Today was Tampere’s 110th parkrun and my last (well, in the 55-59 age category!) Next week (God willing!) I turn SIXTY and because I will be running in Helsinki (Tokoinranta) next Saturday we celebrated my birthday at my home parkrun here in Tampere with cake today!
Sanna’s salad bar and cafe is such a lovely place to hang out after the parkrun. I almost always indulge in a warm salmon sandwich and today I also had fun handing out a sliver of walnut and coffee cake to everyone.
We were 1 person shy of 50 participating today and the weather was perfect for running at this time of year. It was dry, there was no frost or ice and while Finland is, of course, really rather light deprived at this time of year, what light we did have was really nice and the grass still looks lush and green! I loved running today ... but I’m mindful that it won’t be long before the snow is here though, and I at least will be dusting off my spikes!
Today Tampere parkrun welcomed 6 first timers (so lovely to have you join us ... I really hope to see you all again soon!) and 7 participants recorded a new PB (yours truly was NOT one of them, though today a parkrun friend ran the course with me the whole way, which felt really special. Thank you Heather!)
Especially lovely for me too was that there were two visitors from my home town of Turku ... I’m really hopeful that one day we will have a parkrun of our own and I know every little spark of interest will help fuel the parkrun flame. Keep spreading the word everyone - parkrun is fun, it’s free and it really is for everyone!
My thanks as ever to the fabulous team of volunteers who made Tampere parkrun possible this week
Nina HAIKONEN, Jyri HÄNNINEN, Leena HEINO, Tero MÄKINEN, Antti STENHÄLL, Olli STRÖM
Remember without the volunteers there is no parkrun. If you would like to help (take times, hand out tokens, scan tokens, write the report (any language!) etc etc it would be great. We can show you what to do if you haven’t volunteered in a particular role before. Please contact us via the Facebook page or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks again to EVERYONE for making today’s parkrun such a special one for me!