Event #256 – 13th October 2018

#loveparkun

Sunshine, warmth, no puddles - perfect morning for a run albeit a tad warm - and I have a feeling there may have been lots of water drunk after the run.

It was fantastic to see an array of new runners joining our regular runners for a lovely 5k run around our wonderful park.

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Thank you to Lesley Penney for the photo and congratulations to her husband Stuart celebrating his 50th parkrun.

We were so happy that 512 people joined us for the event - running, jogging and walking the course and an amazing 39 people running for the first time and 54 people achieved a new Personal Best.

Thank you to our wonderful volunteers who make the events possible:

Laura GROVE • Michael YOULTON • Anthony LESTER • Caroline BROOKS-JOHNSON • Tony FULLBROOK • Bob SHEWAN • Neil BROOKS-JOHNSON • Jill POPE • Catherine MOORE • Jamie ROGERS • Alan BENNETT • Lucy EAMES • Jade STOWELL • Paul EAMES • Joy CROUCHER • Matt BOTTEN • Tony WRIGHT • Maxine COLLINS • Steve WELLSTEAD • Jean BOULLE • Sean MCBREEN • Amanda MILLER • Carolyn PRATLEY • Ian BLACKMAN • Jennifer LEWIS • Louise POWELL • Trevor MARTIN • Emily EVERARD • Cadan LAUNDER • Henry SWAITE

It is always exciting to see so many people coming along, and especially lovely to see people joining in the fun and spending their Saturday morning in the company of fellow runners, joggers and walkers.
And a BIG welcome to all the first time parkrunners who joined us - we hope you felt part of the parkrun family.
We hope you will come back next week and enjoy another run and be on your way to that exclusive milestone shirt - remember juniors need to run 10 times and adults need to run 50 times to claim their free milestone shirt.

Speaking of milestones, congratulations to the following who achieved their milestones today:

50 runs:
Richard PAGE
John MORTON
Stuart PENNEY
Andy EDWARDS
Colin CASTLE

10 runs:
Emily WILLIAMS

A massive thank you to each and every one of our wonderful volunteers - from the pre-event set-up team, bar-code scanners, token sorters, time-keepers, funnel managers, marshals, pacers and tail walkers - you are all fabulous - for supporting, cheering, encouraging all our parkrunners, and staying right until the end to clap and cheer and support everyone to the finish line.

As ever we are always need volunteers, if you have run 10 time or more since the last time you helped please consider dropping Laura an email and letting her know when you might like to help out over the next few weeks.
Email tonbridgehelpers@parkrun.com and Laura will let you know what we would like you to do. Remember every time you volunteer, you will be closer to your milestone T-Shirt.

If you haven’t checked out your runtime yet, today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Tonbridge parkrun Results Page.

You can follow day to day updates on our facebook page and twitter feed.

Photos of this mornings run can be viewed on our Flickr page.

We hope you enjoyed your run and look forward to welcoming you next Saturday.

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

The female record is held by Ashley GIBSON who recorded a time of 16:38 on 12th April 2014 (event number 17).

The male record is held by Charlie JOSLIN-ALLEN who recorded a time of 15:17 on 1st January 2015 (event number 55).

The Age Grade course record is held by Sally MUSSON who recorded 92.02% (21:05) on 6th September 2014 (event number 38).

Tonbridge parkrun started on 9th November 2013. Since then 10,051 participants have completed 93,513 parkruns covering a total distance of 467,565 km, including 16,490 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #234 – 12th May 2018

#NHS70 #loveparkun

Saturday saw Tonbridge parkrun hosting the launch event for NHS70 - an event marking 70 years of the NHS and Tonbridge were honoured to have been chosen as the launch event for parkrun in the UK.

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We were so happy that 642 joined us for the event - running, jogging and walking the course and an amazing 84 people running for the first time and 67 people achieved a new Personal Best.

An array of NHS workers joined in the fun for our 5k route - and we were thrilled that Dame Kelly Holmes joined in the fun and started our run.
Everyone looked fabulous in their NHS clothes - theatre staff, ambulance crews, nurses, doctors and even a hospital chaplain - thank you all for helping us to celebrate 70 years of the NHS.

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On behalf of all of the runners at Tonbridge parkrun we would like to thank the NHS for 70 years of 'having our back'

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You are all awesome but our runners wanted to thank in particular:

All the GP's, Amy on the Wells Suite, Aoydele @ Pembury Hospital, Barts, "Beth, Laura, Srah, Becky", "Bradford Royal Infermary, Fox ward 7", Brenda, "Bridget Warr, Bristol", "CCU Tunbridge Wells,", "Cliodhna Carrol, Canterbury", "Croydon, Maternity Ward", Dalston District Nurses, Dawn, Dr Anna Turnball, Dr Hambly, "Dr Mostofi, Benevden Hospital", Dr Shipro Papworth Cambridge, "Dr. Grant", "Dr. Barnes, Tunbridge Wells", "Dr. Beaney, St. Thomas's", Dr. Bola Idowu, Eagle Ward @ GOSH, EPU Kings College Hospital, Evalina Ward, Evelena Children Hospital, Exeter Hospital, GOSH, Grimsby Hospital, Guy's Hospital, Guy's Cancer Care, Hereford County Hospital ICU, "James Cook Hospital, Middlesborough", Junior Dr's,King's London, Kosh Agawal, "Laura, C25K", Lewisham NHS Trust, "Louise N, Ward 33", Ludlow Cottage Hospital, Maidstone Breast Cancer Care, Maidstone Maternity, Maidstone Oncology, Maidstone Radiotherapy unit, Maidstone SCBU, "Maidstone, Peal Ward", Maisdtone Hospital, Maistone St. Thomas's Fertility, "Malcom Graham, Hematology, Carlisle", Matt Chapman, "Michelle, MacMillan Nurse", Moorfeilds Eye Hospital, "Mr Carlos Lobiella, UCLH", MTW NHS Trust, Neuro-oncology team @ Charing Cross, NHS Auxillary Staff,NHS Kent, North East Ambulance Service, Northwick Park hospital, Pembury A&E, Pembury Hedgehog ward, Pembury Hospital, Pembury Portage, Pemebury Breast Cancer ward, Pembury Maternity, Prof Deanfield, QE2 Hospital, RBNHS, Rennes Hospital, Respiratory Ward, Kent and Sussex Hospital", Royal Free Hospital Maternity Ward, RVH Belfast DVT Busters, RVI Newcastle, "RVI Newcastle, Minor Injuries Clinic, "S Hollier, Renal Unit", SCBU Locks Bottom, SCBU Pembury, "Sevenoaks, Minor Injuries Clinic", Severn Hospice, Shooters Hill, South East Coast Ambulance Service, #SECAMB, St Winifreds Eastbourne,St. Thomas's Hospital, "St. Thomas's Hospital, Oncology", Stoke Rehabilitation Ward, Sydenham Childrens Hospital, The PRUE Bromley, The Royal London,Torbay and Newton Abbot (Devon), Tunbridge Wells Hospital, Tunbridge Wells Hospital ICU, Tunbridge Wells Maternity Ward, UCLH, "UHW Cardiff, Neuro Staff, Huw Morris", "Ward 10, Pembury", Worcestershire Hospital.

Thank you to our wonderful volunteers who make the events possible:

Keeley HOAD • Donna CARR • Laura GROVE • Anthony LESTER • Mary STEVENSON • Mathys POTEL • Justine NORRIS • Peter HORNE • Kirsty HORNE • John SANDERS • Sarah SHEWELL • Mick BARSTOW • Pip GREENAWAY • Bruce LI • Sue KINGSTON • Daniel IVEY • Jim PURSELL • Louise BURGESS • Jill POPE • Claire SOUTHWOOD • Celia BARSTOW • Gerry CLARK • Vivienne BRIGGS • Jamie ROGERS • Caroline ROSS • Alan BENNETT • James MOSS • Willy SIMON • Sean MCBREEN • Scott WISHART • Adam CLARK • Andrew DARKINS • Rachel RICHARDS • Alex MITCHELL • William HOLMES • Tricia HOLMES

It is always exciting to see so many people coming along, and especially lovely to see people joining in the fun and spending their Saturday morning in the company of fellow runners, joggers and walkers.
And a BIG welcome to all the first time parkrunners who joined us - we hope you felt part of the parkrun family.
We hope you will come back next week and enjoy another run and be on your way to that exclusive milestone shirt - remember juniors need to run 10 times and adults need to run 50 times to claim their free milestone shirt.

Speaking of milestones, congratulations to the following who achieved their milestones today:

10 runs:
Annabel WOOTTON
50 runs:
Lily SLACK
Christophe POTEL
Gary RODEN
James MOSS
Verena LESTER
100 runs:
John BACON

A massive thank you to each and every one of our wonderful volunteers - from the pre-event set-up team, bar-code scanners, token sorters, time-keepers, funnel managers, marshals, pacers and tail walkers - you are all fabulous - for supporting, cheering, encouraging all our parkrunners, and staying right until the end to clap and cheer and support everyone to the finish line.

As ever we are always need volunteers, if you have run 10 time or more since the last time you helped please consider dropping Laura an email and letting her know when you might like to help out over the next few weeks.
Email tonbridgehelpers@parkrun.com and Laura will let you know what we would like you to do. Remember every time you volunteer, you will be closer to your milestone T-Shirt.

If you haven’t checked out your runtime yet, today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Tonbridge parkrun Results Page.

You can follow day to day updates on our facebook page and twitter feed.

Photos of this mornings run can be viewed on our Flickr page.

We hope you enjoyed your run and look forward to welcoming you next Saturday.

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

The female record is held by Ashley GIBSON who recorded a time of 16:38 on 12th April 2014 (event number 17).

The male record is held by Charlie JOSLIN-ALLEN who recorded a time of 15:17 on 1st January 2015 (event number 55).

The Age Grade course record is held by Sally MUSSON who recorded 92.02% (21:05) on 6th September 2014 (event number 38).

Tonbridge parkrun started on 9th November 2013. Since then 9,028 participants have completed 81,921 parkruns covering a total distance of 409,605 km, including 14,693 new Personal Bests.

 

Alternate Course Dates 2018

Please be advised that we shall be using our alternative course on the dates listed below, meaning that start and finish area will be on the fields adjacent to the TJ's Rugby club house. Normal 9am start.

These dates are confirmed but we may need to add to the list. Reminders will be made at the preceding weeks run briefs and also on social media channels (Facebook and Twitter)

12 May 2018
19 May 2018
9 June 2018

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Snow update for March 3rd 2018

At lunchtime today I ran the course with a couple of other people, there is a lot of snow and a lot of ice and the tarmac paths are slippery, however, we have decided that we will not be cancelling today and that we will do another inspection tomorrow morning before the run and make a final decision then. We will try to post to our Facebook page and Twitter by 8am, but it is at the Run Director’s discretion to cancel at any point up to 9am. It is assumed that the conditions will not get any better over the next 17hours but we don’t know how much worse they could get.

The decision making process is based solely upon the safety of the runners and volunteers, their getting to and from the event, the weather conditions and the conditions under foot. Some things we cannot influence, if the access roads to the park are impassable there is little we can do we would need to cancel, at the moment they have been treated and are clear. The weather forecast for tomorrow morning is to be 2 degrees and cloudy, again this is out of our control but we have run many times in temperatures colder than that, it is not pleasant but if we all dress appropriately there shouldn’t be a problem. Finally the conditions under foot; the ground is frozen and there is a layer of snow (compacted) and in places ice. The icy patches a mainly in areas of heavy footfall or where puddles normally accumulate. In order to avoid these higher risk areas we will be adjusting the course to run on the grassed fields and hardcore paths, and away from the tarmacked paths. This does not remove the risk but reduces it considerably.

We rely on you as runners to also be sensible, that is to say tomorrow is not the day to be turning up in your racing flats and shorts and trying to smash your PB! Consider how fast you should be running given the conditions, if your foot were to slip could you react, if someone in front were to slide on some ice could you avoid them and the ice. You should be going no faster than a jog, you should be aware of the surface that you are just about to put your feet on. Consider your clothing and especially your footwear. As you are going to be running slower than usual put some more thin layers on, you can always take them off if you get too hot. Your footwear is really important, if you have trail shoes wear them, if not find the shoes with the most amount grip that you own and wear them, normal road trainers will not offer you enough grip on parts of the course – if you are worried about falling do not run.

Listen to the marshals and the importantly the run brief, the course will not be the same as normal and there are some small diversions to help avoid obvious hazards. The marshals will be calling out directions and any hazards in the immediate vicinity, likewise look out for course signage including cones that will also be highlighting hazards, they might not be where you expect them.

I will re-iterate, if we do not cancel the run tomorrow morning, the risk of falling due to ice and snow is higher than normal, if you are worried about falling do not run. The risk of you turning your ankle on uneven ground is higher than normal, if you are worried about turning your ankle do not run.

It would be very easy for us to just cancel but and whilst there is a heightened risk of falling we currently feel that it is still possible to have a safe run if everyone is sensible. Just promise me if we do go ahead please make sure you bring you barcode along!!!

AL

 

A gentle reminder….

It has been great to see so many new faces over the last few weeks; Christmas holidays and New Years resolutions always bring new runners, joggers and walkers to parkrun and we welcome you all – what took you so long to find us?
This Saturday just gone we had over 30 people doing their first ever parkrun whilst at the other end of the scale we had 72 people running who have run more than 100 runs each!

Every so often we remind everybody of what they can expect from parkrun and what we expect from you, we cherish our community and want to keep it the safe, social and fun entity that it has developed into; allowing adults and children, elite athletes and first time walkers to all take part comfortably in the same event and to finish with a smile!

The first thing to remember is that it is a RUN not a RACE – this is important, we are all friends we are not trying to beat anyone else, there are no prizes. If you get held up for 10 seconds at a narrow point don’t worry about it, you have another 4900m to make it up or there is always next week, please don’t start trying to barge past people. Yes we want you to push for that PB but not at the expense of someone else’s enjoyment of their run.

Please remember your barcodes – your barcode need to be in a printed format, if you don’t have a barcode you will not get a time assigned to your profile. There are no excuses and we will not bend the rules for anyone, even children and even if you are on your 49th run! Please don’t ask the volunteers, it makes them feel awkward and they have been briefed to say no.

Children under the age of 11 must run within arms length of a responsible adult (over the age of 18). If somebody looks under 11 and any of the team sees them unaccompanied they will be asked how old they are and their athlete number possibly checked, if they are under 11 their time will be removed as well as the absent guardian if we can identify them. – This is part of terms of our insurance – again there are no excuses!

Dogs are welcome but should be kept on a short lead at all times, you are allowed to run with one dog only. If you are running with a dog please start from the back and slowly make your way forward – the only exception to this is if you are a fast canicross runner in which case please see the Run Director on the day and they will get you to start from a safer position.

Please be polite and courteous to all other park users through out the whole morning, this includes the car park before and after, whilst out on the run and also in and around the start/finish area. We are very lucky to have a park like the Racecourse/Haysden right in the middle of Tonbridge that we have been granted permission to use, but we share the park with each other and other users who have nothing to do with parkrun. We do not have a monopoly on the park on a Saturday morning so anybody you meet along the way have just as much right to be there as you do. Having 500+ people running towards you can be quite intimidating, waiting for that number of people to cross a bridge can be tiresome – a simple thank-you or good morning will go along way to appease them. If another park user gets in the way slow down and politely say ‘excuse me’ – if you are fit enough to get a PB this week you will be fit enough to get a PB next week. Don’t try to barge past them or tell them to get out of the way, it’s not necessary and is only going to cause the event problems.

Look after each other, it is a run not a race, it’s a family event. There is no need for swearing, yes we all do it from time to time but please be careful of you language. Spitting is disgusting in any walk of life, we understand that whilst running it is occasionally necessary it is still disgusting – if you have to spit then please move to the side (downwind) of any group that you are running in and spit down and out.

Please thank, smile, acknowledge and listen to the marshals, they are there to support and direct you but most importantly they are there for your safety, if they suggest a corner is slippery or to keep left - there is probably a reason. The marshals are all volunteers, all parkrunners like you contributing back to the event and community. Without them parkrun would not be able to operate, a smile and or a thumbs up will make it that much more rewarding. If you have never volunteered before give it a go - once every 10 runs would be ideal but 2-3 time a year might be easier?

Thank you for your continued support and for making Tonbridge parkrun a community that we can rightly be proud of.

Anthony

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