Tring parkrun #201

You know it’s hot when the volunteers at the start finish line are wishing they could find some shade. We were all just standing still. Yet 230 keen parkrunners decided they would tackle our 5km course in sizzling conditions. Of those 11 were completing their first ever parkrun and a further 31 were running at Tring for the first time. Of these, we had 4 birthdays!! - Steve Robinson, Leon Bosch, Rob Woods and Annette Howard all celebrated their birthdays completing Tring parkrun. What a birthday treat. I really hope you all enjoyed yourselves.

Probably one of our warmest Tring parkruns

parkrunners never cease to amaze us as regardless of the heat 16 people managed to set PB’s well done to you all.

Of course, the real heroes are our wonderful volunteers. This week Lucy Bunn volunteered as one of our tail walkers. Lucy only turned 4 on Monday and so this week registered for parkrun and used her first opportunity to both run the course and volunteer. What a superstar!

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Thanks and well done Lucy!

We are of course so grateful to all our volunteers without whom the run would not be able to take place. It is therefore a huge thank you to all our volunteers from Saturday, namely, Samantha Allen, Chris Bill, Elaine Bunn, Lucy Bunn, William Crane, Andy Evans, Gary Evans, Ann-Marie Evans, Grace Fensome, Sarah Gray, Katie Haines, Claire Hallissey, Graham Hollands, Angela Hollands, Edward Hopper, James Maple, Mark Ockendon, Stuart Page, Charlotte Severs, Danny Wizard and Ron Yaxley.

This week was also a special occasion as we welcomed the RAF100 Baton which completed its first parkrun! The baton was passed to various runners and we hope you all enjoyed this different experience.

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The RAF100 baton team

It was a day for new experiences as a hen party also descended on us and our park. Congratulations to all the girls who completed the course. Good luck to the Hen for the big day.

Good luck to Emmaline and Gary

It would not be a Tring parkrun run report without handing over to the supercomputer to look out for all the mindboggling occurrences from this weeks run.

• For the 1st time we made it 10 parkruns in a row, each with an attendance over 200.
• Stephen Burgess finished 10th on his 10th parkrun and Paul Kellett 17th on his 17th
• It’s 4 PBs in 4 weeks for Robert Stevens and 2 in 2 weeks for Lucy Brittain
• In addition, 3 PBs in her last 3 appearances for Trish Hudghton
• Welcomed back several runners after not having seen them at Tring for a while – in fact 5 of them entered our “Longest Gap between 2 Tring parkruns Top 10”! - Stephen and Jacqueline Robinson (199 each – our biggest ever gap), Emma Brown (189), Simon Beeley (174) and Stephen Burgess (172) – welcome back!
• Bunn was the most seen surname with 5
• We saw the surname Hollands for the 200th time, Nicholls for the 100th and Gray for the 50th time
• We saw the names Katie and Louise for the 300th times and Louisa for the 50th time
• Welcome to the names Sylvia, Madeline and Nickey, all who were seen for the 1st time at Tring
• For the 2nd week in a row, minute 28 was the most popular with 19 parkrunners finishing in that minute
• Chris Parker was so excited about finishing 7th at parkrun 200 in a time of 20:07 that he ran 20:07 again this week!
• Minute 42 set it’s own attendance record, though this might have something to do with a certain hen party!
• We saw the following clubs for the 1st time – Mid Essex Casuals and RAF Orienteering
• Of the runners who have run at least 5 times, the biggest improvers were Matthew Wright (1:52), Gareth Roberts (0:56), Sergio Giraldo (0:31), Jim Eite (0:26) and Laura Travers (0:17). Matthew has had a long wait for his PB, with his previous best being set at Tring parkrun #1


Tring parkrun – Week 200 – nurkrap

When I arrived at my first parkrun back in September 2012, inspired by the Olympics and complete with cargo shorts and a woefully inadequate pair of trainers, I really had no idea what I was getting myself into. I’d never really run before and remember skulking around near the back of the field at Black Park before we set off, hoping no-one would notice ‘the new guy’. Thankfully everyone seemed preoccupied with what looked to me at the time like ‘extreme stretches’ so I needn’t have worried! I genuinely had no idea how long it would take me to run three miles and was very relieved when I spotted my first kilometre marker – and even more relieved to discover that it was the 4k mark!

It’s become a bit of a cliché these days to say “parkrun has changed my life”, but I suppose spending two hundred and fifty Saturday mornings jogging around the UK is evidence that that’s certainly the case for me. I’ve a lot to be thankful for, not least for the opportunity to get a bit fitter, to discover that I don’t actually mind running and for me to spend over half my parkruns chatting (wheezing) away to my children as I push them around in the buggy. I wonder now what I used to do on Saturday mornings…

So with that I’m going to take this opportunity to thank parkrun for simply existing in the first place and to all the volunteers at Tring and elsewhere who make it possible. On a personal note I’ll say thank you to my family who all turned up to surprise me by coming to the run at the weekend, especially my wife Clare who has been dragged around the UK in the early hours of the morning to visit new parkruns and to my brother Peter Woodward who got me into it in the first place (and as it turns out quite likes being dragged around the UK in the early hours of the morning to visit new parkruns!)

With family and friends - celebrating the 250th parkrun

Thanks to Clare & George for the cake

If you’ve only ever run at Tring parkrun you might not realise just how fantastic and welcoming our community is. Certainly, other parkruns are lovely too but since day one (or parkrun number two for me) the friendly nature of Tring and the volunteers here has really stood out. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped set up, cheered us round or did any number of the different jobs that makes it all just happen. This week they were: Andrew Powell, Andy Evans, Angus Evans, Carole Page, Chris Dalton, Chris Nicholls, Claire Hallisey, Gary Evans, Helen Porter, James Foskett, James Maple, Jos Bartlett, Josie Drath, Katie Haines, Kirsty Dance, Louise Bladen, Maria Cumming, Matthew Foskett, Richard Long, Richard Murphy, Robin Attfield, Ron Yaxley, Rosa Drath, Sarah Foskett, Steve Bladen, Stuart Page, Tamsin Leybourne, Wes Ball and William Crane.

If you’ve never given it a try I can wholeheartedly recommend volunteering at this or any parkrun. You don’t need any experience and there are a host of different roles to choose from. Just e-mail us at if you’d like to help out.

Some of you might have noticed that there was a slight change to our course this week in honour of our 200th parkrun. If you missed out on running the course backwards then never fear, all being well your next opportunity will probably be sometime around May or June 2020. If you were one of the
16 runners completing their very first parkrun on Saturday then you’ve got time to bag your 50 and 100 shirt by then!

This week's RD, Katie, welcoming everyone to #200, ably supported by our Tring Park friends

Speaking of shirts, congratulations to Damien Fortune and Ellie Bates who both ran their 50th parkrun this weekend and to Matt Foskett who completed his 100th. Claire Hallisey became the 103rd person to complete 50 parkruns at Tring and whilst you’re not likely to get a t-shirt for this one, James Whittaker became the 69th person to run 69 times at Tring. What’s that? Oh well if you insist. I suppose I’d better mention that yours truly, one Harry Bryant did his 250th parkrun as well…

Well done Ellie on running your 50th

Well done Damien on running your 50th

Well done Matt on running your 100th

Perhaps it was that downhill finish or just the result of having rocket fuel for breakfast but wow did we have a quick first finisher this week. Well done to Jake Smith of Axe Valley Runners who was visiting us for the first time and almost broke our all-time course record with a time of 16:38. 16:38! I hadn’t even made it to the bottom of the hill by that point! This of course highlights the beauty of parkrun – it doesn’t matter if you’re fast or not we all get to take part and enjoy/endure it in our own way.

Well done Jake on your fast time but you may wish to visit us again to gain that 1 second difference to the course record!

This was the first time since June 2017 when we’ve had three runners complete the course in under nineteen minutes and following behind Jake was Aran Davidson in 18:46 and Colin Seymour in 18:57. First lady home was Junior Anna Cuthbert who set a new PB of 21:25. She was followed by Claire Hallissey in 21:53 and Scarlett Wager-Leigh in 22:24. Well done folks!

Alongside Anna we had a further 32 PBs this week, including Ian Shenton who went faster by 1:07, Euan and Darcey Hudgton who both improved by 2:33 each and Marie Young who absolutely smashed her PB by going 7:06 faster. Ian Middleton continued his run of four PBs in the last four weeks, whilst Robert Stevens clocked his third and Morgan Billings and Chris Parker had their second PB in a row. Fantastic – good work everyone!

Here’s something you might not know: Tring parkrun started on 1st November 2014. Since then 5,894 participants have completed 33,741 parkruns covering a total distance of 168,705 km, including 5,907 new Personal Bests. If you thought that was a good statistic, wait ‘til you read these:

• We saw the surname Patterson for the 400th time, Hanson for the 100th time and Robinson, Margetts and Davidson for the 50th time.
• We saw the name Steve for the 300th time and Claire the 200th. We also had Carolines and Charlottes both for the 100th time.
• This week there were 7 Evans’, the highest number of surnames since the 7 Lindars at event #172.
• Matthew and Thomas were the most seen male name (5 of each) with Sarah the most seen female (with 4).
• This was the first time we have seen 2 Freyas and 2 Ambers and the first time we’ve ever seen the name Lotte or Piquita.
• Minute 28 was our most popular this week (thanks for the invite) with 20 runners finishing in it.
• This was the first time that we have had a Harry finish next to a Potter in the results.

I usually end my reports with a look at some of the most aesthetically pleasing times of the week and of course this will be no exception. I’ve got to tell you, we’re spoilt for choice; in any other week Simon Conway (22:22) or Ed Wright (23:45) would have cleaned up. Instead, we’re going for a nerdalicious run from Chris Parker who finished our 200th parkrun in 7th position in a time of 20:07. Nice.

7th at parkrun 200 in a time of 20:07 - Nice timing Chris!

By the time I write one these again I think the total distance run at Tring parkrun will be equivalent to half-way to the moon. That’s not bad for a free run on a Saturday morning. I hope you enjoyed your run this weekend and you’ll be back next week for more. As for me, I’ll see you for the next 250!



parkrun 199 #thisgirlcan

Tring parkrun is world famous. Whenever you see a photo from parkrun HQ of parkrunners on a grassy hill, the odds are it's Tring. That's what ensured it's place on our parkrun bucket list, and when a friend moved to the area last year we finally had the perfect excuse to make the journey. The trouble is, it was December and covered in snow and ice which made it a somewhat slippery affair.

Fast forward a few months and we were lucky enough to have another opportunity, and this time the weather could not have been more different. The photos don't do it justice; glorious meadows, beautiful trees, and a perfect blue sky greeted us.


This weeks RD Katie giving the runners their briefing

Whilst I was volunteering this time, my wife and nine year old son ran. Tring couldn't be more different from our home parkrun of York, which is all on smooth tarmac and is one of the flattest courses anywhere in the world. They both agree that the first and last kilometres at Tring are the hardest due to the hills so took plenty of walking breaks to catch their breath and enjoy the views. The best bit for them was running downhill through the woods towards the monument, and the marshals ringing cowbells (we absolutely adore that Tring has cow marshals). It was a hot one this week, particularly the last stretch on the bumpy grass, so their time was a bit slower than December, but no matter.

I was on finish token duty and had a great time. The other volunteers were a super friendly bunch who were so enthusiastic about all things parkrun and they made me feel right at home.

I also got to witness some excellent sprint finishes, and a tremendous number of runners in fancy dress for This Girl Can.


Redbourn Runners getting into the #thisgirlcan spirit

I also really liked that there were special bibs for parkrunners to wear on their milestone runs. Timothy Fryer, Keith Henderson and Colin Baker all did their 50th runs, and Evan Billings and Hattie Corntwaite both joined the exclusive juniors 10 club.




Keith, Colin and Timothy completing their 50th parkrun

Equally as great is the fact that 29 people were doing Tring parkrun for the first time, and for 9 of those it was their first parkrun anywhere ever. Welcome to the group, I hope you get as much out of parkrun as everyone else does.

Undoubtedly we'll be back to Tring at some point, possibly for another icy one in December. We can't wait!

Many thanks to everyone!

Ruth and Ste Robson,
York parkrun


#198 – A look forward to “This Girl Can” and stats from 197/198

Welcome to run report #198

A few of us are parkrunning in Jersey this weekend so this is a quick writeup before heading off to the airport. Did you know that Jersey is the only UK parkrun starting with “J” so if you want to collect your alphabet of parkruns, then it’s a good reason for a weekend trip to the Channel Islands.

In today’s report we have…..
- In anticipation of this week’s themed “This Girl Can” parkrun , some lovely words from Tring parkrun regular Philippa
- A look back at the stats from #198
- A look back at the stats from #197

So we start off with some words from Philippa….

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!

There is no denying that Tring parkrun is daunting, it is a challenge and, as many have commented, it doesn’t seem to get any easier, but because of that, it is also wonderful. Many a time, I have reflected on the fact that the run seems to mirror the ups and downs of my job as a teacher in a concentrated 30 minute (or so) window. Sometimes I find it difficult to get into my stride at the start. Then there is the relentless effort to get to the top of the hill, where you first get a chance to get your breath back and have a little window of opportunity to reflect on your achievements so far. If you take the time to notice, you also get the reward of a stunning view back over Tring and beyond, akin to the feeling of one of those ‘lightbulb moments’, when a child makes new connections in their learning, us teachers have the privilege to experience. Then comes the relative flat of King Charles Drive with its little ups and downs, just there to keep you focused and on your toes. The downhill yomp reminds me of the feeling of Christmas in a school, a small window where you can relax and be a bit more free from rigours of the curriculum. You should mindfully appreciate this treat, because you know there are tough times ahead. From thereon in the uphills get a little more challenging and the downhills not so obviously rewarding. You pray for no headwind along the valley, fingers crossed for no ‘school inspection’ when you are really starting to feel the tiredness in your legs. What can I say about Heartbreak Hill, that is simply about gritted teeth and sheer bloody-mindedness, but after the final effort comes the reward, when all your hard work pays off and you can bound downhill to the glory of the finish line, safe in the knowledge that you will make it, you will finish, you have survived! (well at least that was the case until the finish line was moved – now you have to have a little bit of faith that the funnel will come, even if you can’t quite see it, but I guess that is a bit like teaching too!)
Philippa Storr

Philippa after one of her recent PBs

Thanks Philippa and well done on your 6 min improvement since starting at Tring.

Now lets have a look back at this #197 stats - our NHS run

Some great costumes at #197

Emily Wooton, Cara Kerr-Miller and Tia Kerr-Miller all achieved their junior 10th parkruns – well done
Stephen Brookman recorded his 3rd PB in 3 weeks. It was 2 in 2 weeks for Darren Hogg, Tom Patterson, Lucie Repova, Robert Norris, Robert Williams, Karen Scott, Sally Dent, Denis Steventon and Samantha Hollier. That’s the 6th PB this year for Robert and Samantha – the joint 3rd highest total.
In addition, Michael Hart has recorded a PB at each of his last 5 appearances and Darcy Hudghton 3 from 3.
Steven Boyd ran under 20 mins for the 1st time and set the fastest ever VM50-54 with a time of 19:42
We saw the surnames O’Keefe and Davies for the 100th time and Golding for the 50th time
Page and Lindars were the most seen surname with 4 of each
We saw the names Andy for the 300th time and Graham and Isobel for the 200th, Emily for the 100th and Geoff for the 50th
Holly and Samantha were the most seen female names (3 of each) and Ben and James (7 of each) the most seen males. Indeed it was a record number of Bens this week.
We saw the names Ricky and Izzi for the 1st time
Minutes 26 and 27 were the most popular with 24 runners in each
We saw Gade Valley Harriers for the 250th time and Dunstable RRC for the 50th.
1st time we have seen both the Sittingbourne Striders and the Meads Runners
Of the runners who have run at least 5 times, the biggest improvers were Olivia Hurford (2:19), Stephen Brookman (1:32), Barry Brett (0:52), Samantha Hollier (0:50), Ben Hallett (0:48) and Thomas Patterson (0:48)

A great PB run from Olivia

Some more great costumes

And more - Great costumes and Charlotte is also in the middle of a sequence of 3 PBs

And if you’ve manage to crunch your way through that lot – maybe you get a mention in the week #198 stats……

Peter Lilley ran his junior 10th parkrun – well done Peter
Charlotte Crane, Lucy Clutton and Tim Rial ran their 50th parkruns – well done all
Jennifer Gribben, Andy Spry and Karen Hennel ran their 100ths – and well done again
3 PBs in 3 weeks for Lucie Repova and 2 in 2 for Darcey Hughton, Tony Hart, Eleanor Beswick, Iain Middleton and Stephen Barnsdale – These are the in form runners you need to be following
In addition, 3 PBs in their last 3 appearances for Tom Moreton, Ian Shenton and Rachael Macrae, 2 in 2 for Euan Hudghton, Simon Nicholson and Kevin Lynch – well done all
Sheila Turner recorded the 3rd fastest VW55-59 and went under 25 mins with her 24:52 – well done Shiela
OK, so her husband may have picked up a well earned PB but it was Sarah Foskett who was claiming the family stats glory as she became the 68th person to run 68 times at Tring
1st time for 45 weeks that there were no Bens – last week we had a record 7 of them – where did they go?
1st time we have seen the names Neill, Zara, Annika, luliia, Meggie and Saengchan
Hanson and Turner were the most seen surname with 4 of each
Exactly as last week, Holly and Samantha were the most seen female names (3 of each) but this time with Paul (with 9) the most seen male name.
Minutes 29 was the most popular with 21 runners finishing in that minute
We saw Lalor Running Club for the 1st time. For those of you who didn’t know, they meet 4 times a week in Lalor and the surrounding suburbs of Melbourne!
Of the runners who have run at least 5 times, the biggest improvers were Matthew Gorman (9:56), Rob Billings (4:44), Darcey Hudghton (3:03), Catherine Turner 2:43) and Adam Woodhams (2:03)

Have a great run wherever you are at parkrunning tomorrow and if you are at Tring enjoy #199

Andy E


Tring parkrun 196 – It’s a mystery


It's a mystery

I've been a Run Director (RD) at Tring parkrun a fair a few times now and it's a mystery to me quite how I get away with it! So it was especially rewarding to see so many smiling faces yesterday, so many personal achievements, so many family memories being created (and so many celebratory cakes being consumed!) despite a storyline worthy of a kids cartoon developing rapidly behind the scenes.

Not got a scooby
Sometimes being an RD is a bewildering experience! :-)


The first mystery was "where are the cows?". They were nowhere to be found. With the benefit of hindsight, sending the Cow Marshals off with the vague instruction of "I'm sure you'll find them" wasn't very helpful. Not surprisingly they returned later reporting that "we couldn't find them either". At this point I had slightly less vague visions of them hiding behind the trees, cartoon style, and ambushing the Tail Walkers at a critical moment. More on the cows later.

The next mystery is why I failed miserably to post a marshal at Gate 1. Seriously! I did think it was strange to be left with one too many marshals at the start line. My solution was to ignore this obvious anomaly and send the spare marshal off to look for the cow marshals. The Gate being closed must have come as something of a surprise to the fastest runners and I appreciate Tom North coming to the rescue and opening it before most others arrived. Where is Jim Maple when you need him?

Don't even get me started on the "parking" on Hastoe Lane!!! This will be the topic of a stern, "go and stand in the naughty corner" message later in the week.


So, how many took part this week?

On the face of it this is a reasonable question that should be easy to answer.

The first hill
And they're off - charging down the first hill (still novel!) and into the valley

I should start by saying that with such a busy finish line, with lots going on, our timer/token numbers seldom match exactly at the first go. Our heroic Timekeeprs and Finish Token volunteers have to contend with "double crossers” (people who cross the line more than once), "funnel duckers” (who duck out of the funnel without collecting a token), ”token magpies”, and various random non-participants who get in the mix somehow. These we can normally sort easily.

Yesterday, however, we had a few ludicrous discrepancies that defied all known human logic and common sense. I was absolutely baffled and after much head-scratching in the Akeman had to admit defeat. Another mystery. It took the combined brain power of Andy Evans (who can calculate Pi to 5 million decimal places in his head) and Ross Lambert (who thinks of differential calculus as a recreational sport) to solve the mystery. Thanks guys.

Officially we had 301 participants cross the line.

The comedy continued when I confidently asserted this was our 2nd highest turnout. It wasn't. It was the fourth highest (still very impressive) and the highest on the new course. Whoop!
Of the 301 finishers 43 were very welcome "first timers" at Tring, of which 15 completed their first ever parkrun. Well done.


parkrunning stars

At the other end of the scale our very own Andy Evans was the most experienced parkrunner, completing his 214th. And visitor KC Lloyd was our most experienced first timer on 180 parkruns.

Congratulations Will
Congratulations to Will on becoming the youngest parkrunner to join that 50-club at Tring.
In the pictures above you can see his 1st parkrun and his 50th.

We also had several special milestones to celebrate. First of all we had an amazing five people join the junior 10 club - congratulations to Nicole Giraldo, Thomas Lipscombe, Matthew Kuht, Ruby Dack and Connor Farquarson. Matthew marked the occasion with a new PB, and Ruby was running her first parkrun at Tring. Great to see.

And very well-done to David Severs, Samantha Lindars and Will Drath who all joined the 50-club, with Will being the youngest to achieve this at Tring (he's only 7, bless his little running shoes).

46 runners achieved a Personal Best - really great on such a humid morning. Of these we saw 2 PBs in 2 weeks for Amy Billington, Karen Morton-Smit, Ian Shenton, Chris Nicholls, Charlotte Owttrim and Stephen Brookman. We also saw 6 PBs in last 6 appearances for Nathan Cook, 4 in 4 for Jo Glass and Callum Hunter-Whitehouse, 3 in 3 for Dan Butler and Emily Ford. Epic stuff!

We also witnessed other notable times: Betty Huggan set the 3rd fastest ever VW70-74 time and Tilly Green improved her own 3rd fastest ever JW15-17 time by 1 second.

Of the runners who have run at leat 5 times, 5 improved by over a minute - David Taylor (2:43), Callum Hunter-Whitehouse (1:33), Jo Glass (1:14), Nathan Cook (1:14), and Lucie Repova (1:07)



Volunteer stars

As usual we had a really great volunteer team. Without them there would be no Tring parkrun.

A big thank you to Chris Bill, Alison Bill, Melanie Brookman, Chris Dalton, Grace Fensome, James Foskett, Claire Hallissey, Keith Henderson, Sidney Hudson, Frances Leff, Richard Long, Sam McCormack, Paul McCormack, Richard Murphy, Chris Nicholls, Heather Painter, Andrew Powell, Dennis Raffety, Phil Roger, Charlotte Severs, Christina Stevens, Philippa Storr, Charlie Summerson, Adrian Summerson, Jake Summerson, Dominic Veal and Emma Weller.

A special mention goes to Alison Bill who volunteered for the 25th time and qualifies for a lovely, free, parkrun volunteer's T-shirt (on the subject of which...the new ones are really great!!!)

Alison Bill will get one of the new design volunteer T-shirts as a thank you

Several of our volunteers have never ran a parkrun nor intend to do so. It's a great way to get out and be part of a growing community. If you know anyone that might be interested, connect us by emailing

Crochet on a huge scale
Volunteering makes you more attractive to the opposite sex and increases your mental and physical dexterity. It's a bit like the Crystal Maze sometimes on the Finish Line. You are also much more likely to win the lottery after having volunteered, or to discover that the old vase your auntie Maud gave you is actually priceless. But, most importantly, it's easy and it's fun. Email us at to find out more.

One of the things I really like is the way so many of our spectators throw themselves into the fun. Cheering, applauding, hi-fiving, cow bell ringing all helps create the friendly, encouraging atmosphere parkrun is famous for. This week we had an exceptional team of informal volunteers and helpers making the morning just the bit more special for everyone. Thank you.

High Fives Ahead
Super effort by team Cooper on the finish line. Thank you.


Video stars

We didn't have an official photographer this week but we did have a couple of videos, one of the brilliant finish line support and the other of the entire new Tring parkrun course by international running vlogger Baze187 (Richard Bazeley)

Video of Mind the Cow Pat
"Mind the Cow Pat"
Enthusiastic (and very helpful) Finish Line support.
Click on the image above to go to the video on Facebook


New Course Video
"New Tring Course"
A video tour of the whole new course by Baze187
Click on the picture to go to the video on YouTube


Special facts bonus

We know you love this stuff.....

Not content with 2 weeks ago become the 66th person to run 66 times at Tring (and helping sort out our results processing!), Ross Lambert becomes the 67th to run 67!

28 people finished in minute 30 - the 2nd busiest minute we have ever seen. The busiest being when 29 finished in minute 31 at parkrun #144

1st time we have seen 4 Clares, 3 Victorias, 3 Darrens, 2 Caroles, 2 Waynes and 2 Lucies

1st time we have seen the names Magnus, Bryn, Loui, Leighton and Carissa

The 100th time we have seen On the Run, Aylesbury

1st time we have seen the London City Athletics club who, if you didn’t know, are based in the heart of London at Southwark Athletics Centre


So, what happened to the cows?

We're still not very sure!!!

They were reported up in the trees above the grass (see pic) and then they were reported across the road in the new land acquired by the Woodland Trust.
It remains a very real mystery. If there are any super-sleuths out there, let us know.

Our missing cows
These are supposed to be our missing cows.
I'm not yet convinced!


Something to look forward to

We have a lot going on at Tring parkrun over the next few weeks, starting with next Saturday the 9th of June. The NHS is celebrating its 70th anniversary and have teamed with parkrun to celebrate. Getting out and enjoying a healthier lifestyle is what parkrun is about.

nhs70 at tring
Help us mark NHS70.
Please wear blue and white (NHS colours) or appropriate fancy dress.

Later in the month, on the 23rd, we're helping support the "This Girl Can" campaign. We want to encourage females of all ages to join us - volunteering, supporting or running/walking. Watch out for more info on that soon.

That's it for another week.




Foiled again
The dastardly plans of the nefarious Mr I M Grumpy were foiled yet again...
...even he was smiling after Tring parkrun 196
(although he'd forgotten his barcode)


Tring parkrun #195 – Who knew cattle found blue tarpaulin interesting?!

A damp drizzly morning at the park on Saturday but our cattle were certainly pleased to see us. They have settled into the park and although no longer wanting to run with us they are still very inquisitive and appeared as soon as we started setting up.

Apparently if you want to attract a herd of cattle, simply lay a blue tarpaulin on grass - seems to work everytime!

Thanks to Keith & Ed, this week's cow marshals

The 2nd tarpaulin made a good cover for the bags and spectators in the rain!

Our new course is working out well, with some of the extra markings that we added this week, particularly for the final straight. After your run, remember not to walk on this part of the course but instead stop and do some cheering for those who are finishing. If you (or your children) would like a turn with the Hi-5 hands, either as spectators or after your run, then just ask the volunteers at the finish funnel.

Keith about to get the energy boost that each Hi-5 guarantees!

A thumbs up for our cow bell ringing and Hi-5 zone

Next up, we have the stats from week 195:
- Paul Beadle ran his 50th parkrun
- Rob Billings and Joanna Penn recorded their 3rd PBs in 3 weeks. It was 2 in 2 weeks also for Ellen Wood, Dean Gibson and Natalie Kell
- Tilley Green set the 3rd fastest ever JW15-17 with her 22:27
- Up at the front it was a Tring 1-2 with Matt Wade (19:09) being our fastest finisher followed by Dom Evans (20:03) and then Steven Boyd (20:14). For the females Sophie Green (22:11) held off Tilley Green (22:27) followed by Sheila Turner (25:04)
- After missing a PB last week by 2 seconds, Chris Nicholls achieved his 24th Tring PB (Paul Myatt holds the record with 26)
- The surnames Scott, Sartin, Gibson and Stonestreet all were seen for the 100th time and Wooton, Severs and Drath were seen for the 50th time
- Paul (7) was the most seen male name and Rachel, Lucy and Helen (3 each) the most for the females
- For the 1st time ever we saw 2 Jasmines and 2 Lynnes also achieving the same feat. We also saw our 1st Denis, Reuben and Ursula.
- Minute 26 was the most popular
- We’ve waited 195 parkruns for an appearance from Torbay AAC and then we see 3 within a minute. If you want to know more about the club – just click here -
- Of the runners who have run at least 5 times, the largest improvements were Rob Billings (7:27), Emily Knight (1:21), Isobel Bladen (0:48), Stephen Brookman (0:37) and Diane Le Pargneux (0:35)

Rob achieved the biggest PB improvement this week - but given that the dogpoo bag suggests a stop en-route, we think another PB should be possible

When you have run at a parkrun course 110 times, PBs don't happen as often - well done Blazej on your 21 second improvement

When you have run at a parkrun course 141 times, PBs don't happen as often - well done Izzy on your 48 second improvement - a fast finish with Mia from Torbay

So, we are 32 weeks through our 54 week Tring parkrun Year 4 – who are the likely contenders for our end of year attendance awards? Let's take a look at the top 10 of each of the 4 groups to see who have the best chance of a top-3 position at the end of the year.

We start with our adult females, where at the top of the table Elaine is against some tough competiton. Lorraine won this in Year 1 and has 100% attendance for year 4, whilst Louise won Year 2 and Alison Year 3. However with 22 parkruns to go, there is still plenty of time for anyone to climb the table.


Next up, it's the junior females. Like Mum Elaine, daughter Holly is up against stiff opposition, with Izzy having finished 1st in Years 2 & 3 and also 3rd in Year 1. However further down the table there is still plenty to play for


Moving on to the adult males. James is just staying ahead of last year's joint winners Paul and Chris. Paul also won Year 2 and was 2nd in Year 1.


Last but not least we have a close battle for the junior males. Jamie is the newcomer in the table with Jim and Tom currently repeating last year's 1-2. Noah is also near the top and he has had a podium position in all 3 years. Jim was our youngest ever "50-shirt" until brother Tom took the record but rumour has it that young William could claim this very soon


So it could all change with 22 weeks to go. There is still time to cancel your summer holiday plans :)

Thanks to this week's volunteers:
Claire HALLISSEY • Andy EVANS • Wes BALL • Richard BAZELEY • Edward HOPPER • Richard MURPHY • Ken DOUGLAS • Blazej ZIEMBACZEWSKI • Steve BLADEN • Victoria WILSON • Louise BLADEN • Chris NICHOLLS • Martin BISHOP • Sam EVANS • Julian CRANE • Alison BILL • Chris BILL • William CRANE • Keith HENDERSON • Richard LONG • Frances LEFF • Rosa DRATH • Charlotte SEVERS • Grace FENSOME

Remember on 9th June it is our NHS 70th birthday run - so feel free to come along dressed as a nurse, doctor patient etc or perhaps dressed in the NHS colours of blue and white - The choice is yours!

See you all again on Saturday for lots more fun in Tring Park

Andy Evans


Tring parkrun – Week 194 – The Second Running

I tried hard to think of a witty way of opening this run report that related to the Royal Wedding but since I didn’t actually watch it that’s proven quite difficult. Instead I shall start by saying thank you once again to all the volunteers that helped everything run so smoothly this weekend. Our heroes in hi-vis jackets this week were:

Andrew Hill • Andy Evans • Anna Lambert • Catherine Bishop • Charlotte Severs • Chris Nicholls • Clare Bryant • David Severs • Dominic Evans • Edward Hopper • Frances Leff • George Bryant • Heather Painter • Helen Tullie • James Foskett • Jon Reynolds • Ken Douglas • Martin Bishop • Richard Long • Ross Lambert • Sam Evans • Sarah Foskett • Victoria Wilson

We are always on the lookout for new volunteers, so if you think you could help with any of our roles on a Saturday morning, just drop us an e-mail at

With one or two exceptions everything seemed to go well this weekend (phew again); thank you for your patience once again with the barcode scanning queue – we’re still working out why it seems to be taking a little longer at the moment! We also had a few gremlins creep into our results so thanks to those of you who e-mailed in with corrections.

Our new downhill start

It was a beautiful day to be out in Tring park and our numbers remained very high, in fact it’s the first time we’ve had at least 234 runners in 3 successive weeks. Since then we’ve been able to crunch some serious numbers to bring you these one of a kind statistics:
• Chris Blackwell and Danny Wizard ran their 50th parkruns. We have seen 167 “50” runs at Tring that range in age from under-10 to over-70. 5 “50s” is the most that we have seen on one day, which has happened twice, but not, I should point out, this day.

Danny, pictured here passing 4km, was one of our "50 parkrun" runners. Well done Danny and Chris for earning your red shirts

• Iain Middleton, Colin Hamnett, Callum Hunter-Whitehouse recorded their 3rd PBs in 3 weeks. It was also 2 in 2 weeks for Andrew Clark, Matthew Skelding, Emma Young, Evan Billings, Matthew Riggs, Michael Hart, Karina Wells and Darcey Hudghton.
• Spare a thought for Chris Nicholls - it would have been his 8th PB in 8 weeks – if only he had been 2 seconds faster!
• In addition, Michael Hart has recorded 4 PBs in his last 4 appearances, and Christian Thomas, Richard Pugh, Matthew Riggs all recorded their 3rd PB in their last 3 appearances
• Richard Long (28:56) set the 5th fastest time ever for VM70-74 and Michael Creasor (42:09) set the 2nd fastest time ever for VM80-84
• Fellow Run Director Ross Lambert became the 66th person to run 66 times at Tring
• Lorraine Hurford managed the tricky feat of finishing 163rd on her 163rd parkrun
• Minute 44 set a new attendance record with 6 runners finishing in that minute
• Of the runners who have run at least 5 times, those who improved by over a minute included Gus Evans (1:22), Eddie Sartin (1:14), Noah Roger (1:03). Maria Kerr (1:02)

Freya, Holly and Julia with a fast finish as they help minute 44 to it's new attendance record

Gus ringing the PB bell after a great run

But wait, there’s more! You thought we’d forgotten “Name News”, but no, just teasing:
• We saw the surnames Lilley and Hill for the 50th time
• Williams, Evans and Parker were the most numerous with 4 of each
• We saw the name Angela for the 100th time
• We saw our 1st Laith (welcome!)
• Chris (6) was the most seen male name and Holly (4) the most for the females

After last week’s drought I was positively spoilt for choice when it came to aesthetically pleasing times this week. Matthew Robins set a time of 22:22 that will clearly take some beating whilst Blazej Ziembaczewski set a time of 25:25 which also has a nice ring to it. Maura Patterson was just a second off another outstanding time, completing her run in 33:32 but actually I didn’t have to scroll far to this week’s winner; second place runner Michael Hart not only set a new PB but also completed the run in 20:18 which was very nice indeed.

Well done on a great run everyone – see you soon!



Tring parkrun – Week 193 – Phew!

Well that all seemed to go pretty well! Aside from one or two teething problems we hope to have ironed out over the next few weeks it seems like the move to our new route has worked out alright!

Before we get on to the rest of the report I want to say a huge thank you to all the volunteers who helped out on the day. Essentially if everything goes well I don’t really have to do anything as Run Director, and on a day when we had a new herd of cows, a new route plus our fifth highest attendance ever it’s a testament to how great our volunteers are that I was able to wander around and chat to runners whilst everything seemed to tick over nicely. So, THANK YOU!

I also want to single out our fantastic team of Run Directors who helped set out the new course (or designed it in the case of Andy Evans), marshalled and stepped in to record those pesky barcodes that didn’t scan. On that note we have a new scanner on order which should hopefully cut down the queue – at least it wasn’t raining!

Stepping up to volunteer this week were: Andy Evans • Angela Hollands • Anna Lambert • Ben Patterson • Charlotte Severs • Clive Cohen • Frances Leff • Gary Evans • Graham Hollands • Helen Tullie • James Maple • Jim Patterson • Jonathan Sartin • Karen Hennel • Katie Haines • Keith Stonestreet • Ken Douglas • Maura Patterson • Patrick McLoughlin • Richard Murphy • Ross Lambert • Thomas Patterson • Victoria Wilson

Finishline crew in action

We are always on the lookout for new volunteers, so if you think you could help with any of our roles on a Saturday morning, just drop us an e-mail at

As expected we’ll be making a few tweaks and adjustments ahead of the run this Saturday, but nothing major. One thing we would ask is that you are mindful of how you leave the park after finishing the run, trying not to walk across the ‘racing’ line as other runners are finishing. We’ll do our best to keep the scanning queue to a minimum but if it does build up please keep to one side and cheer the other runners in whilst you’re waiting.

Thank you to everyone for sticking to the guidance on under-11s – just like the ‘no barcode, no result’ rule this is one that we have to enforce. We don’t mind a sprint finish where your little one can leave you for dust but during the rest of the run they should be within arm’s reach. Likewise all dogs need to be kept on a short lead and with the narrower start you may want to start to one side or at the back, making your way through as the field thins out.

Emerging from the valley

A slightly different shape in the far distance as runners exit the valley and climb the hill

As for the new course the general consensus seems to be that it was either:
a) A bit harder
b) Much harder
c) A bit easier

It certainly looked a bit harder and I know from buggy running through the valley that it’s not flat! We’re glad you seemed to enjoy it though and welcome any other feedback you have.

Competitive finishline action

And some more

Whilst we’ve publicly explained that the course change is due to a request from the ‘Ancient Tree Forum’ to avoid root damage around the old start/finish, I can actually reveal that it was due to possible damage to the Tring supercomputer which is stored directly beneath the original start line – as we grow ever popular the added footfall was simply causing havoc with our algorithms.

Thankfully, with catastrophic stats failure avoided I can reveal that last Saturday:
• Nobody reached any of the main parkrun milestones – the last time this happened was in early October last year.
• Chris Nicholls has recorded 7 PBs in the last 7 parkruns, Tia Kerr-Miller has recorded 4 in 4 and Kelly Lane, Iain Middleton, Alice Fisher, Adrienne Garner, Anna Taylor, Simon Cowie, Rob Billings, Colin Hamnett, David Taylor, Gavin Morden and Callum Hunter-Whitehouse have all had 2 PBs in the last 2.
• In addition, Nathan Cook has recorded 5 PBs in his last 5 appearances, Chris Fielden and Simon Cowie 4 in 4 and Tim Shepherd-Smith, Michael Hart, Fergus Green and Luke Parker all 3 in 3.
• Of the runners who have run at least 5 times, the biggest PB improvements were Rob Billings (3:53), David Taylor (2:43), Ella Kingston (2:00), Chris Fielden (1:59), Robyn Neill (1:46), Thomas Fielden (1:44), Evan Billings (1:39), Holly Williams (1:36), Sara Jones (1:36) and Mark Ashley (1:35)
• Simon Beedell recorded the 2nd fastest ever time in the VM35-39 with his 18:11, Jenny Morgan ran the 3rd fastest ever VW60-64 in 26:11. Simon’s time was also the fastest we have seen in 2018.
• Adrienne Garner chipped off some more time off her own 2nd best at VW70-74 and Betty Stracey recorded our 2nd best ever VW75-79.
• We welcomed back Maria Russell - 182 Tring parkruns since her last Tring parkrun – the 2nd highest ever gap.
• Of the surnames that we have seen before, the following set their own personal attendance records with 5 Greens, 5 Parkers, 4 Kents and 3 Hudghtons. In fact with 5, Green & Parker were the most numerous surnames.

60% of our 5 Greens of the day

• We saw the surname Foskett for the 200th time and Brookmann reached 50. Good to see Weller reach 50 too after a bit of a gap.
• With 8, Chris was this week’s most numerous name. We saw David for the 500th time and Luke for the 100th. Surprisingly we saw the name Siobhan for the 1st time.
• Matthew Riggs finished 6th on his 6th parkrun

If that doesn’t get your heart racing then nothing will!

Colin Hamnett’s new PB of 22:21 was just a second too fast to claim this week’s “Aesthetically pleasing time of the week” award and likewise Peter Young’s second run in a time of 44:42 showed a complete disregard for symmetry. Gregg Leff you must try harder next time as 33:34 just doesn’t cut it! I’ll be honest, this week’s set of times weren’t really that aesthetically pleasing but after a quick look through I think Lee Robinson’s time of 31:31 will do! “Well done” everyone!

Now apparently there’s some big event happening next Saturday and all the media have been going on about it, the streets will be thronged with people, the bunting will be out and there will be cucumber sandwiches for all*. Ah yes, it’s Tring parkrun #194! See you there!


* Cucumber sandwiches and bunting not guaranteed.

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Small change….

Following a survey by the Ancient Tree Forum, they have requested, to avoid root damage, that for both the Woodland Trust events and our parkruns, people don’t gather near the trees of the Lime Avenue. We have therefore agreed to move both our start and finish with a couple of small changes to our route.

Don’t worry, we have kept closely to the previous route as we know you’d hate to lose running up those hills.

revised route

So, we’ll be gathering near the old 4km post. Starting just after that we will run down and along the valley. Don’t worry we’re not turning right up Heartbreak yet. Nor are we heading straight uphill, but instead we swing right and follow the valley to where it joins with the dip that we used to run through. Then it’s up the hill and for the next 3 km the usual route. Halfway along the A41, by the hidden pond, rather than heading up the climb towards the curly bridge, we will turn left and take a shortcut along the valley. Then it’s the usual right up Heartbreak (well we just couldn’t leave it out!) – then all the way through the avenue, with a right turn at the end, for a short sprint to the finish.

If you’re a very fast runner, please reread the above paragraph very carefully. Anyone else – simply follow the person in front of you!

We have also bought a couple of tarpaulins to put your jackets/bags on. These will be near the finish line – please use these rather than the traditional “under the trees” location.


Tring parkrun 192 – Scorchio!

It was a beautiful morning for what might well have been the last time we run our "classic" Tring parkrun route; starting and finishing at the foot of the Lime Tree Avenue.

We had beautiful sunny morning for our 192nd parkrun at Tring

But before I get onto that, you may be wondering where last week's run report is? There isn't one. Glad we cleared that up!!

However from that week we'd like to acknowledge Kim Escritt who ran her 50th parkrun as a visitor to Tring (she's normally at Peter Pan parkrun - what a great name!!); David Taylor also ran his 50th (he normally runs at Aylesbury and has visited Tring 6 times) and our very own Stuart Page who joined the 100-club (97 of those being at Tring).

Our brilliant Finish Line Team - just some of the 21 volunteers who helped make the day possible/


We had a great turnout of 237 runners, of whom 17 were running their first ever parkrun and 12 were visiting Tring for the first time from other parkruns.

10 people either did not have or forgot their barcodes and 2 people were tail walkers. A quick whizzz on my pocket calculator shows that 196 people therefore had the chance of a PB. 61 people managed this (the highest total since the same week - 1st week of May - last year and the 9th highest ever). That's almost 1 in 3! Well I did say at the start it felt like a "PB sort of a day"! :-)

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Over a quarter of Saturday's runners qualified to ring our famous PB Bell

Still on the theme of PBs:

  • That makes an amazing 6 in 6 weeks for Chris Nicholls.
  • 4 in 4 weeks for Eddy Guinness, 3 in 3 weeks for Isobel Roberts and Tia Kerr-Miller, 2 in 2 weeks for Samantha Hollier, Steven Boyd, Vicky Smith and Paul Beadle.
  • In addition, in his last 4 appearances, Ben Woodhams has recorded 4 PBs. Also 3 in 3 for Simon Cowie, Steven Boyd, Damien Fortune and Dave Stevens.
  • Chris Nicholls now heads the “most PBs in a Tring year” for the 2nd year in a row and moves into the 2nd highest ever total with his total of 22 PBs


Adrienne Garner was the week's most senior runner; in the 71-74 age category.
She ran a very impressive 34:40, placing her among the highest age adjusted times of the day.

Other notable stuff includes:

  • Well done to Ben Thorn on running his 100th parkrun
  • Adrienne Garner improves her own 2nd fastest ever for the VW70-74 category
  • 50th time we have seen the surnames Valentine and Burbidge
  • 200th time we have seen the name Mark
  • 1st time we have seen 4 Harrys
  • 18 runners in the 24th minute equals the record for that minute
  • Of the runners who have run at least 5 times, the biggest PB improvements were Kevin Lynch (2:37), Samantha Hollier (2:00), Isobel Roberts (1:21), James Doyle-Tanner (1:14), Joanna Penn (1:12), Tom Brookes (1:11)
  • Jasmine Margetts managed to finish 55th on her 55th parkrun
  • A special mention goes to Lynda Hembury for running a very aesthetically pleasing time of 22:22!!
  • And let's hear it for the symmetrical Weeeeeeeees Baaaaaaall who crossed the line with a wonderfully balanced time of 43:34 (and had a close call the week before on 32:33!!)


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Congrats to Ben Thorn who ran his 100th parkrun


So, that's it for another week.

Next week will be very different. First of all our cows will be back (always interesting to meet them for the first time!!) and secondly we're changing the route!!!

Watch this space!!!!



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