There was an excellent evening of social activity for Wells City Harrier members, and partners, this past Friday (29th November) when the Club's Annual Dinner attracted over 70 to the Swan Hotel in Wells. Club Chairman Graham Goldsmid was master of ceremonies and expressed his delight at the Dinner bringing together members from the different training groups, Club coaches, and some of our esteemed partners from the Yeovil Olympiads AC. After wonderful food expertly served by the staff of the hotel, the annual ballot for the Club's reserved places for the London Marathon took place. Melissa Aspinall and Kim Parish were the fortunate 2 on the night, and our commiserations to the other 9 members whose names were in the ballot but missed out this year. Then, using the usual clapometer test of who should win the annual bog-seat award for doing something that made us all laugh during the course of the year, Ben Tickner managed to get the biggest applause and so deprive Andrew Piper of winning it two years in succession (*).... (Read on for more news and photos).
Ben receives his award from Graham (photo by Paul)
Following on from the announcements we then had Richard Morgan, assisted by his wife Shirley Ann, again mastermind an excellent quiz to test us all out. All in all, a good evening out in the wonderful setting of Wells City.
(*) For a full list of previous bog seat winners see our Potted history page here ; and whilst you are there take a look at what other awards our Hon Life Member Ben Tickner has received in his athletic career!
Graham drew attention to the fact that three of the original Harriers were present at the Dinner and before the event he was able to capture a photo of them - Steve Masters, Al Thorner and Andrew Piper:
MORE ANNUAL DINNER PHOTOS BELOW (taken by Paul) - apologies in advance if we've missed you off the photos!!
OTHER HARRIER EVENTS COMING UP:
Wednesday 11th December: Street 5k and junior 1k and 2k races
Tuesday 17th December - fun parlauf evening (suitable for all abilities) 6pm to register and to be paired up with another runner; 6.15pm start and 7.15pm finish at Strode Sports Centre (behind the Centre; parking in front). Sign up for the parlauf run and the after parlauf Curry & drink night (£10 per head) at the Street Inn – names to either Graham or to Tuesday night coaches by the 3rd December please. Choice of curry plus first drink free.
CROSS COUNTRY RACES & CHAMPIONSHIP EVENTS - see previous report on the Team tab here.
(No report or photos received from Sunday's 1st December Somerset Championships in time for this week's web article although we know there were some good Harrier performances - hiopefully a full report next week)