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Hendy Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon

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Event summary

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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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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What's included:

  • Chip timing
  • Toilets
  • Changing Facilities
  • Lockers (£1)
  • Baggage Drop
  • Massage
  • Marshals
  • Water stations
  • Finisher's Medal
  • T-shirt
  • Closed roads
Half Marathon
9:00am Sun 14th Feb 2021

Run 13.1mi

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4.8
52 reviews
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BicepFlexChallenging course
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Richard W
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5.0
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, … read more
Teresa
Star
5.0
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. … read more
Andrea
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Really enjoyed it, no queues for registration, the marshals were very supportive and the atmosphere was great… read more
Frequently asked questions
FAQ
Is this event suitable for wheelchair athletes?
Regrettably this event is not suitable for wheelchair athletes. … read more
FAQ
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. … read more
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What is the age limit for this event?
17 years and over… read more
Route description
Route description

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.

Richard W
Star
5.0
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,
Teresa
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5.0
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.
Andrea
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5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Really enjoyed it, no queues for registration, the marshals were very supportive and the atmosphere was great
Pippa
Star
5.0
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!
Emily
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5.0
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!
Deborah
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5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
My favourite half marathon. Great atmosphere, great scenery and one challenging hill. Whats not to like?
Gary
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4.3
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!
Dan
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5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
My first competitive race. What a well organised and absolutely superb event. Thanks for the experience, loved it.
Amy
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4.7
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
Sebastian
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4.7
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.
Ed
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3.7
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.
Helena
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5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
My favourite half marathon of all time (I've run it 6 times and been an enthusiastic supporter at least as many again). The Tunbridge Wells Harriers pull off perfect organisation everytime, from collecting the numbers/ t-shirts to Race HQ, to the course itself and the speed of results. Only tiny problem: the t-shirts. As a slight female runner I'm always left drowning in a HUGE top (despite it being a "small"). Why can't you do appropriate sizes for women runners? Thanks :-)
Josh
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5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Well staffed, lots of support and well organised! Really enjoyable - apart from fordcombe hill obviously!
Samuel
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5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Really, truly impressed by this half marathon. I was under the incorrect opinion that it would be pretty basic, but I was pleasantly surprised by how smooth the event was, from the race hq to the well-organised start of the race with fantastic pacers all though way to the marshalls that guided us to the end.
Jon
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5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Great run. Lovely day. Superb organisation. Nice shirt and medal.Only negative was the idiot in the whir SUV with a blue light constantly cutting up the runners and nearly taking out a cyclist whilst telling people off about headphones.
Richard
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5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Fantastic race as always, very picturesque course around the surrounding villages, and Fordcombe hill makes it a great challenging race.One small issue was that one of the early drinks stations seemed to be on a particularly narrow stretch of road which also had quite a few parked cars, which caused a minor bottleneck.Overall, would thoroughly recommend - well organised and marshalled, great medal and t-shirt.
James
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4.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Very well organised and structured race! Fantastic support and motivation from marshals spread throughout the course and the cheering from locals especially during the last two miles through Tunbridge Wells town really helped to make that final big push to the finish line. The course itself is certainly a challenging one! Fairly flat/downhill until about mile 7 and then the following two miles include some savage hills that seem endless going through Fordcombe. After mile 9 it's all pretty much flat until the finish but energy levels are pretty drained from the previous two miles of hills. It's a good idea to do some hill work in preparation, so by the time you reach the 9 mile marker you've still got enough left in the tank to keep you going at a steady pace to finish line. Only annoying thing is you can't listen to music during the race because you need to be listening to direction/traffic instructions from the marshals. However, this seems a bit unnecessary as you just follow where everyone else is running so directions aren't really needed for everyone behind the leaders, plus the marshals can visually indicate where to turn etc. In addition, as long as you stay on the left hand side of the road where traffic cannot pass, there's not really any other traffic instructions you need to be constantly listening out for. I feel that music could be allowed as long as runners are sure to stick to the safety guidelines of running on the correct side of the road and paying attention to visual cues of the marshals for course directions, water stations etc. Overall it was great event and much credit to the organisers for putting so much effort into making sure all the runners got the best experience possible!
Tris
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Fantastic event from start to finish - great organisation, fantastic marshals, volunteers at water stations & great support around the course. Special mention for brilliant pacers - I stuck to Mr 1h40 like glue until we snuck ahead towards the end. Looking forward to next time!
Nicola
Star
4.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
First time runner, beautiful sunny day, terrific course, had been dreading that 'infamous' hill but pleasantly surprised! Must specifically mention the portaloo organisation at the sports centre - the guy and lady had a tight ship going on there, i have never ever not had to queue for the toilet, they were a brilliant double act and she was the 2.20 pacer too, amazing job! I will definitely be back next year, thank you.
Emily
Star
4.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Great race, well organised. Very challenging hill and incline. Feedback: There were race marshals on every turn which is great but I think marshals or fort aides on the steep hilll around 6miles in would be very beneficial because many running pushed themselves too much here or stopped running for various reasons. Giving water in cups is not a good idea either because you cant drink from a cup while running without choking.
Rosie
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
It was well sign posted at every mile, there was organised pick up of bibs before and good freebies to be had!
Alistair
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Perfect organisation, perfect weather. Countryside looked beautiful. Why more can you want from a half marathon?
Jenny
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2.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
A lovely course. Sadly the traffic wasnt managed well in some places. Cars should not be driving in the runners lane, therefore only one way systhem should be in place. Saw nearly two collisions on the road one with car, car and one with runner and car. Very dangerous. Had to ask at two points what way to run as the race helpers where busy talking to people in cars.Drinking out of cups while running is very difficult. One water station with bottles of water and bananas would have been much better.
steve
Star
4.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
Great to have pacers available
Lorraine
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
The hill was definitely challenging around mine 7, but the marshals were amazing with encouragement to get you up it!
James
Star
4.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
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Peter
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
Practice running hills.
Faye
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
all Info was really informative before the race. I tend to not look to much at the course before I race, so I can enjoy it more.
Lorela
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
A lovely experience, loved it! Thank you for organizing it!
Sophie
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
I really enjoyed it- the Route was beautiful and although it was hilly it was really enjoyable.
Jim
Star
4.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
There is more than one hill, bIt only one you remember!
Peter
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
Ran a PB for a half marathon absolutely over the moon.
Julie
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
Plenty of water stations. Prepare for the hill
Natalie
Star
4.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
It was cold at the start pen so I was really appreciative of the long sleeve event top to put on an extra layer! A few peelable layers would be a wise kit choice to keep the muscles warm at the beginning and the downhill into Penshurst.
Trevor
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
It was actually my first half marathon but, I really enjoyed the day, a testing course too
Colin
Star
3.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
Every thing seemed to run smoothly plenty of marshals,plenty of water stations
Lewis
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
My first ever half marathon and I really enjoyed it. Really good atmosphere along the course and with all the runners. Tough in parts, but well worth it.
Adam
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
Challenging but enjoyable course.
Kitty
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5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
Much more fun than I was expecting
Allan
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5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
Really good run. Spring Hill is brutal. Will be doing again in 2019
Roy
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
Great run. Liked the slightly earlier start from last year. We will not tell the uninitiated about The Hill thats just part of the fun.
Lisa
Star
4.3
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
Thoroughly enjoyed the course, helped by the perfect weather conditions. Marshalls were all cheerful and helpful. I found the event to be well organised. The only thing I wouldve changed is the sizing on the T shirts, even the small was too big for us petite ladies, which was a shame as it made a change to have a long sleeve. I would definitely recommend this race and will be doing it again in the future
Ian
Star
4.3
Did the Half Marathon in 2017
All pre race information was good so nothing that i needed or wanted to know before the race that i didn't already. This is a hilly course with a steep and long hill just before 7 miles.
Louise
Star
4.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
Fantastic race. Make sure to be prepare for Fordcombe Hill - it's pretty tough if unexpected!
Vanessa
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
Really nice race, well organized and great finish reception! Don't set off too fast as that hill will take it out of your legs!!! Steady up the hill wins the day :-)
Andrew
Star
4.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
Very tough course. Train for the hills!
Clive
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
Excellent event, great use of the huge sports hall and facilities before and after the race. Lots of support out on the course.....One bit of advice.....train hills!
Richard
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4.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
A beautiful testing course very well organised. A regular event for me
Howard
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
Don't underestimate Spring Hill!
Stephen
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5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
The course was set up very well, the prior information was on point (No surprises at any point). Try not to set off to quickly and you have not "cracked" it when you get to the top of Spring Hill, the run in from Langton is surprisingly sapping
Stuart
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
Great
Caz
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5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
The free running shirt was far too big disputes getting a small. Not really suitable for running in as very loose fitting. A little pointless. I paid on the day 35 and was perhaps a little disappointed there was no goodie bag.
4.8
52 reviews
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Logistics and schedule

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

Spectators are very welcome and are permitted around the course.

Volunteers

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]

How to get there

Tunbridge Wells TN4 9TX, UK

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Location - Fusion Sports Centre, St John's Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN4 9TX

Getting to the venue -

Rail:

Due to the earlier start time of 09:00 imposed by Highways it is now not possible to travel by train to High Brooms or Tunbridge Wells to reach the start in time on race day.

Tonbridge Station is approximately 3 miles away and it maybe possible to travel by train to here and then take a taxi to the start. However it is suggested you do not rely on trains to get you to the start on time.

Bus:

Arriva operate the bus service www.arrivabus.co.uk – ask for Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre or Territorial Army stop.

Car & Parking:

Local parking is limited but there are several dedicated race carparks (see below map). Arrive in Tunbridge Wells in plenty of time – (at least 60-90 minutes before the race). Please park considerately and do not block roads or residents’ driveways.

Frequently asked questions
FAQ
Is this event suitable for wheelchair athletes?
Regrettably this event is not suitable for wheelchair athletes.
FAQ
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.
FAQ
What is the age limit for this event?
17 years and over
FAQ
Is this event suitable for wheelchair athletes?
We regret that it is not suitable for wheelchair athletes.
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Are dogs allowed or buggies?
Dogs or buggies will not be permitted, and athletes must not be accompanied or followed by others on cycles.
FAQ
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.
FAQ
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/
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unaffiliated?
Runners who are members of a UK Athletics affiliated running club are 'attached' runners; if you are not a member,
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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.
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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.
FAQ
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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Half Marathon
9:00am Sun 14th Feb 2021
Event cancelled

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