Thumbs up from Christian Green as he races at the London Marathon
These past few weeks has seen some excellent individual and team performances by the Harriers competing on the road. First, we had some great running at the London Marathon by Christian & Melissa, and at the Loch Ness Marathon by Andrew, and then a week later the senior men’s & u17 men’s teams finished top 50 at the National Road Relays in Birmingham. All this augurs well for the imminent Cross-country season! Meanwhile, the finishing touches are just being made to re-launch the Street 5k Series after a gap due to Covid, with the first race this Series due to take place on Wednesday 10th November. Read on for all the details….Street 5k Flier here
The Senior Mens team after the National 6-stage Relay at Sutton Park
National Road Relays – Saturday 9th October
Jon James reports:
“Having qualified two weeks ago at the Midlands road relays championships for the National version, the six man Wells City Harriers senior mens team returned to Sutton Park in Birmingham, knowing that a finish in the top 50 teams would be a good target. The Harriers were once again the only team from Somerset to qualify.
It was a real plus for team manager, Simon Prior, that he could select exactly the same six runners, with a just a minor change in running order.
Zak Hurrell had the daunting task of running on the very quick first leg and his time (19.18) was over a minute quicker than his run two weeks ago. Such was the standard though that we were 66thafter this first leg.
Matt Lusby ran second leg and remarkably, given his London marathon efforts the previous weekend, posted a time (19.31) that was only a few seconds down on his run of two weeks ago.
U20 Dan Maydew ran a really sensible 3rd leg for the team, importantly gaining 6 places, with a time of 19.25. Another big improver from two weeks was u20 Dylan Dukes, posting a 19.46 time for the 4th leg and moving us up to 58th position. Still a fair way shy of the top 50, but Sam Sommerville then ran a storming 5th leg, gaining 9 places and posting a time of 18.57.
The Harriers were now into the top 50, and the Club’s top veteran runner v55 Jon James gained a further 3 places on the final leg (19.26) to bring the team home in 46th position.”
Well done to that team, and also to the u17 men’s team who according to the results finished in 44th place with Jack Harvey running a scintillating 13.13 for the fast and furious first leg over the 3.88km hilly circuit, followed up by Oliver Castle with 14.25 and Bradley Glover with 14.08.
The Club’s attention now turns to the cross country season with runners once again entered into either the Wessex League, or the tougher Gwent League dependent on ability and experience. Next web report will feature news from the first fixtures - if you attend please send a report and any good photos!
Autumn Marathons – London & Loch Ness – Sunday 3rd October
The Harriers have always had runners competing at the tough Marathon distance – ever since the very first London event of 1981 (see previous article) and now of course we’ve also got members who seek out new Marathons elsewhere for a bit of a challenge.
Making their debut at the distance in London was Deputy Chairman Christian Green and team-mate Melissa Aspinall. Christian had almost the perfect race and finished well up in 2.41, whilst Melissa also had a very good run for 4.10 and was spotted in the race by other Harriers.
“.. it was a really amazing experience, just the wall of noise and the atmosphere is incredible! Amazing sights too, got to be the best way to see London
It was all going great to 35k keeping really consistent and steady before cramp hit me and turned the last 5k into a real battle. First marathon experience though and certainly leaves me wanting to go back and improve for next time! Jon and Zak and his partner came up to support so that was absolutely brilliant having them there too.”
Meanwhile up in Scotland, taking part in the Loch Ness Marathon on the same day on a very different circuit to London was Andrew Piper. He ran 3.45 for the distance.
Below - Andrew Piper & Christian Green with their respective medals after their great runs....
Street 5k resumes on Wednesday 10th November – ENTER ONLINE NOW!
32nd year of the Series!
The Wells City Harriers monthly Street 5k & junior races of 1k and 2k, which have been paused over this past Covid period, will return on Wednesday 10th November and then every 2nd Wednesday of the month through to March 2022. November's race will be edition Number 187….
ENTER the Series or an individual race online in advance please to avoid queuing on the night. £20 for 5 races for those with individual England Athletics registration; & £30 for those without EA. (£5/£7 for each individual race). Awards to all that are ‘first timers’ etc.
ENTRY LINK HERE via RUNBRITAIN
JUNIOR RUNNERS WELCOME
There will be the usual 5 laps of the circuit for 5k (age 13 upwards encouraged); and a 1k race ( 1 lap) aimed at School years 5 & 6; and a 2k race (2 laps) for those in School years 7 & 8. (as an 11 year old you can enter the 5k but we’d rather you had a go at breaking the course records for the 2k!). £10 for the Series of 5 junior races or £2 on the night. Entry forms at Harrier training...
This Series is being co-Race Directed by Ed Tickner & Paul Chadwick and we wish to thank Lynne Elstob, our previous Race Director, for her sterling work over the previous few years. If you aren't running you can help by volunteering to marshal.
Paper entry forms will also be available at Harrier training. Each runner of any age and ability will be encouraged, as usual, to run as quickly as they can on the night with good support, and the timing clock every 1k, and to get quicker across the Series with little incentives during the Series…..