Last Saturday saw the launch of Örebro parkrun and what a fantastic success it was! We had 150 people registering for the parkrun before the event, with the usual rush in the 24 hours leading up to the first run, with almost 70 registrations on Friday alone.
Still, we weren’t sure how many people would turn up in week one, and so it was really exciting to see the flood of people making their way to the start as the clock approached 9:30.
97 runners, wow! The event feels like it really has the support of the local community (including local running clubs) and attracted a great spread of ages and abilities. Feedback for the course was really positive – no-one can complain about the hills at least as they are non-existent!
We had a wonderful sunny day on Saturday, and it was wonderful that the café, Naturens Hus, was open directly after the event to welcome the parkrunners. Probably half of all the people taking part sat outside at the tables afterwards soaking up the sunshine and enjoying a post-race fika with the other runners. Wonderful.
One thing we didn’t have though was any parkrun tourists! (Apologies to Wynand & Natasha, our South African friends, but we now count you as Haga parkrunners!) Örebro is a little bit trickier to get to than Haga parkrun on a weekend away, but we assure that any tourists planning on travelling here from further afield will not be disappointed!
So now we are a country with 2 parkruns! We look forward to welcoming more new parkruns into the family soon!
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