Benny’s RD debut

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun
Event no 296
21st August 2021

Run report and some pictures by Richard Woodfield. Other pictures by Marianne Taylor (MT)

A grey, overcast day marked Benny's debut as Run Director. 20210821_105010

Conditions were ideal for parkrunning - not too hot, and the going underfoot dry, but without the bone hard surface we can sometimes get towards the end of the summer. The event seemed to pass very smoothly and the results came out promptly - so it's a big well done to Benny!

Zena uses the new water tap while Benny briefs the team on the allocation of volunteer responsibilities
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Marianne Taylor was visiting parkrun today. Usually she likes to photograph wildlife, but today she took action shots of parkrunners. Here's a selection....

(Click on an individual picture to get the best view)

Down the grassy slope towards the wooden bridge... (MT)
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And a few more.... (MT)
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Finishing tokens and scanning....
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The day's vital statistics:
* 211 parkrunners completed the 5k course
* 30 awesome volunteers made the event possible
* 38 took part in parkrun for the first time on our course
* 42 achieved personal best times

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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!

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