Tunbridge Wells Harriers

Competition

Competition is an important part of our club – we organise two of the most popular events in the racing calendar and often win the Kent Grand Prix. But it doesn’t matter how fast you are, whether you prefer road or cross country, track, marathon or longer, representing your club is fun and seeing your performance improve from race to race is really satisfying! So don your club vest and get out racing!

Cross country 

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The cross country season kicks off with the Eridge Park 10 Trail Challenge in September, followed by the Kent Cross Country League from October through to February. The Kent Vets and Southern Masters take place in December. The senior championship races start early in the New year with the Kent Champs, the Southern Champs and the Nationals in January and February. To finish the season, the TWH club championships are held in Hargate Forest in March.

If you fancy having a go – it’s low-key, great fun, and good winter training. For further info please contact Ed Steele (Men’s cross country captain) or Lesley Mercer (Ladies’ cross country captains).

 

Provisional 2017/18 calendar of events

http://www.twharriers.org.uk/cross-country-season-20172018/

 

All XC team events are paid for by the club and anyone can enter and come along, please note that there may be a very small season ‘match’ fee applied in the 2017 season to cover this. There are a number of deadlines to be aware of, some being quite far in advance of the race!

Kent Cross Country League

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The men’s races are 10K and the women’s races only 5K. (If any women think that this is too short then regard it as a bit of speed training – it will do wonders for your fitness). For all but one of the races the women run directly before the men so, for both men and women, there’s plenty of support as you slog your way through the mud. There are four matches over the season, but even if you can only make it for one race you could score valuable points for the club, especially as the men take part in both a ‘4 to score’ and a ’12 to score’.

 

South of the Thames (SOTT)

The South of the Thames is an historic series of racing that the previous incarnation of the club won! What makes these special is that they are one of the few mixed XC races of the year, with all categories competing at the same time, just not against each other

 

Championship Races

These are the tougher races of the year, with national competition at the southern and national champs along with some very tough courses

  • Kent Veterans Championships
    • The main XC veterans champs of the year for our area, covering various age categories upto M60/F55+
  • Southern Masters XC Champs
  • Kent Championships
  • Southern Championships
    • The longest XC race of the year at 15k for the men’s race
  • National Championships
    • One of the greatest events that so few outside the running world are aware of, race with the best in the country

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Kent Grand Prix 

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The Kent Grand Prix is an annual series of ten races in which individuals and teams can win points, counting towards an end of season final ranking.

Kent Grand Prix fixtures

2017 Fixtures
22nd January – Canterbury 10
19th February – Tunbridge Wells Half (Long course county champs – seniors only, and inter counties qualifier)
5th March – Thanet 20
2nd April – Paddock Wood Half (Long course county champs – veterans and teams)
7th May – Darent Valley 10k
3rd June – Harvel 5
FIXTURE TBC
3rd September – Kent Coastal Marathon (Veterans and teams county championship)
FIXTURE TBC
TBC Petts Wood 10k

Click here to see the final standings for our victorious 2016 season

Previous Kent Grand Prix Results

The results below show just how far both the men and women have progressed.

Year Men Women Full Results
2016 1st 4th xls
2015 3rd 5th xls
2014 4th 2nd xls
2013 1st 3rd xls
2012 1st 4th xls
2011 1st 4th xls
2010 1st 5th xls
2009 1st 5th xls
2008 1st 5th xls
2007 7th 3rd xls
2006 10th 4th xls
2005 14th 8th xls
2004 7th 10th xls

What is the Kent Grand Prix?

The first six (men) and four (women) runners from each club accumulate points for their team in each race (100 points for 1st, 99 for 2nd, down to one point for 100th position.) Runners outside these first six men and four women, but still within the top 100 affiliated runners in the event, will deny other clubs valuable points, so every runner helps. The team championship is based on the aggregate score of the best eight races from the ten that are run.

Individuals also accumulate points, with their best six races counting towards the end of season individual positions. The individual championship is in categories M, M40, M50, M60, F, F35, F45, F55.

The Kent Grand Prix is open to members of Kent affiliated clubs who have registered at the beginning of the year.

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