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 :

1James Price Tonbridge AC 35:50
9Michael King Tunbridge Wells Harriers 39:08
12Liz Weeks Tonbridge AC 40:11  1st Female
17Martin Hobbs Tunbridge Wells Harriers 40:31  Pb
35Matthew Newman Tunbridge Wells Harriers 44:10
40Michael Russell Tunbridge Wells Harriers 45:30
62Ana-Maria Green Tunbridge Wells Harriers 47:14 Pb
69Colin Ricketts Tunbridge Wells Harriers 47:43
78Michael Youlton Tunbridge Wells Harriers 48:10
92Amanda 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.