There was a useful looking squad of senior Harriers out competing at the latest of the Somerset Series races at North Perrott on Wednesday 1st August. The Haselbury Trail 10k race was celebrating its 30th year with over 200 runners competing over the two lap course from the North Perrott Cricket ground, formerly the home of Somerset 2nds and now the home ground for Dorset Cricket team. Meanwhile a small group of juniors went off to compete at the Regional BMC meet at Exeter on the Tuesday, 31st July.
Paul, Christian & Steve with their trophies after the 10k
At the Haselbury trail races, conditions were in great contrast to last year’s event when torrential rain greeted all of the competitors. Conditions this year were relatively good for running with firm ground on the mainly off-road race. As part of the main event there was also an approximately 6km course (1 lap and a bit) for juniors and u17 Harrier Leo Stockham won the race in a sub-23 time.
Then in the 10km (2 lap) race Christian Green ran to achieve a 2nd place finish, with other Harrier winners being 1stV50 Steve Masters and 1st V60 Paul Chadwick. Also competing, and with all times awaited, were (in order) Damien Pick, Andy Piper, Justin Thomas, Ali Blaney, Andrew Robinson, Nick Weaving, Harriet Burr and Karen Shears. Their positions in the race will put all of them in good stead for the Somerset Series, with Series standings due to be updated later this week. The next race in the Somerset Series is the Battle of Sedgemoor 10k and any Harrier contemplating running should enter early in case the race fills up.
The Harrier squad at Haselbury, with winner of the 6km race, Leo, on far left.
Also competing at the Haselbury race, after a long gap in her running career was former Harrier Laura Parker, who was a junior member of the Harriers for 10 years or so and achieved selection for Team England at Steplechase some years back. She has just got back into running and has now joined her home Club at Minehead, but despite being rusty she was still able to finish 3rd woman home on the night.
BMC Regional Meeting at Exeter on Tuesday 31st July
Matthew Quarterman was back competing after being out through injury for a while and achieved a personal best over 1500m,whilst Tommy Hummel and Jack Harvey also shaved seconds off their bests.
U15 Tommy Hummel 2.10pb
U17 Bernard Mealing 2.15
U13 Jack Harvey 2.25pb
U17 Holly Bigger 2.19
U17 Matthew Quarterman 4.23pb
U15 Daniel Maydew 4.37
U15 Oliver Castle 5.26
Other races/matches this coming month:
Track & Field
Sat 4th August Match 4 (of 4) in the British Mens League at Nottingham
Sun 5th August South West League Cup match at Braunton
Sun 2nd September Match 4 (of 4) South West League Match at Exeter - contact team managers as soon as possible - to help the team be prepared to compete at more than one event to gain valuable points
Note new date: Sun 9th September Yeovil Games (possibly the last chance this season to record a track & field pb for power of ten!) at Yeovil Arena
Wed 8th Aug Yeovilton 5k race
Sun 26th Aug Battle of Sedgemoor 10k
Mon 27th Aug Baltonsborough 5mile race and junior 1.5mile race – entry details here
Wed 22nd Aug Crook Peak Fell race
Sat 25th Aug Oke Croak Fell race
Please make sure to check the calendar for details of all forthcoming races/matches and also the Team tab for information about deadlines for the various Regional Championships – note that the deadline for the South of England Road Relays (teams of 3 for girls; 4 for boys, women and veterans; and 6 for senior men) is in early September. Parents of juniors are asked to agree who will be team managing a particular junior team and to advise the Club Secretary by 3rd September so that they can be appropriately briefed, as required. Team selected from the combined pool of Wells Harriers and YOAC athletes based on form. 2 teams entered where sufficient interest with entries paid for by Wells City Harriers.
CALL FOR NEW COACHES
Please contact Club Chairman, Graham Goldsmid, or Coaching Co-ordinator, Paul Chadwick, if you fancy giving something back to the Club to help coach with the Harriers (voluntary roles). We welcome any parent of a Harrier junior or a senior Harrier taking on a coaching role - they will be supported by the Harrier coaching team, have their coaching education paid for, receive some badged kit to be worn at all Harrier coaching sessions, and be asked to commit for a period of time to coaching sessions as agreed by the Club. More details about current coaches are here.