The first of the season's Cross country races took place on Sunday 7th October at Canford Heath (Dorset) with the first fixture in the Wessex Cross Country League whilst other junior Harriers were in action at the first of the Gwent Cross Country League fixtures this past Saturday (13th) at Cardiff, some competing in the British Cross Challenge embedded within the League. At Wessex, Ben Lloyd won the senior men’s race and Archie Tyler was 2nd for the u17 men. Meanwhile a squad of senior Harriers competed well at the tough Mendip Muddle Fell Race, with Christian Green finishing 2nd overall, and others raced at the Eden Project half marathon. Read on for details of this Sunday’s Wessex fixture at Lytchett Minster (Dorset) and to see photos from Gwent League, Eden project and YOAC awards evening.
u15s Toby & Tommy running hard at Cardfiff (photo by Al)
Wessex League Results from 1st fixture by Neil Biss
SM:1st 26.36 Ben Lloyd
U17M:2nd 15.14 Archie Tyler
U15G:20th 18.00 Bali Chapman
U13M:5th 12.52 Logan Moncrieff
U13G:4th 13.18 Mackenzie O'Dea & 20th 14.41 Jamie-Leigh Rose
U11B:3rd 8.53 Dexter Townsend & 14th 9.43 Edward Sherman
U13G:3rd 9.38 Daisy Davies & 22nd 10.53 Vienna Townsend
That's some great running by all!
Photos taken by Al, show some of the Harriers that competed in the Cross-Challenge.
Leo, Bernard & Dan at Cardiff (photos by Al);
(Below)Elise Thorner & Poppy Pellow in action in the wooded section at Cardiff
Check Team News & Contact tab regularly for information about deadlines etc for entering County, South West, Southerns and National Cross Country Championships - dates coming up in December-Feb. Parents needed to team manage age groups and send in reports/photos afterwards
Mendip Muddle Fell Race
Meanwhile the Harriers sent a squad of five to the tough Mendip Muddle Fell Race this past Sunday. Covering 12 miles and 1600 feet of climb, with heavy rain and a strong breeze to contend with, this was not for the feint hearted. There was plenty of mud and slippy sections as the race set off from Charterhouse to climb into the mist-shrouded higher reaches and to the highest point on the Mendips, before winding down and back up on its way back to the finish.
Christian Green continued his fine run of form when he finished 2nd in 1.26 this year which adds to his recent finishes of 3rd (2015); 2nd (2016); and 3rd (2017) at this particular event! Oli Frost gained his highest ever place here in 7th place in 1.32. Then Jonathan Davies was 71st in 1.53 with; Paul Chadwick, running this race for the 13th time, was 83rd in 1.57; Nick Weaving 101st in 2.01. There were 222 finishers.
Eden Project Half Marathon
Down in a slightly drier Cornwall there was also a contingent of senior Harriers running at the Eden Project half marathon on Sunday with Harriet Burr first home for the Club in 1.56 (244th), followed by Andrew Pate 1.57 (260th) and Alice Knight 2.04 (351st). There were 842 finishers.
Andrew (left ) & Alice (right) enjoying their post Eden half drink!
YEOVIL CLUB AWARDS - well done to all of the athletes for their track & field endeavours this season!
Jack Harvey and Bernard Mealing picked up their awards at our partner Club’s Annual awards on Saturday. (photo by Bernard senior)
Jami Schlueter, Maddy Barton, Harry Barton, Kai Snell, Elise Thorner, Ollie Thorner (photo by Al)
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