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