Thanet Roadrunners Harbour Wallbanger 7k a ‘sell-out success’

Race start for the Harbour Wallbanger Image David J Carr Photography

By Jon Holl

Hailed in national running press (Harbour Wallbanger preview 2022 (runabc.co.uk)  as ‘The only race where every runner is guaranteed to hit the wall,’ Thanet Roadrunners popular Harbour Wallbanger 7k beach race, from Broadstairs harbour to Ramsgate and back along Thanet’s beautiful beaches, was a sell-out success again this year.

Runners can choose their own route to hop, skip and jump the many natural obstacles, such as flints, chalk boulders, hard and soft sand, or as some chose, ploughing through deep seawater puddles to shave off a few seconds.

The race had great atmosphere this year as it coincided with Thanet Roadrunners 40th anniversary.

Image David J Carr Photography

Last year’s winner Dean Evans from Vegan Runners was pipped to the post this year by Dover Roadrunner Chris Edwards, with a winning time of 28.19. The first lady was Liz Weeks (Ashford and District), who finished in 32.40, shaving 4 seconds off her winning time from 2021. This gave Liz a five year winning streak for this race!

First Thanet man Jay Bailey Image David J Carr Photography

The winning men’s teams was Vegan Runners, who put in a huge team and the winning ladies team was Thanet Roadrunners, who pipped Dover Roadrunners to the trophy by just 8 seconds!  Some serious rivalry is emerging here!

First Thanet lady Asmaa Hatin Image David J Carr Photography

First Thanet Roadrunners home were Jay Bailey (29.41) and Asmaa Hatim (34.29).

Thanet Roadrunners next race is the Ricki Savage 20 mile road race on Sunday 4th September, perfectly placed to support Kent athletes London Marathon training.

1 Comment

  1. I don’t run now ( Been there , got the t shirts and the medals incl 2 London Marathon ) but as a founder member in 1982 of Thanet Roadrunners and from our small beginnings , I’m really pleased to see that the club is now celebrating its 40 years anniversary and is still very active and putting on good and challenging local races like the Harbour wall banger .
    I’ve done the Harbour Wallbanger myself when I was running and it’s very different running 7k on the beach than on hard surface ,but never the less , it’s a lot of fun if you’re thinking of doing it next year .
    Here’s to the next 40years of Thanet Roadrunners . And let’s not forget Alan Green RIP who started it all off .

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