#188 Our favourite trees

We are lucky to run around a beautiful park full of great trees with plenty of character. In this week’s run report we include some of your favourites and we even have a tourist tree!

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Thanks to this week’s pacers and all our volunteers

I always enjoy pacer week - it’s great that so many of you offer to help with this across a variety of times. With the better conditions, one or two were a bit keen although this seems to have resulted in some surprise PBs! Well done to Dennis Raffety who hit his time exactly and special mention to Holly Bunn who was only 1 second late – not bad given that she’d had her photo taken inside a tree and also managed a finishline double cartwheel

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Did you manage to copy Holly’s finishline double cartwheel?

And so onto this week’s tree collection (thanks for all your contributions):

½ way up the hill we enter the main woods…
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Ken Douglas: The old Spooky Tree would have been my fave - but it is now no more!!

Approaching the 2km point on the right of King Charles Ride is the classic photographer’s tree

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Holly takes a break from pacing to climb into this tree

Now point your camera upwards inside the tree
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It is surprisingly easy to get a great arty shot in this tree

Down the hill to the gate at the edge of the woods and say thanks to the 2nd set of marshals
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Allison Williment: What a difference a week makes. Tree at gate 2 providing shelter in the wet and cold last week and becoming a nice place to hang out waiting for the runners in warm and dry conditions this week. George last week with friend Kayden this week

On now to the 3k point
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Ken Douglas: These are my faves during summer when their red leaves are in bloom. The stand of six Copper Beech Trees that we run past twice on our way to the Run Round Me corner and then as we run back along the A41 straight

Another kilometer and we reach km4
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Chris Nicholls: Four seasons of the same tree. This tree marks the last 1km of the run so I am always glad to see it. It’s usually about this point your legs start to go and you feel the first winds from the valley of death so it is like a reminder that you are only a few minutes from the finish

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Ken Douglas: These trees are awesome

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Amanda Russell: One of the many fallen but still beautiful trees in the park. This one reminds me of a dinosaur

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Clare Murphy: This tree is at the top of Heartbreak Hill. I look up at it every time I climb the hill and think "thank god, I've made it this far and I'm almost done"

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Amanda Russell: When you see this row of trees, you know the pain of heartbreak hill is almost over and it’s now downhill to the finish

I always associate this log with the start of the run as I like to stand on it as Run Director however for Martin and Cathy they associate it with the end of the run

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Martin/Cathy Bishop: This is our favourite tree (well alright it's a log, but hope that still counts!). This is where we can be found at the end of each parkrun: Coffee, Clapping and Cheering!

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Chris Parker:One of our pacers and pictured with his boys - all over here from Boston USA – “happy as always to be a part of the Tring Parkrun community” This is a popular climbing tree Jim & Tom Patterson can often be found in this one as well

We now have some great artwork

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Nick Johns:I don’t bring my phone with me to parkrun so my favourite tree is the one my little boy drew to celebrate my PB this morning. A massive thank you to the 30’ pacer who I was utterly determined to overtake somewhere before the finish line.I love the Park Run and I’m always hugely grateful to everyone who volunteers to make it happen, especially the pacers this morning

And now for our tourist tree:

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Lucy Clutton: & Oscar Atkins: Over 100 miles away in Norfolk but still taking part with our tree pics - Standing with a tree by the lake at Holkham parkrun combined with a visit to Lucy’s mum

And finally: - how would you survive without this week’s latest crop of stats:

- Well done to Lauren Dover and Matthew Gee who both achieved their junior 10th runs
- James becomes the 4th name to be seen at Tring 500 times and we saw the name Dennis for the 100th time and the name Rona for the 50th time and the 1st time we have seen 2 Naomis
- There were 8 new names this week - so welcome for the 1st time to the names Kyle, Pedr, June, Marion, Kerenza, Eddy, Kristle and Bailey
- It was also the 1st appearance of the Elswick Harriers – who if you didn’t know are the oldest established club in the North East of England, founded in 1889
- The combination of pacers and firmer conditions meant it was a good time to get a PB with 31 managing this feat. Of those who have run 5 or more times, biggest improvements were Eve Garner (2:59), Sarah Dewhurst (0:50), Peter Nagy (0:46), Mark Thompson (0:38), Angelo Lucatello and Mollie Rees (0:34). Angelo has waited almost a year for his PB, as has Catherine Bishop who saw a (0:34) improvement which is impressive when it’s your 73rd Tring parkrun, Chris Nicholls achieved his 18th Tring PB , the 4th highest ever total of PBs.
- Precision running by Juliet Mitchell finishing 68th on her 68th parkrun
- Current in-form runners with 2 PBs in 2 weeks include Chris Nicholls, Oliver and Ben Painter, Kayleigh Gray and Suzanne Margetts.

Our 2-member year 4 100% club continues with both Lorraine and James climbing up through the top-10 all-time longest continuous sequences of Tring parkruns. Here are the top 10 sequences….

Dennis Raffety 54
Isobel Bladen 44
Dominic Veal 33
Lorraine Hurford31
Richard Lambert 29
Alison Bill 28
Steve Bladen 27
James Foskett 27
Peter Leigh 26
Kevin Lynch 24

We always love a bit of positive parkrun feedback. So a big thanks to Adrienne Garner for a lovely mail on Sunday morning. As thanks here is a pic of Adrienne approaching the finish line

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Adrienne:”I love doing parkrun and it is right near the top of my list of things I want to do when I'm in England as we are only here for about 12 weeks of the year” Along with Adrienne were son-in-law Dom, granddaughter Eva and her father Gareth and daughter-in-law Charlotte “That's one of the things I love about parkrun....seeing families out together and getting the kids motivated to be active”

Looking forward to seeing you all again on Saturday
Andy Evans