Saturday saw Tonbridge parkrun hosting the launch event for NHS70 - an event marking 70 years of the NHS and Tonbridge were honoured to have been chosen as the launch event for parkrun in the UK.
We were so happy that 642 joined us for the event - running, jogging and walking the course and an amazing 84 people running for the first time and 67 people achieved a new Personal Best.
An array of NHS workers joined in the fun for our 5k route - and we were thrilled that Dame Kelly Holmes joined in the fun and started our run.
Everyone looked fabulous in their NHS clothes - theatre staff, ambulance crews, nurses, doctors and even a hospital chaplain - thank you all for helping us to celebrate 70 years of the NHS.
On behalf of all of the runners at Tonbridge parkrun we would like to thank the NHS for 70 years of 'having our back'
You are all awesome but our runners wanted to thank in particular:
All the GP's, Amy on the Wells Suite, Aoydele @ Pembury Hospital, Barts, "Beth, Laura, Srah, Becky", "Bradford Royal Infermary, Fox ward 7", Brenda, "Bridget Warr, Bristol", "CCU Tunbridge Wells,", "Cliodhna Carrol, Canterbury", "Croydon, Maternity Ward", Dalston District Nurses, Dawn, Dr Anna Turnball, Dr Hambly, "Dr Mostofi, Benevden Hospital", Dr Shipro Papworth Cambridge, "Dr. Grant", "Dr. Barnes, Tunbridge Wells", "Dr. Beaney, St. Thomas's", Dr. Bola Idowu, Eagle Ward @ GOSH, EPU Kings College Hospital, Evalina Ward, Evelena Children Hospital, Exeter Hospital, GOSH, Grimsby Hospital, Guy's Hospital, Guy's Cancer Care, Hereford County Hospital ICU, "James Cook Hospital, Middlesborough", Junior Dr's,King's London, Kosh Agawal, "Laura, C25K", Lewisham NHS Trust, "Louise N, Ward 33", Ludlow Cottage Hospital, Maidstone Breast Cancer Care, Maidstone Maternity, Maidstone Oncology, Maidstone Radiotherapy unit, Maidstone SCBU, "Maidstone, Peal Ward", Maisdtone Hospital, Maistone St. Thomas's Fertility, "Malcom Graham, Hematology, Carlisle", Matt Chapman, "Michelle, MacMillan Nurse", Moorfeilds Eye Hospital, "Mr Carlos Lobiella, UCLH", MTW NHS Trust, Neuro-oncology team @ Charing Cross, NHS Auxillary Staff,NHS Kent, North East Ambulance Service, Northwick Park hospital, Pembury A&E, Pembury Hedgehog ward, Pembury Hospital, Pembury Portage, Pemebury Breast Cancer ward, Pembury Maternity, Prof Deanfield, QE2 Hospital, RBNHS, Rennes Hospital, Respiratory Ward, Kent and Sussex Hospital", Royal Free Hospital Maternity Ward, RVH Belfast DVT Busters, RVI Newcastle, "RVI Newcastle, Minor Injuries Clinic, "S Hollier, Renal Unit", SCBU Locks Bottom, SCBU Pembury, "Sevenoaks, Minor Injuries Clinic", Severn Hospice, Shooters Hill, South East Coast Ambulance Service, #SECAMB, St Winifreds Eastbourne,St. Thomas's Hospital, "St. Thomas's Hospital, Oncology", Stoke Rehabilitation Ward, Sydenham Childrens Hospital, The PRUE Bromley, The Royal London,Torbay and Newton Abbot (Devon), Tunbridge Wells Hospital, Tunbridge Wells Hospital ICU, Tunbridge Wells Maternity Ward, UCLH, "UHW Cardiff, Neuro Staff, Huw Morris", "Ward 10, Pembury", Worcestershire Hospital.
Thank you to our wonderful volunteers who make the events possible:
Keeley HOAD • Donna CARR • Laura GROVE • Anthony LESTER • Mary STEVENSON • Mathys POTEL • Justine NORRIS • Peter HORNE • Kirsty HORNE • John SANDERS • Sarah SHEWELL • Mick BARSTOW • Pip GREENAWAY • Bruce LI • Sue KINGSTON • Daniel IVEY • Jim PURSELL • Louise BURGESS • Jill POPE • Claire SOUTHWOOD • Celia BARSTOW • Gerry CLARK • Vivienne BRIGGS • Jamie ROGERS • Caroline ROSS • Alan BENNETT • James MOSS • Willy SIMON • Sean MCBREEN • Scott WISHART • Adam CLARK • Andrew DARKINS • Rachel RICHARDS • Alex MITCHELL • William HOLMES • Tricia HOLMES
It is always exciting to see so many people coming along, and especially lovely to see people joining in the fun and spending their Saturday morning in the company of fellow runners, joggers and walkers.
And a BIG welcome to all the first time parkrunners who joined us - we hope you felt part of the parkrun family.
We hope you will come back next week and enjoy another run and be on your way to that exclusive milestone shirt - remember juniors need to run 10 times and adults need to run 50 times to claim their free milestone shirt.
Speaking of milestones, congratulations to the following who achieved their milestones today:
A massive thank you to each and every one of our wonderful volunteers - from the pre-event set-up team, bar-code scanners, token sorters, time-keepers, funnel managers, marshals, pacers and tail walkers - you are all fabulous - for supporting, cheering, encouraging all our parkrunners, and staying right until the end to clap and cheer and support everyone to the finish line.
As ever we are always need volunteers, if you have run 10 time or more since the last time you helped please consider dropping Laura an email and letting her know when you might like to help out over the next few weeks.
Email email@example.com and Laura will let you know what we would like you to do. Remember every time you volunteer, you will be closer to your milestone T-Shirt.
If you haven’t checked out your runtime yet, today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Tonbridge parkrun Results Page.
Photos of this mornings run can be viewed on our Flickr page.
We hope you enjoyed your run and look forward to welcoming you next Saturday.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Tonbridge parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Ashley GIBSON who recorded a time of 16:38 on 12th April 2014 (event number 17).
The male record is held by Charlie JOSLIN-ALLEN who recorded a time of 15:17 on 1st January 2015 (event number 55).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sally MUSSON who recorded 92.02% (21:05) on 6th September 2014 (event number 38).
Tonbridge parkrun started on 9th November 2013. Since then 9,028 participants have completed 81,921 parkruns covering a total distance of 409,605 km, including 14,693 new Personal Bests.