Wells City Harrier members were out in force over the Easter weekend - at road and multi-terrain races and at track and field events. There was a clean sweep of the top positions at the Yeovil Easter Bunny 10k road race where the first four home were Harriers in the large field of 455 finishers. Ben Lloyd took the plaudits for his victory. At the Shapwick multi-terrain race Steve Masters and Karen Shears were 1st in their age categories. On the Isle of Man Oli Frost had a great run in the Mountain Marathon. At the Yeovil Spring Open Track & Field event Harrier juniors in particular got their seasons underway with some excellent marks and times.


Harriers after the Shapwick race:

At the Yeovilton 10k, using a somewhat different course from the usual one due to road works affecting the old one, Ben Lloyd won in 34.01 being chased by team-mates Christian Green, 2nd, in 34.19, and Zak Hurrell, 3rd, in 34.35. Next in was 1st V50, 4th overall, Jon James in 35.15. Chris Walker was 1st V40, 7th, in 37.28. New member Owen Astington was 11th in 38.06, with David Kitcher, 2nd V60, in 26th in 40.34. Mike Bosley was 111th in 48.00. Unsurprisingly the Harrier team was declared first team overall. Conditions on the day were hot, as indeed they were at the other race and the track event.

At the Shapwick Bunny Hop 7.5mile multi-terrain race, Steve Masters led the Harriers home in 6th place, 1st V50, in 51.12, with Justin Thomas 7th in 51.56. Paul Chadwick was 43rd in 60.01; Andrew Robinson, 45th, 60.31;Adrian Davis 65th,64.50; Martin Bailey, 68th, 65.49; Karen Shears, 1st F55, in 70.49; and Jenny Adams 134th in 94.25. There were 143 finishers in the race where proceeds were towards the Bridgwater Food Bank.
On the Isle of Man, Oli Frost competed on Saturday (April 20th) in the Manx Mountain Marathon over 50km which took him from the northern tip of the island on tracks to the southern tip. Oli had an excellent run to finish 17th in 6hrs 50 mins: "A fantastic route following the high moor summits, with 2,600m of total ascent. The clear weather gave great views but the heat made it really tough."
A number of junior Harriers also competed over the weekend at the first of the Track & Field events of the season at the Bill Whistlecrift , Yeovil, Arena. 
For some, expecially the Monday night Harrier training group, this was their first taste of proper competition. U11 Asta Maddox was 2nd in the 75m sprints, with 12.14, and also went out to 2.92m in the Long Jump. U11 Leyton Finn, despite giving away a year or two to the other boys, ran 13.72 for his 75m sprint and a good mark of 2.67m in the  long Jump. U15 Georgina Burrows, like the others achieved a pb when she recorded 47.17 in the 300m., and another in the 200m in 29.86 despite being at the very youngest end of the age group. U 15 Josh Mooore and Jack Harvey ran 27.88 and 28.83 respectively for their 200m sprints.  U15 Benedict Alexander-Simpson recorded 2.25 for his pb at 800m, whilst u23 member Michael Biss ran 2.03 for a good early season Mark. One of our TeamGB juniors, decathlete Ollie Thorner supported the event when he competed in the Javelin and achieved a pb of 41.46m.
juniors aged 8-15 looking to train up for the track & field season to compete with the Club are invited to attend Monday training sessions at Millfield School with sessions held every week, other than Bank Holidays. see training tab for details.
MEMBERSHIP of the Club
Harriers are reminded to pay their annual membership by April 30th to avoid further delays in athlete registration. New members can sign up by sending in the signed form asap to the Membership Secretary - Full details on the Membership tab.
Track & Field shout out!
Please check our partner Club's website (Yeovil Olympiad link)  for full fixtures and team management details. Junior members in particular should advise team managers now as to which of the monthly fixture they are available for - the expectation is that they compete for the Club at least once a month. 
Deadline for County Championships - May 11th & 12th at Yeovil - make sure you enter before deadline of May 4th. No late entries. Link as provided on calendar entry.
British Milers Club Academy Meet - Saturday May 4th evening at Millfield - middle distance paced races. Deadline May 1st.
Good luck to all Harriers and all other local runners who are competing this coming Sunday at the London Marathon. We hear that Ali Blaney and Sharon Bowles, who gained the Clubs two balloted places, are raring to go - Ali was one of the Harriers who did their last long training run a few weeks ago and ran a pb at the Weston super Mare Half Marathon in 97.33 with the race actually finishing on the pier,; whilst Sharon competed in the Brighton Marathon for warm up. Damien Pick is hopeful of recording yet another good for age time and he, like Ali benefitted from the traditional Crewkerne supported long pre-marathon training run. Unfortunately Phil Bridge and Katrina Prior have had to withdraw from the starting list due to illness, but we hope they can make a good comeback in the near future. U20 George Biss is representing the Biss family this year at the distance. Former TeamGB, hon Life Member Ben Tickner is also making his debut at London. Life Member Elspeth Turner, now competing for Horsham Blue Star, is also on the start line and will again be targeting top 3 in her age group.
Reports & Photos for the website? Please send any report of Harriers in action, along with any good photos, and we will endeavour to publish them on the official Harrier website. Contact Paul with any Harrier news.