny Tampere! Hope you don’t wait another ten years to run parkrun again!

-cheer the walkers across the finish. hurrah! This group are amongst our most faithful participants: walking the course (whatever the weather) and often volunteering too. The seven last people to cross the line today all have either have the right to wear the red 50 t-shirt, or the 25-volunteer t-shirt and Elvira has both! You are the real stalwarts (tähdet) of Tampere parkrun

-see my RD mentor (Nina) pushed to the limit by her 6 year old son, Kevin, who crossed the line in an amazing 30:45 PB at his third ever adult event! Huge congrats to you Kevin. Congrstulations too to the other two juniors who ran today - a shout out for young Oskar who was spurred on to get a PB too (31:18) . (Just think I once offered to run with the youngsters. I now rescind that offer ...they are way too fast for me!)
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Tampere parkrun Results Page.

Remember parkrun is free and for everyone. Invite your family and friends to join in the fun. They can walk, jog, interval run, run the 5k course, and we would also be happy to have their -and your- help as volunteers.

Next week is Tampere parkrun’s SECOND BIRTHDAY. We meet at the same time (9:30am) and same place (near the bridge). Please remember to bring your parkrun barcode with you!

Lorna, from Turku (one day we will have a parkrun of our own!)

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September 29th 2019Tampere parkrun #102

Facts and Figures:
Tampere’s #102nd parkrun
Participants today: 67 (thanks for joining us to walk and run)
Volunteers today: 7 (thank you all!)
(plus those behind the scenes who help run Tampere parkrun happen week after week!)
First timers today: 9 (all of whom were new to Parkrun! Fantastic you joined us! Come back soon!)
Parkrun tourists (First time at Tampere): 0
Junior runners today (under 10 years old): 2
Dogs: 0 :(  - remember dogs with well-behaved owners (on a short leash) are very welcome!
PBs: 8 with a special shout out to Maija-Liisa Ström, who at 80plus is an example to us all!
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You can find the full results here

Tampere parkrun never disappoints and it’s always a joy to be here! What wonderful weather we had today. No ice, blue skies, glorious sunshine, and not too hot. Perfect for running.
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This week is Tampere’s 240th birthday so there was a lot happening this weekend. The annual fish market meant we couldn’t meet in our regular parkrun cafe ... so we went to Ciao in the Ratina shopping centre instead.
The run went really well today and in spite of a slight technical hitch our lovely Run Director today, Johanna, processed the results calmly and smoothly! Phew!
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A reminder that every parkrun depends on people volunteering to help. You can sign up at the run or afterwards by email here (tamperehelpers@parkrun.com)
Each week we need at least two timekeepers, someone to give out tokens, an RD and someone to scan the tokens and ideally a marshal at the U-turn. Doing one of these tasks every now and then makes sure the parkrun happens but also gives you a chance to get to know other parkrunners a bit better too.
It is also possible to volunteer AND run. Help is also needed to set up and pack down the equipment, process the results, sort the tokens, take photos, write the report (any language) etc.
Hope to see you next week
Same place, same time.
Lorna,
(written on the coach back to Turku (one day we will have a parkrun of our own! ) BTW Today was my 40th parkrun and my 3rd faster time in Tampere so I was very satisfied!)

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