I am a mother of two boys living close to Østensjøvannet. I’ve run parkrun in Melbourne, Australia when I lived there and at different locations across Australia when I needed a change of scenery or when travelling. I love this option for parkrun participants, and this is the main reason I want I start parkrun in Østensjø. Also, I feel a strong sense of community in Østensjø and I feel that parkrun can further strengthen this.
Østensjøvannet is an amazing place to hold parkrun events. The water and nature allow for a tranquil running experience together with many other active people. The path around Østensjøvannet is often used by walkers and runners and parkrun can provide the opportunity to unite likeminded people in a social setting during the event and afterwards.
The start is planned at the north end of the lake, with the meeting point just across the road from Østensjø skole. It’s going to be an ‘out and back’ course, running down to the southern end of the lake before returning the same way. For those who know the area, this means that the rather intimidating hill on the west side of the lake will be avoided, and therefore make the course more welcoming to new beginners and those pushing prams or wheelchair athletes. Afterwards we will go for the all-important post-parkrun coffee in the ‘Piece of Cake’ café in Oppsal Senter, just a short walk away from the finish.
We aim to be starting Østensjø parkrun in the spring of 2020. Right now we’re looking for more people who want to get involved in the planning and the promotion of the event and get us off to a flying start. We’ve set up a Facebook page which you can ‘like’ to follow progress on our plans and also get in touch with us.
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