United in enjoyment of the feel-good factor

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun
Event number 291
14th March 2020

Run report by Jasmine Quinney

This week 123 people ran, jogged, walked and squelched their way around Dunorlan Park for the 291st edition of Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun. We lined up ready for the run brief to be told to expect a muddy course and it certainly lived up to expectations!

There were 20 first timers today, three of whom recorded their first ever parkrun result today - welcome Nathan, Shanti and Kerry and I hope you managed to enjoy the muddy, wet experience! This number also included many tourists, from places as far away as Melbourne, Australia.

A fantastic seven people managed to record new Personal Bests in the conditions and representatives of 15 different clubs took part. The first finisher was James Sarre, and first female over the line was Amelia Ireson who also recorded a PB today. A shoutout also goes to Sheila Wilson, who achieved the highest age graded score of 70.21%.

A special well done to Timothy Radley who joined the 100 club today, with 94 of these runs being at Royal Tunbridge Wells!
Briefing time

I was one of the first timers here, and today was a special one for me as it was the last course I had left to have done all 22 parkruns in Kent. This was a challenge I set myself in around October last year (I learnt the hard way that this probably would have been more appropriate for the summer months), and have been steadily ticking off all the runs the county has to offer since.

Kent has a variety of parkrun courses – you can run in a park, country park or forest, on a canal towpath or heath, along the seafront or through a vineyard! Royal Tunbridge Wells was a great one to finish off because it offered some of the greatest hits of the Kent parkruns experienced before – lovely park paths like in Ashford or Dartford, stopping to wipe my glasses off because they’re covered in rain like in Tonbridge, squelchy shoes to rival Squerryes Winery or the feeling at the end of the first lap that I distinctly remember having at Lullingstone of “Do I really have to do that again?!”.

Despite their differences, one thing unites the parkruns in Kent and beyond, and that is the community and feel-good factor that’s there every Saturday morning. This morning was no different, and it was great to have a chat with people while navigating the course this morning, and feeling the buzz of parkrunners and volunteers in the café afterwards. A lovely woman started chatting to me on the second lap after a particularly muddy stretch - we were sharing experiences and she was reminding me just why I enjoy getting out on a Saturday morning. She couldn’t have timed it better as she caught me just at the moment when I had started walking and doubts were creeping in of my decision to wake up at 6:30am for this! So thank you to her and all those like her who manage to give us a bit more of a drive to keep going.

In the current climate when it can feel like everyone is getting increasingly panicked and shutting themselves off, it is so refreshing to come out, forget about everything and enjoy the feeling that parkrun gives you.

The event today was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Mark SCOTT • Jane FENTIMAN • Bernadette O'CONNOR • Judy GUEST • Alison BEARD • Dominic BEARD • Kitty MUYSKEN • Sara RIOLO • Mal MCKENZIE • Noeline SIMS • Huw JONES • Hugh STEPHENSON • Erica JONES • Louis COOMBS • Heloise SOUTH • Robin BARWICK • Juanita MCFARLIN • Mark DENNISON • Alasdair SHUTT • Imogen BURMAN-MITCHELL • Susie NORWOOD • Reuben BENSON • Quinton WOOD • Benny FIDDIMORE • Jasmine QUINNEY • Sarah MCFARLIN • Riya RANJAN • Liberty SMITH • Peter BALL

Thank you for your efforts today, for standing out in the rain and all your words of encouragement. The army of volunteers standing at the end of the first lap was especially appreciated, and helped a great deal with my aforementioned end of first lap feeling!

Finally, thanks to all at Royal Tunbridge Wells this morning for the warm welcome to my friends and I, and for another unforgettable parkrunday. I’m sure we’ll be back to tackle this parkrun again in the future, just maybe in the summer next time!

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


Welcome 5k Your Way

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun
Event number 285
25th January 2020

Run report by Benny Fiddimore

This week 333 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 54 were first timers and 23 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part. The event was made possible by 36 volunteers.

Our run report is written by Benny Fiddimore who is taking part in his Bronze DofE award.

Today, the weather in Dunorlan Park was not the greatest. It was cold, grey and misty. However, that miserable atmosphere was soon changed. Firstly, I had a quick talk with Sonja King, who is celebrating joining the parkrun 100 club! Since August 2014, Sonja has clocked up 64 parkruns here at Dunorlan, with the majority of the rest completed in Croydon. RTW parkrun is extra special for Sonja, because it started the day after her son was born! Congratulations on all the hard work put into reaching 100 parkruns Sonja!

lake view
The weather at parkrun was cold, grey and misty.

Just before the event was about to begin, Run Director Mark was joined by a very special guest for today’s pre-parkrun briefing. Dame Kelly Holmes was here to talk about 5K Your Way. This is a charity which supports and encourages people living with and beyond cancer to get out and get active. She said the point of the charity was to help people get active in a "supportive, friendly environment".

Following her speech, Mark went over a few health and safety announcements before the run commenced.

And they’re off! Following Mark’s health and safety announcements, the parkrun commenced!

With the event now in action, I decided to walk around the course to motivate our new 5K Your Way participants. I was very happy to see that 5K Your Way is for all abilities, whether you’re a runner, jogger or walker. After all, it’s about getting out in the fresh air and getting some exercise, not about how fast you are.

I spoke to some people who were walking the course. One of these people was a nurse. They had been walking with some of their patients and said to me: "It was great to get some fresh air, and be out helping their patients get active".

As well as speaking to the amazing 5K Your Way participants, I met one of our parkrun regulars. She told me that “today was very difficult for me, but then I saw Dame Kelly Holmes, who gave me a high five, that really inspired me to finish the run”.

Some of our new 5K Your Way runners, we also had joggers and walkers.

Also after the run, I spoke to the Kent Ambassador for 5K Your Way, Dr Rema Jyothirmayi. I asked her why she decided to bring 5K Your Way to the area. She wanted to encourage her patients living with and beyond cancer to get active. She also told me that the 5K Your Way group planned to meet up on the last Saturday of every month for parkrun! We look forward to welcoming them back in February.

Thank You to Dame Kelly Holmes for inspiring our participants to finish the parkrun today by cheering them on towards the finish line!

RTW parkrun will return next Saturday at 9am.


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”


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”


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


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”


“A gentlemens agreement @ Canine Corner”


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


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


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:


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:


Kids not missing their screen time:


Quality family time:


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:


“Prince Philip winding his way back to Windsor”:


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":

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:


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:

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

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:

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.

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