Wells City Harriers


Andy Piper and Tom Dukes both received their long-awaited Yeovilton 5k Series awards for top V50 and top V40 runners this week. Meanwhile a squad of Harriers ran well at the tough Drogo 10 on the edge of Dartmoor on Sunday; and a number of Harriers are gearing up for the final race in the Somerset Race Series at Brent Knoll on Sunday, with others going to compete at the next round of the British Challenge XC races on Saturday in Liverpool. Good Luck especially to Oliver Fox who is looking to gain selection (again) for TeamGB for the forthcoming European XC Championships.



Tom Dukes received his 1stV40 Yeovilton Series award, champagne, on Monday after coaching duties, whilst Andy was jumping for joy when getting his 1st V50 champagne on the Tuesday before training! The two training sessions this week attracted almost 100 runners with newcomers to both the Monday (juniors) and Tuesday (seniors) sessions. If there are any Harriers who would like to give something back to the Club by volunteering to coach at the Monday session please speak to Paul or Graham – we are particularly looking for more women coaches.

This past Sunday (18th November) the Harriers had 4 runners competing at the challenging Drogo 10 mile fell race in Devon. Starting and finishing by the National Trust Castle Drogo the race had almost 500 runners competing up and down the local hills adjacent to the castle and first home for the Harriers was Club Secretary Paul Chadwick in 1.29 for 127th, followed by Nick Weaving, 1.32 (154th), Andrew Pate, 1.35 (184th) and Alice Knight, 1.45 (276th).

The previous week (10th November)  the Gwent League (match 2 at Pembrey Park) saw Elise Thorner win the u20 womens race whilst Hannah Blundy had a great battle for 2nd place in the u15 girls race. They will both be very high up in the Gwent League standings to date with Hannah having won the u13 League last year, now competing in the u15s against many girls at least a year older.

This coming Saturday (24th November) sees a number of juniors competing at the next round of the British Challenge XC Series, whilst u23 Oliver Fox looks to gain selection in the trial race for the forthcoming European XC Championships. Good luck to all!

This coming Sunday sees the final race in the Somerset Race Series 2018 being held at the Brent Knoll Fell race with a number of Harriers well placed for individual awards. Entries are taken on the day for the 5.7’ish mile race. Christian Green looks like winning the men’s overall award with Ali Blaney the women’s award. Others are well placed in the veteran categories or for a top 10 placing.

Cross Country Championships coming up

The Harriers Mens team at Uni of Bath Cross Country November 2008 - how many can you recognise?

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Members are reminded that entries for the Somerset County XC Championships, being held at University of Bath on Sunday 9th December, need to be submitted before the closing date of 3rd December. Those who are qualified for the Dorset Championships should make sure they have pre-entered that race to be held on 16th December at least a week ahead.

As usual all detail about Championship entries, and who is team-managing, is to be found on the Team News tab. Those who can help with team management, including taking/putting up the tent should let Graham and Simon know. We are particularly needing age group managers to look after teams at the regional Championships, and to help enter the team for the Southerns before the deadline.

Following on from last week’s Street 5k race, all Harriers (or parents of Harrier juniors) who haven’t yet volunteered at least once this Series should contact Ed Tickner or Ian Eddy to volunteer for one of the next Street races. Funds raised from Street help us to offset the cost of team entries at various relays etc.

Warm up routine at Tuesday training this week: