#189 – the return of Chris and the nice weather

Well it’s 6 months since I was run director and it feels like just as long since we had weather this nice at Tring parkrun. Coincidence? I think not. Another non coincidence is that it’s also 30 parkruns since I caused the results to be later than usual. I promise to try harder this week.

This week 248 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 25 were first timers and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

My Runner of the week has to be Dan DARLINGTON who appears to have forgotten his barcode as he’s not listed on the results. Anyway Dan, doing his own duathlon (cycle to parkrun and back), turned up about 10 minutes after all the other runners had set off and still managed to start catching the pack on the obelisk decent and finished in 30 something minutes. It looks hugely impressive on the Strava flyby.

Several milestones were celebrated this week with Ken Douglas, Dennis Rafferty & Alison Bill running their 100th and Rosie Highton, Issy Brookes & Patrick McGloughlin running their 50th. Not only that Patrick impressively managed to exactly equal his PB from the same week 3 years ago

Well done on the 100th Alison!

Well done on the 100th Ken & Dennis!

Well done on the 50th Rosie!

Well done on the 50th Issy (surrounded by her fan club)!

Well done on the 50th Patrick and for equalling that PB!

The male fastest 3 were Jonathan RAWLINSON in 20:30 on his first time at Tring, James YEOMANS in 20:54 setting himself a PB and regular top ten finisher Paul MAYATT in 21:54
For the ladies the fastest 3 was Scarlett WAGER-LEIGH in 22:34, Lynda HEMBURY, who scored the highest age grade % of any runner in 23:07 and Mary WARD in 24:22

Top stats from the Tring Stat-O-Matic this week are

100th time we have seen the surname Taylor and 50th for McLoughlin

100th time we have seen the name Lisa and 50th for Sian and the 1st time we have seen 2 Owens at the same event

51 juniors – highest since 1st Jan – by chance both that date and this week had the same split of 24 boys and 27 girls

1st time we have seen Tri London club

Serial PB-ers Chris Nicholls and Sam Bojarski both recorded PBs, Did you know Chris has recorded 3 PBs in 3 weeks, he has the 3rd highest all-time number of PBs at Tring and indeed in the last 30 months has recorded more PBs than anyone else. Meanwhile not to be outdone, Sam is 4th on the all-time PB list and has the highest ever junior total – well done both.

Chris (wearing Tring RC colours) on his way to yet another PB

18 PBs in 3 years have seen a 9 min improvement for Sam

Well done also to William Brookman for finishing 19th on his 19th parkrun however we round off with our stats with Isobel Bladen. She has set many records at Tring and this week was no exception, when she finished 140th on her 140th parkrun – this being the highest number we have seen for this type of record. However it could have been one of the shortest lived records as 7 minutes later our very own Andy Evans came running in on his 210th run in …………… 211th – unlucky Andy - 2 seconds too slow!

Tring parkrun doesn’t happen without volunteers, this week we had 23 of them so a huge thanks to; Andy EVANS • Sally NASH • Agnes LEMAIGRE • Catherine BISHOP • Edward HOPPER • Chris MILLAR • Richard MURPHY • Angus EVANS • James MAPLE • Matthew FOSKETT • Paul MCCORMACK • Colin CHAPMAN • Victoria WILSON • Victoria WILLIAMS • Paul HEMBURY • Douglas GIBSON • Chris NICHOLLS • Sam EVANS • James FOSKETT • Greg LEFF • William BROOKMAN • Sarah WADE • Frances LEFF

The roster is looking very bare for next week so please have a look at the roster here http://www.parkrun.org.uk/tring/futureroster/ and let us know if you think you could help us. All the roles are dead easy and training is given on the day.