#214 International parkrun day

This week we celebrated International parkrun day, as 14 years ago the first ever parkrun was started in Bushy park.

The Bushy Parkrun was originally known as the Bushy Park Time Trial, and its results were timed with a stop watch, recorded on paper while washers stamped with a finish number were used as finishing tokens. It grew into a network of similar events called the UK Time Trials, before adopting the name Parkrun in 2008 and expanding into other countries. Now parkrun has over 5 million registered runners.

On a drizzly Saturday morning we welcomed 245 runners of which we had 15 first timers including some new clubs Truro RC and Blackburn GroupRun. The slightly damp conditions did not put off 36 runners getting a new PB of which Ann-Marie Evans, Iain Middleton and Gavin Spencer got a PB for the 2nd week in a row.

We also had a number of milestones this week with Jonathan Smith completing his 100th, David Leybourne completing his 50th and congratulations to Jacob O’Neill and Beatrice Herbert for completing 10 parkruns.

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Jonathan Smith

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David Leybourne

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Jacob O'Neill

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Beatrice Herbert

parkrun could not run without our wonderful volunteers and this week we had pacers to help our runners hopefully achieve a new PB. The best pacing award this week has to go to Steve Bladen who forgot to start his watch at the start and after checking the time from other pacer finished in 34.58.

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Andy showing them how its done when you get the finish early!!

Other fun facts

In addition, Richard Pennant-Jones has recorded 5 PBs in his last 5 appearances and Stuart Gregory 3 in 3
Michael Hart finished 7th on his 7th parkrun
We saw the surnames Ball, Chapman and Thorn for the 100th time
We saw the name Jon for the 200th time and Howard for the 50th
Minute 30 was the most popular, with 23 finishers
The names Michael and Tim both beat their respective attendance records with 5 runners.
We welcomed the names Irene and Alli for the 1st time
Paul was the again the most seen name (with 7) and Lucy the most seen female name (with 4)
Of those who have run 5+ times at Tring, the biggest PB improvements belonged to Ann-Marie Evans (0:52), Javid Khan (0:35), Neil Coburn (0:34), Steve Allen (0:33) and Tony Hart (0:29)

See you tomorrow
Katie