Somerset Athletics continues to be a County-wide body to bring together the athletics family. The Association organises Championships at Track & Field every May and is part of the Avon, Somerset & Wiltshire Cross-country Championships every December. In addition, teams are selected to represent either the County, ( at T&F), or the combined Avon & Somerset (at XC). The Harriers have provided officers - Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, and Championships organisers over the years to help ensure the sport continues to flourish in the County. Eligibility for the County team is based on a) having been born in the County; or b) having resided in the County for 9 months in the last year; or c) being a member of the armed services based in Somerset
The South of England AA used to be the governing body for the sport up until the early 2000s when England Athletics took over. However the SEAA continues to be a competion provider and traditionally the Harriers have always supported their Championships: Road-running; Cross-country; and Fell Running
British Athletics is the over-arching body for all forms of the sport throughout the UK. It selects representative teams to compete as TeamGB.
UK Athletics helps look after Affiliated Clubs, Governance of the sport, Coaching & getting involved in Athletics - see UK Athletics | Official Website
The Power of Ten is the most comprehensive database of performances at track & field, XC, Road, multi-terrain and fell running. Only events licenced through the permit system are listed on the system. There is also a sister site 'Run Britain' that is linked to the power of ten.
England Athletics is an operational arm of the sport - and through this website you can interrogate all sorts things about athletics and running: Clubs; competion opportunties; coaching and officiating. England Athletics also selects representative teams to compete as England.
This is probably the first port of call when looking at how the Sport is governed and regulated.
For all juniors age 11 upwards these are the various standards to work towards this year for track & field events. If you attend our Monday evening junior training sessions at Millfield we will help you get there!
SASP is a great organisation acting as a resource to sports Clubs across the County = help with coaching and making sure that Clubs are well run. Check out their website for courses coming up, or to get involved in sports.
The county is divided into four areas: Sedgemoor in the west, Mendip in the east, Yeovil in the south-east and Taunton in the south-west. At senior county championships athletes in junior (u15), intermediate (u17) and senior (u19) age groups represent their area whilst in junior championships athletes in year 7 and year 8 represent their schools. County teams are selected in cross-country, track and field, combined events and race walking to compete in regional and national championships.
The Harriers have a long tradition of encouraging its members to compete in all disciplines of athletics, and that includes fell running. We have seen a number of our runners become Southern Champions and from time to time small groups of Harriers go off to race in other Championship and non-Championship fell running events.Paul administers the South of England Fell Running Championships on the Isle of Wight every September.