Harriers Have Success at Summer Relays 2016
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!
Canterbury Harriers Spring Marathon Success
Canterbury Harriers have had another excellent spring marathon season with a total of 35 members taking part in various events in the UK and abroad during April and a host of of debuts and PB’s along the way. At the Asics Greater Manchester Marathon there were 2 debuts, Yiannis Christodoulou, 3.14.44, and Paul Elderton, 3.54.12 and 2 PB’s – Stephen Tugwell 3.10.57 and Thom Fenton, 3.23.34. On the same day Wendy Smith raced home in 4.21.48 to gain 1st vet 55 lady in The Podplus Ashford and District Marathon along with Sally Silver taking part in her 72nd marathon! One week later we saw the Harriers out in force again at the Brighton Marathon with 5 debuts, Jo Norrington, 3.45.30, Shane Moores, 4.08.07, Jaymes Cadby, 4.28.02, Briony Care, 4.30.45 and Jo Manser, 4.37.01 and the PB of the day going to Paul O’Keefe in 3.46.24. On the same day and slightly further afield Dave Waite ran the Boston U.S. marathon in 3.28.39 . On Sunday 24th 16 Harriers lined up for the London Marathon, with 5 debuts, 3 PB’s and 2 new club records set! Tom Millard had a new PB of 2.31.48, finishing in an outstanding 95th place and setting a new marathon club record in the process and Thomas Hooley recording a PB of 3.39.37 and setting a new club record in the vet 60 category. There were some great debuts from Jenny Benson coming in at 3.20.29, Theresa Johns at 3.40.43, Rosalie Maltby at 4.15.50 and Jayne Bennie at 4.23.57. Karen Hoult and Shirley Pullen meanwhile had travelled north to Blackpool to make impressive marathon debuts at Blackpool in 4.57.36 and 5.03.27.
Full details can be found in the club results section.
Easter Bonanza for Harriers
Canterbury Harriers excelled in the range of races over the Easter Weekend despite some really testing weather conditions. Weather wise Good Friday proved to be the best of the days and Simon Jones started off his weekend in the Folkestone 10 Mile with an excellent 7th place and a PB in a time of 56 minutes and 17 seconds . On Saturday we had nine runners in the Cardiff Half Marathon ( doubling as the IAAF Half Marathon World Champs). In what proved to be a spectacular race , with storm force winds in the last two to three miles ,Tom Millard set his second overall club record in the space of two weeks with a fantastic time of 01:11:37 for 37th place. The following day , with the wind and the rain having made it`s way to Canterbury , Simon Jones decided to brave the elements over the tough Canterbury 10K course and was rewarded with first place in a time of 35:05. Fiona Tester won the ladies race in a time of 46;50. With Tom Purnell finishing third in 36:06 and James Scanlon( fresh from winning the Whitstable Park Run on the previous day) in 5th place with a time of 38:32. the Harriers also picked up the men`s team prize – see picture above.Full results for the weekend races can be found on the website results page.
2016 London Marathon Coach almost full
Supreme Chief Marathon Coach organiser Steve Clark reports that as of Sunday 20th March there are only a few seats left on this year`s London Marathon coach. If you are interested please get in touch with him urgently.
Tom Millard storms home to win the Lydd 20 mile race on Sunday 13th March
A total of 20 Harriers took part in the Lydd 20 mile Road Race on Sunday 13th March , a target race for those doing Spring Marathons. Tom Millard had an outstanding run storming home to win the race in a PB time of 1 hr 53 min (by 8 mins) and setting a course record and a new Harriers club record in the process. He was followed home by Tom Purnell in 5th place with a host of Harriers having outstanding debut runs over the race distance or recording PB`s. Full details can be found in the club website results section.
Get Ready For The Relays
This year`s East Kent Inter Club Relays kicks off on Tuesday May 17th at Folkestone. Full dates and times are as follows:
Tuesday May 17th at Folkestone starting 19:15
Tuesday May 31st at Minnis Bay starting 19:30
Tuesday June 7th at Ashford starting 19:30
Tuesday June 21st at Samphire Hoe, Dover starting 19:30
Tuesday July 5th at Canterbury starting 19:30
PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE NO CLUB TRAINING SESSION ON THESE EVENINGS
The relays are for all standards and ages and the entry fees are paid for by the club. All runners are guaranteed a run and with chip timing accurate results are published usually within 48 hours. Further details inc location/parking etc will be sent out nearer the individual dates. For those who are nervous about dropping the baton do not be fooled by the accompanying picture – the handover is by tag touch.
Cross Country Season Closes
The Harriers completed another successful Cross Country season hosting the final race in the 2015 – 2016 Kent Fitness League series at Rough Common on Sunday 7th February. We maintained our excellent record in the league finishing fourth of the 18 participating clubs in the combined team and third mens team in the end of season league results. The KFL continues to grow in popularity and 313 runners finished what proved to be a” challenging ” five mile circuit of Blean Woods. A big thank you to Roy Gooderson as Race Director for his pre – race organisation and work on the day and to all the marshals who turned out for the club, members friends and family alike. All of you who contributed to making the event a great success.
All of the seasons results and end of season standings can be found by clicking on the Kent Fitness League Race Site Link on the right hand side of the our website hompage
We now look forward to the next annual inter club competition , the East Kent Inter Club Relays with the first of the five events scheduled for 17th May in Folkestone.