Tunbridge Wells Harriers

Nuffield Health Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon

Nuffield Health

 

Sunday 19th February 2017, START TIME 9:00AM

 

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Famed for the scenic and challenging route (the 300 foot ascent of Spring Hill at Fordcombe is to be mentioned), meticulous organisation, value for money and friendly marshals, it was voted the ‘Most Improved Race in the UK’ in 2009 and was voted the No.2 Half Marathon in the UK in 2011 by Runner’s World readers. 

It is one of the biggest events in the UK organised by a running club and Tunbridge Wells Harriers are very proud to have hosted the event for over 30 years. Over the last 5 years the race has also donated over £120,000 to charity and some worthy local causes directly from race surplus. We are hugely grateful to all of our sponsors and partners particularly this year to Nuffield Health our sponsor for the 2016 event. Our race is organised by volunteers from Tunbridge Wells Harriers. We donate all our surplus to charity. This year we are supporting The Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, Counselling Centre, Bridge Trust, as our main charities. For the same £24 (or £22 for England Athletics Affiliated Club Member) entry cost as 2014, competitors will receive a technical fabric running T-shirt, a bespoke medal and accurate chip timing. Below you can find details of the course, information for on the day, the prizes and trophies, last years report and the results. If you have any questions not answered in the sections below or the FAQ page, please contact us.

A selection of aerial photos and videos are now available on the Tunbridge Wells Harriers photo site at photos.twharriers.org.uk, made possible by the kind participation of Blayne Jackson at X-Cell Aerial Surveys "DCIM101GOPRO"

The course 

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The course is one of the most testing and picturesque on the racing calendar. The one lap circuit through some of the finest countryside in Kent includes a few notable hills, among which Spring Hill on the approach to Fordcombe should be mentioned in particular. There are drink stations on the route at 3, 5.4, 8, 9.5 11.3 miles and at the finish, and first aid. This race is UKA certified (Permit number 2014-10650). As this is a hilly course, we regret that it is not suitable for wheelchair athletes. Dogs or buggies will not be permitted, and athletes must not be accompanied or followed by others on cycles.

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The Start

There will be signs with graded finish times positioned at the start. Please congregate in the section marked closest to your anticipated finish time in order to have a smooth start. Do not warm up on or cross the road – the start is in the bus lane on the same side of St John’s Road as the Race HQ, so there is no need to cross this very busy main road.

Safety

Traffic management is in place for the duration of the race, but roads are not completely traffic free. Traffic will be stopped on the A26 for the start at 9am. At all other times, runners MUST observe the Highway Code and rules of the road. Please abide by the directions of the marshals around the course, but understand that marshals can only advise motorists and do not have powers to stop traffic, so exercise all reasonable road sense and caution when running on and crossing roads. When running on the road, please remain on the left hand half of the road unless directed otherwise by a marshal. A vehicle will follow the race and can pick up runners who wish to drop out. It will be clearly marked ‘Drop out runners’. If you wish to drop out please inform a marshal and await the vehicle.

iPods

We strongly advise that runners do not wear personal headphones to listen to iPods, MP3 players, or other personal music players while participating in the race. Running whilst wearing headphones significantly reduces your ability to hear traffic, instructions and warnings from the police and marshals, and generally distracts your attention, increasing the risk of accident or injury to yourself and possibly other people. If despite this advice you choose to participate in the race using such a device; you accept full responsibility for your own safety and for the safety of others who may be affected by your acts or omissions.

Pacers

Pacers sponsored by CustomFit Brands, will be on hand to help you to your target time. Pacers will be for 1:30, 1:40, 1:50, 2:00, 2:10 and 2:20. Due to the hilly nature of the course, the pace will vary and won’t be on ‘minute mile’ pace. Using their knowledge of the course the pacers will aim to help you to your target time. Look out for the flags on the day.

Water stations

Strathmore Spring WaterWater will be provided in cups at five locations on the course at 3m, 5½m, 8m, 9½m and 11m, as well as at the finish.

 

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On the day 

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Getting there by rail

Due to the earlier start time of 09:00 imposed by Highways it is now not possible to travel by train to High Brooms or Tunbridge Wells to reach the start in time on race day.
Tonbridge Station is approximately 3 miles away and it maybe possible to travel by train to here and then take a taxi to the start. However it is suggested you do not rely on trains to get you to the start on time. If you do however decide to travel by train please, check for engineering works or timetable changes at www.nationalrail.co.uk and plan your journey in advance.

Getting there by bus

Arriva operate the bus service www.arrivabus.co.uk – ask for Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre or Territorial Army stop.

Getting there by car and parking

Local parking is limited. Arrive in Tunbridge Wells in plenty of time – we advise at least 60-90 minutes before the race. Please park considerately and do not block roads or residents’ driveways. There is NO parking at HQ for runners. Plan ahead where you are going to park and car share where possible. There are numerous public car parks in Tunbridge Wells within a mile of HQ. There is a charge for car parking on Sundays so bring spare change. Allow plenty of time to park and walk to race HQ. This year we have secured additional parking at the Freight Association Offices on St John’s road which is not indicated on the map below as yet.

 

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Race HQ TN4 9TX

Race HQ is the sports hall section of Fusion Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre, St John’s Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN4 9TX. Only VIP Parking at Race HQ. Changing rooms, toilets and lockers (£1 coin required) are available at HQ but NO showers. There are additional toilets outside and at the race finish area. Race Expo in the Sports Hall from 7.30am – visit our sponsors and partners for discounts, offers and advice. The Running Hub shop will be available for any last minute items.

Activity Morning

There will NOT be a Kids Activities morning in the sports centre for runners who have youngsters they would like occupied while they run the Half marathon this year. This is due to refurbishment work taking place in the Sports Centre.

Entries

Your race number, which includes chip timing, will be available for collection during the week prior to the race Thursday 18th to Saturday 20th 9am – 6 pm at the Nuffield Hospital, Kingswood Road, Tunbridge Wells TN2 4UL and on the morning of the event at the RACE HQ. We will NOT be posting out numbers this year. If you cannot collect in the week prior please ensure you arrive at HQ in adequate time on race morning to allow collection of your number. Your number is disposable after the race – you do not need to return it. Do not allow anyone else to run using your race number. It is against UKA rules and could result in a medical emergency. If you do wish to transfer your number this can be done free of charge up until a week prior to the race. Email: twhalfmarathon@gmail.com.
Remember NO NUMBER = NO TIME. You must wear the number pinned to the FRONT of your vest. It must not be folded or altered in any way. Do not interfere with the timing chip on the reverse. Please write emergency contact details and any medical conditions on the reverse. On the day enquires will be handled by our information desk on the day. Again please leave plenty of time for collection of your number. Race HQ opens at 7:00am and you should to be in the start pens by 8:45am to start the race which has to start promptly due to traffic management restrictions.

Baggage

We operate a free baggage drop at HQ where you can leave your belongings. Please use the issued baggage tag and tie it securely to your bag and leave sufficient time to drop your bag and get to the start approximately 5 mins walk away.

Toilets

Toilets are available at race HQ and in the finish area. Please use the toilet facilities in good time before the race start. Anybody seen urinating in residents’ gardens, especially those close to the start area, will be disqualified from the race.

Physio massage

Pre/Post race massage is being provided, follow the signs in the HQ. Masseurs all provide their services free of charge. A donation of £5-10 is suggested which is donated to a charity chosen by the Masseurs. Last year over £200 was donated to the Pickering Centre in Tunbridge Wells.

Illness/injury

If you are medically unfit to run a half marathon due to illness or injury, then you should not take part in the race. Please see www.runnersmedicalresource.com for medical advice related to running.

Race Results

Provisional results will be posted in HQ immediately after the race. Full race results are usually available here by Sunday evening or on the HS Sports web site. Postal results are not available. 

Race coverage will be published in the Kent and Sussex Courier – don’t forget to buy your copy!
Kent and Sussex Courier

 

Race Photos

Photos of runners taken during the race will be available for purchase at www.sportcam.net

Drone Photos

A selection of aerial photos and videos are available on the Tunbridge Wells Harriers photo site at photos.twharriers.org.uk

These are made possible by the kind participation of Blayne Jackson at X-Cell Aerial Surveys

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Engraving

It is hoped the the engraver will be present this year (TBC).
It is possible as an option to purchase and iTab which will be sent shortly after the race with your result and which can be attached to your medal.

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Traffic management 

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Traffic information

Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon, Sunday 21st February 2015 starting 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.

We hope that residents will make alternative travel arrangements if affected, and come to support the race and runners taking part in the town’s biggest mass-participation sporting event.

Traffic management summary

The course is a single lap anti-clockwise loop, starting and finishing in Southborough, and passing through Bidborough, Penshurst, Fordcombe, Langton Green and Tunbridge Wells.
The southern section of the course is likely to be the most congested, and is detailed in this map.

Northbound traffic will be stopped on the A26 St John’s Road to allow the race to start, and will be allowed to continue after about 10 minutes.

Traffic will not be permitted to join the course from roads within the circuit while the main bulk of runners is passing, and will also not be allowed to turn into these side roads from the clockwise carriageway of the circuit.

Road closures

The following roads will be closed by statutory order (with approximate timings given for the duration of the closure):

Junction Detail of Restrictions Approx Timing
A26 London Road j/w
B2176 Bidborough Ridge
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0900 to 1000
Darnley Drive j/w
St Lawrence Avenue
Road closed southbound 0900 to 1000
Woodland Way j/w
B2176 Bidborough Ridge
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0900 to 1000
B2176 Bidborough Ridge j/w
Gate Farm Road
No right turn onto B2176 0905 to 1010
B2176 Bidborough Ridge j/w
High Street
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0905 to 1010
B2176 Penshurst Road j/w
Mill Court
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0915 to 1015
B2176 Penshurst Road j/w
Haysden Lane
No right turn onto B2176 0915 to 1015
B2176 Penshurst Road j/w
Barden Road
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0915 to 1015
B2176 Rogues Hill j/w
Poundsbridge Lane
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0915 to 1015
B2188 Fordcombe Road j/w
Leigh Road
No right turn onto B2188 0915 to 1015
B2188 Fordcombe Road j/w
The Warren
No right turn onto B2188 0920 to 1100
B2188 Fordcombe Road j/w
Glebelands
No right turn onto B2188 0920 to 1100
Fordcombe Road j/w
Grove Road
No right turn onto B2188 0920 to 1100
B2188 Fordcombe Road j/w
Smarts Hill
No right turn onto B2188 0920 to 1100
B2188 New Road j/w
service road
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0920 to 1100
B2188 Smarts Hill j/w
Smarts Hill (to Spotted Dog PH)
No right turn onto B2188 0920 to 1100
B2188 Spring Hill j/w
Sandfield Road
No right turn onto B2188 0920 to 1100
B2188 Fordcombe Road j/w
The Lane
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0920 to 1100
B2188 Fordcombe Road j/w
Chafford Lane
No right turn onto B2188 0920 to 1100
B2188 Fordcombe Road j/w
Old House Lane
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0920 to 1100
B2188 Fordcombe Road j/w
A264 Ashurst Road
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0945 to 1130
A264 Ashurst Road j/w
A264 Langton Road
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0945 to 1130
A264 Langton Road j/w
The Green (The Hare crossroads)
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0945 to 1130
A264 Langton Road j/w
Broom Lane
Left turn only onto A264 0945 to 1130
A264 Langton Road j/w
Salisbury Road
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0945 to 1130
A264 Langton Road j/w
First Street
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0945 to 1130
A264 Langton Road j/w
Stonewall Park
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0945 to 1130
A264 Langton Road j/w
Farnham Lane
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0945 to 1130
A264 Langton Road j/w
Barrow Lane
Left turn only onto A264 0945 to 1130
A264 Langton Road j/w
Newlands
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0945 to 1130
A264 Langton Road j/w
Holmewood Ridge
No right turn onto A264 0945 to 1130
A264 Langton Road j/w
Dornden Drive
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0945 to 1130
A264 Langton Road j/w
Coach Road
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0945 to 1130
A264 Langton Road j/w
Tea Garden Lane
No right turn onto A264 0945 to 1130
A264 Langton Road j/w
Rusthall Road
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0945 to 1130
A264 Langton Road j/w
Bishops Down Road
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0945 to 1130
Mount Ephraim j/w
Molyneux Park Road
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0945 to 1130
Mount Ephraim j/w
Boyne Park
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0945 to 1130
Mount Ephraim j/w
Royal Chase
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0945 to 1130
Mount Ephraim j/w
Culverden Street
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0945 to 1130
A26 St John’s Road j/w
Mount Ephraim and
A26 Grosvenor Road
No exit from roundabout onto Mount Ephraim 0945 to 1130
A26 St John’s Road j/w
Culverden Park
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0945 to 1130
A26 St John’s Road j/w
John Street
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0945 to 1130
A26 St John’s Road j/w
Culverden Down
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0945 to 1130
A26 St John’s Road j/w
Beltring Road
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0945 to 1130
A26 St John’s Road j/w
Southfield Road
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0945 to 1130
A26 St John’s Road j/w
Leighton Close
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0945 to 1130
A26 St John’s Road j/w
Floyd Close
Road closed at junction
(entrance and exit)
0945 to 1130

RoadClosedAll closed roads will be clearly indicated by normal statutory signage, and will also be manned by race officials for the duration of the event.

 

Diversions

The following diversions will be put into place to minimise the effect of the above road closures on normal traffic flow:

A264 Langton Green

The A264 will be closed eastbound (towards Langton Green) at the junction with the B2188 Fordcombe Road. All eastbound traffic will be directed in a clockwise direction around the Half Marathon course along the B2188 to Penshurst, and then the B2176 to Bidborough. Access to Tunbridge Wells will then be via the A26 southbound through Southborough.

There will be no restriction of access to the A264 westbound (towards East Grinstead) at the B2110 junction with the A264.

Mount Ephraim (between the Grosvenor Rd roundabout and the A26 London Road)

Mount Ephraim will be closed to westbound traffic between the Grosvenor Road roundabout and the junction with the A26 London Road. Traffic will be diverted through the town centre to rejoin Mount Ephraim via Church Road along the following route: Grosvenor Road, Upper Grosvenor Road, Meadow Road, Goods Station Road, Mount Pleasant Road and Church Road.

DiversionAll diversions will be easy to follow, with the routes being indicated by normal statutory signage.

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Results 

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2015 results

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.

The first lady to finish was Alice Heather-Hayes of the Tunbridge Wells Harriers and this is only the second time in the race history that a Harrier has won the race outright. Alice finished in 26th place overall in a time of 1:22:33.  Tina Oldershaw from Paddock Wood coming back from injury and supporting a cold was second lady 41st overall in 1:24:51. Maria Heslop also of Paddock Wood and last year’s winner, running for the Bridge Trust plus carrying a slight injury was 3rd lady to finish in 1:25:00 in 43rd place overall.

The oldest competitor in this year’s race was Graham Brooks 82 of the Tunbridge Wells Harriers and he completed the course in 3:10:37.

Results from previous years

Year Male winner Time Female winner Time
2015 Daniel Bradley 01:12:59 Alice Heather-Hayes 01:22:33
2014 Ben Cole 01:11:11 Maria Heslop 01:21:17
2013 Thomas Payn 01:07:11 Deirdre McDermot 01:21:58
2012 Yared Hagos 01:04:15 Helen Davies (nee Decker) 01:12:41
2011 Andy Greenleaf 01:09:24 Liz Yelling 01:13:56
2010 Ben Moreau 01:09:11 Helen Decker 01:18:37
2009 Florian Neuschwander 01:08:49 Tina Oldershaw 01:22:57
2008 Benjamin Noad 01:09:48 Tina Oldershaw 01:23:12
2007 William Levett 01:11:15 Emma Dennis 01:27:55
2006 Julian Rendall 01:13:56 Miranda Heathcote 01:24:25
2004 Julian Rendall 01:12:51 Tina Oldershaw 01:25:10
2003 Allan Lee 01:12:31 Tina Oldershaw 01:25:33
2002 Andrew Graffin 01:10:39 Kristina Farr 01:26:24
2001 Darrell Smith 01:11:26 Andrea Green 01:15:36
2000 Scott McDonald 01:13:42 Tina Oldershaw 01:20:13
1999 Barry Royden 01:05:33 Janice Moorkite 01:23:20

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2015 Race Report 

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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.

After the event it was discovered that Daniel Bradley’s father Cain Bradley won the race in 1985 exactly 30 years previously. It would have been exactly to the day but in 1985 the race was held on the 12th May.
The first lady to finish was Alice Heather-Hayes of the Tunbridge Wells Harriers and this is only the second time in the race history that a Harrier has won the race outright. Alice finished in 26th place overall in a time of 1:22:33.

Tina Oldershaw from Paddock Wood coming back from injury and supporting a cold was second lady 41st overall in 1:24:51. Maria Heslop also of Paddock Wood and last year’s winner, running for the Bridge Trust plus carrying a slight injury was 3rd lady to finish in 1:25:00 in 43rd place overall.
The oldest competitor in this year’s race was Graham Brooks 82 of the Tunbridge Wells Harriers and he completed the course in 3:10:37.

For the 2015 race there were 2015 online entries and in total there were 1565 finishers of the race. Entries for the race were managed by Race Nation and the timing of the race was managed by HS Sports. Full race results can be found at www.chiptiming.co.uk/

The Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon is organised by Tunbridge Wells Harriers and its organising team who are all volunteers. It is understood this is probably still the largest event held organised by runners for runners on a voluntary basis. Without the many volunteers from the club, member’s family and friends, local organisations, village residents and many others who give up a great deal of their time, the event would not have taken place.
This year was the second year for Race Director Mark Taylor who took over from Sarah Russell who had managed the event for six years previously. Due to a clash with the Brighton Half Marathon entry numbers were slightly reduced this year the race was once again another terrific success though with 2,015 runners entering the event.
For the fifth year Lifestyle sponsored the event, this year under the Kia name. In addition to providing invaluable support leading up to the event Lifestyle also supplied all the transport requirements which are invaluable in managing the event. Lifestyle also had 18 employees running the race and supporting the Pickering Centre in Tunbridge Wells. This year they have again raised a large amount of money for the Centre and in the past 5 years this takes the total to well over £40,000.

This is the last year that Lifestyle will sponsor the event and so the Tunbridge Wells Harriers are now looking for a new sponsor for the 2016 event. If you know of a business or organisation that would like to partner the Harriers next year please ask them to contact the Harriers via email twhalfmarathon @gmail.com or by calling 01732 832948.
This year the half marathon main charity partners were Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, The Counselling Centre, The Bridge Trust. The race also supported Tunbridge Wells Citizens advice Bureau, The Pickering Centre, Hospice in the Weald, Compaid and Cardiomyopathy Association. Some of these charities had stands at the race HQ the Fusion Sports Centre. From the surplus funds, which are at present unknown the Tunbridge Wells Harriers will donate to these charities plus the many others organisations and schools which help with the event. This year via the Race Nation entry system we were able to manage Charity donations given by the runners and at the close of entries the runners alone donated £3040 in excess of their entry fee with a further £498 pledged via sponsorship.

This year as last year was an earlier start time of 09:00 to try and overcome some of the traffic issues associated with previous years. Unfortunately whatever time the race is run it will inconvenience many people around the course so thanks to everyone who may have been inconvenienced on the day and who happily tolerated the situation. You all played your part in making it a successful event and which will hopefully allow the event to continue. This in turn will allow the Harriers not only to carry on providing a now renowned Half Marathon for the runners but will also enable all the local charities to continue to benefit from any surplus the event makes.

Special recognition must go to the many sponsors and contributors to the event, Lifestyle Kia, Custom Fit suppliers of the winner category prizes, Strathmore Water for supplying all the bottled water, Compagnie Frutiere Paddock Wood for the bananas, Jordans, Kent and Sussex Courier, Freeway Exhausts and Freight Transport Association for parking, Mitchells Printing Ltd, Girl Friday Graphics, Running Hub, k4sportsrehab who organised the massages, AXA PPP Healthcare, Velo House and the Leicester Arms, Penshurst.

This event would not be possible without the help and assistance of Tunbridge Borough Council, Kent Highways, Kent Police, Fusion Sports Centre & staff, Tunbridge Boys Grammar School allowing the use of their entrance car parks, St. Gregory’s School for the use of their school grounds for parking. Skinners Grammar School for allowing parking at the school and manning water stations. St. John’s Church of England Primary School for parking. The Masonic Lodge and Tunbridge Wells Tennis Club for parking. Lastly people not mentioned who contributed in many ways but particularly the many marshals who stood out in the cold seeing the 1560 plus runners safely round the course.
Planning for next year’s event is underway already with the intention of holding the event around the same time next year.

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Prizes and Trophies 

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The final prize list for 2016 will be.

Trophies and medals, cash and sponsor prizes (CustomfitBrands) will be given to all category winners. (Additionally there will be voucher for entries to the 2016 TW Half Marathon for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Male and Female overall).
1st M40-49
1st M50-59
1st M60-69
1st M70-79 and M80
1st F35-44
1st F45-54
1st F55-64
1st F65-74 and F75+
1st UKA affiliated club teams (first 3 to score)
Best fancy dress runner
1st sponsor team (first 3 to score)
NOTE: In the case of a veteran runner winning an overall race prize, both prizes will be awarded to that runner. A runner may only win a prize in their OWN age category as well as an overall prize. Gun times (not chip times) will be used for all categories.

Our huge thanks go out to ALL the sponsors and supporters of the 2016 ‘Nuffield Health Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon’.

 

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FAQ 

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Organisation

Q: What is the race website address where I can find more information and more up to date announcements?
A: This website (www.twharriers.org.uk) contains all of the up to date information on the Half Marathon page.

Q: Who organises the race?
A: The race is organised by volunteers from Tunbridge Wells Harriers.

Q: When and where is the race being held?
A: The Nuffield Health Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon takes place on Sunday 21st February 2016 at 9.00am. This will be the 33rd year of the event. Race HQ is the Sports Hall section of the Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre and the race start and finish are nearby.

Race entry

Q: When do entries open?
A: Entries opened in September 2015 and will remain open until all places are taken or the closing date of 17th February 2016 is reached.

Q: How do I enter?
A: Entries are open online until 19th February 2016 (apart from complimentary places – see below).

Q: How do I enter if I have a complimentary place?
A: Contact the Race Organisers at twhalfmarathon@gmail.com if you have a complimentary place. You will be given more information on what to do.

Q: How much does it cost to enter?
A: The entry costs are £22 affiliated or £24 non-affiliated – the same as 2015.

Q: When will I get my number and other entry information?
A: As soon as you pay for the event you will receive a confirmation email. You will not receive your race number or other race paperwork, this will be available for collection in the week prior at the Nuffield Hospital Tunbridge Wells TN2 4UL and on the morning of the race at RACE HQ. Please retain your confirmation email as a reminder that you have entered.

Q: Is it necessary to register on the day?
A: No, further registration is not necessary after the initial entry application has been made.

Q: What is the minimum age to enter the race?
A: All competitors must be at least 17 years of age on 21st February 2016. There is no maximum age!

Q: Do I need to be a club runner to enter this event?
A: No, the race is open to affiliated club runners and non-club runners.

Q: Are there other restrictions on entry?
A: As this is a hilly course, we regret that it is not suitable for wheelchair athletes. Dogs or buggies are also not permitted, and runners must not be accompanied or followed by others on cycles. Additionally you should be able to complete the race in 3 hours max.

Q: Can I enter on the day of the race?
A: The race has sold out in advance over past years. This being the case there will be no entries on the day (if not sold out limited places may be available on the day at an extra cost).

Participants

Q: How much running experience do I need to run this race?
A: The race is open to all but individuals need to bear in mind that the course is 13.1 miles long and is undulating and in two particular parts, fairly steep and hilly. This particular half marathon is a fairly challenging course and runners should judge for themselves if they have run enough and are sufficiently trained for the event. Beginners are welcome but we ask that you do not walk or run the course if you do not expect to finish in under 3 hours.

Q: Why is there a limit of 3 hours on the event?
A: Firstly to ensure that those who enter are sufficiently fit enough to complete the event and secondly that we cannot keep roads closed for longer than this. Road closures are a necessary and important part of the event’s organisation but we do not wish to inconvenience road users for any longer than is absolutely necessary. Slower runners will therefore be directed to the pavement at Langton Green after approx. 2.5 hours.

Q: Do you issue runners’ instructions?
A: Yes, these are emailed to all runners before the event with any other essential information. A copy will also be available on the website for you to download.

Q: Do I need to wear special kit?
A: No, your normal running clothing is normally sufficient, but competitors should be mindful that the event could experience inclement conditions and dress accordingly. As a general piece of advice it is not advisable to run any race in new running shoes. The course is all on-road so normal running shoes only are required; there is no off-road element.

Q: Do I need to wear my running club vest?
A: If you have entered as an affiliated competitor you should wear your registered club vest.

Q: Where do I pin my race number?
A: Your race number should be pinned to the front of your running vest and must be visible throughout the race and especially at the start and finish.

Health and safety

Q: Will I be safe?
A: The safety of our runners is paramount and we ensure this by arranging partial road closures, marshalling the race in many positions around the course, providing first aid, arranging a quick and sophisticated communications system to call for emergency services as required, and by giving race instructions to all participants.

Q: I have a medical condition, should I notify you of this?
A: If your medical condition could influence any emergency treatment that you may need in the event of you feeling ill during the race, then you should tell us on your entry; complete the back of the race number as well with all the relevant details and advise in the appropriate section when you enter. If you are unsure of your fitness to run, please see www.runnersmedicalresource.com for medical advice related to running.

Q: Am I allowed to run with a personal music player?
A: We strongly advise that runners do not wear personal headphones/earphones to listen to iPods, MP3 players, smartphones or other personal music players while participating in the race. Running whilst wearing headphones/earphones significantly reduces your ability to hear traffic, individual vehicles, instructions and warnings from the police, marshals and other people, and generally distracts your attention, increasing the risk of accident or injury to yourself and possibly other people. If despite this advice you choose to participate in the race using such a device you accept full responsibility for your own safety and for the safety of anyone else who may be affected by your acts or omissions.

Course

Q: What is the course?
A: The race is a 13.1 miles single lap testing course starting and finishing near the Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre. Full details of the course can be found here, but in summary the course goes through Southborough, Bidborough, Penshurst, Fordcombe, Langton Green and Tunbridge Wells. It is all on-road and there will be comprehensive road closures and other security measures in place.

Q: Is the course distance accurate? A: Yes: it is the half marathon distance of 13 miles 192½ yards. The course has been measured by the IAAF recognised method of course measurement and has received a certificate of course accuracy from the Association of UK Course Measurers. Most runners realise the importance of having courses accurately measured in order to make comparisons of times sensible, and the recognised method of measurement ensures an accuracy of 10m in every 10km. This is more accurate than a car odometer and most GPS’s, and the method also adds a factor to ensure that the course is not short in order to make PBs and records possible.

Q: Will there be pacers?
A: Yes, there are plans to organise pace groups for sub 1.30, sub 1.40, sub 1.50, sub 2.00, sub 2.10 and sub 2.20. Due to the hilly nature of the course, the pace will vary and won’t be on ‘minute mile pace’. The start area will be marked with where to congregate for expected finish times; pacers will be easily identifiable.

 

Q: Do I get a drink on the course?

A: Yes, there will be at least 6 water stations on the course, including the finish. See the race website for exact locations. As the race is a half marathon all runners are encouraged to drink during the run whatever the weather.

 

Q: Will photographs be taken of the race?

A: Yes, www.sportcam.net will be taking photos of every runner and these are normally available for purchase from their website about three days after the event.

 

Q: Will there be entertainment at the race?

A: Yes, we always provide entertainment to make the event lively and fun as well as to encourage our runners. Please give them a cheer as you run past!

 

Race HQ

 

Q: How soon will the results be made available?

A: Race results are made available on the day; printed sheets are posted on the wall at Race HQ. Full race results and all relevant details will be available on the race website normally within 24 hours of the event and on the HS Sports website.

 

Q: Can I find out the race results from previous years?

A: See the race website for a link to the results from previous years.

 

Q: Do I receive a medal for finishing the race?

A: Yes, specially designed bespoke medals are given to all runners who complete the race as well as water and something to eat. One free technical t-shirt is also given to each runner; these can be collected before or after the race from Race HQ. Do not forget to collect on the day of the race as they cannot be sent to you after the race. A variety of sizes will be made available and these can be tried, queues and timing permitted. There will also be facilities to have your medal engraved with your time at Race HQ.

 

Q: Are there prizes?

A: Yes there are prizes for 1st male and female, 2nd male and female, 3rd male and female, age category prizes, and trophies to UKA affiliated clubs of 1st,  overall male and female teams.

 

Q: Is car parking available?

A: Please note that there is no parking at Race HQ, only drop off. However a number of local schools and other organisations are kindly allowing us to use their facilities on race day. Full details can be found in the race instructions and up to date information will also be posted on the website closer to race day. You need to download the parking map from the website which clearly states the permitted parking zones. Please do not park in front of residents drives and so on particularly along Reynolds Lane.

 

Q: Are there toilets at the event?

A: There will be plenty of toilets at Race HQ but none on the course. Please allow plenty of time to use the conveniences ahead of the race start to avoid last minute bunching of runners at the back of the start area. We allow one toilet for every 50 runners, plus additional urinals for the male runners. This is actually double the requirement of BARR recommendations. Please do use the toilets and allow plenty of time to do so, we will disqualify any runner seen urinating in residents gardens close to the start area.

Q: Are there changing facilities at the event?
A: Yes, there are male and female changing rooms at the Race HQ, St John’s Sport Centre but unfortunately the sports centre do not allow us to use their showers due to limited water supply and pressure on the heating system. However space is limited and it would be most helpful if non-runners stayed away from the changing areas. Supporters can use the separate toilets also located at St John’s Sports Centre.

Q: Is there a bag drop facility?
A: Yes there is a supervised bag drop facility at race HQ. Ensure you remember to tag your baggage with your race number on it. Please only drop one bag per runner. Please allow plenty of time to use the bag drop facility, there is always a queue and it is not advisable to hang on to your belongings to the last possible moment.

Q: Will there be refreshments available?
A: Yes, there will be a variety of refreshment providers at Race HQ for use by runners and supporters.

Q: Will there be massage available at Race HQ?
A: Yes, the service will be free, but a suggested donation of £5 will go to the race charities.

Q: Will there be childcare available?
A: Unfortunately there will be no child care this year due to refurbishment work at the Sports Centre.

Withdrawing from the race

Q: Can I withdraw from the race?
A: Yes you can but we are unable to give refunds as the financing of the race is based on the total number of runners that we can accommodate on the course. As all our surplus funds are donated to charity we cannot issue refunds. It is your choice to run or not once you have entered but we are unable to refund the entry fee if you withdraw.

Q: Can I transfer my entry to somebody if I withdraw from the race?
A: Under NO circumstances can race numbers be transferred to another runner without the organisers knowledge. There are two very good reasons for this. Firstly, and most importantly, for health and safety reasons. If a runner is injured or falls ill during a race we will have the wrong personal details for them. Secondly, the runner’s result and position in the race will not be a true reflection of their ability and can seriously skew the final results. In 2011 we disqualified a male runner who had used a race number of a female friend, finishing the race placed as 4th female. Clearly, this is unacceptable. However we are able to offer some flexibility here and will allow transfers for injured runners only; these must be complete by 19th February 2016. No transfers will be allowed after midnight on that day. Contact the Race Organisers on twhalfmarathon@gmail.com if you need to effect a transfer due to injury; you will be given more information on what to do.

Q: If I withdraw from the race can I transfer my entry to 2017 or any other future event?
A: No. The financing for each race is separate and so we cannot allow transfers between events.

Sponsors

Q: Who are the sponsors?
A: The title sponsor for the 2016 race is Nuffield Health in Tunbridge Wells who we are very proud to be associated with. The details of other sponsors will be made available on the race website and in the race instructions.

Q: Why are sponsors necessary?
A: Without race sponsors the entry fee would be significantly higher and there would not be medals and other items that we are able to give to deserving runners. The costs of staging this race event, like all others, are very high (over £28,000) and so the significant sums given by sponsors enable us to price the event for runners at a more sensible level.

Charity

Q: Which charities are being supported?
A: Runners can enter and run on behalf of any charity they choose but the proceeds from this race will be donated to Counselling Centre TW (www.thecounsellingcentre.org.uk), Bridge Trust (www.thebridgetrust.org.uk), Dame Kelly Holmes Trust (www.damekellyholmestrust.org), Citizens Advice Bureau (www.citizensadvice.org.uk/tunbridgewellscab) You may like to consider raising funds for our chosen charity through your own additional sponsorship. If you raise money for charity you may only do so through sponsorship, there are a number of very useful websites through which you can request sponsorship from friends and family. Other forms of raising money are not allowed, for example rattling a bucket round Race HQ or on the course.

Supporters

Q: Can I bring supporters to the event?
A: Of course, we welcome as much support as possible and there is plenty of space at the start and finish area for enthusiastic support as well as the designated ‘spectator spot’ at Lifestyle, Langton Road, Tunbridge Wells where there will be a great atmosphere. Much of the on-road event however, is on country lanes where there are no pavements and so supporters are discouraged to stand around in these areas for their own safety as well as that of the runners. Apart from the start / finish area there is plenty of supporting space in Southborough, parts of Bidborough, Penshurst Village, Fordcombe Village, Langton Green Village and Tunbridge Wells Town Centre. In terms of your supporters getting to their chosen vantage points please note that due to traffic conditions, vehicular access to the course is only possible in a clockwise direction around the race circuit – see the race website for full details.

Weather

Q: What is the weather forecast for the event?
A: Please check on-line weather forecasts closer to race day and the race website in case of cancellation due to adverse weather.

Cancellation of the race

Q: How will I be notified if the race is cancelled?
A: In the unlikely event that the race is cancelled ahead of race day an announcement will be made on the race website and as far as possible runners will be notified on an individual basis through emails, texts and local press. If the race is cancelled on race day the only way of notification will be through the race website. We will keep you up to date via a series of emails and messages on the run up to the race.

Q: Can I have a refund?
A: In the case of abandonment or cancellation of the race by reason of unusually bad weather, the impossibility or danger of allowing the race to proceed, compliance with legal, police, or other public authority requirements or advice, or other exceptional circumstances outside the control of Tunbridge Wells Harriers and /or considered by the Race Director or Race Referee in their sole discretion to be sufficient, runners will not be entitled to the return of entry fee or any refund. Any net surplus made by the race is passed on to charity.

Other questions

Q: My question has not been answered, where do I go now?
A: Please check these FAQs again, see the race website or contact the Deputy Race Director via twhalfmarathon@gmail.com

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Spectators 

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There are many places along the route from which to support the runners, and we have a number of bands playing for your entertainment. Some good viewing points are listed below. All timings are approximate.

Please be aware of road closures and plan your viewing accordingly!

 

The Start (9:00am)

TWHalf-steelband The Race HQ is in the Sports Hall of Fusion Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre, St John’s Road. The Race Expo is in the hall, where runners can visit our sponsors and partners for discounts, offers and advice.

The race start is further north along St John’s Road – race marshals will guide you on the day. The PANTASY STEEL BAND will set the runners going with their fantastic drumming!

 

 

Southborough Common (1 mile)

Runners will pass this area between 9:03 and 9:20.

 

Penshurst (Mile 5)

The first runner should pass here at 9.25, with the majority through by 10.00 and the last runner by 10.20.

TWHalf-NewOrleansEchoesThe NEW ORLEANS ECHOES JAZZ BAND will be playing outside the Leicester Arms.

 

 

 

Spring Hill (Mile 6.5) and Fordcombe (Mile 7.5)

The first runner should pass here at 9.35, with the majority through by 10.20 and the last runner by 11.00.
This is the toughest section of the course and the runners need your support! SPIRITUS CARNIVAL GROUP will be playing outside the Chafford Arms.

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Langton Green (Mile 9)

The first runner should pass The Hare at 9.45, with the majority through by 10.40 and the last runner by 11.20.

Tunbridge Wells ROCK CHOIR will be singing here to entertain runners and spectators.

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Rusthall Cricket Club (Mile 10.5)

The first runner should pass here at 9.55, with the majority through by 11.10 and the last runner by 12.00
This is a pleasant open area where children can run around and there are a few benches for spectators to sit on.

 

Lifestyle Renault (Mile 11.5)

The first runner should pass here at 10.00, with the majority through by 11.20 and the last runner by 12.15.

 

The Velo House (Mile 12)

The first runner should pass here at 10.00, with the majority through by 11.20 and the last runner by 12.15

TWHalf-VeloHouseTHE VELO HOUSE will also be offering a free Belgian Beer to those runners who need an extra boost to get them through the BEER MILE, and will be playing host to the PANTASY STEEL BAND who will again play to help the runners through to the finish.

 

 

 

The Finish Mile (13.1)

The first runner will have to get to the finish by 10.04 (and 15 seconds!) to break the course record.
The runners need lots of support along the last mile on St John’s Road, all the way up to the finish at Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys. There are several cafés, bars and shops along this stretch of the course.

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Runner's offers 

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VENUE OFFER/DISCOUNT
1 The Smart and Simple Hotelhttp://smart-and-simple-2.myshopify.com/ 20% discount on room rate for any rooms booked on either Sat 20 or Sun 21 February – reception@sshtw.co.uk
2 The Royale Retreat Spahttp://www.royaleretreattw.co.uk/ £10 for a 10 minute leg massage which can be booked direct with the Spa or via The Smart Hotel – spa@royaleretreattw.co.uk
3 Velo Househttp://www.thevelohouse.com/ Have generously volunteered to be the Beer Mile Marker for the last mile of the race where runners will be offered complimentary Belgian beer! In addition, the Steel Band will be playing here to give added encouragement to all our runners
4 The Hotel du Vinhttps://www.hotelduvin.com/locations/tunbridge-wells/ Offering complimentary upgrades, where available, to any runners booking rooms on the Sunday evening and also offering a 20% discount on their A La Carte menu for any runners dining in their restaurant on the Sunday evening
5 Sankey’s Bar & Restauranthttp://www.sankeys.co.uk/ Just as they have for the last two years, Sankey’s will again be offering a FREE beer to finishers.
6 Duke of York Pub, Pantileshttp://www.dukeofyorktunbridgewells.co.uk/ 10% off 1st drink to finishers
7 Woods Restaurant & Bars, Pantileshttp://www.woodsrestaurant.co.uk/ 10% off food and drink to finishers
8 The Salomon’s Estatehttps://www.salomons-estate.com/ 25% off food and drink. Accommodation @ Sunday prices for Saturday 20 February quoting “Tunbridge Wells Half”. Please ring 01892 515152. Single Room – £49 & Double Room £78.75
9 The Bedford Armshttp://www.thebedfordtw.co.uk/ 10% off food from 12-5pm on Sunday 21 February and also 10% off the runner’s first beer
10 Mount Edgcumbehttp://themountedgcumbe.com/ 10% off drinks to runners on Sunday 21 February.
11 Fuggles Beer Caféhttp://www.fugglesbeercafe.co.uk/ £90 for a room on the evening of Sunday 21 February.  A separate offer of 2 courses for £10 or 3 courses for £15
12 The Royal Wells Hotelhttp://www.royalwells.co.uk/ 50% off first drink upon presentation of runner’s medal
13 The Cross Keyshttp://www.crosskeystw.co.uk/ Opening at 8:30 am for tea and coffee.10% off food on presentation of runner’s medal.

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