Half Marathon Report 2015

The 32nd running of the Tunbridge Well Half Marathon took place on the 22nd February. It was a cold morning and the hard overnight frost had left some very icy patches on the course which the Harrier volunteers treated with salt prior to the race start. By the time of the race start at 09:00 the temperatures had risen slightly and the sun came out to shine on the 1660 buoyant runners as they set off to the sounds of Bloco Fogo drummers on the circular half marathon route of 13.1 miles from St. John’s through Southborough to Bidborough, Penshurst, up Spring hill to Fordcombe before returning via Langton Green, Langton, Rusthall then along Mt. Ephraim and St. John’s again to the finish at the Tunbridge Wells Boys Grammar School.

The race was started by our very own Dame Kelly Holmes representing her charity the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust and her recently opened Cafe 1809. Kelly wished the runners well and offered a special discount to the runners at her cafe after the race. Kelly was also supported by Hamish McGowan of Kia UK representing Lifestyle Kia the event main sponsor. Unfortunately Kelly was unable to stay and present the finishing medals but Hamish and David Coleman Olympian representing the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust stayed and stood in the cold for hours giving out the medals.
The first runner home Daniel Bradley from Tonbridge AC finishing in 1hr 12mins and 59secs which was 3 seconds faster than his time the year previously. Daniel was followed by his team mate Daniel Watt in second place in 1:15:07. Dan had run the National Cross Country the previous day at Parliament Fields otherwise it might have been a tighter finish. The third runner home was Martin Proctor in 1:15:23. Julian Rendall was the third Tonbridge AC runner in 1:15:45 making Tonbridge AC the winning men’s team.

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Headcorn Half Marathon

The accurately measured route takes in Swifts Green , Egerton Forstal , Pembles Cross and Southernden before returning to Headcorn . When we say it is flat is has a GPS measured rise of 6mts over the entire course ! Its also run on very quiet roads , chosen for the reason that most traffic uses other roads in the area . All the usual facilities will be provided , bag storage , toilets , refreshments , chip-timing and finishers trophies/medals .

http://runningandriding.co.uk/the-headcorn-half/

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Half Marathon Traffic 22nd February

Traffic information

Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon, Sunday 22nd February 2015 at 9am.

Welcome to our Half Marathon traffic management page. Whether you are visiting this page having seen one of our advance warning signs around the course, or are an interested competitor or spectator, we hope that we can explain what will be happening on the roads around Tunbridge Wells during our event. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

In association with Kent Police and Kent County Council, we are putting in place a series of traffic management measures which will lead to certain junctions being closed or diversions instigated for a short period while the runners go past. Essential measures have been put in place to improve the safety of runners, drivers and race officials, and to improve the flow of traffic around the town during the event. Expect some disruption and delays between 09.00am – 12.00am. Some junctions will only be closed for 10 to 20 minutes, while others may be affected for up to 2 hours. Closures are, however, being kept to an absolute minimum to avoid disruption, but are essential for the safety of runners and drivers. The closures and diversions are detailed fully below.

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Longman Marathon

=&0=& I’d entered this as I wanted a long hilly run as part of my training for my ultramarathons later in the year. There were three races (10k, 10 Mile and Marathon), all starting at 9am and heading on the same trail route south from the University campus in Falmer. After a 10 mile loop over some steep hills, we headed back towards the start, and across the A27 at Housedean Farm, for an out and back stretch on the South Downs Way, over Ditchling Beacon and beyond to the turn around point at the Clayton Windmills (Jack & Jill). For the first few miles it was hard working out who was competing in which race, but once we got on to the downs it became much clearer. At the turn around (mile 17), I realised the group I was running with were competing for 3rd place. At that point my mindset switched from “long hilly training session” to “competitive racer”. The friendly banter ended, and I picked up the pace for a couple of miles to break free from group. On the long run back down to Housedean Farm I checked over my shoulder a couple of times, but couldn’t see anyone, and figured I probably had a two minute lead going into the final 2 miles – one more big climb before a fast downhill finish. I’m still not sure of the official results (not yet published), but my Garmin time was 3:48:33, and I finished in 3rd place, and quite some time after 1st and 2nd, who I had seen running back almost a mile before I turned. It was a great race, well organised and beautiful to run in the sunshine on the Downs, despite the cold wind. It was certainly a tough route, but possibly not quite as steep as the Beachy Head Marathon.

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Wokingham Half Marathon 2015

Mike King and Hayley Larkin travelled to Wokingham for a cold but calm and sunny, flat half marathon. The race was reported to have 3000 runners though there are only ~1600 results. The men’s race was won by Paul Martelletti (1:04:18) and the ladies by Hayley Munn (1:15:43). Mike beat his previous best by a minute and a half, going under 1:30 for the first time. Hayley also got a PB by over 5 minutes.

Position Gun Name Club Category Number Chip Age grading
261 01:29:48 Michael King Tunbridge Wells Harriers Senior Men 986 01:29:07 66.43
723 01:45:46 Hayley Larkin Tunbridge Wells Harriers Senior Ladies 4003 01:43:49 62.21

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