tring parkrun #204: Fake Moos!

 

They called it "cowmagedon"

We laboured long and hard under last week's tropical sun making lovely new marker posts. The tape was perfect, each set the exact same length......they were things of beauty. They lasted 5 minutes!!!

Turn your back on those bloomin' bovines for barely a second and course markings are fair game. We've had munched markers, chomped arrows and we've had Pole & Tape cow-limbo-dancing before.....but not quite on this scale!

It's a good job we love them being in the park, however they're on their last warning and I have McDonalds HQ programmed into my cell phone.

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The cows proclaimed their innocence. "Honest guv, it was the wind" blurted one brazen bovine. "Moles" said another. Luckily emergency repairs were effected and Tring parkrun was saved from certain cancellation.

 

The Heartbreak Hill Rustlers

It was time to deploy the good ol' Cow Marshals. We were delighted to welcome Lucy the youngest and cutest cow marshal ever. Yes Sireee. Only things may be not quite what they seemed! She was strangely reticent to have her photo taken - resorted to sticking out her tongue and brandishing her six-shooter. Yep - I'm thinkin' she's none other than Wild "Cutey Pie" Bunn and her accomplice Ben "Bad boy" Bunion! Dem are rustlers - scoping out their next heist, no doubt! And we ain't none too convinced about their side kick Chris "Steer Wrestler" Parker! But at least they kept the cows in order for the whole parkrun....so got to thank them for that!

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Brazen rustler scoping - dressed up as Cow Marshals!

 

Mighty Milestones

We celebrated two centurions on Saturday: the lovely Rachel WRAY and James FOSKETT (OK, he's lovely too). They brought cake. We love cake.
Reaching 100 parkruns is a big deal - so I'm not quite sure why that qualifies you for a black T-shirt....I'm thinking the colour should be bright and cheerful and maybe even Hawaiian.

Volunteering is the lifeblood of parkrun - it's what makes it happen and what makes people feel good. So it was great to see Paul McCormack qualify for his purple "25 volunteering" T-shirt. (I'm good with purple).

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Our 100-club milestone runners: Rachel and James. Congratulations.

 

First timers at Tring

It's really great to see the same faces at Tring Park each Saturday morning and get to know people. It's equally great to meet newcomers, either doing their first parkrun ever (which - we should remember - can be daunting) or visiting from other parkruns.

This week we welcomed six new people to the growing, international parkrun family: Julie LEYLAND, Megan SAYWELL, Graham NICHOLSON, Graham BARLOW, Ethan COBBOLD and Robyn HASTINGS.

It was also - as always - great fun to meet and talk with new visitors (one was apparently from New Zealand...but I couldn't find that person in the results. No barcode?? :-( ).

We welcomed seventeen this week and they were: Benjamin SMITH, Catherine JONES, Elisabeth CHARTERS, Samuel CHARTERS, Neil SHORT, Alastair ROEDER, Terri MCMAHON, Bryony TRAFFORD-SMITH, Andrew HOOD, Martin BALL, Chris 'Chunky' KELL, Kerry HOOD, David STAINTHORPE, David ARMITAGE-BRAIN, Mark LAYZELL, Flo HARRISON and Laura HAWKINS.

We've had some great messages back from a few of these already - which we always appreciate.

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Bryony and Laura were visiting from Black Park and have completed 637 parkruns between them!
We're a bit in awe!!

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We also welcomed Mark Layzell - read all about his epic parkrun tourism adventure on his great website: https://silentrunner.blog/parkrun/

 

Making it happen

Our Cow Marshals (our world famous Cow Marshals!) have had a mention already. They were part of a great volunteering team, including several first time volunteers (one of whom, Gill, had never run/walked a parkrun before and yet immediately signed up for more). It was also great to see three different family volunteering efforts. Love it. That is what it's all about.
Message us or email us at tringhelpers@parkrun.com to do your bit and have fun.

This week Tring parkrun was brought to you by: Keith and Ryan STONESTREET, Andy EVANS, Dan WIZARD, Richard MURPHY, Jim MAPLE, Paul MCCORMACK(25th time!), Moira DOUGLAS, Vicki Katie & Robert WILLIAMS, Sam EVANS, Sarah and James FOSKETT, Ron YAXLEY, William CRANE, Benjamin & Lucy BUNN, Chris PARKER, Richard LONG, Frances LEFF, Charlotte SEVERS, Grace FENSOME and Gill HANSON.

We all really appreciate all of the help.

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Our finish line featuring our brilliant DofE volunteers, Gill (a first timer who has never done a parkrun before) and also Kate who volunteered as photographer and borrowed an SLR camera with no prior experience - and did a great job (like everyone else). Thank you

 

Mirror mirror on the wall...

I am pretty certain this has never happened before. Then again I'm equally certain no one really cares (except for the lovely Harry Bryant, perhaps). I was looking for who would win "aesthetically pleasing time of the week"...and found an amazing synchronised effort!!! So this week's prize is shared between Ben THORN, who finished with a very symmetric 23:32, and Phoebe GOSS who finished with a "matching" time of 32:23. Pretty damn impressive! Stats-geeks of parkrun-land rejoice!

Paul BEADLE would have been the outright winner if he'd been just been ONE second faster.....no prizes for 23:46 though! :-)

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It's been a long time since we've had a "classic" Tring parkrun Lime Tree avenue photo. I never tire of this sight.

 

Lets hear it for the girls...

The girls shamed the guys on every front this week.

Our most experienced parkrunners were Bryony and Laura (see above).

Our first finisher was the amazing Kate RENNIE. (She clearly had a very clear vision of this happening, with a time of 20:20 - geddit??? :-) ) This was only the 3rd time that we have seen a female as overall 1st finisher - the other occasions were Claire Hallissey at parkrun #17 and Kate herself at #36 – both back in 2015. Wow!

Our 4 top age/sex adjusted times were all women this week. In order they were: Lynda HEMBURY, Kate RENNIE, Alison Caroline HARDING and Mary WARD.

Congratulations to all.

 

And now, the end is near...

This is the bit I know you all wait for - the output of the amazing Tring parkrun stat-o-matic:

  • Sean McKENNA finished 11th on his 11th parkrun and Adam WOODHAMS 15th on his 15th
  • We saw 32 PBs recorded this week
  • Martin O'NEILL, Gary STROUD, Joanne LYNCH, Andrew PENNELL and Dylan BARLOW all recorded their 2nd PB in 2 weeks
  • Mary WARD set the 2nd fastest ever time for the VW50-54 age cat.
  • For the 2nd week in a row, Holly ASHALL set the 5th fastest ever JW18-19 time
  • Graham HOLLANDS becomes the 30th person to run 100 times at Tring
  • We welcomed the name Flo for the 1st time
  • For the 2nd week in a row Minute 27 was the most seen minute, this time with 21 runners
  • There were 3 clubs that we haven’t seen before this week – Mustard Ultimate Frisbee, North Shields Polytechnic AC and Wadhurst Runners. (I'm Googling that Frisbee one!!)
  • Of the runners who have run at least 5 times, the biggest improvers were Alfred HALL (1:22), Richard HARDY (0:49), Alice FISHER (0:43), Martha GOSS (0:40) and Ann-Marie EVANS (0:35)

And so there you have another week at wonderful Tring parkrun.
Thank you to everyone for making it a great morning.

Remember, its a Pacer week next week.

Ken

 

PS

I am hoping that those who joined us in the Akeman for a "coffee" are appreciative of the fact that I didn't "spill the beans!" :-)
 

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Apparently the cows have been eating grass contaminated by magic mushrooms.

  
 
 

 

Tring parkrun #203. Cake, land-speed records and the art of being prepared

Wow. Where do i start?
The school holidays have arrived and the weather is still fantastic! When has that ever happened before?
It was already almost 20 degrees when we arrived to set up and over 25 by the time we left. Scorchio!
We were joined this fine, golden morning by 223 parkrunners, a score of spectators and a treasure trove of lovely volunteers.

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Tring Park is looking quite sun dried. It's never looked quite so "golden" at this time of the year.

 
We were also joined by the entire herd of our bovine friends. They've ignored us for the last few weeks but arrival of the Woodland Trust's new mobile visitor centre was more than their curiosity could bear. I have to say that I really quite like them being in the park, although last week they had "fun" running through our post and tape markers (shredding them) and this week they just generally got in the way! As a result, setting up the course was a bit of a last minute affair and we had a little, slight delay before the off.

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The Woodland Trust brought their fantastic new mobile visitor centre. It was great to see so many people take an active interest in beautiful Tring Park and the work the Woodland Trust do to maintain it.

 

When I talk with people new to parkrun they are often surprised to hear me say that running is only part of what it's about. parkrun wants to make the world a "happier and healthier place" - and I like to think that Tring parkrun is doing pretty well on that front.

As an example, it was really uplifting to see the thoughtful gesture of bringing cakes along for everyone to share and celebrate regular Tring parkrunner Lynda Hembury's birthday. Special thanks to her daughter Hannah for the baking ....they were really delicious!

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Cakes!! In a way THIS is what parkrun is all about.
Thank you Hannah for the most beautiful baking and congratulations to Lynda Hembury on her birthday

 

And while we're on the topic of "uplifting".... a huge thank you to all of our volunteers, many stepping into roles for the very first time this week and doing a fantastic job too.

A special mention and thanks to Jess Heywood, visiting from Newcastle. She provided sign language support for us today and helped us spread the word about parkrun inclusivity.

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Jess from Newcastle helps Chris and Bill, providing BSL support, for the First Timers Briefing.

We love our volunteers We love our volunteers
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Many thanks to all of our volunteers this week.
These are just a few of them who helped make Saturday happen.
email us at tringhelpers@parkrun.com to join us any Saturday morning.

 

As usual we had many people join us for the first time. Some had never tried parkrun before and others were adding Tring to their "parkrun tourism" list and/or proving they were up for tackling our hills.

In all we were joined by 17 brand new parkrunners. They were: Stephen WEIR, Joseph & Jake SARGENT, Daniel KING, Sophie and Steve TURNER, Joyce MILLER, Andy & William FAIRHURST, Holly HAYNES, Peter, Jack, Grace and Suzanne AMBROSE, Calum WEST, Cameron SAYWELL and Cameron GILLAN - welcome, all, to the parkrun familiy.

We also welcomed 18 other first time visitors to Tring: Sally, David, & Sam PUDDEPHATT, Terry ROONEY, Jackie FORD, Steve BARKER, Jess HEYWORTH, David THOMPSON, Celia WALKER, Julie, Edward, Arthur and Darren PERRY, Ellen KRETSCHMER, Jonathan GLEDHILL, Rosa RIVERA, Yuna TOUDIC and Carole PITTS - we hope that you enjoyed our scenic course.

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The Perry family visiting from Worcester

Be prepared
Our local scouts had a "scouts versus leaders" parkrun and were well prepared for an epic athletic battle.
We told them it wasn't a race..... that made no difference at all!

 

I asked at the start whether we had any milestones to celebrate and was met with uncharacteristic, stoney silence. As it happens we had two notable achievments.

First, congratulations to Johnjo MCDERMOTT who completed his 50th parkrun (all of them at Tring) and who was joined on the morning by a new, aspiring parkrunner!

Congratulations also to Anne GOLDING from Dunstable Running Club on completing her 100th parkrun. Anne joined us on our very first Tring parkrun and a third of her outings have been with us.

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The start of a very hot Tring parkrun 203...

 

July 21st happens, historically, to be a date of several significant speedy achievements. In 1904 Louis Rigolly became the first person to break the 100 mph (161 km/h) barrier on land in Ostend, Belgium.
In 1925 Malcolm Campbell became the first to exceed 150 mph (241 km/h) on land, on Pendine Sands in Wales. On the 21st of July 1969 Neil Armstrong became the first person to step on the Moon - returning home, he and his Apollo crew, reached 39,897km/h....but I digress!

On July 21st 2018, at Tring parkrun, 45 speedy individuals clocked new Personal Bests (PBs) - their own, personal, parkrun, land-speed records! A heroic achievement on a day warm enough to fry an egg on one of our "Caution Runners" signs!

Notable amongst these were Matthew WRIGHT (who was also our most experienced parkrunner on the morning, completing a very impressive 378!) he has ran at Tring 9 times, including our inaugural run, and has clocked a PB twice in a row.

In terms of outright pace Tom SAWYER also had a PB and was our first finisher (as he has been for his last three appearances at Tring) in a blistering time of 18:34.

However the speediest of the speediest are all females, when taking age/sex percentage into account these were: Lynda HEMBURY 86.58% (I still find this amazing!!), Sheila TURNER on 75.52% and Olivia Clarke on 71.29% (Sheila and Olivia both ran PB times too)

Everyone else was absolutely brilliant too!

And to finish off, here are this week's stats

- 4 PBs in 4 consecutive weeks for Lucy Brittain, and it would be 5 in 5 for Chris Parker if he hadn't managed to only equal (and not beat) his PB 2 weeks ago. Meanwhile Darren Hogg, Nickey Berry, Sam Burnell, James Worrall, Tom Sawyer and Carline Less all recorded 2 PBs in 2 weeks
- In addition, 4 PBs in his last 4 appearances for Euan Hudghton and 3 in 3 for Colin Hamnett and Roseanne Coles
- Sam Burnell ran the 4th fastest ever JM11-14, Olivia Clarke the 3rd fastest ever JW10, Holly Ashall the 5th fastest ever JW18-19 and Sheila Turner the 3rd fastest VW55-60.
- Johnjo McDermott becomes the 107th person to run 50 times at Tring
- Not content to be the 66th to run 66 times at Tring, nor the fact that he was the 67th person to run 67 times, now Ross Lambert will be able to update his CV with the fact that he is now the 70th to run 70 times at Tring!
- Walker was the most seen surname with 5, Paul and David the most seen male name (6 each) and for the females Holly was the most seen with 3
- We saw the name Mike for the 100th time and Alexander and Johnjo for the 50th times
- 1st time that we have seen 2 Camerons
- We welcomed the names Rosa, Yuna and Joyce for the 1st time
- Minute 27 was the most seen minute with 20 runners
- 3 clubs that we haven’t seen before this week – Tees Rowing Club, Transport for London parkrun Club and Saltwell Harriers
- Of the runners who have run at least 5 times, the biggest improvers were Roseanne Coles (3:05), Nicole Giraldo (2:18), Darcey Hudghton (2:04), Euan Hudghton (2:02) and Samantha Hollier (1:48)

See you all next week

Oh - and remember that we still need a couple of lovely, amazing, terrific, wonderful volunteers.

Ken

Tring parkrun - its very nice. I like

 

Tring parkrun #202

We entered Tring park on Saturday morning thinking it would simply be another normal day in parkrun land. On arrival, we realized our park resembled more of a desert with its yellow and orange colours shining through. It’s amazing to think only 4 months ago it was covered in snow!

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Tring Park is looking a bit on the African Savannah side!

As seems to be the norm these days it was another warm morning and this was further illustrated by the cows gradually making their way to the shade. This all makes for the fun filled Saturday mornings that are Tring parkrun. Fortunately, it was only the shade they were looking for and once they found it they were perfectly happy to simply watch (and I think support) this week’s runners.

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Our cows were keen to make friends - so long as it involved staying firmly in the shade

As always, we are indebted to our wonderful volunteers without whom the run would not be able to take place. As it is the summer months and people are on holiday we are always looking for more friendly helpers so if you fancy giving us a hand please get in touch. There are roles that allow you to run so if you want to run that is not a problem, you can still help.

It is therefore a huge thank you to all our volunteers from Saturday so thank you to Wes Ball, Steve Bladen, Lucy Brittain, Benjamin Bunn, Lucy Bunn, William Crane, Ken Douglas, Rosa Drath, William Drath, Sam Evans, Grace Fensome, Toby Gribbin, Claire Hallissey, Keith Henderson, Anna Lambert, Ross Lambert, Vicky Lea, Frances Leff, Richard Long, Sam Mccormack, Chris Millar, Christopher Parker, Joanna Penn, Charlotte Severs, Philippa Storr & Ron Yaxley.

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Thanks to all of our volunteers.
Seen here are our lovely Marshals looking after the first hill.

This week we welcomed 5 first time parkrunners. Welcome to the family we hope you enjoyed yourselves. We also welcomed 14 tourists for their first visit to Tring. We hope you enjoyed our course. Of course for our regulars the weather is making the course firmer and faster and we saw another 34 PB’s. Well done to all of you.

It was also a milestone run for one of our run directors. Chris Millar completed his 100th parkrun. Chris has completed 46 different parkruns on his way to his 100 runs and is only missing ‘Z’ from his alphabet collection. Congratulations Chris, a fine effort. Holly Ashall and Neil Coburn also completed milestone runs, each completing their 50th parkrun. In stark contrast to Chris, both have only run at Tring.

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Well done to Chris on his 100th run - and lots of thanks for the delicious, celebratory, chocolate cake too.

So, what other mysterious happenings occurred during these weeks run I hear you shout. Over to our supercomputer to confirm....

• Alan Grover and Tracy Cardno ran their 200th parkruns
• It’s 5 PBs in 5 weeks for Robert Stevens and 3 in 3 for Lucy Brittain
• In addition, 5 PBs in his last 5 appearances for Dan Butler, 4 in 4 for Emily Ford and 3 in 3 for Matthew Skelding, Dilan Baraus, Joe Mortlock and Sam Burnell
• Kirk Clifford set a new fastest time ever for the VM65-69 age category of 21:56
• We saw the surname Roberts for the 100th time and Salt for the 50th
• For the 1st time we saw 2 Tracys at the same event
• Paul and James were the most seen names with 6 of each and for the females it was Louise, Lucy, Claire and Samantha, with 3 each
• Minute 26 was the most seen minute with 24 runners
• We welcomed 2 clubs that we haven’t seen before this week – Tailenders and West End Runners
• Of the runners who have run at least 5 times, the biggest improvers were Emily Ford (2:12), Kyle Kerr-Miller (1:11), Julie Lindars (1:09), Dan Butler (1:04), Darren Hogg (0:51) and Tom Sayer (0:46). Congratulations to you all.

Ross and Anna Lambert

 

Tring parkrun #201

You know it’s hot when the volunteers at the start finish line are wishing they could find some shade. We were all just standing still. Yet 230 keen parkrunners decided they would tackle our 5km course in sizzling conditions. Of those 11 were completing their first ever parkrun and a further 31 were running at Tring for the first time. Of these, we had 4 birthdays!! - Steve Robinson, Leon Bosch, Rob Woods and Annette Howard all celebrated their birthdays completing Tring parkrun. What a birthday treat. I really hope you all enjoyed yourselves.

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Probably one of our warmest Tring parkruns

parkrunners never cease to amaze us as regardless of the heat 16 people managed to set PB’s well done to you all.

Of course, the real heroes are our wonderful volunteers. This week Lucy Bunn volunteered as one of our tail walkers. Lucy only turned 4 on Monday and so this week registered for parkrun and used her first opportunity to both run the course and volunteer. What a superstar!

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Thanks and well done Lucy!

We are of course so grateful to all our volunteers without whom the run would not be able to take place. It is therefore a huge thank you to all our volunteers from Saturday, namely, Samantha Allen, Chris Bill, Elaine Bunn, Lucy Bunn, William Crane, Andy Evans, Gary Evans, Ann-Marie Evans, Grace Fensome, Sarah Gray, Katie Haines, Claire Hallissey, Graham Hollands, Angela Hollands, Edward Hopper, James Maple, Mark Ockendon, Stuart Page, Charlotte Severs, Danny Wizard and Ron Yaxley.

This week was also a special occasion as we welcomed the RAF100 Baton which completed its first parkrun! The baton was passed to various runners and we hope you all enjoyed this different experience.

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The RAF100 baton team

It was a day for new experiences as a hen party also descended on us and our park. Congratulations to all the girls who completed the course. Good luck to the Hen for the big day.

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Good luck to Emmaline and Gary

It would not be a Tring parkrun run report without handing over to the supercomputer to look out for all the mindboggling occurrences from this weeks run.

• For the 1st time we made it 10 parkruns in a row, each with an attendance over 200.
• Stephen Burgess finished 10th on his 10th parkrun and Paul Kellett 17th on his 17th
• It’s 4 PBs in 4 weeks for Robert Stevens and 2 in 2 weeks for Lucy Brittain
• In addition, 3 PBs in her last 3 appearances for Trish Hudghton
• Welcomed back several runners after not having seen them at Tring for a while – in fact 5 of them entered our “Longest Gap between 2 Tring parkruns Top 10”! - Stephen and Jacqueline Robinson (199 each – our biggest ever gap), Emma Brown (189), Simon Beeley (174) and Stephen Burgess (172) – welcome back!
• Bunn was the most seen surname with 5
• We saw the surname Hollands for the 200th time, Nicholls for the 100th and Gray for the 50th time
• We saw the names Katie and Louise for the 300th times and Louisa for the 50th time
• Welcome to the names Sylvia, Madeline and Nickey, all who were seen for the 1st time at Tring
• For the 2nd week in a row, minute 28 was the most popular with 19 parkrunners finishing in that minute
• Chris Parker was so excited about finishing 7th at parkrun 200 in a time of 20:07 that he ran 20:07 again this week!
• Minute 42 set it’s own attendance record, though this might have something to do with a certain hen party!
• We saw the following clubs for the 1st time – Mid Essex Casuals and RAF Orienteering
• Of the runners who have run at least 5 times, the biggest improvers were Matthew Wright (1:52), Gareth Roberts (0:56), Sergio Giraldo (0:31), Jim Eite (0:26) and Laura Travers (0:17). Matthew has had a long wait for his PB, with his previous best being set at Tring parkrun #1

 

Tring parkrun – Week 200 – nurkrap

When I arrived at my first parkrun back in September 2012, inspired by the Olympics and complete with cargo shorts and a woefully inadequate pair of trainers, I really had no idea what I was getting myself into. I’d never really run before and remember skulking around near the back of the field at Black Park before we set off, hoping no-one would notice ‘the new guy’. Thankfully everyone seemed preoccupied with what looked to me at the time like ‘extreme stretches’ so I needn’t have worried! I genuinely had no idea how long it would take me to run three miles and was very relieved when I spotted my first kilometre marker – and even more relieved to discover that it was the 4k mark!

It’s become a bit of a cliché these days to say “parkrun has changed my life”, but I suppose spending two hundred and fifty Saturday mornings jogging around the UK is evidence that that’s certainly the case for me. I’ve a lot to be thankful for, not least for the opportunity to get a bit fitter, to discover that I don’t actually mind running and for me to spend over half my parkruns chatting (wheezing) away to my children as I push them around in the buggy. I wonder now what I used to do on Saturday mornings…

So with that I’m going to take this opportunity to thank parkrun for simply existing in the first place and to all the volunteers at Tring and elsewhere who make it possible. On a personal note I’ll say thank you to my family who all turned up to surprise me by coming to the run at the weekend, especially my wife Clare who has been dragged around the UK in the early hours of the morning to visit new parkruns and to my brother Peter Woodward who got me into it in the first place (and as it turns out quite likes being dragged around the UK in the early hours of the morning to visit new parkruns!)

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With family and friends - celebrating the 250th parkrun

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Thanks to Clare & George for the cake

If you’ve only ever run at Tring parkrun you might not realise just how fantastic and welcoming our community is. Certainly, other parkruns are lovely too but since day one (or parkrun number two for me) the friendly nature of Tring and the volunteers here has really stood out. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped set up, cheered us round or did any number of the different jobs that makes it all just happen. This week they were: Andrew Powell, Andy Evans, Angus Evans, Carole Page, Chris Dalton, Chris Nicholls, Claire Hallisey, Gary Evans, Helen Porter, James Foskett, James Maple, Jos Bartlett, Josie Drath, Katie Haines, Kirsty Dance, Louise Bladen, Maria Cumming, Matthew Foskett, Richard Long, Richard Murphy, Robin Attfield, Ron Yaxley, Rosa Drath, Sarah Foskett, Steve Bladen, Stuart Page, Tamsin Leybourne, Wes Ball and William Crane.

If you’ve never given it a try I can wholeheartedly recommend volunteering at this or any parkrun. You don’t need any experience and there are a host of different roles to choose from. Just e-mail us at tringhelpers@parkrun.com if you’d like to help out.

Some of you might have noticed that there was a slight change to our course this week in honour of our 200th parkrun. If you missed out on running the course backwards then never fear, all being well your next opportunity will probably be sometime around May or June 2020. If you were one of the
16 runners completing their very first parkrun on Saturday then you’ve got time to bag your 50 and 100 shirt by then!

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This week's RD, Katie, welcoming everyone to #200, ably supported by our Tring Park friends

Speaking of shirts, congratulations to Damien Fortune and Ellie Bates who both ran their 50th parkrun this weekend and to Matt Foskett who completed his 100th. Claire Hallisey became the 103rd person to complete 50 parkruns at Tring and whilst you’re not likely to get a t-shirt for this one, James Whittaker became the 69th person to run 69 times at Tring. What’s that? Oh well if you insist. I suppose I’d better mention that yours truly, one Harry Bryant did his 250th parkrun as well…

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Well done Ellie on running your 50th

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Well done Damien on running your 50th

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Well done Matt on running your 100th

Perhaps it was that downhill finish or just the result of having rocket fuel for breakfast but wow did we have a quick first finisher this week. Well done to Jake Smith of Axe Valley Runners who was visiting us for the first time and almost broke our all-time course record with a time of 16:38. 16:38! I hadn’t even made it to the bottom of the hill by that point! This of course highlights the beauty of parkrun – it doesn’t matter if you’re fast or not we all get to take part and enjoy/endure it in our own way.

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Well done Jake on your fast time but you may wish to visit us again to gain that 1 second difference to the course record!

This was the first time since June 2017 when we’ve had three runners complete the course in under nineteen minutes and following behind Jake was Aran Davidson in 18:46 and Colin Seymour in 18:57. First lady home was Junior Anna Cuthbert who set a new PB of 21:25. She was followed by Claire Hallissey in 21:53 and Scarlett Wager-Leigh in 22:24. Well done folks!

Alongside Anna we had a further 32 PBs this week, including Ian Shenton who went faster by 1:07, Euan and Darcey Hudgton who both improved by 2:33 each and Marie Young who absolutely smashed her PB by going 7:06 faster. Ian Middleton continued his run of four PBs in the last four weeks, whilst Robert Stevens clocked his third and Morgan Billings and Chris Parker had their second PB in a row. Fantastic – good work everyone!

Here’s something you might not know: Tring parkrun started on 1st November 2014. Since then 5,894 participants have completed 33,741 parkruns covering a total distance of 168,705 km, including 5,907 new Personal Bests. If you thought that was a good statistic, wait ‘til you read these:

• We saw the surname Patterson for the 400th time, Hanson for the 100th time and Robinson, Margetts and Davidson for the 50th time.
• We saw the name Steve for the 300th time and Claire the 200th. We also had Carolines and Charlottes both for the 100th time.
• This week there were 7 Evans’, the highest number of surnames since the 7 Lindars at event #172.
• Matthew and Thomas were the most seen male name (5 of each) with Sarah the most seen female (with 4).
• This was the first time we have seen 2 Freyas and 2 Ambers and the first time we’ve ever seen the name Lotte or Piquita.
• Minute 28 was our most popular this week (thanks for the invite) with 20 runners finishing in it.
• This was the first time that we have had a Harry finish next to a Potter in the results.

I usually end my reports with a look at some of the most aesthetically pleasing times of the week and of course this will be no exception. I’ve got to tell you, we’re spoilt for choice; in any other week Simon Conway (22:22) or Ed Wright (23:45) would have cleaned up. Instead, we’re going for a nerdalicious run from Chris Parker who finished our 200th parkrun in 7th position in a time of 20:07. Nice.

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7th at parkrun 200 in a time of 20:07 - Nice timing Chris!

By the time I write one these again I think the total distance run at Tring parkrun will be equivalent to half-way to the moon. That’s not bad for a free run on a Saturday morning. I hope you enjoyed your run this weekend and you’ll be back next week for more. As for me, I’ll see you for the next 250!

Harry

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