The 6th Tonbridge Half Marathon was being staged jointly by Tonbridge Rotary Club and Tonbridge Lions Club to raise money for KSS Air Ambulance, the Tonbridge Cottage Hospital League of Friends and other local charities including Slideaway.
A record 1,117 runners started this year's race in cool but sunny conditions. Chip timing was provided by Identisports. Congratulations to Julian Rendall and Maria Heslop who each won their 3rd Tonbridge Half Marathon (and were each awarded a special £100 prize by sponsors DC Access in recognition of their magnificent achievement).
Full results can be seen HERE.
This year the event also incorporated the Kent Half Marathon Championship, the results of which will be posted here soon.
The crowd support around the course was brilliant, particularly in Leigh. Sussex Sport Photography took professional photos which can be purchased online.
West Kent RAYNET provided excellent commiunications cover for the whole event, ensuring that any incidents could be reported and dealt with quickly and that roads could be re-opened to the public as soon as possible after the race had passed.
The race headquarters was once again be at the magnificent West Kent College. Sabrina Goacher and her team pulled out all the stops to ensure that we were made to feel really welcome and provided every runner with a lovely goody bag.
A special word of thanks must go to Nicola Ralph and her magnificent team of massage therapists who provided an ourstanding post-race massage service and raised £350 for our charities in the process!
"Please pass on my congratulations to everyone involved in yesterday’s half marathon. Without a doubt the best road race in Kent, amazing organisation, facilities and the support was fabulous. Loved it and will be back again" Ian Wilmott
S. E. Medical provided excellent first aid and paramedic support. In contrast with last year, we are pleased to report that they had a relatively quiet event!
We are grateful to all our other sponsors and supporters for their support, in particular DC Access, Millsons.co.uk, Warners Solicitors and Clif Bar who have all supported every one of our 6 half marathons. Judd School kindly put their premises and minibus at our disposal.
The 8th Tonbridge (Hildenborough) Scouts once again ran our four water stations with enthusiasm. The 2520 Squadron Air Training Corps and the Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells Detachments of the Kent Army Cadet Force prvided excellent help with car parking and in the Race Village.
We are very grateful to the many prople who helped as marshals around the course, some of them in locations away from the race route, and to those who helped in the Race Village to enable everything to run so smoothly. They are the unsung heroes of this event!
We are really sorry that the medals were not given out at the event, due to a problem with our suppliers. Everyone will receive a medal within the next few weeks. It’s a complicated problem which may take a little while to resolve, but you can rest assured that you will all get the medal you’ve earned as soon as possible!