Most weeks, at around 8.15, I arrive in Hagaparken and start setting up the signs around the course. And I have a confession to make, I rather enjoy it! As we’re a 2-lap event, it’s just over 2.5km to walk, and for me, it’s some time to myself to enjoy being out in nature and enjoy the scenery of the stunning park that we have the privilege of using every week.
There’s many aspects of parkrun that make it so much more than just being ‘another running race’, and many of these you might not immediately think about, such as the highlighting the importance of volunteering, or being a meeting place for people to come together, share stories and make friendships. And another is that we are outside, in the natural environment, enjoying the parks and other locations where events are held. We hope that parkrun plays a part in helping people to discover places that maybe they had not known about before, or just to allow them to appreciate them spending some time exercising in the fresh air, rather than inside in a gym.
I’ve really enjoyed seeing Hagaparken change with the seasons,. As a largely broadleaf forest, there’s enormous changes according to the seasons, and they give the park a wholly different character according to the time of year. From our start in the autumn, with the leaves thick on the ground; through the deep winter, with snow lining the route; to the spring, where the greenery has just exploded into life. And now we await the summer months, the warm stillness of a Swedish morning in July, and another chance to appreciate the many faces of the park as we go through the year.
Happy parkrunning everyone!
Fick frågan flera gånger, svaret var alltid det samma. Inte lördagsmorgon kl 09.30, det är för tidigt, jag springer dessutom hellre själv, eftersom jag springer så sakta. Jag har någon form av hatkärlek till att springa, undrar varje gång varför jag utsätter mig för det, varför ut och springa när man kan låta bli?…
This week saw the first snowfall across the southern half of Sweden – a good time to remind everyone what the plans are for parkrun in the winter. As I remember writing one year ago, we are often asked here in the Nordics ‘will you run all-year-round?’. The answer is that if possible, yes, we…