Blustery day forecast

bluster

The forecast is for very stormy conditions overnight and very strong winds tomorrow morning.

You may have noticed that several parkruns have already chosen to cancel their events.

As things stand we plan to go ahead as normal (maybe with a bit more battening of the hatches).

However Andy and Katie will get out early and review the conditions - if this results in any change we will post a notice on our Facebook page as close to 8am as we can manage (otherwise assume that nothing changes, and we'll see you there!)

Thanks

The Tring parkrun team

 

Tring parkrun #259 – Celebrity special!

 

Introduction

We have another guest run report writer this week. Young Isobel Roberts has stepped up and written all about this week's memorable parkrun. Thank you Isobel, your write up is really great and made us smile too.

Isobel
Many thanks to this week's great run report writer

 

Run Report for Tring #259, August 3rd 2019

Hi, my name is Isobel.

On Saturday, not only was it my 90th parkrun (I’m nearly at 100 - I really want that black t-shirt!), but it was also my birthday! What could be better than getting up at 7:30 in the morning, going to parkrun and token sorting at the Akeman before opening your presents?

This week, we only had 192 runners (people must have gone on a sneaky holiday). Within that number, we had 31 first timers, so a huge congratulations to those people. I hope you enjoyed it and will come again.

This week, the weather was rather nicer than last week. This week, you could actually see where you were going! The only slightly annoying part of this was how hot the sun was when you came out of the field (maybe it came out just for my birthday!) Surprisingly, we had NO COWS! They might have gone on holiday too!

Well done to Andrew Booth for running his 100th parkrun! I’ll catch you soon!

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Issy Bladen well on her way to completing her epic challenge

Edward Hollands was getting married that day, he came along but was banned from running, his mum and dad both paced though. I hope he managed to get to the church on time! His mum, Angela Hollands became our first ever pacer to get a PB! She smashed her 3 year old PB. She was probably in a rush to get to the wedding!

A huge well done to Izzy Bladen who completed her marathon on Saturday, running 5km each day.

Thanks and well done to all our pacers, especially to Andy Evans, Dennis Raffety and Helen Page, who were all within 1 or 2 seconds of their target.

Have you seen the story about George Webster on ‘Jessica’s parkrun heroes’? George ran with us on Saturday. So amazing. Have a look at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C87ze8WCJbw .

Superstar George
It was really great to welcome George to Tring parkrun

Here are some more interesting facts:

  • Well done Rob Haddock for getting 3 PBs in 3 weeks.
  • After 24 consecutive parkruns at Tring, our current longest sequence for a junior (held by Darcey Hudghton) was broken when she ran instead at Boulder Creek parkrun near Denver USA. Darcey was the fastest (and only) runner aged under 25! Well done Darcey! Izzy Bladen now has the longest sequence with 15 weeks before she goes on holiday too.
  • Minute 28 was the busiest with 20 runners finishing.
  • Patterson, Webster, Roberts, Bladen and Fleetwood were the most seen surnames with 4 each!
  • Chris, Richard and Paul were the most seen names, with 5 each and Emma was the most seen female with 4.

Our magnificent pacers
Our magnificent Pacer Team this week

A huge thank you to all of our volunteers and pacers.

Please think about volunteering if you haven't all ready. We are really short of help over the summer. There are roles such as setting up and car park marshalling that allow you to run as well.

You can sign up by sending a message to tringhelpers@parkrun.com

Finally, please remember to hand in your finishing tokens! We had a few missing this week!

See you on Saturday!

Isobel

 

PS

Here is another link to the great video about George. It's one of a series of videos made abouyt parkrun by Jessica Ennis-Hill. They are worth a watch.

Quick link to George's video

 

PPS

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

You can see our current volunteer roster here.

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

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

 
 

 

Tring parkrun #258 – SUMMER SPECIAL

 

27th July 2019, 7:00am

The alarm goes off and a voice is heard through the sound of rain pounding on the roof tiles. "Come on sleepy head, time to get up".
No reply.
"Move yourself, it's parkrun day",
"No way! It sounds too wet out there," is the adamant reply, underlined with "I'm not going out in that rain!".
"But you have to",
"Oh 'I have to' do I? ...and why exactly is that??",
"Because you're the Run Director you muppet!"

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The woods in Tring Park were more like a rainforest with low cloud forming before our eyes in amongst the trees on the escarpment. At times the Summer House couldn't even be seen from the Obelisk.

It wasn't that bad actually, and soon my long trousers and sleeves were replaced with shorts and T-shirt. It was surprisingly warm and the rain (fading to the odd very light shower) was welcome after the heatwave of the previous days.

Across the UK parkrun attendance was down between 33 and 50%. Our own numbers were lower by 25%, with 173 in total including 24 tourists/visitors (from as far afield as Turkey) and 3 first time parkrunners (Joshua Williams, Katie Oliver and Lindsay Mayock).

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Shelley and Holly meet our visitors and first timers.

I learned recently that those running their 2nd parkruns deserve a special mention (a fair percentage of those who complete their first vanish off the face of parkrun earth!). So kudos to Jerome Parkins, Georgina Ashby, Will Holland, Amira Piddington, Stewart Harrison, and Roger Clarke - with the latter three also recording improved times and their first parkrun Personal Bests.

On the subject of PBs, the ground was slightly less firm than past weeks which may explain why we saw a lower proportion than normal despite the lower temperatures. 15 recorded Personal Bests this week. Several achieved 2PBs in a row; Terry Crampton and Anthony Rutland made it 3 in a row and Victoria Parslew achieved an impressive 5 PBs in a row. Well done to them all.

On Milestones Iain Middleton reached 50 (45 of which have been at Tring) and Jack Newman reached a very worthy 150 (I'm all in favour of 150 being celebrated as I hope to reach that number myself soon!)

The very important junior milestone of 10 was achieved by George Crampton and by Molly Hart (visiting from Black Park). Congratulations to all of our milestoners.

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For only the second time this year - the blue tarp was doubled over to protect everyone's belongings from the showers.

You can find full results for the week right here. From those you'll see that first female finisher this week was Emma Smith, the first male back across the line was Matt Wade. Taking parkrun's "age adjusted pace" into consideration Catriona Lawrie topped the table for the females and John Mayock for the men. Good work.

My own son ran for an unprecedented 2nd week in a row and recorded what he thought was a miserable time - but it was still better than anything I've managed in 5 years! Must try harder. His girlfriend forgot her barcode and I was too mean to add her manually into the results! LOL

Volunteers - we had a last minute scramble and even more last minute changes. THANK YOU to everyone who gave up a little of their time to benefit their fellow parkrunners and special kudos to those who put their hand up on the morning itself.

Next week Andy Collings will be at the helm and he still needs a little help. Looking ahead Wes Ball dons the blue and white hi-viz on August 24th and he has NOT A SINGLE PERSON on his roster to help him! :-(

Not volunteered in a while? Drop us a line to help, I promise you'll enjoy it.

 

Uplifting and heartwarming stuff

We continue to grow a fantastic community of people around Tring parkrun and it's great to see how our Saturday mornings have been a positive influence for individuals and families and how often it inspires ideas and action for a greater good. We don't, as a rule, feature or publicise the many good causes that are supported but there are a few here that feel like worthy exceptions.

Issy
Issy's Marathon / World Challenge

Isobel Bladen has been one of our most regular junior parkunners. She's completed 206 events now and was also a long time record holder for "most consecutive Tring parkruns". She and her family are regular volunteers and next summer she is off to do charitable work in Swaziland. To help fund her work she's completing a Marathon challenge this week. Starting with Tring parkrun on July 27th she will run at least a parkrun distance each day and then Tring again on the 3rd August - covering 26.2 miles. To find out more about what she is doing and/or to support her, follow this link: Issy's World Challenge

Matty
Matty's M.S. parkrun Challenge

Matty Sinfield was voted "volunteer of the year" last year for his brilliant Cow Marshalling. Starting this week he's planning to visit 17 different parkruns, each starting with a letter to spell out MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS. Several Tring parkrunners plan to join him on as many of these as possible in the coming weeks. Find out more on his great blog site. Mole Valley has been done - next is Upton Court on the 3rd August.

Andy
Andy and green, green grass of home!

Our very own Event Director - and the reason why we have Tring parkrun - Andy Evans is tackling a 45 mile run/walk event across his ancestral homeland. Lovely, lovely! That's 15 parkruns one after the other. This is also a great recipe for at least 15 million interesting, post-event stats! Take a minute to see what he's up to and why he is supporting The Wendover Arm Trust and three other excellent causes.

 

Dates for your diary

Wedding ball
Wedding Dress Ball - September 28th

Cast your mind back to November 2017 - RDs Ross and Anna were married and we marked the occasion by all running in Wedding Dresses. It was great fun. Now uber-volunteer Elaine Bunn is organising a charity event for the local Hospice of St Francis that might just give you a great excuse to dig the dress out again! After its previous huge success the "Wedding Dress Ball" will happen again this year. Click on the link here to find out more.

Festival of Light
The Woodland Trust Festival of Lights - October 26th

We run Tring parkrun on Woodland Trust Managed property. Each year they organise a fantastic "Festival of Lights". What better way to start and end a Saturday than a parkrun in the morning and an awesome light show in the evening! Also on November 30th they will have an open tree-planting day as part of transforming the new part of the park. Find out more about both events here.

Halloween
Halloween and our FIFTH Birthday Celebration - November 2nd

We will celebrate five amazing years of Tring parkrun on November the 2nd. The date is also the nearest parkrun to Halloween....so you can expect extra fun and games. Start planning your costume and keep the morning free for an EARLY (8:30AM) start.

Kilted parkrun
The Tring Kilted parkrun - November 30th

Release your inner Jock, Morag or Loch Ness Monster. It's been big in previous years and will be even bigger this year! Dig out your tartan and get ready for the UK's biggest parkrun celebration of St Andrews Day, in deepest Englandshire!

 

Almost there

So, as if the opportunity to enjoy a simple Saturday morning parkrun wasn't enough you can see there is a lot more to look forward to.

Enjoy the summer holidays, whether we see you at Tring or you take the opportunity to travel and try other parkruns around the UK, or world.

See you soon

Ken Douglas
This week's RD

 
 

PS

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

You can see our current volunteer roster here.

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

You can keep up with parkrun news via the parkrun.org.uk website and also two podcasts "Free Weekly Timed" is the official parkrun podcast with Vassos Alexander and Louise Ayling. We also have "With Me Now" with Danny Norman and Nicola Forwood which is an independent parkrun-based podcast.

 
 

 

Tring parkrun #257 – Moonstruck

Introducing...

It was lovely to welcome back Pippa WHITE and her daughter Harriet to Tring this week. Pippa has completed 185 parkruns, at 62 different events, and has written more guest run reports than you can shake a stick at. You can find her last Tring report here here - it has a lot to say about polar bears and recipes for mud pies! This week's report, we were pleased to see, is no less eclectic. Thank you Pippa.

Pippa 'a few tokens short of a parkrun' White
This week's excellent, guest run report writer Pippa WHITE
with Mike HOLDROYD, at the Wandering Tree.

 

One small step....

One Small Step For Man, One Giant Leap For Mankind - Celebrating 50 Years Since Man Stood On The Moon At Tring parkrun #257

Wes as an astronaut
Wes BALL properly entered into the spirit of things - great effort.

On reading the last run report I wrote for Tring, another RD declared that I was “a few tokens short of a parkrun”. Andy EVANS, your touring ED, sent me his list of stats for the week and I wondered if it was just the Tring effect.

Ken DOUGLAS, clearly an impressionable toddler at the time, reminded us of the joy of the one small step 50 years ago: it’s good to remember that joy, anxiety, fear and wonder. Would the astronauts find the figures of fable? Would they, having walked on the moon, be ever able to return to their spaceship?

A small step for five today was their first parkrun. It’s so easy, 5, 50 or 500 parkruns in to forget the trepidation and excitement of arriving the first time. How does this barcode thing work (and 12 found out that no barcode means no result)? Is it really walk (jog, run) or is it a club for those who laugh at those last or lost? For Freya HOLDROYD it was a first time volunteer – and the worry of making the mistake that ruined a person’s record of a run. I hope that you who were new recognised the camaraderie of this thing we call parkrun. It might be an easier step than for those who went into space but it’s still a step into the unknown.

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Just a few of our great volunteer team. Harriet is dressed as a parrot, having completed her "Pirates" challenge as a "voluntourist" (we're impressed). First time volunteer Freya is looking very chilled with the pink tokens bag!

For those who today celebrated 50 with a 50: Darcey HUDGHTON, Moira DOUGLAS, Matty SINFIELD and Steve COLLINGE, well done. This is not a flat, easy run in a park. To be fair, it’s a nicely shady run at present but there are still some mighty hills. Helpfully I also can advise that this week’s run was the 50th appearance of the surname Samuel. Adding to the clubs, there’s a pretty exclusive parkrun club for juniors only where 10 runs is celebrated. Congratulations Bruno SMITH and Dylan SAMUEL. When t-shirts happen get big ones and wear that white around all the adults who didn’t get it until they were allegedly responsible. Celebrate away.

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Matty and Darcey

Bigger leaps and distances, definitely out of the atmosphere and well on the way in the universe, Louise BLADEN became the 1st female to achieve this 200 runs at Tring and together with Steve, they become the 1st couple to both run 200 times at Tring. Into dark Space, welcome Matthew ROBINS with a newly minted 250 club result. Of 152914 parkrunners this weekend, just 79 joined this group and only one visitor Gary CHANDLER has more parkrun notches than Matthew.

All this was achieved with an awesome set of volunteers who topped up their tans while, in at least one case, looking wistfully into the distance and hoping for a cow to appear. Thank you.

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Tribute to the moon

Back to the moon. It has no light of its own but reflects the light from the small star in our universe. parkrun in its simplicity reflects back the companionship and achievement of all those who take park. Not just a run in a park, but community and comradeship in abundance.

Thank you for making us so welcome on our return.
Pippa White, Queen Elizabeth (parkrun)
A few tokens short of a parkrun and clearly moonstruck.

 
 

PS

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

You can see our current volunteer roster here.

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

Need an extra parkrun "fix" before Saturday. "Free Weekly Timed" is the official parkrun podcast with Vassos Alexander and Louise Ayling. We also have "With Me Now" with Danny Norman and Nicola Forwood which is an independent parkrun-based podcast.

 
 

 

Tring parkrun #256 – A PB sort of a day!

Introduction

We're really lucky to have yet another guest run report writer. This week we say thank you to Bethany Hanson, another of our regular Tring parkrunners who is still in the 10 and under age group.

Great job Bethany - and great to hear why you like the out-and-back route too.

Here's her write up.....

Tring parkrun 256 Run Report

I had been looking forwards to parkrun. It’s always my favourite sporting activity of the week. On Saturday, the sun shone brightly down on Tring Park, the start sign in its place and the runners, marshals, and volunteers all gathering up around the start line.

Let’s start with a big thank you to all the people who marshalled and volunteered – you did a great job! I’m sure all the runners are just as grateful as I am for the work everyone does to put Park Run together so we can all enjoy it.

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We saw another great effort with the volunteer board. (Although we're still a bit light during August, hint, hint!)

It was a warm day and I jogged round the course with Daddy admiring the surroundings of Tring Park around me - I ended up with a time of around 29 minutes (not one of my better times and definitely not a PB!), and, as I always do, I high-fived some of my fellow park runners on my way. This is the good thing about the current course as you get to see your friends on the way up/down the hill. At the beginning of the run, Daddy and I did a bit of walking up the hill with some friends, but then ran ahead. When I came around to the finishing line I was boiling hot for my sprint finish. It was my 52nd parkrun, and I ran with Daddy because Mummy had a very busy (and sporty) day so didn’t come this week.

Here are some statistics about the run for the week:

  • There were 9 runners running their first ever park run, and I really hope that they enjoyed it.
  • 10th junior milestone for Emily Gee
  • 50th for David Fleetwood (Daddy was last week)
  • 100th for Paul Beadle – WOW!
  • 3 PBs in 3 weeks for Deborah Cave, and 2 in 2 for Mason Wallace, Ffion Webster, Anthony Rutland, Andrew Pennell and Nick Wake
  • In addition, 11 PBs in last 11 appearances for Mike Holdroyd, 4 in 4 for Niamh Mackenzie, 3 in 3 for Andrew Pennell and Edward Harrison
  • Chris Blackwell achieved fame and glory by becoming the 81st person to run 81 times at Tring
  • Fleetwood was the most seen surname with 5. A name that only started with us in late 2017 but is now has reached joint 97th most ever seen surname at Tring
  • We saw the surname Bladen for the 600th time, 300th time for Foskett, 100th for Fleetwood, Monks, Martin, Allan, Coburn and 50 th for Skelding
  • 500th appearances of the names Sarah and ainn and 50 th for the name Jacob
  • 1st time we had seen 3 Joshuas and 2 Darceys and Eddys
  • 1st time we had seen the names Immy and Ray, Welcome!
  • Minute 26 was the most popular, for the 2nd week in a row, seeing 20 barcoded runners (this is my favourite minute too!)
  • We welcomed Blackburn Road Runners for the 1st time

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Dennis Raffety was one of fifty one parkrunners who earned the right to ring the famous PB Bell.

Of those who have run at least 5 times at Tring, the biggest improvements we saw were for the following star runners who must have tried very hard!

  • Ben Cave - 8:07
  • Sapphire Sinfield - 3:04
  • Richard Macrae - 2:26
  • Jeremy Webster - 2:30
  • Luca Webster - 2:29

A really big well done for these people for making such great improvements.

See you next parkrunday

Bethany

 
 

PS

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

You can see our current volunteer roster here.

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

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

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