Home » Yiannis Christodoulou Sets Course Record at Channel Sprint Triathlon

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.

Home » First Lady at Wingham 5k

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.

Sammy-Jo writes:

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

Home » Cross Country Nostalgia… and Recent Training

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.

Home » Running into Storm Francis

Running into Storm Francis

27 Aug 2020
Coach CLAIRE PLUCKROSE reports on this week’s tough & turbulent workout at Birley’s Field.
‘Tuesday night was my first session coaching under the new COVID safety measures and it’s a testament to Yiannis and the committee that the systems and procedures put in place made this a safe and seamless environment to work in.
My session was 12 x 60 sec. hard efforts with a 60 sec. recovery interval between each rep.  The focus of the session was to turn on the fast twitch muscles and fibres and get the body used to switching from a comfortable pace to race effort.
There were six in my group —  a great group, all working well together but maintaining a nice safe distance.
Storm Francis made the session even more challenging for those efforts into the wind, as well as hearing the whistle (!), but Harriers aren’t beaten by a bit of wind.  12 efforts completed; warm down, stretch, sanitize, and straight home.
Great to be back ….  and transitioning from our virtual world into a new normal while running together … perfect!’
Home » Heat & Humidity? No Sweat! We Love Training Together

Heat & Humidity? No Sweat! We Love Training Together

12 Aug 2020

Birley’s Field Training: 2nd week since re-opening

Another well-organized and effective training evening yesterday on Birley’s Field, with 20 runners and 2 coaches in the field in humid August conditions and everyone very happy to be back and running together.  Jon and Steph had prepared excellent interval training for the two separate groups or ‘bubbles’, briefing their squads clearly at the start and offering cheerful encouragement throughout.

The safety arrangements and effectiveness of the training are working really very well in parallel, with necessary guidance sent out to participating runners in advance of each session and attending club members showing appreciation of the efforts made on everyone’s behalf.  It was lovely to be back.  Most have kept up or even exceeded their usual training in recent months but what everyone loved and commented on most was the extra dimension of running together as a club once more. Thank you to the coaches for planning great sessions and to Yiannis Christodoulou and the Committee for all the preparation that has gone into reassuring everyone that we can train as safely as possible.

To join a training session: Harriers must contact Yiannis by e-mail between Saturday 9:00 a.m. and Sunday 12:00 noon for Tuesday training.  Notification of your success or otherwise will be sent to you by Monday. Adherence to the Covid-19 precautions and arrangements is mandatory; please check your club official e-mail.

 

Home » Tuesday Training Is Back at Birley’s – Safe & Successful First Session

Tuesday Training Is Back at Birley’s – Safe & Successful First Session

5 Aug 2020

After a pause of more than four months because of coronavirus lockdown measures, Canterbury Harriers have reopened Tuesday night training at Birley’s Field.

Taking full account of all Covid-compliant safety measures the Committee gave the green light to interim Head Coach Yiannis Christodoulou’s temporary training package with rules that meet England Athletic requirements.  Finishing the first training class on 4th August, club member Simon Collins remarked: “Great session. Thanks to Yiannis and all the Committee who worked out a way we could train again safely.  To anyone worried about being able to maintain social distancing, it was actually quite easy and I think everyone who attended had a great time… we felt happy that the measures kept us all safe without affecting the benefits of the training.”

Others present also commented how well everyone kept to social distancing measures, how good it felt to meet up, and above all how exciting it was to train as a club once more.  “Biggest buzz I’ve had in a long time,” was Fiouse Corbeil’s verdict — a comment that brought on the usual Facebook banter.

Members should all have received details of the safety rules and temporary booking system in an e-mail sent out by Yiannis on 28th July. These arrangements will remain in force until such a time as conditions allow change. For further clarification please check your club e-mail or ask Yiannis for information.

Harriers should note that club training is meanwhile only scheduled for Tuesday evenings and that everyone given a training place should adhere to the timings circulated by e-mail.  No Thursday evenings at present and — regrettably — new members may not yet attend. Further information will be posted here on the website front page as and when circumstances change.

Pause for the Record: First Harriers training class since lockdown

Home » Wim Van Vuuren RIP

Wim Van Vuuren RIP

Harriers have been shocked and saddened by the news of the sudden death at home last week of Wim Van Vuuren, a long standing club member.

Wim competed regularly for the club on the track, on road and in cross country events and had been planning to take up Triathlon. He was a highly popular and respected club member and one who was always at hand and happy to pass on advice, support and encouragement to less experienced club colleagues.

He will be greatly missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers at this time are with his wife Gemma and his family.

RIP Wim. One of the best.

Wim Van Vuuren

Home » Folkestone 10 Mile Race

Folkestone 10 Mile Race

Friday 30th March saw 14 Harriers turn out for the 35th Folkestone 10 mile.There were 673 runners in total on the day and all Harriers came back in the top half of the finishers.   Extremely wet and windy conditions  made the race tough going on the way out, into the wind, but the rain came down hard in the second half.  Despite the weather there were 5 PB’s, including Yiannis, 1.00.13, Mark Baker, 1.08.12, Mark Duffy, 1.10.16, Daren Parris, 1.17.31 and Stephanie Bancroft, 1.21.18.  We had one debut from Lidia Hill at 1.27.01.  Well done to all those who PB’s as these challenging conditions.

Full results can be found in the results section of the website

Mike Denson battles the weather

Home » Record Turnout for Harriers Club Championship Race

Record Turnout for Harriers Club Championship Race

Sunday 8th October saw us going back to the 31st Givaudan Ashford 10K, in near perfect conditions,  for the club championship race for the 3rd year in a row.

There was a record turnout of 58 members, which is the most we have had over the 3 years, not only that, but the biggest turnout for a race in our racing history. Overall 18 PB’s were recorded and 7 debuts.

Notable performances came from Jenny Benson, who was 3rd lady overall with 39.28, Wim Van Vuuren who dipped under the 40 mark for the first time, coming in at 39.47 and there were 2 PB’s for the husband and wife team of Debbie and Daren Parris, with Debbie once again beating Daren, posting times of 45.05 and 45.29.

The debuts came from Henry Cox, 39.34, Fuse Campbell, 40.49, Claire Pluckrose, 41.44, Simon Cox, 45.12, Tewodros Negash, 46.12,  Karen Thorne, 51.45 and Lidia Hill at 52.32.

In the PB’s Fiona Craig went 55.33, Stephanie Bancroft and Tom Jessup both came in at 50.43 for their PB’s and Caroline Wetherill in 45.10.

In the overall race standings we had 3 men come in the top 10, new member Rhys Goddard, 3rd, Simon Jones, 4th, and Robbie Higgins 7th, as above Jenny Benson 3rd lady and both the men and women tok the team prizes.   As for the club awards, these will be announced on our AGM on Thursday 12th October

For a full list of results please check the results page on our website.

Home » Jolly Day Out For Harriers At London Marathon

Jolly Day Out For Harriers At London Marathon

There were excellent conditions for the 14 Harriers taking part  in the London Marathon last Sunday. Among the 14 there were 4 PB’s and 2 debuts. Mike Mawby was first Harrier over the finish line in a time of 2 hrs 41 mins and 54 secs. One of those making a  debut over the distance  was Lea Burnett who was also raising money for the Kent Kidney Patient Association. She finished in an excellent time of  5.04.18 for her first marathon.  Among the PB’s were Wim Van Vuuren who ran this year after having to defer his place from last year due to a last minute injury. He ran an impressive 3.33.51. Other notable performances were Dave Bowden clocking  2.59.03, breaking through the 3 hr barrier for the first time and also  breaking his own Vet50 club record in the process, Andy Phillips, 3.21.34, pictured, Thom Fenton, 3.41.00, and Colin Kent who has been battling with a long term injury came in at 3.59.44

Well done to all those who have run marathons this spring season, all the results can be found on the website