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