Nyheter - 28th June 2018
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parkrun at the World Cup in Russia!

paul in russia

At the time of writing, the Nordic countries that qualified for the World Cup are doing rather well, with both Denmark and Sweden qualifying from their groups and progressing to the last 16. Sweden’s last game was in the Russian city of Ekaterinburg, east of the Ural mountains and the most easterly venue being used at the World Cup. And guess what – it has a parkrun!
 
This was a golden opportunity for Paul Balsom, Performance Manager for the Swedish National Football Team, to take a break from the pressure of guiding Sweden’s progression in the World Cup, and meet up with the team behind Ekaterinburg parkrun. Paul is one of the people involved behind the scenes to get parkrun off the ground in Sweden, and when his busy schedule allows, can often be found at Haga parkrun on Saturday morning, either running or helping out as a volunteer. The Swedish squad weren’t in the city on a Saturday, so Paul didn’t get the chance to run, but the photo above shows the power of parkrun to bring people together from around the world in a shared celebration of our worldwide parkrun family.
 
Here’s also a couple of photos from the local event, in the summer:
 
Ekaterinburg 1
 
and in snowy conditions:
 
Ekaterinburg 2
 
Now Sweden, as winners of the group, proceed to St Petersburg for a game next Tuesday, and we await more photos – possible action shots this time! – from another Russian parkrun event!

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