Almost 30 of the Wells City Harrier athletes were competing this past weekend (21st/22nd Oct). Whilst the vast majority were in cross country action, u23 Philip Bridge was running and winning at the Stroud Half marathon on the road in a new personal best of 69.41. There were three winners at the Wessex League match: Matt Cole for the senior men; Caitlin Carnegie for the u20 women ; and Darcy Dryden for the u3 girls. Other Harriers were also in action at the Exmoor Stagger or Stumble or the Abingdon Marathon. Read on for the latest standings in the Somerset Race Series 2017. (photo of Caitlin by Neil)




The 2nd Wessex League Cross country match, held at Bryanston in Dorset, also saw some winners from the Harriers as members of all ages competed. Matt Cole won the men’s race with team-mate Tom Thick 2nd, Simon Carr 30th, Andrew Bishop 31st and Jon Rowe 33rd. Caitlin Carnegie won the u20 women’s race with Lucy Pittard, 3rd. Chris Ellis was 6th in the u17 men’s race. Abbie White was 7th u15girls. Archie Tyler was 3rd in the u15boys, with Will Carr 9th. Darcy Dryden won the u13 girls race with Mackenzie O’Dea 6th, Bali Chapman 15th, Holly White 23rd, and Aime Blackwell 28th. Ollie Bishop was 8th u13boys, with James Carr 14th.Hattie Byrne 6th u11girls; Logan Moncrieff 10th u11boys and Ed Sherman 30th. Our thanks to Neil Biss for once again team managing. Next Wessex League fixture is Sunday 5th November at Yeovil. Full details from Neil as usual and at the League website.


Running over on Exmoor there were three senior Harriers competing at the tough Exmoor Stagger race held over 16.2 miles of multi-terrain. The race takes runners to the top of Exmoor  - Dunkery Beacon. Dan Cahill finished well up in 9th place in a time of 2hours 7mins, with Laura Jones, 2nd F40, 99th in 2.51 and Craig Foley 110th in 2.56. The Stagger race counted in the Somerset Race Series 2017 - latest standings below (after the Stagger, not inc Herepath race).The final race in the Series, with presentations afterwards, will be at the Brent Knoll Fell race on Sunday 26th November, and there willbe a number of Harriers in line for awards. Colin Williams competed in the shorter Exmoor Stumble and was 48th in 60.45. Meanwhile one of the Harrier coaches, Duncan Verel took on the Abingdon Marathon on the road and finished in 3.55. Duncan is one of 8 Harriers who have qualified for the Club's London Marathon places ballot. (drawbto be made at the Club Annual dinner on 24th November)


Positions and times at the Wessex League fixture at Bryanston


1st 32.00 Matt Cole

2nd 32.18 Tom Thick

30th 40.58 Simon Carr

31st 41.13 Andrew Bishop

 33rd 41.38 Jon Rowe


1st 23.04 Caitlin Carnegie

3rd 28.25 Lucy Pittard


6th 22.21 Chris Ellis


7th 20.37 Abbie White


3rd 17.54 Archie Tyler

9th 18.32 Will Carr


1st 15.19 Darcy Dryden

6th 16.16 Mackenzie O'dea

15th 17.25 Bali Chapman

23rd 18.18 Holly White

28th 19.50 Aime Backwell


8th 15.38 Ollie Bishop

14th 16.29 James Carr


6th 7.41 Hattie Byrne


10th 7.14  Logan Moncrieff

30th 7.51 Edward Sherman

Somerset Series - 2017 - Standings after SEVENTEEN races  
Forename Surname Club Cat Points Races    
Jonathon GILLING Taunton AC MV40 34* 9    
Matthew BOWDEN Minehead RC SM 94 8    
Josh HARRIS Weston AC MV40 95* 12    
Graham GOLDSMID Wells CH MV50 124* 13    
Ben TIMPSON Running Forever RC SM 182* 10    
Neale JARRETT Weston AC MV50 194* 10    
Justin THOMAS Wells CH MV40 201* 9    
David CARNELL Crewkerne RC MV60 210* 11    
Nick BROOKE Dorset Doddlers MV60 251 8    
Nick WEAVING Wells CH MV50 293* 9    
Matt DRIVER Yeovil Tn RRC MV50 298* 10    
Craig FOLEY Wells CH MV40 301* 11    
Andrew PIPER Wells CH MV50 325 8    
Kevin DOHERTY Yeovil Tn RRC MV40 358* 12    
Stephen LYSACZENKO North Devon RR MV50 398 8    
Nick  HEMMINGS Unattached MV50 406* 10    
Robin CALLENDER Mendip AC MV60 518* 10    
Brian MOUNTJOY-ROW Yeovil Tn RRC MV70 603* 10    
Michael NORTON Langport Rns MV40 705 8    
Christopher DACHTLER Weston AC MV50 346 7    
Andrew ARCHER Stragglers RC MV50 383 7    
Paul CHADWICK Wells CH MV50 441 7    
Richard DODGE Yeovil Tn RRC MV50 804 7    
Daniel TAYLOR Unattached MV40 810 7    
Adam HAWKINS Yeovil Tn RRC MV60 1145 7    
Wayne LOVERIDGE Chard RR SM 33 6    
Adrian CORNFORD Crewkerne RC MV50 186 6    
Richard DUKES Wells CH MV50 238 6    
Les LOCK SW Vet AC MV60 269 6    
Graham BROWN Yeovil Tn RRC MV60 910 6    
Adam HAWKINS Yeovil Tn RRC MV60 949 6    
Anne KELLY Langport Rns FV45 70* 9    
Ali BLANEY Wells CH FV35 84 8    
Geraldine  HOPE Weston AC FV45 118 8    
Catherine GOLDSMID Wells CH FV45 123* 11    
Sarah HARRIS Weston AC FV35 184* 11    
Joanna HENLEY Yeovil Tn RRC FV35 197 8    
Jayne CHANTER Minehead RC FV45 261 8    
Karen SHEARS Wells CH FV55 302* 10    
Hilary ASKEW Crewkerne RC FV55 619 8    
Kate BRITTEN Unattached FV35 70 7    
Sarah NEILD Cheddar RC FV55 88 7    
Kirsten IRISH Crewkerne RC FV45 98 7    
Mary BUTCHER Unattached FV55 111 7    
Tracey THOMAS Burnham Hrs FV35 149 7    
Hazel SHEARS Unattached SF 153 7    
Elspeth FONTANA Yeovil Tn RRC SF 278 7    
Gill CONSTABLE Cheddar RC FV65 366 7    
Note  * Best EIGHT Results            
Qualifying date for age category in 2017 is 1 January          
The Somerset Series is not confined to Somerset Affiliated Clubs or UKA Registered Athletes. 
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