The heat is on

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun
Event #157
17th June 2017

Run report written by Joe Watts

It was a bright and very warm morning for this week's event in Dunorlan Park and it seems that the hot temperature may have put a few people off from participating given that the number of finishers was our lowest since the 8th April this year. Your Run Director on the morning was Louise Fitzgerald who began the pre-run briefing by inducting 3 new members to the Junior 10 club in the shape of Aidan Mars, Edward Dennett and Jack Jacobs and to the 100 club, John Bowman (who was volunteering as timekeeper). There was also a reminder of our next pacer day which is to take place on the 24th June - more on that further down in the report. Finally, there was a shout out for a set of keys (perhaps house keys) that had been handed in after last week's event - if you have found yourself homeless for the past week and a half then please let us know and we shall help to reunite you!

I had the pleasure of assisting the volunteer team with setting up the course pre-event and then ran the course before finally joining the barcode scanning team in the welcome shade of the trees. It really was a hot one as I found myself dripping wet with sweat (apologies for the disgusting image) when I finally came to the finish. Fortunately, a few minutes in the beautifully cool shade and I had dried off nicely!

This week 229 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 14 were first timers, 8 were parkrun tourists, 12 were "unknown" (unregistered or had forgotten their barcode) and of the returning 195 people, 28 recorded new Personal Bests on our course. A total of 37 people representing 17 different clubs took part.

Thanks to this week's team of 20 volunteers who made this event possible:
Annaelle DUFFIELD • David HARMAN • Elizabeth MILLER • Emily MULLETT • Isabel EDWARDS • John BOWMAN • Joseph WATTS • Louise FITZGERALD • Marian KEEP • Naomi SMYTH • Nick FITZGERALD • Noeline SIMS • Ross MARSHALL • Sheila WILSON • Simon KEEP • Stephen ELSDEN • Steve BARNFIELD • Steve BOLTON • Tom CHANDLER • Victoria MULLETT

This week saw unique participation at our event exceed 4,000 and we now stand at 4,017 different people who have completed our 5km course. This truly is testament to the wonderful community that we have here at RTW parkrun and the great teams of volunteers that successfully manage the event each week. We have so far had 110 different people volunteer at our event this year alone and 275 people over the history of the event, so a huge thank you to each and every one of you. If you haven't yet experienced the joy of volunteering then I highly recommend getting in on the action. We're a friendly bunch and the roles are all very straight forward. If you would like to volunteer at a future event then please visit the volunteer section of our website for contact details.

Finally, a reminder that this coming Saturday (24th June) is our next pacer day where we aim to have a team of volunteer runners pacing finish times from 36 minutes up to 22 minutes. So far, we have 10 slots filled with availability at 22, 31, 32, 34 & 36 minutes - if you would like to volunteer to pace at any of these times then please send an e-mail to with the time that you would like to pace and your parkrun barcode ID number. No previous experience is necessary but we would advise pacing a time that is comfortable for you to run e.g. at least 2 minutes slower than your usual parkrun time on our course.

Unfortunately, we were once more without any photographs of this week's event so if you would like to volunteer as a photographer at a future event then please get in touch with us. If you did happen to get any "snaps", then please share these with us on our Flickr page.

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