Tampere parkrun #176 – 5th Birthday Celebration 8.10.22

parkrun Finland turned 5 on October 8th and because Tampere parkrun was the inaugural parkrun - and sole parkrun for the first year* - we got to celebrate big time as there were some delicious milestones to celebrate (as well as delicious cake (sponsored by our very own ED, Johanna, (Navigatori) and coffee etc sponsored by Tampere parkrun co-founder Ulla (Outloud)). 311438418_3311468089069136_3968011431663802263_n Thank you so much.

Unsung heroes - now sung! Olli, who reached the marvellous milestone of having volunteered 100 times.

Thank you so much!

Nina, 100th parkrun

Thanks for all you do for parkrun and for training me up to be an RD! Lara, aged 9, not only her 25th parkrun but she managed to ace a PB for the course in a time I could only dream of (31:35!)

Congratulations to you all!First Timers and PBs Congrats also to Jari who also ran a PB yesterday. Really encouraging too was that we had two new (local) first timers one of whom ran a parkrun for the very first time. I hope you enjoyed it and we see you again! And it was lovely to have a parkrun tourist from Liverpool, England too. 311432859_3311468272402451_7837136646659778414_n It was a joy to RD at the event and I had the extra pleasure of giving out buffs (Thank you Tampere city) to those who have volunteered over the years. Without your help we couldn’t put on parkrun week after week.

If you’d like to volunteer your help next week (or a future week) we need ~ timekeepers and scanners (you use your own phone and it’s easy to do!), someone to hand out finish tokens. the RD is always at hand to show you what to do.

Each week we also need tail walker(s) and there’s a brand new light blue vest for two parkwalkers to encourage walkers to the event … because parkrun really is for everyone.

This week is was a huge huge JOY to me to welcome Maija-Liisa Ström back to parkrun! Maija was our oldest participant yesterday (in the 85-89 year old category) and this was the 93rd time she’s walked the course which is just brilliant (shes also volunteered more than 25 times too) 311438259_3311469465735665_2470262268998149959_n Well done Maija! It was lovely to see you wear the blue vest and the tail walkers told me that they loved chatting with you as you all walked the course.

Our other official parkwalker yesterday was Nicole, who also celebrated her own birthday. A nice serendipity was that the number on her finishing token matched her new age. Cool!So that’s it for another week.


Such a pity the weather was wet and blustery but you can’t have everything! See you next week - same time, same place.

Lorna from Turku,

One day we will have a parkrun of our own!


Tampere parkrun #170 – 27.7.2020

Fabulous, Fun, (super) Friendly and Free : Tampere parkrun #170

My head was a bit in the clouds today and I forgot to invite participants to the post run coffee - today in blazing sunshine at the outside cafe by the harbour. A few of us regulars made our way there after the event but sincere apologies to tourists and first timers - I’ll try better next time but take my word for it the coffee and homemade donuts were really delicious!


Today’s parkrun saw a very fast sprint finish battle* as well as a very leisurely stroll across the line by the parkrun walkers - a great reminder of how parkrun really is for everyone.

Our ED (event director) put out the u turn sign and cone before the start and so was able to participate in the event itself today- volunteering to assist pushing Jansku so his mum could run solo for a change … and someone else also volunteered last minute to run with a visually-impaired participant. That’s the spirit of Tampere parkrun and I love it!



I worked with three new volunteers (and a couple of veteran volunteers too) today which was a JOY … Everything went very well with the timing, token distribution and scanning (thanks also to parkrun stalwarts, Cristian and Leena, who helped instruct them and also install the app etc.) Great team work!,


Really HUGE THANKS to two early finishers, the quick- thinking parkrun tourists Rob and Gemma (here on holiday), who, with me, helped to guide participants around a very impromptu detour near the finish line MID-event (a huge truck with crane unexpectedpedly arrived to load huge concrete slabs left over from last week’s music festival). Everything worked fine but I must say the workman did looks bit sheepish!

You can check the full results here latest results
- but at a quick glance there were ten first timers and six PBs today (including Kim who was our fast first finisher today) which is just fabulous.

parkrun is held every Saturday at 9:30am in Finland.

We are always looking for volunteers especially people to act as timekeepers, distribute the tokens or scan. If you can help in the next few weeks please do let us know. We would really appreciate your help.

You can see an event's future volunteer roster via their specific future roster page. To get in touch with the event directly, just send an email to tampere@parkrun.com Or leave a message on fb!


Tampere parkrun event #164 July 16th 2022

Tampere parkrun event #164 July 16th 2022

It was a real privilege to be the RD today at Tampere parkrun, and work alongside the best team ever! Special thanks to Heather who not only looked after the RD kit last week but also came into the city yesterday and provided a picnic in the park when she handed over the key to me. You are a STAR!

We had the perfect number of participants today - 37.

(We are still missing parkrun token 38 (and two others) - if you find it in your pocket or bag do please hand /post it in) … but having 37 today meant I didn’t need to do any adjusting when processing the results -yay!)

Today I got to be the pre-event course checker and combined that with putting out the u turn cone and sign by bike . I got soaked but luckily the rain eased for much of the parkrun itself though most of us volunteers had umbrellas too.
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There were several first timers today (7) a couple for whom this was their first parkrun ever. I hope you enjoyed it and will come back and run with us again.

Always encouraging are the second time returnees. It’s the first opportunity to improve one’s time as Anna Leppänen and Henri Kipinä did today. Well done! Congratulations to the others who got PBs today too (9 in total)
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We meet again same time (9:30) and same place - a new RD and another team of wonderful volunteers.

It was great to volunteer today ~ we would be gladly have some new volunteers come forward to ensure we can put on parkrun over the next few weeks.

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So … If you can help volunteer next week or another Saturday in July or August please get in touch … we really need YOUR HELP

Drop us a message on FB or send an email to tampere@parkrun.com


Lorna from Turku

One day we will have a parkrun of our own, but for now I’m glad to call Tampere parkrun ‘home’ and to travel up as often as I can.

A huge thank you to the wonderful Tampere parkrunners who’ve hosted me on Friday nights so that I can come up by public transport and participate as often as I have done. You are very much appreciated!
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Tampere parkrun event #163

Tampere parkrun event #163


Three (3) of today’s parkrun tokens are AWOL ~ all from participants who didn’t scan their personal barcodes today. We really need the tokens for next week’s parkrun. Accidents happen - but if it was you If it was you who mistakenly ran off with your token please contact us via email or on fb so we can arrange to get it back. Thank you!

A huge THANK YOU to the volunteer team for making today’s event possible - the RD, timekeepers, scanners and token distributer in particular. They gave up their run so the rest of us could compete today, for which we are all especially grateful. Thanks too to the other volunteers - tail walker, token sorters, first timer briefers, route checker, people who helped set up and pack down and report writers.

If you’d like to volunteer for a future week please contact us on fb or by email … the more people volunteer in a year the better as this gives more parkrunners the chance to run or walk the course more often.

Today was THE BIGGEST TURNOUT at Tampere parkrun since Covid struck -wow! ~ and it was truly marvellous to be one of the 105 participants walking or running the beautiful course today.

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The weather was lovely ~ warm and sunny but not too hot and we were so happy that so many parkrunners from around the globe (U.K. mostly, but also Germany and Australia) - here in Tampere for the masters athletics championships 2022) swelled our numbers today. It was a JOY to meet so many of you!

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WARM CONGRATULATIONS to David PROFFITT from Newport parkrun ( U.K.) who hit the huge milestone of 250 parkruns today and also to WILL PITT, Tampere’s very own SINI ASTREN and our (adopted) CRAIG CARLSON all three of whom earned their 25 runs stripes today. Don’t forget to order your well-deserved milestone shirt and wear it with pride!

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A shout out to our newest 4 legged friend TARA who ran with us for the first time. Also to our young juniors SAMI and NORA both of who got PBs this week as did thirteen others. WELL DONE EVERYONE.

Thank you Jenny for sharing photos of the British contingent and well done on completing your second ever parkrun. If I’ve counted right there were SEVEN (7) people who participated in parkrun for the very first time (thank you for joining us, we really hope you liked it and will come back to run with us again) as well as a whole host of parkrun tourists who ran Tampere parkrun for the first time (and several visitors who ran with us for the second week in a row which is just brilliant)

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Tampere parkrun is at 9:30 am again next Saturday

Hope to see you then (when I will be RD)

Lorna from Turku, Finland
9.7.2022 parkrun


Tampere parkrun #149 – 12.2.2022

Tampere parkrun #149

Thanks to every volunteer and participant for making today’s parkrun in sunny Tampere such a success. The winter weather could not have been better and as every the camaraderie between parkrunners was absolutely wonderful.


If you haven’t been to Tampere parkrun I really hope you would get to join us sometime. It’s the most beautiful ‘there and back’ 5k course, with the well-marked path hugging the shore line of Pyhäjärvi Lake. Everything looked exceptionally beautiful today and running conditions were fantastic … but if you ask me, it’s always lovely.

Today there were 29 participants, 4 of whom got a PB (personal best) : Leo, Sami. Nora and Tapio. Well done everyone, and especial congratulations to Sami, one of our Junior parkrunners, who completed his 10th parkrun.

There were 3 first timers today and really very encouraging is that several ’newbies’ have become returnees completing their third or fourth parkrun in Tampere!

Two dogs also joined us today. Woof woof!

We meet again next NEXT SATURDAY - same time, same place and next week is special in that it will be Tampere parkrun’s 150th event. yippee!

It would be great to get a very colourful group photo at the start! So, if possible wear something (eg woolly hat) in parkrun colours (purple, orange or green) to celebrate this fabulous milestone. And why not celebrate a (belated) Friends’ Day by bringing a friend along too?

If you’d like to volunteer next week we particularly need someone to give out the tokens, and others to scan and take times, please email us at tampere@parkrun.com (You can also sign up to volunteer at future events in advance!)


See you next Saturday

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

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