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Week 60 - "Our Favourite Trings"
Our 60th week of virtual event felt like an appropriate time to look back at the good old days.

Andy asked us to capture something of our favourite things from Tring parkrun - deceptively tricky because there are just SO many good times to choose from.

This week's write up is more a walk down Memory Lane than an account of the usual splendid creativity, energy, and sense of community you all bring each weekend. But before we get underway, very special thanks and congratulations to Martin and Cathy Bishop - this week's first finishers with a PB too!!

Set to the music of "My Favourite Things" from the Sound of Music they penned this inspired version of the lyrics:


    Raindrops on noses, cow whisperers a-plenty,
    PB’s abounding, if not all sub-twenty
    Fast flowing scan queues, the Marshall that sings,
    These are a few of my favourite Trings

    Tartan and Sporrans and Saltires are showing,
    Gazebo and Tunnock’s, Drambuie a-flowing
    Live ceilidh music and highland flings,
    These are a few of my favourite Trings,

    Cow bells and bluebells and wide-open spaces,
    Laughter of runners with smiles on their faces
    Snow on the Ridgeway that melts come the Springs,
    These are a few of my favourite Trings

    When the wind blows,
    When the rain pours,
    When I’m feeling sad
    I simply remember my favourite Trings
    And then I don’t feel so bad

    Shout-outs for milestones and tabards for pacers,
    Run briefing done now it’s time for the racers(*)
    Run-walking with friends, the joy that it brings,
    These are a few of my favourite Trings

    Cattle stampeding and finish-line clapping,
    Tokens and timers and scanners are zapping,
    After-run banter, PB bell that rings,
    These are a few of my favourite Trings

    Barcodes and woodlands and hills that get steeper,
    Comments from Jim M that might need the bleeper
    Landowners permission, now that would be “King”,
    These are a few of my favourite Trings

    When the wind blows,
    When the rain pours,
    When I’m feeling sad
    I simply remember my favourite Trings
    And then I don’t feel so bad

    * Yes- we know parkrun is a run not a race! We plead artistic licence.

Touching Reminiscences 
We were especially struck by the strong sentiments expressed this week. So many are looking forward to parkrun starting again. We learned that the local Beaver Scouts were "desperate" to join the fun on Saturday mornings again, and many others expressed how much they were missing seeing everyone. All of us too!

Of course this Saturday morning would have been a wet one in Tring Park as we were reminded by Philippa Storr and her fellow members of "Dan's Hareem" who explored the bluebell lined and waterlogged paths in the park near Wigginton.

the storr gang
Tring Park in all its soggy glory

 
Do you remember? 
Nick Carmichael-Johns (and Pencil) reminded us of the last physical parkrun we held in March 2020 with the following great photo taken along King Charles Ride. That seems like such a very long time ago (I guess 60 weeks IS a very long time ago).

last run
The last time we were all together in Tring Park

That was a bit of a soggy day too, although several picked up on memories of glorious sunshine.....
 
Glorious Video Memories of Tring parkrun 
One event in particular sprang to mind. The day in June 2017 when attendees at the first international parkrun conference (meeting at Ashridge Management College) converged on Tring Park. It could not have been a better morning and still stands as one of the great highlights in our history. The brilliant video below was put together by parkrun photography genius Bruce Lee (who has visited us more than once). This video is sure to make you smile.

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The memorable day that parkrun's founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt, and parkrun Ambassadors from around the world, joined Tring parkrun
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Another video of great memories was the day that Tring parkrun was chosen by Hertfordshire's Year of Physical Activity as an example of improving the wellbeing of the local community. Alas, the initiatives deer mascot, "YOPA", decided that encouraging everyone on the finish line was a better idea than slogging round 5k in the heat!

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Run Director Andy Collings and YOPA
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We'll Meet Again 
One last video of memories. Be warned, you may need to get your hankie out for this one!
A year ago we marked the 75th anniversary of VE day - and set this sequence of great Tring parkrun moments to Dame Vera Lynn's "We'll meet again"

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We'll Meet Again
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How many of these wonderful moments do you recall?

See you again, virtually, next week

The Tring parkrun team