Car parkrun arrangements Oct 2019 – Jan 2020

avoid parking here

We've had a request from the Natural History Museum to please not use their car park on Akeman Street for the next few weeks while building work is occupying much of the space there.

The museum has been very helpful and supportive to Tring parkrun over the years and we ask that everyone respects their request.

Please use car parks in the town or their overflow carpark on Hastoe Lane.

Thank you

The Tring parkrun core team


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.

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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

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



Tring parkrun – Week 268 – Tempting Fate

Those of you who read last week’s Run Report may remember some fairly smug comments from me about how ‘uneventful’ the parkrun was and how a run without hearing the walkie-talkies going off was pretty much bliss. The phrase “you had it coming” springs to mind when I think about this week’s event where we had no less than three fallers, lost keys and more besides!

Off to the start

I should have just kept my mouth shut I think! I’m hugely grateful to all those of you who stopped to check if our fallers were ok or let me know that they were out on the course. Special mention to one of our regular runners who conveniently has a day job as a physiotherapist and was able to offer support and even a hop on his bike to get one of our runners back to the start.

Thanks to Alex who was in the right place to help with an injured runner

Now is probably a good time to remind everyone to fill in their ‘ICE’ (In Case of Emergency) contact details on their parkrun profile. We hope never to have to use them but by making sure your details are up to date it means they are there ‘just in case’. You can access your parkrun profile via the link in your results e-mail or the newsletter. Alternatively, just use this link:

We were a little light on volunteers this week so thank you once again to everyone who stepped in to help out. Those donning the fetching hi-vis jackets this week were:

Amanda RUSSELL • Amelie BUNN • Andrew BOOTH • Andy EVANS • Ann-Marie EVANS • Benjamin BUNN • Chris LEA • Chris NICHOLLS • Chris SIMMONDS • Dennis RAFFETY • Elaine BUNN • Graham HOLLANDS • Greg MITCHELL • Helen PAGE • Holly BUNN • Isaac PIGGOTT • James FOSKETT • James MAPLE • Joanne KYTE • John GARRETT • Juliet MITCHELL • Keith STONESTREET • Ken DOUGLAS • Louise BROOKES • Lucy BUNN • Patrick MCLOUGHLIN • Paul MCCORMACK • Peter LEA • Philippa STORR • Richard MURPHY • Sarah FOSKETT • Shelley DEVERALL-ROBERTS • Wes BALL • William BROOKMAN
Quite a choice of pacers this week

Thank you everyone, and don’t forget that we’re always on the look out for volunteers so please do drop us an e-mail if you’re able to help out.

Whilst parkrun itself celebrated fifteen years of free, weekly, timed 5k runs, there were 184 of you this week who headed out to Tring park for your own dose of parkrun magic. Tom Hill led the field home with a new PB of 19:53, followed by John Mayock (20:20) and Tom Moreton (20:25). For the ladies it was Jenny Maginley of St Albans Striders who led the way with a time of 22:08, narrowly missing out on a new PB. Emma Smith was second in 23:17 and Harriet Knight third, also with a new PB of 23:35. Well done all!

This week we welcomed just two totally new first-timers, including Jonah Gribbin who was completing his very first parkrun at the age of just four years old. Jonah is the son of former Run Director Jenny and today was run round by dad Toby. I distinctly remember trying to catch Jonah and Toby as they ran round with the buggy, being told by my son to “catch Jonah” - “not going to happen George”, I said! Also joining the parkrun family was Rachel Herron – we hope you enjoyed your very first parkrun!

Jonah  - 1st Tring parkrun
Great to have Jonah join the parkrun family - At just 4, one of the youngest to have completed the Tring course - and still full of smiles

There were thirteen visitors to Tring this week, including uber-tourists Rachel and Sally Savage, Richard Gurd and Alan Lawrenson. We hope you enjoyed the hill and will be back again soon!

Congratulations go to Luciana Walker who celebrated the only official milestone we had this week, running her fiftieth parkrun. I’m also not above celebrating a bit of arbitrary milestone goodness, so congratulations to Holly Bunn who ran her 140th parkrun, Keith Stonestreet who ran his 163rd and Matthew Wright who completed his 425th this weekend. More aesthetically pleasing arbitrary ‘multiple of 50’ congratulations go to Angela Hollands and Catherine Bishop who each ran their 200th parkrun. Well done everyone!

Thanks to our great pacer team, who with some very accurate pacing helped a number of runners to PBs

There were some fantastic PB performances this week, including Jack Ambros who improved by 22s, Tom Hill by 39s and Jack Brittain by 50s. Eleanor Beswick knocked 1:26s off her personal best whilst Gus Evans smashed his PB by 6:15s. Well done all! Congratulations also go to Jason Arbiter and Lewie Gunter-Jones who have now managed three PBs in a row whilst Jack Ambrose and Tom Hill have done the double.

Well done Gus on smashing your PB

For those of you chasing down something other than a PB, such as your ‘stopwatch bingo’ (collecting a finishing time of every second from 0 to 59), you can take inspiration from Louise Bladen who became the first female to earn the right to shout “bingo!” through times she has collected at Tring alone. The only other person to achieve this using solely Tring times is her husband Steve who did so back in August, a fact somehow went totally unnoticed by the army of statisticians we employ to help write the run report each week. So, belated congratulations to you Steve and timely congratulations to you Louise!

On the subject of ‘Stats you only get at Tring’, here’s your weekly update of name news:
• This week was the first time we have seen the names Justine and Hyuna, but the fiftieth time we’ve seen the surname McGinnity. Who knew eh?

As I’ve already mentioned, this weekend saw parkrun celebrate its 15th birthday and so as a special treat, here are a few ‘15’ themed stats to finish off our report this week...
• 672 runners have run at least 15 parkruns at Tring
• To be in the top 15 of most runs at Tring you would have had to run here 161 times
• Dom Veal has seen barcode 15 the most often, collecting that number 10 times
• In the 5 years that we have existed, 28 runners have run at least 15 Tring parkruns in each of the 5 years
• The names Vinny, Paige, Janice, Kirsten, Javid, Gill, Frances, Alyssa, Carl and Aimee have all been seen at Tring 15 times
• Only Peter Leigh, Amanda Russell and Jonathan Sartin have managed to finish 7 Tring parkruns with times ending in :15 seconds
• Kevin Lawley finished 15th at 15th event
• No one has run Tring in 15:15... yet!
• Fabian Downs holds the 15th fastest ever time of 18:01
• Sam and Andrew Wells are awarded this week’s prize for the most aesthetically pleasing time of the week, both clocking in at 32:15. Technically this is not a stat.

So that ladies and gentlemen, is that. I hope you’ve all had a lovely week and will be back running with us at the weekend. As for me, after 26 stints as Run Director I’m taking a bit of a break from it for a little while, but I hope to be back in the black and white vest soon.

Thanks all,


For news and photos don’t forget to visit our Facebook page at and you can also follow us on Twitter at

If you would like to keep up to date with all the happenings in parkrunworld, look no further than the two parkrun podcasts available to download each week. “With Me Now”, hosted by Danny Norman and Nicola Forward is an independent parkrun podcast from the hosts of the old parkrun show, whilst “Free Weekly Timed” is an official parkrun podcast hosted by Vassos Alexander and Louise Ayling. Free Weekly Timed has gone a bit quiet recently, but With Me Now is certainly still going strong.


Tring parkrun – Week 267 – All quiet…

Hanging around the neck of the Run Director every week is a lanyard on which you’ll find a small key. If ever an emergency were to happen, this key could open all the gates in the park to allow whatever emergency services we required in to help, ambulance, fire, police, mountain rescue, you name it. Also found attached to the Run Director each week is a walkie talkie so that our marshals and tail walkers can communicate with one another in case of any incidents.

As a Run Director the perfect run for me is where absolutely nothing happens; nothing on the walkie talkies, no “oh dear we’ve dropped the tokens” and no unexpected trample of hooves and associated moo-ing sounds. It is my absolutely pleasure to report that there was nothing of the sort to report from this previous weekend and therefore it was one of the most enjoyable weekends I’ve had at Tring in quite a while!

Without any drama to worry about it allowed me to take in the scene both before, during and after the run. There really is something quite special about setting up a few posts in the park and a bit of tarpaulin and then watching nearly two hundred people of all ages and backgrounds descend on Tring park for their weekly fix of 5k. I had the opportunity to see runners smash their PBs and collapse to the ground in the finish funnel, or simply to jog through chatting to one another. There were high-fives, cheers of encouragement and of course the last minute speed surge to gain another few seconds. Perhaps some of our regular runners know each other outside of parkrun, perhaps they don’t, but it was really heartwarming to see people just chatting to one another, cheering people in and just generally enjoying what the morning had to offer. I’m also eternally grateful to those who help carry the equipment back under the bridge when we’re all done and done, leaving Tring park ready to do it all again the same time next week.

It always makes things easier when we have a few people to carry the kit back after the run

Speaking of next week (or tomorrow as I write this), parkrun will be celebrating its 15th birthday – you only have to take a look at the numbers participating each week and compare them to the 13 runners who lined up at Bushy park back in 2004 to see just how far it’s all come.

Happy 15th birthday parkrun!

Whilst it may have been all quiet for me as Run Director, it certainly wasn’t out there on the course as we had a few celebrations happening with Jon Salmon, Matthew Skelding and Noah Wild all reaching 50 parkruns this weekend. Gavin Wild also achieved a very respectable arbitrary milestone of 150 parkruns on Saturday so well done everyone!


Of those who have run at least five times at Tring only eight recorded PBs this week (it must have been the wind!). Louise Cooper improved by 45s and Nick Booth by 32s; Chris Simmonds knocked 24s off his PB and Amelie Bunn managed to reduce her time by 17s. I’m now running out of synonyms for ‘improved’ so I’ll just add that Ewan Maxwell enhanced his time by 12s and Lewie Gunter-Jones shortened his best ever parkrun finish time by 7s - this marks two PBs in two weeks for Ewan and Lewie. If Ewan is fishing for mentions this week he’s doing well as with a time of 19:27 he set the second fastest ever time for a JM11-14 at Tring parkrun. Finally, Jack Ambrose and Tom Hill were able to get round the course 1s faster than they’d ever done so before. Well done everyone!

Sarah and James had a big crowd for the 1st Timers brief

Our Tring supercomputer has been busy churning out its usual stats for you so I can now reveal the latest name news:
• This week saw the 50th appearance of the surname ‘Doran’
• It was the 300th time we’ve seen the names Lucy and Martin.
• The name ‘Lulu’ and the running club ‘Thanet Road Runners’ both made their very first appearance.

Finally, Harriet Knight should be applauded for running a most aesthetically pleasing time of 23:45 this week. Good work!

Thank you to all of our volunteers, many of whom stepped in at the last minute. Without the names below our parkrun simply wouldn’t have been able to go ahead:

Neil ADCOCK, James ARNOLD, Alex ARNOLD, Emma BISGROVE, Andrew BOOTH, Nick BOOTH, William BROOKMAN, Pauline BROWN, Clare BRYANT, George BRYANT, Neil COBURN, Shelley DEVERALL-ROBERTS, Ann-Marie EVANS, George FLETCHER, Sarah FOSKETT, James FOSKETT, Trevor LARK, James MAPLE, Judy MOLLOY, Joanna PENN, Marcia QUINN, Ben SHAW, Keith STONESTREET, Richard WHITE, Allison WILLIMENT, Rachel WRAY

Thanks to our volunteers

I know there are all sorts of reasons people aren’t able to volunteer, but if you’d like to give it a go (feel good factor and fun almost certainly guaranteed), just drop us an e-mail at and we will happily induct you into the hi-vis club.


For news and photos don’t forget to visit our Facebook page at and you can also follow us on Twitter at

If you would like to keep up to date with all the happenings in parkrunworld, look no further than the two parkrun podcasts available to download each week. “With Me Now”, hosted by Danny Norman and Nicola Forward is an independent parkrun podcast from the hosts of the old parkrun show, whilst “Free Weekly Timed” is an official parkrun podcast hosted by Vassos Alexander and Louise Ayling. Free Weekly Timed has gone a bit quiet recently, but With Me Now is certainly still going strong.


#266 Another beautiful morning


Tring parkrun #266

It was a lovely Saturday morning with great weather and a very enthusiastic 203 runners. Tring park was looking even more spectacular with Autumn starting to kick in and the trees starting to turn different colours and shades. I’m not sure how long this weather will last as the forecast for next week is not great!

Of the 203 runner just 2 were running their first ever parkrun, congratulations to Nicola Petty and Amy Robinson we hope you enjoyed your first parkrun and look forward to seeing you again for a PB! As well as Nicola and Amy running their first parkrun we had a further 17 visitors, we hope you enjoyed the hills!

Celebrating milestones this week were Samuel Bojarski running his 100th and Aidan Roberts completing his 50th. Congratulations to both of and we look forward to seeing you in your new T-Shirts soon. Also, a big Tring parkrun thank you to Amanda Russell who volunteered for the 25th time achieving the coveted Purple volunteer T-Shirt, well done Amanda.

It may still have felt like summer - but there's a hint of autumn in those trees!

The fine weather and great conditions helped 30 of you to achieve a new PB and ring the PB bell. Congratulations to Seb BRUMMELL, Ewan MAXWELL, Roger CLARKE, Claire SHELLEY, James DOYLE-TANNER, Robert EWART, Eddie SARTIN, Andrew PENNELL, Rich PARSONS, Andrew PLAYLE, Joseph FRYER, Emma BISGROVE, Chris ARMOND, Jamie EDWARDS, Victoria PARSLEW, Sammy HADDOCK, Lewie GUNTER-JONES, Jack APPLEBEE, Jason ARBITER, Natasha ARMSTRONG, Ollie CAMPBELL, Edward HARRISON, Stewart HARRISON, Jim POULTON, Emily POULTON, Sue MERRETT, Richard LEA, Anja JOSEFSBERG, Zee BAILEY and Jane BARTINGTON.

Well done to Aidan - here with his support team - on his milestone run

A huge thank you to this weeks’ volunteers, especially those who stepped in at the last minute Violet ATKINS, Emma BISGROVE, Andrew BOOTH, Nick BOOTH, William BROOKMAN, Clare BRYANT, George BRYANT, Harry T BRYANT, Andy COLLINGS, Charles CRAVEN, Shelley DEVERALL-ROBERTS, Chelsea FRECKLETON, Graham HOLLANDS, Peter LEA, Chris LEA, Frances LEFF, Tom MORETON, Richard MURPHY, Chris NICHOLLS, Phillip RANCE, Justin READ, Amy READ, Amanda RUSSELL, Ben SHAW, Sophie TURNER, Julie WAKE, Peter YOUNG

If you would like to help out one week and volunteer, please go the volunteer roster , select your preferred role and email in to Full support and training will be given.

First across the line this week for the ladies was Claire Shelley with a new PB time of 21:10 followed by Emma Smith in 23:06, with Liz O’Keefe next in 23:36. For the men Seb Brummell was fastest with a time of 19:26 followed by Ewan Maxwell in a PB time of 19.39 and Roger Clark 19.51, all of the top 3 achieved PB’s. Well done chaps!

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Just a few of this week's brilliant volunteers - many thanks you every single one

And now for your regular round up of Tring parkrun stats!

  • Amanda Russell volunteered for the 25th time
  • Sam Bojarski ran his 100th this week and hi-5’d most of the other runners, Aidan Roberts ran his 50th. Last week Peter Leigh ran his 200th and daughter Scarlett Wager-Leigh ran her 50th, as did Simon Stevenson and visitor Adam Gibson
  • Last week Isobel Bladen became the 4th person to have run 200 times at Tring (3 of the 4 have the surname Bladen)
  • 4 PBs in 4 weeks for Andrew Playle, 2 in 2 for Seb Brummell, Jane Bartington, and Sue Merrett.
  • In addition, Edward Harrison has seen 5 PBs in his last 5 appearances, Robert Ewart 4 in 4, Chris Armond, Ewan Maxwell and Stewart Harrison 3 in 3
  • With a time of 21:10 Claire Sheeley set the 3rd fastest ever VW40-44 time and with a time of 19:39 Ewan Maxwell set the 2nd fastest ever for the JM11-14 age category
  • Bunn, Evans and Ireson were the most seen surnames with 4 each
  • 1st week with no one running called Ben since June 2018
  • Of those who have run at least 5 times at Tring, the biggest improvements were Jamie Edwards (1:54), Anja Josefsberg (1:50), Lewie Gunter-Jones (1:50), Emma Bisgrove (1:22) and Jane Bartington (1:21)


Like we've said many time - 'parkrun is about more than a run in the park!"

Well done to all those that ran this week, for a full list of all this week's results please go to

For news , photos, videos and updates don’t forget to visit our Facebook page at You can also follow us on Twitter at

Thank you and see you on Saturday.
Richard Murphy
Run Director


TRING parkrun #264

We hope you all agree that parkrun is the perfect start to the weekend. Many do, and Tring is one of about 650 parkrun events in the UK. This Saturday it was a little chilly but dry, the ground was hard, the combination of which seems to form perfect running conditions. At our event this week were 258 runners, of whom an incredible 48 achieved a PB.

First-time park runners this week were David MILNES, Matt WAKE, David GRIFFITHS, Stuart POWELL, Prestyn AGATE, Daniel PLAYLE, Patrick PENALIGGON, Colin BAKER, Alistair CURTIS, Thomas BARBOUR and Tom ENRIGHT. Welcome to parkrun, and we hope you enjoyed your first event.

This week a Tring record was broken: Olly Milnes completed the course in 20:33 thus setting a new record for the JM10 category. Well done Olly!

Olly Milnes

Also ringing the PB bell was Tring regular Rosie Highton

The first male was John Mayock achieving a time of 19:07. John is a 3 x Olympian, and frequent visitor to our event; first lady was Emma Smith, representing Tring running club.

At our parkrun this week we welcomed visitors from Plymouth, Glasgow, and from further afield, Baku, Azerbaijan.

Emma Smith with visitor from Azerbaijan (centre) and Shane Cheung

Celebrating a “parkrun milestone” this week was Harry Bryant, one of our team of run directors, who has now completed an incredible 300 events. Thank you for the cake, it proved irresistible to some of our younger park runners!

Harry Bryant completing his 300th park run, with family

You may have noticed a dashing bride or two. Holly Bunn and her mother Elaine are promoting the Wedding Dress Ball in support of The Hospice St. Francis.
Wedding Dress Ball

Too young to be getting married?

Many thanks to the volunteers who enabled this week’s event to take place:
Martin John ARNOLD, Wes BALL, Isobel BLADEN, Louise BLADEN, Steve BLADEN, Harriet COLLINGE, Matthew FOSKETT, James FOSKETT, Dick HIGHTON, Graham HOLLANDS, Chris LEA, Joules LOWE, James MAPLE, Juliet MITCHELL, Judy MOLLOY, Tom MORETON, Chris NICHOLLS, Stuart PAGE, Carole PAGE, Ros PEPPER, Amanda RUSSELL, Emma SMITH, Helen TULLIE

As you can see from this following photo, we were missing Matty Seinfield, cow marshal par-excellence, who is currently running the “parkrun alphabet” and raising money for Multiple Sclerosis.
Support Matty's campaign


Disruption to the course setup routine

And finally, this week's stats:

Harry Bryant ran his 300th , Katrina Bond ran her 150th, Natey Irvine ran her 10th

3 PBs in 3 weeks for Nigel Russell and Paul Crudge, 2 in 2 for Jim Samuel, Paul Houghton, Andrew Playle and Amy Read

In addition, 4 PBs in last 4 appearances for Luke Parker, 3 in 3 for Martin Bishop

Wes Ball and Andrew Booth ran their 100th Tring parkruns, the 55th and 56th runners to achieve this feat

Tim Moreton, Iain Middleton and Christian Hanson ran their 50th Tring parkruns, the 176th, 177th and 178th runners to do so

The same as last week for the most seen male and female names of Paul and Emma

Lea was the most seen surname

200th time we have seen the Jog On (Berkhamsted) club

West Herts Scouts has been set up as a club and so with a number of our regulars joining this, we saw our first 5 appearances by this club Also 1st time we have seen West End Road Runners, Shrewton running club and Aldershot, Farnham and District AC

Of those who have run at least 5 times at Tring, the biggest improvements were Alice Farish (3:06), Richard Lea (1:13), Luke Parker (1:03), Elodee Walker (0:58), and Bruce Ferguson (0:55)

Also a mention for James Foskett and Naomi Wager-Leigh who with both 130+runs at Tring managed to achieve PBs

If you would like to volunteer please email with a preferred role or any offer of assistance and we will add you to future rosters.

Well done to all those who ran this week. For a full list of all this weeks’ results please go to
Latest results

For news, photos, videos and updates don’t forget to visit our Facebook page at

And you can now follow us on Twitter at

See you next Saturday.

Stuart Page
Run Director


#263 – Back from Holidays

This week, 251 of you ran, jogged and walked around our 5km route in Tring Park. This was the highest turnout since the beginning of July. After that heat wave last bank-holiday weekend, with plenty of Hawaiian shirts, the weather was back to normal this Saturday with a touch of autumn in the air.
Arriving at the start line

This week, there were 11 first-timers at Tring; well done to Matthew CHAPMAN, Conall O'BRIEN, Paul KENT, Noah ABSLOM, Andrew CAUSER, Hannah MACKENZIE, Aine O'BRIEN, Padraig O'BRIEN, Christina CHAPMAN, Becky SMITH, Steve PINNOCK. We hoped you enjoyed your first parkrun!
Noah, one of our younger first-timers

We also welcomed 27 first time visitors to Tring, a significant number. We hope you enjoyed our hilly course.

Our first lady this week was Emma Smith, of Tring Running Club, finishing with a Personal Best of 22:50. Our first man this week was Samual Bojarski who recorded a sub 20:00 for the first time, and also representing Tring Running Club. Well done Emma and Samual. Also of note this week, there were an outstanding 36 Personal Bests.
Daniel Newman celebrates a PB of 20:40

Congratulations to Chris Simmonds and Steve Bevan on completing their 50th park runs. Chris is a regular Tring runner, while Steve has completed a more varied selection.

A number of runners commented to us that they enjoyed Barry Watson’s violin recital in the ‘faux’ Greek temple this week. Thank you Barry, we have had some lovely feed-back from this.

Many thanks to this week’s volunteers who enabled this week’s event to take place:
Tail Walkers

Statistics round-up this week:

Kevin Stone ran his 497th parkrun (the highest figure that we have seen for a male and the 2nd highest ever seen at Tring).

2 PBs in 2 weeks for Paul Crudge, Mark Franklin, Nigel Russell, Toby Stubbs and Malcolm Nobbs.

In addition, 4 PBs in last 4 appearances for Edward Harrison and 3 in 3 for Amy Read.

Samantha Lindars becomes the 82nd person to run 82 times at Tring.

50th time we have seen the surnames Baddon and Ambrose.

Paul was the most seen name with 10 whilst Emma was the most seen female name with 4.

Minute 25 was the busiest with 22 runners.

The holiday season has killed off most long sequences, but Sarah Wade has the longest current sequence with 8 in a row.

Our fastest 4 men and our fastest female all achieved PBs today including fastest runner, Sam Bojarski dipping under 20 minutes for the 1st time. This was Sam’s 22nd PB at Tring, more than any other junior. Interestingly Chris Nicholls who with 35 Tring PBs has the most of everyone also recorded yet another PB this week.

Of those who have run at least 5 times at Tring, the biggest improvements were Monty McDonagh (2:05), William Scott (1:30), Matthew Odams (1:07), Thomas Gray (0:57) and Iain Houston (0:48).

If you would like to volunteer please email with a preferred role or any offer of assistance and we will add you to future rosters.

Well done to all those who ran this week. For a full list of all this weeks’ results please go to
Latest results

For news, photos, videos and updates don’t forget to visit our Facebook page at

And you can now follow us on Twitter at

See you next Saturday.

Stuart Page
Run Director


#parkrun 261 – Sun put his hat on Saturday morning

This week’s run report is sponsored by Sesame Street and we are going to discuss the letter V, C& H.

What a difference a day makes, I’m sure we all woke up on Saturday morning tip toed across the curtains and tentatively looked out hoping it would be dry. And what a surprise we all got when it was lovely sunshine.



Holly and Izzy showing their excitement for the sunshine

We welcomed 195 runners on this sunny Saturday. We had 36 first timers and we welcomed 15 members of the Oakley/Jones family from various parkruns across the Home Counties and the Cotswolds. We also had a smashing 22 PB’s to celebrate.


The Oakley/ Jones family

Talking of celebrations, we congratulated Greg Mitchell into the 100 club and Lucy Brittan into the 50 club.


Greg completing his 100th run

Now to the letter V which is for Volunteers

We would like to thank everybody who has kindly answered our appeals for help over the month of August, as without these kind soles we would not have been able to put on Tring parkrun each week.

Our special volunteer award of the week goes to our further travelled volunteer Anne Evans. Anne travelled all the way from South Africa to visit family and helped out with barcode scanning this week.

Every week we need volunteers to put on our wonderful parkrun and without your help it would not be possible. We are in need of volunteers over the next four weeks and beyond, so if you have an event, family staying over or just fancy a week off running then please volunteer and email in to


Some of our lovely volumteers this week

Moving on the letter C which is for Charity (and Awareness)

Some of our regular runners will have seen and met Matty Sinfield as our wonderful Cow Marshall over the winter months. Well Matty is taking on the challenge of running a different parkrun to spell out the letters of "Multiple Sclerosis".

Multiple Sclerosis is a condition that can affect the brain and spinal cord, causing a wide range of potential symptoms, including problems with vision, arm or leg movement, sensation or balance.

This week Matty ran Tring for the letter T and next up is Ipswich followed by Panshanger on his way to completing the word Multiple. As part of the challenge Matty has been writing a blog after each parkrun and we would like to share the link so you can join him on his challenge and perhaps spare a few quid. You can find his blog here You can read his great report about his run at Tring here. Matty also has a great guide to our course "Extra Tring Bling".


Matty completing Tring for his letter T

And finally moving on the letter H which is for Hawaiian

This week’s parkrun will be will be Hawaiian shirt theme to celebrate the Bank Holiday heatwave. So dig out those Hawaiian shirts that have been hiding the back of wardrode or the grass skirt you had for that fancy dress party and come down to the park.

Well that’s it from Sesame Street this week, we are hoping that the Cookie Monster will be in the park this week with some cake and Big Bird will have his Hawaiian shirt on.

Enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend from all the Tring RD Team



Blustery day forecast


The forecast is for very stormy conditions overnight and very strong winds tomorrow morning.

You may have noticed that several parkruns have already chosen to cancel their events.

As things stand we plan to go ahead as normal (maybe with a bit more battening of the hatches).

However Andy and Katie will get out early and review the conditions - if this results in any change we will post a notice on our Facebook page as close to 8am as we can manage (otherwise assume that nothing changes, and we'll see you there!)


The Tring parkrun team


Tring parkrun #259 – Celebrity special!



We have another guest run report writer this week. Young Isobel Roberts has stepped up and written all about this week's memorable parkrun. Thank you Isobel, your write up is really great and made us smile too.

Many thanks to this week's great run report writer


Run Report for Tring #259, August 3rd 2019

Hi, my name is Isobel.

On Saturday, not only was it my 90th parkrun (I’m nearly at 100 - I really want that black t-shirt!), but it was also my birthday! What could be better than getting up at 7:30 in the morning, going to parkrun and token sorting at the Akeman before opening your presents?

This week, we only had 192 runners (people must have gone on a sneaky holiday). Within that number, we had 31 first timers, so a huge congratulations to those people. I hope you enjoyed it and will come again.

This week, the weather was rather nicer than last week. This week, you could actually see where you were going! The only slightly annoying part of this was how hot the sun was when you came out of the field (maybe it came out just for my birthday!) Surprisingly, we had NO COWS! They might have gone on holiday too!

Well done to Andrew Booth for running his 100th parkrun! I’ll catch you soon!

Issy Bladen well on her way to completing her epic challenge

Edward Hollands was getting married that day, he came along but was banned from running, his mum and dad both paced though. I hope he managed to get to the church on time! His mum, Angela Hollands became our first ever pacer to get a PB! She smashed her 3 year old PB. She was probably in a rush to get to the wedding!

A huge well done to Izzy Bladen who completed her marathon on Saturday, running 5km each day.

Thanks and well done to all our pacers, especially to Andy Evans, Dennis Raffety and Helen Page, who were all within 1 or 2 seconds of their target.

Have you seen the story about George Webster on ‘Jessica’s parkrun heroes’? George ran with us on Saturday. So amazing. Have a look at .

Superstar George
It was really great to welcome George to Tring parkrun

Here are some more interesting facts:

  • Well done Rob Haddock for getting 3 PBs in 3 weeks.
  • After 24 consecutive parkruns at Tring, our current longest sequence for a junior (held by Darcey Hudghton) was broken when she ran instead at Boulder Creek parkrun near Denver USA. Darcey was the fastest (and only) runner aged under 25! Well done Darcey! Izzy Bladen now has the longest sequence with 15 weeks before she goes on holiday too.
  • Minute 28 was the busiest with 20 runners finishing.
  • Patterson, Webster, Roberts, Bladen and Fleetwood were the most seen surnames with 4 each!
  • Chris, Richard and Paul were the most seen names, with 5 each and Emma was the most seen female with 4.

Our magnificent pacers
Our magnificent Pacer Team this week

A huge thank you to all of our volunteers and pacers.

Please think about volunteering if you haven't all ready. We are really short of help over the summer. There are roles such as setting up and car park marshalling that allow you to run as well.

You can sign up by sending a message to

Finally, please remember to hand in your finishing tokens! We had a few missing this week!

See you on Saturday!




Here is another link to the great video about George. It's one of a series of videos made abouyt parkrun by Jessica Ennis-Hill. They are worth a watch.

Quick link to George's video



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

We now have two excellent parkrun podcasts available each week. "Free Weekly Timed" is the official 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.


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