Wells City Harriers


There were some very hot Harriers out there last weekend (Sunday 22nd April) amongst the 40,000 other runners at the London Marathon. Some were making their debut at London, whilst others were back again. All who started got round and in a number of instances will have raised good amounts of money for good causes. Hannah Blundy had a great run for 9th in the inter-regional Mini-Marathon over 3miles. If you feel inspired to have a go yourselves, then read on for details of entering the 2019 ballot for a London Marathon place. Also we report here on some of the road/multi-terrain races this past month where particularly amongst the youngsters a stack of personal bests were achieved: all that training is paying off!

Duncan Verel (left) with Julius Naim ready for the Marathon





At London, John & Rachel Glaisher both ran well but were slower than last year due to the heat - John (v50) home in 3.26 (half-way 1.23) and Rachel (F45) in 3.45. Martin Bailey (v45) was also back again and was finished in just under the 4 hour mark (3.59.36) despite also slowing down a bit in the second half. Matthew Dorber was next home in 4.22 and Matthew is raising money for charity by raffling a signed TeamGB vest (more details to follow). One of the lucky recipients of the Harrier ballot for a Marathon place (see note below) Robert Moore also found the heat tough and whilst he was below par compared to previous outings over the distance he did manage to get home in under 5 hours (4.58). Sharon Bowles and Lynne Elstob, our esteemed ‘couch to 5k’ coaching co-ordinators soaked up the atmosphere and were urged home in aid of the St Johns Ambulance charity which they were supporting – Sharon finished in5.52 and Lynne in 6.33.

Duncan Verel meanwhile, wasn’t satisfied with just running the one Marathon that day and in fact ran the official Marathon course after he’d already completed 26.2 miles – all for a good cause or two including the charity MIND. He was even fit enough to come coaching on Monday eve at the track – well done Duncan! Duncan finished in 6.01.

Rob Moore - happy to have finished and to get that medal round his neck!


Other notable results include former Harrier and Hon life Member Elspeth Turner who finished 2nd overall in the F50 category with a pretty neat 3.01 clocking with pretty even pacing. Pete Grist who has recently rejoined his home town Club at Frome was back in 3.12 – he will be disappointed with that but it’s just another indicator probably that the heat took its toll on many.

In the Mini Marathon, over the final 3 miles of the 26.2 mile full marathon course Hannah Blundy from our Tuesday Harrier training group ran really well for 9th place overall in a nippy 18.03.


Next year’s race: the general ballot (open to all) opens next Monday 30th April and closes at 17.00 on Friday 4th May. The Club will also get 2 or so places – eligibility for the Club places is as usual: you have to have entered the main ballot (next week) as a fully paid-up Harrier (make sure you have paid your subs!); been rejected in the main ballot (decisions arrive by October 2018); and then put your name forward for the Club ballot held at the Harrier Annual Dinner in November. (Based on past years, you may have a better than 50% chance that way!). Alternatively, you could check if you have a ‘Good for Age’ time and enter that way (different deadline); or apply via one of the many charities that have paid money to the organisers to be certain of places – but for this you will have to raise a guaranteed amount of money.

YEOVILTON 5k race Wednesday 11th April

Spring is here and especially for some of the younger Harriers the new Yeovilton Series has produced a raft of personal bests! Well done all for that effort. I suspect that Dylan and Tom were doing some joint pace-making for each other.

10th Dylan Dukes (1st u17)              16.31 (pb)

11th Tom Dukes (1st v40)                 16.36

16th Zak Hurrel                                 17.02 (pb)

23rd Chris Walker(V40)                   18.04 (pb)

26th Alex Flack (u17)                       18.08 (pb)

28th Will Pate (u17)                          18.15 (pb)

31st Toby Watson (u15)                   18.24 (pb)

33rd Tommy Hummel (u13)             18.32(pb)

35th James White (u15)                   18.38 (pb)

37th Neil Biss (v40)                          18.47

39th Holly Bigger (u15)                    19.01 (pb)

40th Andy Piper (v50)                      19.12 (pb)

43rd Bernard Mealing (u15)            19.34

44th Justin Thomas (v40)                19.40

46th Andrew Tindal (v50)                 19.51

51st Jack Harvey (u13)                    20.04 (pb)

54th Ollie Bishop (u13)                    20.14(pb)

64th Chris Kelsey (v60)                   20.54

67th Andrew Bishop (v40)               21.03

76th Colin Wood (v50)                     21.21 (pb)

84th Paul Knight (v50)                     21.48

92nd Katrina Prior (F45)                   22.17

101st Melissa Aspinall (F40)           22.54

109th Berni Mundy (v70)                 23.33

157th Karen Bishop                         29.29

168th Aime Biss (F40)                      31.18

POWER OF TEN Note: always check that your result from any licenced UKA event has been properly recorded on the database. Sometimes your name is incorrectly entered onto the results database or the system can’t find you (especially if your membership fee hasn’t been paid!). (age groups as above as shown on power of ten)

The sister site for road performances Run Britain is linked to Power of ten. It is up to you, as a registered runner, to advise the database of any errors or missed results.


One you might have missed – BUTLEIGH Multi –terrain race on Sunday 25th March 2018

Harrier winners: Chris Green (1st); Ali Blaney (3rd female & 1st F35); Oli Frost (2nd & 1st V40) below

 aaButleigh MT

Apparently all went well at the Butleigh race and there were some terrific perfomances by all. The post-race cakes and tea were devoured by the 90’odd competitors and good funds were raised for the local Playing Fields Association. It was also race number 4 in this year’s Somerset Race Series. Congrats to the organising committee assisted by a sprinkling of current or former Harriers (especially Pete Wright & Nick Foster).

Full results from Butleigh MT 2018

Somerset Race Series

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Have you been racing in your Harrier vest recently? Let us know of any performances that are missed on the website and where there is a group of Harriers send a group report and photo for the website or the local newspaper – deadline is 8pm on the Monday night send to Paul for that week’s newspaper.