This past weekend (May 3rd-5th) has seen almost 40 performances by Harriers at a variety of events, with 19 members competing at the various Glastonbury races on the Sunday. Archie Tyler won the 5k race whilst Jack Harvey won the 3k race, despite racing the night before on the track! Zoe Kurle won for the women whilst Tom Dukes was 3rd overall in the Round The Tor 10k race. 17 members competed at the British Milers Clubs middle distance races at Millfield on the Saturday with 11 gaining personal bests. (Read on- BMC photos at bottom of article by Al)
The weekend action started on the Friday night with the 'Naked Mile' race organised by the Running For Time club at Ninesprings in Yeovil. Running without a watch this was a series of graded mile races and new member Owen Astington was 3rd in a time of 5.09, with Chris Walker just behind in 4th, in 5.12, and 1st V40.
On the Saturday, action turned to the annual British Milers Club (BMC) event at Millfield. A series of graded 800, 1500, and 3000m races attracted some very talented runners, mainly juniors, from across the wider region. Many were not disappointed to clock up good personal bests in the expertly paced races. The majority of Harriers taking part recorded pbs.
u17 Holly Bigger 2.16 (pb)
u17 Bernard Mealing 2.19
u15 James Carr 2.35 ( pb)
u20 Elise Thorner 4.33(pb) - into top ten u20 national rankings
u20 Dylan Dukes 4.28 (pb)
u20 Ollie Thorner 4.24
SM Zak Hurrell 4.27 (pb)
u17 Toby Watson 4.36 (pb)
u17 Leo Stockham 4.41
u15 Jack Harvey 4.45 (pb)
u17 Lizzie Ingram 5.05
u17 Poppy Pellow 5.03
u13 Owen Dukes 5.18 (pb)
u17 Matthew Quarterman 9.13 (pb)
u17 Charlie Cook 9.27 (pb)
u20 Will Pate 9.56 (pb)
The following day, Sunday, was the annual Glastonbury Road Races. The Harriers provided the winners in the 3k and 5k races - Jack Harvey following up his good 1500m run the previous evening to take victory over the 3km road race in a time of 12.54. In the 5k race, u17 Archie Tyler took the win in a nippy 17.37.
Also running in the 5k were Poppy Pellow in 21.13 (pb) and Bali Chapman in 24.46. In the 3k Owen Dukes finished 7th in 14.49.
The main event, also one of the races in the Somerset Race Series, was the Round the Tor 10k, which attracted over 500 runners. Tom Dukes was 3rd in 35.43 to gain the 1st V40 prize. V40 Chris Walker was 8th in 36.10. Zoe Kurle was 1st woman home in 39.36, 26th overall.
Other 10k positions and times:
28 Andrew Tindal 39.42; 36 Justin Thomas; 40 David Kitcher 40.58; 46 Andrew Piper 41.27; 49 Alex Meadows 41.39; 94 Mike Bosley 44.44; 105 Andrew Robinson 45.20; 124 Rob Moore 46.40; 129 Paul Knight 46.58; 132 Nick Barton 47.06; 135 Kelly Moger 47.05; 136 Melanie Aspinall 47.13; 149 Carol Buckland 47.57; 182 Gary Tubridy 49.02; 223 Martin Bailey 51.05; 391 Emma Taylor 58.42
The next races in the Somerset Series, sponsored by Cornwall Glass, are the Wambrook Waddle and the Ash Town Trail Race. Entries are pouring in for the Wells Fun Runs at the end of the month (Sunday May 26th). See separate link off the Harrier supported races tab. Volunteers from amongst the Harrier members, or parents if juniors should contact Kay Franklin to help marshal at that event.
Good luck to all competing at this coming weekend's County Track & Field Championships being held at the Bill Whistlecroft Arena in Yeovil.
The latest training schedule for Tuesday evening sessions is now found on the website training tab.