#218 – Happy 4th Birthday dear Tring parkrun

Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy 4th Birthday dear Tring parkrun,
Happy Birthday to you.


Congratulations to Andy Evans and his team of organisers for Tring parkrun reaching its 4th Anniversary.

Cake by Katie Haines

On record for the 6th highest ever turnout at Tring with 286 runners enjoying the morning sunshine.

Congratulations continue for runners presented with awards for those who have attended Tring parkrun the most in the last year, as well as those who have recorded the most PBs and our Star volunteers, these were:

Junior Males
1st – Jim Patterson
2nd – Tom Patterson
3rd – Noah Roger
4th – Jamie Lea
5th – Edward Foxwell-Moss

Well done to our junior male winners

Junior Females
1st – Isobel Bladen
2nd – Holly Bunn
3rd – Isobel Roberts
4th – Jasmine Margetts
Joint 5th – Bethany Hanson
Joint 5th – Enid Fleetwood

Adult Males
1st – Andrew Booth
Joint 2nd – Paul Myatt
Joint 2nd – James Foskett
4th – Steve Bladen
Joint 5th – Dan Storr
Joint 5th – Chris Nicholls

Adult Females
Joint 1st – Louise Bladen
Joint 1st – Elaine Bunn
3rd – Helen Page
4th – Philippa Storr
5th – Amanda Russell

Well done to our female winners

Star Volunteers
• Jim Maple
• Frances Leff

Most PBs – Adult
• Chris Nicholls
• Iain Middleton

Most PBs – Junior
• Zoe Chappell
• Darcey Hudghton

Tring parkrun was delighted to welcome Tom Sawyer to present the awards. Tom won the UK Trail Running Championships (Ultra Distance) 2018 and came first in the 86 miles Ridgeway Challenge 25/26th August with a time of 13 hours, 22 minutes. Equivalent to 28 consecutive park runs with an average time under 29 minutes.

Tom Sawyer with award winner Helen Page (who also, with 15 Tring parkruns, has the longest current live Tring parkrun streak)

On hearing this impressive statistic during the awards presentation my 10-year-old son turned to me and asked if that was the recent Ridgeway run I had completed. Sadly, my efforts were just for Tring Running Club’s Ridgeway run of 9.6 miles. Whilst I wanted to tell my son that I too was a ‘running god’ I found myself whispering that man is an amazing endurance runner, he doesn’t have a beard when he starts his races!

Onto other incredible statistics.
• 28 volunteers made event number 218 possible with Frances Leff clocking up her 25th volunteer duty, thank you Frances.
• 40 out of 286 runners recorded personal bests.
• Phillipa Storr and Dick Highton achieved a whopping 150 parkruns.
• Clive Cohen, Matthew Kingston, Nick Johns and Alison Ashall achieved 50 parkruns this week.
• Dylan Barlow completed his 10th parkrun.
• And… 25 runners finished in the minute 27 creating amusement for those observing the finishing token volunteer.
Well done to all of our 286 runners this week and thank you to the 28 volunteers under the directorship of Chris Millar.

Clive Cohen (far right) from Shires Tri-ers attending Tring parkrun for his 50th run


We look forward to seeing you next Saturday, 10th November, at event number 219 for another gorgeous run up and down those hills.

Vic Williams


Tring parkrun 217 – The Halloween Special

Round about the cauldron go:

In the poisoned entrails throw.
Toad, that under cold stone
Days and nights has thirty-one
Sweated venom sleeping got,
Boil thou first i’ the charmed pot.
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the cauldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg and owlet's wing.
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf,
Witch's mummy, maw and gulf
Of the ravin'd salt-sea shark,
Root of hemlock digg'd i’ the dark,
Liver of blaspheming Jew;
Gall of goat; and slips of yew

Sliver'd in the moon's eclipse;
Nose of Turk, and Tartar's lips;
Finger of birth-strangled babe
Ditch-deliver'd by a drab,
Make the gruel thick and slab:
Add thereto a tiger's chaudron,
For the ingredients of our cauldron.
Double, double toil and trouble,
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.
Cool it with a baboon's blood,

Then the charm is firm and good.

(an extract from Macbeth Act 4, Scene 1 by Bill Shakespeare 1623)

Struggling for inspiration for a Halloween run report I had looked to the poets for help, Scottish favourite Burns’ first published poem was Halloween but it’s bloody long winded and a little difficult to read so plumped for Shakespeare for you instead.


We had a fantastic turn out of runners and volunteers in brilliant costumes for Halloween and sweets and cakes to celebrate too.




Congratulations to our first timers Dominic CECERE, John AITCHISON, Edie HAWTIN, Charlotte WATKINS,    Nadege PRESTON, Tilly WALL, William WALL, Kelly WALL, Talia CADD, Heidi WALL, Tobias WALL, Roy MITROPOULOS, Cassius WILD, Lee MOUNTER and Denise CADD.

Also a huge congratulations to Sue Cox and Michael Wooton both running their 50th parkruns, Michael even managed a PB!

Most Experienced runner of the day was David Graham of Poole Runners who has 217 parkruns under his belt.

Our First placed male was Tom Smith in 19:45, first female was Lisa Jay in 23:23 setting herself a new PB too, first Junior was Dominic Cecere in 23:30 and the highest age graded runner was Mary Ward scoring 71.64%


Spooky coincidences for Halloween were our 19nd place runner had exactly the same name as me including the peculiar spelling of the surname and the token sorters found that token 66 had multiplied and we now have 2 of them and somewhere between 66 and 6666 is the number of the beast.

The stat-o-matic is currently lost at sea so no interesting statistics but normal service will be resumed next week hopefully.

Things to look forward to next week;

IT’S OUR 4TH BIRTHDAY! Please arrive for 0835 for awards. There will be cake :)

The cows have potentially morphed into sheep (that’s gonna make it interesting)


Claire Hallissey is tail walking so everyone has a chance to claim they beat an Olympian

See you next week

Chris Millar


What’s the story (Tring parkrun 215 glory)?

It was National Album day on Saturday when we also celebrated Tring parkrun 215. I knew it was going to be a good day. On Friday the weatherman had promised it would shine too. The evening before parkrun day is always filled with hopes and fears for a run director. But as I finished packing the Dookie and charging the radios for the morning, my night thoughts turned to leisure and I poured myself a glass of red red wine: pure hedonism. In the flat above, upstairs at Eric’s, I could hear him play a record - Best of the Beatles, I think – his favourite album.

Saturday morning began with a drive through the home counties. Radio 4 on the car radio was saying that Modern Life is Rubbish. But I have to say, I think that is one step beyond - complete madness. As I walked into the park with the pre-run set up crowd and my daughter, there was no other place I’d want to be. I wanted to be here now. This was my parklife.

The crowd filled up. Full of boys and girls. Dog. Man. Stars – all of them. Wives and Husbands in his n hers running gear. We had tourists from London, conversations from Welwyn Garden City.

And then it started to rain. And at the same time the cows started to move as if they had given to the wild. And in my head I sang an urban hymn to take me to the safety of a covered, indoor track. But there were no parachutes. We had to get on with the run. 3…2…1… go! (no revolver to start the race, just a megaphone)

Those that ran to the top of the hill through the wild wood saw the woodface and entrance to the natural park. If the altitude didn’t give you the bends the views of the big iron world below certainly could have done. Don’t forget that the thing about Tring parkrun is that this is hardcore

But if it sounds like this week’s run was all about me - that I had the masterplan - that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Being a run director is about standing on the shoulders’ of giants. Those giants were the high vis heroes, the volunteers, the people who stood out in the rain. And this week they did it with rampaging cows, faulty stopwatches and terrible weather. They had gallons of good humour and were a different class.

Thank you, all of them: Luke ATKINS, Violet ATKINS, Wes BALL, Howie BECK, Steve BLADEN, Clive COHEN, Annemarie DE BOOM, Rosa DRATH, Andy EVANS, Claire HALLISSEY, Edward HOPPER, Nika JACKSON-MOORE, Frances LEFF, Chris NICHOLLS, Helen PAGE, Thomas PAGE, Dennis RAFFETY, Amanda RUSSELL, Claudia SELINA, Dan STORR, Philippa STORR, Len VAN DE LINDE, Ella VAN DE LINDE, Kaja ZIEMBACZEWSKA, Blazej ZIEMBACZEWSKI

I know what you’re thinking though. “Is this it?” And I shout back: Definitely, Maybe, a little more. What about the records? We’re not going to whitewash achievement, here – no bleach in my run report. On that Yellow Brick Road to glory and a milestone t-shirt this week were:
Tom Patterson – our youngest “100” so far, what a kid a?
Garry Brown and Isobel Roberts who both ran their 50th parkrun
Emma Young and Finlay Searle who both ran their 10th parkrun as a junior.
The future is yours!

And finally… and finally. The Tring Supercomputer – New Gold Dream, as we’ve lately christened him – has come up with a few more stats for you:

  • It was the first time the attendance dipped under 200 since April – perhaps the weather or start of XC season
  • 2 PBs in 2 weeks for Eddy Guinness, Tony Hart, Neil Gould and Richard Pennant-Jones
  • In addition, Richard Pennant-Jones has recorded 6 PBs in his last 6 appearances and 3 in 3 for Tom Harris, Emily Harris and Toby Wastling
  • David Severs finished 63rd on his 63rd parkrun
  • Alex Bousfield set the 4th fastest ever JW15-17 time
  • We saw the surname Roger for the 300th time and Lea for the 100th
  • Mark and Tom were the most seen names (with 5 each) and Isobel the most seen female name (with 3)
  • We saw the name Peter for the 300th time, Tim for the 100th and Carole for the 50th
  • Minute 31 was the most popular, with 24 finishers
  • Nobody finished in minute 36 – the last time that happened was March 2016
  • The name “Brian” beat its attendance records with 3 runners.
  • We welcomed the names Fred and Lana for the 1st time
  • We saw the clubs Mablethorpe RC, Northampton Road Runners and Deestriders RC all for the first time - welcome all
  • Of those who have run 5+ times at Tring, the biggest PB improvements belonged to Enid Fleetwood (2:49), Peter Young (1:27), Beatrice Herbert (0:50), Darren Hogg (0:38) and Richard Pennant-Jones (0:30)

Signing off for now. But if you want to listen the Tring parkrun National Album Day playlist, you can listen to all 47 albums, 799 songs and 54 hours here.  And if you want a different, more intelligible, run report next week you can always volunteer by emailing tringhelpers@parkrun.com

See you on Saturday.

Wes Ball
Run Director


#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.


Jonathan Smith


David Leybourne


Jacob O'Neill


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.


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


What a week for breaking record # parkrun 213

So let’s see…When you look out the window on a Saturday morning and think about getting down to parkrun, do you think “I’m just happy to get round today”, or do you think “I’m going to try and get myself a new PB? Well for 48 excellent runners this is exactly what happened…and for one amazing runner he broke our course record!

Yes you did just read that right; Kristian Jones set a new course record with a fantastic time of 16:21.

New Record

And that’s not all, Nick Wake, Allan Maccormack, Stephen Barnsdale, Julie Wake, Noah Roger, Sara Jones, Kayleigh Gray and Matther Rizzo-Naudi all achieved 2 PB’s in two weeks.

Kristian was also amongst the 42 first timers and we welcome some new clubs including Havering Tri, Hungerford Hares, Swansea Harriers AC and Langport Runners.

We had some milestone achievements this week with Edward Foxwell-Moss and Bev Jones completing 50 parkruns. Our RD couple Anna and Ross Lambert achieved their 100th parkrun this week with a little help from Jonah.


Anna & Ross


Here are some other fun facts:

In addition Mika Sau Ortega and Annie Gilchrest have recorded 3 PBs in their last 3 appearances
Roxanne Pratt set their 3rd fastest ever time for VW50-54 and Phoebe Cutter recorded the 4thbest ever time for SW20-24
We had 3 people in a row whose name began with "Luc". How Luc - ky was that?
We saw the surnames Maple and Parker for the 200th time
We saw the name Pauline for the 100th time (Pauline Brown becoming the 36th person to run 100 times at Tring) and the name Albert for the 50th time (Albert Foxwell-Moss becoming the 117th person to run 50 times at Tring)
Paul was the most seen name (with 7) and Lucy the most seen female name (with 6)
The names Lucy and Edward both beat their respective attendance records with 6 and 5 runners.
We welcomed the names Piers, Neelam, Ziggy, Sammi, Roxane and Chitra for the 1st time
Minute 26 was the most popular, with 22 finishers
1st time we have seen 10 runners in minute 20
We saw the clubs Havering Tri, Hungerford Hares, Swansea Harriers AC and Langport Runners all for the 1st time - welcome all
Of the runners who have run at least 5 times, the biggest improvers were Adrian Summerson (1:39), Phillip Rance (1:14), Adam Beatty (1:07), Sidney Mead (1:07), Ben Foskett (1:05) and Luciana Walker (1:00)

See you all again on Saturday to do it all again!



Two for the price of one!!


Double the report - double the fun!

The observant noticed that there was (shock!) no run report last week! There is a reason for this - we forgot.

So this week you are treated to two rollicking, run-reports rolled up into one lovely package.

Tring parkrun #211 is recounted by Anna (one half of "team Lambert" who were joint RDs that week) and Vicki Williams stepped boldly up as this week's guest report writer and gives us her thoughts on #212 below.
Thank you to both.



Sep 15th - Tring parkrun #211

Tring parkrun number 211 consisted of everything that makes Tring parkrun so great... celebratory cake and lots of happy runners and volunteers. We suspect the two are not a coincidence!!

Huge congratulations to Finn Anderson who earned his “10” shirt. Another huge congratulations to Sue Frewin, Joshua Frewin, Edward Foxwell-Moss and Raphael Briand who earned their “50” shirts. And an extra special congratulations to Louisa Hopper for her “100” shirt. Thank you for all you star baking.

Huge thank you to our wonderful volunteers. We really appreciate your efforts and it was great to see so many U18s out there.

The start of tring parkrun 211
A spirited start to the 211th Tring parkrun

Of course it could not be a Tring parkrun report without a stats low down:

  • 3 PBs in 3 weeks for Luciana Walker
  • Katrina Beckwith recorded her 2nd PB in 2 weeks
  • Dylan Barlow has set 6 PBs in his last 6 appearances
  • Steve Turner, Claire Butcher and Joe Mortlock have set 4 PBs in 4 appearances
  • James Bell, Peter Ambrose and Graham Barlow have set 3 PBs in 3 appearances
  • Of those who have run the most parkruns, by chance 5 of the highest 6 had the surname Evans. This included 2 * Richard Evans, the 1st time we have seen 2 runners with the same name in the fastest 10. And to top it off one of the Richard Evans’ recorded the 3rd fastest ever time in the VM55-59 age group
  • We saw the surname Bunn for the 200th time and Lipscombe and Wright for the 50th.
  • For Christian names we saw Jonathan for the 200th time, we welcomed the name Nancie for the 1st time and we saw 2 Maries at the same time also for the 1st time
  • Richard was the most seen name (with 7) and Sarah the most seen female name (with 4)
  • For the 2nd week in a row, minute 30 was the most popular, with 22 finishers
  • Clubs we saw for the 1st time included Altrincham and District AC and Bedford Run Club
  • Of those who have run 5+ times at Tring, the biggest PB improvements belonged to Steve Turner (2:16), Adam Beatty (1:23), Clare Butcher (1:03), Joe Mortlock (0:59) and Alison Ashall (0:56).
  • A special mention to Holly Bunn who recorded a PB this week, 66 Tring parkruns since her last and also Alison Ashall who has ended a wait of 42 Tring parkruns.



Sep 22nd - Tring parkrun #212

Event number 212 held at Tring Park was a cold, windy day… A day full of spirit, community love, cake, the number 100 and baby cows.

Saturday 22nd September marked 100 days until we reach 2019; that’s 14 amazing Saturday park runs and volunteer opportunities left of 2018 for those of you counting.

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216 parrkunners, minus a few late arrivals, ready for the off.
Unfortunately this is the only pic we managed for Anna Fryer that wasn't speed blurred - then again she did get a PB!

100 was a special number for Lynda Hembury who completed her 100th run. Lynda is part of a local well known running club and if you are lucky enough to have a chance to run with her – do. Her laugh is lyrical and pace / routes of the local area a real pleasure. Lynda holds the age graded score of 88.07% completing Tring Park run in just 22:21 on 4th August 2018.

Hannahs wonderful cakes
Lynda's daughter, Hannah, baked the most wonderful cakes for everyone to celebrate

50 was also a special number for Jim Maple who completed his 50th park run. Jim is best known for his musical delights at gate number 1 on the course and his sociability in the Akeman after. His milestone was all the more impressive when you know that he had heart surgery earlier in the year too.

Congratulations to Anna Fryer on her 50th too. Anna started her parkrunning at nearby Aylesbury but has now run 30 or her 50 runs with us at Tring, she also marked the occasion with a PB!

Junior visitor Josh Perrottet earned his “10” shirt, we're really pleased he chose Tring to do that.

More stats for the reader include: 216 runners taking part, 19 clubs represented, 28 outstanding volunteers, 18 first timers and 45 new personal bests.

Ken Douglas, often found in Moose attire, was our fabulous Park Run Director this week and took charge of the 28 volunteers in their duties.

parkrun depends on volunteers and vacancies to be filled in the weeks ahead can be found at www.parkrun.org.uk/tring/futureroster/

Our fantastic Finish Line team

As usual there were a few other notable facts and figures this week, including:

  • With a JM15-17 male fastest finisher and a JW11-14 for our fastest female finisher, it was one of our youngest fastest finisher pairings since May 2017
  • 2 PBs in 2 weeks for Ian Shenton, Clare Butcher, Steve Turner, Peter Lilley and Katie Young
  • In addition, Steve Turner, Claire Butcher, and Sara Jones have set 5 PBs in their last 5 appearances, Mark Tikaram and Allan Maccormack 4 in 4, and Catherine Turner 3 in 3
  • Alex Bousfield set the 4th fastest ever time for the JW15-17 age category with her time of 23:21
  • Adam Swann becomes the 71st runner to have run 71 times at Tring
  • We saw the surname Brown for the 200th time
  • For Christian names we saw William for the 200th time, we welcomed the names Maya, Glyn, Zach, Luna and Cristie for the 1st time and we saw 2 Claudias at the same event also for the 1st time
  • Paul was the most seen name (with 5) and Louise the most seen female name (with 4)
  • Minute 29 was the most popular, with 18 finishers
  • Helen Page picks up the baton for longest current attendance streak with 9 Tring parkruns in a row
  • We saw Getfit Athletics Club for the 1st time and it was the 1st time that we have seen 3 from local Team Jules
  • Of the runners who have run at least 5 times, the biggest improvers were Sara Jones (3:46), Katie Young (1:56), Emily Scott (1:46), Hortense Seed (1:39) and Peter Lilley (1:37)

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Lynda and Jim - two of this week's wonderful milestone runners



##210 – Birthday and milestone cake and a little quiz

“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…….

  1. 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?
  2. For a bonus point – of these – how many do you think were running their 1st ever parkrun?
  3. Looking at this group of runners – what minute do you think was the busiest?
  4. It wasn’t the busiest minute, but it did break it’s own attendance record – which minute was this?
  5. 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?
  6. 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?
  7. 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?
  8. 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?
  9. How many of the famous Tring cows can you see in this picture?
  10. 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.

Well done Naomi on your 100th

Well done Michael on your 100th

Well done Penny on your 50th

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Well done Neil on your 50th

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

Scarlett becomes fastest in her age category for the 2nd time - Well done!

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….

  1. 34 runners were running at Tring for the 1st time
  2. 8 runners were running their 1st ever parkrun – welcome Amy, Angus, Emily, Michelle, Niall, Richard, Tim and Tom
  3. Minute 30 was the busiest with 28 runners
  4. Minute 25 set a new attendance record for itself of 24 runners
  5. 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
  6. For the 1st time we saw 3 Amys at Tring
  7. 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)
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    Well done Sophie - birthday, PB and 50th parkrun!

  9. With Gadebridge closed this week, 24 runners from D&T visited Tring. Only Tring RC have had more runners on a specific week.
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    Dacorum & Tring beat their best attendance record at Tring

  11. 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.
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    Luckily the cows decided not to be a barrier but instead just munch grass

  13. 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?!


Tring parkrun #209 – The A to Z of Tring parkrun

##209 - The A to Z of Tring parkrun

A is for Anne Ramsden – who set the 2nd fastest ever time for VW65-69 with a time of 28:08

B is for Bovines – They were very well behaved this week and waited patiently for us to start before walking across to their water trough

Thanks to the cows for politely waiting for us to start

C is for Christian names that we hadn’t seen before – so welcome to Soraya, Nicolette and Carlton

D is for Dylan Barlow – who has recorded 5 PBs in his last 5 appearances at Tring. Also recording their 3rd PB from 3 appearances were Claire Butcher, Steve Turner, Sean Hampson and Julia Norman

E is for Excellent D of E volunteers – We are very lucky as at the moment we have a group of 6 doing their bronze and silver level volunteering. After watching you all set off on your 5k I was having a catch-up with Tom Sawyer who the previous week had won the Ridgeway 85 mile Ultra. It was just as well that D of E regulars Charlotte and Grace were concentrating as they spotted I had forgotten to set up the finish funnel!! Luckily we managed to get it set up about 30 secs before our 1st finisher

Grace & Charlotte remember the poles and tape

Luckily no one will ever know that I had forgotten!

F is for Facebook followers - did you know we have 2,946 followers. Who will be our 3,000th?

G is for Great Turnout – Our longest sequence of 200+ runner parkruns, with our 18th this week and with Gadebridge and Milton Keynes cancelled net week, we should soon move onto 19 in a row

H is for Huntington Woods, Michigan (a suburb of Detroit) – whose population in the 2010 census was 6,238 – by complete chance, can you guess the number of different people who have run at Tring? If you have run at Tring this stat wouldn’t have been possible without you!

I is for Improving PBs –Of the runners who have run at least 5 times, the biggest improvers were Millie Weller (3:31), Richard Martin (2:27), Matthew Pagani (1:04), Colin Chapple (0:59) and Dylan Barlow (0:47)

It's a great feeling when you get a PB! Over 3mins improvement for Millie just ahead of proud mum

J is for John Butcher - who became out oldest parkrunner at Tring and also became our first and fastest in the VM85-89 age category

Well done John - fastest in the VM85-89 category

J is also for Julia Norman - who recorded her 3rd PB in 3 weeks. 2 PBs in 2 weeks for Caroline Legg, Steve Turner and Graham & Dylan Barlow

K is for Kelly Dickson – The only person to get all numbers the same on her time with her 33:33

L is also for Longest streak – Dennis Raffety holds the longest unbroken attendance with an impressive 54 parkrun streak. Up till last week he was building another long streak with 23 in a row but unfortunately, he had to retire injured this week so our new longest current streakers are James Whitaker (15), Alice Fisher (8), Chris Simmons, Vicky Williams and Helen Page (all 6)

M is for Minute 28 – This week’s busiest minute

N is for Nicola Hume – whose gap of 192 Tring parkruns is the 4th longest gap between 2 Tring parkruns – welcome back!

O is for Obelisk – Half way round our course you pass the obelisk. Did you know that the 15m high tapering obelisk is made of red brick and limestone ashlar which rests on a square pedestal and towers up to a pierced ball finial. Legend has it that it was built to commemorate the visits to the mansion of Charles II and his mistress Nell Gwyn.

P is for Paul Cocklin - from Ware Joggers who ran his 200th this week

P is also for Paul Reddaway –who set the 2nd fastest ever time for VM55-59 with a time of 20:05

Q is for Quentin Harding – who back in June became the only person to have ever run at Tring with a name beginning with Q!

R is for RunFit Essex – the 1st time that we had seen this club – also the 1st time that we had seen Tuesday Tracks, Stainland Lions RC and K-Way VOB

S is for Steven Hall – one of 6 1st timers this week – welcome to you and to David Smith, Dylan Richards, David Gafford, Holly Smith and Mark Evans

Welcome to Steven - one of 6 running their 1st ever parkrun

T is for Talia Williams - who earned her “10” T-shirt this week

U is for Unknown – 8 no-barcode results this week – which conveniently, given the year brought our all-time total to 2018

V is for our super Volunteers – thanks to Andy EVANS • Hilary NEEDLEMAN • Emma WELLER • Ann-Marie EVANS • James MAPLE • Kevin LAWLEY • Katrina BOND • Stuart PAGE • Allison WILLIMENT • Graham HOLLANDS • Katie WILLIAMS • Dominic VEAL • Martin WELLER • Angela HOLLANDS • Beth WELLER • Millie WELLER • Chris NICHOLLS • Alison LYON • William CRANE • Andrew BOOTH • Richard LONG • Charlotte SEVERS • Grace FENSOME • Howie BECK

W is for Williams – which with 6 runners was the most seen surname this week

X is for Yan Xu – who back in August became the only person to have ever run at Tring with a surname beginning with X!

Y is for Yellow hi-viz – We are always grateful if you can help us fill our volunteer roster – take a look at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/tring/futureroster/ and simply write to tringhelpers@parkrun.com

Z is for Zoe Skells – because if she hadn’t run this week you’d have had to hear all about my trip to Poland to visit Zielona Gora parkrun to collect my "Z"!

Z is for Zoe


See you all again on Saturday to do it all again!


Andy Evans


Tring parkrun 208: parkrun love from Bradford to Tring.


You may have noticed...

You may have noticed that we now have an opportunity on our volunteer roster for "run report writer".

We were delighted that Helen Brant, visiting us from Bradford, offered to help this week. Read her great write-up below....


Guest Run Report

First let me introduce myself:

My name is Helen Brant and I am addicted to parkrun.

My home run is in Bradford and I RD there sometimes.

Despite having two photographers we managed to miss Helen in action at Tring. Here she is as an RD at her local Bradford parkrun.
(By the way - is that shades of autumn I see on the Lime Tree avenue, already?)

I’m staying in the area this week and having googled parkrun in the area I was intrigued by ‘heartbreak’ hill. In Bradford we have a ‘teeny, tiny hill’ which we do 3 times so I thought pah; I run in Yorkshire these southern hills will just be a small slope. This is where I hold up my hands and agree that this parkrun is not for the faint hearted.

The sun was shining as I drove 1.5 miles past the car park failing to notice the neon Marshall’s by the entrance, (I was clearly blinded by the sunshine). Once parked I followed other people who looked like they knew where they were going to be brought out to a spectacular park. Then I looked up, and then my heart broke (before even running). I made my way to the tourist/first timers sign where I was greeted by a lady who looked at my Saltaire Striders vest and told me she worked in Saltaire; small world I thought. Another man approached, he saw my vest and told me he grew up in Saltaire and his mum still lived there. I felt at home.

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The Start Line, with Andy Collings as this week's RD, many of this week's great volunteers (see below) and the Finish in the background.

I also met a 69 years young chap who had been out with Tring running club in the week and this was his first parkrun. He was excited and enthused and this is what I love about parkrun, every week someone new becomes part of the family (though in hindsight Tring is not a gentle way to loose your parkrun virginity).

After the briefing we went to the start.

I chose some up-beat classical music as I felt the scenery deserved some class. Once we were off and were descending I thought this is lovely; then I looked up (I need to stop doing that!). The hill just kept going, up and up and through the trees, I looked to my left...breathtaking views made the hill worth it plus the rather nice downhill after. There was some lovely bits of undulation after the descent and I have to admit, the final hill pretty much killed me before I got a fab high 5 at the finish.

What a lovely, challenging course with fabulous Marshall’s and apparently a lot of people from Saltaire!

The first hill
Off and heading down the first hill - with Kirsty and Kevin Dance as this weeks Tail Walkers.

I loved it and will return (once I’ve recovered) in the future.

Thanks all.

Mrs Helen Brant


Thank you

Helen - many thanks for the super write-up. We're glad that you enjoyed your visit, please do come and see us again. Likewise we'll say hello if near Bradford.

If you'd like to pen your own write-up, or even draw a picture (we've had a quite a few good ones in the past), get in touch with us as you would for any other volunteer role by emailing tringhelpers@parkrun.com

And on the topics of "thank you" and volunteers.....I'd like to thank everyone who responded so quickly and positively to our request for help this week: Andy EVANS • Alison Caroline HARDING • Kevin HARDING • Helen BRANT • Toby GRIBBIN • Edward HOPPER • Kevin DANCE • Andy COLLINGS • Amanda RUSSELL • Ken DOUGLAS • Dick HIGHTON • Ann-Marie EVANS • Christina STEVENS • Kirsty DANCE • Allison WILLIMENT • Victoria WILSON • Graham HOLLANDS • Katie WILLIAMS • Luke ATKINS • George FLETCHER • Angela HOLLANDS • Chris NICHOLLS • Violet ATKINS • Claire SHEPHERD • William CRANE • Neil COBURN • Andrew BOOTH • Gillian HANSON


A few more things to finish off with

This week 228 people participated in Tring parkrun, of whom 13 were taking part in their very first parkrun and 28 were visitors from other parkruns.

The cooler weather helped 39 record new Personal Best times. Well done.

(And a special mention to our very own Event Director Andy Evans. Not only was he the most experienced parkrunner, with 225 runs under his belt, but he too posted a new PB, his first for 15 months. Great stuff).

Full results can be found here: Tring parkrun Results Page.

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The recent heatwave made it too hot for most of our usual canine participants - so it was great to see so many back this week. (There were more, but they were too nippy for the cameras!)


And finally

That's just about it for another week. - Just time to give you the latest batch of Tring parkrun stats....

4 juniors earned their “10” shirt this week – well done to Rex Evans, Kyle Kerr-Miller, Kieran Cripps and Robert Williams

Our fastest finisher, Ben Livesey with his time of 17:27 was the 3rd fastest ever time at Tring. Not only that it was the fastest ever by someone aged 30+.

Meanwhile our fastest female Asha Niven, with her time of 20:07 became the 5th fastest ever female and in her case the fastest ever under-30 female

Gavin Wild and Helen Tullie became the 32nd and 33rd runners to complete 100 Tring parkruns

James Fisher, Jess Wakelam, Julia Norman and Iain Middleton all recorded their 2nd PB in 2 weeks

Dylan Barlow and Andrew Pennell both recorded their 4th PB in their last 4 appearances, 3 in 3 for Joanne Lynch, Ian Harris, Jess Wakelam and Rachael Evans That’s 8 in this Tring parkrun year for Andrew – the joint 2nd highest total.

We saw the surname Page for the 300th time and Clark for the 100th and Wray and Farquharson both for their 50th.

We saw the Christian name Naomi for the 100th time and Jane for the 50th

James (with 7) was the most common name and Helen (with 4) was the most seen female name

For the 1st time ever we saw 3 Hazels and we had a bumper group of new names not previously seen at Tring including Asha, Stefan, Zdenka, Geraldine, Luciana and Tamira - welcome all!
For the 4th time in the last 6 weeks Minute 27 was the most seen minute, this time with 25 runners (a new attendance record for this minute!)

3 clubs that we haven’t seen before this week – Saltaire Striders, Eton Manor AC and Lakeland Orienteering Club

Of the runners who have run at least 5 times, the biggest improvers were Christopher Potts (1:08), Caroline Legg (1:06), Dylan Barlow (0:55), Ann-Marie Evans (0:52), Alexander Caps (0:52) and Ryan Cripps (0:51)

Our next parkrun in Tring Park is on Saturday September 1st.

Fingers crossed for another sunny (though cooler) morning

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George doing a fantastic hi-five job on the finish line on Saturday.
Kudos to everyone who took part.
See you next week



Tring parkrun 207: YPOA’s visit

I blinked and that was another week gone! It’s Friday afternoon and I’ve not yet done the run report. So what can we say about parkrun number 207?

Our brilliant volunteer team
Our great volunteer team - making parkrun 207 happen at Tring

For starters we had a rather large furry bear with us in the form of YOPA. The bear promoting Herts Year Of Physical Activity (You see what they did there?) or HERTSYOPA18. [Ed: It's a stag - not unless the bear has figured out how to grow antlers. :-)].

So what is it? Well seeing as you asked HERTSYOPA18 aims to make Hertfordshire the most active county by increasing physical activity, shifting stubborn inactivity levels (like playing on your phone!), celebrating what’s already happening (like parkrun) and encouraging new programs and events. Full details can be found on their website https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/health-in-herts/hertfordshire-lifestyle-and-legacy-partnership/hertfordshire-year-of-physical-activity-2018.aspx.

There a lot’s of great events to get involved in.

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VOPA visiting Tring parkrun as part of Hertfordshire's Year of Physical Activity


Click for a video clip of young Will showing YOPA how to floss! :-)

Parkrun 207 was also my first as an RD since the change of route, actually my first in a while having not being able to make any dates in the last rota. Some of you may have noticed that my stress levels were fairly high! If I appeared rude to anybody and know a few people tried to speak to me, please accept my sincere apologies. I know a one or two of you ended up doing something you weren’t expecting to be doing, so thank you.

The cows were back with a vengeance! After setting up the valley poles (in the wrong place!) the cows thought it would fun to remove them. As I looked on from the finish area I could see the poles literally flying through the air. Maybe the cows are cleverer than we think and knew that I’d put them in the wrong place??

Distant cows
Our new cows were in hiding after their vandalism - under the watchful eye of Cow Marshal David Severs (you need to look close!!)

We also had lots of new volunteers this week who were learning the ropes before Wendover Parkrun gets under way.

As if all the above wasn’t enough I had been informed by my future wife the evening before the Wedding we were going to at Stoke Park, an hour drive from Tring, started at 12 O’clock. You don’t have to Albert Einstein to work out time was going to be tight!

Many thanks to all our volunteers this week and especially Ken who took over the responsibility of results processing and allowing me get away.

Tail Walkers
Brilliant family volunteering by "team Patterson" who, collectively, were our Tail Walkers this week

Ben PATTERSON • Charlotte SEVERS • Danny WIZARD • David SEVERS • Edward HOPPER • Graham HOLLANDS • Heather PAINTER • Jim PATTERSON • Justin WETTERS • Katie WILLIAMS • Ken DOUGLAS • Lesley CARD • Malcolm CARD • Maura PATTERSON • Moira DOUGLAS • Patrick MCLOUGHLIN • Richard MURPHY • Stuart EKINS • Thomas PATTERSON • Victoria WILSON

There were 240 this week, 28 were first timers of those 7 were first time Parkrunners and 23 recorded new PB’s.

There appeared to be a little bit of skulduggery, reminiscent of the battle between Frome and Wiggo on Mt Ventoux, on the finish line this week with Chris BOOTH apparently looking beaten at the bridge before leaving it until the last few yards to sprint past Oliver POULAIN, there was just 2 seconds in it. Maybe it was experience that made the difference as Chris being a regular at Tring and it was Olivers’ first. Great show boys!

Well done to Mary WARD who was the leading lady!

It's not a race
Skulduggery?? You decide!! :-)

50 milestones this week for Craig HIGGINS, Matt CARTER and Andrew C D BOOTH.

The person with the most Parkruns this week was Carl HEAPS with 458. Carl is =29th on the global list of most Parkruns. The current record is held by a Darren WOOD with a whopping great 681 runs worldwide! Incidentally Darren has never run at Tring, he doesn’t know what he’s missing!

Well in the words of Looney Tunes “That’s All Folks”!


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