This is Halloween

Event number 77
31st October 2015

This week, with Halloween falling on a Saturday, we invited our runners to dress up and we certainly weren't disappointed! Indeed, a number of our volunteers also looked the part, including our zombie tail runner (pictured later on) and some of our younger marshals. There were plenty of ghoulishly tasty sweet and savoury treats on offer after the run courtesy of some of our volunteers. We also had Sara from Sports Direct Tunbridge Wells join us and she was handing out discount vouchers for Sweatshop, who, as of 31st October are no longer a sponsor of parkrun - so this was a nice parting gift to our runners.

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The weather on the day was dry and overcast although running conditions are beginning to become more challenging, with slippery surfaces and the mud testing your balance However, despite this it didn't stop you all from helping us to achieve our largest attendance of the year and our 2nd highest to date (179 at our inaugural remains the largest).

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Run Director on the day, Joe Watts made a few announcements before the pre-run brief including confirmation that next Saturday our run will still be going ahead despite the fireworks which are taking place in the evening, which was met by a loud cheer! In fact, next week we will be hosting a special event with charity, Fields in Trust - full details of which can be found on the notice board on our website. Finally, we welcomed a couple of junior runners (Oskar Ugarow and Tallulah Brooks) to the parkrun 10 club as well as Kitt Baguley to the 50 club!

This week’s statistics:
Number of volunteers - 20
Number of runners - 165
of which;
parkrun tourists - 11
First timers - 21
Personal bests - 26
Unregistered runners / forgotten barcodes - 13

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Thanks once again to this week's volunteer team:
Sofia BAGULEY, James BAGULEY, Gabriela BAGULEY, Alison BEARD, Jessica CARSWELL, Jake DOBSON, James EVANS, Louise FITZGERALD, Nick FITZGERALD, Kerry FRANCIS-WATTS, Judy GUEST, Simon JONES, Mia LULHAM, Gus MALONE, Liz ORR, Gloria RICHARDS, Conner SCOTT, Nathalie SCOTT, Noeline SIMS, Joseph WATTS

Please remember that parkrun could not take place without our team of volunteers, and new volunteers are always welcome. No experience necessary! Check our volunteer roster and get in touch if you can spare some time at a future event!

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Current standing in the Women's annual points table:
Zena HASSELL 2218 pts.
Heather CROKER 1870 pts.
Erin MARKS 1858 pts.

Current standing in the Men's annual points table:
Chris MULLALEY 2004 pts.
Kelvin DESMOYERS-DAVIS 1712 pts.
Charles BOWLEY 1691 pts.

Please note that we are expecting a large turnout next week and along with the extra help from Fields in Trust and the Round Table setting up for the fireworks we expect the park will be very busy. Therefore, if you intend to drive to Dunorlan Park please leave plenty of time to allow for this - also consider either car sharing or parking in the Hall's Hole Road car park (just a 5 minute walk from the start/finish), which doesn't tend to fill up quite like the Pembury Road car park does.

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Thank you to Nick Fitzgerald, who took this weeks photos. Don't forget that if you would like to share any of your own, you can upload them to our Flickr page.

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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

 

The Course Awakens

Event number LXXV
17th October 2015

A few days ago, in a park not so far away... we welcomed a huge crowd of enthusiastic runners to our free, weekly 5km event. The weather on the day was not far from being on the dark side, with rather overcast skies and a slight chill in the air. I also noticed whilst running around the course that the slippery stuff, otherwise known as mud, has made a rather unwelcome return (perhaps this could be considered as a disturbance in the force), making it more of a challenge to get that ever-elusive PB (well, for me anyway)! Despite this added challenge, 32 of the returning 108 runners managed to make point 5 past lightspeed and achieve a new PB, so very well done and to those of you who didn't quite manage it, I feel your pain.

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Your Run Director on the day was Simon Jones and prior to the pre-run brief he announced the winner of the monthly Sweatshop prize for September and this was awarded to Gabrielle Richards. Gabrielle has now run at our past 36 events (a streak which started on 7th February 2015) and managed to achieve a new PB during the month of September. Her prize is a free pair of running shoes courtesy of parkrun sponsor, Sweatshop. Now, something that you may not be aware of, but Gabrielle's mother is our ever present and always cheerful marshal, Gloria Richards (who has volunteered at 52 of our events)!

Simon also mentioned that we will be celebrating Halloween in style, with our event on 31st October - full details of which can be found on the notice board on the news section of our website

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This week’s statistics:
Number of volunteers - 15
Number of runners - 153
of which;
parkrun tourists - 14
First timers - 20
Personal bests - 32
Unregistered runners / forgotten barcodes - 11

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Thanks are due to this week's volunteers:
Steve BARNFIELD, Rob CAMPBELL, Jessica CARSWELL, Jake DOBSON, James EVANS, Louise FITZGERALD, Judy GUEST, David HARMAN, Ollie HESTER, Simon JONES, Gus MALONE, Liz ORR, Gloria RICHARDS, Noeline SIMS, Joseph WATTS

Please remember that parkrun could not take place without our team of volunteers, and new volunteers are always welcome. No experience necessary! Check our volunteer roster and get in touch if you can spare some time at a future event!

Current standing in the Women's annual points table:
Zena HASSELL 2031 pts.
Heather CROKER 1778 pts.
Erin MARKS 1714 pts.

Current standing in the Men's annual points table:
Chris MULLALEY 1837 pts.
Charles BOWLEY 1630 pts.
Kelvin DESMOYERS-DAVIS 1538 pts.

Thanks to James Evans, who took this weeks photos. Don't forget that if you would like to share any of your own, you can upload them to our Flickr page.

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As always, we would love to hear how you got on at our event so please post your comments on our Facebook or Twitter pages:

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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.

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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

 

Marquee invasion

Event number 70
12th September 2015

What started out as an overcast and damp morning soon cleared up in time for 9am and we were even treated to some sunny spells as we celebrated our 70th free, weekly event in the glorious surrounds of Dunorlan Park. The course conditions were again rather favourable underfoot with only a little damp in the events field and once again our pre-event setup team were good enough to mark the divets on the downhill slope, which have increased in size over recent weeks. There was however an unexpected addition on the Hall's Hole road side of the events field in the shape of an empty marquee - fortunately it was not in the way of our route and runners were able to run to one side of it!

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Your run director this week was Simon Jones who firstly announced the winner of the monthly prize for August, which was awarded to Marian Keep. Marian had run at a total of 27 of our events (prior to this weekend) and ran at all 5 of our events in August, picking up 2 Peronsal Best's along the way - her prize is a free pair of running shoes courtesy of parkrun sponsor Sweatshop, congratulations Marian! The next announcement to be made was that of our next pacer day, which will be held on Saturday 26th September and will feature a whole host of pacers from local running club, Tunbridge Wells Harriers. More details of this event can be found on our notice board.

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This week’s statistics:
Number of volunteers - 10
Number of runners - 121
of which;
parkrun tourists - 4
First timers - 14
Personal bests - 30
Unregistered runners / forgotten barcodes - 8

Thanks to the volunteers
We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Steve BARNFIELD, Georgia BEARD, Alison BEARD, Charles BOWLEY, Rob CAMPBELL, Judy GUEST, Simon JONES, Sonja KING, Gus MALONE, Joseph WATTS

As for me, I was on tail runner duty as a warm-up for a cross country relay that I was to run in later that day over in Blackheath. This week's event was also to mark my final time at RTW parkrun for 4 weeks as I head off to slightly warmer climes for a well earned break from everyday life. In the meantime and for the next 3 weeks I shall leave you in the more than capable hands of my fellow core volunteer team.

Please remember that our weekly event is only made possible with the help of volunteers and we have roles available every week. If you would like to help out for an hour one Saturday then please check our volunteer roster for details of how to get in touch. No previous experience is required as you will be briefed on your role on the morning of the event.

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Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Chris MULLALEY 1499 pts.
Charles BOWLEY 1338 pts.
Tom WOOLLEY 1305 pts.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Zena HASSELL 1651 pts.
Sofia BAGULEY 1507 pts.
Heather CROKER 1399 pts.

You can find photos of previous events on our event website and if you would like to share any of your own, please upload them to our Flickr page.

As always, we would love to hear how you got on at our event so please do get in touch with us on social media via the following channels:

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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 Joe Watts, RTW parkrun Event Director. If you would like to write a future run report, please e-mail royaltunbridgewellshelpers@parkrun.com

 

Thirteen seconds

Event number 69
5th September 2015

What started out as a rather gloomy and damp morning soon turned into a slightly less damp and overcast morning as soon as 9am arrived and this early morning rain was just the right amount to provide our runners with wet feet upon two jaunts around the events field. This week Louise Fitzgerald was on hand as Run Director and she provided a wonderful pre-run brief, which included caution of a number of divots (the turf equivalent of pot-hole) on the grass slope upon exiting the events field that had been expertly 'coned-off' by the pre-event setup team!

This Saturday I was able to get a run in for myself as we had a healthy contingent of volunteers on hand and I am pleased to say that I achieved a new PB on this challenging course (by 19 seconds - please note that this excludes the 13 'lost' seconds; see below for explanation). It was great also to meet Kate Donnelly from the charity, Fields in Trust who I have been liaising with over the past couple of months with regards to an upcoming parkrun event mash-up which will involve ourselves, Fields in Trust & Tunbridge Wells Borough Council - more information on this to follow when a date has been agreed.

This week’s statistics:
Number of volunteers - 14
Number of runners - 126
of which;
parkrun tourists - 9
First timers - 14
Personal bests - 43
Unregistered runners / forgotten barcodes - 8

The observant of you (or the stats obsessed) will have noticed that of the returning 95 registered runners a huge 43 managed to achieve a PB. Now whilst this appears to be most impressive it is not entirely accurate as we appear to have 'lost' 13 seconds on the stopwatch which was used to process this week's results. Whilst our volunteer team do their very best each week to provide the local community with a free, timed, 5km run there will be the very odd occasion when things don't quite go according to plan. The good news is that it was only 13 seconds and whilst you may have to dig that little bit deeper to beat your PB next time, please be thankful that it wasn't 30 seconds or 1 minute, even!

Thanks to the volunteers
We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Steve BARNFIELD, Alison BEARD, Kristy BELL, Faris BOUAMRA, Rob CAMPBELL, Lloyd COLLIER, Louise FITZGERALD, Judy GUEST, Simon JONES, Claire LAWRENCE, Gloria RICHARDS, Joseph WATTS, Freddie WHITE, Kate WHITE

We are excited to say that this coming Saturday we shall be announcing the winner of our monthly Sweatshop prize for the month of August, the winner of whom will be awarded with a voucher for a free pair of running shoes from parkrun sponsor, Sweatshop. So, please be sure to make as much noise as humanly possible to show your appreciation for our winner! This coming Saturday also marks my final time at Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun until my return on Saturday 10th October. In the meantime I shall leave you in the more than capable hands of my fellow core volunteer team members and please, if you can offer some assistance for an hour on one Saturday then pop us a quick e-mail with your availability (see below for more information).

Please remember that our weekly event is only made possible with the help of volunteers and we have roles available every week. If you would like to help out for an hour one Saturday then please check our volunteer roster for details of how to get in touch. No previous experience is required as you will be briefed on your role on the morning of the event.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Chris MULLALEY 1405 pts.
Charles BOWLEY 1238 pts.
Tom WOOLLEY 1210 pts.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Zena HASSELL 1559 pts.
Sofia BAGULEY 1411 pts.
Erin MARKS 1316 pts.

You can find photos of previous events on our event website and if you would like to share any of your own, please upload them to our Flickr page.

Now, I couldn't go through an entire run report without including a photo, so I thought it would be kind of me to provide a visual 'heads-up' to those of you who have yet to run with us in the winter months (and to remind those of you who have) that it can get a bit wet and muddy on our course, especially at the bottom of the grassy slope as you approach the lakeside path. My advice to you is to run through it, not around it.

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As always, we would love to hear how you got on at our event so please do get in touch with us on social media via the following channels:

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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 Joe Watts, RTW parkrun Event Director. If you would like to write a future run report, please e-mail royaltunbridgewellshelpers@parkrun.com

 

Summer, summer, summertime

Event number 65
8th August 2015

After a rather misty start to Saturday morning the sun came out in full glory to greet our runners for our 65th event. This week Louise Fitzgerald was at the helm (Run Director) and she started off with a few announcements; firstly we welcomed Nicola Green to the 50 club - Nicola was joining us as a parkrun tourist from Preston Park parkrun in Brighton; next it was on to award the monthly prize for July and this went to Ryland Atwood who ran at all 4 events in July (including 1 as a pacer) and has now completed 43 runs with us - Ryland's prize is a free pair of running shoes courtesy of parkrun sponsor, Sweatshop; and finally Louise announced that we would be holding our next pacer day in 2 weeks time - this is to coincide with the start of the World Athletics Championships in Beijing and to show our support for Team GB.

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This week we welcomed 138 runners to our 2 lap course, of whom 18 were first timers, 11 were parkrun tourists and 15 runners had either forgotten their barcode or not registered with parkrun before the event. Of the returning 94 runners a total of 25 managed to record a new Personal Best time (of which 5 new PB's went to junior runners).

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Thank you to our wonderful volunteer team, without whom this event would not be possible: Sofia BAGULEY (marshal), James BAGULEY (marshal), Gabriela BAGULEY (marshal), Alison BEARD (barcode scanning), Kristy BELL (finish tokens), Faris BOUAMRA (token support), Rob CAMPBELL (funnel manager), Louise FITZGERALD (run director), Kerry FRANCIS-WATTS (timekeeper), Andrew William JACKSON (new runners briefing & barcode scanning), Simon JONES (tail runner), Gloria RICHARDS (marshal), Joseph WATTS (timekeeper & run report writer)

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Don't forget that we have volunteer roles available every week, so if you would like to help out one Saturday then please check our volunteer roster for details of how to get in touch. No previous experience is required as you will be briefed on your role on the morning of the event.

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Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Tom WOOLLEY (Tunbridge Wells Harriers) 1116 pts.
Chris MULLALEY (Unattached) 1036 pts.
Charles BOWLEY (Unattached) 1009 pts.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Zena HASSELL (Unattached) 1297 pts.
Sofia BAGULEY (Unattached) 1133 pts.
Erin MARKS (Unattached) 1102 pts.

You can find more photos on our event website and if you would like to share any of your own, please upload them to our Flickr page.

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As always, we would love to hear how you got on at our event so please do get in touch with us on social media via the following channels:

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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.

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

 

Familiar faces

Event number 64
1st August 2015

It was another dry, bright and warm morning in Dunorlan Park for our free, weekly 5km event and this week Simon Jones was on Run Director duty. For those of you who were not in attendance, we decided to ask the runners to stand on the grass by the finish funnel (as opposed to on the path and bank below the path) for the pre-run brief to ensure that everyone could hear the instructions clearly & this will now be the position for the pre-run brief going forward. At the beginning of the brief Simon asked the runners to give a round of applause to one of our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers, Travis Green, who was completing his final event with us having volunteered for 3 months as part of his bronze award. We would like to wish Travis all the best for the future and would love to welcome him back again in the future!

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This week I performed the role of tail runner and assisted with the post-event closedown. It was good to see a couple of guys from my club (Tonbridge AC) at the event as well as the familiar face of Graeme Pate, who was one of our regular volunteers in the early days and last ran at our event in October last year - congratulations on a new PB! Our third highest attendance of 155 runners graced our 2 lap course, of whom 16 were first timers, 11 were parkrun tourists and 23 runners had either forgotten their barcode or not registered with parkrun before the event. Of the returning 105 runners a total of 38 managed to record a new Personal Best time (of which 6 new PB's went to junior runners).

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Thank you to our wonderful volunteer team, without whom this event would not be possible: Alison BEARD (Timekeeper & pre-event setup), Faris BOUAMRA (Finish token support), Rob CAMPBELL (New Runner's Briefing, finish tokens & pre-event setup), Louise FITZGERALD (Funnel Manager & pre-event setup), Nick FITZGERALD (Photographer & pre-event setup), Travis GREEN (Timekeeper), Judy GUEST (Barcode scanning & token sorting), Simon JONES (Run Director, pre-event setup & results processing), Gloria RICHARDS (Marshal), Joseph WATTS (Tail runner, post-event closedown & run report writer)

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If you would like to volunteer at one of our events, we have roles available every Saturday. We are especially short on volunteers during August, so if you would like to help out one Saturday then please check our volunteer roster for details of how to get in touch. No previous experience is required as you will be briefed on your role on the morning of the event.

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Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Chris MULLALEY (Unattached) 1036 pts.
Tom WOOLLEY (Tunbridge Wells Harriers) 1028 pts.
Charles BOWLEY (Unattached) 946 pts.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Zena HASSELL (Unattached) 1205 pts.
Sofia BAGULEY (Unattached) 1033 pts.
Erin MARKS (Unattached) 1018 pts.

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Join us next week when we hope to announce the winner of the monthly prize for August, the winner of which will receive a free pair of running shoes courtesy of parkrun sponsor, Sweatshop.

You can find more photos on our event website and if you would like to share any of your own, please upload them to our Flickr page.

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As always, we would love to hear how you got on at our event so please do get in touch with us on social media via the following channels:

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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 Joe Watts, RTW parkrun Event Director. If you would like to write a future run report, please e-mail royaltunbridgewellshelpers@parkrun.com

 

Mega fun in the sun

Event number 61
11th July 2015

For the second week running we were blessed with another bright, beautiful and warm morning in Dunorlan Park, with temperatures again hitting the low 20's. I was on Run Director duty this week and was sporting our latest addition to the team (a megaphone), which seemed to serve its purpose well ensuring that everyone paid full attention and could hear the pre-run brief clearly.

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During the pre-run brief I welcomed another 2 juniors to the parkrun junior 10 club; Erin Marks and Taylor Morley - both will be entitled to a free parkrun t-shirt courtesy of sponsor Tribesports. It was also time to announce the winner of the Sweatshop monthly prize for the month of June and this was awarded to Katia Bowley, who was also volunteering at the finish funnel this week. Katia's record is very impressive, having run 11 times with us & achieving 8 PB's in the process, reducing here initial run time by over 6 minutes. Katia ran at all 4 of our events in June and PB'd at each - her prize is a free pair of running shoes courtesy of parkrun sponsor, Sweatshop.

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This week we welcomed 115 runners, of whom 6 were first timers, 2 were parkrun tourists and 19 runners had either forgotten their barcode or not registered with parkrun before the event. Of the returning 88 runners a total of 17 managed to record a new Personal Best time.

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Thanks once again to our wonderful volunteer team, without whom this event would not be possible: Steve BARNFIELD, Kevin BATTELL, Kristy BELL, Faris BOUAMRA, Katia BOWLEY, Marianne CROKER, Heather CROKER, Nick FITZGERALD, Louise FITZGERALD, Travis GREEN, Judy GUEST, David HARMAN, Gus MALONE, Gloria RICHARDS, Joseph WATTS

If you would like to volunteer at one of our events, we have roles available every Saturday and always need an extra pair of hands. Please check our volunteer roster for details of how to get in touch. No previous experience is required as you will be briefed on your role on the morning of the event.

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Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Chris MULLALEY (Unattached) 917 pts.
Charles BOWLEY (Unattached) 843 pts.
Ryland ATWOOD (Unattached) 759 pts.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Zena HASSELL (Unattached) 927 pts.
Sofia BAGULEY (Unattached) 846 pts.
Sonja KING (Tunbridge Wells Harriers) 790 pts.

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You can find more photos on our event website and if you would like to share any of your own, please upload them to our Flickr page.

As always, we would love to hear how you got on at our event so please do get in touch with us on social media via the following channels:

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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.

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

 

Record breakers

Event number 60
4th July 2015

This week we held another 'Pacer day' (the last occasion being our 1st anniversary in April of this year) and we couldn't have asked for more perfect weather, with what was the hottest Saturday morning (20 degrees celsius) that we have experienced in our 60-event history. Although the weather was warm first thing, it did start off rather overcast, but as soon as 9am struck the sun came out! Steve Barnfield was on Run Director duty this week and during the pre-run brief he welcomed Dom White to the junior 10 club - Dom has run all of his 10 runs at our event, as well as David Harman to the volunteer 25 club - David becomes the 8th member to this exclusive club at our event. Both of them will be entitled to a free parkrun t-shirt courtesy of sponsor Tribesports.

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This week we welcomed 149 runners, of whom 13 were first timers, 6 were parkrun tourists and 17 runners had either forgotten their barcode or not registered with parkrun before the event. Of the returning 113 runners a total of 21 managed to record a new Personal Best time (of which 4 were junior runners), which is a great achievement given the heat. It is interesting to see when looking back at our event history, that for our event on the same weekend last year (event number 11, 5th July 2014) we welcomed 75 runners, almost exactly half of the number who ran this week. This event really has grown from strength to strength and it is thanks to every single person who has either volunteered or run (or both) at our event, especially those who come week after week and are so friendly and welcoming to all.

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Our 6 pacers all did a great job pacing times of 23, 24, 26, 27, 28 & 30 minutes, however, there was no one available to help pace our first finisher who set a new course record of 16:20 - one second faster than the previous record which had stood since event number 6 on 31st May 2014. Congratulations to Ben Cole (pictured below, right) for becoming our new course record holder. We must also mention that last week we saw a new age grading record on our course of 84.84% and this was set by John Lowden (VM55-59 age category) with a time of 18:35 - congratulations to John.

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I hope that you can join us next week (#DFYB) when I shall be reprising the role of Run Director for the first time since our 1st event of 2015 (3rd January) - this of course excludes the event (17th January) where I took the tough decision of cancelling due to ice! I shall be announcing the winner of the Sweatshop monthly prize for the month of June and I hope that you can join our volunteer team in giving the winner a huge round of applause.

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Thanks once again to our wonderful volunteer team, without whom this event would not be possible: Ryland ATWOOD (pacer - 28 mins), Steve BARNFIELD (Run director & results processing), Alison BEARD (Funnel manager & photographer), Faris BOUAMRA (Barcode scanning), Rob CAMPBELL (Finish token support), Kelvin DESMOYERS-DAVIS (Backup timer), Louise FITZGERALD (pacer - 26 mins), Travis GREEN (Timekeeper), Judy GUEST (Barcode scanning & token sortin), David HARMAN (Post-event closedown & token sorting), Andrew William JACKSON (pacer - 30 mins), Gus MALONE (Finish tokens), Ross MARSHALL (pacer - 27 mins), Richard MARTIN (Marshal), Chris MULLALEY (pacer - 24 mins), Joseph WATTS (pacer - 23 mins)

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If you would like to volunteer at one of our events, we have roles available every Saturday. Please check our volunteer roster for details of how to get in touch. No previous experience is required as you will be briefed on your role on the morning of the event.

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Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Chris MULLALEY (Unattached) 827 pts.
Charles BOWLEY (Unattached) 791 pts.
Jamie WOOLGAR (Crowborough Runners) 701 pts.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Sofia BAGULEY (Unattached) 846 pts.
Zena HASSELL (Unattached) 834 pts.
Sonja KING (Tunbridge Wells Harriers) 691 pts.

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You can find more photos on our event website and if you would like to share any of your own, please upload them to our Flickr page.

As always, we would love to hear how you got on at our event so please do get in touch with us on social media via the following channels:

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

 

One-Four-Three !

Event number 56
6th June 2015

The weather for the 56th Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun, your free, weekly timed 5k run, was ideal – dry, warm and sunny with just a light breeze, and this week, Dunorlan Park was host to 143 runners, the highest number since our inaugural 2014 (179) and anniversary 2015 events (161)! Amongst the 143, we welcomed no less than 21 first timers, 12 parkrun tourists and runners from 12 different athletics clubs, both near and far.

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Before the usual runners (and new runners) briefing, Steve Barnfield, this week's Run Director, announced the winner of the monthly prize for May – Sofia Baguley. Sofia has taken part in 36 of our 56 events and wins a new pair of running shoes kindly donated by our sponsors, the Sweatshop. Congratulations, Sofia! We also welcomed Zena Hassell to the parkrun 50 club - Zena (picture below, wearing black) had run at 50 of our 55 events prior to today's event and is our first home grown 50 clubber.

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Then, at 9 sharp, it was time to set off round the 5k course. The park is now on the brink of summer with trees in full leaf and shrubs beginning to blossom – it really is a delightful setting. Admittedly, there was the odd hazard to negotiate – a few overhanging branches and the occasional outbreak of duck-poo on the paths – but nothing too serious. The infamous mud is now long forgotten! The optimum conditions suggested a good crop of PBs was in the offing and indeed, 40 new PBs including 6 junior PBs were achieved! Well done!

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Just 9 runners had either not registered or had forgotten their barcode, and so did not receive personal finish times. It takes just a few moments to register and obtain your personal barcode, and once registered, you will get a finishing time at any parkrun event – but don't forget your barcode (#DFYB)!

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Thanks once again are due to our volunteers this week without whom the Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun could not function: Steve BARNFIELD (run director and results processor), Kristy BELL (finish tokens), Alison BEARD (finish token support), Faris BOUAMRA (backup timer), Rob CAMPBELL (funnel manager), Louise FITZGERALD (timekeeper), Travis GREEN (photographer), Judy GUEST (barcode scanning and token sorting), David HARMAN (run report writer), Simon JONES (post-event close down), Gus MALONE (barcode scanning), Aoife NOONE (marshal), Gloria RICHARDS (marshal), Joseph WATTS (pre-event setup and new runners briefing), and Louisa WHITTAKER (marshal)

New volunteers are always welcome and no experience is necessary. Click on 'getting involved' under the Volunteer tab on our website and drop us an email.

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You can find more photos on our event website and if you would like to share any of your own, please upload them to our Flickr page.

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Thanks to David Harman for writing this week's run report and thanks also to Travis Green for some wonderful photos. If you would like to write a future run report, please e-mail royaltunbridgewellshelpers@parkrun.com

 

Fun in the sun

Event number 53
9th May 2015

It was a dry & cloudy start in Dunorlan Park on the morning of Saturday 9th May with perfectly dry ground underfoot, however, the sun soon came out and made running conditions a little more challenging. The new runners were briefed by Event Director, Joe Watts and were set off in fighting spirit by Run Director on the day, Rob Campbell, but not before Rob announced the winner of the monthly Sweatshop prize for April, which was awarded to Alison Scott. This is also a good time to remind our runners that there is not a run on Saturday 16th May, because of the circus in Dunorlan Park.

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This week we welcomed 131 runners, of whom 22 were first timers to our event and 20 returning runners recorded personal bests. Representatives of 7 different athletic clubs took part. This week I was on timekeeper duties and the week before I was on finish token support, where I encountered a few people who had either forgotten their barcode or had simply not registered yet. If you have not already registered, it only takes a few minutes and allows you to have your time and position recorded so that you can aim for new PB’s every run. You can also run in any parkrun around the World, of which there are currently 560. Congratulations to first finishers James Rc Taylor of Tonbridge AC with his time of 17:20 and Chloe Sharp of Dartford Harriers AC with her time of 19:30.

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

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A big thank you to our volunteer team: Steve BARNFIELD, Alison BEARD, Rob CAMPBELL, Nick FITZGERALD, Louise FITZGERALD, Travis GREEN, Judy GUEST, David HARMAN, Simon JONES, John LOWDEN, Gloria RICHARDS, Joseph WATTS

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We look forward to seeing you and hopefully many new runners on Saturday the 23rd of May.

As always, we would love to hear how you got on at our event so please do get in touch with us on social media via the following channels:

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This weeks run report was written by Travis Green, who is volunteering with us for 3 months as part of his bronze Duke of Edinburgh award. If you would like to write a future run report, please e-mail royaltunbridgewellshelpers@parkrun.com

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