The 9th Tonbridge Half Marathon being is being managed under licence by Nice Work on behalf of the Tonbridge Half Marathon CIO, the Rotary Club of Tonbridge and Tonbridge Lions Club. The Race Director will be Martin Burke. We shall be raising money for our two headline charities this year, the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance and West Kent Mind, together with other charities supported by the Rotary and Lions clubs. Runners receive a finishers medal and finish line goodies, and a souvenir technical t-shirt can be purchased for £8. Runners are also encouraged to raise money for their own chosen charities - over £350,000 has been raised since 2011.
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. For the first time, entries on the day will be permitted BUT ONLY IF THE RACE HAS NOT REACHED ITS LIMIT OF 1600.
The race starts outside Judd School at 10.00. It is 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 venue is easy to reach by train or car and there is ample parking in the town centre, a 5 minute walk from Judd School. The crowd support around the course is brilliant, particularly in Leigh.
The Tonbridge Half Marathon is run under UK Athletics rules.
"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
The race headquarters will once again be at Judd School, with separate male/female changing facilities and secure bag and valuables storage. There is ample parking in the town centre, 5 minutes walk away.
Chairman, Tonbridge Half Marathon CIO