News - 26th August 2021

parkrun celebrates anniversaries in Sweden and Norway

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The last week of August brings with it two anniversaries – 5 years since the start of parkrun in Sweden with Haga parkrun and in Norway we celebrate the return of Tøyen parkrun in Oslo, coming perfectly in time for the 4th birthday of this event.
3rd birthday
A lot has happened since the last birthday celebration for Haga parkrun. It seems like another time altogether that we welcomed 140 people to our 3rd birthday in the park, with cakes, balloons and lots of parkrun smiles!
It’s clearly been a very difficult year, with all parkrun events in the region being closed for over 15 months. However the good news is that since the return of parkrun in Sweden in August, the numbers of participants has been strong, and very much in line with the numbers of people taking part prior to the pandemic.
We’re therefore hopeful that we will have a good turnout in Haga parkrun again on Saturday, bringing together our parkrun community in celebration of what we have created together.
Toyen test
It is a very welcome return for the much missed Tøyen parkrun! With significant restrictions having been in place for much of the past year and more, it took some time before we were in a position to be able to relaunch the event.
But now we are here! With the rebuilding of Tøyenbadet taking place in the park, some alterations to the course have had to be made, making the route now a 4-lap course around the park.
The team organised a successful test event in the park last Saturday and we await the return of parkrunners to the place where parkrun Norway began in August 2017!
Uppsala parkrun
We also welcome back Uppsala parkrun to action again this Saturday! This will bring the number of open events in the Nordics back up to 22, and we hope to see over 1000 people taking part in our events again this weekend.
It is so important to be back for the physical and mental health of all our communities, and we thank everyone for their help in following the parkrun COVID-19 Framework and supporting our events whether as a participant or a volunteer.

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