Well, what a busy few weeks it has been for the Harriers. Great running by Harriers at Cross-country, Mountain Marathons, Fell races and other local multi-terrain & road events. The weekend before last, (Oct 26/27) a number of intrepid Harriers were in action in Scotland in the 52nd edition of the 2-day Original Mountain Marathon with father & son duo Chris & Ben Kelsey taking top billing with their fantastic 13th place in the very tough Elite race. Closer to home, the latest Wessex Cross Country fixture this past Sunday saw 17 Harriers of all ages toe the start line and have great runs. Read on for reports from the Mendip Muddle, the Festival Run, the Shepton 10k, Leeds Abbey Dash 10k.
Read on also for XC Championship details & the latest on the Club's London Marathon ballot, as well as November Street 5k, latest training news and the Annual Dinner & another Club social!
Photo of the terrain at Largs, South-west Scotland for the Mountain Marathon (photo by Andrew T)
There were some excellent results from the latest Wessex Cross Country League match held this past Sunday, November 3rd. Harrier team manager Neil Biss send us the report and results:
14th 8.55 Leyton Finn
10th 9.32 Sharmila Taft
6th 10.52 Logan Moncrieff
11th 11.28 William Scrowston
5th 11.46 Daisy Davies
3rd 12.22 Archie Coates
9th 13.35 James Carr
10th 13.40 Freddie Griffths
12th 13.50 Ollie Bishop
2nd 17.07 Abbie White
4nd 33.25 Robbie Hawkins
8th 34.06 Owen Astington
10th 34.15 Stephen Masters (2nd V50)
12th 34.41 Matthew Cole
22th 36.41 Neil Biss (4rd V45)
34nd 40.09 Andrew Bishop (8th V45)
36th 40.20 Geoff Cole (9th V45)
Please keep number if you wish to race the last fixture at Canford School Sunday 15th Dec (this is usually the Dorset champs as well so those that live in Dorset will qualify for that Championships)
There will be no Yeovil fixture this year due to changes in ownership of the land at Aldon and they've not been able to find an alternative course in time.
You can find all the details on the League Website
OTHER XC DATES COMING UP: Open to all paid up Harrier members
Sunday December 1st: Somerset XC Championships -held as part of the Tri-Counties XC Championships, with Clubs from Avon & Wiltshire also taking part. Races for u11s through to seniors at the University of Bath. ENTER ONLINE. Details here. DEADLINE for entries is Saturday November 30th but don’t leave your entry to the last minute! Harrier tent should be at this event.
Saturday December 7th Gwent League XC Fixture – races for u11s through to Veterans, Held at Blaise Castle, Bristol. A great day out at the City’s Country Park. Saturday race. Please talk to team manager Simon Prior or Graham Goldmid at Monday training.
Sunday January 5th (2020) South West XC Championships – drawing in runners from Cornwall through to Gloucestershire this is the SW regional event for Clubs. Held this year at Aldon Hill on the outskirts of Yeovil on a great little hilly course! DEADLINE for entries is December 23rd – don’t miss the deadline – no entries on the day! ENTER HERE. We need parents of juniors to be prepared to help team manage juniors in specific age groups. Harrier tent should be at this event.
Saturday January 25th (2020) South of England XC Championships - the big regional race held at Parliament Hill Fields, London. CLOSING DATE December 20th - absolutley no late entries. This is one of the biggest events on the calendar! u13s through to veterans - We need parents of juniors to be prepared to help team manage juniors in specific age groups. ONLINE ENTRY HERE
Wear your Harrier vest in all Championship and team events please
REPORTS OF RECENT RACES
Saturday & Sunday October 26th & 27th The Original Mountain Marathon (2-day event)
The Harriers are home to a great range of athletes, and some each year take part in some very tough events including this 2 day event which is always held in a remote part of the UK and involves the athletes competing in pairs over two days and navigating over quite inhospitable ground (tussocks; hills; fording streams etc) whilst carrying their camping equipment and food for the over night camp.
Andrew Tindal reports:
Last weekend Gill and I competed in the 52nd Original Mountain Marathon (OMM) Event which this year was held in the hills to the east of Largs in southwest Scotland. The format of the OMM is a two day mountain orienteering event where teams of two (for safety!) navigate to checkpoints scattered over hills with an overnight camp on the Saturday night. Teams have to be self-sufficient for 36 hours carrying all the kit needed for the overnight camp. Gill and were doing the “Medium Score” event for the first time and were delighted to come in the top 50 out of 170 teams in our class. As is usual for the event the weather was mixed and the terrain was rugged, but in the breaks between the rain across to Arran were amazing!
Andrew & Gill had 6 hours on Day 1 and 5 hours on Day 2 to score as many points as possible and finished with 838 points in 49th place (11th mixed pair). Andrew also reports that “the real heroes of the weekend were father Chris and son Ben Kelsey who completed the Elite in what was Chris’s 30th OMM.” Chris was the first Harrier to compete the Bob Graham round many years ago and his longevity and navigational ability is clearly still second to none! Chris and Ben finished 15th in the Elite class moving up from 18th after Day 1. Obviously they were the first father and son combination to finish. Well done Chris & Ben. You can watch a video of them crossing the finish line from the officail OMM website here:
Harrier and Babcary Road Race Director Gary Tubridy along with his partner Norman Wright also competed at Largs, in the Medium Score class, finishing in 128th place with 511 points.
That’s some good running by all!
Sunday October 27th Leeds Abbey Dash 10k road race
Jon James reports from one of the top 10k road races in the UK: “ slightly strange to report that I was reasonably satisfied with coming 235th and only 3rd V55 (by quite a long way), but still ran 34.06 and go 3rd equal for V55 10K rankings this year. Such was the quality of the race! - and conditions weren't even that great, a rather blustery wind and squally shower as we did the 180 degrees turn out by Kirkstall Abbey. Good event though - they seem to manage an elite field within a mass field of all comers.”
Sunday 27th October Shepton 10k road race
Results from Alex Meadows:
“Nathan Young 1st 34:59
Tom Dukes 4th 38:41
Alex Meadows 15th 43:18”
Sunday 20th October – The Festival Run 10k multi-terrain including a run round the pyramid stage! - event held on the Pilton Festival site. Over 600 competitors took part.
Results from Alex Meadows
“Nathan Young 1st 34:53
Zak Hurrell 3rd 37:14
Tom Dukes 6th 40.23
Thomas Kendrick 10th 43:20
Alex Meadows 12th 44:06”
There was also some great running by Harrier juniors from the Monday training group at the shorter race.
Sunday October 13th The Mendip Muddle Fell Race
This event was very muddy again this year (no surprises there then!) and consist of a 20km course with three significant climbs, totalling 1600feet of climb, taking runners from Charterhouse on the Mendips up and past the highest point on the Mendips a few times.
Alex Meadows again reports on positions and times:
"Nick Somerville 20th 1:41:45
Alex Meadows 59th 1:50:57
Kelly Moger 126th 2:11:02
Gary Tubridy 176th 2:25:16
Jo Swift 213th 2:42:23
LONDON MARATHON BALLOT update
2 more to add to the ballot for the Club place(s): Alex Meadows and Dave Fussell - draw to be made at the Annual Dinner. That makes 8 to be included in the ballot. See original news item here for how to be included in the Club ballot.
Wednesday November 13th Street 5k and junior 1k and 2k races
Come and have a blast around the Street 5k course in what will be edition number 182 going back over 31 years! Entry on the night between 6.30 and 7.15pm. Bring your race number from last month if you raced then – pay again if you only paid for one race; register if you’ve paid for the Series. DETAILS HERE.
VOLUNTEERS needed – we are very dependent on Harrier members to help marshal and with time-keeping. Some of the usual time-keepers, some of whom have been doing the task for over 10 years, are not available this coming edition – can you help? Also be aware that the Shepton Carnival is taking place that same night.
Sunday November 24th Brent Knoll 5.3 mile Fell Race & final round of the Somerset Race Series. Deputy Chairman Christian Green and a number of other Harriers are handily placed in the Series. Can Christian retain his Series overall winner Trophy?
Friday November 29th ANNUAL DINNER – Final bookings please asap– see menu and details in earlier report here
Tuesday December 17th CHRISTMAS PARLAUF RUN at Strode College Training facility followed by Curry to be held at The Street Inn (8pm) – cost £10 including first drink. Bookings to Simon Prior, Graham Goldsmid, or Rex/Hannah Whitcombe at Tuesday training no later than Tuesday December 3rd.
Harrier TRAINING – the latest training programme for Tuesday nights is again on the Training tab at the bottom . Training continues on Monday & Tuesday evenings at Strode College Sports Centre whilst MIllfield track is out of action.
An edited copy of this weekly report also goes to the local newspaper.