Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun
Run Report 13 January 2018
Words and pictures by Richard Woodfield
Watching Countdown on Channel 4 the other week I had a rare, but short lived, moment of triumph when I came up with a nine letter word - which would give you a whopping 18 points. I must have had mud on the brain because I came up with the word "gloopiest". Sadly, when someone on the programme also came up with the same suggestion, Dictionary Corner supremo, Susie Dent, disallowed it on the grounds that it was not yet in the dictonary - although she thought it was only a matter of time before usage of the word was sufficient to gain entry. I would suggest that if the custodians of the dictionary all took part in a few parkruns over the Winter the word "gloopiest" would be fast tracked into the dictionary in no time!
To be fair the mud last Saturday at RTW parkrun was more sticky and less gloopy liquid than the previous week - incidentally making it a lot more difficult to clean running shoes afterwards. 216 brave parkrunners stayed the course and, commendably, completed a distinctly challenging 5k.
Steve Barnfield, Run Director, advised parkrunners of the conditions that lay ahead and announced that Simon Keep had joined the 100 parkruns club. Harry Warren had also joined the junior 10 parkruns club.
Looking ahead, our next pacer day is on 27 January - we've already got some volunteer pacers lined up, but more would be welcome.
Some of the 37 parkrunners who finished at between 27 and 28 minutes...
We've had a few rather gloomy mornings recently at our parkruns. This week we had a tantalising glimpse of a rather muffled looking the sun for a few minutes before the start - but hardly enough to require the suntan lotion!
This week's meagre ration of sunshine...
* 12 personal bests were achieved by parkrunners returning to our event
* 14 people were doing their very first 5k parkrun
* 21 were parkrun tourists at our event
I didn't get a PB, but I did achieve an unwelcome first - the only time so far in over 100 parkruns that my shoelaces had come undone during the run.
The most frequently occurring name among parkrun finishers were:
Catherine, Katharine, Kate, Katia, Katie (7)
This week's 22 volunteers were:
Adrian FERNANDEZ PAREJA • Angela TYLER • Colin RATCLIFFE • Francis EAMES • Gloria RICHARDS • Huw JONES • Isabella SOUTH • J B • Joseph WATTS • Louise FITZGERALD • Marian KEEP • Mark DENNISON • Mark SCOTT • Matilda WHITE • Nick FITZGERALD • Richard WOODFIELD • Rod KING • Simon KEEP • Steve BARNFIELD • Tom CHANDLER • Wendy ANDERSON • Yolanda WITT