An executive committee runs Celtic Harriers Club
Celtic Harriers 2021 Committee:
They are elected at the Annual General Meeting in November each year. All members are eligible to stand. The Club is governed by its constitution which is available on request from the Secretary.
Our races are organised by various sub-committees which report to the executive Committee. Assistance with these races is always required and we trust that you will offer your help when requested.
The Club office is located below the Club house & bar of Villagers Football Club and is open on Tuesday & Thursday evenings:
Way back in 1970, a Celtic Harriers Committee member, formerly from Durban, noted that as there were no long road events in the Western Cape (except for about 3 marathons on the calendar) suggested that the club organise and stage an annual 35 – mile road race around the Cape Peninsula. The main purpose of this was to be a long training run for the Comrades Marathon.
From then onwards it was held successfully for 50 years (2019) and grew from an initial field of 15 finishers. Celtic Harriers organised it for about 30 years and during this time had the trademarks and intellectual property registered with the official authorities.
In view of the popularity and growth of this event, Athletics SA approached Celtic Harriers and requested that the Two Oceans Marathon be managed jointly between Celtic Harriers Club and Western Province Athletics, their affiliate in Cape Town, especially that it attracted many runners from overseas contributing to the massive increase in participation and interest and became known as “The world’s most beautiful marathon”. This arrangement of management lasted a few years until 2008 when it was decided to form the Two Oceans Marathon npc – a non-profit company – a standalone entity.
In view of Celtic Harriers being the founders of this event, it was agreed that they would nominate four directors of the Board, Western Province Athletics would supply 4 directors and the remaining 4 directors would be supplied by the Western Province Athletics clubs (subject to certain conditions) and qualified members of the Two Oceans Marathon Blue Number club. Celtic Harriers had ceded the name and intellectual property of the Two Oceans Marathon to the Two Oceans Marathon npc in return for which they received an annual administration fee.
1906 – 1914
One evening in 1906 a group of young Irishmen met in a hall in Cape Town to discuss forming an athletic club. Captain Shawelhood was the chairman. There was considerable enthusiasm and as a result of it the Club was born. Other men who were present at the meeting were Charles Robertson, R.H. Heaney, A.D. Hamilton, Sid Panther, E.Brassell, P.V. O’Keefe, F.C. Friedmond and H.Seffe. R.H Heaney was the first captain of the club. Sid Panther was an outstanding personality. He did not win any trophies or titles during his career but he did much to foster Club spirit. In particular he organised hikes from Kloof Nek to The Glen and from Fish Hoek to Kommetjie. In 1933 he presented a trophy known as the Sid Panther Shield, to the Club to be awarded annually to the member of the Club for the most outstanding performance during the season
As early as its second year (the 1907-8 track season) one of the Club’s members won a Western Province championship, the 4 miles (a track event). He was S.V. “Servie” Brown. In the same year he won a South African title, the 2-miles steeplechase. The next year he won the W.P. 10 mile cross-country title and the Club tied with Spartan Harriers in the 10 mile cross-country team event. As from the 1909-10 season the Club was strong on the track and cross-country. In the 5 seasons from 1909-10 to 1913-14, members of the Club won 12 W.P. track titles and 2 South African track titles as well as 2 Western Province cross-country championships. The Club also won the cross-country team event once. The members who won these titles were : P.G.Kock, H.Elsner, J.W. Herman, E.T.Kotze, George Keay and Frank Solomon.