Jakob Hedén had never been a runner and taking part in races wasn’t anything he had contemplated. Now he arranges his weekends around Malmö Ribersborg parkrun and has recently completed his first half-marathon in Berlin. Here Jakob tells us about how things have changed over the past year:
“My wife Natalija started running parkrun last year in April and was so amazed by it that I decided to join to see if that might be something for me. I have a background in fitness/cross-fit and as I am quite heavy I always suffered a bit when running.
As I truly appreciated the spirit and camaraderie within the Malmö parkrun community as well as the amazing service with timing and arrangement I quickly found myself wanting to join every Saturday to see how and if I could improve my time and stamina.
It went from that to me and my wife started to plan our weekends with the parkrun as a base, never wanting to miss a run with all the friendly people.
As I started to get faster I also decided to join my wife in running half marathons and I finished my first one in Berlin in the beginning of April and had such an amazing time. Within a year I have, thanks to you, managed to become quite fast, lost 8 kilos and developed a true passion for running.
My biggest thanks to Katherine and Phil for arranging and keeping the parkrun Malmö community going forward. We are so thankful that you and Phil have started this parkrun and that, no matter if there’s wind or snow, you arrange and support this event every week. It makes our weekends feel so much nicer and as I have mentioned before we plan all our activities around this.”
Malmö Ribersborg parkrun
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