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.

Here are the results for the Harriers:

Pos Name Cat Time AG99 AG20 Notes
34 Colin Kent VM55 46:08 67.86 67.24  
39 Paula Reading SF24 46:43 64.04 63.61 PB
42 Emma Greatrix VF48 47:01 71.09 70.09 2nd Vet 40 Lady
43 Sian Smith-Keary SF31 47:01 63.63 63.43  
46 Gemma Jeffrey VF39 47:28 65.23 64.68  
57 David Dunn VM41 50:58 55.07 54.18  
60 Andy Farrant VM64 51:10 66.60 65.84 1st Male Vet 60
62 Matthew Northover VM51 51:27 58.85 58.24  
69 Lidia Modzelewska VF44 52:01 62.05 61.06  
83 Glenn Wilson VM50 53:36 56.04 55.43  
89 Richard Hudson VM63 54:40 61.72 61.04  

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