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:
and in snowy conditions:
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!
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…
Lördagen den 29:e september är inte vilken parkrun-lördag som helst i Örebro. Vi har fått den stora äran att tillsammans med P4 Örebro Sveriges Radio hålla i ett evenemang som ger oss chansen till att bidra till något fantastiskt – springa in pengar för Världens Barn! Världens Barn är en riksinsamling i samarbete med…