Wells City Harriers


There was another great night of running at the last of the season’s Clive & Angela Thomas Street 5k races held on Wednesday, 14th March. This was edition 174 in the sequence and there was no less effort than that shown in the early days! Jon James (Wells City Harriers) was back racing and broke the Street 5k V50 record in winning on the night, with Minehead’s Verity Elton winning for the ladies. Logan Moncrieff won the 1k race and Ollie Bishop the 2k race. Dylan & Tom Dukes were jointly crowned King of Street 5k 2017/18 whilst Helen Southcott became Queen of the Street 5k! 

Clive & Angela Thomas Street Series award winners for 2017/18




Jon James ran 16.54 to eclipse the record last set by former Harrier Dickie Wythe (16.59 set in November 2006) and to win the race outright. First for the women was Minehead Running Club’s Verity Elston, also the 1st F35, in 21.09.

The race unfolded quickly with Jon James opening a lead on the first lap which he maintained to the finish. Dylan and Tom Dukes (son and father, 1st junior male and 1st V40) were next home in 17.04 and 17.06 respectively, with their best times this season on the Street course, with it also being a course pb for Dylan. In 4th place was 2nd V50 Kenneth Rampere (MAC) in a nippy time of 17.36 followed by 1st senior man Alexander Coombs (u/a), 18.09. 1st V60 was Maiden Newton’s David Carnell in 21.54; and 1st V70 was one of the Harriers Hon Life Members, Berni Mundy in 24.53.

For the women, Verity Elston was followed home by fellow F35s Helen Southcott (Maiden Newton) and Ali Blaney (Wells City Harriers) in 21.29 and 21.45 respectively. Elizabeth Parry (u/a) was next home as 1st F45 in 22.15, then 1st F65 Lesley Nesbitt (Yeovil Town RR) in 26.01 and 1st F55 Karen Shears (Wells City Harriers) in 27.00.

Top of the pops on the age graded basis was unsurprisingly Jon James with his time being equivalent to 87.6% - not too shabby for a guy that’s run for Team England in the veteran’s cross-country international! Kenneth Rampere and Nick Somerville (both V50s) did their bit for the age-graded tables with their 84.7% and 83.8% respectively. Lesley Nesbitt had to take a back seat this time with her 82.1% for the ladies.

Jon James hurtles through on his 3rd lap to a new course V50 5k record



For the juniors we were very pleased to see Logan Moncrieff and Owen Dukes, both in school year 6 and regular attendees at our Monday night training, have a stab at the 1k course record. Unfortunately Logan was just 4 seconds off beating the record. Logan’s time was 3.31 and the course record stands to former Harrier Curtis Stevens (3.28 in Oct 2006). Next year we hope they both have a go at the 2km record. Alice King was again 1st girl home in the 1k with her nippy time of 4.42 good enough for 4th place overall.




















In the 2k race, another pair from our Monday night coached sessions had a good race – Ollie Bishop 1st home in 8.14 and Isabelle Walker, once again 1st girl in 8.31. It was also nice to see our 2k record holder, Alex Williams lining up once again in the 5k, exactly 5 years after he set the record of 6.52. It would be good next season if Ollie and one or two others had a real go at reducing that record.

March 2018 5k race results 

March 2018 Junior race results

In the absence of Race Director Ed Tickner, Harrier secretary Paul Chadwick and Chairman Graham Goldsmid oversaw the presentation of the race awards and then the Series awards based on best 5 performances. For the first time ever we had joint ‘Kings of Street 5k’ with father & son Tom and Dylan Dukes finishing with exactly the same cumulative points score of 13. For the women it was little more clear cut as to who was the ‘Queen of Street 5k’with Helen Southcott finishing clear.

For the men, Dylan took 1st junior award and Tom 1st V40 award then Jeremy Linter (u/a) won the engraved glass for the senior men, with Andrew Piper (Wells City Harriers) taking the v50 award, David Carnell (Maiden Newton) the V60 award, and Berni Mundy (Wells City Harriers) the V70 award.

For the women, as Helen took the 1st F35 award she was followed by Hazel Shears (Langport Runners) as 1st senior; Alice Knight (Wells City Harriers)1st F45; Lesley Nesbitt (Yeovil Town RR) as 1st F65; and Karen Shears (Wells City Harriers) as 1st F55.

Final 5k Series Standings here.

In the Junior races the 1k Series was won by Owen Dukes for the boys and Alice King for the girls; whilst Isabelle Walker won the 2k Series.

Our thanks as usual to all competitors for taking part in the 29th Series of the Street 5k, and of course to all the team behind the race: the entry desk; the finish line recorders; the marshals; the first aiders; the results producers; the tea team; and the Race Director. We will be back on Wednesday 10th October with race number 175 in the sequence as we enter our 30th year. No doubt the three decades will be celebrated in some particular way!

In the meantime, try these races coming up sponsored and supported by Wells City Harriers. Both are in the Somerset Race Series.

Sunday 25th March Butleigh multi-terrain starts at 10.30am – enter by post or on the day. Entry form here.   

Sunday 27th May Wells Fun Runenter on line

And don’t forget the Yeovilton 5k races start on Wednesday 11th April – 7.15pm for the main race with junior races on the grass just before 7pm.


Oli Frost finished overall 9th in 1hr 59 mins at The Big Cheese Race over 15 miles+, 2000ft + of climbing. The race was organised by Cheddar Running Club, and race number 3 in the Somerset Race Series 2018. Clare Prosser was close behind - 2nd female home in overall 14th position in a time of 2hrs 03mins. Craig Foley 73rd in 2.27 was the only other Wells City Harrier to compete (237 finishers). Well done all!


The new annual membership year starts on 1st April. All Harriers who are currently paid up members will receive an automatic invite to re-join online via the England Athletics system. This will arrive in the first 10 days of April. Anyone who is not currently a member can use a paper membership form to join and can send those in now for processing in the first 2 weeks of April. (existing members should not use the paper system). For all details, as usual, see the JOIN here tab.

UP & RUNNING – Come and join the Harriers to get fit or return to running. The next Harrier sponsored beginners group starts on Wednesday 4th April in Wells and will take you to the start line of the Wells Fun Run 5k over 8 weeks. Contact Lynne Elstob or Sharon Bowles for signing up.

Note: BUTLEIGH RESULTS will be posted up either on the Harrier website or on the Butleigh Playing Fields Association website.

ALSO COMING SOON: Following on the success of the Shepton Mallet parkrun, there will be a Street parkrun starting soon in May – watch out for notices promoting the venue.

& FINAL CALL for Harrier Wessex Ridgeway team members: we are one runner short for the two relay teams taking part on Sunday 20th May. Contact Nick Weaving if you fancy a run out. Details under Team news tab.

Any reports over the next period will be compiled by Al Thorner as the normal correspondent will be ‘down under’ taking in the Commonwealth Games…..Send Al your Harrier results and reports by the Monday eve for inclusion in that week's newspaper and onto the Harrier website This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.