RTW runners was formed in May 2016 as an all-inclusive running group for people of all ages & abilities. Whether you’re a first timer, returning from injury, looking to make friends or you want to improve your parkrun or race times this group is for you.
All group sessions are led by Joe Watts who is a qualified Coach in Running Fitness (England Athletics) and Level 3 Personal Trainer. Joe is also qualified in First Aid and is a member of the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs).
Joe’s first running experience came following the 2012 London Olympics, when he was inspired by the success of Team GB and decided to go along to his local club, Tonbridge Athletic Club. Despite being at the back of the pack, Joe became a member immediately and is still an active member today where he trains on a Thursday evening. Joe enjoys racing and has represented the club at various cross country races & road races, with distances varying from 4km up to half marathon. In April 2014 Joe became Event Director of Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun – a free, weekly, timed 5km that takes place in Dunorlan Park every Saturday at 9am. The event which is run by volunteers has grown steadily and is well attended each week. A keen Cross Country runner, Joe was awarded with “most improved athlete” at the Club’s National awards for the 2016/17 Winter season – in which the Club itself won it’s first ever senior men’s National Cross Country title. Joe is currently training for his first marathon, which will be the London Marathon in April 2018.
Joe has learnt a lot during his time as an athlete and coach and is keen to share his love and experience of running, health, fitness & nutrition with others. Joe operates an athlete-centred approach where his aim is to get the best out of anyone who would like to improve their running, whether it be their technique, speed, frequency or if you just want to run with other like-minded people.