Harriers made the most of the unseasonably warm conditions of last weeekend when there were a number of standout performances at the 2nd of the Wessex League fixtures and some good efforts also at the tough Exmoor Stagger. At Lytchett Minster we had two Daisy Davies winners! - first in the u11 girls race and then by her namesake in the u17 womens race; and the Harriers also provided the winners of the senior races when Ben Lloyd (still an u20) and new Harrier Helen Southcott both won in great style! Get registered for the 3rd fixture in this League by contacting Graham asap. Meanwhile at the Exmoor Stagger, three of the Harrier senior men were out competing in the latest round of the Somerset Race Series.
Wells City Harrier members of all ages were competing hard at the 2nd of this season’s Wessex League Cross country matches in Dorset last Sunday (21st October). As reported by Neil Biss:
“The Harriers provided outright winners in good conditions when both of the Harrier’s two Daisy Davies’s, from the u11 and u17 girls, u20 Ben Lloyd and Senior Woman, new Harrier member, Helen Southcott, won. (all photos from Neil)
u11 Daisy Davies in the leading group from the start
Harrier positions in all races :
U11 Boys - 4th 7.40 Dexter Townsend; 15th 8.22 Edward Sherman; 37th 9.04 Ted Scott; U11G - 1st 8.25 Daisy Davies; 24th 9.41 Vienna Townsend;
U13B- 6th 10.58 Jamie Guy; 12th 11.28 Logan Moncrieff; U13G- 3rd 11.02 Mackenzie O'Dea; 13th Jamie-Leigh Rose;
U15B-15th 13.56 Oliver Castle; U15G-2nd 12.30 Darcy Dryden 8th 14.01 Lucy Guy;16th 14.53 Bali Chapman;18th 14.55 Amalia Page;
U17W-1st 16.14 Daisy Davies;
SM-1st 29.12 Ben Lloyd (1st U20m);16TH 34.08 Matthew Cole; 26th 37.08 Neil Biss ;36th 39.43 Geoff Cole; SW- 1st 24.48 Helen Southcott.
u13 boys get underway
It was the 2nd time in succession that Ben Lloyd has won the Wessex League fixture - can he make it a hat-trick next time out? The next Wessex League race is at Aldon Hill, Yeovil on 4th November. You need to be registered in advance for this race so contact Graham Goldsmid if you’ve not already registered with him or team manager Neil Biss.
Photos below of u17 womens winner Daisy Davies, senior men winner Ben Lloyd , u13 Logan Moncrieff & senior woman winner Helen Southcott
Well done all!
Meanwhile Craig Foley reports from a slightly longer race:
“Last Sunday also saw one of the toughest races in Somerset - the Exmoor Stagger, 16+ miles with over 3600 feet of ascent including the long, slow climb to the highest point in the County, Dunkery Beacon. First Harrier home was Justin Thomas (69th place, 2:37:54), followed by Craig Foley (111th, 2:50:43) and Nick Weaving (138th, 3:03:16). In total there were 234 finishers.
The Stagger was race 17 in the Somerset Series and with just 2 races left, Harrier’s Ali Blaney and Christian Green are leading the Series rankings, with team-mate Harriet Burr in second. Race 18 is the Herepath ‘half’ multi-terrain this coming Sunday (28th) and the final race will be the Brent Knoll 5.5 mile Fell race on Sunday 25th November – Series awards to be made immediately after that race.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OLIVER FOX & LUKE PRIOR
Two of the Harrier Life Members (for selection for TeamGB) - were in action the previous weekend at the Rennes10k road race in France representing Team England. That was some good running by the pair of them. The England Athletics website carries the report of their performances.
ANNUAL DINNER & LONDON MARATHON BALLOT
Bookings are now being taken for the Harriers Annual Dinner on Friday 30th November. Details on the website page here. The draw for the London Marathon Club place(s) will take place at the Dinner.
Next Street 5k and junior 1k & 2k races on Wednesday 14th November - see calendar for details. All Harrier members, or parents of a junior, are expected to help marshal/assist at one of the 6 races over the 2018/19 Series - don' leave it to other volunteers. Contact Ian Eddy at Tuesday track to sign up or the Race Director, Ed Tickner, to offer your services for a specific race.
Babcary race date set for 2019 - Sunday 24th February - see calendar for details & entry form
Alternatively click on the Harrer supported races tab
Team News tab is here - check every week for any announcements.