Expected run time: 133 years!

Royal Tunbrige Wells
26 October 2019
Event no 271

Run report by Richard Woodfield

In common with many other parkruns our numbers were down a bit on the usual. Probably not unconnected with a certain sporting fixture kicking off at precisely 0900. But despite that, and the gloomy weather conditions, there was plenty to enjoy - not least with all the colourful and spooky gear on view.

Judy presents flowers to Coral to mark our appreciation of all that she has contributed to parkrun in volunteering 52 times, in many different roles, as part of her Duke of Edinburgh gold award.
Dunorlan dino parkrun 5

The good news is that Coral will continue to be involved with our parkrun whenever she can.

A striking addition to today's event was a visiting dinosaur. Leading to this classic exchange. Run Director: "Any parkrun tourists?" Several hands raised. "Where are you from?" "The Jurassic period."

So, what is the expected finishing time for a dinosaur? Let's assume that the dinosaur is a T Rex and so maybe around 70 million years old. With such a veteran status it's probably reasonable to assume that his parkrun finish times have lengthened on average by perhaps a minute each year. This would suggest an expected parkrun finish time of around 133 years! In fact, the dinosaur managed a very sprightly performance in the windy conditions, finishing in around 27 minutes.

All in a day's work for a touring dinosaur.... first timers' briefing.... starting at the back of the field ... collecting a finish token
Dunorlan dino parkrun 4

Dunorlan dino parkrun 1

Dunorlan dino parkrun 7

Plenty of spooky gear on view
Dunorlan dino parkrun 2

Possibly the yellowest tree in Dunorlan Park?
Dunorlan autumn

Many thanks to all today's 27 volunteers who made the event possible.


Helping others to experience parkrun

As we continue our introduction to regular faces at RTW parkrun, we thought we’d share another golden girl from our volunteering team, meet Lizzie.

Having joined parkrun in 2017 as a Duke of Edinburgh Bronze volunteer, Lizzie Miller has continued to help out as she progressed through the achievements, and is now working towards her Gold Award.


Already a runner with Tonbridge AC, Lizzie had visited our parkrun before and loved the friendly, relaxed atmosphere in Dunorlan Park. When it came to choosing somewhere to volunteer it made her decision an easy one.

“I loved the sense of achievement when I crossed the finish,” says Lizzie, “and I wanted to give something back so that other people would have the chance to experience the same thing.”

Admirable reasons for choosing to volunteer!

In her two years since joining our volunteer team, Lizzie has helped out with barcode scanning, finish tokens and support, timekeeping, marshalling and tail walking. She says her favourite roles are timing or finish token support.

It’s a busy time for Lizzie as she works towards her A-levels, but she still loves coming to parkrun on Saturday mornings.

One final word, her advice to anyone considering volunteering or trying out the 5k route: “If your’e thinking of doing parkrun I say go for it! It’s so much fun, kick-starts your Saturday morning and is a great way to meet new people.”

Wise words from Lizzie and we’re grateful to have her as part of the team.

Lizzie scanning


Coral’s golden

Our parkrun couldn’t happen without the kind help of volunteers, and so this week – as part of what we hope will become a series of profiles of parkrun participants of all kinds – we’re introducing a Run Director of the future, Coral Sadler.


Okay, so we may be looking ahead a little when we’re touting her as a Run Director, but having volunteered at Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun for the last six months, Coral certainly knows what’s going on when it comes to ensuring our event runs smoothly. Her experience includes barcode scanning, finish token support, funnel manager, marshal, timekeeper, token sorting… we could go on… and her favourite role (for now, while she eyes up the RD vest) is number checker.

As Coral says: “I love helping things run smoothly and I enjoy solving any problems that may arise within that role!” (Editor’s note, from people accidentally entering the finish funnel twice to missing tokens, a *lot* can go wrong between passing the stop watches and receiving your emailed finish time.)

Coral volunteers Coral at the finish funnel

Coral, who is working towards her gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, explains why she chose to volunteer with us: “My Mum has been taking part for a little while and she suggested it was a good idea, now every Saturday we turn up together and it’s a good way to get the weekend started.” We applaud this sentiment.

While volunteering is her preferred start to the weekend Coral has also participated in the 5k a couple of times, to try it out with her Mum: “I really enjoyed it, everyone is very friendly and the marshals are super motivational! A nice hot coffee and veggie sausage sandwich afterwards always won me over too.”

A few highlights from her time with us – so far – include volunteering on Christmas day, when everyone was in good spirits, including lots of Santa hats and treats, and the week an entire bridal party (complete with bride and groom) took part.

Coral adds: “I really enjoy my time at parkrun and can see myself staying on after I have completed my DofE. I thoroughly enjoy my Saturday mornings and would be lost without them.”

A politics and international relations student at Royal Holloway University, Coral is currently training her chocolate Labrador so he can join her at parkrun.


A parkrun is just what the doctor prescribed

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun
Event number 217
22nd September 2018
Run Report Writer Bethan Chandler and Richard Woodfield
Photographer Oliver Dawe and Richard Woodfield

This week 240 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 40 were first timers and 42 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

Another week, another park run, and a noticeably cooler one! This week our run director was Joe Watts and welcomed 240 people with 42 runners achieving a PB including the first finisher Henry Murdoch with a time of 16.48.  RTW parkrun supported GP taster day showing GP’s and local practices the benefits of exercise and taking part in the community. With 40 first timers taking part hopefully this is a result of their promotions.

[Ed: we were pleased to have two practice staff volunteering with us. Also it was great to have a visitor from Burrswood, the health and wellbeing centre near Groombridge. Afterwards, @Burrswood tweeted: "Finding out more about park runs @RTWparkrun - exercise and wellbeing for all #SpreadTheWord"]

It was my first weekend back from the summer holidays. I am taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme and am working towards my Silver award and am thoroughly enjoying the variety of roles and skills I am learning and also being able to run some weeks. Once I have completed my 26 weeks of volunteering I will be taking on the Gold award which means you will still see me for another 52 weeks.

This event cannot run without volunteers, so thank you to all the people who come out week after week and help make this event the success that it is. In the next few weeks more Duke of Edinburgh participants will be joining RTW parkrun.

This week many people are planning to run the Hospice in the Weald 10K on Sunday so there was a rise in the number of volunteers which was lovely to see. On that note, good luck to all those running in the 10K on Sunday, we hope you all have a fantastic run and looking forward to seeing you all next week with slightly aching muscles!

Please remember next Saturday is a pacer day. Also join in celebrations for two of our regular runners who are bringing along their wedding party to run, before dashing off to get married in the afternoon.

Finally a big thank you to Run Director Joe Watts who may have achieved a PB in the results processing today, with results posted by 10.21am. Thank you to everyone who remembered their barcodes as you can see how much time this saves us.

parkrunning dogs also enjoying that feeling of health and well being!

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Mark SCOTT • Joseph WATTS • John DYSON • Judy GUEST • Jane ROOME • Lucille JOANNES • Kitt BAGULEY • Richard NASH • Gloria RICHARDS • James BAGULEY • Gabriela BAGULEY • Richard WOODFIELD • Coral SADLER • Francis EAMES • Mary P SCOTT • Eve DUBREUIL • Noeline SIMS • Huw JONES • Sheila WILSON • Erica JONES • Matthew DUBERY • Oliver DAWE • Robin BARWICK • Bethan CHANDLER • Victoria CAGLAR • Angela TYLER • Julie MARCHANT • Amy DOBSON • Jane PALMER

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

The male record is held by William LEVETT who recorded a time of 16:12 on 8th April 2017 (event number 149).
The female record is held by Nicole TAYLOR who recorded a time of 17:48 on 21st July 2018 (event number 209).
The Age Grade course record is held by Cath WHEELER who recorded 86.98% (21:23) on 15th September 2018 (event number 216).

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun started on 26th April 2014. Since then 5,728 participants have completed 35,568 parkruns covering a total distance of 177,840 km, including 6,366 new Personal Bests.


The Greatest Show on Earth

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun
Event 216
15 September 2018

Report Writer Zena Hassell. Photographs Zena Hassell and Richard Woodfield

No – not the visiting circus, but ‘parkrun’ and its worldwide weekly performances, bringing people together from all walks of life, to enjoy the outdoors and to exercise.

It’s great to be back, whether you dipped your toe into some parkrun tourism last week, went to the gym or possibly just had a lie in for a change? Our Saturday performances are now reinstated due to the departure of the ‘Vegas Circus’ with all its bright lights, showcase acts and magic now a distant memory.

Familiar faces parkrun touring at Bedgebury last week

This week at Dunorlan Park our Ring Master was Steve Barnfield, taming all 240 runners at the pre-run briefing and informing us of parkrun tourists journeying from Basildon, Southend and Nottingham. Steve also welcomed Oliver Dawe to our Volunteer Crew. Oliver is working towards his DOE Silver award and will be volunteering for the next 26 weeks.

Hitting the jackpot this week for a milestone t-shirt were Gabriela Baguley (Volunteer 25 Club), George Altshul (Junior 10 Club), Kevin Jones and Steve Barnfield (50 Club). Very well done to you all!

‘Getting Hitched’- best of luck to visiting ‘Bride to be’ Louise in October 2018 - accompanied by Lou's Ladies!

‘Noeline's Northern trip’ – Back on volunteer duty after completing ‘The Great North Run’ last week!

Remember to bend and stretch before parkrun!

Enjoying some down time...

Royal Dunorlan Park – What’s not to love ?

‘Goodbye’ to another sunny parkrun

A reminder that next Saturday (22 September), is a West Kent GP practice taster day. GPs and their practice staff are invited to attend local parkruns in any capacity - walk, jog, run, volunteer, or just watch to see what goes on! The physical and mental health benefits have already been recognised, as a number of GP surgeries up and down the land are already actively prescribing a regular "dose" of parkrun for their patients!

Finally, best of luck to all competing in the Hospice in the Weald 10K next Sunday. Maybe there will be an increase in volunteers next Saturday ...?

This week 240 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 35 were first timers and 40 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Jane FENTIMAN • Louise FITZGERALD • Steve BARNFIELD • Karin GIANNONE • John DYSON • Judy GUEST • Zena HASSELL • Gloria RICHARDS • Nick FITZGERALD • Richard WOODFIELD • Eve DUBREUIL • Noeline SIMS • Colin RATCLIFFE • Huw JONES • Matt PARRETT • Richard HAYCOCK • Oliver DAWE • Robin BARWICK • Victoria MULLETT • Emily MULLETT • Jasmine PARRETT • Angela TYLER • Julie MARCHANT • Maisie VERNON • Amy DOBSON • Jessica STREETER

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

The male record is held by William LEVETT who recorded a time of 16:12 on 8th April 2017 (event number 149).
The female record is held by Nicole TAYLOR who recorded a time of 17:48 on 21st July 2018 (event number 209).
The Age Grade course record is held by Cath WHEELER who recorded 86.98% (21:23) on 15th September 2018 (event number 216).

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun started on 26th April 2014. Since then 5,688 participants have completed 35,328 parkruns covering a total distance of 176,640 km, including 6,324 new Personal Bests.


Rouge, Blanc et Bleu

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun
Event 211
4 August 2018

Run Report, including photographs, by Zena Hassell

What will the new month of August bring? Well, the start of the European Athletics Championships for one and more than likely a continuing heatwave...

July certainly has produced a harvest of heat, and I would imagine refreshment and icecream sellers (Dunorlan Cafe included) are rubbing their sprinkle covered hands together. “Just one Cornetto” has no doubt increased to several over the last month! This summer has certainly seen some of the hottest temperatures since RTW parkrun began, even at 9.00am. For the majority of us runners this is probably not our most favoured conditions, however, knowing your limits and keeping hydrated will ensure we all finish the course safely.

Steve Barnfield was this week’s Run Director and welcomed all the runners. Tourist parkrunners choosing a different venue to buy their lollies and Mr Whippy’s included visitors hailing from Bromley, Rugby and Wakefield.

We would like to welcome Amy Dobson who has just started to volunteer towards her Bronze Duke of Edinburgh medal. The DofE Scheme really does help parkruns in recruiting and encouraging new volunteers.

Bronze medalists to the DofE Scheme

Former Mayor, David Neve, takes the scenic route around town

Many thanks to Richard Woodfield who, seeing Noeline was on her own for post event closure, kindly volunteered for emergency close down duties to collect the remaining cones and signs out on the course. Pre event set up and post event closure are important roles and can of course be combined with running/walking the 5k. If you can help do please contact us. (Only a tally of 25 is needed for a proud purple volunteer t-shirt!)

All are welcome at parkrun

Bliss, nearly home 

The heat won't defeat P1030016
Finally an update regarding Graham Brooks' cheeky dog who inadvertently rained over Noeline's coat last week. All are friends and Graham did the honourable thing of buying Noeline a lovely box of chocolates - was it Milk Tray by any chance?

The Milk Tray Man?

2 legs good, 3 wheels better!

This week 184 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Ross MARSHALL • Joseph WATTS • Jane FENTIMAN • Louise FITZGERALD • Stella BEARD • Steve BARNFIELD • John DYSON • Judy GUEST • Zena HASSELL • Jane ROOME • Nick FITZGERALD • Richard WOODFIELD • Rebecca DELVES • Eve DUBREUIL • Noeline SIMS • Colin RATCLIFFE • Huw JONES • Sheila WILSON • Matthew DUBERY • Victoria MULLETT • Emily MULLETT • Julie MARCHANT • Mark DENNISON • Amy DOBSON • Andrew GRAHAM

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

The male record is held by William LEVETT who recorded a time of 16:12 on 8th April 2017 (event number 149).
The female record is held by Nicole TAYLOR who recorded a time of 17:48 on 21st July 2018 (event number 209).
The Age Grade course record is held by John LOWDEN who recorded 85.21% (18:49) on 19th November 2016 (event number 130).
Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun started on 26th April 2014. Since then 5,508 participants have completed 34,033 parkruns covering a total distance of 170,165 km, including 6,140 new Personal Bests


And all of a sudden it is summer!

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun
Event No 197
14 April 2018

Run report by Francis Eames. Pictures by Joe Watts and Richard Woodfield

After the unusual autumn mists of the last few days, Saturday suddenly became summer. So much so that some people were starting to think it was getting TOO HOT for running! But it wasn’t summer underfoot of course and the squelchy bits were still horribly boggy and the shoewash on the back straight was resolutely undiminished to make sure that everyone arrived at the finish properly mudsplashed.

Above ground - it's summer (well almost!)

Ground level - definitely not yet summer!

And thanks to the tremendous commitment of 28 wonderful volunteers a magnificent turnout of 218 runners braved the mud, the highest number since the first Saturday of January. It was good to see 17 different clubs represented in the lineup. And we were able to welcome a fantastic number of First Timers. At least 25 runners completed their very first parkrun and another 20 parkrun tourists from places as far flung as Cirencester and Sweden joined us for the first time to experience the beauty of our lovely park. It wasn’t really a morning for running a PB but 14 runners did just that, which was most impressive in the conditions. Well done to all of them and especially to junior runner ELLIE MACAULEY who was not only First Finisher here for the first time but also had an impressive new PB as well.

This week's higher numbers kept our scanners busy

And many congratulations also to our very own Event Director JOE WATTS, who recorded his first time as First Finisher here. Well done Joe and Ellie.

STELLA BEARD was in charge for her second turn as run director and once the megaphone decided to behave she welcomed XANDER DOLMAN to the Junior 10 Club and everyone to our 197th event.

On Saturday we sadly said goodbye to TILLY WHITE who has been volunteering with us as part of her DofE Bronze award. Thank you Tilly for all your help and we hope to see you again here on the start line soon. We rely on our DofE volunteers to help us run our events and we currently have 5 from local schools turning out on Saturday mornings. Thanks to all of them.


So without further ado, we were off down the hill towards the boathouse and onwards to our muddy fate. And as we squelched up the hill through the mud past the VC memorial, the conditions underfoot must have been somewhat similar to those the soldiers endured during the horrific Spring Offensive of 1918, which broke the stalemate of the First World War and led to its long - awaited conclusion in November that year.
It is always worth remembering the 10 Tunbridge Wells men who were awarded the Victoria Cross for their bravery and are remembered in the VC Grove as we run past it each week, and one of them Major Eric Stuart Dougall was killed in action in Belgium 100 years ago to the day on 14th April 1918, four days after the action for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross.

How fortunate we are to be here in 2018 and only having to endure the winter mud in the park.

The final hill may be steep - but at least it's not muddy!

Don’t forget that in 2 weeks time we celebrate the 4th anniversary of Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun and since then 5,092 different runners have completed 30,543 parkruns covering a total distance of 152,715 km and setting 5,036 personal bests. To celebrate it will be a Pacer Day, and we need lots of volunteer pacers. We will have a flower theme to the day and there will be lots of raffle prizes and scrumptious eats, so make a note in your diary. Who knows? With the weather forecast as it is, we may even have completely dry course by then. Wouldn’t that be a novelty? An anniversary PB anyone?

We've put in an order for sky this colour for our anniversary event...

Saturday was my 3rd anniversary at RTW parkrun, and in that time I have totted up 114 parkruns, of which 82 have been in Dunorlan Park. It’s difficult to remember what I did on Saturday mornings before that!

You can view our complete event history on the Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun Results page, which includes the full results from this week's event. Also on the website (photos page) there are lots of fantastic photos of Saturday’s event thanks to our able photographers RICHARD WOODFIELD and the multi - tasking Event Director and First Finisher JOE WATTS. Is there anything you can’t do Joe?

You can also follow us on Twitter or like our page on Facebook.

Next week it is my turn on the megaphone and I hope to see all of you there on Saturday morning, especially this week’s first timers. It will be great to see you again. Have a good week.

parkrun reinstated!

Please note that - contrary to our previous announcement - we are now intending to have a parkrun on 5 May. This is as a result of the postponement of another (non parkrun related) event that had been due to take place in Dunorlan Park on 5 May. We just now need to fill our volunteer roster for the reinstated parkrun.

This week's 28 volunteers:

Fiona SUTTON • Joseph WATTS • Jane FENTIMAN • Stella BEARD • Steve BARNFIELD • John DYSON • Judy GUEST • Paul HOLLIS • Matilda WHITE • Gloria RICHARDS • Richard WOODFIELD • Rachel SADLER • Francis EAMES • Noeline SIMS • Erica JONES • Graham BROOKS • Robert HASSELL • Robin BARWICK • Victoria MULLETT • Emily MULLETT • Bethan CHANDLER • Tom CHANDLER • Yolanda WITT • Rose SAWYER • Adrian FERNANDEZ PAREJA • Maisie VERNON • Mark DENNISON • Jack NORWOOD



Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun
Event number 160
8th July 2017

Run report written by Joe Watts, with pictures courtesy of Richard Woodfield

It was a warm, bright and "sticky" morning in Dunorlan Park for this week's event where 218 people decided to join our team of 27 volunteers for a 5km jaunt around our undulating, 2-lap course. There were also 2 unexpected guests located by both of the car parks, which were snapped by this week's volunteer photographer and can be seen below. The horses form part of a major public art installation and the Hospice in the Weald fundraising campaign, "Herd of the Hospice", whereby a number of horses have been "installed" in locations around the Weald.

Hospice in Weald horses:

This week's Run Director was Steve Barnfield and it was his misfortune that the megaphone batteries decided to give up the ghost! So, for those of you who could not hear the pre-run briefing this week we welcomed 2 new members to the parkrun junior 10 club in the shape of Dylan Bridge and Wilf Peet - congratulations to both. Steve also mentioned that our next pacer day would be taking place on the final Saturday in July (29th) and so, if you would like to volunteer as a pacer for this event then please send us an e-mail or leave your details at this week's event.

Volunteers receive their briefing and a hi-viz vest:

As well as making good use of his vision, this week's photographer was also making good use of his hearing and commented that he noticed one person listening to commentary on British Lions vs All Blacks as they ran; a child (presumably with a parent) was reciting their 8 times table; whilst in the events field one of our marshals made good use of his time by continuing with his painting from the previous week.

Lewis Chapman was painting whilst marshaling in the events field:

Thanks to this week's team of 27 volunteers:
Alice WESTHORP • Annaelle DUFFIELD • Austin RUDMAN • Colin RATCLIFFE • Elizabeth MILLER • Emily MULLETT • Gloria RICHARDS • Isabel EDWARDS • Jessica BRICE • Jessica CARSWELL • John DYSON • Joseph WATTS • Kerry FRANCIS-WATTS • Lauren JACKSON • Lewis CHAPMAN • Louise FITZGERALD • Marian KEEP • Mark SCOTT • Nick FITZGERALD • Noeline SIMS • Richard WOODFIELD • Simon JONES • Simon KEEP • Stephen ELSDEN • Steve BARNFIELD • Steve BOLTON • Victoria MULLETT

This week there were 22 first timers to parkrun, 15 parkrun tourists & 20 people forgot their barcode and therefore did not receive a personal finish time. Of the returning 161 people, 29 achieved a new personal best time on our course - very well done to all.

First-timers briefing:

The field make their way past the lake:

Runners make their way down the back-stretch of the events field...

... and continue on their return toward the lakeside path:

I end this week's report with news that for our first event in August (5th) we shall be celebrating the start of the IAAF World Athletics Championships which are taking place in London. We invite you to join us in showing your support for Team GB by wearing Red, White and Blue for our event and I'm sure that the Championships will be just as exciting as the London 2012 Olympic Games. We shall also have some sweet and savoury food on offer following the event - even more reason to make it along for a 9am start!

For the latest news and updates from our event you can keep up to date with us on social media via Twitter and Facebook.

Results from this week's event and a complete event history can be found on the Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun Results Page.


Returning to “normal”

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun
Event #156
10th June 2017

Run report written by Joe Watts

It was our first event in 3 weeks due to a cancellation on 27th May (thunderstorms) and also on 3rd June (Race for Life) and so it was great to be back to (what passes as) normal! On the morning we were treated to bright blue skies and warm sunshine with a refreshing breeze to keep the temperature comfortable for all involved in the event.

I was back on Run Director duty this week and I later found out that it was in fact my 50th time in this role. During the pre-run briefing I welcomed two new members to the parkrun clubs, firstly, Helen Sanson who had run her 50th at Hastings the week before and secondly, Charles Bowley, who had completed his 100th at Tonbridge that same weekend. I also pointed out our new "start funnel" on the grass which seemed to work very well. The main purpose of this is to keep everyone off of the path at the start so that other park users are still able to access the cafe. It also seemed to work very well in keeping the crowd noise level to a minimum, so a big thank you to everyone for giving your full and undivided attention to the pre-run brief!

Lastly, I mentioned that our next pacer day would be taking place on 24th June - should you wish to volunteer as a pacer for this event then please send an e-mail to us at royaltunbridgewellshelpers@parkrun.com with the time that you would like to pace and your parkrun barcode ID number.

This week 246 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers, 8 were parkrun tourists, whilst 17 were classified as "unknown". Of the returning 187 people, 31 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:
Alice WESTHORP • Annaelle DUFFIELD • Emily MULLETT • Gabrielle RICHARDS • Gloria RICHARDS • Helen MCGEE • Isabel EDWARDS • John LOWDEN • Joseph WATTS • Lauren JACKSON • Louise FITZGERALD • Michael CHAMPION • Naomi SMYTH • Nick FITZGERALD • Noeline SIMS • Rachel MCGEE • Rachel SADLER • Simon JONES • Stella BEARD • Steve BARNFIELD • Steve BOLTON • Stuart CORKE • Tamara KING • Tom CHANDLER • Victoria MULLETT

This week's palindrome times:

Duncan Ralph - 23:32
Andrew Smyth - 25:52

Most popular age categories:

VM45-49 - 30 finishers
VW45-49 - 25 finishers
JM11-14 - 19 finishers

Least popular age categories:

SM18-19 and SW18-19 - 1 finisher in each

Unfortunately, we do not have any photographs to share with you in this week's run report as we did not have a volunteer photographer. If you have any that you would like to share then please do so on our Flickr page.

For the latest news and updates you can keep up to date with us on social media via Twitter and Facebook.

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun started on 26th April 2014. Since then 3,995 participants have completed 21,903 parkruns covering a total distance of 109,515 km, including 4,554 new Personal Bests.


Team spirit

Event #153
6th May 2017

Run report written by Joe Watts

It was a dry, overcast and rather windy affair in Dunorlan Park for our free 5km event and this week our team of 19 volunteers helped 284 people run, jog or walk around our 2-lap course.

Your Run Director this week was Simon Jones and during his pre-run briefing he gave a warm welcome to Joseph Taylor who had completed 10 parkruns and became our latest member to the parkrun junior 10 club as well as Annaelle Duffield who joined the volunteer 25 club!

This week's participation number can be broken down as follows:
42; # of people taking part in their first ever parkrun.
11; # of people who were visiting us from another parkrun.
18; # of people who had forgotten their barcode - #DFYB (Don't Forget Your Barcode)!!
213; # of returning participants of whom 56 achieved a new Personal Best time.

And of the 19 volunteers:
7; # of people who ran & volunteered.

One thing that I really noticed this week was the great team spirit amongst the 296 people who were involved in this week's event as more than a third of our volunteer team also ran (7 out of 19). On pre-event set up I was joined by fellow runners on the day Stuart Corke & Tom Chandler (who has just begun his Gold Duke of Edinburgh and will be with us for the next 12 months), whilst Darren Hendley had volunteered to pace at 26 minutes and also assist Steve Bolton with post-event closedown. There was of course RTW parkrun stalwart and committee member Steve Barnfield steering the field of participants home safely in the role of tail runner and finally, this week's third placed finisher Mark Mordak assisted with closing down the funnel and packing away the equipment for next week's event.

It really is a huge help having a few extra pairs of hands before and after the event, so thank you to all of those who stepped forward. If you haven't yet had a go at volunteering it is a great amount of fun and our team are very friendly. We have roles available before, during and after the event and once you reach 25 volunteer occasions you can claim a free, purple parkrun volunteer 25 tee courtesy of Tribesports. If you would like to volunteer then please take a look at our volunteer roster where you will see the roles available and details of how to get in touch with us.

A massive thank you to this week's team of superstar volunteers:
Alexandra MEW • Annaelle DUFFIELD • Darren HENDLEY • Elizabeth MILLER • Emily MULLETT • Francis EAMES • John DYSON • Joseph WATTS • Judy GUEST • Louise FITZGERALD • Mark MORDAK • Noeline SIMS • Robert ARCHER • Simon JONES • Steve BARNFIELD • Steve BOLTON • Stuart CORKE • Tom CHANDLER • Victoria MULLETT

With no official volunteer photographer this week there are not any pictures to include within the run report, however, we did receive a message on Facebook from Prem Gatto who had brought along his camera and you can view his impressive selection of photographs here.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun Results page.

Feedback from the field:

There was plenty of action on our Twitter account:
Suzanne Young@SuzanneYoung123 - Fantastic 5k to start the weekend in this amazing park! #parkrun @RTWparkrun @DunorlanPark
Darren Hendley‏ @Darren_Hendley - Lots of fun pacing 26 mins @RTWparkrun this morning. Thanks as always to all of the volunteers. #ukrunchat #parkrun
Joe Watts‏ @joewattsdj - Running to/from @RTWparkrun tomorrow, volunteering to set-up, then will run and do some barcode scanning afterward #loveparkrun #keepactive
Erica Susan Jones@BriteEyedViolet - My goal today is recovering from lurgy, but I have used my sick time to apply for my first 10k, all thanks to parkrun giving me confidence

Rebecca Smith (via e-mail) - I'm being crazy and running today even though it's my birthday! Need to burn off the over indulgence I have planed later today! Hope it's not too muddy! The Tunbridge Wells parkrun is fab and all the volunteers are brilliant. It's finally got me running again after 6 years off! Thanks.

Finally, a reminder that our next pacer day takes place on Saturday 27th May (we are still on the look out for a few more runners to volunteer with pacing duties) and that our event is cancelled on 3rd June 2017 due to the Race for Life event which is taking place in Dunorlan Park.

You can keep pace with us on social media via Twitter and Facebook.

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