26 March 2022

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun
26 March 2022
Event no 326

Run report by Erica Jones, photos by Richard Woodfield

The sun was shining, the mud had almost dried out. What a day for a parkrun!

The latest of our new intake of Run Directors had their debut today, well done Martin Brice!

Volunteers gather by the cafe before participants arrive

Martin gives his first pre-parkrun briefing

They're off!

One hundred and sixty-one people took part in this week's event

The downhill curve as we spread out at the start

A good effort up Heartbreak Hill

Our parkrun has a great mix of participants

Volunteers hand out finish tokens at the end of the funnel. This week we had 42 high vis heroes who all played their part to ensure our event ran smoothly

Smiling through a sprint finish

Our tailwalking trio complete the event

In total our participants achieved an incredible 40 PBs this week. We also celebrated Doug Morrow (50 club), Tracey Stewart (25 volunteer club) and Alison Beard (100 volunteer club). Well done all!

And a warm welcome to the 13 first timers, we hope to see you again.

See the full results here.

Finally, thank you to our volunteers:

Mark SCOTT • Jane FENTIMAN • Martin BRICE • Judy GUEST • Alison BEARD • Ryland ATWOOD • Steve BOLTON • Richard NASH • Iwan PEARCE • Richard WOODFIELD • Rachel SADLER • Sophie BARR • Monty CUNLIFFE • Huw JONES • Hugh STEPHENSON • Erica JONES • Nicola CHRISTIE • Marie BOLTON • Robin BARWICK • Amélie FORREST • Rose SAWYER • Tracey STEWART • David SAWYER • Liz HAWKER • Mark DENNISON • Julie ERXLEBEN • Jayne MEYERS • Emma ALLEN • Quinton WOOD • Benny FIDDIMORE • Peter BALL • Megan HOUGHTON • Rebecca FIDDIMORE • Imogen ELSDEN • Flora SAUNDERS • Isobel ROBERTS • Chris STEWART • Ben FISHER • Maisie PARKER • Omar ANWARI • Ollie BOLGER • Alex BROWN


parkrun dogs…

We love to see the enthusiasm of our parkrunning dogs!

We rarely have dog-related incidents, but on Saturday we did have a near miss early in the event on the narrow gravel path just past the wooden bridge. As he was being overtaken by another runner with a dog, one of our participants was impeded and nearly brought down by the dog lead. Fortunately no harm was done, but there could easily have been an accident, perhaps involving more than one faller.

Here’s a quick reminder of how parkrunners with a dog can help to keep everyone safe:
• Only one dog per participant is permitted
• Dogs must be under firm control at all times, on a short lead or a harness with a short lead
• At our event, parkrunners with dogs please start at the back. This is to reduce the risk of tripping on the first steep downhill section of path.
• Please take particular care when overtaking – especially in sections of the course where the paths are narrow. Wait until there’s enough space to pass safely, without creating a trip hazard.

Happy and safe parkrunning everyone – humans and canines!


Goodbye 2021!

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun
Event number 314
1st January 2022

Run report by Benny Fiddimore

I am writing today’s run report off the back of the New Year’s Day parkrun, and feel that, being the first day of a new year, it is time to reflect. Time to reflect on what has been yet another tough year for us all, across the world, and within and beyond our parkrun community. When 2021 began, the UK was entering a third national lockdown as we continued to battle the spread of COVID-19. We had been without parkrun for nine months already, and whilst the days and nights felt incredibly gloomy, we as a community always had hope. We had hope that there would be light at the end of the tunnel, and we were proved right! On 24th July, parkrun returned, and the comfort of that Saturday morning normality returned.

Whilst we were already over half way through the year, there were still several parkrun highlights in 2021. Firstly, we managed to get the event going again! This wouldn’t have been possible had it not been for the hard work of the core team running all the necessary risk assessments as well as giving up a Tuesday evening to run a test event. Secondly, me and Erica had the pleasure of joining the RD team, which has been a fantastic experience. In addition, we celebrated our 300th parkrun in September. Finally, for the first time ever, we held parkruns on both Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, which came with plenty of fantastic outfit choices… more to see below.

Now we enter 2022, and again there is a lot to be excited about in our RTW parkrun community. In April, we will celebrate our eighth anniversary as an event, having missed the anniversary celebrations in 2020 and 2021. In addition, we will welcome Nicki and Martin to our Run Director team… we can’t wait for them to try out the white bib!

A selection of photos from Christmas Day 2021, thanks to Alasdair Shutt:






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 royaltunbridgewells@parkrun.com .

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

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