Wells City Harrier's had three athletes winning events this past weekend, with u20 Elise Thorner and u15 Hannah Blundy successful at the tough Gwent League Cross Country races, whilst u23 Philip Bridge literally ran away from the field at the Full Monty Cute 10 mile multi-terrain race. Elise & Philip were also at the Harrier’s Annual Dinner on the Friday night where Ali Blaney & Sharon Bowles won the ballot for the Club’s London Marathon places whilst Andrew Piper won the prestigious Harrier Bog seat award!
Elise powers away from the chasing 2nd placer (photo by Al)
Elise Thorner made it three victories out of three in the Gwent League XC Series held at Bryn Bach Park, Tredeger. In muddy, sodden conditions, strong winds and driving rain she made light of the 4.4km course coming in 150 meters clear of her nearest rival in 20 mins 30 seconds. Elise is concentrating on a full cross country season culminating in the English Schools finals held at Leeds in March before focussing on track & field during the summer. The Wells City Harrier will be leaving Millfield School after five years and heading across the Atlantic in September 2019 to take up a sports scholarship at the University of New Mexico in Alburquerque.
Fellow Harrier, Hannah Blundy also had a storming run in the u15 girls race, leading the competitive field from start to finish and not letting up until she crossed the line. This is despite the fact that Hannah is in the younger year of the 2 year age span for the group. Hannah is now in 2nd place in the u15 girls standings after 3 races with 2 races to go.
Hannah's great front running gained victory at Tredeger:
Meanwhile at the tough Full Monty race from Ham Hill, near Montacute, Philip Bridge opened up a 5 minute gap by the end to win from the 250 other runners. His time was 67.10 for the 10 miles. Other Harriers: 4th Ed Stahl 75.33; 32nd, 3rd woman, Helen Southcott 85.49; 110th Andrew Pate 1hr43; 131st Alice Knight 1.46.
Philip with the Ham stone Trophy after the race
At the Harriers Annual Dinner attended by over 70 members, Sharon Bowles and Ali Blaney were successful in the ballot for the Club's London Marathon places whilst Andrew Piper picked up his prestigious bog seat award for his contribution to the Club this year. The award has been presented for over 30 years to the Harrier who has done the silliest or most ridiculous thing in the previous year and is awarded using the usual ‘clapometer’ test of merit at the Annual Dinner. In last week’s report we carried some examples of daft actions – here is the historical list as comprehensive as we can find with some further examples - ask the winners exactly what they did!. Paul was mighty relieved not to win the award again this year!
The Dinner, presided over by Club Chairman Graham Goldsmid, was held at Wells Golf Club and brought together members from the various training groups: coaches; committee members; partners from Yeovil Olympiads; some who have been with the Club for over 30 years and others who have just joined.in the past year. Sharon & Ali gained their London Marathon places from amongst the 8 Harriers who had been rejected in the ballot, and we hope others who were unsuccessful will either be able to gain a Charity place or be able to enter a different marathon in Spring. The next Social event is on Tuesday 18th December (see below).
More photos from Annual Dinner below
This coming weekend sees u23 Oliver Fox compete for TeamGB in Holland in the European XC Championships and we wish him well in his running. Meanwhile there will be a host of Harriers of all ages out competing at the Somerset Cross Country Championships at the University of Bath on the same day, Sunday, and any parent of a junior attending or any senior who can provide 60/90 minutes of time to help marshal should contact Al Thorner – without volunteer officials and marshals these events simply don’t happen – don’t leave it to others. If you are attending and can write a report for a particular age group then please send it along with any team photos for publication by Paul on the website.
Graham Goldsmid and Al will be at the County Championships with the Harrier tent – please assist them as required. If a parent of a junior, volunteer to team manage your youngsters age group.
Wednesday 12th December: Clive & Angela Thomas Street 5k race, and junior races. All entrants will receive a bag of Radfords Fine Fudge at what will be edition number 177 of the races that started 30 years ago. Please remember to bring your number with you if you have already raced this Series and register before the race starts as per usual. Those who haven’t raced so far this season can enter on the night. If you are a Harrier, or parent of a Harrier, and haven't yet volunteered to marshal at this current Series please sign up with Ed Tickner or Ian Eddy for duty.
Tuesday 18th December: Parlauf event at the track 6.30pm-7.30pm followed by meat or veggie curry. Please register on list in announcers hut or at next Street 5k, no later than 12th December.
Tuesday 1st January: Chard Flyer 10k race – 1st race in the Somerset race Series 2019. See Series website for details of all races for 2019.
Sunday 6th January: South west XC Championship – enter by the closing date - following the link as promoted on the Team News tab
Saturday 26th January: South of England XC Championship – entry to be made by age group team managers by the deadline. Parents need to volunteer to team manage if required. See Team News tab