#248 – “Now these are small but….”

 

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Big-Small; Small-Big

 

First, a word from our sponsors....

Before we get going this week, a couple of reminders for you about the weeks ahead.

     

  • June 1st will be our 250th Tring parkrun. That is officially "a big deal". To celebrate this significant milestone we'll run the course in reverse - by which we mean the course will be in the opposite direction and not that you have to run facing backwards! It would also be great if you are able to wear something green (parkruns's 250 T-shirts are green!).
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  • We encourage everyone to help-out a few times a year. You can see where there are opportunities for this in our roster here. Next week (May 25th) we have a few gaps to fill, and also in the weeks ahead. A small amount of your time makes a big difference.
    To help, or to find out more about the roles please get in touch at tringhelpers@parkrun.com.
    Thank you.

 

"Now these are small...."

Father Ted once tried to explain to Dougal why a cow in the distance looks small even though it isn't. We love our cows, and often it seems they love us too, but during parkrun we prefer the distant variety. This week's epic Cow Marshals resorted to cunning disguise to ensure everyone's path to Gate 1 was kept free.

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Steve's brilliant disguise had our bovine buddies baffled - that's big!

 

Large numbers, big milestones, huge PBs

We numbered 265 this week, bolstered by a return visit from our local scouts (still no sausages though!) and a mass visit from the lovely Watford Joggers. Of these 12 completed their very first parkrun (well done), 28 were visiting Tring as tourists (including Caroline BEECHEY, our most experienced parkrunner this week on 373) and 39 recorded Personal Bests.

Looking more closely at the PBs we see that Steve MORGAN and Mike HOLDROYD got their 3rd PB in 3 consecutive weeks (for Mike that was also his 8th in a row at Tring and 14th in 16 runs here!). Matthew ODAMS achieved his 2nd in 2 straight weeks. 

Of those who have run at least 5 times at Tring, the biggest improvements were Lucy BUNN (6:38), Daniel ROPUSE (3:12), Dawn DAVIDSON (1:36), Jason FOXWELL-MOSS (1:16) and Edward FOXWELL-MOSS (1:06). It was also the 200th time we saw the FOXWELL-MOSS family name.
 

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Lucy ringing the PB Bell for her amazing PB improvement.
What a big tongue for a small girl!

 

On to milestones, and congratulations to Martin BISHOP on completing his 100th parkrun (76th of which have been at Tring) and special thanks to his wife Cathy for the most amazing celebratory cake.

Gavin MORDEN celebrated his 50th parkrun on the same day as we saw the MORDEN surname for the 50th time (I know what you're thinking, but no - Gavin only accounts for 40 of those!).

And a special mention to Linda McQUAID, visiting with Watford Joggers, who completed her 150th parkrun and with a PB time too!

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Book a place on the Great British Bake Off. What an awesome cake!

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Martin and Cathy "Icing Queen" Bishop.

 

Other big stuff

We have a hard core of parkrunners who show extraordinary dedication, turning up week after week regardless of weather. This week Holly BUNN moved into 4th place on that table after an amazing 35 straight weeks. She is close to a podium place although Dennis RAFFETY's title will be hard to grab - having said that Holly is the only "live" contender on the table at present.

Interesting too that 4 out of the 5 top placed people are female. What does that say?
Answers please to tring@parkrun.com.

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The league table for the most unbroken, consecutive Tring parkruns

Looking at speedy runners, our first female finishers were: Emma SMITH (who also recorded her 4th PB in 5 runs at Tring), Rebecca WATSON (running at Tring for the first time - her 9th parkrun and 9th different venue) and Zoe CHAMBERLAIN (who is just 1 week away from her 50th run).

For the men Arun DAVIDSON was first finisher (8 runs at Tring, 6 PBs - last two in 2018 and 2017 he was second finisher!), James COOPER (who also booked a PB) and John MAYOCK (who missed out on PB by just 8 seconds - but was first age-adjusted finisher this week on 74.44%).

On the topic of age adjusted times, there is a new plug-in for the Chrome browser that generates a whole bunch of stats from the results page. The following is a screen shot of the section on age categories. It's called "parkrun Extended Info" if any stats-geeks out there are interested.

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A table of the male and female fastest finishers in each category generated by the new Chrome plugin.

 

Just before we finish this section a special mention goes to James MARTIN (another first timer at Tring) - had he been one second slower he would have bagged this week's "most aesthetically pleasing time" prize with a fabled 23:45.

 

From Small to Big

Later this year we celebrate our fifth birthday and, already, we've had someone who wasn't even born then complete our course!

I love to see the little ones grow up and join in, take part and have (lots of) fun. So it was especially great to see a glimpse of the future this week, as you can see in the following pictures.

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Baby on board.
Sally Nash was sixth female finisher this week in a time faster than I've ever done.
Impressed!

 

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Buggy pushing round Tring is hard work.
Special respect to all of those who achieved that this week - letting the next generation of parkunners scope the course well in advance.
Congratulations and thank yous to all.

 

This week's parkrun was made possible by Run Director Andy COLLINGS and his amazing team of wonderful volunteers: Martin John ARNOLD, Rebecca BOJARSKI, Lucy BRITTAIN, Stephen BROOKMAN, Edward CRANE, Shelley DEVERALL-ROBERTS, Ken DOUGLAS, James ELPHINSTONE, Andy EVANS, George FLETCHER, Paul HARRIS, John MANNING, Patrick MCLOUGHLIN, Greg MITCHELL, Chris NICHOLLS, Carole PAGE, Ros PEPPER, Andrew POWELL, Claudia SELINA, Ben SHAW, Aimee SHAW, Ella VAN DE LINDE, Martin WELLER, Beth WELLER and Allison WILLIMENT who all deserve a BIG thank you.

See you next week

The Tring team

 

PS

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

 

#247 – The Tring parkrun detective agency

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The dark and mysterious case of the missing runners

Introduction

When I finally caught up with Andy, he was drinking strong coffee with a renegade RD named ‘Running Boy’ Collings in a ramshackle joint just off the A41, drinking the heart right out of a fine spring morning.

Something was wrong. Something was very wrong.

In a shadowy corner I caught a glimmer of alarm from the Bladen gang. My gut tightened. I slunk off to the dusty old table piled with Finish Tokens and grasped my double jack-on-the-rocks (or was it a mint tea?) like a lucky talisman.

“I’m gonna hunt them down, every last man-jack of ‘em” snapped Andy, his words engraved indelibly on the tense silence of the Akeman.



“No” pleaded Ann-Marie, her pretty brown eyes misting with emotion. She knew how much work this would be, but she also knew his mind was made up.

 

Earlier

It was a morning like any other, or so it seemed. The volunteer team knew what they were doing - it was, after all, their 247th time. The cows sniffed around at first and then paid no attention. Walkie-talkies crackled into life, bar code scanners and timers hummed in readiness, and an array of plastic triangles and arrows soon ringed Tring Park. 



RD Collings donned his blue and white hi-viz. This was his territory, his patch, and he knew it better than most. (Legend has it that he once ran Tring parkrun’s course 20 times without stopping - and maybe, just maybe that could be true). Marshals away, cow marshals away, briefings done and 213 parkrunners set off oblivious to the drama that would soon touch so many of them.

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The location of the Start sign was almost equally mysterious.

Among these, 12 were tackling their first ever event, and 5 first time visitors also discovered the glories of Tring Park. Tring Scouts turned out in force for a special run but sadly didn’t build a camp-fire and didn’t cook us all sausages.

Vicky Lea (after a few false starts in recent weeks) had the honour of wearing the “my 100th parkrun” tabard, and Sam Meldrum was making sure of his 50th. Apparently it’s not a “thing”, but impressively “arbitrary” - Louise and Steve Bladen were clocking up their 200th parkruns. Amazingly they only started at Tring in 2015 and last year completed more than 50 parkruns alone!

So far - so good.

 

Later

An hour later and still things were going well. PBs abounded, the cows behaved (in part thanks to Matty’s posse), parkrunners from four to seventy-four smiled. RD Collings waved his hand, the kit vanished and no evidence of our wonderful weekly event was left to be seen in the park. Alas no evidence of another sort was to be found either - but more of that later!

We learned that 32 people recorded PB times (and will trust this had nothing to do with the “run round me" sign being generously located this week!) great work by all. Of these Mike Holdroyd made it 7 PBs in a row (and 13 PBs in 14 runs at Tring!). How long can he keep this up? Also a hat-tip to Rob Jones in our most senior age category this week (70-74) who also booked a PB. At the other end of the age scale Eilidh MacKenzie and Paige Walker both got PBs in the under 10 category. Congratulations.

Jess Gray, Anna Fryer and Katie Van de Linde were our first female finishers and Sam Burnell, John Mayock and Craig Fines-Allin were our first males (all booking PB times).
 

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Vicky and Sam - our two milestone runners this week. Well done.

 

The Reckoning

In the Akeman RD Collings and ‘Gumshoe’ Evans command special respect. They have a table. No one else sits at that table - it’s their territory, hallowed ground. From there they have God-like dominion over volunteer rosters, Facebook and Twitter accounts, and - of course - the results.

Everyone wants to see their name on those results. But if your barcode and finish token do not get registered, suddenly you’re no longer a name - you’re an “unknown”. You’ve vanished, you don’t exist. People avoid you, mention you in whispers only….if you’re lucky!

Normally this only happens either because the mantra of #DFYB ("Don't Forget Your Barcode") has been, well, forgotten or a barcode has been miss-scanned (very rare). Not this week though!!!

On their results computer the Stopwatch files loaded OK (as they should), the first and second Scanner files played the game too. But the third……

Only 1 pair of scanned barcodes were found on that scanner. 100 were missing. That meant 100+ “unknowns”.

That’s when Andy said what he said!

Some say it was pride, some say it was a ‘sense of duty’, some say it was bull-headed stubbornness. Whatever it was, it meant a whole shed-load of detective work, listening to their snitches, piecing together clues, and many hours of toil.

 

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Did the cows have something to do with it? They were suspiciously quiet!

 

The Hunt

“Listen” said Andy (to the other Andy) - “I’m gonna have to put the word on the street! But in the meantime we play it cool. We publish the few results we’ve got, drop a few emails in the right places….then sit back and see what unfolds”.

But that wasn’t all. “Hey, wasn’t Stuart ‘the Lense’ Page there today?”, “Sure, I saw his impressive telephoto sticking out of a bush near the finish”. “Good - I need his SD card, plus a positive ID and time on every runner crossing the line”.

This was results processing on steroids. Needle in a haystack came to mind. (We even had someone email in with details that caused confusion - turned out that person had run at Wendover and not Tring!!! LOL)

But I’m here to tell you that he did it (with help from Ann-Marie) and will be remembered forever more in the Facebook “parkrun results processing group” (yes, one really does exist, and has 1.1k members!).

So there you have it.......another great Saturday morning parkrun and a truly brilliant effort by Andy and co to piece together everyone's results.

See you next week (and please don't forget to take a look at the volunteer roster for the weeks ahead).

Cheers

The Tring parkrun team

 
 

PS

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.

There are 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.

 
 
 
 

 

TRING parkrun #246 – They’re Back

This week, 210 of you ran, jogged and walked around our 5km route in Tring Park. But no “Nordic” walkers were in evidence this time. This week the cows were back in the park, running around as they witnessed their first parkrun event!   As usual they were curious and often seem to gather at key parts of the route. But thanks to our hastily assembled team of cow marshals, no disorderly bovine behaviour occurred.

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Ben with some of the residents of Tring ParkIMG_1659
Are they tempted?

 

This week, there were 17 First Timers at Tring, 11 of whom were visitors, and 6 of whom were First Time park runners.   So well done to Lewie GUNTER-JONES, Chloe MESSENGER, Madeline HUGHES, Amy FORDHAM, Ben CAVE and Fiona HARDING. We hoped you enjoyed your first parkrun.

Our first lady this week was Emma Smith, of Tring Running Club, finishing with a Personal Best of 23:27. Well done Emma! Our first man this week was Daniel Wolff with a time of 19:48 representing Epsom and Ewell Harriers, and running at Tring for the seventh time.   Also of note this week, there were an outstanding 38 Personal Bests.

Unfortunately, for the 2nd week in a row, our lead runner turned left from King Charles Drive and accidentally took the short cut to the obelisk, so we will move a couple of arrows to make this clearer

Congratulations to Thomas Lindars, a regular runner at Tring, who achieved his 50th parkrun at this event! Thank you for the cake, of which many people enjoyed after completing their run.

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

Claire HALLISSEY • Wes BALL • Louisa HOPPER • James MAPLE • Steve BLADEN • Stuart PAGE • Katie VAN DE LINDE • Chris NICHOLLS • Ella VAN DE LINDE • Marcus BIRCH • Oliver WEST • Alison BILL • Edward CRANE • Ben SHAW • Eloise CLARK • Greg LEFF • Andrew CLARK • Eddy GUINNESS • Stephen BROOKMAN • Shelley DEVERALL-ROBERTS • Carole PAGE • Andrew BOOTH • Frances LEFF • James ELPHINSTONE • Fiona HARDING

Special thanks to the three volunteers who fulfilled our unofficial but essential role of “cow marshals”: Stephen Brookman, Ben Shaw and Carole Page.

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Cow marshalling

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Another helpful marshal

The finishing tunnel was efficiently manned by our younger volunteers from the D of E award scheme: Edward Crane, Oliver West and Marcus Birch, and managed by Shelley Deverell-Roberts. Thanks for your attention to detail, thus achieving accurate results.

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Tring Park

Due to inclement weather the parkrun Super Computer is unable to provide statistics this week.

Well done to all those who ran this week. For a full list of all this weeks’ results please go to http://www.parkrun.org.uk/tring/results/latestresults/

Thanks to Wes Ball this week for a great set of photos, which have been posted to our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/tringparkrun .

For other news, photos, videos and updates don’t forget to visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/tringparkrun and you can now follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/tringparkrun .

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

See you next Saturday.

Stuart Page

Run Director for Sat 4th May.

 

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/
For news, photos, videos and updates don’t forget to visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/tringparkrun and you can now follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/tringparkrun .
If you would like to volunteer please email tringhelpers@parkrun.com with a preferred role or any offer of assistance and we will add you to future rosters.

See you on Saturday.
Stuart Page
Run Director

 

#244: Geography lessons, amazing coincidences, improvised cake cutting, sun, PBs and more.

 

Later this year we'll celebrate our 5th Tring parkrun anniversary and we're fast approaching our 250th event. It never ceases to amaze me how "normal" and ordinary it is to turn up to Tring Park, whatever the weather or season, to join with so many others - many who have become good friends - and enjoy our weekly 5k run/jog/walk around the beautiful park and woodland. And yet each week is far from ordinary, there are always many heartwarming moments and amazing achievements, not to mention a few laughs over coffee and breakfast back at the Akeman for those that make it there.

This week was no exception.

For a start the weather was glorious, warm and uplifting - you could almost see and hear Tring Park bursting into Springtime life. 273 parkrunners also burst into life (our highest number since mid January). Of these we welcomed Anna Bucknall, Ian Bateman, Irene Mackenzie, Lilian Gunter-Jones, Matthew Thompson and Oscar Conway who were taking on their very first parkrun ever, a great day for it.

We also were delighted to see 35 first time visitors from as far afield as Edinburgh - not to mention Durham and Ipswich (which of course are no where near equidistant from Tring, unless you run in circles for 120 miles before entering the latter!). On the topic of running in circles.....errrr we'll come back to that below!!

It also made us smile to see so many easter bunny ears on display.
 

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Great to see so many taking the time to chat and enjoy sunny Tring Park after they'd finished and encouraging those yet to cross the line.

 
A few weeks ago, when we had a couple of windy, wet, cold days only a "hard core" hung around the finish line at the end. So it was really great to see that the sun encouraged so many to stick around and chat with old and new friends at base camp yesterday.

The day held special significance for four people reaching important milestones. First of all Noah Rogers earned his coveted and very special "25th time volunteering" T-shirt. Well done and thank you.

Running their 50th parkruns were Thomas Hanson (earned 94% at Tring) and Sally Goodman (earned 58% at Rushmere and 18% at Gadebridge) and James Whittaker completed his 100th parkrun (94 of which have been at Tring). Congratulations.

Completing a somewhat arbitrary 150 parkruns was Blazej Ziembaczewski. When Blaz ran his 100th he managed to cross the line in position 100. In what cannot in any way whatsoever be called a stunning coincidence he crossed the line this time in position 150! We love it!
 

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Blaz in a stunning act of non-coincidence crosses the line 150th on his 150th parkrun. Brilliant!

 

Every single one of the 273 who took part in Tring parkrun completed it faster than those still in bed or sitting on the couch. So well done to everyone.

At the front of the field our first female finishers were: Scarlett Wager-Leigh, Zoe Chappell (who also set a PB) and Nicole Austin (visiting Tring for the first time). For the gentlemen it was Lawrence Burton (with a PB too), Dom Evans and Paul Myatt.

I always look at the age-adjusted placings, since my PB days are long past!. This week our fastest finishers were: Edward Margetts, Paul Myatt and Paul Crudge.

Congratulations to our youngsters too. Darcey Hudghton and Dylan Samuel were our most rapid under 11s; Rachel Murray and Woody Day for the J11-14 age group and Jasmine Margetts and Eddie Sartin in the J15-17 group. Great work by all.

And for our "youngsters-at-heart" it was great to see Adrienne Garner again - she was fastest finisher in our most senior age category this week. Impressive stuff.
 

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Ella was fastest finisher in her age category

 

Quite impressively we had 48 Personal Best times recorded this week. A few "shout-outs" are called for: Mike Holdroyd ran his 3rd PB in 3 weeks (and his 11th in 12 runs!!!). Luke Cobby, Angela Peck, Dominic Veal, Dylan Samuel, Malcolm Robins, Owen Samuel and Christine Dennis (and her 8th in 11 appearances at Tring) all made it 2 PBs in 2 straight weeks. In addition Noah Wild claimed his 4th PB in 4 appearances, and both Calum West and Anna Hanson made it 3 in 3 appearances.

Of those who have run 5 times or more at Tring, a number knocked off more than a minute off their PBs - Josiah Meldrum (4:24), Alison Nash (3:05), Darcey Hudghton (1:48), Woody Dale,(1:42), Lindsay Collard (1:14), Noah Wild (1:13) and Alistair Nash (1:02).

Well done to all of our PB-runners.

No Tring parkrun write-up would be complete without a few random stats. Here are 2:

1) After 244 events we still see new names. This week we welcomed the names Kris, Lilian and Séverine for the first time.
2) There were also representatives from two clubs we have not seen before: Waldegrave School Club and BeaRCat Running Club.

 

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We have a cake, but we have no knife! And so yet another use was found for a parkrun finish token!!!

 

I'd like to extend my own warm "thank you" to the great team that came together to make the morning happen: Patrick Ashton, Wes Ball, Rebecca Bojasrski, Andrew Booth, Roberto Cecere, Dominic Cecere, David Chryssides, Edward Crane, Rosa Drath, Tom Foley, Sarah Foskett, James Foskett, Frances Leff (And Geoffrey), Christina Lowe, Patrick McLoughlin, Richard Murphy, Chris Nichols, Phil Roger, Noah Roger, Ben Shaw and Oliver West.

From set up to pack up it all ran like clockwork, and allowed me to double hat as Photographer too. All of the help was much appreciated. (See below).

 

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Happiness is being a volunteer and marshal at Tring parkrun. Rosa celebrated with very impressive Easter bunny hops up at "Gate 1", overlooking the park. She always makes us smile.

 

That's it for another week.
See you next week.

Ken Douglas
(A1252507)

 
 

PS
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.

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.

 
 
 
 

 
 

Tring parkrun 242 – Wot No Cows?!

The 242nd Tring Parkrun saw a return to the summer course, although the Run Director clearly forgot to arrange the summer weather to go with the summer course. But the only strange thing was - no cows? Perhaps they've gone away for the Easter holidays!? Tring Park welcomed a few intrepid tourists too, from as far afield as (get this) Norway!!! While we Brits thought is was a bit on the chilly side, the tourists were sweltering in mid summer temperatures!

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The crowd heading into the valley at the start line - a very welcome return to the Summer Course.

Thank you to all the lovely volunteers as, without them, none of us could do this amazing event. In particular, thank you to Jim for volunteering at Marshall gate 3 with his great, inspiring tunes, as ever! Also, huge thanks to Wes Ball for being this week's brilliant run director.

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Some of the fantastic Tring parkrun family. Vicky Lea, helping out with scanning this week, in the first photo. And the full finish line team on the right, including 5 year old Rosa - you're never too young to be part of the gang.

Well done to Andrew Wood, Andrew Clarke and Adam Johnson, for earning their 50 t-shirts (not to mention the delicious cakes and goodies for afterwards!). Also, earning their junior 10 t-shirts were Woody Dales and Jacob Lea. As well, well done to Eddie Sartin for 3 PBs in 3 weeks, to Anna Hanson, Emma Smith, Mark Thompson and Andrew Clarke for 2 PBs in 2 weeks. Congratulations to Andrew Clarke for squeezing in 2 (oh well, now three) mentions in the same run report! andrew wood 50

Andrew Wood on the startline for his 50th

In addition, 5 PBs in the last 5 weeks for Tom Curtis, 4 in 4 for Pip Thomas, and 3 in 3 for Mike Harold, Clare Murphy, and Bruno Smith. Clare Thomas's amazing 27:33 was the 3000th time a barcoded runner has run a 27 minute run. This minute is our most popular one and the only minute to have 3000+ finishes. pacers

Our fabulous pacers who helped so many people to PBs this week

This is the 400th time we have seen a Steve, 200th time for a Samantha and the 50th time for an Ollie. Well done to all those Steves, Samanthas and Ollies out there! Welcome to Parkrun for Matt Ingram and well done on your first Parkrun in your amazing (and hopefully long) Parkrun journey. Annie

Young Annie completed her first parkrun, alongside her sister and Dad.

Of those who have run 5 or more times at Tring, the biggest PB improvements for a "Mr'n'Mrs" double act is for Charles and Claire Ashwell (1:51 and 1:12 respectively). Other large improvements are for Thomas Lindars (1:00), Anna Hanson (0:57), and Joanne Lloyd-Evans (0:48). Congratulations to you all on such great achievements, (and further congratulations to Anna Hanson for getting into the run report for a third time too!)

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Finally, a mention for the merry band of Shires Triers who chose Tring as their monthly Parkrun visit this time, and particular thanks to Verna for bringing along the shiny new banner. This is to raise their profile and encourage new members so if you fancy joining a local and very friendly group of enthusiastic sportspeople, just contact Verna through their web page for more info. I even managed to shoe-horn myself into the collective photo thanks to the Shire Triers top that Verna gave me

Holly Bunn, Aged 10
Run Report Writer

 

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Holly and her Mum, Elaine, at the turnaround on the winter course last week.

 

Winter Course Review

Back in in late November, when the Woodland Trust asked us to change our course for Winter, we were a bit apprehensive as we know how much everyone enjoys our traditional single loop course. However, there was no need to fear, it appears that we have all enjoyed visiting a lesser seen corner of the park and the out and back nature of the course has given the chance to hi-5 your friends and at the turn around point see how close you are to other runners. Another factor that has helped people’s enjoyment is whereas on our old course Winter PBs were quite rare, this winter we have seen loads! In fact, if you take a look at the graph below you can see the volume of PBs compared to prior years over the winter months. Likewise the 2nd graph shows how average times over this period are lower than previous years

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Each week , on average we are seeing more PBs compared to previous other years

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Average run times have been faster this year

It’s great to see everyone running so well, however, unfortunately parkrunHQ have contacted us about the need to ensure consistency from year to year. With the rapid growth of parkrun both across the country and around the world, parkrunHQ are keen to ensure that all parkruns operate in a similar fashion. Obviously, this is a tough task across the various countries and with each parkrun being of varied terrain. Therefore, whilst it’s difficult to compare parkrun times between venues they are keen that the times remain similar from year to year at each individual parkrun.

We have therefore been doing some calculations and believe that this winter’s times are faster than the previous 3 winters by an average of 21 seconds. As a result, parkrunHQ have requested that all times recorded since we moved to the winter course ( parkrun 222 on 1st December) need have these seconds added to them. We haven’t had a chance to do this yet as obviously it involves quite a few calculations but hope to have adjusted the times before next Saturday’s run. This will mean unfortunately that a number of PBs will no longer stand.

We have tried to argue against this change but you will appreciate that with parkrun being a much larger organisation now, we do need to keep a consistent message. For those of you that have been touring other parkruns, you may wish to check each of their Facebook pages as they may have to make similar adjustments. We appreciate that this announcement may cause some upset, particularly for those of you who have lost PBs as a result and we apologise for that, however at the end of the day putting a bit of a positive spin on this, remember it is a run not a race, Tring Park is a great place to be on a Saturday morning and if your PB has been adjusted then when you come along next Saturday it will be easier to get nearer your PB!

See you again next Saturday
The Tring parkrun team

 

Tring Park parkrun #240 a PB and cake day!

It was a lovely Saturday morning with great weather and a very enthusiastic 230 runners.

We had three milestones this week, celebrating his 250th was our very own Andy Evans. Andy is the Tring parkrun Event Director and was instrumental in setting up Tring back in November 2014. Andy started his parkrunning at Milton Keynes in June 2011 and has run at 34 different parkruns including some in Poland, France and Germany, and has seen 58 of the seconds in his stopwatch bingo, just missing 36 and 43.

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Andy with wife Ann-Marie and daughter Sophie.

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Andy’s amazing 250 cake, apparently a family effort and delicious! Love the barcode!

We also had a 100th parkrun for Emma Jeffrey and a 50th for Clare Bonnick both from Watford Joggers who travelled to Tring to celebrate their milestones with 8 other members of the club. We hope you enjoyed the Tring hills.

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Emma and Clare with their 100 and 50 tabards!

Amazingly we also had 50 PB’s this week which had the PB bell working hard. Congratulations to Damien FORTUNE, Samuel BOJARSKI, Edward MARGETTS, Andy COLLINGS, Dominic CECERE, Phil ROGER, Matthew SKELDING, William LINDARS, Chris NICHOLLS, Noah ROGER, Ollie MOORE, Paul COLLINS, Tim MILLER, Eddie SARTIN, Dennis RAFFETY, Aidan ROBERTS, Brian DAVIDSON, Noah WILD, Julie LINDARS, Johnjo MCDERMOTT, Ben PATTERSON, Thomas PATTERSON, Ian WEST, Adam BEBBINGTON,Steve MORGAN, Emma JEFFREY, Ros PEPPER, Darcey HUDGHTON, Amelie BUNN, Mike HOLDROYD, Sara DARLING, Kelly DICKSON, Marcia QUINN, Kay ISON, Andrew WOOD, Reece ALDWINCKLE, Luciana WALKER, Joanna BRYANT, Clare MURPHY, Caroline LAMBERT, Stephen BROOKMAN, Gill BENNETT, Richard LEA, Deborah LEA, Christine Teresa ROBERTS, Charles ASHWELL, Christine DENNIS, Peggy FLEETWOOD, Pip THOMAS, Leah HOLDROYD.

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Regular Dennis with the PB bell, his first since April 17.

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Peggy with the PB bell and a 4 minute improvement!

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2 PB’s in two weeks for Clare knocking nearly a minute off!

We welcomed 26 first timers to Tring this week with 8 people doing their first ever parkrun. We hope you enjoyed your first parkrun experience and come back soon.

A huge thank you to this weeks’ volunteers Ben SHAW, Catherine BISHOP, Chris MILLAR, Clare MURPHY, Dominic CECERE, Isobel MONKS, Katerina FELLAS, Katie HAINES, Marcus BIRCH, Martin BISHOP, Matty SINFIELD , Oliver WEST, Rachel WRAY, Rebecca BOJARSKI, Richard ALCOCK, Richard MURPHY, Robert ALCOCK, Roberto CECERE, Ruth MONKS, Thomas PAGE, Tom FOLEY and Vicky LEA

If you would like to volunteer please go the Volunteer Rosta page on our website select your preferred role and email in to tringhelpers@parkrun.com full support and training will be given.

First across the line this week for the ladies was Claire Hallissey in 21:36 followed by first timer Jemma Bennett in an aesthetically pleasing 23:23, with Zoe Chamberlain next in 23:40. For the men first timer Seb Brummell was fastest with a time of 19:57 followed by regular Paul Myatt in 20:24 and Damien Fortune with a PB of in 20:53.

And now for your regular round up of stats, quite a lot this week!
• Claire Bonnick, from Watford Joggers, earned her 50th shirt
• Emma Jeffrey, also from Watford Joggers, reached her 100th
• Andy Evans ran his 250th . This was the 4th time we have seen a “250” run at Tring. Harry Bryant previously held the record for a #250 most earned at Tring with 10.4%, Andy’s overtakes with 56.6% which will last till later this year when we will begin to see the start of those who started their running at Tring
• 3 PBs in 3 weeks for Pip Thomas, 2 in 2 for Mike Holdroyd, Amelie Bunn, Clare Murphy, Dominic Cecere, Richard Lea and Luciana Walker
• In addition, 3 PBs in last 3 appearances for Kay Ison and Kelly Dickson
• Christine Roberts, from Watford Joggers set a new record for the biggest gap between 2 Tring parkruns of 233 parkruns, and Kelly Bond-Vaughan recorded the 3rd longest with her gap of 223 parkruns.
• Mike Holdroyd recorded his 8th PB, the most by any male in our Tring parkrun 5th year (our year starts in November). Deborah Lea recorded her 7th in the same period, the most by any adult female so far in our current year.
• Perhaps unsurprisingly the most seen surname this week was Evans with 8
• 200th time we have seen the surname Roberts
• Harry Bryant completed his “Stopwatch Bingo” recording by chance the second “52” the remaining second that he had never seen before. Louise Bladen leads the way for a pure Tring parkrun bingo having seen 59 of the 60 seconds at Tring.
• 1st we have seen 2 Christines, Seans and Leahs
• 1st time we have seen the names Gwenlais, Anokh, Baiba, Wilfred and Lex
• 200th time we have seen a Jamie and 100th for Juliet
• We were visited by 10 Watford Joggers, who smashed their previous attendance record of 4
• 1st time we have seen the clubs Running with Matt and Nottingham University Cross Country
• We had exactly 50 PBs
• Of those who have run 5 times at Tring, biggest PB improvements for Charle Ashwell (1:59), Aidan Roberts (1:46), Christine Dennis (1:32), Julie Lindars (1:03), Clare Murphy (0:53), William Lindars (0:51), Noah Roger (0:50)

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And lastly my picture of the week, Katerina and Jacqui crossing the finish line. For more information on guided running please visit https://britishblindsport.org.uk/

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/

For news , photos, videos and updates don’t forget to visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/tringparkrun and you can now follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/tringparkrun .

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

Thank you and see you on Saturday.

Richard Murphy
Run Director

 

Tring Park parkrun #239 – Windy!

Very strong winds affected parkrun this week as well as the Ashridge Boundary Trail run where a lot of our regulars were competing. We still had 223 enthusiastic runners in Tring Park on Saturday morning however.

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The Didcot runners trio, 1st 2nd and 4th!

We welcomed 20 first timers to Tring this week with just 1 person running her first parkrun, well done to Caroline Lambert. We hope you enjoyed your first parkrun experience. We also welcomed a trio of from Didcot runners, great running put them into three of the top four fastest finishers. Well done and we hope to see you again to try for a PB.

A huge thank you to this weeks’ volunteers who braved the weather to make the run happen Benjamin BUNN, Chris LEA, Clare MURPHY, Dominic CECERE, Edward CRANE, Isobel MONKS, Jonathan SARTIN, Lucy BUNN, Marcus BIRCH, Michael PEMBERTON, Noah ROGER, Oliver WEST, Phil ROGER, Richard MURPHY, Robert NORRIS, Roberto CECERE, Ron YAXLEY, Sylvia PEMBERTON, Thomas PAGE and Vicky LEA. If you would like to volunteer please go the Volunteer Rosta page on our website select your preferred role and email in to tringhelpers@parkrun.com full support and training will be given.

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Well done to Brett Moorcroft on his 50th.

We had 4 milestones this week with Michael Casingena and Billy Martin achieving 10 runs to get their Junior shirts. We also had Ben Shaw and Brett Moorcroft achieving their 50’s and junior Oscar Evans running his 100th parkrun. Congratulations to you all and we look forward to seeing you in your new t-shirts.

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Clare crossing the line in a sub 34 minute PB.

It was a great week for PBs with 20 people beating their previous best times. Congratulations to Michael CAVE, Dominic CECERE, Anna SHARP, Philippa STORR, Martin O'NEILL, Jason TAYLOR, Dominic CURTIS, Tom CURTIS, Rosie BLUNDELL, Amelie BUNN, Ellen WAKE, Mike HOLDROYD, Gill SHARMAN, Finn DONOVAN, Chrissie HERBERT, Luciana WALKER, Clare MURPHY, Jacob LEA, Richard LEA, Rose SHERIDAN, Tiana MOORCROFT, Angela PECK, Rowan CAVE, Deborah CAVE and Pip THOMAS.

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Amelie and the PB bell!

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And Philippa!

First across the line this week for the ladies was Claire Hallissey in 22:16 followed Zoe Chamberlain in an aesthetically pleasing 24:24, with Anna sharp next on 25:19 and a new PB. For the men first timer Michael Suggate was fastest with a time of 19:19 followed by Christopher Moffat, also a first timer in 20:16 and regular Paul Myatt in 20:55.

And now your round of our regular stats

Billy Martin earned his 10 shirt
Brett Moorcroft and Ben Shaw achieved their 50 shirts
Oscar Evans achieved his 100 shirt
3 PBs in 3 weeks for Tom Curtis, 2 in 2 for Pip Thomas, Philippa Storr and Chrissie Herbert
In addition, 3 PBs in last 3 appearances for Anna Sharp
We almost had a baker’s half dozen with this week’s most numerous surname being 5 Bunns
Surnames saw the 800th Evans appearance, the 500th Patterson, 100th Bowen
300th time we have seen a Dominic and the 50th for the names Ruth, Eddie and Jenny
James was the most seen name with 6 and for the females, Lucy, Helen, Rosie and Sarah were tied on 3 each
1st time we have seen the name Thilanee
1st time we have seen Tavistock AC
We have never seen more than 1 runner from Didcot Runners and this week we had 3 in our fastest 4!
Of those who have run 5 times at Tring, biggest PB improvements for Rose Sheridan (3:44), Jacob Lea (2:11), Richard Lea (2:07), Tiana Moorcroft (1:42), Amelie Bunn (1:32) and Angela Peck (1:10)

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And lastly my picture of the week, Amelie and mum Elaine holding up the finish line sign.

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/
For news , photos, videos and updates don’t forget to visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/tringparkrun and you can now follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/tringparkrun .

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

Thank you and see you on Saturday.

Richard Murphy
Run Director

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