Hot, Hot and Heroes

Royal Tunbridge Wells
Event 209 Saturday 21st July 2018

Run Report Writer Judy Guest, with Richard Woodfield. Photographers: Richard Woodfield and John Bowman

A very warm morning saw a July record total of 281 parkrunners come to our 209th RTW parkrun. Stella Beard was the Run Director and welcomed everyone, including tourists from Australia (see later about Bromley tourists). Runners happily sung happy birthday to Julie Chandler who was celebrating her 60th birthday. Everyone was reminded that it is our monthly Pacer Day next week. (If you want to pace we still have vacancies at 26, 27, 29 and 35 mins.)

All I want to say this week is Well Done!

Welcome to the Junior 10 club Ben Fisher; Dave Barnett and Liz Carter to the 50 club; and Val Stubbs to the 100 club. Well done!

We welcomed 25 tourists from the running group called Zero to Hero. This is based in Norman Park, where Bromley parkrun meets, and was set up to help non runners to discover the benefits and fun that running can bring. Members of group regularly take part in Bromley parkrun, but they also have periodic "awaydays" where they visit another parkrun for a change of scenery. This week they chose to visit Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun - hills and all. We hope you enjoyed yourselves and well done to you all*.

(*Ed: Afterwards John Isaacs, who had co-ordinated the Zero to Hero visit, wrote to say: Everyone had a great time yesterday and on their behalf I would like to thank yourself and Stella along with all the volunteers who made us feel so welcome. What a friendly team you have. We would also like to thank the cafe staff for their speedy and friendly service. As regards to the actual run, we had 21 runners of which 17 were running RTW for the first time, and the remaining 4 all achieved PBs. The course itself is quite challenging especially on a very warm morning and the complete opposite to Norman park which is relatively flat, and the feedback I received was that everyone enjoyed the morning. Thank you all for accommodating us and we look forward to seeing you again.)

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Well done to:

47 first timers. We hope you come back.

32 personal bests. Great achievement in the heat.

New female course record of 17:48 by Nicole Taylor. A big well done!

First finishers in action.... Daniel Bradley (17:43) and Nicole Taylor (17:48) - captured by multi-tasking marshal, John Bowman
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A special mention goes to Robin Barwick who volunteers most weeks with run set up but this week went above and beyond by helping set up most of the course, ran in 21.43 and after a break to recover then walked the course bringing back cones and flags. A big thank you.

Robin, among the crowd, relaxing after his run


Well done to our 27 volunteers who helped today and responded to my appeal for volunteers in the next few weeks of the holiday period. It is so lovely to see the parkrun community pull together. Do remember there are volunteering roles that still allow you to run - pre event set up, post event close down, Run Report writer, photographer, token sorting - so why not give it a go.


Finally, a reminder for this hot weather! Please ensure that you are suitably hydrated before parkrun. It's also a good idea to bring a water bottle with you to parkrun so that you can take on water as soon as you've finished your 5k. Some parkrunners may well find it helpful to carry a water bottle with them while out on the course. Parents, especially, please consider what's best for your child.


This week’s volunteers were:

Mark SCOTT • Jane FENTIMAN • Stella BEARD • Steve BARNFIELD • David APPLETON • John DYSON • Judy GUEST • Michael SELWAY • John BOWMAN • Greg CLARK • Gloria RICHARDS • Claire HENRY • Richard WOODFIELD • Noeline SIMS • Laurence BUNNETT • Colin RATCLIFFE • Huw JONES • Matt PARRETT • Yvonne RAPTIS • Robin BARWICK • Dom TAYLOR-LANGLEY • Tom CHANDLER • Jasmine PARRETT • Ben HENRY • Mark DENNISON • Carol MUNT • Andrew GRAHAM

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

The male record is held by William LEVETT who recorded a time of 16:12 on 8th April 2017 (event number 149).
The female record is held by Nicole TAYLOR who recorded a time of 17:48 on 21st July 2018 (event number 209).
The Age Grade course record is held by John LOWDEN who recorded 85.21% (18:49) on 19th November 2016 (event number 130).

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun started on 26th April 2014. Since then 5,460 participants have completed 33,624 parkruns covering a total distance of 168,120 km, including 6,085 new Personal Bests.


Run report – Saturday 10th May by Joe Watts

We welcomed 87 runners to our 3rd event on Saturday morning, who all did very well to brave the very autumnal conditions around Dunorlan Park. The course was rather slippery in places and a small section of the path had been fenced off by the council, meaning that the runners would have to take a small diversion onto the grass and around a tree.


The conditions didn't however, prevent 24 of our field from achieving a personal best time and we also welcomed 39 first timers to Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun, of which 24 had never run at a parkrun before.



From the 3 events that we have held at Dunorlan Park, we currently have 16 runners with a 100% attendance record, which, given that 2 out of the 3 haven't been the best weather conditions is a great achievement. The 16 runners are:

  1. Alexander Alfageme
  2. Ana-Marie Green
  3. Andrew Weightman
  4. Annette Taylor
  5. Caroline Riddle
  6. Dan Cooper
  7. David Peek
  8. David Robinson
  9. Heidi Wain
  10. Jake Tucker
  11. Mark Antony Scott
  12. Matilda White
  13. Paul Swanson
  14. Susan Bourke
  15. Verity Thomas
  16. Zena Hassell

I have decided to include a list of these 16 runners as they have all managed to remember their barcode for 3 weeks running and although this does not sound difficult, we still had 7 of our runners who forgot theirs! So please remember the parkrun policy; no barcode, no result, no exception.


Finally, we witnessed a new men's course record of 16:58, set by William Levett of Tunbridge Wells Harriers, which I imagine is going to be very tough to beat. The women's course record is still held by Nicole Taylor of Tonbridge Athletic Club with a time of 19:15 and this was set at our inaugural event.


Thanks once again to all of our wonderful volunteers and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Please remember that in order for our event to run smoothly and safely for our runners, we require a team of at least 12 volunteers on a weekly basis and we cannot and do not expect the same people to fulfil these volunteer roles every week. If you can volunteer in the future, please send an e-mail to

You can view our future volunteer roster by visiting the link below. No previous experience is required as you will be briefed on the role in the morning of the event. From my experiences of volunteering over the past 3 weeks and also at Tonbridge on a number of occasions earlier this year I can confirm that it is an enjoyable and rewarding experience. 

We look forward to seeing you all again next Saturday and fingers crossed for some brighter and drier weather!

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