Home » Team of Five Runs Virtual London Marathon – Chairwoman’s First Marathon Distance

Team of Five Runs Virtual London Marathon – Chairwoman’s First Marathon Distance

8 Oct 2020

Five Harrier ladies set out to run Virtual VLM 2020 in east Kent last Sunday.   SIAN SMITH-KEARY reports:

The day began for me at 6:30am, looking out of the window and only seeing darkness and the rain pouring down — not exactly the conditions you want for running a marathon.  I watched the elite women start their race at 7:15am and am always in awe of the ease with which they run.  It makes me laugh as the commentators say they had a slow last mile at a mere 5:08 /mi.  We certainly wouldn’t be doing anything like that today.  We’d decided on a very sensible 10:30 pace.  Our group of Emma, Gemma, Deb, Lidia and I had planned our 26.2 mile round route to go out towards Herne and Reculver before looping back to Blean for the finish.  Emma, Deb and Lidia are very gifted and seasoned marathon runners, Gemma was setting out on her first ever marathon distance, and I, only a few weeks previously, had vowed I would never ever run a marathon EVER again after this one.  It’s just not my distance!  But this was London, and I was stubbornly determined it was not going to pass me by for a third time.

We set off from Emma’s at 8:00am after making sure we were ready to go with the app.  It was quite nice as it cheered you on every mile, or at least, the others’ apps did…mine didn’t play ball and I was about 4 miles out and it didn’t cheer at me at all.  I didn’t let the rejection get to me though.  It was fairly early on in the run I realised that perhaps planning a trail route wasn’t the smartest idea as rain hammered down on us for the first part of the run.  Nevertheless, we were at a steady 10:30ish pace despite the mud, hills and fallen down trees.  We managed to negotiate East Blean Woods and a stile at a farm: it felt like you had to abseil down, it was so high! I was not looking forward to having to go over that on the way back at mile 21.

Spirits were high as we ran; it was so lovely running with such good company.

At various points along the way, walkers clapped and cheered us on which meant so much.  Occasionally when we actually ran on road, cars beeped us and waved when they saw our running numbers.

Our route took us along one of the Saxon Shore Relay legs into Reculver, which was probably the most challenging bit – it was super hilly and windy and a field nearly defeated us as the mud clogged up our trainers until we were carrying a few extra kilos on our feet.  Sadly Lidia was starting to struggle with a previous injury and by the time we’d looped back to Herne she realised that she would not be able to finish.  It was really sad to have to leave her to be picked up, she’s part of the team!  She still did an incredible 20 miles, only a month or so after a groin tear.

We stopped quickly at Gemma’s parents’ house and were tempted by home-made carrot cake but despite the desire to stop we ploughed on the final 10k back to Blean. It was hard-going, and I was just willing Deb’s and Emma’s backpacks to start cheering which meant another mile down.  I was increasingly struggling with some of my previous injuries but eventually as we entered Clowes Wood the apps hit 26.2 miles and we had made it! Gemma never stopped running so fast! Our elapsed time was over six hours all in all, but our actual time spent running was 4:40:27 so kudos all round.  Special congrats to Gemma for completing her first ever marathon (and last, she swears) and to the whole group despite injury and not enough time to train.  It was a great day and a lot of fun.



Home » Vet 60 Joins Runners and Completes Virtual London Marathon by Accident

Vet 60 Joins Runners and Completes Virtual London Marathon by Accident

8 Oct 2020

Vet 60 IAN STOKES sends in this report via Facebook:

I accidentally ran a marathon on Sunday; met up with a group who were doing the virtual London, so tagged along with the intention of dropping out.. but I didn’t know where I was, so just kept with them.  It was certainly relaxed.  The route went out from Ash to Deal via Sandwich, then back the same way again.

Editor:   Here they are; I don’t see any race numbers — it’s certainly relaxed and cheerful.


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

Home » Harriers Out In Force In Spring Marathons

Harriers Out In Force In Spring Marathons

Spring is in the air and a record number of Harriers have been piling on the mileage in preparation for a range of upcoming marathons. Full details are listed below. We wish them all the best in their various races especially those who are doing their first ever marathon. Don`t forget to wave as you cross the line

Canterbury Harriers – Spring Marathon List

Spring Phoenix Marathon – 5th March

Sally Silver

SUN Charity Challenge Marathon – 25th March

Sally Silver

Groovy Baby Marathon – 2nd April

Sally Silver

Manchester Marathon – 2nd April

Mike Denson

Paul Elderton

Thom Fentem

Steve Tugwell

Glenn Wilson

Caroline Wetherill

Brighton Marathon – 9th April

David Dunn

Jo Manser

Karen Hoult

Daren Parris

Deborah Parris

Sally Silver

Paul Keen

Dean Bradshaw

Tom Purnell

Rosie Maltby

Paul Knight

Stephanie Bancroft

Karen Bennett

Andy Phillips

Paris Marathon – 9th April

Emily Thompson

Adam Elston

Jake McLoon

London Marathon – 23rd April

Wim van Vuuren

Karen Bennett

Ian stokes

Faye Roberts

Barbara Wenman

Jenny Benson

Nicola Charlton

Thom Fentem

Paul Knight

Ian Pearson

Nigel Porter

Lea Burnett

Sarah Maguire

Mike Mawby

Andy Phillips

Blackpool Marathon – 23rd April

Wendy Smith

St George’s Day Marathon – 23rd April

Jennie Lucas

Milton Keynes Marathon -1st May

Julie Bradford

Bewl Water Marathon – 13th May

Sammy – Jo Foster

Reculver Marathon – 4th June

Leisa Foad








Home » Canterbury Harriers Spring Marathon Success

Canterbury Harriers Spring Marathon Success

IMG_1667Canterbury Harriers have had another excellent spring marathon season with a total of 35 members taking part in various events in the UK and abroad during April and  a host of  of debuts and PB’s along the way. At the Asics Greater Manchester Marathon there were 2 debuts, Yiannis Christodoulou, 3.14.44, and Paul Elderton, 3.54.12 and 2 PB’s –  Stephen Tugwell 3.10.57 and Thom Fenton, 3.23.34. On the same day Wendy Smith raced home in 4.21.48 to gain 1st vet 55 lady in The Podplus Ashford and District Marathon along with Sally Silver taking part in her 72nd  marathon! One week later we saw the Harriers out in force again at the Brighton Marathon with 5 debuts, Jo Norrington, 3.45.30, Shane Moores, 4.08.07, Jaymes Cadby, 4.28.02, Briony Care, 4.30.45 and Jo Manser, 4.37.01 and   the PB of the day going to Paul O’Keefe in  3.46.24.  On the same day and slightly further afield Dave Waite ran the Boston U.S. marathon in 3.28.39 . On Sunday 24th   16 Harriers lined up for  the London Marathon, with 5 debuts, 3 PB’s and 2 new club records set! Tom Millard had a new PB of 2.31.48, finishing in an outstanding  95th place and setting  a new marathon club record in the process and Thomas Hooley recording a PB of  3.39.37 and setting a  new club record in the vet 60 category.  There were some great debuts from Jenny Benson coming in at 3.20.29, Theresa Johns at 3.40.43, Rosalie Maltby at 4.15.50 and Jayne Bennie at 4.23.57. Karen Hoult and Shirley Pullen meanwhile had travelled north to Blackpool to make impressive marathon debuts at Blackpool in 4.57.36 and 5.03.27.

Full details can be found in the club results section.


Home » 2016 London Marathon Coach almost full

2016 London Marathon Coach almost full

Supreme Chief Marathon Coach  organiser Steve Clark reports that as of Sunday 20th March there are only a few seats left on this year`s London Marathon coach. If you are interested please get in touch with him urgently.



Home » The Harriers Make Short-Work of the London Marathon

The Harriers Make Short-Work of the London Marathon

By Melanie Georgiades

The London Marathon is exemplary of why so many individuals participate in running events across the year.  Whether it is to reach a goal, in memory of loved ones or as a hobby, everyone has their own story to tell.  A Canterbury Harrier with one of those stories is Adam Stokes, who signed-up due to his ambitious love for running.  When interviewed, Adam stated that he just wanted to “be the best” that he could be.  The fact that he ran the 26.2 miles in 2:44:37 for the Royal Navy, allowing him to now refer to himself as an elite marathoner, has started him on an excellent footing.

There were congratulations all-round for the Canterbury Harriers; Sally Osborne ran her second marathon for the week, achieving a brilliant result of 4:19:13.  Sally’s story is one of family ties; when she was a child her father used to take her to London to see the marathon.  They used to stand on a traffic island with the runners all around them.  From that point, she knew that she wanted to run in this historical event.  Since then, Sally’s love for running has led her to complete 35 marathons.

With 40,000 finishers, including elite runners, Canterbury Harriers’ own Barbara Wenman had an outstanding time of 3:23:33, making her the second Lady VET 55-59.  As well as this, Colin Kent and Gary Hovery accomplished PB’s of 3:24:04 and 4:09:36 respectively. Also, a debut run by Anna Fisk resulted in a finish time of 4:13:03.

The London Marathon is a grand illustration of how everyone has the ability to achieve personal goals within running.  It provides the opportunity to bring individuals together no matter whether they are an athlete or an amateur runner.  As Sally Osborne advises, “you are only racing against yourself to get a PB, so it is something you can enjoy irrespective of speed”.  However, no matter how personal the London Marathon is to each individual, it requires disciplined training and knowing when to stop in order to be safe when running such a long distance.

All in all, the London Marathon 2014 did not let down expectations both for the viewers and the participants, with the British sunshine providing a wonderful day.  As Adam Stokes quotes, “that was one incredible experience!  A wall of sound for 26.2 miles; every runner should try to run that at least once in their running careers”.

Sally Canterbury Harriers Marathon Photo

Canterbury Harriers London Marathon 2014

Home » London Marathon 2013 Results

London Marathon 2013 Results

A big well done to the Harriers who took part in this year`s London Marathon. Huge crowds and a fantastic atmosphere on what turned out to be one of the warmest days of the year so far!

Times and Places

1528       Dave Bowden             VM 49          3:02:07   PB

2562       Mark Wenman          VM 59          3:13:41

2900      Tony Mardon              VM40           3:16:29  Debut

3481      Sarah Maguire            VF43            3:21:37

3753      Mark Baker                  VM41          3:23:57

3883      Paul Lucas                    VM42          3:24:56   PB

3895     Colin Kent                    VM47          3:25:03  PB

4834     Barbara Wenman     FV55            3:30:37

6091     Barbara Buczek          SF30            3:38:38   Debut

7552     Gerry Reilly                 VM64         3:45:53

12023  Ella Trott                       SF31            4:05:12  Debut

14414  Andy Farrant               VM56         4:16:16

15800  Dianne August           VF58           4:22:17

33332  Joe Epsom                   VM62         6:42:59

Home » Spring Marathons 2012

Spring Marathons 2012

A total of 25 Harriers following Head Coach Gerry Reilly`s spring marathon programme competed in the Paris Brighton and London events rounding off with Tony Savage tackling the partially flooded ! Milton Keynes race.

Not long after Ray Cameron experienced similar monsoon conditions and the trauma/inspiration ? of running through a “Peace Line” in the Belfast Marathon.

Excellent runs by all with a range of impressive debuts and PB`s. Particularly impressive were the performances of Barbara Wenman 3rd FV45 in Paris in 3:13:19 and Tina Jones 3rd FV65 in 3:54:17 – both lifetime PB`s. All can now relax and look forward to the reassuringly miniscule Inter Club Relay Series legs from 15th May onwards.

For full details go to the results page


Home » London Marathon 2012 Club Ballot

London Marathon 2012 Club Ballot

Each year the club receives three guaranteed places in the London Marathon and each year a draw is held at the Club Presentation evening to allocate the places.

This years draw for club places in the 2012 London Marathon will be held at the presentation evening which is on Saturday 3rd December.

To qualify for the draw applicants must have been First Claim members of the club for a minimum of six months by the date of the draw and must have renewed their membership of the club for the year 2011-2012 by the date of the draw.


Those who qualify and wish to participate in the draw should get their rejection slips to me as soon as possible, before the date of the draw, with their full names clearly written on the slips.

Many thanks