Tring parkrun is cancelled on 2021-04-17 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

What’s that coming over the hill?


What's that coming over the hill?
Is it a monster? Is it a monster?

Well no, it was actually Wes, Will and Ken in their kilts, but more of that later.

Tring virtual parkrun week 37  

Our special events at Tring parkrun are the stuff memories are made of: Christmas, Halloween, Hawaiian Shirt Day, plus bonus events like the Bridal Dash (see last week!). And then we have the annual kilted parkrun to mark St Andrews Day. It never ceases to delight me that each year, in deepest Englandshire, we manage to assemble more kilted parkrunners than even St Andrews in Scotland itself.

This year it all had to happen virtually - a big ask. And we got a BIG response. So THANK YOU to everyone who joined in the fun locally and also the to "virtual tourists" from other parkruns.

The challenge for this write up (to be kept for all posterity and poured over by archaeologists hundreds of years from now!) was to know which of all the brilliant efforts to feature - they are all so good!

On the other hand, choosing this week's week's virtual first finishers was easy. Cathy and Martin Bishop not only had an impressive display of tartan attire but unveiled the most fantastic model of Nessy, our new kilted parkrun mascot. What a creative masterpiece, and what a lovely, thoughtful and fun thing to do.

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Cathy and Martin Bishop and the fantastic Nessy mascot they made. Next year it will have pride of place when we meet again for real.

A podium place went to our own our very own Annnnnnnnnndy Evans - who tackled (H)Adrain's Wall in his kilt. This made me laugh out loud, all the more so after discovering that the idea had long been brewing in Andy's mind. That wall really does belong to an actual Adrian, and it is indeed difficult to get over in a kilt! Inspired virtual parkrunning, well done Andy.

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The impenetrable barrier that is (H)Adrians Wall - at least for kilt wearers

Another podium place went to Louise Brookes with a splendid, tartan assisted - and apparently lighter than air - leap into the elements. Happiness is Tring parkrun's virtual kilted parkrun!

Is it a bird, is it a plane?

A quick jog around Tring Park on Saturday morning revealed many (responsibly distanced) regular parkrunners out stretching their legs, dotted around the landscape. Among these were Steve and Louise Bladen. Steve was Run Director for last year's kilted run and had a large audience for his opening words. Sadly there were a few less, in fact, no one at all to hear Steve this year. Roll on 2021.

Further afield a whole host of local, virtual events took place. As usual the Cheddington Crew were out in force - and we were especially impressed with Kirsty Dance's Highland Fling (a Dance doing a Dance), Katie Van De Linde was a very convincing, tartan-cowelled Green Lady of the Glens, and the McLeybournes skipped the run and ate a box of shortbread instead.

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Last year an audience, this year no audience for RD Steve Bladen. :-(

Greg and Juliet Mitchel went Haggis hunting. The weather was suitably misty but: 1) there are no haggis in Hertfordshire, 2) it is well known they are wary of the colour pink. Top marks for trying though.

We had an enormous display of tartan including a very fine kilt sported by (a not very impressed looking) Pencil, a stylish sash from Angela Hollands, cosy jim-jams from Angela Hollands and Lucy Clutton, very cool tartan buffs (one of my favourite bits of kit) from Clare Spry, Karen Hennel, Lucy Brittain and Vicky Lea.

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A brilliant display of virtual parkrun tourism

Steve and Rhona McKee, Peter Thornton, Taras Huzar and Anita White were very welcome virtual kilted parkrun tourists. Next year they will get an especially warm welcome when we do this for real again. Thank you for joining in the fun.

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More great tartan parkrun efforts by Jillian Rusell, Lucy Maris and Maria Waite

Of course there were many other great efforts from John Manning's misty glens, Blaz's impressive collectors item whisky bottles (we expect to see more of them next year!!), and young Mr Hallessey showed great taste in performance food (Scottish Oatcakes - better than fancy running gels!). Paul Dyett broke out his Sassenach mug (purchased in Edinburgh!) and Keith Stonestreet sported his Keith FC supporters scarf. (Keith being a small town in NE Scotland - between the metropolis of Inverurie and urban sprawl of Huntly).

And last but not least Run Directors Ken Douglas and Wes Ball (with son Will) donned their kilts and tackled the original Tring parkrun course - and even bumped into another RD (Katie) coming in the opposite direction - see the great video she took on our Facebook page.

Wes, Will and Ken
Running the old course in kilts drew a few funny looks from the legion of early morning dog walkers

Covid may take our parkrun but it will never take our FREEEEEEEEEEDOMMMMMM!

What a great week.


This week's (not)parkrun results were interesting. Sam Meldrum was the only participant to record a PB - well done. This secured him the top spot in the Age% results table (with 70.88%), ahead of Claire Hallissey (68.88%) and Damien Fortune (on 61.44%).

In terms of outright pace Claire was first, followed by Louisa Hopper and Louise Brookes for the females; Sam, and Damien topped the table for the men followed by Harry Bryant.

Andrew Booth and Lucy Clutton both earned their virtual red T-shirts for recording their 50th (not)parkrun times. Well done.

To post you own (not)parkrun times simply visit this page.

See you next week 

Have a good week everyone, as we enter the month of December. The last month of a year most of us would rather keep smiling, stay safe, get out running and we'll see you for more virtual fun again next week.

The Tring parkrun core team.



Love is in the air

Two for the price of one 

Our sixth birthday celebrations reminded us all that we really did get out, in Tring Park, all together, right through to the end of March. Congratulations to all of those who earned medals and certificates from those distant days and also to those who were awarded prizes for outstanding virtual parkrun and (not)parkrun participation.

This week we look back on the previous two virtual parkruns and (not)parkruns, and we also look back at one very special and memorable event from this period in years gone by.

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Just a few of those who joined in for our "Hats" and "Love & Kindness" virtual parkrun themes

Love and kindness 

To celebrate "World Kindess Day" (no, I hadn't heard of it either...but we need a bit more of it and so I'm all in favour) the theme for Saturday the 14th Nov was, well, "Love and Kindness"

And what a warn and soft hearted lot we all proved to be. We had a huge response to this theme. It was especially heartwarming to see Lee Robinson thank parter Nicky Summers for encouraging him to start running 5 years ago, and likewise Angela Hollands thanked husband Graham for his encouragement and support. Kirsty Dance posted a photo thanking parkrun in general for the Saturday morning motivation - and we thank her back for being a consistent park runner, volunteer, supporter and general good egg throughout the years.

Martin Bishop's take on kindness was a selfie with wife Cathy and a quip about seeing old ladies across the road. Poor chap hasn't been seen or heard of since.

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Love this photo of the Monks at Tring Reservoirs

Steve Bladen was overcome with warmth and enthusiasm by Louise's display of love and affection.

Many took the opportunity to be thankful for having a good reason (if one was needed at all) to simply get out and run around the beautiful countryside surrounding Tring, Berkhamsted and the villages. We are lucky to have Tring Park, Ashridge Forest and Tring Reservoirs on our doorstep.

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John Manning clearly allowed the love to go to his head - he ran a beautifully "hand scripted" Strava track to mark the day. Just a shame it was upside down.

That weekend also coincided with many of the medals and prizes, announced the week before, officially reaching the worthy recipients.....

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Meanwhile young Lucy very generously showed love, kindness and the warmest congratulations to her two prize winning sisters!

We love this photo of Lucy reacting to the fact that both of her sisters won prizes and she, errr, didn't. Lucy, however was a star throughout the year and has a long record of joining in the fun and has volunteered since she was a dot. We'll send her something special too, as a thank you.

Mad as a Hatter 

Our 36th week of virtual parkruns recognised that it is getting a tad chilly outdoors these days. Hats are what were called for and hats it was for the weekend's theme. We had so many brilliant entries.

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Robin Attfield went for the illuminated, cold night running, hat look

First off the mark was Robin Attfield - modelling the kit that many of us must resort to at this time of the year. Gone are the shorts and T-shirts and out come the fleeces, long leggings, gloves, hat and (if you are keen) a head torch to light the way. It's odd to say, but when I don my own beanie and headtorch I feel like I can take on the world - perhaps because I just can't see it.

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This made us smile, Claire and Brandon looking happy in their cosy hats

Every week Claire and her "running coach", comfortably seated in his pushchair, take on a virtual parkrun. At the speed Claire runs a hat is extra necessary due to increased wind chill factor, as the cold air comes whistling past!

This week's first finisher - a fine Peaky Blinder effort by Jonathan Sartin. Great job

We saw loads of other hats, including several dozen wooly hats (thank you Fosketts, Bishops, Dyetts and more); peaked hats (from the Evans', Robinsons, Van De Lindes); furry hats (cпасибо comrade Ziembaczewski); silly hats (Pencil, and Roberts' Cat); bright parkrun tourist hats (Hollands); safety hats (team Clutton); reflective hats (Helen Tullie); Vietnamese hats (Kirsty Dance), optimistic sun hats (from the Mitchells); tweed bonnets (Mr Cary); virtual Strava hats (Lucy) and this week's first finisher....... the full Peaky Blinder effect by Jonathan Sartin. What a GREAT effort.

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A spirited effort by John Manning. He was going for the "I wear many hats" style but looks more like a technicolour version of a Knight who says "nee"!

Phil Roger, alone, insisted that it wasn't that cold and had - shock - NO hat! We'll revisit this theme in February!

The great Tring Bridal Dash - 2017 

Now it's time to turn the clock back a bit. Three years to be precise. Cue the soppy background music...

Run Directors Ross Lambert and Anna Last, met, fell in love and decided to get married. The wedding was on a Saturday and so what better way to start the day than a quick sprint round Tring parkrun.

One problem though - as tradition demands Ross could not see his bride and so a cunning plan was hatched. What if we got as many brides to run as possible, thus throwing Ross off the scent and minimising the risk that he spots Anna amidst a flock of white dressed maidens?

And so, on the morning of November the 25th 2017 a zillion blushing brides executed plan "Bridal Dash". It has to be said that many (if not most) of the brides were not of a female persuasion, and just in case Ross might rumble this he was blindfolded (at least until the start) just to make doubly sure tradition was upheld.

Just four of the many dozens of beautiful brides who turned out to throw Ross off the scent

Who knew that running in a dress could be so hard
- well, three out of these four for a start

Bride Anna double checking that Groom Ross was oblivious to everything before she made a quick getaway at the start

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Our very own morning matrimonial delight

As they say "memories are made of this". Perhaps we should organise a repeat Bridal Dash to celebrate a future anniversary?

Read the run report from that week right here.


Let's do this real quick - just like the times that are increasingly recorded.

Week 9/11 to 15/11.
We welcomed three new "first timers": Matthew Manning, Will Rice and Seb Brummell.
Wes Ball and Blaz Ziembaczewski both lodged Personal Best times. In doing so Wes Ball propelled himself to the top of the podium outright. Paul Myatt nipped into top place taking Age% adjustment into account.
Louise Brooks was the fastest woman - so to speak.
Keith Stonestreet maintained his record of most (not)parkruns with a impressive total of 117.

Week 16/11 to 22/11.
First of all special mention to Wes Ball. On the 22nd he recorded a time of 22:22.
Harry Bryant (bless his cotton running socks) topped the table, followed by Paul Myatt and Damien Fortune. However John Manning and Kay Ison displaced the top two taking Age% into account. Great running all.
Louise Brooks and Isobel Roberts both bagged PBs - well done.

GREAT effort all round.

That's it for another week.

Stay well, stay safe.

And REMEMBER - it is the virtual kilted parkrun this weekend.

Och aye the noo.

The Tring parkrun team.


Year 6 awards

Well, what a year - 2019/20, our 6th Tring parkrun year  - saw only 40% of the events take place, 22 rather than the normal 54. Despite it covering the winter months, it was great to see a number of you braving the conditions and running regularly.

Normally you would arrive early on our birthday Saturday with a howling wind and usually raining and to try hear who has won what. This year, make yourself a cup of tea and settle down in your favourite chair to have a read of this year's award winners

Certificates will be sent to all those named below. Also thanks to Ken Douglas who has been busy with his 3D printer and has produced these great medals for those of you in podium places

So here we have the 2019/20 awards…..

Attendance awards – based on how often we saw you. (This year, being a shorter period, there were a number of ties, so we have separated any ties in the 1st 3 based on the number of PBs achieved.)

Male juniors
- In Joint 4th we have a junior who has been running with us since 2015 and is usually just outside our top 5 attendance. He has seen his best time improve from just under 30 mins to just over 22 mins – well done Oscar Atkins!

- Also, in Joint 4th – Running with us to achieve his DofE exercise Bronze Award, his brother was an award winner last year, well done Peter Lea!

- Moving on to 3rd – this junior combines his parkrunning with tennis playing. Last year he was 4th and he has gone one better this year – Well done Aidan Roberts!

- He has been running junior parkruns, mainly at Ashlyns and in early March PB’s at 26:32, which helped him get 2nd - well done to Edward Harrison!

- In 1st place with 22 runs, the only male to not miss any week this year. He has been in the top 3 every year since we began, and last year was 1st for the first time, a feat that he has repeated this year, so a round of applause for both the 100% attendance and being this year’s Junior Male Winner, well done Noah Roger!

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We’ve borrowed the same pic from last year’s awards - Claire may not have recognised Noah from last time she presented him an award!

Female juniors
For the last few years this has become very competitive and this year was no exception

- Starting with 5th - Over a period of 2.5 years, this girl has improved her running times from around 40 mins to just under a stunning 25 mins and was our fastest female in early Feb – well done Enid Fleetwood!

- In 4th place and with 20 appearances this year, this girl has run at Tring more than any other junior, now with 225 Tring parkruns and has been in our top 5 female juniors every year since we started - well done to Isobel Bladen!

Now I did say we were separating out our podium places this year, but I’m not brave enough to separate these next 2, and don’t want to create a sibling feud

- In joint 2nd with 21 runs, this girl is the youngest person to earn their 50 shirt here at Tring and at the time of lockdown was only 9 runs away from taking the “youngest to reach 100 at Tring” title from her sister! She has really improved her time as well with a sub-28mins PB. Well done to Amelie Bunn!

- Also, joint 2nd with 21 runs, this girl is still the youngest person to have run 100 times at Tring, (her sister will have to wait for the end of lockdown to take this title!) and also had a Christmas day PB It's well done to Holly Bunn

- So 1st, also with 21 runs – but with 3 PBs down to a time of 27:29 that mean she gets the Junior Female Winner title this year it’s well done and a big round of applause to Isobel Roberts!

Our 3 podium Junior Females, recently taking part in our Autumn leaves themed week. Well done to Amelie, Holly and Isobel

Most seen Newcomer Awards
We always like to see new runners at Tring, and these 4 awards are for those who have started their running in this Tring parkrun year (ie since the 1st week of November)

- The junior male award winner is Matthew Pither who started running with us in Jan 2020 and with 8 appearances would have reached his 10 shirt in March had lockdown not arrived, Pleased to see that Matthew has continued his Tring Park Saturday running during the year.

- The junior female award winner is Lana Dales who also started running with us in Jan 2020. Well done Lana.

- Our male adult award goes to Charles Leach who started in November 2019 and as well as running at Tring has touristed in South Africa.

- Our female adult award goes to Natalia Gromnicka who started in December 2019. Well done Natalia!

Another picture of those medals - well we think they're great!

Back to the attendance awards, this time for the adults:

Adult females
- In joint 4th place - with 19 runs - She is one of our RDs and has run at Tring more than any other female and is only 9 away from her 250 shirt. Well done to Louise Bladen!

- In joint 4th place on 19 runs - She only started running with us in Summer 2018, but has been a regular ever since, Well done Luciana Walker!

- In 3rd place, this female started running with us in January 2019 and hasn’t missed many weeks. This year she has run 20 times and brought her PB down to sub-33 minutes. Well done to Deborah Lea!

- In 2nd place, this lady is on the podium for the 3rd year in row. She won last year, but missed a week this year – so with 21 runs, it’s well done to Helen Page!

- In 1st place, the only female to achieve a 100% record with 22 weeks out of 22. She just missed out on a top-5 position last year but she gets this year’s Adult Female Winner title – so well done and a round of applause for Lucy Brittain!

Well done Lucy! (pictured here as a Roman "10" in one of our themed weeks)

Adult Males
There was only one run separating the following 7 men and so we used PBs for the deciders for the podium places.

- Joint 4th - he has been on the podium every year, has run more at Tring than anyone else, being the 1st person to run 250 times at Tring, and with 19 runs this year it’s well done to Paul Myatt!

- Joint 4th – A run director at Tring and during this year has become Joint Event Director at Tring. He only needs 9 more to get his 250 shirt and has the 2nd highest total at Tring. Well done to Steve Bladen!

- Joint 4th – Also 19 runs this year and with the 4th highest number of runs at Tring – it’s well done to Peter Leigh!

- Joint 4th – He was 4th last year and has repeated the feat this year. He passed the 200 Tring parkruns milestone this year – well done to Dan Storr!

- Joint 4th – He is one of our regular pacers and is approaching 200 runs at Tring – well done Phil Roger!

- 3rd place – He just missed out on the top 5 last year, but 19 appearances plus 2 PBs in January sees Chris Simmonds take 3rd – well done Chris!

- 2rd place – 20 appearances and has won this trophy in the past 2 years. Well done Andrew Booth!

- 1st place – Also with 20 appearances but with 2 very fast sub-20min PBs meaning he takes the award – it’s well done and a round of applause to Tom Moreton , this year’s Adult Male Winner!

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Well done Tom - this year's Adult Male winner

The next group of awards are for those who managed The most PBs:

Most of us only see these occasionally so congratulations and a round of applause to this group who were the best PB collectors.

- First for the junior females. 5 PBs bringing her time down from 36 mins to just over 30 mins - it’s well done to Fran O’Neill

- For the junior males - Improving his PB from 34mins he squeezed in an excellent 26:29 just before lockdown, earning his 10 shirt on the same day. Well done George Foster!

- Next the adult females and we have a joint award here.
- She started with us in October 2019 and with 5 PBs improved her time from over 34 mins to 29:46. Well done Heulwen Williams!

- She already has earned one award this year and with 5 PBs has improved her time from 31:49 to 29:14. Well done Natalia Gromnicka!

- Finally, with the most PBs of all of us. Only started running with us in November 2019 but managed to squash in 6 PBs in our part-year, improving his time from 32 mins to 26:46. Well done Mark Costin!

Most (not) parkruns
A couple of new awards this year. To take part, run a 5k on any day, anywhere and add the time to your parkrun profile page and the results appear on our Tring results page.

Most (not) parkruns – Male. One of the lowest barcodes that we regularly see at Tring, this runner was one of the first 10,000 parkrunners when he ran at Bushy Park in 2007. He has recorded 111 (not) parkruns and also during this time ran his 1st ultra with a 32 mile run around the Tring area. Well done Keith Stonestreet!

Most (not) parkruns – Female. With 43(not) parkruns, this female’s running has been really improving. Recently getting a sub-30 minute time and running her 1st half-marathon – bravely choosing a muddy towpath on a very wet day for that! Well done to Lucy Clutton!

Virtual parkrun stars
We finish off with 2 more new awards. Each week we have had a Tring virtual parkrun on our Facebook page. Each week it’s great to see Tring parkrunners posting their pictures around that week’s theme.

And our winners are…
Virtual parkrun stars – Always putting in a great effort each week, our winners are Martin and Cathy Bishop. Well done both!

2020 Awards
Well done Cathy and Martin!

Virtual parkrun star (Pet category) – We have also introduced a Pet category for these themed runs and our clear winner this year is Pencil! – Well done Pencil!

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Well done Pencil!

So, well done to all this year's winners. We will be E-Mailing you all your certificates and will be contacting those in podium places so that we can hand over your medals.

Andy Evans



Trick or Treat?? 

There is only one correct answer, "treat", of course. We have a bumper double week issue, we explore time and halloween, we have spooky (and real!) local tales of witchcraft and murder, we have a spooktacular look-back, we have (not) parkrun, AND a few words about our sixth birthday and how you can help.

Hold on to your pumpkins.....

Time for a virtual parkrun 

It's getting a bit more challenging to get out for a run these days. It's colder, darker, wetter, there is no end to all this miserable Covid situation and, to make matters worse, we had to put our clocks back and endure an extra hour of 2020. To brighten things up and act as a bit of an incentive our 32nd virtual parkrun had the theme of time or, more specifically, "Clocks, Watches, Egg Timers and Sundials".

It was a great excuse to invent routes that passed church and school clocks in and around Tring, Northchurch and Pitstone, and the Leybournes were out clock spotting in Cornwall.

Gio and Pencil both got in on the act again with Gio checking out the marshal point at the old "Gate 2" and Pencil was keeping a keen eye a Felix looking cat clock.

Lee Robinson had his eye on his Garmin, and was pleased to finish his virtual 5k in less than 30 minutes after a wee injury.

Top marks for powers of observation go to Louise Brooks who spotted an appropriately named Beach Hut on her virtual tourist parkrun at Lowestoft; and to Lucy Brittain (and Dan's Hareem) for cleverly homing-in on Dark Lane (as it will be getting dark an hour earlier now); and to Martin Bishop who spotted "Sundial Cottage" on his virtual run around local villages.

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"Dark Lane" and "Time Out"

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Sundial Cottage

Great job by everyone!

The Bladens and Pages

And a very special mention for several of our regular parkrunners who stepped up their Saturday morning virtual 5k a few levels, by running more than eight times that distance on the challenging Beachy Head Marathon. Congratulations to Louise and Stave Bladen, Carole and Stuart Page, Helen Tullie and to Lynda Hembury. Lynda was the first female in the 55+ category, 2nd if you take into account those over 45 and 14th female overall. Great running.

Halloween time machine 

One of our most popular special events is Halloween and so there was no doubt about the theme as October came to an end.

We had a surprisingly good costume effort, although it has to be said no one was seen running along Tring High Street or through Tring Park dressed in something outrageous. There was no doubt that Blaz would pitch in with a good effort and Andy Evans too dug deep in the Snapchat filter locker. Pencil was going for a scary, vampire, Count Drac' look - but failed miserably!

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Scary, Scary, (not)Scary

Like the week before we had a several virtual parkrunners go on to add a lot more kms than the required five. Dave Cary terrified Marsworth as part of his 10k route, Lucy Clutton ran her first ever Half Marathon (in very poor conditions) and Giles Monks also clocked up the 20k+ of a Half Marathon. Well done to all.

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Well done to our Half Marathoners

Other notable efforts include Dan's Hareem visiting Hang Lane (the olden days were harsh times), Claire Hallessey treated herself to pumpkin pancakes (which are new to me and sound very yummy) with the bonus that the pic she submitted with three pancakes in a pan looked like a radioactive warning sign!

Stuart and Carole Page completed their personal virtual alphabet challenge with a run up to the Zoo. I'm sure they never guessed they'd get to letter Z when lockdown started and here we are going into Lockdown 2!

Judy Ewart deserves special kudos for her costume and for covering 10km in Ashridge dressed in it. We're very impressed.

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Judy dressed as a witch, but not in the least witch like!

Real life ghosts and witches in Tring 

A strong virtual parkrun first finisher this week was John Manning who achieved an impressive and spooky treble whammy: a virtual run outside of Tring; a ghastly, true witch/ghost story and a link to a popular local beer!!! We are seriously impressed.

John's route took him down Lukes Lane, between Tring and Long Marston - the scene of the outrageous murder of a poor, old and frail local woman accused of being a witch, and also the scene where her killer was hung and his decaying remains left swinging in a gibbet for months afterwards. It was the last recorded witch related death in England (see here for the sad and sorry story). The confession of the witch hunting murderer - one Thomas Colley - says something of the mixed feelings at the time. Many locals still believed in witches and, although illegal by then, did not condemn the persecution and ducking that led to her death.

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John Manning on Luke's Lane - scene of witch hunting, murder and execution. And Colley's Dog beer - the original scary label and the more modern and less scary version!!

It is telling that local tales tell of the ghost of the hung Thomas Colley roaming the lane and not that of poor Ruth Osborn - who, frankly, had better reason to be aggrieved. The ghost takes the form of an evil looking black dog - "Colley's Dog" - that also gives its name of one of Tring Brewery's most popular beers.

Looking back 

Delving back into previous Halloween parkrun reports we found these great photos:

2015: The Tullie family supporting everyone on the finish line

2016: Isobel on her way to leading the points table (remember those?) for that year.

2017: Hubble bubble - one of or favourite Halloween parkrun photos

2018: Love this - Claire chose a brilliant way to let us known that a little Hallessey was on the way

2019: It wasn't a very nice day last year (like this year) but still we had smiles


During Halloween week we had the highest number of PBs for some time. Perhaps this is because it's getting cooler? Kudos to Lucy Clutton, Damien Fortune, Angela Hollands, Andy Evans and Greg Leff.

There was a shock at the speedy end of the results table - Harry Bryant was knocked off the podium by Samuel Meldrum, Paul Myatt and Damien Fortune.

Taking age% into account didn't (unusually) change the top spots but a very consistent Kay Ison took the "bronze" slot, with a nicely symmetrical time of 30:30.

For the first time ever we had a virtual (not)parkrun simultaneous line-crossing, Dave Cary and Lee Robinson both posted times of 29:09.

REMEMBER - we want to seems many (not)parkrun times this (birthday) week as possible. To do so visit your parkrun profile page or follow the link at the foot of the results page.

Remember this week and out sixth birthday 

Tring parkrun started SIX years ago. In that time our 8000 different people have completed the course and over 700 different people have volunteered to make each week happen.

We can't wait to get back together again.

This weekend we'll look back over the years. What are your favourite memories? Let us know.

We typically have the most amazing birthday cakes and so, in the spirit of the Bake Off, why not bake and/or decorate your own and let us see what you've created. We'll have a virtual birthday cake munch!

In the meantime stay well - and do that (not)parkrun!

The Tring volunteer team


Autumn Leaves


It's that time of the year again and Tring Park is fast changing colour from green to the most amazing shades of red, orange and yellow. It's that time of year to start looking out long sleeved tops and maybe even hats and gloves if you're out early.

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Tring Park is getting ready to hunker down for winter with a blaze of autumnal colour.

Andy challenged everyone to combine their weekly virtual parkrun with the theme of "autumn, trees and leaves" and over 50 joined in and sent us their photos. This fantastic level of weekly involvement really makes me smile (which is perhaps more than can be said for Andy's jokes on the Facebook introduction!!).

Let's kick off with a really tenuous link from Tring parkrun this weekend two years ago (more on that below) with a few of this week's canine parkunners. First off we were introduced to lovely Gio Leff (Geoffrey - who we all loved so much - reincarnated), and we hope that, like Geoffrey, he has the opportunity to volunteer at Gate 2 or anywhere else in the park before long. Pencil was showing off her autumn crop (no pun intended) and the bright colours of the season, and we had guest appearances of Toby (Amanda Russell's dog) and Team Patterson's.

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Gio (in Tring Park) and Pencil (chilling at home)

With lower temperatures and summer "holidays" a distant memory (in some cases very distant!) many turn their attention to autumn running events and getting out on a Saturday morning continues to be part of the weekend training routine. This Saturday will see the Beachy Head Marathon and we wish the Bladens and the Pages all the best, they were out running through the autumnal paths of Tring Park in their last practice before the big day. Also keeping up the routine is the virtual Pitstone Windmill parkrun crew - with Graham showing off an impressive bit of clambering up the Post Windmill's turning beam to get the great pic below.

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The Bladens and Pages in leafy Tring Park and the Pitstone Windmill crew at, well, Pitstone Windmill.

Well done to those who navigated their way through appropriately named streets in Tring before heading up through the park and up to the Ridgeway, and well done to those that tackled their now regular Cheddington virtual parkrun route.

Sycamore treehanger
Clever street navigation in Tring

We saw "tourist" virtual parkruns from Hughenden Valley, Glossop Park, Frithsden Beeches, Brancaster (in Norfolk) and even the the hallowed ground of Bushey Park itself in addition to our local sprinkling of temporary 5k routes. We saw examples of autumn colours and crops in the form of ginormous pumpkins (from Ruth Monks) and the first sign that "off road" wheels might soon be needed for those that are pushing young offspring in buggies (Claire Hallessey).

Sometimes playing with the leaves is better than running through them


Nineteen parkrunners recored 26 (not)parkrun times, with two PBs ...well done Kay Ison and Greg Leff. Kay's PB placed her top of the table, taking age% into account; whilst in terms of absolute pace Harry Bryant, once again, found himself on the top podium slot.

Well done to everybody. And remember that we want to record as many times as possible during our birthday week up to November 7th.

This weekend on previous years 

It's been a few weeks since we've done this. And, for some reason, looking back to 2015/16 seems an absolute age away. Everyone looks somewhat younger in the pics and many of today's juniors are mere dots.

2015: Tring parkrun 52 "Brought to you by the letters P and B"

This Girl Can
We were getting ready for our first "This Girl Can" event

2016: Tring parkrun 107 "One of those weeks"

2017: Tring parkrun 161 "A milestone sort of day"

2018: Tring parkrun 216 "A video run report in the form of dance"

This has to be one of my favourite run reports ever. Wes Ball was RD and asked for input and ideas for his write-up. This was too good an opportunity to pass up and so he was challenged to do it "in the form of modern interpretive dance" - and he was good for that challenge.

The tenuous link with dogs (above) is that the theme music is "I wanna be adored" - and Louise Bladen's friend though the words were "I wanna be a dog"! (Now that, Andy, is funny! :-) )

Click above for one of the best and (I think) the only video run reports - featuring a dancing Wes ball

2019: Tring parkrun 270 "Cake glorious cake"

Junior parkrunner Holly Bunn wrote the run report a year ago. Perhaps it should be no surprise, for those of you who know her, that cake featured prominently.

glorious cake
Cake! Dig out your recipes for our sixth birthday

That's all for this week.

Stay well, and safe

The Tring parkrun team

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