Tampere parkrun #124 Leap Day parkrun 29.2.20

Leap day parkrun at Tampere parkrun

29th February 2020

Tampere’s 124th parkrun

What a difference a week makes! Last week I was RD in cold, grey, wet, blustery conditions ... today the temperature in Tampere was at least ten degrees colder but the sun was shining and it was truly a JOY to participate today! Thank you for Tuire for giving out the starting speech.


We had a lot to celebrate today, not only was the sun shining, the lake shimmering and everything sparkling in the frosty sunshine ....today was also a unique opportunity to run on a leap day (the next time is in 28 years ...and I’ll probably be cheering people on from the volunteer line at the ripe old age of 88!) and we also got to celebrate ELVIRA’s 100th parkrun, all of which have been done here in Tampere!


Fabulous attendance Elvira .... and thanks for all the volunteering you do too week after week arriving early and helping whoever is the RD set up the parkrun. YOU ARE A STAR PARKRUNNER!

Congratulations too to everyone who achieved a PB today .... there were eight of you, including Tuire (who overtook me at the u-turn and flew along the return leg today!) She was aided by the wonderful Oskari and our fabulous junior parkrunner Eleanora who zoomed round with Jansku ....fabulous team effort!

... and it was a JOY to see the youngster skipping along at one point (as well as sliding happily on an icy patch on the verge) as I tried my best to keep up with them (I failed, and got across the line almost two minutes after them but still a personal best this year in Tampere for me ...so I was happy!

Thanks as ever to the wonderful volunteer team who made today’s parkrun possible, especially Suvi who led us in a fabulous, fun warm up prior to the run.


There were ten first timers today- yippee! - hope you all enjoyed participating today. Hope to see you again soon!

We meet again next Saturday - same time (9:20 for the briefing) and same place (under the bridge). It’s international women’s day and there’s no better way to celebrate than inviting your friends to join us next week and cheering every participant (male and female) across the line.


If you would like to help volunteer next week please drop us an email or message on Facebook. Without volunteers there is no parkrun, but with YOUR help from time to time we can help others participate, improve their fitness and have fun. Post parkrun coffee at Sanna’s cafe is always fabulous and today parkrunner Leena sat outside in the sun! Wow!


Lyhyesti suomeksi:

Kiitos kaikille osallistujille. Karkauspäivän parkrun oli upean aurinkoinen. Paikalla oli jopa 10 ensikertalaista, hienoa! Tervetuloa uudestaan. Omia ennätyksiä tuli useammalle, onnea kaikille! Kiitos Tuirelle alkupuheen pitämisestä ja Suville alkulämmittelyn vetämisestä. Onnea Elviiralle pääsystä 100 -parkrun klubiin. WOW! Tulevana lauantaina on kansainvälinen naistenpäivä ja sen kunniaksi halukkaat voivat pukeutua violettiin. Nähdään silloin!