It was a week of records, running backwards and covering 100k in 15 hours... so just a normal week in the world of parkrun right!
To celebrate our 100th parkrun, we at Tring parkrun HQ decided try the course in the opposite direction so reverse parkrun was born. We hope that you all enjoyed the course as much as we did in planning the event.
Most weeks, for most of us parkrun time is 9am on Saturday morning. But this week it started for Andy Collings not at 9am but 14 hours earlier, just before 7.30pm on Friday evening with lap 1 of 20 planned laps. With supporters cheering him off Andy was going to run 100km, culminating with the last 5km as part of the hnormal parkrun. Andy was doing this heroic act to help raise money so that we can buy a defibrilator and some other necessary health and safety equipment. He was cheered off by a hearty crowd of supporters and a number of dedicated runners. Throughout the night supporters joined Andy to give him tea and toast and join him for odd laps here and there. Andy's astounding achievement of running 100k was driven his generosity and community spirit to help our parkrun.
As Andy completed his 19th lap he was cheered back down the Lime Tree Avenue by over 300 other parkrunners. A quick glug of water and short pause. Then Andy was ready to turn round, join the crowd and take part in parkrun number 100 as his final lap.
Andy completes lap 20 of 20 with some of the supporters who'd helped him over the last 15 hours.
On completion, Andy said: “I have been totally overwhelmed by not only people’s donations but also their kindness in supporting me. I'm not going to mention any names as there really are so many of you. Thank you to those who came to see to see me off, those who kept me company at the start, finish and some in the middle of the morning (some more than once). Thank you for the tea, toast, cola and chocolate bars. And thank you to the very special people who dragged me around the final (I can't remember how many) laps. I wasn't great company and I apologise I couldn't share your humour at the time but had it not been for you I would never of made the start line of parkrun 100”.
And at the time of writing the report Andy has raised £2000 which is an amazing achievement. You can still sponsor Andy (and help our parkrun buy some really important health and safety equipment) at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/tringparkrun
This is what 100km and 20 incredible laps looks like on a Garmin.
It was a week of records, starting with our biggest ever turnout with an amazing 312 runners completing the course (in reverse, of course). This was a massive increase on last week's attendance of 114 and 99 more people than we had on our previous biggest attendance of 213 - which happened on Tring parkrun #1 way back in November in 2014. Every single one of you is very welcome. We hope you had a great time and come back again soon.
Tailrunner, Maura, shows us the record-breaking token
We also 32 fantastic volunteers - our largest ever number of volunteers helping to ensure that the course was well marked, balloons and bunting was hung out and the cows stayed put.
"So how many knots did you put in this bunting, Andy?"
Here are some other top records:
- Tom Saville set the first ever sub 18 minute lap and broke the course record around Tring
- Glen Turner also broke the sub 18 minute mark making it his third fastest ever lap
- #ThisGirlCan – for the first time we had over 100 female runners.
- It was the first time we recorded nine sub-20 minute times
- Lynda Hembury for the fifth time in six weeks recorded the highest Age Grade % Score with an astonishing 82.95%
- We had a number of new age category records: Tom Saville is now top of the SM20-24; Glen Turner is top in the VM35-39; Roger Thetford is top of the VM50-54; Olivia Janke is 2nd in the JW15-17; Francesca Ryde is now 3rd in the SW18-19; and Natalie Ruffell is now 2nd in the SW25-19.
We celebrated six milestones this week with Ken Douglas, Adam Swann, Lisa Barton and Oscar Evans achieving their 50th parkrun and Isobel Monks and Jake Summerson achieving their 10th parkrun as juniors. Also well done to Jake on getting his 10th shirt for his 10th Birthday this week – Happy Birthday Jake.
Well, that's it for another week. I look forward to seeing you all again this coming Saturday morning Fingers crossed for sun!
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