Autumn events at RTW parkrun

We have a number of special events taking place over the Autumn months at Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun in Dunorlan Park as follows:

6th October - International parkrun day.
Join us as we celebrate the 14th anniversary of parkrun. It all started on Saturday 2nd October 2004 as Bushy Time Trial where 13 runners completed a 5km distance, supported by 5 volunteers. The event was eventually renamed as "parkrun" and has grown a little over the years.

27th October - Halloween Spooktacular pacer day.
We invite you to dress up in something ghoulish (well, more so than usual) as we celebrate Halloween in Dunorlan Park. There will be some tricks and possibly some treats as you exit the finish funnel...
Our volunteer pacers will be on hand to see you safely around the course, but beware of the ghostly tail walker!

3rd November - Advance warning
Please note that Dunorlan Park will be much busier than usual on this date as the Round Table and helpers will be setting up for the Fireworks and festivities which will be taking place in the evening. Car parking will be even more limited than usual and we would advise avoiding the Pembury Road car park where possible.

10th November - Social evening.
Join us from 8pm in the Mount Edgcumbe (located on Tunbridge Wells Common) for a lemonade or two and get to know fellow runners and our volunteer team a little better.

24th November - Pacer day.
Our team of volunteer runners return once more as they look to help you along to a new Personal Best time.

If you would like to volunteer in any capacity (including as a pacer) for any of our events, please e-mail the team at: royaltunbridgewellshelpers@parkrun.com with your parkrun barcode number and the date(s) you wish to volunteer. If you would like to volunteer as a pacer, please also let us know the time that you would like to pace. Please note that no previous experience of pacing is required, however, we would advise pacing a time that you are comfortable completing (i.e. 2-3 minutes slower than your average finish time on our course) as well as wearing a sports watch!

 

The Runaway Bride and Groom

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun
Event number 218
29th September 2018

Run Report Written by Judy Guest   Photographer Richard Woodfield 

On a very autumnal morning, Louise (and bump) quietened everyone to welcome 310 participants. It was lovely to see 49 first timers, with tourists from Bushy Park, Bromley and Dulwich.

Congratulations go this week to Julian Clements, Kate Thomson and Simon Marshall who had joined the 50 club and a big cheer to our wedding couple Lloyd Collier and Suzannah Kinsella who joined the 100 club - once they had completed their wedding parkrun.

Lloyd and Suzannah met through running, so many of their friends from Tunbridge Wells Harriers and family were there to join them running around the course, before setting off for the wedding in the afternoon.

The Wedding Group
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It was also our monthly Pacer Day. A big thank you to the pacers who helped us see 64 new Personal Bests.

Congratulations to those of you that took part in the Hospice in the Weald 10k last Sunday. It was a very wet run.

Perspiring "vicar", clad in a heavy cassock, accompanies the couple up the last hill
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Every little helps
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Today’s event was made possible by 39 volunteers including some new Duke of Edinburgh volunteers. Thank you to you all.

Mark SCOTT • Daniel WITT • Joseph WATTS • Jane FENTIMAN • Louise FITZGERALD • John DYSON • Judy GUEST • Croz CROSWELL • Gloria RICHARDS • David CUNNINGHAM • Nick FITZGERALD • Gabrielle RICHARDS • Richard WOODFIELD • Coral SADLER • Matthew NEWMAN • Chris MULLALEY • Marianne CROKER • Callum BENSON • David EDWARDS • Noeline SIMS • Colin RATCLIFFE • Huw JONES • Hugh STEPHENSON • Isobel WARREN • Matthew DUBERY • Oliver DAWE • Robin BARWICK • Victoria MULLETT • Emily MULLETT • Bethan CHANDLER • Victoria CAGLAR • Rose SAWYER • Sophie WAIGHT • Jonathan HAWKER • Maisie VERNON • Amy DOBSON • Hannah CRAINE • Grace GOODWIN • Annie TAYLOR

Tranquil - the next few weeks should see the autumn colours at their finest
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Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by William LEVETT who recorded a time of 16:12 on 8th April 2017 (event number 149).
The female record is held by Nicole TAYLOR who recorded a time of 17:48 on 21st July 2018 (event number 209).

There have been four occasions since RTW parkrun was launched that we've had over 300 parkrunners. Two of these events were in September 2018.

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun started on 26th April 2014. Since then 5,777 participants have completed 35,878 parkruns covering a total distance of 179,390 km, including 6,430 new Personal Bests.

 

A parkrun is just what the doctor prescribed

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun
Event number 217
22nd September 2018
Run Report Writer Bethan Chandler and Richard Woodfield
Photographer Oliver Dawe and Richard Woodfield

This week 240 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 40 were first timers and 42 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

Another week, another park run, and a noticeably cooler one! This week our run director was Joe Watts and welcomed 240 people with 42 runners achieving a PB including the first finisher Henry Murdoch with a time of 16.48.  RTW parkrun supported GP taster day showing GP’s and local practices the benefits of exercise and taking part in the community. With 40 first timers taking part hopefully this is a result of their promotions.

[Ed: we were pleased to have two practice staff volunteering with us. Also it was great to have a visitor from Burrswood, the health and wellbeing centre near Groombridge. Afterwards, @Burrswood tweeted: "Finding out more about park runs @RTWparkrun - exercise and wellbeing for all #SpreadTheWord"]

Enjoying downhill
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It was my first weekend back from the summer holidays. I am taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme and am working towards my Silver award and am thoroughly enjoying the variety of roles and skills I am learning and also being able to run some weeks. Once I have completed my 26 weeks of volunteering I will be taking on the Gold award which means you will still see me for another 52 weeks.

This event cannot run without volunteers, so thank you to all the people who come out week after week and help make this event the success that it is. In the next few weeks more Duke of Edinburgh participants will be joining RTW parkrun.

Runners volunteering in preparation for the 10k
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This week many people are planning to run the Hospice in the Weald 10K on Sunday so there was a rise in the number of volunteers which was lovely to see. On that note, good luck to all those running in the 10K on Sunday, we hope you all have a fantastic run and looking forward to seeing you all next week with slightly aching muscles!

Please remember next Saturday is a pacer day. Also join in celebrations for two of our regular runners who are bringing along their wedding party to run, before dashing off to get married in the afternoon.

Finally a big thank you to Run Director Joe Watts who may have achieved a PB in the results processing today, with results posted by 10.21am. Thank you to everyone who remembered their barcodes as you can see how much time this saves us.

parkrunning dogs also enjoying that feeling of health and well being!
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The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Mark SCOTT • Joseph WATTS • John DYSON • Judy GUEST • Jane ROOME • Lucille JOANNES • Kitt BAGULEY • Richard NASH • Gloria RICHARDS • James BAGULEY • Gabriela BAGULEY • Richard WOODFIELD • Coral SADLER • Francis EAMES • Mary P SCOTT • Eve DUBREUIL • Noeline SIMS • Huw JONES • Sheila WILSON • Erica JONES • Matthew DUBERY • Oliver DAWE • Robin BARWICK • Bethan CHANDLER • Victoria CAGLAR • Angela TYLER • Julie MARCHANT • Amy DOBSON • Jane PALMER

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by William LEVETT who recorded a time of 16:12 on 8th April 2017 (event number 149).
The female record is held by Nicole TAYLOR who recorded a time of 17:48 on 21st July 2018 (event number 209).
The Age Grade course record is held by Cath WHEELER who recorded 86.98% (21:23) on 15th September 2018 (event number 216).

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun started on 26th April 2014. Since then 5,728 participants have completed 35,568 parkruns covering a total distance of 177,840 km, including 6,366 new Personal Bests.

 

The Greatest Show on Earth

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun
Event 216
15 September 2018

Report Writer Zena Hassell. Photographs Zena Hassell and Richard Woodfield

No – not the visiting circus, but ‘parkrun’ and its worldwide weekly performances, bringing people together from all walks of life, to enjoy the outdoors and to exercise.

It’s great to be back, whether you dipped your toe into some parkrun tourism last week, went to the gym or possibly just had a lie in for a change? Our Saturday performances are now reinstated due to the departure of the ‘Vegas Circus’ with all its bright lights, showcase acts and magic now a distant memory.

Familiar faces parkrun touring at Bedgebury last week
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This week at Dunorlan Park our Ring Master was Steve Barnfield, taming all 240 runners at the pre-run briefing and informing us of parkrun tourists journeying from Basildon, Southend and Nottingham. Steve also welcomed Oliver Dawe to our Volunteer Crew. Oliver is working towards his DOE Silver award and will be volunteering for the next 26 weeks.

Hitting the jackpot this week for a milestone t-shirt were Gabriela Baguley (Volunteer 25 Club), George Altshul (Junior 10 Club), Kevin Jones and Steve Barnfield (50 Club). Very well done to you all!

‘Getting Hitched’- best of luck to visiting ‘Bride to be’ Louise in October 2018 - accompanied by Lou's Ladies!
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‘Noeline's Northern trip’ – Back on volunteer duty after completing ‘The Great North Run’ last week!
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Remember to bend and stretch before parkrun!
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Enjoying some down time...
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Royal Dunorlan Park – What’s not to love ?
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‘Goodbye’ to another sunny parkrun
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A reminder that next Saturday (22 September), is a West Kent GP practice taster day. GPs and their practice staff are invited to attend local parkruns in any capacity - walk, jog, run, volunteer, or just watch to see what goes on! The physical and mental health benefits have already been recognised, as a number of GP surgeries up and down the land are already actively prescribing a regular "dose" of parkrun for their patients!

Finally, best of luck to all competing in the Hospice in the Weald 10K next Sunday. Maybe there will be an increase in volunteers next Saturday ...?

This week 240 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 35 were first timers and 40 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Jane FENTIMAN • Louise FITZGERALD • Steve BARNFIELD • Karin GIANNONE • John DYSON • Judy GUEST • Zena HASSELL • Gloria RICHARDS • Nick FITZGERALD • Richard WOODFIELD • Eve DUBREUIL • Noeline SIMS • Colin RATCLIFFE • Huw JONES • Matt PARRETT • Richard HAYCOCK • Oliver DAWE • Robin BARWICK • Victoria MULLETT • Emily MULLETT • Jasmine PARRETT • Angela TYLER • Julie MARCHANT • Maisie VERNON • Amy DOBSON • Jessica STREETER

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by William LEVETT who recorded a time of 16:12 on 8th April 2017 (event number 149).
The female record is held by Nicole TAYLOR who recorded a time of 17:48 on 21st July 2018 (event number 209).
The Age Grade course record is held by Cath WHEELER who recorded 86.98% (21:23) on 15th September 2018 (event number 216).

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun started on 26th April 2014. Since then 5,688 participants have completed 35,328 parkruns covering a total distance of 176,640 km, including 6,324 new Personal Bests.

 

Summer Souvenir Special – a parkrun summer to remember!

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun

A Souvenior Run Report for Summer 2018 assembled by Richard Woodfield
Pictures by numerous different RTW parkrunners!

The Summer of 2018 has broken a good many weather records, not least for the prolonged period of drought. Here at RTW parkrun we've benefitted, week after week, from plenty of warmth, sunshine and blue skies. At times we may even have regretted the heat as we toiled round the second lap of the course with the prospect of Heartbreak Hill lying ahead of us! Before our memories start to become a little hazy it seemed a good time to capture for posterity the remarkable summer of parkrunning. So here is a the simplest form of record. One picture from each parkrun during May, June, July and August. There's one slight gap - for Saturday 7 July. We had a cancellation then. I have cheated somewhat by including a picture taken at a 10k race down at Rye Harbour on parkruneve, ie 6 July. Did anyone go parkrun touring on 7 July and take a picture which shows the weather for that morning? If so, do let us know!

5 May - we begin our series when the leaves were only just in full bloom and The Shoe Wash and Quagmire Corner were still very much a thing! A fabulous clear sunny day, even tho we were probably thinking that one swallow doesn't make a summer...
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12 May - the sun may have been a bit elusive, but it was certainly a very bright morning - with shadows clearly visible in this pic.
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19 May - no ambiguity about the colour of that sky!
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26 May - undoubtedly a bit murky at 0900, but the sun was out brightly by the end of parkrun
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2 June - sunshine! OK, perhaps it was a somewhat hazy variety of sunshine!
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9 June - rather indeterminate weather. Warm, hazy and bright for our NHS 70th Anniversary parkrun but it would be stretching a point to describe it as sunny!
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16 June. RTW parkrun was cancelled that day so this one was taken at East Grinstead parkrun where a number of our regulars went parkrun touring
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23 June - a beautiful sunny morning according to the run report
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30 June - yet again, warm, dry and sunny according to the run report!
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7 July - bit of a cheat this one! I took this pic on parkruneve (6 July) at a 10k race at Rye Harbour on a warm, cloudless evening. RTW parkrun the following day was cancelled, but did any of our parkrunners take a pic - showing the weather - while doing a spot of parkrun tourism that day?
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14 July - yet more bright blue
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21 July - a sunny day when Zero to Hero running group came visiting
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28 July - a narrow squeak - heavy rain just a couple of hours earlier had cleared in time for another sunny parkrun
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4 August - plenty more sunshine - of a somewhat refined or subdued kind - on offer at today's parkrun.
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11 August - this sky was about as blue as Nick's running top!
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18 August - oh dear oh dear, a bit of a let down! No beating about the bush, it was a gloomy - even dingy - sort of a day
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25 August - an intense deep blue sky greeted our pacer special day on the last day of August
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That brings us up to date at the end of August. Who knows - we may yet have an Indian Summer to add to the collection.

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