Week #269 – An amazing weekend



Eliud Kiphoge was the first runner to complete a sub 2 hour marathon and 148 runners completed Tring parkrun despite the dreary weather.

To start this run report off we have an amazing fact for you... There are currently 1704 parkruns in the world. Eliud Kiphoge's slowest 5km split was 14.14. This would have set a course record at 1693 of these parkruns.

But back to Tring! Huge thank you to our wonderful volunteers, especially for braving the rain, Tring parkrun could not happen without you. It was our first parkrun as RDs since having our daughter and it was great to have such a brilliant team around us to ensure everything ran smoothly.

Jessica became our youngest ever deputy-RD!

And some more Tring specific stats for you:

John Griggs ran his 200th and Dennis Raffety ran his 150th. Dennis becomes the 1st person to run 150 parkruns 100% at Tring.

With the rain, cross country later and the Ridgeway Run the next day, 148 runners was actually the lowest attendance we have seen since early March 2018.

183-6 near gate one
The last time we had fewer runners was when we were hit by the "Beast from the East" - 3rd March 2018.

There were 4 PBs in last 4 appearances for Stewart Harrison.

The 1st time for the following names – Astri, Sianne, Lizzy and Gonzalo.

Tring Park is definitely starting to look autumnal. If you zoom in you can see the finish line from here (the Rond Point on King Charles Ride).

Of those who have run at least 5 times at Tring, only 5 recorded PBs, so well done to Daniel Rush (2:17), Marcus Rush (1:54), Claire Boulter (0:29), Edward Harrison (0:20) and Stewart Harrison (0:21).

1st time we have seen Harlow RC.

294 runs to go until we see the 50,000th run at Tring – so probably in 2 weeks’ time
If you were after a low finish token number ie a good position then this was the week to choose – an amazing 49% of the field saw their lowest finish token number, the 4th highest % we have ever seen and you would have to go back all the way to February 2016 to see a higher %.

See you next week

Anna and Ross Lambert



You can find out more about Tring parkrun and see all of our photographs and videos on our Facebook page here.

You can see our current volunteer roster here.

We encourage all parkrunners to volunteer a few times a year. If you can help on any future date, or would like to find out more about our volunteer and helper roles, please email us at tringhelpers@parkrun.com.

if you need a mid-week parkrun fix there are two excellent podcasts available each week. "With Me Now" with Danny Norman and Nicola Forwood is a great independent parkrun-based podcast. "Free Weekly Timed" is the official parkrun podcast with Vassos Alexander and Louise Ayling.



A bonus, random pic - just because we like it!

Still smiling at the half way point