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.