10 and 17 August updates

10 August: we had been keeping under review whether this week's parkrun was possible in the light of the planned Cinema in the Park in the events field. We are pleased to confirm that we plan to go ahead.

17 August - we have a double billing!

In the morning it's our parkrun - usual time, usual place.

Then it's parkFunday! From 1300 to 1500. All welcome ... parkrunners, volunteers and their friends and families. Bring your own picnic. We'll be having a fun mini sports day. Nothing too serious - and running ability optional!


From the beginning

Our latest parkrun person profile introduces Kelvin Desmoyers-Davis, a name many might recognise from its regular appearance near the top of the finishers list.

One of the participants in the first ever Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun, Kelvin has been taking part in parkruns since before ours existed.

“A colleague at work mentioned this ‘timed 5k event in Maidstone’ and my gut feeling was well that sounds interesting but a bit far to travel!” explained Kelvin. “Then through word of mouth and social media I discovered there was a parkrun starting at Tonbridge, so I went along to their inaugural event. Then – as I’m Tunbridge Wells born and bred – I heard about the then new Royal Tunbridge Wells event and I’ve been here ever since.”

Kelvin is front of the pack (he's the one on the left!)

Kelvin is front of the pack

When asked what made him keep coming back Kelvin said: “Different reasons at different stages. Originally I was determined to beat my PBs. Then to get into the 50 club. Now [not far off 250 parkruns] I see it as more than just a 5k and I enjoy the social aspects like catching up with fellow participants for a post parkrun coffee.”

Post-parkrun coffee

Post-parkrun coffee

His favourite thing about parkrun is entering the finish funnel, because that’s the moment when he feels like he’s achieved something: “Whether that’s helping someone get a PB if I’ve been a volunteer pacer, renewing my own PB or simply knowing I’m one run fewer away from the next milestone club!”

Having been a parkrunner for so long, Kelvin’s one of our faster participants but is often seen slowing down a little as a volunteer pacer [pacers always choose a time they feel comfortable with, rather than aiming for their own PB, so they can be sure their time is achievable on the day].

“It’s rewarding to know you may have helped someone achieve a PB. The pacer can help prevent runners from going too fast for their target time and so burning out before the end of the run. It’s often easier to just follow someone in front of you!”

Part of the pacer pack

Part of the pacer pack

His advice to others is taking part is: “If it’s a cold day, bring something warm to wear afterwards. If it’s hot, bring a bottle of water. The most important thing is to just try and enjoy taking part. Don’t set unrealistic goals, and avoid injuries by listening to your body.” Invaluable advice whether you’re a 20, 40 or 60 minute finisher!

Kelvin also shares his toughest part of the route: “I find the second lap between the bridge and the events field is the toughest part. Keep something in the tank for this section.” That said, of the 13 different parkruns he’s participated in he also says ours is one of – if not the most – picturesque. We always like to hear praise of our park!

To finish his profile we asked Kelvin to tell us something random about himself. He may be one of our faster participants now, but his response was to admit he used to smoke for more than 10 years. Which perhaps acts as reassurance to others thinking of quitting smoking and taking on a new challenge?


Patience is key

Event number 79
14th November 2015

It was a relatively cold morning in Dunorlan Park though following a dry week the field and grass sections of the course were a little less slippery than last week's event. One thing I am sure of however is that the mud is here to stay for the next few months! What started as a dry and overcast start soon turned into more of a damp affair with some light rain greeting our field of 106 runners shortly after the start. However, despite this, of the returning 91 runners an impressive 24 managed to achieve a PB - so a very well done to those of you who were able to pull that out of the bag!

Louise Fitzgerald was your Run Director this week and during the pre-run brief we all welcomed a couple of runners to the parkrun clubs. First up was Mary Scott who has joined the Junior 10 club having run 10 times at our event and then Sofia Baguley, who was inducted to the parkrun 50 club, with 49 of her runs completed at our event - very well done to both.


Between helping with pre-event setup and post-event closedown, I managed to sandwich in a run myself this week and was pleased to finish just 10 seconds away from my personal best on this course. In fact I was 48 seconds quicker than the last time I ran here 4 weeks ago, since which I have run 2 10km cross country races and had some decent club sessions. It just goes to show that with consistency, frequency & variety that your running can improve dramatically - but remember, patience is key.


This week’s statistics:
Number of volunteers - 14
Number of runners - 106
of which;
parkrun tourists - 2
First timers - 5
Personal bests - 24
Unregistered runners / forgotten barcodes / unaccompanied under 11's - 8


A quick reminder that if you haven't already read the news article on our website, we have a social event and a pacer day taking place in December - full details of which can be found here.

Thanks once again to this week's volunteer team:

This event is run by volunteers who have a passion for running! If you would like to help out at a future event then please check our volunteer roster for details of how to get in touch. Remember, no previous experience is necessary and our friendly team will provide you with full training and assistance on the day.


Current standing in the Women's annual points table:

1 Zena HASSELL 2404
2 Heather CROKER 2060
3 Erin MARKS 2024
4 Marianne CROKER 1959
5 Sofia BAGULEY 1822
6 Katia BOWLEY 1726
7 Julie FRAMPTON 1669
8 Gabrielle RICHARDS 1640
9 Alison SCOTT 1574
10 Sonja KING 1559

Current standing in the Men's annual points table:

1 Chris MULLALEY 2154
2 Charles BOWLEY 1857
4 Ryland ATWOOD 1683
5 Mark SCOTT 1656
6 Tom WOOLLEY 1594
7 Martin MORAN 1343
8 Kitt BAGULEY 1342
9 Richard WOODFIELD 1312
10 Barry ROSE 1310


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



This week's run report was written by RTW parkrun Event Director, Joe Watts. If you would like to write a future run report, please e-mail royaltunbridgewellshelpers@parkrun.com


Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun social

We would like to invite all of our runners and volunteers to a social evening on Sunday 3rd May, which is the first of 2 bank holiday weekends in May. Join us for a drink (or two) at Sankey's , Tunbridge Wells from 7pm and get to know your fellow parkrunners a little better. There is seating both inside and out, so finger's crossed for some pleasant weather!

We look forward to seeing you there.

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