Members can view the club records and awards, other club events and runs, the training section as well as our ever popular tours.
The Harriers email group is the main communication medium for the club, we really recommend you join this so you don’t miss out on what’s going on, and finding out what everyone else is up to by exchanging news and views about club life, races, results and so on.
The group is part of the well-established Google Groups network and is open to Harriers members only.
How to join the email group
If you’re a Harrier and not already signed up to the email group, you can do so by clicking on the link below:
Its a good idea to setup a Google account so that you can access the full web features of the group. This will enable you to change your group settings easily. You can also post messages and view group messages on the internet without having to log in to your email account.
Useful information for the email group
When becoming a member, you can opt to receive all emails individually, to receive a single daily digest of all emails sent during a day, or to receive announcements only.
If you press ‘reply’ to a message, then your reply goes to the sender of the message
If you press ‘reply to all’ to a message, then your reply goes to the whole email group of 250+ members.
Although the group can catch and delete these, please turn off ‘out of office’ so it doesn’t auto-respond to the email list.
Please make sure that your antivirus software is kept up to date.
If you find you are getting too many messages, you might want to switch to the daily digest. This gives you all the messages for the day in a single email.
You can edit this within your preferences on the Google Groups page.
Email group etiquette
Please do not send messages which might be considered offensive (eg. racist or sexist). We all want to have fun, but not at the expense of others.
Please limit your e-mails to subject matter involving the club – the group is not intended to be used for distribution of humorous e-mails, however benign.
Please do not copy material from other sources in your messages without crediting the original authors.
Please do not advertise your professional services via the club email group. If you have a particular job or skill you can offer your fellow club members, then email the club committee and we will discuss putting it on the resources section of the website.
Please do not post messages about swapping race entries/numbers without first gaining approval to do so from the race organiser. Once you have permission, please say so when you post to the group.
Having problems signing up?
Contact Edward Steele, who moderates the email group, for assistance.
Main club night – Wednesday at 19.30
6-7 miles, normally with a 5 mile shorter option
Routes vary each week, on the road in the winter and off-road in the summer
Starts and finishes at The Nevill Ground, off Warwick Park, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 5ES
Full use of the Nevill Ground’s changing and showering facilities. Drinks and snacks are available in the bar afterwards
Track session – Monday at 19:30
A track interval session at Tonbridge School track, typically taking 1h15min including warm-up, drills, intervals and stretching
Sessions run by UKA LiRF/CiRF coaches
Session costs £2 to cover cost of hiring track
Speed session – Tuesday at 19:00
Interval sets, different each week, but typically taking 30 minutes plus warm up and warm down. Different sessions in winter vs summer, both starting at 19:00
Wheatsheaf Way is along the Shipbourne Road out of Tonbridge until Sainsbury’s Local (approx. 1.5 miles) where you will turn right.
100 mtrs down the road, under the lamppost is the meeting place.
On grass at Tonbridge School lower fields
Yoga for runners – Thursday at 19:30
Working on body strength these group sessions are designed to be challenging but fun; a whole body work out with emphasis on the core and the muscles used in running
At Rusthall Church Hall (right of the One Stop) or outside on Rusthall cricket pitch when the weather is fine.
Session costs £3
Ashdown Forest – Saturday 07:30
About 8 miles of off-road through the Ashdown Forest
Start from the King’s Standing car park on the Ashdown Forest.
Marathon training runs – Spring and Autumn
If you’re training for a spring marathon, or just fancy a long run, then join us for 18 miles of road running. There is a short cut that trims 5 miles off this for those not wanting to run the full 18 miles, or you can add an extra 2.4 mile loop at the end, beginning, or both.
The committee manages the day to day operation of the club and steers it according to the direction set by members at the AGM and by the constitution. Committee members are voted in at the club’s AGM, normally for a two year term, and represent the breadth of the club’s activities.
If you think you can fill any of the open positions, please let us know. We need dedicated people to ensure the smooth running of the club.
Andy Howey – Chairman
Best thing about running: Training in the countryside of the High Weald, fair weather or foul. We’re lucky to be so close to stunning scenery like Ashdown Forest.
Favourite athlete: Stephen Roche (I came into running from a different sport!).
Favourite race: Our own Eridge 10 is a superb event, and every year gains more recognition for its challenging off-road course and excellent organisation.
Favourite training session: Hills are the answer.
Allan Cheek – President
Lucille Joannes – Secretary
Best thing about running: The feeling of freedom while doing it and how good it feels when you stop.
Worst thing about running: How quickly you lose fitness if you don’t keep it up.
Favourite race: On the road – Run London 10K — Got a PB there, nice and flat with stunning views of London by night and I really like running in the evening. Best off-road must be the brilliant Eridge 10 by miles!
Matt Clark – Treasurer
Rosie Harris – Social secretary
Ed Steele – Men’s Cross Country Captain
Best thing about running: Freedom, relaxation, great sights, good health Worst thing about running: Nighttime, on roads
Favourite athlete: Paula Radcliffe
Favourite race: Marathon du Medoc
Favourite training session: Anything off-road, preferably with a pint afterwards
Running related ambitions: Faster times, always!
What gets you through a hard run?: Great quantities of will-power and an unwillingness to back down, even when its the sensible thing to do
Jillian Holford – Ladies Cross Country Captain
Nicola Morris – Ladies Road Race Captain
Craig Chapman – Men’s Road Race Captain
Best thing about running: It provides a great sense of achievement, especially when you rack up a PB! It also provides time to think and generate ideas, the trick is having pen and paper to hand to capture these thoughts, not your typically running accessories.
Worst thing about running: In some instances its the amount of preparation, sometimes its the early starts and when running, its seeing how far you have to go on the horizon and knowing you have to come back again to finish!
Favourite race: This has to be my first London Marathon back in 2006. The sheer scale of the event and the incredible atmosphere generated by the spectators, calling out your name and cheering you along is simply unique!
Favourite training session: The Harriers festive lights run through the street of Tunbridge Wells and of course the fish & chip supper at the end!
Running related ambitions: To compete in the New York and maybe some of the more exotic marathons.
What gets you through a hard run?: Good preparation, a banana sandwich a few hours before and having my usual energy drink to hand
Peter Richardson – Nevill Representative
Sam Taylor – Website
Press and Publicity – position open!
Phil Long – Membership
George Harris – Member without portfolio
Best thing about running: The feeling when you get a new P.B Worst thing about running: The pain in your whole body after a hard race
Favourite athlete: Brendan Foster
Favourite race: Eridge 10 Trail race
Favourite training session: Speed Training with Mike Jarvis in charge.
Running related ambitions: Getting under 90 mins for a Half Marathon and under 40 mins for a 10k
What gets you through a hard run?: Knowing that all the pain will be worth it
Geoff Turner – Member without portfolio
Statistician – Bob Lawrence
Social Media – Javier Montoya Montero
Kit Secretary – position open!
Handicapper – David French
Each year, the club recognises the achievements of a number of members by awarding a range of trophies and medals. These are announced and presented at the annual club dinner.
The Cornell Medal — for services to the club
The Cornell Medal is the Club’s most prestigious award, and is given for outstanding services to the Club. The medal – designed by Club member and sculptor David Cornell – depicts a group of runners passing Wellington Rocks, and was first awarded in 1986. The annual recipient is decided by a small group of past winners
|2012||Mark Taylor and Rosie Harris|
|2010||Pete Burns, Derek Harrison and Mel Taylor|
|2007||Sarah Russell and Peter Tullett|
|2006||Ed Bates and Geoff Turner|
|2005||Mike Jarvis and Lindsay Turner|
|2004||Dave Hadaway and Jonathan Rickards|
The Cath Hulme Trophy — for athletic excellence
This trophy – a pewter cup – was created in memory of Club member Cath Hulme who was tragically killed in a car accident in Swaziland. The cup is awarded annually for athletics excellence, with Club members voting for the recipient prior to the Annual Prize Presentation. The trophy was first awarded in 1995.
|2016||Sam Begg||Nicola Morris|
|2015||Guy Jenner||Carol Tsang|
|2014||David Barker||Stella Richardson|
|2013||not awarded||not awarded|
|2012||Craig Chapman||Alice Heather-Hayes|
|2011||Des O’Donnell||Alice Heather-Hayes|
|2010||Nick Leech||Tara Taylor|
|2009||Nick Leech||Jo Clift|
|2008||Terry Everest||Tara Taylor|
|2007||Andy Howey||Tara Taylor|
|2006||Andy Howey||Tara Taylor|
The Bob Whyte Trophy — for athletic achievement
Bob Whyte was the founding Chairman of Tunbridge Wells Runners, and the trophy to recognise his early contributions to the Club – a silver cup – is awarded annually for athletic achievement. As with the Cath Hulme trophy, the recipient is decided by votes cast by the Club members.
|2016||Ana Marie Green|
|2012||Nicola Morris & Jane Roome|
The Mike Thurgood Salver — for club runner of the year
Australian Mike Thurgood donated this silver salver to the Club as a parting gift on his return ‘Down Under’ to recognise the Club Runner of the Year. The recipient is decided by a system of points awarded for all races throughout the year. The trophy was first awarded in 1997.
The Jim Simmons Veterans Trophy
This trophy — a large silver cup — was donated to the club by Kent over 60 long jump champion Jim Simmons to recognise achievement within the veteran athletes in the club. The recipient is decided by votes cast by Club members.
The David Abbott Cross Country Trophy — for cross country achievement
This trophy is a piece of engraved Swedish glass set on a wooden base, and was donated to the Club by veteran runner David Abbott. Awarded annually for cross country achievement, the recipient is decided by votes cast by Club members. It was first awarded in 1995.
|2016||Ed Steele||Pru Clements|
|2015||Sam Begg||Pru Clements|
|2014||Andy Howey||Alice Heather-Hayes|
|2012||Chris Wolton||Alice Heather-Hayes|
|2011||Chris Smith||Alice Heather-Hayes|
|2010||Des O’Donnell||Tara Taylor|
|2009||Andy Howey||Jo Clift|
|2008||Peter Burns||Sarah-Jane Gaffney|
|2007||Andy Howey||Ruth Briggs|
|2006||Andy Howey||Lucille Joannes|
|2005||Andy Howey||Sian Roberts|
|2004||Mark Taylor||Tara Taylor|
|2003||Mike Russell||Sian Roberts|
|2002||Adam Styles||Lindsay Turner|
|2001||Adam Styles||Ruth Brannan|
|2000||Daryl Palfrey||Sian Roberts|
The Speldhurst Summer Handicap Trophy
This trophy was donated by Paul Eames, Peter Gander, Eddie Lyons and past-Chairman Jacques Courivaud – a group of Club members living in Speldhurst. It is awarded annually to the fastest runner on handicap over three of the four races making up the Club summer handicap 10km series. The trophy was first awarded in 1997.
|2016||Ann Marie Green|
The Nina Foord Triathlon Trophy
This trophy recognises athletic achievement in the discipline of triathlon, and was awarded from 2006 to 2010
The Club Cross Country Championship Shields
The club cross-country championship race is held annually in Feburary, with the winner of each category receiving a wooden shield. See the club cross-country championship page for a list of winners in each category.
The Club Road Championship Shields
The club road championship race is held annually in October, with the winner of each category receiving a wooden shield. See the club road championship page for a list of winners in each category.
The Club Road Grand Prix Trophy
The club road grand prix is designed to encourage Harriers to race more often, and on equal terms with all other members as the results are adjusted for age and gender. Each race of the Kent Grand Prix counts towards our club road grand prix with a percentage result based on finishing time, age and gender. This percentage is calculated according to the WAVA scale. The winner is the runner with the best score at the end of the season, that is the average of their best five percentages over the series, and they receive a pewter trophy that was first awarded in 2008. See the club road grand prix page for a list of winners.
Club code of conduct
The following code is intended to act as guidance to Club members as to their expected behaviour when training by themselves, competing for the club or taking part in Club activities.
a PERSONAL CONDUCT
Club members are expected to behave in a manner which is considerate to fellow Club Members and the public at large and supports the positive promotion of the Club, including:
- Accepting responsibility for their own behaviour and performance in training and in competition.
- Treating others with equal dignity and respect, irrespective of their ability, gender, age, ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability or political persuasion. (In person, in writing or via social media.)
- Acting in a dignified manner and not bringing the sport or the club into disrepute.
- Avoiding swearing and abusive language and irresponsible behaviour including behaviour that is dangerous to themselves or others, acts of violence, bullying, harassment and physical or sexual abuse.
- Challenging inappropriate behaviour and language by others.
- Reporting any suspected misconduct of club officials, coaches or other club members to the Club committee as soon as possible.
- Undertaking to encourage and aid fellow Members, whether of lesser ability or in need of assistance.
- Showing appreciation to those throughout the club who help them participate in athletics, including volunteers and coaches.
- Contributing to the running of the club by volunteering to set routes, carry first aid equipment, where qualified, participating in schemes to look after runners, marshalling at club events, helping at social events and any other activities where requested by the Club General Committee.
b ROAD CONDUCT
Club members are expected to act in a safe and responsible way with consideration for other road users, particularly with regard to safety and the wearing of visible clothing where appropriate.
When running on road, runners should:
- Use the pavement or footpath where there is one.
- Run in single file on the right hand side of the road where there is no pavement or footpath.
- On sharp right-hand bends it is recommended to cross over well before the bend (when safe to do so), and return to face oncoming traffic after the bend.
- Always be aware of other road users and any traffic build-up that you or your group may be causing. It may be safer to stop and allow vehicles to pass.
- The use of headphones is discouraged in on-road training runs and strongly discouraged in on-road competitive events.
- During Club activities, all members are expected to wear high visibility clothing with light-reflecting strips when out running on the roads during the hours of darkness. (The Club will provide high vis/reflective tops on loan for those members who forget).
c COUNTRYSIDE CONDUCT
Club members are expected to recognise and adhere to boundaries dictated by both Public Rights of Way and private property. Permission must be sought for access to private land for all club activities or events.
Any route marking for club training runs and activities should be either removed immediately after the event or be biodegradable within a few days
Club members should adhere to the relevant parts of the Countryside Code:
- Fasten all gates.
- Keep dogs under close control, especially where there are deer or farm animals.
- Keep to public paths across farmland.
- Use gates and stiles to cross fences, hedges and walls.
- Leave livestock, crops and machinery alone.
- Take litter home.
- Help to keep all water clean.
- Protect wildlife, plants and trees.
- Take special care on country roads.
- Make no unnecessary noise, particularly when participating in ‘hash’runs.
- It is advisable to walk rather than run through fields of livestock, keeping a watchful eye on them.
Club members are expected to adhere to the rules of England Athletics and other governing bodies, in particular
- When participating in organised events, either as an individual or as a Team Member, wear Club colours, unless running for a charity.
- Comply with the relevant rules regarding the use of inhalers.
- Respect specific rules laid down by the event organisers.
- Do not swap race entry numbers, except with the express agreement of the organisers.
- Obey temporary signage and instructions of marshals.
a. The Club shall be known as Tunbridge Wells Harriers (hereinafter to be referred to as “the Club”). The Club Colours shall be a “vest, or other garment as approved by the Committee, bearing royal blue and yellow vertical stripes with a plain dark-coloured lower garment”.
The objectives of the Club shall be:
a. To encourage the practice, promotion, development and participation of amateur athletics in Tunbridge Wells and the wider community.
b. To provide training and coaching for members.
c. To organise open, club, and club handicap running races.
d. To organise teams to represent the Club in championships and leagues and in such other competitions as the Committee shall decide.
e. The Club shall cater for the following athletics disciplines: Road Running, Track Athletics, Cross-Country Running and other sporting events which include a running discipline.
f. The Club shall seek to be affiliated to national and regional amateur athletic bodies as the Committee consider appropriate in order to carry out the objectives of the Club.
a. Membership of the Club shall be open to persons, aged 18 and above, who are amateurs as defined by UK athletics governing bodies at that time, regardless of sex, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religion or other beliefs. However, limitation of membership according to available facilities is allowable on a non-discriminatory basis.
b. Each membership application should normally be made by on-line electronic submission using the web site application form. Each candidate for membership must be considered by the Committee, which shall admit that person to membership unless to do so would be contrary to the best interests of the sport or the good conduct and interests of the Club. The appropriate subscription must accompany the application for membership.
The club welcomes first and second claim members.
c. Honorary life membership of the Club may be conferred upon any member, by a majority vote of those present at an AGM, in recognition of someone who has performed an outstanding service, or who has made an outstanding contribution to the Club.
d. The Committee shall have the power to suspend or exclude any member for contravention of this Constitution, documented rules or published codes of conduct that may exist at that time. In exercising these powers the Committee shall adhere to the Club’s disciplinary procedures, which will include an Appeals procedure.
a. Annual subscriptions shall become due for payment on 1st January each year, with the amounts being approved by the AGM.
b. The Club will keep subscriptions at levels that will not pose a significant obstacle to people participating.
c. Any member failing to make payment by 31st March shall cease to be entitled to the rights and privileges of membership, provided that notice has been sent at least twice to the member’s last known email or postal address informing him/her of the proposed action.
a. The management of the Club shall be vested in an elected Committee that shall consist of the Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary, together with a maximum of ten other members, who shall be Officers of the Club. Additionally there will be an Honorary President of the Club who shall perform duties representing the Club and may provide guidance on strategy and probity as required. The President shall be a member of the Committee and will be invited to Committee meetings. All the foregoing shall be elected at the AGM and remain in office until the conclusion of the AGM of the following year.
b. Five elected Committee members are required for a quorum for a Committee meeting to take place providing the Chairman, Vice Chairman or Secretary is also present.
c. The Committee shall have the power to fill vacancies if they arise and to co-opt members for particular projects; co-opted members shall not have a Committee vote.
d. The Committee shall also have the power to establish any sub Committee deemed appropriate to assist in meeting the objectives of the Club, such as, but not limited to, the promotion of open events, and to delegate to these sub Committees such duties as may be considered appropriate.
e. The Committee shall have the power to appoint individuals to perform specific duties on behalf of the Committee, and to delegate to those individuals such duties as they consider appropriate.
f. The Committee shall have the power to deal with any matter not covered by the rules.
6. Annual General Meeting
a. The AGM shall be held in the months of March or April as dictated by the practical circumstances applicable at that time.
b. At least 21 days notice shall be given to members of the date, venue and agenda items for the AGM. Any proposed change to the constitution must be received by the Secretary at least 14 days preceding the meeting in order that all members shall have sufficient notice of the proposal.
c. At the AGM the meeting will:
i Receive annual reports of the principal activities of the Club.
ii Receive the financial statements and the Treasurer’s report.
iii Elect the Club officers and other Committee members for the ensuing year.
iv Consider any amendment to the constitution of which due notice has been given to all members.
v Approve the annual subscription for the following year
v Transact any other notified business.
d. The quorum for a General Meeting shall be 25% of the fully paid up members, including Associate and Honorary Life Members, at that time.
e. All registered members of the Club at the meeting shall have one vote. In the case of an equality of votes the Chairman will have a second, casting, vote. Voting shall be by a show of hands except where the Chairman decides voting shall be by ballot.
7. Extra-Ordinary General Meeting
a. An EGM may be called by the Committee to discuss changes to the Constitution and Rules or any other Club business too urgent to wait for the AGM.
b. An EGM must be called if not less than 10 voting members so petition the Secretary in writing.
c. Three weeks’ notice of an EGM must be given to all the members by email or in writing together with the motion/s to be discussed. No other business shall be conducted.
d. Procedures for voting shall be as used for the AGM.
a. The financial year of the Club shall end on 31st December.
b. All funds belonging to the Club shall be deposited with a bank or building society in accounts that shall carry the Club title. All accounts shall operate on two signatories, one of whom will be the Treasurer and the other the Chairman, Secretary or President.
c. Expenditure above or outside agreed budgeted amounts may only be authorised at a Committee meeting.
9. Property and Funds
a. The property and funds of the Club cannot be used for the direct or indirect private benefit of members other than as reasonably allowed by the Rules and all surplus income or profits are reinvested in the Club. Surplus from open events may be distributed to charity(ies) as agreed by the Committee
b. The Club may provide sporting and related social facilities, sporting equipment, coaching, courses, insurance cover, medical treatment, travel expenses and other ordinary benefits of Community Amateur Sports Clubs as first provided for in the Finance Act 2002.
c. The Club may also in connection with the sports purposes of the Club:
i Sell and supply food, drink and related sports clothing and equipment.
ii Employ members and remunerate them for providing goods and services, on fair terms set by the Committee without the person concerned being present.
iii Pay for reasonable hospitality for visiting guests;
d. The Club shall indemnify the Committee and members acting properly in the course of the running of the Club against any liability incurred in the proper running of the Club, normally by taking out insurance as provided by affiliation to national bodies
e. The Committee will have due regard to the law on disability discrimination and child protection.
10. Winding Up
a. The members may vote to wind up the Club if not less than three quarters of those present and voting support that proposal at a properly convened general meeting.
b. The Committee will then be responsible for the orderly winding up of the Club’s affairs.
c. After settling all liabilities of the Club, the Committee shall dispose of the net assets remaining to one or more of the following:
i To another Club with similar sports purposes which is a registered charity and/or
ii To another Club with similar sports purposes which is a registered CASC.
11. Alterations to the Constitution
The Constitution may be altered but only by a resolution passed by two-thirds of those present and voting at an AGM or an EGM called for that purpose.
12. Revision History
a. This Constitution was formally adopted at the AGM held on 25 March 2015 and replaces the club’s original Constitution used since its formation in 1982.