Staplehurst 10k


Whilst some were on the club tour on the Isle of Wight, others were running trail Half Marathons and Ultras in the Sussex countryside and a few were even running up mountains in the French Alps, eight Harriers made the rather shorter journey to Staplehurst on Sunday to run the annual 10k. I’m sure many of you will be familiar with this race as apart from it being fairly local it has in the past been part of the KGP series of races.

The race is advertised as being ‘fast and flat’, which apart from the hill between km 6 and 7 was entirely accurate.

The course is a lollipop route, starting with a loop of the playing field before heading out of Staplehurst and then turning off into some rather lovely country lanes. Conditions on Sunday were pretty much perfect, no wind to speak of and temperatures in the mid-teens.

The race was well organised with chip timing, friendly marshals and a medal and Jaffa cakes at the finish.

287 people ran.

Results :

James Price   Tonbridge AC   35:50
Michael King   Tunbridge Wells Harriers  39:08
12 Liz Weeks   Tonbridge AC   40:11  1st Female 
17 Martin Hobbs   Tunbridge Wells Harriers   40:31  Pb
35 Matthew Newman   Tunbridge Wells Harriers   44:10
40 Michael Russell   Tunbridge Wells Harriers   45:30
62 Ana-Maria Green   Tunbridge Wells Harriers   47:14 Pb
69 Colin Ricketts   Tunbridge Wells Harriers   47:43
78 Michael Youlton   Tunbridge Wells Harriers   48:10
92 Amanda Smith   Tunbridge Wells Harriers   49:24

Honourable mention to future Harrier Dillon Hobbs, who finished 3rd in a time of 36:30.

Congratulations to all.