The heat is on!

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun
Event number 203
26th May 2018

Run report written by Zena Hassell with photos courtesy of Richard Woodfield & Zena Hassell

Another lovely morning at RTW parkrun this Saturday, but with more humidity than last week. 260 people of all abilities attempted to “chase the pace” behind this week’s volunteer pacers.

“Bibs at the ready”

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This week we welcomed parkrun tourists from Poole and Wiltshire, together with the milestone members - Beatrice Gillard (Junior 10 Club) Amy White, Andrew Smyth and Thomas Price (all of the 50 Club) and Jane Fentiman (25 Volunteer Club). Very well done to you all!

In our world of social media, we can leave views and comments on just about everything nowadays. It is always nice to hear complimentary comments as left by a first timer this week who said “today was my first one- thank you for making it so lovely. It was so well organised and friendly.” I have noticed that the word friendly keeps popping up when people talk particularly about RTW parkrun, long may it continue!

Another comment left by a lady chasing her PB this week was how grateful she was to the 32 pacer who encouraged her all the way to the finish line and helped her smash her PB, great work both of you!

“Pacer 32 with a helping hand”

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“The time sponsored by pacer 28 is exactly 28.00 precisely”

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As I was taking some photos of people heading up the notorious “Heartbreak Hill” I noticed a gentleman with particular pace, so camera at the ready I just managed to photograph him as he went by in a flash, very well done!

“Super-fly guy powers up Heartbreak Hill”

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“A gentlemens agreement @ Canine Corner”

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“Please be seated – a well- earned rest!”

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Reminder – Saturday 16th June 2018 - RTW parkrun is cancelled due to another event in Dunorlan Park. Why not try touring along to a different location to get your Saturday fix. We are lucky that we have several nearby which are easily accessible. (Tonbridge, Bedgebury, Maidstone, Malling, East Grinstead)

This week 260 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 36 were first timers and 40 recorded new personal bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

Amy WHITE • Bethan CHANDLER • Colin RATCLIFFE • David SAWYER • Derek JEE • Emily MULLETT • Francis EAMES • Geraldine JEE • Huw JONES • Jack NORWOOD • Jane FENTIMAN • Joseph WATTS • Judy GUEST • Kitt BAGULEY • Lara JEE • Louise FITZGERALD • Maisie VERNON • Marianne CROKER • Nick FITZGERALD • Noeline SIMS • Richard NASH • Richard WOODFIELD • Robin BARWICK • Stella BEARD • Steve BARNFIELD • Steve BOLTON • Tom CHANDLER • Victoria CAGLAR • Victoria MULLETT • Zena HASSELL

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

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun started on 26th April 2014. Since then 5,263 participants have completed 32,072 parkruns covering a total distance of 160,360 km, including 5,884 new personal bests.

 

Celebrating RTW parkrun event 202

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun
Event 202
19th May 2019

Run Report written by Zena Hassell with photos by Zena Hassell

“WE HEREBY REQUEST THE PLEASURE OF ALL TO ATTEND ROYAL TUNBRIDGE WELLS PARKRUN EVERY SATURDAY AT 9.00AM”

Just like the Royal Wedding of Harry and Meghan, we enjoyed a super Saturday of feel good sunshine which is always most welcome. Dunorlan Park has to be the Jewel in the Crown of RTW without a doubt.

All smiles from the Royals:

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Steve Barnfield took up the reins of the Run Director this week supervising 286 parkrunners. Unfortunately Steve’s dulcet tones were drowned by the increased level of chattering from a few. Please have the courtesy of listening to the Run Director who welcomes new runners, tourists and new club members. I managed to catch that we had visitors from Whitstable. However, apologies that I cannot confirm where the others were from!

We bid a sad farewell to Izzy who has been volunteering with us as part of her Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award. Thank you for all your help over the last six months.

On a positive note we welcomed Klara Waring to the Junior 10 club. Claire Young has joined the 50 club and Martin Moran to the 100 club. Some people have commented to us they have not been mentioned when they achieve these goals. We can only read out new club members for runners that have enrolled with Royal Tunbridge Wells as their chosen event. If you have put Tonbridge then they will call out your name at their event!

This was the second week of the newly diverted course and although there is the initial ascent, the descent is very welcome. Personally on the slopes I try to let myself go and pick up some speed if there is any fuel left in the tank. Whilst the runners are getting used to the different route it would be great to hear from anyone who wishes to marshal around this section. Banter and encouragement are compulsory!

Sowing the parkrun seed early:

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Kids not missing their screen time:

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Quality family time:

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Please remember on 9th June RTW parkrun are hosting a special NHS event, celebrating 70 years of this life saving service. Dame Kelly Holmes started the celebrations last week at the Tonbridge parkrun to raise awareness of parkrun and its positive benefits (physical and mental) amongst NHS staff and patients. If we have any runners who work for the NHS (or know people who do) in any capacity please encourage them to attend our run and ideally dress in NHS attire ie blue clothing, nurses or doctors outfit, mouth masks, hair nets, red crosses on t shirts, bandages .

Reminder - Next week 26th May is Pacer Day. We still have vacancies for pacers over 30 mins. If you do wish to volunteer in this role it is suggested you allow approx 2 mins extra on your normal run time.

parkrun + sunshine = HAPPY:

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“Prince Philip winding his way back to Windsor”:

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This week 286 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 20 were first timers and 44 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Jane FENTIMAN • Louise FITZGERALD • Steve BARNFIELD • John DYSON • Judy GUEST • Zena HASSELL • Nick FITZGERALD • Francis EAMES • Eve DUBREUIL • Noeline SIMS • Isabella SOUTH • Robin BARWICK • Wendy ANDERSON • Victoria MULLETT • Emily MULLETT • Bethan CHANDLER • Tom CHANDLER • Victoria CAGLAR • Yolanda WITT • Angela TYLER • Mark DENNISON • India ERLAM

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

The female record is held by Alice HEATHER-HAYES who recorded a time of 18:51 on 18th April 2015 (event number 50).
The male record is held by William LEVETT who recorded a time of 16:12 on 8th April 2017 (event number 149).
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 5,227 participants have completed 31,812 parkruns covering a total distance of 159,060 km, including 5,843 new Personal Bests

 

Diversionary tactics

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun
Event number 201
12th May 2018

Run report written by Francis Eames with photographs courtesy of Louise Fitzgerald

It was a perfect morning for a parkrun and Dunorlan Park looked magnificent in all its May glory as 266 runners, the highest total since last September lined up for the weekly Dunorlan parkrun challenge. And great anticipation too, as Joe Watts, Run Director for the day, announced in the briefing that we would be running a course diversion this week (and for the forseeable future) in order to avoid Quagmire Corner and the Shoewash. The town of Tunbridge Wells is here because of its many springs, but the two springs that have exploded into life this winter to flood the path by the lake and to deepen the quagmire by the wooden bridge are not nearly as welcome as the now beautifully restored brick basin to the right of the final hill up to the finish.

The new course avoids the "quagmire" and "shoe-wash":
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Our good friends at TW Borough Council are going to work to improve the drainage of the boggy bits over the summer to try to cure the problems we have encountered this winter and spring, and so Joe has been pacing out a diverted route to take us round the problem while the work is taking place, and as an alternative route we can use in future winters if we encounter the same conditions as this year and think the ground there needs time to recover. Most people seemed to think it was a good diversion; a little bit more UPHILL of course, but that also means a bit more DOWNHILL to make up for it as well. And dry feet at the finish, a rarity in the past 6 months.

Run Director Joe addresses our largest crowd (so far) of 2018:
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Joe also welcomed MONTY CUNLIFFE to the Junior 10 Club and STEVE BOLTON to the Volunteer 25 Club. Well done and congratulations to them both.

parkrun is a wonderfully simple concept and its success can be seen in the weekly statistics published by parkrun Towers. Last week a record number of 156,054 runners in the UK ran a 5km parkrun or a 2km Junior parkrun, the first time ever that more than 150,000 have run on a single weekend. And they did so at 529 different events, also a record, and 78 more events than there were a year earlier. New parkruns are starting up in the UK at a rate of three every two weeks, all initiated by and run by volunteers. Parkrun could not function without its volunteers and last week 15,096 volunteers across the UK supported and encouraged those 156,054 runners. At Dunorlan Park this week 25 volunteers turned out to set up the run and make sure it all went smoothly.

A big thank you to Fiona SUTTON • Joseph WATTS • Jane FENTIMAN • Louise FITZGERALD • Stella BEARD • Steve BARNFIELD • Judy GUEST • Paul HOLLIS • Steve BOLTON • Nick FITZGERALD • Lloyd COLLIER • Francis EAMES • Eve DUBREUIL • Noeline SIMS • Huw JONES • Robin BARWICK • Wendy ANDERSON • Victoria MULLETT • Emily MULLETT • Bethan CHANDLER • Tom CHANDLER • Yolanda WITT • Maisie VERNON • Mark DENNISON • Jack NORWOOD for their efforts. They always appreciate the thank yous they receive from the runners. If you would like to volunteer at a future event, just talk to one of the volunteers or email us at royaltunbridgewellshelpers@parkrun.com

The finish funnel team patiently await the next finisher:
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parkrun has a very simple code which we ask everyone to follow. Put very simply, it says have fun, be nice to each other, and give way to other park users. At this time of year there are always lots of people out strolling and walking their dogs on a Saturday morning so do keep your eyes peeled and take care to give them space as you run past them. A special mention this week must go to the parkrunner with the Dalmatian which was suddenly and enthusiastically set upon by a loose and overexcited springer spaniel on the downhill at the start of lap 2. He clearly wanted to join the run with us. Well done for avoiding a tangle and maintaining your footing, your equilibrium and your good humour.

As Joe called the timekeepers to order and started the run, at least 30 runners set off for their first parkrun in Dunorlan Park and at least 16 were running their very first parkrun anywhere. It may have been more, because we also had 17 unknowns who didn’t have a barcode and so didn’t receive a time. Do bring your barcode each time you come to make sure you get your run officially recognised.

We also had parkrun tourists from around the country. Notably the QUIXLEY family from High Wycombe, visiting friends here, they have completed 415 runs between them, led by dad GREGG who has run parkrun 277 times.

And SUZANNE TURVEY and TOM PHILLIPS, a couple who breezed in from Cowley in Oxford and both of them were our First Finishers for the day. Wow! And Suzanne just missed out doing a sub 20 minute time, but is still our 12th fastest woman ever at Dunorlan Park at her first attempt. Well done to them and to all of our parkrun tourists and we hope to see you here again soon. And to celebrate the new diverted course, 33 returning runners recorded a new personal best time. Well done to all of them.
You can catch up with all today’s results on the Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun website along with a full history of the results since we started four years ago and you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

In 4 weeks time on 9th June parkruns all over the UK are helping to celebrate 70 years of the NHS. We hope to be joined by runners from our local hospitals and GP surgeries on the day, and if you are in touch with any of them, do suggest they come along to join us. More and more doctors and nurses are becoming aware of parkrun and the long-term health benefits it can bring, and are “prescribing” parkrun to their patients to help them get fitter and lose weight. More details closer to the day.

Have a good week and we hope to see you next Saturday morning for the next exciting instalment of parkrun RTW.

 

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun #200

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun
Event number 200
5th May 2018

Run report written by Judy Guest. Photos courtesy of Helen Sanson.

After the celebrations of our fourth anniversary last week, this week we celebrated our 200th parkrun. On a lovely sunny morning, 242 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 29 were first timers and 41 recorded new Personal Bests. Stella Beard the Run Director welcomed Amelia Benson to the Junior 10 club, Francine Lereridge to the 50 club and Ali Farrell & Matthew Green to the 100 club. Well done.

Participants make their way over the wooden bridge for their 1st lap:
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This is the first time I have been a Run Reporter in the four years I have been volunteering. I started volunteering after seeing an advert for helpers for parkrun in a local magazine. Living locally I thought I would pop over to our beautiful park and 178 parkruns later, I can honestly say it is an amazing community event, even if you have to wear at least four layers of clothing in the winter months. The realisation that everyone wants to help was put to the test after today's parkrun. After 15 minutes of trying to get the large expandable parkrun flag, reduced to a third of its size to fit into a round bag we felt defeated. We asked for help from the runners still in the cafe and Colin with his engineering background was nominated, sadly it still defeated him. A big thank you goes to Jonathan who saved the day and I can assure you, we will not see that flag again in the near future.

Two regular faces; Mark Scott (170 runs) & Event Director, Joe Watts (177 volunteer occasions):
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Rather than do a run report just based on runners, I want to remind you that anyone can volunteer.

This week our event was only made possible with the support of the volunteers, so if you have never tried it, give it a go. At present there are 10 roles that must be filled each week once the run starts. We always need marshals around the course to cheer everyone on, along with a tail walker. If you want to run, that's not a problem there are still roles for you with pre run set and post run close down, run report writer, photographer and token sorting.

If you would like to help just email us at royaltunbridgewellshelpers@parkrun.com

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Mark SCOTT • Ross MARSHALL • Joseph WATTS • Jane FENTIMAN • Louise FITZGERALD • Stella BEARD • John DYSON • Judy GUEST • Steve BOLTON • Nick FITZGERALD • Rachel SADLER • Francis EAMES • Helen SANSON • Huw JONES • Robin BARWICK • Victoria MULLETT • Emily MULLETT • Tom CHANDLER • Victoria CAGLAR • Yolanda WITT • Angela TYLER • Adrian FERNANDEZ PAREJA • Derek JEE • Jack NORWOOD

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

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun started on 26th April 2014. Since then 5,177 participants have completed 31,260 parkruns covering a total distance of 156,300 km, including 5,766 new Personal Bests.

 

Spring has sprung

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun
Event #198
21st April 2018

Run report written by Joe Watts. Photographs courtesy of Richard Woodfield.

It was a dry, bright and warm morning for the final event of our 4th year of parkrun in Dunorlan Park and with the recent, un-Spring like weather, the conditions in the events field had begun to dry out quite nicely.

This week your Run Director was Francis Eames, who had a number of important announcements to make ahead of the 3, 2, 1 countdown! We welcomed Charlie Percival, Freddie Dexter and William Baxter to the junior 10 club; Bonita Baxter to the 50 club; Chris Metcalfe and Krista Bradford to the 100 club and last but by no means least, Robin Barwick, Colin Ratcliffe and who else, but Francis Eames to the volunteer 25 club. A huge well done to all! Francis also mentioned that next week we are to celebrate our 4th anniversary (more details on this at the bottom of this report) and that the following week (Saturday 5th May), our event will be going ahead due to the Soapbox race event being rescheduled until mid-June.

This week's finishers were feeling the heat:
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This week 248 people ran, jogged and walked the course - our highest attendance since 23rd December 2017. Amongst this number were 13 parkrun tourists, 13 first timers, 13 unknowns and of the returning 209 people a massive 45 recorded new Personal Bests - a sure sign that conditions are improving.

A crowd of 248 people pay attention to Francis' announcements & pre-event safety briefing:
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The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Adrian FERNANDEZ PAREJA • Angela TYLER • Bethan CHANDLER • Derek JEE • Emily MULLETT • Francis EAMES • Graham BROOKS • India ERLAM • Isabella SOUTH • Jack NORWOOD • Jane FENTIMAN • John DYSON • Joseph WATTS • Judy GUEST • Louise FITZGERALD • Maisie VERNON • Mark DENNISON • Nick FITZGERALD • Noeline SIMS • Rachel SADLER • Richard WOODFIELD • Robin BARWICK • Stephen ELLIOTT • Steve BARNFIELD • Tom CHANDLER • Victoria MULLETT • Wendy ANDERSON

The scanning and token support team were kept busy this week:
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Finally, a reminder that at our next event on Saturday 28th April, we celebrate 4 years of parkrun in Royal Tunbridge Wells and we have a lot in store for you all! Firstly, we invite you to dress in floral attire (representing flowers to coincide with our 4th anniversary and the season of Spring) for this special occasion. Secondly, proceedings will start a little earlier than usual as we have a guest speaker saying a few words prior to the usual pre-run announcements and safety briefing. Therefore, if this is your first time at our event, please arrive in good time for our "first-timers" briefing at 8.45am.

A team of volunteer pacers will be at hand to provide you with the chance of picking up a new PB and with the course drying out nicely thanks to the recent warm weather, there's even more of an incentive to post a best time!

We will have plenty of post-event refreshments, with sweet and savoury food on offer and there will be our usual anniversary, post-event raffle with lots of exciting spot prizes on offer. Each person who completes the 5km will be provided with a raffle ticket (in addition to their finish token) and once the tail walker has made it through the finish funnel we shall begin picking numbers out of a hat with the lucky winners having the choice of a number of spot prizes.

 

Keep going

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun
Event number 192
10th March 2018

Run report written by Marian Keep with photos courtesy of Richard Woodfield.

A couple of paragraphs about my experience today. Sounds simple enough, but I see the report writer role sitting empty on the roster most weeks, well let’s have a go to give Joe a week off.

Every time I walk into Dunorlan ready for parkrun, it makes me smile. I feel so lucky that we have such a beautiful park for our event, and look forward to seeing my parkrun family, old faces and new.

I’ve got a touch of shyness, but today I enjoyed quite a few people having a chat with me. I was impressed to hear about people who’ve recently completed half marathons, and also that Tom runs as fast as he does without trail shoes. He mentioned a ‘hopefully sliding forwards’ technique. There was also talk of someone running in bare feet, perhaps enjoying the beautifying properties of the mud?

Run report writer, Marian Keep (wearing parkrun apricot) making her way toward the finish line:
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My favourite bit of encouragement today was ‘this is the last bit of mud, so enjoy it’. I think there’s something to that, certainly no point resisting it, may as well see it as an interesting feature, like the hills.

It was Francis’ first go in the driving seat today as run director, and I’d say he did a cracking job - born to wield a megaphone. I like to hear where tourists come from and I think that worked well today - Perth Australia won on distance, but to be honest I also like it when people have come from Tonbridge.

Francis addresses the crowd during his debut pre-run briefing:
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Spring is definitely on it’s way. The ground will be firming up before you know it. So enjoy it now!

This week 165 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 7 were parkrun tourists, 8 were first timers, 5 were unknown (forgotten their barcode) and of the returning 145 people, 9 recorded new Personal Bests on our course. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

Full results and a complete event history can be found on the Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun Results page.

The event was made possible by the following 24 volunteers:

Mark SCOTT • Ross MARSHALL • Joseph WATTS • Louise FITZGERALD • Steve BARNFIELD • Judy GUEST • Paul HOLLIS • Matilda WHITE • Marian KEEP • James BAGULEY • Nick FITZGERALD • Richard WOODFIELD • Francis EAMES • Noeline SIMS • Colin RATCLIFFE • Isabella SOUTH • Robin BARWICK • Victoria MULLETT • Emily MULLETT • Bethan CHANDLER • Tom CHANDLER • Julia MATTHEWS • Adrian FERNANDEZ PAREJA • Mark DENNISON

This week's volunteer team:
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3rd March 2018 – event cancelled

Please note that our event on Saturday 3rd March 2018 has been cancelled due to the freezing temperatures and the amount of ice on the paths in Dunorlan Park.

Temperatures are not expected to rise above freezing until 8am on Saturday and we must consider the safety of volunteers and participants alike both travelling to/from Dunorlan Park, as well as whilst volunteering and participating in the event.

If you are considering visiting another parkrun event as an alternative, please be sure to visit the parkrun forthcoming cancellations page before travelling.

In the meantime, if you haven't yet caught up with the run reports from our recent events, you can do so here.

We look forward to welcoming you back for our event on 10th March 2018.

 

Ain’t no stoppin’ us

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun
Event number 191
24th February 2018

Run report written by Joe Watts with photographs courtesy of Richard Woodfield

It was another brisk (freezing cold), yet sunny morning in Dunorlan Park and thanks to our set-up team it was made safe for the event to go ahead. Run Director Noeline Sims was in the park soon after 7am, applying rock salt to the icy patches that had formed overnight due to the run-off of water from the fields, whilst the rest of the set-up team went around the course an hour later to "cone-off" certain sections of the path which were sheltered from the sun. Fortunately as the weather had been relatively dry in the week preceeding the event, there were far fewer sections of ice to that of the fortnight before where we were forced to cancel the event. Still, as soon as the countdown started soon after 9am there were marshals positioned out on course to direct participants safely around the icy sections which had been "coned-off", to ensure that the risk was reduced.

During the pre-run briefing Noeline welcomed no less than 6 new members to the parkrun clubs! These were, Jack Percival, Lara Jee & Lauren Levine to the junior 10 club, Daniel Witt & Erica Jones to the 50 club and Stuart Corke to the 100 club - once again, congratulations to all. This week we were also joined by Ben Lee of Exodus Travels, who are one of the sponsors of parkrun UK. Ben was on hand post-event to provide some freebies for runners and volunteers alike in the form of free recipe cookbooks, money-off vouchers and brochures for adventure holiday ideas. We thank Ben for joining us and if you take a look at the results, you will see that he also ran at our event. We received the following message from Ben in our e-mail inbox:

"Just wanted to say a massive thanks for making me feel so welcome on Saturday at Tunbridge Wells parkrun
It looked like a great community you have there."

This week 208 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 29 were first timers (of which 12 were parkrun tourists) and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

A jubilent finisher crosses the finish line:
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Unfortunately, there were a ghastly number of unknowns in this week's results - 31 in all. Please, please remember firstly to register your details with parkrun (just once) and to bring your printed barcode along with you to every parkrun event (Worldwide) that you visit. It makes the results processing job for our volunteer team much more difficult when there are so many unknowns in the results. In addition to this, 3 of our finish tokens were not returned at the end of the event (which accounts for 3 of the unknowns in the results). Please ensure to return the finish token to us as we need these each week. Thank you.

Stella provides the first-timers briefing. Don't forget your barcode #DFYB
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The event was made possible by 21 superstar volunteers:

Joseph WATTS • Louise FITZGERALD • Stella BEARD • Steve BARNFIELD • John DYSON • Nick FITZGERALD • Richard WOODFIELD • Francis EAMES • Noeline SIMS • Colin RATCLIFFE • Huw JONES • Isabella SOUTH • Robin BARWICK • Victoria MULLETT • Emily MULLETT • Bethan CHANDLER • Tom CHANDLER • Yolanda WITT • Angela TYLER • Adrian FERNANDEZ PAREJA • Mark DENNISON

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

A future parkrunner? Still fast asleep, despite their 5,000m journey:
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Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun started on 26th April 2014. Since then 4,970 participants have completed 29,519 parkruns covering a total distance of 147,595 km, including 5,566 new Personal Bests.

 

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!

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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.

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