Wells City Harriers


Wells City Harrier members of all ages were out competing hard this past week. 16 year old Elise Thorner finished off her track season with a top quality performance in the English Schools Combined Events Championships in Boston, Lincs, over the weekend; whilst V60 Chris Kelsey gained the silver medal in the South of England Fell Running Championships on the Isle of Wight. This follows on from 22 Harriers aged 11 to 60 competing at the Yeovil 5k road race last Wednesday, led home by Pete Grist for the men and Zoe Kurle for the women, with a number gaining personal bests.




Elise was competing in the U17 girls Heptathlon at English Schools event, and she achieved two outright personal bests over the two days and virtually matched her pb in the other five events for a very solid result.


Al Thorner reports: 

"Competing in the U17 girls Heptathlon, she began with a 3 tenths of a second PB in the 80mh and 22nd place out of 44. A fantastic 1m 65 (a heptathlon PB) in the high jump pulled her up to 10th place followed by a 14cm PB in the Shot Put but falling back to 16th place. One hundredth of a second outside of her PB in the 200m with 26.99 consolidated her in 16th place at the end of day one and it was clear that despite pretty poor weather conditions, that this was an amazingly high standard competition.


Day Two began with a 5m 05cm jump in the Long Jump, just 2 cm outside of her PB and down a place to 17th. In really difficult headwind conditions, she launched the Javelin 26m 59, a heptathlon PB, to consolidate 17th place. In the final event she tore round 800m setting the fastest time of the day in all competitions for 2min 16.11 seconds and jumped up to a finishing position of 12th overall (1st Somerset scorer), helping the Somerset team to rise from 4th to bronze in the team competition. A 124 point PB with a tally of 4608, although only enough for 12th place on the day, puts her 57th on the all time list for U17 girls Heptathlon. To put this in context, 20% of the All Time U17 girls Heptathlon ranking now comprises of 12 girls from that one event alongside the likes of Jess Ennis, Katrina Johnson-Thompson, Denise Lewis, Kelly Sotherton, Jazmin Sawyers and Morgan Lake. A fantastic year for her and now in need of a rest! "  (Photos by Al of Elise in Shot Put & Long Jump action)



Meanwhile on the Isle of Wight, the Harriers again had competitors at the South of England Fell Running Championships, which comprises three tough hill races over the two days. Day 1 starts with a short 2.5 mile race with 725 ft of ascent, followed by a Saturday afternoon race of 7.5miles with 1500ft of climb; and capped off with the Sunday morning race over 13.1 miles with 1500 feet of climb. The races are well organised by Ryde Harriers and drew over 200 of the South's fell runners together, with competirtors needing to finish all three races to count in the Championships. 


Chris Kelsey kept up the Harrier tradition of gaining medals when he was 2nd V60 over the series with three excellent runs. This year Chris has also been competing in the English Fell Running Championships requiring him to travel many miles to reach the designated races. Chris’s wife Helen Kelsey was also well up in the Isle of Wight races after the first two on the Saturday before disaster struck, necessitating a trip to casualty for stitches to deep cuts on her knees, and her withdrawal from race 3. Some time ago, Chris was the first Harrier to complete the famous 'Bob Graham round' in the Lake District


The Harrier secretary Paul Chadwick, who normally competes at this event, had to sit out the Championships due to a virus but was on hand to award the medals to all the winning competitors on behalf of the South of England AA. Previous Southern Fell Running Champs from the Club listed in the potted history here(Photos by Paul - Chris with his usual trademark speedy descent & Chris & Helen before race 2)




Report from Yeovilton by Graham Goldsmid:



A large contingent of 22 Wells Harriers competed in the final race of the Yeovil 5k Summer Series last Wednesday at Yeovilton.First Harrier home was Pete Grist 5th in a time of 15.59, Zoe Kurle was first Harrier female 42nd in a new pb of 18.47, 

Matthew Quarterman was first Harrier Junior 22nd in a new pb of 17.35. Congratulations also go to Wells U15 junior Bernard Mealing who had a great run finishing 44th in a new pb of 18.48 taking nearly a 1 minute off his previous best time over 5k.

All Harrier positions

5th : (Sen Male) Pete Grist in a time of 15.59

9th : (V50) Jon James - 16.25

10th : (Sen Male) Chris Green - 16.30

19th : (Sen Male) Ed Stahl - 17.18

22nd : (U15) Matthew Quaterman - 17.35

23rd : (V40) Tom Dukes - 17.37

42nd : (Sen Female) Zoe Kurle - 18.47

44th : (U15) Bernard Mealing - 18.48

45th : (V50) Graham Goldsmid - 18.50

46th : (U15) James White - 18.52

56th : (U15 Female) Holly Bigger - 19.27

61st : (V50) Andrew Piper - 19.37

70th : (V40) Peter Clothier - 19.54

76th : (V60) Chris Kelsey - 20.14

82nd : (U13) Ollie Bishop - 20.35

83rd : (V40) Andrew Bishop - 20.39

85th : (V40) Craig Foley - 20.48

91st : (V40) Andy Robinson - 21.14

112th : (FV45) Cath Goldsmid - 24.20

126th : (U17) Sam Pollard - 24.24

161st : (FV45) Janet Pollard - 28.03

Well done to all Harriers who competed in the 6 race series over the Summer



Clive & Angela Thomas Street 5k Series

Next up is the Harriers organised Clive and Angela Thomas Street 5k Series

which are held on the 2nd Wednesday of every month from October to March 2018 in Street.

Race HQ : United Reform Church Hall (Open from 6.30pm) 

If you are not running please come along and help marshall at the races.

Fixture Dates

October 11th 2017

November 8th 2017

December 13th 2017

January 10th 2018

February 14th 2018

March 14th 2018"


ENTRY FORM HERE and also see tab at top of website for all previous results over the years & course records. Note that the 1k race is aimed at School Years 5&6; and the 2k race is aimed at school years 7&8 - we would rather see 11 and 12 year olds trying to beat the 2k records rather than run 5k!



If aged between 9 and 79 then please read on as there are some great Wessex Cross-country League races coming up with the Harrier team - wear your Harrier vest with pride!


Neil Biss, Wessex XC Team Manager, reports:

"Hope you have enjoyed the summer. 

The Wessex XC season is soon to be here and Starts in Oct, but the league have changed a few things. First and foremost there are No forms to fill in but if you are thinking of running just ONE race please send me your details.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



All I ask is the following details of all those wanting to race.


First Name

Age Cat


Date of Birth

England ATHLETICS No (if aged 11 and upwards)


I will then pass this onto the League on the 20th Sept (or as soon as possible now) for the first & subsequent fixtures. There will be NO REGISTRATIONS on the day at any event so if you could please make sure you send this information well in advance everythig will work smoothly....


The dates and venues are as follows:

1/10/17 – Canford Heath Middle School (Hosts Poole AC)

22/10/17 – Bryanston (Hosts Team Dorset & all participating Wessex League Clubs)

5/11/17 – Yeovil (Hosts Yeovil AC)

10/12/17 – Bryanston (Hosts Wimborne AC)

I will send out course details nearer the time but it looks like the Avon Heath fixture has been removed and we now go to Bryanston twice.

2) Team Declarations to be returned by 20th September for anyone competing in fixture 1..

5) We would need to provide help for the match on 22nd October please.  If anyone is able to help marshal or helper then please can you let me know."


Parents of Harrier juniors - please ensure your junior takes part in at least one race per month as part of their training programme! Share transport with fellow parents.