1999 Red Lion 10K
See also Full race results and Canterbury Harrier results from the 1999 Red Lion 10K.
The second Canterbury Harriers-organised event within a fortnight (following on from the Whitstable Oyster Run) drew a large entry to the race HQ of the Red Lion pub at Hernhill, with 240 finishers. The entrants weren’t discouraged by the heavy rain that was falling that morning or, indeed, the testing, yet very scenic course.
The race was won by international athlete Barry Royden, who broke away from the rest on the hill at halfway, in a time of 33:20. Barry also led his Medway AC team to victory in the team competition, although Canterbury Harriers were runners up, with Mike Conway (38:46), Nick Justicz (40:05), Steve Clark (40:19) and Joe Hicks (40:23) being the first four home for the club. Second and third individuals home were Mark Dayson (34:00) of Ashford AC and Allan Lee (34:12) of Sevenoaks AC. Whitstable Oyster Run winner, Daniel Green of Ashford and District, was fourth in 34:46. Fifth-placed Russell Phillips won the Vet 40 category with a time of 35:03 and Martyn Rouse’s 36:42 took the Vet 50 prize.
First female home was Canterbury Half Marathon winner Andrea Green of Dartford Harriers in an excellent time of 37:09, which was good enough for 14th place overall. Second behind her was Tina Oldershaw in 39:44 and Kerrie Cloke of 1066 Triathletes took third with 42:32. Jane Fraser of Invicta East Kent AC opted for the Vet 35 prize instead of second place overall with a time of 39:14 and Sue James of Paddock Wood AC took the V45 category with 42:53. However, Canterbury Harriers, represented by Helen Paine (back from Spain), Fayne Stone and Emma Hodges took the female team prize.
Despite the supplier not delivering the medals on time, Roy Gooderson saved the day by getting Ideas Unlimited of Whitstable to produce key ring/bottle opener mementos at the last moment. It was a great credit to both Roy and Ideas Unlimited to do this in very little time. John Minshull also worked hard in organising the marshalling of the race, as did John Hartley in collating the results. Simon Kendall and Gerry Reilly organised the lead car and many others, too numerous to mention, helped in making the day a success.
1999 Whitstable Oyster Run
See also Full race results and Canterbury Harrier results from the 1999 Whistable Oyster Run.
Canterbury Harriers organised the Whitstable Oyster Run on 25th July. This was run as part of the Oyster Festival, and was a beach/promenade run of approximately 4.5 miles which included various obstacles, fiendishly set up by Steve Clark, Bob Davison, Doug Hinsley and Dennis Hayes! Last year the race was called the Mud, Sweat and Tears Run but since this year there was high tide there wasn’t any mud. However, this didn’t stop the organisers from forcing the competitors out into the sea both at the start of the race and at the end!
Daniel Green of Ashford and District (number 16, front-right in the picture, which can be clicked upon to get a larger image) romped away with the main race, finishing in 24:42, just over a minute ahead of Canterbury Harriers’ Simon Kendall. Clubmates Jonathan Holmans and Roy Palmer (no 294, centre-right in the picture) also had great races in finishing 3rd and 6th, respectively. Jack Parnell (27:34; no 79, centre in the picture) and James Branwood (29:43) took the first two U17 spots to complete a good showing for the club in its own race. Sue James of Paddock Wood AC was first female home in a time of 30:18 and she was followed by Faye Roberts running for Chesterfield Barn in a time of 31:20 and Anne Lippett (34:40) of North London AC. Thus Fayne Stone and Emma Farrow (who was running her last race for the club before going off to Sri Lanka), who finished together in a time of 35:08, were just outside the prize list. The first (non-running club) team prize was taken by Chesterfield Barn, although its members looked strangely similar to Medway AC athletes. The junior race of 1Km was a lot of fun for the contestants.
The race was another organisational triumph for Roy Gooderson who was here, there and everywhere on the day to make sure that everything was ready in time. He had to cope with, among other things, a dog show setting up shop along the route of the course! The fact that the day went well was due as well to the many Harriers and friends who helped out with the arrangements on the day. A big thank you is also due to the Waterfront Club, whose building at Beach Walk, Whitstable served as the race HQ.