Tring Park parkrun #183 –The Beast Bites!!!!

There had been a lot of warnings about ‘The Beast from the East’ causing major issues through the entire week but Tring had remained pretty unscathed…… until Thursday when suddenly the Beast Bit! We had snow all day Thursday and then more on Friday afternoon when it started to come down heavier than ever.


A lot of parkruns cancelled pretty quickly but at Tring we wanted to maintain our ‘182 not out’ record so myself, Ken Douglas, Andy Collings and John Manning arrived in the park at 16:30 Friday evening to recce the course and assess the risks. As soon as we got there things didn’t seem that bad and after a full lap and post run discussion, in the Pub!, we all agreed to go ahead and the Tring parkrun PR machine went into overdrive.


 ‘Testing’ the course on Friday evening

Now onto the run itself. Firstly a huge thank you to all the volunteers who braved the elements to set up the course, man the marshalling points and manage the finish line. Many thanks to  Andy Collings, Andy Evans, Barry Watson, Carol Page, Chris Millar, Chris Parker, Elizabeth Daniel, Ella Van De Linde, Len Van De Linde, Ken Douglas, Louise Bladen, Philippa Storr, Sarah Watson, Steve Bladen, Stuart Page, Vicky Lea, Vicky Wilson and William Brookman. A special thanks to Will who took some great pictures and braved the elements in his shorts!

183-5 volunteers

The volunteers gather

Not surprisingly we had our lowest attendance since December 2016 with 139 runners completing the run. However, despite the snowy conditions, we still had 9 PB’s. Congratulations to Oliver Moore, David Geary, Jim King, Ben Baker, Graham Cooper, Emma Bisgrove, Yogi Powell, James Geary and Tigi Herbert. Well done to everyone that got a PB, there were some amazing improvements which I think shows that snow is a lot faster than mud!


183-5 and their off

And their off!

183-6 near gate one

The view looking back from gate one.

183-6 looking back along the ride

The view looking back along the ‘Ride’.

We had two milestones this week with Ian Down and Michael Fryer both completing their 50th parkruns and earning the coveted red shirt, well done to both you.

This week we welcomed back Eye Community Runners who smashed their previous attendance record with 6 runners this week (If you didn’t know -  Eye Community Runners are based in the village of Eye, four miles east of Peterborough). It was great to see you at Tring and well done on making the journey from Eye in the conditions, we hope to see you again soon.

The snow didn’t stop Lorraine and James our 2 remaining members of the Year 4 100% club and well done to Janet Reeve who managed the equally challenging task of finishing 101st on her 101st parkrun.

First across the line this week for the Ladies this week Claire Hallissey in 22:57 followed by Tilly Green in 24:43 and Elaine Bunn in 26:49.

For the men Billy Jackson was fastest in 20:23 followed by Roger Seed in 20:37 and Michael Fryer completing his 50th in 20:37

Well done to all those that ran this week, for a full list of all this weeks’ results please go to

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Thank you and see you on Saturday.

Richard Murphy

Run Director