The fourth Tonbridge Half Marathon is being organised jointly by Tonbridge Rotary Club and Tonbridge Lions Club to raise money for the Bridge Trust, the Phoenix Autism Centre Tonbridge (PACT) and other local charities.
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Runners are also encouraged to raise money for their own chosen charities - over £50,000 was raised in each of the first three years! The course is a traffic-free scenic and undulating route along country lanes around Tonbridge and Leigh.
The Tonbridge Half Marathon is the designated event for this year's Kent Half Marathon Championships. All runners in the Tonbridge Half Marathon who wish to enter these must e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday 25th September with the following details:
NAME GENDER DATE OF BIRTH
CATEGORY (SENIOR if under 40 male or under 35 female, or VETERAN with stated age group: M 40, 50 or 60; F 35, 45 or 55)
KENT AFFILIATED CLUB (if any)
1st, 2nd, and 3rd placed Kent Championship medals to be won for all categories and for teams (3 to score, male and female)
Team managers may submit multiple runner entries
All runners in the Kent Champs must pin the identifier on their back, to be collected from the Kent Champs desk on race day.
If you entered the race before Friday 19th September, your race pack has been sent out by Sport Systems and should arrive before the race. If it does not, just come to the information desk on arrival and we will provide you with another number. If you enter between now and 12 noon on Friday 26th, go to the Information Desk on arrival and your Race Pack will be waiting for you. Click here to read the information letter sent out in the Race Pack.
The race headquarters will once again be at the magnificent West Kent College, with separate male/female changing facilities, secure bag and valuables storage, sports massage facilities and a warm-up area. Please note that there are no showers available. Formerly known as K College, West Kent College has now become part of the Hadlow Group, which includes Hadlow College, Ashford College, Bettshanger Sustainable Park, Hadlow Rural Community School amd Hadlow Community Pre-School. We are delighted that Hadlow Group has allowed us continued use of the college facilities and we look forward to welcoming Paul Cannon, principal of the Hadlow Group to the event.
The race starts at the College at 10.00. The crowd support around the course is brilliant, particularly in Leigh. The venue is easy to reach by train or car and there is ample parking close to the start. Sussex Sport Photography will be taking professional photos which can be purchased online after the event.
The Tonbridge Half Marathon is run under UK Athletics rules, and St. John Ambulance provide a first class medical support. Last year’s third event was once again a great success with an 90% approval rate on Runners World. 95% said they would do the event again! We reached the 1300 limit a month before the event. This year, the limit has been raised to 1400 entrants, but don’t leave it too late to enter, to avoid disappointment.
"Just wanted to say thanks to you and your team and all the volunteers for putting on such a great race. From the reception at the college, the wonderful send off at the start of the race through all the marshals along the route and to the cheering welcome at the end it made for a very enjoyable experience. If there was some way of saying thanks to all the people that turned out in Leigh village for their tremendous & noisy welcome . . . With all the youngsters giving out water and reaching out for a high 5, to the drummers and bell ringers it was fantastic and really lifts your tired legs ! This is the second time for me running this race and I’ve enjoyed them both & look forward to many more. See you next year.” Grant Docksey 2013.
There is ample parking in West Kent College and at Judd School and nearby Hayesbrook School across the road from the college. Further car parking is available in the town centre, 5 minutes walk away.
We regret that this event will not be suitable for wheelchair competitors.
The online store will close at noon on Friday 26th September unless the race is full before this date.
We are delighted to announce that this year's goody bags will once again feature a CLIF BAR, the leading North American energy bar made with wholesome, delicious ingredients that deliver energy, to be supplied courtesy of DAVID SMITH, the UK Market Manager of the Clif Bar Co. For more information about Clif Bars, go to www.clifbar.co.uk.
Another bonus for the runners will be the presence of a team of G-Fit trainers from NGDA (Next Dimension Gymnastic Academy). The NDGA is Kent’s first purpose built gymnastics facility located in Tunbridge Wells. The NDGA caters for all ages in a state of the art £2million gymnastic facility. It delivers a safe, effective, professional and child-friendly gymnastic environment for all ages. This is what they will be offering all runners on the day:
- They will be running 10 minute slots for group warm ups and cool downs pre/post race.
- No sign up fee and 1 free G-Fit Sessions – all you have to do is come to the G-Fit tent to find out more.
- 1 free personal training session and introductory offers – more info at the G-Fit Tent
- NDGA display will be at 10:30 and the gymnasts will be giving goody bags to everyone that wants to come along and give us a try! Special adults classes available!
G-Fit is your one stop shop for health, well-being and fitness. Whether you want classes or personal training G-Fit can help.
Contact reception at the NDGA for more information; 01892 550530 or email email@example.com