Wells City Harriers


Wells City Harriers members had a busy weekend of action over the early May bank Holiday. Members were in action at the Glastonbury Road races on the Sunday as well as track and field matches at Yeovil, Exeter and on the Millfield track, with some competing twice over the weekend at different venues. Headline news is that the combined YOAC/Harrier team won the British Athletics League match during the day on the Saturday; and then a whole host of juniors gained personal bests at the prestigious annual British Milers Club event at Millfield that evening; whilst others went onto (further) glory the following day at the Glastonbury Road Races, led home by Philip Bridge in the 10k event, and a few managed to support the team at the South West League match in Exeter.

Junior Harriers at the BMC meet on Saturday evening (photo by Paul)




At the Glastonbury 10k road race on Sunday, Philip Bridge and Oliver Dickinson were 1st and 2nd in 33.06 and 34.06 with father and son Tom and Dylan Dukes also finishing in the top ten with 36.02 and 36.12. In the 5k race Charlie Cook and Archie Tyler were 3rd and 4th overall in 17.51 and 18.07, with Jack Harvey in 9th in 20.37 and Nico Bosley 17th in 21.40. See later Glastonbury report and photo here.

The previous night at the British Milers Club middle distance evening at Millfield track, a whole host of junior Club members were taking part in paced races and virtually all achieved personal bests at either 800m or 1500m on the track. 800m race times were: u20 Elise Thorner 2.08 ; u17s Charlie Cook 2.08; William Carr 2.10; Bernard Mealing 2.20; Holly Bigger 2.21; Leo Stockman 2.21; u15s Toby Watson 2.17; Tommy Hummel 2.18; Dan Maydew 2.21; Bradley Glover 2.27; Nico Bosley 2.29; Olivia Earthy 2.35. 1500m times were: u20s - Ben Lloyd 4.13; Ollie Thorner 4.22 (see below for his field events from earlier in the day); u17s Daisy Davies 4.51 Poppy Pellow 5.12; u13s – Jack Harvey 5.10; Lucas Earthy 5.23.Well done also to u20 Michael Biss who took on the pace-making duties for many of the races despite the fact that he'd competed earlier in the day at the British Athletics League!


Elise Thorner leads the way in her 800m race - she is currently 5th in Uk u20s national rankings (photo by Al)


u13 Lucas Earthy - big pb inthe 1500m (photo by Al)


At the British Athletics League match held earlier on Saturday at the Bill Whistlecroft, Yeovil Arena, Harriers helped the Yeovil team to finish first against 5 other top teams drawn from across the UK. Pick of the performances by Harrier members were probably by u23 Sam Harding in the 800m/1500m in 1.57/4.11; u20 Ollie Thorner at various field events – 1.90m in High Jump, 4.20m in Pole vault and 6.30m in the Long Jump; u20 Dylan Dukes in the 1500m in 4.18; and Luke Prior with a pb of 8.35 for the 3000m. (more results to follow –subject to a report coming in).

Luke going well in the 3000m (photo by Al)


Ollie Thorner eases himself over 4.20m for valuable points for the team (photo by Al)


No report available from the opening SW League match yet.

At the MAC open on Thursday last, u11 Jake Watson went out to 3.25m in the Long Jump and had a 7.24m for the 2kg soft shot put and a 15.22m in the 2kg soft hammer.

Earlier in the week on May Day, v60Paul Chadwick was 42nd out of 83 at the Orchan Rocks Fell Race near Todmorden, Lancs in 31.27. (5.5km with 280m climb)

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Dates Coming up:

2 teams of seniors entered for the 100km Wessex Ridgeway relay next Sunday 20th May, starting at Tollard Royle (near Shaftesbury) and finishing at Uplyme.

Wednesday 23rd May 8pm – Harrier AGM at Wells Rugby Club

Entries are flooding in for the Wells Fun Runs to be held on Sunday 27thMay. Races for all ages – but please enter online before the day. If you aren’t competing, then volunteer to help.