LATEST TEAM NEWS
TRACK & FIELD
South of England Track & Field Championships 2018 - various age groups on different days/venues. Deadlines coming up. Check out the details of the various Championships here.
England Athletics South West Track & Field Championships 2018 to be held on Sunday 22nd July - Information here includes details of standards required and entry link
Well done to the combined Yeovil & Wells team that won the opening round of the British Mens Athletics League on Saturday 5th May at Yeovil. Some great performances - brief report here. Good competition at the South West Athletics League match the following day at Exeter too. No report yet available. Contact YOAC Team managers to advise them of your availability for the next League fixtures - more info here - we compete as YOAC on the track. next SW League match will be on Sunday 3rd June at Exeter Arena. Other fixtures also available.
Somerset County Athletic Association Track & Field Championships (12th & 13th May) – Well done to all the Harriers and our team-mates from Yeovil Olympiads that competed in the Championships. Report available here. Link to results on power of ten and on County AA website here.
Saturday 5th May: British Milers Club (BMC) Academy pb event at Millfield track: This traditional May bank Holiday track meeting was aimed at junior middle distance athletes, particularly over 800m & 1500m. Each race was a paced race with athletes entered into the race most suitable to them based on current pb. See the report here of how all of the Harriers achieved a personal best!
OFF ROAD RELAYS
Sunday 20th May: Wessex Ridgeway Relays 100km - 2 teams entered by Nick Weaving
|Name||Legs||Wells Team||Relay Team Letter|
|Nick Weaving||1 & 2||1||V|
|Andy Piper||1 & 2||2||W|
|Dave Cory||3 & 4||1||V|
|Mike Rusca||3 & 4||2||W|
|Ali Blaney||5 & 6||1||V|
|Rachel Glaisher||5 & 6||2||W|
|Paul Chadwick||7 & 8||1||V|
|Rod Little||7 & 8||2||W|
|Peter Clothier||9 & 10||1||V|
|Jonathan Davies||9 & 10||2||W|
|Justin Thomas||11 & 12||1||V|
|John Glaisher||11 & 12||2||W|
Saturday 30th June: Cotswold Way Relay 103miles - Paul Chadwick is Team-Managing two teams of ten. There are still a few places left for this great race along the Cotswolds on Saturday 30th June. Final mix of teams to be confirmed.Contact Paul asap to join one of the two teams.
|Leg||Distance||Wells Team||Wells Team|
|1. Chipping Camden||19.2km||Oli Frost||Paul Chadwick|
|2. Stanway House||19.0km||Steve Masters||Justin Thomas|
|3. Cleeve Common||13.2km||Rachel Glaisher||Chris Kelsey|
|4. Seven Springs||20.4km||John Glaisher||Dave Cory|
|5. Cranham Corner||18.9km||Laura Darby-Jones||tbc|
|6. Ebley Mill||14.0km||Andrew Tindal||Andrew Pate|
|7. Dursley||11.6km||Nick Weaving||Alice Knight|
|8. Wotton-u-Edge||10.4km||Mike Bosley||Peter Clothier|
|9. Old Sodbury||14.8km||Andrew Deamer||Mike Rusca|
|10.Cold Ashton||15.7km||Pete Darton||tbc|
|Finish at Bath Abbey||103 miles in total|
|Drinks & Meal||afterwards|
October: Parrett Trail Relays 80km
Nick Weaving will team manage a team or two for the Parrett Relay.
See below for team manager details. The off-road relays are events suitable for all abilities of senior Harriers.
South of England Fell Running Championships - Deadline 11th September. More Details here and speak to Paul Chadwick about the Championships.
REPORTS & Photos where available
National Road Relays (Oct 2017)
Southern Road Relays (Sept 2017)
Wessex Cross-Country Match 1 (Oct 2017)
Wessex Cross-Country Match 2 (Oct 2017)
Gwent Cross-Country Match 1 (Oct 2017)
Wessex Cross-Country Match 3 (Nov 2017)
National Cross-Country Relays (Nov 2017)
SW Cross-Country Championships (Jan 2018)
ROAD, CROSS-COUNTRY & FELL RUNNING
Wells City Harriers – for road, fell running and cross-country events across the calendar
Members of Yeovil Olympiads compete as Wells City Harriers at the above disciplines.
Please ensure your Harrier or YOAC Club membership and England Athletics membership is fully paid up in order to join a team. (If aged 10 and under, no EA membership required)
GWENT XC LEAGUE - TEAM MANAGER Simon Prior - some senior Harriers and others may wish to compete at the tougher Gwent XC League - speak to Simon Prior or Jon James on a Tuesday if interested. Contact Simon on 07980 289547
COUNTY, REGIONAL & NATIONAL XC CHAMPIONSHIPS - The Championship season starts with the County Championships in December - all Harriers are encouraged to compete by entering on line at least 10 days before the event. After the New Year there are then the South-West and Southern Championships in January, and the National XC Championships follow on. All of these Championships have early deadlines.- don't miss them! It is the athletes responsibility to make sure they are entered.
SOMERSET COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Road Running Relay teams: Each September the Harrier committee appoints team managers to manage the teams that compete at the Southern & National 6, 4 & 3 stage road relays. Can you help? Parents have an important role to play by team-managing an age group.
In 2017, Simon Prior team managed the u15s & SM/SW with the help of Jon James.
The Harriers pay for these teams to compete. Teams are open to fully paid up Harrier members and it is important that the athlete (or their parent) ensures they have paid the EA membership fee well ahead of the event.
Off-road Relay teams: We enter teams in a number of long distance events, and we appoint team managers after discussion at the Harrier committee. They organise teams by recruiting at the training sessions and using the website to encourage all paid up members to be part of the team. Harrier members entry as part of the team is paid for by the Club. Only if we then have a gap will non-members be invited to join a Harrier team and are asked to pay a contribution.
Parrett Trail Relay (Sat 6th October). Nick Weaving is likely to team-manage. Contact him nearer the date to express an interest.
Fell Running - Individual Harriers and occasionally a Harrier team go across to contest the South of England Fell Running Championships on the Isle of Wight - 3 races in one weekend! With the help of Ryde Harriers, Paul Chadwick administers these Championships on behalf of the SEAA. The Championships details are here for 15th & 16th September 2018- let Paul know if interested and we might be able to sort out transport and accommodation together.
Yeovil Olympiads- for Track & field events throughout the summer
Members of Wells City Harriers compete as Yeovil Olympiads on the track. For Senior men they can compete in the British Athletics League Div 4 (only club in Somerset in BAL); For Senior Men/Women/u17s they can compete in the Southern League; For all age groups from u13 through to seniors they can compete in the South West Athletics League.
Calendar of competition for the season is here
Team Managers for Track & Field here
KEY POINTS FOR THOSE NEW TO TRACK & FIELD – HOW THE SOUTH WEST ATHLETICS LEAGUE WORKS
- The South West League is the only League solely for clubs from the South West.
- In 2017 it operated as one division
- There are just four Sunday meets each year, held between late April and early September; and 1 Cup Meet usually held in the middle.
- The venues can vary but are most often in Exeter
- The league caters for male and female athletes in the following age groups: U13, U15: U17; U20 (men only) and Senior Men & Women.
- The events on offer for each age group change slightly from the A and B programmes which are alternated between fixtures.
- Two athletes compete in each event for each age group – A and B string plus up to 2 guests are allowed per event. U17W and U20M only A string.
- Points are scored in the A string as follows: 13 for a win, 12 for second, 11 for third etc. B string is 12 for a win, 11 for second etc. No points for guests.
- NOTE: If an A string athlete has to withdraw for any reason, the B string competitor must move up to take his/her place in order to score. I.e. the B string performance will only count if an A string has also competed.
- Teams are also awarded extra points for providing the required number of qualified officials, and are expected to officiate events as per a programme. Results are calculated per age group but it is the overall total which counts. Cups are awarded to the winning age group/club on an annual basis
THE ROLE OF THE CLUB
- Dates of fixtures are advertised from March in the newsletter, at training and on the web site. The Yeovil Olympiads website should carry the latest info but all made available to us at Wells Harriers will also go on the Harrier website.
- Coaches at the Harriers Monday session will remind juniors in the run up to each fixture, and athletes will be encouraged to make themselves available and to contact team managers
- All athletes who are old enough to compete are encouraged to do so, either as scoring athletes or guests. The League is the perfect opportunity for beginners to compete for the first time.
- Athletes are asked for confirmation of their availability and various phone calls/e-mails are made by the team managers to chase up athletes in the week before the competition.
- Team managers then select events for athletes – sometimes this has to be changed on the day because of last minute withdrawals.
- Depending upon the venue and numbers we also try to help out with transport, arrange lifts. YOAC often put a coach or minibus on if needed.
- On the day we aim to get to the venue 45 minutes before the first event.
- Letters and pins are given out on the day. Generally Y is for A string, YY for B string. Guests wear numbers; but note some variation in numbering where U20's compete with Seniors.
- The club has to provide a number of officials for different events throughout the day and once a year Yeovil host a fixture which means we need even more helpers from amongst parents.
THE ROLE OF THE ATHLETE
- To make a commitment to compete for the club in all team fixtures where possible.
- To contact the team manager for your age group to confirm your availability for selection at least by the Wednesday before the competition. PLEASE REMEMBER IT’S JUST ONE PHONE CALL/E-Mail FOR YOU TO MAKE BUT SEVERAL FOR THE TEAM MANAGER – TRY TO CONTACT the manager before they have to contact you.
- To show a willingness to compete in events other than your best or favourite
- Sometimes we might have four athletes all wanting to run the 100 metres in the same age group. The manager's job is to put out the strongest team and with only two scoring places available per event you may be asked to do a different event or stand in at the last minute if someone injures themselves on the day.
- To turn up to the competition and to your events in good time, and stay to the end of the competition for the RELAYS