Tring parkrun 245 – Greetings from Hannah

This week, 208 of you ran, jogged, walked and Nordic waked around our 5km route in Tring Park, braving the weather brought in by storm “Hannah”. What a change from last Saturday. As it happened, the weather wasn’t quite as wet predicted although unseasonably chilly. All the same, the park is looking more and more beautiful as spring slowly arrives.

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Heart-Break Hill looks somewhat easier from this angle

This week, there were 22 First Timers at Tring, 13 of whom were visitors, and 9 of whom were First Time park runners. So well done to Christopher VILE, Christopher VILE, Katie HUDSON, Natalie GERVAISE-JONES, Benjamin KING, Elsa RIVERS, Anya ROCHESTER, Louise ROCHESTER and Richard MULLENS. We hoped you enjoyed your first parkrun.

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Some of our first-time parkrunners

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And three of our visitors warming-up

Our first lady this week was Claire Hallissey, representing Dacorum and Tring running club, finishing in 21:39. Claire is also the female record holder at Tring with a time of 19:35.

Our first man this week was Tom Hill with a time of 20:33 which was also his Tring PB. Well done Tom!

Other PBs this week were achieved by Richard SLACK, Simon NICHOLSON, Laurence PATEMAN, Jim SAMUEL, John HINCHIN, Rasmi NANDA, Amber PENALIGGON, Alarik KNOX, Gemma WALKER, Simon KING, Phoebe SCOTT, Phoebe SCOTT, Laura BAILEY, Andrew BOOTH, Lucy MELDRUM, Eilidh MACKENZIE, Christine DENNIS, Niamh MACKENZIE, Irene MACKENZIE, Aimee SHAW, Maria LONG and Poppy CAVE. Well done to all!

And congratulations to Yogi Powell, a some-time regular at Tring, who chose this event for his 50th parkrun!

Many thanks to this week’s volunteers, who enabled our event to take place. The finishing tunnel was managed and operated exclusively by our younger volunteers from the D of E award scheme. The smooth processing of the results depends on an accurate reconciliation between the timers and the token positions, and this week’s processing seemed particularly trouble-free.

This week’s volunteers:
Andy EVANS • Wes BALL • Joanna PENN • Patrick ASHTON • Stuart EKINS • Ken DOUGLAS • James MAPLE • Steve BLADEN • Stuart PAGE • Isobel BLADEN • Sam EVANS • Marcus BIRCH • Oliver WEST • Edward CRANE • Ben SHAW • Neil COBURN • Louis COBURN • Carole PAGE • Andrew BOOTH • Rosa DRATH • Rebecca BOJARSKI • Aimee SHAW

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One of our younger marshals settling-in for the event

Statistics round-up for this week:
Esther Birch earned her junior white “10” shirt (100% earned at Tring)
Yogi Powell earned his red “50” shirt (28% earned at Tring, 30% Aldenham)
3 PBs in 3 weeks for Christine Dennis, 2 in 2 for both Niamh and Elidh Mackenzie
In addition, 3 PBs in last 3 appearances for Alarik Knox, Poppy Cave and Laura Bailey
400th appearance of the surname Page
200th appearance of the name Christopher
Richard and Lucy were the most seen male & female names
We welcomed our 1st Elsa
John Hopper ran the 800th Tring parkrun by a member of the Dacorum & Tring club
Of those who have run 5 times at Tring, only 8 recorded PB improvements - Gemma Walker (1:07), Philip Rance (0:33), Christine Dennis (0:28), Simon Nicholson (0:23), Jim Samuel (0:14), Tom Hill (0:08), Andrew Booth (0:06)
A special mention to Andrew Booth who recorded his 5th PB in minute 31 – nobody else has seen more PBs in this minute. Indeed, he also holds the record for minute 32 with 5 PBs in that minute.
However, the experts at this stat are Philippa Storr with 8 PBs in the 26th minute and Dominic Veal with 9 PBs in minute 22!
As we say goodbye to April – we look ahead to May. Did you know we have 16 runners who have run in every single month but never in May – so if you’re one of the following list (or if you recognise one of these names remind them of this stat), hopefully we will see you in the next 4 weeks Rosie HIGHTON, Amelie BUNN, William BROOKMAN, Andrew WOOD, Timothy FRYER, Scarlett WAGER-LEIGH, Caroline LEGG, Chris SIMMONDS, Martin ARNOLD, Lucy BRITTAIN, Moira DOUGLAS, Jon HULL, Martin O'NEILL, Katrina BECKWITH, Roger SEED and Jacob O'NEILL.

Well done to all those that ran this week; for a full list of all this weeks’ results please go to http://www.parkrun.org.uk/tring/results/latestresults/
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See you on Saturday.
Stuart Page
Run Director