Half Marathon Report 2015

The 32nd running of the Tunbridge Well Half Marathon took place on the 22nd February. It was a cold morning and the hard overnight frost had left some very icy patches on the course which the Harrier volunteers treated with salt prior to the race start. By the time of the race start at 09:00 the temperatures had risen slightly and the sun came out to shine on the 1660 buoyant runners as they set off to the sounds of Bloco Fogo drummers on the circular half marathon route of 13.1 miles from St. John’s through Southborough to Bidborough, Penshurst, up Spring hill to Fordcombe before returning via Langton Green, Langton, Rusthall then along Mt. Ephraim and St. John’s again to the finish at the Tunbridge Wells Boys Grammar School.

The race was started by our very own Dame Kelly Holmes representing her charity the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust and her recently opened Cafe 1809. Kelly wished the runners well and offered a special discount to the runners at her cafe after the race. Kelly was also supported by Hamish McGowan of Kia UK representing Lifestyle Kia the event main sponsor. Unfortunately Kelly was unable to stay and present the finishing medals but Hamish and David Coleman Olympian representing the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust stayed and stood in the cold for hours giving out the medals.
The first runner home Daniel Bradley from Tonbridge AC finishing in 1hr 12mins and 59secs which was 3 seconds faster than his time the year previously. Daniel was followed by his team mate Daniel Watt in second place in 1:15:07. Dan had run the National Cross Country the previous day at Parliament Fields otherwise it might have been a tighter finish. The third runner home was Martin Proctor in 1:15:23. Julian Rendall was the third Tonbridge AC runner in 1:15:45 making Tonbridge AC the winning men’s team.

Continue Reading →

Headcorn Half Marathon

The accurately measured route takes in Swifts Green , Egerton Forstal , Pembles Cross and Southernden before returning to Headcorn . When we say it is flat is has a GPS measured rise of 6mts over the entire course ! Its also run on very quiet roads , chosen for the reason that most traffic uses other roads in the area . All the usual facilities will be provided , bag storage , toilets , refreshments , chip-timing and finishers trophies/medals .


Continue Reading →

Half Marathon Traffic 22nd February

Traffic information

Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon, Sunday 22nd February 2015 at 9am.

Welcome to our Half Marathon traffic management page. Whether you are visiting this page having seen one of our advance warning signs around the course, or are an interested competitor or spectator, we hope that we can explain what will be happening on the roads around Tunbridge Wells during our event. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

In association with Kent Police and Kent County Council, we are putting in place a series of traffic management measures which will lead to certain junctions being closed or diversions instigated for a short period while the runners go past. Essential measures have been put in place to improve the safety of runners, drivers and race officials, and to improve the flow of traffic around the town during the event. Expect some disruption and delays between 09.00am – 12.00am. Some junctions will only be closed for 10 to 20 minutes, while others may be affected for up to 2 hours. Closures are, however, being kept to an absolute minimum to avoid disruption, but are essential for the safety of runners and drivers. The closures and diversions are detailed fully below.

Continue Reading →

Kent XC League

Swanley Park. Women and M70 at 1:00pm, Men start at 1:30pm

The booking for Swanley Park, as an alternative venue to Parkwood School, has been confirmed. This will enable us to hold a full set of races for all age categories. Paul Hills and Mike Baron of Swanley & District AC are working on a revised course, so hopefully it won’t be exactly the same as Fixture No.1!

Continue Reading →