Wells City Harriers


This past week or so has seen the Harriers with athletes competing hard at many disciplines and over different terrain when racing. 18 year old Ollie Thorner, now an Honorary Life Member of the Club, excelled himself when claiming the UK u20 bronze medal at the Bedford multi-events competition – some great performances across his 10 events. Meanwhile, Karen Shears seems to have enjoyed the Geat Wall of China, and closer to home there was some good running by Harriers at the Crewkerne 10k road race. Also, read on for the list of Harrier Annual Awards made recently.

 Ollie shows good form achieving a pb in the 110m hurdles



Al Thorner reports

“Wells City Harrier and Millfield School pupil Ollie Thorner travelled to Bedford to compete in the England Athletics National Combined Events Championships on Saturday & Sunday 25th & 26th May 2019. The 10 discipline Decathlon against 25 competitors from all over the UK had particular significance this year as any athlete achieving a final score of 7,250 points would be considered for Team GB selection in the U20 European Athletics Championships taking place in Boras, Sweden later in July. Thorner, who gained GB international status in the European U18 Championships in Hungary last year, made a positive start with PB's in the 100m and Long Jump and concluded Day 1 with a fantastic score of 3,805 points and a strong Day 2 to follow.

Gusting winds and prolonged showers made for testing conditions on Sunday but Thorner continued in fine form with personal bests in the 110 hurdles, Pole Vault and the Javelin. At this point he had risen from 5th place overnight to a podium spot in third place and needed a challenging 4 mins 28 seconds in the final event, the 1500m to finish with his target of 7,250 points. He battled hard in strong winds to finish tantalisingly close in 4 mins 30 seconds achieving a bronze medal and final score of 7,229 points good enough for 13th on the U20 men’s UK all time list in the event and an incredible 685 point improvement on his previous personal best.”

Meanwhile, over in China one of our members has been having a good time running in the Great Wall of China Marathon. Karen Shears was competing in her very first Marathon – so that’s some way to go for the 26.2mile debut! Well done to Karen at competing in an event which she describes as having “lots of ups and downs, including no less than 5,164 steps” (!). Karen completed the race in 6hrs 31mins 17 seconds. She’s now back home getting ready for her next race.

This past weekend on Sunday 2nd June there was a squad of Harriers competing at the annual Crewkerne 10k race. The race with its undulating course is not a fast one but evenso the winning Dan Cahill won in 35.52, followed in by the Harriers: 5th place Ed Stahl in 39.30 for 1st V40. Then Justin Thomas in 16th in 43.15 and 24th Andrew Piper in 44.45. Great running by all in a field of 177 finishers. The race was number 11 in the Somerset Race Series 2019 sponsored by Cornwall Glass Ltd. The next Somerset Series race is next Sunday, 9th June, when the Piddlewood Plod multi-terrain 10k takes place, and then early July sees the Quantock Beast race.

Last Call! Cotswold Way Relay Harrier teams on Saturday June 29th

Paul still has one, possibly two places left in the 20-person adventure (2 teams of 10 covering 103 miles each team) on the above date. If tough little off-road runs with a few hills is your idea of fun then please contact him asap.

Wells City Harrier Annual Award winners

At the recent AGM, in addition to Elise & Ollie Thorner being made Hon Life Members, the following Award winners were announced and Chairman Graham Goldsmid presented engraved glasses to the winners.

Boy: Bradley Glover (u15) has had a good year, steadily improving. He won the County Schools XC Championships in January and finished a high 38th at English Schools in March. His 1500m pb is now down to a nippy 4.41 and 5k road time 18.21.

Junior Female: Elise Thorner has continued her success as a junior girl and as she now enters the senior ranks, despite still being aged 18, she has consistently improved. Her selection, like her brothers (Ollie) for Team GB at the European u18 Championships last year mean that she (& her brother) becomes an Hon Life Member. Currently ranked 2nd in UK at u20 3000m Steeplechase. (7th in Europe)

Senior Male Athlete: Christian Green has built on his training over the past few years with steadily improving times over 5k and above distances Outright winner of the Somerset Series 2018, and with pbs this year of 16.09 (5k), 34.11 (10k) and 74.11 (Half), he's also not a bad fell runner finishing top ten recently at Cader Idris.

Senior Female Athlete : Zoe Kurle. Outright female winner at Glastonbury Road runs and well placed at many of the Street 5k races this past season, Zoe has returned after pregnancy to regain good form over a range of distances.

Veteran Athlete: Christopher Walker continues to get better with age 17.09 (5k) & 35.26(10k) are great returns for his training, especially given his busy racing programme! (Over 30 performances recorded already on power of ten just for 2019!)

Marathon Award:  ‘The Kevin Sheppard Shield’ was jointly awarded to v40 Tom Dukes - Rotterdam 2.41 and v50 John Glaisher - New Forest Marathon 3.00.57

Club persons of the year: Lynne Elstob and Sharon Bowles for their work over the past few years with the ‘Couch to 5k’ programme and their help at the Wells Fun Runs, amongst other things.

Bradley & Christian get their annual awards