Tring Park parkrun #186 – And now rain!!!!

We’ve had some pretty tricky weather thrown at us over the last weeks with the ‘Beast’ and ‘Mini Beast’ from the East bringing freezing and snowy conditions to our lovely Tring Park. This week it was rain! Not a nice noisy, bouncy rain but the gloomy drizzly type that seems to get everywhere and soak everything. This made the conditions interesting however with a very slippery course to contend with.

The weather didn’t stop 188 of you donning your trail shoes and hitting the park! We welcomed 24 first timers who braved the weather to run the infamous Tring hills. We hope you enjoyed the course and come back again when it’s a little drier for a PB.

186-1 gloomy start
A very wet and blurry start.

Despite the conditions there were 9 personal bests this week, well done to Billy Jackson, Charlie Crafts, Simon Nicholson, Yogi Powell, Richard Beadle, Nick Amos, Ross Meikle and Helen Moore.

186-2 slippery corner of false hope
A very slippery ‘corner of false hope’, careful now!

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 Chris Nicholls, Claire Hallisey, Claudia Selina, Dave Cary, Edward Hopper, Izzy Brookes, Judi Hopcroft, Katie Stapleton, Ken Douglas, Louise Brookes, Matt Beatty, Richard Murphy, Steve Bladen, Thomas Grey and William Brookman.

186-3 finish line volunteers
The finish line crew, great job in tricky conditions.

And now onto this weeks’ run and we have a wealth of achievements, data and stats to keep you entertained right up to next Saturday!

Well done to Rona Gibson and Jasmine Margetts who both ran their 50th parkruns and earnt the coveted Red T-Shirt. Also, Charlotte Severs became the 1st junior to achieve their 10 shirt in the space of 10 straight Tring parkruns.

186-4 charlotte severs 10th
Well done Charlotte!

So we’ve been searching through the record books to see what Charlotte could aim for next:
• Longest number of Tring parkruns in a sequence from running 1st parkrun at Tring, by a female = 11 (Liz Cundale)
• Longest number of any parkruns in a sequence from running 1st parkrun at Tring, by a female = 12 (Alison Bill)
• Longest number of Tring parkruns in a sequence from running 1st parkrun at Tring, by anyone = 24 (Kevin Lynch)
• Fastest to 50 shirt - 52 weeks (Alison Bill)
• Fastest to 100 shirt - 114 Male – Paul Myatt, 115 Female – Isobel Bladen (although in 3 weeks’ time Alison Bill could smash these with an impressive 105!)

Talking of long sequences – our 2 remaining members of our Year 4 100% club were both present. With 25 in a row James Foskett is now 9th on the all-time longest sequence table and with 29 Lorraine Hurford has equaled her own best sequence, the joint 4th longest (and 2nd longest by a female)

Impressively 2 PBs in 2 weeks by Yogi Powell

We saw a sub-19 time – it’s been 12 parkruns since our last

With a 1 second improvement Claire Hallissey improved the 4th best ever time in the VW35-39 category

We saw our 100th appearance by the name Ross and 50th by the name Angelo

We saw the name Kayleigh for the 1st time and the 1st time we have seen 2 Iains on the same day

We saw the surnames Ward and Lucatello for the 50th time

With the slippy conditions, only 2 PBs from those who have run at Tring 5 times – Nick Amos (2:31) and Yogi Powell (0:02)

And last but not least Colin Chapman managed to finish 49th on his 49th parkrun, a very aesthetically pleasing stat! 50th on your 50th next week Colin?

First across the line this week for the Ladies this week Claire Hallissey in 21:26 followed by Mary Ward in 24:19 and Rachel Wray in 25:34.

For the men first timer Sam Upton was fastest in 18:37 followed by Billy Jackson with a PB time of 19:41 and Paul Myatt in 21:37.

186-5 post run chats

The now traditional Tring parkrun post run chat! The best bit?

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