Wells City Harriers had two members competing as part of the Somerset Schools team this past weekend at the prestigious English Schools Championships. The Championships were held at the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham and attracted good crowds of supporters on both days. Elise Thorner came away as English Schools Champion for her win in the Inter Girls 1500m Steeplechase, whilst twin Ollie Thorner was 6th in the Inter Boys Pole Vault. Meanwhile Chris Kelsey was competing at the latest of the English Fell Running Championship races in Wasdale.
(Photo of Elise running away from the field towards the end of the race - photo by Al)
Elise & Ollie Thorner have been members of the club for the past 8 years and have been successful multi-eventers for a number of years, only beginning to specialise to some degree in the past few years but still demonstrating wide-ranging athletic ability. Elise’s performance in the 1500m Steeplechase saw her have the confidence to take the race out from the beginning and go well clear of the chasing pack by the final steeplechase barriers. She went under 5 minutes for the event for the first time, and finished in a new personal best of 4mins 59secs. This is the leading time by a u17 women this year and in fact places her 8th on the all-time rankings for this age group.
As a consequence of winning the event Elise will now be part of a select team to represent English Schools at the Schools International track and Field Match to be held this coming Saturday in Dublin against teams drawn from Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Elise joins the ranks of other Harriers to have been successful at English Schools competitions as recorded on our potted history page.
Meanwhile, Elise’s twin brother, Ollie, also had an excellent English Schools Championships when he finished 6th in his inter-boys Pole Vault competition with a new personal best of 4.00m. This was a remarkable achievement given that he had missed almost 2 months of training due to a leg injury in the Spring.
(All photos by Al)
Competing elsewhere this past weekend, one of the Harrier’s long-standing members, Chris Kelsey, was taking part in the latest round of the English Fell Running Championships. Chris competed at the Wasdale Fell Race, covering 21 miles and a staggering 9,000 feet of ascent in the English Lake District. Chris was 10th V60 back in 7hours 49mins, and will have gained himself valuable points in the Championships where results in 4 races, out of 6 eligible, will count at the end of the year.
Training with Wells City Harriers continues at Millfield track despite the building works going on at the adjacent swimming pool. Please see calendar entries for details of training times - Mondays through to the end of July; and Tuesdays throughout the summer.
REMINDER: Entry forms for the Club assisted Baltonsborough Road races, for seniors and juniors, are also now available on the website link.