Winter events at RTW parkrun

Here's what we've got lined up for you over the next couple of months or so at RTW parkrun. Our usual Saturday parkruns continue through the winter. If there's snow and (especially) ice around do keep an eye on our website and social media (Twitter or Facebook) for news of course inspections and possible weather related cancellations.

Christmas Day We have an extra parkrun (Yay!) laid on for you this Christmas Day. It will be at the usual time of 09:00. Many thanks to all those who've already volunteered. It would be great to enter the festive spirit with an outbreak of santa hats, antlers and such like. Remember to give a massive thank you to all the volunteers on the day!

Saturday 19 January - RTW parkrun New Year social It would be great to make a New Year resolution of getting to know other parkrunners and volunteers that bit better. We'll be holding an evening get-togther at 20:00 in The Guinea on Calverley Road – an area has been reserved to the side of the bar.

Saturday 16 February - our Valentine themed parkrun. Bring a loved one along and it'll be a red themed parkrun.

Pacer days: due to the current gloopy and rather slippery condition of the course we've decided not to hold a pacer day in December. We reckon that when conditions are really squelchy the majority of parkrunners are probably just concentrating on getting round the course in reasonable shape rather than looking to achieve a target time. We may potentially hold pacer days on 26 January and 23 February, but we'll keep an eye on course conditions and aim to let you know in good time whether we're going ahead with these.

 

Christmas Day parkrun in Dunorlan Park

Every year, UK 5km parkrun events are given the option of providing two additional parkrun events - one on Christmas Day and another on New Year's Day.

As with last year, we have decided to provide an additional parkrun event on Christmas Day but NOT on New Year's Day.

This decision has only been made possible thanks to the good number of people who have volunteered to help out with the running of this event on Christmas Day, so a very BIG thank you.

We invite you (and your friends and family) to join us as we celebrate Christmas in style in Dunorlan Park at the usual start time of 9am. This additional event means that we shall be offering 6 free parkrun events throughout the month of December.

Please note that the cafe will NOT be open for business on Christmas Day, however, we invite you to bring along drinks and food to share with fellow parkrunners and volunteers!

If you would like to volunteer on Christmas Day, we have roles available before (setting up the course), during (marshalling, help around the finish funnel) and after the event (collecting course markers & finish token sorting). Please e-mail our volunteer coordinator Judy at the following address: royaltunbridgewellshelpers@parkrun.com

 

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!

 

Donations towards mobile broadband costs

We are currently seeking donations towards the cost of purchasing a new mobile broadband plan for the purposes of the results processing which we do each week post-event in the comfort of Dunorlan Park cafe. Unfortunately, our allowance ran out whilst we were processing the results this week, hence the delay in results being submitted!

We are looking to purchase a new plan at a cost of £45 for 24gb which will see us through for the next 12-18 months.

We currently have £14.64 available in our donations pot and therefore require a little over £30 to help us to this milestone.

If you wish to donate towards this cost, please visit the "more" and "about us" section of our website where you can find a link which will allow you to donate to parkrun. Please note that we can only accept donations in this way and cannot accept cash or cheque as each event does not have their own bank account. Rest assured that 100% of your donation will go straight to our event funds.

Thank you in advance for your kind assistance.

Best regards

Joe Watts
Event Director

 

Jemima Yeats-Brown to volunteer as tail walker at Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun on Saturday 18th August 2018

Jemima Yeats-Brown (judo bronze medallist at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth games) is set to attend Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun on Saturday 18th August 2018, a free 5k community event that takes place every Saturday at Dunorlan Park and is open to walkers and runners of all ages and abilities.

Jemima Yeats-Brown will be one of around 250 National Lottery funded athletes who will be attending a parkrun event between 18 August and 9 September as part of #teamparkrun, an initiative that invites Britain’s top athletes to volunteer as Tail Walkers at parkruns and junior parkruns across the country. Each of parkrun’s 800 events across the UK have volunteer Tail Walkers who provide support and encouragement for people who choose to walk the event, as well as ensuring that nobody finishes last at a parkrun.

#teamparkrun is backed by Sport England, Sport Scotland, Sport Wales, Sport Northern Ireland, the British Olympic Association and British Paralympic Association, along with a number of national governing bodies.

Joe Watts, Event Director at Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun, said: “I expect that the most common reason for someone registering with parkrun and not participating is that they don’t feel confident of running 5k, so #teamparkrun provides a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate how inclusive parkruns are and how warmly we welcome walkers. I would encourage anyone to come along to our event and see for themselves - walk, jog, run, volunteer or simply watch. parkrun is a socially-focused event that is all about encouraging the local community to get out in the fresh air and to enjoy our open spaces.”

parkrun registration is free, please visit: www.parkrun.org.uk/register

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun takes place at 9:00am with the start and finish located close to the café in Dunorlan Park. A new runners briefing takes place at 8:50am which explains exactly how parkrun works.

 

Summer events at RTW parkrun

We have a number of special events taking place over the summer months at Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun as well as a couple of cancellations to warn you about.

9th June - NHS 70 celebration event. This special event sees parkrun events up and down the country teaming up with their local NHS Trust in order to encourage new participants, including NHS staff and volunteers, to come along to their local parkrun to recognise the contribution that the National Health Service has made to the health of the nation over the past 70 years.

16th June - Event cancelled due to another event taking place in Dunorlan Park

23rd June - 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.

30th June - Pacer day. The first in our trio of Summer pacer days, as our team of volunteer runners look to help you along to a new Personal Best time.

7th July - Event cancelled due to another event taking place in Dunorlan Park

28th July - Pacer day. Our team of volunteer runners return as they look to help you along to a new Personal Best time.

4th August - A new era in World sport gets underway in August as Glasgow and Berlin host the inaugural European Championships between 2nd and 12th August – an exciting new multi-sport event bringing together a collection of the continent’s leading sports. We show our support for Team GB and invite you to show your true colours by turning out in your red, white and blue attire.

18th August - 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.

25th August - 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!

 

parkrun on 5th May reinstated

Please note that our event on 5th May has been reinstated. (We had been expecting to cancel due to another non parkrun related event taking place in Dunorlan Park. However, that other event has now been postponed.)

 

Donations for walkie talkies and 4th anniversary raffle prizes

We are seeking donations towards the cost of some more walkie talkies (total cost of £65.98 for 4) as well as contributions (either in the way of physical gifts or financial contribution) toward prizes for our post-event raffle for our 4th anniversary event on 28th April 2018.

If you would like to contribute for either of the above then please visit the about us section of our website where you can make an online donation to our event. Please note that 100% of your donation will go directly to our event and that we can only accept financial donations online as we do not have access to a bank account.

Thank you for your continued support.

 

3rd March 2018 – event cancelled

Please note that our event on Saturday 3rd March 2018 has been cancelled due to the freezing temperatures and the amount of ice on the paths in Dunorlan Park.

Temperatures are not expected to rise above freezing until 8am on Saturday and we must consider the safety of volunteers and participants alike both travelling to/from Dunorlan Park, as well as whilst volunteering and participating in the event.

If you are considering visiting another parkrun event as an alternative, please be sure to visit the parkrun forthcoming cancellations page before travelling.

In the meantime, if you haven't yet caught up with the run reports from our recent events, you can do so here.

We look forward to welcoming you back for our event on 10th March 2018.

 

Spring events at RTW parkrun

With Winter still lurking, we thought that we would treat you to a spoiler of the special events that we have lined up over the Spring of 2018.

24th March: Social evening at the Mount Edgecumbe - Get to know your fellow parkrunners and volunteers a little better over a lemonade or two. Join us from 8pm.
31st March: Easter pacer day - The first in our trio of Spring pacer days, our Easter event will also be host to plenty of tasty goodies.
28th April: 4th anniversary - Help us to celebrate four years of parkrun in Royal Tunbridge Wells in style. We invite you to dress in floral attire, which not only symbolises the start of Spring, but also that of a 4th wedding anniversary! We will welcome a special guest speaker as well as offering spot prizes in our post-run raffle. We will also have a team of volunteer pacers on hand to help you round to a particular finishing time (and perhaps a PB). Finally, there will be plenty of sweet and savoury food on offer to all of our parkrunners and volunteers.
5th May: Event cancelled due to another event in the park. [Update - this parkrun has subsequently been reinstated as the non parkrun related event planned to take place in Dunorlan Park that day has been postponed]
26th May: Spring bank holiday pacer day - the final of our trio of Spring pacer days and a great way to start the Spring bank holiday weekend.

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 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) as well as wearing a sports watch!

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