South Downs Marathon Relay

Yesterday 3 teams from TWH competed in the South Downs Marathon Relay.

The race starts at Slindon College and follows the South Downs Way – up and down (and up and down…) and finishes in the Queen Elizabeth Country Park just south of Petersfield.  Running conditions were almost perfect – not too warm, slight breeze, occasional rain shower.  Each leg is between 5 and 7.5 miles – and each one carries its own challenges!

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Staplehurst 10K

A small team of 7 Harriers took part in the Staplehurst 10K on Sunday 14th June. The event is described as a flattish course with good PB potential.

The event was well run and took in some scenic countryside under pretty good weather conditions. The course was pretty flat with a minor hill (which felt like quite an effort) around 7K.

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Orpington High Elms 10k

Two Tunbridge Wells Harriers took part in the sell out Orpington High Elms Trail 10k in and around High Elms Country park. The race was started by race designer / director SATAN in full red devils outfit warning runners of the protruding tree roots, neck high tree branches and Pylon Hill, stating that the course was tough and dangerous. The course looped around the country park, through a couple of fields and then back through the country park, the whole course including 6 hill climbs. Definitely not a course for a PB. The course was both tough and challenging, Orpington Road runners had marked every root with flour and had lots of encouraging and helpful marshals on route to help. The race was very well organised and enjoyable if you like hilly trail runs, which we do. There was an excellent selection of cakes at the finish to boot!!! Andy Page 49:57 M50, Lesley Mercer 57:22 F35.

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Worthing 10k

Four Tunbridge Wells Harriers travelled to Worthing on Sunday 7th June to compete in the Worthing 10k.  A fast flat course that starts in the very quaint Marine Parade, heads along the seafront for three miles before turning inland, where a rather tight and congested bottleneck, is the only off-putting element of this lovely run.  All four Harriers admitted they felt handicapped by the unusually hot running conditions and the lack of sea breeze which in the circumstances would have been more than welcome!  Despite the conditions, Andy Boorman and Sonja King produced great performances to both obtain PB’s by over a minute and by nearly 4 minutes respectively, a great achievement for both. Stella Richardson came in 2nd in the FV55 category. Race results: Andy Boorman 45:16, Peter Richardson 45:49, Sonja King 48:30, Stella Richardson 50:28.

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Saturday 5th June, Harvel5 saw a very modest turnout of 5 Hardy Tunbridge Wells Harriers, but the race and event was as enjoyable as ever. As usual at Harvel, Gun Time really is ‘Gun’ time as the race is started by a farmer with a rather dangerous looking 12 bore shotgun, much to the surprise of those not quite ready or expecting it. Those who have run it will testify that it is a tricky course to pace as Miles 1 and 2 work generally uphill and transition onto a trail in Trossley Country Park. The trail can be muddy but today was dry in most parts. The route out and back in the park is largely flat although a testing short uphill section awaits at the end of mile 4 as you exit the park before working your way back downhill towards the finish.

Simon Holford took an early advantage in the Harriers race, with Jillian Holford and Colin Ricketts holding back a little on the uphill section. Ana-Maria Green and Michael Kennard started a little further back on the start line running the race and finishing together. Colin passed Simon before entering the park only to then find him draughting on his shoulder with 1.5 miles to go. A burst of speed and a 6:30 min last mile to boot, Colin Ricketts was ‘First Harrier Home’ followed by Simon, Jillian (Personal Best), Ana-Maria (Personal Best) and Michael. Colin got a Best 5 Miler as M50 and Michael got Best 5 Miler as M45.

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