Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend – East Grinstead 10m

[UPDATED November 13th, 2017 at 10:50 pm]

We are also pleased to announce the return of the Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend. After three highly successful years, with over 1200 runners taking part over the three days in 2014, the weekend returns for a fourth time in 2015 using the undulating roads, trails and pathways in and around Mid Sussex, with the races run over mainly traffic free routes. The weekend’s races would suit runners of all standards including those new to 10 mile or 10k races.
There will be men’s and women’s prizes for the first three finishers in each race plus a range of prizes on offer for all age category winners per race, plus a special commemorative medal to those who complete all 3 races. There are overall series prizes for those completing all 26.2 miles over the three races.
The three races are:

Mid Sussex East Grinstead 10 Mile – Saturday 2nd May 2015
Mid Sussex Haywards Heath 10 Mile – Sunday May 3rd 2015
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London Marathon 2015

[UPDATED November 13th, 2017 at 11:04 pm]

The Virgin London Marathon took place on Saturday 26st April. More than 38’000 people took part, making it the biggest in the event’s 35-year history. Conditions were cold and damp, but much better for running than the heat wave earlier in the week.

The Tunbridge Wells Harrier were out in force with 29 participating in the race, many helping with marshalling duties and others watching to cheer on their friends and family. The marathon training paid off for many Harriers, with 12 personal bests. The stand out performances were by Alice Heather-Hayes running 3:03:37 for a F40 club record and Guy Jenner running 2:36:56 for a M40 club record. The M40 marathon record was one of the longest standing club records. Guy also had the once in a life-time experience of running alongside world recorder holder and running legend Paula Radcliff. For those watching on TV, they were treated to numerous shots of Guy running with Paula. Also a special mention for Ruth Briggs who returns to the UK each year from her home in Switzerland to represent the club in The London Marathon. - Continue Reading -

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Darent Valley 10k

[UPDATED November 13th, 2017 at 11:04 pm]

A large contingent of 18 harriers headed down to the 25th running of the the Darent Valley 10k – a picturesque loop around the village of Eynsford and the river Darent, taking in a couple of steep hills to give you a 2km downhill to the finish and even some cross country to boot.

Conditions were cold, especially given the very early 8:30 race start. Though, overall they were pretty much perfect once the race began, with bright sunshine falling upon the whole race. With over 600 competitors and Kent Grand Prix points on offer, the start from the local school had a fierce pace, with some 40 runners at sub-6min mile pace for the first km. Some good groupings of harriers formed around the 1.5km mark as the route headed under the beautiful Viaduct that intersects the valley (It was around this time that Steve Bright emerged to start his own race). These groups stayed together for almost the entire race, with the top 5 finishing well within a minute of each other. - Continue Reading -

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April Newsletter

[UPDATED November 13th, 2017 at 11:22 pm]

Welcome to my first newsletter covering March/April. Enjoy! Please feel free to send me any feedback either by Email/Facebook or on the forums. Just a note, when I view the newsletter within Firefox the image quality isn’t as good (text is a bit blurry) compared to when downloading and opening it in Adobe Reader. I’ll try and work out what is going on in the meantime.

TWH Newsletter April 2015

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Brighton Marathon 2015

[UPDATED November 13th, 2017 at 11:04 pm]

We couldn’t really have asked for better running conditions – cool almost to the point of being chilly before the start but with clear blue skies and sunshine. As we gathered for the “before photo”, most of us were worrying about the various niggles or injuries which had hit us during the training but the adrenaline and race tactics were starting to kick in…..

Anyway the race was started by Jo Pavey and off we went. The course starts round Preston Park and then heads through the town until it wiggles out to the seafront. Then there is a small incline up to Ovingdean where it turns round and back towards Brighton, then out to Hove where again it wiggles back on itself and then there is the long slow drag out to Shoreham Power Station then the final 3-4 miles back along the seafront to the finish. - Continue Reading -

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Paddock Wood Half Marathon 2015

[UPDATED November 13th, 2017 at 11:04 pm]

Waking up to rain and wind didn’t fill me with expectations of many Personal Best Performances being attained at this morning’s running of the Paddock Wood Half Marathon. Of the forty nine entries from the Club, illness and injury claimed fifteen of our number so our thirty four entries set off thankful that, at least, that the rain had stopped, although it was still windy and quite chilly. The eventual winner, Toby Lambert from Winchester, set off at a pace that nobody could match and by two and a half miles held a lead of almost a minute. The rest of the field never saw him again. The leading Harrier was John Law, finishing in 1:15:19, followed by Simon Phillips (1:23:24) in an excellent 3rd M50 position. Harriers came in at regular intervals, with Jillian Holford leading our ladies home in a new Personal Best of 1:38:56. Almost half of our contingent setting new Personal Best or Age Group figures. Those using Paddock Wood as part of their London or Brighton Marathon training must all be satisfied with their morning’s work.

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British Para Duathlon Championships, 29 March 2015

[UPDATED November 13th, 2017 at 11:04 pm]

Off to the Rockingham Race Circuit in Corby for this year’s Elite Duathlon Championships to defend my title. The course was the same as last year, but the conditions weren’t, with warm weather and sunshine replaced by heavy rain and strong winds, forecast to intensify through the course of the day.

The race format was a 5km run, followed by a 20km bike, over five laps, and a 2.5km run to finish. The race circuit course was pretty flat, but with plenty of twists and turns including four hairpins. There were around a dozen athletes in the PT4 class, most of whom I had raced before, but with a few new faces. I figured that the strongest guy in the field would be Joe Allen, a former GB 1500m runner, who had won the race in 2013. Knowing that I wouldn’t be able to keep pace with him over the first 5km I calculated that I needed to catch him before the end of the third lap on the bike and to build enough of a lead that I could hold him off on the final run. - Continue Reading -

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