We pick up the tour again on Monday 28th May, day 5 of the trip……
You can read part one here if you missed.
After a late night walk round the beautiful harbour area of Helsinki while it was still light at 11pm, it was up early for a breakfast meeting with Karlina and Robson who are working to start a new parkrun in the city.
Karlina and Robson were super enthusiastic about bringing a parkrun to the capital and hope to have some positive news very soon.
The group then dashed over to the nearby railway station for a two hour trip on the top of a double-decker train up to Tampere, giving a wonderful glimpse of the countryside that Finland has to offer.
We were met at the station, both parties being easily identified in the striking apricot tops. We were greeted by Ulla and Johanna. We were grateful to drop off our luggage at Ulla’s office and headed out to the parkrun course.
Tampere parkrun is the most northerly parkrun in the world, but even though we are still in May, the current heatwave meant it was over 25 degrees and glorious sunshine along a beautiful lake course right in the middle of what is Finland’s third largest city.
We had planned to meet some of the regulars but were early so we planted the parkrun flag at the start of the course and left Ulla’s daughter in place as some of us ran and walked. It was an out and back and as we headed back to the start we were greeted with a procession of people that ran out to meet us. By the time we were back, we had a sizeable group that had taken their lunch breaks to come and see us.
A local reporter and photographer arrived and proceeded to take many pictures and interview Paul.
We enjoyed a fantastic lunch with delicious coffee and excitable parkrun talk as most of the group crammed into a small room at their usual cafe. The volunteers here were extremely enthusiastic and proud of the first Finnish parkrun and looking forward to helping many more start there.
We were presented with Moomin gifts from the local Moomin Art Museum and headed back to the station for our return train and flights back home. It’s been a great trip and leaves us all with so many wonderful memories from all the parkruns we have visited across the Nordics.
Things are looking positive for parkrun here in the north!
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