Wells City Harriers


Wells City Harrier members of all ages have once again been out competing this past weekend (September 6th-8th) with over 20 competing at local multi-terrain races and a mile road race, and a further half a dozen at track and field when celebrating the Yeovil Olympiads 50th anniversary. There were a number of Harrier winners and personal bests at all disciplines with the Harrier team winning at the Ash Excellent 8, and individual winners in the Ash 8 and Fearsome5, the 'Naked Mile' and pbs galore at individual track & field events.

Chris Walker in the Harrier vest whilst George Mallinson wears his York Uni vest and next to him, far right, is Matt Cole - all toeing the start line at the 'Naked Mile' at Ninesprings and listening to Race Director Dave Purchase (photo by Paul)


At Ash Martock, on Sunday 8th, the Ash Excellent 8 mile race was part of the Somerset Series and Nathan Young ran well to win in 46.03 with fellow Harrier and Deputy Chairman of the Club, Christian Green in 2nd place in 48.03. V40 Ed Stahl was 10th in 55.25.The multi-terrain race includes a couple of tough little hills and long stretches along the local droves as well as road sections.

Other Harriers in the 8 mile race were:

22nd Graham Goldsmid 58.49; 24th Andrew Piper 60.24; 31st Craig Foley 62.19; 51st Martin Bailey 67.03; 60th Rosie Park 68.41; 61st Carol Buckland 68.49; 73rd Paul Chadwick 71.21; 136th Jenny Adams 96.59. The Wells City Harrier team of Young, Green, Stahl and Goldsmid won the team prize. There were 150 runners in the race


The Harriers from the Fearsome 5 race, along with Noah Foley, in the front, who competed in the junior run (photo by Craig)


In the accompanying Fearsome 5 mile race the winner was also from the Harriers with u17 Matthew Quarterman in a time of 29.26 with team-mate Zak Hurrell 2nd in 29.29. There was a clean sweep of Harriers for the first 5 places with Dan Maydew 3rd 30.45; Leo Stockham 4th 32.32; and Toby Watson 5th 33.08. Owen Astington was 7th in 34.21 prior to going on later in the day to competing on the track. 59 runners competed in the 5 mile race. In the fun runs for youngsters, 7 year old Noah Foley achieved a good personal best to gain his medal.


Nathan Young (Overall winner) & Graham Goldsmid part of the winning Harrier team in the Excellent 8; and Matthew Quarterman, winner of the Ferasome 5 (phtotos by Craig)






on Sunday there were some good performances at the Yeovil Olympiads 50th Anniversary Track and Field Open Meeting. U11 Leyton Finn achieved a pb in the 75m with 13.55 and also achieved 2.63m in the Long Jump. U15 Georgina Burrows had 3 personal bests with times of 14.45, 28.84 and 45.23 for 100m, 200m and 300m respectively. U17 Harry Barton was 1st in the 100m Hurdles in 14.21, and achieved a pb in Discus with 24.75m as well as being 2nd in the long jump with 5.63m. F35 Helen Southcott achieved a pb with 5.27 for the mile race whilst Owen Astington ran 10.10 for the 3000m just hours after his morning race at Ash. Harriers are invited to attend the forthcoming YOAC 50th Anniversary party - contact Geoff at YOAC or Graham/Simon for details.


On Friday, the ‘Naked Mile’ road race at Ninesprings, Yeovil, involved running without a watch and was won by Matt Cole in 4.50 with fellow Harriers George Mallinson and V40 Chris Walker in 2nd and 3rd places with 4.55 and 5.00. Jeremy Linter was 6th with 5.11 and u15 Isabelle Walker was 3rd female in 6.22. The race was again well organised by the Running for Time club and made good use of the Ninesprings park.


Online entries are now being taken for the Harrier's Street night 5k races which start on Wednesday October 9th. The races, now in the 31st year, take place every month through to March and give all the opportunity to run a fast time on a flat course. Details on the flier below and online entries are now open with a good discount for those entering the Series of 6 races in one go.There are also accompanying 1k (for u11s) and 2k (u13s) races on the night. The course is a fairly flat and fast road circuit with 5 laps and time clock every lap (for 1k splits) to help runners try and get an even pace. All that are new to the Street Night 5k will gain a bottle of local CIder or Apple juice at the October edition. Enter on the nght before 7.15pm for individual 5k races, or 1k & 2k races. Race HQ is United Reform Church Hall - opposite Living Homes - hall open from 6.30pm onwards.

(NOTE: It is cheaper to enter the Series on-line in advance than on the night at the first race!)



Enter on the night 5k form

Enter on the night 1k/2k form

More information from Lynne Elstob by text or email or Graham Goldsmid by email


Members (*) should continue to check the website  for details for training venues whilst the Millfield track venue is under renewal. We have just been advised (on Friday 6th September) that we will be unable to use the fields at Millfield after 22nd September but the Harrier committee are currently considering some alternatives. There has been a good turn out of enthusiastic juniors at the Monday sessions since they recommenced after the summer break, and despite the rain of this week (on the 9th) all worked hard at their running.

Wednesday sessions both for experienced runners and beginners/those getting fit continue as usual from the Wells Rugby Club on a Wednesday evening. See Training tab for more details of sessions.

(*Members will also receive an e-mail to advise of training venues from Graham later this week or next week)


Paul will be away for a period and news items, including results of all Harriers at the various events, should be sent through to Graham and either he or another member will post news items on the web and into the local Mid-Somerset News Series. The local newspaper articles and photographs help us to spread the word about the Harriers and attract new members to come and train and compete with us.