Wells City Harriers



Wells City Harrier members have followed up their good performances at the recent Wells Fun Runs with a set of track and field , and road running, marks this past week or two. Elise Thorner has continued to excel at a range of events and is still No 1 nationally for u17w steeplechase, Harriers were part of the composite team with Yeovil Olympiads in the 2nd of the seasons South West Track & Field League matches at Exeter on Sunday 4th June and a number of Harriers had great races at the middle distance events, achieving good times and team points. Meanwhile a senior mens team was led home by Ed Stahl at the latest of the Somerset race Series races at Crewkerne, and won the team award. Photo below of Elise at the 1500m steeplechase - photo by Al.


At the South West League match, for the Senior women Zoe Kurle had the fastest time with 2.18 for the 800m. For the u17men Luke Macpherson won in 2.09. Senior man Tom Dukes ran 2.17 for 800m and also 17.05 for the 5000m, whilst Neil Biss was home in 18.32 at the longer distance. For the u15boys Toby Watson ran 2.28 for 800m whilst Daniel Maydew ran 10.42 for the 3000m race.

Also competing at track and field on Sunday 4th was u17woman Elise Thorner who ran at the Milton Keynes BMC meeting.  Elise came third in the 1500m Steeplechase in a new PB of 5.06.20 to stay No 1 in the UK U17 rankings..

The previous Sunday, 28th May , Elise also achieved PB's at the Youth Development League in 300m Hurdles coming 1st in 45.3 and 2nd in the 300m in 41.9.On Tuesday evening she competed at Exeter BMC in 1500m coming 4th with a pb 4.39.68. Also achieving a big pb on the track was U20 Luke Prior running 15.15 at 10,000m at Manchester's SportCity. Photo below of Elise in the 300m for the joint Yeovil-Wells team - photo by Al.



On the road there were 7 Harriers competing at the hilly Crewkerne 10k road race on Sunday 4th, with Ed Stahl coming home in a fine 2nd place in 36.45, and John Glaisher 5th, 1st V50, in 39.19. Other Harriers: 9th Damien Pick 40.26; 13th Graham Goldsmid 41.56; 28th Rick Dukes 45.01; 41st Rachel Glaisher 47.57; 87th Cath Goldsmid 54.34; 124th Karen Shears 60.28. The team of Ed, John, Damien and Graham was 1st team home. 

Competing the same day at the Poole Festival of Running 10k was Pete Grist who came an excellent 6th in 33.37. During the previous week on the Thursday 1st Clare Prosser won the Burrington Blaster multi-terrain in 38.46 The previous Sunday, Nick Weaving ran a new pb for the Dorchester road marathon with his 3.40 for 86th place, with Duncan Verel not far behind with 3.58 for 149th, out of 700 runners.

The two Harrier teams for the forthcoming Cotswold Way Relay have now been finalised. This follows on from a successful outing at the recent Wessex Ridgeway Relay where the two teams had good finishes, when team managed by Nick Weaving. At Wessex the two teams finished together in 7th & 8th places out of the 21 teams taking part.

At Wessex , the teams covered 100km in total and comprised of Legs 1&2 Nick Weaving & Paul Chadwick; Legs 3&4 Mike Rusca and Jonathan; Legs 5&6 Andy Piepor & Pete Clothier; Legs 7&8 Rachel Glaisher & Gary Tubridy; Legs 9&10 John Glaisher & Justin Thomas; and legs 11&12 Oli Harras with Pete C on 11 and Nick on 12. There was also some Harriers joining in the Mendip Hash teams.

The Two teams for the Cotswold relay (103 miles covered) includes some making their debut this year and one (you know who) going in his 20th Cotswold relay race. At the recent Annual awards the Club also recognised the achievement of Andrew Deamer who ran his 10th Cotswold way race last year, and we think now has the fastset cumulative time for the 10 stages.

The Harrier teams for the Cotswold Relay:

Leg 1 Katrina Prior & Alice Knight

Leg 2 John Glaisher & Andrew Pate

Leg 3 Mike Bosley & Pete Clothier

Leg 4 Justin Thomas & Hywel Thomas

Leg 5 Andy Piper & Oli Harras

Leg 6 Laura Darby-Jones & Nick Weaving

Leg 7 Jo Tibbats & Graham Goldsmid

Leg 8 Steve Masters & Simon Carr

Leg 9 Pete Darton & Mike Rusca

Leg 10 Luke Prior & Paul Chadwick

Those who like the hills should note the following local'ish fell races coming up:

Tuesday 20th June Beacon Batch (from Burrington inn, Burrington Combe - register in pub) - 5 miles with 1,001 feet of climb to top of Mendips

Saturday 1st July Charmouth Challenge - afternoon race - 7.7 miles with 1,903 feet of climb to the top of Golden Cap (highest point on south coast)

Harriers that have reports or photos of team members should send their information to Paul by Monday 8pm if we are to get that information into the local Mid-Somerset Series of newspapers for that week. Please include all Harrier/YOAC performance times/marks at the same vent rather than just one or two as we like the reports to cover all.