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
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
SUN Charity Challenge Marathon – 25th March
Groovy Baby Marathon – 2nd April
Manchester Marathon – 2nd April
Brighton Marathon – 9th April
Paris Marathon – 9th April
London Marathon – 23rd April
Wim van Vuuren
Blackpool Marathon – 23rd April
St George’s Day Marathon – 23rd April
Milton Keynes Marathon -1st May
Bewl Water Marathon – 13th May
Sammy – Jo Foster
Reculver Marathon – 4th June
Canterbury Harriers Spring Marathon Success
Canterbury 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.
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.
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”.
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
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
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.
Marathon Training Programme
Head Coach Gerry Reilly has provided a 15 week Marathon training programme for the 2011 Virgin London Marathon which will take place on Sunday 17th april.
The Marathon training programme for this years race has had to be adapted to take into account the earlier date for the race and is set up to make the most of local target events, taking into to account the cancellation of the Thanet 20 in 2011 – the normal 20 mile target race.
This is a 15 week plan starts from the first week in January and builds up from a base weekly mileage of approximately 25 miles to a maximum of approximately 55 miles. There is an interim “recovery” week around the middle of the schedule and as with all conventional Marathon training programmes there is a “tapering down” period during the final 3 weeks.
Virgin London Marathon
Congratulations to all 20 of our runners in this years London Marathon with some brilliant times. Congratulations to the debutants and to Wendy on her PB on her birthday! But pride of place must go to the stunning performances by Sarah, ten minutes inside the elite time and bettering her previous PB by over 8 minutes! And Barbara on her PB and at FV52 only 4 minutes outside the womens elite time! And well done to Joe completing his 16th consecutive London Marathon and 17th in total.
||Wendy De Boick