My first parkrun was in Brisbane in 2012. My twins were about 7 months old and I was trying to get fit again to save my sanity! I was immediately welcomed by the people there and it became a routine Saturday morning, often with my husband running with the kids. Finishing off with coffee and ‘fika’ at the market afterwards made for a very pleasant Saturday morning. It was such a great thing to do at a challenging time with young kids.
A few years down the track and I had started doing triathlons so my Saturday mornings were for long rides and my parkruns were few and far between. Fast forward 6 years or so and we arrived in Sweden to live for a while.
I put a note on the triathlon club’s Facebook site and Matt (Event Director at Örebro parkrun) was one of the first people to contact me. I was very happy to find that there was a local parkrun and it has become a regular part of my life here.
Through parkrun and cycling I was quickly welcomed into the local community and got to know both locals and expats. I have looked forward to my Saturday mornings ….running in sunshine, rain, ice and snow and in temperatures I would have never imagined venturing outside in previously.
The fika at Naturens Hus after never disappoints and my expert opinion is that they have the best kanelbullar in Örebro (and hot chocolate) ….but of course it is all about the running……
I have also volunteered a few times which is an even better way to get to know people. Sometimes a little chilly in winter but nothing some good clothes and a piece of cardboard to stand on won’t fix!
I have completed my 50th parkrun here and participated in the great Christmas edition. I will be very sorry to do my last Örebro parkrun this Saturday before we return to the hot and steamy climate at home in Brisbane, Australia. I will miss all the people who have made me feel like I belong here ….not an easy thing when you are new and don’t speak the language! parkrun truly is a global community.
I am sure we will be back at least for holidays if not for longer but in the meantime a big thank you to everyone!
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