#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