Wells City Harriers


The Harrier committee met this week and welcomed Amanda Bigger, mother of u15 athlete Holly, to the role of Club Welfare office.  Read on for some bullet points on decisions. At the weekend (11th/12th November) there was some great running by Wells City Harriers junior athletes at the 2nd UK Athletics Cross Challenge at Milton Keynes and a number of the senior Harriers, including many of the Harrier coaches, were out competing at multi-terrain events including the Sodbury Slog and the Drogo ten. Know your committee? Put names to the faces – line up introduced below…




Harrier committee at meeting on Tuesday 14th November

Photo above: how many do you know? - from left to right: Andy Piper (Wednesday rep); Rex Whitcombe (Tuesday rep/was a parent rep); Graham Goldsmid (Chairman); Amanda Bigger in background (Welfare Officer); Lynne Elstob (Wednesday rep); Sharon Bowles (Treasurer); Ed Tickner (Street 5k Director); Ian Eddy (Tuesday rep); Paul Chadwick (Secretary); Mike Rusca (Kit Manager).

Other Committee members not in the photograph sent their apologies for the meeting; Alice Knight (Membership Secretary); Chris Collier (Monday rep); Grant Davison (parent rep, Monday); Katy Watson (parent rep, Monday); Simon Prior (Deputy Chair)

Contact details for the new Club Welfare Officer: Amanda Bigger  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The next meeting of the Harrier committee is at the beginning of February 2018. Please contact any member of the committee if you have items to be discussed. Meetings are open to any Harrier member. At the meeting this week, the committee:

  • Heard from Bob Powell, former webmaster, and agreed to continue to develop the Harrier website and seek a member to take on webmaster role
  • Agreed to get more stocks of Club vests and jackets in stock
  • Heard that Club membership was almost 200 paid up members
  • Agreed to continue to promote for members to compete at the forthcoming XC Championships and offer a travel bursary of £10 for any athlete that competes at the Southerns
  • Heard that the various Club training sessions are progressing well with good numbers attending
  • Agreed to subsidise various social events coming up
  • Agreed to nominate the Babcary Road race, the Butleigh Multi-terrain race and the Wells Fun Run 10k to the Somerset Series 2018


Harriers in Action


Al Thorner reports from Milton Keynes:

On Saturday 11th November, cold but dry conditions greeted the runners on a predominantly flat course with some short sharp hills included, breaking up the athlete’s rhythm. Bradley Glover had an excellent run to finish 17th over the 2.7km course in 9mins 49 seconds just 37 seconds behind the winner. Toby Watson and Daniel Maydew competed in the U15 boys race over 4.4km with Daniel completing the course in 16 mins 44 with Toby Watson not far behind in 41st position with a time of 17 mins 5 seconds. Elise Thorner backed up her 5th place in the Cardiff Cross Challenge with a solid 10th place in a much stronger field in the U17 girl’s race over a 4.9km course in 19 mins 20 seconds. (Photos below of Bradley, Elise, Dan and Toby at Milton Keynes, by Al)

























































































Meanwhile at the Sodbury Slog, covering almost 10 miles of muddy terrain, assistant coach (Monday) Duncan Verel was first home for the Harriers in 1.59; and was then followed by three of the Harrier Wednesday runners/coaches – Sharon Bowles in 2.48, and Bianca Pridham and Kate Glascott in 2.52. There was a whopping 1161 finishers at that popular race! Down in Devon close to Dartmoor, the Drogo 10mile multi-terrain again attracted Harriers onto the Castle Drogo NT estate, and Andrew Pate was 150th in 1hour 30mins with Alice Knight 227th in 1.40 and Tony Watts close behind in 239th 1.41.