Harriers Have Success at Summer Relays 2016
FV35 Prize winners at the East Kent Relays
The relay season finale was held in Canterbury on Tuesday 5th July and hosted by Canterbury Harriers in conjunction with Invicta AC. It was a delightful sunny evening for the final one with a large turnout for the men and the women.
The Harriers put out 8 men’s teams and 6 ladies teams. Both had some impressive times including the vet 35 Ladies A team, Jenny Benson, Fiona Tester and Nicola Charlton who had a combined time of 45:45, the quickest team on the night! The vet 35 Ladies B team, Gemma Jeffrey, Ellen Rowe and Jennie Gardner also had a good combined time of 50:14.
In the men’s race the vet 60’s, Andy Farrant, Mick Ellsmore and Bob Davison, had an excellent combined time of 48:50, whilst the men’s senior A and B teams, Mike Mawby, Tom Millard, Simon Jones, Yarad Sabhat, James Scanlon, Steve Tugwell, Alex Horsley and Steve Hobbs, both had impressive combined times of 51:22 and 54:02 respectively.
The Harriers also came away with some trophies for the season including the mens’s Vet 50, and both the A and B team for the men’s Vet 60 also won overall. The ladies also won both of the Vet 35 A and B overall team prizes.
Well done to all of those that took part this season, we have had some challenging weather conditions this year to contend with.
Harriers Dress to Impress at the Saxon Shore Relay
On Saturday 18th June the Canterbury Harriers put out 4 teams to run the
Saxon Shore Relay.
The Saxon Shore Relay is a 47 mile relay race which
follows a section of the ancient Saxon Shore Way in Kent. The race starts
near Folkestone and follows the White Cliffs to Dover and on to Sandwich.
From there the route turns inland through scenic Kent countryside to
Reculver where it again follows the coast to the finish on the sea-front at
The race is broken down into 22 legs to be run by teams of 4 or 5 runners.
Each team member usually runs 4 or 5 legs of 2-3 miles each (9-12 miles
total per runner over the course of the day).
As each team member runs a leg the rest of the team drive to the end of the
leg where a changeover takes place.
The start time is between 9am and 11am with all teams finishing between 4pm
Many of the teams dress up using a different theme, and this year one of our teams, Brians Babes, won the award for the best fancy dress, see above photograph, and the Little Misfits were the first all female team to finish, also see above. Out of the other 2 teams, Team Saga, all male vet 60’s, were the highest placed Harrier team coming in at an impressive 7th out of 22 teams taking part.
Harriers Make A Splash At Minnis Bay
Tuesday 31st May saw Canterbury Harriers battling against strong winds and some rather large waves down at Minnis Bay for the second round in the summer relays.
There were 5 men’s teams and 4 ladies teams taking part on the evening with some excellent performances among both the men and women. Ellen Rowe and Sarah Maguire recorded impressive times under 16 minutes – 15:43 and 15:38 respectively. Simon Jones for the Men`s Senior A Team had a great run, despite the difficult conditions, completing his leg in 12:08 with good back up from the rest of his team who all ran in under 15 minutes.
There are still 4 teams at the top of their groups, Ladies Vet 35 A and B teams, the Vet 55 Ladies and the Vet 60 Men B team.
The third round kicks off next week at Victoria Park in Ashford on Tuesday 7th June . Hopefully we won’t have to dodge big waves and struggle against strong winds!
All results can be found on the Canterbury Harriers website.
Summer Relay Season Returns
Tuesday night saw the Harriers out in force for the very first of the Summer Relays down in a very windy Folkestone.
There was a large turnout, with 17 men into 5 teams and one of the largest turn out of the ladies team ever, with 18 ladies, making up 6 teams!
Out of the 11 teams that took part 5 of those are currently top of their groups including, both A and B teams for the ladies vet 35, the vet 55 ladies and the A team for the vet 60 men. The other men’s teams are very competitive and a special well done to Simon Jones and Peter Hogben who raced back in under 15 minutes, 14.22 and 14.41 respectively. And a big well done to Jo Norrington who was the second lady to return in a very respectful 17.21.
Well done to all of those that took part, it was a great effort by all. The next one is down in Minnis Bay on Tuesday 31st May, hopefully we can get as many teams out again and keep those teams at the top!
Get Ready For The Relays
This year`s East Kent Inter Club Relays kicks off on Tuesday May 17th at Folkestone. Full dates and times are as follows:
Tuesday May 17th at Folkestone starting 19:15
Tuesday May 31st at Minnis Bay starting 19:30
Tuesday June 7th at Ashford starting 19:30
Tuesday June 21st at Samphire Hoe, Dover starting 19:30
Tuesday July 5th at Canterbury starting 19:30
PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE NO CLUB TRAINING SESSION ON THESE EVENINGS
The relays are for all standards and ages and the entry fees are paid for by the club. All runners are guaranteed a run and with chip timing accurate results are published usually within 48 hours. Further details inc location/parking etc will be sent out nearer the individual dates. For those who are nervous about dropping the baton do not be fooled by the accompanying picture – the handover is by tag touch.
Road Relays Season kicks off in May
The 2013 East Kent Inter Club road relay series kicks off on Tuesday
- 14th May with the first event at Folkestone.
Other dates and locations for the series are:
- 28th May – Minnis Bay Thanet
- 11th June – Victoria Park Ashford
- 25th June – Samphire Hoe , Dover
- 9th July – Victoria Recreation Ground , Canterbury
Hyde Park Relays
Four Harriers made the trip to sunny London for the Hyde Park Relays on the 3rd March. The event consisted of 6 legs of roughly 5.1 kilometres each around the Serpentine in the Park with an extra loop thrown in at the end. After meeting in the rather inconvenient Imperial student union on the wrong side of the park we were finally registered and heading over to the start by the bandstand.
Billed as a University race and with only 4 runners for 6 legs we were not to be put off and Tony McParland managed to relax sufficiently over a pint of Guinness less than 90 minutes before his leg! Rick Austin as team captain and organiser picked the side and sent Mark Ford to start the race with the first of his two legs for the afternoon. Coming in in 17th position Rick took over for his first of two for the day in a good time around the 19 minutes and Simon Jones and Tony McParland continued this trend putting in good shifts to keep the Harriers towards the front of the field.
Simon did do his best to get the Harriers disqualified when he inadvertently ventured onto the road parallel with the path and had to clamber over a horse track and flower bed to get back to where he was supposed to finish. We thought by not taking Steve Clark we would avoid any embarrassments for the day but it seems they cannot be avoided regardless of the personnel.
It began to get increasingly difficult to tell who we was racing against with people on all different legs being lapped and the outside chance of the first placed Cambridge University lapping us! Fortunately this didn’t happen and Mark Ford and Rick Austin both finished strongly with their second laps with Rick bringing us home as a true captain should (down the right side of the path) in a very respectable 15th position out of 104 teams in a time of 1.53.15. This was roughly 15 minutes behind the winning team who probably had an average age of 19!
Recommended for all next year. Maybe a coach down would be a good idea and make a full day of it with free facilities put on by the university. Definitely one for the calendar.
Inter Club Relays
Canterbury Harriers compete each year in the East Kent Inter Club relays. As the name suggest all of the East Kent running clubs take part in these events which are held at fortnightly intervals on Tuesday evenings. All members whatever their standards are encouraged to take part in these events which are friendly and sociable and an excellent form of training.
Teams are divided into Senior/Vet 40/Vet 50 and Vet 60 for the men and Senior /Vet35 /Vet45 /Vet55 for the women and each leg is around 2.5 miles.
Dates/times and locations are as follows:
Folkestone 10/5/11 19:15 start Rotunda area.
Minnis Bay 24/5/11 19:30
Ashford Victoria Park 7/6/11 19:30
Deal Sea Scout Hut 21/6/11 19:30 (venue may change to Fowlmead Park)
Canterbury High Scholl 5/7/11 19:30
All enquiries to Steve Clark ESQ our esteemed Relays Manager