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.
unnamed 4

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)
unnamed 2

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.

unnamed 3

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!
unnamed (1)


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.

WhatsApp Image 2022-07-09 at 14.02.13

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!

WhatsApp Image 2022-07-09 at 14.02.27

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!

david parkrun

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)

image3 (1)

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!


Tampere Barkrun #146 – 22.1.2022

BARK RUN - it’s fun and it’s for everyone - woof woof!

Tampereparkrun #146image0

I got to participate in parkrun again this Saturday. I wasn’t the official tail walker (though there’s nothing wrong with my tail, it’s actually quite beautiful I think) but I was accompanied by my lovely friend and junior park runner (Lara, aged 8 3/4) and her mum. My owner was participating too, but she ran off with her friend at the start and we stayed at the back.

Today I got a bit confused as we turned around too early and then at the start/finish line they wanted me to turn round (no, no, no, no, no!) and do it all again. It turned out that the far end of the normal route was a bit too icy for those two legged runners, so the RD, Olli, had decided to do the shorter course (twice). He did mention this at the start -twice! - first in Finnish and then in English (for the tourists and first timers) but I was too busy looking to see which of my parkrun friends were there. I should pay better attention but luckily Lara and her mum kept me right.

I really like parkrun in Tampere as the whole route is by the big lake and today the weather was really nice … very cold, of course (it’s winter) and lots of snow, but sunny. The path was well gritted so not too icy, and none of the humans fell which is good!

I quite liked the running the short course twice as it meant I got to see everyone lots of times - and I was able to check how my owner Lorna was doing (not too badly!) and one of my favourite friends, Anna, was there too so I did skip over to greet her. There were no other dogs doing parkrun today (why not?) but I spied plenty others out their taking their humans for a walk. I wish they’d find out about parkrun as I am sure they’d like it as much as me ~ but it’s also nice being the only dog as everyone makes a fuss of me!

There wasn’t an official parkrun coffee today (people are doing their best not to catch covid, and all the volunteers wore masks today too) but my parkrun family did go to a cafe. Dogs aren’t allowed in … but they watched me through the window and I knew if I behaved well they’d give me a nice treat after … that went nicely according to plan too.


There were about 35 people participating (walking or running) the parkrun today and a lovely team of friendly volunteers, without them parkrun couldn’t happen. If you’d like to help next week (or a future week) please let us know (tampere@parkrun.com) or a leave a message on Facebook.

You can check the results here: https://www.parkrun.fi/tampere/results/146/

my owner laughingly said it was a seasonal best for (almost) everyone as this was the first parkrun of the year in Tampere (because of covid restrictions and ice)

Well done everyone ~ hope to see you all again soon.

Tinka aged 8 3/4


Tampere parkrun Uuden Vuoden tapahtuma peruttu – New Years day event cancelled

Ikävä kyllä Tampere parkrun ei järjestä Uuden Vuoden tapahtumaa paikallisten Covid määräysten takia.

Unfortunately due to local regulations regarding Covid situation the New Years day event is cancelled.


Tampere parkrun #146 – Pikkujoulut 18.12.2021

Wow - Lots of Christmas Elves and Santa at Tampere parkrun #145 We’d seen Santa (aka joulupukki) on the parkrun route yesterday (on a water jet on the lake!) checking if the parkrun elves were doing a good job of checking the route.


It was really lovely that Santa came back to cheer us all on today too - sweets for the ‘kiltti’ participants and of course the wonderful volunteers!


Congratulations this week to:

- Julia, first time as RD (you did brilliantly!)

- Jyri, who completed his 100th parkrun

- the five first timers (so glad you found us!)


Unsurprisingly there were no PBs today - winter running is slower, and while the course wasn’t too icy at all, caution is required. You can find all the results here:


Also of interest: An otter has been spotted near the parkrun route … I didn’t see it (laughingly I joked that I was running too fast, but the reality is I enjoyed a really pleasant slow jog today, but I will look out for him/her next time I’m here in Tampere!)

Until next time,

Lorna from Turku (one day we will have a parkrun of our own)


Tampere Parkrun is ON on Christmas Day (25.12.) and New Year’s Day (1.1.) unless COVID restrictions...  (normal time, normal place, post parkrun coffee will be at the petrol station, which opens at 10).

The roster is full for Christmas Day but we are still in need of volunteers for New Year’s Day. Please let us know if you can help - email tampere@parkrun.com or leave a message on Facebook

Note: there is no parkrun (anywhere in Finland) on Christmas Eve (24.12.) this year.


Tampere parkrun #142 – 27.11.2021

Perfect Winter Conditions for today’s parkrun in Tampere, Finland route We never take parkrun for granted here in Finland, especially in the winter.

Ironically, when it’s really, really cold (minus 15-20 C) and there’s compact snow, conditions underfoot are usually quite ok to run … it’s when the temperature hovers around 0 C (as it was midweek here) that the constant melting/ refreezing can make conditions like an ice-rink, and the Run Director must make the tough call to cancel because it’s just too risky!

The RD (Nina) and I did a pre-run check of the course late yesterday afternoon - as the sun was setting - and tbh I was really, really surprised that the conditions were so good … we were in agreement that we could make the decision NOT to cancel ~ and it turned out to be the right call! Yay! The temperature dropped still further in the night and when we set off at 9:30am it was jolly cold, around minus 10C - our first real winter parkrun in a long, long time (because of the pandemic) and perfect conditions underfoot!

Volunteering in these conditions is quite a challenge of course - so a huge thanks to everyone who stood on the start/ finish line and also the lovely marshal /photographer who cheered everyone on at the U turn. vol The challenge in volunteering in the winter is not only keeping warm enough (especially fingers when timing) but also keeping the phones working. Well done to the RD for keeping her nerve as even with extra power packs one of the timer’s and one of the scanner’s phones gave up the ghost!

Every week we are in need of volunteers to (at the absolute minimum) give out tokens, scan barcodes and take the times, and tbh sometimes we scrabble around getting a team together!Remember WITHOUT ENOUGH VOLUNTEERS THERE IS NO WAY WE CAN HAVE PARKRUN - so if YOU could give up your run occasionally so the event can go ahead we’d all be really grateful. Remember too: after 25 volunteering stints you get a lovely purple T-shirt!

You can sign up to volunteer here https://www.parkrun.fi/tampere/volunteer/

Huge CONGRATULATIONS today to Tuire and Jansku who made it over the line today in spite of Jansku’s wheelchair getting a puncture, which made the 5km a humongous effort for them. Well done for making it back! jansku Today there were 56 participants, 8 of whom were first timers and one PB, Kaj RÅSTEDT, who improved his time by 2.5 minutes! Well done!

It was also lovely that TAMPERE TOAST MASTERS joined us today.

You can find the results here https://www.parkrun.fi/tampere/results/latestresults/

As you can see, there were - sadly - quite a few participants who appear as UNKNOWN in the results, because they didn’t present their barcode.

Remember you MUST PRESENT YOUR BARCODE for your time to be registered to you. NO BARCODE = NO RESULT, Please bring a printed copy of your barcode with you (this has your ICE contact number on it - which we really hope we’d never have to use ….but still! …) or you can also show your barcode from your phone nowadays.

I had the joy of running with two friends today ~ we didn’t break any records because we stopped and took loads of photos. Tampere - especially the shoreline - was looking exceptionally beautiful this morning, with frost on the ground, and mist over the water which lifted as the sun rose. It’s parkrun mornings like this I feel most alive! I’m so thankful for parkrun - and especially grateful we didn’t need to cancel today.

We meet again same time, same place next week.

Lorna, your tireless run report writer, from Turku

(One day we will have a parkrun of our own!)


Tampere parkrun #139 – 6.11.2021

November sunshine ~ parkrun #139 6.11.2021

I love volunteering at parkrun - and today was an absolute joy to serve as RD because of the fabulous team of women (including two wonderful teens) at the start-finish line. (Thanks to those who served behind the scene, including juniors who sorted the tokens after the event, and also our tailwalker!)

We were so lucky with the weather today. After so many days of dark, wet weather the sun came out and lifted all our spirits. It was of course quite cold (3C) but this is Finland after all!

It was quite an international turn out with visitors from the U.K. and Denmark, as well as parkrun tourists from Tokoinranta (Helsinki). I love chatting with so many people before the start!!

Today one of our youngest parkrunners, Julius (six years old next week) ran the course for the very first time (he’s cycled with his mum and older brother many times before) - in under 40 minutes and best of all was his comment “mum, I want to run this everytime!”. How brilliant is that!

There were five PBs ~ well done everyone,; and a total 56 runners/joggers and walkers.

We meet again next Saturday, same time, same place … and as ever we would really appreciate it if you could volunteer send us an email tampere@parkrun.com or leave a message on facebook!

Lorna from Turku


Tampere parkrun #135 – 10.10.2021 – 4 vuotta!

We always have FUN at parkrun, but today was especially JOY-FULL as we got to celebrate Tampere parkrun’s 4 birthday. Yay!


A huge thanks to Outloud for sponsoring coffee and apple cake for parkrunners today at Sanna’s cafe … it was delicious and I really enjoyed lingering and chatting!

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!)

⇐ Newer Posts From Author