Wells City Harriers


Wells City Harrier members were in action at the South West Athletics Championships this past weekend at Exeter Arena. Two of them came away as champions – Holly Bigger and Harry Barton, with others recording personal best times in their track races. Meanwhile the Club Secretary Paul was competing at the tough International Snowdon Fell Race over 10 miles. Next week the Haselbury Trail 10k calls for seniors, whilst some juniors go off in search of personal bests at another BMC track meeting.

Paul on his way back down Snowdon


At Exeter on Sunday, 22nd July, u17 Holly Bigger won the 800m race in a new pb of 2 mins 17 secs, whilst u15 Harry Barton won the 300m race in a 37.67 clocking, and was also victorious when jointly-winning the u15 High jump when clearing 1.65m.

U15 Hannah Blundy was 2nd in the 3000m in 11 mins 6 secs, whilst team-mate u15 Daniel Maydew was also 2nd over the same distance in 9.46. Other Harrier performances on the day: u15 Tommy Hummel 5th – 800m 2:14; u15 Toby Watson 6th– 1500m 4:41 ; u17 Leo Stockham 5th – 3000m 10:25 ; u17 Bernard Mealing 7th – 800m 2:15 pb; u13 Jack Harvey 5th – 1500m 4:57 pb; u20 Michael Biss– 800m 2.02 pb.

Meanwhile one of the Harrier’s veteran runners, and the Club Secretary, v60 Paul Chadwick, was out competing at the International Snowdon Fell Race on the Saturday, 21st July, where the winner and winning men’s team were from Italy, with other national teams from the 4 Home Countries and Ireland also competing. Running conditions were good, though humid, with cloud cover and mist on the tops. The race takes competitors the 5 miles up the steep main ascent of Snowdon and 5 miles straight back down again, with a total climb of 1,000m over the 10 miles. There is no relief on the mountain – uphill all the way including some sections of 1 in 3 gradient. Paul covered to the top in 72 minutes and the downhill plunge in 36 minutes, and the entire distance in 1hr 48mins, to finish 7th out of 27 runners in his age group, about half-way down the entire field of 600 runners.

Other Fell races coming up this next month or two are a tad closer to get to: the Crook Peak race (3 miles) is on Wednesday 22nd August, and a small number of Harriers are planning on tackling the Oke Croak (10.7miles) the following Saturday. September sees the South of England Fell Running Championships on the Isle of Wight (15th & 16th September). See calendar links for all details, or speak to Paul who administers these Championships for the SEAA.

The next race in the Somerset Race Series is the Haselbury Trail race over 10km this coming Wednesday eve, 1st August, with Harrier Harriet Burr currently leading the Series for the women, with Ali Blaney and Karen Shears also going well. Justin Thomas, Andy Piper, Graham Goldsmid, Paul Chadwick and Chris Green, amongst others are looking good in the Series standings for the men. Full information for other Series races on the calendar and on the Series website.

Have we missed your result for a report on the website in a Harrier or YOAC vest? We can only publicise how Club members are doing if they (or their parents) send a report in – the proviso is that the report should cover all Harriers taking part at that event, not just you! Send in good quality photos too! The report goes onto the website every week and a shortened version and a photo is also printed in the local newspaper published on Thursday. (Mid-Somerset Series of newspapers – Shepton Journal; Central Somerset Gazette; Wells Journal; etc)

Harrier Committee Update – from the committee meting held on 18th July

The Club’s London Marathon places

The rules were agreed: (a) the individual is a paid up member of the Harriers when they enter the main London ballot (i.e. by 1st May); (b) that they apply in the main ballot and are then rejected with evidence of that when announced by October of the year; (c) that they can then be entered into the Club ballot subject to them not having received a club place in the previous two years.

Harrier website

Functionality to the website after it had moved to the new platform had been restored. All committee members and coaches were encouraged to ensure that members/parents were advised to look on the website once a week to keep up to date, and for parents/seniors to send in reports/photos which Paul can add. Simon advised that the joint Harrier/YOAC facebook page (a closed group) would push a targeted link to the website every week.

Further discussions would be held with John Bruce about pruning and re-presenting some info (e.g. Wells fun run sub-page; & sub-page for beginners with the Club) and Graham also invited any member with sufficient technical knowledge of the programme (Joomla!) to contact him to be the website technical manager

Street 5k for 2018/19

Ed Tickner advised that he would stand down as Race Director after this next season. Graham and the committee thanked him for the work so far. A new Race Director is required for 2019 – please contact Graham and Ed to shadow Ed this coming season. Ed was to start to make arrangements for what would be the 30th Season of the Series and would create a flier that could be taken round to parkruns and other local races from mid-August onwards

Training Reports

Good numbers at the Harrier training sessions, Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday. Simon outlined his Team Prior approach. Need to ensure it is clear to Harriers how that fits in with the Club.The Club’s coaching group to review what training is provided for all Harriers at our sessions and to look to recruit further coaches as required – please contact Paul (coaching co-ordinator) or Graham if interested. See training tab.

XC season preparation

It was agreed that the Cardiff and Aldon Hill fixtures could be a priority to encourage all XC members to compete at. Graham explained that he and Paul would be meeting with Geoff Cole, the Chairman of YOAC, and no doubt discussion about having competitive teams at the XC Leagues and Championships would be discussed. There was also a need for parents/seniors to offer to help team manage specific age groups to encourage a good turnout. – contact Graham or Simon.

Southern Road Relays

These were taking place on Sunday 23rd September at Crystal Palace and information about entries was placed on the Team tab & calendar on the website. Paul would administer the various age group entries to be paid for by the Harriers by the deadline, with members asked to only contribute £5 towards any transport. Advise Paul by 3rd Sept. Team managers from amongst the parents needed to be recruited, as it was important that it wasn’t left to just one or two coaches – contact Graham or Simon. Jon James would team manage veterans teams. 

Next Committee Meeting

Wed 5th September at Wells Rugby Club 8pm – all Harrier members invited.