Elise Thorner, running for the English Schools Athletics team, won the 1500m steeplechase at the international Schools match at Dublin last Saturday in a time just outside her personal best. On the same day the YOAC British Athletics League team finished 3rd. Meanwhile there was an excellent turn out of Harriers – juniors; seniors; and veterans at the July edition of the 5k road race and the squad was led home by Oliver Dickinson setting a new personal best of 15.55. (Photo of many of the Harriers at Yeovilton by Kate - apologies if we missed anyone out!)





Elise was part of the Inter-girls team selected for Dublin following her English Schools Championship winning performance of the previous week. Competing on Saturday 15th July against athletes from Wales, Scotland and Ireland with 2 representatives per nation, Elise was once again well clear of the field with her time of 5.00, with English Schools & Millfield Schools team-mate Amelia Wills in 2nd in 5.11.(Photo below of the victorious Elise by Rosie)



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Meanwhile, at the 3rd of this year’s British Athletics League meets at Bedford on the same day, Sam Harding was 4th for the Yeovil Olympiads team over 800m in 1.55, with Michael Biss running well for team points in the B string with 2.04. Sam also ran 4.08 in the A string 1500m (7th), with Luke Prior home in 4.11 over the same distance (3rd B string). Luke was 4th in the A string 3000m in 8.46, with Philip Bridge home for 4th in the 3000m B string in 8.47. Sam Sommerville ran 9.38 for the 3000m Steeplechase (3rd A string) whilst Philip ran a pb for this unfamiliar event (for him) with 10.19 (2nd, B string).


In the field events Ollie Thorner weighed in with a good 4th position in the A string Pole Vault with a 3.60m clearance, whilst Sam S also gained a valauble team point when he had a go for the B string. Also gaining valuable pomits was Simon Prior at Hammer, Shot and discus; with Ollie T also gaining good points in the Discus.


There were some excellent performances by the rest of the joint Yeovil/Wells team and the team finished 3rd on the day and now lie in 5th place, out of 8, with 1 match to go.

Standings after Match 3:


League Points

Match Points

 Havering AC



 Rugby & Northampton AC 



 Chelmsford AC 



 Notts AC



 Yeovil Olympiads AC 



 Bedford & County AC



 Southend AC



 Derby AC/Mansfield Harriers 




The previous Wednesday evening (12th July) saw Ollie Dickinson go under 16 minutes for the first time when finishing 7th, in 15.55, at Yeovilton. Pete Grist ran a season’s best of 16.05 for 10th, and Chris Green improved his pb again by running 16.37 for 13th. Tuesday senior coach Jon James continues on the comeback trail with his 21st placing of 17.17. There was a host of good personal bests by various members.


Further Harrier positions and times: 35th Matthew Quarterman (u15) 18.20;36th Neil Biss (v40) 18.32; 39th William Carr (u15) 18.45(pb);45th Graham Goldsmid (v55) 19.13; 48th Toby Watson (u13) 19.33;  53rd Andy Piper (v50) 19.44; 56th Justin Thomas (V40); 57th Oli Harras (u20) 19.58(pb); 60th Pete Clothier (v45) 20.07; 67th Mike Bosley (v45) 20.25; 73rd Chris Kelsey (v60) 20.52; 74th Nico Bosley (u13) 20.53(pb); 79th Mike Rusca (v50) 21.08; 81st Craig Foley (v45) 21.31; 82nd Ali Blaney (F35) 21.33; 90th Simon Carr (v50) 21.54; 93rd Paul Chadwick (v60) 22.06; 102nd Gary Tubridy (v55) 23.16; 124th Sam Pollard (u15) 24.55(pb); 127th Cath Goldsmid (F50) 24.59; 143rd Karen Shears (F55) 26.26; 166th Janet Pollard (F50) 29.25; 176th Jacqui Wilson (F50) 30.37; There were 194 finishers.

The July Yeovilton 5k race was also race number 11 in the Somerset Race Series 2017 sponsored by Yeovil Glass/M5 Glass. The next race in that series is at the Haselebury 10k Trail race on Wednesday 2nd August. – see Harrier calendar entry for detail.

ADVANCE NOTICE: Harriers of all ages should note that the South of England Road relays are on Sunday September 24th and that if you can run under 20/21 minutes for 5k (or sub-22 for women) then you should let team managers know that you are available. Team managers appointed so far include: Senior Men/Veterans – Jon James & Simon Prior; u15 boys Simon Prior; u15 girls Darren White. Volunteers to manage senior women; u17s and u13s are most welcome – please contact Graham Goldsmid or Paul Chadwick if you can fulfil any of those roles. Entries have to be made by early September and the Club pays for the team entry. Parents that might be able to assist with transport to the Crystal Palace venue should also advise the team managers, although there is also some thinking about a minibus or two going to the relays.