Farewell Quagmire… giggity!

Event number 104
7th May 2016

It was a dry & bright morning in Dunorlan Park and certainly the warmest of the year thus far. This week our team of 15 volunteers were joined by a healthy contingent of 166 runners of whom a huge 27 were first timers to parkrun, 12 were parkrun tourists & 7 were unknown runners (who had either not registered or forgotten their barcode #DFYB). Of the returning 120 runners there were 39 new Personal Best times on our course, which goes to show that the drier conditions are proving advantageous to faster times!

Beautiful conditions in Dunorlan Park:
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During the pre-run brief, Run Director Simon Jones welcomed Rose Brown to the parkrun Junior 10 club - Rose having completed all 10 of her runs at our event. He also welcomed a new member to the parkrun 50 club in the shape of Marianne Croker, who had run with us on 48 occasions on her way to earning a free, red parkrun 50 tee courtesy of Tribesports! There was a reminder during the briefing of the need to keep right after the wooden bridge and when returning down the grassy slope in order to join the lakeside path. I would like to re-iterate how important it is that this request is adhered to for safety reasons - we simply cannot have runners running in both directions on the narrow path as firstly, there is a chance of a head on collision and secondly, we need to respect the need of other park users in the park.

The pre-run brief:
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Runners setting off at the start:
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As can be seen in the picture below, due to the dry and warm weather that we had in the week leading up to our event the wet and muddy quagmire has now dried completely. Unfortunately, this presented a new challenge as the harder & drier, crater-like surface forced runners to tread much more carefully and this was the advice of our wooden bridge marshal & regular runner, Julie Chandler.

The ex-quagmire:
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Thanks to this week's volunteers:

Bryony LAWRENCE • Charlie KIRWAN • Claire LAWRENCE • David HARMAN • Gabrielle RICHARDS • Gloria RICHARDS • Helen SANSON • James EVANS • Joseph WATTS • Judy GUEST • Julie CHANDLER • Marian KEEP • Simon JONES • Simon KEEP • Steve BARNFIELD

Please remember to keep right, as perfectly represented in the picture below:
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A reminder that next week (14th May) we have the Tunbridge Wells Harriers club 'taking over' the event. The club will be providing volunteers to marshal, pace and assist at the finish funnel. For those of you who did not attend the last Harriers takeover in September 2015 this event is one that is not to be missed!

Finally, a reminder of the few rules of parkrun, which we mention each week during the pre-run brief:

1. Under 11's MUST be within arm's reach of a parent or responsible guardian (18+) for the duration of the run
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2. One dog per runner, to be kept on a short lead or harness and under firm control:
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3. No barcode, no result. It must be printed (paper, plastic or wristband), we cannot accept barcodes on electronic devices as our scanners are not powerful enough to scan on these devices.

4. Finally, remember that once you have crossed the finish line you must stay in order and move swiftly through the funnel to collect the position token that corresponds to the time that you crossed the line. This token must then be handed back to one of our barcode scanners along with your personal barcode to ensure that you receive a finish time.

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Full results of this week's event, plus a whole host of stats and a complete event history can be found on the Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun results page.

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This week's run report was written by RTW parkrun Event Director, Joe Watts. If you would like to write a future run report, please e-mail royaltunbridgewellshelpers@parkrun.com