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.
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
Harriers celebrate another great year
Canterbury Harriers held their annual awards presentation evening at Boughton Golf Club on 5th December celebrating another great year for the club.
Tom Millard and Adam Stokes were joint male club champions and Jenny Benson claimed the female club champion award.
Vitality Reading Half Marathon
At the Reading Half Marathon, which is part of England Athletics Championships, Peter Hogben raced to 91st position in 1:12:19 (nearly a Canterbury Harriers club record), with just over 13,000 runners taking-part. He also achieved a new PB. As well as this, Tom Millard ran 8 minutes quicker than his previous time at Reading, attaining a great time of 1:16:19. Yiannis Christodoulou ran his second half-marathon, knocking off 3.30 minutes off his time from two weeks ago, in 1:23:32. Well done also to Mark Cooper in 1:36:21 and Tony Savage in 1:54:41.
Furthermore, at the Brooks Fleet Half Marathon, Adam Stokes came in sixteenth position in an impressive 1:14:42, also achieving a PB.
Canterbury Harriers achieve wonderful results at the Reading Half Marathon
Invicta East Kent Canterbury 10
At the Canterbury 10 miler, six PBs were obtained by the Canterbury Harriers. Steven Hobbs was the first Harrier in at 1:00:34 in his 10 mile debut, followed by Jacob Hussey in 1:03:18, gaining a PB. Other PBs were also gained by Yiannis Christodoulou (1:03:23), David Waite (1:07:31), Paul Lucas (1:10:08), Francis Maude (1:10:38) and Andy Phillips (1:14:26). Great support was shown for the Harriers, with fellow members spectating and encouraging them through the race.
Start of the Canterbury 10
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.
Harriers Off To A Flying Start In 2014
The Harriers got off to a flying start in 2014 with a record 43 members taking part in the fifth event of the seven race Kent Fitness League Cross Country competition at Minnis Bay on Sunday. We won all three team competitions on the day(mens,ladies and combined) Our ladies continue to lead the team championship and we have moved up to third place in the mens and combined with two races to come at Canterbury and Meopham The tough six mile course starting on the beach and taking in a series of suitably muddy trails was run in unseasonably glorious weather. Well done to everyone who turned out on the day and we hope that you enjoyed in particular running through the renowned dykes. To see a fantastic collection of photos go to the link on our Facebook page and go to You Tube for a video of the action.
Harriers membership fees
Club Fees as agreed at the recent AGM are due from the 1st November to be sent Andy Farrant at 4 Sussex Gardens, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 8DU. Cheques to be made payable to ‘Canterbury Harriers’ and marked on the reverse as a membership fee payment. Early payment would be much appreciated. If you have any recent changes to your contact details would you also please advise Andy. Thank you. The rates are: £50 per member to include UK Athletics registration; or £40 per member if UK Athletics registration not required; or £35 per member for family membership (plus £10 per member if UK Athletics registration required); or £10 for Social Membership for non-running/non-training members
Peter Hogben Storms To Third Win
Peter Hogben recorded his third 10K race victory of the year, and his second in consecutive weeks, in an outstanding PB run in the Faversham 10K on Sunday with team mates Thomas Millard and Joe Thomsett also recording impressive top ten finishes. Peters previous wins were in the Wingham 10K and the Stelling Minnis 10K and his performances in setting PB`s at each of these races were underscored by the fact that all three races are over fairly tough courses.
Move to King’s School Birley’s Sports Pavilion
With effect Tuesday 2nd April Canterbury Harriers will be moving to their new training base at the King’s School Birley’s Sport Pavilion on the Birley’s Sports Ground located just beyond the level crossing in St.Stephen’s Road in Canterbury.
Training days and times will remain the same – Tuesdays and Thursdays 1845 hrs for a 1900 hrs start.
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