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7th January 2017: Event #137
Run report & photos by David Harman

With Christmas pudding, mince pies, roast turkey, cold turkey, lukewarm turkey, turkey stew, turkey fricassee, turkey curry, turkey soup, turkey pizza etc. now distant memories, thoughts usually turn to the lengthening days, the countdown to Spring, New Year's Resolutions and Getting Back Into Shape. Thus it was that 202 runners gathered at a murky Dunorlan Park for the 137th Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun on 7th January.

Runners congregate near the start/finish area
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Simon JONES was Run Director for the day and he firstly wished a Happy New Year to all runners and volunteers, before welcoming returning runners, 19 first timers, and 5 parkrun tourists from as near as Tonbridge and as far away as Brueton (Solihull), Cambridge and Horsham. There were no announcements, for no-one had joined the Junior 10 club, 50 club, 100 club or 250 club in the past week, but here's the thing …. with a whole year of parkruns ahead, there's plenty of time to work towards those milestones!

There were plenty of dogs this week (please remeber only one dog per runner, to be kept on a short lead or harness and under firm control for the duration of the event):
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Finally, with the witching hour (9am) approaching, Simon without further ado, asked the timers "timers, are you ready?" and the runners "runners, are you ready?", and 3…2…1!, it was off down the slope.

An impressive 202 people completed our free, 5km course this week:
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With the cold weather turning milder, plus half a day and half a night of rain, the course was inevitably muddy in places. Three of the usual notorious spots, the little dell just after the War Memorial, the slope up through the copse onto the Event Field, and the little copse just beyond the Event Field exit on the downhill glide to Quagmire Corner were predictably slippery. Quagmire Corner itself was fairly muddy but we have seen worse (and probably will see worse 'ere Summer comes!). Time to dust-off the trail shoes if you have some, methinks!

The quagmire is making a most unwelcome, yet inevitable return...
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...however, please keep to the right of the orange cones to avoid collisions:
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Despite the onset of these stickier conditions, 18 runners achieved new PBs – a cracking start to the New Year! And all runners, whether young or young at heart, plus a good selection of dogs made the finish line without incident. The ducks and geese for some mysterious ornithological reason were all in the water, with just a few disinterested seagulls on dry land.

The entrance to the events field:
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Minor hiccups in the results processing caused Steve BARNFIELD a few grey hairs, so a few parkrun New Year Resolutions: Please don't take the finish tokens home – we need them for next week. If, inadvertently you do take one home, please give it back before the next parkrun starts, not at the finish token scanning stage. If you only complete one lap, please don't go through the finish funnel. And finally, the old chestnut – Don't Forget Your Barcode (#DFYB)! This week, 22 runners forgot their barcode or hadn't registered and therefore did not receive a time. Pity!

Our youngest finisher?? Children are able to register with parkrun from the age of 4:
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Our thanks go to this week's wonderful team of volunteers: Alison BEARD • Annaelle DUFFIELD • Annamaria BETTS • Austin RUDMAN • Charlie WARD • David HARMAN • Dominic MARDEN • Graham BROOKS • Helen SANSON • Huw JONES • Jessica CARSWELL • Joseph WATTS • Judy GUEST • Julie CHANDLER • Kathy SKINNER • Laurence BUNNETT • Louise FITZGERALD • Nick FITZGERALD • Simon JONES • Steve BARNFIELD and Zena HASSELL.

Volunteers are the superstars of parkrun - thank you:
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Like to join our volunteer team next week? Easy-peasy! Simply drop an email to royaltunbridgewellshelpers@parkrun.com and Event Director Joe WATTS will do the rest.

Some murky photos of RTW parkun #137 can be found on our Flickr page and if you would like to add yours, please do!

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Walk, jog or run, but above all - have fun!
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Full results of this week's event with all the statistics, and a complete event history can be found on the Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun results page.

 

“Do do the do’s”

9th July 2016: Event number 112

Run report written by Event Director Joe Watts

It was a relatively still, yet rather mild morning for event number 112 in Dunorlan Park and certainly a warm welcome to some dry weather given the wet summer that we have endured so far during 2016! This week I was on Run Director duty, where I mentioned that local club Saxons Orienteering were to hold an event soon after ours had closed down. I also mentioned that at the end of the month we would be holding our next pacer day - more on this later. Finally, I gave a welcome to Milo Kilcoyne for joining the parkrun junior club having completed 10 runs (Milo also went on to run a PB alongside his mother) as well as to Peter Martin for joining the parkrun 50 club - both of whom will be entitled to claim a free parkrun tee courtesy of parkrun sponsor, Tribesports.

This week there were 173 runners, of whom 19 were first timers to parkrun & 12 were parkrun tourists. We had 16 unknown runners (those who had either forgotten their barcode or were unaccompanied under 11's) and 30 of the returning 126 recorded new Personal Bests on the 5km course in Dunorlan Park. Representatives of 13 different athletics clubs took part. It was also great to welcome a number of children from Bishops Down primary school running club, who were accompanied by family around the course.

Runners from Bishops Down primary school running club:
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This week there were a few issues at the finish funnel and I would like to explain the process of the finish funnel, both as a reminder to our seasoned parkrunners as well as to those who are new to parkrun. When you cross the line between the 2 timekeepers (i.e. you cross from the path to the grass) they will both press a button that will record the time that you crossed the line. In order for you to receive this exact finish time you must stay in the order in which you crossed the line and move swiftly to the other end of the funnel to collect the corresponding finish token which will be handed to you.

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Do's and dont's in the finish funnel:
Do - stay in order & move swiftly to the end of the funnel to collect your position token.
Do - hand your position token to one of our scanning volunteers, even if you have forgotten your barcode or do not want a finish time - we need the position tokens each week as they cost money to replace.
Do - only go through the finish funnel once.
Don't - duck out of the funnel at any point having crossed the line and not yet collected your position token.
Don't - stop & ask the timekeepers what time you finished in - they need to concentrate on all of the other runners crossing the line behind you. If you want to know your time then please collect your finish token and get it scanned along with your personal barcode - you will receive your result by text or e-mail later in the day.
Don't - go through the finish funnel unless you have completed the 5km distance. Please, if you have only completed one lap, do not go through the finish funnel.

If the above Do's are adhered to then results processing is a breeze, however, if any of the Don'ts occur then results processing is made much more difficult and time consuming. So please remember, do do the do's and don't do the don'ts!

Greg Clark MP in action:
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A reminder that our next pacer day takes place on Saturday 30th July 2016 and that we are still looking for pacers! If you would like to volunteer as a pacer for this event, then please send an e-mail to royaltunbridgewellshelpers@parkrun.com 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.

Remember that you can follow us on Twitter or if you prefer you can like us on Facebook.

Nicky Mileham informed us on Facebook that "Kato will be returning this Saturday, watch out park runners".

Kato and owner Nicky Mileham, pictured below, had to withdraw after 1 lap as it was too humid:
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Over on Twitter, we received a number of comments:
@EddieWattenbach - "Great @RTWparkrun today in the sun. Hats off to the @JensonButton lookalike that finished at ~ 25min, you're meant to be at #Silverstone"
@SarahinRTW - "Thanks @RTWparkrun for hosting @BishopsDownPSA running club children, parents and teachers today! Well done everyone!"
@SuzanneYoung123 - "New PB today @RTWparkrun so I'm a very happy girl

Special thanks to this week's team of volunteers:
Charlie KIRWAN • Colin RATCLIFFE • Gloria RICHARDS • Joseph WATTS • Louise FITZGERALD • Marian KEEP • Nick FITZGERALD • Noeline SIMS • Simon JONES • Simon KEEP • Steve BARNFIELD • Travis GREEN

Tail runner, Steve Barnfield and Gloria Richards on marshalling duties:
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Current standing in the Women's annual points competition (after 11 events):
Mary P SCOTT (Unattached) 1025 pts.
Zena HASSELL (Unattached) 993 pts.
Sofia BAGULEY (Unattached) 821 pts.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition (after 11 events):
Matthew NEWMAN (Tunbridge Wells Harriers) 892 pts.
Kelvin DESMOYERS-DAVIS (Tunbridge Wells Harriers) 879 pts.
Ryland ATWOOD (Unattached) 862 pts.

 

100 not out

Event number 100
9th April 2016

So, we finally made it to our century of parkruns at RTW!

We marked the occasion by running the route "in reverse" direction. The previous time we had done this was at our 50th event in April 2015 - and that had seen a deluge of personal bests. This time, the only deluge on offer was the heavy April showers in the last week. Today was my own 50th parkrun and in the days beforehand, amidst all the downpours, I had been harbouring dwindling thoughts that I might celebrate with a personal best for the RTW course. This unrealistic aspiration was finally doused during my warm up trot from the Halls Hole carpark round to the start of the run: the quagmire looked wider and wetter than ever. Indeed it was starting to resemble an inland delta with a maze of different muddy water channels meandering in the general direction of the lake.

The course was well prepared for the reverse route:
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As we passed the 100 landmark I asked myself - what is it that's special about Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun in particular? I would hope that all parkruns, like RTW, have awesome volunteers and are friendly for newcomers and those who may be feeling a little timid. We would certainly get faster times if we whizzed four times round the perimeter tarmac path of a flat and bland recreation ground. We might also get more runners, happy to tackle the much easier conditions. But what we get at Dunorlan Park is variety and challenge. We run on the flat, we run up and down gentle hills and a steep hill. There are easy and difficult running surfaces. Occasionally we have to splash, slide or almost wade our way through. There are great views on offer almost every week. We run alongside ornamental specimen trees and shapely flowering shrubs, and then by rough pasture and rambling hawthorn hedges. We run by the lakes and have wildfowl and a heron for company. We run in a town park, yet we are almost in the countryside. Week by week we see the subtle changing of the seasons.

Watches at the ready for the start of our 100th run:
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During the pre run briefing of today's contingent of 120 parkrunners Run Director, Simon Jones, welcomed a sizeable contingent of 18 running for the first time on our course, including 12 who were new to parkrun. Although parkrun tourists were a bit thin on the ground, we did welcome several, including from Wimbledon, Exeter - and our nearest neighbours, Tonbridge (if that counts as tourism). We also welcomed parkrun tourist extraordinaire, Barrington Mudd, based at Oxford, who had certainly chosen an excellent day to sample our RTW version of the gloopy brown stuff. Barrington has done 238 parkruns at, by my reckoning, about 175 different venues. He's certainly one well travelled veteran parkrunner! Finally, Simon welcomed 3 new members to the parkrun 50 club; Deborah Vaughan (who has run all 50 at our event), Dan Cooper (who has run 49 times with us) and Marian Keep (who has completed 44 of our weekly 5kms) - all three of them will be entitled to claim a free, red, '50' parkrun technical tee courtesy of Tribesports.

Simon welcomes three new members to the parkrun 50 club:
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The great team of 20 volunteers was given a good round of applause. I would also like here to give them an additional special vote of thanks on the planning front. With the reverse direction route, it would be easy for there to be a mishap early in the run when many of the parkrunners are still tightly bunched. After the first few hundred metres the path near the end of the lake is really quite narrow and has reduced visibility at bends because of the tall shrubs. The placing of signs and extra marshals had clearly been planned very carefully and there was, I thought, exactly the right amount of additional help and support needed for parkrun regulars and newcomers alike to find their way round safely in the early part of the first lap.

Thanks to this week's volunteers
Charlie KIRWAN • David HARMAN • Gabrielle RICHARDS • James EVANS • James WELBURY • Jessica CARSWELL • Joseph WATTS • Judy GUEST • Julie CHANDLER • Kerry FRANCIS-WATTS • Louise FITZGERALD • Luke BOSSONS • Nick FITZGERALD • Richard WOODFIELD • Rob CAMPBELL • Simon JONES • Steve BARNFIELD • Steve CHANDLER • Travis GREEN • Zoe BIAGINI-JONES

Over on our Facebook page, the majority view after the run seemed to be that the reverse direction route may be a little easier than our usual direction of travel - at least when running conditions are a bit better. I was, though, struck today by the requirement for additional planning and extra marshals for the reverse direction route to work safely - and so I guess we will only get the chance to run it that way round on certain special landmark occasions!

The debate continues in the cafe post-run as to which direction is easier:
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First male finisher this week was Jamie Goodge (age cat 15-17) coming home in 18:07, while Katie Goodge (age cat 11-14) was first female finisher (fifth overall) in 21:02. Katie and Jamie also achieved the highest age grade %, both at a little under 76%. There was perhaps a neat symetry: while youth was having its say as to the first finishers, the veterans, in the form of Barrington Mudd (age cat 65-69), were showing they knew a thing or two about endurance! The inclusiveness is what makes parkrun such a good community event.

Out of the 111 runners with timed results, no less than 19 finished within the one minute slot 30:00 - 30:59. Well done to the 7 parkrunners who achieved a PB in the squelchy running conditions.

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Finally, one personal request. If you have the energy to sprint up the last hill and into the finishing funnel please do take care. There may be other runners already in the funnel who are moving much more slowly at that point - the general idea is to slow down before you reach them!

Richard Woodfield on the way to completing his first lap:
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This week's run report was written by RTW parkrun regular runner & volunteer, Richard Woodfield. If you would like to write a future run report then please e-mail us at 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

 

parkrun milestone t-shirts update

Tribesports have confirmed that delivery of the parkrun milestone t-shirts to the UK and distribution through Wiggle is still expected to be the end of June.

You can read more about the production process of the t-shirts on the Tribesports website.

 

Easter in the park

Event number 48
4th April 2015

It was overcast, damp & a little chilly in Dunorlan Park this morning for our 48th free, weekly 5km run and this week Run Director, Steve Barnfield provided the pre-run briefing. Steve welcomed Mark Scott to the parkrun 50 club, with today being his 50th run in total and 43rd time at our event! We also welcomed Nathan Schleider to the parkrun junior 10 club. Both runners will be rewarded for their persistence with a free parkrun club tee courtesy of parkrun sponsor, Tribesports.

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Steve mentioned that our 1st anniversary is approaching (Saturday 25th April); you can read about our plans here. As a reminder, we are looking for runners to volunteer as pacers on this date, with pacers running between 22 and 36 minutes. For example, if you have recently run 28 minutes on our course we would recommend that you pace at 30 or 31 minutes (i.e. a time that you could comfortably achieve). If you would like to volunteer, please e-mail royaltunbridgewellshelpers@parkrun.com

There were a good number of first timers this morning and it was good to see regular runner, Simon Jones provide a new runners briefing (below) before the usual pre-run brief. Congratulations to Simon for running a new PB today!

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This week we welcomed 104 runners to Dunorlan Park, of whom 20 were first timers, 6 were parkrun tourists and 26 returning runners recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different athletics clubs took part and finally, 5 runners had either not registered with parkrun or forgotten their barcode. If you have yet to register with parkrun it takes just a few moments and once registered, your personal barcode allows you to receive a finishing time at any parkrun across the World - just don't forget your barcode (#DFYB)!

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Full results of this weeks event and a complete event history can be found on the Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun results page and below are some of the stats from this morning.

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As always, huge thanks go to our volunteer team who provided another successful event: Ryland ATWOOD, Steve BARNFIELD, Alison BEARD, Rob CAMPBELL, Louise FITZGERALD, Kerry FRANCIS-WATTS, Judy GUEST, Simon JONES, Gloria RICHARDS, Joseph WATTS

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If you are interested in volunteering at a future event, 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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Next Saturday we will be announcing the winner of our monthly prize for March. The winner will be awarded a free pair of running shoes courtesy of parkrun sponsor, Sweatshop - we hope you can join us to congratulate the winner!

Remember, you can keep up to date with our event on social media via the following channels:

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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

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