Two of the Wells City Harrier’s junior athletes competed this past weekend for TeamGB in the European under 18 Track & Field Championships in Gyor, Hungary. Competing against the best in Europe they didn’t disappoint. Meanwhile the Yeovil Olympiads men’s team was in action at the third of this season’s British Athletics League fixtures, in Bedford, on Saturday; and the joint team was also in action at the South West Athletics League fixture in Exeter. There were a number of personal bests recorded by Harriers across the weekend, and also at the recent BMC meet in Exeter.
Elise Thorner (far left) competing at 2000m Steeplechase for TeamGB at the European under-18 Athletics Championships (photo by Al)
Elise & Ollie Thorner have been members of the club since the age of 8 and with good coaching and competition opportunities provided through the Club and the Somerset Schools system, and then with Millfield School, where they started attending age 13, they have been able to progress to the very top of their chosen disciplines. Elise Thorner competed in the 2000m Steeplechase and ran in one of the two heats on the Thursday 5th July. She finished 5th in her heat in a new personal best time of 6mins 50secs, to progress to the final which was held on the Saturday evening. Elise finished 14th in 7.08 in the final but overall was pleased with how she had coped with her first taste of top quality international competition.
Elise being interviewed trackside after the final - just part of what the athlete has to be ready to do.
Elise (then aged 11) with the Harrier's Club President, Olympic Gold Medal winner Mary Rand, when she visited our Monday junior session back in 2012 (Mary won Olympic Gold in Long Jump; Silver in Pentathlon and Bronze in 4x100m relay, Tokyo Olympics 1964)
Twin brother Ollie Thorner took on the 10-event decathlon starting on the Saturday. This was his fourth decathlon in twelve weeks and so he was a little wary of needing to make sure he coped with the various events throughout the weekend, managing his energy levels to the maximum. 32 athletes from across Europe lined up to compete. On the Saturday Ollie started with an excellent 11.35 in the 100m, which would have been a pb but for the trailing wind ; and then 6.78m in the Long jump; 11.87m in the shot put (pb); 1.94m in the High Jump; and a timing of 50.31 in the 400m to round off day 1.
Ollie in lane 7 at the 100m start (photo by Al)
Ollie in the Long Jump (photo by Al)
Day 2 saw another great sequence of 14.67 in the 110m Hurdles; 38.92m in the Discus (pb); 4.10m in the Pole vault; 38.50m in the Javelin; and rounding off with the 2nd fastest time of all the competitors in the 1500m in 4.38. Ollie finished in overall 12th place with a points total of 6,982, just below his best ever which was set just a fortnight earlier in Switzerland.
Ollie had Kelly Sotherton (Olympic Bronze medal winner at Heptathlon 2004 & 2008) on hand to help advise & coach him and his team mate Jack Turner at the Championships
Ollie (then aged 11) also meets Mary Rand track side back in 2012
You can read the background to how Elise & Ollie qualified for TeamGB in this report here - & make sure to read 'a parent's view' by Al
Also this past weekend in the British Athletics League Div 4match at Bedford:
The YOAC team are still in 2nd place with one match to go. They have 13 points, trailing Tonbridge AC (17 points) and with Portsmouth AC in 3rd place on 11. Some excellent performances by the team in the heat on Saturday, including the following by Harriers:
Sam Harding 1.56 for 800m (3rd) & 4.15 for 1500m (4th)
Simon Prior 15.81m in the Hammer & 7.76m in the Shot Put
The 3rd South West League fixture was held on Sunday at Exeter
The combined team with Yeovil Olympiads was 5th on the day and now move to 6th after three matches from amongst the 12 teams that compete in this League.
There were some great performances with u13 Florence Gummer the busiest, competing in three events plus a relay. A number of personal best were recorded - see below.
U13 Florence Gummer 34.42 in 100m & 3.54m in HJ & 11.57m in javelin & part of the 4x100m relay team (2nd)
U15 Anya Evans 5.04 1500m (2nd)
U13 Jack Harvey 5.02 1500m (pb)
U15 Adam Davison 26.59 200m & 4.91m LJ
U15 Tommy Hummel 41.51 300m (pb)
U15 Toby Watson 4.44 1500m
U15 Bradley Glover 4.45 1500m
U15 Nico Bosley 5.31 1500m (pb)
U17 Leo Stockman 4.44 (1500m) & part of the winning 4x400m relay (1st)
U17 Bernard Mealing 58.28 400m (pb) & 4.47 1500m & part of 4x400m relay (1st)
U20 Michael Biss 55.71 400m
The u17 4x400m relay team (photo by Bernard snr)
See below for latest YOAC team facebook posting ref next team outing!
BMC EXETER Tuesday 26th June
Results have come through of some of the junior athlete performances at the latest of the BMC meetings
U17 Holly Bigger pb of 4.54.45
U17 Charlie Cook pb of 4.27.31
U17 Bernard Mealing pb of 4.39.97
U15 Tommy Hummel pb of 2.11.89
U15 Toby Watson pb of 2.14.27
U15 Dan Maydew pb of 2.20.62
U13 Jack Harvey pb of 2.25.94
....and some good performances from some time ago....
South-West Schools Championships (Saturday 16th June)
Harry Barton 38.02 300m (1st)
Dan Maydew 2.23 800m
Hannah Blundy 5.02 1500m
Anya Evans 5.04 1500m
Holly Bigger 2.20 800m
Somerset Schools Junior Championships (Wed 6th June)
Florence Gummer 2.53 800m
Ollie Bishop 2.49 800m & 31.76 200m
Jack Harvey 5.18 1500m (2nd)
Jasmine Caley 46.54 300m (1st)
Tommy Hummel 2.17 800m (1st)
Josh Moore 28.31 200m
Bradley Glover 4.58 1500m (3rd)
James Carr 5.43 1500m
WELL DONE ALL!
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DON'T FORGET : DEADLINE FOR SW ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS is the 15th July. Check out the programme and entry standards for these prestigious Championships to be held on 22nd July. For all Championships entry news and Harrier team news remember to regularly check the tab here.
Also recently was the Forde Abbey 10k multi-terrain race (28th June) which attracted 2 Harriers from amongst the 271 runners, with Tom Thick having a great run for 2nd.
Tom Thick 2nd in 41.34 just 10 seconds down on winner
Matt Rawlingson-Plant 27th in 49.21
YOAC FACEBOOK posting of 8th July:
"What a brilliant weekend of athletics for team YOAC in the hottest conditions with our senior men working hard at the BAL in Bedford yesterday where, despite injuries & unavailable athletes hitting the team hard, they remain on course for promotion going in to the final match! 👏
Today was the turn for the whole club from u13s to seniors to compete in the SW league in Exeter. Well done to all who endured the heat, both the athletes and our wonderful officials & team managers. Some great performances!
Next whole club event is the SW Cup match in Braunton, North Devon on Sunday 5th August. We are 2 time defending champions. Let's get a strong team out & bring the cup back to Yeovil again! 🏆 Please contact Team Managers if you are available!"