p minus 4 weeks and counting…

Tring virtual parkrun challenge #60

“As you know…”, wrote our Event director, “…we like our numbers at Tring parkrun and this week we have reached a big round Tring parkrun virtual parkrun #60. This week we’re feeling quite sentimental and missing our weekly visits to Tring Park. So we will be reflecting this with a theme of ‘Our favourite things from Tring parkrun’. As ever post your pic in the comments below. Maybe you will take a photo with a hill, some woodland, find an ‘avenue’ street sign, a spiral bridge, some cows, some mud or simply a picture with your family or best friends, maybe wearing a Tring top or a milestone shirt or volunteering somewhere or wearing a yellow marshal bib etc etc etc”.

We wimped out this morning when we saw the rain, but we composed the following, with apologies to Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Raindrops on noses, cow whisperers a-plenty,
PB’s abounding, if not all sub-twenty
Fast flowing scan queues, the Marshall that sings,
These are a few of my favourite Trings

Tartan and Sporrans and Saltires are showing,
Gazebo and Tunnock’s, Drambuie a-flowing
Live ceilidh music and highland flings,
These are a few of my favourite Trings,

Cow bells and bluebells and wide-open spaces,
Laughter of runners with smiles on their faces
Snow on the Ridgeway that melts come the Springs,
These are a few of my favourite Trings

When the wind blows,
When the rain pours,
When I’m feeling sad
I simply remember my favourite Trings

And then I don’t feel so bad

Shout-outs for milestones and tabards for pacers,
Run briefing done now it’s time for the racers
[1]
Run-walking with friends, the joy that it brings,
These are a few of my favourite Trings

Cattle stampeding and finish-line clapping,
Tokens and timers and scanners are zapping,
After-run banter, PB bell that rings,
These are a few of my favourite Trings

Barcodes and woodlands and hills that get steeper,
Comments from Jim M that might need the bleeper
Landowners permission, now that would be “King”,
These are a few of my favourite Trings

When the wind blows,
When the rain pours,
When I’m feeling sad
I simply remember my favourite Trings
And then I don’t feel so bad

[1] Yes- we know parkrun is a run not a race! We plead artistic licence

Keeping on track
(to run 16km in a single run by the time parkrun re-starts in England)

This week: distance – 10.15 km ; time – 1:10:01; pace – 6:54 min/km (elevation gain 68m).

In other news this week

I was grateful for the link, shared by With Me Now, to Tom Williams’ latest message to Core Teams on You Tube. It really helped me to reconcile the apparently (but unintended) mixed messages coming from parkrun HQ in the previous week. Well done to Tom who was clear, transparent and succinct. Onwards and upwards…

The week ahead

Mmm…really need to run a longer run next week, to prove to myself that it’s do-able. Hoping for better weather as that always helps with the mind-over-matter element of staying the distance. I am grateful for the incentive that is the forthcoming Round Sheffield Run at the end of next month.

My wife and I received an email from London Marathon’s Hugh Brasher… calling for participants in this…

The Reunion 5K is part of the government’s Events Research Programme (ERP). Other events taking part include the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium and the World Snooker Championships at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. These pilot events will provide scientific data on how both small and large events could safely resume as part of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, starting no earlier than 21 June.

We’ve signed up. It will be good to take part in a large event again. It’s a flat course so might be PB material although it will just be great to run with others in the outdoors, and be part of an historic moment. It will be timed and there will be the obligatory finishers medal. Something to tell the grandchildren about, as will be “parkrun rebooted” (not long now).

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