Victoria Park Chase The Sun 5K

In less than ideal conditions (and after a hard pilates class the night before!), Jillian ran the Victoria Park Chase The Sun 5K last night. Although the sun was nowhere to be seen, let alone chased, there was a good turn out for this and the concurrently running 10k race. The course was relatively flat with the last 400m or so on (wet) grass.   The first man ran bare chested (no, it wasn’t Lloyd) with an impressive lead of over a minute on the rest of the field. In order to comply with race regs he attached his race number to his bare chest – ouch!   Jillian was first F45 and second lady overall finishing with a new road 5K PB and F45 Club Record time of 20:50   There were 99 finishers in the 5K race  
Pos Name Gun Chip Gender Category Club
1 CONNOR STRYNKOWSKI 00:15:26 00:15:24 M Senior NONE
10 VIRGINIA SILIO 00:20:13 00:20:0 F V35 Victoria Park Harriers
12 JILLIAN HOLFORD 00:20:51 00:20:50 F V45 TWH
Full results:   Simon Holford  

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Staplehurst 10k

Whilst some were on the club tour on the Isle of Wight, others were running trail Half Marathons and Ultras in the Sussex countryside and a few were even running up mountains in the French Alps, eight Harriers made the rather shorter journey to Staplehurst on Sunday to run the annual 10k. I’m sure many of you will be familiar with this race as apart from it being fairly local it has in the past been part of the KGP series of races.

The race is advertised as being ‘fast and flat’, which apart from the hill between km 6 and 7 was entirely accurate. - Continue Reading -

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Weald Challenge

Yesterday I ran the Weald Challenge 2019 Half Marathon with Harriers Hugh Stephenson, Jane Roome, Luke Edwardes-Evans, Rosie Harris, June Edwardes-Evans, Deborah Stamp and Helen Jenkins.   This is the sixth time I’ve ran this race, it’s not your usual Half Marathon, 75% off-road, closer to 14 miles than 13.1 with plenty of hills, stiles and some spectacular scenery. It heads north along the Wealdway to the meeting point at Blackboys, then returns south along the Vanguard Way back to Chiddingly. Conditions were good considering it’s June, not too hot with all this rain recently.   

Last year’s winner, Dan Stent retained his title and won the event again. These are the 1st Male, Female and TWH times from chip the timing website…not sure how official these times are as the first F finished 11th, just behind me and I’m pretty sure she was not called Steve!

Pos Name Time Club
1 Dan Stent 01:31:21 Vegan Runners
10 Kelvin Desmoyers-Davis 01:44:00 Tunbridge Wells Harriers
16 Sue Fry (2nd F?) 01:48:20 Hailsham Harriers
54 Hugh Stephenson 02:03:52 Tunbridge Wells Harriers
92 Luke Edwardes-Evans 02:16:46 Tunbridge Wells Harriers
162 Jane Roome 02:34:37 Tunbridge Wells Harriers
172 Rosie Harris 02:36:40 Tunbridge Wells Harriers
214 June Edwardes-Evans 02:51:32 Tunbridge Wells Harriers
215 Deborah Stamp 02:51:32 Tunbridge Wells Harriers
217 Helen Jenkins 02:52:56 Tunbridge Wells Harriers
Also, huge congratulations to the Harriers that set off earlier in the morning and ran the 50km edition of the Weald Challenge.   Kelvin   Following on from Kelvin’s report, five Harriers ran in the Weald 50km ultra yesterday. The course starts in Chiddingly and follows the Weald Way up to Kings Standing car park in Ashdown Forest (which is the highest point in Ashdown Forest), whereupon it follows the Vanguard Way back to Chiddingly. It was a beautiful scenic course. I hadn’t anticipated the course being signed, as it wasn’t when I ran the High Weald Challenge a few years ago, hence I had spent the last few weekends recceing the course. There were very detailed instructions to download from the website.   The route was, however, very well signed – impossible to go wrong. There were five well stocked aid stations. A well organised race that I would very much recommend, especially if anyone is looking for an introduction into ultra running. There were 190 finishers. Results below:  
Pos Name Time Club
1 john witton 04:16:10 Sevenoaks AC
37 Tara Taylor 05:20:41 Tunbridge Wells Harriers
52 rob jones 05:36:05 Tunbridge Wells Harriers
80 jon hodge 06:00:49 Tunbridge Wells Harriers
88 simon allford 06:06:54 Tunbridge Wells Harriers
165 rose sawyer 07:24:40
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Wednesday Run [Update]

[UPDATED June 4th, 2019 at 08:30 pm]

[UPDATE – Map now added!]   I’ve assigned myself the bus this week to give Geoff a break. As I did the same time last year, with longer events like the North Downs 30 coming up, it only helps to get some longer runs in.   Weather is still very changeable so if its a rainstorm I’ll produce something else, otherwise we’ll be heading out on the usual ‘smelly farm’ route but continuing to head north after this to explore the woods around Pembury.   Long will be 10 hilly miles Short route is the usual cutoff at the farm, just under 6 miles (less hilly) Something comfortable on and off road recommended, but you should be OK with road shoes as its not very muddy   We’ll have lots of regroups and I’ll flour the long route, but will also bring some maps especially for those who aren’t familiar with the short route   Ed Steele   TWH-trailmap-05-06-19

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Worthing 10k

Yesterday, I headed to Worthing for a 10k race along the sea front.

I had made a previous visit to Worthing in February for the half marathon and the 10k course is largely the second half of the HM route, with wide, largely flat roads, which go out and back along the front, with a couple of loops mid race. - Continue Reading -

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Wednesday Run

I’m this week’s Routemaster , so fasten your seat belts and here we go ……

With our speedy friends back from the Beckenham Relays and the next club 10k handicap another 2 weeks away, Wednesday, should be a full house even if the skies might not be as sunny as we would like. - Continue Reading -

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Beckenham Relays 2019

Ever since I joined Tunbridge Wells Harriers we have always enjoyed taking part in relay races, especially when the event is designed to be all inclusive with everybody of all standards encouraged to be a part of their Club team. The Beckenham relays were probably the first relay I ran in for the Club and it is a testament to the race that some thirty odd years later they still form an integral part of the racing calendar for so many Clubs. Each year everybody turns up bemoaning the fact that the hill at the end of each leg gets steeper and the same lap seems to get longer each time we run it. We still come every year striving to be as good (if not better) as the previous year.

This year, we entered twelve teams of three and I believed that all was going well until last Sunday when some members had to withdraw because of illness or injury. I should therefore like to thank particularly Craig Chapman, Kieran Fitzpatrick and Cathy Gill who ran for their Club whilst not fully fit and Steve Bright who was persuaded to bring his kit with him, even though he was originally just coming along to support (and he made it to the start line with seconds to spare). - Continue Reading -

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Darent Valley 10k

Dear All

Many thanks to the 27 Harriers who came along yesterday, it was great to see some new faces and also a few who have never done a Kent GP event before. For those of you who have not done the Darent Valley 10K, it is pretty challenging with a few cheeky little hills. However the last few km are downhill so you can make back some of your time loss. Full results are below and I think we did have a couple of PBs as well as first time 10K runners as well, Bob to confirm. Also honourable mention to future harrier Dillon Hobbs for finishing in 5th in just over 36 mins. - Continue Reading -

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Pulborough Vineyard Half Marathon

A little further afield than Darent five Harriers June Edwardes-Evans, Rosie Harris, Helen Jenkins, Catherine Kinder and I took part in the Pulborough Vineyard Half Marathon.

Catherine had persuaded us all to enter sometime ago under the premise that there was free cake and wine at the finish. Unfortunately none of us had really read the rest of the route description and thought through what an 8 lapped off road hilly half marathon might be like. - Continue Reading -

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Fox Ultra & Devil’s Challenge

On Saturday 27th May I competed in The Fox ultra – a 60 km circular route around Guildford. The course starts (and finishes) at Godalming and follows the Fox Way which is, for the most part, very scenic. About 30% of the route is on road, which may explain why my legs were so sore at the end. I got round the course in 6:43:52 (11th woman and 72 overall out of 224). It was a well organised event and the course was well signed. There were some very swift times at the sharp end of the field.

Then on Saturday 4th May I ran the Devil’s Challenge. When I entered this event I didn’t take account of the fact that it the two events were on consecutive weekends! The Devil’s Challenge is put on by XNRG and is a three-day, 97 mile ultra marathon along the South Downs Way, passing the legendary Devil’s Dyke valley – hence the name of the event. - Continue Reading -

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Hildenborough Races

18 Harriers made the short trip to the home village of our Half Marathon family – Hildenborough, for their annual race day

This event has a lovely community spirit with race distances for everyone. 1 mile school kids races are followed by a “mass” start for the 2.5, 5 and 10 mile races. As a bonus we usually have several marshal points covered by TWH or Raynet guys that know the deckchair so support is solid all the way around. - Continue Reading -

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