(Ed Tickner gives final instructions before the start of the November 5k race - photo by Alice)
It was good to see so many old & new faces at the latest of the Street 5k & junior 1k & 2k races this Wednesday (10th November). The race was number 187 in a sequence extending back to 1989 – we have now begun the 32nd season after a slight delay due to Covid. For some it was the first time they’d raced since the last Street 5k held in March 2019 – the week before we went into hibernation! (for the first time). Michael Parrott of Running For Time came and truly smashed his own personal best for 5k with a winning time of 16.10, whilst Daisy Barker made the journey over from Salisbury for her winning run of 17.49. Linda Lascelles (Vegan Runners) broke the course F55 record. There were 101 finishers in the 5k race with runners from across the County and beyond making the effort to take part.
Meanwhile the juniors weren’t to be outdone with their efforts in the 1k & 2k races seeing winning runs by Jamie Williams, Eva Dowden, Jasmine Gascoigne & Nnaemeka Nwagbogu – all from the Harrier junior section.
Read on for results link and further report….
The Clive & Angela Thomas Street 5k Series
Michael Parrott made a winning debut at the Street 5k and after the first 100m or so was seemingly never headed, but he had a chasing group looking to reel him in by the end.
Matthew Lusby (Wells City) came closest with his 2nd place finish in 16.14, whilst Ben Tull of Taunton AC, also making his debut at this race, was 3rd in 16.29.
Other male age-group winners:
1st junior(u20) Harrison Williams (Wells City Harriers) 16.43
1st V40 Chris Walker (Wells City Harriers) 17.57
1st V50 David Snelling (Wells City Harriers) 19.17
1st V60 Martin Lascelles (Vegan Runners) 19.52
1st V70 Malcolm Maxted (Yeovil Town RR) 24.55
For the women, Daisy Barker was well clear for her victory in 17.49 with Gill Pearson (Running For Time) 2nd in 19.02 (1st F45), and then Juliette Jannedothee 3rd in 19.22 (1st junior u20)
Other female age-group winners:
1st F35 Rosie Park (Wells City Harriers) 21.09
1st F55 Linda Lascelles (Vegan Runners) 20.48 - AGE GROUP COURSE RECORD
1st F65 Lesley Nesbitt (Yeovil Town RR) 26.12
For many taking part it was their first time at the Street 5k – see below for a little bit of history – and naturally enough now that you know the course you should be able to go quicker next time out. We have the usual incentive for all that can run faster at the next Street 5k – a bottle of Hecks Cider!
On the Age-graded percentages we had some excellent times by the older runners. Linda Lascelles 88.2% just shaded it for the women ahead of Lesley Nesbitt's 87.2%. For the men Martin Lascelles again had the best with 83.3%.
Amongst the juniors taking part we had virtually an entire group of ‘first timers’ racing the night away. In the 1k race Jamie Williams with 4.05 managed to keep ahead of Charlie Franchomme, 4.07 for the boys whilst Eva Dowden, the only one to have raced here before, was 1st for the girls in 4.13, with Maggie Lay 2nd girl in 4.33. In the 2k race Jasmine Gascoigne won in 9.16 with Nnaemeka Nwagbogu 1st for the boys in 9.29. Jasmine is the niece of one of our former Team GB athletes (Amber) – no pressure!
Our thanks as usual to the entry & results team, marshals, finish line recorders, refreshment crew and all the others who work behind the scene. If you are a Harrier please sign up on the rosta to help at future races.
The Races are supported by the following:
Hecks Cider & Apple Juice (Street);
The Somerset Cheese Company (Ditcheat); &
Next Harrier supported community event (for charity):
Sunday 12th December Baltonsborough Xmas Pudding Race – enter on line in advance - entry link and information here.
Everyone gets a Xmas Pud! Undulating 5 mile road course. Tea & cakes afterwards!
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History of the Street 5k races
The races were started by Club stalwarts Clive & Angela Thomas back in October 1989 as a monthly time trial over the autumn & winter months mainly for the Harriers. It made a change from the track work at Millfield where the Club had just started hiring the track; and the cross-country fixtures which were the main focus for many in those days.
Originally it was a very low-key affair with 20-30 taking part with the Race HQ at the Victoria Club where kit could be left behind and a drink could be had after the race. The original course was a 4 lap course on an extended circuit starting on the very corner of Farm Road (actually on the junction!) and finishing on the High Street by the front door of the Bank. The circuit then included running up Cranhill Road past the Fire Station. Due to concerns from the Fire Brigade that they might need to answer an emergency and the runners might get in the way, after a few years the current 5 lap course was measured and adopted.
Having the timing clock every lap of 1k meant that folk could check their pace and perhaps attempt to run evenly. We started hiring the United Reform Church as Race HQ over 25 years ago and numbers of competitors has gone up and down according to the weather and interest. The biggest number of finishers for a single race was 132. The Junior races of 1k & 2k started almost 20 years ago and offers youngsters of senior runners, and other juniors, the chance to race safely on the pavements at night.
We’ve only ever had to postpone one race due to the weather (ice on Farm Road) and that race was held the following week. The best Street 5k times are all held by international standard runners and whilst it might not be the fastest 5k course around it obviously offers a good level of competition for all, of any standard. As a guage of fitness and a monthly test it can't be beaten. Yeovil Town started up their very popular 5k Series for the spring & summer months in the early 1990's as a counterpoint to the Harrier autumn & winter Series.
The Series was renamed the Clive & Angela Thomas Street 5k Series in their memory.