What was the first country outside of the UK to start up a parkrun? Whilst South Africa, Australia, Poland, Ireland, Russia and the US have plenty of parkruns, it was in fact Denmark where parkrun first arrived back in 2009. Thanks largely to the efforts of the founding Country Manager Jonathan Sydenham, parkrun quickly expanded in Denmark, and soon there were a number of parkruns spread around the country.
Things have never quite grown as large as in other some countries, but parkrun has an extremely loyal following from those who have now been running for many years. A quick look at the results show many ‘50’, ‘100’ and even some ‘250’ runners amongst the regular runners – dedication!
The parkruns here are known for their ‘minimalist’ approach, delivering parkrun each week simply and effectively. It’s not uncommon to find arrows of flour on the floor marking out the route instead of signs, and a row of cones marking out the finish. But they’re also known for being very friendly and welcoming to parkrun tourists, and proud of their parkrun history. With the oldest events reaching 10 years next year, there’s a lot to be proud of when you have successfully delivered over 450 events.
Copenhagen has three well attended events, Amager Faelled (pictured at the top of the article), Amager Strandpark and Faelledparken, all giving you a very different parkrun experience. Further afield you have Esbjerg and Braband parkrun (Aarhus), whilst Vejen and Nibe are small, intimate parkruns where you feel like being welcomed to a family. Here’s a link to all the Danish events if you are tempted!
With the upcoming launch of Malmö Ribersborg parkrun in April, we’re looking forward to furthering the links between parkrun in Sweden and Denmark and taking our turn to welcome our Danish parkrun friends to our new event.
Amager Fælled parkrun, the oldest parkrun outside of the UK, is looking forward to celebrating its 500th event next Saturday, 29th September. Starting in May 2009, when 20 runners attended the inaugural event, Amager Fælled boasts the incredible statistic that they have not missed a single event since this point in time. The course…
We were delighted that parkrun recently featured in the running magazine Spring, telling the story of parkrun from its beginnings in London 14 years ago and featuring interviews with the founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt and Nordics country manager Deri Thomas. Below you can read the full article online (in Swedish) enjoy! Spring is a subscription-only…