Senior Club Coach Jon James was 3rd overall at the Castle Combe racing circuit 10k, whilst Zoe Kurle continues her improvement when lowering her personal best to win outright amongst the women. Meanwhile u17 Harry Barton continues to post some good marks on the indoor circuit whilst senior athlete Emily Smith (u23) has posted an excellent indoor mile time. Read on also for entry details to Babcary road race and the Gwent XC League fixture at Blaise Castle.
Tom Kenrick reports from the Castle Combe race:
“Several members of Wells City Harriers made it to Castle Combe in Wiltshire to run over the flat, smooth running surface on the famous Castle Combe race circuit. As the name suggests the Chilly 10k event held in November and February is often cold and exposed to the wind on the top of the Cotswold Hills. This course can be a real challenge on a bad day. Fortunately over 600 runners were greeted by mild weather, a modest breeze, and the sun made a good attempt at shining. The near perfect conditions resulted in some fantastic running
First home for Wells City Harrier’s in 3rd place was V50 Jon James in 34:37. Followed by sen Female Zoe Kurle who was 20th and first female in a great time of 38.32. Zoe not only achieved a 10k PB but also beat her 5km pb in the race. Sen Male Jeremy Linter was 26th in 38.55 and new member Tom Kenrick 31st in 39.21.”
Harry Barton who was a regular at our Monday junior sessions continues to improve as he moves up the age groups. Now competing as an u17 he has been tasting indoor track and field action for the first time this season – recording indoor bests last month (January 20th) when competing at the Cardiff Arena: 24.7 for 200m; 1.60m for the High Jump; and5.64m for the Long Jump. He competed again this past weekend (February 17th)at the Birmingham open and we await confirmation of his marks there.
Meanwhile, another who was a virtual ever present at our training sessions from age 8 to when she went away to Loughborough University, u23 Emily Smith, has been running for her adopted Eastern Michigan Club whilst working and studying in the States. Emily smashed the 5 minute barrier for the mile when she ran 4.52 at the Invitational indoor meet in Indiana on 1st Feb and then followed that with a 9.31 for 3000m the following weekend in Iowa. Needless to say, both times are personal bests for Emily.
Sunday February 24th Babcary 7.5 mile road race and junior races Entry form here Enter on the day by 10.45am
Saturday March 2nd Gwent Cross Country League fixture at Blaise Castle, Bristol – final fixture of the season. All Harriers encouraged to compete from u11s through to veterans. All Harriers who compete will have their entry paid for. Contact Graham Goldsmid at Monday training or Simon Prior at Tuesday training for more details and see the Gwent XC League website information for timetable & parking instructions etc.(detail not yet available on that site but should be on there at least a week ahead of the event)