I was happy this morning when I noticed that we got a sunny day for our parkrun. I had signed up for run reporting and I wanted to publish my own photos so a bit of sun makes the photos look nicer than the normal grey weather that we can have sometimes in November.
I thought that some photos from the course will show those of you who plan to come to Helsinki what it looks like.
Our route is very beautiful as we start at Tokoinranta and cross the railway bridge to come over to Töölönlahti Bay. As we run along the bay we pass the Finlandia Hall and the Opera House.
Before we come to the U-turn point we can see the amusement park Linnanmäki. At the U-turn we give our marshal a high five and run back the same way.
Today I took it easy with running as I stopped many times and took photos. A good thing with parkrun is that it does not matter if you run quickly or slowly, or if you prefer to walk. Parkrun is not a competition. I came first in my age group today even if I run very slowly, as there are not so many women in my age running here.
Another good thing with parkrun is that you get to know so many wonderful people. Today I ran a while together with different running friends and had a small chat at the same time.
Aspa is one of my running friends. She gave me permission to tell her story in this blog and publish the photo. In March 2020 Aspa was running her 100th parkrun. At this time Aspa was about four months pregnant and still fit to run. After that we had to close down our parkrun because of COVID restrictions. Today one and a half years later, and our fourth run after we reopened, Aspa is running with a buggy, and toddler Alex is really enjoying it!
Today we had 53 people that ran, jogged and walked with us, of whom 19 were first timers. We had running tourists from England, Scotland, Belfast, Sydney, Hong Kong and Poland.
Today’s event was made possible by 10 volunteers and here are some of them: Karlina, Bridie, John, Sanna, Tom and Darren.
You are welcome to give it a try if you have not been running with us yet. Afterwards we all gather for a cup of tea or coffee in La Torrefazione, Hakaniemi. Volunteering is also very rewarding and you get to meet all these wonderful people.