Tring 230 – Inspiration, Levitation and Perspiration

 

Inspiration

Both Tring parkrun and our very own Wes Ball got several great mentions on Ed Milliband and Geoff Llyod's excellent podcast "Reasons to be cheerful". We were hoping Ed would join us in Tring for his first parkrun but (perhaps sensibly) he opted for a local one instead. You can hear their great account of parkrun in general and also one of the best interviews I've heard with parkrun's CEO Nick Pearson. Click on the image below or here to listen to "Born to (park)run - Geoff and Ed's Excellent Adventure".

Born to (park)run

 
If you subscribe to the weekly parkrun email you will have noticed we were featured twice in parkrun's new training guide. In the first of a four part series "hill training" was highlighted and where better than our very "undulating" park? For those with a new year resolution to improve your parkrun pace you can find the article here (or click on the picture below).

Hill Training

 

On the topic of new year resolutions, it seems that more than ever have resolved to attend parkrun in 2019. Across the world we saw a surge of participants after new year and this weekend saw further huge increases Click here to see more about UK records. You can zoom into the map and click on Tring for a summary of our event.

 

Levitation

On the topic of attendance records, Saturday was the first time ever we've had more than 300 parkrunners three weeks in a row.

It will be interesting to see how much we've been helped by the dry and relatively mild weather. I've been walking and running in Tring Park for 30 years and can't recall ever seeing the paths so mud free in mid January. Next weekend (Jan 19th) is due to be freezing cold and the week after has heavy snow forecast - it will be interesting to see if our numbers remain high.

In preparation for the anticipated wintery conditions some have been practicing the art of floating over the expected mire rather than plodding through it.

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Inspired levitation at the Summer House, mid parkrun, by Dom Evans

 
No less bestowed with magical powers were our lighter than air volunteers this week, thank you to Marcia QUINN, Liz DANIEL, Gary EVANS, Mary WARD, Richard ALCOCK, Robert ALCOCK, Trevor LARK, Patrick MCLOUGHLIN, Michael WARD, Tom BROOKES, Izzy BROOKES, Harry BROOKES, Jos BARTLETT, Andrew POWELL, Oliver WEST, Thomas PAGE, Ciara POWELL, Isobel MONK, Greg LEFF, Anna HANSON, Robert NORRIS, Frances LEFF and Howie BECK.

Special thanks, in particular, to Howie and Ciara who have completed their Duke of Edinburgh volunteer stints - we really appreciate all of the help, magical or otherwise.

Now if we can just find a way to levitate all of our parkrun kit it would save a lot of early Saturday morning huffing and puffing.

And while we're at it, a magical and foolproof way to process our results would be welcome too! Our high numbers have compounded the usual little trip-ups. I'm well aware that at the busiest time, despite two people on finish tokens, it was impossible to hand them out fast enough and that the mouth of the finish funnel got very backed up. Sorry about that! We've had a meeting of the committee and we've passed a resolution - next week will make a few more changes to the shape and length of the funnel etc. to improve things. Additional measures include using drones to hunt down Funnel Duckers and make them run the entire course again! Twice! :-)

 

Perspiration

Lots of great efforts and large amounts of energy expended this week across the board, including by our 14 first time parkrunners: Juliet PENALIGGON, Mark WILLIAMS, Amber PENALIGGON, Grant NEWMAN, Richard MURRAY, Sarah BRIDGE, Mark PARKINS, Roddy TAYLOR, Jackie SHEPHERD, Deborah LEA, Jacob LEA, Ian STACEY, Graham CAMPBELL and Christine DENNIS. Welcome to them all.

This week we celebrated four parkrunners reaching important milestones. Congratulations to:

  • Kirstie NEWMAN who reached the lofty height of 100 parkuns and "wins" a covetted black parkrun T-shirt.
  • Ann-Marie EVANS and Charlie Scott who both reached their 50th parkruns and will be rewarded with red parkrun T-shirts.
  • And Oliver IRESON completed his 10th, with a PB too, and earns a white T-shirt.

 

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Anne-Marie was one of four runners this week reaching an important milestone

We also had another PB-fest. In total 58 people recorded Personal Best times. It's worth taking a closer look....

  • It was really great to see ALL of our new runners (those that started at Tring this year, who also ran on Saturday) get a PB: Ian WHITING, Charlotte UTTING, Chris BALL, Mike HOLDROYD and Leah HOLDROYD. Great stuff.
  • And a special mention to Gavin BASHFORD, Marcus DAVIS, Charles ASHWELL who joined us in the Christmas period and also got PBs.
  • Streaks of PBs take some doing and so a special "well done" and congratulations to Moira DOUGLAS for her 5th successive PB.
  • Also on PB streaks were Claire ASHWELL (4 in 4) and 2 in 2 for Christopher IRESON, Christophe BEVAN, Emily SCOTT, Brian McGINNITY, Gary STROUD, Matthew SKELDING, Jennifer SCOTT, Millie WELLER, Oliver IRESON and Patrick McLOUGHLIN.
  • In addition we saw 5PBs in his last 5 appearances for Richard CASELEY, 3 in 3 for Charlotte BAILEY, Shane CHEUNG and Fiona TRINDER.
  • Alice WRIGHT set a new SW20-24 all time record, beating her own PB by 24 seconds. Congratulations - what a great result
  • Of those who have run 5+ times at Tring, the biggest improvers were Enid FLEETWOOD (1:55), Moira DOUGLAS (1:47), Thierry CHAUSSALET (1:31), Rachel STANLEY (1:28), Millie WELLER (1:13). That's impressive!
  • Both of our first finishers recorded PBs too. Seb BRUMMELL with a time of 19:52 and Alice WRIGHT who knocked 24 seconds off her last PB set on New Years Day

 

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Amanda was the first person in history to accumulate 4 solid days of Tring parkrun time!!

This week we really do have an eye-opening "random stat":

  • Amanda RUSSELL becomes the 1st person, who if all her parkruns were a continuous event, would have spent 4 days running with us. In total 14 have passed 3 days, 49 have passed 2 days and138, 1 day.
  • We saw the surname Myatt for the 200th time, Fleming and Jones for the 100th, Bryant, Killin, Lloyd-Evans and Deverall-Roberts all for the 50th but it was Evans with 6 that we saw most of on Saturday.
  • The 1st time we have seen 3 Noahs, 2 Jacobs and 2 Juliets and the 1st time we have seen the name Roddy.
  • Minute 26 was the busiest minute with 31 runners which was a record for Minute 26. (It felt like 131!)
  • We saw the Beccles and Bungay Harriers club for the 1st time.

And so there you have it for another week.

Look out your thermals for the weeks ahead!!

The Tring parkrun team

 

PS

You can find out more about Tring parkrun and see all of our photographs and videos on our Facebook page here.

You can see our current volunteer roster here.

We encourage all parkrunners to volunteer a few times a year. If you can help on any future date, or would like to find out more about our volunteer and helper roles, please email us at tringhelpers@parkrun.com.

We now have two excellent parkrun podcasts available each week. "Free Weekly Timed" is the official parkrun podcast with Vassos Alexander and Louise Ayling. We also have "With Me Now" with Danny Norman and Nicola Forwood which is an independent parkrun-based podcast.

 
 

PPS

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Tring's winter course described in a single picture.
Thanks to Andy for the spot!

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

2018: A year in the life of Tring parkrun

 

Thank you for another amazing Tring parkrun year

What a fantastic year 2018 was for the Tring parkrun community: 54 parkrun events, 12296 individual parkruns, 1352 volunteer roles filled, an immeasurable number of new friendships forged, and many wonderful memories created.

It's been quite a journey, these last twelve months.

  • We've endured the extremes of the seasons - mud, snow, rain, wind, heat and parched earth.
  • We've run four different versions of our weekly 5k course.
  • We've witnessed multiple milestones being set and records falling a plenty.
  • We've had cake, dressing-up, musical marshals, bovine antics, special occasions and more cake.
  • We avoided being embroiled in egg-gate but couldn't avoid cow-magedon.

 

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Tring parkrunners turned out every single weekend without fail, regardless of the weather.

We've continued to grow and involve more people of all ages and abilities throughout the year. Even in the depths of winter our lowest number was 139 (see the March write-up) and our maximum was an amazing 353 reached on the very first day of the year!

 

Tring parkrun 2018 as seen by the amazing stat-o-matic (part 1)

Throughout the year Event Director Andy Evans' trusty PC has whirred and chugged and fascinated us with the most obscure of stats, facts and figures. We can therefore add a bit of colour to the attendance numbers above.

In the table below you can see our growth over the last full four years. Last year we grew by 10% and averaged an amazing 228 parkrunners each week. This is all the more impressive considering that wonderful Wendover parkrun, just a few km away, has started during this period too.

Total numbers compared

Looking at the age profile for the barcoded runners in a typical week, the numbers for those aged under 40 have stayed broadly the same whereas the over-40s have increased by 20% (see table below). We see much the same with parkrun-club/T-shirts that our runners qualified for, with the proportion of new runners staying much the same whilst the average proportion of 50 and particularly 100-club members continues to grow.

age profiles compared

Perhaps not surprisingly our average run time continues to increase (a trend seen across parkrun as a whole) - which is good. In 2015 the average time was 29:25, it rose to 30:03 and further to 30:42 in 2016/17 and last year grew to 30:47. As an aside this is 2 minutes 16 seconds slower than the UK parkrun average - a reflection of the effort required to tackle our hills.

Further evidence of our growing maturity is that the number of new runners, visitors and PBs are all quite static but the growth is in regular running without the elusive PB.

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And while we are on the topic of PBs.....where, during the year, were they earned?

PB distribution

Early summer and September were (as is usually the case) the best PB months. December did not see much of a drop-off in part because our temporary winter course is a bit faster and also because compared to previous years most of December has been quite dry. (2019 is likely be very different because of the dry conditions experienced so far - in fact we equalled the total number of 2018 January PBs in one week alone).

 

Month by month, season by season.

The following is a quick whizz through the year. You can click on the title of each month for a shortcut to the actual run write-ups.

January - a BIG start to the year.
We had a 10:30 start on January 1st and were joined by an amazing 353 parkrunners (our second highest number ever). Many were "doing the double" from Aylesbury (96), Gadebridge (46), Ellenbrook (2) and Cassiobury (1).

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It was muddy but many seemed to quite like that - Lucy and William being two fine examples!

Apart from that January was generally wet and muddy and a real trial for many a New Year resolution! Amazingly we had quite a lot of visitors join us because it was muddy. Seasoned XC runners loved it, the kids loved it, actually it wasn't too bad.

However not everyone agreed entirely, as words from the RD's write-ups showed. From Wes: “Wow, what a morning. Now I quite like volunteering, but even the most diehard of hi-vis wearing hero was probably thinking ‘It’s pretty wet and cold out here mind'". And from Anna: "I am sure I speak for lots of us when I say thank goodness for the end of January"!
 
February - Mother Nature has a laugh.
Frankly February didn’t start much better, although later in the month we had some very pleasant mornings, pleasant enough for the dreaded, fate-tempting "maybe it'll be a short winter after all" thoughts to spring to mind!!

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Our milestone runners on run 181 were feeling the temperatures rising, and their hopes of the end of winter with it - wrong!!!

There's not much more to be said about February than that, really!
 
March - Did somebody say “British Summer Time?”
Blam!!
The "Beast from the East" arrived dramatically at the start of the month and the vast majority (almost 90%) of parkruns in the UK were cancelled. An intrepid advance party (Richard, Ken, Andy C and John Manning) braved the elements on the evening of Friday March 2nd and again on Saturday morning with the conclusion "it's OK - let's do it"!

Unfortunately many roads were impassable and thwarted the efforts of dozens to get to Tring Park. 139 runners and 20 volunteers did make it and - although hard going in places where the snow was deep - they were rewarded with a parkrun in the most magical, snowy landscape.

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King Charles Ride in the snow.

Of course all of the melting snow (on top of a layer of iced ground) then turned to even more mud. The path from Gate 1 to King Charles Ride shamed even the toughest of Tough Mudder obstacles.

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March was a muddy experience - but still fun!

By the end of the month we got British Summer Time. It sure didn't feel like it.
 
April - When RDs become Weather Gods.
April saw the most amazing transition. Winter vanished, flowers blossomed (tentatively at first) and by the end of the month the fabled 2018 heatwave had started - a meteorological occurrence that Chris Millar took full responsibility for in his mid April run report. And I quote: "it’s 6 months since I was run director and it feels like just as long since we had weather this nice at Tring parkrun. Coincidence? I think not." LOL!

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Spring flowers appeared within sight of the start line.

Temperatures were way above seasonal norms. No one was complaining. The park really started to come to life and before we knew it T-shirts and shorts were broken out for the first time in months, even for the relatively static finish line volunteers.

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It was great to see volunteers and runners alike in shorts and T-shirts and Tring Park blossoming fast.

May - A new course
May was stunning! The headline for the first run report was simply "Scorchio". Spring was in the air and the park was a delight. A week before the Royal Wedding we had our own special event - the coronation of our new course. To comply with a request from the land owners we moved the start/finish away from the Lime Tree Avenue. The reward was an even hillier Tring parkrun, dropping first into the valley before a long, long climb. The volunteers did a great job both of managing the new route and a new herd of young and very inquisitive cattle.

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A fast blossoming Tring Park was looking stunning in the Spring sunshine.

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The start line on the Lime Tree Avenue looked brilliant.

At the end of May the cows had got used to us (or bored by us), we were used to the new course and even a (now uncharacteristic) shower did nothing to dampen another great month in Tring Park.

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We discovered a new use for our trusty blue tarps during late May showers

 
June - Events, Milestones and Celebrations.
June was a big month for events: we joined the NHS70 celebrations, marked "This Girl Can" weekend, celebrated our 200th run and also the 250th parkrun of Run Director Harry Bryant.

The NHS run saw many outstanding costumes (including a buggy converted into a hospital bed, complete with IV drip - read/see more here) and was great fun.

We then marked "This Girl Can" with an almost entirely female volunteer team and a guest write-up from regular Tring parkrunner Philippa Storr. I love her introduction...
 
This girl didn’t think she could...
...even get to the finish line when I had to be dragged, crying, up Heartbreak Hill on my first ever parkrun.
...ever go sub-30 minutes.
…ever truly, hand on heart, say she enjoyed the first kilometre.
…ever get to 100 parkruns.
…ever be made to feel so welcomed and encouraged by such a great bunch of people.
But this girl, just an ordinary girl, can!

Thank you Philippa.
 

Congratulations to Harry
It was fantastic to see Harry, flanked by friends and family, complete his 200th parkrun.

Our own milestone was to hold our 200th parkrun. We ran the course in reverse to make the occasion. We also experienced a bit of cross-parkrun love. Great Notely parkrun created an MDF 200 sign for their own a few weeks before, since then it has travelled all over the UK and Ireland to other 200 anniversaries.

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Run Director Katie with the "wandering 200 sign"

You know we like our stats on this page and one from that 200th anniversary deserves special mention. Chris PARKER was at our 200th to run his 7th parkrun - and finished with a time of 20.07. How cool is that?
 
July - Cowmagedon, was it the heat?
July was HOT. We had our warmest ever parkruns - more than once finishing in temperatures nearer 30 than 20 by just 10am. The Park started to look more like the African savannah. Cows and volunteers alike were actively seeking shade by the end of several events.

At the start of the month (run 201, 7th July) Tring parkrun was honoured by an air force team from Halton carrying the RAF100 Baton as it neared the end of a relay round the UK to mark their centenary.

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The RAF team joined on the hottest parkrun ever at Tring

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Tring Park looking more like African Savannah

We had our own "fake moos" incident too. After weeks of staying well clear the Tring Park cattle decided that the 28th July was the day to "play" with our brand new poles and markers! They got shouted at!! Have you ever seen a herd of cows look sheepish?

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August - Clubs and YOPA visit.
The heat abated in August, but it was still warm and the Park still parched. The month got off to a flying start with Pacer week that coincided with Tring Running Club using us as part of their Off Road Championships and we were also visited by groups from both the Harpenden Arrows and Garden City Runners, so numbers were relatively high for the vacation season.

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A great Pacer team, sporting our lovely new blue pacer bibs

During the year we were visited my several members of local councils, who have been very supportive of us and parkrun in general. Towards the end of the month the mascot of Hertfordshire's "Year of Physical Activity" (YOPA) paid us a visit and was great fun.

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YOPA donned a hi-viz vest and joined the week's brilliant volunteers.

 
September - Families, cake and a new course record.
With the kids back at school and the weather being "PB friendly" we saw lots of families out running together and lot's of new records too. Run 213 at the end of the month saw 48 PBs and an amazing new course record of just 16:21 set by Kristian JONES (and, yes, on the flat he's nearly 2 minutes faster than that!).

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A great start to "PB month".
Millie, just ahead of proud mum, ran a PB time that improved by almost 3 mins

Looking back through the run reports it's notable how often cake gets a mention and the 22nd of Sep was a fine example. Lynda Hembury (our course age-category record holder) completed her 100th parkrun and her daughter baked special cakes to celebrate. They looked too good to eat, but we did eat them - and they tasted even better!

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Lynda Hembury's daughter, Hannah, baked the most wonderful cakes for everyone to enjoy

 
October - Our world of Interpretive Dance.
We’ve had many great run reports including Andy Evan's April 1st classics, write-ups featuring Winnie the Pooh, Star Wars, Spaced out Bovines and more. We've even had a report written by Andy Colling's Dog. Wes Ball however upped the bar not once but twice during the month.

Video run report
Click on the image to see Wes' great video run write-up

"National Album Day" (who knew?) coincided with parkrun 215 and Wes brilliantly incorporated the titles of his favourite 47 albums into the write-up "What's the story?".

In jest we challenged him to do the next as "a video run report in the form of interpretive dance". And he did!!!!!!! Fantastic stuff!

Halloween
The end of October brings Halloween and, as usual, we had a spooktacular array of fancy dress.

 
November - 4th birthday and Autumnal days.
At the start of the month we celebrated our 4th birthday with prize giving and (surprise) more cake! There was a lot to celebrate this month and of special note was Ron Yaxley reaching his 100th parkrun. He only came along one week to keep his granddaughter company when her parents were away.....and has been a regular attendee ever since.

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The youngest member of the Bladen family with grandfather Ron Yaxley.
He completed his 100th on the same day they reached a collective 500!

Tring Park was also in the process of hunkering down for winter and looked spectacular in its autumnal colours. Of course winter brings mud and (as you saw in the March section above) the prospect of a challenge up through the trees above "Gate 1".

This is an area of Special Scientific Interest and until such time as they can figure out what to do with that path in the winter the Woodland trust asked us to not run there. So we devised a temporary "out and back" route along the ancient Ridgeway with a killer first hill! It would get its first airing earlier than expected after the days of heavy rain at the end of the month.

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Yet again Tring Park was looking glorious, with our pregnant cows softly munching on the autumnal hillside.

 
December - Hoots and routes.
The first week of December was a bit miserable weather wise - it coincided with our first use of our temporary winter course and our mad celebration of St Andrews Day - the "Tring kilted parkrun". It was great to see so many regular Tring parkrunners and visitors decked in tartan and anything else vaguely Scottish (inflatable bagpipes even!!)

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Just two great examples of the effort so many went to for the kilted parkrun. Thank you Kevin and Len.

Later in December, of course, we had our festive runs, including our extra on Christmas Day itself. As with other special events the turn out of runners in fancy dress and costumes was a wonder to behold.

 

Tring parkrun 2018 as seen by the amazing stat-o-matic (part 2)

Let's finish off with another rummage in Tring parkrun's databanks. We've seen (in part 1 above) how our numbers have grown and changed over 4 years. The following table and chart show the proportion that, through the year as a whole, completed 5,10, 20, 30, 40 or more parkruns at Tring.

How many how often

While the numbers running 30+ times stayed static we saw a large growth in those running 10-30 times. Given that our numbers are rising steadily what could be the reasons for this? We're not quite sure but it's likely that "parkrun tourism" might have something to do with it.....we see more people, with Tring as their "home run", travelling to and enjoying parkruns elsewhere in the UK and the world!

How many how often chart

There was a time when running clubs weren't quite sure what to make of parkrun. Now most clubs have seen their numbers grow as parkrunners have "got the running bug" and/or want the opportunity to run with others mid week. We have a great relationship with the very friendly and welcoming Tring Running Club (TRC). They, in turn, now included Tring parkrun as part of their annual "offroad championship" series of runs in 2018 and have their own parkrun tourism group too.

clubs compared

The table above shows how many parkruns were run by each club. On the Run Aylesbury jumped from 8th to 4th, Bearbrook entered the top 3 and Shires Triers and DofE were new entries to the Top10.
A weekly stat-o-matic favourite is the names-game!

Looking first at surnames - it was the first year that Evans hasn't topped the table with an overtaking manoeuvre by Bladen on the last parkrun of the year. New names to enter the Top 10 include Williams, Roberts, Hanson and Storr.

names compared

For Male first names it's Paul that has taken the lead and James replaces Richard in the top 3. Mark and Tom are new entries into the Top10.

Male first names

For females, Helen has just overtaken Sarah and Isobel has replaced Louise in the top 3. New entries into the Top10 include Lucy, Charlotte and Emma.

female first names

With Claire becoming a mum at the end of 2018, Scarlett took over with the highest number of fastest runs. Chris being away at uni meant that it was a close lead for Tom and Matthew. As for Age Grade % Lynda had an impressive lead.

Speedy times

 

Stopwatch Bingo has become "a thing" with the followers of parkrun's unofficial challenges. How many different seconds did you tick off in 2018? See the tables below for the top results at Tring in 2018 and previous years.

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On the left: seconds "earned" in 2018,
on the right the seconds recorded across all years

We're quite impressed by these. It takes on average 281 parkruns to complete StopWatch Bingo. Louise is seriously challenging the laws of probability - she has only 1 to go and had completed "only" 182 parkruns at the end of 2018. Will she be the first to see all 60? Or will she have to wait 2 years for the elusive missing second!!
 
Onto "Steady Eddies", those who ran 20 or more in the year and have the least variance in their times compared to their 2018 average pace. The Lower the % the more consistent the times. We're impressed by these too - well done to all.

steady eddies

 

And so that brings us to the end of our review of 2018.
 
What a great year, thank you all for helping make Tring parkrun a happy place on Saturday mornings.

 
The Tring parkrun team

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Tring parkrun #229 in numbers

Despite the cold weather, it was great to see so many of you this weekend!

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We’ve been putting together a bumper “2018 round up” which will be out soon – so here in the meantime is a quick 1-2-3 of what happened at Tring parkrun #229. Well to be honest there were so many of you today we needed a few more numbers, and these reports just tend to grow, but you get the idea……

1 – Welcome to Abbie - the 1st time we’ve seen this name at Tring

2 – Paul Christie was 1 second too fast for this line with 22:21

3 – Ann Brewer was 1 second too fast for this line with 33:32

4 – It’s 4 PBs in 4 weeks for Moira Douglas – powering around the course with her Nordic poles. 3 in 3 for Claire Ashwell, 2 in 2 for David Barnett, Rachel Barnett, Benjamin Smith and Rob Firth.

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4PBs in 4 weeks - well done Moira!

5 – Thanks to the 5 marshals out on course

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Unfortunately the 1st 5 Marshals of the Soviet Union didn't volunteer this week - but luckily Heather, Frances, Robert, Alison and Jim did - thanks all

6 - Of those who have run 5+ times at Tring, the 6 biggest improvers were Mollie Rees (3:02), Barney Hooks (2:43), Mille Weller (1:44), Rachael Macrea (1:34), Keith & Nuala Farquharson (1:17)

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Mollie on her way to the day's biggest PB improvement

6 - A mention for Sarah Hooper who has recorded 6 PBs in her last 6 appearances, Bobby Donnelly and Eddy Haddock recorded 4 in 4, Martin Donnelly and John Aitchison 3 in 3

7 – 7 Tring RC runners managed to finish in a sequence in our results - one after the other

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By a strange coincidence the American army in Korea predicted this stat by naming their radio the "TRC-7"

10 – Junior 10 - William Ireson earns his white shirt

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Well done William on earning your "10" shirt

14 – Well done to the 14 running their 1st ever parkrun

25 - Minute 25 was the busiest minute with 25 runners. Minute 27 also had 25 runners but that doesn’t match as nicely

26 – Of today’s runners, Helen Page has the longest continuous streak of Tring parkruns with 26 – which puts her 10th on the list of longest continuous streaks.

50 – Louise Quinn managed to run her 50th parkrun on her 50th birthday! Happy birthday Louise! We were so impressed with this stat that parkrun HQ have agreed that she can have a red shirt with her age printed on it! The next time Louise will be able to repeat a similar feat is  in 2030 if she only does 11 parkruns in the next 11 years!

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Well done Louise on running your 50th and Happy Birthday too!

76 PBs —A stunning number of PBs – our joint 2nd highest haul – we have had to search the record books to the heady season of April 2017 as our mud dried out and we saw 76 and then 107 PBs in successive weeks. This alternative winter course is proving to be as fast as our summer course – so are you up for 107 PBs next week?

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76 PBs! - a great total - in fact so impressive that this Dutchman has bought a new numberplate to celebrate!

100 - Well done to Trevor Lark for running his 100th . We would just like to point out Trevor is much younger than the shirt that parkrun HQ will issue him. It was also the 200th time we have seen the name Trevor!

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Trevor (in white top) on way to his 100th - well done Trevor!

100% - Our year 5 100% club is getting down to the hard core 7 – after 12 runs since our birthday it’s 12 out of 12 for Helen Page, Holly Bunn, Isobel Bladen, Louise Bladen, Luciana Walker, Peter Leigh and Steve Bladen but it’s Emma Young who is so far the PB Princess with 6 PBs in those 12 weeks!

100 - We saw the name Leybourne for the 100th time at Tring and Williams was the most common name on the day with a count of 6. And another mention for Mrs Leybourne, it was the 50th time we have seen the name Tamsin, as well as the 300th time for the name Adam and also the 50th for Iain.

1-2-3 - Had Ken Douglas finished 1-2-3rd on his 1-2-3rd parkrun that would have fitted in really nicely with this numeric run report but as he finished 124th it’s probably not worth mentioning, although well done Ken on your fastest run for a couple of years

312 - Another big turnout - Our joint 4th highest attendance, following our 3rd highest on Tuesday.

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312 tokens to sort back in order

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Join 50+ of your parkrun family for a post run coffee and natter

See you all again next week,
Andy E

 

Tring 228 – New Year’s Day plus the double plus the double plus

 

Happy New Year everyone

Tring parkrun wishes you all the very best for 2019

If our first parkrun of the year had been a firework it would have been one of those huge starbursts that go "BOOOOM!"

Despite our non-traditional, early start we enjoyed our third largest turnout ever - an amazing 344 people. At least 79 of these were first timers and many had already driven quite a distance to be with us. Impressive dedication.

I enjoyed chatting to a few folks who had driven up from (flat) Marlow, arriving to do the (very hilly) Tring/Wendover double but there were so many people at Wendover (more on that later) that I didn't get the chance to see how they got on.

It was also really lovely to see our current female course record holder Claire HALLISSEY with her beautiful new baby, Brandon, who is just 2 weeks old. They came to say hello and, small though he is, I'm pretty sure I saw Brandon eyeing up the Lime Tree Avenue and thinking - "maybe mum will give me a very fast push down there later in the year!!" :-)

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Chris Booth led this weeks pack from start to finish.

Conditions were surprisingly good: it was mild, dry, still, and "Cow Pat Ally" was thankfully not an assault course hazard. This helped an impressive 42 ("the answer to the question......") people record Personal Bests.

Among them was first finisher Chris Booth (back in home territory after university) who posted an impressively symmetrical time of 18:18. I might have been still more impressed if he'd posted a time of 19:19 or, better still, 20:19! And if Steve Oglesby had contrived to be just 2 seconds slower he'd have recorded 20:19 and won this week's prize for the coolest time (if not this year's!!)!

Chris went to to be second finisher at Wendover with an even faster time of 17:41!

On the topic of which 200 people ran BOTH at Tring and Wendover (doing "the double"). Of these, roughly 25 ran between the courses and approx half a dozen biked it (doing "the double plus"). Several started at Wendover or Tring and effectively did a Half Marathon loop. See pic below!!! We also had runners "do a double" with Cassiobury and Houghton Hall.

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Our very own Chris Millar ran from Wendover to Tring, did Tring parkrun (his 50th there, with a course PB), then ran back to Wendover and did Wendover parkrun (also with a PB).
He is convalescing at home and has asked that people do not send flowers and that the press respects his privacy.

 

Coming back to Wendover. Wow! If we were a starburst that goes boom, they were an entire fireworks display to eclipse London's. Excluding the recent "parkrun tourist excursion" (which set their previous attendance record) FIVE times more than normal people turned up. An incredible 460 parkrunners stress tested the Forestry Commission's parking system (!!) and very nearly the parkrun system too (our normal timers only go up to 500 and Wendover's highest plastic finish token was 440). We acknowledge and are thankful for the Wendover team's heroic efforts. Safe to say the New Year Day Double (NYDD) has become "a thing"!

I know we say this every week, but our volunteers over "the holidays" were stars. Several gave up the opportunity to "do the double" and stepped up because we were shorthanded. Everyone of them deserves our special thanks. The setup team, the marshals (thanks for the Scottish refrains at the Obelisk, Jim) our Finish Line Team and Tail Walkers and the Post-Event team who had everything packed and cleared in the blink of an eye. Last but not least was Andy Evans our RD - who managed a run at Wendover and processed the results on our temporary computer.

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Just some of the 26 volunteers that made our morning happen: Andy EVANS • Tom NORTH • Clive COHEN • Emma BISGROVE • Louise QUINN • Emma SMITH • Anna FRYER • Samuel FRYER • Gary EVANS • Ken DOUGLAS • James MAPLE • Katrina BOND • Stuart PAGE • Annemarie DE BOOM • Louise BROOKES • Greg MITCHELL • Juliet MITCHELL • Chris NICHOLLS • Joseph FRYER • Andrew POWELL • Markus KINCH • Ros EVENSON • Nika JACKSON-MOORE • Neil ADCOCK • Heather PAINTER • Shane CHEUNG

 

It was a special day to run a milestone parkrun, especially if doing the double. (It does make it tricky figuring out the details from the results page though).

  • Edward MARGETTS and Julie PARRY both had a fantastic start to their year with a 50 milestone at Tring.
  • Tim FOWLER and Nick BALDING also ran their 50th at Tring and went on to their 51st at Wendover.
  • Steve ALLEN and Nigel WIGGINS ran their 49th at Tring and followed up with a 50th at Wendover. What a way to start the year!
  • Rebecca WHITWORTH ran her 100th at Tring and went on to 101 at Wendover as did Paul BOLTON.
  • Helen PAGE marked her 99th at Tring and her 100th at Wendover.

Congratulations to them all.
 

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You can see a "flyby" video of Tring, Wendover and the run between of those on Strava by clicking on the map above.

 

As usual we have a feast of stats to shed further light on the morning:

  • First timer Glen STILLMAN crossed the line in 36th position and became our 40,000 finisher. In doing so he also became the first (and only) person to have brought the total distance run at Tring parkrun to 200,000km!
  • James REPPER (2nd finisher) - 3PBs in 3 appearances, in 3 different years!
  • Alice WRIGHT (first female finisher) - PB on her first visit here since mid-2017.
  • Andy COLLINGS - first PB since mid 2015 and he went on to another PB at Wendover too!
  • Deirdre HEYDECKER - first PB since mid 2015
  • Hortense SEED, Andy BELL, Gayle WILLINGTON, Fiona TRINDER, Matt ASHMEAD and Sarah ASHMEAD all recorded 2PBs in 2 appearances at Tring.
  • Claire ASHWELL, Ffion WEBSTER and Tracy WEBSTER all recorded 2PBs in 2 straight Tring parkruns.
  • I'm especially happy to say that Moira DOUGLAS recorded her 3rd straight PB with a fantastic time, nordic walking.
  • NOTE: More will be published here later after the stat-o-matic has whirred out its results!

 

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Some even celebrated a birthday too on New Years Day. Many happy returns.

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No idea wwhat's going on here. But I liked the pic! :-)

 

That's it for this week. Back to normality on Saturday the 5th.

And we'll publish our promised "Tring parkrun review of 2018" at the weekend too.

Best wishes for 2019

The Tring parkrun team

 

NYD parkrun – IMPORTANT STUFF

 

We will have a special, extra parkrun on New Year Day at 9:00am

Get 2019 off to a fantastic and memorable start, join us for our New Year Day parkrun.

Remember that this year we start at 9:00am

PLEASE NOTE: Many of our volunteers would like to the opportunity to do a parkrun too and want to travel to Wendover for a 10:30 start. So we will be starting VERY promptly and aiming for a quick finish and fast get away.

Looking forward to seeing you there

IMPORTANT

We expect a very good turnout. Although we hope that the Hastoe Lane carpark will be open we cannot 100% count on that and you should not park on Hastoe Lane itself. Also please avoid parking on the narrow residential streets close to the Park. Instead we ask that you arrive several minutes early and park in the town, or walk, jog, bike........just avoid Hastoe lane, please.

Click on the map below for more detail on parking on our NYD Day parking arrangements.

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Thinking of "doing the double" on foot?

 
Wendover parkrun is only just over 5km from Tring Park and many have expressed an interest in running there rather than driving.

Click on the map below to go to information on how to do this.

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The Tring parkrun team

 
 
 

 

Tring 227 – Last parkrun of 2018

 

What will you remember?

271 parkrunners and 21 volunteers will remember our last Tring parkrun of 2018 for many reasons.

  • Rob FIRTH, Sammy HADDOCK, Sarah ANNETTS, Peter KEMP, Rachel HURST, Clifford HURST, and Charles ASHWELL might well remember their very first parkrun.
  • Perhaps one of the 14 "parkrun tourists" visiting Tring for the very first time (and hopefully not the last!) will remember that experience.
  • 31 may well remember recording a brilliant Personal Best time.
  • And Kirsty DANCE, Sarah WADE and Greg LEFF might well be pleased to have bagged the last three milestone runs - each completing their 50th - of the year.

For many, though, it will be that weekend it took a day and a half to get their official results!

Nope

We have a dedicated "Tring parkrun computer" (a bit like old Batman films when everything, no matter how obvious, has a label, ours actually has "Tring parkrun computer" printed on it) and it said "No". To be more exact it said "hold on; hold on; errrr Ok now; no sorry maybe not; yes alright; hmmmm; definitely NO!" and wasted a lot of time. So we got another computer and loaded new results processing software. However the software for reading the Timers needed a password and that took time too.

We already knew that the two stopwatches didn't quite match (this happens from time to time, and is why we have 2!) and so sorted that. We were also aware that token numbers didn't match the the number recorded on the stopwatches. There are many reasons for this - missing tokens, tokens sticking and also the dreaded "funnel duckers" and "double crossers". (No, I'm not making this up - Google it - it's one of the biggest causes of results issues and was a huge problem at the recent Bushy Christmas parkrun).


    Funnel Ducker: "Crosses the finish line and doesn't take a finish token". If you cross the finish line you must take a finish token to keep the timings right, all you have do is give it to a person scanning or the Run Director.
     
    Double Crosser: "This person runs through the finish line more than once, it is usually someone who has run back to encourage another runner to the finish". The timer will have given you another time, and so if you do this you must take a second token and go to the Run Director or the barcode scanners and let them know and we can remove the extra time position.
     
    Double crossing funnel duckers: "A double crosser who then funnel ducks". Let's not go there!

 
To finalise the results we resorted to photographs (which, of course, this week were not taken on the finish line and so needed some interpretation) and pieced together other bits of evidence with known finish times to reach a conclusion.

When I say "we" I mean "Andy Evans"

Great job Andy.

Thank you.
 

Shock - no "stat-o-matic"

A side effect of all the above is that Andy hasn't had time to turn the pedals on his stat-o-matic contraption. So we'll skip that for this run write-up.

Also we've delayed our (mostly complete) "review of the year", which we were going to share with you today, until next week now. A lot went on in 2018 an this will be worth waiting for.

However I'll share one important factoid. Whoever crosses the line 36th on January 1st 2019 will be the 40,000th person to do so at Tring parkrun - a milestone no one can ever repeat!

 

I guess we should say a few words about the actual parkrun!

It was one of those mornings where if you were in the wind it was chilly but otherwise felt quite mild. It was also reasonably dry underfoot and that combination helped many book a PB result.

A quick scan through the results shows that Claire ASHWELL and Tom MANTLE both managed a PB at the first attempt (i.e. on their second run) and Chris BAKER and Martin DONNELLY both booked a second PB on their 3rd runs. I also spotted that William Knight made it 3 PBs in a row at Tring...in 3 different years (and, therefore, three different versions of the course!).

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A surprisingly mild morning was enjoyed by 271 parkrunners

As usual the morning was made possible be lovely people who spare just a bit of their time, have fun and earn the gratitude and respect of everyone else. Many thanks to Andy COLLINGS who was this week's great RD and all of the other volunteers: Matty SINFIELD, Andy EVANS, Cathy BISHOP, Katie HAINES, Liz DANIEL, Ken DOUGLAS, Janet REEVE, Matthew FOSKETT, Graham HOLLANDS, Martin BISHOP, Andrew POWELL, Oliver WEST, Elaine WEST, Sarah FOSKETT, James FOSKETT, Thomas PAGE, Ciara POWELL, Isobel MONKS, Ben FOSKETT, Shelley DEVERALL-ROBERTS, Robert NORRIS

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Please can everyone keep to the left along King Charles Ride - especially children and dogs

I did have several people raise the point of runners not keeping to the left of the path when passing those coming in the opposite direction. We had more than one case where young children and dogs veered into the path of other runners and we're keen to avoid an accident. Your help in this will be much appreciated, and please help us remind those who will not see this message, or hear the RDs briefing.

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Congratulations to Kirsty, Sarah and Daniel on their brilliant 50th parkruns.

That's it for this week's write up.

Thank you for making 2018 a wonderful year of parkruns at Tring Park.

Hopefully we will see you tomorrow (the 1st) - in any case we wish you all a very happy new year.

The Tring parkrun team

 

 

Getting from Tring parkrun to Wendover parkrun on foot

 

Getting from Tring to Wendover on Foot

It is roughly 5.5km from the corner of Tring Park (near the A41 bridge over Hastoe Lane) to the start of Wendover Wood parkrun, and involves over 160m of climb.

The following is just one possible route - and we don't guarantee that you will not get lost!

Keep an eye on the posts on our Facebook page for others who are considering this and team up.

If you've not run in this part of the world before we do not recommend trying this on your own and/or for a first time.

Click on any of the following to see larger versions of the maps

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Below is a link to a GPX file for the above trail - based on a recce by Andy Collings.

UNFORTUNATELY the parkrun system disables the "download" option and so when you click on the attached instead of downloading the GPX file it opens it.
You could save it and rename it, but depending on what browser and system you are using this may be tricky.


The GPX file is here!.

Have fun and good luck

Ken

 

Tring 226 – Christmas Day

 

Merry Christmas

What a fantastic, festive turn-out for Christmas morning, it was great to see so many Santas, Elfs and smiling faces.

We even got a mention in the Boxing Day edition of the Guardian. Event Director Andy Evans was interviewed and you can see that in the article called "On the first day of Twixtmas my true love said to me...". Enjoy.

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What a brilliant festive atmosphere in Tring Park on Christmas morning.

 

Before we get onto the report, here are a few words from Chris Millar who was out fantastic RD on the day:
"I'd been looking forward to being RD this year as I usually have to work on Christmas Day and it was definitely worth it to see so many smiling happy faces in the park. I'd like to pass my special congratulations not just to those with PBs and milestones but to Oliver GREENSTEIN on his first time 'winning' a parkrun (I know, it's not a race) and in doing so he becomes the 72nd fastest person to ever run at Tring. A special mention goes to Stuart MIDDLETON who turned up at 0919, 15 mins after the pack had sent off and as well as having to run an extra 300m to get from the finish where he met us to the start line he then managed to chase down and overtake the tail walkers to get into the results and finish in 41:32 (an aggregate time of under 25 minutes taking in the extra distance)".

 
Now onto the run write-up, brought to us this week by our very own Chris Nicholls. Chris celebrated his 100th parkrun at Tring on Christmas Day and below he also reflects on what parkrun means to him. Well said Chris and thank you.

 

Run write-up by Chris Nicholls

Father Christmas gave us the gift of an extra Tring Parkrun this year.
310 people decided to earn the right to their Christmas feast by running, jogging and walking around the 5K winter course. That's our 4th ever largest attendance, highest in the period September to December and the highest for our temporary winter route.

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The growth in Christmas Day parkrun attendance at Tring.

Santa helpers this week were
Robin ATTFIELD, Louise BLADEN, Steve BLADEN, Isobel BLADEN, Elizabeth DANIEL, Ken DOUGLAS, Sophie EVANS, Sam EVANS, Andy EVANS, Ann-Marie EVANS, Hannah EVANS, George FLETCHER, James FOSKETT, Matthew FOSKETT, Paul HEMBURY, Trevor LARK, Chris MILLAR, Richard MURPHY, Chris NICHOLLS, Tom NORTH, Helen PAGE, Thomas PAGE, James PAGE, Matty SINFIELD, Ella VAN DE LINDE and Allison WILLIMENT.

A big thank you to you all.

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Just some of santas/parkruns little helpers this week.

If you have not tried it yet then have a go at volunteering. There are lots of roles available with some (like the pre-event setup or doing the run report) allowing you to still run.

[Ed: As a side note Chris has volunteered 52 times including an amazing 46 times for pre-event setup. Brilliant!]

Also, if you volunteer 25 times you get a smart purple T-shirt.

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We were joined by 23 very welcome visitors from other parkruns and also 9 first time ever parkrunners. To them I would say remember a parkrun is for life not just for Christmas (i.e. keep coming down).

Oliver GREENSTEIN was the quickest back with a PB time of 18.58. Looking at his previous two runs at Tring (25/12/17 and 01/01/18) he may have another crack at a PB on the 01/01/19.

I am assuming that Samuel GREENSTEIN is Oliver's brother who was the fastest junior back with a PB time of 19.53 (and also the 4th fastest ever time for the JM11-14 age category).

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Oliver GREENSTEIN was our festive first finisher!

Fastest lady back was Jenny MADDOCKS with a PB time of 22.40. Jenny has completed an impressive 297 Parkruns mainly in the Cathedral City of St. Albans.

In total there were 29 PBs set on Christmas day, including 2 PBs in 2 weeks for Amelie BUNN and Charlotte BAILEY. Well done to you all.

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Jenny MADDOCKS was our female, festive, first finisher! Fantastic!

We also had more T-shirt milestones than in any week so far at Tring - a total of 12!

Congratulations to Daniel NEWMAN, Robert WILLIAMS, Debbie BOWEN, Sue FERGUSON, Abigail MULLEN, Lee ROBINSON, Samantha HOLLIER and Lucy WADE for joining the 50 club.

Congratulations also to Holly and Elaine BUNN, Harriett (Claire) HARMAN and also to me Chris NICHOLLS (not sure if black is my colour) for joining the 100 club.

Harriett also brought the biggest 100 cake ever - thank you.

To the 27 people who perhaps forgot their bar codes can I suggest a late Christmas present of a barcode wrist strap, plastic card or plastic tag? (See link here). Remember all profits go to support parkrun and it is better than having to plead with Andy Evans in the Akeman to include you in the results.

A small note from me...

It was my 100th Park Run which I semi-deliberately made sure fell on the 25th December. Carol (long suffering wife) and the kids are non-runners (despite my coaxing) so they do not understand the joy of running in the fresh air of Tring Park.

It has been a long journey since the first one I did. Since I started, I have knocked nearly six minutes from my PB in 2016 to my PB in 2018 and lost two and half stone in weight.

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Chris Nicholls: 100 parkruns complete (99 at Tring), volunteered 52 times, achieved 27 PBS!
Brilliant stuff, well done Chris and thank you.

Why have I mainly run in Tring?? To be honest I do not like change plus I can run down and back to the event so there is no hassle with parking. (Also I can get back home before anyone notices I am missing)
Also, I love Tring Park area. 2017 was a very bad year for me and one of the things that kept my mind off things was to run around the local wood lands and parks that we have the privilege to have on our doorstep.

I cannot recommend parkrun enough. For a lot of people (I am one of them) once I started, I have found it hard to even miss one and it has led to the dreaded 10ks, Marathons and Ultras!!!! (Do not get me started on Strava)

My one tip for parkrun is just finish. How ever bad you feel during it, not finishing will just make you feel worse. Even if you have to walk the final 1km to get the job done.

See you on Saturday!!

Chris Nicholls
 
 

And finally....

A last few stats from Andy Evans wonderful contraption:

  • After 8 weeks we still have 12 members (4 males and 8 females (including 3 junior females)) of our Year 5 100% club left.
  • 13 runners have run at all 5 Tring Xmas parkruns however most Christmassy runner goes to George Humphries who has run 4 parkruns in total and each one has been a Tring Christmas parkrun.
  • 100th time we have seen the surname Wood and 50th for Leff.
  • Richard and Chris were the most seen names with 6 each. Katie was the most popular female name with 5..
  • Minutes 28 and 32 both broke their attendance records with 34 and 22 respectively. In fact the 34 in minute 28 is the busiest of any minute we have ever seen – smashing the previous record of 29 runners.

Happy Christmas

Hopefully see you on the 29th.

Tring parkrun

 

Christmas parkrun reminder

 

We will have a special, extra parkrun on Christmas Day at 9:00am

Get Christmas off to a fantastic and memorable start, join us for our Christmas Day parkrun.

These are always popular and fun - so break out your Santa hat/costume (or anything festive) and join us!

Looking forward to seeing you there

IMPORTANT

We expect a very good turnout, however the Hastoe Lane carpark will be closed and you should not park on Hastoe Lane itself. Also please avoid parking on the narrow residential streets close to the Park. Instead we ask that you arrive a minute early and park in the town, or walk, jog, bike........just avoid Hastoe lane, please.

Click on the map below for more detail on parking on our Christmas Day parking arrangements.

Car parking for Christmas

 

LOVELY VOLUNTEERS - AN OPPORTUNITY FOR SOMEONE YOU KNOW

 
Christmas Day can be lonely for some people and we know that volunteering at parkrun can bring a real sense of cheer and community to those that might be on their own on Christmas morning. Feel free to invite anyone along - no experience is needed. Even just having a chat on the finish line is OK.

Volunteering on Christmas and New Year is always especially rewarding (and often the easier option!) get in touch with us by email at tringhelpers@parkrun.com.

Wishing you all the very best for the festive season.

The Tring parkrun team

 
 
 

 

Tring parkrun 225 – It’s beginning to feel a lot like….

 

Elf and safety

The elf on the shelf has decided that Tring parkrun has been very, very good this year and rewarded us with an early Christmas present in the form of the equally lovely Stuart Page, who joined our small group of Run Directors. What do Run Directors (RDs) do? Mainly they are there as a point of contact, to help all of the other volunteers and to help ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable parkrun. It's one of many "parkrun's little helper" roles, which might be worth remembering when it's time to write your New Year resolutions. Just saying!
 

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Stuart Page did a great job as RD for the first time

This week we have a special guest run report contribution from visitor Mark Pinney. Check out his great video below too.

 

Guest run report by parkrun tourist and videographer Mark Pinney

'Twas the last parkrun before Christmas and all through the woods, we did the 5k in our jackets and hoods!

As always around this time of year, it was great to see so many of you in festive hats and outfits (I was the one being carried on the back of a snowman!), but there are still some of you who are more parkrun bonkers than that, by turning up in t-shirts and shorts!

I'd like to say a big thank you to the team of volunteers for running such a great event and ensuring it went smoothly and safely: Wes BALL, Louise BLADEN, Shelley DEVERALL-ROBERTS, Ken DOUGLAS, Rosa DRATH, Andy EVANS, Samuel FRYER, Katie HAINES, Edward HOPPER, Nika JACKSON-MOORE, Chris LEA, James MAPLE, Patrick MCLOUGHLIN, Isobel MONKS, Richard MURPHY, Chris NICHOLLS, Helen PAGE, Stuart PAGE, Thomas PAGE, Heather PAINTER, Chris PARKER, Jim PATTERSON, Thomas PATTERSON, Ben PATTERSON, Maura PATTERSON, Mark PINNEY, Matty SINFIELD and Oliver WEST

 

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Team Petterson again made Tail Walking a great familiy morning out. Thank you

 
Some of you may have noticed me with a GoPro on my head as I like to video all of my parkruns and put them on YouTube for other parkrunners, so please have a look and see if you can spot yourself. Some photos of the volunteers can be seen at the end of the fast version.

Click on the image below to play the video (or go and see it on YouTube).
 


Marks's great video of Tring's Winter Course (this is the fast version). look out for Stuart/Andy's "mike drop" at the start (!!), and watch Cow Pat Ally claiming a victim at roughly 8 mins!

 
The full version can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaZz75niQ1I

On to the stats....

This week we had 226 brave runners, joggers and walkers. 13 "unkowns" (don't forget your barcode next week), 86 Females and 127 Males.

First 3 Males to finish were James BAILEY in a great new PB time of 19:55, James DAVIS in 20:38 and Roland KEMP in 20:50. First 3 Female finishers were Sally NASH in 22:34, Scarlett WAGER-LEIGH in 23:12 and Francesca RYDE in 23:28.

There were 15 parkrunners who were new to Tring of whom 3 were doing their first ever parkrun, and an amazing 26 PBs. So well done to everyone and we hope to see you back next week.

The "most runniest runner" was Paul MYATT on 202 parkruns, but there were 33 other members of the 100 Club, 44 members of the 50 Club and 19 members of the 10 Club present.

Official milestone achieved today were Jennifer JENKINS who joined the 50 Club and Joshua HARRISON who joined the 10 Club.

The person who has run at Tring more often than anyone else is Paul MYATT who has run here 190 times out of a possible 225. Well done Paul, that's commitment!!

 

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Great to see so many festive costumes already - bodes well for our Christmas Day parkrun. On the left is Mark Pinney who also kindly wrote this week's guest run report. Thanks Mark.

 

Other news....

We now have two excellent parkrun podcasts available each week. "Free Weekly Timed" is the offical parkrun podcast with Vassos Alexander and Louise Ayling. We also have "With Me Now" with Danny Norman and Nicola Forwood which is an independent parkrun-based podcast (some of you may remember Danny and Nicola from the much loved "The parkrun Show"). I thoroughly recommend them both.

Mark Pinney (A2522444)

 
 

Other stuff....

Most aesthetically pleasing times....
Now and then we award recognition to parkrunners who quite unwittingly (or perhaps through genius that we can't fathom) finish with remarkable times. This week we have a tie for outright winner between our very own Paul McCormack with a time of "two, three, four, five" (23:45) and first time visitor Kathryn Lloyd with a nicely descending "three, two, one, zero" (we have lift off). Respect!!

A close runner up was Mark Pinney himself with a very symmetrical and pleasing 33:33! We like!!

And the efforts to test the timekeepers made by juniors Cameron Wilson, Thomas Hanson and Edward Foxwell-Moss should be recognised too. They crossed the line together and all registered a time of 29:32.

What also got my attention was the avalanche of milestone runs that might well land on Christmas Day itself. Four runners completed their 49th parkrun (Edward Margetts, Debbie Brown, Samantha Hollier and Lee Robinson) and two (Elaine and Holly Bunn) their 99th!
 

 

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Our largest number of parkrunners for a month set off down towards "Cow Pat Alley"

 
 

The Tring parkrun stat-o-matic section

Andy Evans' mega number crunching machine has whirred and churred and spotted the following amazing factoids:

  • Welcome back Charlotte Bailey – it's been 214 parkruns since we last saw her at Tring, the 2nd longest gap between 2 Tring parkruns
  • This week was the 2nd time that our fastest 2 runners have both been called James. (I hope you were sitting down when you read that one!! Amazing stuff, eh??)
  • After 8 weeks we still have 16 (including 4 juniors) members of our Year 5 100% club left. Dedication!
  • Len van de Linde becomes our 74th person to run 74 times at Tring - clearly a stat that they like in this family as wife Katie was the 35th to do 35, 38th for 38 and 40th for 40.
  • Neil Coburn finished 66th on his 66th parkrun
  • This week was that 200th time we have seen the surnames Smith and Bishop
  • 1st time we have seen the name Lukas
  • 100th time we have seen the name Elizabeth
  • We saw the University of Birmingham Triathlon club for the 1st time

On the PB front

  • 3 PBs in 3 weeks for Rob and Eddy Haddock, 2 in 2 for Shane Cheung, Nick Wake, Mark Tikaram, Bobby Donnelly and Steve Gould. Great work by all.
  • Of those who have run 5+ times at Tring, 4 improved by over 30 seconds: James Darraugh (2:15), Emily Harris (0:39), Tom Harris (0:39), Mark Tikaram (0:37)

 

And finally.....Christmas Competition Time

 

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Was Katie feeling it cold this morning or, as several have suggested, clutching onto a bottle of festive gin? You decide!

 

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