Bumper Edition – #237 & #238

This week we have a Bumper edition of the Run Report.

Starting with parkrun#238 - International Women's Day

This Saturday we celebrated International Women's Day and being I was proud to be RD this week celebrating with the other 10.700 female parkrunners who have volunteered in the role of RD a massive combination of a total of 130,471 times.


We welcomed 207 runners of which 19 first timers took on the Tring winter course and an amazing 22 PB's on what could be described as damp conditions. We had three clubs that we hadn't seen before included Reepham Runners, S4F Triathlon squad and High Sheriff of Oxon Challenge Richardsons

On this day we celebrated the 50th parkruns of Jose Hetherington and Caludia Selina, along with doing it for the boys Eddy Haddock, Luke Cobby and Max Elder earning their 10 shirts and Ben Patterson achieved his 100 shirt.


Jose with husband Andrew both getting PB's

For the observant parkrunner you may have noticed Claudia running on Saturday in a blue tutu which was the raise awareness for Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis (OMS) as Claudia herself suffers with multiple sclerosis. Claudia has become an ambassador for OMS which is a non-profit organisation, which raises awareness about evidence based diet and lifestyle interventions that can improve health outcomes in people with MS.


Claudia with our wonderful marshal Rachel

In Claudia's words "OMS gave me hope and positivity that I could make changes to the lifestyle I was leading for a better health outcome. Since following the OMS programme, I have been healthier than ever before and it made me reconnect with running and finding parkrun. Mental health is hugely important and a healthier body leads to a healthier and stronger mind to enable you to deal with this curve ball that MS is.
I am now one of the two ambassadors for the Hertfordshire circle and encourage everyone with MS to join their local circle. If you sign up on https://overcomingms.org/community/find-support/ you will find lots of local support to help you with this unpredictable condition. And as part of parkrun's PROVE project, there is also a great and inspiring community on Facebook for runners with MS. We have superquick sprinters amongst us, as well as MSers participating in their wheelchairs or solely by volunteering - everyone is welcome. Please pass on the news to anyone you know who is affected by MS."

parkrun #238 super stats

Kay Ison, Tony Hart and Tom Curtis recorded their 2nd PBs in 2 weeks

Deborah Lea achieved her 4th PB in her last 4 appearances and Leyton Bowen 3 in 3

Julian Crane becomes the 78th person to run 78 times at Tring

Helen Page was away running a 50k ultra and so after 21 weeks, Holly Bunn becomes the final remaining member of our Year 5 100% club!

Helen’s sequence of 34 Tring parkruns in a row becomes the 4th longest ever sequence. Holly’s current 25 in a row, which is our current longest, sits just outside the all-time top10 for sequences.

Robinson was the most seen surname with 4

Chris, Richard and Paul were the most seen name with 5 each and 4 Emmas heading up the females

50th time we have seen the names Damien and Marcus

1st time we have seen 3 Angelas and 1st time we have seen the names Allie and Nichola

Minute 30 was the most popular with 17 runners

Of those who have run 5 times at Tring, biggest PB improvements for Justin Read (1:28), Tricia Shacklock (1:22), Martin Donnelly (0:50), Kay Ison(0:48) and Peter Lilley (0:34)

parkrun #237

Last Saturday we welcomed 201 runners of which 21 where first timers with 31 PB's on the Tring Winter course.


Lucy showing us how to fall in style

We have news of a new addition to the Tring parkrun family, you may have noticed that RD's Anna and Ross have been missing for a number of weeks. Well we are pleased to announce the birth of Jesscia Matilda Lambert and we are looking forward to seeing Ross and Anna doing a spot of buggy running.

We also celebrated Colin Hamnett achieving his 50 shirt and Howard Lambert achieving his 100 shirt.


Howard on his 100th

#237 Super Stats

Christine Dennis recorded her 3rd PB in 3 weeks

Also 6 PBs in 6 appearances for Mike Holdroyd and 4 in 4 for Hayley Hyde

John Manning recorded the 5th fastest ever time (22:58) for the VM65-69 age category and Pauline Siddons recorded the 2nd fastest ever time (29:42) in the VW70-74 age category

We saw the surnames Young and Cooper for the 100th time and we also saw the name Melanie for the 100th time

1st time we have seen the names Anja, Pip and Peggy

Sarah, Richard, Daniel and Tom were the most numerous names with 4 each

Minute 25 was this week’s most popular minute

3 runners from Maidenhead AC broke their club’s attendance record

Of those who have run 5+ times at Tring, the biggest improvers were William Ireson (6:23), Christine Dennis (2:24), Rebecca Mullen (2:19), Andrew Pennell (1:47), Charlotte Utting (1:01)

Of those who have run 5 times at Tring, biggest PB improvements for Billy Martin (4:21), Simon Cobby (1:43), Mike Holdroyd (1:04), Daniel Jones (1:02), Toby Wastling (0:58), Kayleigh Gray (0:55) and Dominic Curtis (0:54)

I hope you have enjoyed the read

See you tomorrow

Katie RD


Tring Park parkrun #236 – The Foggy one

We arrived this week to a very foggy Tring Park despite the recent February weather giving us some record breaking temperatures and glorious sunshine. It wasn’t all gloom though as this week we heard that Anna and Ross Lambert announced the birth of baby Jessica. Anna and Ross are regular Tring park runners and volunteers and part of the RD team. Congratulations to you both and a big parkrun welcome to Jessica.

A very foggy finish line.

We welcomed 26 first timers to Tring this week with 7 people running their first ever parkrun. Lets’ hope we see you back soon to go for your first PB. Not sure if it was due to the school half term but 5 of the 7 first timers were under 14! Great to see the juniors getting involved.
A very busy start line
A very youthful finish line crew.

A huge thank you to this weeks’ volunteers Clare Murphy, Dominic Cecere, Edward Crane, Howard Lambert, Isobel Monks, Izzy BROOKES, James Elphinstone, James Foskett, James Maple, Janice Lorimer, Julian Crane, Katie Haines, Marcus Birch, Oliver West, Patrick McLoughlin, Richard Alcock, Richard Murphy, Robert Alcock, Roberto Cecere, Samuel Fryer, Sarah Foskett, Shelley Deverall-Roberts, Thomas Page and Tom Foley. We had a great finish line crew with predominantly DoE volunteers who did a great job making with timing and scanning. Although we did have some issues with the results later in the morning which did take some sorting out. All good now though!

Juliet and husband Greg in her 100 tabard and on the finish line with son Ben.

Just two milestones this week with Juliet Mitchell running her 100th parkrun and Adeline Lawley completing her 50th. Congratulations to you both and we hope to see you in your shiny new T-Shirts soon.
We had 216 runners this week and despite the foggy conditions there were 41 Personal Bests! First across the line this week for the ladies Zoe Chamberlain in 23:11, with Olivia Clarke next on 23:58 and a new PB followed by Emma Smith in 24:32. For the men Matt Wade was fastest with a new PB of 18:31 followed by Guy Dauncey in 19:59 also with a PB and first timer Lee Cahill in 20:09 and Jhon Cosgrove in 19:13.

And now the infamous Tring parkrun weekly stats!

1). The 3rd time that we have had 2 successive parkruns with the same attendance and each time it has happened, the fastest finisher has been the same in both weeks!
2). 3PBs in 3 weeks for 3 members of the same family so well done to, Deborah, Richard and Jacob Lea.
3). Also 3 PBs in 3 appearances for Lana Dales and Alan Walker
4). Olivia Clarke became our 2nd fastest ever u-11 female with her time of 23:58
5). Surnames – saw Arnold for the 100th time and Reynolds for the 50th
6). Christian Names – 300th Mark, 200th Holly, 100th Brian, 50th Adeline
7). 1st time we have seen 6 Toms at same event
8). 1st time we have seen the names Christof, Linden, Lina
9). Of those who have run 5+ times at Tring, the biggest improvers were William Ireson (6:23), Christine Dennis (2:24), Rebecca Mullen (2:19), Andrew Pennell (1:47), Charlotte Utting (1:01)
10). Do you suffer from Marchitis? As we leave February, here is a list of runners who have run on the most occasions with us, but have never been seen in March - Greg MITCHELL(79 parkruns), Rosie HIGHTON(44), David MILLS(43), Thomas HANSON(42), Ann-Marie EVANS(41), Oliver PAGE(40), Bethany HANSON(40), Amelie BUNN(40), Paul RICHARDSON(39), Christian HANSON(39)

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 235 – Amazing stats and facts


Parkrun 235 - 16th February 2019

Did you know February 16 is the 47th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar? Did you know there are 318 days remaining until the end of the year (319 in leap years)?

Did you know that in the year 600 Pope Gregory the Great decreed that saying "God bless You" is the correct response to a sneeze?


With Hump Day done and into Thirsty Thursday, we’ll soon be on to the best day of the week Friday (aside of Parkrun Saturday of course!). Friday of course is known to some of us as something else completely, just to say has something to do with poems and leaving work early.

I’m afraid time as has caught with me this week and this report will be (mostly) based on our world-renowned stats.

Did you know....?

First off, this week saw a couple of juniors join the ‘10 club' - Dominic Cecere and Jack Brown. Dominic has completed all 10 of his runs at Tring. Jack has completed 9 at Tring and one at Wycombe Rye, Jack also celebrated with a new PB, making that 6 PB’s out of 10 runs.

While we’re on Personal Bests: we had 3 in 3 weeks for Mike Holdroyd (also his fifth in five visits), 2 in 2 for Jack Brown and a great piece of family teamwork with 2 in 2 by Richard, Deborah and Jacob Lea.

In addition, Richard Caseley is on a sequence of 7 PBs in his last 7 Tring visits whilst Rob Firth and Sammi Hicks are on sequences of 3 each and with precision running Anna Cuthbert equaled our JW11-14 record of 21:10.

Next is a stat that you don’t see too often is the fastest finisher to finish wearing one shoe! Is that the fastest or the only one? Either way good effort.

our first single show record to the rescue
The mysterious case of the lost running shoe.


We’ve waited for a few weeks for this next stat but this week John Mayock recorded our first 20:19 in 2019.

Of all those who have run at Tring, John probably holds the record for having the run the fastest 5k at some point in their life with his time of 13:19 at The Commonwealth Games in 2002. Obviously if any of our regulars have gone faster, please let us know!

Our first 20:19 of 2019 18:10 next week?
John became the first runner in 2019 to record a time of 20:19. He is one of two Olympians running with us at Tring regularly. He represented his country at the 1996 games in Atlanta, the 2000 games in Sydney and the 2004 games in Athens.


Paul Crudge becomes the 143rd person to run 50 times at Tring. Who will be our 150th to 50 I wonder?

Tring Parkrunner Jose Hetherington has been organizing monthly touristing trips and this week they were at Cassiobury. As a result our Tring year 5 100% club is now down to just 2 members, just Holly Bunn and Helen Page have been ever present at Tring since our birthday at the beginning of November.

Paul Myatt may regret beating Paul Crudge as it’s Paul C who ran the "1,000th Tring parkrun by a Paul". The name Paul also being the 1st name to reach 1,000 runs. In other name news we saw Michael for the 300th time, Emma for the 200th, Ron for the 100th. (Report writers note, the name Andrew must be up there somewhere!)

We saw 2 Leons. Katharines and Euans for the 2nd time and we also welcomed new names Oakley and Dayo.

It’s not often in February that a minute beats it’s attendance record but that’s what happened to minute 20, ably assisted by some Chiltern Harriers juniors to a total of 12 runners beating the previous 10.

Great to welcome so many smiling faces from Chiltern Harriers


The biggest improver of those who have run more than 5 times at Tring, Deborah Lea (2:18), Christine Dennis (2:11), Oliver Page (1:50), Christopher Ireson (1:45), Talia Williams (1:43) and Oliver Ireson (1:35) and Jack Brown. Jack you’re almost famous, mentioned 3 times in one report!

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped out and responded to the midweek plea.

Andrew BOOTH, Anna FRYER, Annemarie DE BOOM, Chris NICHOLLS, Claire SHEPHERD, Dominic CECERE, Edward CRANE, Heather PAINTER, Helen PAGE, James ELPHINSTONE, James MAPLE, Kay ISON, Marcus BIRCH, Neil ADCOCK, Nika JACKSON-MOORE, Noah ROGER, Oliver WEST, Paul MYATT, Phil ROGER, Rebecca BOJARSKI, Roberto CECERE, Samuel FRYER, Thomas PAGE, Tom FOLEY

fun in the wind
Essential life skill: packing away a tarp when it's blowing a hooley


This week 216 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 55 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

And a final fact

Tring parkrun started on 1st November 2014. Since then 6,920 participants have completed 42,114 parkruns covering a total distance of 210,570 km, which is approximately 5 and quarter times around the world.

Andy Collings



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 #234, Mud Pie in the middle and an actual Polar Bear



This week's run write-up was kindly written by Pippa WHITE, visiting Tring for the first time with her daughter Harriet. Pippa completed her 163rd parkrun at Tring, her 48th different parkrun venue, and has written run reports now an impressive 69 times. This is an extra special report, with a hidden recipe for Sarah's celebratory munchies many enjoyed on Saturday morning!

Pippa with this week's great RD Wes Ball


Mud Pie in the middle and an actual Polar Bear

Arriving at Tring parkrun nice and early, I was set a challenge to get to the level of your regular
reports. That’s a bit of an 0820 ask for a 69th run report! Here goes.

We left south London at some early time in the morning. Sometimes things go wrong for parkrun
tourists who then discreetly reroute, but as Harriet WHITE was voluntouring, she had to be on time
and at the correct location. Her breakfast was the 225g digestive biscuits that I’d packed for her, and
she ate them slowly, broken into small pieces. My breakfast of preference, is glacé cherries but I
have to wash them to get rid of the sticky coating and chop them into small pieces so I’m safe to
eat and drive. I could eat a lot, but 65g seemed like a good compromise.

Tring parkrun is pretty easy to find – we plugged the postcode in and arrived in good time. I’d
vaguely heard of the Natural History museum and the parking is in their carpark. We arrived at the
bridge where the volunteers first meet to carry the kit, returned to the carpark to park, back to the
steps and the volunteers had vanished. We walked up the steps and through the park, paralleling the
A41 (the busy road) and suddenly there was welcome high viz.

It was a raw morning with a lazy wind, the sort that’s too idle to go around a shivering parkrunner: I
was so pleased to have lots of layers on and to see the groundsheet for kit.

Many thanks to all of our volunteers this week, including our wonderful Pacers

The funnel was completely staffed by under 18 volunteers, which was very exciting and a very first
experience for Harriet. Every time I see young people having fun volunteering and helping putting
parkrun on in 2019, I feel proud to be part of this movement/activity/event. Standing for a moment
on my soapbox, under 18 volunteers who have a good time as parkrun volunteers will volunteer for
other groups, or even parkrun, in the future. Thank you for nurturing them.

The current course (rather than the 115g mixed dried fruit course!) is an out and back. I gave up my
coat reluctantly but by the time I’d achieved that first hill I was melting… in fact melting like 175g of
butter in a saucepan
. By the time I’d achieved the turn around point and a big high five to Chris
MILLAR, I was properly warm... though still thinking of a hot chocolate made with 2-3tbsp of
drinking chocolate, added to the melted butter
. Turning around, the trip down the hill was very
pleasant and I remembered to look at the view. I wasn’t going to catch Michael PEMBERTON in
arbitrary position (115g of caster sugar mixed into the pan). (Mix all the listed ingredients in the
saucepan and put into a lined pan, 20-23 cm diameter)

Mixing it up today at Tring were pacers for times of 24 mins to 40 mins. I was impressed at the attempts to pace on a hilly course – though in the first kilometre or so there were pacer tops together and I wasn’t quite sure in which order 36,38 and 40 were. Even though it was chill, and the very early course inspectors had arrived early, there were few who spent more than 2 hours in the cold; indeed, the tail walker came in under the hour. The mud is starting to settle in and the needed trail shoes were covered.

Once finished we had cake. A welcome and wonderful array of cakes from the 3 people achieving
100 today. Kevin DANCE, Katie VAN DE LINDE and Sarah FOSKETT.

An especially impressive stash of cake and other yummies this week. We loved them.
Follow the clues in the write-up to make one of them! :-)

Kit lifted, we traipsed down the hill and off to the Akeman for a nice hot chocolate – possibly not
made by melting 200g of milk chocolate over boiling water and smooth over the chilled mixture.
However, it is important to warm up those who ran and got chilled again.

Gallery 1 of The Natural History Musem at Tring
An actual Polar Bear - in Tring museum

After breakfast we strolled back to the car via the museum. The first thing I saw was the polar bear
in the glass cabinet. Did you see that Bradford parkrun allegedly cancelled last week because: “There
are polar bears on the path. Actual polar bears!”? Well, Tring parkrun is much closer to having an
actual polar bear permanently a few metres from the start and a fake fake Dodo. We have to come back in the sun to run the full course, not one that is chopped into pieces – and can’t wait.

Thank you.

Pippa White (Queen Elizabeth)

PS - A brief additional word from the Stat-O-Matic

Early Feb with its cold weather and dropping of New Years Resolutions is always a low attendance time at Tring parkrun, usually only equaled by mid-December Xmas shopping weeks. So no surprise that with 201 runners, this was the lowest number so far in 2019. That said it was still a lot more than the same week in 2016 when we saw our lowest ever turnout of 84

Aesthetic times - On the ascending parkrun number 234 Charles Ashwell and Moira Douglas both managed the descending times of 43:21 and Emma Young recorded 34:34 (I.e. 2 34s on parkrun 234)

“Son” was a popular syllable with the 3 most seen surnames this week, with 4 each, being Ireson, Hanson and Patterson.

After 17 weeks our year 5 100% club is down to 4 members – so Peter Leigh, Holly Bunn, Helen Page and Louise Bladen will be carefully watching each other’s holiday plans!


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 tring@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.



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.


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:

Jacqueline MOORE
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

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.

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”.

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.



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.