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LATEST TEAM NEWS (last updated 18th November 2021)

Cross Country

Leagues – make sure you enter in time! See  below...

 

Somerset County AA XC Championships ENTRIES NOW OPEN The 2021 - 2022 season's  County Championships will agan be incorporated within the Tri-Counties Cross-Country Championships to be held on Sunday 19th December 2021, at Bath University again. Organised jointly by Avon AA, Wiltshire AA and Somerset AA. ENTRY will need to be made in advance online by each athlete. 

(6th November) Entries now open for the Tri County XC incorporating Somerset County Champs. 
Please use this link to the entry form
https://form.jotform.com/213065811737354

 

South West XC Championships ENTRIES NOW OPEN - at Ilton on Sunday 2nd January 2022. NOTE: if you entered the cancelled 2021 version of the SW Championships then your entry will still be good (new age group if need be) - if you need a refund please follow instructions to seek that refund. These Championships will also include the final (3rd) fixture of the Wessex League. (Check out the Team Dorset website when it updates as to how that League operates within the SW Championship but we envisage you will need to enter the SW Championships to count in final Wessex League standings).

http://s250914043.websitehome.co.uk/SouthWest/Championships.html 

 

SEE BELOW FOR SOUTHERNS & NATIONALS XC CHAMPIONSHIPS INFO

 

 

 

Gwent XC League – please follow the link for details of all fixtures as finalised and discuss with coaches about entering. The Harriers have pre-paid for entries so running in this League for Wells City Harriers does not cost you anything (it is part of your Membership through the Harriers or YOAC). Make sure you (or team manager) completes the individual/team form and hands it in before the race. Need to wear a Harrier vest/T-shirt. Collect finish disc at finish funnel and include it within the finish enevelope to hand back in after the race.

It’s most likely that many of the competitive senior athletes and older juniors, u17 upwards (though younger ones invited too) will enter the Gwent League as it is tougher and involves more travelling.

GWENT LEAGUE LINK HERE for Fixture information & onward link to enter as an individual for the British Cross Challenge

 

Wessex XC League – 3 fixtures on Sundays, 2 were held in Dorset  &  the final one is at RNAS Merryfield, Ilton (just beyond Langport) on 2nd January which includes the SW XC Championships (see above). Need to wear a Harrier vest/T-shirt.

Pease follow the link for details of all the Wessex fixtures as finalised to date and make sure that your name was on the team entry form that was previously submitted or you have entered subsequently as an individual. (The Clubs Team Manager Stuart Dowden entered the team list  by the deadline of 5th October) The Harriers paid £125 for the Wessex team entry - it is part of your Membership whether a Harrier or YOAC member (if you were on that list then no need to enter as an individual - it will just cost you more & cause confusion)

TEAM DORSET LINK HERE for Fixture information to Wessex League

Stuart's e-mail is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Monday night Harrier training parents have volunteered to team manage at the Wessex League and at least 2 will be there each fixture with the flag to provide the individual athlete numbers. Collect your number from them on the day - make sure you bring safety pins to pin your number on.

 

South of England Athletics Association XC Championships will be held on Saturday 29th January - venue tbc & entries not yet open. Please keep an eye on the SEAA website information here & review the prospectus (Main Championships info here) as there will be an entry deadline. The Club pays the entry fee for any member that is good enough to compete at this regional Championships. You enter as an individual and re-claim the funds back.

ENGLISH (NATIONAL) XC CHAMPIONSHIPS will be held on Saturday 26th February 2022 at Parliament Hill, London. Entry details to follow. The Club pays the entry fee for any athlete good enough to compete at the Nationals. Let us know if you want to enter and we will reimburse your entry fee.

 

NOTE: If aged 11 and upwards you should ensure you have paid your England Athletics registration fee (£15) in advance of entering any event, as well as your Club Membership fee. (£20 seniors/£10 juniors). See Membership tab.

Age groups are as per UKA rules:

u11 - usually school years 5 & 6;

u13 - if age 11 or 12 as at 31st August 2021;

u15 - if age 13 or 14 as at 31st August 2021;

u17 - if age 15 or 16 as at 31st August 2021.

For juniors (age 8-15) who attend our Monday evening training we will advise them on competition opportunities coming up & using the Millfield track facilities we will be able to prepare them for many of the cross country/road races and in spring & summer for track and field events. Youngsters age 11 should ensure they have England Athletics registration. For older juniors and seniors attending Tuesday training sessions, then the monthly session plans will take account of competition opportunities coming up.

All performances at official/licenced events will appear on the 'power of ten' website. Power of 10 (thepowerof10.info)

 

At Track & Field we compete as part of the joint team with Yeovil Olympiads. Their website will be the best to check for Track & Field League dates & contact details for the various age group team managers. We encourage all our track & field members to make themselves available at least once a month. If you attend a T&F event please send in a report for the web. (For Cross country & Road/multi-terrain races the YOAC members compete for Wells City Harriers)

21st & 22nd August 2021 Report from Somerset County Athletics Association Championships at Yeovil

 

ROAD & OFF-ROAD RACES

 

Please keep an eye on the RunBritain website or Fell Runner Association fixture list(s) as more races get organised in 2021. The front page web article will report on any new races organised by Clubs that come to our attention. We don't tend to promote commercial races as they don't promote our events.

At training sessions there will be folk there who know of events coming up which they are intending to compete at, and as travel restrictions get eased with the easing of Covid restrictions, it will be possible to arrange to share transport.

STREET 5k 2021/22 is back! RACE THE NIGHT!

The Street 5k (& junior 1k/2k) Series runs on the 2nd Wednesday evening of every month from 10th November 2021 to March 2022.  More information, Fliers and online entry links (for 5k) and entry forms (1k & 2k) from Harrier training sessions and seperate webpage here. No entry on the night - make sure you've entered online for 5k the day before or for junior races using paper form by the Monday before.

Enquiries: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Road & Off-road races coming up - a number of road and off-road races organised by local Clubs are now open for entries: 

 

Local 5km ParkRuns returned in July and are a good time-trial. (junior 2km parkruns are also back in some locations)

Check this website page for team opportunities on a regular basis - parents of juniors or senior members, remember to send a report & any photos into Paul of all Harrier performances at team events This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

OTHER REPORTS FROM THIS YEAR 2021

August 2021 Somerset County Track & Field Championships inc u11s - see Front page report

June 2021 Somerset Schools Championships school year 8 & upwards  - see Front page report

 

 Last season 2020/21:

The SOUTHERN ROAD RELAYS were CANCELLED and so were the  SOUTHERN CROSS COUNTRY RELAYS & MAIN SOUTHERN XC CHAMPIONSHIPS  & the SOUTH WEST XC CHAMPONSHIPS - Road Relays come round again in September 2021 & XC is also likely to re-start then

CROSS COUNTRY NEWS - 

(As at April 2021) For those that enjoy Cross Country we might envisage the season starting in September or October 2021. We are recruiting to the position of Team Manager(s) for the Leagues we compete in - if you compete at XC then maybe you should/could volunteer. Contact Graham to offer your services This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Fixtures for the Wessex XC League and also for the Gwent XC League will be promoted at training sessions and posted on this webpage when available.

TEAM MANAGERS NEEDED

As and when any team competitions recommence we will also require parents to volunteer for team management roles for road relays (and then the Cross-country season). Please let Graham or Simon know which age group you can manage. 

 

 

PREVIOUS REPORTS FOLLOW From the 2019/20 season

 

CROSS COUNTRY

The English National Cross Country Championships, 2020, took place at Woolaton Park, Nottingham on Saturday 22nd February - Well done to those Harriers who competed in these prestigious Championships. 

National XC report here

Gwent XC League

We thank the organising Clubs and administrators of the League for their endeavours and work in the previous season. Many thanks too, to the Harriers who found the time to compete for the Club at this League (or indeed at the Wessex League).

Somerset County XC Championships, 2019, were held as part of the Tri-County Championships at the University of Bath On 1st December. See brief report and the photos from the races here

Sunday 5th January 2020 at Aldon Hill, Yeovil – South West XC Championships. Report & photos awaited from a parent who was present - please send to Paul.

IF YOU TAKE PART IN AN EVENT PLEASE ENSURE YOU WEAR YOUR HARRIER VEST OR T-SHIRT, & SEND REPORT AND ANY PHOTOS TO PAUL BY THE MONDAY EVE (8pm) FOR INCLUSION IN THE WEEKS ROUNDUP THAT ALSO GOES TO THE NEWSPAPER This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

XC CHAMPIONSHIPS - previous year (2018/19 season)

Sunday 9th December 2018: Somerset County Athletic Association Cross Country Championships at University of Bath. Report here

Sunday 6th January 2019: South West Regional Cross Country Championships at Aldon Hill, Yeovil. Report & Photos here

Saturday 26th January 2019: South of England Cross Country Championships at Parliament Hill, London - See Report on front page

Saturday 23rd February 2019: English Cross Country Championships at Harewood House, Leeds -  Information and entry details here.

2018/19 XC LEAGUE REPORTS FOLLOW:

WESSEX LEAGUE

First report of the season - Wessex League 1 (Canford Heath) and Gwent League 1 (Cardiff) -Report & photos

Second report of the season - Wessex League 2 (Lytchett Minster) - Report & photos

Third report of the season - Wessex League 3 (Aldon Hill) - Report & Photos

Fourth & Final Wessex League report - Bryanston & Series standings - following soon

many thanks to Neil Biss for great team management again this season!

Wessex XC League website here

GWENT LEAGUE 

13th October (Saturday) Llandaff Field, Cardiff (part of British Athletics Cross Challenge) Photos here - no report submitted

10th November (Saturday) Pembrey Park            No report submitted

2nd December (Sunday) Bryn Bach Park, Tredegar  No report submitted 

9th February (Saturday) Pontypool Park   Report and photos here

2nd March (Saturday) Blaise Castle, Bristol    Report & photos here

Gwent XC website here

Please can parents or a senior that competes at Gwent League send any reports for the website - include all Harriers competing. Give the usual background detail about venue; weather; course conditions etc.

 

TRACK & FIELD We compete with our partner Club , Yeovil Olympiads, in various Leagues with fixtures throughout the summer months. All Harriers aged 11 and upwards should let team managers know of their availability for the monthly fixtures - most of which are held at Exeter. 

All - check Yeovil Olympiad website fixture list for all our matches this summer & let the team managers know your availability as soon as possible. Try and compete for the joint team at least once a month.

 

PREVIOUS REPORTS - ROAD RELAYS

South of England Road Relays - Sunday 23rd September 2019 at Crystal Palace-  Well done to all of the junior & senior Harrier teams at these prestigious relay races! This keeps up the tradition going back over 15-20 years. Report here

English (National) Road Relays - Saturday 6th October 2019 at Sutton Park. Another great effort by the u15 boys and u17 mens teams. Report here.

The successful u17 Harrier girls team at Crystal Palace - great running to finish 7th overall:

 

 

TRACK & FIELD 

 

REPORTS from 2018:

British Mens Athletics League - Congratulations to the team on their promotion, confirmed after the 4th and final fixture: 

Saturday 5th May at Yeovil. Some great performances - brief report here.

Saturday 2nd June at Portsmouth - brief report here

Saturday 7th July at Bedford - combined team remain in 2nd place with one fixture to go - brief report here

Saturday 4th August at Nottingham - brief report here - promotion gained!

South West Athletics League 

Sunday 6th May - no report received

Sunday 3rd June - brief report here.

Sunday 8th July - brief report here

Sunday 5th August - South West Cup Match - results, report and any photos awaited

Sunday 2nd September - brief report here

We compete as YOAC on the track

England Athletics South West Track & Field Championships 2018 (Sunday 22nd July) - well done to all. Report here

Somerset County Athletic Association Track & Field Championships (12th & 13th May 2018) – 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.

British Milers Club (BMC) Saturday 5th May 2018: 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 - reports from 2018

Sunday 20th May: Wessex Ridgeway Relays 100km -  Full report and link to results here

Saturday 30th June: Cotswold Way Relay 103miles - Full report and photos here

Saturday 15th September Uphill to Wells Relay - 29 miles - details here - Oli Frost team managed and the team was succcessul (no report yet received) 

Saturday 6th October: Parrett Trail Relays 80km - NOW CANCELLED FOR 2018 by Crewkerne Running Club

The off-road relays are events suitable for all abilities of senior Harriers. Where the Club pays the team entry, Team Managers are appointed by the Harrier Committee, and in that event the Team manager decides the strategy of either one 'fast' competitive team and one steadier team; or as has been the tradition at Wessex to date that both teams run together.

 

FELL RUNNING - reports from 2018

South of England Fell Running Championships - Held on Saturday & Sunday 15th & 16th September. Congratulations to Chris and Helen Kelsey - medal winners. see Report here.

 

 

 

PREVIOUS 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)

Somerset, and Dorset, Cross-Country Championships (Dec 2017)

SW Cross-Country Championships (Jan 2018)

National Cross-Country Championships (Feb 2018)

Somerset County Track & Field Championships (May 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)

 

Cross-Country: Each autumn we appoint volunteers to team manage at the various Cross Country Leagues and Cross Country Championship matches.  We are looking for volunteers now for the 2018-19 season which will commence in October. Can you help? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out more about the role. All fixture dates will be on the Club calendar.

 

 

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.

 

ENTRY DETAILS:
SOMERSET COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS

SOUTH WEST XC CHAMPIONSHIPS

SOUTH of ENGLAND XC 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.

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out more about the role. The contact details for team managers will appear on this tab when finalised.

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.

Wessex Ridgeway Relay on Sunday mid-May (100km - teams of 6). We will need a team manager for 2021

Cotswold Way Relay  (103 miles - teams of 10) Sat end of June: Paul Chadwick team-manages two Harrier teams again Contact Paul This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 1st May to be included for the next edition.

Uphill to Wells Relay: Saturday in Mid September. Contact Oli Frost if you want to run in 2021

Parrett Trail Relay (Sat early October). This may return to the calendar.

 

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. 

 

 

 

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TRACK & FIELD

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

http://www.yeovilolympiads.com/club-information/fixtures

Team Managers for Track & Field here

http://www.yeovilolympiads.com/contact-us

 

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 

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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