The 8th Tonbridge Half Marathon is once again being staged jointly by Tonbridge Lions Club and Tonbridge Rotary Club to raise money for The Bridge Trust and Pepenbury together with other charities supported by Lions and Rotary. It has some of the best facilities of any half marathon in the country, and runners receive a finishers medal and a souvenir technical t-shirt can be purchased for £6. Runners are also encouraged to raise money for their own chosen charities - over £300,000 has been raised since 2011.
The event is once again being staged in partnership with Nice Work and the Race Director will be Martin Burke. There are 1500 places available with a further 100 reserved for charities. You can enter via the Book-it-Zone, Runners World or runBritain websites or you can download an entry form and enter by post. You can enter right up to the day before the race. Entries on the day will be permitted BUT ONLY IF THE RACE HAS NOT REACHED ITS LIMIT OF 1600.
The race starts at West Kent College at 10.00. it is an an accurately measured, pan-handle, out and back course on roads and lanes to the south of Tonbridge town. Most of the course has complete road closure, and there are four water stations around the course, where the 8th Tonbridge (Hildenborough) Scouts will provide their usual excellent service. Each water station will also have a portable toilet nearby. The undulating course makes for a challenging race where you'll receive huge support as you go through the pretty village of Leigh, both on your way out and again on the way back, and an equally enthusiastic welcome on your return to Tonbridge. We regret that this event will not be suitable for wheelchair competitors.
The Tonbridge Half Marathon is run under UK Athletics rules, and S.E. Medical provides a first class medical support. Sussex Sport Photography will be taking professional photos which can be purchased online after the event.
"One of my favourite half marathons. The organisation is excellent, the course is challenging, hilly and fun, the marshals are on the ball, the supporters at the start, end, and especially the two times through Leigh, are outstanding, and the race is friendly and open to all. There is no question it is one of the best half marathons around." Ray Ellis 2017
The race headquarters will once again be at the magnificent West Kent College, part of the Hadlow Group, with separate male/female changing facilities, secure bag and valuables storage, wonderful sports massage from our lovely team in outstanding facilities, lots of indoor toilets, a café and a warm-up area. The venue is easy to reach by train or car and there is ample parking in West Kent College close to the start.
Tonbridge Half Marathon is a Registered Charity, No. 1175578