Home » Record Turnout for Harriers Club Championship Race

Record Turnout for Harriers Club Championship Race

Sunday 8th October saw us going back to the 31st Givaudan Ashford 10K, in near perfect conditions,  for the club championship race for the 3rd year in a row.

There was a record turnout of 58 members, which is the most we have had over the 3 years, not only that, but the biggest turnout for a race in our racing history. Overall 18 PB’s were recorded and 7 debuts.

Notable performances came from Jenny Benson, who was 3rd lady overall with 39.28, Wim Van Vuuren who dipped under the 40 mark for the first time, coming in at 39.47 and there were 2 PB’s for the husband and wife team of Debbie and Daren Parris, with Debbie once again beating Daren, posting times of 45.05 and 45.29.

The debuts came from Henry Cox, 39.34, Fuse Campbell, 40.49, Claire Pluckrose, 41.44, Simon Cox, 45.12, Tewodros Negash, 46.12,  Karen Thorne, 51.45 and Lidia Hill at 52.32.

In the PB’s Fiona Craig went 55.33, Stephanie Bancroft and Tom Jessup both came in at 50.43 for their PB’s and Caroline Wetherill in 45.10.

In the overall race standings we had 3 men come in the top 10, new member Rhys Goddard, 3rd, Simon Jones, 4th, and Robbie Higgins 7th, as above Jenny Benson 3rd lady and both the men and women tok the team prizes.   As for the club awards, these will be announced on our AGM on Thursday 12th October

For a full list of results please check the results page on our website.

Home » Jolly Day Out For Harriers At London Marathon

Jolly Day Out For Harriers At London Marathon

There were excellent conditions for the 14 Harriers taking part  in the London Marathon last Sunday. Among the 14 there were 4 PB’s and 2 debuts. Mike Mawby was first Harrier over the finish line in a time of 2 hrs 41 mins and 54 secs. One of those making a  debut over the distance  was Lea Burnett who was also raising money for the Kent Kidney Patient Association. She finished in an excellent time of  5.04.18 for her first marathon.  Among the PB’s were Wim Van Vuuren who ran this year after having to defer his place from last year due to a last minute injury. He ran an impressive 3.33.51. Other notable performances were Dave Bowden clocking  2.59.03, breaking through the 3 hr barrier for the first time and also  breaking his own Vet50 club record in the process, Andy Phillips, 3.21.34, pictured, Thom Fenton, 3.41.00, and Colin Kent who has been battling with a long term injury came in at 3.59.44

Well done to all those who have run marathons this spring season, all the results can be found on the website

Home » Harriers Out In Force In Spring Marathons

Harriers Out In Force In Spring Marathons

Spring is in the air and a record number of Harriers have been piling on the mileage in preparation for a range of upcoming marathons. Full details are listed below. We wish them all the best in their various races especially those who are doing their first ever marathon. Don`t forget to wave as you cross the line
 

Canterbury Harriers – Spring Marathon List

Spring Phoenix Marathon – 5th March

Sally Silver

SUN Charity Challenge Marathon – 25th March

Sally Silver

Groovy Baby Marathon – 2nd April

Sally Silver

Manchester Marathon – 2nd April

Mike Denson

Paul Elderton

Thom Fentem

Steve Tugwell

Glenn Wilson

Caroline Wetherill

Brighton Marathon – 9th April

David Dunn

Jo Manser

Karen Hoult

Daren Parris

Deborah Parris

Sally Silver

Paul Keen

Dean Bradshaw

Tom Purnell

Rosie Maltby

Paul Knight

Stephanie Bancroft

Karen Bennett

Andy Phillips

Paris Marathon – 9th April

Emily Thompson

Adam Elston

Jake McLoon

London Marathon – 23rd April

Wim van Vuuren

Karen Bennett

Ian stokes

Faye Roberts

Barbara Wenman

Jenny Benson

Nicola Charlton

Thom Fentem

Paul Knight

Ian Pearson

Nigel Porter

Lea Burnett

Sarah Maguire

Mike Mawby

Andy Phillips

Blackpool Marathon – 23rd April

Wendy Smith

St George’s Day Marathon – 23rd April

Jennie Lucas

Milton Keynes Marathon -1st May

Julie Bradford

Bewl Water Marathon – 13th May

Sammy – Jo Foster

Reculver Marathon – 4th June

Leisa Foad

 

 

 

 

 

           

 

Home » Harriers Triumphantly Battle Freezing Fog In Canterbury 10

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.

Home » Harriers Survive Thanet Dykes

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.

Home » Record Turn Out for Harriers at Club Championship 10k

Record Turn Out for Harriers at Club Championship 10k

14525207_1354601981231558_6454009238556425524_o 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

Home » Harriers Have Success at Summer Relays 2016

Harriers Have Success at Summer Relays 2016

 

FV35 prize winners at the East Kent Relays

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.

 

Home » Harriers Dress to Impress at the Saxon Shore Relay

Harriers Dress to Impress at the Saxon Shore Relay

13445795_10210237785404382_2709862273817559629_n13417694_10157091271225241_7343339214532374201_nOn 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
Whitstable.

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
and 6pm.

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.

Home » Harriers Make A Splash At Minnis Bay

Harriers Make A Splash At Minnis Bay

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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.

 

Home » Summer Relay Season Returns

Summer Relay Season Returns

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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!