The 5th Tonbridge Half Marathon is once again being organised jointly by Tonbridge Rotary Club and Tonbridge Lions Club, with support from Tonbridge AC, to raise money for Headway and Ellenor (formerly chYps), together with other mainly local charities. In addition to some of the best facilities of any half marathon in the country, a finishers medal and a goody bag, runners will also receive a technical t-shirt – all this and the price is UNCHANGED from last year!!
Runners are also encouraged to raise money for their own chosen charities - over £50,000 was raised in each of the first four years! The course is a traffic-free scenic and undulating route along country lanes around Tonbridge and Leigh.
The race starts at West Kent 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.
Last year’s fourth event was once again a great success with an 93% approval rate on Runners World. 100% said they would do the event again! There are 1400 places available this year, with a further 100 reserved for charities.
"This was the first time I had run this event and what a great event it was! The support of the crowd and the marshalls was second to none. Also, being able to use the facilities in the college made this the most civilised half marathon I have ever done :-). I had an absolute shocker of a race and was contemplating pulling out 8 miles in but the cheering from the local residents and the support from the marshalls (specifically at the water station at mile 12!) pulled me through to the finish. I will be back next year! Thank you to you and your team for organising a brilliant race." Stephanie 2014
The race headquarters will once again be at the magnificent West Kent College, now part of the Hadlow Group, with separate male/female changing facilities, secure bag and valuables storage, sports massage facilities and a warm-up area.
There is ample parking in West Kent College and 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 2nd October unless the race is full before this date.
Science in Sport have just launched the new, free to download eBook ‘The Marathon Runner’s Handbook’ using ‘PayWithAPost’ (where the user tweets or shares to get access). Aimed at beginners and non-promotional, it features tips, tricks, and tactics from 12 experienced runners. Well worth a look.
Andy Blundell MBE