The latest Wells City Harriers to compete for TeamGB were back on Monday eve at the Harrier’s Monday junior session, where their first athletics coaching sessions had been some 9 years ago! Elise & Ollie Thorner had also just come back from representing Somerset Schools at the English Schools Championships. Another Harrier TeamGB athlete, Ben Tickner, won Sunday’s Frome 5k in 15.49. Meanwhile Philip Bridge led the way for the Harriers at the July edition of the Yeovilton 5k races, with a 3rd place finish, with Jon James close behind for 1st V50. A few Harriers were also out competing at the tough Snowdonia Trail races. Read on for an entry link to next month's Baltonsborough Road Races.
Ollie & Elise back at the Monday junior training session
Wells City Harrier members Elise & Ollie Thorner were back in action for a representative Somerset Schools team this week after competing for TeamGB at the European under-18 Athletics Championships in Gyor, Hungary, the previous weekend. Following on their selection for the national team, Elise managed another personal best in the 1500m Steeplechase event for senior girls at the English Schools Championships with 4 mins 51secs, some 4 seconds quicker than before. Meanwhile Ollie Thorner, after contesting 4 decathlons this season, was showing some signs of fatigue after the European Championships with 4.00m in the individual Pole vault at the English Schools Championships. Both are now looking forward to a well-earned rest over the next few weeks.
The Frome 5k race was won last Sunday 15th July by another of the Harriers 9 members to have competed for TeamGB. Ben Tickner won in 15.49, whilst v50 Chris Searle was 64th in 1.40 in the half marathon, and in the 10k race Rosie Park was 37th in 48.21, and v50 Mike Rusca, 46th in 49.01.
In other recent action, there were a number of Wells City Harriers competing at the latest of the Yeovilton 5k road races last Wednesday, with u23 Philip Bridge 3rd in 15.51, followed by v50 Jon James, 4th in 16.12. Zak Hurrel was 7th in 16.42, and v40 Tom Dukes 8th in 16.56. The other Harrier results: v50 Andy Piper 18th 19.25; v40 Justin Thomas 20th 19.38; v40 Andrew Robinson 31st 20.48; F35 Ali Blaney 32nd 20.52; v60 Paul Chadwick 43rd 21.57; 45th Harriet Burr 22.19; 75th F55 Karen Shears 26.04. There were 116 finishers. These finishing positions will also feed through to the Somerset Race Series standings as this Yeovilton 5k race was number 11 in the year-long Series, and race 12 will be the Haselbury Trail 10k race on Wednesday 1st August. It's still possible to count in the Series this year!
At the Snowdonia Trail races over the ‘Half-Marathon distance’ the Harriers had Jonathan Davies finioshing in 124th in 2hrs 40mins and Pete Darton 129th in 2.41; whilst in the ‘Marathon’ distance: Duncan Verel 436th in 7hrs 00 mins. That's some effort!
Preparations are now well in hand for the Wells City Harrier supported Baltonsborough 5 mile Road race and accompanying junior races to be held on the late August bank Holiday Monday, 27th August. Entry forms for the races here on the dedicated website.
Further ahead, the South of England Road Relay Championships will be one of the next Harrier team efforts - check the latest on these Championships, and other opportunities for team competition, on the dedicated team news tab here