Mud, mud and more mud. On 12th November 2017 following a 2 minute silence to mark Remembrance Sunday a group of the Wells City Harriers Up and Running group joined 1300 runners at Chipping Sodbury School to take on the challenge of the Sodbury Slog. This coming Sunday sees the final race in the year-long Somerset Race Series at Brent Knoll and a number of Harriers are in line for Series awards.Also last call for nominations for this year’s ‘special award’ to be made at Annual Dinner!
Up & Runners taking part in the picture from left to right: Sharon Bowles, Wendy Jones, Shirley Tincknell, Bianca Pridham, Kate Glascott (note how clean all the runners look beforehand!)
Sharon Bowles reports from the Sodbury Slog:
“This 9.6 mile race takes runners across a muddy terrain through ditches, across Sodbury Common (including the famous ‘soggy bottom’, ‘sheep dip’ and’ pig trough’)and with a few lung busting hills thrown in.
Any attempt to remain dry and clean disappears after a few miles and there is a great atmosphere among the runners and a lot of laughs around the course.
This is a very well organised race and one which is becoming an annual event with the Up and Running Group."
Duncan Verel also ploughed his own path through the mud and was still smelling/smiling a week later…..
Who's going to lead the way?
This coming Sunday sees the final race in the Somerset Race Series, sponsored by Cornwall Glass – runner’s best 8 results from the 19 races on the list to count. The Brent Knoll race is always a good test of uphill and downhill running, and also staying on your feet if there’s a lot of mud about. A good number of Harriers are in line for the prestigious engraved glasses. The latest Series standings are below .
& Finally, this Friday evening sees the Harrier’s Annual Dinner where 80+ Harriers will gather to enjoy a lovely meal, find out who will gain one of the Club’s places in the London Marathon, enjoy the Annual quiz, and decide on who will gain the coveted (?) ‘Bog seat Award’. This award is given to the Harrier who has mistakenly (?) done the most ridiculous thing during the year and nominations are sought now – please let Graham or Paul know if you would like to nominate someone for a particular action and we will put them to the usual clapometer test.
|Somerset Series - 2017 - Standings after EIGHTEEN races|
|The FINAL race in the Somerset Series 2017 is Brent Knoll on 26 November at 11am|
|Ben||TIMPSON||Running Forever RC||SM||182*||10|
|Matt||DRIVER||Yeovil Tn RRC||MV50||298*||10|
|Kevin||DOHERTY||Yeovil Tn RRC||MV40||358*||12|
|Stephen||LYSACZENKO||North Devon RR||MV50||398||8|
|Brian||MOUNTJOY-ROW||Yeovil Tn RRC||MV70||603*||10|
|Richard||DODGE||Yeovil Tn RRC||MV50||804||7|
|Adam||HAWKINS||Yeovil Tn RRC||MV60||1145||7|
|Joanna||HENLEY||Yeovil Tn RRC||FV35||197||8|
|Elspeth||FONTANA||Yeovil Tn RRC||SF||278||7|