Event number 98
26th March 2016
The weather for the Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun, your weekly free 5k run can best be described as 'variable'. Easter parkrun, number 98, was typical. Good Friday had been warm and sunny. The day after dawned dull and cold, with a biting wind sweeping across the lake. A light drizzle was the icing on this less than appetising, meteorological cake.
Nonetheless, 143 runners, a record number so far in 2016, assembled to hear Run Director Simon JONES give the usual pre-run briefing. Simon led the applause for RTW regular, David CUNNINGHAM, who has run 50 parkruns (all but one at RTW), and thus joins the 50 Club. Not only that, two parkrun tourists celebrated joining the 50 Club in style by running at RTW - Helena EAMES and Edward WATERS, both of whom also run at the Crystal Palace, Burgess and Tonbridge parkrun events. Congratulations to all three!
At 9am sharp, Easter Bunnies, March Hares, club runners, junior runners, senior runners, veteran runners and just plain old vanilla in-between runners, plus a selection of enthusiastic (and vocal) dogs on leads, set off down the slope into a strong head-wind. The recent dry weather has worked wonders with the event field and aside from the bit near the wooden bridge which Richard WOODFIELD aptly calls The Quagmire, was generally firm and runnable. This enabled male first finisher, Martyn CLARKE from Colchester Harriers AC, and female first finisher Elizabeth MILLER from Tonbridge AC to achieve good times (18.50 and 20.50 respectively), and other runners to achieve new Personal Bests – 19 in all! Well done to all finishers on what the weather made an especially testing run!
I say that, since I did not run and instead, was Finish Tokens volunteer. It is an interesting role. You have to ensure tokens are handed out in numerical order (to tie-in with runners' times recorded by the timers), and not to non-runners or one-lap-only runners passing through the finish funnel. The nightmare scenario is dropping all the tokens just as a rush of 20 runners approach. This hasn't happened to me (yet)!
What is especially interesting is seeing runners putting their very all into that last uphill bit to reach the finish line, … the exhilaration, joy, elation, fatigue, exhaustion and relief …. the curiously addictive combination of pain and pleasure that comes from a good hard run.
And for our Easter parkrun, Judy GUEST and Alison BEARD had kindly provided a selection of miniature Easter eggs and chewable Easter bunnies to ease the pain with some moments of sweetness!
This week’s statistics
Number of volunteers - 12
Number of runners - 143
parkrun tourists – 11
First timers - 8
Personal bests - 19
Unregistered runners / forgotten barcodes – 14
Unaccompanied under 11's - 2
If you forget your barcode or haven't registered, you won't receive a time. But registering only takes a few moments and once registered you will get a finishing time at any parkrun event – so long as you don't forget to bring your barcode (#DFYB)!
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Chris MULLALEY 3753 pts
Charles BOWLEY 3397 pts
Ryland ATWOOD 3134 pts
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Marianne CROKER 3710 pts
Zena HASSELL 3683 pts
Erin MARKS 3472 pts
Thanks are due to this week's team of Volunteers
Brian LONGMAN • Charlie KIRWAN • David HARMAN • Gabrielle RICHARDS • Gloria RICHARDS • Jessica CARSWELL • Judy GUEST • Louise FITZGERALD • Nick FITZGERALD • Rob CAMPBELL • Simon JONES • Steve BARNFIELD
If you would like to hand out the Finish Tokens or undertake any of the other vital roles, without which there would be no parkun, please get in touch! No experience is necessary; full training is given!
This weeks photos by Brian LONGMAN (parkrun tourist and 6th placed finisher today) can be found here as well as on our website. Please upload yours if you took some too.
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Full results of this week's event, statistics of all descriptions, and a complete event history can be found on the Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun results page.
This week's run report was written by David HARMAN. If you would like to write a future run report, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, a reminder of our Spring Event Calendar:
9th April - Event #100, featuring the (in)famous reverse direction parkrun!
23rd April – Come and celebrate our 2nd Anniversary – with Awards, Guest Speakers, Pacers, Food & Drink and Spot Prizes. Note earlier start time of 08:45, with the run itself starting at the usual time of 09:00. For this event, we need runners to pace at times between 22 and 34 minutes. If you would like to volunteer as a pacer (no experience necessary), please email email@example.com
14th May - Tunbridge Wells Harriers takeover. With pacers to help you reach that new PB!