Totally addicted to pace

25th June 2016: Event number 110

Run report written by Event Director Joe Watts

The weather was warm, dry and bright for the first in our summer trilogy of pacer days and with an experienced team of 12 pacers, boasting 494 previous parkruns on our course between them (the equivalent of 2,470km) this was a great opportunity to go for a PB! I was on Run Director duty this week and during the pre-run brief I welcomed William MacSporran to the parkrun junior 10 club as well as David Hodgkinson to the parkrun 50 club - both of whom will be entitled to claim their free parkrun club tees courtesy of sponsor, Tribesports. We also extended our thanks to Travis Green who has just completed his silver Duke of Edinburgh for volunteering, this was Travis' second volunteer stint with us having also completed his bronze award last summer. We wish Travis all the best and hope to see him back, either running or volunteering again in the not too distant future. Finally, I introduced our pacing team to the crowd amd you can see pictures of all 12 of them, plus their finish times further down the page.

This week there were 159 runners, of whom 17 were first timers to parkrun & 8 were parkrun tourists. We had 13 unknown runners (those who had either forgotten their barcode or unaccompanied under 11's) and 24 of the returning 109 recorded new Personal Bests on the 5km course in Dunorlan Park. Representatives of 13 different athletics clubs took part - these included local clubs such as Tunbridge Wells Harriers, Sarah's Runners, Run off your Feet, RTW Runners, Tonbridge AC & Crowborough Runners, although my favourite club name of the week goes to Portslade HedgeHoppers, who are based in East Sussex!

23 minute pacer - Nick Fitzgerald (22:40):

24 minute pacer - Matt Newman (24:01):

25 minute pacer - Chris Mullaley (24:43):

26 minute pacer - Ryland Atwood (25:47):

27 minute pacer - Mark Scott (26:47):

28 minute pacer - Stella Beard (28:23):

29 minute pacer - Louise Fitzgerald (29:01):

30 minute pacer - Simon Jones (30:00):

31 minute pacer - David Cunningham (30:50):

32 minute pacer - Richard Woodfield (31:58):

33 minute pacer - Ross Woods (32:27):

34 minute pacer - Helen Sanson (33:57):

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If you missed out on this week's pacer day, or if you didn't quite manage that personal best time then fear not as our next pacer day takes place on Saturday 30th July 2016. If you would like to volunteer as a pacer for this event, then please send an e-mail to and remember that no previous experience is necessary.

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

Huge thanks to this week's volunteers:
Charlie KIRWAN • Chris MULLALEY • Dave VARLEY • David CUNNINGHAM • Gloria RICHARDS • Helen SANSON • Joseph WATTS • Judy GUEST • Kerry FRANCIS-WATTS • Louise FITZGERALD • Mark SCOTT • Matthew NEWMAN • Nick FITZGERALD • Richard WOODFIELD • Rob CAMPBELL • Ross WOODS • Ryland ATWOOD • Simon JONES • Stella BEARD • Steve BARNFIELD • Travis GREEN


Current standing in the Women's annual points competition (after 9 events):
Mary P SCOTT (Unattached) 833 pts.
Zena HASSELL (Unattached) 805 pts.
Valerie STUBBS (Unattached) 668 pts

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition (after 9 events):
Matthew NEWMAN (Tunbridge Wells Harriers) 713 pts.
Charles BOWLEY (Unattached) 702 pts.
Ryland ATWOOD (Unattached) 701 pts.

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