As is usual, Wells City Harrier members were out competing hard this past weekend – with a contingent of juniors and seniors going to Llandaff fields, Cardiff, for the cross country on Saturday; and another group racing more locally at the Castle Cary 10k multi-terrain event on the Sunday. Whilst Dan Cahill and Caitlin Carnegie take the plaudits for winning at Sunday’s race, there was a range of good performances at Cardiff, with u13 Hannah Blundy and u17 Elise Thorner finishing well up at Cardiff - brilliant! (Photo of -left to right- Tom, Dan, Paul & Lucy with Caitlin & Nick in front at Cary Canter 10k on Sunday. Photo by Nick H)




On Saturday a number of the Harriers competed at the tough British Athletics Cross Challenge match which incorporated the Gwent XC League match, with the best runs by: u13 Hannah Blundy who was 7th finisher in the u13 girls race, but won the embedded Gwent League race  over 2.8km in 9.38 (out of 80+ starters); Elise Thorner, 5th u17 (2nd in Gwent League)  in 15.37 over 4.4km; Matthew Quarterman 6th u15 in Gwent race 9.55 (10th overall) over 3.2km; and Ollie Dickenson 10th u20 in 19.21 over 6.4km. (note that the event had two combined races - and so some Harriers counted in both; others in just one event!)


They were backed up by a host of other good Harrier runs: Bradley Glover 11th u13 overall (6th Gwent) in 9.07 over 2.7km; Dan Maydew 33rd u15 (29th Gwent) in 10.40 Toby Watson 36th u15 (38th in Gwent) in 10.56; Leo Stockham 52nd u15 in 11.52, over 3.2km; Sam Sommerville 16th (10th  Gwent) for the senior men in a time of  28.34 for the 9.5km course - there were 442 senior men running!; Deb Glover 32nd in 24.57 and Katrina Prior 110th (Gwent) in 26.59 over 6.4km. (out of 332 women running!). Next Gwent XC fixture is at Penlan Leisure Centre, Brecon on 11th November. Please contact Simon if you intend to compete so that you know how to enter!(Photo below of Elise at Cardiff XC by Al)



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On Sunday, Wells City Harriers Dan Cahill and Caitlin Carnegie were triumphant at the Castle Cary Canter 10k multi-terrain race. The race, part of the 1610 Leisure Centre series of races started out from Ansford Leisure Centre and took the 121 competitors across the fields and along the lanes to Bruton and back. Dan’s time this year was two minutes quicker than last year in 38.03 as he won for the 2nd successive year. U20 Caitlin’s time was 48.00 despite a late night at the Yeovil Olympiads awards evening the night before. Tom Thick had a good run too for 3rd place in 40.36 with Paul Chadwick 19th, 48.31; Nick Weaving, 20th, 48.50; Andrew Pate, 39th, 52.36; Alice Knight, 45th, 55.18. Lapsed member Lucy Heath also had a good run in 28th, 49.13. (Alice, Paul, Andrew & Lucy below - photo by Nick H)





The following Harriers have now satisfied the criteria to be included in the ballot for any Club places we receive for the 2018 London Marathon:  Mike Bosley; Christian Green; Oli Frost; Robert Moore; Richard Morgan; Jo Swift; Duncan Verel; Nick Weaving. Have we missed your name? The criteria is, as usual: 1) was a paid up competing member of the Harriers on 1st May; 2) applied to run the Marathon in the main ballot as a Harrier; 3) Have been rejected in the main ballot and have provided evidence.

We hope to have at least 2 Club places for 2018.


Don’t Forget:

Sunday 22nd October – Wessex League cross country match

Wednesday 8th November – 170th edition of the Street 5k race, and junior races

Friday 10th November – Final bookings with payment taken for Annual Dinner

Friday 24th November – Annual Dinner

Sunday 10th December – Somerset Cross-country Championships (deadline 4th December)


All details as per usual on the calendar entry.

Try to check the website weekly for any updates.



NOTE: We can include items on the website if you send us a report or photos but if reporting on a particular event please ensure you include all Harrier positions & times. A summary report goes to the Mid-Somerset series of newspapers every week but we are  limited on how many words we can send, and all info needs to be with Paul by 8pm Monday evening for that week's report.