Yiannis Christodoulou Sets Course Record at Channel Sprint Triathlon
26 Sep 2020
Please accept our apologies for not posting this report from MELANIE CHRISTODOULOU earlier:
Yiannis Christodoulou of Canterbury Harriers competed in the Channel Sprint Triathlon in Folkestone on Sunday 13 September 2020. It was his first triathlon in nearly a year, owing to the pandemic. In the course of the race he was sent the wrong way on the run by a marshal, costing him 1 minute 27 seconds, but even so managed to break the course record.
In Yiannis’s own words: “It’s great to be racing again. Today’s race let me see how much I have improved over the winter. I have been sensible not to overtrain during lockdown; in fact I backed off training for a bit. I am very much looking forward to 2021 and making my debut for the GB triathlon team in my age group for the European Sprint Triathlon championships.”
Yiannis added that he really enjoyed the event, despite being sent the wrong way, and was very happy to take the win and course record even with the increased running distance.
First Lady at Wingham 5k
22 Sep 2020
Congratulations to Harrier SAMMY-JO FOSTER, who came in at 6th place out of 43 finishers at the recent 5km event at Wingham, where a 10km race was held on the same day, organized by Sporting Events UK. She also finished first lady.
On Sunday 13th September I ran the Wingham 5k — where you get 15% extra as the distance was more like 5.7km! To my surprise I came in first lady. This is my first ever race win and I am very pleased. I have had a few back issues lately so I wasn’t sure how it would go; hence why I entered the 5k rather than 10k, as I just wanted to be able to support a local race. Racing during a pandemic is a very strange experience as you set off in waves so you are never sure exactly who you are racing against. The Sporting Events UK team did another brilliant job of making everyone feel safe and I really enjoyed the morning.
To see the results, go to https://resultscui.active.com/events/thewinghamrun1
Cross Country Nostalgia… and Recent Training
9 Sep 2020
Whatever the developing situation may bring in days to come, here is a nostalgic photo reminder of what was probably Canterbury Harriers’ last cosy social gathering.
The occasion? Fish and chips, courtesy of the club, plus beer at Minnis Bay after a Kent Fitness League cross country fixture on January 12th. The sun was shining, the atmosphere convivial, and national conversation still probably more Brexit than Covid-19. Club conversation hinged on forthcoming fixtures, such as Harriers-hosted Blean Woods, the last KFL event of the season …
Meanwhile, fast forwarding to more recent times, September Tuesday running training has continued apace: yesterday two groups ran again at Birley’s, under the experienced coaching of Steve Clark and Tina Jones. The whistle session involved warm up, 12 x 60 sec off 60 sec round the rugby pitch and cool down with Steve, while Tina’s squad ran reps down the long side of the field. Words of encouragement were shouted. Whistles were blown. Bubble policies were strictly observed. Participants were happy and fed off each others’ motivation. Training successfully completed, the groups self-sanitized and dispersed into the gathering dusk.