parkrun #185 – The mini beast from the East

On a morning that dawned more bleakly than a Danish crime drama, the volunteers of Tring parkrun would have held high hopes that common sense would have prevailed amongst the runner and that everyone could remain safely tuck up in bed.

Parkrunner however, have been accused of many things having any common sense is not one of them, so it was at 9am in the amidst of the mini beast of the east 156 runners appeared over the spiral bridge to tackle our own beast.


Of those parkrunners we welcomed 15 first timers, who didn’t let the weather stop them from completing their first run and clearly the weather condition “was a PB kind of day” for 11 lucky runners.

We celebrated two milestones, Joshua Whitton achieved his 10th parkrun and Katrina Bond reached her 100th parkrun. Congratulations to both of you.

Katrina & Joshua

Katrina & Joshua

Three brave runners travelled from Sheffield through the mini beast from the east to support a family member taking on a slightly longer challenge in Ashridge on Saturday.


The mini beast from the east did not stop out stats computer this week ….

Katrina Bond ran her 100th parkrun

Joshua Whitton ran his 10th parkrun

2 PBs in 2 weeks for Sean Robinson
34.2% were aged 50+, the highest % this group has seen since early October 2017

Our 2 most popular minutes – minutes 28 and 29 have seen identical numbers - both have now seen 1,868 runners

1st week without an Alison running since August 2016!

1st time we have seen the names Marie, Tommy and Connie

Ella Highton becomes the 64th person to run 64 times at Tring (Way back in December 2014 she was also the 8th person to run 8 times and the 10th person to run 10 times at Tring)

Claire Hallissey set the 4th fastest time ever for the VW35-39 age group, watch this space for a few more records to tumble in her new age category

Of those who've run at least 5 times at Tring, Adam Woodhams (2:07) was the only person with a PB

Michelle Knott set a new record gap of 184 parkruns between 2 Tring parkruns, having last run at #1

2 PBs in last 2 appearances for Jonathan Hoar, Richard Pennant-Jones, Sean Robinson, Yogi Powell and Tigi Herbert

We saw the following clubs for the 1st time; Windle Valley Runners and Sheffield University Cross Country & AC

Trevor De Souza managed to finish 25th on his 25th parkrun and he almost managed the ideal time finishing in 25 minutes and ….. ……… 27 seconds – so close!!

Finally a big thanks to the volunteers who turned out in very chilly conditions to ensure that the event takes place



See you all on Saturday
Run Director