The 4 main training routes the Harriers use have been uploaded to the site to help runners familiarise themselves, especially for the dark winter months ahead.
To get to them click on the training menu and choose the route you want to see: Route A, Route B, Route C or Route D.
If you have any GPX files of great training routes you want to share with the club please email them to the firstname.lastname@example.org email address along with a name for the route and a brief description including distance, ground under foot and any other safety information (such as proximity to roads or permanent hazards to be aware of) .
Whitstable 10K 2012
The club staged its annual Whitstable 10K Road Race on the Monday Bank Holiday.Once again the entry limit for the race was exceeded well before the closing date for what has become one of the most popular road races in the South of England.
The Harriers turned out in force to help as marshals on the day and a big thank you is due to them for their big contribution to the success of the race. As a bonus we were also able to field a reasonable number of runners in the race itself with Peter Hogben (PB !) and Tony McParland fresh from their 1066 Relay heroics the previous day combining with Peter McQuire to take the Mens Team Prize
1066 Relay Sunday 6th May 2012
Following on from their “warm up” in the more conventional Hyde Park Relays Ric Austin`s squad excelled in the somewhat more exotic and challenging Hastings 1066 multi terrain relay event with five stages varying in length from 3 to 11 miles.
The Harriers finished a very impressive 2nd out of 50 teams only two minutes behind the overall winners Beckenham AC. Peter Hogben was the individual winner of his leg and both he and Tony McParland followed this up with impressive runs in the Whitstable 10K the following day (Team was Rick Austin,Joe Thompsett,Simon Jones,Tony McParland and Peter Hogben.
Spring Marathons 2012
A total of 25 Harriers following Head Coach Gerry Reilly`s spring marathon programme competed in the Paris Brighton and London events rounding off with Tony Savage tackling the partially flooded ! Milton Keynes race.
Not long after Ray Cameron experienced similar monsoon conditions and the trauma/inspiration ? of running through a “Peace Line” in the Belfast Marathon.
Excellent runs by all with a range of impressive debuts and PB`s. Particularly impressive were the performances of Barbara Wenman 3rd FV45 in Paris in 3:13:19 and Tina Jones 3rd FV65 in 3:54:17 – both lifetime PB`s. All can now relax and look forward to the reassuringly miniscule Inter Club Relay Series legs from 15th May onwards.
For full details go to the results page
Hyde Park Relays
Four Harriers made the trip to sunny London for the Hyde Park Relays on the 3rd March. The event consisted of 6 legs of roughly 5.1 kilometres each around the Serpentine in the Park with an extra loop thrown in at the end. After meeting in the rather inconvenient Imperial student union on the wrong side of the park we were finally registered and heading over to the start by the bandstand.
Billed as a University race and with only 4 runners for 6 legs we were not to be put off and Tony McParland managed to relax sufficiently over a pint of Guinness less than 90 minutes before his leg! Rick Austin as team captain and organiser picked the side and sent Mark Ford to start the race with the first of his two legs for the afternoon. Coming in in 17th position Rick took over for his first of two for the day in a good time around the 19 minutes and Simon Jones and Tony McParland continued this trend putting in good shifts to keep the Harriers towards the front of the field.
Simon did do his best to get the Harriers disqualified when he inadvertently ventured onto the road parallel with the path and had to clamber over a horse track and flower bed to get back to where he was supposed to finish. We thought by not taking Steve Clark we would avoid any embarrassments for the day but it seems they cannot be avoided regardless of the personnel.
It began to get increasingly difficult to tell who we was racing against with people on all different legs being lapped and the outside chance of the first placed Cambridge University lapping us! Fortunately this didn’t happen and Mark Ford and Rick Austin both finished strongly with their second laps with Rick bringing us home as a true captain should (down the right side of the path) in a very respectable 15th position out of 104 teams in a time of 1.53.15. This was roughly 15 minutes behind the winning team who probably had an average age of 19!
Recommended for all next year. Maybe a coach down would be a good idea and make a full day of it with free facilities put on by the university. Definitely one for the calendar.
Kent Fitness League – Final Race Blean Woods
Canterbury Harriers hosted the final race in the Kent Fitness League cross country race series at Blean Woods on Sunday 19th February with the largest ever field of 375 runners competing in the event.
As well as organising and marshalling the race the Harriers were also able to field a record 33 of their own runners and the club finished the season in 5th place out of 18 in the overall team event.
Full details of the race and the series results can be found by clicking on the Kent Fitness League link on the Canterbury Harriers Race Sites website section below.
Canterbury 10 Mile Results
A record 37 Harriers took part in the Canterbury 10 Mile Road Race on Sunday 29th January with a record number of PB`s being set by established members and a range of impressive debuts from new members in spite of the chilly and damp conditions. For full details see the Canterbury 10 results page.