Wells City Harriers


The 179th edition of the Street 5k race, along with junior 1k and 2k races, saw Simon Gilbert (Devizes Running Club) pace his 5k race to perfection to gain the win. Helen Southcott (Maiden Newton/Wells Harriers) won for the women for the 3rd time this Series. Meanwhile at the weekend Rob Moore gained his first V60 prize when winning the age category at the tough Humdinger Half marathon; and on the Saturday Elise Thorner was one of 5 great performances by junior Harriers at the Pontypool fixture of the Gwent Cross Country League. Read on for Street times and also for details of forthcoming races/events.

Photo- u20 Elise Thorner made it 4 out of 4 victories at the Gwent League (photo by Al)



Street 5k and junior races – Wednesday 13th February

The 179th edition in the Clive & Angela Thomas Street 5k Series took place in good conditions – calm and still, and a reasonable running temperature. First home was Simon Gilbert from Devizes Running Club, who together with team-mate Hannah Jordan, was en-route to Cornwall and decided to take in the Street race. Simon’s winning time was 16.52 whilst Hannah claimed the 1st F35 prize in 21.35. Not bad for first time out on that circuit. 1st woman home overall (again) was also a F35, Helen Southcott (Maiden Newton/Wells Harriers) in a time of 19.28

Behind Simon was a chasing Tom Dukes (Wells City Harriers) (1st v40) in 16.58, and a battle right to the line by another first-timer at Street Vilem Horak (1st junior) and the Harriers Chris Walker for 3rd place, with Vilem’s 17.08 being a second quicker than Chris’s 17.09 (pb). 1st V50 was Maiden Newton’s Paul Rose in 18.13 with 1st V60 Crewkerne’s Adrian Cornford, 19.21, and 1st V70, again, was Len Horlock (South West Veterans AC) in 26.03.

For the females, 1st junior was Sophia Wilson (Taunton AC) in 19.33 (pb); 1st F45 was Gill Pearson of Running For Time in 20.10; and 1st F55 was the Harrier’s Karen Shears, fresh from her Humdinger run at the weekend (see below), in 26.11.

Best age graded result on the night was Paul Rose’s 82.5% followed by Adrian Cornford’s 81.1%; with Sophia Wilson’s 77.2% being best for the females. Those who like competing and improving their age-graded percentage should enter the Babcary 7.5 mile road race on Sunday 24th February where most of the prizes are presented on an age-graded basis.(see below).

For the juniors, Michael Eames won the 1k race again in a time of 4.03 with Axel Torrance and Leyton Finn close behind. Alice King was 1st for the girls in 4.31. Owen Dukes once again won the 2k race, in 7.56, which meant that all of thecompeting Dukes family went away with a prize.

There were a few hiccups with the numbers last night - the finish crew were distracted when a runner dropped out part way thru the race - hence the delay in awarding prizes. Finalised results now here:.

Street 5k Results February 2019

Junior Results February 2019

Our thanks as usual to the Street Race Director, Ed Tickner, the time-keepers and marshals, the entry team, and the tea crew for helping to make the races go off smoothly.

The next race in the Street 5k Series, will be the March 13th edition. That will conclude the 30th year of the Series and be edition number 180. All those that have run 5 editions this 2018/19 year will be awarded a special commemorative award, and there will also be Series awards in the various age categories as well as to the overall King & Queen of the Street 5k! From April we should all start targeting the Yeovilton 5k series for our monthly effort to get quicker.

The Running For Time team before the February race


Humdinger Half Marathon – Sunday 10th December

Graham Goldsmid reports:

“8 Members of Wells City Harriers were out competing at the Humdinger Half which is Race 2 in this year’s Somerset Race Series, sponsored by Cornwall Glass. A popular race which sold out its 250 places well in advance. The Humdinger is a tough hilly circular road half marathon that starts in Taunton and climbs up into the surrounding Quantock Hills before dropping back down to the finish.

First home for Wells on a mainly rain free course in 41st place was V50 Andrew Piper in 1.43.01, followed by V50 Mike Bosley who was 47th in 1.44.22, and V50 Chris Searle 49th in 1.44.34, Well done to Andrew, Mike and Chris for being the third male team home.

Next came Senior Female Kelly Moger who was 60th in 1.47.24,followed in 77th place by Rob Moore running his first race as a V60 and winning the age category in a time of 1.51.46. 83rd was V50 Graham Goldsmid in 1.52.36, then Senior Female Rosie Park 97th in 1.55.12, and lastly club stalwart V60 Karen Shears who was 191st in 2.21.01"

The Humdinger Harrier squad - I reckon this is a 'before the race' photo!


Gwent Cross Country League at Pontypool– Saturday 9th February

Al Thorner reports:

"Heavy showers greeted the junior Wells City Harriers athletes who made the journey across the Severn Bridge to Pontypool to contest the 4th cross country race in the 2018/2019 season of the Gwent Cross Country League. The challenging undulating course at Pontypool Park in South Wales has been a part of the Gwent League history since it was used as the opening course for the first Gwent League cross country race back in 1964.

Elise Thorner made it four wins out of four to take first place in the combined U17/U20 girls race followed in by Poppy Pellow finishing in 5th place overall, but 3rd in the U17 age group. The U15 boy’s race saw great runs from Toby Watson and Tommy Hummel finishing in 4th and 5th place respectively with Leo Stockham finishing in a very credible 21st place in the U17 boys race. There is now just the final Gwent League fixture left this season and that takes place on Saturday 2nd March at Blaise Castle, Bristol, with races for all ages.”

 u17 Poppy Pellow (photo by Al) - more photos belowaaPoppyPonty

Congratulations to all of the Harrier juniors that have been selected to compete for Somerset Schools at the prestigious English Schools XC Championships which this year will take place on Saturday 16th March at Temple Newsam Park, Leeds. In the younger age groups the Harrier/YOAC trained athletes make up half the selected team.

Junior Girls (school years 8&9): Daisy Pellow; Hannah Blundy; Jasmine Caley; Mackenzie O’Dea

Junior Boys; Bradley Glover; Tommy Hummel; Jack Harvey; Jake Fisher

Inter Girls (school years 10&11): Holly Bigger; Poppy Pellow; Abbie White; Lizzie Ingram; Anya Evans

Inter Boys: Matthew Quarterman; Dan Maydew

Senior Girls (school years 12&13): Elise Thorner;

Senior Boys: Dylan Dukes

BUCS XC Championships at Exeter – Saturday 2nd February

Also recently, two of the Harriers Hon. Life Members (for representing TeamGB) were in action at the British Universities Cross Country Championships at Exeter. Oliver Fox finished 3rd, and Luke Prior 9th in the main race over 10.3km, out of 301 students from across the UK. Sam Sommerville also had a good run for 103rd place whilst in the shorter race over 8km, u20 George Mallinson was 140th, out of 522 athletes.


Supported by Wells City Harriers and in the Somerset Race Series 2019

Sunday 24th Feb – Babcary 7.5 mile Road raceentry form here - races for juniors as well

Sunday 14th April – Butleigh 10k multi-terrainentry link here


Friday 3rd May – ‘The Naked Mile’, organised by Running For Time: run your fastest ever mile race without the encumbrance of your watch, tracker device or mobile phone! Entry link here



u15s Toby & Tommy going well on the hills; and u17 Leo at the beginning of his race