“Welcome to parkrun ------- 10” - sorry for the confusion on Saturday when the microphone cutout briefly – clearly we are on parkrun 210 not 10!
Those minutes just before parkrun have to be among my favourite time of the week. Although it can be a bit hectic if you are the RD, for most people it’s a time to catch up with what your friends have been doing since you saw them last, or perhaps meeting a tourist and making new friends. Or maybe you’re a first timer and listening to the First Timers Briefing. Just looking at the picture picture below makes you hear all the chatting that is going on.
Having her 1st go at being photographer, Charlotte ran up on the bridge and took a great photo capturing this period of time from Saturday - so let’s have a look at this picture in more detail and see what we can find with a little quiz – perhaps have a competition with your family or work colleagues and see who gets closest to the answers. So that we don’t spoil it for you the answers are further down the report (no peeping!)
OK – Have you found someone to compete against…
Each person scores a point if they get the exact answer or if they are the closest
Have you got pen and paper ready?
Off we go…….
- On the front right Vicky and Jamie were presenting their 1st timers brief - Looking at that group, estimate how many people were running at Tring for the 1st time?
- For a bonus point – of these – how many do you think were running their 1st ever parkrun?
- Looking at this group of runners – what minute do you think was the busiest?
- It wasn’t the busiest minute, but it did break it’s own attendance record – which minute was this?
- On the far left you can see some volunteers getting ready. Remembering to count those who help before and after and that the cow and gate marshals would already be on their way to their positions – how many volunteers do you think there were on Saturday?
- In the background Amy is doing her stretching – The name Amy beat it’s previous attendance record of 2 – how many Amys ran this week?
- In the middle of the picture, in one of our red “50” bibs – you can see birthday girl Sophie, one of 5 milestoners this week. If running your 50 and having your birthday wasn’t enough, of those who have run at least 5 parkruns she had the most impressive PB improvement. Question is, to the nearest minute, by how minutes did Sophie improve her PB by?
- In the picture near to Sophie, are a number in purple Dacorum & Tring tops. The club broke it’s record attendance (previously 15) - but how many were at Tring this week?
- How many of the famous Tring cows can you see in this picture?
- Near the front left Izzy Bladen, in purple, (who has run more at Tring than any other Junior) is chatting to James (Jim) Maple (who has played more music whilst marshalling at Gate 1 than anyone else). It’s great to see Jim back running again – but as he runs as James, he helped the name James beat it’s previous attendance record. So how many Jameses did we see?
It was a cake fest at Tring Park today with probably the most cake we've had since our birthday - and impressively I think it all got eaten! Well done to milestoners - Naomi Wager-Leigh (100th), Neil Paterson (50th) and with Gadebridge closed today, a large group from Dacorum & Tring plus friends to celebrate Sophie Turner's birthday plus her 50th run, her brother Michael's 100th as well as Penny Wallduck's 50th - Cheers for all the cake.
There were some impressive times at the front
Fastest finisher Ollie Grimette set the 3rd fastest time for his SM20-24 age group with his 17:41. It was also the 7th fastest time ever that we have seen at Tring and the fastest by someone with no club against their name – so if any clubs need to improve their cross country teams…..!
Following Ollie was James Bailey who set a PB, dipped under 20 mins with his 19:56, the 4th fastest ever in the JM11-14 age category
Scarlett Wager-Leigh celebrated moving to the SW18-19 age category, with her 21:28 being the fastest ever time for that category and just 2 secs off her PB meaning that she becomes the 3rd person to hold the fastest time records in 2 different age categories
Alice Fisher picks up the baton for the longest current streak with 9 Tring parkruns in a row
If you want to pick up a Tring PB look out for in form runners - These are the group you should try and keep up with at the moment…..
4 PBs in 4 weeks for Julia Norman whilst Adam Blackwell, Kayleigh Gray, Richard Lipscombe, Mark Tikaram and Jess Wakelam all recorded their 2nd PB in 2 weeks. In addition Dave Stevens has set 4 PBs in his last 4 appearances and Allan Maccormack 3 in 3
And so to our quiz answers….
- 34 runners were running at Tring for the 1st time
- 8 runners were running their 1st ever parkrun – welcome Amy, Angus, Emily, Michelle, Niall, Richard, Tim and Tom
- Minute 30 was the busiest with 28 runners
- Minute 25 set a new attendance record for itself of 24 runners
- The event was made possible by 26 volunteers: Thanks to
Keith STONESTREET • Claire HALLISSEY • Andy EVANS • Chris MILLAR • Carol WOLSTENCROFT • Stuart PAGE • Dan STORR • Philippa STORR • Chris NICHOLLS • Peter LE BLOND • Jon REYNOLDS • Isobel MONKS • Vicky LEA • Ryan STONESTREET • William CRANE • Neil COBURN • Mike BURBIDGE • Carole PAGE • Jamie LEA • Andrew BOOTH • Richard LONG • Frances LEFF • Charlotte SEVERS • Grace FENSOME • Howie BECK • Julie SPRATLING
- For the 1st time we saw 3 Amys at Tring
- Sophie improved her PB by 2 minutes. Well done! From those who have run 5+ times at Tring, the best improvements were Sophie Turner (2:04), Katrina Beckwith (1:51), Emma Bisgrove (1:43), Neil Adcock (1:38), Steven Wood (1:31) and James Bailey (1:23)
- With Gadebridge closed this week, 24 runners from D&T visited Tring. Only Tring RC have had more runners on a specific week.
- Zero – no it’s not a trick question! That’s how many we saw when we set up the course – but at 8:55am they magically appeared in the middle of our course - luckily they wandered off just in time.
- James was the most seen male name with 9 runners. 1st time we have seen so many Jameses and indeed James Worrall ran the 600th James run at Tring. We saw the names Mairi, Philip and Jake for the 50th time and Vicky for the 100th. Helen was the most seen female name. We also saw the surnames Monks and Chamberlain – both for the 50th time
So how did you do?
10 out of 10 – Excellent performance – do you fancy writing next week’s run report?
6-9 out of 10 – Very good – reward yourself with a run at Tring parkrun this week
1-5 out of 10 – Room for improvement – to improve your observation skills come along to Tring parkrun this week
0 out of 10 – OK some of the questions were tricky but where did you see the cows?!