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Cross Country Presentation Evening

With winter a distant memory the exploits in the mud and cold of the last cross country season were  celebrated in style at the club’s presentation evening held on 21st April. Awards were made by chairman Marco Keir to the most improved male and female runners, for age related performances in the Kent Fitness League, and for members completing a minimum of 6 races overall during the season.

Cross Country Presentation 2011

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The womens team finished league runners up in the Kent Fitness League with 10 of our ladies scoring at different times. Also in the KFL four of our runners gained age related awards for their season long efforts:

Female V50 Champion                   Barbara Wenman

Male V55 Champion                       Steve Clark

Male V40 Champion                       Tony McParland

Male 3RD place overall                     Mark Ford

For their efforts across the whole season the most improved club female runner was Jo Gambrill and amongst the men Phil Wyard. The overall xc champion female was deservedly made to Sarah Maguire and the overall xc champion male award was made to Mark Ford.

If you haven’t yet tried the ‘blood, sweat and tears’ of cross country then next season is definitely the time to start. The season kicks off in October (usually with our home fixture at Blean) and runs right through til March. With the added challenge of a range of varying courses a full season is excellent preparation for competing in spring road races.

Home » Mount Ephraim 10K Entries Now Open

Mount Ephraim 10K Entries Now Open

Mount Ephraim 10K Run

Entries are now open for the Mount Ephraim Summer 10K run on the Sunday 10th July 2011.

A challenging course on Kentish roads, starting and finishing in the beautiful 10 acre Mount Ephraim Gardens – the perfect place for a day out in Kent.

Post race enjoy the tranquillity of the Japanese gardens, take on the challenge of the grass maze or just relax on the Edwardian Tea Room terrace overlooking the topiary and herbaceous border, Mount Ephraim Gardens are a must for the whole family.

For more information and entry forms visit the Mount Ephraim 10K website.


Home » Pub Run Season Returns

Pub Run Season Returns

Summer is rapidly approaching (or have we already had it?) and that can mean only one thing; Yes it is the Pub Run season.

Every couple of weeks on Friday evening Canterbury Harriers reward themselves for their serious training endeavours by holding a pub run on a Friday evening at a variety of local (usually village) pubs.

This is organised by a member who has links (reputable links that is) to the pub in question. He or she reconnoitres a non- challenging off road run of around five miles starting and finishing at the local pub and run at a very easy and sociable pace.

All members are welcome and the club pays for a free buffet after the run.

Details of the individual runs are advised nearer the time by e-mail and provisionally the first Pub Run will be from the Hop Pocket in Bossingham on (wait for it!) Friday 13th of May.


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Inter Club Relays

Canterbury Harriers compete each year in the East Kent Inter Club relays. As the name suggest all of the East Kent running clubs take part in these events which are held at fortnightly intervals on Tuesday evenings. All members whatever their standards are encouraged to take part in these events which are friendly and sociable and an excellent form of training.

Teams are divided into Senior/Vet 40/Vet 50 and Vet 60 for the men and Senior /Vet35 /Vet45 /Vet55 for the women and each leg is around 2.5 miles.

Dates/times and locations are as follows:

Folkestone 10/5/11 19:15 start Rotunda area.

Minnis Bay 24/5/11 19:30

Ashford Victoria Park 7/6/11 19:30

Deal Sea Scout Hut 21/6/11 19:30 (venue may change to Fowlmead Park)

Canterbury High Scholl 5/7/11 19:30

All enquiries to Steve Clark ESQ our esteemed Relays Manager


Home » Whitstable 10K Entries Closed

Whitstable 10K Entries Closed

Entries for the ever popular Whitstable 10K Road Race are now closed. Despite the number of entries being raised again this year to 700 entrants, this number was filled well before the 16th April 2011 closing date.

Good luck if you got into the race; It is a very fast course, where many personal best are set each year. If you didn’t manage to enter this year why not come down and support your fellow runners but remember there are strictly no entries on the day.

The beautiful course of the Whitstable 10k Road Race works its way out from Tower Hill, through Swalecliffe to Hampton Pier and then back along past Whitstable’s famous beach huts.

A pound from every Whitstable 10k Road Race entry will go to the Dave Lee’s Happy Holidays children’s charity enabling them to organize holidays for disabled, sick and underprivileged children of Kent and their immediate families.

For more information about the race, as well as previous reults, please visit the Whitstable 10k Road Race website.


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Foulées Dainvilloises


5 Harriers ventured across to Dainville on the weekend of 2 and 3 April to take part in the 25th edition of the Foulèes Dainvilloises  running event on the Sunday. Dainville is a suburb of the historic city of Arras in the Nord pas de Calais region of France, about halfway down the A26 towards Rheims. Dainville is one of Whitstable’s many twin towns.

The Foulèes Dainvilloises is an important community event in the Dainville calendar and comprises a multitude of different running races and walks for distances from 100 metres to 21 kilometres and for all ages from 5 years to veterans born before 1941.

The 5 Harriers all fell somewhere towards the older end of the spectrum! All in all, 862 courers (runners) took part. We all opted to do the 10k event which was the last event of the day.

After a stop off at a very sunny and busy Wimereaux for lunch on the Saturday, we were quickly on the A26 and consulting detailed maps of how to circumnavigate Arras to get to Dainville. We found the Office de Mairie (Mayor’s Office) without any problem. We were greeted by the Mayor of Dainville, Françoise Rossignol and shown around the town hall. The first think to strike us was the preponderance of ducks, matched only by the ‘quacking’ ringtone on Françoise’s mobile phone! The link for this all became clear the following day when we went for a warm-up jog around the park and saw the lake, complete with ducks. Françoise was not only the Mayor of Dainville, but had earlier that week been elected onto the Nord pas de Calais Regional Council – a very prestigious position.


Françoise introduced us to the families who were hosting us and after quickly dropping off our bags we were off for a visit to Arras. We managed to get into the Hotel de Ville (Town Hall) before it closed and saw the giant-sized husband, wife and son – the latter resplendent with his giant lollipop! We had a pleasant glass of Leffe sat outside one of the bars while the sun slowly disappeared over the Grand Place. Françoise then showed us around the centre of town before we headed back to Dainville, dropping the Harriers off at their host families as we went. It transpired that all of the hosts, bar Françoise, were teachers, although Françoise used to be a teacher!

The host family Tony and myself stayed with, Phillipe and Caroline and their three boys, laid on a sumptuous evening meal. An education for us was that people in the north of France have a taste for whiskey, and beer in these parts is as important as wine. Phillipe even had a contraption in his kitchen which dispensed draft Leffe! A fantastic evening and great hospitality, even if I was a bit off my food after over-indulging in a welsh complat earlier in Wimereaux. The others said the cheese was to die for.

Tony McParland
Phil Wyard
Colin Kent
Marco Keir
Bob Pullen


After the race, we all got called up onto the stage to receive a trophy from Françoise for our participation and this takes pride of place in the Harriers trophy cabinet. After the presentations, we adjourned to a nearby building which was hosting a drinks and sumptuous buffet reception for all of the people who had helped organise the event and we were made most welcome. It really gave us the opportunity to practice our varying abilities of French, with Phil in his element and learning about the local Ch’it Picardy dialect and even capturing some of this on my mobile phone voice recorder!

Marco made a short speech (in French don’t you know!) thanking everyone for their kind hospitality and inviting them to take part in the Mount Ephraim 10k. We also had the chance to meet and thank Daniel Capel, the President of the Foulées Dainvilloises organising Committee.

We thanked all our hosts, Philippe, Caroline and family, Alain and Monique, Bruno and Sylvie, and of course Françoise, for all of their kind hospitality and for giving us such a great introduction to Dainville and Arras. It wasn’t ‘good-bye’, just ‘bonjour’ as Del Trotter would say.

I also had the opportunity to meet and thank a young lady from Mayor’s office who I had been corresponding with to make all the necessary arrangements for our visit. Poor Virginie had to put up with reams of e-mails from me in appalling French. It was good to learn that her young daughter had run one of the children’s races.

All of the Harriers were of the opinion that this weekend was the start of a long and fruitful relationship between runners in Dainville/Arras and Whitstable/Canterbury. As well as the Mount Ephraim 10k, we are already hatching plans to all take part in an event near Calais in September. I have also got to make a special delivery of whisky to a few people on behalf of Tony when I go out to Dainville again later this summer for a youth football tournament which my son’s team is playing in.