Home » Excellent season for Canterbury Harriers

Excellent season for Canterbury Harriers

The summer season has come to close and the Canterbury Harriers have had an excellent time with plenty of trophies, race wins and PB’s.

Both Nicola Charlton and Fiona Tester have had come consistently within the top 3 of any races they have participated in, including the Stelling Minnis 10k where they placed 2nd and 3rd respectively.  Nicola and Fiona along with Gemma Jeffrey also placed first in the summer relay season to retain the Vet 35 A team trophy.  There have been plenty of other triumphs including the East Kent and Aylesham 5k in which Sarah Maguire, Melanie Christodoulou and Wendy Smith came 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively.  At the Canterbury Half marathon, which not only is a tough, hilly course, was also one of the hottest days of the year with temperatures close to 30 degrees, Emma Greatrix, not only placed 4th female but was first in her Vet 45 age category and then a week later in slightly cooler conditions, the ladies pulled it out of the bag again, with Hannah Pilbeam on her debut run for the club coming 1st senior female, Fiona Tester not only getting a PB but coming 3rd female and alongside Deborah Paris and Leisa Foad winning the Ladies team prize.  Deborah Paris on that day also clocked a huge PB by over 30 minutes, Debbie has consistently been getting PB’s across pretty much every race she has participated in.

The men have also had a good season; Peter Hogben won the Canterbury Half Marathon for the second time in 3 years.  Yiannis Christodoulou, Simon Jones and Alex Horsley  along with Peter Hogben have consistently placed high in all races they have participated in.  Alex placing high in the Mount Ephraim 10k in 2nd, Yiannis came 2nd in the East Kent and Aylesham 5k, Simon Jones winning the University of Kent at Canterbury 10k.  Mark Peacock raced all 4 of the PodPlus Ashford Summer 10k series and came 1st or 2nd in all of the races.

Harriers have raced all over the world during the summer in lots of different disciplines and distances, from 5k to 50k, from open water swimming to cycling.

We also had 4 members compete for Great Britain, Peter Hogben, came 3rd at the National Championships today for the middle triathlon distance, Yiannis Christodoulou, ITU Aquathlon World Championships came 6th in age group, Simon Jones, ITU Aquathlon World Championships came 10th in age group, Dave Bowden, ITU Long distance Triathlon placed 23rd, all of whom have qualified for next year.

Well done to everyone who has competed over the summer, there have been team prizes, trophies and PB’s galore for us, a full list of all of these can be found on the Canterbury Harriers website

Home » Harriers Out In Force Across Two Countries

Harriers Out In Force Across Two Countries

The Harriers were out in large numbers not only in the U.K. but also in Le Touquet in France.

There were 6 runners in the tough and hilly Mount Ephraim 10k, there were no PB’s but some good performances, notably Alex Horsley at 38.04 and Stephanie Bancroft in a good time of 56.16.

In the ever popular Aylesham and East Kent 5k and 10k there were 11 Harriers out in the warm conditions. 1st, 2nd and 3rd lady, in the 5k, was an all Harrier affair with Sarah Maguire, Melanie Christodoulou and Wendy Smith taking the places respectively. Nicola Charlton also took the 1st place lady in the 10k.

Over in France a small group went out to Le Touquet 10K, including Roy Gooderson who was out there for his 26th year in a row!

This was a bumper weekend with plenty of medals for the Harriers and all results can be found on the Canterbury Harriers website.

Home » Harriers Triumph In Summer Relay Season

Harriers Triumph In Summer Relay Season

“The Harriers hosted the final event in the East Kent Inter Club Relays Series on Tuesday 4th July 2017 at the Victoria Recreation Ground in Canterbury with a record turnout for the club on a warm and humid evening. 

Once again we finished on a high note with victories on the evening and series victories for the Ladies v35 A Team,Mens V40A and Men`s V60A teams and excellent competitive runs and times for all of the Harriers taking part including our identical twins Kieran and Tom Jessup running in a Mens Senior Team !”

Home » Flying Start To Relay Season For The Harriers

Flying Start To Relay Season For The Harriers


Tuesday 23rd May saw the start of the relay season on a lovely evening down on the Folkestone seafront.  There was a great turnout for both the men’s and the women’s events. The women’s vet 35 A and B teams made a good start on defending their current titles finishing top of the standings. There were some lightning performances on the slightly shortened route along the promenade including Simon Jones in 12.54 and Alex Horsley in 14.09 for the men and Nicola Charlton for the ladies in 16.09. Also in the ladies races new member Hannah Pilbeam and Fiona Tester both recorded  quick times of 16.36.

The second race at Minnis Bay on 30th May came along on another warm and sunny evening. There was a good turnout for both the men and women with  some stand out performances from Sian Smith-Keary, 15.44, and Caroline Wetherill in 15.40 and for the men Mark Peacock in 13.30 and Jethro Kimber in 14.13

After the second round of the series  the ladies Vet 35 A and B teams are still top along with the Men’s Vet 45 and the men’s vet 60 A and B teams.

Well done to all those who have run over the two races. Let’s hope we can keep up the momentum, and the  turnout, for the upcoming events.

Home » Whitstable 10K Goes Without A Hitch

Whitstable 10K Goes Without A Hitch

A slightly wet and windy May Bank Holiday in Whitstable was the setting for the 18th Whitstable 10k organised by Canterbury Harriers and sponsored by Baileys Nissan.

Pictured are the two race winners, Dominic O’Mahoney from Invicta East Kent AC, who finished in a time of 32 mins and 56 secs  and Anoushka Johnson from Dartford Harriers AC who recorded a time of 42:41 being presented with their awards by Canterbury Harriers Chairman  Peter Yarlett.  Pictures of  other category  winners  can  be found on the Canterbury Harriers Facebook page.

Running clubs from all over Kent and further afield took part in the race  including a large group from Rebel Runners, a newer club from Medway , using the event as one of their club 10K championship races. Included in their number was the MP for  Gillingham and Rainham , Rehman Chishti, who recorded  an impressive PB of over 40 seconds and finished  24th overall in the race in a time of 40 :35

A total of £1000 raised from race entry fees was donated to the Demelza House Childrens Hospice Charity.

Full results including full details of the race category winners  can be found on the Whitstable 10k website.

Home » Final X Country At Fowlmead Proves Fruitful For Harriers Ladies

Final X Country At Fowlmead Proves Fruitful For Harriers Ladies

Sunday 19th February saw the last of the cross country races of the season at Fowlmead, Deal.  There were some stellar performances including Simon Jones, pictured, coming in 2nd in the race but also runner up in the Men’s Championship. Alex Horsley also came in the top 10 in the race.

For the women there were 3 Harriers in the top 10, Claire Pluckrose, Jo Norrington and Barbara Wenman which meant the ladies team came first in the race today but came 5th overall in the final standings, also helping the combined team to come in 3rd overall.

There were some other notable performances including Emma McCabe coming in 19th in the Ladies Championships in her first season and Leisa Foad coming 48th also in her first season! Steve Clark came 74th in the Men’s Championship but has also run in over 100 races since the records began in 2001.

Well done to everyone who has taken part across the season it has been another successful year for the Harriers.

All results can be found on the Harriers website

Home » Blean Cross Country Goes Off Without A Hitch

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.

Home » Kent Fitness League off to Flying Start in Sevenoaks

Kent Fitness League off to Flying Start in Sevenoaks

14962977_10210840062102721_1177506883_nSunday 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

Home » Harriers Take 1 2 at Home Half Marathon

Harriers Take 1 2 at Home Half Marathon

14195452_1588079884820241_430410499856203745_oOn 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.

 

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.