The teeth of Storm Denis and a start delayed by an hour didn’t deter eight hardy (foolish?…) club members from taking part in last weekend’s Hendy Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon in what must class as pretty atrocious conditions. An already difficult course was added to by rain, high winds and running water on most of the course. The long hill climbs out of Penshurst up through Fordcombe were made more difficult than usual by strong and gusting headwinds and calf-deep flooding just before Langton Green. Times were never going to be spectacular, especially with many targetting spring marathons in the coming months, but a late charge by Ian Sutherland saw him the first club member home in a more than respectable 1:27:28, 40th place overall. He was followed soon after by Nick Denbow (46th), 1:28:00 and David Sampson (53rd), 1:28:52. These two placed 4th and 6th respectively in the 50–59 age group category. Just 30 seconds outside the 90-minute mark was Mike Walter in 74th with Daniel Grimwood 15 seconds further back in 80th and Steve Wright was 126th in 1:35:19. Kim Stanley was the 280th male home in 1:44:20 which was good enough to earn him 5th in the over-60 age category. Final club member home was Steve Lindsay who broke the 2-hr barrier by 40 seconds. It was a shame no PWAC ladies made the start line but no blame can be attached to them for not taking up the challenge of Storm Denis.
PWAC Press Report – Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon
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