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Sunday 5th February saw  Canterbury Harriers host the penultimate event of the season in the Kent Fitness League.  A total of 293 runners completed the course. Conditions were perfect, chilly with plenty of mud! The club fielded a large team of 35 runners. Simon Jones had another great run to finish in second place. He was backed up for the men by Yiannis Christodoulou in 7th and Paul Knight in 11th position. Barbara Wenman was first home for the Harriers ladies in 118th position backed up by new member Claire Pluckrose running her first ever cross country race ! in 124th and Emma McCabe continuing her great season in 135th position . The race also brought some members out of the closet, including Emma Greatrix, pictured, who dusted off her trail shoes for the first time in 5 years! There were plenty of other notable runs including  debut KFL runs by Jethro Kimber and David Dunn. A great all round team performance and well done to all those who braved the cold, battled the mud and ran hard for Harriers.With the final race in the series at Fowlmead , Deal in two weeks time on Sunday 19th February the club lies in 3rd place in the Mens League standings,6th in the Ladies standings and 5th in the combined. We need another big turnout at Fowlmead to consolidate our team positions and maintain our proud record in the League.

The Harriers running at Blean Woods were:

Ov Pos Lg Pos Runner Age Time Rating # KFL Races
2 2 Simon Jones 41 30:38 99.53 23
7 7 Yiannis Christodoulou 33 32:02 97.20 21
11 11 Paul Knight 43 32:32 95.33 2
17 17 Alex Horsley 39 32:49 92.52 7
26 26 John Matthews 44 33:25 88.32 14
49 48 Dave Bowden 53 35:02 78.04 18
61 59 Jonathan Solley 30 35:52 72.90 4
64 62 Andy Phillips 54 35:58 71.50 16
66 64 Jethro Kimber 33 36:11 70.56 Debut
80 77 Wim Van Vuuren 47 36:47 64.49 35
100 93 Steven Clark 63 38:15 57.01 99
118 12 Barbara Wenman 58 39:08 86.08 71
124 15 Claire Pluckrose 48 39:26 82.28 Debut
127 112 Mark Wenman 62 39:43 48.13 69
135 21 Emma McCabe 36 40:05 74.68 5
145 121 Craig Thomas 56 40:35 43.93 18
160 134 Colin Kent 51 41:40 37.85 42
175 144 Joe Hicks 63 42:39 33.18 50
183 150 Daren Parris 48 43:18 30.37 9
184 151 Gerry Reilly 68 43:24 29.91 50
199 160 Neil Benson 48 44:07 25.70 19
205 42 Wendy Smith 58 44:23 48.10 54
207 165 Jon Vann 61 44:29 23.36 9
215 171 David Dunn 37 45:10 20.56 Debut
233 182 Richard Hudson 60 47:27 15.42 11
234 183 Steve Reynolds 58 47:31 14.95 74
240 54 Emma Greatrix 45 48:01 32.91 26
246 58 Jo Manser 46 48:36 27.85 5
248 59 Leisa Foad 47 49:01 26.58 4
250 61 Catriona Coltart 65 49:23 24.05 2
251 62 Deb Parris 48 49:26 22.78 8
253 63 Emily Thomson 27 49:29 21.52 2
260 193 Phil Wyard 54 51:04 10.28 30
261 194 Tim Richardson-Perks 57 51:14 9.81 10
279 74 Sarah Brenton 34 53:48 7.59 6

Full results are on the KFL site.