Junior members of Wells City Harriers excelled at the Annual Somerset County Schools Championships this past Saturday, June 8th, which were held at the Bill Whistlecroft, Yeovil, Arena. The event took place with strong winds and heavy showers making for difficult conditions. Despite this, a number of the young Harrier athletes achieved excellent performances including many medals, and personal bests, and some will now go on to represent the County at the South West School Championships on Saturday 15th in Exeter. Meanwhile a number of senior Harriers have been in action at the Piddlewood Plod on the Blackdowns, or in Craig Foley’s case completing a double marathon distance on the Cotswolds. Read on also for news of some other races coming up this month.
Georgina running for a pb (photo by Al)
Report from Al on the Schools Championships:
“I would say the stand out performances on Saturday would have been by Georgina Burrows. PB's in the 200m and 300m with a bronze medal in the 300m in spite of wind direction not being an advantage for those races. For the boys, Bradley Glover who was 10m back in third with 300m to go but fought hard for the gold in a great last 100m against fellow Harrier Jack Harvey. Elise PB'ing in the 400m, shortly after winning the 800m, including a 200m PB (my timing) along the way in gusty winds also worthy of mention!
Wells City Harriers performances at Yeovil were:
Junior Girls - Hannah Blundy - 1st - 1500m - 5 mins 05, Georgina Burrows - 3rd - 300m - 46.48, 7th - 200m - 29.12, Daisy Pellow - 4th - 800m - 2.27, Intermediate Girls - Poppy Pellow - 3rd - 1500m s/c - 5 mins 39, Senior Girls - Elise Thorner - 1st - 800m - 2 mins 15, 2nd - 400m - 58.39,
Junior Boys - Bradley Glover - 1st - 1500m - 4 mins 40, Jack Harvey - 2nd - 1500m - 4 mins 40, Intermediate Boys - Matthew Quarterman - 1st - 3000m - 9 mins 18, Daniel Maydew - 3000m - 2nd - 9 mins 35, Toby Watson - 3rd - 3000m - 10 mins 00, Leo Stockham - 4th - 3000m - 4th - 10 mins 02, Jamie Schlueter - 1st - 110m hurdles - 13.26, 1st - Long Jump - 6m 34, Harry Barton - 2nd - High Jump - 1m 70, Senior Boys - Ollie Thorner - 2nd - Pole Vault - 4m 40, 2nd - 110m hurdles - 14.98"
At Mondays Junior Harrier training session, Georgina again had another good set of results in the six-monthly fitness test using the Gacon test. Best on the night though was u13 Logan Moncrieff who had run a solid 5.15 for 1500m at the Dorset Schools Championships on Saturday. On Monday eve he finished just ahead of Ollie Bishop who is coming back to form and had himself been competing at Triathlon at the weekend. First for the girls on Monday was Jemima Seagrove who continues to improve. Monday sesssions have welcomed a number of new youngsters to training recently - many of whom had good runs at the Wells Fun Runs.
Hannah in her YOAC vest running to victory in the u15 1500m race on Saturday (photo by Al)
In other action at the weekend a squad of 6 senior Harriers competed in the latest of the Somerset Series races for 2019. The Series, sponsored by Cornwall Glass, has attracted good number of runners and has also achieved the aim of encouraging the Clubs in the County to work together to market their races. Sunday's race was well organised by Taunton's Hydro Harriers and raised over £2,000 for a local primary school and towards a Hospital scanner. The race, the Piddlewood Plod 10k, used a hilly multi-terrain circuit in the Blackdowns Hills south of Taunton. First home for the Harriers in the field of 204 finishers was 6th place Ed Stahl in 41.10, followed in by Andy Robinson, 40th in 49.50. Club Secretary Paul Chadwick was next in 59th in 53.13, then Karen Shears, 108th in 60.34. Nick Edwards was 178th in 73.32 and finally Jenny Adams, 197th in 81.24.
Entry forms for the next Wells City Harriers sponsored local race, at Baltonsborough on the August Bank Holiday are now available from the Harriers website. Races are available for all ages, with those aged 15 and over able to compete in a 5 mile road race.
Craig Foley successfully completed the Race to the Tower double marathon on Saturday - 52.4 miles with 2200 meters of ascent along the Cotswold Way, from Stroud to Broadway Tower.
“Despite sore quads hampering me on the downhills from around mile 35 I was pleased with my time/position and more importantly had a wonderfully enjoyable day. For the record I finished in 11 hours 15 minutes 1 second, 71st out of 369 finishers, 7th out of 48 in my age category.”
Wow, that's some effort - time for a good rest now.
We hear that former members Lucy & Nick Heath were also successful in completing the double marathon course on the Cotswolds, whilst elsewhere another former Harrier Paul Maskell (now Cornwalll based) won the 100mile South Downs Way race in a nippy 14 hrs 28 mins with a minute to spare over the 2nd runner. Paul lead the 100 mile race all the way.
Also in action at the weekend were Harriers Chris Searle and Mike Bosley at the Heron Half Marathon from Yeovilton, finishing in 38th, 98.03, and 51st, 1.42, in the race.
Last call for Cotswold Way Relay by Paul
This is my 25th year team managing the Harrier teams at the Cotswold Way Relay (Saturday June 29th) and as is usual the teams have been hit by some withdrawals, many due to injuries or illness curtailing training. I still have a few places available in the two teams of 10 we have entered. It’s a great event so give me a call/text if you can fill in at this stage 07761 967075.
Other nice little races to have a go at this month:
Tuesday June 18th Beacon Batch Fell Race – 5 miles – from Burrington Combe
Wednesday June 26th Forde Abbey XC 10km – down near Chard – also a junior race before the main event.
Details and entry links from the Calendar day page
Also a race over in Frome in a good cause on Monday June 24th:
"We are Frome Community College, we are organising an event to raise money for Winston’s Wish and Martins House in honour of a late teacher passing and a well-loved student called Poppy who died from a stabbing. We would like it if you could take part in a 5 k run on the 24thof June. Entry fees are £5.60 which will cover the medals and the winning trophy’s for the fastest male and female.
We hope you will take part and sign up on our website: https://fromecollege.fullonsport.com/event/frome-extravaganza-5k-run/profile
Frome Community College"
Also, don’t forget, the Baltonsborough 5 mile road race entries (August Bank Holiday Monday) are now open – check details on Calendar. Races for juniors too.