Wells City Harriers


aaaOwen just before the line


Owen Dukes sprints for a new 5k personal best...leaving his pacemaker dad in the distance! (photo by Dylan Dukes)

Last week a small number of Wells City Harriers were able to compete in local races and saw success. Deputy Chairman Christian Green won the CapTEN 10 mile fell race taking in the highest point on the south coast – Golden Cap – in Dorset with team mates Zak Hurrell 3rd and 17 year old Archie Tyler 5th overall, 1st junior, bringing the team home first overall.


Meanwhile Owen Dukes celebrated his 14th birthday with a new personal best at the Two Tunnels 5k race at Bath finishing 1st u20 in 18.44. Read on for full reports and the latest on the training situation as we head into another lockdown…..


CapTEN Fell Race – 10 miles with 2.400 feet of climbing

Report by Jon James:

"A group of Wells City Harriers athletes braved the elements on Sunday 25th October to take part in a tough fell race on the south coast. The race started in Seatown and you can only go uphill from there! – the 10 mile course  headed west initially and involved 5 big climbs: Thorncombe Beacon, West Cliff, Thorncombe Beacon again (but from the steeper side – a real leg breaker), Golden Cap (the highest point on the south coast) and Langdon Woods. Recent rain also made some of the paths treacherous, particularly on the ascent up to Golden Cap, and then of course there was the wind….. 

The race, put on by Bridport runners, was very well-organised with runners setting off in waves at intervals – the quickest starting first. Chris Green went off second, but within a couple of miles had caught the runner who had started first and then had a ding dong battle with him the whole way – the latter narrowly prevailed in the sprint finish, but of course the chip timing recorded Chris as the overall winner with a time of 1 hour 14 mins 7 seconds.  


Zak Hurell, although being relatively inexperienced at this sort of event, showed great form over the hills, particularly as he basically ran the whole race on his own – starting 3rd and finishing 3rd, with a really good time of 1 hour 17 mins 59 seconds. And then came Archie Tyler, who although only a junior, ran a time of 1 hour 20 mins 42 seconds, finishing a superb 5th overall and of course first junior. It was three to score for the team competition, so Chris, Zak and Archie easily won that.  There were 70 finishers in total.

A very productive morning for the Wells runners!  “

Archie Tyler still smiling at the finish! (photo by Jenny Tyler)

aaaArchie at end 2

Race winner Christian Green remarks:

“2400ft of climbing over 10 miles on the south coast is quite something! Absolutely beautiful scenery and some wild conditions thrown in for good measure. The race was run in a time trial fashion in order to comply with covid regulations so runners were split into waves based on overall speed and then set off 30s apart, chip timing kept tabs on all the runners. The trail conditions were lovely and muddy and a strong gusty wind made it exciting fell running conditions!”

Well done team - if anyone happens to find any more great races, the tougher the better, then let us know and we will promote the race on the Harrier website so that we can all take part!

Bath Two Tunnels 5k

Sunday 25th of October also saw 14 yrs old Owen Dukes racing - at the Two Tunnels 5k in Bath. This was following a promising 3000m race on the track the previous month where he achieved 10:25. These were his first 2 races since March and was a test of his continual development in fitness during lockdown. Owen attends our Monday junior training sessions where his dad, Tom, helps with coaching.

Tom takes up the report:

“We were lucky to have a proper race when such events are being cancelled all the time, and every precaution had been thoroughly thought through by the event management team.

Luckily, I was able to run with him from the start to pace him, as there was a 30 second delay between each runner. We started off on the grass and followed the route off the field down a steep slippery, muddy and windy slope to the inclining footpath which lead to the dark tunnel.

The end of the tunnel marked the 2km point where our legs where feeling heavy from the uphill and soon we reached the turn point where the runner who started 30 seconds after us was gaining and Owen had put a 30 meter lead on me! We managed to stay with the other competitor and made a negative split in doing so.

On the final 150 meters up yet another incline on a hard path turning sharp on a narrow muddy pinch point Owen powered passed the other runner and left both him and me behind in his wake achieving a 42 second PB (finish time of 18.44) beating his February Street 5k. Owen finished 6th overall and missed 1st spot in the under 20 category by 1 second!”

Owen pacing Tom?

aaaOwen final 150m


All group training after Wednesday 4th November is now on hold as part of the latest announcement from UK Govt (31st Oct) to try and dampen down the Covid-19 virus.

Numbers testing positive in Somerset are still relatively low compared to many places in the UK but have risen dramatically in the past week or so. England Athletics has today issued new Guidance.


The Monday junior session of 2nd November and the Tuesday senior session of 3rd November will be the last coached sessions operating under Club policies until there is a relaxation of the restrictions that come into force on Thursday 5th November. The Club's informal Wednesday run (groups of 6 rule) will also take place on 4th November but we expect that will be the last such arrangement for the following 4 weeks. The link to the England Athletics website latest Guidance is here. When the restrictions are adjusted or completely removed then the Harrier website will carry that information.

Tuesday's session plan as devised by Jon James  is shown below for November -  have a go at training solo, with members of the same household, or with a maximum of one other from another household. Juniors should continue to train once or twice a week for age 8-11 and 2 or 3 times a week for age 12 and upwards. (all in addition of course to school sports).


NOTE: Please contact Paul if you are interested in becoming qualified to assist at a Harrier coached session - online courses will become available so you don't even need to travel to become an Assistant Coach!

Tuesday Night Training Sessions:                                    November 2020

Date Session
3rd Nov

8 * 3 mins (1 min recovery)

Juniors: 2 sets of 3* 3 mins (1 min recovery) and 4 mins between sets

10th Nov

3 * (6 * 1 minute - 30 second recovery); 3 mins between sets

Juniors: 3 * (4/5 * 1 minute – 30 second recovery); mins between sets

17th Nov

3 mins (1 min recovery), 6 mins (2 min recovery), 3 mins (1 min recovery), 6 mins (2 min recovery), 3mins

Juniors: 3 mins (1 min recovery), 6 mins (2 min recovery), 3 mins (1 min recovery), 3 mins

24th Nov 3/5 K time trial


Are you techie? Do you know your way around the back end of websites? Since our esteemed WebMaster Bob Powell retired from this post some years ago we have been very reliant upon Andrew Deamer to help keep an eye on the technical aspects of the Harrier website which is hosted on the Joomla/PHP platform.

We have also called upon outside assistance from time to time to help ensure that the website doesn't fall over but as many of you know this current iteration of the website is now over 10 years old and is creaking away with a number of dead ends and we have difficulty adding new pages/tabs.

If you think you could help please contact Club Secretary Paul Chadwick This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Graham Goldsmid This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss a project to revamp the site.

Note: The task isn't to write content and edit material but to make the website structure fit for purpose as a public-facing information board and an archive for Club activities - celebrating what the Club members achieve, whilst also being the definitive information source on official activity including training and team opportunities.


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