Sonja’s story

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun
1st February 2020
Event 286

Run report by Sonja King

As a very recent member of the 100 club I thought I would share my parkrun journey. My first ever parkrun was back in June 2011 at Lloyd parkrun in Croydon. At the time we lived about 1 minute’s walk away from the start and my husband encouraged me to give it a go, as we literally could roll out of bed at 8:45am and still make it to the start on time! I wasn’t much of a runner then, barely running at all but the bug bit me and I kept going back for more. I completed 18 parkruns in 5 months until we moved to Tunbridge Wells in December 2011.

My husband and I were very disappointed that there were no local parkruns at the time and we even contacted parkrun HQ to ask how we might establish one. At the time they suggested joining a local running club and so my husband and I joined the Tunbridge Wells Harriers which we are still members of 8 years later. I was very excited when Tonbridge started their parkrun in November 2013 but unfortunately I was pregnant with my first child and unable to participate. The inaugural Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun took place the day after my son was born and this year its 6th anniversary also coincides with his 6th birthday. We are very much a parkrun family with my husband and son also running. My husband particularly enjoys being a parkrun tourist. He has participated in 24 different parkruns including ones in the United States and Germany. My son often runs at the junior parkrun event in Tonbridge on a Sunday.

parkrunning led on to ... the London Marathon!
Sonja London mara

I ran my first Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun on 23rd August 2014 event #14. I found the support and camaraderie amazing and it still is although it is a significantly bigger event now. After having a baby getting out and running really helped me cope with the demands of being a mum and gave me the opportunity to have some cherished time to myself. I have run 64 parkruns at Royal Tunbridge Wells and can claim the accolade of being 1st lady 3 times. I hope to run under 23 minutes there one day (my PB currently stands at 23:04)!

Sonja - far left - heading uphill at parkrun
Sonja parkrun

parkrun is a great way of socialising, keeping healthy and active and training for other, longer events. This year I will be running my 5th marathon, my 4th at Brighton. A weekly parkrun has helped me retain my fitness over the winter and I am now beginning my marathon training in earnest. If we have some better weather and the fields dry up a bit I may even incorporate parkrun into my marathon training. I’ll definitely be back in the Spring/Summer to try and get that elusive PB!

At the cross country

This week 220 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 20 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 34 volunteers:
Mark SCOTT • Sonja KING • Jane FENTIMAN • Elizabeth MILLER • Judy GUEST • Alison BEARD • Dominic BEARD • Kitty MUYSKEN • Richard WOODFIELD • Coral SADLER • Mal MCKENZIE • Noeline SIMS • Huw JONES • Hugh STEPHENSON • Heloise SOUTH • Robin BARWICK • Victoria MULLETT • Emily MULLETT • Rose SAWYER • Adrian FERNANDEZ PAREJA • Juanita MCFARLIN • Julie MARCHANT • Mark DENNISON • Alasdair SHUTT • Julie ERXLEBEN • Jayne MEYERS • Imogen BURMAN

New group members are:
10 club - Marlowe Fraser and Alex Glencross
50 club - Gavin Rodney, Paul Truscott and Alasdair Shutt
100 club - Sonja King
200 club - Richard Nash


A minute’s applause – years of memories

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun
24 August 2019
Event #262

Run report by Erica Jones and Richard Woodfield (pictures by various)

Paying tribute to Steve - a minute's applause

The morning's event was a mixture of joy and sadness as we held a minute's applause to celebrate the memory of our good friend, fellow parkrunner and volunteer Steve Barnfield. Run Director Colin led the applause, with friends and family participating, including a group from the Tunbridge Wells Harriers, Steve's running club.

Pacers, volunteers and parkrunners join in the applause


Tunbridge Wells Harriers gather in tribute
TW Harries Steve Barnfield tribute

As today was the Nation's Biggest Sports Day we put on an event to be proud of, celebrating sport with a large roster of pacers. This must surely have had an impact on the impressive 42 PBs in a field of 312 - well done all!

We also had 34 first timers and a superb total of 52 volunteers. All of our participants and helpers make parkrun the special event it is, so thank you all.

Steve always appreciated interesting or encouraging statistics - and so it was fitting that this tribute event saw our highest ever parkrun attendance in August, and also our second highest ever total of volunteers. Steve himself had, remarkably, volunteered at no less than 219 out of 260 events.

It was also lovely to see Dame Kelly Holmes put in an appearance, with many of us grateful for her encouragement as she ran back around the course after completing her 5k.

Dame Kelly with tailwalker, Den
Kelly Holmes tailwalker

After the parkrun, very welcome food was provided by Sofia's Columbian Kitchen
Sohpias Kitchen Steve tribute

We conclude with a few pictures from our archives showing Steve in parkrun action.

Steve, as pacer, running with his son David

Timekeeping duties

Results processing - a role which Steve performed well over 100 times

Run Director - calm and inspiring confidence

Thank you, Steve, for all your service to parkrun


Autumn fading fast

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun
Event number 178
25th November 2017

Run report written by Joe Watts with photographs courtesy of Richard Woodfield

It was a cold, crisp and bright, sunny morning for this week's event and certainly a change from the rather miserable, wet and windy weather that we had experienced over the past couple of events.

Arrive early to witness sights like this:

This week your Run Director was Simon Jones and he welcomed two new members to the parkrun clubs during the pre-run briefing, firstly Nicholas Loveridge to the Junior 10 club and then Andy Garratt to the 50 club - a big congratulations to both. Simon then went on to introduce our team of 11, brightly coloured volunteer pacers (Tom Chandler is missing from the below picture) who would be pacing times of 33 minutes up to 22 minutes.

The volunteer pacing team:

Finally, we bid a fond farewell to 5 of our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers who had come to the end of the volunteering section of their bronze award. We wish them all well with the rest of their DofE award and hope to see them back at the parkrun in the not too distant future.

DofE volunteers who have completed 3 months of volunteering for their bronze award:

This week 201 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 9 were parkrun tourists, 14 were first timers, whilst 12 people had forgotten their barcode. Of the returning 166 participants, 27 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

Core volunteer Steve Barnfield on target for his 24 minute pacing (finish time of 23:48):

This event was made possible by the following 32 volunteers:

Mark SCOTT • Joseph WATTS • James WELBURY • Louise FITZGERALD • Steve BARNFIELD • Judy GUEST • Matilda WHITE • Edward STEELE • Marian KEEP • Richard NASH • David HARMAN • Nick FITZGERALD • Suzannah KINSELLA • Simon JONES • Stuart CORKE • Richard WOODFIELD • Chris MULLALEY • Francis EAMES • Amy WHITE • Noeline SIMS • Laurence BUNNETT • Colin RATCLIFFE • Annaelle DUFFIELD • Isabella SOUTH • Robin BARWICK • Victoria MULLETT • Emily MULLETT • Tom CHANDLER • Yolanda WITT • Rachel MCGEE • Tamara KING • Alice WESTHORP

A crowd of over 220 people came together to participate in our free, weekly event:

We have just announced a number of special events coming up this Winter at Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun, which includes an extra event on Christmas Day. This means that we shall be delivering 6 (yes, six) parkrun events in the month of December. Please click here for full details of our Winter events including our Christmas Day special!

The parkrun apricot clothing blends in well with the departing Autumnal colours:

You can view the complete event history on the our Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun Results page, which includes the full results from this week's event.

A reminder that you can keep up to date with the latest news and information from our event on social media - follow us on Twitter or like our page on Facebook.

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun started on 26th April 2014. Since then 4,602 participants have completed 27,038 parkruns covering a total distance of 135,190 km, including 5,376 new Personal Bests.

Participants make their way up the final incline toward the finish


All Hands on Deckchairs – Tunbridge Wells Harriers take over parkrun

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun
23rd September 2017
Event #169

Run report by Sonja King, photos courtesy of Edward Steele

On a beautiful Saturday morning the King family arrived at Dunorlan Park to volunteer for parkrun. Ditching our coats in the car we made our way to the café to present ourselves to the Race Director and to find out what our roles would be. My husband Mike had been assigned as pacer for 26 minutes and I was marshalling with our two children by the wooden bridge with another fellow Harrier and his two children. I hoped my two would resist the urge to chase the ducks into the lake!

It was very busy, organising 58 volunteers at volunteer HQ:

The 16-strong pacing team receive their briefing:

parkrun has played quite a significant part in our life. Mike and I first started attending the Lloyd Park event in Croydon where we used to live and it’s basically what got me into running. When we moved to Tunbridge Wells in 2011 we hoped there would be a parkrun here too, but sadly at the time there wasn’t. We enquired about the possibility of setting one up and were advised to join our local running club instead. So we joined the Tunbridge Wells Harriers (fondly known as the Deckchairs due to the rather vibrant colour scheme of the vest) and have never looked back.

Both of us have really benefited from running with a club, with both our fitness and running times dramatically improving. Although I have dipped in and out of running whilst having my two children. Incidentally the inaugural Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun was held the day after my first child was born. So whenever parkrun celebrates a birthday, we are also celebrating one in our house too. parkrun and The Tunbridge Wells Harriers both give me the opportunity to forget about being a mum for a short time each week.

The crowd of 251 people embark upon their 5,000m journey:

Just after 9am we heard the klaxon go and waited to see how long before the runners reached us. Not long was the answer, in just under a minute the front runners were passing us heading towards the top field with the rest of the field just shortly behind. Soon enough the runners were heading back towards us on their way towards the lake for the first time. The weather it seemed was warmer than predicted as many runners were busy removing layers. I’m pleased to confirm that the ground is still firm and the bog has not yet returned.

Participants make their way past the lake & toward the wooden bridge...

...and make their way out of the events field and back toward the lake:

Even before we knew it the front runners were speeding past us again on the start of their second lap. Further down the field, the runners were still smiling and enjoying the respite of the flatter section before the upcoming hill. There then followed a steady stream of runners on both on first and second laps interspersed with lots of pacers who waved as they passed us. Our hands started to get tired from all the clapping, though not as tired as the runners I’m sure, but soon the last few runners passed us for the final time and we were able to stand down and relax.

Congratulations to all that ran this week, hopefully the pacers helped lots of runners achieve new PB’s and even if you didn’t get a PB, no matter what your time was, the main thing is getting out and doing it.

Run Director, Steve Barnfield in a sprint to the finish:

Run Directors, Simon Jones & Louise Fitzgerald make their way toward the finish:

This week 251 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 25 were parkrun first timers and 10 were parkrun tourists. Looking at the results it is a shame to see that there are 28 finishers recorded as "unknown". These "unknowns" are people who have either forgotten to bring their parkrun barcode or who had not registered with parkrun prior to the event. Please, please do your best to remember your bacode each week and if you have not yet registered with parkrun, it takes just a couple of minutes to do so. Upon registration you will be provided with a link to your personal barcode, of which you will be prompted to print off a sheet of 6 copies of your barcode. We would encourage you to put a copy in as many places as possible as a precaution (your wallet or purse, inside your phone case, under your left & right insole of your shoe etc). The results processing becomes much more of a "task" when there are more unknown runners & this adds pressure to our volunteer team, so please spare a thought for those who are spending time & scratching their heads in the cafe to put together an accurate set of results!

Of the returning 188 people (251 less 35 first timers & 28 unknowns), 52 (or 27.66%) recorded new Personal Bests - well done to all and a huge thank you to our pacing superstars. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part (29 from Tunbridge Wells Harriers).

This week we welcomed just the one new member to the parkrun milestone clubs - a warm welcome Rosemary Sumpter to the parkrun 50 club!

Children are welcome to participate for fun - under 11's must be kept within arm's reach at all times:

Thanks to this week's volunteers:

Adam DENNIS • Adrian PAISEY • Alex BLACKALL • Alice WESTHORP • Amanda SMITH • Andrew HOWEY • Annaelle DUFFIELD • Ben MUIR • Catherine KINDER • Chris POTTER • Craig CHAPMAN • David FRENCH • David HARMAN • Deborah STAMP • Edward STEELE • Freyja SARRE • George HARRIS • Graham BROOKS • Ian WYLIE • Isabel EDWARDS • James SARRE • Jonathan HANES • Jonathan SOUTHWORTH • Joseph WATTS • Judy GUEST • Kelvin DESMOYERS-DAVIS • Lauren JACKSON • Lloyd COLLIER • Louise FITZGERALD • Marian KEEP • Mark SCOTT • Matthew NEWMAN • Michael KING • Michael RUSSELL • Naomi SMYTH • Nick FITZGERALD • Noeline SIMS • Polly HAYWOOD • Rachel MCGEE • Rhoda COLLIER • Richard CARTER • Richard MCMANUS • Richard QUARTERMAINE • Richard WOODFIELD • Robert ARCHER • Rosie HARRIS • Sam GRAIN • Saul HARRIS • Simon HOWDEN • Simon JONES • Simon KEEP • Sonja KING • Stephanie GROOT • Stephen ELSDEN • Steve BARNFIELD • Steve WELLSTEAD • Tamara KING • Yolanda WITT


Tunnel Vision

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun
Run report 16 September 2017
Event # 168

Run report by Richard Woodfield. Pictures by Joe Watts (unless otherwise indicated)

It was a lovely early autumn morning for some brisk exercise, bright, with a little patchy cloud and not much wind. There was a definite nip in the air while we were assembling in the starting funnel - I was glad to be right in the middle of the throng of parkrunners for a bit of shelter from the cold. Yet by the time most runners were finishing the sun really had got to work and lifted the temperatures by several degrees.

Not so chilly... I'm sheltering in the middle of the crowd to listen to the pre run briefing (pic RW)

There was a bumper increase in the membership of the run clubs this week. Noeline - this week's Run Director - announced that Jonathan Bentley, Kitty Muysken and Millie Evans had joined the junior 10 club; David Edwards, Joanna Riolo and Nick Churcher had joined the 50 parkruns club; and Ross Marshall and Richard Woodfield were now members of the 100 parkruns club.

We were reminded that next week would see the Tunbridge Wells Harriers "takeover" event - when the local running club would be providing the volunteers.

Noeline also reminded us in a little detail about the importance of following the procedures for the end of parkrun in and around the finishing funnel. She reminded us that the correct times and placings could only be achieved if everyone followed the agreed rules. The key point being that if, you didn't follow the rules (for example, if you entered the finishing funnel and then ducked out of the funnel before taking a finishing token at the end) this would not only affect your result but - if not spotted and sorted out by the funnel team - it would also mess up everyone else' times and placings. After my run I was pleased to see the finishing funnel team looking considerably more relaxed than was the case last week - evidently we parkrunners had taken the message to heart!

266 parkrunners - our highest September total - setting out on their 5k run, jog, or walk

Volunteer roles - run report and photography

Last week there were no volunteers for writing the run report - and so Joe put together an abbreviated version the day before this week's run. (This was on top of everything else Joe does for parkrun!) So maybe a quick reminder would be helpful. It's always good when different people volunteer for this role - so we get different people's experiences of parkrun. We can make this role REALLY EASY! All you need to do is write a short piece - just a couple of paragraphs is fine - about your experience at that day's parkrun. Or you could say a bit about what parkrun means to you and your family - or how you first got started. If you are on the rota for run report all you need to do is email us your contribution. We are happy to add the bits about the day's statistics and who joined the run club, add some pictures, and load everything up. So it's hopefully a pain free exercise for you! And you get to do your 5k run/jog/walk as well. Why not volunteer to have a go!

Photography. Really all I wanted to say was - if you've ever thought about volunteering to take the parkrun photographs the time to do it is THE AUTUMN ... low sunlight and long shadows, the rich colours - bronze, copper - of the sweeping beech canopies near the final hill, the glistening dew, and often the silvery wisps of mist hanging low over the lake ... topped as ever by the brilliance of the multi coloured parkrunners' gear against the wide expanse of green. On parkrun photography duties you really are spoilt for choice at this time of year!


I love these next two pics of the light and shade contrast as runners enter and leave the "tunnels". There are lots more of Joe's tunnel pictures from this week - and every bit as good as these two - on our photos page of the website.



I enjoyed a steady run, as it was my first time out with a new pair of running shoes, starting from the back and then speeding up a bit once I decided all was well with the new kicks. I really appreciated how many people said well done on passing the 100 parkrun landmark.

The sun gets to work on the dew in the Events Field...


Only the first hints of autumn colour at the moment - but as we move into October and November positioning yourself near the path shown below is a great place (and barely more than 100 metres away from the finishing funnel) for the parkrun photographer to capture the full splendour of the Dunorlan Park autumn palette. (Two pics by RW)




At the event today we passed 5,000 personal bests achieved at our parkrun event - so that's a PB for every one of our 5,000 metres on the course!

This week there were:
266 parkrunners
32 first timers at our course, of whom 23 were taking part for in their first ever parkrun
52 personal bests achieved.

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Full results of this week's event and a complete event history from 2014 to date can be found on the Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun results page.

This week's 26 volunteers were:
Alice WESTHORP • Annaelle DUFFIELD • Croz CROSWELL • David HARMAN • Emily MULLETT • Isabel EDWARDS • John DYSON • Joseph WATTS • Judy GUEST • Lauren JACKSON • Marian KEEP • Mark SCOTT • Noeline SIMS • Rachel MCGEE • Richard WOODFIELD • Robert ARCHER • Ross MARSHALL • Simon JONES • Simon KEEP • Stephen ELSDEN • Steve BARNFIELD • Steve BOLTON • Tamara KING • Tom CHANDLER • Victoria MULLETT • Yolanda WITT


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 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.


Welcome to 2017

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 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.


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.


Tunbridge Wells Harriers takeover, part deux

14th May 2016: Event number 105
Run report written by Tunbridge Wells Harrier, Bob Lawrence.

I am always astonished on a Saturday morning at how many of this breed of individuals called parkrunners are at their respective starts, all ready to run at 09:00. At 08:50 all is very quiet and then runners appear from everywhere, as if by magic, to fulfill the obligations they have made to family, friends or even themselves to be there to share in a common goal.

Today, local running club, Tunbridge Wells Harriers were able to lend extensive support to their 'home' parkrun by supplying encouraging marshals and pacemakers to help the runners achieve their own personal targets.


With the resplendent Dunorlan Park looking at its best in the morning sunlight, following a pre-run brief, a record number of 230 runners, including 57 first timers, set off in near perfect conditions.


The only sound to be heard above the sound of the runners as they strode up the hill away from the lake was the sound of birds in the trees looking down as this mass family made its way around the two lap course.



From the beginning, Matthew Green of Wadhurst Runners strode out purposefully to not only run a personal best time of 18:49, but also a high age grading of 77.15%. He was closely followed by two Tunbridge Wells Harriers, Tim Lucas and Alex Holmes, both recording personal bests of 19:18 & 19:29 respectively. The first lady to finish was Ali Farrall, also of Wadhurst Runners, and also in a personal best time of 21:20 (age grading 73.20%) with Grace Fleming of Tonbridge AC running 22:35. Of note, one of our more mature ladies Sandra Farrall (W70-74) was the only other runner to exceed 70% in age grading with 70.71%. It was a very special day for personal bests with 67 new records set. Astonishing.


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.


Thanks to this week's volunteers (all 36 of them):

Alexis ANTONIA • Andrew HOWEY • Charlie KIRWAN • Chris POTTER • Craig CHAPMAN • Gabrielle RICHARDS • Gemma RICHARDSON • James EVANS • James SARRE • Jessica CARSWELL • Joseph WATTS • Judy GUEST • Keith MITCHELL • Kelvin DESMOYERS-DAVIS • Ken MACSPORRAN • Louise FITZGERALD • Matthew NEWMAN • Michael KING • Michael RUSSELL • Nicola MORRIS • Peter RICHARDSON • Philip LONG • Richard FRENCH • Rob CAMPBELL • Robert LAWRENCE • Roger MORSON • Saul HARRIS • Simon HOWDEN • Simon JONES • Stella RICHARDSON • Stephen AUSTIN • Stephen BRIGHT • Steve BARNFIELD • Tom WOOLLEY • Travis GREEN • Zoe BIAGINI-JONES


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Farewell Quagmire… giggity!

Event number 104
7th May 2016

It was a dry & bright morning in Dunorlan Park and certainly the warmest of the year thus far. This week our team of 15 volunteers were joined by a healthy contingent of 166 runners of whom a huge 27 were first timers to parkrun, 12 were parkrun tourists & 7 were unknown runners (who had either not registered or forgotten their barcode #DFYB). Of the returning 120 runners there were 39 new Personal Best times on our course, which goes to show that the drier conditions are proving advantageous to faster times!

Beautiful conditions in Dunorlan Park:

During the pre-run brief, Run Director Simon Jones welcomed Rose Brown to the parkrun Junior 10 club - Rose having completed all 10 of her runs at our event. He also welcomed a new member to the parkrun 50 club in the shape of Marianne Croker, who had run with us on 48 occasions on her way to earning a free, red parkrun 50 tee courtesy of Tribesports! There was a reminder during the briefing of the need to keep right after the wooden bridge and when returning down the grassy slope in order to join the lakeside path. I would like to re-iterate how important it is that this request is adhered to for safety reasons - we simply cannot have runners running in both directions on the narrow path as firstly, there is a chance of a head on collision and secondly, we need to respect the need of other park users in the park.

The pre-run brief:

Runners setting off at the start:

As can be seen in the picture below, due to the dry and warm weather that we had in the week leading up to our event the wet and muddy quagmire has now dried completely. Unfortunately, this presented a new challenge as the harder & drier, crater-like surface forced runners to tread much more carefully and this was the advice of our wooden bridge marshal & regular runner, Julie Chandler.

The ex-quagmire:

Thanks to this week's volunteers:

Bryony LAWRENCE • Charlie KIRWAN • Claire LAWRENCE • David HARMAN • Gabrielle RICHARDS • Gloria RICHARDS • Helen SANSON • James EVANS • Joseph WATTS • Judy GUEST • Julie CHANDLER • Marian KEEP • Simon JONES • Simon KEEP • Steve BARNFIELD

Please remember to keep right, as perfectly represented in the picture below:

A reminder that next week (14th May) we have the Tunbridge Wells Harriers club 'taking over' the event. The club will be providing volunteers to marshal, pace and assist at the finish funnel. For those of you who did not attend the last Harriers takeover in September 2015 this event is one that is not to be missed!

Finally, a reminder of the few rules of parkrun, which we mention each week during the pre-run brief:

1. Under 11's MUST be within arm's reach of a parent or responsible guardian (18+) for the duration of the run

2. One dog per runner, to be kept on a short lead or harness and under firm control:

3. No barcode, no result. It must be printed (paper, plastic or wristband), we cannot accept barcodes on electronic devices as our scanners are not powerful enough to scan on these devices.

4. Finally, remember that once you have crossed the finish line you must stay in order and move swiftly through the funnel to collect the position token that corresponds to the time that you crossed the line. This token must then be handed back to one of our barcode scanners along with your personal barcode to ensure that you receive a finish time.


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.

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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

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