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.

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.

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