There were some excellent performances by members of the Wells City Harriers at the Somerset County Athletic Associations Track and Field Championships last weekend. The Harriers dominated many of the middle distance races but also had good performances across the field events too. Winning two Golds for the u13 boys was Jack Harvey with his 800m/1500m double. The same weekend also saw u20 Elise Thorner go to 3rd on the 2000m Steeplechase national rankings. Also – almost last call for volunteers & helpers (& entrants) at the Wells Fun Runs to be held on Sunday 27th May.
Jack Harvey winning in the u13 1500m on Sunday (photo by Al)
The County Track & Field Championships werre held at the Bill Whistlecroft Arena at Yeovil and there was a good level of entrants from across the County. Conditions were good on both days and there was a full programme of events for all ages from u11s through to veterans with disabled athletes also competing in many events.
Winning two Gold medals in the u13 boys 800m and 1500m was Jack Harvey with huge new personal bests of 2.29 and 5.03 respectively. Toby Watson won silver in the u15 boys 1500m with 4.41(pb) whilst Leo Stockham won silver in the u17 event with 4.49 (pb). Tommy Hummel won bronze in the u15 800m with 2.15 (pb), whilst Bradley Glover was 4th in 2.21 (pb) and Nico Bosley was 8th in 2.38. Bernard Mealing won bronze in the u17 800m race with 2.15 (pb). u20 Ben Lloyd ran 2.04 for his 800m.Nico Bosley went on to win the u15 boys 1500m Steeplechase in 5.58 (pb). Will Parry ran 5.11 (pb) for silver in the u17 1500m Steeplechase. u17. Dan Maydew won gold for his 10.11 (pb) clocking in the u15 3000m race.
Leo in the 1500m on Sunday running for silver (photo by Al)
For the girls u15 Maddie Barton was busy with her 15.12 and 32.71 for the 100m/200m double, whilst u15 Jasmine Caley ran 46.27 for her 3rd in the 300m. u13 Florence Gummer was also 3rd in the Long Jump with her 3.72m and ran 32.49 for 200m and 2.54 for 800m.
Harry Barton won the u15 High Jump with 1.60m and was 3rd in the 200m with 25.46 (heats) and 25.82 in the final. u13 Logan Moncrieff also had a good Championships with personal bests of 15.61 (heats) and 15.56 (final) with his 100m sprints and a 2.40 for 4th in the 800m, despite being a year younger than most of the athletes.
u20 Ollie Thorner excelled with his gold winning pole vault of 4.30m, and also had a 2nd place in the High Jump with 1.95m, whilst also being 1st in the 400m in 50.42. Adam Davison won u15 silver for the Long Jump in 4.98m, and ran 26.48 for 5th in the 200m sprints, whilst Jake Watson was 1st for the u11 boys in LJ with 3.44m, as well as running 9.90 for the 60m sprints and hurling the turbo javelin out to 26.46m.
Ollie Thorner going over to victory (photo by Al)
Our thanks to the Somerset County AA, especially Championship Secretary David Cooke, and the band of officials and volunteers that help ensure these Championships go like clockwork.If there is any parent that would like to assist the County AA either by becoming a volunteer official or by taking on another volunteer role at such Championships in the future please let Harrier Secretary Paul know. These events only work where parents and athletes are prepared to help out.
Meanwhile, at the British Milers Club event at SportCity, Manchester, on the Saturday, u20 Elise Thorner won the 2000m Steeplechase in a new time of 6.52 to go 3rd on the national u20 rankings for the event. This was a long drive up north to a quality event where Elise managed a great time without the aid of any pace-makers!
Elise shows the determination needed for her new pb (photo by Al)
The next Club Track and Field opportunity for many will be the 2nd South West League match at Exeter on Sunday 3rd June – contact team managers well in advance with details of your latest performance to get onto the team. Check out the Team tab above or review the early season prompt here.
Final arrangements are now being made for the Wells Fun Runs which take place on Sunday 27th May. All looking to enter the event are encouraged to enter in advance from the link here. There are races for all ages. details for competitors here. Volunteers please get in touch with Julia Dukes, Kay Franklin or Lynne Elstob.
Harrier members, and their parents, are reminded that the Club AGM takes place next Wednesday 23rd May at Wells Rugby Club - 8pm prompt start.