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.
How to enter the Hendy Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon
- Run 13.1miBooked 14 times this week
Hendy Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon route
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.
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.
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 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 will be provided in cups at five locations on the course at 3m, 5½m, 8m, 9½m and 11m, as well as at the finish.
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Hendy Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon weather forecast
Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
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