Tunbridge Wells Parkrun Saturday 26th September

This week’s Tunbridge Wells Parkrun at Dunorlan Park was supported by the Tunbridge Wells Harriers who provided additional volunteers and pacers. The pacers were easy to spot in their club colours of blue and yellow stripes and paced times from 19 mins to 31 mins, keen to help runners achieve new PBs.

A glorious September morning greeted our runners and volunteers, with blue skies and sunshine creating perfect running conditions. The course was in good condition if rather wet in the fields, making for some soggy feet. This week we welcomed 141 runners, of whom 28 were first timers and 32 recorded new Personal Bests.

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TWH parkrun

*To help promote the club and to support the local parkrun we would like as many Harriers as possible to come along to the parkrun to marshal/pace/participate on this particular Saturday.

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Bexhill Hastings Link Road 10k

Having been beaten to the first race result of the day by Mike, I thought I’d better do a swift follow up report on the Bexhill/Hastings Link Road 10k.

The day started well with a shopping trip in the race HQ with commemorative T Shirts and hoodies being bought complete with our names on the back as race entrants.

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Tunbridge Wells 10k

For those of you who have not done the race before it is a definite PB course with only a few major inclines to deal with.

After a techno infused warm up session we got on our way with a cheeky little hill to get the heart rate going. Tom Woolley led the field out at a blistering pace for the first few kilometres. He then remembered the unwritten rule that the first Harrier home has to write the race report and thought he had better back off and let me pass.

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Eridge 10 Event Report

On Sunday 13th September Tunbridge Wells Harriers hosted the Eridge Park 10 Trail Challenge, one of the most popular cross-country races in the race calendar. The Eridge 10 is a privileged and unique chance to run on a traffic-free course over private land through an historic deer park and ancient woodland. With stunning views, the run takes in the country estate’s former carriageways, three beautiful lakes, a Saxon hill fort topped with a Victorian folly and a number of natural springs. This year’s conditions were very good with low temperatures and mostly firm underfoot, making for some impressive finishing times. There were still a number of bogs to keep the mud lovers happy. After slogging around the 10 mile course, finishers were greeted with complimentary cake, beer and t-shirt. This year’s event went high-tec with the race captured from a drone camera. Check out the footage on YouTube! 361 runners completed the course including 28 Tunbridge Wells Harriers with Andy Howey winning the M50 category in 1:09:46 and Mark Gamage the M40 category in 1:12:30. Well done to race director Dave Hadaway and all the other volunteers who made this special event such a success.

The winners category results were as follows: SM, Ben Cole, Tonbridge AC, 1:03:26; M40, Mark Gamage, Tunbridge Wells Harriers, 1:12:30; M50, Andy Howey, Tunbridge Wells Harriers, 1:09:46; M60 Bryan Tapsell, Crowborough Runners, 1:24:46; SF Lucy Reid, Tonbridge AC, 1:11:33; F35, Emma Crawford, Petts Wood Runners, 1:21:18; F45, Tina Oldershaw, Paddock Wood Runners, 1:18:47; F55 Peri Cheal, Crowborough Runners, 1:34:58. The male team prize was won by Tonbridge AC (Ben Cole, Daniel Watt, Greg Cole) and the female team prize was won by Petts Wood Runners (Emma Crawford, Emma Doyle, Hannah Roberts).

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Bank Holiday Event Reports

Sunshine Coast Marathon – Sunday 30th August

Patrick Bareham took the award the furthest travelled Harrier competing in the Sunshine Coast Marathon in Queensland Australia. The stunning coastline of Alexandra Headlands, Mooloolaba and Maroochydore formed the base of the course, with amazing views and stunning beaches. Patrick finished in 27th out of 503 finishers in a time of 3:06:02, a PB by 5mins.

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