Wells City Harriers had a number of runners at this year's London Marathon.
Amongst the record start list of over 40,000 runners, the 8 Harriers taking part included a number making their debut at the distance. Well done to George, Alison, Sharon, Keith, Kelly, Rosie, Damien and Ben. Good funds for various charities were also raised by many of their runs. (Photos to follow). Meanwhile the storms played havoc with the County multi-events Championships at Millfield track, but a number of good performances by Harry, Jamie & Ollie were registered on the quieter 2nd day. & a call for members to volunteer to marshal at the Wells Fun Run.
Sharon after London
First home for the Harriers at London, coming all the way from his current home and work place in Canada, was v40 Keith Bradford. Keith, who currently lives in Calgary, has been racing for some time and joined the Harriers as his original home-town Club earlier this year. This was his first time at the London Marathon, and his first marathon for 10 years. Keith was cheered on by his father, John, of Shepton Mallet, and was very pleased with his finish time of 2 hours 36 minutes despite losing a little time in the second half of his race. He found the atmosphere and level of support from the crowd at London better than any previous race he had taken part in. By the Monday he was back on the plane to Calgary.
Making their debut at the distance was a number of Harriers: George Biss, Ali Blaney, Kelly Moger, Rosie Park and Ben Tickner. For u20 George Biss he was following in the footsteps of his father, Neil, who has previously run London over the last few years. George finished in 3 hrs 42mins. Alison Blaney, was one of the 2 Harriers to have gained their place from the Club's allocation of Marathon places, and enjoyed her debut at the distance, finishing in 3.48. Kelly Moger came home in 3.40; Rosie Park in 4.06 whilst Ben Tickner, one of the Harriers Hon Life Members for his selection for TeamGB, when he ran at the World XC Championships a decade or so back, ran a very solid 2.40 on his debut, slowing slightly in the final 10km of the race.
Two of the more experienced Harriers were Sharon Bowles, one of the Clubs coaches working with beginners and those returning to running, and Damien Pick. Sharon was also running with a Club allocated number, and was pleased to complete her 2nd marathon this month (!) as she followed up her Brighton Marathon with a solid 4hr 55minute timing at London. Damien had a good for his age entry, and as a V40, ran yet another good time this year with his 3.04 clocking. Our commiserations to the Harriers who had to withdraw from the race due to illness, injury or lack of training. Entries for the 2020 Londin Marathon are now being taken. To be considered for one of the Club places you need to: be a paid up member when you apply (ie by now for the 2019/20 membership year); be rejected in the main ballot , not had a Club place in the past few years.
County Multi-events Championships
Report from Al Thorner ( photos to follow):
"Storm Hannah took it's toll on the annual Somerset Schools Combined Events Championships held at Millfield School on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th April. With 249 advanced entries for the competition, some guests travelling from as far as Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands, it came as great disappointment when early on Saturday morning a number of competitions had to be either cancelled completely or scaled down to a smaller number of events for safety reasons with some wind speeds measuring 10.2 mps. Despite this disappointment, Wells City Harriers/Yeovil Olympiads Ollie Thorner, Harry Barton and Jamie Schlueter were able to compete in scaled down versions of the Decathlon & Octathlon over the weekend. High winds on the Saturday were followed by perfect conditions on Sunday and Ollie Thorner recorded personal bests in the 100m, Discus and Javelin, Harry Barton successfully completed his first 400m, 100m hurdles, 5kg Shot Put and 1500m whilst Jamie Schlueter launched an amazing 14m 48 in the 5kg Shot Put to match alongside personal bests in the High Jump, 400m and 1500m nudging under 5 mins for the first time. Ollie Thorner will have fingers crossed for more favourable weather conditions in the National Combined Events Championships in Bedford in at the end of May targeting the England Athletics standard for qualification into the European Athletics Championships in July"
County Track & Field Championships
Harrier members of all ages are reminded that the deadline for the County Track & Field Championships is May 5th for the events held on May 11th and 12th at the Yeovil Arena. Please assist the County AA secretary by not leaving it until the last minute! Check link off the calendar if need be.
Other Races/ events coming:
Friday May 3rd 'Naked Mile' race without watches organised by Running For Time at Yeovil Ninesprings - first wave of runners off at 6.30pm but with subsequent waves afterwards. Waves organised by anticipated pace so you will have someone to push you hard! Entry on line and full info via the website http://www.runningfortime.co.uk/index.php/the-naked-mile/
Sunday May 12th Orienteering - Club members Helen & Chris Kelsey are organising an orienteering event on Wavering Down/Crook Peak on Sunday May 12th - on open hillside rather than in woods so a great way to try out orienteering or just be competitive in a different way! The link for details on the Bristol Orienteering Club website is here:
The details on the website will be updated with more information about the courses in the next couple of days.
Marshals needed at Wells Fun Run
Advance Notice for Club Annual General Meeting
This will be held on Wednesday May 22nd. All members invited to attend to hear a report on Harrier activity this past year and to celebrate some Annual awards. Venue likely to be Wells Rugby Club (tbc) starting at 8pm
Photo of Ollie Thorner - sub 5 minutes for 1500 in the multi events!