We always have FUN at parkrun, but today was especially JOY-FULL as we got to celebrate Tampere parkrun’s 4 birthday. Yay!
It was a double celebration as Nicole from South Africa - new to Tampere parkrun - celebrated her birthday and I was so happy to have another English speaker to chat with!
Today we were encouraged to have parkrun tourists from Wales join us ~ and a really neat connection is that one of the co-founders of parkrun here in Finland is Ulla, whose first parkrun - way back when - was in Wales when she was visiting a friend.
Fortuitous for us all!
I hope that at some point in the future (when the pandemic is truly behind us) some of us could make a trip to Wales to run a parkrun there to celebrate and cement that connection more fully!
Today the weather was great ~ the autumn colours are still with us, and while the sun didn’t actually break through it was warm and dry, perfect for walking or running the 5 k.
Tampere was quite busy today as a half marathon and 10 k were happening later, and I love how these kind of events can not only coexist but support each other as two of today’s volunteers (Cristian, timekeeper and Cherry, barcode scanner) we’re running the half with a start time of 1pm.
Thanks too to all the other volunteers who made today’s parkrun possible. Together we make this happen, week after week after week and it’s great!
parkrun happens every Saturday morning in different countries around the globe, and here it the Nordics our start time is at 9:30am (so we never have to run in the dark!)
Today there were 61 participants, including the fabulous group of walkers who crossed the line with the tail walker! There were five people who participated at Tampere parkrun for the very first time, and six who got a PB (personal best) … well done all of you, and an especial shout out to one of our juniors, Oscar, who ran his fifth parkrun and shaved two minutes off his time. Wow!
Lorna, from Turku
(One day we will have a parkrun of our own!)