Hannah Blundy had the best placing for the Harriers at the English XC Championships at Wollaton Park, Nottinghamshire, on Saturday 22nd February whilst there was some good running by all at the local Harrier supported Babcary Road Race on Sunday 23rd February. Harrier Dan Cahill & local Cary resident Hannah Moore were first male & female runners home at Babcary where the age graded prizes went to evergreens Sue Nicholls (Burnham Harriers) and John Shapland (Bideford AC). Read on for all results and photos from the action. (more photos when the Lamyatt Broadband is working properly.....)
Hannah runs through the National XC mud!
English Cross-Country Championships
Well done to the Harriers who made the trip to these prestigious XC Championships on Saturday 22nd February in Nottinghamshire. Sarah Blundy reports:
Hannah Blundy (u15) had a great finish for the highest placing amongst Harriers finishing 36th in the field of 390 finishers with fellow Harrier Darcy Dryden 90th in the same race; whilst u15 boys Archie Coates, Tommy Hummel and Freddie Griffiths were 59th, 123rd and 301st respectively in a field of 364.(photo to be added!); Leo Stockham was 167th in the u17 men's race; and senior man Sam Sommerville was 256th in the usual massive field of 1,710. The Harriers are pleased to sponsor these athletes to take part in these National Championships, by paying the entry fees and a travel bursary. (Photos and possibly a more detailed report to follow)
u17 Leo in the thick of it at Nottingham, and below u15 Tommy going strong through the mud
Babcary Road Race
This was Race number 2 in the Somerset Race Series2020, sponsored by Cornwall Glass. The race itself is organised by Wells City Harrier Gary Tubridy and his wife Sarah, who have now organised the event for over 25 years! All proceeds from entries and refreshments go to the Babcary Playing Fields Association whilst Gary’s company Avalon Sciences sponsors the mementos, awards and prizes – with prizes mainly given on the age-graded basis. Marshals & Finish line crew provided by a mixture of local residents and Harrier members. The weather was mild but all were buffeted by the strong winds and a short downpour during the race. No doubt this affected times.
First home in the race was Harrier Dan Cahill in a nippy time of 41.51, whilst first woman was Castle Cary resident Hannah Moore in 49.15. Dan is in training for London Marathon and hoping for a time of around 2.35 whilst Hannah is one of former Harrier Jenny Moore’s daughters and Jenny used to regularly win this particular race!
On an age graded basis Burnham’s Sue Nicholls was first (again!) with a whopping great 86.5% with John Shapland (Bideford) taking the prize for the men with his 85.5%, a percentage shared with the Harrier’s Nick Somerville who turned 60 last week – happy new age category!
2nd overall in the race was fast improving Harrier Chris Walker in 43.23 and 3rd was Medway ACs Lee McMeeken in 43.30, Lee may even start training with the Harriers on a Tuesday whilst he is in the area.4th and 1st Junior was Harrier u17 Archie Tyler in 44.42.
For the women, 2nd was Sam Holmes (unattached) in 52.55, and 3rd was Elaine Hurley (Yeovil Town RR) in 53.21.
There was also some excellent running by juniors whilst the main race was going on. Well done all!
Next Somerset Series Races
Sunday 22nd March Hestercombe Half Marathon (re-arranged date)
Sunday 29th March The Big Cheese at Cheddar
Sunday 17th April Butleigh 10km Multi -Terrain Race (supported by Wells Harriers) More Tea & Cakes promised... Entry link here
Sunday 31st May Wells Fun Run – races for all ages/different distances – Entry link here.
Training Update – link here
Harriers continue to provide training for juniors age 8-15 on a Monday eve at Strode College Sports Centre (awaiting the refurbishment of Millfield Track); and on a Tuesday eve at the same venue for those aged 15 upwards; and on a Wednesday eve at Wells Rugby Club for beginners and those in training for a Half or Full Marathon – note this Wednesday 26th Feb there is a pub run – see previous article.
Sunday 1st March – Gwent XC League – contact Jon James or Simon Prior if you fancy joining the Harriers at the final fixture in Swansea. Also, for those who have raced for the Harriers in the League this season please take time to complete the survey form linked from the Gwent League front page - they need your views!
Street 5k & junior races
The final race in our 31st season of Street races takes place on Wednesday 11th March. Series awards will be presented after this final race for the Series. Come and race here to see how fast you can run the 5 laps of 1k - Bullbeggar Cider or Lamyatt Apple Juice for all first-timers or those who improve their time from previously this season. More information here.
Get ready for the Track season!
Fixtures for the new season are now being finalised – please see our partner Club’s fixture list. Harriers compete for YOAC at Track and Field. The Early Season Spring Meeting is being held on Easter Monday 13th April – u11s through to seniors. This season, the Senior athletes team will be competing in the new National League which brings together the previously separate Men’s and Women’s British Leagues.