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.
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!
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 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.