The sun was out and the biscuits were ready for the first ever parkrun in Norway held in Tøyenparken on the 26th of August. Norway is the 15th country in the world to join the parkrun family. Participants were reminded that their speed was not what mattered, but rather it was the size of their smiles that were important! This seemed to resonate with everyone (despite some hills) with smiles and high fives coming from all angles at this inaugural event in the land of the trolls. The strength of the high fives was at times almost too enthusiastic..!
At this event we welcomed parkrunners from the UK, Australia, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands and Canada as well as many many from Norway. In total 132 people ran, jogged and walked the course. There were representatives of 15 different clubs who took part. In total participants covered a distance of 660km.
The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:
Daz HARDING • Miriam JARRETT • Sharon BOWMAN • Laura BAKKER • Runar SAETHER • Stephanie JONES • Henrik BRAUNE • Kennneth ANTONSEN • Aasmund BIE • Sarah WINKER • Heming LEIRA
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Tøyen parkrun Results Page.
The course record was set by a rather remarkable 12 year old who was visiting from the UK called Oliver Craggs, coming first over the line in 18:19 which ensured our lead biker Henrik was kept out of breath throughout his volunteering duty!
In second was an unknown runner followed by Neil Dryland who came in third in 19:41 minutes.
The female course record was set by Anna Hjortaas who came in at 22:59 followed by Kjersti Lerkerød at 24:13 and in third place was Julie Thompson at 25:10.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Oliver CRAGGS (JM11-14) – 81.16% for the time 18:19 (first overall).
Borgny HJELEN (VW65-69) – 75.45% for the time 27:42 (60th overall).
Nils ØKSNEVAD (VM55-59) – 75.16% for the time 20:48 (8th overall).
A large number gathered in the Handwerk botaniske kafe in the botanical gardens afterwards. Here there was a dangerously good selection of baking wares. Roll mop herrings were not enforced upon any of the parkrunners on this occasion.
A big thank you to everyone for making it such a great day and a special thanks to Mark and Julie Thompson who were the parkrun ambassadors that came all the way from the UK to help us out.
We hope to see you next Saturday for kick off at the usual time of 0930! Everyone is welcome!