The Tring birthday is always one of my favourite days of the year. Our birthday is always the 1st Saturday in November unless England are playing World Cup Rugby finals which was just as well as we avoided the awful weather from the previous week and were rewarded with a cold but bright morning.
Thanks to Olympic Marathon runner Claire Hallissey (plus son Brandon), for presenting this year’s awards. Claire has been our fastest female on more occasions than any other female in each of our 5 years – impressive in that, this last year included Brandon’s arrival!
Over the years we have had some great cakes and this year was no exception with lots of thought having gone into the decorating - so a big thanks to the Roberts and Bunn families for their baking and decorating
So, let’s see who won this year’s certificates/trophies…. Unfortunately our speaker was misbehaving - so you have this year’s script….
First we have the male juniors
- In Joint 4th with 32 runs in the year. He has run with us for a couple of years, but we have seen him a lot more this year and that has earned Aidan Roberts Joint 4th
- Also in Joint 4th - He is the youngest male to have achieved a 100 shirt here at Tring, taking that title from his brother. So Joint 4th this year for Tom Patterson
- Moving on to 3rd, and you get a trophy for 3rd, - with 34 runs. He has been with us since almost the beginning and won this competition for the last 2 years, Well done to Jim Patterson
- It was close between 1st and 2nd, but in 2nd on 38 runs - He started running with us a couple of years ago doing the exercise part of his Bronze DofE. And he hasn't stopped since. Well done to Jamie Lea
- In 1st place with 39 runs, He has been in the top 3 every year since we began, but never 1st, so a round of applause for this year Junior Male Winner Noah Roger
Claire may not have recognised Noah from last time she presented him an award!
Next up we have the female juniors
Last few years this has become very competitive, Indeed Noah's 39 runs would only get him 5th in the girls competition
- Starting with 5th and 39 runs. Last year she recorded the most PBs out of the Junior Girls, she has become quite a regular this year, so 5th goes to Darcey Hudghton
- Onto 4th place with 43 runs, this girl this year became the youngest person to earn their 50 shirt here at Tring, taking the title from her sister. Well done to Amelie Bunn
- Next up on 46 runs we have 2 girls in Joint 2nd. Not only are they on the same number of runs but they even share the same Christian name!
- 1st up, she was the 80th runner to have run 80 times at Tring and recently earned her 100 shirt, She missed the awards last year, so well done this time to Isobel Roberts
- Also, joint 2nd, this girl has run at Tring more than any other junior, being the only junior to have run over 200 Tring parkruns - well done to Isobel Bladen
- Our winning male has run the same number but with 49 runs, nobody ran more often, she is the youngest person to have reached 100 shirts at Tring. It's well done to Holly Bunn
Before we move onto the adults we’ve introduced the next 2 awards for those who weren't even running with us a year ago, the most seen Newcomer Awards
- The junior trophy winner is Luke Cobby who has run with us 28 times
- The adult trophy prize goes to Rob Haddock, who has knocked 7 mins off his PB during the year
Next up - the adult females
- She only started running with us in Summer 2018, but has been a regular ever since, recently earning her 50 shirt. In 5th place we have Luciana Walker with 41 runs
- Just a few weeks ago, this lady became the 83rd person to run at Tring 83 times, 44 of those in this year Sarah Wade with 44 joint 3rd
- For 4 years, the most seen surname was Evans but this year we have been overtaken by the Bunns with Elaine bringing along her family being the reason. She has recently also offered to be one of our RDs - so joint 3rd to Elaine Bunn
- In 2nd place - with 45 runs - She has run at Tring more than any other female and is the only female to have finish times that include all 60 seconds at Tring , Well done to Louise Bladen
- In 1st place with 48 runs, after her 3rd place last year, this year’s female adult winner is Helen Page
For the men
- 2 men tied in joint 4th place. we start with 47 runs. Last year his OBE had to be taken off the mantlepiece to be replaced by a 5th place certificate. Now that can be replaced with this year's joint 4th Dan Storr
- Also on 47 runs. And with almost 200 Tring parkruns completed - it's well done to Peter Leigh
- On 48 runs. We’ve already seen his children, dad Gareth Roberts completes the set with 3rd place
- Our remaining 2 runners have both won before, but this year they are joint 1st with 49 runs each. First up we have last year’s winner Andrew Booth
- And finally - also joint 1st - he has run at Tring more often than anyone else and possibly by chance today is also his 250th run, The 1st person who started their running at Tring to achieve this milestone, Paul Myatt
Next we have some trophies for those who managed the most PBs this year
Most of us would like one now and again but this next group collect them for fun
- First for the junior females. We've seen her already where she just missed out on a trophy. With 9 PBs she has improved her PB from 33 mins to 28mins - Well done to Amelie Bunn
- For the junior males he joined us to do DofE Silver exercise improvement In this last year he recorded 10 PBs and reduced his time from just over 25minutes to just over 22. Well done Eddie Sartin.
- Next the adult females. This lady has only run 20 times with us but 12 of those have been PBs, Well done Christine Dennis
- Finally, with the most PBs of all of us. He only started running with us in 2019 but in his 1st 18 appearances saw a stunning 17 PBs – Well done Mike Holdroyd
An extra award this year – As you complete your runs, you can play Bingo by seeing how many of the seconds that you hit with your results. Back in August we had our first runner who could shout Bingo having seen all 60 seconds at Tring so well done to one of our new RDs - Steve Bladen
Next we have our Volunteer Star award
As you know, parkrun wouldn’t happen without it's volunteers. This year our award goes to a lady who when injured, offered to help, and soon becoming a regular as our funnel manager. She has recently also agreed to become an RD and indeed is doing her 25th volunteer today and baked our birthday cake. Well done and thanks to Shelley Deverall-Roberts
And finally, a lot of work goes into each week’s run and we have a great team of Run Directors who do this
So I would like to call them out and if they could come to the front for a group pic, I would appreciate if you could give them a big round of applause as they come forward. So step forward Anna and Ross Lambert, Wes Ball, Ken Douglas, Andy Collings, Harry Bryant, Richard Murphy, Katie Haines, Stuart Page, Steve and Louise Bladen, Shelley Deverall-Roberts & Elaine Bunn
And finally, here are some quick stats about this week’s run - Tring parkrun #273…..
- Paul Myatt celebrated his 250th parkrun – and just to celebrate we made sure that we had exactly 250 runners (more than double last week’s 109)! Paul is the first runner to have started his parkrunning at Tring and reach his 250 shirt. Impressive commitment given that we are only on #273 and he didn’t start till #12!
- No shirts but Phil Roger ran his 200th and Naomi-Wager-Leigh her 150th. Ian Shenton earned his 50th parkrun shirt. Eilidh Mackenzie earned her 10th junior parkrun shirt and another PB!
- Ben Rivers ran 28:45 and in doing so, set an impressive new VM75-79 record for our course
- After 2 weeks, our Year 6 100% club is already down to 59 members including 12 juniors – who will be this year’s sole survivor?
- We welcomed for the 1st time, the names - Swagata, Anastasiya, Harley and Casey
- Of those who have run at least 5 times at Tring, the biggest improvements were Luca Greene (2:42), Daniel Rush (2:18), Elidh MacKenzie (1:11), Ollie Campbell (1:06) and William Drath (0:53)