Christmas and New Year parkruns 2021

There's a chill in the air and the town is beginning to sparkle with coloured lights, which means the post-parkrun conversation has turned to one thing, and it's not the amount of mud stuck to people's ankles. It's something much more cheery.

It may not have escaped your notice that this year Christmas Day and New Year's Day both fall on a Saturday. Which leads to the question: what happens to parkrun?

Well the good news is that parkrun still goes ahead!

This year at Royal Tunbridge Wells we will be hosting parkruns on both Christmas Day *and* New Year's Day (with the latter being a first for us).

Both events will run to our usual timetable, with first timers briefing at 8.50am and the 5k run/jog/walk starting promptly at 9am.

As ever, we'd be very grateful for volunteers - who are an essential part of the event and fully part of the festive fun on these special occasions. (Certain volunteering roles can be combined with taking part in the 5k itself.) You can see the future roster, and register your interest by emailing .

So whether you're a volunteer or 5k-er (or both), there's no change to your Saturday morning activity.

Well, there is a little change because fancy dress is encouraged on 25th December, and we expect a few of us may be a *little* more tired than usual on 1st January, but you get the idea.

We're really looking forward to starting Christmas Day and 2022 with you!

A previous Christmas Day parkrun

A previous Christmas Day parkrun


International Women’s Day

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun
Event number 290
7th March 2020

Run report by Benny Fiddimore

This week 164 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers and 4 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part. The event was made possible by 37 volunteers: Of which 21 were female

Following last week’s unavoidable cancellation, we were all overjoyed to welcome back RTW parkrun to Dunorlan Park! After the horrendous weather on Wednesday and Thursday we must say a big thank you to TWBC, Sodexo and the Monday morning volunteers helping to maintain the park in this exceptionally wet weather.

Today was special event because it was our International Women’s Day parkrun. To celebrate, many participants were wearing a mixture of green, white and purple.

One of our volunteers, Noeline, could not find anything green, white or purple in her house, but that didn’t stop her from showing off the colours. She decided to use some of her purple broccoli from last night’s tea and attached it to her hat using a white ribbon!

Noeline showing off her great creation made from broccoli!

Obviously, being our International Women’s Day event, it would be wrong not to celebrate the females that make our parkrun run smoothly.

First of all, there are our many female DofE volunteers, who perform multiple roles every week, ensuring the roster remains ‘healthy’. Massive thanks to them!

Our DofE volunteers hard at work

Next up are our Run Directors. Today we didn’t have one female director, but TWO. Coral, as always, did a great job managing our run. It was also Jane’s debut at a Run Director, and based on her pre-run briefing, it is obvious that she’s a natural. We now have six Run Directors.

Today’s great team of Run Directors Jane and Coral

Last but not least, are two of the RTW parkrun team's most valued volunteers. Week in, week out, Judy and Noeline ensure our event goes on without a hitch.

Each week, Noeline arrives at 6:30am on Saturday to set up the start funnel, which means we can start on time. She also helps with the clear down, washes the Hi Vis vests and is a great motivator for all our runners. I’m tired just writing that, it sounds like a hard week’s work, let alone in just one morning!

Then of course there’s Judy. Since day one, Judy has been a really important volunteer for RTW parkrun. As well as scanning hundreds (probably thousands) of barcodes, she also manages the volunteer roster, organises the great Dofe volunteers, helps with the routine weekly administration. Without her fabulous organisation skills, parkrun’s volunteers would be a lot less well organised!

Thanks so much to Noeline and Judy for what they do.

Judy and Noeline, the fairy godmothers behind parkrun!

While we are celebrating our great volunteers this week, it would be dishonorable if we didn’t speak about the female participants out in the fields, demonstrating that parkrun is great fun for males and females.








Some of this week's participants posed for photos in our ‘This Girl Can’ frame

To summarise, it was another great weekend at Dunorlan Park. I completed the course myself this weekend, and while it was muddy it was great to do my first 5K since October. Now I know that the ‘This Girl Can’ was mainly for female runners, however I couldn’t resist taking part myself!



Join us for International Women’s Day

On Saturday, 7th March, our parkrun will be joining in with others around the world to celebrate International Women’s Day.

As you all know, parkrun is for everyone, what people don’t know is that the figures for participation are a little unbalanced. Research shows that across the world women are less likely than men to take part in parkrun – and that’s despite females making up 54% of registrations!

That’s why we’re celebrating International Women’s Day and the This Girl Can initiative to encourage more women to come along and discover what it is to be a part of parkrun.


Do you know a woman who’s nervous of coming last? Doesn’t want to be seen in public in lycra? Thinks the hills will be horrendous? Invite her along so she can meet the tail walker, realise lycra is Definitely Not Mandatory, or see how much we support each other up the park’s gentle slopes.

Or maybe she’d like to be involved but five kilometers really isn’t her thing? An introduction to our volunteering team could be the perfect start to a new Saturday morning hobby.

We’ve all been there and know the first visit to parkrun can be a tough one to build up to, then you arrive and wonder why you were ever worried.

So please, invite your sister, mother, daughter, grandmother, neighbour, work mate, mother-in-law, or any other ladies in your life to join us on 7th March – taking part together can make that first step so much more reassuring.

Also, you won’t be singled out, you’ll simply be helping us to balance out the equality of our 100% inclusive event.


May the forces be with you… as Run, Walk or Push against Dementia returns!

On your marks, get set, go! After the huge success of last year's Run, Walk or Push against Dementia in Knole Park, it's time to lace up those running shoes again as it returns in May, with representatives from Kent Fire and Rescue and the Kent Police force stepping up to the challenge.

With around five-hundred runners taking part last year, the event makes its comeback on Sunday 13 May and will once again include timed 3, 5 and 10k courses suitable for everyone from parents with pushchairs to seasoned runners.

Last year, over £4,500 was raised which helped fund dementia friendly projects across the District, such as the new Forget-me-not café in Knole which provides support and companionship to those who are living with memory issues or dementia.

Entry for the 3k and 5k runs is £13 for people aged over 16, and £5 for under 16s. Both distances are suitable for beginners, children and people with pushchairs. Ages four and under go free.

Entry for the 10k run is £18 and is intended for keen runners and not open to under 16s or people with pushchairs.

Everyone who crosses the line will receive a commemorative medal and entrants can take advantage of a range of other benefits such as a 10% discount in Up&Running in Sevenoaks and free running workshops courtesy of the Sevenoaks Ladies Joggers & Oaks Blokes to help them prepare for the big day.

Sevenoaks District Council Chairman, Cllr Larry Abraham, says: "We're very happy to be able to support this event again and residents should be quick to sign up with 500 spaces available. Dementia is one of the leading causes of death in the UK and this event gives everyone the opportunity to not only improve their own health, but also raise money for people effected by the diseases.

"It's great to see a bit of friendly competition between the Fire service and Police force, with many of their workforce signing up – we'll see who comes out on top!"

Elaine Ferris and Symone Salwan who co-chair the Sevenoaks Area Dementia Friendly Community Forum, add: "We are delighted to be partnering with organisations committed to changing the lives of those living with dementia in our community. With the support of our District Commander of Kent Police, Director of Kent Fire & Rescue and the Kent Police & Crime Commissioner; all senior figures in our local public services who are running with us on the 13 May. We hope that this year's event will be more inclusive and even more successful.

"Our Forget-Me-Not Cafés and Wellbeing Days have reduced isolation, enabled people to access support and brought joy to so many in the last year, the 2018 Run will enable us to continue these activities and we have new initiatives planned. Every pound helps us positively change people's lives."

To sign up and for further details visit


Starfish Races 2017

14th May 2017, Bexhill-on-sea

Marathon | Half-Marathon | Marathon Relay

Join us along the beautiful Bexhill seafront for the 3rd Starfish Races in aid of Tree of Hope. The event welcomes runners of all abilities and ages to take part in its marathon, half marathon and marathon team relay (run 10.5k each in your team of 4 to complete a marathon). Children's races also on the day.

Enter now at

For more information visit or contact Kate on 01892 535525


New 10k timed run for 2017 in Sevenoaks

A new 10k timed run is taking place in the stunning surroundings of Knole Park in Sevenoaks.

The ‘Run, walk or push against dementia’ event is taking place on the morning of Sunday 14 May 2017 to help raise money for dementia services.

The run takes place in Kent’s last medieval deer park. The route includes undulations and a very steep incline, which makes it perfect for intermediate runners and those looking for a challenge.
Registration for the 10k run is £15. As this distance is intended for keen runners, it is not open to under 16s or people with pushchairs.

Everyone who registers will receive a voucher offering a 10% discount in the ‘Up and Running’ shop in Sevenoaks High Street. They can also take advantage of free, professionally led running classes as they prepare for the event. Everyone who crosses the finishing line will also be presented with a commemorative medal. Results will be available soon after the event when a text message will be sent to runners’ mobile phone or available on the website the next day.

A 3k and 5k run will begin after the 10k run at the same event. Advanced registration is £10 for people aged over 16 and £5 for under 16s. Both runs are suitable for children and people with pushchairs. Under 4s go free.

Higher registration prices will apply after 7 May.

Registration is now open at or by calling 01732 227000.

Cllr Michelle Lowe, Sevenoaks District Council’s Cabinet member for health, says: “Experienced runners looking for a new challenge will enjoy this event, which takes place in the stunning surroundings of Knole Park.

“But with only 500 places available, I’d advise runners to be quick off the mark.”


Orpington High Elms 10k – Sunday 12th June 2016

Orpington Road Runner's are staging their annual 10k race on Sunday,12th June at High Elms Country Park in Farnborough, Orpington. We ran it there for the first time in 2014 and are thrilled that Runners World readers have rated it highly ever since. The course is entirely off road and uses paths and trails around the wood and park.

All proceeds will be donated to Bromley MIND in Bromley which is our charity for 2016. The Race starts at 9.30am and runners can enter on the webpage.


Discovery Run – Petworth Park, Saturday 30th May

There is a new mass participation trail running event coming to Petworth Park, West Sussex on Saturday 30th May:

Discovery Run
· 5k, 10k and half marathon distances
· 1.5km Discovery fun run for kids
· Refreshments
· Sports festival
· Music
· Retail

Details of the routes have just been announced, please click here if you are interested in finding out more.

We look forward to seeing you there.


Bedgebury Forest, Kent – 6th June

On the 6th of June, Runner's World will come to Bedgebury Forest for our annual trail series, Trailblazer. With the choice of running either a traffic-free, 10K or half-marathon around a beautiful expanse of forest and parkland, Trailblazer is the ideal trail run.

The event includes a wonderful goody bag, a special edition technical 2XU t-shirt, free massages, an event village, kids games, free parking and lots, lots more.

Sign up on the Runner's World Trailblazer website.

Special Offer designed for Running Clubs: Enter 5 people and save £5 per person!

Enter as a Family: Enter as a family and save £5 per person! Plus pick up a kids pack with every family entry. Staggered start times allow both parents to run, one at a time.

We look forward to seeing you at the start line!


Orpington High Elms 10k

Orpington Road Runners are staging their annual 10k race on Sunday, 14th June at High Elms Country Park in Farnborough, Orpington. We ran it there for the first time in 2014 and were thrilled that Runners World readers subsequently voted it the 8th best 10k in the country. The course is entirely off road and uses paths and trails around the wood and park.

All proceeds will be donated to St Christophers Hospice in Bromley which is our charity for 2015. The Race starts at 9.30am and runners can enter on the Orpington Road Runners website.

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