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History

1894 Crispin Harriers was formed by a group of men interested in running.
1901 Annual General Meeting, the 26 members approved of the name change to Kettering Town Harriers. The club was based at the Angel Hotel yard, in Carrington Street, Kettering.
1904 KTH Membership increased to 120 athletes winning many local events
1908 KTH member William "Buff" Coles represented England in the Olympic Games in 1908, winning an individual bronze medal and a team gold in the three mile event. He also represented his country in Cross Country internationals.
1912 H.Lewin was awarded the Championship Cup at the KTH annual dinner
1924 Although being seriously wounded in the head during the First World War, H Lewin dominated local athletics, winning title after title with fellow members A.Parberry, J.Bond, F.Sulch and G.Thompson. They received the Usher Cup after beating the then famous Highgate Harriers in a mile team race.
1926

The Kettering Town Harriers “Merit Badge” was initiated By Mr.C.Dawson. It was awarded in recognition of services to the Club.


1928

WB Howard finishes 4th for Kettering Town Harriers in the Junior Midland Cross Country Championships Hosted by Kettering at Wicksteed Park

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1929

JE Webster of Birchfield Harriers wins the Midland Cross Country Championships Hosted by Kettering at Wicksteed Park

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1930 Wally Howard wins the English National Cross Country Championships held at Sheffield.
1931

KTH promoted the Jubilee National Cross Country Championships at Wicksteed Park on March 14th 1931, which attracted some 3000 spectators and 340 runners.



 

Kettering Town Harrier Wally Howard came second in a time of 57 minutes 42 seconds for the 10 mile race. He went on to represent England on six occasions.


1933 President Arthur Nicholson presented a trophy to the town which is to be presented annually to an outstanding sports person living or being a member of a club within the Borough of Kettering.
1934 The first Arthur Nicholson Trophy is won by Les Field.
1936 Member J.A.Smith is awarded the Arthur Nicholson Trophy.
1948 W Atkinson wins the Inaugral English National Cross Country Championships Junior mens event held at Sheffield.
1948 The club receive a small allocation of tickets for the London Olympic Games from the AAA of England.
1952

KTH had grown in strength and stature with the forming of a Ladies Section and the hosting of the Midland 7 mile Championships at Wicksteed Park on the 9th February 1952.


1953 Alf Gale is awarded the Arthur Nicholson Trophy.
1954

Betty Loakes was selected to represent Great Britain competing over a period of 5 years at events such as the European Championships in Stockholm.


1957 Marlene Freeman (ne Swailes) wins the womens AAA Intermediate 880 yds
1958 Marlene Freeman (ne Swailes) wins the womens AAA Intermediate 880 yds for the second year in a row.
1963 For the second year in succession Billy McKim is awarded the Arthur Nicholson Trophy.
1964 19 year old Billy McKim won the County Cross Country title and was awarded the Arthur Nicholson Trophy for the third successiveyear for this success. After winning the Inter Counties One Mile Championship he was selected to represent Great Britain in the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
1965 KTH Clubhouse moved to Wicksteed Park.
1967 P Gilsenan wins the North Midlands Cross Country League u17 Boys Championship.
1968 P Gilsenan wins the North Midlands Cross Country League Youths Championship.
1969

A 75 mile relay was run in honour of the Kettering Town Harriers seventy fifth anniversary.


P Gilsenan wins the North Midlands Cross Country League Senior Mens Championship.

1970 P Gilsenan wins the North Midlands Cross Country League Senior Mens Championship for the second time.
1972 Member Pat Gilsenan is awarded the Arthur Nicholson Trophy.
1973 Pat Gilsenan received the Arthur Nicholson Trophy for a second successive year.
1976

Tony Kearns is awarded the Arthur Nicholson Trophy.

P Gilsenan wins the North Midlands Cross Country League Senior Mens Championship for the third time.

1977 P Gilsenan wins the North Midlands Cross Country League Senior Mens Championship for the forth time
1979 Member Tony Kearns received the Arthur Nicholson Trophy
1982

Ernie Boyfield was elected Life President of KTH after 60 years in athletics.


1984 Tony Kearns is awarded the Arthur Nicholson Trophy.
1986 Secretary Ted Barton, on behalf of the Northamptonshire Athletic Association, organised the baton relay from Luton to Leicester for the 13th Commonwealth Games held in Edinburgh. The route via Bedford, Northampton, Kettering , Corby and Market Harborough was completed by members of athletic clubs from each town and amongst members of the Harriers taking part were Tony Kearns and Natasha Harcus. The baton contained a message from the Duke of Edinburgh.
1991 Mike Hager represented England in the Home Counties Veterans Cross Country Championships in Aberdeen. He was awarded the Arthur Nicholson Trophy in recognition.
1992

Juliette Oldfield and Simone Hardy won the Midland Counties Cross Country Championship titles, with Juliette also winning the English Schools 1500m event.

M Hager wins the North Midlands Cross Country League Senior Mens Championship

1993

Following several temporary homes, Kettering Town Harriers moved into its current purpose built club headquarters adjacent to a new track facility in Thurston Drive, Kettering. In a formal ceremony, the keys were handed to the Life President with the pavilion complex being named The Ernest Boyfield Pavilion. Following extensive discussions with Kettering Borough Council, a lease was agreed and signed on the 13th June for the clubhouse and use of adjoining facilities. Signed on behalf of the Club by Trustees E.Barton, C. Fairey and E.Boyfield the lease was to be active for twenty one years.

S Hardy wins the North Midlands Cross Country League u15 Ladies Championship

1994 In the Centenary Year, a one hundred mile relay took place at the track with members, ex members and guests completing the distance in 12 hours 22 minutes 19 seconds.

 

Photograph taken at the Centenary Celebrations (Left to Right;  Margaret Wright, Ted Barton, Ernie Boyfield, and Janet Lambert).

At the age of 80, Colin Fairey achieved the British Record for the 100m Veterans over 80 event which he achieved in Exeter with a time of 15.79 secs.

Alex Oldfield winning the champions medal at the National Cross Country Championships, in the youths event held at South Shields. He was selected to represent England at a meeting in Scotland.

Simone Hardy, Elizabeth Waters, Michelle Dunkley, Lisa Howkins and Kelly Hoyle all received medals for their efforts in the Midland Counties under 20 Indoor Championships.

Nicola Mackay became the English Schools and AAA under 17 Champion for the Javelin and was selected to represent England in the Home Internationals in Scotland.

1997

Simone Hardy represented Great Britain in the women’s under 20 indoor and outdoor 800m against France, Belgium and Germany in Mannhiem and also Stoke on Trent.

E King wins the North Midlands Cross Country League u13 Ladies Championship.

1998 E King wins the North Midlands Cross Country League u15 Ladies Championship.
1999

Sally Oldfield is awarded the Arthur Nicholson Trophy.

E King wins the North Midlands Cross Country League u15 Ladies Championship.

2000

Sally Oldfield represented Great Britain in Malmo, Sweden in December 2000 and also in Seville a month later in the Cross Country Championships achieving team gold on both occasions. Val Walton is awarded the Arthur Nicholson Trophy.

2001 E King wins the North Midlands Cross Country League u15 Ladies Championship.
2002 E King wins the North Midlands Cross Country League Junior Ladies Championship.
2003 County sprint coach Geoff Munn died suddenly at his home in Corby in February at the age of 79. A former sprinter in his younger days for the club , he devoted his time to coaching at Corby and latterly at Kettering Town Harriers. It is well known that he coached Olympic 400 metre athlete Derek Redmond.
2003

A member of the club for 60 years Colin Fairey passed away in February aged 87 after a short illness. He will be remembered for his successes as a Veteran athlete, holding National titles and International tiles for the 100m and 200m, Indeed he was a a British Record Holder for the 100m in 15.79secs ate the age of 80.

N Roberts wins the North Midlands Cross Country League u13 Ladies Championship.

2004

Sian Edwards was called for international duty to compete in the Schools Home Countries 3000m in Chelmsford followed by a trip to Germany for the European Cross Country Championships, once again representing Great Britain. Jonathan Lingham is awarded the Arthur Nicholson Trophy.

Life President Ernie Boyfield passed away in January this year. A life long member of Kettering Town Harriers having joined at the age of fifteen in 1929 , was Secretary for 32 years until 1980 and up to his death took an active interest in the Club. He was a founder member of the Northamptonshire Athletic Association and Life Member of the English Cross Country Union.

R Hall wins the North Midlands Cross Country League Junior Ladies Championship.

2005

Sian Edwards wins the English National Cross Country Championships U17 event held at Birmingham.

Sian Edwards represents Great Britain in France for the World Cross Country Championships and also in Marrakech for the World Youth Games in the 3000m. Later in the year, Sian finished 15th in the European Cross Country Championships in Holland and won the team placing. Sian later came 10th in Fukuoka, Japan in the World Cross Country Championships as an under 20.

Northamptonshire Sport inaugurated an Annual Awards for sports in the County.  In November Sian Edwards received the Young Sportswomen of the Year Trophy and Life President was awarded a Ships Decanter for the Contribution to Sport award.

photo taken at the NAA presentation (Left to Right;  Ted Barton; Sian Edwards; neville Marshall).

Sian Edwards is awarded the Arthur Nicholson Trophy.

J Goringe wins the North Midlands Cross Country League u17 Boys Championship.

2006 Sian Edwards wins the English National Cross Country Championships U17 event held at Parliment Hill.
2007

Nicole Roberts competed internationally for England in the Cross Country Championships.

In early May it was realised that due to the deaths of two Trustees and the resignation of the third, that the Club was effectively not a legal entity and therefore steps needed to be taken to put this in order. This would necessitate the establishing of the Club as a limited company and renegotiating a new lease, and amendments to the Constitution and Rules. It was at this time that talks started with Kettering Borough Council.

V Rollins wins the North Midlands Cross Country League Junior Ladies Championship.

2008 The setting up of the limited company by guarantee took place with P.Bailey and M.Winstone elected as directors, thus the club being a legal entity and the continuance of the lease preparation.

Arthur Taylor, Hon. Secretary in the nineteen thirties dies aged 92.

In April England Athletics approved the application for CLUBMARK status and the Club became CLUBMARK accredited. This is an important feature as it involves the establishing of et procedures for coaching, volunteers, officials and an ongoing development plan.

In March, the under 17 girls team of Bessie Rollins, Nicole Roberts, Hayley Munn and Kelly Barnett took third place and bronze medals in the Saucony English National Cross Country Championships held at Alton Towers, Staffs.

2009

Daniel Waples claims silver in the English Schools Race Walking Championships at Bedford’s International Stadium on 19th September in the Junior Boys 3000m with a time of 16 min 36.24.

Early in the year the Articles of the Association were adopted and a new lease signed and sealed for a further 25 years from April 1st.

Life long member , coach and former Chairman Dave Smith passed away in December, following a short illness. He will be fondly remembered for his dedication and enthusiasm for athletics within the club, County and National levels.

At Wicksteed Park, on a cold day in December, under 17 girl member Imogen Stokes takes Gold Medal in the Annual Charity Cup Cross Country Races and Jake Waples wins the under 17 boys gold. Hayley Munn takes Gold Medal in the Junior Ladies event and Jonathan Goringe does likewise in the Junior Mens, which double up as the County Championships.

2010

 

 

 

Snowy conditions, in January, did not stop Matthew Almond taking the Senior Mens title and Sian Edwards the Senior Ladies in the Northamptonshire County Cross Country Championships at Wicksteed Park, Kettering.

Hayley Munn takes the Junior Ladies title at the Midland Counties Championships held at Stafford Common in January.  Josh Cara took the bronze medal in the under 13 boys event.

Daniel Waples represents England in a Race Walking event in the Republic of Ireland. His time for 2000m is 10 min 19 secs.

Paul Thompson finishes 1st Veteran-40 in the New York Half Marathon in a time of 69 minutes 11 seconds.

Long time member of Kettering Town Harriers, former competitor, Treasurer and Committee Member Charles (Tommy) Palmer passed away on 19th July aged 83.

2011

Josh Cara wins the gold medal in the under 13 boys at the Midland Counties Cross Country championships held in Leamington.

Katy Williams takes part in the European Veteran Indoor Championships in Ghent, Belgium, in the sprints and relay.
2011

Mike Buxton received the 'Volunteer of the Year' award at the Kettering Sports Awards ceremony held at Wicksteed Park in September. A member for 28 years, Mike has been a competitor, Committee member and and is currently a UKA Grade 2 Starter. For the last 20 years he has organized an annual track event for children with disabilities, attracting over 100 children from local special schools each year.

David Green wins the senior mens category in the East Midland Grand Prix Series 

2012

In February Life President Ted Barton presents a new Club Flag to Chairman Bill Bailey, and the new KTH Flag is hoisted for the first time in August

 

   
2012 Sian Edwards finishes third in the senior ladies category in the Welsh Cross Country Championships.
2012 Long time member of Kettering Town Harriers Marlene Freeman took part in the 2012 Olympic Torch Relay. On July 2nd she carried the flame in Northampton having been nominated for her services in her home village of Isham.
2012 Former member, 92 year old Arthur Tester, now residing in Corby, receives the " Spirit of Corby Award"
ion August, for his contribution to the environment and fund raising for various charities.
2012

In October after sucessfully reapplying, the club was presented with the Clubmark accreditation renewal certificate.

2012

At the end of October, at the Kettering Sports Awards 2012, held at Wicksteed Park, Dick Caplis received the award for Long-time Contribution to Sport, Shane Smith the Coach of the Year and Niamh Bailey the Young Sportswomen 2012.

2013

At the end of October, at the Kettering Sports Awards 2013, held at Wicksteed Park, the Midland League team won Team of the Year for winning the 4th Division title, Amanda Marlow the Coach of the Year and Ashley McClintock the Young Sportsperson of 2013.

The Proud winners are shown below with last years Long time contribution to Sport, Dick Capliss (left) & Life President Ted Barton (right) and Tom Carvell (middle)

 

 
2014

In May sprint coach Dick Caplis passed away, which was a sad loss to the Club. Dick was associated with Kettering Town Harriers for many years, indeed he represented the club in numerous competitions and was a very competent sprinter. He spent sometime at Corby AC but returned to his former club a number of years ago, and became a very popular sprint coach. He will be sadly missed.

In the track season there was a record number of Club Records Broken on Track & Field with an incredible 47 records broken, 23 with the junior athletes (U20 and below) including 7 in the youngest U13 age group showing there is some incredible talent coming through, but the veterans also set 24 new club records showing there is plenty of talent in the older age groups as well!

October saw a number of members receiving awards at the Kettering Sports Awards held at Wicksteed Park.
Emily Williams received the Sports Personality of the Year award ( The Arthur Nicholson Trophy.)


Emily Williams Sports Personality of the year

Niamh Bailey the Local Sportswomen award.
Shane Smith the Coach of the Year award.


The KTH Middle Distance Squad, the Team of the Year Award.

 
2014 Kettering Road Runners Men's Team with the East Midlands Grand Prix road racing series, winning both the Senior men's event, and the veteran men's events.  
2015

On the 24th January Kettering Town Harriers under 20 ladies, Jess Gordon, Claudia Kelsall and Fran Ashworth, take the team gold in the Midland Counties Cross Country Championships held at Wollaton Park, Nottingham.

 
2015

Kettering Town Harriers win the team event in the Shires and Spires Northants Ultra 35 mile race.

Kettering Town Harriers U20 Women Become the English National 4x400m relay Champions.

08.08.2015 Bedford International Stadium, Ella Palmer, Claudia Nevett, Hannah Winstone, Francesca Ashworth.

Womens U20 4x400m Relay Squad win "Team of the Year" at the Kettering Sports Awards, members of the squad also won this award in 2014.

19.11.2015 some of the U20 4x400m squad collect Community team of the year award.

 

 Dylan Bowley sets the fatest time in the National Road Relays securing a champions Gold Medal.

04.10.2015 Dylan Bowley on route to winning opening leg and setting fastest time.

 

 
2016

On 30th January the U20 men win the Midland Counties Cross Country Team Gold

U20 Men's Midland Counties XC Champions Matt Brookes, Jack Hope, Josh Cara, Edward Cannell

 

On 05th March 2016 U15 Emily Williams Wins the Junior Girls English Schools National XC Championship

Emily Williams secures a famous victory for Kettering Town Harriers - Winning English Schools Cross Country!

 

On 19th March 2016 Emily Williams reresents England in a Junior Schools International

Emily Williams finishes in a superb 4th place and helps England to win a team Gold at the Junior Schools International in Falkirk

 

05th April 2016 Official "switching on ceremony" for kettering Town Harriers new Floodlights & first ever evening                                          open meeting under the lights

England Athletics Chief Executive Chris Jones, GB athlete Nathan Douglas, KTH England athlete Emily Williams, GB athlete Jonathan Broom-Edwards, Deputy Mayor of Kettering Scott Edwards, KTH Life President Ted Barton, KTH Chairman Matt Brown share switching on duties!

Kettering Town Harriers Thurston Road track in all its glory bathed in light from the new floodlights

 
2016

East Midlands Grand Prix League

Kettering win the Veterans men team competition, as well as individual titles for Kerry Munn and Lauren Mehmet for their age categories.  Kettering veteran ladies team come second.

 
2016 Gemma Royles (KTH road Runner) wins GB Triathlon place at the ETU European Sprint Distance Championship Qualifier at Chatsworth House, and is selected for GB European Championships in Dusseldorf in 2017.  

 

2016     Emily Williams sets the fastest lap in the ERRA National Road Relays at Sutton park on 08.10.2016 to win a Gold Medal

 

2016     Emily Williams wins the Young Sportswoman of the year at the Kettering Sports Awards on 27.10.2016

2017

U17 Emily Williams wins her first indoor 800m to become the Midland Counties Indoor Champion.

2017

Emily Williams has her first finish on the podium in the British Schools International at Margam Country park in Port Talbot, South Wales. Competing for England for the second time against combined Ireland, Scotland & Wales, finishing in a magnificent third place to secure an individual Bronze medal and in doing so helping England secure a team Gold.

Emily Williams on her way to her first Podium finish competing for England

2017

Emily Williams wins a Gold at the Inter-Girls 800m to become English Schools Championships and in so doing secure selection to compete for England in the British Schools International in Dublin, her first track International.

Emily Williams becomes English Schools 800m Champions

2017

Emily Williams capped of a magnificent week which saw her win her first English Schools track Title, with her first International win at the Santry Stadium in Dublin becoming the British & Irish 800m Champion for U17 Girls at the SIAB Track & Field International.

Emily Williams first International Gold