Tring parkrun is world famous. Whenever you see a photo from parkrun HQ of parkrunners on a grassy hill, the odds are it's Tring. That's what ensured it's place on our parkrun bucket list, and when a friend moved to the area last year we finally had the perfect excuse to make the journey. The trouble is, it was December and covered in snow and ice which made it a somewhat slippery affair.
Fast forward a few months and we were lucky enough to have another opportunity, and this time the weather could not have been more different. The photos don't do it justice; glorious meadows, beautiful trees, and a perfect blue sky greeted us.
This weeks RD Katie giving the runners their briefing
Whilst I was volunteering this time, my wife and nine year old son ran. Tring couldn't be more different from our home parkrun of York, which is all on smooth tarmac and is one of the flattest courses anywhere in the world. They both agree that the first and last kilometres at Tring are the hardest due to the hills so took plenty of walking breaks to catch their breath and enjoy the views. The best bit for them was running downhill through the woods towards the monument, and the marshals ringing cowbells (we absolutely adore that Tring has cow marshals). It was a hot one this week, particularly the last stretch on the bumpy grass, so their time was a bit slower than December, but no matter.
I was on finish token duty and had a great time. The other volunteers were a super friendly bunch who were so enthusiastic about all things parkrun and they made me feel right at home.
I also got to witness some excellent sprint finishes, and a tremendous number of runners in fancy dress for This Girl Can.
Redbourn Runners getting into the #thisgirlcan spirit
I also really liked that there were special bibs for parkrunners to wear on their milestone runs. Timothy Fryer, Keith Henderson and Colin Baker all did their 50th runs, and Evan Billings and Hattie Corntwaite both joined the exclusive juniors 10 club.
Keith, Colin and Timothy completing their 50th parkrun
Equally as great is the fact that 29 people were doing Tring parkrun for the first time, and for 9 of those it was their first parkrun anywhere ever. Welcome to the group, I hope you get as much out of parkrun as everyone else does.
Undoubtedly we'll be back to Tring at some point, possibly for another icy one in December. We can't wait!
Many thanks to everyone!
Ruth and Ste Robson,