Oliver Fox was a member of the silver medal winning u23 men’s Team GB squad that competed at the European Cross Country Championships at Tilburg, Netherlands on Sunday. Meanwhile 25 Harriers of all ages competed at this year’s Somerset County XC Championships at the University of Bath with over a dozen coming away with medals; and another great night of Street races saw victories for Christian Green and Helen Southcott. Read on for December Street 5k results.
Oliver in action at Tilburg (photo by Andrew Peat)
Wells City Harrier Hon Life Member Oliver finished 19th overall on a challenging course at Tilburg in what was his 3rd appearance competing for Britain.
“Had a really great time, was great to compete with the team again and get a team silver. I had picked up a chest infection during the week before so was pleased to justify my place on the team and compete reasonably well. The course was a lot of fun, with some nice variation on the surface, but also quick enough to get into a decent rhythm.”
Congratulations to Oliver on his ever so consistent running & racing! Photo below shows Oliver winning Gold as an u13 at the Somerset County XC Championships exactly 10 years ago! (photo by Paul)
Somerset County AA Cross Country Championships
Meanwhile, closer to home on Sunday, Harrier athletes gained 7 Gold, 4 Silver and 4 Bronze medals at the Somerset Cross Country Championships at the University of Bath. The Championships were combined with those for Avon and Wiltshire and hosted races for all age groups from under 11s to Seniors, with conditions on the lapped course offering good running. Quite a contrast to last year when blizzards threatened to disrupt proceedings!
U15 boys start - fast & furious! (photo by Graham)
U20 Elise Thorner was the outright winner of the combined u17/u20 race winning by some margin. Other Somerset Gold medal winners included Daisy Davies in the u11 girls; Ed Sherman in the u11 boys; Jack Harvey, u13 boys; Poppy Pellow, u17 women; Ben Lloyd, u20 men; and Helen Southcott for the senior women.
Other good runs for the minor medals were by Anna Little (u11), Leyton Finn (u11), Macy Noad (u13), Mia Noad (u15), Dan Maydew (u15),Holly Bigger (u17); Archie Tyler (u17); Connie Little (u20)
Fuller report here by Graham, and further photos to follow if/when received (Harrier parents - remember we need you to write reports and take photos too!)
A number of these athletes, and others, are now in training for the Regional Championships to be held in the New Year. Details of entry deadlines for the South-west and Southern Championships can be found on the Harrier Team News tab of the website
Clive & Angela Thomas Street 5k Series and junior races- 12th December 2018
It was another good night for running the 5 lap course with the wind on the back straight offering an additional challenge this month. This was edition number 177 in the sequence going back 30 years, the 3rd of the current season.
Harrier Christian Green followed up his 10th place finish at the Tri-County Cross-country Championships with a clear win in 16.35, with Wayne Loveridge (Chard RR) next home in 17.00, and Tom Dukes (Wells Harriers) 3rd and 1st V40 in 17.07. Tom’s son , Dylan was 4th, 1st junior male in17.14.
For the women, Helen Southcott (Wells Harriers) was fresh from her Somerset Gold medal winning performance at the Cross-Country to take victory in 19.00, with team-mate Zoe Kurle 2nd in 19.05, and Rachel Astington (Running For Time) 3rd in 19.22.
For the veteran awards: 1st V50 was Andrew Piper (Wells Harriers), 19.45; 1st V60 Matt Sparkes (Wells Harriers), 20.56; and 1st V70 Len Horlock (SW Veterans) in 25.54. For the ladies, 1st junior was Poppy Pellow (Wells Harriers), 19.43; 1st F45 was Gill Pearson (Running for Time), 20.52; 1st F55 was Adele Cooper (Avon Valley Runners); 1st F65 was Burnham’s Sue Nicholls in 26.32; 1st F35 was Katie Brooks (Yeovil Town RR) in 34.09.
On the age-graded tables, plaudits this month to Sue Nicholls who was making her debut at the Street 5k races and managed a whopping 89.2%! Best for the men was Tom Dukes, 79.2% with Matt Sparkes just behind on 79.1%.
Personal Bests over 5k (according to Power of ten) were recorded by Harriers Daisy Pellow, 19.47, and Isabelle Walker, 21.06; and by Kirsty Eveleigh (Maiden Newton Runners), 25.42
Our thanks as usual to all the marshals, finish recorders, tea brewers, results supremos and the Race Director.
Before the Street presentations Len Horlock (South West Veterans) received his Champagne award for being overall 1st V70 runner across the Yeovilton 5k Series this past summer.
in the Junior races, Owen Dukes again won the 2km race when he ran a nippy 7.28. In the 1km race Michael Eames won for the boys in 3.46 and Tallulah Pellow for the girls in 3.58. Excellent running by all!
We hope that all competitors enjoyed their post-race “calorie recovery” Treacle Fudge as supplied by Radfords Fudge! Our thanks to the company, and their website is here for those who need to get more supplies in.
Next Month’s challenge is a bottle of Bullbeggar Cider/Apple Juice, from Lamyatt Village, for any 5k competitor that can knock off at least 15 seconds from their best 5k time so far this season (i.e. since October’s edition) – keep in training mode over the Christmas and New year season!
After next Tuesday no further sessions at the Track until the New Year and next Monday is the final training session for juniors (age 8-15) before the New Year – recommencing Jan 7th.
Sunday 16th December: Final Wessex League XC race this - entries now closed.
Tuesday 1st January Chard Flyer 10k race - first race in the 2019 Somerset Race Series. This race is predominantly on footpaths, park tracks and country lanes. It is for the most part fairly flat, but there is a steep quite long climb at 4-5 K and a gentler, steady climb to the finish.
Sunday 6th January South West XC Championships - see Team tab - enter before deadline of 3rd January
Saturday 26th January Southern XC Championships - see Team tab - enter before deadline of 21st December (Club will reimburse any Harrier that competes)