Congratulations to the Canterbury Harriers women’s team who came second to Petts Wood runners in the final Kent Fitness League fixture at Allhallows on 12th February and in doing so took the league’s female team title just ahead of Sevenoaks AC. Emily Collins came second in the women’s race, her best result of the season, and was narrowly edged out of third place in the individual standings by Emily Hale of Medway & Maidstone with a margin of only 0.15 of a rating point. The other scoring runners were Barbara Grogan (V45), Claire Pluckrose (V35) and Nicky Leatherbarrow (V55), with Katriona Sharp finishing before Nicky but not scoring due to the age category requirements.
In the combined race the club came fourth and in the men’s team event the Harriers were fifth. Peter Hogben took another runner-up spot and thus also came second man in the individual men’s championship. Yiannis Christodoulou had his best race of the season coming seventh and finished eighth in the men’s individual championship. Other scoring runners were Matt Slark, Fiouse Corbeil, Colin Kent, Chris Morrison, Adam Cowper-Smith and Steve Clark, with Ben Parmar and James Pullen finishing before some of the scorers but not counting due to the age requirements.
The club finished fourth in the combined team championship and sixth in the men’s.
Individually several club runners won awards for the 2022-23 season. For the men, as well as Peter Hogben‘s excellent runner-up spot, Greg Norman took the M60-64 prize and Steve Clark was most improved man. For the women, Joanne Norrington became F35-39 champion, Claire Pluckrose took the F50-54 title, Nicky Leatherbarrow was first F55-59 and Barbara Wenman took yet another KFL award, winning the F60-64 championship. Remarkably this was Barbara’s 14th consecutive KFL season in which she has won an individual award. Emma Garcia-Solley won the league’s most improved lady title. Congratulations to all those that won awards.
36 Canterbury Harriers finished
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Daren Parris has produced a series of videos of the race:
Robin Bell has produced a YouTube video report of the race, including interviews with Peter Hogben and Emily Collins: