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Hendy Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon

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Tunbridge Wells Harriers are pleased to host the Hendy Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon. 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.

Tunbridge Wells Harriers are hugely grateful to all of the sponsors and partners particularly to Hendy Ford. The race is organised by volunteers from Tunbridge Wells Harriers.

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4.8
51 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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Teresa S
"Great organisation and awesome route with a bit of a challenge hill right in..."
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    Run 13.1mi
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    £26–£28
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Hendy Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon route

THE COURSE
The race is a testing, picturesque course through the Kent countryside. It is a one-lap course, featuring a few notable hills, including Spring Hill on the approach to Fordcombe. 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.

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.

PACERS
Pacers sponsored Tunbridge Wells Harriers, will be on hand to help you to your target time. Pacers will be for (gun time) 1:30, 1:40, (chip time) 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 pacer back pack mounted flags on the day.

WATER STATIONS
Water will be provided in cups at five locations on the course at 3m, 5½m, 8m, 9½m and 11m, as well as at the finish.

Event Details

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

RACE NUMBER

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

For 2020, number and t-shirt collection will be from the Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre Entrance Foyer as from Thursday 13th February until Friday 14th February from 09:00 until 18:00, 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. The post code for both locations is the same TN4 9TX.
Please note on Thursday until Saturday you will be able to park in the Sports Centre car park but on race day this will be closed to runners.

Number collection is also possible on the morning of the event at the RACE HQ but please collect in advance to save the rush on the day. 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.

There is no issue with transferring your entry and it is free transfer to friends and family members as long as notify before the start of the race. Please follow this link to notify about this - https://www.nice-work.org.uk/contact

RACE SCHEDULE

09:00am - Half Marathon start time

Kit List

Normal running gear is perfect for the event. Please bear in mind that this event is in February and therefore it is advised that you have warm items of clothing for and after the race.

Spectators

Spectators are very welcome!

Volunteers

The race is organised by volunteers from Tunbridge Wells Harriers.

FAQs

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, then you are 'unattached'

What is the age limit for this event?

17 years and over

How 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.

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Hendy Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon weather forecast

Mostly cloudy throughout the day.

8°C
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3°C
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IconModerate breeze possible, up to 10mph

Hendy Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon reviews (51)

4.8 out of 5 stars

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  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • 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.
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Good pre race organisation and very picturesque course. Unfortunately let down by poor traffic management which was at times dangerous for both runners and cars.
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