Tring parkrun is cancelled on 2021-07-31 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Eurovision Special

Not in single file
Mama Mia - Cows oblivious to "walk in single file" rule!

"Puppet on a String"

It was Eurovision week, characterised by a broadcast that was shamelessly disconnected from reality, stranger than fiction, stretched the bounds of decency, and had more spin and gloss than you'd think humanly possible. But enough of a certain PR Spin Doctor's interview on Three Counties Radio.

Everyone else enjoyed the glamour, the glitz, and the happiness of our virtual parkrun theme and put a very large smile on our face instead.

"(Boom-)Boom Bang-a-Bang"

A full "douze points" to all of this week's fun loving participants. As usual we had a wide range of brilliant inputs as virtual 5ks were completed between showers.

Let's just get Andy Evan's entry out of the way - he managed to finish behind the Tail Walker with a visual pun that we're reproduced below, at a suitable size!

waterloo
Waterloo indeed!

"Save Your Kisses for Me"

We saw spirited entries from many. Judy Ewart and Claire joined us remotely from Nobles parkrun on the Isle of Man (not jealous at all!!!). Dan Storr surprised us all with the news that he actually featured in a Eurovision music video. I wonder what Graham Norton would have had to say about that? We saw several Bucks Fizz inspired entries (it was too good an opportunity to pass up after all - although starting on the bubbles at 8am was a bit keen). We saw platform boots, Ya-ya-ding-dongs, musical street performances, and messages of good-will from as far afield as Hong Kong (which trumps last week's message from Rome).

In the Bluebells
Ruth Monks enjoying the beauty of the (very late) bluebells

It was a hard battle to the finish funnel this week - and joint first finishers were Amanda Russell and the Pattersons, mainly because it was so nice to see them again.

Amanda and team Peterson
Joint first finishers this week were Amanda and (part of) Team Patterson. Well done and great to see you.

"Making Your Mind Up"

And so with this week's glittering, virtual parkrun performances almost done (we still have a special guest to go). It's time to look at the scores on the doors and the considered opinions of our international local jury.

A particular thank you to the Northchurch panel - team Fosket voted along exactly the same lines as Wigginton, Pitstone, Ivinghoe, Cheddington, Marsworh, and Long Marsden.

The score from the Jury
For once there is no controversy with the jury's decisions. Well done Northchurch.

"Love, Shine a Light"

And last but certainly not least, it's over to our resident lyricist - Martin Bishop.

In his own words: "I couldn’t resist the obvious Tring-link in the title of the 1967 British winning entry to Eurovision: “Puppet on a String”. So here goes with my homage, with just a hint of reflection over the events of the past week. (With apologies for the cheesy rhymes and sometimes quirky phrasing but I hope it lightens your mood)

The song is addressed to the Woodland Trust, particularly to those who think that a free weekly timed event open to anyone endangers bio-sustainability of a park that Tring parkrun-ers also care deeply about.

    [Chorus]
    We’---re, hoping that one day that
    You'll say that you care
    If you say you love Tring parkrun
    We'll gladly be there
    We love running out at Tring

    [Verse 1]
    Tring Park is.. second home to us
    With all the fun in fresh air
    One bit we’re running on flat ground
    Then we’re up on the hill
    We love the trees in the Spring,
    We love the grass, so we sing…

    [Chorus]

    We’---re, hoping that one day that
    You'll say that you care
    If you say you love Tring parkrun
    We'll gladly be there
    We love running out at Tring

    [Verse 2]
    We have run where you’ve guided us to
    We’ve shown you that we do care
    We don’t think you have listened to us
    We think your decision’s unfair
    Are you reading us wrong?
    We’d despair if Tring parkrun was gone!

    [Chorus]

    We’---re, hoping that one day that
    You'll realise we care
    If you say you want our help then
    We'll gladly be there
    We love running out at Tring
    We’---re, hoping that one day that
    You'll realise we care
    If you say you want our help then
    We'll gladly be there
    We love running out at Tring

    [Outro]
    Let us back out onto
    Tring

A quick look back 12 months ago

It wasn't just this year we were spreading a little musical love. This time last year the virtual theme was simply "music". We asked for "pics of you singing, or by a musical road name or building, or perhaps a pose with a musical instrument that you have at home, or dressed up in your Eurovision outfit?". We were not disappointed and saw a huge outpouring of talent, both musical and creative.

AM and Andy
Madness: Ann-Marie and Andy putting "one step beyond" into action

Notable results from virtual parkrun 9:

  • First finisher was Peter Loose - who also bagged a volunteer point for setting-up Cheddington Goose Acre Lockdown parkrun. Respect.
  • Team Mitchell were next across the line with a very technical and musical effort - and we were impressed by the Monks musicality too.
  • Kieth Stonestreet deserves kudos for spotting a boat on the canal called "All Mod Cons" (my favourite album).
  • Kieth Henderson entertained us with Springstein's Born to Run.
  • Saving their kisses and downing Buck Fizzes were the Leybournes, Pages and Dances.
  • Allison Williment and Helen Tullie both went for the nature's music and even posted recordings of Geese, Wren and Chafinch. We liked these.
  • Graham Hollands recorded a virtual parkrun PB, turning his lockdown hair to aerodynamic advantage with a great punk inspired Mohican. Respect.
  • From her time in the USA Claire Hallessey donned her Chicago Rock'n'Roll half marathon T-shirt. (Claire's running T-shirt drawer must be HUGE).
  • Pencil on Piano impressed us all - and was this week's top placed canine participant.
  • Clare Murphy gets a consolation prize for the week's corniest joke about the new cows in Tring Park making "moosic" :-)
  • And finally a creative mention for Team Patterson's interpretations of "Bridge over troubled waters".

Len and Katie top of the pops
Brilliant effort by Len and Katie - surely far too young to remember Jethro Tull and the Beatles!?? And talking about too young, surely Dick and Jac weren't even born when those albums came out?

Those album covers triggered a bit of research - and highlighted songs that are strangely relevant to the ongoing position we find ourselves in as Tring parkrun looks to start again. "Best of Top of the Pops 72" featured such wonders as "My ding-a-ling" and "Mouldy old dough"! Album 73 regaled us with classics including "I'm the Leader of the Gang" (guess who?) and "Rubber Bullets" (load up!!). On album 74 "Kung Fu fighting" is featured which is always better than dirty-fighting/spinning.

Two years ago

For some reason this feels like an age ago. The cows were well and truly back, some apparently even in single-file. We'd discovered another natural Cow Marshal in the form of Steve Brookman, Martin Bishop completed his 100th and Cathy baked and decorated the most awesome cake, and a very pregnant Sally Nash finished in a time way faster than I've ever managed. Young Isobel Roberts wrote the brilliant run report - its well worth a read.
#249 Special guest report by young Isobel

Cow selfie
Steve Brookman - one of my favourite pics from tring parkrun

3 years ago....

It was surprisingly - like this year

#195 The one where the cows took an interest in our blue tarp

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"Blue tarp to a cow"

4 years ago....

#140 Return of the cows

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#140. Who will get to Gate 1 first - the parkrunners or cows? Read the report to find out

5 years ago....

#86 Keep moving forward/

6 years ago....

#32 Well behaved cattle
Plus Chris’s occasional series
Part of Chris Millar's occasional series....

:-)

THAT'S ALL FOR ANOTHER WEEK

Stay well and fit. the weather is looking upon so time to practice for virtual parkrun PBs.

Watch out for more important new on brining the Woodland Trust to the table to find a win-win way forward for us all and benefiting the community as well as the park.

The Tring core team.

 
 

 

Cancelled by the Woodland Trust?

Save Tring parkrun

Many of you will be aware that parkrun UK is aiming to resume its regular 5k events from June 2021. We are extremely disappointed however, that Tring parkrun will not be one of those.

Unfortunately, The Woodland Trust, who manage Tring Park on behalf of Dacorum Borough Council, has withdrawn all future permission for Tring parkrun to continue within Tring Park. And, importantly, this decision has nothing to do with concerns about restarting social gatherings post COVID-19.

Since the Woodland Trust first told us of its decision last September, the Tring parkrun core volunteer team, with the support of parkrun UK, has attempted to engage the Woodland Trust, up to CEO level, in order to find a solution that would enable parkrun to continue in Tring Park. We know that parkrun operates successfully on many sensitive sites throughout the UK and around the world, and in our view, there is no reason why we should not be able to do so in Tring Park. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, the Woodland Trust has not engaged constructively with us to find a way forward and has provided no good reason as to why we are no longer welcome.

Now, more than ever, communities across the UK need help and support in getting active, and improving their health and wellbeing, as they come out of the most challenging year in many decades. That makes it even more disappointing that the Woodland Trust feels unable to support an event which provides physical and mental health benefits to so many in our community.

The Sports Minister, Nigel Huddleston MP, recently wrote an open letter to parkrun landowners calling for the return of parkrun, but this has held no sway with the Woodland Trust. And we are now asking you to help us let the Woodland Trust know just how much Tring parkrun matters to you, your family, and your community, in the hope that it may make the Woodland Trust rethink its decision.

Reasons given by the Woodland Trust for its decision include:

  • The administrative burden for the Woodland Trust created by Tring parkrun is too great at a time when it has limited resources.
  • That the parkrun route has potential to cause damage to Tring Park, specifically sites of special scientific interest (SSSIs) located within the park.
  • That the site holds ancient monuments that have to be protected.
  • That amid a ‘dual nature and climate crisis, and with woods and trees playing a vital role in the future of the planet, the focus of the Woodland Trust must be on the conservation of existing woods and trees as well as creating more high quality spaces for nature and people. Therefore, we must put the needs of the site and the species that call it home first’.

Our responses to those reasons are as follows:

  • parkrun events operate successfully in over 2,000 global locations, and we do not believe that they create an administrative burden for their landowners. However, we have offered admin assistance on a voluntary basis, and this offer has been rejected by the Woodland Trust.
  • We recognise that Tring Park is a beautiful and special place, and that elements of the park are designated as SSSI. Each of the routes we have used over the past six years has been fully agreed with the Woodland Trust in advance and, for the avoidance of doubt, our existing route does not cross the SSSI area. Nor do we believe our participants would pass through the SSSI on arriving or leaving the park. In fact, our volunteers go out of their way to make sure participants treat the park and surrounding area with respect.
  • We recognise Tring Park has two historic monuments located on site but refute any suggestion that Tring parkrun has caused or may cause damage to these. There is no evidence at all of Tring parkrun negatively impacting either of these historic monuments.
  • We entirely support the Woodland Trust’s aims of protecting nature and reducing climate change. However, Tring Park is not a habitat closed to visitors, and we strongly believe that Tring Park, owned by Dacorum Borough Council, should be a public space where people and trees co-exist. Further, the Woodland Trust does not place restrictions on other users of the park; indeed, the Trust’s own plans to create a car park next to the lime tree avenue in Tring Park will significantly increase footfall through both the park and the SSSI area.
  • We have also offered to work directly with the Woodland Trust to arrange work parties for conservation activities, such as tree-planting and scrub clearance. Disappointingly, this offer has been entirely ignored.
  • Importantly, 3km of our 5km route is on the Ridgeway National Trail, managed by Natural England, with whom we’ve spoken to and had positive conversations with. One of the aims of National Trails is to enable as many people as possible to enjoy a wide variety of walking and riding experiences.

We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has supported Tring parkrun over the years, and know that many of you will wish to express your opinion regarding this situation.

Also, Gagan Mohindra, MP for South West Hertfordshire, has today issued a statement setting out his continued support for us, and which we appreciate greatly:

    As MP for South West Hertfordshire and as a member of the Tring community, I am saddened to hear of the Woodland Trust’s decision to withdraw its permission for Tring parkrun to resume in Tring Park. Tring parkrun has been a fantastic opportunity for free, outdoor exercise for local people over the past six years. In the aftermath of Covid-19, it is especially disappointing that this opportunity has been taken away from my constituents when we should be encouraging people to get outdoors and to look after their mental and physical health. While I understand the Woodland Trust’s core focus on protecting its sites, I hope that there can be a compromise that is beneficial to both the Woodland Trust and Tring parkrun."

 

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How can you help?

With the Woodland Trust unwilling to engage with us, we are asking you to contact them, via their official complaints process, explaining what Tring parkrun means to you and why you think it should remain in Tring Park. Details of how to do that, by phone, email, or in writing, are available here.

Our only hope at this time is that the strength of public feeling will persuade the Woodland Trust to reconsider its decision and engage positively with us to support the continuation of Tring parkrun.

Our preference is to remain in Tring Park, and we have not identified any alternative locations in or near Tring that would be suitable, however if you do have a suitable idea, please let us know via tring@parkrun.com.

Thank you for taking the time to read this email, and for your support of Tring parkrun over the years. If we, as a parkrun community, wish for our event to continue once the country comes out of its COVID restrictions, we need to make our voice heard now.

If you would like to get in touch with us about any aspect of this situation, please reply to this email.

Thanks for your parkrun passion,

Andy, Steve and the Tring parkrun team
      

 

FA Cup Special + Reunion Extra

 

The Foxes and the Blues

This week we take a brief look at our special FA cup theme - which proved surprisingly challenging for our seasoned virtual parkrunners.

It may come as no surprise to learn that we had a football theme last year too, so we've also included a side-by-side comparison. And, while we're at it, we take a quick look at this weekend over several years of Tring parkrun.

Whether your team lost, or won, or you didn't even realise the FA Cup happened, we have something for you below.

FA Cup SpecialThis year - like last - many of our runners were on the ball.

Back of the net

Our sixty-first virtual Tring parkrun brought the usual diverse entries.

Our very own Andy Evans has, sadly, crocked his knee. Realising that his current pace was slower than a Chelsea Pensioner with Gout he opted, instead, for a PB (a Personal Bun) - of the Chelsea variety of course!

Top supporter kudos to Juliet Mitchel reminded us that Chesham Football Club were not in the Cup Final - seriously, they were robbed. Get some glasses ref!

Monks in the net
Well done to team Monks - who really were in the back of the net!

Judy Ewart spotted that Nobles parkrun flanks a football field and so passed that twice on her virtual 5k - great effort.

Sarah Foskett was not alone in remembering the glory of local Watford FC making the final on this day not so long ago.

Team Brookes were up with the Blues-bells. They are looking very lovely right now (a statement that could apply equally well to the flowers or the Brookes).

Team Monks went straight for the silverware with in impressive shot from inside the goal!

Tamsin does keepy-up
Tamsin was this week's virtual first finisher

First Finisher this week was Tamsin Leybourne with an impressive display of ball skills. Did she manage 61 keeps-uppys?

Reunion 5k

Several of our regular Tring parkrunners took part in a Government 5k test event at Kempton Park on Saturday morning. Harry Bryant, Kate Haines, and Cathy and Martin Bishop all did their bit to get our parkruns back again.

This taking part were Covid testing before and after, the aim being to gather evidence that – hopefully – mass running events do not spread Covid-19.

Bishops do the Reunion
Team Bishop supported the Reunion 5k event

Cathy posted "[We were] very happy to do our bit towards getting parkrun and other running events back again! Superbly organised by London Marathon Events, it was a great experience, such a joy to take part in a large running event again. And the icing on the cake: I got a PB too!"

Harry also bagged a PB, while Martin and Katie were not far off their old parkrun pace. Respect!

On the Injury Bench

We were disappointed to hear that Pencil and Nick Carmichael-Johns were ruled out of the virtual parkrun on the grounds of being poorly. They had to watch the fun from the sidelines. This was a far cry from this exact time last year when both were stars of our "getting to know you" series.

You can read the whole write-up here. A sneak preview.....

"Having spent most of his twenties saying that he would never leave London, Nick reached a point in his life where he decided that the allure of wide open space just got too much. So where better to move to than Tring?

Officially Nick has now completed 86 parkruns, though he did sneak in a couple of unrecorded events when visiting his in-laws. Nick started parkrun back in January 2017, and has been a regular at Tring ever since. Having racked up four PBs in his first six runs, Nick's current PB is 29:14, which he set back in April 2014."

Park run Pencil
Anyone who wants to follow Pencil's exploits can follow her occasional Instagram updates @pencilthecockerpoo

A look back to last year and "the beautiful game"

Last years FA cup coincided with out 10th virtual parkrun. We could have fielded several teams with that week's turnout.

The faithful
Watford vs Norwich City at Vicarage Road. Clive Cohen and Dave Cary suitably segregated at Marsworth Wilstone parkrun.

You can see the full set of Week 10 entries on Facebook including:

  • First female finisher was Lucy Daisy Clutton who posted a video clip of impressive ball skills. Who knew?
  • Team Bladen were the first family to finish together. Apparently they support Arsenal (again - who knew??).
  • Best joke of the week goes to Lee Robinson "....wearing a West Ham goalie shirt - helps reduce the chance of me catching anything! ⚒️".
  • Pencil was first canine finisher again - playing in goal, too.
  • Carol Page and Helen Tullie get a special mention for reminding us "it's all about the coffee"...posting photos with croissants and with appropriate mugs.
  • Charlie Watson's contribution was to keep going after 5km until she'd completed the first half (45 mins)...we're looking for evidence of the second half next week.
  • Team VdL also deserve a special mention for their dogged and full-hearted support of Port Vale despite all evidence that this is not a great idea.

Two years ago...

Remember back in the day when we could actually get together in Tring Park? For our 248th parkrun the highlights were that the cows were well and truly back (and we'd discovered another natural Cow Marshal in the form of Steve Brookman), Martin Bishop completed his 100th and Cathy baked and decorated a most awesome cake, and a very pregnant Sally Nash finished in a time way faster than I've ever managed.
See the run report: #248 "Now these are small"

Cow selfie
Steve Brookman - one of our favourite pics from tring parkrun

3 years ago....

Apparently there had just been (or was just going to be) a royal wedding, and we had the 2nd running on our new course through the valley.
See the run report: #194 The Second Running

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A very young looking Gus rings the PB bell

4 years ago....

2017 was a warm Spring. Our numbers grew and for the first time we exceeded 200 runners for more than 2 weeks in a row.
See the run report:#139 Good things come to those who wait

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Impressive to look this happy at the top of Heartbreak Hill!

5 years ago....

Lorraine Hurford was RD for the first time back in 2016 (one of four new RDs taken onboard), a very small William Drath got his first PB, Tom Patterson completed his 10th parkrun, Katie Haines (another of the new RDs) was heading for a PB but stopped to help a runner than had taken a tumble, a great display to parkrun family spirit.

See the run report: #85 Cakes and cows

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Ken photo-bombs Andy

6 years ago....

Six years ago, wearing an Arsenal top, Issy Bladen completed her first Tring parkrun and has hardly missed a parkrun weekend since. Liz Daniels was "Queen of PBs", Dom Evans won "parkrunner of the month" and his sister Sophie was surprised to be first female finisher (the visitor in front took a wrong turning on the woods!!!).

See the run report: #31 A new herd of cows

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With parkrun being for all ages and abilities runners often can find themselves running with others many years different to themselves in age. Pictured are 2 sprinters, both running for the first time at Tring but at opposite ends of the parkrun experience table. Young Oscar Atkins produces an excellent sprint for his 1st ever parkrun, whilst Richard Kirk, our most experienced parkrunner this week, gives him plenty of competition.

THAT'S ALL FOR ANOTHER WEEK

Stay well, stay fit, stay happy and join us for next week's (62nd) virtual parkrun.

Details on our Facebook page.

Your Tring parkrun team

 

Memories are made of this

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Week 60 - "Our Favourite Trings"
Our 60th week of virtual event felt like an appropriate time to look back at the good old days.

Andy asked us to capture something of our favourite things from Tring parkrun - deceptively tricky because there are just SO many good times to choose from.

This week's write up is more a walk down Memory Lane than an account of the usual splendid creativity, energy, and sense of community you all bring each weekend. But before we get underway, very special thanks and congratulations to Martin and Cathy Bishop - this week's first finishers with a PB too!!

Set to the music of "My Favourite Things" from the Sound of Music they penned this inspired version of the lyrics:


    Raindrops on noses, cow whisperers a-plenty,
    PB’s abounding, if not all sub-twenty
    Fast flowing scan queues, the Marshall that sings,
    These are a few of my favourite Trings

    Tartan and Sporrans and Saltires are showing,
    Gazebo and Tunnock’s, Drambuie a-flowing
    Live ceilidh music and highland flings,
    These are a few of my favourite Trings,

    Cow bells and bluebells and wide-open spaces,
    Laughter of runners with smiles on their faces
    Snow on the Ridgeway that melts come the Springs,
    These are a few of my favourite Trings

    When the wind blows,
    When the rain pours,
    When I’m feeling sad
    I simply remember my favourite Trings
    And then I don’t feel so bad

    Shout-outs for milestones and tabards for pacers,
    Run briefing done now it’s time for the racers(*)
    Run-walking with friends, the joy that it brings,
    These are a few of my favourite Trings

    Cattle stampeding and finish-line clapping,
    Tokens and timers and scanners are zapping,
    After-run banter, PB bell that rings,
    These are a few of my favourite Trings

    Barcodes and woodlands and hills that get steeper,
    Comments from Jim M that might need the bleeper
    Landowners permission, now that would be “King”,
    These are a few of my favourite Trings

    When the wind blows,
    When the rain pours,
    When I’m feeling sad
    I simply remember my favourite Trings
    And then I don’t feel so bad

    * Yes- we know parkrun is a run not a race! We plead artistic licence.

Touching Reminiscences 
We were especially struck by the strong sentiments expressed this week. So many are looking forward to parkrun starting again. We learned that the local Beaver Scouts were "desperate" to join the fun on Saturday mornings again, and many others expressed how much they were missing seeing everyone. All of us too!

Of course this Saturday morning would have been a wet one in Tring Park as we were reminded by Philippa Storr and her fellow members of "Dan's Hareem" who explored the bluebell lined and waterlogged paths in the park near Wigginton.

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Tring Park in all its soggy glory

 
Do you remember? 
Nick Carmichael-Johns (and Pencil) reminded us of the last physical parkrun we held in March 2020 with the following great photo taken along King Charles Ride. That seems like such a very long time ago (I guess 60 weeks IS a very long time ago).

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The last time we were all together in Tring Park

That was a bit of a soggy day too, although several picked up on memories of glorious sunshine.....
 
Glorious Video Memories of Tring parkrun 
One event in particular sprang to mind. The day in June 2017 when attendees at the first international parkrun conference (meeting at Ashridge Management College) converged on Tring Park. It could not have been a better morning and still stands as one of the great highlights in our history. The brilliant video below was put together by parkrun photography genius Bruce Lee (who has visited us more than once). This video is sure to make you smile.

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The memorable day that parkrun's founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt, and parkrun Ambassadors from around the world, joined Tring parkrun
***Click above to see the video on YouTube***

Another video of great memories was the day that Tring parkrun was chosen by Hertfordshire's Year of Physical Activity as an example of improving the wellbeing of the local community. Alas, the initiatives deer mascot, "YOPA", decided that encouraging everyone on the finish line was a better idea than slogging round 5k in the heat!

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Run Director Andy Collings and YOPA
***Click above to see the video on Facebook***

We'll Meet Again 
One last video of memories. Be warned, you may need to get your hankie out for this one!
A year ago we marked the 75th anniversary of VE day - and set this sequence of great Tring parkrun moments to Dame Vera Lynn's "We'll meet again"

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We'll Meet Again
***Click above to see the video on Facebook***

How many of these wonderful moments do you recall?

See you again, virtually, next week

The Tring parkrun team

 

The Merry Merry Month

 
With a Hey and Ho and a Nonny Nonny No 
Apparently it is May. My calendar tells me this. Andy Evans told us this - hence this week's theme. So why then does my entire being think "January"?

This month's theme was "May Festivities" - more on that below.

PLUS...Can you recall what happened (or didn't happen) this weekend a year ago? Find out below and when you are done here take a look at the brilliant (even if I say so) run report from back then too.

PLUS...Can you remember who was interviewed as part of our "Getting to Know You" series??

Find out below

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Keep the parkrun flag flying!

 
May Festivities 
For this week's theme Andy chose "May Festivities" noting that May Day is a festival with it’s origin in celtic times, celebrating nature and fertility.

Symbolised over time by various customs there were plenty of virtual run themes to choose from. Ideas included dressing as a Morris Dancer, or dancing with someone called Morris, or finding a May Pole to dance around, or going back to those pagan times worshipping an oak tree, lighting a special bonfire (I wish I'd done this one), wearing a floral garland, washing your face in the morning dew, dressing as a Green Man / May Queen / May King. And never a mention of hordes of Red Guards goose-stepping up and down in front of St Basils!

With characteristic disregard for our esteemed Event Director's suggestions the first finishers this week chose to do something entirely different!

A huge well done to Ella ("is it a bird is it a plane") Highton, who picked out the letters M A and Y in the air. Brilliant effort.

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Brilliant airborne letters M A Y by Ella - this week's first finisher

And thank you to Judy Ewart and her niece Claire who submitted a photo that made Spring really look like Spring and not a scene more remeniscent of Ice Station Zebra. We like.

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Well done to Judy and nice Claire for brining us a touch of Spring

And a round of applause to everyone else - to Gio and Pencil for their floral headpieces, to Blaz for a concept a little like a human mobius strip (how exactly can you dance around yourself??), Lee Robinson was doing a spot of virtual parkrun tourism to the Holy Land (Scotland!!), Paulo Dyett was keeping a surprisingly anaemic looking red flag flying, Ruth Monks was doing virtual tombstone jump from a canal bridge....and much more.

Thank you for ALL keeping the spirit of Tring parkrun alive.

 
The 300th that never happened 

This weekend a year ago we SHOULD have celebrated our 300th Tring Park parkrun. Of course, by then we'd been in lockdown for seven weeks already and so the best we could do was have the number 300 as a theme and also look back at previous major milestones.
Each of these had their own amazing stories to tell.

It's well worth reading the whole run report.

Here are just a few quick snippets

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Who can recall Andy Collings EPIC 100km run to raise funds for our defibrillator?

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On our 200th Tring parkrun Harry Bryant completed his own 250th run

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Katie Haines with the round-robin 200th anniversary sign. I wonder where it is now?

The whole run report is a great trip down memory lane. You can find it here: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/tring/news/2020/05/04/week-7-the-300th-that-didnt-happen/

 
An audience with Jim Maple 
And there's more! A year ago tomorrow we also published an interview with regular parkrun volunteer and runner, the one and only, Jim Maple.

This was part of a "getting to know you" Q&A with Tring park runners, and brings back many great memories.

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Our own, our very own, Jiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiim Maple!

Thera are several absolutely brilliant and iconic Tring parkrun photos in this interview. Well worth reading: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/tring/news/2020/05/06/getting-to-know-you-qa-with-jim-maple/

 
See you next week 
Thanks again to everyone.
Look forward to seeing your entries for next weekends virtual Tring parkrun

The Tring parkrun team

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