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Hendy Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon

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Take on this challenging yet rewarding half marathon. Great for beginner and veteran runners alike, the course has a few notable ascents as it winds its way through the Kent countryside. Come for the physical challenge or for the finisher's medal.

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4.8
52 Reviews
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Emily M
"It was my first time racing in Tunbridge Wells and I'd highly recommend it. The..."

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Pippa E
"Fantastically organised including easy number collection, bag drop off and..."

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Richard W
"Very well organized, friendly race along an excellent varied, circular course. ..."
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Hendy Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon route

The half marathon is a challenging one-lap course through the Kent Countryside. There are a few notable hills, including Spring Hill on the approach to Fordcombe. As this is a hilly course, it is not suitable for wheelchair athletes.


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.

Event Details

  • Chip timing
  • Toilets
  • Changing Facilities
  • Lockers (£1)
  • Baggage Drop
  • Massage
  • Marshals
  • Water stations
  • Finisher's Medal
  • T-shirt
  • Closed roads

Registration:

Your race number, which includes chip timing, will be available for collection during the week prior to the race.

Registration will take place at Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre Entrance Foyer (TN4 9TX) from Thursday 13th February until Friday 14th February from 09:00 until 18:00 and Saturday 15th from 09:00 to 17:00. Then on race day from the race HQ, (the main sports hall) from 07:00 till 08:30.

RACE SCHEDULE

09:00am - The Half Marathon Start

Spectators are very welcome and are permitted around the course.

If you would like to volunteer, there are a variety of roles available from marshalling to helping with event set-up. Volunteers are offered free entry to a future Nice Work race and, in some cases, expenses are available. If interested, please contact: [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this event suitable for wheelchair athletes?
Regrettably this event is not suitable for wheelchair athletes.
Are headphones allowed?
Runners are NOT ALLOWED 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.
What is the age limit for this event?
17 years and over
Is this event suitable for wheelchair athletes?
We regret that it is not suitable for wheelchair athletes.
Are dogs allowed or buggies?
Dogs or buggies will not be permitted, and athletes must not be accompanied or followed by others on cycles.
Are headphones allowed?
As above – runners are NOT ALLOWED 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.
Can I enter on the day?
Providing the entry limit has not been reached, entries will be available on the day for all of our races. There is an extra charge for entering on the day and this is stated on the individual event entry form.What is the difference between attached/affiliated and unattached/
unaffiliated?
Runners who are members of a UK Athletics affiliated running club are 'attached' runners; if you are not a member,
17 years and overHow do I attach my timing chip?
Your timing chip is incorporated into your race number and should not be removed. Please place the race number on the front of your vest/shirt and not on your leg or back.
How do I attach my race number?
Please attach your race number to the front of your running top or vest using safety pins or clips, securing it on all four corners. Please don’t attach your number to the back of your shirt as it is difficult for our timekeepers and marshals to identify you.
Are there prizes on offer at the event?
At all of our events, we offer prizes for leading runners in the race and winners of each age category. There is a maximum of one prize per person and the prize giving is normally 45-60 minutes after the first finisher home. Age categories are worked out by your age on the date of the race. At all of our races, all finishers will be offered a memento or medal, plus finish line goodies.

Meet the organiser

We are a specialist race management company, organising more than 140 races across the UK each year. We offer everything from small community events to larger races organised on behalf of running clubs, charities, local authorities and private companies.

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Hendy Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon reviews (52)

4.8 out of 5 stars

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    Richard W

    Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Very well organized, friendly race along an excellent varied, circular course. Worth looking out on social media for race related offers from local businesses. THE hill at Fordcombe is tough, but there is excellent local support from spectators in several of the villages and in particular on the last mile or two as you head back into Tunbridge Wells. I have done this race the last four years. There was one lunatic car driver between Fordcombe and Langton Green who appeared to be ignoring all advice/instructions from marshals and driving in a very dangerous manner. Tho short of completely closing all the roads - which could render the race unviable as an event - I'm not sure what can be done about that sort of behaviour,
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Great organisation and awesome route with a bit of a challenge hill right in the middle. Friendly atmosphere and plenty of toilets.
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Really enjoyed it, no queues for registration, the marshals were very supportive and the atmosphere was great
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Fantastically organised including easy number collection, bag drop off and management of loo queue! Great course, friendly marshalls and fun atmosphere. Thanks Tunbridge Wells Harriers!
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    It was my first time racing in Tunbridge Wells and I'd highly recommend it. The organisation was top class - the most efficient portaloo queues I've ever seen and likewise at baggage collection, they had my bag on the table before I'd even got there. The staff volunteering at these points and throughout the event were enthusiastic and energetic which helped make a fantastic atmosphere.The race itself was wonderful - perhaps helped by the weather. The marshalls were well placed and enthusiastically cheering us on. I particularly appreciated the ones that were helping monitor the traffic or warning us of speed bumps, whilst we were sharing the roads at times, I certainly felt safe. And those at the water points were already clearing the roads whilst we were running - top effort.So thank you to every single person that helped make this possible. It was wonderful!
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    My favourite half marathon. Great atmosphere, great scenery and one challenging hill. Whats not to like?
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Fantastic organisation. So many helpers in the morning at HQ. Baggage drop off at HQ was easy and very helpful. Car parking was well sign posted and easy to on the run route (i got there early). Course was really 2 halfs. First 10k was mostly down hill and second 10K was quite tough and challenging. Route was fantastic though, stunning views and good crowds in the villages. Lots of well manned water stops and marshals was great around the course. Lots of toilets at the start and lots of people helping out getting people in the toilets quickly! Never seen club members at a course help out in every job!!!Done this a few times and will do this again if i keep fit. Many thanks all helpers!
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    My first competitive race. What a well organised and absolutely superb event. Thanks for the experience, loved it.
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Amazing event. No headphones rule was not enforced as far as I could see which was disheartening given I and many others adhered to the rules
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Well organised event, tough but enjoyable course & nice finish with secluded final few meters. Start and finish close to each other.
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