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.
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!’
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.
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
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.