Tring parkrun 187 – Bumper, Spring colouring-in edition!


The colours of Spring

This week's run report aims to bring a little more colour to the exploits of 200 runners and 20 volunteers who gathered together at 9am in Tring Park on March the 31st 2018...and more!!

This years Spring colours
This year's "on trend" Spring colours!!

Easter weekend was a dull, soggy affair; the vibrant bursts of natural Spring colours we've come to expect were sadly absent. There were glimmers of hope though. The grass in Tring Park is growing (just) the buds are budding (if you look very close) and we even found a little clump of (slightly mud splattered) daffodils not far from our Finish Line.

Apparently there are people who predict "the colours of Spring" (or any other season for that matter). In the chart above you can see where the smart money has been bet and it's fascinating stuff. Apparently all of that mud, so intent on coating itself over running shoes and kit alike, isn't brown but "Emperador"!

Who knew??

Spring has sprung in Tring Park
Brave little daffodils, resplendent in a fine livery of "meadowlark"!!
Our brightly coloured parkrunners need to pay more attention - that "red" top isn't quite "cherry tomato" if I'm not mistaken.


Hillingdon AC are on trend!

We had lots of lovely visitors this week, more on that below, but first a special mention to Angela, Lucy, Christina, Zoe, John, Lyndsey, Heather, Melanie, Edward, Paul and William visiting us again from Hillingdon AC.

great visitors
Welcome back to Hillingdon AC.
We were impressed by the deft combination of "little boy blue" and "cherry tomato", as modelled by Lucy in the centre!

In Lyndsey's words:

"11 members of Hillingdon AC made their way around the M25 and up the A41 for a bit of parkrun tourism. One of the group, Heather Davidson (the one with the stars on her headband), is leaving Hillingdon AC very soon for a new life in Somerset.

Heather made a visit to Tring parkrun in September 2017, when a little sunnier, and loved it so much she wanted to visit again before she leaves for her new adventure. Maybe she wanted to start getting used to some bigger hills!

Thank you for having us and making us feel welcome. Hillingdon AC always love the mud, some more than others as you can see!"

That last line refers to William who still managed a PB (as did Melanie - who we presume is his big sister) despite covering much of the finish straight in a horizontal orientation!


Emperador to Gold

The great thing about a first run at Tring (or any other parkrun) when it is slippy and damp is that you're virtually assured a Personal Best on your next visit! Clearly this is what the following very welcome first time parkrunners had in mind.
Well done to all of the following on what we hope will be the first of many parkruns.

  • Nathan COOK
  • Philippa DOUGHTY
  • Michael HART
  • Tom BEAL
  • Andrew PENNELL
  • Rachael MACRAE
  • Sarah COOK
  • Paul DOUGHTY
  • Maria KERR
  • Victoria HOBBS

We also said hello to a large group of tourists/visitors:

  • Melanie FERRIER
  • Charlie WATSON
  • Shaun NEWBERY - visiting from Colby in South Wales, and was our First Finisher this week
  • Natalie KELL
  • Stephanie GIBBONS
  • Simon REYNOLDS - visiting from Derbyshire and running his 303rd parkrun (our highest tally on the day)
  • Graeme PAYNE
  • Sandi LATIMER
  • Kate WEBB
  • Lindsay OREJAS
  • Jonathan WOOLDRIDGE
  • Phil PERRY
  • Marie SHONE
  • Matthew RIGGS
  • Kate BROOKS


Hi-viz heros

It's that time of the year when we struggle a bit with volunteers and so we especially welcomed the heroic efforts by everyone who spared a little of their time to make this week happen.

You can see the roster for future volunteer opportunities here:
Send an email to or message us on Facebook if you'd like to help out.

Anyway - a special mention to Jim Maple. He had heart surgery on the Monday and still came to help as our "musical marshal" with an appropriate playlist at Gate 1. Thank you Jim and great to see you looking so well.

Jim - playing music with his running shoes on. Got to love it!

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Many thank to ALL of our volunteers - just a a few of whom are pictured here

Our volunteer hall of fame this week was:

  • Alison BILL
  • Allison WILLIMENT
  • Chris BILL
  • Claire SHEPHERD
  • Edward HOPPER
  • George FLETCHER
  • James MAPLE
  • Joanna PENN
  • Katie HAINES
  • Matt ALLEN
  • Olivia BURNEY
  • Richard LONG
  • Richard MURPHY
  • Rob ALLEN
  • Victoria WILSON
  • Wes BALL


A colourful "Easter Egg"

Hidden "secrets" buried in books, films, computer games and web-sites have become known as "Easter Eggs". It's perhaps not quite a secret but a new add-on to the Chrome Browser provides all manner of extra stats for the odd, unofficial challenges and volunteering heroics that parkrunners get up to.

(if you use Chrome you can find out more here.)

New results page volunteer logos
The official parkrun results site now also shows who has volunteered 25 times...

New athlete details page Unofficial parkrun challenges summary
...the Chrome "Easter Egg" goes much further and shows progress against all sorts of unofficial parkrun challenges!

Examples of challenges include:

  • Alphabeteers - have run a parkrun starting with every letter of the alphabet.
  • Groundhog day - have run exactly the same time twice or more in a row!!
  • Pirates - have ran parkruns starting with 7 Cs and an R!!!
  • Overseas - running parkruns outside of the UK.
  • Volunteering - all sorts of bronze, silver and gold awards!!!

I'll leave you to guess "Stopwatch Bingo" and "Stayin' Alive" etc.

You get the idea.


A kaleidoscope of amazing facts, stats and other astonishing stuff

As usual a whole world of colourful facts and figures emerge in the wake of each Tring parkrun, including quite a few surprises. For example I would have bet money that we wouldn't see a PB. Good job I'm not a betting man!

tree assist windmill hands
We considered a special award for those who made best efforts to stay upright. Here you can see several of the main techniques employed e.g. "the tree assist" and the "windmill arms". The winner is the good old "give each other a helping hand".

In fact we saw 20 PBs (!!) as follows:

  • Francesca Elliot
  • Simon COWIE
  • Gareth ROBERTS - smashed his last PB by an amazing 4:31
  • Freddie TRUMAN-WILLIAMS - by a very symmetrical 1:11
  • Dan BUTLER
  • Oliver PAINTER
  • Jamie MATTHEWS
  • Kayleigh GRAY
  • Melanie SPENCER
  • Lawrence BURTON
  • William SPENCER - 7m 23s!!!!!
  • Kenneth IVORY
  • Robyn NEILL - by an economical 4 seconds
  • Christina BENJAMIN
  • Chris NICHOLLS
  • Angela M DUNCAN
  • Charlie TRUMAN-WILLIAMS - by an impressive 43 seconds
  • Suzanne MARGETTS

We have quite a spectrum of other stuff to celebrate too

  • First of all many CONGRATULATIONS to Julian CRANE and Colin CHAPMAN who both ran their 50th parkruns and earn a red milestone T-shirt. Colin has ran all of his at Tring. Julian reached his total by running 47 times at Tring and once each at Aylesbury Duck, Bournemouth and Southwick Country.
  • Adam TANNIAN ran the 200h Tring parkrun for Bearbrook RC and Helen PAGE ran the 4,000th for Tring RC
  • We saw City of Salisbury A & RC, Windrush Triathlon Club and Northern Fells Running Clubs for the first time at Tring. Welcome!
  • The lovely Lorraine HURFORD ran her 30th Tring parkrun in a row – only the 4th person to have achieved this feat
  • Ignoring minute 28 (which must have missed the briefing) quite remarkably ALL the minutes from, and including 24 to 30, had 10 barcode finishers each!
  • We saw the name Melanie for the 50th and the names Sandi and Iwan for the first time
  • On surnames it was the 100th time we have seen the surname Raffety, and the 50th time we have seen the surname Coburn
  • Adam PAVEY finished 10th on his 10th parkrun
  • Despite the conditions, Angela DUNCAN broke her own course record for the VW75-79 age group with her time of 36:39. And Freddie TRUMAN-WILLIAMS set the 2nd fastest time for the JM11-14 age group with a time of 19:52.


This week's award for the most aesthetically pleasing finishing times is a three way tie between the following worthy contenders:

  • Paul MCCORMACK with a nicely mirrored 25:52
  • David PARDOE for a precise 30:00 dead
  • Chris WAGSTAFF for a nicely balanced 34:34


Muddy Muddy
In the "who got muddiest?" award category there were too many too choose from and so it was a draw across roughly 200 people. Honorary mentions to these two heroic efforts though!


Red Shift (or should that be Cherry Tomato Shift?)

Professor Stephen Hawkins (RIP) taught us about the "red shift" observed by objects travelling very, very fast. It's not a race, but is always quite impressive to see just how rapidly some can convey themselves round our challenging 5k route.

Our "first finishers" this week were

  • 1 Shaun NEWBERY in a time of 19:43, on his first visit to Tring
  • 2 Freddie TRUMAN-WILLIAMS was only 9 seconds behind with a new PB time of 19:52
  • 3 Paul CHAMBERLAIN crossed the line only 19:55 after Wes said "go"!


  • Scarlett WAGER-LEIGH recorded a time of 22:56 and is making a habit now of being first finisher
  • Rose SINGLETON running Tring for the first time crossed the finish line after 25:45
  • Zoe DOBBS from our lovely Hillingdon visitors crossed with a time of 26:24

Now here is the bit I like. If you take into account age and sex you get a different picture. In which case the order was:

  • Paul CHAMBERLAIN 19:55 VM45-49, 71.72 %
  • Freddie TRUMAN-WILLIAMS 19:52 JM11-14, 71.39 %
  • Angela M DUNCAN 36:39 VW75-79, 68.62 %
  • Edward MARGETTS 23:18 VM55-59, 65.95 %
  • Scarlett WAGER-LEIGH 22:56 JW15-17, 65.92 %


End of the Rainbow

You get rainbows when you get rain. We don't want more rain.
But Spring really has sprung. Watch out for the first seasonal article soon covering "A year in the life of Tring Park".

Thanks again to everyone for making Tring parkrun a happy place on Saturday mornings whatever the weather and however prominent the colour Emperador is.

And we leave you with a weather and stress busting competition.......


(This week was a team RD effort...with Wes leading the pack, Katie doing the results and me doing this thing!)



Colour in (or otherwise modify) the attached and send to or post on our FB page. In fact, feel free to send us anything colourful to do with Tring parkrun or Zebras. The winner will receive a ludicrously valuable prize!!!

colour this in