Helping others to experience parkrun

As we continue our introduction to regular faces at RTW parkrun, we thought we’d share another golden girl from our volunteering team, meet Lizzie.

Having joined parkrun in 2017 as a Duke of Edinburgh Bronze volunteer, Lizzie Miller has continued to help out as she progressed through the achievements, and is now working towards her Gold Award.

Lizzie

Already a runner with Tonbridge AC, Lizzie had visited our parkrun before and loved the friendly, relaxed atmosphere in Dunorlan Park. When it came to choosing somewhere to volunteer it made her decision an easy one.

“I loved the sense of achievement when I crossed the finish,” says Lizzie, “and I wanted to give something back so that other people would have the chance to experience the same thing.”

Admirable reasons for choosing to volunteer!

In her two years since joining our volunteer team, Lizzie has helped out with barcode scanning, finish tokens and support, timekeeping, marshalling and tail walking. She says her favourite roles are timing or finish token support.

It’s a busy time for Lizzie as she works towards her A-levels, but she still loves coming to parkrun on Saturday mornings.

One final word, her advice to anyone considering volunteering or trying out the 5k route: “If your’e thinking of doing parkrun I say go for it! It’s so much fun, kick-starts your Saturday morning and is a great way to meet new people.”

Wise words from Lizzie and we’re grateful to have her as part of the team.

Lizzie scanning

 

The heat is on

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun
Event #157
17th June 2017

Run report written by Joe Watts

It was a bright and very warm morning for this week's event in Dunorlan Park and it seems that the hot temperature may have put a few people off from participating given that the number of finishers was our lowest since the 8th April this year. Your Run Director on the morning was Louise Fitzgerald who began the pre-run briefing by inducting 3 new members to the Junior 10 club in the shape of Aidan Mars, Edward Dennett and Jack Jacobs and to the 100 club, John Bowman (who was volunteering as timekeeper). There was also a reminder of our next pacer day which is to take place on the 24th June - more on that further down in the report. Finally, there was a shout out for a set of keys (perhaps house keys) that had been handed in after last week's event - if you have found yourself homeless for the past week and a half then please let us know and we shall help to reunite you!

I had the pleasure of assisting the volunteer team with setting up the course pre-event and then ran the course before finally joining the barcode scanning team in the welcome shade of the trees. It really was a hot one as I found myself dripping wet with sweat (apologies for the disgusting image) when I finally came to the finish. Fortunately, a few minutes in the beautifully cool shade and I had dried off nicely!

This week 229 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 14 were first timers, 8 were parkrun tourists, 12 were "unknown" (unregistered or had forgotten their barcode) and of the returning 195 people, 28 recorded new Personal Bests on our course. A total of 37 people representing 17 different clubs took part.

Thanks to this week's team of 20 volunteers who made this event possible:
Annaelle DUFFIELD • David HARMAN • Elizabeth MILLER • Emily MULLETT • Isabel EDWARDS • John BOWMAN • Joseph WATTS • Louise FITZGERALD • Marian KEEP • Naomi SMYTH • Nick FITZGERALD • Noeline SIMS • Ross MARSHALL • Sheila WILSON • Simon KEEP • Stephen ELSDEN • Steve BARNFIELD • Steve BOLTON • Tom CHANDLER • Victoria MULLETT

This week saw unique participation at our event exceed 4,000 and we now stand at 4,017 different people who have completed our 5km course. This truly is testament to the wonderful community that we have here at RTW parkrun and the great teams of volunteers that successfully manage the event each week. We have so far had 110 different people volunteer at our event this year alone and 275 people over the history of the event, so a huge thank you to each and every one of you. If you haven't yet experienced the joy of volunteering then I highly recommend getting in on the action. We're a friendly bunch and the roles are all very straight forward. If you would like to volunteer at a future event then please visit the volunteer section of our website for contact details.

Finally, a reminder that this coming Saturday (24th June) is our next pacer day where we aim to have a team of volunteer runners pacing finish times from 36 minutes up to 22 minutes. So far, we have 10 slots filled with availability at 22, 31, 32, 34 & 36 minutes - if you would like to volunteer to pace at any of these times then please send an e-mail to royaltunbridgewellshelpers@parkrun.com with the time that you would like to pace and your parkrun barcode ID number. No previous experience is necessary but we would advise pacing a time that is comfortable for you to run e.g. at least 2 minutes slower than your usual parkrun time on our course.

Unfortunately, we were once more without any photographs of this week's event so if you would like to volunteer as a photographer at a future event then please get in touch with us. If you did happen to get any "snaps", then please share these with us on our Flickr page.

For the latest news and updates you can keep pace with us on social media via Twitter and Facebook.

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 royaltunbridgewellshelpers@parkrun.com

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. http://www.parkrun.org.uk/royaltunbridgewells/futureroster/ 

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

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