Entries now open
The award-winning race takes place on Sunday 26th February and entries are now open!
The popular race sells out every year, and organisers, Tunbridge Wells Harriers, expect the event to be completely sold out by late December.
The 13.1 mile hilly course is a single loop through some of Kent’s prettiest countryside and has a reputation for being challenging, well organised and is one of the most popular events on the calendar. One highlight of the race is Spring Hill at Fordcombe, which comes at around mile 7 and lasts for a lung busting one and a half miles.
In 2011, Runners World readers voted the race as 97% overall and 97% of runners stated they would 'do it again'. In 2009 the race won the Runners World ‘Most Improved Event Award’.
Enter online and more information at www.twharriers.org.uk
First time doing this one.
Going to check what my marathon training schedule is - but have done this fabulous race the last two years running!
It is bloody ough - but I keep forgetting how tough it is once I finish!
Check that schedule Emma but be quick - I believe entries are nearly sold out. The Harriers would love to have you back for a third year!
Look forward to seeing you there Sarah.
I'm in - third year running too!
I hope I can beat my time from last year!
Thanks to everyone who gave such great feedback here on RW last year and ranked the Royal Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon Number 2 in Half Marathons in the UK!
if you're not in yet, it's expected to sell out by end of next week.
Wow - what was number 1 then?
I am always impressed by the organisation and support - even when the weather is horrendous!
There should be a few folks making the trip from West Sussex to Kent - at least one from my Club. I have even insisted that it be included in my training schedule from Sam Murphy!
Emma C - I believe it was the Mull of Kintyre HM
Mimaduck - Next Year? Nothing like the present!
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i'm only joshing Mimaduck - best of luck with your challenges! TW will be here for many years to come!
Pah - Tw must be much better than that!
Where else do you get a double olypic gold medalist presenting you with your medal as you cross the line! I remember desperately trying not to throw up on DKH's shoes last year and I couldn't speak!
In theory I am aiming to knock about 6 mins of last years time - bit of a tall order as that hill is a KILLER!
well, hopefully one of our pacers can help you get there EmmaC. What time you going for?
There'll be the following pacer groups whose aim is to get you there on time bearing in mind the hills!
1:30 1:40 1:50 2:00 2:10 2:20
In 2010 I managed 2:10.56, Last year did 2:01.02 so I want to get under 2:00 but Sam would like me to aim at about 1:55 ... so right in the middle! Not sure If I should start with 2:00 group and try and push it after the hill or start with 1:50 group and allow some slack at the end!
What do you reckon?!
Oh best get myself enterd as last year had to get a place off someone who dropped out.
Will be my third year in a row. Slowly getting quicker, first year was 2.01 last year was 1.52 so hopefully under 1.50 this year
it's important to note that the pacers run to gun time and don't run even splits due to the undulating terrain (seen here http://www.goodrunguide.co.uk/RaceDetails.asp?RaceID=123).
They will definitely go off quicker than average pace in order to get to the hill at 10km ahead of time.
EmmaC - Prob best to go out with 2:00 pacer and see how you feel at the bottom of the hill as you should be ahead of time and there'll still be 10km to go for you to put your foot down should you feel the need!*
* obv if you feel the 2:00 pace is too slow and you're feeling good you can always leave them early at a pace that suits you!
That was my initial thought! I'm not sure that I would survive running at 1:50 pace that is a big jump!
Last year I actually planned to walk up spring hill and it payed off - I'm poor at running up hill and when I do the end result is exhaustion for the rest of the race. I did better by conserving my energy and then running more steady for the last 4 miles rather than fading dramatically!
To be honest - I'll be happy just to get round way I am feeling at the moment!
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