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Canterbury Harriers – Ordering Club Kit during the Pandemic

11 Oct 2020

Kit manager FIOUSE CORBEIL reminds us that while the Harriers’ shop at Birley’s Pavilion remains closed during the pandemic, a full list of club kit together with current pricing is listed on this website’s kit page.  All your stash will be sent to you by post; please contact Fiouse.  Details of how to order are on the Canterbury Harriers Facebook site as well as here on the website kit page.

Home » A New World of Racing

A New World of Racing

19 Aug 2020

MATTHEW NORTHOVER experiences the excitement of the first race in the new order…

The day had finally arrived with all the anticipation and excitement of Christmas — and even some nerves thrown into the mix: a real race and not some contrived virtual nonsense. A race with actual people! Having read the race guidelines with some intrigue I felt confident of a successful event. Arriving at the car park for the University of Kent 10k I was greeted by a marshal wearing a facemask doing his best to give instructions, smile, and keep his mask in the appropriate position all at the same time.  Nothing was being overlooked.

In previous years the distribution of race numbers had been done inside the pavilion; in the new world this is arranged outside on tables. The only big change is that you now need to provide ID; for this a photo of your driving licence on your phone is acceptable.

Right on cue the quartet of Emma, Gemma, Sian, and Lidia arrived bursting with excitement. Having already parked at Emma’s they had run half the course as a warm up — as you do!

The now mandatory group photo was taken (see previous article below) and we readied ourselves for the off. On your race number was also a group number from 1 to 6, as the field was divided up according to predicted finish times. At exactly 10:00 Barry Hopkins called the first group. This was to be a rolling start, and without any need for reminders all maintained social distance… and they were off! The remaining groups departed at two minute intervals thereafter.

The organizers had little choice but to amend the course, incorporating a lap of the university before heading out on the Crab and Winkle Way. At one stage there was a no overtaking section. Rumours were rife post-race that one of the quartet struggled with this concept, such was her enthusiasm… (blonde hair!)

With the staggered start, at no time did the race feel uncomfortable or crowded, and the absence of a water station was probably not such a problem for club runners over a 10km distance. Someone new to the distance or perhaps still building their fitness might have been uncomfortable; likewise there was no water provided at the finish line, for sanitary reasons. Medals were given out in advance (yes, you read that right), together with your race number. After the race, competitors dispersed more quickly than usual, partly perhaps to rehydrate at their cars.

Overall, Barry put on an excellent event: nothing is perfect but I believe the races will evolve and with small compromises we can all enjoy racing together again.

Home » Racing Reality Returns with University of Kent 10K

Racing Reality Returns with University of Kent 10K

17 Aug 2020

A local 10km event at the University of Kent yesterday was the first chance in five months for Canterbury Harriers to run a race together, along with nearly 150 other entrants.

This was NOT a virtual run!  Pictured here on local territory close to the university gym and sports centre are (chip times in brackets): L to R front row: Emma Greatrix (47:01), Lidia Modzelewska (52:01), Gemma Jeffrey (47:28), Sian Smith-Keary (47:01); L to R back row: Matthew Northover (51:27), Colin Kent (46:08), Andy Farrant (51:10), David Dunn (50:58), Richard Hudson (54:40) and Glenn Wilson (53:36).

Sammy-Jo Foster and Paul Thompson volunteered as marshals for the race, appropriately kitted with hi-viz and masks.

David Dunn summed it all up afterwards: “It was great to be back racing and it was lovely seeing so many familiar faces — many we haven’t seen since lockdown started. The event was brilliantly organized too.” 

Last but not least, additional congratulations to Colin Kent: the race happened to be on his birthday.

Yesterday’s event was hosted by Sporting Events UK. The route starts at the university pavilion and takes in the Crab and Winkle Way with views across the countryside.

What will be the next race to run and report on?

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Canterbury Inter Club Relays

The East Kent Inter Club Relays finished on a high on Tuesday with the final event in the series, organised by Canterbury Harriers, run in glorious summer evening weather.  A total of  around 300 runners of all standards and abilities  from the various East Kent Clubs took part in the event competing in the various male and female age category teams and each running a 2.35 approx mile leg starting and finishing in the Victoria Recreation Ground . A big thank you to all our club members who marshalled on the evening , to Liam Burke and his team at Nice Work for providing the timing and results service on the evening and throughout the series  and to Invicta East Kent for arranging use of the Canterbury Academy grounds for the end of series awards presentation.

Home » Record Turnout For 4th Club Championship Race

Record Turnout For 4th Club Championship Race

Sunday 7th October saw one of the biggest turnouts the Harriers have ever had in a single race.  This was the date for the 4th Club Championship which was run within the Givaudan Ashford 10k.

There was 64 Harriers with a total of 24 PB’s including an excellent time of 36.29 for Yiannis Christodoulou, Paul Elderton at 38.37, Simon Cox at 44.37 and Matthew Northover with an impressive 47.45.  For the girls there were also some impressive times including Caroline Wetherill at 44.18, Emma Greatrix at 45.55, Emma McCabe at 47.49 and Karen Bennet with a speedy 49.31.
Claire Pluckrose, Caroline Wetherill and Deb Parris also won the ladies team prize for the club.
There were also 2 debuts from Stephanie Foll, 53.02 and Iain Morris, 39.21 and a special mention to Wendy Smith who grabbed the 1st vet 60 prize.
Well done to all those who ran, a full list of results can be found on the results page of the website.
Home » Harriers at Mt. Ephraim

Harriers at Mt. Ephraim

Last Sunday, 12th August, saw a good turnout of Harriers at the ever popular, tough and challenging Mount Ephraim 10K.  It was a mild and overcast morning which provided excellent running conditions.  Coming in at first place, overall, was Robbie Higgins in 37.29, closely followed by the debut of Matthew Slark at an impressive 42.20, who was just ahead of Jethro Kimber at 42.58 which meant the guys picked up the men’s team prize for the Harriers.

For the ladies Emma Greatrix was the second lady and also the first Vet45 at 46.58 and Steph Bancroft at 52.48.

There were other impressive times for Jon Vann and Matthew Northover who have both been battling long injuries and have worked hard to come in at 52.28 and 53.40 respectively.

Well done to all who ran in a challenging and hilly race.

A full list of results can be found on the Canterbury Harriers website.

Home » Canterbury Harriers Fly Through The Canterbury 10

Canterbury Harriers Fly Through The Canterbury 10


Twenty nine Harriers braved the cold and damp conditions in Sunday`s Canterbury 10 Mile Race producing a range of great performances with impressive PB times and debut runs over the undulating course.In a field of 1390 runners Peter Hogben underpinned his recent good form finishing in 3rd place in a time of 54 minutes and 10 seconds( a PB of over three and a half minutes). Rhys Goddard finished strongly just behind him in 5th place in a time of 54.39(PB over 1 minute) and Paul Knight finished in 23rd place  recording  a time of 59.41 (PB  3 minutes)his first sub 60 minute run. The Harriers lost out narrowly to a strong Tonbridge AC squad in the mens team award. Gemma Jeffrey was first home for the Harriers` ladies recording a PB of 1hr .16.35 closely followed by Emma Greatrix in 1.16.40 (debut 10 mile) and Sian Smith – Keary in 1.18.26 (debut).Full results can be viewed via the link on  the Website.

Home » Happy New Year Harriers

Happy New Year Harriers

Canterbury Harriers would like to wish all of it’s members and associates a happy new year!

We have had an excellent running year in 2017 and we are looking forward to plenty more debuts and PB’s in 2018.

Don’t forget training starts back on 2nd January, please check Facebook for updates on sessions.

Home » Peter Hogben Wins First Marathon

Peter Hogben Wins First Marathon

Peter Hogben  running  his debut race over the distance won October`s Chelmsford Marathon in an impressive time of 2hrs 34 mins and 35 seconds. He took the lead with just over a mile to go and moved clear  to finish over a  minute ahead of the second placed runner. Having qualified for a championship place he is now looking forward to taking part in next year`s London Marathon

Home » Excellent season for Canterbury Harriers

Excellent season for Canterbury Harriers

The summer season has come to close and the Canterbury Harriers have had an excellent time with plenty of trophies, race wins and PB’s.

Both Nicola Charlton and Fiona Tester have had come consistently within the top 3 of any races they have participated in, including the Stelling Minnis 10k where they placed 2nd and 3rd respectively.  Nicola and Fiona along with Gemma Jeffrey also placed first in the summer relay season to retain the Vet 35 A team trophy.  There have been plenty of other triumphs including the East Kent and Aylesham 5k in which Sarah Maguire, Melanie Christodoulou and Wendy Smith came 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively.  At the Canterbury Half marathon, which not only is a tough, hilly course, was also one of the hottest days of the year with temperatures close to 30 degrees, Emma Greatrix, not only placed 4th female but was first in her Vet 45 age category and then a week later in slightly cooler conditions, the ladies pulled it out of the bag again, with Hannah Pilbeam on her debut run for the club coming 1st senior female, Fiona Tester not only getting a PB but coming 3rd female and alongside Deborah Paris and Leisa Foad winning the Ladies team prize.  Deborah Paris on that day also clocked a huge PB by over 30 minutes, Debbie has consistently been getting PB’s across pretty much every race she has participated in.

The men have also had a good season; Peter Hogben won the Canterbury Half Marathon for the second time in 3 years.  Yiannis Christodoulou, Simon Jones and Alex Horsley  along with Peter Hogben have consistently placed high in all races they have participated in.  Alex placing high in the Mount Ephraim 10k in 2nd, Yiannis came 2nd in the East Kent and Aylesham 5k, Simon Jones winning the University of Kent at Canterbury 10k.  Mark Peacock raced all 4 of the PodPlus Ashford Summer 10k series and came 1st or 2nd in all of the races.

Harriers have raced all over the world during the summer in lots of different disciplines and distances, from 5k to 50k, from open water swimming to cycling.

We also had 4 members compete for Great Britain, Peter Hogben, came 3rd at the National Championships today for the middle triathlon distance, Yiannis Christodoulou, ITU Aquathlon World Championships came 6th in age group, Simon Jones, ITU Aquathlon World Championships came 10th in age group, Dave Bowden, ITU Long distance Triathlon placed 23rd, all of whom have qualified for next year.

Well done to everyone who has competed over the summer, there have been team prizes, trophies and PB’s galore for us, a full list of all of these can be found on the Canterbury Harriers website.