by Beth PIRIE
One of the first things I did when we considered Düsseldorf for a weekend away was to check out whether it had a parkrun. Every week both at home and amongst my running friends, a common question is, ‘What parkrun are you doing this week?’ We are very fortunate that where we live, we have 5 within a 20-minute drive, each one is so very different with varying terrains and elevation.
parkrun tourism is becoming extremely popular, and there are plenty of locations to choose from with now 628 locations throughout the UK. So, I was pretty excited that for my 15thlocation, I would be doing an event abroad and in Germany where parkrun is growing quite nicely with 20 established course and many others being considered.
If you are new to parkrun, you will soon realise that whichever event you attend, you will be warmly welcomed and supported throughout the event. Volksgarten parkrun was no different, with the volunteers being super friendly and encouraging on the very pretty, 2 lap course on this warm and sunny Saturday morning.
parkrun really is about inclusive, personal achievements and milestones, and this week’s event with 33 runners was a great example of this.
Tourists were not only from the UK this week, with 11 clubs being represented and a team from Georgengarten parkrun (Hannover) also running. For 6 runners it was their first ever parkrun, congratulations! Jan WIEFELS has now completed all 3 Volksgarten parkruns, running faster each time.
I felt very privileged to join the ‘100’ club in Düsseldorf and was in good company with 7 others who have previously achieved this milestone (a big thank you for my wonderful certificate which I will treasure as a very special memento).
Course records were set for both the men and ladies with Paul WAIN running the course in 17.53 and Milena TIEVES also achieving a personal best with 21.05. An Age Grade course record was also set by Robin-Mark SCHOLS who recorded 77.89%.
On behalf of all runners, I would like to say a big thank you to the seven volunteers who made Saturday’s event happen:
Beth PIRIE • Rebecca ROES • Peter RUTHERFORD • Nora WILL • Lars SCHMIDT • Birgit KRAFT • Claudia BÖHLER
Full results and a complete event history can be found on https://www.parkrun.com.de/volksgarten/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=3
I have now clearly got the parkrun ‘tourism’ bug and my husband and I are already looking to see where else we can run. However we are quite certain we will return to Volksgarten parkrun sometime soon as we just loved Düsseldorf.