Weald Challenge

Yesterday I ran the Weald Challenge 2019 Half Marathon with Harriers Hugh Stephenson, Jane Roome, Luke Edwardes-Evans, Rosie Harris, June Edwardes-Evans, Deborah Stamp and Helen Jenkins.
This is the sixth time I’ve ran this race, it’s not your usual Half Marathon, 75% off-road, closer to 14 miles than 13.1 with plenty of hills, stiles and some spectacular scenery. It heads north along the Wealdway to the meeting point at Blackboys, then returns south along the Vanguard Way back to Chiddingly. Conditions were good considering it’s June, not too hot with all this rain recently. 

Last year’s winner, Dan Stent retained his title and won the event again. These are the 1st Male, Female and TWH times from chip the timing website…not sure how official these times are as the first F finished 11th, just behind me and I’m pretty sure she was not called Steve!

Pos Name Time Club
1 Dan Stent 01:31:21 Vegan Runners
10 Kelvin Desmoyers-Davis 01:44:00 Tunbridge Wells Harriers
16 Sue Fry (2nd F?) 01:48:20 Hailsham Harriers
54 Hugh Stephenson 02:03:52 Tunbridge Wells Harriers
92 Luke Edwardes-Evans 02:16:46 Tunbridge Wells Harriers
162 Jane Roome 02:34:37 Tunbridge Wells Harriers
172 Rosie Harris 02:36:40 Tunbridge Wells Harriers
214 June Edwardes-Evans 02:51:32 Tunbridge Wells Harriers
215 Deborah Stamp 02:51:32 Tunbridge Wells Harriers
217 Helen Jenkins 02:52:56 Tunbridge Wells Harriers
Also, huge congratulations to the Harriers that set off earlier in the morning and ran the 50km edition of the Weald Challenge.
Following on from Kelvin’s report, five Harriers ran in the Weald 50km ultra yesterday. The course starts in Chiddingly and follows the Weald Way up to Kings Standing car park in Ashdown Forest (which is the highest point in Ashdown Forest), whereupon it follows the Vanguard Way back to Chiddingly. It was a beautiful scenic course. I hadn’t anticipated the course being signed, as it wasn’t when I ran the High Weald Challenge a few years ago, hence I had spent the last few weekends recceing the course. There were very detailed instructions to download from the website.
The route was, however, very well signed – impossible to go wrong. There were five well stocked aid stations. A well organised race that I would very much recommend, especially if anyone is looking for an introduction into ultra running. There were 190 finishers. Results below:
Pos Name Time Club
1 john witton 04:16:10 Sevenoaks AC
37 Tara Taylor 05:20:41 Tunbridge Wells Harriers
52 rob jones 05:36:05 Tunbridge Wells Harriers
80 jon hodge 06:00:49 Tunbridge Wells Harriers
88 simon allford 06:06:54 Tunbridge Wells Harriers
165 rose sawyer 07:24:40
Tunbridge Wells Harriers