3rd Place For Yiannis
By Melanie Georgiades
The Goudhurst 5K was run by one Canterbury Harrier on Sunday, Yiannis Christodoulou, who achieved third place. Although he took a strong lead for the first 1 ½ K, Yiannis had to tail back slightly due to previous calf injuries. His time of 22:50 was above his previous best timing for a 5K, as he stated that the course was nearer to the 6k mark, including hills, tracks and cross country routes.
Also achieving a good run was Sally Osborne, who ran the Madrid Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in 4:24:44, whilst enduring hot weather conditions.
PB Friday for the Harriers at the Folkestone 10!
The Folkstone 10 mile run led to PB Friday for the Canterbury Harriers, despite a strong head-wind. Peter Hogben came second with a PB of 56:07. Also in the top ten were Robbie Higgins in forth and Simon Jones in seventh, finishing in 58:09 and 59:29 respectively and who thus grabbed the team prize.
PBs were also achieved by Tom Millard of 1:04:07, Penny Birchall of 1:13:02 and Shirley Pullen of 1:39:29. Tom had previously completed the 10 miles in 1:28:42 in January 2013. His strategy to reduce his time has been to work on exercises such as squats and calf raises with low weights at the gym. He stated “this has strengthened my legs for the Harriers’ long Thursday night runs”.
Nathan Bradley, who has been achieving many PBs recently, gained a PB of 1:17:48. His strategy has been “to go all-out and hang on as long as possible”, which he hopes will be enough for his marathon in May.
The Harriers also had three of their runners (Craig Thomas, Philip Wyard and Mark Cooper) come in just under the 1:09 mark.
You can find details of all results here.
The Harriers Make Short-Work of the London Marathon
By Melanie Georgiades
The London Marathon is exemplary of why so many individuals participate in running events across the year. Whether it is to reach a goal, in memory of loved ones or as a hobby, everyone has their own story to tell. A Canterbury Harrier with one of those stories is Adam Stokes, who signed-up due to his ambitious love for running. When interviewed, Adam stated that he just wanted to “be the best” that he could be. The fact that he ran the 26.2 miles in 2:44:37 for the Royal Navy, allowing him to now refer to himself as an elite marathoner, has started him on an excellent footing.
There were congratulations all-round for the Canterbury Harriers; Sally Osborne ran her second marathon for the week, achieving a brilliant result of 4:19:13. Sally’s story is one of family ties; when she was a child her father used to take her to London to see the marathon. They used to stand on a traffic island with the runners all around them. From that point, she knew that she wanted to run in this historical event. Since then, Sally’s love for running has led her to complete 35 marathons.
With 40,000 finishers, including elite runners, Canterbury Harriers’ own Barbara Wenman had an outstanding time of 3:23:33, making her the second Lady VET 55-59. As well as this, Colin Kent and Gary Hovery accomplished PB’s of 3:24:04 and 4:09:36 respectively. Also, a debut run by Anna Fisk resulted in a finish time of 4:13:03.
The London Marathon is a grand illustration of how everyone has the ability to achieve personal goals within running. It provides the opportunity to bring individuals together no matter whether they are an athlete or an amateur runner. As Sally Osborne advises, “you are only racing against yourself to get a PB, so it is something you can enjoy irrespective of speed”. However, no matter how personal the London Marathon is to each individual, it requires disciplined training and knowing when to stop in order to be safe when running such a long distance.
All in all, the London Marathon 2014 did not let down expectations both for the viewers and the participants, with the British sunshine providing a wonderful day. As Adam Stokes quotes, “that was one incredible experience! A wall of sound for 26.2 miles; every runner should try to run that at least once in their running careers”.
Whitstable 10K Entries now closed
The Whitstable 10K has reached the capacity limit of 700 the quickest time ever in the race’s history.
Entries are now closed and there are strictly no entries on the day.
Race numbers will be sent out two weeks prior to the race. If you haven’t received your number by race day and your cheque has been cashed, please visit the race HQ for a replacement number.
Proof of receipt and acceptance of your entry will be your cashed Cheque.