Winter Course Alert!


Please read this carefully as from this Saturday we will be running a different course for the Winter months and nope this isn’t one of our 1st April stories!

As regulars to Tring Park will know, the area on both sides of our 1st gate and the path up the hill generally, get very muddy during the winter months, simply through wet weather and general usage.  This part of the park has SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) status and as a result we have been discussing with the Woodland Trust an alternative route for the winter months, so that we don’t add to the condition of the paths/grassland in this area during these months.

Due to the recent poor weather, the Woodland Trust have requested that we accelerate these plans and switch to our Winter course from this Saturday (1st December).  So, if you were driving in the rain along the A41 this morning you could have seen us wandering around the park, doing some measuring to finalise this route. Have a look at the map below to see our new Winter Route………


Although the start and finish are separated by 250m, the course is an out and back route primarily along the King Charles Ride.

We will assemble for the usual briefings etc in the valley near the pond (ie down the hill from the current finish and at about 3.8km on current course). This area will also be our finish funnel. After the briefing, we will walk c250m towards the NE corner of the park (just before we reach the Copper Beech trees ).

The initial part of the course will take us to the corner of the park (the current round-me sign), be careful as this bit is muddy/slippy, and out through the gate. Then we curve left and right and then it’s up a leafy steep slope (you'll love this bit!) to the obelisk and turn left to the summer house. Continue along King Charles Ride (ie the current route in reverse), past where we currently come up the hill, and all the way to the far end, ie the SW corner of the park, where King Charles Ride meets Hastoe Lane. Here you will run around a cone and run all the way back – hi-5-ing as you go!

We will stay on this course for the winter months and revert to our current summer course when conditions are suitable (probably mid to late March or early April)

Whilst I know you will be disappointed to not have Heartbreak Hill on your 5km route, those of you who like climbing hills will just love the 1st kilometre and as it’s the same route back, if downhill is more your thing, then it doesn’t get much better than our 5th kilometre, well unless you are going to take up abseiling!

As it’s an out and back along the same course, we will be asking people to run on the left side of the path, when runners are approaching from the opposite direction. That said regardless of your speed, you are guaranteed to see the rest of the field so plenty of opportunity for greetings of support, hi-5s etc etc

This Saturday, please set off a few minutes earlier to make sure that you arrive in time for the RD briefing.

Note that switching to a new course means that the volunteer team will be getting used to this new course and so we have decided to postpone our pacing week to a future week.

However we will still be holding our Tring kilted parkrun – so remember your tartan!


Tring parkrun 221 – Black Friday offer!!!


It's that time of the year

Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday (who makes these names up by the way??) was wonderful Tring parkrun number 221. No need for enticing discounts of 50% or more - the best things in life are free, and we even throw in the odd T-shirt now and again too! Maybe the best gift to give this holiday/Christmas season is an invitation to someone who hasn't yet discovered parkrun?

The other thing about this time of year is that the weather is starting to turn. It may have been a grey morning but it was was illuminated brightly by the warm glow of 227 shiny participants and 23 hi-viz volunteers. The rain stayed away but we were prepared in any case as you can see in the pic below.

Sitting alongside our trusty blue tarp is yet another trusty blue tarp and if it rains our volunteers spring into action and use it to cover up everyone's stuff. Genius!


Why do just 5km when you can do 6?

We welcomed 18 "first timers" to Tring this weekend, 4 of whom (Charlie Coutts-Wood, David Andrews, Caroline Lunt, and Alan Walker) tackled their very first parkrun and we hope to see them all back again soon.

A special mention needs to go to Ron Trotman, who we really enjoyed meeting. Ron has bagged a few parkruns in his time, including every single parkrun in greater London (53 of them) which earned him the coveted status of "Regionaire". He's also completed the "Stayin' Alive" and Compass Club" challenges and has the "Pirates" challenge in his sights. Ron was to be especially challenged by Tring however, starting with unexpected travel problems that caused him to arrive just over 16 minutes late.

Undeterred, he heroically set off to catch up. Unfortunately....he wasn't quite late enough to meet the Gate 1 marshal at Hearthbreak Hill and so (understandably) followed the "last lap" arrow up it! He was well on his way down the Lime Tree Avenue when the Cow Marshals pointed him back up! Now (of course!!!) the Gate 1 Marshal had moved to Heartbreak Hill and so missed Ron again and the Tail Walkers had picked up all of the other markers! Things quickly went from bad to worse for poor Ron as you can see in his GPS track! I shouldn't laugh. In the end he (miraculously) found his way back on track at the Rond Point and, in total, covered 6km. Come back and see us again Ron - we'll run as a team!

Ron Tring parkrun like it's not been run before
It was really great to meet the heroic Ron Trotwood. He almost literally "went the extra mile" to complete Tring parkrun.

Milestones and PBs

We celebrated three milestone runs this week. Well done to William Brookman who completed his 50th, 33 of which have been at Tring. Juniors Jack Ambrose and Jack Hardcastle both reached their 10th parkruns and qualify for a free 10-Club T-shirt. Not only that but they both marked the occasion by running Personal Best times. For jack A that was his second in a row at Tring for for Jack H his sixth in a row at Tring. I'm impressed!

Jack attack!

I'll be honest, I wasn't expecting quite so many PBs this week as it's starting to get muddy. I was way wrong and, in fact, 35 earned the right to ring the famous PB Bell.

In addition to the two Jacks other notable speedsters included:

  • Paul Collins - 5th PB in 5 runs,
  • Emma Young made it 4 in 4,
  • Andrew Lee 3 in 3 (which has the added bonus of rhyming!),
  • And 2 in 2 for James Applebee, Megan Francis and Joe Rizzo-Naudi,
  • Hortense Seed, on her 90th parkrun, moved up to 4th best ever time for the JW11-14 group with a time of 22:09,
  • Of the runners who have run at least 5 times, the biggest improvers were Duncan Melsome (2:03), Noah Wild (1:16), Aidan Roberts (1:01), Kate Burn (1:00) and James Herbert (0:56)


Well done Andy
Event Director, Andy Evans, set his best parkrun time for four and half years last week at parkrun's home in Bushy. This week he set a a Tring parkrun PB too. Congratulations.


Thank you

This week's parkrun was made possible by 23 very fine volunteers. Thank you to Keith Stonestreet, Claire Hallissey, Tom North, Edward Hopper, Anna Fryer, Samuel Fryer, Annemarie De Boom, Patrick McLoughlin, Helen Page, Angela Hollands, Chris Nicholls, Dennis Raffety, Oliver West, Sarah Foskett, James Foskett, Thomas Page, Nika Jackson-Moore, Isobel Monks, Eloise Clark, Keith Hendersen, Andrew Booth, and Howie Beck.

I especially appreciate that several were able to change from the roles they were expecting to meet the needs of the morning (e.g an extra cow marshal, as they tried to outflank Keith; change in the Finish Funnel to let some get away early etc.).

And a special thank you to Ed Hopper and Claire Hallissey who both reached the milestone of volunteering 25 times. The famous purple T-shirts will be on their way soon. Claire will be taking a wee break from parkrun to bring little baby Hallissey into the world and we wish her all the best with that and look forward to seeing a new buggy pusher next year!

A rough rule of thumb is to volunteer once every 9-10 runs. Let us know when you're able to help by emailing

You can see the roster of future volunteering opportunities at:

Finish Line Teamo
Brilliant Finish Line team this week...just a few of the 23 volunteers who helped out this week. Thank you.


Happy, happy

Many other things made us happy this weekend.

  • Ben Miller set a new record gap between 2 Tring parkruns of 217 weeks – welcome back Ben,
  • After 4 weeks we have 37 (including 5 juniors) members of our Year 5 100% club left – the club lost 20 members this week,
  • 50th time we have seen the surname Hart and the name Jasmine,
  • Andrew was the most seen name (with 9) and Helen, Ros and Sarah, the most seen females (with 3 each),
  • 1st time we have seen 9 Andrews, 3 Ros's, 2 Garrys and 2 Rons,
  • Minute 26 was the most popular with 20 finishers,
  • We saw 4 new clubs this week including Maltby RC, Running Dads OZ, Tickhill Running & AC and the Chew Valley Snails,


Happiness is...
Happiness is Tring parkrun!

One thing that is making me especially happy is that there are not many sleeps until next week's "Kilted parkrun". Tring parkrun's very own celebration of St Andrews Day. Anyone not wearing a kilt or something tartan or anything else Scottish at Tring parkrun on Dec 1st will automatically be given a time of 59 minutes, 59 seconds and made to do the whole parkrun twice!! [Ed: can't do that!!! :-)]

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Och - bring out your inner Jock (or Morag!). You know that you want to.


Did someone say Christmas?

We'll let you know as soon as we can whether we'll have a parkrun on Christmas Day. We need to resolve potential car parking issues first. It's also our intention to hold a run on New Year's Day, again we have a bit more work to do and will confirm details (e..g whether 9am start or later) as soon as we can.

In the meantime I will look forward to seeing everyone in their Scottish kit next Saturday.




Tring parkrun 220 – Complete with Special Guests

Tring parkrun – Week 220 – Complete with Special Guests

Another week, another lovely morning in Tring Park. This time out 257 of you joined us for your weekly dose of parkrun fun, including 34 first time visitors to Tring.

This week we also saw a pretty hefty number of personal bests – forty in total! Some of our big improvers were Darcey and Euan Hudghton who both knocked 56s off their previous best, whilst Rosie Hill and Emma Young were both over a minute and a half faster. This was Emma's third in a row whilst Paul de Hoest made it a double. Next week I want what Toby Knight had for breakfast as he improved by what I technically call "a whopping" two minutes and fifty-two seconds! Sarah Hooper and Jack Hardcastle clearly enjoy running here at Tring as they've both notched up five PBs in their last five appearances too. Great work everyone!

Another misty start

It was a quick week for Nicholas Hammett who set our joint second fastest ever time in the Junior Male 11-14 year old category with a time of 19:52! Not to be outdone, and at the other end of the spectrum, Richard Long moved up to fourth position in the all time Veteran Male 70-74 year old category with 28:12.

On to milestone news and it's a big congratulations to Katie Young who celebrated her tenth run with a PB and can now claim her white Junior 10 t-shirt!

We had a couple of 'special guests' visiting this week, including co-host of the official parkrun podcast (Free, Weekly Timed) and uber-uber-tourist, Louise Ayling. Alongside Louise we had Katherine Goulder running with us. You may not have heard of Katherine but she is one of parkrun's volunteer Outreach Ambassadors for Multiple Sclerosis. Katherine is also involved in the parkrun PROVE project (parkrun; Running or Volunteering for Everyone) which has been set up to make parkrun more welcoming and accessible for people with disabilities or long-term health conditions.

You can read more about Katherine's parkrun story and how she finds running with MS by reading her blog here: Trust me it's well worth five minutes of your time! If you'd like to join Katherine and her fellow MS Ambassador Mark Taylor they're staging a 'take-over' of Letchworth parkrun on Saturday 8th December and are looking to welcome lots of visitors. If you fancy a bit of touring then why not join them – I'm reliably informed there will almost certainly be cake!

Love this pic from Andrew last week.

As always, thank you very much to all our volunteers this week – we're always on the lookout for new volunteers so if you think you could help with any of our roles on a Saturday morning, just drop us an e-mail at We've had 550 different individuals volunteer with us since starting – could you be the 551st?

On a side note, well done to regular Tring parkrunners and members of Tring Athletics Club who went on a pilgrimage to the home of parkrun at Bushy park and met 'the man' himself, founder Paul Sinton Hewitt. If you think 27 finishers in minute 28 is busy, you should try a visit to Bushy where they regularly get way over 1,000 runners in total through their double finish funnel!

Meeting "the man himself"! :-)

A few stats and name news to finish off our report this week:

  • After three weeks there are still 57 runners who've completed every run since our anniversary, though we lost 47 members from this very exclusive club in one week alone!
  • The 28th minute of the run was just a tad hectic, with 27 finishers crossing the line. This was also the busiest minute of last week's run too.
  • Saturday marked the 200th time we have seen the surname 'Lindars' and the 50th appearance for 'Cuthbert'.
  • Richard was the most seen name with 6 in the results, whilst for the females there were 5 Helens
  • It was also the 200th time we saw the names Martin, Jim and Lucy but the first ever appearance for the names Arlo, Mariano, Francis and Sammy-Jo
  • Steve Gould and Andrew Clark set a pair of aesthetically pleasing times, both recording 30:30

We'll end with the biggest statistics of all. Since starting on the 1st November 2014, 6,542 participants have completed 38,398 parkruns at Tring covering a total distance of 191,990km. Did you know, 191,990km is equivalent to running around the Earth's circumference 4.79 times? You did? Never mind then.



Tring parkrun – Week 219 – Joining the ‘Bladen Club’

Tring parkrun – Week 219 – Joining the 'Bladen Club'

You've probably all heard of the 10, 50, 100, 250 and even 500 club. Some of you might have heard of the 'Cowell Club' (100 different parkrun events) or perhaps the 'Freyne Club' (a staggering 250 different parkrun events). Maybe you've heard the term 'parkrun passionista', 'uber-tourist' or 'parkrun pilgrimage' but today we (by which I clearly just mean I) add a new term to the parkrun lexicon: completing a 'Bladen'. The reason for this? Well on Saturday we saw the 500th result for someone with the surname 'Bladen' and I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that most if not all of those have come from Tring regulars (to put it lightly) Steve, Louise and Isobel. I'm not entirely sure that the term will catch on, but it's a great achievement either way so well done Bladens!

The youngest member of "Team Bladen" with grandfather Ron Yaxley who completed his 100th on the same day they reached 500!

Aside from one or two issues with the results (namely a minor hiccough where positions 60-69 were given out before 50-59) all went smoothly this weekend. However, just a reminder that if you go through the finish funnel you must take a finish token, even if you haven't brought your barcode with you - doing anything else will result in death by staring at the results screen in the Akeman all morning for myself and the rest of the team!


Once again, thank you to all of the fantastic volunteers who make the run possible. A special thanks to Alex Capps who stepped in at the last minute, having forgotten his barcode, and scanned all of yours in instead! Likewise thank you to Dennis Raffety who I managed to coerce into being one of our cow marshals this week! Our other 'hi-vis heroes' this week were:

Allison Williment • Andrew Booth • Chris Nicholls • Claire Hallissey • Edward Hopper • Elaine West • Frances Leff • George Fletcher • Helen Page • Howie Beck • Isobel Monks • Katie Haines • Keith Stonestreet • Ken Douglas • Nika Jackson-Moore • Oliver West • Richard Alcock • Robert Alcock • Sarah Watson • Thomas Page

We are always on the lookout for new volunteers, so if you think you could help with any of our roles on a Saturday morning, just drop us an e-mail at

Another double - Sarah earned her purple T-shirt for volunteering 25 times and Barry his red for running 50 times. Congrats to both.

Special mention to Sarah Watson and Keith Stonestreet who each completed their twenty-fifth volunteering stint earning the right to claim a coveted purple t-shirt!

Also achieving significant milestones this week were junior Leo Tabram who completed his tenth; Barry Watson, Samantha Allen, Carole Page and Jamie Lea who made it to 50 and Ron Yaxley who has entered the three-digit club, more commonly known as 100 parkruns! Well done everyone - great achievement!

Conditions underfoot are definitely becoming a little slippier as we had less PBs than recently. A few notable improvements from our regular runners included Edward Margetts who improved by 3s, Daniel Beatty by 18s, Thomas Hanson by 26s, Noah Roger by 36, Trish Hudghton by 41s and Emma Young by a whopping 1minute 25s! Great work everyone

Just two weeks into our new Tring parkrun year we have 104 members of our 'Year 5 100% club', the club you can leave but never rejoin, which sounds a bit more sinister than perhaps intended! And if you like stats like that then get a load of these babies:

  • Saturday marked three PBs in a row for Chris McGinnity whilst Dominic Cecere and Emma Young ticked off their double
  • Minute 28 was our busiest of the afternoon, with twenty of you crossing the finish line in just under fifty seconds
  • James Page recorded the 5,000th Tring parkrun by a member of Tring RC

Name news!

  • Saturday marked the 200th run for the surname 'Mitchell', 100th for 'Turner' and 'Walker' and the 50th appearance of 'Young', 'White' and 'Mills'
  • At the opposite end of the spectrum Saturday was the first time we saw the names 'Leo', 'Liv' or 'Philipp'
  • On the first names front, we had our 200th finish by a 'Stuart' and 100th by a 'Ken', 'Alex' or 'Nicola'
  • 'James' was our most common name, appearing eight times this week, with 'Sarah' topping the leaderboard for the females at just three appearances

Yet again Tring Park was looking glorious, with our pregnant cows softly munching on the hillside.

And finally... After a quick scroll through the results I quite liked the look of Albert Foxwell-Moss' time of 30:03 and so he is duly awarded the prize for having the most aesthetically pleasing time of the week. Nice job.

Well done on a great run everyone – see you on Saturday for another round!


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#218 – Happy 4th Birthday dear Tring parkrun

Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy 4th Birthday dear Tring parkrun,
Happy Birthday to you.


Congratulations to Andy Evans and his team of organisers for Tring parkrun reaching its 4th Anniversary.

Cake by Katie Haines

On record for the 6th highest ever turnout at Tring with 286 runners enjoying the morning sunshine.

Congratulations continue for runners presented with awards for those who have attended Tring parkrun the most in the last year, as well as those who have recorded the most PBs and our Star volunteers, these were:

Junior Males
1st – Jim Patterson
2nd – Tom Patterson
3rd – Noah Roger
4th – Jamie Lea
5th – Edward Foxwell-Moss

Well done to our junior male winners

Junior Females
1st – Isobel Bladen
2nd – Holly Bunn
3rd – Isobel Roberts
4th – Jasmine Margetts
Joint 5th – Bethany Hanson
Joint 5th – Enid Fleetwood

Adult Males
1st – Andrew Booth
Joint 2nd – Paul Myatt
Joint 2nd – James Foskett
4th – Steve Bladen
Joint 5th – Dan Storr
Joint 5th – Chris Nicholls

Adult Females
Joint 1st – Louise Bladen
Joint 1st – Elaine Bunn
3rd – Helen Page
4th – Philippa Storr
5th – Amanda Russell

Well done to our female winners

Star Volunteers
• Jim Maple
• Frances Leff

Most PBs – Adult
• Chris Nicholls
• Iain Middleton

Most PBs – Junior
• Zoe Chappell
• Darcey Hudghton

Tring parkrun was delighted to welcome Tom Sawyer to present the awards. Tom won the UK Trail Running Championships (Ultra Distance) 2018 and came first in the 86 miles Ridgeway Challenge 25/26th August with a time of 13 hours, 22 minutes. Equivalent to 28 consecutive park runs with an average time under 29 minutes.

Tom Sawyer with award winner Helen Page (who also, with 15 Tring parkruns, has the longest current live Tring parkrun streak)

On hearing this impressive statistic during the awards presentation my 10-year-old son turned to me and asked if that was the recent Ridgeway run I had completed. Sadly, my efforts were just for Tring Running Club’s Ridgeway run of 9.6 miles. Whilst I wanted to tell my son that I too was a ‘running god’ I found myself whispering that man is an amazing endurance runner, he doesn’t have a beard when he starts his races!

Onto other incredible statistics.
• 28 volunteers made event number 218 possible with Frances Leff clocking up her 25th volunteer duty, thank you Frances.
• 40 out of 286 runners recorded personal bests.
• Phillipa Storr and Dick Highton achieved a whopping 150 parkruns.
• Clive Cohen, Matthew Kingston, Nick Johns and Alison Ashall achieved 50 parkruns this week.
• Dylan Barlow completed his 10th parkrun.
• And… 25 runners finished in the minute 27 creating amusement for those observing the finishing token volunteer.
Well done to all of our 286 runners this week and thank you to the 28 volunteers under the directorship of Chris Millar.

Clive Cohen (far right) from Shires Tri-ers attending Tring parkrun for his 50th run


We look forward to seeing you next Saturday, 10th November, at event number 219 for another gorgeous run up and down those hills.

Vic Williams


Tring parkrun 217 – The Halloween Special

Round about the cauldron go:

In the poisoned entrails throw.
Toad, that under cold stone
Days and nights has thirty-one
Sweated venom sleeping got,
Boil thou first i’ the charmed pot.
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the cauldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg and owlet's wing.
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf,
Witch's mummy, maw and gulf
Of the ravin'd salt-sea shark,
Root of hemlock digg'd i’ the dark,
Liver of blaspheming Jew;
Gall of goat; and slips of yew

Sliver'd in the moon's eclipse;
Nose of Turk, and Tartar's lips;
Finger of birth-strangled babe
Ditch-deliver'd by a drab,
Make the gruel thick and slab:
Add thereto a tiger's chaudron,
For the ingredients of our cauldron.
Double, double toil and trouble,
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.
Cool it with a baboon's blood,

Then the charm is firm and good.

(an extract from Macbeth Act 4, Scene 1 by Bill Shakespeare 1623)

Struggling for inspiration for a Halloween run report I had looked to the poets for help, Scottish favourite Burns’ first published poem was Halloween but it’s bloody long winded and a little difficult to read so plumped for Shakespeare for you instead.


We had a fantastic turn out of runners and volunteers in brilliant costumes for Halloween and sweets and cakes to celebrate too.




Congratulations to our first timers Dominic CECERE, John AITCHISON, Edie HAWTIN, Charlotte WATKINS,    Nadege PRESTON, Tilly WALL, William WALL, Kelly WALL, Talia CADD, Heidi WALL, Tobias WALL, Roy MITROPOULOS, Cassius WILD, Lee MOUNTER and Denise CADD.

Also a huge congratulations to Sue Cox and Michael Wooton both running their 50th parkruns, Michael even managed a PB!

Most Experienced runner of the day was David Graham of Poole Runners who has 217 parkruns under his belt.

Our First placed male was Tom Smith in 19:45, first female was Lisa Jay in 23:23 setting herself a new PB too, first Junior was Dominic Cecere in 23:30 and the highest age graded runner was Mary Ward scoring 71.64%


Spooky coincidences for Halloween were our 19nd place runner had exactly the same name as me including the peculiar spelling of the surname and the token sorters found that token 66 had multiplied and we now have 2 of them and somewhere between 66 and 6666 is the number of the beast.

The stat-o-matic is currently lost at sea so no interesting statistics but normal service will be resumed next week hopefully.

Things to look forward to next week;

IT’S OUR 4TH BIRTHDAY! Please arrive for 0835 for awards. There will be cake :)

The cows have potentially morphed into sheep (that’s gonna make it interesting)


Claire Hallissey is tail walking so everyone has a chance to claim they beat an Olympian

See you next week

Chris Millar

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