Hasenenheide parkrun #97 – The Halloween parkrun, two times is tradition!

Halloween only came to Germany about 25 years ago, but is now a firm tradition. Our younger generation gets dressed up as spooky creatures and tries to loot our candy collection: “Süßes oder Saures!”

Some traditions are established a lot faster. At Hasenheide we’re close to one hundred parkruns in nearly two years and for many local runners, it’s the traditional way to start the weekend. The 97th event just generated another tradition, by being the second Hasenheide Halloween parkrun!

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A massive 162 runners were not afraid to take on the reverse course around the park. Now that was something that spooked the first time Run-Director Wizard a little, but not enough to keep him from sending the oddly dressed running pack eastwards. The inverted route meant, that the brave parkrunners faced the little Hill from Hell right at the start of the first round. And if that wasn’t enough to raise the heart rate, our local T-Rex was ready to scare the runners up the hill!

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Fortunately, all runners came through unharmed, some 27 participants even with a personal best! Thanks go out to our dedicated volunteers for making this Halloween run a success: Andy, Hila , Francesca , Yoni, Maximlian, Maralena, Nisa , Susan, Achim, Lukas, Ivo, Rebekka, Fabian and Aleks!


We congratulate the 10 parkrunners, who came to Hasenheide for their first parkrun! We hope to see you again soon. We also salute Fred Jones and Brett Jones for reaching the 50-Club and 100-Club, respectively!

Rumour has it, that one species of T-Rex will attempt to break the reverse Hasenheide Halloween Course next year. If you can’t wait that long, Saturday 2nd November at 09:00 will be the next Hasenheide parkrun. Or sign-up as a volunteer at any of the upcoming events at hasenheide@parkrun.com. Your support is greatly appreciated!


Hasenheide parkrun # 96 – Der Herbst, der Herbst, der Herbst ist da

Es ist endgültig Herbst geworden in der Hasenheide. Die Blätter werden bunt, die Eichhörnchen legen Vorräte an und immer noch hält unsere Serie mit über 100 Teilnehmenden an, jetzt schon seit genau sechs Monaten.


108 Menschen aus Berlin und aller Welt trafen sich zum Laufen, Walken und Gehen. 14 von ihnen erzielten eine neue persönliche Bestzeit, herzlichen Glückwunsch! Ein besonderer Glückwunsch geht an Julien Hartley, der seinen 50. parkrun mit uns lief!

16 Teilnehmende waren zum allerersten Mal bei einem parkrun dabei. Wir hoffen, es hat euch gefallen und ihr kommt bald wieder.

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Carsten hat tolle Fotos auf der Strecke gemacht. Es war sehr schwer, nur ein paar auszuwählen. Man sieht richtig, wieviel Spaß alle hatten. Noch viel mehr davon findet ihr unter https://photos.app.goo.gl/WMUYS4FJFm8emabA6

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Wir freuen uns sehr, dass parkrun Deutschland wächst und begrüßen unsere neuen parkrun-Nachbarn in Halle-Ziegelwiese. Für Freunde des parkrun-Alphabets ist das die ideale Gelegenheit, ein Z zu ergattern.

Wie immer, vielen Dank an das wunderbare Team! Möglich gemacht wurde dieser parkrun von Achim, Andy, Carsten, Christian, Grit, Jack, Jessica, Lutz, Pauline und Sonja! Dankeschön, ihr wart toll.


Wer gerne einmal in einem lustigen oder gruseligen Kostüm laufen möchte, hat dazu nächste Woche die perfekte Gelegenheit bei unserem Halloween parkrun. Als besonderes Highlight laufen wir dabei unsere gewohnte Strecke andersherum.

Für die nächsten Samstage brauchen wir noch Helfer. Wer auch einmal Zielmarken ausgeben, Barcodes scannen oder als Streckenposten aufpassen will, dass kein Läufer verlorengeht – meldet euch bitte unter hasenheide@parkrun.com

Bis bald,


Hasenheide parkrun #94 – Autumn, puddles and a birthday run

Being an Autumn baby means that you always need to be prepared for any kind of weather on the day of your party and so it was that for it’s 15th Birthday, parkrun had to celebrate with a cold and wet day at Hasenheide’s 94thrun.

It was my first time as a Run Director for parkrun and even after hearing the briefing being done hundreds of times over 6 years in 3 different languages, I was nervous and excited about my MC like role up on the stage… I mean bench. Having written down my version on little cue cards, I had practiced the opening of this celebration, making sure that my husband understood my fledgling German, which seemed to have paid off.


Rain declined the invitation to the party and the wind blew through just a little to sprinkle the team at the finish line, all confetti like, with whatever raindrops were trapped in the leaves above. Lake Hasenheide, otherwise known as the puddle, broke it’s banks and flooded our usual finish, so it was moved from the small tree to the big tree and our volunteers made sure it was more Amazing Race than Blind Man’s Bluff as our participants sprinted, skipped, jogged and strolled towards the timekeepers.


The fresh cool (cold!) air did not take away from the atmosphere I have so come to love at Hasenheide as those that ran a little faster hung around to chat, eat vegan sugar cookies and cheer on everyone coming in after them. The weather did not dissuade the 125 party goers from joining. 32 revellers were first timers and 21 got to take home PBs. A special mention to Kath OWEN for her 400thparkrun! Thank you to our locals and visitors for braving the weather and coming out to celebrate with us.

My biggest heartfelt thank you goes to the Hi Viz Heroes that helped me pull off a great event. Andy, Jack, Tom, Grit, Toni, Verena, Eleonóra, Britta, Gabi, Michael, Aleks, Daniel and our junior heroes Yoni and Mika. I couldn’t have done it without you!


I am looking forward to being back on the course next week, see you there!



Hasenheide parkrun #93 – Tag der Deutschen Einheit

It’s a special today but it was slightly overcast, a bit wet and Anita mentioned that she thought about staying in bed. We think she made the right choice running this morning because it was a special day. A day to mark the time when two old countries became one, where people were once again united. It’s a national holiday- Tag der Deutschen Einheit or German Unity day - celebrating and commemorating the anniversary of German reunification in 1990.

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We also celebrated another special day yesterday too, parkrun’s 15th birthday. Fifteen years of parkrun and fifteen years of bringing people together. Whether you walk, run, jog, volunteer or just support someone who does, parkrun has built a global family. So it’s really apt that as I looked around during the run briefing by Johannes, I saw lots of faces that seemed familiar from pictures on the Internet and some that weren’t, many voices I thought I recognised and some I didn’t. The thing is, parkrun does bring people together, it creates opportunities for us to talk, share stories and enjoy the moment.

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So it’s a testament to this amazing Hasenheide parkrun that despite it being damp and wet this morning, 145 people came along and got social.

And that’s what I love about parkrun. You can travel, in some cases, hundreds of miles and you get the same welcome wherever you go. You’re part of that parkrun family and there’s no escaping that. And it means that if you get the opportunity - and the days off work - you can celebrate a national day with friends old and new. That’s why I always take my hat off to those who travel and do the tourist thing - you’ll spot their yellow, black and white ‘Cowell’ - and celebrate their commitment to supporting parkruns around the world. I spotted Poole and Beeston in the crowd but there are too many to mention. But I do have to give a big mention to Dave who runs at Beeston and continued my sequence of always seeing someone from Nottingham at Hasenheide.

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It was my fourth visit to Hasenheide but my obsession with the city of Berlin stretches back to an old compass, carved from walnut with an enamelled picture of the Brandenburg gates. It was from the early 1970s and hung in my bedroom as a child on a leather strap. My father gave it to me as a gift after a visit to Berlin My uncle was also stationed in Germany and Berlin in the late sixties and early-1970s. It was a thing I loved although sadly lost. My teenage years meant Berlin was represented by what I saw on TV but also Bowie, Depeche Mode and the sound of German bands, with the nineties were dominated by U2, a band I saw on my last visit to Hasenheide. I’ve visited lots of times but what I associate with Berlin most now is Hasenheide parkrun. It’s where I always feel very happy and have provided me with numerous memories each time I have run it. I also follow Hasenheide parkrun closely, it being my favourite parkrun and all that. Just walking towards the start on a quiet wet Thursday and hearing the buzz of people talking filled me with excitement and emotion.


So what do I love about it? It’s the welcome they give, usually from the volunteers. Today Hasenheide parkrun happened because of 11 of these wonderful volunteers including Achim, Aleks, Andy, Britta, Cornie, Eleonóra, Johannes, Jordan, Matthew, Susan and Ulrike. A big thank you to Grit and Andy for everything they do to make Hasenheide one of the friendliest parkruns in the parkrun universe, and to Johannes for the amazing welcome he gave everybody today. And that’s it. No matter where you come from the local runners and volunteers here always make time to talk, just like Teresa from Melbourne who offered to take a photo and also had a chat. I also love the park, the course and that hill, the smells too.

Of the 145 finishers today, 12 people ran their first-ever parkrun. Well done on joining the family to Aina, Alex, Elena Chepil, Felix, Kathrin, Markus, Michael, Nikolas, Richard, Stewart, and Tom. Also well done to the first finishers today - Aarno and Gesa. That was Aarno’s second parkrun ever and he bagged a first finish too! There were 21 personal bests and Aarno and Karen both achieved top age-age ratings for this morning’s run.


There was a milestone this morning and I, for one, think he kept it a bit quiet! Well done Danny on achieving your 300th parkrun on a wet Thursday in Berlin. It certainly brightened up the day.

Also have to mention the guy who was the first finisher in the VM-50-55 category. It’s his second at Hasenheide despite his declining form.

And there were a few visitors running Hasenheide for the first time too! Just a few! That’s 59 people experiencing the magic of Hasenheide and that hill. Lots of visitors from the UK, resplendent in their apricot and milestone shirts and two amazing guys from Poznan parkrun, Zbigniew and Rajmumd, who I did the “Poznan” with.

And there it. On National Unity Day in Germany, we came together and did a parkrun together. At a time, when there is lots of division in the world, it’s good to know that Tag der Deutschen Einheit could bring us together and we could parkrun at one of the best parkruns there is.

Thank you to all the volunteers for an amazing morning. I don’t know if I’m coming back again to Hasenheide but I hope I do. It’s got a real place in my heart and memories of running with my mate Adrian. I’m off to Poland tomorrow and I hope to see Andrew and Paul from Kent there too. Two new mates made because I ran a parkrun in Berlin on a wet Thursday in October. You can’t beat it, you can’t make it up. #loveparkrun

Jamie Barry

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Hasenheide parkrun #92 – The One With the Records


So, Sunday was the 42nd Berlin Marathon - and we thought the 733 runners had turned out just for us. Well they had actually.

After the heavy rain the day before and the dicey weather forecast, it was just as well I wore my lucky socks. The sun shone right up until we started the packing away. Phew!


So, a new record was set as 733 ran, jogged or walked our course. Thanks to Grit’s inspired move to create a double funnel, Susan and Pauline could continue handing out tokens in Ruhe supported by Diane. Cornie made sure that runners left the funnel and found their way to our scanners who were standing in the field so that we didn’t get in each other’s way. Hila, Alison, Helen, Kazuko, Christian and Eleonóra did a great job scanning and were probably the most grateful that it didn’t rain as they were not under cover.

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Jonas, Achim and Thorsten were calm as always timing everyone who crossed the line before Grit had the unenviable job of managing the funnel and keeping the runners in their finish order.

With 733 runners it was all hands on deck and after running and pacing respectively, Luke and Wis jumped in to help out. Luke spotted that the queue wasn’t for the scanners, but the selfie frame so he became an unofficial photographer of sorts to keep things moving.


Did I mention that we had 733 runners? Of those 580 were first timers and 32 PBs were set which was pretty impressive in a cramped field. Our visitors board filled up so we cleared it and started again! Runners came from all over the world and represented 240 different clubs. Our pacers did a great job so well done Britta, Carsten, Wis, Pawel (50th parkrun), Christoph, Dirk, Simon, Елена, Daniel, Johannes and Jonathan. Our course was expertly marshalled by Pauline, Abdul, Max, Maxie, Chris, Jacquie and David. Sonja made sure everyone made it back safely and Lutz supported the set up and finish. Thanks to Matthias for taking our photos today. More can be found here.

So what about Andy and Aljoscha? Well, having set up the course, organised the pacers, managed the funnel and a few other tweaks, they then spent hours, yes, hours processing and crosschecking results. We are all volunteers but our EDs (Andy & Grit) really are the unsung heroes.


Congratulations to our marathon participants: Aljoscha, Carsten, Christoph, Dorcas, Dorothee, Elvira, Ivo, Kazuko, Konstantin and Ulrike. A special mention to Andy for being part of the recordbreaking marathon relay team. He raced off down the Ku’damm and completed his km in 2:47. Quite simply outstanding.

Good news: if you can’t wait until next Saturday for another parkrun, you can come and join us on Thursday! To celebrate Tag der Deutschen Einheit, we are having our 93rd parkrun led by Johannes.

See you there,

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