Wells City Harriers saw three of its members compete at the tough South of England Cross Country Championships last Saturday. The event, held at Parliament Hill fields, London, by Hampstead Heath draws athletes from as far as Cornwall to Norfolk to contest challenging courses. The men’s race, over 15km is reckoned to be the longest Championship event distance in the UK.
Photo by Simon shows the mens mass start up Parliament Hill before they start the looped course on Hampstead Heath
Helen Southcott ran in the women’s 8km race for the first time, amongst over 700 women, and managed a very credit worthy 167th placing in a time of 34.41.Helen joined the Harriers last year to specifically improve her cross-country and road running times.
Zak Hurrell also competed for the first time at these Championships, and with over 1150 men taking part he achieved 210th placing in a time of 54.28. A slightly more experienced, though younger, Harrier Hon Life Member, Luke Prior, also raced. Luke, previously selected for TeamGB when a Harrier but now competing for the Aldershot Club had an excellent run for his 12th place finish in 47.12. This was Luke's first time in the senior mens race after previous outings in the junior and u20 ranks
Running fixtures coming up organised or supported by Wells City Harriers:
Street 5k race on Wednesday Feb 13th; Details here
Babcary 7.5 mile road race on Sunday Feb 24th; Entry form here
Butleigh 10km multi-terrain race on Sunday April 14th. Entry link here