Wells City Harriers


Despite the wet and windy conditions at the 171st edition of the Street 5k races,  Alexander Male and Elise Thorner were first  on Wednesday (13th December). There were 63 runners who defied conditions to run, with some great running by juniors too in the accompanying 1k and 2k races. Meanwhile last Sunday (10th December) saw numerous Harriers contest the County Cross-country Championships, and several came away with gold, silver or bronze medals. Read on for full results from the latest edition of the Clive & Angela Thomas Street 5k Series, the accompanying junior races, and reports from the cross-country. 


u13girls race at Somerset county XC Championships on Sunday - photo by Graham


aaBath U13 Girls


U17 junior Alex Male (unattached) was out on his own when completing the 5 circuits of the Street 5k course in a nippy time of 17.21; whilst Wells City Harrier u17 Elise Thorner had set out to break the u18 Street record and duly did so with her pb time of 18.33 to win for the women. Elise took the record previously held by Harrier Emily Smith (18.38). Alex was chased home by a phalanx of Harriers: Dylan Dukes in 2nd place, 18.25, with dad Tom Dukes (1st v40) acting as pace-maker/rival in 3rd with 18.27. Will Pate was 4th in a new pb of 18.32. 1st V50 was Andrew Piper (Wells City Harriers) in 19.37; 1st V60 was Arthur Daly (Gloucester AC) in 21.14.; and 1st V70 was Len Horlock (SW Veterans) in 26.21.


For the females, after Elise, in 2nd place (1st F35) was Suzanne Harding (Gloucester AC) in 20.59; and then 3rd Helen Southcott (Maiden Newton Runners) in 21.30; with 1st F45 Rosie Thorner (Wells City Harriers) in 24.25; 1st F55 Karen Shears (Wells City Harriers) 26.35 and 1st F65 Lesley Nesbitt (Yeovil Town RR) 26.24. In terms of the age-graded results best on the night was Lesley with 80.9% with only Elise Thorner (80.3%) additionally getting above the 80% mark.




In the accompanying junior races, Owen Dukes was 1st in 4.03 with Alice King 1st for the girls in 4.43 in the 1km race; whilst Ollie Bishop and Isabelle Walker were 1st in the 2km race in 7.56 and 9.09 respectively. Great running by  all!


Well done to all that braved the elements to run, especially those who travelled a distance to the race,  and our thanks as usual to the race marshals, time keepers, results guru and all that ensured the race went without incident. In the 29 years of the Series we have only ever had to postpone one of the Street races and that was due to snow and ice making the course and access to Street hazardous. In that instance, we held the race the following Wednesday. If we get really bad conditions we always endeavour to announce any change on the website, but best to assume it is always on, regardless, of sleet, heavy rain or even snow!


December 2017 Street 5k results

December 1k & 2k results

Previous Street reports & results here


Harriers brave the cold weather at the Somerset XC Championships; and also at the Dorset XC Championships


Report on the Somerset County Champs by Graham Goldsmid: 

Last Sunday the annual Tri Counties Cross- country championships took place at Bath university.

This event covers the Cross country championships of 3 counties Avon, Wiltshire & Somerset. 

Just before the start of the first race the early morning rain and high winds which had made the course nice and muddy 

stopped to be replaced by falling temperatures and snow!

33 Wells City Harriers braved these harsh weather conditions to compete in the championships

In the U11 Boys race 

First home for the Harriers was new club member Logan Moncrief 5th overall (3rd in Somerset) in a time of 8.13

followed in 8th by another Monday night junior Edward Sherman (4th in Somerset) in 8.31

In the U13 Girls race 

First home for the Harriers was Hannah Blundy 5th overall (1st for Somerset) in 12.28, 

next in 8th Skye Fisher (2nd in Somerset) in 12.49, 13th MacKenzie O'Dea (4th in Somerset) in 13.17

18th Bali Chapman (6th in Somerset) in 14.19, 26th Jamie-Leigh Rose (8th in Somerset) in 14.19

27th Holly White (9th in Somerset) in 15.26

In the U13 Boys race 

First home for the Harriers was Bradley Glover 5th overall (2nd in Somerset) in 11.05, 

7th Jake Fisher (3rd in Somerset) in 11.20, 31st Lucas Earthy (7th in Somerset) in 13.07, 

37th Owen Dukes (8th in Somerset) in 13.41, 40th James Carr (9th in Somerset) in 14.19

In the U15 Girls race

First home for the Harriers was Lizzy Ingram 7th overall (1st in Somerset) in 15.36, 

9th Holly Bigger (2nd in Somerset) in 15.40, 17th Abbie White (3rd in Somerset) in 16.33

In the U15 Boys race Wells had their largest contingent of 8 juniors competing

First home for the Harriers was the ever improving Matthew Quarterman who was 4th overall (3rd in Somerset)

in 13.35, 11th Toby Watson (6th in Somerset) in 14.15, 13th Daniel Maydew (7th in Somerset) in 14.27,

15th Archie Tyler (8th in Somerset) in 14.41, 16th Fred Fisher (9th in Somerset) in 14.48, 

21st James White (10th in Somerset) in 14.55, 23rd William Carr (11th in Somerset) in 15.31, 

28th Leo Stockham (13th in Somerset) in 15.51.

In the U17/20 Boys race

Felix Rusby was 5th overall and first for Somerset in 20.01

In the Sen/Vet Ladies race

First home for the Harriers was (V45) Emma Fisher 2nd overall (1st for Somerset) in 27.29,

23rd (V45) Rachel Glaisher (3rd in Somerset) in 32.12, 28th Ali Blaney (5th in Somerset) in 33.17,

29th Katrina Prior (6th in Somerset) in 33.25.

In the Sen/Vet Men's race

Four of the clubs experienced vets lined up for the final race of the day as the snow continued to fall

First home for the Harriers was club coach (V40) Tom Dukes who was 26th overall (6th in Somerset)

34th (V50) John Glaisher (8th in Somerset) in 43.14, 51st (V50) Andrew Piper (9th in Somerset) in 47.48.

55th (V50) Graham Goldsmid (10th in Somerset) in 49.25.

Well done to all who ran."


photos below by Kate of u15 boys & senior men


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 aaBath Senior Men


John, Graham, Andy & 'washerwoman' Tom!


Meanwhile at the Dorset XC Championships, combined with the final fixture of the Wessex XC League, Neil Biss reports:


"Tough conditions today with plenty of wind, rain and mud. Every thing a xc fixture should be.  I have todays and the overall results as follows:


Dorset County Champs results and the Harriers results are:


1st - Dorset County Champion

Darcy Dryden



6th Anya Evans


3rd Bronze medal: Daisy Davies 

Bryanston fixture 4


21st 8.07 Hattie Byrne


1st 11.51 Darcy Dryden


7th 14.30 Anya Evans


3rd 18.43 Daisy Davies


2nd 32.48 Phil Bridge

3rd 32.49 Matthew Cole

5th 34.04 Tom Thick

23rd 38.55 Neil Biss

31st 42.42 Geoff Cole

33rd 43.08 Jon Rowe

Neil's photos:


Overall results 3 races to count


13th  Edward Sherman


9th Hattie Byrne


4th Ollie Bishop


1st Darcy Dryden

6th Mackenzie Odea

25th Aime Backwell


7th Will Carr


Mens Team joint 1st  overall

1st Matthew Cole

2nd Tom Thick

15th Neil Biss"


Well done to Matt Cole and Darcy Dryden - League Champions; and to Tom Thick for a 2nd overall place in the League. The Club's thanks to Neil Biss and Graham Goldsmid for team managing at these two fixtures - if there are other parents or seniors who can help team manage at other fixtures, such as the SW XC Championships, please contact Graham.





Next Cross Country is the South West XC Championships at Aldon Hill, Yeovil on Sunday 7th Jan

All entries to be made on line by 22nd December - athletes enter direct




DEADLINE FRIDAY 15th December  - event being held on Saturday 27th January 

Details here - athletes enter direct

TRANSPORT BURSARY: The Club will pay £10 travel expenses to any Harrier that enters and runs at the Southern Championships, being held at Brighton. Link up with fellow Harriers to share transport.


3. > NATIONAL XC CHAMPIONSHIPS - Please contact the Club Secretary, Paul, to be entered for the Nationals : The Club will pay your entry fee.


Note: Further photos from the fixture at University of Bath will be added when we have ironed out some technical hitches