A history lesson and a race all on the same day? It's got to be the Tunbridge Wells Half-Marathon
Where and when?
Sunday, February 15, Kent
What is it?
Officially named Royal Tunbridge Wells by Edward VII, this quiet town lies at the heart of one of the most scenic stretches of countryside in England, surrounded by the unspoilt beauty of the Weald.
Now in its 21st year, the race kicks off a few miles outside the town centre. After a couple of downhill miles and a sweeping tour of Southborough, the race levels off before reaching Bidborough Ridge, offering some delightful views over the Kentish countryside.
The course then takes you through the village of Penshurst and deeper into the picturesque countryside.
With an undulating seven miles under your belt, the race then reaches the points of Saints Hill and Spring Hill in quick succession. Although both are on the steep side, once over the top you can look forward to a fast descent and a flat dash towards the finish.
What you say:
Longlegs: "Very challenging course, but very rewarding. I would recommend it to anyone."
The historical villages and the undulating course make for a great race.
What the organiser says:
"The course is a cracker and everyone who enters gets more than their money's worth."
Medal. Winner's prizes.
How to enter: