The Bupa 10K – An Inspirational Event
PBs were gained by the Canterbury Harriers at the Bupa 10k on Sunday. Two of their runners, Tom Millard and Yiannis Christodoulou, gained positions in the top 600 with finishing times of 36:36 and 39:38 respectively. For Yiannis, this now places him in the elite under 40 minute category. The Harriers’ Press Officer, Melanie Georgiades, also completed her first 10K for Mesothelioma UK after months of training, meeting her target of under 1 hour at 57:35. She stated “the Bupa 10K is an excellent event if inspiration is what you need; around every corner there were bands playing and the streets were lined with crowds of people cheering you on. If this doesn’t make you go faster, nothing will!”.
The Rye 10 mile also resulted in great results from Philip Wyard and Mark Cooper of 1:09:34 and 1:10:37 respectively. The terrain was hilly with warm and sunny conditions.
The Folkstone Coastal 10K resulted in four PBs for the Harriers ladies: Jennie Gardner (45:50), Fiona Tester (46:20), Julie Bradford (49:21) and Shirley Pullen (58:35).
At the Littlestone Lifeboat 10K Promenade Dash, Jennifer Lucas gained 1st Vet 55 with an excellent time of 54:03.
Minnis Bay relays resulted in the Harriers’ male Vet 50 gaining 2nd position, leading to a current overall joint 1st with Deal TRI. As well as this, their male Vet 60 also gained second position, resulting in a current overall 1st position.
Tom Millard, Yiannis Christodoulou and Melanie Georgiades all PB at the Bupa 10K
- Tom Millard, Yiannis Christodoulou and Melanie Georgiades all PB at the Bupa 10K
Folkestone Relays and Marathon Bonanza
The Folkestone Relays last Tuesday led to excellent results for the Canterbury Harriers. In the Male Vet 50 the Harriers came in first position, with a total time of 51:02. They also gained first position in the Lady Vet 35 with a time of 57:11; a mere 2 second’s gap to Folkestone RC A in second place.
John Cooper from the Canterbury Harriers travelled to Milton Keynes for the Sketchers Milton Keynes Marathon, despite feeling unwell the previous evening. Even with the hot weather, John managed to complete the marathon in an impressive 4:14:59.
In the Bewl Water Half Marathon, Penny Birchall gained second Vet 55 at 1:49:47 and Wendy Smith gained third Vet 55 at 2:00:51, in spite of the wet and windy weather conditions.
In the Bewl Water Half Marathon, Penny Birchall gained second Vet 55 at 1:49:47.
Harriers Set The Pace at Stelling Minnis
A scorching weekend led to scorching hot results for the Canterbury Harriers. The Stelling Minnis 10K resulted in the Harriers picking up the team prize, due to a striking second place for Peter Hogben at 35:56. Unfortunately he was unable to maintain his first place position from last year due to an impressive 34:36 from Nathan Chapman (unaffiliated). Alex Horsley (debut) of the Harriers came in eleventh place, shortly followed by Yiannis Christodoulou in thirteenth. Also, Jennifer Lucas was the first Vet 55 lady, with an excellent time of 56:30.
At the Sittingbourne Invicta 10K, Nathan Bradley gained a PB of 46:53 and Fiona Tester gained a club debut of 48:05.
Canterbury Harriers win the team prize with an excellent performance at the Stelling Minnis 10K.
‘Spring’ Into The Whitstable 10k!
The Whitstable 10K Road Race, organised by the Canterbury Harriers and sponsored by Bailey’s Nissan, had the perfect weather on the Bank Holiday Monday of bright and dry conditions, with a mild wind. The course started from the Tankerton Slopes and went out to the Hampton Pier at Herne Bay before finishing at the Waterfront Club.
In first place was Ben Nagy, who completed the course in 32:06, nearly reaching the current record of 31:48. There was a fairly large gap for second place, where Daniel Pyne for the Dartford Harriers came in at 35:33, another brilliant result. Daniel was closely followed by Tim Erskine, at 35:52.
The first woman runner to cross the finish line was Liz Weeks, at an amazing 36:14 for the Sittingbourne Striders. This was an improvement on her 2013 result of 36:28. Overall, with just over 600 participants, it is safe to say that the warm spring weather provided excellent conditions for an amazing race for all those who entered; well done!
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Whitstable 10K 2014 Race Winner – Ben Nagy
Whitstable 10K First Lady – Liz Weeks