For those following us on social media, you may have seen the exciting news that our Finnish friends are going to be the next country to launch parkrun, with the first event taking place in Tampere on the 14th October.
The route starts and finishes just over the Laukonsilta bridge from Laukontori, a square by the harbourside, which is itself just a short walk from the city centre. The parkrun course is an ‘out and back’, 2.5km along the water’s edge towards the Botanical gardens, before heading back along the same route. This naturally means that the course will be completely flat, on a mix of asfalt and gravel paths.
Tampere will also hold the coveted title of being the world’s most northerly parkrun! Previously this has been held by parkrun Sosnovka in St Petersburg, Russia, which judging by this picture, lives up to its northerly reputation!
We hope that this will attract parkrun ‘tourists’ to come and pay the city a visit but of course the main effort will be to build up a base of dedicated locals to make the event a success!
Tampere is Finland’s second city (outside ‘Greater Helsinki’) and has a proud industrial past which has led to it being known (like Norrköping in Sweden) as the ‘Manchester of Finland’. Now the city is perhaps most famous for being the home of the Moomin museuem, but there’s also a whole lot more to do and see in the city. Check out Visit Tampere for everything that is going on in the city. Tampere parkrun also has the backing of ‘Active Tampere’ a city-led project to promote physical activity. The team there have been a great support in helping to bring parkrun to Tampere and promote it in the city.
What next for parkrun in Finland? Other expressions of interest have already come from Helsinki and from Oulu in northern Finland so the intention is to follow parkrun’s original guiding principle and help to create a parkrun event in every community that wishes to have one. If you know someone who might like to get involved, let us know!
It may still be cold, snowy and icy, but that didn’t dent the spirits of parkrunners around the Nordics last weekend. Here’s a few favourite photos from Sweden, Finland and Norway: Tom O’Gordon and Sara Alexopoulou at Haga parkrun Paul Cowling and Sofia Dahlgren also at Haga parkrun Chariots and shorts …
Webbsidan för Malmö Ribersborg parkrun är nu ’live’, så du kan nu registrera dig till parkrun med Malmö Ribersborg som din hemma parkrun. Du kan också gå in och kolla på banan här. Här är också den tidigare artikeln om det nya eventet, och ’Event Directors’ Phil och Katherine, drivkraften bakom Malmö Ribersborg…