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You can click on each of the thumbnail images of the committee members below to see a larger version of the picture.

Chairman Melanie Christodoulou
Melanie ChristodoulouI originally started the Harriers as a social member in 2013 and then as a full member from 2014. I was elected onto the Committee in 2015 as a Runners Rep and then in 2016, I became the Press Officer and editor of the Harriers Newsletter. I stepped down from editing the newsletter in 2020, when Thomas Hooley kindly took over.

Having had the time to reflect on the positive impact the club has had on my wellbeing over lockdown, I had decided to run for Chairman at the 2021 AGM when Gemma mentioned she would be stepping-down. All the past Chairmen/women have managed to make improvements to the club with the members’ best interests at heart – I hope I can do the same for you with my ambitions for the club.

Vice-Chairman Andy Farrant
Head Coach Yiannis Christodoulou
Yiannis ChristodoulouYiannis took up running in 2012 and joined the Harriers  at that time too. Yiannis has competed at International level in his age group for Great Britain, where he has captained the Aquathlon team at the World and European championships. Yiannis is a European and National Aquathlon Champion in his age group and become a coach in 2013. He has vast experience working with top level coaches and training athletes for the GB age group team. Yiannis has been head coach since February 2020.
Club Secretary Tom Hooley
Tom HooleyNow retired from teaching in school I enjoy roles in a community just as energetic and young at heart – Canterbury Harriers. Looking back to the 1980s I ran the Canterbury Marathon and a year later the first Canterbury Half Marathon. Soon afterwards, aged 30, I gave up running. At the time, the gunshot sound of a calf injury on a run uphill seemed to prove I was actually over the hill. Middle-aged sport wasn’t quite so common then! 25 years later I accepted a challenge to run with a relay team from school along the full length of Hadrian’s Wall, raising money for a girl who would need to go to America for her life-saving treatment. This was a great motivator and ever since then I have loved running or racing any distance up to marathon and occasionally beyond: the 38 mile Downs Link Ultra was a relaxed if challenging event and my longest to date. My favourite running? That must be winter Sundays at cross-country, both for the running and the socializing afterwards. It has been a pleasure to take on responsibilities with the club, as secretary and as editor of the magazine. I look forward to working also with runners and coaches on training evenings once qualified as a leader in running fitness, having taken the training course during lockdown.
Treasurer Tim Richardson-Perks
Tim Richardson-Perks is second from the left in this picture from Reims
Tim is second from the left in this picture from Reims

I am proud to have been a Harrier for 19 years – I joined in 2001 (I think!). In that time, I have been Club Secretary, Treasurer, Race Director, Chairman, Reims Captain and now I am having a second shot at Treasurer. Running wise I specialised in marathons completing 69 marathons and countless halves, 10 and 20 milers and the odd 10k as part of my build up training. I have retired from running these days but still enjoy cycling, keeping fit, and the occasional drink with the Wetherspoons crowd. My biggest achievement as a Harrier is that I am in the elite group of Harriers who have been bought a drink by Steve Clark.

Membership Secretary Peter Yarlett
Peter YarlettI am very pleased to be re-joining the Harriers Committee having served in a number of club roles over the past 12 years, including 5 years as Chairman (2013 – 2018). As well as managing Harriers membership  matters I now look forward to continuing to contribute towards supporting club life and administration in general. We have a very vibrant membership and I particularly look forward to welcoming new members into our running community. The fact that I’ve returned to a Committee role shows the passion that I have for Harriers.                           

My best running days are now far behind me, having been a runner for over fifty years, but I still enjoy the occasional jog supplemented by cycling, walking and a game of golf, usually played badly. My favourite event has to be cross country and a claim to fame is finishing 230th out of 2,000 in a National Cross Country Championship.

Cross-Country/Relays Manager Steve Clark
Steve Clark at the 2015 KFL Minnis Bay raceJoined club January 1995 & joined committee October 2001.                                  

Past roles for club:
North Downs Way Club Relay Manager 2002-2015
Saxon Shore Club Relay Manager 2002-2013
Club Trailer & Trailer Equipment Manager 2003-2009

Current roles:
Presentation Evening Awards Coordinator since 2002
Assistant Coach since 2003
Whitstable 10k Marshals Coordinator since 2003
Club Inter Club Relays Manager since 2005
Club Cross Country Manager since 2006
Harriers Quiz Night Manager since 2009
London Marathon Coach Manager since 2015

I took up running a few years before joining the club to lose weight and started doing a few races (Sturry Fun Run, Herne Bay Half) to give me something to aim for. Then I was offered a place in the 1992 London Marathon along with a friend. We did it again in 1993 together with a Harrier friend of his who was always pestering me to join the club, which I did once I had stopped commuting to London. And the rest as they say, is history! I’ve enjoyed the camaraderie and all aspects of club running, long and short distances, road races but I guess my favourite has turned out to be cross country! There have been many highs and a few lows but my only real regret is buying Tim that pint down Wetherspoons in 2014. A reckless moment of over-generosity!

Kit Officer & Runners Representative Fiouse Corbeil
Fiouse CorbeilI joined Canterbury Harriers in July 2017 after a lifetime of running on my own on and off. I decided to join the Harriers to run with like-minded people and be more motivated. I was impressed to see how much hard work The Committee was putting in behind the scenes for a club of 150 runners to run so smoothly. As time went on, I agreed to take on a Runners Representative role, then became Kit Officer, and also Liaison Officer between CH and SEUK for our Whitstable 10K 2021 event, always trying to give back as much as I can to such a wonderful club. My favourite club events include the KFL Cross-Country races, the 10K Club Championship and the many social runs organised throughout the year. You can talk to me any time about club queries, and if you need Club Kit, I’m your man.                             

(PS: My name is pronounced Fuse.)

Social Secretary & Runners Representative Tina Jones
Tina JonesI am lucky enough to have been a member of Canterbury Harriers for about 14 years and I have been on the Committee for 10 years. I have enjoyed some modest success during my time at the club but I am slowing down a bit now. My success is all due to the friendship and encouragement of my fellow club members and that of Gerry Reilly who was head coach until very recently. I really enjoy the winter cross country season and the inter club summer relays together with the many social events in the club’s calendar. I have a qualification as a leader in running fitness and help out with coaching when I am needed. I might be a bit slower nowadays but I hope I can continue for a while longer enabling me to be a part of a very friendly and supportive club.
Runners Representative Henry Cox
Henry Cox at the Paris MarathonI joined Canterbury Harriers in the summer of 2017. I used to run Whitstable parkrun most Saturdays from 2010, until parkrun started in Canterbury in 2014. I used to do quite well but was reluctant to join a running club, saying I’m not a serious runner. I still stand by that, I’m very much a fun runner!           

After running my first marathon the London marathon in 2017 I thought it was probably time to join a running club. My Dad had previously been part of Canterbury Harriers and I already knew quite a few members from the parkrun community. I came along to a summer field session and met Sammy-Jo and Karen and really enjoyed it. It was far more enjoyable than I previously anticipated it would be. Everyone I met seemed really friendly and supportive.

4 years and 4 marathons later I am still a Canterbury Harrier and am so glad I joined! As well as adding a twice weekly running routine to my calendar, the Harriers have helped me to improve and develop as a runner and I feel I have learned so much along the way. We are lucky to have a range of encouraging and inspiring coaches as well as a variety of members who really do make each session worth turning up for. I always think however my day has gone, I always feel better after a run!

It has been great to have competed in the East Kent relays in the summer and the Kent Fitness League over the winter.

After 4 years of being a member of Canterbury Harriers I thought it is time I started giving back to the club. As a Runners Rep I am here to provide support to fellow runners and I will bring any suggestions to the committee. 

Runners Representative Bob Davison
Runners Representative Hannah Wilding

Hannah WildingI joined the Canterbury Harriers as a New Year’s resolution in 2019 to help improve my running. I was very nervous at my first session but the club was so welcoming, and even though I fell over on my first training run, I have improved so much. I have achieved some personal bests since and made friends along the way. 

I started running during university to help my rugby fitness, but after breaking my ankle during my second year, I decided it was safer to just continue running. I started off running 10Ks, progressed to half marathons and have gone on to run many marathons and a couple of ultras. And in the process I have lost over 30kg in weight. I am always trying to improve my personal bests and my favourite distance is the marathon. I thoroughly enjoy the club events throughout the year, with my favourite being the cross country. Everyone is so supportive and it’s encouraging to be surrounded by friendly faces cheering your name. 

I joined the committee in 2021 as a Runner’s Representative. I am here to encourage all the members of the club and bring any suggestions to the committee.