Headcorn Half Marathon

Sunday 23rd Febroary 2014

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05/02/2014 at 09:07

Is anyone else running this? Anyone doing this as their first half? Will be my 7th.

I enterd 2 weeks ago - can't yet see my name in the start list online which is a bit of a worry.

I take it this is a new fixture as I've not heard of it before? Hoping it will be a firm annual fixture for me - unusual to have a half in Feb, but it avoid sany clashes with other halfs & I reckon is a better date for those with a marathon in April.

2.5 weeks to go!

05/02/2014 at 12:55

Tempted...as will be in that part of Kent on that weekend visiting my mum...might not be logistically possible though. Not much description on the official website about it seeing as only a few weeks away...

06/02/2014 at 10:58

15 West - I agree with you! I'm visiting my Dad that weekend and headcorn is the next village along from his house. The website really doesnt give much information away, but claim to have all the facilities you'd find with a bigger organised half like timing chips, baggage area etc. We may be impressed on the day!

Let me know if you do decide to enter - will be nice to see some friendly faces on the day.

I'll be running in a green '3M's' vest & hoping to see some of my former club members from Paddock Wood AC there.

08/02/2014 at 14:14

Am thinking if doing this now that Wokingham as been cancelled - was supposed to be my time predictor for Paris. 

Have emailed for more info.....

09/02/2014 at 10:11

Be interested to find out what they say thisisnatty...

11/02/2014 at 14:40

Emailed on Saturday but no reply yet which is not filling me with confidence. Might opt for the Tunbridge Wells half instead.... 

11/02/2014 at 15:22

RiderHQ have tweeted today that it's 60% full. That's all I know.

Was going to get train from folkestone but no trains running, there will be a replacement bus - bit worried that will miss connection from Ashford...

If I drive any suggestions best route there?

11/02/2014 at 23:31

I've now entered. 

15W sorry I live the other direction so don't know an pay helpful routes. Google maps?

12/02/2014 at 10:04

Hi all, just looked at the website again and the start list has been updated - I'm in which is a relief  304 entrants so far.

TINATTY - great news you have entered. Do you run for a club? Will look out for you on the day if you know what running vest you'll be wearing?

15West - sounds like driving is the best option. Striaght up M20 to Great Chart on outskirts of Ashford then left to Bethersden, High Halden and a right turn past Biddenden and Headcorn is the next village up. No easy way to get there unfortunately - small country roads once you are off the M20.

How is training going for you both?

I'm returning well after some hospital treatment and up to 9-10 miles, so hope adrenaline & experience gets me through the final 3 miles!

12/02/2014 at 10:37

I'm in the middle of training for London marathon, so am treating this as a tune up race.

12/02/2014 at 10:40

Oh, and thanks for the directions. How I get there will probably depend on if anyone from my family wants to come and support me...and that probably depends on the weather! Could still get the bus/train.

12/02/2014 at 18:15

No I don't run for a club. 
Given the current weather, I'll be in a blue top or a hi-vis jacket. Not much help there then! Tho I do usually wear a pale grey beanie hat....

Training was good, then tapering for Wokingham, then bleugh cold/sinus infection thing, now a teeny bit panicky about key workouts I would have done in the final weeks before being lost...
I'd best get out there then!

13/02/2014 at 10:06

tisnatty - same here! Had illness, virus, foot injury and a family emergency in the last 4 weeks of training so not best preparations for a half...we'll have to rely on our earlier good training on the day!

will look out for someone wearing a grey beanie hat  I'll be wearing a green vest and pink hat.

I'm hoping the course isn't affected with any flooding? It's a very low lying area. I'll ask my Dad to check when we drives up that way at the weekend. Hopefully the weather will improve by the 23rd!

All the best with the final week of training & tapering both


13/02/2014 at 21:36

In my 'Entry Details' on the website says I'm number 306, so possibly.....

14/02/2014 at 13:17

I emailed them about if definitely still on etc and got following:

"yes , we have no problems with the course (floodwise) and everything else is in place so fingers xxx'd the weather is good for us next Sunday . Sandie"

14/02/2014 at 15:02
14/02/2014 at 15:50

 15West - thanks that's good to hear.

Hope your travel arrangements go well on the day.

tinatty - thanks. will look out for that number.

My plan is to get up at 6.45am & leave the house at 8am arriving about 8.15. I have a lift from my Dad who can drop me off then come back to see me finish about 10.30 onwards.

Last 2-3 weeks training have been hampered by ill health and the weather so I'll see what happens on the day....got no idea if I can run 1.34 or 2.10!

15/02/2014 at 23:32

Signed up this evening. This is my first half marathon so hoping I won't completely embarrass myself. Nice flat course to look forward to and ease myself into a longer distance.

Edited: 15/02/2014 at 23:33
16/02/2014 at 21:51

Hi Really looking forward to next Sundays race. Entered in November, after missing out on a place in the Ashford half. The course should be great running through my favourite part of Kent in the lovely countryside around Headcorn.

16/02/2014 at 21:52

Angry S (great name!)

 Welcome to the thread! You wont be emarrassing yourself at all - you have signed up & we all have to be half marathon virgins at some point. Are you aiming for a time or to get round on the day? As you say nice & flat so a good one start with. Did the Path n Downs route off the A20 a few years ago which was undulating & another one I'd recommend.

Hope your taper week goes well & see you next Sunday.

Weather finally picked up in South Wales today - hope it's been the same for Kent too.

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