Tring parkrun 225 – It’s beginning to feel a lot like….


Elf and safety

The elf on the shelf has decided that Tring parkrun has been very, very good this year and rewarded us with an early Christmas present in the form of the equally lovely Stuart Page, who joined our small group of Run Directors. What do Run Directors (RDs) do? Mainly they are there as a point of contact, to help all of the other volunteers and to help ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable parkrun. It's one of many "parkrun's little helper" roles, which might be worth remembering when it's time to write your New Year resolutions. Just saying!

Stuart Page did a great job as RD for the first time

This week we have a special guest run report contribution from visitor Mark Pinney. Check out his great video below too.


Guest run report by parkrun tourist and videographer Mark Pinney

'Twas the last parkrun before Christmas and all through the woods, we did the 5k in our jackets and hoods!

As always around this time of year, it was great to see so many of you in festive hats and outfits (I was the one being carried on the back of a snowman!), but there are still some of you who are more parkrun bonkers than that, by turning up in t-shirts and shorts!

I'd like to say a big thank you to the team of volunteers for running such a great event and ensuring it went smoothly and safely: Wes BALL, Louise BLADEN, Shelley DEVERALL-ROBERTS, Ken DOUGLAS, Rosa DRATH, Andy EVANS, Samuel FRYER, Katie HAINES, Edward HOPPER, Nika JACKSON-MOORE, Chris LEA, James MAPLE, Patrick MCLOUGHLIN, Isobel MONKS, Richard MURPHY, Chris NICHOLLS, Helen PAGE, Stuart PAGE, Thomas PAGE, Heather PAINTER, Chris PARKER, Jim PATTERSON, Thomas PATTERSON, Ben PATTERSON, Maura PATTERSON, Mark PINNEY, Matty SINFIELD and Oliver WEST


familiy tail walkers
Team Petterson again made Tail Walking a great familiy morning out. Thank you

Some of you may have noticed me with a GoPro on my head as I like to video all of my parkruns and put them on YouTube for other parkrunners, so please have a look and see if you can spot yourself. Some photos of the volunteers can be seen at the end of the fast version.

Click on the image below to play the video (or go and see it on YouTube).

Marks's great video of Tring's Winter Course (this is the fast version). look out for Stuart/Andy's "mike drop" at the start (!!), and watch Cow Pat Ally claiming a victim at roughly 8 mins!

The full version can be found here:

On to the stats....

This week we had 226 brave runners, joggers and walkers. 13 "unkowns" (don't forget your barcode next week), 86 Females and 127 Males.

First 3 Males to finish were James BAILEY in a great new PB time of 19:55, James DAVIS in 20:38 and Roland KEMP in 20:50. First 3 Female finishers were Sally NASH in 22:34, Scarlett WAGER-LEIGH in 23:12 and Francesca RYDE in 23:28.

There were 15 parkrunners who were new to Tring of whom 3 were doing their first ever parkrun, and an amazing 26 PBs. So well done to everyone and we hope to see you back next week.

The "most runniest runner" was Paul MYATT on 202 parkruns, but there were 33 other members of the 100 Club, 44 members of the 50 Club and 19 members of the 10 Club present.

Official milestone achieved today were Jennifer JENKINS who joined the 50 Club and Joshua HARRISON who joined the 10 Club.

The person who has run at Tring more often than anyone else is Paul MYATT who has run here 190 times out of a possible 225. Well done Paul, that's commitment!!


Great to see so many festive costumes already - bodes well for our Christmas Day parkrun. On the left is Mark Pinney who also kindly wrote this week's guest run report. Thanks Mark.


Other news....

We now have two excellent parkrun podcasts available each week. "Free Weekly Timed" is the offical parkrun podcast with Vassos Alexander and Louise Ayling. We also have "With Me Now" with Danny Norman and Nicola Forwood which is an independent parkrun-based podcast (some of you may remember Danny and Nicola from the much loved "The parkrun Show"). I thoroughly recommend them both.

Mark Pinney (A2522444)


Other stuff....

Most aesthetically pleasing times....
Now and then we award recognition to parkrunners who quite unwittingly (or perhaps through genius that we can't fathom) finish with remarkable times. This week we have a tie for outright winner between our very own Paul McCormack with a time of "two, three, four, five" (23:45) and first time visitor Kathryn Lloyd with a nicely descending "three, two, one, zero" (we have lift off). Respect!!

A close runner up was Mark Pinney himself with a very symmetrical and pleasing 33:33! We like!!

And the efforts to test the timekeepers made by juniors Cameron Wilson, Thomas Hanson and Edward Foxwell-Moss should be recognised too. They crossed the line together and all registered a time of 29:32.

What also got my attention was the avalanche of milestone runs that might well land on Christmas Day itself. Four runners completed their 49th parkrun (Edward Margetts, Debbie Brown, Samantha Hollier and Lee Robinson) and two (Elaine and Holly Bunn) their 99th!


Our largest number of parkrunners for a month set off down towards "Cow Pat Alley"


The Tring parkrun stat-o-matic section

Andy Evans' mega number crunching machine has whirred and churred and spotted the following amazing factoids:

  • Welcome back Charlotte Bailey – it's been 214 parkruns since we last saw her at Tring, the 2nd longest gap between 2 Tring parkruns
  • This week was the 2nd time that our fastest 2 runners have both been called James. (I hope you were sitting down when you read that one!! Amazing stuff, eh??)
  • After 8 weeks we still have 16 (including 4 juniors) members of our Year 5 100% club left. Dedication!
  • Len van de Linde becomes our 74th person to run 74 times at Tring - clearly a stat that they like in this family as wife Katie was the 35th to do 35, 38th for 38 and 40th for 40.
  • Neil Coburn finished 66th on his 66th parkrun
  • This week was that 200th time we have seen the surnames Smith and Bishop
  • 1st time we have seen the name Lukas
  • 100th time we have seen the name Elizabeth
  • We saw the University of Birmingham Triathlon club for the 1st time

On the PB front

  • 3 PBs in 3 weeks for Rob and Eddy Haddock, 2 in 2 for Shane Cheung, Nick Wake, Mark Tikaram, Bobby Donnelly and Steve Gould. Great work by all.
  • Of those who have run 5+ times at Tring, 4 improved by over 30 seconds: James Darraugh (2:15), Emily Harris (0:39), Tom Harris (0:39), Mark Tikaram (0:37)


And finally.....Christmas Competition Time


Was Katie feeling it cold this morning or, as several have suggested, clutching onto a bottle of festive gin? You decide!