Race the Night 5k!
The 31st Series of the Clive & Angela Thomas Street 5k was concluded on Wednesday (11th March) with overall Series winners Matt Lusby (Street Striders) and Gill Pearson (Running For Time) being crowned King & Queen of the Street 5k Series for 2019/20. There was some great running on the night by all participants including a good contingent from Bristol University and a number from the Wells Up & Running group all having their first run at Street and now hopefully enjoying their Cider or Apple juice. First on the night was Nathan Williams (Vale Royal AC) who came down from Bristol Uni and ran 16.12; whilst first for the women was fellow student Natalia Hackett in 18.18. In the junior1k and 2k races, the Series winners were Josh Hawkins and Elsa Evans in the 1k, and Leyton Finn in the 2k race. All results now available.
(Graphic by Sol Chadwick*)
Conditions seemed good for running on Wednesday and especially for those who were unfamiliar with the course there were some good times and personal bests in what was actually race number 186 in a sequence going back 31 years. Behind the winner, Nathan Williams, was Matt Lusby in 16.24, and then 3rd was V55 Jon James who broke his own Street V50 5k record when running 5 seconds quicker with 16.30. Jon is aiming to compete at the World Masters Athletics Championships in Toronto in July! For the women, Natalia Hackett was chased by the Harrier’s Daisy Davies (1st junior female), in 18.28, and 3rd woman was Amy Hammersley (Bristol Uni) in 19.18.
Start line (photo by Paul)
In the age categories, 1st V40 was Chris Walker (Wells Harriers) who finally went under 17 minutes on the Street course (though he has faster time from elsewhere) with his 16.57 for 4th place overall. 1st V60 was Kevin Stenner (Yeovil Town RR) in 21.25; and 1st V70 was Len Horlock (SW Veterans AC) with 26.30. 1st F45 was Gill Pearson (Running for Time) in 19.49; 1st F55 was Charlie Spencer (Maiden Newton Runners) in 24.12.
On the age-graded results, and as we get older we quite often like these(!), there is no denying the fact that Jon James with his 91.1% score is way out front with only Chris Walker (81.8%) getting within 10% of him. For the women, Gill Pearson with 80.2% was the top result. You can read about age-grading here.
All that raced for the first time or achieved a pb for this 5k should have received a bottle of the Lamyatt Village co-operative’s Bullbeggar Cider or Lamyatt Apple Juice. The Cider Co-op raises money for the village hall and church. More orders direct from Paul or via the website.
For the Series, the following received engraved glasses to celebrate their consistent quality over 5 (out of 6) of the races:
Overall winners: Matt Lusby (Street Striders, Senior Male) & Gill Pearson (Running For Time, F45)
Senior Female Hazel Shears (Langport RR)
F35 Liz Paddick (Wells City Harriers)
F55 Charlie Spencer (Maiden Newton Runners)
Junior Male Harrison Williams (Wells City Harriers)
V40 Tom Dukes (Wells City Harriers)
V50 Andrew Piper (Wells City Harriers)
V60 Kevin Stenner (Yeovil Town RR)
V70 Len Horlock (South West Veterans AC)
All that contested at least 5 of the races this Series should also have picked up their Race the Night graphic shoe bag when registering. (Those who haven’t collected their awards should contact the Race Director Lynne Elstob).
Our thanks to Judy Beveridge for producing the 5k race results and Series standings this past Series
Len, Kevin, Matt, Race Director Lynn, Gill, Hazel and Charlie - 5k Series winners (photo by Paul)
In the junior races there was the usual enthusiastic and talented individuals. In the 1km race (for school years 5 and 6, and younger if they so wish) Caleb Gifford-Groves had another outstanding run to win whilst Elsa Evans, who has also been so consistent this Series, won for the girls. In the 2km race (aimed at school years 7 and 8) Leyton Finn once again blasted round the 2 lap circuit to win. (note Leyton is only in Year 5 and next Series I hope he targets the 1k race record! Caleb has had a real good go this season!)
Juniors Get Set! (photo by Paul)
Overall Series winners for the 1k and 2k races were: Josh Hawkins & Elsa Ennis for the 1k and Leyton Finn for the 2k. Awards made by junior sponsor Simon Prior. Well done to all the juniors who took part this year. (Series awards based on competing in at least 5 races out of 6)
Leyton & Elsa with Simon Prior (photo by Paul) Josh Hawkins yet to receive his Series award.
The Harriers thanks to those who have volunteered this past season to help ensure that the 31st year of the Series has gone smoothly without too many hitches - without volunteers these events wouldn't happen. Well done Lynne Elstob for taking on the Race Directorship. If you are a senior Harrier or parent of a junior Harrier you should look to volunteer at least once a year at either the Street 5k or the Wells Fun Run or by carrying out team management or official duties. Contact the Secretary to offer your services.
The Finish line crew - Tatiana, John, Hannah, Kay, Rachel & Helen - some of these have been volunteering for over 20 years! (photo by Paul)
See you next Street 5k - Wednesday 14th October - online entry for the Series available a month beforehand to save money!
A few intrepid Harriers were able to get an entry for this tough little race (over 1200 runners!) from Seaton last weekend (Sunday 8th March). They weren't disappointed with the running - wet underfoot with some great climbs including the infamous 'Stairway to Heaven' (don't ask!). I've always thought of it as being equivalent to a marathon effort even though its probably slightly short of 20 miles (the route from Seaton varies a little from year to year) Anyway well done to them. From what I can discern here are the Harrier results:
46th Owen Astington 2hrs 56minutes
164th (16th woman) Helen Allen 3.21
186th Alex Meadows 3.26
419th Tom Thick 3.54
For any that like this sort of coastal run I can recommend the 'Exe to Axe' as the next step up.....
TRAINING UPDATE – Keep on Training!
We live in interesting times, and might anticipate that there will be some changes coming in terms of the impact of Coronavirus affecting schools and sports centres. For now the Harrier organised training sessions continue at the current venues and any changes will be posted on the Harrier website. We welcome any new participants to our training sessions – see details here.
The next 'Couch to 5k' beginners group for those new to running, or returning to running, will start on Wednesday 4th April at the Wells Rugby Club – register in advance with Lynne or Sharon or come along for 6.30pm on the evening for the 8 week course which ends just before the Wells Fun Runs.
HARRIER MEMBERSHIP UPDATE
The new Wells City Harrier Membership year starts on 1st April 2020 and those who are existing members will receive an email from England Athletics on that day to pay online to renew your Club Membership and EA athlete registration (if applicable). We use the EA portal for membership renewals and request that all current members renew by 30th April to maintain continuous Membership.
2 Clubs for the price of 1! Our Partner Club, Yeovil Olympiads AC, is also part of the same membership system, and membership of one Club gives you membership of the other. We compete for YOAC at Track & Field; and YOAC members compete as Wells City Harrier members at road races, cross-country, multi-terrain and Fell running. Join the Club to compete at sub-regional, regional and national Championships, as well as at local races and League events.
For those who would like to join the Club for the first time and gain the benefits of Membership (reduced training fees; qualified coach-led sessions; reduced kit prices; inclusion in London Marathon ballot; paid for entry in XC Leagues and Road Relays and at specific Championship events; and discounted Social events) please contact the Membership Secretary Alice Knight for full details. The new Membership form will be posted on the dedicated webpage later this month.
OTHER HARRIER SUPPORTED RACES COMING UP
Sunday 19th April – Butleigh 10km multi-terrain (pasrt of Somerset Series 2020) – great cakes and refreshments afterwards
Sunday 31st May Wells Fun Runs – races for all ages from 600m to 10km with the 10km race being 90% on road and included in the Somerset Race Series.
Other local races which you might like to support
Thursday 2nd April - Avon Valley Runners 5x5k multi-terrain starts on Thursday 2nd April – more details here
Wednesday 8th April -Yeovilton 5k Road races and junior races (on grass) and every month to September
Easter Monday 13th April – Spring Track & Field Open at Yeovil Arena – great way to get your sprinting, jumping, throwing or middle distance under way for the new season. Events for u11s through to seniors.
Monday 13th The Yeovil Easter Bunny 10km Road race – fast, flat course good for a pb. Also junior race.
Monday 13th April Shapwick Bunny Hop – trail race over 7.5 miles which takes you through some hidden delights - and junior races. Great range of food afterwards.
All Somerset Series races are listed on the dedicated website. The Series is sponsored by the organising Clubs, including Wells City Harriers, and Cornwall Glass.
TEAM OPPORTUNITY WITH THE HARRIERS
Since 1994 we’ve been entering teams for the 103 mile Cotswold Way Relay. This year we aim to again have two teams, of ten, taking part. Entry for Harrier members is free. Each leg of between 7.5 miles and 13 miles, in the Relay is run as a separate race on the 4th July with the first leg starting at 7am at Chipping Camden and the last leg (number10) starting at Cold Ashton at 5pm. The race finishes in front of Bath Abbey Doors soon after 6pm. What a glorious day out! Please let Paul Know if you fancy being in one of the teams – there will be a fast team and a not-so-fast team.
(A summary of this report and a photo or two will appear in the Mid-Somerset Series of newspapers available from Thursday onwards)