Over a thousand runners completed Sunday's race in fine but increasingly warm conditions. In the process, they raised over £65,000 both for their own charities – 54 of them – and for the THM’s headline charities, Headway and Ellenor.
Congratulations to Daniel Bradley of Tonbridge AC who won the men's race ahead of last year's winner Julian Rendall and Daniel Watt. Congratulations also to Lucy Reid, also from Tonbridge AC who won the ladies' race ahead of Nicole Taylor and last year's winner, Maria Heslop. Tonbridge AC also swept the board in the team events winning the men's event for the second time and the ladies' event for the first time, knocking 4 time winners Paddock Wood back into second place.
PROVISIONAL RESULTS are on the SPORT SYSTEMS website.
Once again, we were pleased to have Sussex Sport Photography as our official photographers and the official gallery of photos from the event is now open.
S.E.Medical provided outstanding first aid cover for the event with a number of mobile, highly qualified first aiders situated at key points around the course and two ambulances crews, one in Leigh and one at the finish line.
When a runner suffered a cardiac arrest near the end of the race in Lower Haysden, nearby race marshals Dave McDonald and Matt Clements, together with three passing runners, Gary Perryman, off-duty policeman Nick Lingham, and Dr. Sunil Sharma, provided immediate assistance and CPR. The marshals made contact with Race HQ and this enabled a S.E Medical motorcycle paramedic to arrive at the scene in under 3 minutes and attend the casualty. He was quickly followed by a S.E Medical mobile unit and S.E.M. director Jono Erodotu. The paramedic was able to give lifesaving defibrillation and advanced life support with the aid of the bystanders.
Following the event protocols, a 999 call was made from Race HQ to the Ambulance Service and one of their vehicles arrived within minutes. As the casualty had suffered a cardiac arrest, S.E.Medical also called in the Kent Air Ambulance. The casualty was stabilized at the scene and air lifted to a London hospital.
We apologise to those runners who were diverted. However, we are sure that you would understand that this was necessary to ensure the welfare of the casualty and the efficient operation of the emergency services.
Our thoughts are with the casualty and his family and we wish him a speedy recovery. The latest news that we have is that he is out of the medically induced coma and responding normally. He remains in hospital undergoing further treatment but the prognosis is good.
May I take this opportunity to thank all those who responded to our Facebook posting or emailed me. My team and I are so grateful for your support after what had been a very difficult 24 hours. This is just one example that I received from Grace Manzotti:
I just wanted to say how much enjoyed the race. it is my 5th Tonbridge Half Marathon . . . but wasn’t going to be able to run it as I got a hip injury last week. However, this morning I thought, I have done them all so am doing this one too! Took painkillers and thought I would take it a bit easier. I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed it, the organisation was flawless, the t-shirt a nice touch and the crowd support at Leigh village was just amazing, everybody was out for us. The church bells and the band were great. I also wanted to mention the volunteers out there - a big thank you to them, they are so friendly. It was great the way the organisation dealt with the emergency too. Well done to everybody who organised it. I shall be back next year, hopefully with no injury! 5 stars to this race from me.
Finally I would like to pay tribute to the immense professionalism and calmness under extreme pressure shown by members of the Tonbridge Half Marathon management team and marshal volunteers, by the Raynet volunteers who provided radio communications for the whole event, by S.E.Medical who first class first aid and paramedic cover for the event and by the three runners who stopped to help the casualty. I cannot speak too highly of these guys, without whose combined efforts a successful outcome would not have been possible.
Andy Blundell MBE