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The Committee

Rob

Rob

Chair

My running journey started when a friend suggested we enter a 10k in London.  Fast forward a few years and another friend suggested joining the Harriers as it would be a great place to meet new people, get training, have the use of a track and race.  And they were right and my running has massively improved.

3 years in and I now wear a number of hats for the Harriers. 

Head Coach having done the LiRF and CiRF courses. I lead the coaching team and work with the running and swim coaches to continuously develop the training offered to our members. 

Attended the Mental Health First Aid course through the club and in my role as one of the Welfare Officers, I help to nurture the right supportive and inclusive environment for all members and to be someone that people can turn to with any welfare or support issues.

Most recently as Vice Chair helping to support our chair Catey and the committee in running and improving our club

Tim

Tim

Kit Secretary

Kane

Kane

Head Coach

I have run from a young age and have moved between track and ultra marathons but I am now focusing on breaking Sub 3 for the marathon and hope to achieve that at Cologne in October 2022. Following that my aim is to one day run a Sub 2:40 at London Marathon. I joined Maidstone Harriers when I moved to Maidstone a few years ago and it is a great group of people who welcome all levels and abilities. I am fortunate to also have a running club at work in the military, so I can train with people of all levels to help me push towards my goals. This year I would also like to complete my coaching qualification so I can help more with development of runners at the Harriers.

Katie

Katie

Community & Events Secretary

I’ve always enjoyed exercise and competition but started running only a few years back, always alone and never competitively! Somehow, even if I’m sprinting, it always looks like I’m walking but the times are improving.

 

Last year I got a bit lazy and needed the motivation and encouragement of a club so braved joining in November 2019 – best decision ever! Friendly and warm bunch of people of all ages and abilities who encourage everyone and celebrate together.

 

I’ve done a few marathons, bunch of half ones, love a bit of parkrun and did a triathlon a while back which was a bit of a disaster but a good laugh. I’ve put myself forward for the committee as I’d like to contribute to the club and the enjoyment everyone gets from it, to bring our club to a wider audience and help more people enjoy the benefits of exercise.

Martin

Martin

Vice Chair

I started running parkruns just a few weeks before lockdown in 2020 and spent the majority of the next year building up my running, and using it to reduce stress, until eventually plucking  up the courage to join the Harriers in May 2021. That was one of  the best decisions I have ever made.

 

Since joining the Harriers my running has gone from strength to strength as I have run two marathons and am hoping to achieve a Boston Qualifying time this year if my little legs run fast enough!

 

I tend to be a regular at track, club run and parkrun and just love a long run on Sunday if I am not running a race somewhere. I like nothing better than running a race in my Harriers top.

Ali

Ali

Membership Secretary

I have always loved sport but strangely never got into running when I was younger. At school the cross country season meant running to which friends house was on the route that week, waiting 30 minutes and then running back to school!

 

I discovered running in my 40’s when my children were old enough to leave at home for a while so I could run around the block and then it just went from there!

 

I spent years running mostly on my own and gradually worked my way through the distances to finally completing marathons.

 

It was during the Maidstone Half Marathon on the ghastly route out from Cornwallis School that I discovered how friendly and encouraging the Harriers were while competing in their event. That’s when I decided I wanted to be a part of that!  I joined just a few months before the first lockdown and have thoroughly enjoyed being part of the club.  I decided to give something back to the club by joining the committee, having realised that my running was never going to win the club any trophies, but that’s fine, the club is all inclusive for those amazing, inspirational fast runners and those like me, that just love to run!

Terry

Terry

Lead Triathlon Coach

I joined the club in late 2021 and have really enjoyed the friendly atmosphere and spirit. You have made me welcome and my thanks for that.

 

Professionally, I am a Civil Engineer so I believe I am good at solving problems and like to take an evidence-based approach and apply this to coaching.

 

I am an experienced triathlete, completing my first around the turn of the century. I have competed up to standard distance in the UK and abroad and am proud to have represented Great Britain at Age Group level at one World Championship and two Europeans.

 

I gained my coaching qualification in 2010 and have mainly been coaching swimming since then. I really enjoy helping others to develop their skills and it is great to see people progressing in this challenging sport.

 

If I can be of assistance, with either swimming or any other aspect of triathlon, feel free to give me a shout.

Jack

Jack

Website developer

I’ve always been involved in sport in some shape or form. During my teenage years, it was Sunday league football, but I eventually reached an age where I couldn’t be bothered to slide tackle grown men at 11 in the morning in the pouring rain. I swapped that out to become a hybrid of a gym/gaming addict until I started university. That’s where I discovered parkrun and ended up going most Saturday mornings – that’s where my passion for running started.

One day a friend recommended that I listen to a Joe Rogan podcast. The guest was David Goggins, an American Navy Seal. His story inspired me so much that I booked my first 100k (before a marathon… with absolutely no real training). It’s safe to say since that race I found a love-hate relationship for ultra running and that’s where my focus is still today.

Day to day you’ll find me behind a computer creating websites and that’s why I thought I’d try to help out with the Harriers new website (coming soon!)

Catey

Catey

Secretary

For most of my life I have struggled to stick at sporting activity, I would cycle and swim occasionally, but never anything long term… that was until I discovered parkrun in November 2015! I went along aiming to walk it, tried a bit of a run… and from my first time taking part I was instantly hooked, the welcome and encouragement was just what I needed!

Two and a half years later I joined Harriers because I had become interested in the idea of Triathlon, and already had friends at the club. Again was made to feel so welcome, with encouragement and motivation given freely by all members. This club has helped me achieve my dreams and more, it has supported me through injury and continues to help me improve… 

Love #TeamHarrers

Ian

Ian

Treasurer

I used to be okay with running (or more accurately, plodding), but an injury forced me to stop and so my passion for it died. It’s not all doom and gloom though, as I have special skills which I get to use for the Harriers: accountancy, statistical analysis and graphical reporting. As the Harriers Treasurer these skills are put to good use. I primarily stop the committee spending money the group doesn’t have, on things it really wants but can’t afford. In a way, I’m the ultimate back-room-boy. (You don’t see me working, but without me the group would be skint). I know I’m appreciated by the committee (and Catey) very much.

Andre

Andre

Lead Run Coach

Welfare Officers

Rob

Rob

Welfare Officer

Ali

Ali

Welfare Officer

Club Captains

Terry

Terry

Tri Captain

I joined the club in late 2021 and have really enjoyed the friendly atmosphere and spirit. You have made me welcome and my thanks for that.

 

Professionally, I am a Civil Engineer so I believe I am good at solving problems and like to take an evidence-based approach and apply this to coaching.

 

I am an experienced triathlete, completing my first around the turn of the century. I have competed up to standard distance in the UK and abroad and am proud to have represented Great Britain at Age Group level at one World Championship and two Europeans.

 

I gained my coaching qualification in 2010 and have mainly been coaching swimming since then. I really enjoy helping others to develop their skills and it is great to see people progressing in this challenging sport.

 

If I can be of assistance, with either swimming or any other aspect of triathlon, feel free to give me a shout.

Adrian

Adrian

Tri Captain

Started Running in 2008 to lose a bit of extra weight and decided to join Maidstone Harriers in 2009 after some life changes to be with fellow minded people who also enjoyed running. The club became a large part of my life and enjoyed the social aspect, competing and the training that the club had to offer.

 

I decided 4 years ago to give triathlon a go even though I was unable to swim and found a new love in the challenge of a multi-sport event.

Ari

Ari

Run Captain

I started running on a dare to complete the London Marathon 2016. Weighing in at 99kgs (15.56 stone) and having no desire to do anything active, change was on the horizon. After running the marathon the running bug had hit and I set a goal for another race, then the next. As time went on, the races became faster and PBs ensued. The weight loss, the confidence and the social aspect took over. My running colleagues became my friends. I now smile more, feel determined, motivated and live life like I run:- enjoy every minute of it. Having lost 3 stone I constantly try to upgrade the past and perfect the future: running faster, smiling more and achieving the best I can.

 

When I’m not running, I work for a charity which provides services to people with educational needs. Father to three girls has taught me to appreciate the joys they bring and never take things for granted. The joy they bring I try to reflect on others and always laugh at life for it is a pleasure.

 

Recently I was asked why I joined the Harriers. There was no thought required:- it’s the team spirit after a race, the friendly faces of those members, the social aspect of the Wednesday run and the speed of the track, in other words no matter what your capability or speed you can belong.

Martin

Martin

Run Captain

I started running parkruns just a few weeks before lockdown in 2020 and spent the majority of the next year building up my running, and using it to reduce stress, until eventually plucking  up the courage to join the Harriers in May 2021. That was one of  the best decisions I have ever made.

 

Since joining the Harriers my running has gone from strength to strength as I have run two marathons and am hoping to achieve a Boston Qualifying time this year if my little legs run fast enough!

 

I tend to be a regular at track, club run and parkrun and just love a long run on Sunday if I am not running a race somewhere. I like nothing better than running a race in my Harriers top.

Coaches

Kane

Kane

Head Coach

Ivone

Ivone

Tri Coach

David

David

Tri Coach

Darryn

Darryn

Run Leader

Catey

Catey

Cycling Coach

Paul

Paul

Run Leader

Andre

Andre

Lead Run Coach

Terry

Terry

Tri Coach

David

David

Tri Coach

Katie

Katie

Run Leader

Alex

Alex

Run Leader

Matt

Matt

Run Leader

Rob

Rob

Coach

Matt

Matt

Run Leader

Anthony

Anthony

Tri Coach

Paul

Paul

Run Leader

Gemma

Gemma

Run Leader

Holly

Holly

Run Leader