##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!)

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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.

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Well done Naomi on your 100th

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Well done Michael on your 100th

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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

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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

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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

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Grace & Charlotte remember the poles and tape

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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)

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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

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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

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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"!

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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.

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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?

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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

 

VIDEO CLIP
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??

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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.

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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!

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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”!

Andy

 

Tring Park parkrun #206 – A beautiful morning!

The weather this Saturday was beautiful and sunny with just a slight chill in the air, which was very refreshing after the recent heatwave. We’d also had a little rain during the previous week which had softened Tring Park up, just a bit!

Its days like this that makes you appreciate just how lucky we are to be able to host Tring parkrun in Tring Park. We also had the added bonus of no cows as they have gone to pastures new. Shame the Wallabies weren’t around though, would have been fun trying to marshal them!

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The new Tring Park signage by the new gates.

We had 206 runners attend this week with 39 first time parkrunners or tourists. We hope you enjoyed the course, and hills, and come back again for a PB soon.

With such good running conditions we also had 36 PB’s. Congratulations to Chris MOLLOY, Seb BRUMMELL, Tom MORETON, Sean MCKENNA, William BROOKMAN, Stuart CLARKE, Amy FARNFIELD, Angelo LUCATELLO, Anthony FOSTER, Terry ROONEY, Ben THORN, Michael LAMB, Tim MILLER, Phil MARRIOTT, Philip PUGH, Gary STROUD, Ian DOUGHTY, Tam QUINN, Michael DONOVAN, Robert BLYTHE, Richard BADDON, Allan MACCORMACK, Robin FISHER, Victoria WILLIAMS, Chris PARKER, Poppy WAGER-LEIGH, Samantha HOLLIER, Kirsty GRUBER, Luca WEBSTER, Jeremy WEBSTER, David BLISS, Phillip RANCE, Freya KENT, Jack FISHER, Melanie BROOKMAN and Holly KENT on your PB’s this week. Very well done!

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A great view of the first corner, without runners.

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….. and with!

A huge thank you to all the volunteers who helped set up the course, man the marshalling points and manage the finish line. Many thanks to Jane Martin, Claire Hallissey, Tom North, Edward Hopper, Richard Murphy, Ken Douglas, James Maple, Chris Nicholls, Sam Evans, Dawn Figg, Alison Bill, Chris Bill, Steve F Cliffe, Heather Painter, Lucy Brittain, Richard Long, Frances Leff, Eleanor Mckeown, Finlay McKeown, Grace Fensome and Gillian Hanson.

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Thanks to Frances and Jeff the dog for marshalling Gate 2.

We had three Milestones this week with Chris Molloy and Ian Cooper achieving the coveted Red Shirt for their 50th parkruns and John Howard picking up the Black shirt for his 100th. Very well done to all of you.

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Well done to Chris Molloy, 1st finisher, a new PB and his 50th parkrun. A busy morning!

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The run up to the ‘run around me’ sign looking amazing!

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The Lime Avenue straight, just before the new last turn, beautiful!

First across the line this week for the ladies was Kate Rennie in 19:40, just 5 seconds outside the course record followed by Amy Farmfield in a new PB time of 22:36 and Claire Hallissey in 23:03.

For the men Chris Molloy was fastest with a new PB of 18:45 followed by Chris Booth in 19:09 and Jhon Cosgrove in 19:13.

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Lovely view of the finish line from the trees, lovely spot for a post run chat!

Looking forward to parkrun #207 we are expecting a very special guest from Hertfordshire YOPA (Year of Physical Activity), look for someone special in the start/finish area.

Well done to all those that ran this week, for a full list of all this weeks’ results please go to http://www.parkrun.org.uk/tring/results/latestresults/.

For news , photos, videos and updates don’t forget to visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/tringparkrun and you can now follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/tringparkrun .

If you would like to volunteer please email tringhelpers@parkrun.com with a preferred role or any offer of assistance and we will add you to future rosters.

Thank you and see you on Saturday.

Richard Murphy
Run Director

 

Tring parkrun #205: Join the Club

 

parkrun - it's a people thing

Four years ago when I completed my first parkrun (staggering across the line and muttering 'never again, this is mad') I wouldn't remotely have imagined joining a running club. Running clubs are for "runners" aren't they? And I'm most certainly not "a runner". In fact I look on with something approaching awe at the speed, fitness and endurance of some of the "runners".

After several parkruns, however, the odd solo practice jog/stagger/limp during the week just wasn't the same. There's something uplifting about being with so many other like minded people. So it was with some trepidation (and a lot of encouragement from other Tring parkrunners) that I joined Tring Running Club. There I discovered not just "runners" but "everybody"; people of all ages, abilities, motivations. It was great.

The Clubs aren't perhaps right for everyone, but we enjoy a happy symbiosis. Their "Couch to 5K" and "learn to run" sessions result in more parkrunners, and parkrunners that "get the bug" often go on to great things in the clubs (the wonderful Lynda HEMBURY being a great example).

In recent run reports we've not given much attention the clubs - this week will be different.

 

Join the club

This week 253 people ran, jogged and walked our Thing Park course, of whom 69 were first timers and 47 recorded new Personal Bests (more on these later). Over a third of the attendees were associated with 30 different Running Clubs (and a fair proportion of these joined clubs after parkrun and not the other way round).

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It was terrific to welcome Tring Running Club. Our local club staged one leg of their "Off-road Championships" at Tring Parkrun this week

Tring Running Club brought 35 people (we usually have a dozen or so, at least) to use Tring parkrun as the seventh of twelve local, off-road events spanning the year and ranging in distance from 5k to 20k.

They completed our undulating course in times varying from a very speedy Chris BOOTH (19:33) to times twice as long. Any time is better than no time, of course.
 

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We we're very happy to see the Harpenden Arrows.

A large contingent from Harpenden joined us, roughly half of whom have run at Tring before, with 6 clocking PB times. Notable amongst these was junior Sam CLARKE. He celebrated his 100th parkrun on his second appearance at Tring - his 50th was at Tring too! In addition Sam has completed 26 Junior parkruns, and visited 74 other parkrun venues. Impressive commitment.
 

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It was great to see the Garden City Runners.
As far as I'm aware none had completed Tring parkrun before.

Fron Welwyn Garden City we welcomed a large group from the Garden City Runners. We've been joined by runners from this club before, although this week everyone was a Tring first-timer. We liked their website motto "Have fun, make friends and get fit". That's what it's all about.

 

First Timers

Our three significant club visits contributed to our 69 very welcome first timer visitors. A special mention to Mark WATERHOUSE, Emily WOOLHOUSE, Rob LAFERTON, Jamie WEST, Chloe TIMMS, Julian ARMSTRONG, Clare TIMMS, Marcus LITTLER, Paul TIMMS, Ed FARROW, Jack FISHER and Bethan STANWAY who all completed their very first ever parkruns, and we hope to see all of them again soon.
 

Milestoners

We've already mentioned Sam CLARKE (who joined the 100 club). In addition Daniel PUDNER visited Tring for the first time and recorded his 50th parkrun (at his 43rd parkrun venue!).

Junior runners Ben WOODHAMS and Darcey HUDGHTON both joined the 10-club and qualify for their free, white parkrun T-shirt. Ben marked the occasion with a PB too.

Well done to all.

 

Pacers, PBs and other good stuff

The famous Tring parkrun stat-o-matic is taking a well deserved summer break and so I'll keep the final points short.

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Our great pacers team

We often get a lot of PBs during Pacer weeks (which are the first Saturday of each even numbered month, in case you were wondering). Our Pacer team got to wear our new sky blue pacer bibs - so much easier than messing around with safety pins (not sure why they call them "safety" as they still stab your fingertips!) and laminated pace sheets.

I'm sure that we had many epic PB achievements (the stat-o-matic picks those up normally) but one that got my attention was by Dave LLEWELLYN who also, with 367, had the highest number of parkruns of anyone at Tring. Dave earned a PB after 6 runs at Tring, his previous best time was set at our inaugural run back in November 2014. This week he finished in a time of 24:25 - more than four minutes faster than his last at Tring in December 2017. Great stuff.

James BUIS is also worth a mention; he was both a Tring First Timer and also our First Finisher with an impressive time of 18:18. James has completed 15 different parkruns and has been first finisher in all but 3 (when he was 2nd!).

Yet again our three top age/sex adjusted finish times went to the ladies. Lynda HEMBURY (88.07%), Alison Caroline HARDING (78.21%) and Sheila TURNER (76.69%) respectively.

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Another lovely morning in Tring Park

 

This week's parkrun was brought to you by

Special thanks to all of our volunteers, including our Pacers. This week they were: John BEVAN, Louise BROOKES, Melanie BROOKMAN, William BROOKMAN, Scott CLARKE, Samuel CLARKE, Andy COLLINGS, Ken DOUGLAS, Grace FENSOME, Dawn FIGG, George FLETCHER, James FOSKETT, Jennifer GRIBBIN, Claire HALLISSEY, Graham HOLLANDS, Angela HOLLANDS, Edward HOPPER, Richard LONG, Jane MARTIN, Rhona MCKEE, Patrick MCLOUGHLIN, Clare MURPHY, Richard MURPHY, Chris NICHOLLS, Christopher QUELCH, Dennis RAFFETY, Charlotte SEVERS, Keith STONESTREET, Ella VAN DE LINDE, Gavin WILD, Victoria WILLIAMS, Katie WILLIAMS, Allison WILLIMENT and Ron YAXLEY

Ken

 

Tring parkrun #205: It’s a mystery

 
On Saturday a parkrun happened in Tring Park as it has every Saturday for almost 4 years, but nobody cares about that, the big question on everyone’s lips was ‘where are the cows?’

We've experienced sudden cow disappearances before and there have been many theories, but no answers....perhaps until now!

Wanted
Was it really the Bunion Gang that did it?
(Last week's theory)

The truth is out there
Are 'they' really out there capturing our cows?
(The theory from the first disappearance three years ago)

 

Keen to finally crack this case we made the mistake of sending our specialist bovine reporter Chris MILLAR to find out once and for all...

Read to discover his shocking conclusions...

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A cow on Ben Lomond just because it’s a pretty picture

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The same pretty picture ruined by Chris Millar

 
I’m Chris Millar, Tring’s specialist bovine investigative reporter and I’ve been out in parkrunland interviewing parkrunners to try and find our cows, below is a synopsis of my findings.

Sam WATHEN (A1030134) said “You’ve heard of the Bermuda Triangle right? But have you heard of the Tring Park Cow Rhombus? It’s between the gun emplacement and the copper beeches, that’s why nobody runs on that path because of the risk of getting swallowed by the rhombus, the cows probably ran through the rhombus and are still in the park but in another dimension".

Mel YOUNG (A1784728) and Darren McMAHON (A914117) claimed to have stolen the cows with attached photographic evidence saying “we’ll give your cows back when you pay the ransom”.

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Not sure if this is a real ransom note or the Proclaimers new album.

Caroline VOWLES (A998752) suggested that the cows had simply popped to the beach to cool down.

James MOORE (A187159) suggested the cows had made a day trip to the North Downs Way to scare the runners racing through the night.

Andy EVANS (A157497) simply said “Mmmmm these burgers are tasty”

Ken DOUGLAS (A1252507) exclaimed “Hoots mon they’re off chasing the haggis!” (If any of our readers know what he’s on about please let us know)

Whatever happened I can guarantee that it definitely wasn’t aliens. I was driving through the park one night on the A41 on the way home from work and stopped to investigate something shiny on the hard shoulder. I tripped over a bloke who I think said his name was simply A1674 who told me that there was no such thing as cows and what I’d seen and thought was cows was simply an illusion caused by cloud of swamp gas refracting the light of the moon off a weather balloon.

So that settles it.

Tring never had any cows.

Chris MILLAR

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Either that or the Farmer and/or Woodland Trust have something to do with this.
In any case I'm sure normal service will be resumed soon enough!
 
 

It WAS UFOs
[Ed: On reviewing last week's photos I'm not quite so sure!]

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

tring parkrun #204: Fake Moos!

 

They called it "cowmagedon"

We laboured long and hard under last week's tropical sun making lovely new marker posts. The tape was perfect, each set the exact same length......they were things of beauty. They lasted 5 minutes!!!

Turn your back on those bloomin' bovines for barely a second and course markings are fair game. We've had munched markers, chomped arrows and we've had Pole & Tape cow-limbo-dancing before.....but not quite on this scale!

It's a good job we love them being in the park, however they're on their last warning and I have McDonalds HQ programmed into my cell phone.

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The cows proclaimed their innocence. "Honest guv, it was the wind" blurted one brazen bovine. "Moles" said another. Luckily emergency repairs were effected and Tring parkrun was saved from certain cancellation.

 

The Heartbreak Hill Rustlers

It was time to deploy the good ol' Cow Marshals. We were delighted to welcome Lucy the youngest and cutest cow marshal ever. Yes Sireee. Only things may be not quite what they seemed! She was strangely reticent to have her photo taken - resorted to sticking out her tongue and brandishing her six-shooter. Yep - I'm thinkin' she's none other than Wild "Cutey Pie" Bunn and her accomplice Ben "Bad boy" Bunion! Dem are rustlers - scoping out their next heist, no doubt! And we ain't none too convinced about their side kick Chris "Steer Wrestler" Parker! But at least they kept the cows in order for the whole parkrun....so got to thank them for that!

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Brazen rustler scoping - dressed up as Cow Marshals!

 

Mighty Milestones

We celebrated two centurions on Saturday: the lovely Rachel WRAY and James FOSKETT (OK, he's lovely too). They brought cake. We love cake.
Reaching 100 parkruns is a big deal - so I'm not quite sure why that qualifies you for a black T-shirt....I'm thinking the colour should be bright and cheerful and maybe even Hawaiian.

Volunteering is the lifeblood of parkrun - it's what makes it happen and what makes people feel good. So it was great to see Paul McCormack qualify for his purple "25 volunteering" T-shirt. (I'm good with purple).

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Our 100-club milestone runners: Rachel and James. Congratulations.

 

First timers at Tring

It's really great to see the same faces at Tring Park each Saturday morning and get to know people. It's equally great to meet newcomers, either doing their first parkrun ever (which - we should remember - can be daunting) or visiting from other parkruns.

This week we welcomed six new people to the growing, international parkrun family: Julie LEYLAND, Megan SAYWELL, Graham NICHOLSON, Graham BARLOW, Ethan COBBOLD and Robyn HASTINGS.

It was also - as always - great fun to meet and talk with new visitors (one was apparently from New Zealand...but I couldn't find that person in the results. No barcode?? :-( ).

We welcomed seventeen this week and they were: Benjamin SMITH, Catherine JONES, Elisabeth CHARTERS, Samuel CHARTERS, Neil SHORT, Alastair ROEDER, Terri MCMAHON, Bryony TRAFFORD-SMITH, Andrew HOOD, Martin BALL, Chris 'Chunky' KELL, Kerry HOOD, David STAINTHORPE, David ARMITAGE-BRAIN, Mark LAYZELL, Flo HARRISON and Laura HAWKINS.

We've had some great messages back from a few of these already - which we always appreciate.

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Bryony and Laura were visiting from Black Park and have completed 637 parkruns between them!
We're a bit in awe!!

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We also welcomed Mark Layzell - read all about his epic parkrun tourism adventure on his great website: https://silentrunner.blog/parkrun/

 

Making it happen

Our Cow Marshals (our world famous Cow Marshals!) have had a mention already. They were part of a great volunteering team, including several first time volunteers (one of whom, Gill, had never run/walked a parkrun before and yet immediately signed up for more). It was also great to see three different family volunteering efforts. Love it. That is what it's all about.
Message us or email us at tringhelpers@parkrun.com to do your bit and have fun.

This week Tring parkrun was brought to you by: Keith and Ryan STONESTREET, Andy EVANS, Dan WIZARD, Richard MURPHY, Jim MAPLE, Paul MCCORMACK(25th time!), Moira DOUGLAS, Vicki Katie & Robert WILLIAMS, Sam EVANS, Sarah and James FOSKETT, Ron YAXLEY, William CRANE, Benjamin & Lucy BUNN, Chris PARKER, Richard LONG, Frances LEFF, Charlotte SEVERS, Grace FENSOME and Gill HANSON.

We all really appreciate all of the help.

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Our finish line featuring our brilliant DofE volunteers, Gill (a first timer who has never done a parkrun before) and also Kate who volunteered as photographer and borrowed an SLR camera with no prior experience - and did a great job (like everyone else). Thank you

 

Mirror mirror on the wall...

I am pretty certain this has never happened before. Then again I'm equally certain no one really cares (except for the lovely Harry Bryant, perhaps). I was looking for who would win "aesthetically pleasing time of the week"...and found an amazing synchronised effort!!! So this week's prize is shared between Ben THORN, who finished with a very symmetric 23:32, and Phoebe GOSS who finished with a "matching" time of 32:23. Pretty damn impressive! Stats-geeks of parkrun-land rejoice!

Paul BEADLE would have been the outright winner if he'd been just been ONE second faster.....no prizes for 23:46 though! :-)

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It's been a long time since we've had a "classic" Tring parkrun Lime Tree avenue photo. I never tire of this sight.

 

Lets hear it for the girls...

The girls shamed the guys on every front this week.

Our most experienced parkrunners were Bryony and Laura (see above).

Our first finisher was the amazing Kate RENNIE. (She clearly had a very clear vision of this happening, with a time of 20:20 - geddit??? :-) ) This was only the 3rd time that we have seen a female as overall 1st finisher - the other occasions were Claire Hallissey at parkrun #17 and Kate herself at #36 – both back in 2015. Wow!

Our 4 top age/sex adjusted times were all women this week. In order they were: Lynda HEMBURY, Kate RENNIE, Alison Caroline HARDING and Mary WARD.

Congratulations to all.

 

And now, the end is near...

This is the bit I know you all wait for - the output of the amazing Tring parkrun stat-o-matic:

  • Sean McKENNA finished 11th on his 11th parkrun and Adam WOODHAMS 15th on his 15th
  • We saw 32 PBs recorded this week
  • Martin O'NEILL, Gary STROUD, Joanne LYNCH, Andrew PENNELL and Dylan BARLOW all recorded their 2nd PB in 2 weeks
  • Mary WARD set the 2nd fastest ever time for the VW50-54 age cat.
  • For the 2nd week in a row, Holly ASHALL set the 5th fastest ever JW18-19 time
  • Graham HOLLANDS becomes the 30th person to run 100 times at Tring
  • We welcomed the name Flo for the 1st time
  • For the 2nd week in a row Minute 27 was the most seen minute, this time with 21 runners
  • There were 3 clubs that we haven’t seen before this week – Mustard Ultimate Frisbee, North Shields Polytechnic AC and Wadhurst Runners. (I'm Googling that Frisbee one!!)
  • Of the runners who have run at least 5 times, the biggest improvers were Alfred HALL (1:22), Richard HARDY (0:49), Alice FISHER (0:43), Martha GOSS (0:40) and Ann-Marie EVANS (0:35)

And so there you have another week at wonderful Tring parkrun.
Thank you to everyone for making it a great morning.

Remember, its a Pacer week next week.

Ken

 

PS

I am hoping that those who joined us in the Akeman for a "coffee" are appreciative of the fact that I didn't "spill the beans!" :-)
 

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Apparently the cows have been eating grass contaminated by magic mushrooms.

  
 
 

 

Tring parkrun #203. Cake, land-speed records and the art of being prepared

Wow. Where do i start?
The school holidays have arrived and the weather is still fantastic! When has that ever happened before?
It was already almost 20 degrees when we arrived to set up and over 25 by the time we left. Scorchio!
We were joined this fine, golden morning by 223 parkrunners, a score of spectators and a treasure trove of lovely volunteers.

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Tring Park is looking quite sun dried. It's never looked quite so "golden" at this time of the year.

 
We were also joined by the entire herd of our bovine friends. They've ignored us for the last few weeks but arrival of the Woodland Trust's new mobile visitor centre was more than their curiosity could bear. I have to say that I really quite like them being in the park, although last week they had "fun" running through our post and tape markers (shredding them) and this week they just generally got in the way! As a result, setting up the course was a bit of a last minute affair and we had a little, slight delay before the off.

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The Woodland Trust brought their fantastic new mobile visitor centre. It was great to see so many people take an active interest in beautiful Tring Park and the work the Woodland Trust do to maintain it.

 

When I talk with people new to parkrun they are often surprised to hear me say that running is only part of what it's about. parkrun wants to make the world a "happier and healthier place" - and I like to think that Tring parkrun is doing pretty well on that front.

As an example, it was really uplifting to see the thoughtful gesture of bringing cakes along for everyone to share and celebrate regular Tring parkrunner Lynda Hembury's birthday. Special thanks to her daughter Hannah for the baking ....they were really delicious!

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Cakes!! In a way THIS is what parkrun is all about.
Thank you Hannah for the most beautiful baking and congratulations to Lynda Hembury on her birthday

 

And while we're on the topic of "uplifting".... a huge thank you to all of our volunteers, many stepping into roles for the very first time this week and doing a fantastic job too.

A special mention and thanks to Jess Heywood, visiting from Newcastle. She provided sign language support for us today and helped us spread the word about parkrun inclusivity.

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Jess from Newcastle helps Chris and Bill, providing BSL support, for the First Timers Briefing.

We love our volunteers We love our volunteers
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Many thanks to all of our volunteers this week.
These are just a few of them who helped make Saturday happen.
email us at tringhelpers@parkrun.com to join us any Saturday morning.

 

As usual we had many people join us for the first time. Some had never tried parkrun before and others were adding Tring to their "parkrun tourism" list and/or proving they were up for tackling our hills.

In all we were joined by 17 brand new parkrunners. They were: Stephen WEIR, Joseph & Jake SARGENT, Daniel KING, Sophie and Steve TURNER, Joyce MILLER, Andy & William FAIRHURST, Holly HAYNES, Peter, Jack, Grace and Suzanne AMBROSE, Calum WEST, Cameron SAYWELL and Cameron GILLAN - welcome, all, to the parkrun familiy.

We also welcomed 18 other first time visitors to Tring: Sally, David, & Sam PUDDEPHATT, Terry ROONEY, Jackie FORD, Steve BARKER, Jess HEYWORTH, David THOMPSON, Celia WALKER, Julie, Edward, Arthur and Darren PERRY, Ellen KRETSCHMER, Jonathan GLEDHILL, Rosa RIVERA, Yuna TOUDIC and Carole PITTS - we hope that you enjoyed our scenic course.

We love visitors
The Perry family visiting from Worcester

Be prepared
Our local scouts had a "scouts versus leaders" parkrun and were well prepared for an epic athletic battle.
We told them it wasn't a race..... that made no difference at all!

 

I asked at the start whether we had any milestones to celebrate and was met with uncharacteristic, stoney silence. As it happens we had two notable achievments.

First, congratulations to Johnjo MCDERMOTT who completed his 50th parkrun (all of them at Tring) and who was joined on the morning by a new, aspiring parkrunner!

Congratulations also to Anne GOLDING from Dunstable Running Club on completing her 100th parkrun. Anne joined us on our very first Tring parkrun and a third of her outings have been with us.

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The start of a very hot Tring parkrun 203...

 

July 21st happens, historically, to be a date of several significant speedy achievements. In 1904 Louis Rigolly became the first person to break the 100 mph (161 km/h) barrier on land in Ostend, Belgium.
In 1925 Malcolm Campbell became the first to exceed 150 mph (241 km/h) on land, on Pendine Sands in Wales. On the 21st of July 1969 Neil Armstrong became the first person to step on the Moon - returning home, he and his Apollo crew, reached 39,897km/h....but I digress!

On July 21st 2018, at Tring parkrun, 45 speedy individuals clocked new Personal Bests (PBs) - their own, personal, parkrun, land-speed records! A heroic achievement on a day warm enough to fry an egg on one of our "Caution Runners" signs!

Notable amongst these were Matthew WRIGHT (who was also our most experienced parkrunner on the morning, completing a very impressive 378!) he has ran at Tring 9 times, including our inaugural run, and has clocked a PB twice in a row.

In terms of outright pace Tom SAWYER also had a PB and was our first finisher (as he has been for his last three appearances at Tring) in a blistering time of 18:34.

However the speediest of the speediest are all females, when taking age/sex percentage into account these were: Lynda HEMBURY 86.58% (I still find this amazing!!), Sheila TURNER on 75.52% and Olivia Clarke on 71.29% (Sheila and Olivia both ran PB times too)

Everyone else was absolutely brilliant too!

And to finish off, here are this week's stats

- 4 PBs in 4 consecutive weeks for Lucy Brittain, and it would be 5 in 5 for Chris Parker if he hadn't managed to only equal (and not beat) his PB 2 weeks ago. Meanwhile Darren Hogg, Nickey Berry, Sam Burnell, James Worrall, Tom Sawyer and Carline Less all recorded 2 PBs in 2 weeks
- In addition, 4 PBs in his last 4 appearances for Euan Hudghton and 3 in 3 for Colin Hamnett and Roseanne Coles
- Sam Burnell ran the 4th fastest ever JM11-14, Olivia Clarke the 3rd fastest ever JW10, Holly Ashall the 5th fastest ever JW18-19 and Sheila Turner the 3rd fastest VW55-60.
- Johnjo McDermott becomes the 107th person to run 50 times at Tring
- Not content to be the 66th to run 66 times at Tring, nor the fact that he was the 67th person to run 67 times, now Ross Lambert will be able to update his CV with the fact that he is now the 70th to run 70 times at Tring!
- Walker was the most seen surname with 5, Paul and David the most seen male name (6 each) and for the females Holly was the most seen with 3
- We saw the name Mike for the 100th time and Alexander and Johnjo for the 50th times
- 1st time that we have seen 2 Camerons
- We welcomed the names Rosa, Yuna and Joyce for the 1st time
- Minute 27 was the most seen minute with 20 runners
- 3 clubs that we haven’t seen before this week – Tees Rowing Club, Transport for London parkrun Club and Saltwell Harriers
- Of the runners who have run at least 5 times, the biggest improvers were Roseanne Coles (3:05), Nicole Giraldo (2:18), Darcey Hudghton (2:04), Euan Hudghton (2:02) and Samantha Hollier (1:48)

See you all next week

Oh - and remember that we still need a couple of lovely, amazing, terrific, wonderful volunteers.

Ken

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Tring parkrun #202

We entered Tring park on Saturday morning thinking it would simply be another normal day in parkrun land. On arrival, we realized our park resembled more of a desert with its yellow and orange colours shining through. It’s amazing to think only 4 months ago it was covered in snow!

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Tring Park is looking a bit on the African Savannah side!

As seems to be the norm these days it was another warm morning and this was further illustrated by the cows gradually making their way to the shade. This all makes for the fun filled Saturday mornings that are Tring parkrun. Fortunately, it was only the shade they were looking for and once they found it they were perfectly happy to simply watch (and I think support) this week’s runners.

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Our cows were keen to make friends - so long as it involved staying firmly in the shade

As always, we are indebted to our wonderful volunteers without whom the run would not be able to take place. As it is the summer months and people are on holiday we are always looking for more friendly helpers so if you fancy giving us a hand please get in touch. There are roles that allow you to run so if you want to run that is not a problem, you can still help.

It is therefore a huge thank you to all our volunteers from Saturday so thank you to Wes Ball, Steve Bladen, Lucy Brittain, Benjamin Bunn, Lucy Bunn, William Crane, Ken Douglas, Rosa Drath, William Drath, Sam Evans, Grace Fensome, Toby Gribbin, Claire Hallissey, Keith Henderson, Anna Lambert, Ross Lambert, Vicky Lea, Frances Leff, Richard Long, Sam Mccormack, Chris Millar, Christopher Parker, Joanna Penn, Charlotte Severs, Philippa Storr & Ron Yaxley.

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Thanks to all of our volunteers.
Seen here are our lovely Marshals looking after the first hill.

This week we welcomed 5 first time parkrunners. Welcome to the family we hope you enjoyed yourselves. We also welcomed 14 tourists for their first visit to Tring. We hope you enjoyed our course. Of course for our regulars the weather is making the course firmer and faster and we saw another 34 PB’s. Well done to all of you.

It was also a milestone run for one of our run directors. Chris Millar completed his 100th parkrun. Chris has completed 46 different parkruns on his way to his 100 runs and is only missing ‘Z’ from his alphabet collection. Congratulations Chris, a fine effort. Holly Ashall and Neil Coburn also completed milestone runs, each completing their 50th parkrun. In stark contrast to Chris, both have only run at Tring.

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Well done to Chris on his 100th run - and lots of thanks for the delicious, celebratory, chocolate cake too.

So, what other mysterious happenings occurred during these weeks run I hear you shout. Over to our supercomputer to confirm....

• Alan Grover and Tracy Cardno ran their 200th parkruns
• It’s 5 PBs in 5 weeks for Robert Stevens and 3 in 3 for Lucy Brittain
• In addition, 5 PBs in his last 5 appearances for Dan Butler, 4 in 4 for Emily Ford and 3 in 3 for Matthew Skelding, Dilan Baraus, Joe Mortlock and Sam Burnell
• Kirk Clifford set a new fastest time ever for the VM65-69 age category of 21:56
• We saw the surname Roberts for the 100th time and Salt for the 50th
• For the 1st time we saw 2 Tracys at the same event
• Paul and James were the most seen names with 6 of each and for the females it was Louise, Lucy, Claire and Samantha, with 3 each
• Minute 26 was the most seen minute with 24 runners
• We welcomed 2 clubs that we haven’t seen before this week – Tailenders and West End Runners
• Of the runners who have run at least 5 times, the biggest improvers were Emily Ford (2:12), Kyle Kerr-Miller (1:11), Julie Lindars (1:09), Dan Butler (1:04), Darren Hogg (0:51) and Tom Sayer (0:46). Congratulations to you all.

Ross and Anna Lambert

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