Tring parkrun is cancelled on 2020-12-05 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

my favourite things…..

The sound of parkrun 

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favourite things

Barcodes and trainers and bright smiling faces
Milestones and cow pats and happy occasions
Munching on flapjacks that everyone brings
These are a few of my favourite things

When the dog bites
When the bee stings
When I'm feeling sad
I simply remember my favourite things
And then I don't feel so bad


parkrun is one of my favourite things, but you probably know that. Thank you for all the messages last week and all the hope that we'll get through this dismal Covid stuff and we can see each other again before very long.

The link to the Sound of Music comes from the famous song featured in that film. "Sixteen going on Seventeen" (sixteen being this week's theme) featured more than once in this weeks virtual runs.

Had parkrun existed in 1938 Austria the local hills would have been alive with the sound of cow bells and bar code scanners. The Von Trap family would have filled the role occupied by the Bunns and Roberts at Tring. No doubt Elaine would have ran the course dressed as a nun each and every week. And Andy and Steve could have delivered the RD briefings using nothing more than military whistles.

We'll take a look at (not)parkrun (GREAT effort by the way, this week) and also a special feature on our brilliant Duke of Edinburgh volunteers.

This week's virtual parkrun theme 

Sweet sixteen - that's how old parkrun now is, although it didn't really get going until 12/13 years ago. Since then it's spread to 2,000 locations in 22 countries across five continents. Tring parkrun is coming up to 6 years old, we're going to celebrate that "virtually" too. Look out for more information on Facebook next week.

Like many other parkrun events we chose 16 as our virtual theme this week

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16 in dog years, and 16 in Roman numerals (XVI)

Well done to everyone who turned out to accept the challenge and fun. Top marks for the creative-takes on the number 16 went to Pencil who showed us what that number is in doggy years, and to Dan and his Hareem for 16 in human, Roman numerals.

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Impressive milage - the Pages and Bladens clocking up a distance of 16 miles

Several regular parkrunners are in training for the Beachy Head Marathon (scheduled for the end of October, as things stand) and so were putting in extra distance.... 16 miles (with an extra 4 for good measure) by the Bladens and 16 for the Pages. That's just short of a total distance of 24 parkruns between them on one morning. Impressed with that!

Cake arty Tamsin
Birthday's deserve cakes and candles.

Well done to the Bishops for an impressive cake and display of warmly glowing candles and to Tamsin Leybourne for an excellent, arty arrangement of 16 birthday candles on a parkrun milestone T-shirt. Suddenly I'm feeling very uncreative! :-)

TU 16

As usual John Manning was on the ball and plotted a running route out over the back of Tring Park and a path called TU16 apparently. It all sounds a tad military like Zone X or something! I do wonder if near Glasgow the equivalent would be CU16??

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A blast from the past

And finally: We found a photo of a young Philippa and Dan Storr dancing round a gazebo (Dan in his Air Cadet uniform) - a bit like the frolic up the hill to the Summer House but without music now that young Jim has had his little Bluetooth speaker muted!

Many thanks to all the other entries from Billy Idol posters, through car number plates and creative Strava tracks. You are all stars - and definitely among my favourite things.

Marched him up to the top of the hill and marched him down again 

The Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Scheme , since 1956, has encouraged countless 1000s of young people to spend time developing new skills, taking part in sports, volunteering etc.

Tring parkrun has become one of the most popular volunteering spots for local DofEers


Just short of 50 young people (filling 809 volunteer slots so far) have used Tring parkrun to qualify for their bronze, silver and gold awards, and in at least one case it has shaped future career choices.


This week we received a brilliant write-up from Oliver Blundell, that we'd like to share:

Saturday mornings have always been about sport. From a young age, I have always had on a pair of trainers or boots to participate in football training, play a rugby match, tennis match or head off to cricket somewhere. However, last year, things were a little different, (I should have realised it was a taste of things to come!)

When I was not involved in Saturday school sport, no lie ins allowed. Instead I headed to Tring park to volunteer with the Park Run team for my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award.

I had no idea how busy, popular and fun this weekly event was.

What a brilliantly diverse crowd arrives week in week out.

Different ages, shapes, abilities, groups of families, friends & rivals, all turning up whatever the weather to run together 5km through this beautifully scenic Chilterns landscape.

With so many people, this event would not happen without volunteers to man the route. We took it in turns to perform different but all essential tasks.

Marshalling saw myself and others ensuring that everyone went the right way. When cold, muddy and foggy, it is easier to get lost than you think! .
Walking tail end saw us ensuring that everyone finished with no one left behind, not even stray dogs.

Encouraging the people over the line was always lively and felt worthwhile.
It was good fun seeing faces that you recognise from around town to old school mates, teachers past, neighbours and members of your own family.

My favourite part was the time keeping post when you would watch the final sprint to the line and go to congratulate the participant.
You would give out the finishers token and then scan the bar code to record a time, which may be a personal best or frustrating close second.

Either way you get a sense of who would be coming back next week and when we are up and running again, post-COVID, I know that I will be joining this Saturday group whenever I can.

HUGE thanks to Oliver and ALL of the other Duke of Edinburgh participants that have helped us so far.


Last week we asked for a few more (not)parkrun results to be posted. Between now and our virtual sixth birthday we'll be tracking all of the entries, with a big push on our birthday week itself. Certificates will be awarded for notable participation.

Last week 17,511 parkrunners took part across 20 countries, with an average finish time of 34:04. At Tring we had 23 entries with a very rapid average first time of just 28:13.

A special mention for Samuel, Chris, Greg, Gavin and Lesley who all joined the fun this week for the first time.


Two of our first timers (Chris and Samuel) were also top of the age% adjusted times with 71.5% and 69.2% respectively, with Louisa Hopper in a respectable 3rd with 67.7%.

In terms of absolute pace Samuel and Chris' places were reversed - knocking Harry Bryant off the top podium place for the first time in weeks.

Keith Stonestreet and Blaz Ziembaczewski both recorded five (not)parkrun times (i.e. five separate days) - impressive dedication.

Keith is in an unassailable position of the most (not)parkrun times in total - at 90. Under that we had some very pleasant symmetry: Blaz(55), Howard Lambert (44), Lucy Clutton (33), Louisa Hopper(22), and both Ken Douglas and Charlie Watson ran two too many to finish the sequence at (11)! (OK I admit that I ignored Martin Bishop(36) and Andrew Booth(41) for inconveniently spoiling a nice sequence!!)

Graham Hollands and Louisa also got PBs - the only two this week.

Keep it up everyone.


See you all next week.

Stay safe, stay well, keep running, keep smiling.

So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, good night,

The Tring team


The big catch up

Do you remember September? 

Earth, Wind and Fire wrote a song about it - you're "only" going to get a run report. But what a report!!

Since late 2014 we’ve built the most marvellous record in words, pictures and stats, of our weekly get togethers in beautiful Tring Park and our more recent virtual fun. We have a bit of catching up to do (sorry - I've been away), covering all the virtual, themed Tring parkruns since the first weekend of September.

As usual we've had fantatsic participation and hundreds of brilliant entries, from our excellent community (including from as far afield as Egypt). We've also got a stack of (not)parkrun news to catch up on, including advance word of a special challenge we'll be launching this week. And on the topic of advance news, we have a heads-up on forthcoming virtual Tring parkrun themes including our sixth birthday event and the virtual continuation of our annual St Andrews Day celebration. (See below).

Just a few of our brilliant Tring parkrun community
Just a few of those who took part in September's various virtual Tring parkruns

Tring parkrunners, the London Marathon and more. 
Before we start on parkrun news, and so it doesn’t get lost in the words below, we'd like to say a huge *congratulations* to a few of our regular parkrunners who took part in the virtual London Marathon this weekend. So many brilliant efforts in challenging conditions, well done to them all. And well done to those that turned out to support all of the runners on their way.

Julian and Lottie Claudia
Well done to Julian and Lottie Crane (left) and Claudia Selina for completing a very wet virtual London Marathon. And a special "thank you" to Cathy and Martin Bishop (behind Claudia) who braved the conditions to support everyone (and supply Jelly Babies).

All of our marathon runners (and virtual parkrunners from the day before) braved conditions that were slightly damp underfoot!

And while we're at it - kudos to Keith Stonestreet who has steadily worked his way up from 5km a few years ago to tackling ultra-marathons. The recent 50km Tring Ultra was cancelled but he, like many others ran it anyway and in less than six hours too. Wow! I believe Howard Clarke also did this too (if you have a pic let us know). Well done to them both.

Keith running the Tring Ultra route - even though it was cancelled.

Message us if we've missed anyone so we can update this report.

Virtual Tring parkruns..... 
Week 25, Fruit and Veg 

Cast your mind back to Sep 5th, summer was coming to an end (although it didn’t seem like it at the time), the harvest was almost over and our theme, appropriately, was “fruit and veg”. Who knew that so many of our parkrunners had green fingers??

Nick Charmichael-Jones (with Pencil’s help) showcased his apples, Ken Douglas appropriately had a fistful of runner beans, Helen Page, Cathy and Martin Bishop showed us an impressive crop of grapes, the Monks were found to be very able beetroot cultivators, Just Ewart was not alone with her crop of Damsons and Andy Evans had a garden plot that Monty Don would be proud of.

Quite a few combined their Saturday 5k with blackberry scrumping (if that’s the word) or nipped in past local PYO farms or the wonderful Tring Community Food Garden. 

We also appreciated John Manning’s question about how many of the submitted photos were taken on an Apple or Blackberry? :-)

jam brownies chutney Damson Gin
A photographic social commentary!!
On the left: Olympian Claire Hallessey with her (healthy and wholesome) plum jam, plum, brownies and plum chutney.
On the right: Kirsty Dance with Damson Gin (they like a good party, the Cheddington Crew!)

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A very impressive crop of fruit and veg from the Pages (left) and the Fosketts (right)

Week 26, The Tring Triangle 

Sep 12th saw one of the lengthiest introductions to a virtual run “….there are 3 main points to our run theme - yes, this week our theme is “Tring Triangles” – feel free to look for right angled, equilateral or isosceles triangles. Whether you visit the Tring Triangle itself or perhaps disappear in it’s Bermudan cousin. Or perhaps 3 of you make a triangle shape or you could visit the pyramids in Egypt or the Louvre in Paris or maybe spot triangular shapes on your run”. 

Buried in there was an apparently rhetorical example - however the reach of Tring parkrun is far and wide as we soon discovered.

Imaginations ran wild on this one - from pencil’s illuminati inspired, bad-hair-day disguising effort, triangular street signs (Julient, Graham, Angela), triangular sandwiches (thank you team Bishop). To keep the conspiracy theorists happy Blaz pointed out the “all seeing eye” atop the pyramid on the back of a US one dollar bill (the connection being that the challenge was announced on “9/11”!!). 

jonathan smith Ken
Battle of the pyramids - Ken lost! :-)

Ken Douglas just happened to be in Royal Deeside, just a few miles from the cairns built by Queen Victoria, including the huge “hidden pyramid” to commemorate Prince Albert, and so set off for a run up the hills to find it, encountering the Queen's (friendly) armed guards on the way. He was, however comprehensively out-pyramided by Jonathan Smith who happens to be working in Cairo and so went and visited the actual Great Pyramids. He wins!

Honourable mentions to Philippa Storr and Dave Carey who ran triangular virtual parkuns and posted the Strava results to prove it. 

It was also great see Andrew Powell dig out a very arty shot of one of our course marking triangles - they seem like a distant memory!!

trig 2m triangle
Love these! Terrific triangles. I'm sure that the common denominator here is that there is at least one teacher in each. Thank you "Dan's Hareem" and "The Cheddington Crew"

Thank you Andrew Powell for this impressive photo of one of our triangular course markers - brings back happy memories. Let's hope it's not too long before we see them again in Tring Park.

Andy used a vintage photo of Akeman Street (which flanks the old part of Tring known as the Tring Triangle) taken in the mid 18th century, to introduce the theme. It just so happens that this picture included the home of Steve (our co Event Director) and Louise Bladen. And so a re-staging was arranged to see how much has changed. On the old pic, the building on the right was demolished to make way for the Rothschild Museum and is roughly where the car park entrance is now.

old triangle new triangle
Akeman Street, then and now. These were taken from almost exactly the same spot but about 150 years apart.

Week 27, Wheels and Yellow Shirts 

Avast, ye landlubbers, I be weighing anchor and setting sail to see me hearties……

Thankfully for week 27 Andy did not choose a pirate theme (it was International Talk Like a Pirate Day!) else you'd have had to endure an entire run report written in pirate-ese. That weekend also saw the end of the Tour de France and a sporty angle seemed more appropriate than scraping barnacles and shivering timbers, so “wheels and yellow shirts" it was.

Keith Stonestreet was quick off the mark with an enormous, agricultural looking, JCB-ish yellow wheel spotted on Goose Acre Lockdown parkrun’s route. Wheels were spotted at Tringford, Pitstone and even down in Swansea (as a result of virtual parkrun tourism). 

Pencil kept up her impeccable record of entertaining virtual entries - we loved that meme!

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Yellow and a wheel - this week's first finisher!

they be
:-) Love this!

Week 28, Hills 

When Tring parkrun first started it quickly became famous for its hills - one of the least flat routes in the country. Since then we’ve been knocked off of the top ten (just) but no one can argue that adding 120m of vertical climbing to 5k of distance makes things a bit harder - especially when combined with the famous mud of Tring Park.

The theme was inspired by the return of more Covid related restrictions - just when we thought we were maybe seeing light at the end of the tunnel. This reminded us of the “corner of false hope” and then the slog up “Heartbreak Hill” on our original course route. 

The theme clearly resonated because we had a very large number of contributions to the Facebook group.

Special kudos to Helen Tullie who sprinted up Heartbreak Hill itself. And well done to everyone else who tackled the many various hills around Tring and elsewhere.

Helen Tullie revisited the original Heartbreak Hill

The most uplifting moment that morning was a session with the local Beaver Scouts to introduce them to Tring parkrun. They learned all about what we normally get up to on Saturday mornings and can’t wait to have a go themselves when it all starts again. We’ve never seen to many smiles when we had them running up to “Gate 1” and also up and down Heartbreak Hill.

Fingers crossed they have the opportunity to do it for real in the not too distant future.

What an uplifting sight. The local Beaver Scouts trying out part of Tring parkrun - and looking forward to it restarting

Week 29, Marathons and London 

The London Marathon, postponed from April and then chopped back to a physical race for the Elites, pressed on with a virtual event for everyone else who earned a race number. The weather added to the fun!

It was this time last year that the rain started and it pretty well didn’t stop for the next 20 weeks!! Let’s hope that doesn’t repeat itself. 

Perhaps not surprisingly entries were fewer this week for our virtual 5k. Quite a few were content to stay at home and munch on a Marathon Bar (it will never ever be a Snickers in my mind!!).

The start of the Great British Bakeoff has reminded us of the perils of a soggy bottom, but this was getting a bit silly.
Well done to everyone who got out and completed their 5k in any case.
(These are Lucy Clutton's feet!)

john manning
It was great to see folks digging out their old London Marathon Medals. We were especially impressed with John Manning's from 17 years ago when it was the Flora Marathon and not Virgin Money.

Well done Maura (and Dan's crew) - they will *always* be Marathons

And finally, although she was too modest to mention it, here is the lovely Claire Hallessey qualifying for the British Olympics at the London Marathon in 2011. Just look at that time (it's less than twice our slowest recorded time for Tring's mere 5k!!).


Up and coming virtual themes 

We normally don't announce the theme topic until the Friday evening before each virtual parkrun day. Coming up are two exceptions.

The first is on November the 7th, our official sixth birthday. We'll be holding a virtual event to mark this and you can expect a cake baking challenge thrown in for good measure too. What are your best memories from the last six years of Tring parkrun? Let us know by emailing us at or messaging us on Facebook.

The second is on November the 28th when we plan to hold our annual celebration of St Andrews Day with a virtual kilted parkrun. Ken (at least) will be running one (at least) of our 5k routes in Tring Park to mark the occasion, in his kilt. Och!! There will be a prize of a jumbo box of shortbread for whoever comes up with the most original way to mark the occasion too!

More details as soon as possible. Watch this space!!



As you know any registered park runner can record a 5k walk/jog/run on any day during the week. It can be any route, not just one of our Tring routes.

During September the numbers have not been that high, to be honest. We’ve been averaging 20ish runners posting times a week and it would be great to get that up to 50 or even 100. Possible? Are you up for a little challenge?

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Last week's top places taking age% into account

Last week we had one new “first timer” to (not) parkrun. Welcome to Rob Chambers. Rob ran with us on our 2nd and 4th events back at the end of 2014 and has completed one other parkrun (Gadebridge) since then and so it’s really super to see his name on our results table, with a very respectable (and third fastest) time.

A special mention to Paul Dyat for posting the most aesthetically pleasing time of 1 hour 1 minute exactly.

At the other end of the table Harry Bryant recorded a time of 20:50, with John manning next at 22:42 and then Rob at 23:13. Luise brooks was again speediest for the ladies, then Kay Ison and Cathy Bishop. 

Cathy, Louise, Howard Lambert, Martin Bishop and Alan Hunt all recorded PB times…..perhaps the cooler temperatures helped them on their way. Historically this has been a a good week for PBs.

For more information on (not)parkrun and how to get involved, please visit the FAQs on the parkrun site.
Visit your profile to add new (not)parkrun times.

What happened this month in previous years? 

Well, loads of stuff happened, but this report is long enough for now and so maybe we'll revisit that later in the week.

In the meantime, stay well, stay fit and look out for the special challenge/request we have for you coming up this week.

The Tring parkrun volunteer team.



Week 24: Aloha


There's more to a word than meets the eye 

"Aloha" to you and to everyone who has joined us at Tring parkrun on Saturday mornings (real or virtual) ever the last six years.

We know of the word "aloha" as a Hawaiian welcoming greeting and also a way of saying a fond farewell. But, this week, I found that there's much more to this apparently simple word than meets the eye.

The word is common to the majority of (very) different Polynesian languages, but has special significance in Hawaii. Its meaning is so deep that there is no simple translation, no English language equivalent.

The literal definition of aloha is "the presence of breath" or "the breath of life". This seems appropriate for parkrun. The "spirit of aloha" is a way of living and treating each other with respect.

(More about the word Aloha)


Let's start with (not)parkrun. Why might you ask? Well, let's just say that there is a result this week that we're never likely to see again!!!

Taking age-grade into account the top table is as you see below. I know it's not a race and I know that just getting out and jogging/walking/running is the thing.....but I have to confess to being quite delighted! :-)

The age-grade table for this week's Tring (not) parkrun.

Setting age aside the overall quickest females were (in order) Louisa Hopper, Louise Brooks and Kay Ison. For the men it was Harry Bryant (who seems to have claimed this spot as his own), somebody called Ken Douglas and Blazej Ziembaczewski.

Keith Stonestreet (57), Blazej Ziembaczewski (35) and Andrew Booth (34) head the table of the most (not)parkruns recorded.

And welcome to Carlone Duncombe, our only "first timer" this week.

You can record your own time, any day, from any 5k route, on your parkrun profile page. You can find a link to that from your weekly parkrun email or from the link at the foot of the results page.

This week's virtual theme 

This weekend should have been our "annual" Hawaiian Shirt parkrun. Our first was last year and it was such great fun we decided to do it again.....and we'll do so next year too.

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Brilliant Hawaiian shirts and Hawaiin themed ideas this week

Lee Robinson, after his front cover appearance last week, maintained a high standard this week and reminded us all of that TV Classic "Hawaii Five-O".

Pencil was back in top form surfing and slurping doggy-cocktails from a pineapple inspired container. Woof!

Dave Carey and his family, and Juliet Mitchell scored bonus points for actually surfing (on the south coast).

Keeping the weekly tradition of at least one entry being beer/wine related - Claire Hallessey had a really quite impressive bottle of Kona, Hawaiin beer! Brandon looks bemused!!

And we had all the colours of the rainbow - and more - in a pretty impressive array of loud and flowery shirts. Great job everyone.

A shout-out to the Hollands and to the Pages, who got out there and completed their virtual parkruns too.

Conspicuous by his absence was our very own Andy Evans. He set the theme and then failed miserably to actually enter anything. In time-honoured parkrun tradition he has been awarded a finishing time of 59:59!!

And in previous years.... 

If you have time on your hands, or any of the points below trigger a memory, you can click on the links below to read the run reports from the previous five years.

#263 - 2019 - Back from the Holidays
Who remembers this week, last year, when Barry Watson entertained our parkrunners with his violin/fiddle from the deck of the Greek Temple inspired Summer House?

#209 - 2018 - the A to Z of Tring Parkrun
Andy Evans wrote a great report in the form of an A to Z list of points relating to the days parkrun.

Millie gets a PB - watched over by a proud mum.

#154 - 2017 - Bank Holiday Magic
The one where Matty Sinfied, Heather Painter and Moira Douglas saved the day by moving the cows away from the "Run Round Me" corner where they'd ran to after the start of the parkrun - blocking the way. They succeeded with just minutes before the fastest runners reached that point.

#100 - 2016 - Our Centennial / 100th parkrun
Our 100th parkrun was a huge event. Andy Collings (as we learned last week) completed his 100km challenge and raised £2000 for our defibrillator, we ran the course in reverse (just for fun), and generally we all enjoyed a great party atmosphere. We also smashed our attendance record by a huge margin.

312 attendees
Maura Paterson was Tail Runner (as they were called back then) and holds token 312 - the first time we'd ever seen such a high number by a margin of 99!!

#46 - 2015 - For Tring they Ring
The one where EJ Thribb makes a guest appearance and we introduce the now famous "PB Bell"

Thats all folks for this week

Mahalo parkrun ohana

Ken and the Tring parkrun volunteer team


Week 23: Bob Grahams and Hawaiian Shirts

This week's theme... 

This week's virtual theme had snappy title of "Bob, Graham, the Lake District and for good measure the letters B and G". Plenty options there then - even a glass of water is creative enough to come up with an entry for this one! :-)
But first, Bob and Andy.... 

Andy Collings is one of our lovely volunteer Run Directors, a proud Cornishman and somewhere in his lineage you'll find the Duracell Bunny. The man can't stop running. Almost exactly four years ago - you may recall - he ran Tring's hilly course 19 times overnight before joining us all for our 100th anniversary parkrun. In doing so he raised money to buy a defibrillator and sound kit. Epic stuff.

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Andy completing his epic 100km challenge in 2016

Since then he's had a few other short jogs - like round the entire Cornish coast and even across New Zealand. This weekend he took on the 105km, 8200m ascent, 42 Lake District peaks, "Bob Graham Round" - named after the first person to complete the route in less than 24 hours back in 1932.

It is hard to appreciate just how tough this is - 5 times more people have climbed Everest than completed this challenge!

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These are the elevation profiles of Tring parkrun's original course and the Bob Graham round compared to scale. It's worth taking a close look at this !!

Andy had to delay his original planned start by a day because of bad weather - it still wasn't ideal at midnight on Saturday when he left Moot Hall in Keswick. Sadly the weather continued to turn against him. He completed the entire route but cold, windy, wet conditions slowed him and he finished only minutes after the 24 hour target.

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Andy at the start of his awesome run and also tackling part of the course about half way through - one of the few times there was a glimmer of blue sky.

Ever smiling Andy put the experience down to a "recce" and plans to do it again. Respect!!

You can see photos from Andy's awesome achievement on our Facebook page "Andy's 2020 Bob Graham attempt".

Completing this required almost inconceivable levels of fitness, dedication and focus. Andy was supported by Run the Wild and Tring Running Club, including several regular Tring parkrunners.

We are inspired and will never complain about Tring's hills ever again.

Saturday Morning Fever 

The letters B and G, Bee and Gee, the BeeGees, Saturday Night Fever, Stayin Alive, You Should be Dancing, Jive Talkin'. Since Andy Evans set this theme it's been hard to get those songs out of my mind and it seems several of you were the same.

SNF poster
Lee Robinson's pose was so good we just had to superimpose it on the film's poster!

Stayin Alive
The Bishops "ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin' alive, stayin' alive” :-)

Around Tring we have mini hills and lakes. College Lake was an obvious draw for many including the Monks family, Claire Hallessey and her little running coach. A little closer we have our own "Lakeside" - visited by Keith Henderson - a spot in Tring not many know about, with an interesting history connected to William Kay's Silk Mill and the Rothschilds who had a fishing and picnic lodge at the waters edge.

The Foskett family were happy to see this week's theme, like Andy Collings they were already in the actual Lake District.

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Lakeside (the source of the name Dundale) and a grey looking College Lake

We had several real running connections. The Pages and Bladens have places for an actual, physical, in-person marathon, conveniently starting with the letter B (Beachy Head) in late October. They were already in training this weekend, and we wish them all the best with their preparations and the race itself.

Bechy Head team Bob Graham Training Recepticle

In Tring Park there is also a Strava Segment called "The Bob Graham Training Receptacle". It's the ludicrously steep (25%) path directly up to the Rond Point - the viewing point on King Charles Ride that we run past on our parkrun route. Ken Douglas struggled up it for a PB and is currently head of the age grade league table on Strava - until John Manning and Martin Hopcroft find out....I'm sure they'll have something to say about that.

For the armchair runners, Helen Tullie was settling down to "The Round" - a book've guessed it.

Dave Carey BOB Andy Collings fan club

Special kudos to the Van de Lindes for their creative tribute to Andy Collings and to Dave Cary for finding a carton of BOB Milk. Who knew?? By the way no, John Manning, DF isn't close enough to BG!

Thank you for all the other great entries this week.

Highlights from previous years 

Next week should have been our Hawaiian Shirt parkrun, our first was a year ago this weekend and was a brilliant, brightly coloured and happy event. Oddly there is no run report - so if you'd like to delve into more details have a look at the great photos from that day, or enjoy an "interesting" ukulele duet.

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Mike Holdroyd was one of many who made a great effort to enter into the spirit of things.
Also Sally after her epic parkrun with newborn Jack and little Gracie

This is the one where the amazing Sally Nash completed Tring parkrun the Saturday before, gave birth on the Sunday and then did parkrun again the following Saturday (i.e. this weekend a year ago) with new baby Jack in a sling!

Tring parkrun 208 (25/8/18) parkrun love from Bradford
Great report from visiting tourist Helen Brant

Tring parkrun 153 (19/8/17) The Happy Hens
The more astute may notice that we actually (mistakenly) included this last week - it's the one where 
Paul McCormack ran his 100th and Ella Highton her 50th.

Tring parkrun 99 (20/8/16) The week the weather turned
Featuring epic cow marshalling from Paul Hembury and the announcement of Andy Collings' 100km challenge.

Tring parkrun 45 (22/8/15) The return of Ermintrude
Andy Collings was RD this weekend 5 years ago - a far cry from tackling the Bob Graham. Richard Lambert was presented with "parkrunner of the month".


We had an impressive set of PBs this week. Congratulations to Wes "Jive Talk" Ball, Blazej, Keith Stonestreet, Mark Tikaram, Lee "Travolta" Robinson, Louise Brookes and Paul Dyett.

Speedy placings were - for the boys went to Harry, Wes and Blaz, and for the girls Louise Brookes, Louisa Hopper and Kay Ison.

Kay was first finisher overall taking age% into account.

Keith Stonestreet also extended his lead with the most times submitted - passing 50 and (not) earning a red (not)parkrun T-shirt!

Great running by everyone.

Let's see how many more can record times this week - follow the link on the results page or from your weekly parkrun email.

I'm going to aim for a PB!!!! Watch this space.

And so that's it for a few more days!

Stay well and fit

The Tring core team.



Weeks 21 and 22 – Beaches and bees

TWO for the price of ONE 

This week we cover the 21st and 22nd locked-down weeks of no parkrun. We're edging towards half a year now and despite the publishing of the parkrun framework to return there is no imminent end to parkrunless Saturday mornings in sight. :-(


We seem to have an interesting competition developing between a few of our regular (not)parkrun participants. But first well done to all of those who managed PB times in the very hot and then wet/humid conditions of the last two weeks.

Shelley Deverall-Roberts, Blaz Ziembaczewski and David Saul all booked personal bests in the week ending the 8th August. Blaz repeated that feat this week (w/e 16th Aug) and both Helen Page and Angela Hollands got their names on the PB table too.

Wes Ball, Kay Ison and Adrian Falls all recorded (not)parkruns for the first time during this period and have all given the first-finsher boards a shake as a result.

Keith Stonestreet seems now to have built an unassailable lead in the record for the most (not)parkruns completed with 44 under his belt.

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The current table of most (not)parkruns completed

As for those with rapidly operating limbs....the fastest finishers for each week were:

Week ending Aug 8th:
For the women: Charlie Watson, Kay Ison and Louisa Hopper
For the men: Matthew Skelding, Harry Bryant and Adrain Falls

Taking age% into account the overall speediest were (in order) Kay, Matthew and Adrian.

The week ending Aug 16th saw a spot of jockeying for position:

For the men Matthew and Harry held the same places but John Manning nipped into overall finisher slot.
For the women Louisa Hopper secured the fastest finishing time, followed by Kay and them Helen Page

Taking age% into account the picture was as follows: John, Matthew, Kay.

Well done to everyone.

Don't forget to post your times - just visit your Facebook profile page (the link is in your weekly parkrun email).

Our weekly themed, virtual parkrun 

Each week Event Director Andy Evans sets a theme, as a bit of an extra challenge, for those sticking to the routine of completing a 5k run on a Saturday. The themes are announced on Friday evenings on our Facebook Page and anyone is free to post a record of their interpretation of it under another post starting at 8am each Saturday morning.

We have had many brilliant and entertaining takes on these themes, and week 21 "the coast and seaside" and week 22 "honey, bees and honeybees" were not exceptions.

Sun, sea and sand
Oh I do like to be beside the seaside, and so do many other it seems.

Seeing as Tring is about as far from the sea that you can get in England, Wilstone Riviera, Box End Water park and back garden sand pits (for young Mr Hallessey) all stood in for substitute seasides.

Some had to be content with a bit of air-surfing in their backyards too....

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Lookout Baywatch.
Keith Henderson, Andy and Ann-Marie Evans were all hanging-ten or whatever it is that surfer dudes and dudettes do

Many actually managed to visit the seaside - from Worthing, Mousehole, Ramsey (Isle of Man) and Portland Bill to the beautiful shores of Barra on the West Coast of Scotland, it was great to see so many of our regulars have the opportunity to stretch their legs next to the beautiful briny sea.

Pages mousehole Mick McCormick on Bara
Monks on beach judy
Many were actually managed to visit the seaside.

We were also blessed with a virtual parkrun tourist. Natasha Armstromg joined us from her home parkrun of Southsea near Portsmouth. You can see the image below. The scene wasn't quite like this a few hours later, after the usual hordes descended.

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Virtual parkrun tourism from Natasha Armstrong at Southsea (before the crowds)

A seaside tradition: "Kiss me quick" requested Ken, not surprisingly there were no takers!!

To bee or not to bee
The 15th August is National Honey Bee day in the USA. I think we should adopt this day too - bees are fascinating and valuable little things. Anyway, Andy chose honey, bees and honeybees as this week's theme. I thought this would be tricky and yet again I was proven wrong.

On the day itself we saw many brilliant efforts - way too many to feature all here. They included clever obscuring of street sign letters (John Manning and the Monks) - "The Beeches" became, simply, "The Bee". Clever. Hive minds in action too perhaps!?

Several managed to include runs past actual bee hives into their 5k. There are a lot of them about after you know what to look for.

Poor Sara Darling, though, had a closer encounter than she had hoped for and was stung on her, errr, bottom when out for her run. [I can feel the gaze of the parkrun run report police looming over me and so I shall say no more].

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This week's first finisher - Lee Robinson - great costume effort

Lee Robinson scooped first male finisher position with a very impressive, improvised bee costume. His red running shoes even look like pollen baskets!

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Top marks for word-play. "May bee?". (And, by the way - it isn't!)

Sarah Foskett was first female finisher by virtue of a brilliant bit of word play. Looking for a bee in her garden she took the photo above. It may be a bee, but maybe it's not!? In fact it's not.....and I would dearly loved to have said exactly what it is. I was counting on a bee keeper friend to provide the full scoop.....but even he is baffled. Answers on a postcard please to Tring parkrun c/o Tring Park.

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Top marks for lateral thinking - the musical note B

Juliet and Greg Mitchel went down a musical road. "B" - the musical note B was their focus. Now B, also known as Si, Ti, or, in some European countries, H, is the seventh note of the fixed-Do solfège. Its enharmonic equivalents are C♭ and A . When calculated in equal temperament with a reference of A above middle C as 440 Hz, the frequency of Middle B (B4) is approximately 493.883 Hz. (As I've said you know!)

Another impressive performance from Claire Hallessey. She once ran (and won) a race sponsored by Rowse Honey. Her prize was a huge hamper of said sticky sweet stuff - which is way better than yet another "technical-T", buff and/or medal.

The race where the winner gets a huge hamper of honey

Other notable contributions include Blaz's bottle of Mead. Here we go......"Mead is an alcoholic beverage created by fermenting honey with water, sometimes with various fruits, spices, grains, or hops. The alcoholic content ranges from about 3.5% ABV to more than 18%. The defining characteristic of mead is that the majority of the beverage's fermentable sugar is derived from honey".

Mike Ward found the Ritz Carlton of bee hotels on his run, while at the other extreme, Andy found a poster from a bee and wasp exterminator. Hmmmm! I have a bumble bee nest under my shed and a black wasp nest behind it. Quite happy not to have them exterminated. If you have a swarm of honey bees - just contact the bee keeper association and they'll take care of it without zapping them with chemicals.

Bee of Bristol
This week's virtual tourism is from Ashton Court near Bristol

A final word, this week, goes to Rich Kennington - our virtual tourist from Ashton Court near Bristol. And look - there is a boat there (with Ashton Court parkrun behind) called "Bee". Oddly Rich was also stung by a bee this week - which he almost swallowed while out on a run. It got him on the lip, but we'll spare you the photo of the impressive swelling!

This weekend on previous years 

Week 21
Tring parkrun 260 - No run report. :-(

parkrun 206 - Beautiful morning. The one with a parched a park and no cows.

parkrun 152 - Que-Sarah-Sarah The one with seven (!) Sarah's, Toby Gribbin's 100th run, plus Andy Angel and Alison Hope's 50ths.

parkrun 97 - nee-naw-nee-naw-moo A potentially scary moment with our first 999 call and need for an ambulance.

parkrun 97 - a happy ending
A scary moment when we needed an ambulance - but our patient was diagnosed quickly and made a full recovery

parkrun 43 - No place like home. Harry was RD and owned up to being "a tourist" - a big deal in those days!

Week 22

Tring parkrun 261 - Sun has got its hat on. A run report sponsored by Sesame Street for some reason!

parkrun 207 - 207 When YOPA came to visit and Wendover Woods core volunteer team got some training done before their inaugural event.

parkrun 153 - Happy hens. We had a hen party join us (we always like that), Paul Mccormack did his 100th, Ella Highton her 50th and Isobel Roberts completed her 10th.

parkrun 98 - A BIG week. A Special Olympic week event!

parkrun 44 - X file mysteries and a string of PBs. This will give you an idea.....
Chief “Cow Marshal” Chris Millar reported the mysterious disappearance with some incredulity:
“They’ve gone!”.
“What d’you mean gone?"
“Gone…vanished, disappeared!”

The only cows to be seen

And that is it for another week.

Stay well, stay fit, keep smiling.

The Tring parkrun team