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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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

 
 

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.

 

Run Report #233 Winter Wonderland

This week, 245 of you braved a very snowy and frozen course. With the temperature below zero, it must surely have been one of our coldest events. But there was no wind, the sun shone, and Tring Park looked absolutely exquisite.

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Unsurprisingly, not many chose this particular Saturday for their first ever parkrun, but we did notice that Jack AMBROSE ran his first ‘non junior’ parkrun here, achieving a very respectable result of 26:27 and coming in first in his JM10 age grade. Well done Jack!

Other new runners we welcomed were Helen ROBERTSON, Ellie DOVER and Angela PECK. We hope you enjoyed your first parkrun.

Our first male was Freddie TRUMAN-WILLIAMS with stunning result of 18:46, and the first lady was Katie Greenwood, making her first visit to Tring and representing Cardiff Triathletes, with an equally impressive time of 22:38.

And well done to the runners who achieved a Tring Personal Best this week, obviously the conditions suited some more than others:

Freddie TRUMAN-WILLIAMS
Ewan MAXWELL
Patrick GRINDLEY
Jacqueline MOORE
Marc TINKLER
Steve MORGAN
Mike HOLDROYD
Sophie FINN

Congratulations to Gareth Roberts who chose this event for his 50th parkrun !

We welcomed 23 first-time parkrun visitors to Tring, we hope you enjoyed our hilly course and enjoyed the views.

Many thanks to this week’s volunteers, who enabled our event to take place. We appreciate that it wasn’t the best day to be standing around outside for so long. This includes our superb D of E volunteers for their continued support; your “attention to detail” with timing, issuing of tokens and barcode scanning is second-to-none.

Also, thanks to Jim Maple for choosing a play-list suitable for the occasion, as it always is.

This week’s volunteers were:

Andy EVANS • Emma BISGROVE • Hilary NEEDLEMAN • Anna FRYER • Samuel FRYER • Ken DOUGLAS • James MAPLE • Steve BLADEN • Richard ALCOCK • Robert ALCOCK • Stuart PAGE • Annemarie DE BOOM • Isobel BLADEN • Chris NICHOLLS • Marcus BIRCH • Thomas PAGE • Nika JACKSON-MOORE • Isobel MONKS • Edward CRANE • Neil ADCOCK • Howie BECK • Dominic CECERE • Roberto CECERE

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Some of this week's volunteers

Also, particular thanks to Ken Douglas and Andy Evans who walked the course at 7am to see whether it was safe for running. It was a close call, as a number of local parkruns had already cancelled. In the end it was decided that while sheet ice wouldn’t be acceptable, crunchy snow should be OK if due care taken.

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Andy and Ken

Finally, a number of you mentioned to us that you really enjoyed the event, and especially the level (ish) route through the trees which is officially known as “King Charles’ Ride”.

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Our lead runner on King Charles Ride

This week the stat-o-matic machine has informed us that:

  • Jim Geary finished 43rd on his 43rd parkrun
  • Our 20th February Tring parkrun and unsurprisingly given the conditions, just 8 PBs was the lowest number of PBs at any of those 20 Tring February parkruns
  • Despite the lack of PBs, Freddie Truman-Williams recorded his 4th PB in 4 appearances and Mike Holdroyd his 3rd in his last 3 appearances
  • Trevor Lark and Helen Page became the 44th and 45th runners to run 100 times at Tring and Jamie Lea the 142nd to run 50 times at Tring
  • It's the 200th time we have seen the surname Myatt, 100th time for Lark and 50th for Middleton
  • And the names that like the snow… 1st time we have seen 2 Giles’s, 5 Neils beat their previous record of 3 and the first time we have seen the name Eilis
  • The snow helped Minute 33 to a new attendance record of 26 beating its record of 20
  • Helen Page continues to have our longest sequence – now has run 30 Tring parkruns in a row, the 5th longest ever sequence at Tring
  • Cardiff Triathletes ran with us for the 1st time

See you next Saturday.

 

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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 – Week 231 – Simples

On the surface it all seems so simple; turn up about 8:50, listen to the run brief, head out for a run around the park, get scanned, perhaps have a coffee afterwards, get results text and tick off another one for the shirt. Whilst I know most of you are fully aware it’s not quite that simple, I just wanted to start today’s report off with a huge thank you to the volunteers who make it appear that way:

Allison Williment * Andy Evans * Chris Lea * Emma Smith * George Fletcher * Graham Campbell * Isobel Monks * Jamie Lea * Jos Bartlett * Ken Douglas * Kirstie Campbell * Martin John Arnold * Oliver West * Philip Pugh * Samuel Fryer * Sarah Wade* Stuart Page * Thomas Page * Tom Foley * Trevor Lark * Vicky Lea

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Thanks to our volunteers!

A special thanks must go to our Event Director Andy Evans who, when I was faced with some results processing errors I’d never even seen before, positively leapt into action to help work through the finish times in order to help me publish a set of results which hopefully bore some resemblance to the time you thought you’d run.

We had another high turnout of runners this week as 272 of you descended on Tring Park to tackle our winter course. Not quite in the top ten of highest attendances, but still a fairly sizable crowd who gathered around the Run Director’s pulpit (otherwise known as a pile of concrete rubble) on the morning.

Well done to Trevor Desouza and Tamsin Leybourne who both completed their fiftieth parkrun this weekend, along with Juniors Beau Wild and Freddie Hart who have now earned the right to wear the coveted ‘10 t-shirt'. We also welcomed 17 first timers who completed their very first parkrun! Thank you for choosing to fly with Tring parkrun and we hope you join us again next week!

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Well done Tamsin on your 50th parkrun!

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Well done Trevor on your 50th parkrun!

Someone we were particularly pleased to see again was Tricia Shackock who last ran with us back on the 6th December 2014, some 225 parkruns ago! Given our parkrun itself is only 231 events old, you won’t be surprised to hear that this was a new record for ‘longest time between two Tring parkruns’. Don’t be a stranger Tricia!

With the high turnout and perhaps a result of the altered course, we had a huge number of runners finish in minute twenty-six, with thirty-two of you crossing the line in just sixty seconds.

Finishing strongly this week were Jennifer Scott who ran a huge PB of 3:51s and Rob Haddock who improved by 1:53s. Ben Patterson, Jack Brown, Leyton Bowen and Emma Young all knocked roughly 40s off their previous best. Not content with one PB, Gary Stroud and Jennifer Scott completed their hatrick of PBs this week, whilst Claire Ashwell made it five PBs in the last five weeks! Also earning permission to engage smug mode were John Aitchison and Fiona Trinder who made it four PBs in their last four appearances at Tring, with Richard Caseley capping it all off with six PBs in the last six times he’s ran here at Tring Park. Nice work everyone!

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Lesley was visiting from South Africa and was keen to join us but had no car. Katrina stepped in and offered her a lift. GREAT parkrun spirit.

A few stats and name news to finish off our report this week:
• Greg Mitchell becomes the 76th person to run 76 times at Tring. Clearly they like this stat in the family as wife Juliet was the 54th to run 54, the 58th to run 58 and the 62nd to run 62
• James & Paul were the most seen names with 9 each whilst Lucy and Sarah were the most seen females with 4 each
• We saw the most ever Dominics (4) and Jacks (3)
• We saw the names Katerina, Marika, Bruno, Evangeline, Ellis and Rickey for the 1st time
• We saw the name Mary for the 50th time and Helen for the 400th
• We saw the following surnames for the 50th time – Desouza, Fisher, Hollier, Stevens and Clutton
• Waddesdon Running and the Elvet Striders both ran with us for the first time.

As ever I’ve had a look through the results to find an aesthetically pleasing time of the week and, unusually, I’m truly spoilt for choice! Having already been given plenty of praise at the start of this report I won’t be awarding it to Andy Evans in spite of his very pleasing 54:32. Likewise Andrew Booth and Chris Blackwell were possible contenders and receive special commendation for their joint time of 32:10. However, this week’s prize goes to Phillipa Storr who not only ran a nice looking time of 31:31, but did so in parkrun 231, ie: 2 31s. Very pleasing indeed.

As I mentioned earlier, our parkrun relies on the support of the community around it in order to go ahead. If you’d like to volunteer (feel good factor and fun almost certainly guaranteed), just drop us an e-mail at tringoffice@parkrun.com and we will happily induct you into the hi-vis club (secret handshake optional).

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For news and photos don’t forget to visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/tringparkrun and you can also follow us on Instagram as “Tring parkrun” and Twitter at www.twitter.com/tringparkrun

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.

 

Tring parkrun #229 in numbers

Despite the cold weather, it was great to see so many of you this weekend!

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We’ve been putting together a bumper “2018 round up” which will be out soon – so here in the meantime is a quick 1-2-3 of what happened at Tring parkrun #229. Well to be honest there were so many of you today we needed a few more numbers, and these reports just tend to grow, but you get the idea……

1 – Welcome to Abbie - the 1st time we’ve seen this name at Tring

2 – Paul Christie was 1 second too fast for this line with 22:21

3 – Ann Brewer was 1 second too fast for this line with 33:32

4 – It’s 4 PBs in 4 weeks for Moira Douglas – powering around the course with her Nordic poles. 3 in 3 for Claire Ashwell, 2 in 2 for David Barnett, Rachel Barnett, Benjamin Smith and Rob Firth.

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4PBs in 4 weeks - well done Moira!

5 – Thanks to the 5 marshals out on course

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Unfortunately the 1st 5 Marshals of the Soviet Union didn't volunteer this week - but luckily Heather, Frances, Robert, Alison and Jim did - thanks all

6 - Of those who have run 5+ times at Tring, the 6 biggest improvers were Mollie Rees (3:02), Barney Hooks (2:43), Mille Weller (1:44), Rachael Macrea (1:34), Keith & Nuala Farquharson (1:17)

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Mollie on her way to the day's biggest PB improvement

6 - A mention for Sarah Hooper who has recorded 6 PBs in her last 6 appearances, Bobby Donnelly and Eddy Haddock recorded 4 in 4, Martin Donnelly and John Aitchison 3 in 3

7 – 7 Tring RC runners managed to finish in a sequence in our results - one after the other

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By a strange coincidence the American army in Korea predicted this stat by naming their radio the "TRC-7"

10 – Junior 10 - William Ireson earns his white shirt

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Well done William on earning your "10" shirt

14 – Well done to the 14 running their 1st ever parkrun

25 - Minute 25 was the busiest minute with 25 runners. Minute 27 also had 25 runners but that doesn’t match as nicely

26 – Of today’s runners, Helen Page has the longest continuous streak of Tring parkruns with 26 – which puts her 10th on the list of longest continuous streaks.

50 – Louise Quinn managed to run her 50th parkrun on her 50th birthday! Happy birthday Louise! We were so impressed with this stat that parkrun HQ have agreed that she can have a red shirt with her age printed on it! The next time Louise will be able to repeat a similar feat is  in 2030 if she only does 11 parkruns in the next 11 years!

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Well done Louise on running your 50th and Happy Birthday too!

76 PBs —A stunning number of PBs – our joint 2nd highest haul – we have had to search the record books to the heady season of April 2017 as our mud dried out and we saw 76 and then 107 PBs in successive weeks. This alternative winter course is proving to be as fast as our summer course – so are you up for 107 PBs next week?

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76 PBs! - a great total - in fact so impressive that this Dutchman has bought a new numberplate to celebrate!

100 - Well done to Trevor Lark for running his 100th . We would just like to point out Trevor is much younger than the shirt that parkrun HQ will issue him. It was also the 200th time we have seen the name Trevor!

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Trevor (in white top) on way to his 100th - well done Trevor!

100% - Our year 5 100% club is getting down to the hard core 7 – after 12 runs since our birthday it’s 12 out of 12 for Helen Page, Holly Bunn, Isobel Bladen, Louise Bladen, Luciana Walker, Peter Leigh and Steve Bladen but it’s Emma Young who is so far the PB Princess with 6 PBs in those 12 weeks!

100 - We saw the name Leybourne for the 100th time at Tring and Williams was the most common name on the day with a count of 6. And another mention for Mrs Leybourne, it was the 50th time we have seen the name Tamsin, as well as the 300th time for the name Adam and also the 50th for Iain.

1-2-3 - Had Ken Douglas finished 1-2-3rd on his 1-2-3rd parkrun that would have fitted in really nicely with this numeric run report but as he finished 124th it’s probably not worth mentioning, although well done Ken on your fastest run for a couple of years

312 - Another big turnout - Our joint 4th highest attendance, following our 3rd highest on Tuesday.

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312 tokens to sort back in order

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Join 50+ of your parkrun family for a post run coffee and natter

See you all again next week,
Andy E

 

Tring 226 – Christmas Day

 

Merry Christmas

What a fantastic, festive turn-out for Christmas morning, it was great to see so many Santas, Elfs and smiling faces.

We even got a mention in the Boxing Day edition of the Guardian. Event Director Andy Evans was interviewed and you can see that in the article called "On the first day of Twixtmas my true love said to me...". Enjoy.

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What a brilliant festive atmosphere in Tring Park on Christmas morning.

 

Before we get onto the report, here are a few words from Chris Millar who was out fantastic RD on the day:
"I'd been looking forward to being RD this year as I usually have to work on Christmas Day and it was definitely worth it to see so many smiling happy faces in the park. I'd like to pass my special congratulations not just to those with PBs and milestones but to Oliver GREENSTEIN on his first time 'winning' a parkrun (I know, it's not a race) and in doing so he becomes the 72nd fastest person to ever run at Tring. A special mention goes to Stuart MIDDLETON who turned up at 0919, 15 mins after the pack had sent off and as well as having to run an extra 300m to get from the finish where he met us to the start line he then managed to chase down and overtake the tail walkers to get into the results and finish in 41:32 (an aggregate time of under 25 minutes taking in the extra distance)".

 
Now onto the run write-up, brought to us this week by our very own Chris Nicholls. Chris celebrated his 100th parkrun at Tring on Christmas Day and below he also reflects on what parkrun means to him. Well said Chris and thank you.

 

Run write-up by Chris Nicholls

Father Christmas gave us the gift of an extra Tring Parkrun this year.
310 people decided to earn the right to their Christmas feast by running, jogging and walking around the 5K winter course. That's our 4th ever largest attendance, highest in the period September to December and the highest for our temporary winter route.

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The growth in Christmas Day parkrun attendance at Tring.

Santa helpers this week were
Robin ATTFIELD, Louise BLADEN, Steve BLADEN, Isobel BLADEN, Elizabeth DANIEL, Ken DOUGLAS, Sophie EVANS, Sam EVANS, Andy EVANS, Ann-Marie EVANS, Hannah EVANS, George FLETCHER, James FOSKETT, Matthew FOSKETT, Paul HEMBURY, Trevor LARK, Chris MILLAR, Richard MURPHY, Chris NICHOLLS, Tom NORTH, Helen PAGE, Thomas PAGE, James PAGE, Matty SINFIELD, Ella VAN DE LINDE and Allison WILLIMENT.

A big thank you to you all.

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Just some of santas/parkruns little helpers this week.

If you have not tried it yet then have a go at volunteering. There are lots of roles available with some (like the pre-event setup or doing the run report) allowing you to still run.

[Ed: As a side note Chris has volunteered 52 times including an amazing 46 times for pre-event setup. Brilliant!]

Also, if you volunteer 25 times you get a smart purple T-shirt.

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We were joined by 23 very welcome visitors from other parkruns and also 9 first time ever parkrunners. To them I would say remember a parkrun is for life not just for Christmas (i.e. keep coming down).

Oliver GREENSTEIN was the quickest back with a PB time of 18.58. Looking at his previous two runs at Tring (25/12/17 and 01/01/18) he may have another crack at a PB on the 01/01/19.

I am assuming that Samuel GREENSTEIN is Oliver's brother who was the fastest junior back with a PB time of 19.53 (and also the 4th fastest ever time for the JM11-14 age category).

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Oliver GREENSTEIN was our festive first finisher!

Fastest lady back was Jenny MADDOCKS with a PB time of 22.40. Jenny has completed an impressive 297 Parkruns mainly in the Cathedral City of St. Albans.

In total there were 29 PBs set on Christmas day, including 2 PBs in 2 weeks for Amelie BUNN and Charlotte BAILEY. Well done to you all.

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Jenny MADDOCKS was our female, festive, first finisher! Fantastic!

We also had more T-shirt milestones than in any week so far at Tring - a total of 12!

Congratulations to Daniel NEWMAN, Robert WILLIAMS, Debbie BOWEN, Sue FERGUSON, Abigail MULLEN, Lee ROBINSON, Samantha HOLLIER and Lucy WADE for joining the 50 club.

Congratulations also to Holly and Elaine BUNN, Harriett (Claire) HARMAN and also to me Chris NICHOLLS (not sure if black is my colour) for joining the 100 club.

Harriett also brought the biggest 100 cake ever - thank you.

To the 27 people who perhaps forgot their bar codes can I suggest a late Christmas present of a barcode wrist strap, plastic card or plastic tag? (See link here). Remember all profits go to support parkrun and it is better than having to plead with Andy Evans in the Akeman to include you in the results.

A small note from me...

It was my 100th Park Run which I semi-deliberately made sure fell on the 25th December. Carol (long suffering wife) and the kids are non-runners (despite my coaxing) so they do not understand the joy of running in the fresh air of Tring Park.

It has been a long journey since the first one I did. Since I started, I have knocked nearly six minutes from my PB in 2016 to my PB in 2018 and lost two and half stone in weight.

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Chris Nicholls: 100 parkruns complete (99 at Tring), volunteered 52 times, achieved 27 PBS!
Brilliant stuff, well done Chris and thank you.

Why have I mainly run in Tring?? To be honest I do not like change plus I can run down and back to the event so there is no hassle with parking. (Also I can get back home before anyone notices I am missing)
Also, I love Tring Park area. 2017 was a very bad year for me and one of the things that kept my mind off things was to run around the local wood lands and parks that we have the privilege to have on our doorstep.

I cannot recommend parkrun enough. For a lot of people (I am one of them) once I started, I have found it hard to even miss one and it has led to the dreaded 10ks, Marathons and Ultras!!!! (Do not get me started on Strava)

My one tip for parkrun is just finish. How ever bad you feel during it, not finishing will just make you feel worse. Even if you have to walk the final 1km to get the job done.

See you on Saturday!!

Chris Nicholls
 
 

And finally....

A last few stats from Andy Evans wonderful contraption:

  • After 8 weeks we still have 12 members (4 males and 8 females (including 3 junior females)) of our Year 5 100% club left.
  • 13 runners have run at all 5 Tring Xmas parkruns however most Christmassy runner goes to George Humphries who has run 4 parkruns in total and each one has been a Tring Christmas parkrun.
  • 100th time we have seen the surname Wood and 50th for Leff.
  • Richard and Chris were the most seen names with 6 each. Katie was the most popular female name with 5..
  • Minutes 28 and 32 both broke their attendance records with 34 and 22 respectively. In fact the 34 in minute 28 is the busiest of any minute we have ever seen – smashing the previous record of 29 runners.

Happy Christmas

Hopefully see you on the 29th.

Tring parkrun

 

Tring parkrun 221 – Black Friday offer!!!

 

It's that time of the year

Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday (who makes these names up by the way??) was wonderful Tring parkrun number 221. No need for enticing discounts of 50% or more - the best things in life are free, and we even throw in the odd T-shirt now and again too! Maybe the best gift to give this holiday/Christmas season is an invitation to someone who hasn't yet discovered parkrun?

The other thing about this time of year is that the weather is starting to turn. It may have been a grey morning but it was was illuminated brightly by the warm glow of 227 shiny participants and 23 hi-viz volunteers. The rain stayed away but we were prepared in any case as you can see in the pic below.

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Sitting alongside our trusty blue tarp is yet another trusty blue tarp and if it rains our volunteers spring into action and use it to cover up everyone's stuff. Genius!

 

Why do just 5km when you can do 6?

We welcomed 18 "first timers" to Tring this weekend, 4 of whom (Charlie Coutts-Wood, David Andrews, Caroline Lunt, and Alan Walker) tackled their very first parkrun and we hope to see them all back again soon.

A special mention needs to go to Ron Trotman, who we really enjoyed meeting. Ron has bagged a few parkruns in his time, including every single parkrun in greater London (53 of them) which earned him the coveted status of "Regionaire". He's also completed the "Stayin' Alive" and Compass Club" challenges and has the "Pirates" challenge in his sights. Ron was to be especially challenged by Tring however, starting with unexpected travel problems that caused him to arrive just over 16 minutes late.

Undeterred, he heroically set off to catch up. Unfortunately....he wasn't quite late enough to meet the Gate 1 marshal at Hearthbreak Hill and so (understandably) followed the "last lap" arrow up it! He was well on his way down the Lime Tree Avenue when the Cow Marshals pointed him back up! Now (of course!!!) the Gate 1 Marshal had moved to Heartbreak Hill and so missed Ron again and the Tail Walkers had picked up all of the other markers! Things quickly went from bad to worse for poor Ron as you can see in his GPS track! I shouldn't laugh. In the end he (miraculously) found his way back on track at the Rond Point and, in total, covered 6km. Come back and see us again Ron - we'll run as a team!

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It was really great to meet the heroic Ron Trotwood. He almost literally "went the extra mile" to complete Tring parkrun.

Milestones and PBs

We celebrated three milestone runs this week. Well done to William Brookman who completed his 50th, 33 of which have been at Tring. Juniors Jack Ambrose and Jack Hardcastle both reached their 10th parkruns and qualify for a free 10-Club T-shirt. Not only that but they both marked the occasion by running Personal Best times. For jack A that was his second in a row at Tring for for Jack H his sixth in a row at Tring. I'm impressed!

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Jack attack!

I'll be honest, I wasn't expecting quite so many PBs this week as it's starting to get muddy. I was way wrong and, in fact, 35 earned the right to ring the famous PB Bell.

In addition to the two Jacks other notable speedsters included:

  • Paul Collins - 5th PB in 5 runs,
  • Emma Young made it 4 in 4,
  • Andrew Lee 3 in 3 (which has the added bonus of rhyming!),
  • And 2 in 2 for James Applebee, Megan Francis and Joe Rizzo-Naudi,
  • Hortense Seed, on her 90th parkrun, moved up to 4th best ever time for the JW11-14 group with a time of 22:09,
  • Of the runners who have run at least 5 times, the biggest improvers were Duncan Melsome (2:03), Noah Wild (1:16), Aidan Roberts (1:01), Kate Burn (1:00) and James Herbert (0:56)

 

Well done Andy
Event Director, Andy Evans, set his best parkrun time for four and half years last week at parkrun's home in Bushy. This week he set a a Tring parkrun PB too. Congratulations.

 

Thank you

This week's parkrun was made possible by 23 very fine volunteers. Thank you to Keith Stonestreet, Claire Hallissey, Tom North, Edward Hopper, Anna Fryer, Samuel Fryer, Annemarie De Boom, Patrick McLoughlin, Helen Page, Angela Hollands, Chris Nicholls, Dennis Raffety, Oliver West, Sarah Foskett, James Foskett, Thomas Page, Nika Jackson-Moore, Isobel Monks, Eloise Clark, Keith Hendersen, Andrew Booth, and Howie Beck.

I especially appreciate that several were able to change from the roles they were expecting to meet the needs of the morning (e.g an extra cow marshal, as they tried to outflank Keith; change in the Finish Funnel to let some get away early etc.).

And a special thank you to Ed Hopper and Claire Hallissey who both reached the milestone of volunteering 25 times. The famous purple T-shirts will be on their way soon. Claire will be taking a wee break from parkrun to bring little baby Hallissey into the world and we wish her all the best with that and look forward to seeing a new buggy pusher next year!

A rough rule of thumb is to volunteer once every 9-10 runs. Let us know when you're able to help by emailing tringhelpers@parkrun.com.

You can see the roster of future volunteering opportunities at: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/tring/futureroster/
 

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Brilliant Finish Line team this week...just a few of the 23 volunteers who helped out this week. Thank you.

 

Happy, happy

Many other things made us happy this weekend.

  • Ben Miller set a new record gap between 2 Tring parkruns of 217 weeks – welcome back Ben,
  • After 4 weeks we have 37 (including 5 juniors) members of our Year 5 100% club left – the club lost 20 members this week,
  • 50th time we have seen the surname Hart and the name Jasmine,
  • Andrew was the most seen name (with 9) and Helen, Ros and Sarah, the most seen females (with 3 each),
  • 1st time we have seen 9 Andrews, 3 Ros's, 2 Garrys and 2 Rons,
  • Minute 26 was the most popular with 20 finishers,
  • We saw 4 new clubs this week including Maltby RC, Running Dads OZ, Tickhill Running & AC and the Chew Valley Snails,

 

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Happiness is Tring parkrun!

One thing that is making me especially happy is that there are not many sleeps until next week's "Kilted parkrun". Tring parkrun's very own celebration of St Andrews Day. Anyone not wearing a kilt or something tartan or anything else Scottish at Tring parkrun on Dec 1st will automatically be given a time of 59 minutes, 59 seconds and made to do the whole parkrun twice!! [Ed: Ken....you can't do that!!! :-)]
 

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Och - bring out your inner Jock (or Morag!). You know that you want to.

 

Did someone say Christmas?

We'll let you know as soon as we can whether we'll have a parkrun on Christmas Day. We need to resolve potential car parking issues first. It's also our intention to hold a run on New Year's Day, again we have a bit more work to do and will confirm details (e..g whether 9am start or later) as soon as we can.

In the meantime I will look forward to seeing everyone in their Scottish kit next Saturday.

Cheers

Ken

 

Tring parkrun 220 – Complete with Special Guests

Tring parkrun – Week 220 – Complete with Special Guests

Another week, another lovely morning in Tring Park. This time out 257 of you joined us for your weekly dose of parkrun fun, including 34 first time visitors to Tring.

This week we also saw a pretty hefty number of personal bests – forty in total! Some of our big improvers were Darcey and Euan Hudghton who both knocked 56s off their previous best, whilst Rosie Hill and Emma Young were both over a minute and a half faster. This was Emma's third in a row whilst Paul de Hoest made it a double. Next week I want what Toby Knight had for breakfast as he improved by what I technically call "a whopping" two minutes and fifty-two seconds! Sarah Hooper and Jack Hardcastle clearly enjoy running here at Tring as they've both notched up five PBs in their last five appearances too. Great work everyone!

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Another misty start

It was a quick week for Nicholas Hammett who set our joint second fastest ever time in the Junior Male 11-14 year old category with a time of 19:52! Not to be outdone, and at the other end of the spectrum, Richard Long moved up to fourth position in the all time Veteran Male 70-74 year old category with 28:12.

On to milestone news and it's a big congratulations to Katie Young who celebrated her tenth run with a PB and can now claim her white Junior 10 t-shirt!

We had a couple of 'special guests' visiting this week, including co-host of the official parkrun podcast (Free, Weekly Timed) and uber-uber-tourist, Louise Ayling. Alongside Louise we had Katherine Goulder running with us. You may not have heard of Katherine but she is one of parkrun's volunteer Outreach Ambassadors for Multiple Sclerosis. Katherine is also involved in the parkrun PROVE project (parkrun; Running or Volunteering for Everyone) which has been set up to make parkrun more welcoming and accessible for people with disabilities or long-term health conditions.

You can read more about Katherine's parkrun story and how she finds running with MS by reading her blog here: https://www.mstrust.org.uk/news/views-and-comments/parkrunning-ms Trust me it's well worth five minutes of your time! If you'd like to join Katherine and her fellow MS Ambassador Mark Taylor they're staging a 'take-over' of Letchworth parkrun on Saturday 8th December and are looking to welcome lots of visitors. If you fancy a bit of touring then why not join them – I'm reliably informed there will almost certainly be cake!

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Love this pic from Andrew last week.

As always, thank you very much to all our volunteers this week – we're always on the lookout for new volunteers so if you think you could help with any of our roles on a Saturday morning, just drop us an e-mail at tringoffice@parkrun.com. We've had 550 different individuals volunteer with us since starting – could you be the 551st?

On a side note, well done to regular Tring parkrunners and members of Tring Athletics Club who went on a pilgrimage to the home of parkrun at Bushy park and met 'the man' himself, founder Paul Sinton Hewitt. If you think 27 finishers in minute 28 is busy, you should try a visit to Bushy where they regularly get way over 1,000 runners in total through their double finish funnel!

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Meeting "the man himself"! :-)

A few stats and name news to finish off our report this week:

  • After three weeks there are still 57 runners who've completed every run since our anniversary, though we lost 47 members from this very exclusive club in one week alone!
  • The 28th minute of the run was just a tad hectic, with 27 finishers crossing the line. This was also the busiest minute of last week's run too.
  • Saturday marked the 200th time we have seen the surname 'Lindars' and the 50th appearance for 'Cuthbert'.
  • Richard was the most seen name with 6 in the results, whilst for the females there were 5 Helens
  • It was also the 200th time we saw the names Martin, Jim and Lucy but the first ever appearance for the names Arlo, Mariano, Francis and Sammy-Jo
  • Steve Gould and Andrew Clark set a pair of aesthetically pleasing times, both recording 30:30

We'll end with the biggest statistics of all. Since starting on the 1st November 2014, 6,542 participants have completed 38,398 parkruns at Tring covering a total distance of 191,990km. Did you know, 191,990km is equivalent to running around the Earth's circumference 4.79 times? You did? Never mind then.

Harry

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