Girl power!

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun
Event number 189
3rd February 2018

Run report by Joe Watts. Photos courtesy of Ed Steele.

This week 200 people ran, jogged and walked our 5km, 2-lap course, of whom 8 were parkrun tourists, 10 were first timers to parkrun, 21 were unknown (either not registered or forgotten their barcode) and of the returning 161 people, an impressive 19 recorded new Personal Bests!

You Run Director this week was Louise Fitzgerald and during her pre-run briefing she welcomed Emma Deasy to the parkrun junior 10 club, David Wildman to the 50 club, Emily Mullett to the volunteer 25 club and finally a shout out to Gabriella Baguley who was to run her 100th parkrun. Congratulations to all on your achievements. Finally, Louise also mentioned that next week (10th February) we invite you to bring a loved one & dress in red for our Valentine's special event.

First timers (and tourists) are given a warm welcome during the pre-run briefing:
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The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:
Joseph WATTS • Louise FITZGERALD • Stella BEARD • Steve BARNFIELD • Judy GUEST • Matilda WHITE • Edward STEELE • Steve BOLTON • Nick FITZGERALD • Stuart CORKE • Richard WOODFIELD • Rachel SADLER • Francis EAMES • Katie CULLEN • David EDWARDS • Noeline SIMS • Huw JONES • Sheila WILSON • Isabella SOUTH • Robin BARWICK • Victoria MULLETT • Emily MULLETT • Bethan CHANDLER • Tom CHANDLER • Yolanda WITT • Angela TYLER • Adrian FERNANDEZ PAREJA • Maisie VERNON • Mark DENNISON

A total of 200 people embark on a 5,000m return trip, courtesy of 29 volunteers:
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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.

Runners approach the turn around point for their second lap:
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Feedback from the field:

There was a huge response to our post-run Tweet on Twitter with 24 likes, 7 retweets & a response from @MarcusNovius "great to see the park so popular even in the winter! :)"

Whilst over on Facebook we recevied a lovely reply from Fiona Horne - "We loved our first parkrun! Thanks to everyone for being so lovely and welcoming. See you on Saturday! The Horne Family (3 hares and one tortoise!!)"

Let us know how you got on at our event on social media, where you can also keep up to date with the latest news - follow us on Twitter or like our page on Facebook.

Finally, a Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun fact. This was only the 2nd time in the history of our event (189 events) where we witnessed a female first finisher - the last such occasion being on 28th February 2015!

 

It’s a run, not a race

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun
Event number 188
27th January 2018

Run report by Joe Watts. Photos courtesy of Richard Woodfield.

It was a chilly, but dry morning for our first "pacer day" of 2018 and I was back on Run Director duties. This week I decided to jog the 2.5 miles to Dunorlan Park, leaving my house at 7.45am. On my way I passed another runner outside the old bus depot - more on that later...

Once again, participants were "treated" to a healthy helping of mud and puddles as they made their way around our 2 lap course. Despite this 199 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were parkrun tourists, 15 were first time parkrunners, 15 were unknown and of the returning 146 people, 7 recorded new Personal Bests!

During the pre-run briefing I welcomed Matthew Robertson to the parkrun 50 club and I also introduced our team of volunteer pacers, who would be running at finish times of between 24 & 31 minutes. I also mentioned that in 2 weeks time (10th February) we invite you to bring a loved one & dress in red for our Valentine's special event. Finally, I mentioned that there would be a couple of cancellations in the coming months, due to other events taking place in Dunorlan Park. Please keep an eye out on our website and social media for announcements of those dates.

Crowds assemble on the path outside the cafe:
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A good turnout of first-timers attend the new runners briefing:
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The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Mark SCOTT • Fiona SUTTON • Ross MARSHALL • Joseph WATTS • Louise FITZGERALD • Stella BEARD • Steve BARNFIELD • Judy GUEST • Matilda WHITE • Richard NASH • Nick FITZGERALD • Stuart CORKE • Richard WOODFIELD • Andy GARRATT • Noeline SIMS • Darren HENDLEY • Huw JONES • Isabella SOUTH • Robin BARWICK • Victoria MULLETT • Emily MULLETT • Bethan CHANDLER • Tom CHANDLER • Angela TYLER • Adrian FERNANDEZ PAREJA • Jonathan HAWKER • Maisie VERNON • Mark DENNISON

A rather spectacular sunrise over the lake in Dunorlan Park:
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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.

Participants return to dry land and are temporarily rewarded with a finish position token:
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Feedback from the field:

There was plenty of action on our Twitter feed...

Helena Clare Waters (on Twitter, via Instagram) - Finished this long run @RTWparkrun PLUS gained Daughter of the Day points by dropping Dad's glasses off in Bidborough. #useyourrun
@parkrunuk #longrun #loveparkrun #marathontraining #TunbridgeWells #runhappy

Helena's long run was a total of 18.88km and she was spotted by this week's Run Director as he made his way to Dunorlan Park before 8am on the morning:

Joe Watts (replying to the above message) - I was volunteering this morning & noticed you join the #parkrun, having also passed you on St John's Rd on my way to @DunorlanPark !

Cpl Humblebucket (in response to his post the day before) - Yes! Probably in joint first place as my muddiest ever parkrun @RTWparkrun
Tomorrow should be my 100th parkrun @RTWparkrun Will it be my muddiest?

Ben Sillitoe - Carnage @RTWparkrun this morning. Runners’ trainers falling off in the mud, people slipping and sliding everywhere. Great start to the day though @AccidentalP

Keep your head up - the finish line is in sight!
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Whilst over on Facebook...

Katie Cullen - Muddiest yet. Impressed to see our Run Director picking litter mid-race.

Jen Jeans - Too bad I never found out about this when I lived there. I used to run all the time, as the weather conditions are favorable to make my run easier. Now that I live in Florida, I stopped my running routine due to the weather. Sheers to all of you! Keep up!

Nicky May - So. Much. Mud.

John Bowman - Great pictures!

Joseph Watts - Great pictures from Richard Woodfield and a great turnout in such tough conditions. You guys are awesome & an inspiration to us all!

Let us know how you got on at our event on social media, where you can also keep up to date with the latest news - follow us on Twitter or like our page on Facebook.

No sign of mud here. Dunorlan Park in all it's natrual beauty:
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Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun started on 26th April 2014. Since then 4,889 participants have completed 28,930 parkruns covering a total distance of 144,650 km, including 5,495 new Personal Bests.

 

A Royal visit

Event #138
21st January 2017

Run report written by Joe Watts, photos courtesy of David Harman

It was a beautiful, clear, sunny morning for our second event of 2017 and following an early morning course inspection (a quick one-lapper at 7.30am), conditions were deemed safe following last week's decision to cancel due to the amount of ice on the paths. Although it was very cold (around -2 degrees celcius), the running conditions underfoot were some of the best that we have experienced during any of our winter events as the off-road sections of the course had frozen solid and so there was no chance of slipping on the mud! The only potentially icy section, which was on the path after turning right from the wooden bridge was clearly "coned-off" and marshalled by our tail runners for the first lap.

The sunrise in Dunorlan Park. A beautiful start to a wonderful morning
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The lake was frozen over, except for a small watering hole to which our landlords took a liking
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This week our 21 strong volunteer team welcomed a bumper crowd of 233 people - the fourth consecutive event that we have exceeded 200 participants, which beats the previous run of 3 (May 2016 and also October/November 2016). This week I was back on Run Director duty and there were a few announcements during the pre-run brief. Firstly, I mentioned that we are raising funds in order to purchase an AED which will be situated inside the Cafe - you can read more about this here. I then welcomed some new members to the parkrun clubs, firstly Jack Goose to the junior 10 and then Suzannah Kinsella, Lloyd Collier & Andy Dang who were to run their 50th parkrun on the morning and I'm pleased to say that they all made it round, so a warm welcome to all from a fellow 50 club member! Finally and by no means least, I had the pleasure and great honour of welcoming the founder of parkrun, Paul Sinton-Hewitt CBE to our event and this was greeted with rapturous applause!

There were plenty of parkrun tourists this week, including some from as far as California!
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Runners make their way down the slope at the start
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And so, here is some in-depth analysis and statistics for you from this week's event:

This week there were 233 runners, of whom there were:
- 13 parkrun tourists
- 39 first timers
- 24 unknowns (those who had either not registered with parkrun or forgotten their barcode, or forgot to get themselves scanned and return our finish token - please hand this back next time)
- Of the returning 157 runners, a huge 49 recorded new Personal Bests on our course - very well done to all!

Please remember to return the finish token for scanning as we need these every week
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Most popular first name today: 7 x Andrew or Andy; 6 x Paul; 6 x Stephen, Steve or Steven & 5 x Fiona.

One of the Steve's in action - tail runner Steve Barnfield completing his 120th volunteer occasion
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Despite the average run time on our course of 28:50 (based on 17,933 runs), the busiest minute at the finish funnel this week was 24:00 to 24:59 (20 finishers) - perhaps thanks to our 25 minute pacer?!

Darren Handley was our 25 minute pacer
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William LEVETT (VM40-44) was graded 81.60% for the time 16:51 (first overall).
Paul SINTON-HEWITT (VM55-59) was graded 77.24% for the time 20:04 (6th overall).
Jack FILBRANDT (VM55-59) was graded 76.17% for the time 20:21 (9th overall).

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun started on 26th April 2014, and since then 3,440 different runners, including participants from 267 athletics clubs, have completed 17,933 runs covering a total distance of 89,665 km, and there have been 3,772 new Personal Bests.

Sun is shining, the weather is sweet. Make you want to move your running feet
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The parkrun annual points competition will cease to exist from the end of February 2017, so here are the current leaders for our event:

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Valerie STUBBS (Unattached) 2625 pts.
Sofia BAGULEY (Unattached) 2342 pts.
Zena HASSELL (Unattached) 2332 pts.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Kelvin DESMOYERS-DAVIS (Tunbridge Wells Harriers) 2511 pts.
Austin RUDMAN (Unattached) 2462 pts.
Ryland ATWOOD (Unattached) 2229 pts.

Paul Sinton-Hewitt is the biggest fan of parkrun and was supporting runners up the finishing path...
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... he also enjoyed having photos taken with our runners and volunteers
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For obvious reasons, our social media channels went crazy at the weekend. If you would like to join in on the action then please follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook. This is a good way to keep up with the latest news and information on our event (including cancellations).

If you want to feel like this, then join us next week!
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Honestly, it is great fun - and free!
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Fields in Trust – Vote for the UK’s best park

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun has been nominated by Fields in Trust for their prestigious ‘Partner of the Year’ Award in the Friends Group Category and the UK Winner will be announced at the Trust Awards Dinner which takes place on Wednesday 2nd December at Lord’s Cricket Ground.

In addition to this, you can vote for Dunorlan Park as the UK's Best Park (please note that voting closes at 5pm on Wednesday 25th November). The three parks with the most votes will then be shortlisted with the winning park announced at the Fields in Trust Awards Ceremony.

Please visit the Fields in Trust website to cast your vote.

Once on this page, choose 'South of England' and then 'Dunorlan Park'. As soon as you have cast your vote, you will receive an e-mail where you will need to click on the link in order to confirm your choice.

 

A wild and blustery day

Event number 78
7th November 2015
Run report by Richard Woodfield

It was a wild and blustery day and my parkrun record of never having to run in the rain finally came to an end - on my 32nd parkrun. In fact the rain during the run was not that heavy and only started on the second lap. But, undeniably, there was more than enough moisture in Dunorlan Park to go round.... The golden glow of autumn leaves was somewhat eclipsed by the garish orange of the temporary plastic fencing put up around the park to safeguard the spectators at the big firework display later in the day.

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During the pre-run briefing by Steve Barnfield there was a big round of applause for David Harman, the last ever winner of the monthly Sweatshop prize, as well as a warm welcome to 14 first timers (which included several parkrun tourists). Steve also warned the runners to take care of the sizeable excavations made by unknown creatures on the path that brings the runners back down from the field to the lake.

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The course offered a big challenge to the 139 runners - the top field was absolutely sodden and the mud deep. In various places runners were faced with a decision - whether to run straight through the middle of the mire or to try a somewhat longer way round in the hope of finding slightly easier going. It reminded me of the Oxford/Cambridge boat race where the direct route isn't necessarily the fastest and the cox aims to gain advantage by steering in unlikely directions to avoid the worst of the rough water. Given the conditions it was hardly surprising that there were just 8 personal bests and that the first placing today (at 21.49) was the slowest of any of the 78 parkruns so far at Dunorlan Park, but I reckon we should all feel entitled mentally to deduct a minute or two from our results to give a true reflection of the effort!

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This week’s statistics:
Number of volunteers - 17
Number of runners - 139
of which;
parkrun tourists - 4
First timers - 10
Personal bests - 8
Unregistered runners / forgotten barcodes - 25

Thanks once again to this week's volunteer team:
Steve BARNFIELD, Faris BOUAMRA, Donna CARR, Jessica CARSWELL, Jake DOBSON, James EVANS, Nick FITZGERALD, Louise FITZGERALD, Judy GUEST, David HARMAN, Ollie HESTER, Simon JONES, Mia LULHAM, Gus MALONE, Gloria RICHARDS, Joseph WATTS, Richard WOODFIELD

A quick plug for trail running shoes during the wetter months - I had just bought a pair and was using them for the first time. I found they make a big difference when trying to change direction on the slippery mud.

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Richard Woodfield

Afterwards, some of us adjourned to the other end of the park with the Deputy Mayor of Tunbridge Wells and representative of the Fields in Trust to attend the ceremony to mark Dunorlan Park's memorial garden being given protection as one of the Fields in Trust's Centenary Fields. It was fitting that this event, at the Victoria Cross Grove, took place on the eve of Remembrance Sunday. Among those saying a few words was local MP, Greg Clark, who often takes part in our RTW parkrun. As Fields in Trust highlights the value of parks to their local communities it was appropriate that the photos of the event featured some of our most regular parkrun volunteers who, week by week, enable us to have an enjoyable and invigorating start to the weekend.

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Pictured above at the Victoria Cross Grove - Tunbridge Wells Deputy Mayor (David Neve), Greg Clark MP, Nick Green (TWBC), Fields in Trust, parkrun volunteers and runners

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Chris MULLALEY 2062 pts.
Charles BOWLEY 1779 pts.
Kelvin DESMOYERS-DAVIS 1712 pts.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Zena HASSELL 2310 pts.
Heather CROKER 1963 pts.
Erin MARKS 1937 pts.

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By way of a postscript, I like browsing through the parkrun statistics. There's a mine of interesting information - not least the age grade % figures which can provide considerable encouragement to us runners of maturer years! But, when you get time, do take a quick look at the stats of some of the familiar names of the RTW core parkrun team. You will see that some of them have volunteered dozens and dozens of times. My special vote of thanks goes to those who set up the course beforehand and so have to get up even earlier on a Saturday morning.

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Thanks to both Donna Carr (Maidstone parkrun Event Director) and Jessica Carswell for taking this week's photos - all of which can be viewed on our website.

As always, we would love to hear how you got on at our event so please post your comments on our Facebook or Twitter pages:

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

If you would like to write a run report for one of our events then please e-mail royaltunbridgewellshelpers@parkrun.com

 

This is Halloween

Event number 77
31st October 2015

This week, with Halloween falling on a Saturday, we invited our runners to dress up and we certainly weren't disappointed! Indeed, a number of our volunteers also looked the part, including our zombie tail runner (pictured later on) and some of our younger marshals. There were plenty of ghoulishly tasty sweet and savoury treats on offer after the run courtesy of some of our volunteers. We also had Sara from Sports Direct Tunbridge Wells join us and she was handing out discount vouchers for Sweatshop, who, as of 31st October are no longer a sponsor of parkrun - so this was a nice parting gift to our runners.

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The weather on the day was dry and overcast although running conditions are beginning to become more challenging, with slippery surfaces and the mud testing your balance However, despite this it didn't stop you all from helping us to achieve our largest attendance of the year and our 2nd highest to date (179 at our inaugural remains the largest).

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Run Director on the day, Joe Watts made a few announcements before the pre-run brief including confirmation that next Saturday our run will still be going ahead despite the fireworks which are taking place in the evening, which was met by a loud cheer! In fact, next week we will be hosting a special event with charity, Fields in Trust - full details of which can be found on the notice board on our website. Finally, we welcomed a couple of junior runners (Oskar Ugarow and Tallulah Brooks) to the parkrun 10 club as well as Kitt Baguley to the 50 club!

This week’s statistics:
Number of volunteers - 20
Number of runners - 165
of which;
parkrun tourists - 11
First timers - 21
Personal bests - 26
Unregistered runners / forgotten barcodes - 13

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Thanks once again to this week's volunteer team:
Sofia BAGULEY, James BAGULEY, Gabriela BAGULEY, Alison BEARD, Jessica CARSWELL, Jake DOBSON, James EVANS, Louise FITZGERALD, Nick FITZGERALD, Kerry FRANCIS-WATTS, Judy GUEST, Simon JONES, Mia LULHAM, Gus MALONE, Liz ORR, Gloria RICHARDS, Conner SCOTT, Nathalie SCOTT, Noeline SIMS, Joseph WATTS

Please remember that parkrun could not take place without our team of volunteers, and new volunteers are always welcome. No experience necessary! Check our volunteer roster and get in touch if you can spare some time at a future event!

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Current standing in the Women's annual points table:
Zena HASSELL 2218 pts.
Heather CROKER 1870 pts.
Erin MARKS 1858 pts.

Current standing in the Men's annual points table:
Chris MULLALEY 2004 pts.
Kelvin DESMOYERS-DAVIS 1712 pts.
Charles BOWLEY 1691 pts.

Please note that we are expecting a large turnout next week and along with the extra help from Fields in Trust and the Round Table setting up for the fireworks we expect the park will be very busy. Therefore, if you intend to drive to Dunorlan Park please leave plenty of time to allow for this - also consider either car sharing or parking in the Hall's Hole Road car park (just a 5 minute walk from the start/finish), which doesn't tend to fill up quite like the Pembury Road car park does.

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Thank you to Nick Fitzgerald, who took this weeks photos. Don't forget that if you would like to share any of your own, you can upload them to our Flickr page.

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As always, we would love to hear how you got on at our event so please post your comments on our Facebook or Twitter pages:

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

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

 

Spooky stats …

Event number 76
24th October 2015

On Saturday October 24th, we welcomed 153 runners to Dunorlan Park for the 76th Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun, your weekly, free, timed 5k run.

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Oddly, we had exactly the same number last week. The week before that, it was 135, and the week before that was the same – 135. 153-153-135-135 … hmm … what does this mean? … is something spooky going on (it is Hallowe'en next week, after all)? ... after much thought, all we can say is that we have absolutely no idea!

Anyway, this week's Run Director, Rob Campbell was on top form as he gave the pre-run briefing in his inimitable style. Taking pride of place in the announcements was news that Ryland Atwood has joined the 50 Club, having run his 50th parkrun last week - all but one of these at Royal Tunbridge Wells.

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The weather started – and remained dull and grey but thankfully dry, and although the grassy sections were damp, the surface was firm with just the odd divot / rabbit-hole to watch out for. These good conditions were reflected in a sizeable crop of PBs this week – 28. I didn't manage one but did achieve a best 2015 time, exactly a minute off my PB. Oh well … so near, yet so far away!

A strong club presence was contributed by members from Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC, Bromley Veterans AC, Crowborough Runners, Gloucester AAC, Harwell RC, Horsham Joggers, Medway & Maidstone AC, Paddock Wood AC, Rugeley & District AC, St Mark's Runners, Tonbridge AC, Tunbridge Wells Harriers, Vegan Runners and Wadhurst Runners - all in all, we welcomed no less than 32 first timers to our event.

This week’s statistics:
Number of volunteers - 17
Number of runners - 153
of which;
parkrun tourists - 25
First timers - 7
Personal bests - 28
Unregistered runners / forgotten barcodes - 13

Sadly, runners who forget their barcodes or have not registered do not receive personal finish times. Registering only takes a few moments and once registered you will get a finishing time at any parkrun event – so long as you don't forget to bring your barcode (#DFYB)!

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Thanks are due to this week's volunteers: Steve BARNFIELD (Barcode Scanning and Results Processor), Faris BOUAMRA (Finish Tokens), Rob CAMPBELL (Run Director, Pre-Event Setup and Results Processor), Jessica CARSWELL (Finish Token Support), Jake DODSON (Marshal), Louise FITZGERALD (Funnel Manager & Pre-Event Setup), Nick FITZGERALD (Timekeeper & Pre-Event Setup), Judy GUEST (Barcode Scanning and Token Sorting), David HARMAN (Run Report Writer), Zena HASSELL (Marshal), Simon JONES (New Runners Briefing and Post-event Close Down), Mia LULHAM (Marshal), Gus MALONE (Photographer), Liz ORR (Backup Timer), Joe WATTS (Pre-Event Setup and Tail Runner) and Richard WOODFIELD (Marshal).

Our team of volunteers are vital and parkrun would not be possible without them. New volunteers are always welcome! Why not check our volunteer roster to see which roles are vacant at future events?

Current standing in the Men's annual points table:
Chris MULLALEY (Unattached) 1923 pts.
Charles BOWLEY (Unattached) 1630 pts.
Kelvin DESMOYERS- DAVIS (Unattached) 1629 pts.

Current standing in the Women's annual points table:
Zena HASSELL (Unattached) 2131 pts.
Erin MARKS [Jnr] (Unattached) 1792 pts.
Heather CROKER [Jnr] (Unattached) 1778 pts.

Thanks to Gus Malone for taking this weeks photos - if you took some too and would like to share them, please upload to the event Flickr page.

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As always, we would love to hear how you got on at our event so please post your comments on our Facebook or Twitter pages:

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Finally, the next two weeks see two special parkrun events.

31st October: Something only slightly less terrifying than the alarm clock going off at 08:30 on a Saturday occurs – Hallowe'en descends on Dunorlan Park! Ghouls, ghosts, spectres, phantoms, vampires, banshees, demons, werewolves, zombies, spooks and poltergeists will be haunting the course – and that's just the runners! However, if you somehow make it to the finish line unscathed, there will be sweet and savoury treats, kindly made by our culinary wizards Judy, Gloria & Sofia! Further details can be found here.

7th November: On the eve of Remembrance Day, we will be joined by the charity Fields in Trust (previously known as the National Playing Fields Association) to celebrate Dunorlan Park’s memorial garden's protection as one of Fields in Trust’s Centenary Fields. This programme works in partnership with The Royal British Legion to safeguard green spaces to honour the memory of those who lost their lives in World War I. After the run at 10am, a Centenary Fields Dedication Ceremony will be held at the Victoria Cross Grove (past which our course runs), the park’s memorial garden, with the unveiling of the Fields in Trust plaque. Full details of the event can be found here.

 

Fields in Trust parkrun – Saturday 7th November

On Saturday 7th November, we will be teaming up with national charity Fields in Trust (FIT) for our event in Dunorlan Park, Royal Tunbridge Wells.

Fields in Trust is the UK’s only national charity dedicated to protecting and improving parks, playing fields and playgrounds. Founded in 1925, they protect over 2,500 green spaces throughout the UK from being closed off to the public or lost to a building development. Protected sites include several parkrun venues and they also support outdoor spaces through grants and opportunities to host “Have a Field Day” events.

We invite you to join us in celebrating Dunorlan Park’s memorial garden being protected as one of Fields in Trust’s Centenary Fields. Working in partnership with The Royal British Legion, this programme safeguards green spaces to honour the memory of those who lost their lives in World War I.

The parkrun starts at the usual time of 9am, followed by a Centenary Fields Dedication Ceremony at the Victoria Cross Grove, the park’s memorial garden, and the unveiling of the Fields in Trust plaque. There will be hot drinks provided in the park’s cafe and you can sign up for membership and win tickets to Fields in Trust’s awards ceremony at Lord’s Cricket Ground in December. You can read more about the history of the Victoria Cross Grove memorial garden by visiting, this link where a brief history is given on page 8.

It is parkrun’s mission to encourage participation in sport and this depends on there being outdoor space – a ‘carpark-run’ wouldn’t generate quite the same buzz! With building developments on the rise, it is important that our parks remain green public spaces forever. In this video, Fields in Trust ambassador Graeme Le Saux talks about the importance of protecting our outdoor spaces.

So, if you are in the Tunbridge Wells area on the 7th November, join Fields in Trust and parkrun. There’ll be games, medals and t-shirts – and everyone who runs will receive a Centenary Fields badge. To find out whether your local park is protected, simply enter your postcode on the Fields in Trust’s website.

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