Wells City Harriers



u20 Ollie Thorner goes clear! (photo by Al)

ENGLAND ATHLETICS say CARRY ON TRAINING/COMPETING if in a secure Covid-19 environment

“England Athletics is pleased that club and group activity as well as competitions for athletics and running will not be affected by the new restrictions on the number of people allowed to meet up. The Government has now confirmed to Sport England that organised sports and activities which have been through return to play protocols will be allowed to continue as before” (10th September announcement)

EA Link here - keep up to date by checking Harrier website regularly and EA website from time to time

Note – this means that the session the Harriers are organising at Strode College Sports facility every Thursday can continue. Any other activity where Harriers or other runners gather up must continue to respect the maximum of 6 rule. The Strode College Sports Centre is deemed a Covid-19 secure environment with protocols in place and covered by their and the Club’s Risk Assessment to allow us to coach in larger groups respecting social distancing etc.

READ on for further detail about what we can and can’t do and for the latest on competitions that have taken place and the prospect for further competition.

We are currently limiting the Thursday Harrier evening session at Strode to members aged 14 and over and all wanting to train must pre-book a place as we have a limit on numbers. We are very hopeful that our junior session for under 15s will return soon and we will need to follow the same processes – Members only, pre-booked and respecting social distancing and other requirements which our Club Risk Assessment has considered along with the venue managers.


Updates, as ever, every week or two weeks on the Front page of this website; on the Training page; and Membership info on the Member page for those who are not members


A small number of Harriers have continued to seek out competition opportunities this past few weeks. There has been a few Track & Field meetings and on the horizon are some road races and off-races, as well as the possible return of ParkRuns (see below).

Al Thorner has sent in some great photos as usual of his son Ollie (u20) competing hard recently:

“Ollie has had an eventful few days of competition. On Thursday 27th August at Taunton he recorded a pleasing 1m 95 in the HJ and 6.39m in the LJ but didn't record a mark in the SP. On Saturday (29th August) at Yeovil he recorded 12.18m in the 6.25kg SP using the rotational method having previously used the glide. He also won the HJ with 1m 91.

Sunday 30th saw him in action again at Par in Cornwall – it was a very eventful competition and his first PV since March. Perfect weather greeted us and, unbelievably 3 GB internationals in a scaled back open meeting. Only the PV and the HJ were on the card with Ollie and Commonwealth Games 5th placer Molly Caudery competing in the PV and junior international Sam Brereton competing in the HJ. 

Who would be a parent? Ollie's clearance at 4m 25 saw him land face down off the bed on some rubber matting which winded him. After a few minutes he confirmed he was ok to carry on and thankfully corrected his problem of jumping off to the right of the bed. As he went up through his poles he cleared a very pleasing outdoor PB of 4m 55 (he cleared 4m 70 indoors in March). However on his second attempt at 4m 65 his pole snapped and he landed awkwardly on the bed and was feeling pretty bruised after getting up. Thankfully we called it a day there and the next couple of days spent recovering on Polzeath beach were welcomed.”


Ollie using the rotational technique rather than the glide (photo by Al)


We also hear through the grapevine that Matthew Quarterman, who has just moved up into the u20s, ran a personal best of 2.01 for 800m at the Taunton Meeting on the 27th August; whilst u11 Leyton Finn also ran a 2.05 pb for his 600m track race at Yeovil on 5th September. There were no doubt other Harriers competing at the recent Taunton & Yeovil meets but no report has been received. Parents of Harriers should send in any results and good photos to Paul by the Monday eve at 8pm for inclusion in the regular web reports and the article that goes to the Mid-Somerset Series of newspapers. Please list out all Harriers competing rather than just your own daughters/sons! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Competition opportunities coming up & other scope to test your fitness.


ParkRuns and the Street 5k Series


Most folk will have already seen that ParkRun are hoping to bring back the ParkRuns towards the end of October. Obviously these are not licenced races per se but give everyone the chance to test their fitness - ParkRuns don't have to have any First Aid personnel present nor, by the looks of it, to have an ambulance on standby in these Covid-19 times, whereas licenced races do have to have so many First Aiders etc. For this reason the Street 5k Series is unable to happen at present but if the Guidance changes and the restrictions get lifted it may be possible that we might see a Street 5k in 2021.


Organisers in Frome have had to cancel their series of races due to be held in late September and, as trailled previously, the BHAM multi-terrain 10k has also now confirmed the cancellation of their race for 2020. That just leaves the Quantock Beast (15th November)  and Brent Knoll (29th November) races from the original Somerset Series of races as being possible before the end of the year. There is also no confirmation on whether the Full Monty Cute Trail race will happen on 6th December. Meanwhile Frome Running Club do have their virtual Mells Scenic 7 running this month and you can run it at any time as it follows public footpaths and then submit your verified time.


We hear that some Harriers have managed to find a 5k road race over in Wiltshire later this month and we will include a report when they send one in - a number of Harrier Race Directors are interested to see how other Race organisers are coping with the Covid-19 requirements, so will be keen to learn from there and elsewhere.



BALTONSBOROUGH 5 mile Road Race on 20th December?

Kay Franklin is hopeful that it may be possible for her Harrier supported Baltonsborough 5 mile race to take place on 20th December - we will carry updates on here but you can also check her dedicated Baltonsborough 5 race website for information.



Confirmation was received this week that there are no area Road Relays this autumn. The Southern Fell Running Championships due to be held on the Isle of Wight this coming weekend were also cancelled some time ago.

There is no further news on any Cross Country races in the Wessex or Gwent League and no doubt Team Managers for the respective Leagues will provide information when there is any change. Please ensure you check the Team News webpage from time to time as all updates and contacts go on there.

Finally, at the Harrier Thursday training sessions at Strode once a month we will have the opportunity to test out fitness and speed over 3k or 5k - register to attend the training session in advance if a member and aged 14 upwards. 


REMINDER - Please advise Graham or Paul if you have a valid First Aid Qualification (e.g First Aid at work)

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Cross Country on the way back? & Training group grows

Club Membership renewals and invite to new members

Harrier training back up & running under Covid-19 rules

Harrier group training on the way back but no end in sight for a return to real racing

A Year ago - Track & Field, off-road and road racing early September 2019

Ten Years ago - Wright medals at Southern Fell Running Championships September 2010