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Tunbridge Wells Harriers

Although a club called Tunbridge Wells Harriers was founded in the late 19th century. The Half Marathon continues to grow in size and stature, with the increase in field to a now sell-out 2500 entrants. The event, a recognised pre-London race in February, has hosted the Kent Championships, South East Athletic Association Half Marathon Championships, and has raised tens of thousands of pounds for charity. The race won the the most improved event award at the Runners World 2009 awards. and existed until the 1930s, the origins of the current club may be traced back to the running boom of the early 1980s. Tunbridge Wells Runners was formed by a small group of individuals that had trained together for the first London Marathon in 1981, originally meeting at the Coach Road lay-by in Rusthall or at Major Yorks Road car park. After the marathon, the training runs continued and the club was formed with many club runs then starting from the Cross Keys PH in St Johns Road. As the club developed, so its range of activities changed, and cross country, track and field, and triathlon were added to the Clubs origins in road running.

The race is one of the most popular in the South of England attracting up to 2500 entrants and usually sells out well before the event.

Famed for the scenic and challenging route (the 300 foot ascent of Spring Hill at Fordcombe is to be mentioned), meticulous organisation by volunteers from Tunbridge Wells Harriers, value for money (quality medal and free technical T Shirt for all runners) 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 runners for runners and Tunbridge Wells Harriers are very proud to be hosting the event for the 35th year.

Over the last 5 years alone the race has also donated in excess of over 120,000 to charity and some worthy local causes directly from any race surplus. Last years main charities were the Tunbridge Wells Counselling Centre, the Bridge Trust and Dame Kelly Holmes Trust.

This year we are supporting the Pickering Centre as our main charity, with The Bridge Trust and Tunbridge Wells Counselling Centre. Other local Charities we support are the TW CAB and Compaid, Any donations with your entry will be shared between the 3 headline charities. Thank you very much.

Hendy Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon

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Hendy Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon

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