7th March 2020
Tampere’s 125th parkrun
Congratulations to everyone who joined us today to celebrate international Women’s Day. Many of us were wearing suffragette purple and it was particularly wonderful to see so many purple 25 volunteer t shirts because, as you know, without volunteers there would be no parkrun.
Today we were very happy to celebrate Jarmo’s 25th time of volunteering. Yay you will now get the coveted purple volunteer t shirt! Well done!
Volunteering, as Jarmo and others will testify, is a great way to get to know other parkrunners a bit better: core tasks are the Run Director (RD), 2 time keepers, a token giver, a scanner and a tail walker, but we also need help each week with setting up the parkrun, taking the u turn sign, packing up stuff, token sorting, result processing and writing the report. If you are able to help in any of these tasks next week or in the future please sign up. We’d really appreciate your help!
Congrats today to everyone who participated in today’s parkrun in sunny wintery Tampere, especially the five first timers. We hope you enjoyed your run with us today and really do hope to see you again soon!
It was lovely that today was Tampere marathon club’s parkrun Saturday ... which meant they incorporated the parkrun into their training. We love you joining us! Especial thanks to Suvi for the fabulous women’s day warm up! I really enjoyed it (even if I didn’t get a good time today I at least had a better and more enjoyable run because of it)
There are no winners or losers in parkrun but huge congratulations to today’s first finishers ... for the first time in ages (as far as I can remember) ... the first finishing male was pushed over the finishing line by a very fast female runner. WOW WOW WOW! Huge respect to you Nuppu for helping Vesa get a new PB (personal best) this morning and for finishing yourself in your second best parkrun time ever! Well done!
There were 6 other PBs today: Merly, Cristian, Katta, Javad, Kari and Sari. Well done! It’s always fantastic to see improvements and you can each give yourselves a well-deserved pat on the back at your achievement today!
The weather was perfect for winter running today and last night when I went out to do a pre course check I was also treated a bonus of the most spectacular winter scenes! I used spikes today (and yesterday) because they give me confidence in icy conditions but they weren’t really necessary and most people ran in normal running shoes.
My thanks as ever to the RD (this week Nina) for making sure everything went well. There were a few issues with the results today - and this was partly caused by people forgetting their barcodes. Please, please try to remember to bring them. Parkrun rules do specify “no barcode no results” and while we do try to accommodate you it does sometimes cause issues ... so do what you can to help us make parkrun run smoothly!
We meet next week at the same time and the same place.
See you then
Lorna from Turku