This past weekend Paul Freyne ran his 500th parkrun, a pretty impressive statistic on its own. But what is even more incredible is that of these 500 parkruns, Paul has visited 456 different events, a world record for parkrun! We were privileged that Paul chose a Swedish event to celebrate his big milestone, Örebro parkrun. Below he writes a few words to record his memories of the weekend:
“I first met Matt at the inaugural Skatås parkrun in August 2017 and was immediately impressed with his passion for parkrun and pride in is home parkrun in Örebro. I quickly liked the Örebro parkrun Facebook page and saw all of the fantastic photos of the beautiful course and felt a lot of positivity from the photos of the runners having such a great time.
In August 2018 I worked out that if I didn’t miss a parkrun and did extras on Christmas and New Years Day I would be able to do my 500th at Örebro on 2nd March 2019, as it seemed like a very memorable location for my special day. I booked the flights soon after and then at 8.45am on the said date I arrived and saw the beauty and positivity for myself. It was a cold day (by UK standards anyway) but the volunteers had arrived and the course was being set up in the same way as it would be on a hot summer’s day.
Soon we were running and I got to see the whole course for myself. It was definitely stunning and one I will remember for a very long time and one that I have already recommended to all of my UK based tourist friends.
Then afterwards it was into the Naturens Hus café for a post parkrun fika. I really enjoyed talking to the Örebro regulars and there was a real international flavour too, with Australian and South African parkrunners joining us too.
Örebro parkrun is one of the very very few parkruns that I have done that makes me feel envious of people that do the same parkrun every week. It was perfect and a perfect way for me to reach 500. Thank you Örebro parkrun.”
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