The west coast of Norway joins the parkrun family with the launch of an event based around Mosvatnet lake, in Stavanger. This will be the second Norwegian parkrun, following the success of the Tøyen parkrun in Oslo, launched in August of last year.
Steve Colgrave, at Bedgebury parkrun in the UK
Steve Colgrave, one of the core volunteers in Stavanger, tells us below what we can expect from the run and what the experience will be for people new to parkrun.
Stavanger from the air
It was obvious from the start that Mosvatnet would be a great choice for a parkrun. It was reasonably close to the city, but at the same time gives you the opportunity to take in some amazing scenery and surroundings, as well as having a great cafe at the swimming hall where people could go to before and after the run. The area is undergoing some transformation at the moment with the building of the tunnel, but this will enable many people to access the city more easily (and come to parkruns!). It just felt right for a parkrun.
The start and finish will be situated close to the swimming hall, where you can take in the pleasant surroundings. Whilst the majority of the course is reasonably flat, on a mix of gravel and trail, and will be great for runners who are concerned with PB’s, we were presented with the problem of having an extra kilometer to find, with a single run around the lake only taking around 4 kilometers. To solve that issue, as well as to have a small challenge, we decided to include the woodlands to the east of Mosvatnet along with a run up to and around Vålands tower, the highest point in the area – make sure you save some energy for this part! – it’s a wonderful view from the top!
The Stavanger team is headed up by local resident Richard Pinto, like myself from the UK, who has been the enthusiastic driving force behind the launch. We really look forward to being able to share the positive success story that is parkrun with Norwegians, the undisputed kings of the outdoors!
Richard Pinto, here at Huddinge parkrun in Sweden
After every parkrun we will convene for a post run coffee in Gamlingen café, so please come and find us, share your experience with us, or even go for an open air swim! We are always on the lookout for volunteers, so if your loved one comes every week, then why not join us and help out from time to time! We now have a Facebook page set up for the Stavanger parkrun, be sure to send the link to everyone you can to let them know that parkrun has arrived on the west coast of Norway!
Gamlingen swimming pool and café
We’re glad to say that all the Danish events were able to go ahead on Saturday, but an icy grip took hold in the rest of the Nordics, with only 5 events across the other three countries beating the freeze. This meant that we had just 13 events go ahead this past weekend, but…
Since 2011, my mother (Who now has 250+ runs) tried to persuade me to run parkrun with her, she knew I enjoyed running. Sadly I was working every Saturday morning, and was therefore unable to participate. However in 2014 I changed jobs and was able to try it out. Obviously I loved it……