Blean Cross Country Goes Off Without A Hitch
Sunday 5th February saw Canterbury Harriers host the penultimate event of the season in the Kent Fitness League. A total of 293 runners completed the course. Conditions were perfect, chilly with plenty of mud! The club fielded a large team of 35 runners. Simon Jones had another great run to finish in second place. He was backed up for the men by Yiannis Christodoulou in 7th and Paul Knight in 11th position. Barbara Wenman was first home for the Harriers ladies in 118th position backed up by new member Claire Pluckrose running her first ever cross country race ! in 124th and Emma McCabe continuing her great season in 135th position . The race also brought some members out of the closet, including Emma Greatrix, pictured, who dusted off her trail shoes for the first time in 5 years! There were plenty of other notable runs including debut KFL runs by Jethro Kimber and David Dunn. A great all round team performance and well done to all those who braved the cold, battled the mud and ran hard for Harriers.With the final race in the series at Fowlmead , Deal in two weeks time on Sunday 19th February the club lies in 3rd place in the Mens League standings,6th in the Ladies standings and 5th in the combined. We need another big turnout at Fowlmead to consolidate our team positions and maintain our proud record in the League.
Full details from the Blean race can be found by clicking on the link to the right of our website home page.
Harriers Triumphantly Battle Freezing Fog In Canterbury 10
37 Harriers turned out for the Canterbury 10. The conditions certainly not ideal with freezing fog, and many icy patches not the best when coupled with some tough hills. There were 17 debuts, including a very impressive 1.06.20 from Adam Elston and an excellent run from Philip Hadler coming in at 1.48.28! There were also some impressive PB’s, 7 in total, including Gemma Jeffrey who came in at 1.16.54, a PB by two and a half minutes and Melanie Christodoulou who took four minutes off of last years debut time, coming in at 1.19.42, well done girls! There were three runners in the top 50, Simon Jones, 7th 57.41, Yiannis Christodoulou, 28th 1.01.11 and Paul Knight, 47th 1.02.50.
A very impressive set of results, in a challenging race in challenging conditions. All results can be found on the Canterbury Harriers website.
Harriers Survive Thanet Dykes
38 Harriers turned out for the first Kent Fitness League race of 2017 at Minnis Bay Birchington hosted by Thanet Road Runners. Normally quite a muddy 6 mile circuit throughout , conditions were a lot drier than normal underfoot and the weather was fairly benign with little if any wind to contend with. Even the notorious dykes in the latter half of the race were only about a third full of their usual marsh soup. Harriers finished strongly in the team event with 4 of our male runners in the top 15 – Simon Jones 3rd , Yiannis Christodoulou 7th , Paul Knight 12th and Alex Horsley 14th. Jo Norrington led home the Harriers ladies finishing in 134th place backed up by Emma NcCabe in 171st , Kate Slee in 211th and Wendy 234th. Full results including Team Positions can be found by following the link on the right to Kent Fitness League.
Kent Fitness League off to Flying Start in Sevenoaks
Sunday saw the first of the Kent Fitness League Cross Country series at Knole Park Sevenoaks and an all time record KFL turnout for an individual event ( 561 runners ) as well as an all time record turn out for the Harriers ( 45 runners ) . In dry but misty and cool conditions Simon Jones raced home over the tough two lap 5.5 mile circuit to finish in an excellent 2nd place. He was backed up in an impressive 18th place by Josh Biggs in his debut race for the Harriers with solid backing from Tom Purnell in 23rd. The Harriers mens team finished in 3rd place overall. For the ladies Jo Norrington was first home in 189th position followed by Barbara Wenman , making a welcome return from injury , in 201st and Emma McCabe on her XC debut for the club in 246th. The ladies team finished in 8th place overall. In the combined team event the Harriers are in 5th place overall – a great platform to build on for the rest of the season. Next up Swanley Park on Sunday 13th November.
For full results go to the KFL link on the Harriers Website Homepage
Record Turn Out for Harriers at Club Championship 10k
A record numbers of Harriers turned out for the Annual Club Championship 10k race , incorporated in the Ashford Givaudan 10k , on Sunday 9th October. Despite the wet conditions there were 48 Harriers finishers in the race, 16 women and 32 men, a club record for any event since being formed in 1993. As usual there were plenty of PB’s, 22 in total, along with 10 debuts and a team prize for the women, courtesy of Jenny Benson, who was also the first female finisher overall in the event( her first ever race win) alongside Jo Norrington and Jennie Gardiner, who ran very impressive PB’s in 42.11 and 42.29 respectively.
The men had a great race too, with Simon Jones being the first Harrier back in another PB of 34.29 for 6th place in the event. He was closely followed by Paul Knight and Jacob Hussey, in 37.15 and 38.08 respectively.
Tina Jones was 3rd in the Vet 60 females in a speedy 52.38 and we also had Phil Hadler as the first ever Vet 70 finisher in 1.04.23.
Overall the event was a resounding success and we look forward to doing it all over again next year, lets see if we can beat these records!!
A complete list of the results can be found on the Canterbury Harriers website
Harriers Take 1 2 at Home Half Marathon
On a blistering hot August Bank Holiday the Harriers were out in force again for their home half marathon. The Canterbury Half is regarded as one of the country’s toughest taking in the rolling countryside round Chartham with some challenging hills along the route. Tom Millard led the way for the full 13.1 miles and came through in first place in a very impressive time of 1.16.21. This smashed club mate Peter Hogben`s previous record on the course of 1.16.48 which he ran in extremely wet conditions when taking first place in the race in 2015. Tom was followed home by fellow Harrier Simon Jones in second place in an equally impressive time of 1.18.02.
The Harriers also took the men’s team prize with Jacob Hussey coming third for the Harriers in 1.31.00. This is the fourth year in a row that the club have taken the team prize, an excellent record in our home half marathon.
There were plenty of other debuts from Adam Elston, Dean Bradshaw and Mark Duffy all coming in under 1.44, and despite the demanding course and conditions Paul Elderton registered a very creditable PB of 1.40.15.
Well done to all those who took part, full results can be found in the results section of the Harriers website.
Harriers Have Success at Summer Relays 2016
FV35 Prize winners at the East Kent Relays
The relay season finale was held in Canterbury on Tuesday 5th July and hosted by Canterbury Harriers in conjunction with Invicta AC. It was a delightful sunny evening for the final one with a large turnout for the men and the women.
The Harriers put out 8 men’s teams and 6 ladies teams. Both had some impressive times including the vet 35 Ladies A team, Jenny Benson, Fiona Tester and Nicola Charlton who had a combined time of 45:45, the quickest team on the night! The vet 35 Ladies B team, Gemma Jeffrey, Ellen Rowe and Jennie Gardner also had a good combined time of 50:14.
In the men’s race the vet 60’s, Andy Farrant, Mick Ellsmore and Bob Davison, had an excellent combined time of 48:50, whilst the men’s senior A and B teams, Mike Mawby, Tom Millard, Simon Jones, Yarad Sabhat, James Scanlon, Steve Tugwell, Alex Horsley and Steve Hobbs, both had impressive combined times of 51:22 and 54:02 respectively.
The Harriers also came away with some trophies for the season including the mens’s Vet 50, and both the A and B team for the men’s Vet 60 also won overall. The ladies also won both of the Vet 35 A and B overall team prizes.
Well done to all of those that took part this season, we have had some challenging weather conditions this year to contend with.
Harriers Dress to Impress at the Saxon Shore Relay
On Saturday 18th June the Canterbury Harriers put out 4 teams to run the
Saxon Shore Relay.
The Saxon Shore Relay is a 47 mile relay race which
follows a section of the ancient Saxon Shore Way in Kent. The race starts
near Folkestone and follows the White Cliffs to Dover and on to Sandwich.
From there the route turns inland through scenic Kent countryside to
Reculver where it again follows the coast to the finish on the sea-front at
The race is broken down into 22 legs to be run by teams of 4 or 5 runners.
Each team member usually runs 4 or 5 legs of 2-3 miles each (9-12 miles
total per runner over the course of the day).
As each team member runs a leg the rest of the team drive to the end of the
leg where a changeover takes place.
The start time is between 9am and 11am with all teams finishing between 4pm
Many of the teams dress up using a different theme, and this year one of our teams, Brians Babes, won the award for the best fancy dress, see above photograph, and the Little Misfits were the first all female team to finish, also see above. Out of the other 2 teams, Team Saga, all male vet 60’s, were the highest placed Harrier team coming in at an impressive 7th out of 22 teams taking part.
Harriers Make A Splash At Minnis Bay
Tuesday 31st May saw Canterbury Harriers battling against strong winds and some rather large waves down at Minnis Bay for the second round in the summer relays.
There were 5 men’s teams and 4 ladies teams taking part on the evening with some excellent performances among both the men and women. Ellen Rowe and Sarah Maguire recorded impressive times under 16 minutes – 15:43 and 15:38 respectively. Simon Jones for the Men`s Senior A Team had a great run, despite the difficult conditions, completing his leg in 12:08 with good back up from the rest of his team who all ran in under 15 minutes.
There are still 4 teams at the top of their groups, Ladies Vet 35 A and B teams, the Vet 55 Ladies and the Vet 60 Men B team.
The third round kicks off next week at Victoria Park in Ashford on Tuesday 7th June . Hopefully we won’t have to dodge big waves and struggle against strong winds!
All results can be found on the Canterbury Harriers website.
Summer Relay Season Returns
Tuesday night saw the Harriers out in force for the very first of the Summer Relays down in a very windy Folkestone.
There was a large turnout, with 17 men into 5 teams and one of the largest turn out of the ladies team ever, with 18 ladies, making up 6 teams!
Out of the 11 teams that took part 5 of those are currently top of their groups including, both A and B teams for the ladies vet 35, the vet 55 ladies and the A team for the vet 60 men. The other men’s teams are very competitive and a special well done to Simon Jones and Peter Hogben who raced back in under 15 minutes, 14.22 and 14.41 respectively. And a big well done to Jo Norrington who was the second lady to return in a very respectful 17.21.
Well done to all of those that took part, it was a great effort by all. The next one is down in Minnis Bay on Tuesday 31st May, hopefully we can get as many teams out again and keep those teams at the top!