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.